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Amazon to hire 50,000 temporary workers to meet surge in online shopping

E-commerce giant Amazon said it would hire 50,000 temporary workers to meet a surge in online shopping in India, where customers have been stuck indoors for two months due to a lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. E-commerce firms faced massive disruption in the initial days of the lockdown in India, but...

Graeme Smith wants Sourav Ganguly as next ICC president

South Africa’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith has backed the idea of Sourav Ganguly taking charge as the next president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) as he feels cricket’s governing body needs “strong leadership” once the sports resumes after the coronavirus crisis. Ganguly was unanimously elected as the president of the Board of Control...

SpaceX: Two astronauts ready for their space travel next week

The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for Nasa arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight. It will be the first time a private company, rather than a national government, sends astronauts into orbit. Nasa test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken flew to...

Bollywood actor Salman Khan begins Being Haangryy initiative to feed poor during Covid19

Bollywood actor Salman Khan has begun a ”Being Haangryy” initiative to provide ration to the poor during the Covid19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown. The food truck with the title Being Haangryy travelled on the city roads in Mumbai providing bags of ration to those in need. A long queue was witnessed outside the truck...

Coronavirus Pandemic: Ola to lay off 1,400 employees by week-end

Hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and an uncertain future, cab aggregator Ola on Wednesday said it will lay off 1,400 of its staff in a one-time exercise. The coronavirus pandemic has led to a drop of 95 per cent in Ola’s revenues in two months, co-founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said in a communication...

TikTok suspends Faizal Siddiqui’s account after uproar over controversial video on acid attack

TikTok has suspended influencer Faizal Siddiqui’s account after he posted a video that ‘glorified’ acid attack on women. TikTok had earlier taken down the video after National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma filed a complaint and demanded strict action against him. Siddiqui had posted a video in which he was seen throwing water on...

70% cash-strapped start-ups facing survival challenges: Nasscom

Industry body Nasscom on Tuesday said that the country’s famed start-up sector is facing serious revenue and cash flow issues, adding that 70 per cent have cash reserves that will last less than three months. The Nasscom e-survey, titled ‘Reviving the Indian start-up engine during COVID-19’, showed that about 90 per cent of start-ups in...

Anil Kumble-led ICC committee recommends ban on use of saliva for shining balls during cricket matches

The Anil Kumble-led ICC Cricket Committee has recommended banning the use of saliva to shine the ball owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. During a meeting over a video conference, the committee also pushed for bringing back two non-neutral umpires for all international matches. “We are living through extraordinary times and the recommendations the committee made...

Coronavirus Pandemic: After Zomato, Swiggy lays off 1,100 employees

Food delivery giant Swiggy said on Monday that it will lay off 1,100 employees over the next few days, as the coronavirus pandemic hit its core and cloud kitchen businesses. “Today is one of the saddest days for Swiggy as we have to go through an unfortunate downsizing exercise,” Swiggy co-founder and CEO Sriharsha Majety...

Trump honours 10-year-old Indian-American girl for spreading love amid COVID-19 crisis

A 10-year-old Indian-American girl Sravya Annappareddy has been honoured by US President Donald Trump for spreading some love and goodwill in this time of the coronavirus pandemic. Sravya donated cookies to nurses and firefighters and sent personalised greeting cards to healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the US—the worst affected country in the world....

South Korean football club accused of using sex dolls at weekend game

One of South Korea’s top football clubs apologised for causing “deep concern” on Monday after being accused of using sex dolls to fill empty seats at a weekend game. FC Seoul insisted the mannequins used in the absence of fans, who are banned because of the coronavirus pandemic, had “no connection to sex toys”. But...

Oppo suspends operations at Noida factory after six test positive for COVID-19

Chinese handset maker Oppo on Sunday suspended operations at its Noida factory after six workers were found COVID-19 positive. The company said it will resume operations at Noida unit after it completes the screening of all 3,000 employees at the plant. The company had resumed the operations on Friday after it got permission from the...