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Trump To Block U.S. Downloads Of TikTok, WeChat: Officials

WASHINGTON The U.S. Commerce Department said it will issue an order Friday that will bar people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok starting on September 20. Commerce officials said the ban on new U.S. downloads of TikTok could be still rescinded by President Donald Trump before it takes effect late Sunday as TikTok owner ByteDance races to clinch an agreement over the fate of its U.S. operations. ByteDance has been talking with

18 Sep 2020 6:40 pm
Banksy Loses Trademark Fight Over One Of His Most Iconic Images

BRUSSELS (AP) Street artist Banksy has lost a legal battle with a greeting card company along with a European Union trademark for one of his most iconic artworks. The cancellation division of the EUs intellectual property office said in a ruling this week that Banksys trademark for his Flower Thrower piece was filed in bad faith and declared it invalid in its entirety. Also known as Love is in The Air, the graffiti artist created the work in Jerusalem in 2005. It depicts a young protester weari

18 Sep 2020 5:56 pm
Terry Goodkind, Bestselling Fantasy Author Behind The Sword Of Truth, Dead At 72

Terry Goodkind , a bestselling author of fantasy books, including the epic series The Sword of Truth , died on Thursday. Cause of death was not released. He was 72. Goodkinds representatives confirmed his death on Facebook, calling his passing an unimaginable loss for the publishing industry: Goodkind was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Despite having dyslexia, he published his first novel, Wizards First Rule , in 1994. Over the next three decades, Goodkind wrote more than 30 bestselling books that sol

18 Sep 2020 4:34 pm
'A Particular Community Cannot Be Targeted': Justice Chandrachud On Sudarshan TV Show

The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned the hearing in the Sudarshan TV case till 21 September. The court was hearing a plea against the series which targeted members of the Muslim community who join Indias civil services. During the hearing on Friday,Justice DY Chandrachud said that the issue is the show implicates a whole community as taking over the civil services. You want to say that Muslims joining civil services is a part of a deep rooted conspiracy. Can the media be allowed to target whole

18 Sep 2020 4:32 pm
Netflix Top 10 Shows and Movies This Week

Netflix original drama The Social Dilemma is on top of the Netflix trending list this Friday. It was on number 10 last Friday.In this docu-drama tech experts tell us about the pitfalls of social networking, and the terrible impact it has on human beings. In second position is Swetha Tripathi and Vikrant Massey starrer sci-fi movie Cargo , and on number three is 90s sitcom Friends . The only two new inclusions in the top 10 trend this week are The Devil All The Time at rank six and The Baby Sitte

18 Sep 2020 3:06 pm
More And More People Are Calling Out Delhi Police Over Its Probe Into Delhi Riots

After Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), the Culture Workers Support Trust (CWST) has also called out Delhi Police over its investigation into the Delhi riots. In a statement signed by over 600 people, the organisation condemned the harassment of members of the creative community who they said are being targeted for exercising their democratic right to raise their voice against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, the National Register of Citizens, the National Population Register and st

18 Sep 2020 1:11 pm
Students Back In India Struggle To Keep Up With Classes At US Colleges

Akshay, a second-year Operations Research graduate student at Northeastern University, sleeps for 6-7 hours during the day on Mondays and Wednesdays so that he can stay up for his classes which often start at midnight and go on till 7 AM in the morning. Like many Indian students enrolled in American universities, he left the US earlier this year as campuses started to close down abruptly and the Covid-19 situation worsened in Boston, Massachusetts. Last week, I attended a 3 AM lecture and I was

18 Sep 2020 12:37 pm
Kangana Speaks Like Any Right-Wing Politician, But Why Is It Extra Disappointing?

The year Kangana Ranaut made her debut in Bollywood , 2006, was a landmark year for the industry. Karan Johar attempted to move out of his familiar universe of frothy romances and directed Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna , a dark, albeit problematic, film on extramarital relationships. Farhan Akhtar made Don , a shocking reimagination of an Amitabh Bachchan classic. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehras Rang De Basanti wove political commentary into the mainstream Bollywood format with unmatched confidence and flair.

18 Sep 2020 11:38 am
What Social Distancing? West Bengal Forgets Covid-19 For Mahalaya Rituals

Mahalaya marks the day Goddess Durga is believed to descend from the heavens to earth, and an important day in the Bengali Hindu calendar. Despite constantly increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases in West Bengal , the state recorded 3,197 new cases on Thursday, hundreds chose to flout social distancing norms to perform tarpan, a Mahalaya ritual, on the ghats of Kolkata. The Indian Express reported that Babu Ghat, Princep Ghat, Golabari Ghat in Kolkata saw massive crowds as people took a dip in the

18 Sep 2020 11:24 am
Charlize Theron Reveals She Hasn't Dated Anyone In 5 Years: 'I Dont Feel Lonely'

Charlize Theron has a word of warning for all potential suitors: Come with a lot of game or dont even bother. The Oscar winner is very much single and thats the way she likes it, revealing on Thursdays episode of The Drew Barrymore Show that she hasnt dated anyone seriously in five years. It is strange for people to, kind of, wrap their heads around it, Theron told Barrymore, who said shed also been on a dating hiatus. Ive been on a few dates, but I havent dated anybody for over five years. Ther

18 Sep 2020 10:38 am
16 Straight Hours Inside The Alternate Reality Of Pro-Trump TV Channel OAN

The first thing I learn from One America News Network is that there is a new Rolling Stones flagship store opening on Londons Carnaby Street, where you can always get what you want. The next is that President Donald Trump has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and held a massively successful rally in North Carolina where he condemned mail-in voting. OAN will then tell me that The Atlantic magazine is full of lies and owned by Americas new George Soros. What I dont know at this point on Wedne

18 Sep 2020 10:32 am
How Remote Learning Has Changed The Nature Of School Bullying

For most kids across the country, remote learning means school looks very different this year. Nearly three-fourths of the nations largest school districts have chosen virtual learning as their only instructional model for the beginning of the academic year, according to a Sept. 2 update from Education Week magazine . Classes via Zoom helps protect the health and safety of teaching staff, students and their families. Does the shift in the style of instruction keep kids safe from the threat of sc

18 Sep 2020 9:20 am
Former Model Amy Dorris Says Trump Sexually Assaulted Her At U.S. Open In 1997

A former model has accused US President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in 1997, adding to the list of more than two dozen women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual misconduct over the last few decades. Amy Dorris told The Guardian that Trump shoved his tongue down her throat and grabbed her butt and breasts outside the bathroom in his VIP box at the tournament in New York. Dorris and her then-boyfriend, media mogul Jason Binn, were guests in Trum

18 Sep 2020 8:40 am
J.K. Rowling And The Necessity Of Critiquing Transphobic Tropes

In the 1980 thriller film Dressed to Kill, a tall woman in dark shades, a leather trench, pink lipstick and a blond wig corners an unsuspecting housewife leaving a midnight tryst and brutally slashes her to death in a flurry of aestheticized violence. This sequence happens in the first few minutes of the movie. Part of the twist, we learn later, is that the mysterious serial-killing blond woman is in fact, a cisgender male. In other words, a crazy man in a dress. The crazy man in a dress trope,

18 Sep 2020 8:05 am
Data Debacle Means Modi Govt Had No Idea How Many Construction Workers Needed Help In Lockdown

In a Parliament session in which the Modi government has been pilloried for claiming it has no data on the human cost of the Prime Ministers unplanned and poorly executed national lockdown, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers have tom-tommed one figure: Rs 5000 crores disbursed to millions of construction workers from the construction workers welfare cess fund. Yet, a HuffPost analysis of successive state and central government reports, audits, and interviews with state-level officials, indic

18 Sep 2020 7:54 am
Cooking Burnout During The Pandemic Is Real. Here's How To Cope.

When entering my kitchen one day triggered a physical reaction that ended in gagging profusely, I knew something wasnt right. Despite the fact that my landlord had picked a repulsive countertop, my reaction had more to do with an existential dread to cook than 80s interior design. Naturally, I had figured my 900-square-foot apartment would eventually feel tired after months upon months of staying within its asbestos-ridden walls during the COVID-19 pandemic. But I was surprised that setting foot

17 Sep 2020 6:30 pm
There Are 130 Ways That This Year's Emmys Could Go Horribly Wrong

Dont expect to see a red carpet or an on-stage acceptance speech during this years Emmys , which air in the US this Sunday. As with our day-to-day lives, the award show will look very different due to the coronavirus pandemic . Instead of broadcasting live from a celebrity-filled venue, TVs biggest night will feature 130 live feeds from around the world, which will stream into the Staples Center from the homes and backyards of the 2020 nominees. From New York to Los Angeles, London to Berlin, ea

17 Sep 2020 6:05 pm
'Modi In Denial': International Media Calls Out Govt Over India's Covid Crisis

As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise in India and the tally crosses the 51-lakh mark, international media is calling out Prime Minister Narendra Modi over what they call his denial of Indias Covid crisis. The Guardian , in its 13 September editorial, said that while the pandemic is not Modis fault, he owns his governments dysfunctional response. The national shutdown, it said, destroyed millions of peoples livelihoods. Many of the most affected sit on the bottom rungs of Indian so

17 Sep 2020 4:58 pm
Experts Say India's COVID-19 Death Toll Is Misleading

When Narayan Mitra died on July 16, a day after being admitted to the hospital for fever and breathing difficulties, his name never appeared on any of the official lists put out daily of those killed by the coronavirus. Test results later revealed that Mitra had indeed been infected with COVID-19, as had his son, Abhijit, and four other family members in Silchar, in northeastern Assam state, on Indias border with Bangladesh. But Narayan Mitra still isnt counted as a coronavirus victim. The virus

17 Sep 2020 4:24 pm
Barack Obama Said He Has A Secret Instagram And Now The Hunt Is On

Barack Obama said he has a secret Instagram account a so-called Finsta in a new PSA to get out the youth vote for the 2020 US election. And the former US presidents claim predictably sent social media into overdrive. In an ATTN: video released Wednesday , Obama thanked young people for teaching him how to successfully quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic from sourdough starters to the Renegade Challenge on TikTok. Obama, whose Secret Service code name is Renegade, said hed enjoyed the

17 Sep 2020 3:27 pm
Delhi HC On Rakul Preets Plea: 'Media Should Show Restraint'

NEW DELHI The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought response of the Centre on actor Rakul Preet Singhs plea to stop media reports from connecting her with the Rhea Chakraborty drug case. Justice Navin Chawla issued notice to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Prasar Bharti and the Press Council of India, seeking their stand on the actors petition. The court also asked the authorities to treat her plea as a representation and take a decision on it before the next date of hearing on Octo

17 Sep 2020 1:50 pm
IMA Says 382 Doctors Died Of Covid After Govt Claims No Data On Healthcare Staff

After the Health Ministry said this week that the centre does not maintain data of healthcare workers who died due to Covid-19 , the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has published a list of 382 doctors who died due to the disease and demanded that they be treated as martyrs. When asked about the the number of healthcare staff, including doctors, nurses, support staff and ASHA workers, who died from Covid,Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey said on Tuesday that health is a state su

17 Sep 2020 12:54 pm
Health Worker Deaths, RTI Activists' Murder: Govt Keeps Saying It Has 'No Data'

Lawmakers have returned to Parliament after more than five months as coronavirus cases continue to surge at the fastest pace than anywhere else in the world. In three days since the Monsoon Session of the Parliament began, no such data is maintained has become a recurring theme in the answers the government has provided for various questions posed by the Opposition. Heres a list of things the BJP-led central government says it has no data for: No data on deaths of migrant workers during the lock

17 Sep 2020 12:37 pm
Trump Claims COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Ready In October, Contradicting Experts

Contradicting his own health officials and other experts, US President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that a COVID-19 vaccine would be available as soon as October. He also said that at least 100 million vaccine doses would be distributed in the U.S. by the end of the year. Trumps pronouncement came hours after Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testified before a Senate committee about the availability of a potential vaccine. Redfield told lawmakers tha

17 Sep 2020 12:31 pm
How To Create A Morning Routine That Reduces Anxiety And Stress

As a person whos dealt with anxiety since I was a kid, I find that Im often most anxious first thing in the morning. When I open my eyes, all of the worries and potential stressors that await me flood my mind. The pit in my stomach makes me want to stay in bed as long as I can so I dont have to face the day ahead. Of course, this avoidance only exacerbates what Im feeling. What alleviates it is just the opposite: Getting up on the earlier side so I have time for my morning routine. These days, t

17 Sep 2020 10:13 am
Neil Patrick Harris And Family Had Coronavirus. 'It Was Not Pleasant.'

Not even Doogie Howser MD could have seen this coming. Neil Patrick Harris revealed Tuesday that he contracted COVID-19 early in the pandemic, along with husband David Burtka and their 9-year-old twins, Gideon and Harper. The How I Met Your Mother alum declared that the bunch feels great now. But about six months ago, a familiar symptom clued in Harris that he had become part of the outbreak. We were doing our best before, and I thought I had the flu, and I didnt want to be paranoid about it, he

17 Sep 2020 8:18 am
CDC Director: Masks Are 'The Most Important, Powerful Public Health Tool We Have'

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US again urged people to wear face masks as much as possible and stressed their effectiveness in containing the spread of the coronavirus , in contrast to President Donald Trumps lax attitude toward masks. These face masks are the most important, powerful public health tool we have, and I will continue to appeal for all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings. I have said if we did it for six

17 Sep 2020 8:10 am
Govt Says No Shortage But Hospitals Struggle For Oxygen As Covid Cases Cross 5 Million

MUMBAI, Maharashtra As the oxygen supplies at his hospital dwindled Amit Thadani, a doctor based in Kharghar, stopped calling his suppliers and started calling nearby hospitals to look for vacant beds for his patients. Thirty of Dr Thadanis patients were on oxygen support, six of whom were critical, while his hospital had just enough oxygen to last for less than five hours. I sent 50 cylinders for refilling but they returned empty as the refilling stations did not have oxygen, he said. Fortunat

17 Sep 2020 7:49 am
Uttar Pradesh Reported 400 Custodial Deaths Last Year, Highest In India

Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of custodial death cases registered in the period from 1 April, 2019 to 31 March, 2020, according to data shared by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday. In a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha, the MHA said that 400 cases of deaths in judicial custody and 3 cases in police custody were reported in this period in the state. According to MHA data, there have been 1,697 cases of custodial deaths in the given period in India 1,584 in judicial cu

16 Sep 2020 6:54 pm
Bihar Election: RJD, Grand Alliance Reluctantly Pin Hopes On Tejashwi Amid Flurry Of Defections

In 2019, immediately after a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha election, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) members found they couldnt get in touch with leader Tejashwi Yadav at all. For over a month, as the clamour for him to take responsibility grew and senior leaders tried to hide their embarrassment, Tejashwi, reportedly stationed in New Delhi, remained completely inaccessible. Even when he finally surfaced in Patna, the leader of the opposition didnt make it to key debates in the Bihar assembly,

16 Sep 2020 6:29 pm
Umar Khalid's Pre-Recorded Message: 'They Are Trying To Scare You, Trap You In Lies'

Activists and journalists on Wednesday shared a video message recorded by Umar Khalid before his arrest by the Delhi Police in a case related to the Delhi riots. The video was released three days after his arrest on Sunday. In the video Khalid said the police wasnot catching people who openly instigated the riots, in front of the police, in front of TV cameras, weve all seen this. Forget an FIR, they havent even been called for questioning, he says. Instead, Khalid said false cases were being re

16 Sep 2020 5:22 pm
The Most (And Least) Risky Activities For Spreading Covid-19

When it comes to spreading Covid, not all activities are created equal. Thats according to a fascinating infographic thats been shared on social media, charting the riskiest activities that encourage the virus to spread. Club-goers will be sad to see the heat map suggests nightclubs are the ultimate high-risk activity , followed by seeing a concert or play, attending an indoor party, visiting an indoor bar, attending a sports stadium, and going to church. Also considered high risk but less so th

16 Sep 2020 4:33 pm
Kashmir Political Leaders Call Out Modi Govt's Lie On 'No House Arrest In J&K Now''

Angry Kashmiri political leaders are calling out the Ministry of Home Affairs, which on Tuesday said that no one is under house arrest in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir , though 223 people are still under detention. The ministry was responding to a question in the Lok Sabha asking for details of political leaders under house arrest as of now. Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy said the government of Jammu and Kashmir has reported that after the abrogation of Article 370 i

16 Sep 2020 4:18 pm
Jude Law Recalls Ominous Warning From Virologist Advisers On Set Of Contagion

As Jude Law hunkered down during the coronavirus pandemic, he couldnt help but notice that his 2011 film Contagion had become a popular streaming hit. I find it a little odd that everyone went back to watch that in the middle of the real thing, the actor told host Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Monday. Its like you just turn on the news. You dont need to watch it. Part of the lure of the film today which also starred Kate Winslet, Matt Damon and Laurence Fishburne is its apparent prescience

16 Sep 2020 3:20 pm
Oxygen Supplier, Doctors Flag Supply Concerns As India's Covid Cases Cross 5 Million

MUMBAI - Indias coronavirus infections surged past 5 million on Wednesday, piling pressure on hospitals grappling with unreliable supplies of oxygen that they need to treat tens of thousands of critical patients. In the big states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, that are also some of the worst-affected by the virus, demand for oxygen has more than tripled, doctors and government officials said, prompting urgent calls for help. Desperate patients have been calling me through the night

16 Sep 2020 2:05 pm
Indias First Election During COVID-19 Pandemic: Experts Point Out Worrying Signs In Bihar

The political campaign in Bihar, which will be the first state in India to hold assembly elections since the Covid-19 outbreak, began in earnest last week with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar holding a virtual rally and the Congress organising a virtual meeting in East and West Champaran districts. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also inaugurated three petroleum sector projects on Sunday via video conferencing and praised Kumar for ushering in sushasan (good governance). The campaign is picking up stea

16 Sep 2020 1:58 pm
Journalists Beaten Up In Pulwama: India Tells UN Rights Chief 'Revived Grassroot Democracy' In Jammu-Kashmir

India on Tuesday told the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights it had been able to revive grass root democracy In Jammu and Kashmir even as a photojournalist said he was beaten up by security forces near the site of an encounter in Pulwama. Kamran Yousuf said he sustained leg injuries when he was thrashed by security forces while carrying out his professional duties at Marwal in Pulwama where an encounter with militants was on. Journalists Reshi Irshad and Faisal Bashir were also ch

16 Sep 2020 12:16 pm
Now, BJP's Hema Malini Disagrees With Party Colleague Ravi Kishan Over Bollywood 'Drugs Row'

BJP MP Ravi Kishans remarks on Bollywood and drugs, in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput case, has even his party colleagues riled up. Hema Malinis comments to a television news channel was in complete contrast to what Kishan had said, and appeared to side more with the speech made by Jaya Bachchan, even though she is from a rival party While Jaya Bachchan pointed out in her speech on Tuesday that the government should stand by Bollywood because not only did they pay the highest taxes but

16 Sep 2020 11:40 am
Japan: Yoshihide Suga Elected As PM, Says Covid And Economy His Top Priorities

TOKYO Japans Yoshihide Suga was voted prime minister by parliaments lower house on Wednesday, becoming the countrys first new leader in nearly eight years, as he readied a continuity cabinet expected to keep about half of predecessor Shinzo Abes lineup. Suga, 71, Abes longtime right-hand man, has pledged to pursue many of Abes programmes, including his signature Abenomics economic strategy, and to forge ahead with structural reforms, including deregulation and streamlining bureaucracy. Abe, Jap

16 Sep 2020 11:00 am
Putin Critic Navalny Shares Hospital Photo Of Himself, Plans Return To Russia

BERLIN (AP) Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday posted a picture of himself from his hospital bed in Germany where hes recuperating from being poisoned with a nerve agent, wryly joking about being able to breathe on his own. Hi, this is Navalny, he wrote in the Russian-language post on Instagram in the first image of the 44-year-old since he was taken to Berlins Charite hospital. The photo shows him being given a hug by his wife Yulia and flanked by his two children as he sits u

16 Sep 2020 9:39 am
Debate Is Raging On Twitter Over How A Giraffe Should Wear A Bow Tie

Its time to set aside your political beliefs and engage in one of the most important debates of our lifetime: How should a giraffe wear a bow tie? But would a giraffe wear a bow tie Like or Like This This Good Idea Guy (@SortaBad) September 14, 2020 Some people believe it should be high up. I feel like the first one is correct Roxi Horror (@roxiqt) September 14, 2020 let's think about where a giraffe would wear a regular tie, to me it makes the most sense for it

16 Sep 2020 9:29 am