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Friday, July 3, 2020

U.K. to relax travel quarantine from July 10: Sky


Britain's government will lift its COVID-19 quarantine requirement for people arriving in England from countries including Germany, France, Spain and Italy from July 10, Sky News said.



A full list of countries covered by the relaxation would be announced on Friday, Sky said.

Under the existing rules, travelers must self-isolate for 14 days on entering the country.

Lockdown Laugh


India Vs WI in 1983: Who remebers these Thumbs Up Crowns?


Best Places in USA

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
Covering 3.3 million acres of mountains, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords, Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park sits in one of the world’s largest international protected areas. We can't think of many other places on earth where you can see crashing glaciers and breeching whales in the same day as temperate rainforests and mountain goats.

Best Bridges of the World

Pont du Gard, Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France
This structure is one of the most impressive ancient monuments in France today. Built halfway through the first century AD, the aqueduct supplied the city of Nîmes with water and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Museum of the Pont du Gard chronicles the history of the aqueduct's construction and details the way of life here during the Roman era. Now discover the incredible stories behind the world's most historic cities.


PJ of the Day

With Due apologies to chess fans:

Tom was playing chess with his son and he said, "Let’s make this interesting!"
So they stopped playing chess.

Indian Forces Combat Training


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Vada Pav

Houses of Deccan Gymkhana

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Coronavirus updates: California reimposes shutdowns; virus death toll may be 35% higher than known in U.S.

As California reimposed restrictions on 19 counties to control a growing surge in coronavirus cases, researchers said Wednesday the U.S. death toll from the pandemic may be 35% higher than reported.

The outbreak is also having a significant impact on race relations, as nearly 40% of Asian Americans and Blacks reported an increase in incidents of discrimination,  according to a new survey.
Those developments come with U.S. coronavirus cases rising, as multiple states are reporting new daily records, and with the World Health Organization warning that the global pandemic is "speeding up."
Texas, which set new marks for positive cases and hospitalizations, has shut down bars. So has Arizona, while Florida banned alcohol consumption at them. White House task force leader Vice President Mike Pence was meeting with Arizona officials Wednesday amid that state's surge in cases and hospitalizations.

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GuruTej Singh


Best Places in USA

The Florida Keys
The Florida Keys call up many images—spectacular sunsets and white-sand beaches among them. The set of tropical islands stretch beautifully between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, with the impressive Overseas Highway transporting most travelers all the way to Key West.

Best Bridges in the World


Jacques Cartier Bridge, Montreal, Canada

Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge is not just beautiful, but clever, too. Its intuitive illumination display constantly changes to reflect the season, time of day and the city's "energy", which is decided by weather, traffic and social-media data collected over the course of the day.

PJ of the Day


Why can't you tell dogs a knock knock joke?
Because they immediately start barking.

Corona Caught on Camera


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One Tune 10 Songs

Ex RAW Analysis

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Adidas HR Chief Resigns; $1 Billion Cut From NYPD: Protest Wrap

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council agreed to an $88 billion budget on the final day of the city’s fiscal year, cutting about $1 billion from the NYPD. But that wasn’t enough to satisfy demands for change in police practices and spending: Protesters gathered outside City Hall said the cuts didn’t all come from the department’s $5.9 billion operating budget and didn’t reduce its 36,000-officer headcount enough
Adidas AG’s human resources chief resigned following criticism from Black employees who said the German sportswear giant has done too little to promote diversity. The NBA plans to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the courts it will be using in Orlando, Florida, when it resumes the league’s Covid-shortened season late next month, ESPN reported. After widespread voting issues during the Georgia primary, the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks will turn their home arena into the largest polling site in state history. Two schools in Virginia named for a Confederate general are set to be renamed in honor of local Black community members.

Lockdown Laugh


2020 Half Done


Best Places in USA

Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park gets more than a half-million visitors a year, and it's easy to see why. The park is a wild and massive landscape(we're talking 6 million acres) of snowy amphitheaters, glaciers, ice caves, and mountains that would look right at home in the Himalayas. You can even climb Denali, but just like Everest, it's a major undertaking, so know all the information before attempting.

Best Bridges of the World

Seri Wawasan Bridge, Putrajaya, Malaysia
Malaysia’s futuristic Seri Wawasan Bridge, built to resemble a sailing ship, certainly makes a statement. The cable-stayed structure, finished in 2003, rises above man-made Putrajaya Lake and looks especially spectacular when lit up at night.


PJ of the Day

Tom was taking care of his friend’s snake while he was on vacation, but somehow it crawled into  Tom’s freezer and died.
TomI asked his wife, “What should I tell him?”
“Just give it to him straight.”


Who would have rule India if Britishers didnt arrive?


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How Exactly you catch COVID

Major Gaurav Arya Speaks to PM

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

World's dominant strain of coronavirus 'is 10 TIMES more infectious than the one that jumped to humans in China' because it mutated so its vital spike protein doesn't snap as often in the body, scientists say

A mutated version of the coronavirus that has gripped Europe and the West is more infectious because it doesn't break as often while inside the body, a study has found.
Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in Florida say the 'spike protein' that the virus uses to attach to cells in the airways has adapted since January.

It used to break off regularly while trying to bind to receptors in people's airways, which it would use to gain entry to the body, but is now more resilient, they say.
A genetic mutation which scientists around the world have been picking up on for months appears to have caused this spike to be less likely to snap, and also to force the coronaviruses to produce more of them to make itself more infectious.

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Best Places in USA

The Everglades, Florida
Occupying 1.5 million prime acres of Southern Florida, these famed wetlands are one of the world’s most varied (and fascinating) ecosystems. Although the Everglades bear an uncanny resemblance to the deltas of Southern Africa, the wildlife is a tad different—expect to see alligators and manatees during your airboat tour, not hippos and elephants.

Best Bridges of the World

Les Ferreres Aqueduct, Tarragona, Spain
Built to supply the city of Tarragona with water, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient bridge is also known as Pont del Diable, and was once part of a much larger structure. Les Ferreres Aqueduct is still an impressive sight, though, stretching out for 712 feet (217m) and reaching a peak of 89 feet (27m). Now check out these stunning images of Europe's most adorable small towns and villages.

PJ of the Day

Do you know what it's called when you see the sun, the moon and the stars all at the same time?
Really good acid.

Kalsubai in Cloud


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Satopanth

Salt Water for Covid Treatment

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Biden slams Trump over reported bounties placed on US troops

Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump on Saturday over a report that he said, if true, contains a “truly shocking revelation” about the commander in chief and his failure to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan and stand up to Russia.
The New York Times reported Friday that American intelligence officials concluded months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The report said the Russians offered rewards for successful attacks last year, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war.

How to be more Impressive


Best Places in the US

Crater Lake, Oregon
Reaching depths of 1,949 feet, the awe-inspiring Crater Lake, about a four-hour drive south of Portland, is the deepest lake in the U.S. Its contents are supplied entirely by glacial runoff and precipitation—hence the water's clarity and intense blue hue.

Best Bridges in the World

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia
Sydney's Harbour Bridge is one of the world's largest steel-arch bridges, connecting the city's northern suburbs with its buzzing center. But, impressive as it is, it's not all about appearances – the structure is an important functioning bridge too, with more than 200,000 cars traveling over it on an average day.


PJ of the Day


Yesterday, I changed a light bulb, crossed the street, and walked into a bar.
My life is a joke.

China Border


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Where is Boycott China Spirit?

Mandamohan Songs Events


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Saturday, June 27, 2020

EU holds off decision on borders, Americans set to be excluded

European Union countries failed to settle on Friday on a final "safe list" of countries whose residents could travel to the bloc from July, with the United States, Brazil and Russia set to be excluded.

Ambassadors from the 27 EU members convened from Friday afternoon to establish criteria for granting quarantine-free access from next Wednesday.

A redrawn text of 10-20 countries was put to them, but many said they needed to consult first with their governments, diplomats said. The list did not include the United States, Brazil or Russia, one diplomat said. The countries are expected to give informal replies by Saturday evening.

BCCI on Chinese Sponsorship


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Best Places in the USA


Cannon Beach, Oregon

Driving Oregon's coast is a road trip that rivals even California's Highway 1, with beautiful state parks, rugged coastlines, and secluded hideaways. Cannon Beach is an essential pit stop off Highway 101, and seeing the 235-foot Haystack Rock protruding out of the water is well-worth the drive.


Best Bridges of the World


Pons Fabricius, Rome, Italy

The oldest Roman bridge in Rome, the Pons Fabricius (also known as Ponte dei Quattro Capi) was built in 62 BC to replace a wooden bridge destroyed in a fire. Its Italian name, Quattro Capi ("four heads") refers to the striking double-faced herms which were moved to the bridge in the 14th century. Discover more fascinating facts about the world's Roman ruins too

PJ of the Day

Apparently you can get the Corona virus if your eye touches someone else's eye.
I guess it's a good thing I refuse to make eye contact.

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Dr Kelkar on Covid

Churchill 's role in killing Indians

Friday, June 26, 2020

Mette Frederiksen: Danish PM postpones wedding to attend EU Council meeting on Covid-19

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has postponed her wedding to attend the European Council meeting next month, she said in an Instagram post on Thursday.
EU leaders are scheduled to meet face-to-face on July 17 for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic to discuss the European budget and the plans for recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.
"I'm so looking forward to marrying this man," wrote Frederiksen in a post that featured herself and her fiance Bo Tengberg. "The Council meeting in Brussels has been convened exactly on the Saturday in July when we had planned our wedding. Damn. But, I have to do my job and protect Denmark's interests.
"I'm looking forward to saying yes to Bo (who is fortunately very patient)," she added.
Denmark has recorded 12,836 coronavirus cases and 603 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
It was one of the first Western countries to begin easing lockdown restrictions in April after the number of cases in the country remained low.
The leader of Denmark's center-left Socialist Democratic party became the country's youngest prime minister last year at the age of 41.
Last August, US President Donald Trump accused Frederiksen of making "nasty" and "inappropriate" comments, after she called his reported wish to buy Greenland "absurd

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Rangoli


Best Place in USA


Cades Cove, Tennessee

Cades Cove is an incredibly broad, verdant valley situated within the Tennessee portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It has some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the entire park (think black bears, white-tailed deer, and coyotes)—drive the 11-mile loop around the cove for some of the best views.

Best Bridges of the World

 The Helix, Singapore
Just one of the city's many striking feats of architecture, Singapore's Helix provides a walkway across the Singapore River, between the city’s central business district Marina Centre and Marina South in the Marina Bay area. Its name comes from its futuristic structure, which resembles a double helix.


PJ of the Day

Tom wondered what his parents did to fight boredom before the internet
He asked his 15 brothers and sisters and they didn’t know either.

Eat Like This


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Australia Under Cyber Attack

Cheen Ko jawab

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Dalai Lama on COVID-19, Trump, and "old thinking" in America

Maintaining optimism and calm amidst a pandemic isn't easy. But the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet's Buddhists, says there are still reasons to be thankful. 

The Dalai Lama is staying safely isolated from the coronanvirus at his home high in the Himalayas, but technology helps keep him connected. We spoke via video link about compassion, racism in the United States and President Trump, among other issues.

Living in exile from Chinese rule, the Dalai Lama lives and prays at his residence in northern India, and his message of compassion and altruism remains unchanged on the eve of his 85th birthday. He says little has changed in his daily life too under coronavirus lockdown and, as a Buddhist, the "mind is more important than physical" aspects of life, anyway.

Isolation is nothing new for the Dalai Lama.

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Made in China


Best Places in USA

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon's layered red and orange rock pillars, known as hoodoos, make it a can't-miss destination for campers and shutterbugs alike. For something truly spectacular, plan your visit around the park's annual Astronomy Festival (which takes place in June each year) for guided tours and next-level stargazing.


Best Bridges of the World


Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice, Italy

Often touted as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, and certainly one of the most photographed, Venice’s Ponte dei Sospiri, or Bridge of Sighs, was constructed around 1600. It was built to connect the old prison and interrogation rooms in the Palazzo Ducale to the newer prison across the canal, and its name reportedly comes from the sighs of the prisoners who crossed its expanse. Legend has it that if a couple kisses under the bridge while on a gondola at sunset, they will enjoy eternal love.

PJ of the Day

Not to brag, but I have sychic powers.
For example, right now you’re thinking, “It’s psychic, you idiot.”

Japanese Puffer Fish


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Indian Mythological Puzles

Corona Virus Drug Breakthrough

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

EU May Ban Travel from US as it Reopens Borders, Citing Coronavirus Failures


European Union countries rushing to revive their economies and reopen their borders after months of coronavirus restrictions are prepared to block Americans from entering because the United States has failed to control the scourge, according to draft lists of acceptable travelers seen by The New York Times.



That prospect, which would lump American visitors in with Russians and Brazilians as unwelcome, is a stinging blow to American prestige in the world and a repudiation of President Trump’s handling of the virus in the United States, which has more than 2.3 million cases and upward of 120,000 deaths, more than any other country.



European nations are currently haggling over two potential lists of acceptable visitors based on how countries are faring with the coronavirus pandemic. Both include China, as well as developing nations like Uganda, Cuba and Vietnam.

Before Corona