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Tokyo Olympics deferred amid coronavirus chaos

The Tokyo Olympics which was scheduled to be held from July 24, 2020, has been rescheduled to a date no later than summer 2021, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese organisers said on Tuesday. The accelerating Covid-19 crisis has forced the Olympics to be postponed for the 1st time in its 124-year modern...

Baby Doll singer Kanika Kapoor tests coronavirus positive

Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, best known for her songs Baby Doll and Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday. She has been admitted to the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) hospital in Lucknow. The 41-year-old singer was in London for a while and returned to Lucknow on March 15. She also refrained...

Kunal Kamra’s behaviour on flight not permissible: Delhi HC

Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra’s petition challenging the flying ban imposed on him by most domestic airlines was rejected on Friday by the Delhi High Court, which disapproved of his conduct. “This kind of behaviour certainly cannot be permitted,” the high court said. Kamra has been banned by five airlines for heckling a TV channel editor...

Actor Dilip Kumar, singer Anup Jalota kept in isolation due to coronavirus

Legendary actor Dilip Kumar is under a self-imposed quarantine as a precautionary measure against the deadly coronavirus. The 97-year-old actor has revealed that his wife, yesteryear actress Saira Banu, was not ready to take any chances and had put him in quarantine to ensure that he does not catch any infection. Kumar also urged people...

Apple to shut stores across the world except China

Technology major Apple is closing all of its stores outside China until March 27 in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, CEO Tim Cook said. Cook said the firm had learned from steps taken in China, where the tech giant has just reopened its retail stores. “One of those lessons is...

Bhajan on coronavirus “Kithon Aaya Corona…maiya ji” goes viral on social media

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India touching 90, many are practising social distancing to curtail the spread. Some are also singing bhajans for the almighty to fight the novel coronavirus. After a group of Rajasthani women went viral for singing a song asking the virus to leave India, legendary bhajan singer Narendra...

Bill Gates leaves Microsoft board to focus on philanthropy

Microsoft on Friday announced that co-founder Bill Gates has left its board of directors to devote more time to philanthropy. The 64-year-old stopped being involved in the day-to-day operations at the firm more than a decade ago, turning his attention to the foundation he launched with his wife, Melinda. Gates served as chairman of Microsoft’s...

Now, Vistara bans comedian Kunal Kamra

Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra on Friday tweeted that he has been banned by Vistara airlines, more than two months after he was grounded by four other airlines for heckling TV journalist Arnab Goswami on an IndiGo flight to Lucknow. Kamra tweeted: “Air Vistara has also banned me now till the 27th April, following orders like...

BCCI cancels SA series, IPL postponed till April 15 due to coronavirus scare

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has cancelled the remaining two matches of the India-South Africa ODI series scheduled at Lucknow and Kolkata. The decision was taken by the board on Friday owing to the coronavirus scare in the country. The first match of the three-match ODI series got cancelled due to...

Google employee in Bangalore tests positive, employees asked to work from home

Internet giant Google on Friday confirmed that one of its employees in Bengaluru has tested positive for coronavirus. The 26-year-old man had recently returned from Greece and reportedly visited several places in the Karnataka capital. He has been placed in isolation at a Bengaluru hospital, Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu said. People who may have...

Makers postpone release of ‘Sooryavanshi’ amid coronavirus scare

Bollywood, which so far remained unaffected due to the spread of coronavirus, seems to be finally bearing the brunt of the deadly virus. While film and television celebrities are posting their selfies with mask and urging people to stay safe, actor Akshay Kumar on Thursday announced that the release of his much-anticipated film ‘Sooryavanshi’ has...

Coronavirus scare: IPL’s fate to be decided on March 14

The governing council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has called a meeting in Mumbai on Saturday (March 14) to discuss the impact of coronavirus and its wide-ranging pitfalls in the thirteenth edition of the tournament. According to a governing council member, the body is “seriously considering” having matches behind closed doors after the recent...