US evaluating an entire range of Chinese products with access to data on Americans

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 876 total views,  1 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ The United States has said it was evaluating an entire range of Chinese apps and products that may have data on Americans and will be undertaking actions to preserve and protect them from being accessed by the Chinese government, not only TikTok or any one specific company. “It’s something we’re looking at, yes,” President Donald Trump told a TV interviewer Tuesday, about TikTok. “It’s a big business. Look, what happened with China with this virus, what they’ve done to this country and to…

How the pandemic has temporarily overthrown the tyranny of box office

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 2,865 total views,  46 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ The box office has always been the great leveller in Bollywood. A producer once told me that any polarisation within the industry on religious lines would necessarily be superficial because the deity they worship is success. On the flip side, you could be the biggest name, the most adored face, but fail back-to-back and you’d quickly see your star begin to dim. Years ago, I was talking to Farah Khan about gender politics in the business and she jokingly added that industrywallahs didn’t care who…

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne rescheduled to October due to Covid-19 pandemic

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 1,913 total views,  27 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) has announced that the 2020 edition has been pushed ahead, with dates rescheduled from August to October due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. IFFM 2020’s program will be devised in line with public health guidance, with plans for a compact schedule taking place over a week from October 30 to November 7. “The festival is retaining the Short Film Competition and the popular dance competition (to be held on October 31, pending easing of restrictions) but the much…

Covid-19: UK to pay 50% of pub, restaurant bills to aid recovery

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 1,027 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday announced more billions of pounds to help revive the economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic, including a plan to encourage people to ‘eat out to help out’ by paying 50 per cent of their bills in pubs, restaurants and cafes. Delivering his Summer Economic Update in the House of Commons, Sunak announced a package of measures to support jobs, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs. The…

Pakistan coerced Kulbushan Jadhav to refuse case review, says India

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 1,527 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ India has rubbished Pakistan’s claim that Kulbhushan Jadhav who is imprisoned in that country has refused to initiate review petition and called it a farce. In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also accused Pakistan of coercing Jadhav, a former navy officer who was sentenced to death, to refuse to file a review in his case. “Pakistan’s claim that Jadhav, who is incarcerated in Pakistan’s custody, has refused to initiate review petition is a continuation of the farce that has been…

China’s pullback in Ladakh’s Pangong Finger Area to test disengagement

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 289 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ With disengagement between the Indian and Chinese armies making measurable progress in Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Gogra, the focus of reducing tensions in eastern Ladakh has shifted to the sensitive Finger Area near Pangong Tso, where the Indian Army has observed a marginal thinning of troops, vehicles and removal of structures from a key spur over the last 24 hours, people familiar with the developments said on Wednesday, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Some Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) elements have retreated from…

Incredibly aggressive action, says Mike Pompeo on China’s moves in Ladakh

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 149 total views,  1 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ China’s “incredibly aggressive action” along the border with India should not be seen in isolation but in a larger context where Xi Jinping’s Chinese communist party is engaging in an increasing revisionist effort with its neighbours, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. Pompeo added he was confident that the world will come to understand the threat that is presented by Xi Jinping’s party and will come together to respond in a way that is “powerful and important”. “I have spoken…

Rain delays international cricket’s return in England-West Indies Test

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 456 total views “Rain delayed the start of the first Test between England and the West Indies. ©AFP” /> Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Rain meant there was no play before lunch on Wednesday’s opening day of the first Test between England and the West Indies at Southampton, the first international cricket match since March. The eagerly anticipated fixture marks the sport’s global return from months of coronavirus-enforced lockdown. The last Test match, between New Zealand and India, concluded on March 2, six days before the final of the Women’s T20 World…

Cricket returns as England bat in first Test against West Indies

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 461 total views,  1 views today “England’s Ben Stokes won the toss against the West Indies. ©AFP” /> Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – England captain Ben Stokes decided to bat in the first Test against the West Indies at Southampton on Wednesday as international cricket resumed after the coronavirus lockdown. Stokes was leading England for the first time, with regular captain Joe Root missing the match to attend the birth of his second child. For the first match of the three-Test series, England left out veteran paceman Stuart Broad, their second most successful…

England, West Indies take a knee as international cricket resumes

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 413 total views,  1 views today “West Indies players take a knee at the Ageas Bowl. ©AFP” /> Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – International cricket resumed after a four-month coronavirus shutdown on Wednesday as England and West Indies players took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement under grey skies in Southampton. England stand-in captain Ben Stokes won the toss following a rain delay and opted to bat but just three overs were possible before the weather intervened again. The players gathered in a semi-circle on the pitch before…