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Animals explore cities during COVID-19 lockdownsRediff.com23 hours ago
When humanity's away, the animals will play. With much of the world driven indoors to quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, some species not often seen -- or, at least, rarely in such large numbers, and certainly not against such empty backdrops -- are exploring cities across the globe. We must sadly report that though there have been many circulating on social media, many of these optimistic posts have turned out to be fake -- there were no dolphins in Venice's celebrated canals, or drunken elephants ambling through China's Yunnan province. However, there are some other instances where animals have, in fact, come out to explore city streets.
Rediff Chat: How to deal with coronavirus stress?Rediff.com1 days ago
Dr Kersi Chavda will be on Rediff Chat on Friday, April 3, 2020, at 2 pm IST to answer your questions on any mental health issues you may be facing during the lockdown.
Photos: How the world is reacting to coronavirusRediff.com1 days ago
As the world struggles with the deadly coronavirus, there are some who are dealing with the pandemic in their own unique way. Here are 12 images that show how.
Practise yoga with PM Modi during lockdownRediff.com2 days ago
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared 3D animated videos of him performing yoga.
Cheering for medical heroes fighting COVID-19Rediff.com2 days ago
Fighting the coronavirus pandemic is hard, in fact it seems impossible. Doctors, nurses, carers and paramedics around the world are facing an unprecedented workload in overstretched health facilities, and with no end in sight. They are working in stressful and frightening work environments, not just because the virus is little understood, but because in most settings they are under-protected, overworked and themselves vulnerable to infection. The risk to doctors, nurses and others on the front lines has become plain: Italy has seen at least 18 doctors with coronavirus die. Spain reported that more than 3,900 health care workers have become infected. In dire times such as these, people are trying their best to show their appreciation to the frontline workers. Here are some images -- from clapping for them to singing for them.. A 'thank you' in any way goes a long way around.
Rediff Chat: All your questions on coronavirus answeredRediff.com4 days ago
Join infectious disease specialist Dr Trupti Gilada on Rediff Chat and have all your queries on coronavirus answered.
The good Samaritans during India's lockdownRediff.com6 days ago
With a nationwide lockdown in place, it may have become harder than usual for people, especially for the migrant daily wage earners and the homless. The government has assured people that supply of essential items will continue unabated. But while governments across the country are working hard to provide food to people, there are good samaritans who are helping out fellow citizens. From providing food to sanitizers and masks, these people are nothing short of a godsend.
India goes silent on Day 2 of lockdownRediff.com7 days ago
The nation is on Day 2 of the 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. People buying essential supplies maintaining social distancing is now become a feature across the country.
Watch Live: Sitharaman announces economic packageRediff.com7 days ago
Sitharaman is expected to announce an economic package to address the distress situation over the 21-day lockdown. He had addressed the nation on efforts to combat the virus on March 19. In his last address on the virus outbreak, Modi had called for "resolve and restraint" to fight the disease.
Watch Live: PM interacts with citizens of VaranasiRediff.com25 Mar 2020
Prime Minister Modi is addressing his constituents in Varanasi. He had addressed the nation on efforts to combat the virus on March 19. In his last address on the virus outbreak, Modi had called for "resolve and restraint" to fight the disease.
Showing their balcony spirit: Hope in times of COVID-19Rediff.com25 Mar 2020
From dancing to playing musical instruments to exercising... balconies across the world have become the hospot as people continue to quarantine and self-isolate themselves at homes to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Watch Live: PM Modi speaks on COVID-19 pandemicRediff.com24 Mar 2020
Prime Minister Modi is addressing the people of India for a second time in a week on the coronavirus outbreak. He had addressed the nation on efforts to combat the virus on March 19. In his last address on the virus outbreak, Modi had called for "resolve and restraint" to fight the disease.
Here is where you can test for coronavirus in IndiaRediff.com24 Mar 2020
In the wake of 73 confirmed cases of coronavirus in India so far, the Union health ministry has made functional 52 laboratories for testing samples while 57 labs have been designated for helping in sample collection for Covid-19 to enhance capacity for diagnosis and detection of the disease. "Following the increase in load of screening samples from suspected cases with symptoms and travel history to the affected countries, the department of health research/ICMR has commissioned 52 laboratories for COVID-19 testing in India," an official said.
Coronavirus crisis is moving global life onlineRediff.com24 Mar 2020
Millions of people worldwide are having to embrace life under lockdown -- confined to their own four walls or neighbourhoods for weeks on end as countries battle to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
PHOTOS: Places of worship shut doors amid Covid scareRediff.com23 Mar 2020
As the number of COVID-19 cases is witnessing a spike in India, religious places across the country remain closed to encourage social distancing, a key component in preventing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
PIX: Deserted roads across India during Janata curfewRediff.com23 Mar 2020
Be it Mumbai, known as the city that never sleeps, Patna or Ahmedabad, life came to a standstill in the country as roads, railway stations and airports wore a deserted look and markets and establishments except those dealing in essential goods and services remained shut during the 14-hour self-imposed curfew that started at 7 am.
Prez, VP, other leaders clap, ring bells to thank Covid heroesRediff.com23 Mar 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind along with First Lady Savita Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and other leaders joined the fellow citizens on Sunday to express their gratitude towards all those who are safeguarding the health of the nation in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Get well soon! These celebs are living with coronavirusRediff.com20 Mar 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has spread to 146 countries with the worldwide death toll from the virus surpassing the 7,000 mark on Monday. Among the more than 1,73,000 cases recorded globally are government officials, celebrities and sports personalities as authorities around the world grapple to contain the spread of coronavirus. Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, British actor Idris Elba, and Sophie Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, are some of the most well-known faces to be infected so far.
Watch Live: PM Modi addresses nation on coronavirusRediff.com19 Mar 2020
Prime Minister Modi is to address the nation at 8 pm on Thursday and is expected to talk about issues relating to coronavirus and the efforts to combat the pandemic that has claimed more than 7,500 lives across the world.
How our MPs are dealing with coronavirus threatRediff.com19 Mar 2020
Several MPs came to the Upper House wearing masks and demanded curtailment of the ongoing Budget session, which is due to end on April 3, in view of the novel coronavirus scare, but the government seemed unwilling.
From crowds to ghost towns: Before and after coronavirusRediff.com18 Mar 2020
The world is slowly going into lockdown trying to stop the spread of the dangerous coronavirus disease, leading to cities and famous attractions turning eerily deserted. Many streets, train stations, mass transit systems and restaurants are now eerily empty. You can scarcely avoid seeing images of the emptiness -- the cleared streets and squares of St Petersburg, the missing throngs outside the temples of Kyoto, the abandoned restaurants in most Chinatowns, some of which have had to close. This astonishing moment when the world hit pause on normal life will never be forgotten by those who lived through it. Take a look.
Shopping in the times of coronavirusRediff.com17 Mar 2020
Shoppers around the world stood in long lines, waiting to buy essentials like toilet paper, pasta, bottled water, medicine and masks as a worsening coronavirus crisis stoked fears of shortages.
In times of coronavirus, it's hello NamasteRediff.com16 Mar 2020
In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, more people, including global leaders, are using the Indian greeting of namaste. People around the world are worried that shaking hands, hugging and kissing on the cheek might help spread the virus. In recent days, images of United States President Donald Trump and Britain's Prince Charles opting to use the Indian greeting over a handshake have gone viral. Take a look.
Empty spaces amid coronavirusRediff.com13 Mar 2020
Cinemas, stadiums, town squares and other public gathering places are devoid of people as the coronavirus spreads to at least 118 countries around the world. As of Thursday, the Johns Hopkins University tracker says 1,26,258 people have contracted the disease and 4,638 have died across the globe. The vast majority of the victims have been in China but the country said on Thursday that it had only 15 new cases. The outbreak also claimed its most high-profile victim so far when Hollywood star Tom Hanks announced he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had tested positive. The couple, who are in Australia where Hanks is making a film about Elvis, said they had felt "a bit tired, like we had colds" before being "found to be positive" Take a look.
Report sees India's coronavirus toll topping China'sRediff.com12 Mar 2020
India tops this list, with 3.7 million deaths, and China comes a close second with 2.8 million deaths. In all the four scenarios outlined, India tops China in the number of fatalities. Scenario 6 is the worst, and predicts more than 16 million deaths in India and 12 million in China.
Extraordinary winners of Sony World Photography Awards 2020Rediff.com12 Mar 2020
From incredible landscapes to touching portraits to memorable wildlife photography, the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards showcase it all! Scroll down and prepared to be wowed...
REWIND: The best images from the week gone byRediff.com9 Mar 2020
From the spread of coronavirus to International Women's Day, these 10 images sum up all the big stories from the previous week.
Japanese chef turns vegetables into works of artRediff.com6 Mar 2020
Takehiro Kishimoto, 39, has amassed more than 280,000 followers on Instagram for his ability to transform everyday foods into art.
Abandoned by their NRI husbands, the women fight backRediff.com5 Mar 2020
In a pink-walled room of a government office, they spend their days cancelling the passports of runaway husbands.
How the world is racing to contain CoronavirusRediff.com5 Mar 2020
When the novel coronavirus outbreak hit China in late December and January, the government sprang into crisis mode. Hard-hit cities like Wuhan, where the outbreak began, went into complete lockdown. Millions worked from home or self-quarantined for weeks on end. New hospitals were built in a matter of days to treat the sheer number of patients. People who broke quarantine rules or lied about their travel history were detained. Soon, the virus spread over the globe, with many countries banning movement of citizens to some ordering sanitisation of public spaces. Take a look.
PHOTOS: Amazing moments under the seaRediff.com4 Mar 2020
Underwater Photographer of the Year celebrates photography beneath the surface of the ocean, lakes and rivers. More than 5,500 underwater pictures were entered in 13 categories by underwater photographers from 70 countries around the world. Scroll down to see the winning images.
Coronavirus leaves top tourist sites eerily desertedRediff.com4 Mar 2020
More than 86,000 people worldwide have been infected with the novel coronavirus and the global death toll is nearing 3,000. To try to prevent the spread of the virus, local governments have been closing tourist attractions that normally draw large crowds. World-famous destinations such as the Great Wall of China and the Venetian canals resemble ghost towns. As new coronavirus cases are confirmed daily, more closures and cancellations are expected. For the most up-to-date information on the status of an attraction or event, check the institution's or event's main web page.
What Trumps did on Day 2 of India visitRediff.com26 Feb 2020
Spectacle turned to substance on Day 2 of United States President Donald Trump's visit as he had talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the nation's capital. After a day of lapping up attention from cheering crowds and taking in India's most famous sites, including the Taj Mahal, Trump lay the groundwork for longer-term deals on trade and other matters. Take a look.
Bear hugs, charkha moment & Taj Mahal: Day 1 for TrumpRediff.com25 Feb 2020
United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they arrived in Ahmedabad on Monday afternoon for a 36-hour visit to India. On the agenda for day 1 of his whirlwind tour was the Sabarmati Ashram, the address to thousands at the Motera Stadium and then a lovely tour of one of the wonders of the world -- The Taj Mahal in Agra. Here are some of the best pictures of Day 1.
SEE: Ahmedabad's grand welcome for TrumpRediff.com24 Feb 2020
United States President Donald Trump will start his first India visit from Ahmedabad where he will land at 11:40 am along with First Lady Melania Trump and other officials from the US government, including his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. PM Narendra Modi will be hosting US President Trump and his delegation and stage a massive roadshow through Ahmedabad. The two leaders will also visit Sabarmati Ashram and address a mega event at the Motera Stadium where over 1 lakh people are expected to gather for the 'Namaste Trump' cultural extravaganza. Check out as Ahmedabad is all hyped up to welcome the Trumps.
PIX: Kashmiri Hindus celebrate ShivratriRediff.com21 Feb 2020
Called Herath, this was the first major Hindu festival being celebrated in the Valley after Jammu and Kashmir was changed into a Union territory last year.
The wonderfully weird world we live in!Rediff.com21 Feb 2020
The world is weird and we have the images to prove it!
Kem Cho Trump! Ahmedabad all set to welcome US PrezRediff.com20 Feb 2020
Here's how Ahmedabad is decked up to welcome Mr and Mrs Trump.
Inside the hotel where Trump will stay during India visitRediff.com20 Feb 2020
During their trip, the Trumps will be booked into the 14th floor of the ITC Maurya hotel in the Grand Presidential Suite in New Delhi. Trump will be the fourth US president to stay at the ITC Maurya in the recent past. US president Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W Bush also chose the same facility.
Squabbling mice top 'people's poll' awardRediff.com17 Feb 2020
The Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition just named the winner of this year's LUMIX People's Choice Award, and the perfectly-timed photo by wildlife filmmaker and photographer Sam Rowley is just too good to keep to ourselves. Selected from over 48,000 submitted images and 25 impressive finalists, Rowley's winning photo is called "Station Squabble," and it features two mice getting into a tussle over some leftover crumbs in the London Underground.