Brazil set to host Copa America

Argentina ruled out after a rise in COVID-19 cases The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Monday it would move next month’s Copa America to Brazil, after original host nation Argentina pulled out at the last minute due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. The decision means the oldest international tournament in the world […]


Andhra Pradesh: Major fire at HPCL plant in Visakhapatnam

An emergency siren was immediately sounded following which the employees and workers rushed out of the unit. A major fire broke out at the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) plant in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday afternoon, but no immediate casualties were reported. According to sources, the fire erupted in the crude distillation unit in the HPCL […]


COVID-19: Portal for private hospitals shows most beds occupied

Information is not always uploaded in real time, say civic officials The recently launched centralised database spearheaded by the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes’ Association (PHANA) to track real-time status of beds in private hospitals appears to have done little to ease anxiety and panic among COVID-19 patients and their families. Most of the hospitals […]


From Barack Obama to Meryl Streep, hear your favourite celebrities read out a variety of audiobooks as you discover new literature while in lockdown

Audiobooks are having their moment in the sun, drawing celebrity authors and providing screen-free entertainment that fills the silence while you do your chores Last week it was Meryl Streep narrating Charlotte’s Web, today it is Pene Herman Smith reading out A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall — stirring up festive winter feels bang in the […]


The No Masks Music Concert

Live music returned to Liverpool, the birthplace of The Beatles, after almost a year since the pandemic hit. This time around it was a one-off music festival to test whether such events spread coronavirus. Thousands gathered to witness a mask-free concert, where social distancing was not the norm anymore.             […]


COVID-19 bed allotment scam: Hospital marketing executive arrested

Police say he took money from patients to provide beds The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police on Wednesday arrested a marketing executive of Sapthagiri Hospital for his alleged involvement in the war room bed allotment scam. According to the police, the accused, Antony, 26, reportedly took money from patients to provide beds. “So far, we […]


Jana Kramer Speaks Out About Her Divorce

After announcing her decision to divorce Mike Caussin, country music singer and actor Jana Kramer is opening up about what she’s going through now that her six-year marriage is officially over. Kramer and Caussin tied the knot in 2015 and share two children— daughter Jolie Rae, born in 2016, and son Jace Joseph, born in 2018 (via Distractify). […]


Hamas rejects idea of postponing Palestinian elections

Hamas is expected to perform well in the May 22 parliamentary elections because of widening divisions within Fatah. The Islamic militant group Hamas has rejected the idea of postponing Palestinian elections ahead of a leadership meeting on Thursday in which President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party is expected to push for a delay, citing a dispute […]


Kundapur MLA is stable, says hospital

The condition of Kundapur MLA Halady Srinivas Shetty, who who has been admitted to Dr. TMA Pai Hospital in Udupi for COVID-19 treatment, is stable, according to a health bulletin issued by the Medical Superintendent of the hospital. “His condition continues to be stable and the MLA is being closely monitored,” the bulletin said. Mr. […]