Stock futures tumbled 555 points as the markets digested the news. The president had been in contact with many senior White House staff, who—in turn—had met with congressional leaders and Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. At the same time, there were concerns over the health of Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who shared a stage for more than 90 minutes with the president, at a time when he may have been infectious. … [Read more...] about President Trump says he and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19
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Chatterjee survived without Bollywood and never rolled in cash. Doctors treating him suspected the ageing actor contracted Covid after he had stepped into a studio for a shoot. And then multiple complications started, leading him to a brain dead situation. Many in Kolkata had wondered why he had to work at 80 plus. But those close to him said work was his best medicine. For over three decades, he had worked non-stop in films and plays. He had his graceful agility and easygoing charm, and also a bit of irreverent attitude, he was almost like a Jean Paul Belmondo in Kolkata. He shifted roles like changing shirts. … [Read more...] about Remembering Soumitra Chatterjee, the Aparajito star of Bengali cinema
The American promise of possibility is something everyone can agree on. Our differences lay in how to achieve it. Make America Great Again aims to get there by invoking the past, while scapegoating immigration, science, and anything else that may stand in the way. As Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote ahead of the election in The Hollywood Reporter, “We aren’t selecting a president as much as we are proclaiming to ourselves and the rest of the world what America means: either we want to be a theme park version of Mayberry in the 1950s, or we want to be a vibrant and vigorous leader in democracy that our founders envisioned.” … [Read more...] about The United States of America: Can this brand be saved?
His notion of 'satyagraha', or devotion to truth, and the power of non-violent resistance to stir the conscience; his insistence on our common humanity and the essential oneness of all religions; and his belief in every society's obligation, through its political, economic, and social arrangements, to recognise the equal worth and dignity of all people -- each of these ideas resonated with me. Gandhi's actions had stirred me even more than his words; he'd put his beliefs to the test by risking his life, going to prison, and throwing himself fully into the struggles of his people, Obama writes. … [Read more...] about Mahatma Gandhi’s writings gave voice to some of my deepest instincts: Barack Obama
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time. … [Read more...] about Doubling testing capacity, raising ICU beds among steps to tackle COVID cases spike in Delhi: Centre