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Omicron variant: UK, EU ban travellers from 7 African nations

Omicron variant: UK, EU ban travellers from 7 African nations

Rediff.com3 days ago

The move came soon after Belgium confirmed a case of the B.1.1.529 variant in someone who had travelled back from Egypt earlier this month, with the European Union (EU) member states agreeing to a snap travel ban on seven African nations.

Jr Hockey WC: India, Spain on goal-scoring spree

Jr Hockey WC: India, Spain on goal-scoring spree

Rediff.com4 days ago

Over 70 goals were scored on the second day of the men's Junior Hockey World Cup in Odisha, with Spain registering a record-breaking 17-0 win over the USA in a Pool C game, on Thursday.

World TT: Manika, Sharath beaten in singles Round 1

World TT: Manika, Sharath beaten in singles Round 1

Rediff.com5 days ago

Star Indian paddler Manika Batra crashed out of the women's singles in the World Table Tennis Championships Finals after a first round defeat, while Sathiyan Gnanasekaran advanced to the second round in the men's singles, in Houston, on Wednesday.

Argentina, Dutch qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup

Argentina, Dutch qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup

Rediff.com17 Nov 2021

Mbappe and Benzema inspire France to 2-0 win against Finland

WC Qualifiers: Argentina, England, Egypt secure wins, Italy held

WC Qualifiers: Argentina, England, Egypt secure wins, Italy held

Rediff.com13 Nov 2021

Images from the FIFA World Cup qualifiers matches.

10 Films You Must Watch

10 Films You Must Watch

Rediff.com11 Nov 2021

Films that amazed Aseem Chhabra at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt.

What A380's failure can teach the shipping industry

What A380's failure can teach the shipping industry

Rediff.com8 Nov 2021

As a model of transport, the A380 strikes a parallel -- a shared fragility -- with giant container ships, observes Shyam G Menon.

United fans deserve better, says Ronaldo

United fans deserve better, says Ronaldo

Rediff.com25 Oct 2021

Defender Luke Shaw, who made a series of defensive errors alongside captain Harry Maguire on Sunday, echoed Ronaldo's comments.

Junior Hockey WC: Foreign teams exempted from quarantine

Junior Hockey WC: Foreign teams exempted from quarantine

Rediff.com22 Oct 2021

Foreign teams that will land in India for next month's FIH Men's Junior Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar have been exempted from quarantine and will only be required to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms during the stay.

Why I proposed at an army camp

Why I proposed at an army camp

Rediff.com14 Oct 2021

Popping the question to Nandita Mahtani, Commando style at an army camp while rappelling down a wall. Surrounded by 300 army men...

India to adopt reciprocal visa policy for foreign tourists

India to adopt reciprocal visa policy for foreign tourists

Rediff.com1 Oct 2021

With India set to open up its border for international tourists, the government has decided on 'reciprocal treatment' to the applicants under new visa conditions. The visa facilitation will depend on the applicant's home country's policy for the Indian tourists.

'Rahman Sir believes in the magic of music'

'Rahman Sir believes in the magic of music'

Rediff.com24 Sep 2021

'Rahman Sir is still very wide-eyed when it comes to creating a new song.' 'He still thinks about it as if it is his first song.'

UNGA: EAM Jaishankar talks Af, Indo-pacific with counterparts

UNGA: EAM Jaishankar talks Af, Indo-pacific with counterparts

Rediff.com21 Sep 2021

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday discussed issues relating to Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific during his bilateral meetings with global counterparts on the sidelines of the annual high-level UN General Assembly session.

'I owe the start of my Hollywood journey to...'

'I owe the start of my Hollywood journey to...'

Rediff.com21 Sep 2021

This Khan superstar told Gulshan Grover, 'Go ahead, become a star in Hollywood.'

Must deal with radicalisation in Afghanistan: Modi to SCO

Must deal with radicalisation in Afghanistan: Modi to SCO

Rediff.com17 Sep 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for developing a template by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to effectively deal with the challenges of extremism and radicalisation.

Medals Table: Tokyo Paralympics

Medals Table: Tokyo Paralympics

Rediff.com5 Sep 2021

The medals tally at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Rise and Rise of Qatar in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

Rise and Rise of Qatar in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

Rediff.com1 Sep 2021

Considering that Qatar is a trusted ally of Washington for decades, it is expected to be a steady influence on the Taliban leadership, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

Be Prepared for Taliban Terror

Be Prepared for Taliban Terror

Rediff.com1 Sep 2021

Pakistan would want to take full advantage of the situation to direct Taliban trained terrorists into the Kashmir Valley, alert Lieutenant General Ashok Joshi (retd) and Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

Paralympics: Bhavinaben enters TT semis, assured bronze

Paralympics: Bhavinaben enters TT semis, assured bronze

Rediff.com27 Aug 2021

Bhavinaben Patel scripted history on Friday, becoming the first Indian table tennis player to secure a medal in the Paralympics after entering the semi-finals with a stunning straight-game win over world No. 5 Borislava Peric Rankovic of Serbia in the women's singles Class 4 event, in Tokyo. The 34-year-old won her quarter-final 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 in 18 minutes.

India handed tough draw in Sudirman Cup

India handed tough draw in Sudirman Cup

Rediff.com25 Aug 2021

India have been drawn with top seeds and defending champions China, Thailand and hosts Finland for the upcoming Sudirman Cup badminton tournament, making it a tough Group A for the side to negotiate.

'Chehre can be a turning point for me'

'Chehre can be a turning point for me'

Rediff.com24 Aug 2021

'If it hits the right notes, actors will start trusting me with new stories.'

Shuttlers get decent draw at Thomas Cup and Uber Cup

Shuttlers get decent draw at Thomas Cup and Uber Cup

Rediff.com18 Aug 2021

The event was originally scheduled to be held from May 16-24 last year but was postponed to August 15-23. Later it was further delayed to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tokyo Olympics Medals Table: USA top; India 48th

Tokyo Olympics Medals Table: USA top; India 48th

Rediff.com12 Aug 2021

The medal tally at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Tokyo Games: SUPER Pix!

Tokyo Games: SUPER Pix!

Rediff.com8 Aug 2021

Action from the 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo Games: BREATHTAKING Pix!

Tokyo Games: BREATHTAKING Pix!

Rediff.com1 Aug 2021

Capturing the drama at the 2020 Olympics.

Olympics Soccer: Japan, Spain, Brazil, Mexico in semis

Olympics Soccer: Japan, Spain, Brazil, Mexico in semis

Rediff.com1 Aug 2021

Japan are the only team to maintain a perfect record in the group stage and are now just one win away from securing a first medal in men's soccer since claiming bronze at the 1968 Games.

PIX: Brazil, Japan in Olympics QF; Germany, France out

PIX: Brazil, Japan in Olympics QF; Germany, France out

Rediff.com28 Jul 2021

Defending champions Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals of the men's Olympic soccer tournament after a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia on Wednesday helped them top Group D, while Ivory Coast booked their berth by sending Germany home.

Tokyo Games: EXCITING Pix!

Tokyo Games: EXCITING Pix!

Rediff.com28 Jul 2021

Capturing the drama at the 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo Games: BREATHTAKING Pix!

Tokyo Games: BREATHTAKING Pix!

Rediff.com27 Jul 2021

Capturing the drama at the 2020 Olympics

Olympics Football: Japan edge towards knock-outs; France rebound

Olympics Football: Japan edge towards knock-outs; France rebound

Rediff.com25 Jul 2021

A summary of the man's football matches at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.

Olympics: France, Argentina suffer shock defeats, Brazil win

Olympics: France, Argentina suffer shock defeats, Brazil win

Rediff.com22 Jul 2021

In their first Olympic campaign since Beijing 2008, Australia took a surprise lead against twice gold medallists Argentina inside 14 minutes when winger Lachlan Wales scored from close range.

First Palestinian lifter at Olympics braced to make history

First Palestinian lifter at Olympics braced to make history

Rediff.com19 Jul 2021

'When I get to Tokyo, I will do the impossible, and I will exert every effort to be distinctive.'

Over 200 Indians stuck in Serbia due to surprise quarantine rule

Over 200 Indians stuck in Serbia due to surprise quarantine rule

Rediff.com13 Jul 2021

Serbia has become one of the transit points for Indians heading to Canada and the US. Canada requires passengers from India to take an RT-PCR test from a third country, while the US wants them to spend 14 days outside of India. As a result, many students are taking the Serbia route to Canada, and the US.

254 Indian millionaires used 'golden visa' route to UK in 12 years: Report

254 Indian millionaires used 'golden visa' route to UK in 12 years: Report

Rediff.com12 Jul 2021

A total of 254 millionaires from India have used the so-called "golden visa" to settle down in the UK through a large investment into the country since the route opened in 2008, according to a new report released by a UK-based anti-corruption charity on Monday. Spotlight on Corruption said that Indians ranked as the seventh nationality of super-rich to have availed of the Tier 1 (Investor) Visa, adding up to 254 between 2008 and 2020. China topped the list at 4,106, followed by Russia (2,526), Hong Kong (692), the United States (685), Pakistan (283) and Kazakhstan (278) ahead of India.

Tokyo Olympics: Sindhu, Praneeth get easy draws

Tokyo Olympics: Sindhu, Praneeth get easy draws

Rediff.com8 Jul 2021

Reigning World champion P V Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth were handed easy group stage outings in the badminton draws unveiled on Thursday for the Tokyo Olympics, starting on July 23.

US to donate 1.6 cr vaccines to India and 17 other Asian nations

US to donate 1.6 cr vaccines to India and 17 other Asian nations

Rediff.com22 Jun 2021

Of the 4.10 crore to be shared through COVAX, 1.40 crore will go to Latin America and the Caribbean nations and 1.60 crore to Asia.

Funds parked by Indians in Swiss banks rise to 2.55 billion Swiss francs

Funds parked by Indians in Swiss banks rise to 2.55 billion Swiss francs

Rediff.com17 Jun 2021

Funds parked by Indian individuals and firms in Swiss banks, including through India-based branches and other financial institutions, jumped to 2.55 billion Swiss francs (over Rs 20,700 crore) in 2020 on a sharp surge in holdings via securities and similar instruments, though customer deposits fell, annual data from Switzerland's central bank showed on Thursday. The increase in aggregate funds of Indian clients with Swiss banks, from 899 million Swiss francs (Rs 6,625 crore) at the end of 2019, reverses a two-year declining trend and has taken the figure to the highest level in 13 years. It stood at a record high of nearly 6.5 billion Swiss francs in 2006, after which it has been mostly on a downward path, except for a few years including in 2011, 2013 and 2017, as per the Swiss National Bank (SNB) data.

Over 200 world leaders urge G7 to help vaccinate world's poorest

Over 200 world leaders urge G7 to help vaccinate world's poorest

Rediff.com7 Jun 2021

Over 200 world leaders, including former presidents, prime ministers and ministers have backed a campaign urging the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations to help vaccinate the world's poorest from low-income economies against COVID-19 by paying two-thirds of an estimated $66 billion required.

UN race over before it begins

UN race over before it begins

Rediff.com1 Jun 2021

The race for the UN secretary-general for 2022-2027 is already over and another term for Antonio Guterres is a foregone conclusion, observes Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

What was Kapil Mishra doing at IIT-Bombay?

What was Kapil Mishra doing at IIT-Bombay?

Rediff.com26 May 2021

Kapil Mishra had been invited because he was an "anti-corruption crusader", one 'IIT B for Bharat' organiser said. But in his half hour-long speech, Mishra didn't mention corruption. His entire focus was on the long "battle" Hindus had fought for their identity.

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