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When Rafi sang for Hanuman, Manna for Ravan...

When Rafi sang for Hanuman, Manna for Ravan...

Rediff.com6 May 2021

'Rafi was singing for Hanuman and I was singing for Ravan.' 'C Ramachandra corrected Rafisaab and he became red in the face.' 'I asked Anna (Ramachandra), "How could you do this?"' 'He replied, "How could I not do this? My song was being spoilt".'

Federer confirms French Open participation

Federer confirms French Open participation

Rediff.com18 Apr 2021

Roger Federer will kickstart his claycourt campaign at next month's Geneva Open as he steps up his preparations for the French Open.

COVID-19 pandemic a long way from over: WHO chief

COVID-19 pandemic a long way from over: WHO chief

Rediff.com13 Apr 2021

He voiced concern that confusion, complacency and inconsistency in public health measures and their application are driving transmission and costing lives. Cautioning that the disease is not flu, he said young, healthy people have died from the coronavirus.

The doc who returned from US to fight his first election

The doc who returned from US to fight his first election

Rediff.com30 Mar 2021

'It is sad that Kerala had so many Covid patients which is primarily due to the mismanagement of the Left government.' 'The technical committee was full of CPI-M leaders who happen to have medical degrees with no experience in public health.' 'They were advising the CM and we are paying for those mistakes.'

After abstaining in UNHRC, India urges Lanka to meet commitments

After abstaining in UNHRC, India urges Lanka to meet commitments

Rediff.com23 Mar 2021

India, which abstained during the vote on a strong resolution against Sri Lanka's human rights practices at the UNHRC, on Tuesday urged Colombo to fulfill its commitments on the devolution of political authority, to carry forward the process of reconciliation and address the aspirations of the Tamil community in the island nation.

India abstains, UNHRC votes against Lanka's rights record

India abstains, UNHRC votes against Lanka's rights record

Rediff.com23 Mar 2021

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday adopted a resolution against Sri Lanka's rights record, in a setback to Colombo, which made determined efforts to garner international support ahead of the voting.

Vote on resolution against Lanka at UNHRC today

Vote on resolution against Lanka at UNHRC today

Rediff.com23 Mar 2021

The vote on a critical resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva has been postponed to Tuesday, as Colombo stepped up efforts to garner international support ahead of the voting which is being seen as an acid test for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

India, Pakistan on the road to peace

India, Pakistan on the road to peace

Rediff.com9 Mar 2021

The road ahead will be long and winding and much resistance can be expected from the high-flying 'hawks' in our skies. But that should not deter the policymakers from planning a road map with the 'big picture' in mind, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

SC to hear plea of mother of Army officer jailed in Pak for 23 yrs

SC to hear plea of mother of Army officer jailed in Pak for 23 yrs

Rediff.com5 Mar 2021

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea filed by the mother of an Army officer seeking direction to the Centre to take immediate steps through diplomatic channel for repatriation of her son, who is lodged in jail in Pakistan for last over 23 years.

A masterstroke that keeps demand for Rolex watches sky-high

A masterstroke that keeps demand for Rolex watches sky-high

Rediff.com28 Feb 2021

Rolex has been masterful at playing the demand-supply game, limiting its issue of coveted and in-demand watches to only one or two pieces per dealership.

IndiGo starts hiring, gives offer letters to 32 pilots for ATR-72 fleet

IndiGo starts hiring, gives offer letters to 32 pilots for ATR-72 fleet

Rediff.com18 Feb 2021

IndiGo has confirmed the delivery of the next set of 25 ATR-72 jets and will be inducting around 10 planes by the end of this calendar year, making it the largest regional fleet operator in the country.

ATP Cup: Italy seal spot in semis, Germany edge Canada

ATP Cup: Italy seal spot in semis, Germany edge Canada

Rediff.com3 Feb 2021

Italy sealed a place in the semi-finals of the ATP Cup by winning both singles matches against France

Foreign fighters in Syria have moved to other places: India at UNSC

Foreign fighters in Syria have moved to other places: India at UNSC

Rediff.com21 Jan 2021

India has expressed concern that foreign fighters involved in the conflict in Syria have moved to other places as mercenaries, as New Delhi underlined that it is ready to play a constructive role in the Security Council to help realise the objective of the West Asian country reclaiming its place in the comity of nations.

The diplomat who handles a hot potato with a cool head

The diplomat who handles a hot potato with a cool head

Rediff.com31 Dec 2020

As the representative of his government in India, Abdul Basit runs a tight ship at the Pakistan High Commission.

The A to Z of 2020

The A to Z of 2020

Rediff.com31 Dec 2020

We present our alphabet of 2020, pulling in everything you'll remember about this year we'd rather forget.

Pak circulating fabricated dossiers, fake news: India

Pak circulating fabricated dossiers, fake news: India

Rediff.com11 Dec 2020

Responding to questions on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan quoting a European Union disinformation lab report to accuse India of subversive activities through fake media organisations and similar allegations by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that as a responsible democracy, India does not practice disinformation campaigns.

Won't die until rights of my people are restored: Farooq Abdullah

Won't die until rights of my people are restored: Farooq Abdullah

Rediff.com6 Nov 2020

'I am not afraid of BJP. I am not armed with lathi or stone, let them come to me and reply to my questions which they will not'

What TN protestors achieved by scrapping Murali's '800'

What TN protestors achieved by scrapping Murali's '800'

Rediff.com29 Oct 2020

'For the Tamil Nadu protestors to openly ask popular film actor Vijay Sethupathi not to don Murali in 800 is a travesty in every sense. It may have given them a cause to tell the world, and the governments in New Delhi, Colombo and Chennai, that the Sri Lankan ethnic issue was still alive in the state -- more so, during the current run-up to two major events in the first half of 2021,' says N Sathiya Moorthy.

China claims Covid broke out in world's various parts last year

China claims Covid broke out in world's various parts last year

Rediff.com9 Oct 2020

China, besides denying the United States allegations that COVID-19 has emerged from a bio-lab in Wuhan, also rejected that it emanated from a wet market in the central Chinese city from bats or pangolins before infecting humans.

Messi, Ronaldo to renew rivalry as Barca face Juve

Messi, Ronaldo to renew rivalry as Barca face Juve

Rediff.com2 Oct 2020

Defending champions Bayern Munich must face Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid after they were drawn together in Champions League Group A alongside Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Sports Shorts: Harikrishna stuns Carlsen before four losses

Sports Shorts: Harikrishna stuns Carlsen before four losses

Rediff.com19 Sep 2020

News of all people and events who made news on Saturday.

Two titans of diplomacy leave a rich legacy

Two titans of diplomacy leave a rich legacy

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

Ambassador Natarajan Krishnan and Ambassador Shankar Bajpai helped shape Indian foreign policy at a glorious, but difficult, time in history, recalls Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Your PM admits training terrorists for J-K: India slams Pak

Your PM admits training terrorists for J-K: India slams Pak

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

'Neither India nor others deserve this unsolicited lecture on human rights from a country that has consistently persecuted its ethnic and religious minorities, is an epicenter of terrorism'

Human rights groups ask IOC to move Olympics from China

Human rights groups ask IOC to move Olympics from China

Rediff.com9 Sep 2020

Over 160 rights groups call on IOC chief to revoke 2022 Beijing Winter Games

Old times back in Sri Lanka: What are India's choices?

Old times back in Sri Lanka: What are India's choices?

Rediff.com6 Sep 2020

Whatever its apprehensions and concerns about the regime of the Rajapaksa clan, India must be ready with unconditional assistance when Colombo asks for it. Because it will, observes Aditi Phadnis.

PIX: Walking, around the world

PIX: Walking, around the world

Rediff.com1 Sep 2020

Have you walked the extra mile?

COVID-19: 'Good behaviour will reduce deaths'

COVID-19: 'Good behaviour will reduce deaths'

Rediff.com27 Aug 2020

'We cannot be naughty and expect the government to do good!' 'We have to behave ourselves and then we can expect the government to support us.' 'If we are able to protect ourselves well, then we should not be having deaths.' 'Unfortunately, people have gotten into this super scary event participation (mode) -- birthday parties, large gatherings.' 'Among the people who have attended those, 80 to 90 per cent of them have come down with COVID-19.'

Post COVID, Indians are not afraid to travel!

Post COVID, Indians are not afraid to travel!

Rediff.com10 Aug 2020

Singapore is the most favoured destination for people living in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines when it comes to post-lockdown travel.

There might never be silver bullet for COVID-19: WHO

There might never be silver bullet for COVID-19: WHO

Rediff.com3 Aug 2020

WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan have urged countries to continue enforcing health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and testing.

COVID-19 herd immunity will take time: WHO chief scientist

COVID-19 herd immunity will take time: WHO chief scientist

Rediff.com24 Jul 2020

'Even if the clinical trials are successful and we have a couple of vaccines by the end of this year, we still need the hundreds of billions of doses, which will take time'

Remembering Kargil: 'Bombs on Target!'

Remembering Kargil: 'Bombs on Target!'

Rediff.com21 Jul 2020

One can only imagine how it is at the receiving end of the bomb. The sound is deafening, splinters and rocks fly like missiles and the blast sucks in the air around asphyxiating everyone. The shock waves can be felt for miles around.

How civic body curbed COVID-19 spread in Dharavi

How civic body curbed COVID-19 spread in Dharavi

Rediff.com11 Jul 2020

Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of the G North ward of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the civic body had to change its traditional approach of waiting for patients, contact tracing, isolation and home quarantine to begin proactive screening instead.

If COVID-19 is airborne, this is what you MUST do!

If COVID-19 is airborne, this is what you MUST do!

Rediff.com8 Jul 2020

'If it is airborne -- and we don't know till what distance it can be airborne -- then the mask becomes a definite.' 'Just social distance is not enough.' 'You need a mask in addition to social distance.'

Want Andy Murray as your private coach? Bid to win

Want Andy Murray as your private coach? Bid to win

Rediff.com6 Jul 2020

The ATP Tour got on board and last month fans were able to bid for private sessions with celebrated tennis coaches on-site during tournaments in 2021.

He told India about the Himalayan Blunder

He told India about the Himalayan Blunder

Rediff.com3 Jul 2020

Very few today realise that without Brigadier John Dalvi's courage, we would never have known what really happened during those tragic days of October/November 1962, reveals Claude Arpi.

Baby bloom in the times of the pandemic

Baby bloom in the times of the pandemic

Rediff.com22 Jun 2020

The newborns opens their eyes to see the world fighting a deadly disease.

Ladakh Standoff: Govt, Opposition consensus essential

Ladakh Standoff: Govt, Opposition consensus essential

Rediff.com19 Jun 2020

'A firm national resolve can only deter and defeat the nefarious designs of the adversary,' notes Rup Narayan Das.

What drove Nepal to escalate border row with India?

What drove Nepal to escalate border row with India?

Rediff.com14 Jun 2020

'We keep saying that we have a very close historical, cultural, linguistic and religious affinity with Nepal. Then why be so insensitive that we cannot find time to talk to them for more than 5-6 months'

COVID-19 may have hit Wuhan in Aug 2019, claims study

COVID-19 may have hit Wuhan in Aug 2019, claims study

Rediff.com9 Jun 2020

China said the study was "ridiculous" and based on "superficial" information.

China exonerates itself in whitepaper on COVID-19

China exonerates itself in whitepaper on COVID-19

Rediff.com7 Jun 2020

A whitepaper released by the Chinese government gave a lengthy explanation to refute the allegations of cover up and delay by Beijing on reporting the COVID-19 outbreak last year in Wuhan. United States President Donald Trump and leaders of several countries have accused China of not being transparent in reporting the deadly disease, leading to huge human casualties and economic crisis across the world.

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