Traditional board games can help see through COVID-19 lockdown

With the COVID-19 lockdown literally locking us all up, whiling away time, when not working from home, has become a task. And with children ...

New flicks, series on Netflix, Prime to keep you hooked this quarantine

Since the government announced the lockdown of 21-days to contain the spread of coronavirus, a lot of people have started spending time on over-the-top (OTT) platforms to catch up on the new movies, series and anything that they might have missed due to busy schedule.

End of life, art and variety: Artist Satish Gujral passes away at 94

Artist Satish Gujral passed away on March 26, 2020. He was 94. For many, this news may not have caused even the slightest furrow of the brow or a downward turn of the lips, especially when there are a hundred other Coronavirus-related news links on the feed, screaming for attention.

Disney+ Hotstar combo to be launched in India on April 3

Mumbai: Disney+ will be upgraded with streaming app Hotstar and the new streaming service, to be called as Disney+ Hotstar, will be launched in India on April 3, announced Star India on Tuesday. It will be available to subscribers in languages such as Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

Tiger walks 3,000 km from Maharashtra to find its new home

A male tiger from the Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Yavatmal district, Maharashtra covered a record distance of more than 3,000 kms by foot before settling down in the Dnyanganga Wildlife Sanctuary in Buldana district, Maharashtra.

Tips to maintain your car’s performance post-lockdown

The 21-day nationwide lockdown may have left you stay indoors. But something that remains outdoors 24x7 is your car. Like taking tips for your health and comfort, it is essential to ensure the safety of your mechanised travel buddy. Don't you take short walks inside the house to revive yourself? The same applies to your cars too, says A Danaseka...

When COVID fears almost derailed a trip back home to Toronto

March 20 was an unforgettable day for me. I was in India on personal work and debating when to return to my home in Toronto, Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, himself in self-isolation with COVID-19, had asked all Canadians to return home immediately. India had announced it was closing its airports to all international flights from March 22. ...

Community radios play key role amid COVID-19 panic, lockdown silence

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the country, and people from all socio-economic backgrounds are feeling the pinch. There is growing unrest amid the 21-day mandatory nationwide lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While an unsettling silence prevails across the country, community radios and HAM radio operators are playing the role of a...

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ASHA workers on COVID-19 survey work harassed in Bengaluru

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Global economy could shrink by almost 1% in 2020 due to COVID-19: UN

United Nations: The global economy could shrink by up to one per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a reversal from the previous forecast of 2.5 per cent growth, the UN has said, warning that it may contract even further if restrictions on the economic activities are extended without adequate fiscal responses.

Kashmir’s quarantine policy needs a revisit, say experts

Kashmir’s leading health professionals are concerned about dealing with a possible spike in COVID-19 cases with improper health infrastructure, inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE), N95 respiratory masks, and oxygen cylinders, and above all, lack of preparedness on the part of the administration to fight the pandemic.

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SpiceJet pilot tests positive for COVID-19

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KCR opts out of LS race; TRS releases candidate list

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Over 100 Hindu inmates of prisons in Delhi join Muslims in observing roza

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Jawaharlal Nehru, Nizam of Hyderabad and Indian classical music!

New Delhi: During the Hyderabad integration crisis, Jawaharlal Nehru threw a reception for the Nizam but found it difficult to keep him engaged in a conversation before a Nepalese bureaucrat came to his rescue. Nehru failed in his attempts to take, what he felt, good care of the dour Nizam and finally turned up to Bijay Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, the then...

‘Shaktimaan’ to return amid lockdown, actor Mukesh Khanna confirms

Cult classic superhero show "Shaktimaan" will soon be joining the list of reruns on Doordarshan. Veteran actor Mukesh Khanna, who featured in Shaktimaan's title role, has revealed. Earlier, it was announced the cult hit mythological series “Ramayana”, “Mahabharat”, Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Circus” and “Byomkesh Bakshi”, featuring Rajit Kapur, wil...

Eat, sleep, entertain, repeat: 10 free subscriptions for children this lockdown

For all the parents out there who are wondering how to keep their children entertained during this 21-day countrywide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, here’s some good news! A variety of online platforms are offering free services for at least the next one month.

COVID-19: Birders ‘challenge’ lockdown to study about bird calls

While most people pass their time by reading books and watching TV or movies during this lockdown, birders who usually go to forests for birdwatching are now feeling caged. But not to worry, they are now using the lockdown to challenge themselves to 'hear the bird', since they are unable to 'see the bird'. Usually, due to transportation activ...

Beat COVID-19 woes with Western classical music: A guide to finding them

Just a few days into the lockdown and one would already say it feels like we are running out of things to do at home or surf on social media.

Satires to drama, here are Hindi flicks to engage you in COVID isolation

From satirical comedies to offbeat and thought provoking themes, here are some Hindi classics that will help you sail through this lockdown. Apart from mirroring the times in which they were made, some even carry an uncanny similarity to present day. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) Starring Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani, the story is about...

Good old Tamil humour to keep your spirits high in lockdown

Rewind to the 50s, 60s and 70s for some dose of humour. A shift from the innuendos and slapstick comedy of today, here are some good old pure comedy flicks in Tamil that can make you laugh aloud, as you stay locked down to beat the COVID-19 challenge. Some of these would be an eternal favourite for your grandparents, who possibly still remember th...

De-stress with these easy-to-cook comfort food recipes, this quarantine

During these tough times of quarantine due to coronavirus pandemic, food provides some relief to get through the day. Whether you are preparing it or eating it, either way, food is known to be a stress reliever.

Kannada film fraternity comes to the rescue of make-up artists, stuntmen

The worst hit of the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi are the daily wage workers across all industries. While many independent organisations are making efforts to help the daily wage workers with essentials, some individuals from the Kannada film industry too are taking steps to support the daily wage workers of the industr...

No more bragging, 90s kids! DD brings back 80s classics amid lockdown

It's usually the 90s kids who boast on social media of their childhood. Be it imitating Shaktimaan and becoming school-level superheroes (breaking bones behind the scenes) or the hypothetical spring inside the bat that Ricky Ponting used to hit 140, crushing the Indian bowlers in the final of 2003 cricket World Cup, they never miss a chance to go g...

From ‘Money Heist’ to ‘Rick & Morty’: Top series to bing...

The time seems to slow down with each passing day during this quarantine period. And if you have gotten tired and sick of looking at the clock and calendar, exhausted your favourite series, had a movie marathon and are still wondering what more to do with the time, worry not.

Coronavirus plays truant with wedding plans

It is never a bad time to get married, they say. But they never said that March 2020 would be. Several couples across the country and the world would have ideally looked forward to starting the year together by tying the knot. But coronavirus had other plans.

COVID-19: Apps suspend HD, ultra HD streaming on mobile during lockdown

New Delhi: Online video streaming apps such as Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, and Tiktok among others have suspended transmission of high definition and ultra-high definition content on mobile networks during the 21-day lockdown period.

Quarantine and contraceptives: What is the connection?

This period of quarantine seems like testing times for many young people out there but for some couples, this is just what they need. At a time when newly hitched couples or couples who live together work ungodly hour shifts, work extra time and hardly get to spend time with each other, boom came the quarantine period due to the coronavirus outbre...

From Netflix party to FaceTime: Love in the time of coronavirus

'His examination revealed that he had no fever, no pain anywhere, and that his only concrete feeling was an urgent desire to die. All that was needed was shrewd questioning, to conclude that the symptoms of love were the same as those of cholera' - Love in the Time of Cholera Much like a mimeograph of ‘Love in the Time of Cholera' by Gabriel Garcí...

We are all equipped to combat Coronasur, aren’t we?

Soon, there are chances that India will have a scheme for subsidized pilgrimages to Corona Ashrams in Wuhan. Wondering why? Swami Chakrapani of All India Hindu Mahasabha has the answer. In bizarre advice, he had asked Xi Jinping ‘to create an idol of corona and seek forgiveness’ to save China. Apparently, he thinks that ‘coronavirus has come to ...

‘Gypsy’ and GN Devy: Of nomadic tribes and their untold stories

After nearly a year, Jiiva-starrer Gypsy by National Award-winning filmmaker Raju Murugan hit the screens in Tamil Nadu on March 6. The delay was blamed on the Censor Board which demanded several cuts in the film.

#SheInspiresUs: Meet the 7 women who took over PM’s social media

New Delhi: As the world celebrates International Women’s Day (March 8), Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave up his social media accounts to seven women from across the country who have made significant contribution in various fields, starting from conserving water to fighting for the rights of the disabled.

Women’s day or not, she fights and wins every day

What does women’s day mean to you? I asked my 46-year-old mother. “Nothing,” she said. My source of inspiration thinks nothing about women’s day — a day celebrated globally on March 8 to commemorate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. I waited for her to change her reply, but seeing my puzzled face, she starte...

Has Tiktok become a new platform for gender expression?

Chennai: One can find thousands of cross-dressing videos on TikTok, a video-sharing social networking app owned by China-based ByteDance, that have gone viral. The going viral of such videos on TikTok points to the popularity that cross-dressers and LGBTQ members enjoy on the video-sharing app.