PM Modi discusses coronavirus issue with Bangladesh counterpart

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 674 total views PM Modi and Bangladesh PM spoke regarding efforts to contain the pandemic in the region. (Mohd Zakir/HT FILE PHOTO) COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday discussed collaboration in the fight against Covid-19 and the cross-border movement of essential items amid the lockdown in both countries. Modi, who spoke on the phone with Hasina, assured her of India’s readiness to help Bangladesh in containing the spread of Covid-19 and mitigating the health and economic impact of the pandemic, according to…

Singapore reports 690 new Covid-19 cases, mostly foreign workers

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 647 total views,  1 views today Medical personnel attend to migrant workers at a dormitory amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore, April 29, 2020.(Reuters file photo) COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Singapore on Wednesday reported 690 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of Covid-19 patients, a vast majority of whom are foreigners, to 15,641, the health ministry said. Out of the 690 fresh cases, six are Singapore citizens or permanent residents while the rest of them are foreigners with work permits residing in dormitories, it said. “We are still working through…

Smith is ‘strange’ but a ‘genius’, says Stokes

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 2,053 total views “Australia’s Steve Smith was the top-scorer during last year’s Ashes series in England. ©AFP” /> New Delhi (AFP) – England’s Ben Stokes has said his Australian rival and IPL teammate Steve Smith is a “genius” as well as “strange” as he hailed the number one Test batsman. “He’s still strange to play against and he’s still strange to play with.And the best thing about it is that he admits it,” Stokes said in a podcast broadcast by their Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. “But I…

Australia’s Warner says England tour ‘highly unlikely’

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 1,927 total views “Australia’s David Warner cast doubt on the tour in July. ©AFP” /> Sydney (AFP) – Veteran batsman David Warner believes Australia’s upcoming limited -overs tour of England will be scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Australians were scheduled to play three one-dayers and three Twenty20 matches against England in July. But last week the England and Wales Cricket Board delayed the start of their season until July 1 at the earliest and players may need some warm-up cricket before returning to the international arena. There has been speculation…

England captain Root reveals Ellen DeGeneres sledges

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 1,929 total views “Ellen lookalike? – England captain Joe Root . ©AFP” /> London (AFP) – England captain Joe Root said Tuesday he had been sledged during his cricket career for looking like American comedian and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres. Sledging, the practice where a fielding side verbally abuses a batsman to disturb his concentration, can take many forms. But Root said he understood what had led opponents to come up with the unusual jibe. “I’ve been called Ellen DeGeneres on a number of occasions over the course of my…

It’s a boy: British PM Boris Johnson’s fiancee gives birth

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 595 total views,  1 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, has given birth to a baby boy, Downing Street said on Wednesday. Both mother and child are doing well. The boy was born at a London hospital. Johnson returned to work on Monday, a month after testing positive for COVID which he said had threatened his life. Symonds also had symptoms of COVID but recovered swiftly. The couple, who have been living together in Downing Street since Johnson became prime minister in July, announced in…

Spain reports 325 new Covid-19 deaths, total deaths cross 24,000

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 435 total views Infections stand over 212,000, although the Health Ministry’s figure only includes the cases confirmed by the most reliable laboratory tests that are not being conducted massively.(AP file photo) COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ With 325 new confirmed deaths from coronavirus, Spain on Wednesday witnessed a slight rebound in fatalities for a total of 24,275 since the beginning of the pandemic. Infections stand over 212,000, although the Health Ministry’s figure only includes the cases confirmed by the most reliable laboratory tests that are not being conducted massively. Authorities want to come…

India green-lights UAE, Kuwait request for ex-military doctors, nurses

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 384 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ The government has given an in-principle approval to requests from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to send Indian doctors and paramedics to help the two Gulf countries fight the Covid-19 pandemic, a top government official told Hindustan Times on Wednesday. Kuwait was the first one to seek Indian medical assistance earlier this month when Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah called Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Indian Air Force had then flown a 15-member military rapid response team. As this team was wrapping up…

Irfan Khan, actor extraordinaire and India’s face in the West, dies at 53

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 3,765 total views,  1 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Actor Irrfan Khan has died at the age of 53, after being admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Wednesday, where was under observation for colon infection. India’s most recognisable face in the west and an actor par excellence, Irrfan had left India shocked in 2018 when he had announced that he’d been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour. “‘I trust, I have surrendered,’” were the words with which his family confirmed his death, while adding, “ These were the some of the many words that…