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Kannada Actor Chiranjeevi Sarja Dies At 39




Kannada star Chiranjeevi Sarja died at a hospital in Bengaluru on Sunday at the age of 39. He died due to cardiac arrest, as reported by PTI. According to PTI, the actor complained of restlessness following which he was rushed to a private hospital where he died, his family members said. Chiranjeevi has starred in films such as Samhaara, Aadyaa, Khaki, Sinnga, Amma I Love You, Prema Baraha, Dandam Dashagunam, Varadhanayaka and Vayuputra among others. He was last seen in the Kannada action-drama Shivarjuna.


EV battery that may last 16 years, 2 million kilometres is being developed by Chinese company



The Chinese behemoth that makes electric-car batteries for Tesla Inc. and Volkswagen AG developed a power pack that lasts more than a million miles - an industry landmark and a potential boon for automakers trying to sway drivers to their EV models.

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. is ready to produce a battery that lasts 16 years and 2 million kilometers (1.24 million miles), Chairman Zeng Yuqun said in an interview at company headquarters in Ningde, southeastern China. Warranties on batteries currently used in electric cars cover about 150,000 miles or eight years, according to BloombergNEF.

Extending that lifespan is viewed as a key advance because the pack could be reused in a second vehicle. That would lower the expense of owning an electric vehicle, a positive for an industry that’s seeking to recover sales momentum lost to the coronavirus outbreak and the slumping oil prices that made gas guzzlers more competitive.

Concerns about batteries losing strength and having to be replaced after a few years is one factor holding back consumer adoption of EVs. Tesla last year flagged it expected to bring into production a battery capable of a million miles of operation, and General Motors Co. last month said it is nearing the milestone. That distance is equivalent to circling the planet 50 times.

Anticipating a rapid return to growth for the EV industry, CATL is plowing research-and-development dollars into advances in battery technology. 

Battery-powered cars will swell to 8.1% of all sales next year in China, which accounts for the largest share of global EV sales, and to 5% in Europe, BNEF predicts.


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's lookalike recreates a scene from her film



The Internet has once again found Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's doppelganger and the actress' fans can't keep calm. The actress, on Friday, occupied a spot on the list of trends after a video of her lookalike recreating her scene from the 2000 Tamil film Kandukondain Kandukondain surfaced on the Internet. The video features TikTok star Ammuzz Amrutha lip-synching Aishwarya's dialogues from one of the film's scenes, which also featured superstar Mammootty. Kandukondain Kandukondain, directed by Rajiv Menon, also starred Ajith Kumar and Tabu. The film completed 20 years on May 4. Soon after Aishwarya's lookalike uploaded the clip on her TikTok profile, it went crazy viral on social media. Several fan clubs dedicated to the Guru actress re-shared it on their respective profiles.


Mitron app, a TikTok clone, is available via Google Play store once again



Mitron app, a TikTok clone, is available via Google Play store once again. The short video platform was removed from Google Play store earlier this week due to violations of Google Play policies. Google said Mitron violated its “Spam and Minimum Functionality” policy, but later clarified that the tech giant was working with the developer to help them fix issues. Now, just a day after that clarification, the app is back in Google Play. Before being pulled, the Mitron app had managed to cross 50 lakh downloads.

The app calls itself a ‘free short video and social platform based out of Bengaluru, India', and its user interface is very similar to that of TikTok.

Google on June 2 had pulled Mitron from Google Play claiming that its policy doesn't allow apps that offer ‘the same experience as other apps already on Google Play.' The policy reads, “Apps should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services.” It also states that the app should provide a “basic degree of functionality and a respectful user experience.”

Mitron was launched in Google Play store less than two months ago and has capitalised on the anti-China and anti-TikTok sentiments prevailing in the country right now. Last month, the app was reported to have a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to compromise user accounts and send messages on behalf of a specific user. The flaw didn't allow any bad actor to steal personal information such as the email ID that a user had used to sign up an account on the Mitron app. It is unclear if the developer has fixed the security flaw in the new version.

An official changelog present in the Google Play store mentions UX (user experience) changes as the only new thing in the application.


Indian Haj committee to refund 100% on cancellations as there is no clarity on Haj from Saudi



In the absence of any information from Saudi Arabia regarding the Haj trip this year, India’s Haj Committee has decided to refund anyone who had paid advance for it.

In a circular issued on Friday, signed by its CEO Maqsood Ahmed Khan, the Haj Committee said that Saudi Arabia had informed on March 13 that preparations for the Haj for this year should be “temporarily halt(ed)”. It said “only a few weeks are left for the preparatory work in India, for Haj 2020, yet Saudi authorities have not communicated any further development”.

It said that after several inquiries were received and many people expressed concern, it has decided to refund the full amount to any pilgrim who wishes to cancel it and had paid the advance for Haj, and will need to fill up a form, which can be taken from the Haj Committee’s website.


10 employee habits which will increase your employees' productivity



As a leader, you always want your team to perform their very best. There is a fine line between positively encouraging them and pushing them beyond their limits.

The former will help you and the company in the long term, but the latter will create instability among employees, hence disturbing the workplace environment.

You should always look to positively motivate your employees, and a big part of it is lies in encouraging habits which can be helpful to all.

Here are some of those habits which will increase your employees' productivity:

  1. Encourage them to speak up at meetings

Employees can feel intimidated in large meetings or around the higher-ups.

Explain to them that they should not wait for invitation or permission to speak. They need to make sure that everyone in the room knows they have something to contribute.

  1. Encourage them to take charge

A lot of people, when faced with challenges, low team morale or a project roadblock think "there's nothing I can do in this situation."

Encourage your employees to take charge of the situation and prove themselves.

  1. Encourage them to stay professional

No company wants a person who misses deadlines, gossips about other employees or forgets to answer e-mails. None of these behaviours should be encouraged in employees.

  1. Encourage them to be on time

Not just because it is a nice thing to do but also because it will ensure their place at the conference table rather than in the back of the room.

  1. Encourage them to record their accomplishments

Encourage them to keep a 'brag folder' in their inbox.

Managers are not always going to keep track of every single achievement, so they need to keep reminding themselves what they are capable of. This way they can stay motivated and know their value even in the thick of it.

  1. Encourage them to focus on results, not just activities

You need to make them think about the quantitative results of their work rather than just what they are doing.

For example, instead of thinking "last week's meeting was a success", they need to think "I negotiated a discount of 10 percent because of which our company will save Rs 10 lakh next term."

  1. Encourage them not to compare themselves with others

It is common for employees to compare their talent as well as pay with that of their colleagues'. For instance, they might think a co-worker got a raise within a year of joining the company and they should, too.

Your employees should think for advancing within the company by focusing on what they have accomplished and what they can do with their new role, instead of whining about their co-worker's salary and raise.

  1. Encourage them to solve problems

Anyone can just drop a complaint or whine, but the truly brilliant employee will be busy coming up with solutions to these problems.

  1. Encourage them to keep on learning

Motivate them to learn about the company and even the world as a whole. They need to be asking questions, attending courses and conferences.

They should always be looking to improve their productivity, pick up new skills and learn something new.

  1. Encourage them to stay positive

Libby Kane of LearnVest says, "You don't need to blind every passerby with your pearly whites, but remember that no matter how close your deadline or how heavy your workload is, other people will take their cues from you."

Encourage your employees to stay positive even if there is a problem at hand. Instead of fretting and letting the whole world know, encourage them to think on their toes and solve the problem.If they cannot come up with a solution, ask them to approach their seniors or you to reconcile the issue.

If you successfully manage to encourage these habits in your employees, you are sure to end up making profits and becoming successful in the long run.


US tech firms make a beeline for foothold in Indian telecom



US technology companies appear to be seeking a foothold in India’s telecom sector through acquisitions of minority stakes that could potentially shore up the fortunes of both.

This comes at a time when India’s online retail industry is seen at an inflection point due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has sharply boosted adoption of digital services.

Analysts say the discussions and buzz around partnerships between technology and telecom companies could mark a strategic shift, especially in the e-commerce sector.

According to a Morgan Stanley report released earlier this week, India’s e-commerce population could grow sharply post covid-19 and online penetration in grocery shopping could finally reach an inflection point, along with a surge in segments such as gaming, educational and health tech, as well as cloud services.

On Thursday, Reuters reported that Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce giant is in early-stage talks to buy a roughly 5% stake worth at least $2 billion in Bharti Airtel Ltd, a move that could give India’s third-largest telecom company a financial boost in this hyper-competitive market.

Bharti Airtel would also gain from a potential alliance with Amazon, whose subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS), leads the global cloud services market, according to analysts.

Airtel could also benefit from Amazon’s purchase-level insight due to its e-commerce services.



227 out of 58,867 passengers on Vande Bharat flights tested positive



The centre on Thursday submitted before the Bombay High Court that only 227 passengers out of the 58,867 Indians, who boarded special flights under Vande Bharat Mission, tested positive for Covid-19, which is 0.38 per cent of the total passengers. The Centre also said that as these cases were revealed during the institutional quarantine period, there was no proof to corroborate whether they had contracted coronavirus on the flight.

The state-wise details were submitted after the HC on Tuesday had asked Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Air India to provide data of Indians who were not infected while they boarded special flights under the Vande Bharat Mission but tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in India.

After observing the details, the HC sought clarification from expert committee of Civil Aviation Ministry as to whether by mere touch of a Covid-19 infected person the virus can be transmitted to another person so touched. The HC referred to committee’s suggestion that if a person sitting adjacent to another person in flight is provided with protective wrapped around gown, spread of virus by droplets or by touch can be prevented.


Renewed driving license can be collected from Saturday



The Ministry of Interior announced that the start of the delivery of licenses renewed through the online service will begin from next Saturday. 

The ministry said that it will receive citizens and expats starting Saturday at the Sports Club building in Al-Nasr Club to receive renewed driving licenses which have been renewed through the Internet service from 11/4/2020 to date, from 8 am till until 5 pm.



Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala invests ₹9,093.60 crore in Reliance Jio platforms



Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on Friday announced that Abu Dhabi-based investor Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) will invest ₹9,093.60 crore in Jio Platforms. With this investment, RIL’s Jio platforms have raised ₹87,655.35 crore from foreign investors in less than six weeks. So far, companies such as Facebook, Silver Lake, Vista Equity Partners, General Atlantic, and KKR have invested in the Jio platforms.

Reliance said Mubadala’s investment in Jio Platform is at an equity value of ₹4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of ₹5.16 lakh crore. Mubadala’s investment will translate into a 1.85% equity stake in Jio Platforms on a fully diluted basis. The valuation is similar to other private equity investments in Jio platforms thus far.

Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala manages a $229 billion portfolio in five continents with interests in multiple sectors such as aerospace, ICT, semiconductors, metals and mining, renewable energy, oil and gas, petrochemicals, utilities, healthcare, real estate, pharmaceuticals and medical technology.


Indian ambassador distributes ICSG food kits in Jleeb



Indian ambassador distributes ICSG food kits in Jleeb

icsg newsIndian Ambassador H E K Jeeva Sagar visited Jleeb area last week to participate in the distribution of food kits by the Indian Community Support Group (ICSG) to various Indian associations.

Welcoming Ambassador K Jeeva Sagar, Rajpal Tyagi, convenor of ICSG appreciated the deep concern and commitment shown by the embassy of India in helping Indian nationals. He expressed special appreciation to ambassador Jeeva Sagar for his personal intervention in helping the distressed members of the community.

icsg newsAddressing the gathering Ambassador Jeeva Sagar praised the efforts of ICSG members and the volunteers for their hard word and dedication in serving members of the community who were impacted by the coronavirus.

In a touching address to the select gathering of community representatives in United Indian School in Jleeb, Ambassador Jeeva Sagar pointed out that in these difficult times the significance of the community becomes apparent and icsg newshe is happy to represent a community that stands for each other.

“Even though I had the privilege job of forming the Indian Community Support Group, the real effort has been done by them,” Ambassador Jeeva Sagar emphasised urging the community to be united and work together while expressing gratitude to all the members and volunteers of ICSG.

The ICSG comprising of 14 prominent Indian community members was icsg newsformed by the embassy of India to respond to essential and basic needs of some sections of the Indian community during the difficult times of Covid-19.

ICSG immediately raised funds from within their resources and provided food provision kits to the distressed members of the community. They set up a network of volunteers including an application to register so that kits could directly reach to the needy.

icsg newsSo far 6000 food kits (180,000 meals) have been distributed over a period of a month and more kits are being distributed directly and through associations. More than 40 Indian associations have come together to jointly participate in the distribution as well as contributing their resources.

Chief Coordinator Suresh K P then invited Indian associations to receive their symbolic food kits from ambassador and ICSG members.

icsg newsAmbassador Jeeva Sagar also thanked the Kuwait government for looking after Indian nationals as always and even in these difficult times. Ambassador also took various questions from members of the community explaining in detail in some cases about repatriation flights, amnesty flights etc. He also said the embassy responded to every query from the community during these times and would icsg newscontinue to do so.

ISCG members present included Ashok Kalra, Jatinder Suri, Ajai Goel, Remesh TA , and Reaven D’Souza and representative from embassy Amitabh Ranjan and Mr John Thomas from United Indian School, Abbasiya. The event was conducted in United Indian School in Jleeb and all health protocols including social distancing and masks, gloves were adhered.

Representatives from IDF, KEF, IBPC and leaders of major organisations from Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam, Rajasthan, Kashmir, UP , Delhi and Bengal expressed their deep appreciation at the efforts of ICSG


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Indian DGCA announces new guidelines for airlines from June 3



DGCA has announced a set of new rules for airlines to follow post 3rd June, 2020. All passengers will have to be provided with safety kits by airlines which will include a 3 layered surgical mask, face shield and sanitizers. Additionally, DGCA has said that the middle seats should ideally be kept vacant or the person sitting in the seat should be given a wrap around gown.

The DGCA has asked the airline companies to continue with the restriction on food and beverage facilities aboard flight except in conditions that will arise out of health emergencies. The DGCA has also advised airline companies to set the air conditioner on planes in such a manner that air gets replaced in the shortest possible interval of time.

On the issue of sanitization of planes and their facilities, the DGCA has asked airline operators to sanitize airlines’ lavatories at a frequent interval during a journey. The agency has asked companies to ensure proper sanitization of aircraft after the end of each flight day. On a connecting flight, the DGCA has asked operators to ensure proper sanitisation of seats that will be vacated at a connecting airport. Personalised equipment on board such as seat belts and other contact points should be given extra attention while sanitising the aircraft, the DGCA suggested further.

The DGCA has also asked airline companies to ensure order for the entry and exit of passengers so that they follow a sequential pattern while embarkation and disembarkation in and out of the aircraft and they avoid creating a rush at the gates that can compromise social distancing between passengers.

On the protection of airline crew and staff, the DGCA has asked airline companies to conduct regular checkups of their staffs and also provide protective equipment to them in order to protect them from coronavirus infection. Airline companies have also been asked to give proper attention in case there is a Covid-related emergency onboard. Affected and adjoining seats to be sanitized and the whole aircraft is to be disinfected.


5 tips to cut out the negative thinking and be more optimistic



When the going gets tough, it’s time to turn to positive thinking and optimism in order to cope with stress, anxiety, and the lot. Optimism pays, especially when a long and healthy life is concerned. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

What’s the secret to a long and healthy life? If you’re inclined to say a balanced diet and exercise, then let us tell you that you’re almost there. Because while your food intake and activity levels do impact your quality of life, the secret to a health life lies with positive thinking. 

Believe it or not, optimism has a host of health benefits that you just cannot do without. In fact, from giving you better immunity and boosting your stress response—here’s how positive thinking can improve your health:

It can improve your coping abilities
Optimism can help you move past challenges, helping you approach them as changeable, external to yourself, and not self-defining.Focus on the abundance you already have first thing in the morning to cope with anything that goes wrong. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

It can boost your immunity
Positivity can help fight disease and boost your immune system. Who knew that staying happy can impact our physical health as well? Image courtesy: ShutterstockIn fact, optimism was found to be linked with a lower risk of dying from infections, such as respiratory disease.

It can help you deal with the covid-19 pandemic
Positive thinking decreases anxiety, helps you sleep better, and motivates you to do better—all things we need to cope with this uncertain covid-19 pandemic.

Now that you know optimism is good for you, here’s how you can inculcate it in your life

  1. Check-in with yourself
    Throughout the day, notice when a negative thought starts running through your head. Just noticing where your negativity tends to focus itself can help you identify opportunities for positivity.
  2. Stay active
    Regular physical activity helps reduce stress and anxiety, making it easier for you to see the bright side of any challenge. Try to get 30 minutes of exercise every day, and focus on a healthy diet that nourishes your mind and body.
  3. Meditate without fail
    Just 10 minutes of meditation every day can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve your health, and aid more positive self-talk.Mindfulness is another powerful tool to improve your mental and spiritual health. Meditation can truly become the vessel through which you experience peace and clarity. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.
  1. Surrounding yourself with positive people
    If you’ve got a close friend, co-worker or family member who tends to spread negativity, their pessimism could become contagious and raise your stress levels.So it is imperative that you try to surround yourself with people who are positive and supportive, and who you can trust to give helpful advice and feedback.
  1. Practice gratitude
    Gratitude can help reduce stress, improve heart health, and give you a better night’s sleep. Not to mention that wonderful sense of appreciation for the things and people that makes your life great!

To summarize, sometimes life throws you curveballs that aren’t easy to get through with a smile. Even though practicing positivity may not always be easy, it’s worth the effort for your health and longevity.


SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule successfully docks with International Space Station



After a delay of a few days, SpaceX launched two astronauts to the International Space Station on May 30. The rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX lifted off on May 30 at 3:22 p.m (1.50 am Sunday in India) from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule into orbit. It is the same launch pad, that was used during the Apollo mission to the moon a half-century ago.

SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission docks with the International Space Station at 10:16 a.m. EDT (1430 GMT) around 15 minutes ahead of the schedule. The mission was initially supposed to be launched on May 27 but was delayed due to poor weather conditions at the last minute.

The mission ‘historic’ because this is the first-ever time that a private spacecraft company — Space X — used its own rocket to put humans into space. Both NASA and SpaceX urged eager viewers to stay at home and not to flock towards the Kennedy Space Center at any time due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center carrying SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule into orbit on May 30. President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence were present to witness the historic launch.

It was a 19-hour journey for the two NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, to the International Space Station. Both are supposed to be there for one and four months working.

The astronauts have named the commercial spacecraft after one of the retired winged orbiters — ‘Endeavour’. Both Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken revealed the name of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule at the time of the live broadcast from Earth orbit — early around 3.5 hours after lifting off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

“I know most of you, at SpaceX especially, know it as ‘Capsule 206,’ but I think all of us thought that maybe we could do a little bit better than that,” Hurley said during the live broadcast. “Without further ado, we would like to welcome you aboard capsule ‘Endeavour’,” he added.

Hurley explained that there are two reasons behind choosing the name Endeavour.

1) First reason why the crew chose the name Endeavour is “because of this incredible endeavor [that] NASA, SpaceX and the United States has been on since the end of the space shuttle program back in 2011,” Hurley said.

2) Stating the second reason he said, “we named it ‘Endeavour’ is a little more personal for Bob and I. We both had our first flights on shuttle Endeavour, and it just meant so much to us to carry on that name. So that is what we decided to go with.”


5-step guide to help you quit smoking



It’s World No Tobacco Day, so we’ll let some numbers do the talking for us. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), consuming tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. Out of which, over 6 million deaths are a result of direct consumption, whereas 890,000 are the result of passive smoking.

According to 2019 reports, there are 34.6% adults in India who consume tobacco out of which 20.3% are women. Aren’t these numbers starling? You must be thinking that we are trying to scare you and we will blatantly admit: YES, WE ARE. Because smoking kills and you know that. 

If you have been trying to quit but have been unsuccessful in your endeavours, then we are here to help you out. Flavoured cigarettes are foe to your lungs.

Presenting a five-step practical guide to quitting smoking that will help you get out of this habit, once and for all.

  1. Plan, plan, and plan
    Quitting smoking is not a one-day task. You need to chart a path for yourself that you can follow without wavering. Give yourself small targets and abide by them to the T. Also, avoid buying a pack of cigarettes because they will always be at your disposal. Reward yourself after achieving the target as it will keep you motivated and you’ll keep at it.
  1. Change your drinking habits
    If carbonated drinks, tea, and coffee are bae them you need to cut down on that as well. “There is no medical literature around this, but if usually people smoke while drinking tea and coffee, and this might tempt you to pick up that cigarette again,” says Dr Kate.Cola can give you smoking urges. 
  1. Chew gum to distract yourself
    “These are attention or mind diversion techniques that we suggest. Keepingelaichior chewing gum in mouth to keep the mouth busy is just a mental trick and frankly, it works. Also, people think that e-cigarettes or vapes are a better alternative but that’s not the case,” explains Dr Kate.
  2. Take help of your well-wishers
    Family support is a must! According to Dr Kate, you should get your family and friends to motivate you to quit. “We also counsel families that if they want better results then they must keep the environment positive. Even if the person has taken a few drags then he shouldn’t be made feel guilty about it,” suggests Dr Kate. A supportive family can help you get rid of this awful habit.
  1. Clean your house
    “It is another neat trick of mind diversion technique. You should thoroughly clean your entire home and remove cigarette packs, ashtrays, etc. This way there is nothing at home that triggers your habit”, says Dr Kate. It’s a two to three months process so you need to be patient,” adds Dr Kate.  

Sadly, according to a survey conducted last year by Aviss Foundation, a whopping 53% of smokers belong to the age group of 20 to 30 years. And more than 50% of people consider that smoking helps them beat stress; but trust us when we say that it might trigger more health hazards than relieving you.

Still not convinced? Then learn what the health agency of the European Union has to say about people who smoke. Their report suggests that smoking can make people more susceptible to serious complications from a covid-19 infection.  

Yes, that’s correct! So, just go with these tips and make a pact with a healthy life.


Know how you can use coconut oil as an all-in-one beauty product



Almost every Indian household keeps this magical ingredient in a little bottle, and uses it from time to time. Coconut oil is really the one-stop-shop and the go-to item for almost all kinds of things. It is used in cooking, in skincare, in hair care, to maintain the overall health of a person, and so on.

If you have this oil at home, you do not have to worry about the changing seasons. You can apply it any time of the day, under any kind of weather, because it is an all-in-one beauty product. Which means, you do not need an army of many different products and cosmetics. Here’s how you can use the oil to its full potential, besides for cooking.

* Use the oil before and after shaving. In lockdown, people are avoiding going to the salons, and are instead trying out different beauty DIYs at home. As such, it becomes important to know how you can simplify the process. When it comes to hair removal, shaving is considered to be an easy option. But just a little application of coconut oil both before and after can do wonders for the skin. It has some moisturizing properties that can make the skin feel smooth.

* Coconut oil is also believed to be great for oil pulling. Wondering what that is? Oil pulling is a simple process of cleaning the bad bacteria in the mouth. You can start your day by pulling oil. Use one teaspoon of coconut oil for this process. Pull for at least 10 minutes and then rinse with water.

* And of course, coconut oil is great for the hair, too. Massaging your roots and scalp at least twice a week, and then washing it off with water promises to strengthen your locks, and how. If you are suffering from hair fall, it is likely because of the loss of protein. This oil is believed to replenish the protein and leave you with healthy tresses. Keep the oil on for at least one hour before you wash it off with mild shampoo.

* And finally, coconut oil is great for the face. It can moisturize the skin, give it a natural glow, prevent wrinkles and premature aging. You can apply it on the face just after you have stepped out of a bath. Alternatively, you can even wear it to bed. It is believed to increase the production of collagen, which helps the skin maintain its firmness and elasticity.


India declares Unlock 1: Activities to be allowed in Phases I, II and III



A day before the end of the fourth phase of lockdown, the home ministry on Saturday issued new guidelines for the phased reopening of all activities outside containment zones till June 30.

Phase I: MHA said that activities to be allowed with effect from June 8, 2020, in Phase I include -- religious places/places of worship for the public, hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality services and shopping malls.

The health ministry will issue Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for these activities in consultation with the central ministries/departments concerned and other stakeholders ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Phase II: Schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc will be opened after consultations with states and union territories. The MHA said that state governments/UT administrations may hold consultations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders.

'Based on the feedback, a decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in the month of July 2020,' it said.

The MHA said the Health Ministry will prepare SOP in this regard in consultation with the central ministries/ departments concerned and other stakeholders for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Phase III: Based on the assessment of the situation, dates for re-starting some other activities will be decided which include 'international air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA'.

The other activities for Phase III, based on the assessment of the situation, include metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places and 'social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations', the MHA said.

Restrictions that will continue:

Night curfew movement of individuals has been redefined and shall remain strictly prohibited between 9 pm to 5 am.

Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued an order concerning phase-wise re-opening of prohibited activities.

'Whereas, in the exercise of the powers under section 6(2)(i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has directed the undersigned to issue an order to extend the lockdown in containment zones up to June 30, 2020, and to re-open prohibited activities in a phased manner in areas outside containment zones,' the order said.

'Now, therefore, in the exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, the undersigned hereby directs that guidelines as annexed, will remain in force up to June 30, 2020,' it added.

List of instructions by Union home ministry:

Following instructions have been issued as national directives for COVID-19 management:

* Face covering: Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplace and during transport.

* Social distancing: Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet (do gaz ki doori) in public places. Shops will ensure physical distancing among customers and will not allow more than five people at one time.

* Gatherings: Large public gatherings or congregations continue to remain prohibited. Marriage related gatherings: Number of guests not to exceed 50. Funeral or last rites related gatherings: Number of persons not to exceed 20.

* Spitting in public places will be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed by the states or UT or local authority in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations.

* Consumption of liquor, paangutka, tobacco etc. in public places is prohibited.

Additional directives for work places:

* As far as possible the practice of Work from home (WfH) should be followed.

* Staggering of work or business hours will be followed in offices, work places, shops, markets and industrial and commercial establishments.

* Screening and hygiene: Provision for thermal scanning, hand wash and sanitizers will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas. Frequent sanitisation of entire workplace, common facilities and all points which come into human contact like door handles will be ensured, including between shifts.

* Social distancing: All persons in charge of work places will ensure adequate distance between workers, adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staffers, etc.


Visit visa can be renewed online upto August 31 at MOI website



Fights to many countries are still non operational because of  coronavirus crisis, Any expatriate who has entered Kuwait on visit visa of all kinds (Commercial, Tourism, Family) can be extended as per Article 14 until August 31 online.

If your Visit visa is ending on May 31 st , you can visit Ministry of Interior Website  ( ) and renew it by paying fee of 1 KD per month.

Earlier the Ministry of Interior had extended the visit visa automatically until May 31, which falls on Sunday.


SpaceX rocket ship blasts off into orbit with NASA astronauts



A rocket ship built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company on Saturday successfully blasted off with two NASA astronauts into orbit from the US state of Florida on their way to the International Space Station, marking the dawn of a new age in commercial space travel.

The blast off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida also assumes significance as it marks the launch of humans into orbit from US soil for the first time in nearly a decade.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (49) and Doug Hurley (53), lifted off at 3:22 pm EDT Saturday atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

With the liftoff, SpaceX became the first private company to launch people into orbit, a feat achieved previously by only three governments: the United States, Russia and China.

The reusable, gumdrop-shaped capsule called Crew Dragon, would now take the two American astronauts to a 19-hour journey to the International Space Station.

The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the ISS at 10:29 am EDT on Sunday.

The successful launch, which was postponed early this week due to inclement weather, gave Americans something to cheer about as in the last three months they have lost over 100,000 of their countrymen due to the coronavirus that has brought the country's economy to its knee.

Known as NASA's SpaceX Demo-2, the mission is an end-to-end test flight to validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, including launch, in-orbit, docking and landing operations. This is SpaceX's second spaceflight test of its Crew Dragon and its first test with astronauts aboard, which will pave the way for its certification for regular crew flights to the station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Programme.

After successfully docking, the crew will be welcomed aboard the International Space Station, where they will become members of the Expedition 63 crew, which currently includes NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy.


Donald Trump postpones G7 summit, wants India, others to join group



US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone a Group of Seven summit he had hoped to hold next month until September or later and expand the list of invitees to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One during his return to Washington from Cape Canaveral in Florida, Trump said the G7, whose members are the world’s most advanced economies, was a “very outdated group of countries” in its current format.

“I’m postponing it because I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world,” Trump said. It was unclear whether Trump’s desire to invite the additional countries was an effort to permanently expand the G7.

On several previous occasions, he suggested Russia be added given what he described as Moscow’s global strategic importance. White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said Trump wants the countries to discuss China at the summit.

Trump has attacked Beijing over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China, and on Friday he ordered his administration to begin the process of ending special U.S. treatment for Hong Kong in retaliation for China’s decision to impose a new security law on the former British colony.

The decision to postpone the G7 summit is a retreat for Trump, who had sought to host the group of major industrialized countries in Washington as a demonstration that the United States was returning to normal after the coronavirus epidemic, which has killed more than 103,000 Americans to date.

Trump had canceled an in-person G7 meeting that was scheduled for March as the virus spread, but had recently sought to revive it.

French President Emmanuel Macron backed the idea of an in-person meeting, according to the White House, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to endorse it, saying there were too many health-related questions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said earlier this week she could not attend.

The G7 is made up of the United States, Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Italy and Canada, and the European Union also attends.