Bhaskar Live English News https://www.bhaskarlive.in Latest News, Breaking News, National news, Business News, Entertainment News, Sports News, Political News, Top stories, Trending topics, Videos & Photos | BhaskarLive.in Sat, 22 Feb 2020 09:04:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Basking in the success and her achievements, content czarina Ekta Kapoor is the force to reckon with! https://www.bhaskarlive.in/basking-in-the-success-and-her-achievements-content-czarina-ekta-kapoor-is-the-force-to-reckon-with/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=basking-in-the-success-and-her-achievements-content-czarina-ekta-kapoor-is-the-force-to-reckon-with https://www.bhaskarlive.in/basking-in-the-success-and-her-achievements-content-czarina-ekta-kapoor-is-the-force-to-reckon-with/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:18:03 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/?p=214559 Ekta Kapoor has bought a huge wave across all formats of media consumption with her path-breaking content and has impacted the masses of all age groups. The content czarina has also broken taboos over the years with daily soaps like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kkusum which were different and continues to be […]

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Ekta Kapoor has bought a huge wave across all formats of media consumption with her path-breaking content and has impacted the masses of all age groups. The content czarina has also broken taboos over the years with daily soaps like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kkusum which were different and continues to be a trailblazer with her choices which truly makes her a force to reckon with!

The three format queen of Bollywood thought much ahead of time in the early 2000s and started her journey making the perfect use of her reach and wide popularity.

Talking about her journey, Ekta shares, “Life happened to me, I think” on having a flash on what an entire transition the producer has bought through after almost a month of receiving the Padma Shri award, the nation’s fourth-highest civilian award. Ekta surely well deserved it.

After bringing a storm in the television industry, the content czarina stepped into the cinema world and even took the spotlight by delivering movies like Dream Girl, recently where she definitely some more barriers. With a wide range of TV Serials, films, and web shows, there is no screen that is untouched and unconquered by her.

With an experience of over two decades, Ekta surely knows what are the social issues needed to be highlighted and she does it purely for the love of content. From shaping the context of new-age women to subjects that have been untapped, Ekta has delivered promising stories and this win has definitely added another feather in her cap.

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Special screening of Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Thappad’ in Jaipur witnesses all cheers and applause. Check pictures! https://www.bhaskarlive.in/special-screening-of-anubhav-sinhas-thappad-in-jaipur-witnesses-all-cheers-and-applause-check-pictures/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=special-screening-of-anubhav-sinhas-thappad-in-jaipur-witnesses-all-cheers-and-applause-check-pictures https://www.bhaskarlive.in/special-screening-of-anubhav-sinhas-thappad-in-jaipur-witnesses-all-cheers-and-applause-check-pictures/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:11:50 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/?p=214488 Anubhav Sinha’s directorial Thappad has been making waves all across with its hard-hitting content. After receiving a fabulous response in Delhi and Bhopal, filmmaker Hansal Mehta held a special screening of Thappad in Jaipur which witnessed a great response from the audience. Also, present at the special screening were actress Taapsee Pannu and director Anubhav […]

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Anubhav Sinha’s directorial Thappad has been making waves all across with its hard-hitting content. After receiving a fabulous response in Delhi and Bhopal, filmmaker Hansal Mehta held a special screening of Thappad in Jaipur which witnessed a great response from the audience.

Also, present at the special screening were actress Taapsee Pannu and director Anubhav Sinha who also made it a point to interact with those present. Hoots and cheers were the best features of the night once the screening was concluded.

Earlier, at the Bhopal screening as well, the movie received a standing ovation from everyone in attendance. The movie has already been declared a hit by the people who have watched it and it comes as no surprise after seeing earlier gut-wrenching and content-driven films such as Article 15 and Mulk by the director, Anubhav Sinha.

Thappad produced by Anubhav Sinha and Bhushan Kumar starring Taapsee Pannu will release on 28 February 2020 and the entire nation is already waiting for the film. “Thappad- Bas itni si baat?”, is already resonating with the audience.

The second trailer of the movie was recently released and received a strike on YouTube owing to the fact that it was reported by millions of users as urged by the makers and Taapsee.

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4 Aussies among Japan cruise ship evacuees contract COVID-19 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/4-aussies-among-japan-cruise-ship-evacuees-contract-covid-19/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=4-aussies-among-japan-cruise-ship-evacuees-contract-covid-19 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/4-aussies-among-japan-cruise-ship-evacuees-contract-covid-19/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:10:29 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/4-aussies-among-japan-cruise-ship-evacuees-contract-covid-19/ Sydney/Tokyo, Feb 22 | Authorities confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday among Australians recently evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had been quarantined in Japan after hundreds of cases were detected on board. The four tested positive out of 17 evacuees after experiencing respiratory problems symptoms on arrival in Darwin, the […]

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Sydney/Tokyo, Feb 22 | Authorities confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday among Australians recently evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had been quarantined in Japan after hundreds of cases were detected on board.

The four tested positive out of 17 evacuees after experiencing respiratory problems symptoms on arrival in Darwin, the country’s health ministry said in a statement.

This takes the total to six from the 164 Australians evacuated from the cruise ship, who were housed in a quarantine centre in the city, reports Efe news.

The Ministry said it was unlikely that infections would have occurred during the flight and added that the infected were in stable condition with moderate symptoms of the disease.

On the other hand, the authorities said strict mechanisms would be put in place to allow the return of some 760 Chinese secondary school students stuck in their own country because of travel restrictions in the wake of the outbreak.

“The decision was taken based on the best medical advice available and with the safety of Australians as the number one priority,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement.

The measure, which will put students through a quarantine period, was approved in the face of a clear reduction in cases in China, although those from Hubei Province, the epidemic’s epicentre, will be excluded from it.

Meanwhile, several Japanese health ministry officials aboard the Diamond Princess, where 634 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, have not been tested for the virus and have returned to their jobs, the country’s state broadcaster NHK said on Saturday.

NHK said that about 90 officials who boarded the ship anchored in Yokohama were not subjected to any test before returning to their offices.

Four of the officials on board underwent tests after showing symptoms and were found to have been infected, according to prior reports.

Experts consulted by NHK believe that, although appropriate preventive measures had been taken, these officials should have been asked to work from home during the maximum incubation period, which is 14 days.

Apart from the 634 cases on the Diamond Princess, another 96 infections have been confirmed in Japan so far, bringing the total to 730, and making it the most affected country outside China.

Source: IANS

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School bus in London asks Prince Andrew to call FBI https://www.bhaskarlive.in/school-bus-in-london-asks-prince-andrew-to-call-fbi/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=school-bus-in-london-asks-prince-andrew-to-call-fbi https://www.bhaskarlive.in/school-bus-in-london-asks-prince-andrew-to-call-fbi/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:10:23 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/school-bus-in-london-asks-prince-andrew-to-call-fbi/ London, Feb 22 | A yellow American school bus is driving around London with a poster featuring Prince Andrew on the side and a message urging him to answer questions from the FBI about his friendship with late American financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, a media report said. The poster on the side of […]

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London, Feb 22 | A yellow American school bus is driving around London with a poster featuring Prince Andrew on the side and a message urging him to answer questions from the FBI about his friendship with late American financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, a media report said.

The poster on the side of the bus, which drove past the Buckingham Palace on Friday, read: “If you see this man please ask him to call the FBI to answer their questions,” the Metro newspaper reported.

The stunt was reportedly organised by attorney Gloria Allred who is representing several of Epstein’s accusers.

The bus, which featured her website address and a phone number, was pulled over by police in Park Street, according to witnesses.

One witness described the vehicle as “weird” and claimed that officers spoke to the driver for around 10 minutes before it was allowed to drive off.

The development comes after Allred gave an impromptu press conference on the steps of the New York supreme court on Friday in which she appealed for the Duke of York to share information with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“My clients deserve the truth. They have been denied justice so many times over so many years, and there will be no justice without the truth. And there will be no truth unless Prince Andrew stops hiding from the FBI and from the public. This is unacceptable,” the Metro newspaper quoted the lawyer as saying.

“I implore you Prince Andrew. You must do the right thing and stop shaming your family – the Queen, your children. If you have done nothing wrong then just talk to the FBI.”

The UK royal was removed from public duties last November following allegations he had slept with a teenager who was trafficked by Epstein, who was found dead in his New York jail cell while awaiting trial last August.

The victim, Virginia Giuffre, has claimed she was trafficked when she was 17 and was forced into sexual encounters with the Prince in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein.

Prince Andrew has denied any wrongdoing and last year, he had indicated his willingness to cooperate with investigators.

Source: IANS

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Nirbhaya convicts asked to avail their final family meeting https://www.bhaskarlive.in/nirbhaya-convicts-asked-to-avail-their-final-family-meeting/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nirbhaya-convicts-asked-to-avail-their-final-family-meeting https://www.bhaskarlive.in/nirbhaya-convicts-asked-to-avail-their-final-family-meeting/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:10:15 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/nirbhaya-convicts-asked-to-avail-their-final-family-meeting/ New Delhi, Feb 22 | The Tihar Jail authorities have written to the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case regarding their final meeting with their families. This comes 10 days ahead of March 3 — the date set for the execution of the four death row convicts in the […]

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New Delhi, Feb 22 | The Tihar Jail authorities have written to the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case regarding their final meeting with their families.

This comes 10 days ahead of March 3 — the date set for the execution of the four death row convicts in the 2012 gang rape and murder case.

“Given in writing to the four accused about their final meeting with family. Informed Mukesh and Pawan that they have already availed the final meeting. Asked Akshay and Pawan to indicate their date of final meeting. Apart from this the regular meetings of twice a week is continuing for all of them,” a senior jail official said.

A Delhi court on February 17, ordered that the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case will be hanged “by the neck until they are dead” on March 3 at 6 a.m. after observing that deferring the execution any further would be sacrilegious to the victim’s rights.

“Article 21 merely guarantees an opportunity to the condemned convicts to exercise their legal rights. However, whether to utilise this opportunity is a matter of choice. The executions were deferred twice… deferring them any further would be sacrilegious to the rights of the victim for expeditious justice,” the court observed.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana was hearing a petition seeking the issuance of a fresh date for the execution of the death warrants in the case.

On January 31, a trial court had stayed “till further order” the execution of the four convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh, 32, Pawan Gupta, 25, Vinay Kumar Sharma, 26, and Akshay Kumar, 31.

Of the four convicts, Pawan has not yet availed the remedy of either curative petition or mercy plea.

Source: IANS

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Nirbhaya case: Court reserves order on convict’s plea https://www.bhaskarlive.in/nirbhaya-case-court-reserves-order-on-convicts-plea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nirbhaya-case-court-reserves-order-on-convicts-plea https://www.bhaskarlive.in/nirbhaya-case-court-reserves-order-on-convicts-plea/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:10:11 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/nirbhaya-case-court-reserves-order-on-convicts-plea/ New Delhi, Feb 22 | A Delhi court on Saturday reserved its order on an application filed by one of the death-row convicts in Nirbhaya rape case seeking better treatment for his claimed mental illness, schizophrenia and head and arm injuries. An application was moved on behalf of Vinay Sharma, seeking a direction to shift […]

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New Delhi, Feb 22 | A Delhi court on Saturday reserved its order on an application filed by one of the death-row convicts in Nirbhaya rape case seeking better treatment for his claimed mental illness, schizophrenia and head and arm injuries.

An application was moved on behalf of Vinay Sharma, seeking a direction to shift him to Delhi’s Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS) for “high level treatment” for his mental illness.

Vinay also attempted to hurt himself by hitting his head against a wall in jail, earlier this week. He also sought treatment for it.

Vinay has exhausted all this legal remedies. He, along with three other convicts, are scheduled to be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m.

One of the convicts, Pawan, has yet not availed the remedy of either curative or mercy petition.

The case pertains to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in the national capital in December 2012.

Source: IANS

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Shopify joins Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project https://www.bhaskarlive.in/shopify-joins-facebooks-libra-cryptocurrency-project/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shopify-joins-facebooks-libra-cryptocurrency-project https://www.bhaskarlive.in/shopify-joins-facebooks-libra-cryptocurrency-project/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:10:05 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/shopify-joins-facebooks-libra-cryptocurrency-project/ San Francisco, Feb 22 | After several top-notch companies decided to withdraw from the Libra Association, the cryptocurrency project championed by Facebook has got a major new entrant — Canadian e-commerce major Shopify. Shopify said it would work with other members of the association to collectively build a payment network that makes money easier to […]

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San Francisco, Feb 22 | After several top-notch companies decided to withdraw from the Libra Association, the cryptocurrency project championed by Facebook has got a major new entrant — Canadian e-commerce major Shopify.

Shopify said it would work with other members of the association to collectively build a payment network that makes money easier to access and supports merchants and consumers everywhere.

“Our mission is to make commerce better for everyone and to do that, we spend a lot of our time thinking about how to make commerce better in parts of the world where money and banking could be far better,” the company said in a statement on Friday.

“That’s why we decided to become a member of the Libra Association. This is one step, but not the only step we’ll be taking to be a part of the solution to this global problem,” it added.

The Libra Association last year said that that over 1,500 entities indicated interest in joining the Libra project effort since the project was announced on June 18, 2019. Facebook and 20 partner organisations formally joined the digital currency project during a meeting in Geneva in October.

The stated mission of the association is to build a better payment network, broadening access to essential financial services, and lowering costs for billions of people who need it the most.

However, the project courted controversies and telecom major Vodafone, which was one of the 21 organisations which signed onto the Libra Association charter in October, decided to exit the project last month.

Earlier, companies including PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, Mercado Pago, eBay, Stripe and Booking Holdings withdrew from the project.

Several US senators have opposed Facebook’s digital coin, arguing that the social networking giant has been irresponsible with user data privacy. They have even called the digital cryptocurrency Libra “delusional” and “dangerous”.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Congress last October about Libra, defending the idea, but acknowledging the struggles left to overcome.

Shopify said its decision to join the Libra Association was in line with the company’s mission to create an infrastructure that empowers more entrepreneurs around the world.

“Our mission has always been to support the entrepreneurial journey of the more than one million merchants on our platform. That means advocating for transparent fees and easy access to capital, and ensuring the security and privacy of our merchants’ customer data,” the company said.

Source: IANS

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Kejriwal, Sisodia may not accompany Melania to Delhi govt schools: Sources https://www.bhaskarlive.in/kejriwal-sisodia-may-not-accompany-melania-to-delhi-govt-schools-sources/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kejriwal-sisodia-may-not-accompany-melania-to-delhi-govt-schools-sources https://www.bhaskarlive.in/kejriwal-sisodia-may-not-accompany-melania-to-delhi-govt-schools-sources/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:10:00 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/kejriwal-sisodia-may-not-accompany-melania-to-delhi-govt-schools-sources/ New Delhi, Feb 22 | Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his former deputy Manish Sisodia may have been dropped from the list of dignitaries accompanying US first lady Melania Trump during her February 25 visit to a Delhi government school here, according to sources on Saturday. The development is significant as she will be witnessing […]

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New Delhi, Feb 22 | Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his former deputy Manish Sisodia may have been dropped from the list of dignitaries accompanying US first lady Melania Trump during her February 25 visit to a Delhi government school here, according to sources on Saturday.

The development is significant as she will be witnessing the AAP government’s flagship happiness curriculum that was introduced by Sisodia two years ago as an attempt to reduce stress among school children, which involves 40 minutes of meditation, relaxing and even outdoor activities.

Taking on the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre, AAP’s National Executive member Preeti Sharma Menon in a tweet responded to the media reports.

She said: “There is no match for the pettiness of Narendra Modi. You may not invite Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, but their work speaks for them.”

AAP Minister Gopal Rai during a press conference though said that he has no knowledge of the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister being dropped from the guest list of Melania Trump visit to a government school.

“We have not received any official information on the same. And till the time we don’t receive any official information regarding the same, we are not in a position to comment on it,” Rai said.

According to senior Delhi government sources, the US First Lady is likely to visit the school in south Delhi and see first-hand the impact of the ‘happiness curriculum’ introduced by Delhi’s AAP government in 2018.

Trump is scheduled to visit India on February 24 and 25. The US first couple will spend the first day of the trip in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and Uttar Pradesh’s Agra before moving to Delhi for official reception and bilateral talks.

This is Donald Trump’s first state visit to India and also a first standalone visit by a US President to India.

Source: IANS

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PSL 2020: Team official spotted using mobile in dug-out https://www.bhaskarlive.in/psl-2020-team-official-spotted-using-mobile-in-dug-out/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=psl-2020-team-official-spotted-using-mobile-in-dug-out https://www.bhaskarlive.in/psl-2020-team-official-spotted-using-mobile-in-dug-out/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:09:55 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/psl-2020-team-official-spotted-using-mobile-in-dug-out/ New Delhi, Feb 22 | Just two days after the start of the 2020 season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), a controversy has broken out after a team official was spotted using mobile phone in the dugout. During the second match — played on Friday night — a team official of Karachi Kings was […]

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New Delhi, Feb 22 | Just two days after the start of the 2020 season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), a controversy has broken out after a team official was spotted using mobile phone in the dugout.

During the second match — played on Friday night — a team official of Karachi Kings was spotted using a mobile phone in the players’ dugout while the team was on the field against Peshawar Zalmi at the National Stadium in Karachi.

The entire incident was broadcasted live and many shared snapshots of the same on social media.

Pakistan legend Shoaib Akhtar was one of the many to point out the misconduct. “This is so wrong using mobile phone in dug out,” the tweet read.

As per the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC), mobile phones are banned from dressing rooms and players along with members of team management are allowed to use only walkie-talkies.

According to reports, Kings’ media manager Faisal Mirza said that Tariq Wasi, who was later identified as the one using the mobile phone, was the team’s manager. However, according to the team-sheet issued at the time of toss, Navaid Rasheed was named as the side’s manager.

The Kings posted 201/4 in 20 overs riding on half centuries from Babar Azam (78) and Imad Wasim (50). In reply, Peshawar Zalmi could manage 191/7 in their allotted and lost the match by 10 runs.

Source: IANS

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RSS leader says Fadnavis’ fate as ‘ex-CM’ for limited time https://www.bhaskarlive.in/rss-leader-says-fadnavis-fate-as-ex-cm-for-limited-time/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-leader-says-fadnavis-fate-as-ex-cm-for-limited-time https://www.bhaskarlive.in/rss-leader-says-fadnavis-fate-as-ex-cm-for-limited-time/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:09:48 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/rss-leader-says-fadnavis-fate-as-ex-cm-for-limited-time/ Nagpur, Feb 22 | Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) general secretary Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi has said that the tenure of Devendra Fadnavis as ‘ex-chief minister of Maharashtra’ is for a limited period only. “It is not his fate to be the Leader of Opposition or an ex-chief minister for very long. Both these are of short […]

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Nagpur, Feb 22 | Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) general secretary Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi has said that the tenure of Devendra Fadnavis as ‘ex-chief minister of Maharashtra’ is for a limited period only.

“It is not his fate to be the Leader of Opposition or an ex-chief minister for very long. Both these are of short durations, political ups and downs are part of a democracy,” Joshi said.

His telling comments came while addressing a function in the city on Friday – where the BJP’s Leader of Opposition Fadnavis and other dignitaries were present – and were greeted with applause by the gathering.

The RSS leader said that despite all its flaws, democracy still remains the best form of governance for the country, but lamented that despite the Constitution giving ‘rights’, people continue to be indifferent to their ‘duties’.

“There are governments in a democracy which come and go. The government is vested with huge power which is created by the society. The world over, democratic form of governance has the least of flaws and it continues to be the most ideal system,” Joshi said.

In order to achieve success for the democracy, the common masses need to be awakened as the real strength of democracy is vested in them.

While the Constitution has given us rights, but it is not very clear what the duties of the people are, and there is a need to rekindle this responsibility towards duty.

Joshi’s comments on Fadnavis have gone viral on social media as they seem to suggest a political upheaval vis-a-vis the ruling Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress’ Maha Vikas Aghadi.

Incidentally, ever since the MVA led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray assumed office on November 28 last year, the BJP has been predicting that very soon it will romp back to power in the state.

Source: IANS

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UK to issue blue passports after decades https://www.bhaskarlive.in/uk-to-issue-blue-passports-after-decades/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=uk-to-issue-blue-passports-after-decades https://www.bhaskarlive.in/uk-to-issue-blue-passports-after-decades/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:09:33 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/uk-to-issue-blue-passports-after-decades/ London, Feb 22 | Blue passports will be issued to Britons for the first time in decades from next month to mark the UKs departure from the European Union (EU), a media report said on Saturday. Championed by Brexiteers, the new passport will replace the burgundy ones which were rolled out in 1988, the Metro […]

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London, Feb 22 | Blue passports will be issued to Britons for the first time in decades from next month to mark the UKs departure from the European Union (EU), a media report said on Saturday.

Championed by Brexiteers, the new passport will replace the burgundy ones which were rolled out in 1988, the Metro newspaper said in the report.

As well as the colour change, the back cover of the new passports will now feature embossed floral emblems of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Blue passports were first used in 1921, and remained the colour of choice until the UK joined the EU (then the European Economic Community) in 1973 and a change to burgundy was later agreed to harmonise designs across member states.

Burgundy passports can still be used for travel until they expire.

The first new passports will be issued from the beginning of March, and by mid-2020 all new passports will be blue, according to the government.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said that by returning to the ‘iconic’ blue and gold design, the passports will “once again be entwined with our national identity”.

“Leaving the EU gave us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path in the world,” the Metro newspaper quoted Patel as saying on Friday.

“By returning to the iconic blue and gold design, the British passport will once again be entwined with our national identity and I cannot wait to travel on one.”

The new passports are said to be the greenest and most technologically advanced yet, with new and updated security features to keep personal data secure.

Britain exited the EU on January 31. The country is now at a “turning point” as it enters an 11-month transition period in which it must hammer out a new relationship with former partners.

Source: IANS

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IS supporter admits plotting attack on London cathedral https://www.bhaskarlive.in/is-supporter-admits-plotting-attack-on-london-cathedral/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=is-supporter-admits-plotting-attack-on-london-cathedral https://www.bhaskarlive.in/is-supporter-admits-plotting-attack-on-london-cathedral/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:09:17 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/is-supporter-admits-plotting-attack-on-london-cathedral/ London, Feb 22 | A female British supporter of the Islamic State (IS) terror group has admitted to to slaughter innocent tourists in a devastating suicide bomb attack on the St Paul’s Cathedral in London, it was reported. A London court heard on Friday that Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, went on a reconnaissance trip to […]

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London, Feb 22 | A female British supporter of the Islamic State (IS) terror group has admitted to to slaughter innocent tourists in a devastating suicide bomb attack on the St Paul’s Cathedral in London, it was reported.

A London court heard on Friday that Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, went on a reconnaissance trip to scope out the historic site and a hotel in the UK capital, reports The Sun newspaper.

Shaikh also tried contacting a bomb maker online and asked if he could build IEDs as she was plotting an attack.

But she was caught out when the explosives expert turned out to be an undercover police officer.

At the Old Bailey or the Central Criminal Court here, Shaikh on Friday admitted to the preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of militant publications.

The court heard that she intended to leave one bomb in the hotel and then take the other to St Paul’s.

Once there, she planned to detonate the IED – killing herself and slaughtering innocent visitors to the iconic site.

Source: IANS

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‘Sinister campaign on social media to influence Judiciary’ https://www.bhaskarlive.in/sinister-campaign-on-social-media-to-influence-judiciary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sinister-campaign-on-social-media-to-influence-judiciary https://www.bhaskarlive.in/sinister-campaign-on-social-media-to-influence-judiciary/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:09:13 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/sinister-campaign-on-social-media-to-influence-judiciary/ New Delhi, Feb 22 | Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday expressed concern over “sinister campaign” on the social media attempting to influence the judiciary, where some people expect through this tool, the judiciary could be eventually influenced. Speaking at the inaugural session of the International Judicial Conference, Prasad said, “Sinister trend some […]

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New Delhi, Feb 22 | Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday expressed concern over “sinister campaign” on the social media attempting to influence the judiciary, where some people expect through this tool, the judiciary could be eventually influenced.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the International Judicial Conference, Prasad said, “Sinister trend some people start campaigning on the social media on certain issue,” adding this section through this campaign is trying to influence the judiciary, especially attempting to establish, what kind of judgement should be on sensitive issues.

Prasad reiterated this is a serious concern, as the judiciary is independent. “They campaign in social media… on what kind of judgement they expect”, he added.

The law minister refrained from naming the protests or campaign against the Citizenship Amendment Act, especially the Shaheen Bagh, which has been going on for more than two months.

The law minister also said that the right to privacy is very important, and it must be protected. “But, terrorists and corrupts cannot claim right to privacy”, said Prasad.

He emphasized that internet is one of the greatest innovation of human kind, and attempts to abuse it cannot be allowed.

“We have given constitutional right to privacy… We should not allow anybody to kill this innovation (internet)…. terrorist should not be allowed to abuse internet”, he added.

Source: IANS

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Pak resorts to ceasefire violation in J&K’s Poonch https://www.bhaskarlive.in/pak-resorts-to-ceasefire-violation-in-jks-poonch/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pak-resorts-to-ceasefire-violation-in-jks-poonch https://www.bhaskarlive.in/pak-resorts-to-ceasefire-violation-in-jks-poonch/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:09:05 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/pak-resorts-to-ceasefire-violation-in-jks-poonch/ Srinagar, Feb 22 | Pakistani Army on Saturday resorted to unprovoked firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Qasba, Shahpur and Kirni sectors of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to details, firing, which started Saturday morning, is going on from both sides. Sources said Indian army is giving a befitting […]

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Srinagar, Feb 22 | Pakistani Army on Saturday resorted to unprovoked firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Qasba, Shahpur and Kirni sectors of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to details, firing, which started Saturday morning, is going on from both sides.

Sources said Indian army is giving a befitting response to Pakistani aggression.

This comes a day after Pakistan restored to ceasefire violation in the same sectors.

Earlier this month, a 60-year-old civilian was killed and three others were injured in Pakistani firing at the LoC in the Shahpur sector of Poonch.

Source: IANS

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Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts in US https://www.bhaskarlive.in/twitter-suspends-70-pro-bloomberg-accounts-in-us/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=twitter-suspends-70-pro-bloomberg-accounts-in-us https://www.bhaskarlive.in/twitter-suspends-70-pro-bloomberg-accounts-in-us/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 12:43:49 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/twitter-suspends-70-pro-bloomberg-accounts-in-us/ Washington, Feb 22 | Twitter has suspended 70 accounts in the US that were posting pro-Michael Bloomberg content for allegedly violating its online policies. According to a report in The Los Angeles Times on Friday, the Democratic Party contender’s campaign has deployed a large number of Twitter accounts to push out identical messages in the […]

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Washington, Feb 22 | Twitter has suspended 70 accounts in the US that were posting pro-Michael Bloomberg content for allegedly violating its online policies.

According to a report in The Los Angeles Times on Friday, the Democratic Party contender’s campaign has deployed a large number of Twitter accounts to push out identical messages in the US presidential election this year.

“We have taken enforcement action on a group of accounts for violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam,” a Twitter spokesperson was quoted as saying.

The Bloomberg campaign has allegedly hired hundreds of temporary employees to pump out campaign messages through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Twitter said some of the account suspensions will be permanent.

Earlier, a video posted by Bloomberg left Facebook and Twitter divided on whether it violates their policies.

While Twitter said the video would be labelled as manipulated media under the platform’s new deepfakes policy, Facebook said the same video would not violate the platform’s deepfakes rules.

Earlier this month, Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube refused to pull down an edited video posted by US President Donald Trump that showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping up a copy of the former’s State of the Union address.

Source: IANS

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Window of opportunity to curb COVID-19 spread narrowing: WHO https://www.bhaskarlive.in/window-of-opportunity-to-curb-covid-19-spread-narrowing-who/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=window-of-opportunity-to-curb-covid-19-spread-narrowing-who https://www.bhaskarlive.in/window-of-opportunity-to-curb-covid-19-spread-narrowing-who/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 12:43:46 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/window-of-opportunity-to-curb-covid-19-spread-narrowing-who/ Geneva, Feb 22 | The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the window of opportunity to contain the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic was narrowing, urging the international community to act quickly before it completely closes. “The window of opportunity (to contain the outbreak) may be closing,” Xinhua news agency quoted WHO […]

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Geneva, Feb 22 | The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the window of opportunity to contain the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic was narrowing, urging the international community to act quickly before it completely closes.

“The window of opportunity (to contain the outbreak) may be closing,” Xinhua news agency quoted WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying at a briefing here on Friday.

Though the number of cases outside China has remained relatively small, it’s “very worrisome” that some of the cases did not have clear epidemiological link, such as travel history to China or contact with a confirmed case, he added.

Besides the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, South Korea now has the most confirmed cases outside China.

“We are working closely with the government to fully understand the transmission dynamics that led to this increase,” Tedros said.

South Korea confirmed 142 more cases of the COVID-19 on Saturday, raising the total number of infections to 346.

The WHO chief also mentioned that Iran has reported 18 cases during the past two days and four deaths, which is “very concerning”, given the fact that there is also a case now in Lebanon who is linked to Iran.

Those “dots or trends” were actually very concerning, he said.

However, Tedros believed that “the window of opportunity is still there”.

He called on the international community, including the financing, to act quickly to control the epidemic before the window closes completely.

Tedros urged other countries to also be very serious in their actions.

“But at the same time, we have to prepare for any eventualities, because this outbreak could go in any direction, and even become messy,” he warned.

“If we do well within the narrowing window of opportunity, we can avert any serious crisis. If we squander the opportunity, then there will be a serious problem in our hands,” he noted.

As of Saturday morning, the number of confirmed cases outside China were reported in Japan (727), South Korea (346), Singapore (86), Hong Kong (69), Thailand (35), Taiwan (26), Malaysia (22), Iran (18), Australia (17), Italy (16), Germany (16), Vietnam (16), the US (16), France (12), the UAE (11), Macau (10), the UK (nine), Canada (nine), India (three), the Philippines (three), Russia (two), Spain (two), Israel (one), Egypt (one), Lebanon (one), Cambodia (one), Finland (one), Nepal (one), Sri Lanka (one), Sweden (one) and Belgium (one).

The deaths outside China were recorded in Iran (four), Japan (three), South Korea (two), Hong Kong (two), Italy (one), France (one) and the Philippines (one).

Source: IANS

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HK airport unveils package for ailing aviation industry https://www.bhaskarlive.in/hk-airport-unveils-package-for-ailing-aviation-industry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hk-airport-unveils-package-for-ailing-aviation-industry https://www.bhaskarlive.in/hk-airport-unveils-package-for-ailing-aviation-industry/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 12:43:31 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/hk-airport-unveils-package-for-ailing-aviation-industry/ Hong Kong, Feb 22 | The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) announced that it will offer HK$1.6 billion ($205 million) worth of concessions to help the city’s aviation industry ailing due to the coronavirus crisis, with airlines set to directly benefit from lower fees and rental charges for the first time. The Airport Authority, which […]

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Hong Kong, Feb 22 | The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) announced that it will offer HK$1.6 billion ($205 million) worth of concessions to help the city’s aviation industry ailing due to the coronavirus crisis, with airlines set to directly benefit from lower fees and rental charges for the first time.

The Airport Authority, which runs one of Asia’s important gateways, said it had expanded the relief package that was originally launched for retailers during the anti-government protests last September, but now targeted a wider range of companies.

“It is hoped that the two rounds of relief measures would be of help to the industry during this difficult period,” the Airport Authority said in a statement on Friday to the South China Morning Post newspaper.

“The relief measures which commenced last year and the new round of measures, coupled with rental adjustment and concessions, amount to about HK$1.6 billion.”

Sources said earlier on Friday that the HKIA was also preparing to consolidate all flights into the main terminal building, and close a newer concourse that sits between the two runways, as passenger flights into and out of the city have dropped by two-thirds.

The Airport Authority will seek to temporarily close the building, known as the midfield concourse, though no final decision has been reached as discussions with affected stakeholders, such as retailers, were ongoing, the South China Morning Post quoted the sources as saying.

Located in the middle of the airport, the futuristic, rectangular building, connected by 20 jet bridges, opened in 2015 at a cost of HK$10 billion to cater for the surging demand for flights around the region.

About half of the facility is now being used to park idle jets.

The daily number of passenger flights flying in and out of Hong Kong has dropped from 1,050 to around 340, with more flight cuts expected in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, HKIA handled 160 departing passenger flights, possibly the lowest since the 2003 outbreak of Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), when air travel in and out of Hong Kong all but stopped.

Air travel has dwindled amid growing fears over the deadly coronavirus.

A number of countries have restricted or outright banned entry for people who have recently been to mainland China – and in some cases also Hong Kong – including the US, Singapore, Australia and the Philippines.

Source: IANS

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Delhi court allows Shashi Tharoor to travel abroad https://www.bhaskarlive.in/delhi-court-allows-shashi-tharoor-to-travel-abroad/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=delhi-court-allows-shashi-tharoor-to-travel-abroad https://www.bhaskarlive.in/delhi-court-allows-shashi-tharoor-to-travel-abroad/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 12:43:26 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/delhi-court-allows-shashi-tharoor-to-travel-abroad/ New Delhi, Feb 22 | A Delhi court on Saturday allowed Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor to travel abroad for over three months. Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar passed the order on the politician’s application seeking to travel to UAE, Paris and Norway between February and May. Tharoor is an accused in his wife Sunanda […]

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New Delhi, Feb 22 | A Delhi court on Saturday allowed Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor to travel abroad for over three months.

Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar passed the order on the politician’s application seeking to travel to UAE, Paris and Norway between February and May.

Tharoor is an accused in his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s murder case and is currently out on bail.

The court, while granting bail to him, had imposed certain conditions.

The 63-year-old leader was directed not to leave the country without prior permission of the court.

Source: IANS

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‘Shubh Mangal Zyada…’ beats ‘Bhoot…’ at BO on Day 1 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/shubh-mangal-zyada-beats-bhoot-at-bo-on-day-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shubh-mangal-zyada-beats-bhoot-at-bo-on-day-1 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/shubh-mangal-zyada-beats-bhoot-at-bo-on-day-1/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 12:43:22 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/shubh-mangal-zyada-beats-bhoot-at-bo-on-day-1/ Mumbai, Feb 22 | Actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s latest film “Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan” about a gay love story had a much bigger opening day at the domestic box-office than Vicky Kaushal’s “Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship”. While “Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan” collected Rs 9.55 crore on day one, while “Bhoot Part One: The Haunted […]

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Mumbai, Feb 22 | Actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s latest film “Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan” about a gay love story had a much bigger opening day at the domestic box-office than Vicky Kaushal’s “Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship”.

While “Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan” collected Rs 9.55 crore on day one, while “Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship” managed Rs 5.10 crore.

“#ShubhMangalZyadaSaavdhan fares very well on Day 1… #Delhi-#NCR, #Punjab perform best… #Mumbai picks up… Brand #AyushmannKhurrana + #MahaShivratri partial holiday contribute… Important to score on Day 2 and 3… Fri Rs 9.55 cr. #India biz. #SMZS,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.

“Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” opened on February 21 in India. The film stars Ayushmann and debutant Jitendra Kumar in a smalltown setup, and also features the “Badhai Ho” pair of Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao. The film is written and directed by debutant Hitesh Kewalya.

Adarsh added about “Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship”: “#Bhoot opens on expected lines… The genre has its loyal audience in mass pockets + with strong title-value, should’ve opened to higher numbers… #MahaShivratri partial holiday also contribute to its total… Needs to increase speed on Day 2 and 3… Fri Rs 5.10 cr. #India biz.”

“Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship” is directed by Bhanu Pratap Singh. The film features Vicky along with Bhumi Pednekar and Ashutosh Rana. It has been claimed that the film is based on a true accident that took place in Mumbai, and it tells the story of a couple on an abandoned ship on a beach.

Source: IANS

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Wellington Test: Williamson puts NZ just ahead of India https://www.bhaskarlive.in/wellington-test-williamson-puts-nz-just-ahead-of-india/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wellington-test-williamson-puts-nz-just-ahead-of-india https://www.bhaskarlive.in/wellington-test-williamson-puts-nz-just-ahead-of-india/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 12:43:13 +0000 https://www.bhaskarlive.in/wellington-test-williamson-puts-nz-just-ahead-of-india/ Wellington, Feb 22 | Kane Williamson scored a brilliant 89 to put New Zealand ahead but India clawed their way right back into the game by the end of the second day of the first Test at the Basin Reserve on Saturday. At Stumps on Day 2, New Zealand had gained a 51-run lead but […]

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Wellington, Feb 22 | Kane Williamson scored a brilliant 89 to put New Zealand ahead but India clawed their way right back into the game by the end of the second day of the first Test at the Basin Reserve on Saturday.

At Stumps on Day 2, New Zealand had gained a 51-run lead but had also lost their top five batsmen, including Williamson and Ross Taylor. The hosts were 216/5 when umpires called off early stumps due to bad light.

Earlier, the Black Caps continued with the brilliant bowling performance and bowled out India for a paltry 165 in their first innings. Debutant pacer Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee came out with splendid bowling performances as the visitors lost their last five wickets adding just 43 runs to their overnight score of 122.

The first wicket to fall in the day was that of Rishabh Pant (19) as he got run-out after having a mix-up with Ajinkya Rahane.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who came in next, couldn’t stay long at the crease and was sent back on the very first ball by Southee. Rahane, who was holding India’s hopes for a big score, also failed to add much and became the third scalp of Southee after contributing with 46.

However, Mohammad Shami did play a nice, little cameo towards the end of the innings and contributed with valuable 21 runs to help get the team past the 150-run mark. Though, he didn’t find much support from Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah who could manage just 5 and 0* respectively.

Southee and Jamieson returned with four wickets a piece, with Trent Boult picking one wicket.

New Zealand openers Tom Blundell and Tom Latham then played out the remaining eight overs of the morning session with utmost caution and made sure the hosts didn’t lose any wicket till Lunch.
However, just after the break, Latham (11) was caught down the leg-side by Rishabh Pant off the bowling of Ishant Sharma.

Williamson then joined forces with Blundell (30) and shared a 47-run partnership before the opener bowled by a peach of a delivery from Sharma.

Taylor, playing his 100th Test for New Zealand, took the attack to the Indian bowlers right from the word go and kept on collecting runs at brisk pace.

Along with Williamson, he stitched a 93-run partnership and took the Black Caps to a commanding position against India. The shoulders of the Indian players appeared to go down and it seemed the hosts would run away with a huge lead.

It was just then Sharma produced a brilliant ball to get rid of Taylor (44), who was undone by the extra bounce and was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara on the leg-side.

Henry Nicholls did try to build another partnership with his skipper before Williamson was caught in the covers by substitute Ravindra Jadeja – that too just 11 short of what would have been a well deserved hundred.

After that, Nicholls also couldn’t stay long and was caught at slips by Virat Kohli, becoming the first scalp of Ashwin in the match.

BJ Watling (14*) and Colin de Grandhomme (4*) then took New Zealand to stumps and didn’t allow the Indian bowlers to make any further inroads.

For India, Sharma was the pick of the bowlers as he ended Day Two with figures of 3/31 in his 15 overs.

Brief Scores: India 165 all out (Ajinkya Rahane 46, Mayank Agarwal 34; Kyle Jamieson 4/39), New Zealand 216/5 at Stumps (Kane Williamson 89, Ross Taylor 44; Ishant Sharma 3/31)

Source: IANS

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