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Trump vs Biden: Who won the final debate?Rediff.com2 days ago
United States President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up their second and final presidential debate of the 2020 election.
Would you dare to swim with a python?Rediff.com5 days ago
Meet 8-year-old Inbar who likes to play in her small backyard pool in Israel with her favourite swimming buddy -- her pet python.
Air Force Day: Rafale, Tejas to showcase India's air powerRediff.com7 Oct 2020
Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the IAF was established in 1932.
PHOTOS: India, Japan naval exercise JIMEX-2020Rediff.com1 Oct 2020
Here are some of the glimpses of the exercise held in the North Arabian Sea.
Drone Awards 2020: The world seen from aboveRediff.com30 Sep 2020
The winning entries in this year's Drone Photo Awards deliver an outstanding assortment of aerial images, from the overall winning shot, catching a school of salmon forming the shape of a heart, to a special category focusing on the profound ways COVID-19 has transformed our cities. Here we showcase a selection of the shots that will be on display in the Siena Photo Awards in Italy from October 24 to November 29.
The odd, odd world we live in!Rediff.com23 Sep 2020
The next 10 images prove that we live in a wonderfully weird world.
These photos from space will surely make you gasp!Rediff.com22 Sep 2020
If you want a reminder of just how gorgeous our universe is, then take some time to browse the winners of the 2020 Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. French photographer Nicolas Lefaudeux took the top prize with a tilt-shift perspective on the Andromeda Galaxy. The winning images are part of an exhibition opening on October 23 at the National Maritime Museum in London and have been collected into a book. Cue some truly innovative an unexpected captures of galaxies, nebulae, planets, the Moon and even SpaceX satellites.
Hold Still: UK lockdown caught on cameraRediff.com16 Sep 2020
After months of anticipation (and 31,000 submissions from the British public), the Britain's Duchess of Cambridge's final selection of images for Hold Still is available to view on the National Portrait Gallery's website. Designed to "capture and document the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the nation" during lockdown, the project brings together 100 moving amateur shots of everything from at-home haircuts to make-shift classrooms; exhausted NHS staffers on duty to dedicated postmen in superhero costumes; pensioners FaceTiming with their grandchildren to mothers cradling their newborn babies. Below, see 22 remarkable images from Hold Still - then head to the The National Portrait Gallery website for the full exhibition.
Can you guess the MP?Rediff.com16 Sep 2020
Amid Covid-19 protocols, here's how the monsoon session looks like.
These funny animals are just what we need right now!Rediff.com15 Sep 2020
The world feels like complete panda-monium right now. But thanks to the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, we can all take a brief break from the news cycle and focus on otter things -- like pictures of animals being complete goofballs. The animals were pictured by photographers competing in the sixth annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, which saw thousands of pictures entered, taken around the world. As well as providing a smile, the competition works alongside the Born Free Foundation to highlight a more serious matter -- the importance of conserving our planet's beautiful wildlife. We share a selection of the best finalists' photos...
World's most beautiful scenes in Agora's Travel photo contestRediff.com14 Sep 2020
This year has been the year of the no travel, which has left millions reminiscing on adventure-filled trips abroad. To celebrate the wonder of world travel, thousands of photography enthusiasts entered Agora #Travel2020, sharing the moments they feel captured the true essence of exploration. Octavi Royo, Agora's co-founder and CEO, said: "Thanks to these photos, we can travel to some amazing corners of our planet and see them from the point of view of travel photographers." Scroll down to see our pick of the shortlisted images...
Like a scene from Mars: California skies glow orange as wildfires continueRediff.com10 Sep 2020
Large areas of California have burned for weeks as fires consumed 2.3 million acres, or 20 times what burned all of last year, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday. In Washington state, wildfires virtually wiped out an entire small town Tuesday. In Oregon, thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes Wednesday after fires broke out across the state, The Oregonian reported.
Rafales are here! Know about IAF's game-changerRediff.com10 Sep 2020
Here's your guide to know about India's much-awaited aircraft.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 -- first pictures releasedRediff.com3 Sep 2020
India continues to 'Unlock'; bars and malls reopenRediff.com2 Sep 2020
As Unlock 4.0 commenced on Tuesday, most of the states further eased the coronavirus-induced restrictions on the movement of people and functioning of commercial establishments like bars and hotels with mandatory COVID-19 precautions. After remaining closed for more than five months, bars and restaurants opened in states like Goa, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Centre had allowed reopening of bars under the Unlock 4 guidelines.
Ganesh Visarjan in the time of coronavirusRediff.com1 Sep 2020
Mumbai has never seen a Ganesh immersion like this!
Farewell Pranab da!Rediff.com31 Aug 2020
As Pranab Mukherjee passes away, we remember the man, the politician, the Rashtrapati.
SEE: When Mukesh and Nita Ambani release a book...Rediff.com27 Aug 2020
Here's what happens.
The best of the week gone byRediff.com24 Aug 2020
From the protests in Belarus, to people in Beirut picking up the pieces after the deadly blast, to the Democratic National Convention held in Delaware in the United States, here are the top images from the week gone by.
PHOTOS: Pandit Jasraj cremated with state honoursRediff.com21 Aug 2020
Pandit Jasraj's son, Shaarang Dev Pandit, performed the last rites, which were followed by a 21-gun salute at Vile Parle's Pawan Hans Crematorium.
PHOTOS: The odd, odd world we live inRediff.com20 Aug 2020
These 8 images that prove that we truely live in a wonderfully weird world even during COVID-19.
FULL TEXT: PM's address to nation on I-DayRediff.com15 Aug 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the nation on the 74th Independence Day. From India's fight against COVID-19 to India becoming 'aatma nirbhar' to the faceoff with China in Ladakh, Modi spoke on several issues during the address from Red Fort. Here's the full text of the PM's address.
74th I-Day: How Indians celebratedRediff.com15 Aug 2020
A look at the celebration of the 74th Independence Day.
20 big quotes from PM Modi's I-Day speechRediff.com15 Aug 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the customary Independence Day address to the nation after unfurling the Tricolour at the Red Fort. India is marking its 74th Independence Day under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Watch Live! PM Modi addresses nation from Red FortRediff.com15 Aug 2020
This is Modi's seventh straight Independence Day speech from the historic Red Fort.
PHOTOS: India gears up for I-DayRediff.com14 Aug 2020
As the preparations are in full swing, here's what to expect at this year's Independence Day in different parts of the country.
Kamala Harris through her sister's eyesRediff.com13 Aug 2020
Kamala and her younger sister Maya are incredibly close.
With crackers and sweets, India celebrates Ayodhya bhoomi pujanRediff.com6 Aug 2020
The excitement on the foundation laying ceremony of Ram Temple reverberated across the country as Ram bhakts gathered to to celebrate the groundbreaking occasion. People across the country were seen chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' and waving saffron flags. Fireworks were also burst and sweets were distributed to mark the day.
PHOTOS: Maha malls prep to reopen from August 5Rediff.com31 Jul 2020
As part of the Mission Begin Again initiative in Maharashtra, malls and market complexes without theatres, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 am and 7 pm from August 5.
PHOTOS: Inside a quarantine centre in DelhiRediff.com22 Jul 2020
Senior officials in the government have been pointing out that while cases are reducing, people should not get complacent.
PHOTOS: Wildlife at Kaziranga struggles to stay afloatRediff.com21 Jul 2020
The recent monsoon rains have left almost 85 per cent of the park under water.
Watch Live! PM Modi's address to the nationRediff.com30 Jun 2020
This would be the prime minister's sixth address to the nation since the outbreak of the pandemic.
From castle ruins to cable cars, these pictures will get you high!Rediff.com16 Jun 2020
Coronavirus and the lockdown bringing you down? We assure you the next 20 images will take you to heights you have never experienced before. These are the entries to a contest called #Aerial2020 run by photo app Agora. It asked photographers around the globe to send in their best bird's-eye shots. In total, 9,018 photos were submitted, with the competition judges whittling them down to 50 finalists. Scroll down to feast your eyes on the amazing shots and the winning image is the first one.
REWIND: The week gone byRediff.com15 Jun 2020
Anti-racism protests across the United States, the funeral procession of George Floyd in Houston, a defaced statue of King Leopold II in Brussels, unlocking of restrictions in Mumbai and much more. Scroll for the top moments from the week gone by.
TN changes 370 place names as per Tamil pronunciationRediff.com11 Jun 2020
The Tamil Nadu government has changed the names of 370 areas in consonance with their Tamil pronunciation. While in all 1018 names changes were recommended by a committee of district collectors, the consultation group accepted changes to 370 place names.
PHOTOS: Trail of destruction left behind by Cyclone NisargaRediff.com4 Jun 2020
Cyclone 'Nisarga' has made landfall near Alibaug on Maharashtra coast with the wind speed of more than 110 km per hour and heavy rainfall, leading to falling of many trees and electricity poles, a Raigad district official said.
Pix: Maharashtra braces for cyclone NisargaRediff.com3 Jun 2020
Here are some photographs of how the state is gearing up for cyclone Nisarga.
Inside a Delhi hospital treating COVID-19 patientsRediff.com2 Jun 2020
Delhi has been seeing a steady rise in coronavirus cases with official figures being pegged at over 19,000 on Monday. Delhi remains the third worst-affected state by the coronavirus pandemic -- only Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have more confirmed COVID-19 cases. Amid this situation, here are scenes from Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, where some 200 patients are being treated.
Maha's new lockdown: Can I go out for a run?Rediff.com1 Jun 2020
Will you be allowed to step out? Will you be able to go to work? Can you go out for a job? These questions will be answered by this simple table below.
UNLOCK 1: What will open and what won'tRediff.com31 May 2020
The Centre has permitted a bunch of activities from June 1 -- a day after lockdown 4.0 comes to an end. However, the lockdown will be continued till June 30 in the containment zones. Activities outside the containment zones will resume in a staggered manner, as decided by the state governments. Confused as to what will be open and what won't? Here's a simple explainer to all your doubts about 'UNLOCK I'.