US President-elect Joe Biden asks infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci to join his COVID-19 team

Washington DC: US President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday asked the top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci to join his administration and to lead his team of medical advisers to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci is a member of the US President Donald Trump administration`s Coronavirus Task Force, which is responsible for coordinating efforts to fight … Read more

3 former US presidents willing to take COVID-19 vaccine publicly to boost confidence

Washington: Three former presidents have said they’d be willing to take a coronavirus vaccine publicly, once one becomes available, to encourage all Americans to get inoculated against a disease that has already killed more than 275,000 people nationwide. Former President Barack Obama said during a TV show – “The Joe Madison Show” , “I promise … Read more

Mysterious monolith sighting at US California, third one after Utah and Romania

A 10-foot-tall metallic monolith was spotted atop a Central California mountain this week and just as mysteriously it appeared the structure reportedly vanished early on Thursday, as per a report by Reuters.  “I can`t say it`s aliens, but it was here and now it`s gone,” deputy city manager of Atascadero, California Terrie Banish told Reuters. … Read more

Coronavirus claims 1.5 million lives globally with 10,000 dying each day

NEW YORK: Over 1.5 million people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 with one death reported every nine seconds on a weekly average, as vaccinations are set to begin in December in a handful of developed nations. Half a million deaths occurred in just the last two months, indicating that the severity of the … Read more

Relief for Indian IT professionals as US Senate passes High-Skilled Immigrants Act

Washington DC: The United States Senate passed the `Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act` or S.386 bill on Wednesday evening, proving a huge relief to thousands of Indian nationals currently stuck in Green Card limbo. The bill aims to do away with the country caps on employment-based green cards. The bill essentially will increases the per-country … Read more

UK rushed approval of COVID-19 vaccine? Here's what top US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci says

Washington/London: Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, on Thursday said the UK was not as rigorous as the US health authorities in its COVID-19 vaccine approval process. The UK on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for the coronavirus. “The UK did not do it … Read more

Four killed in blast at English water treatment plant

BRISTOL: A large blast at a water treatment site on the outskirts of Bristol in England killed four workers and injured a fifth, emergency services said on Thursday. “Sadly, despite the best efforts of all those involved, we can confirm that there have been four fatalities,” Chief Inspector Mark Runacres of Avon and Somerset Police … Read more

New Avatar of Santa Claus in Coronavirus Age; he follows these norms

Miami: Brad Six becomes Santa Claus, pulling his black boots over his red pants in the office of a Miami outdoor supply company. It’s hot, so he forgoes the traditional heavy jacket for a lightweight vest and grabs his Santa hat. But before sliding it on, the gray-bearded 61-year-old dons a plastic face shield and … Read more

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, this empty Paris hotel shelters homeless people

Paris: In normal times the Hotel Avenir Montmartre is a tourist magnet with its views of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur church, but COVID-19 has scared off the usual guests. Instead, the hotel has opened its doors to the homeless. The hotel’s management has, for a year, handed over their rooms to homeless … Read more

Tokyo zoo unveils first elephant born there in 138 years!

Tokyo: Japan’s oldest zoo unveiled the first baby elephant to be born there since its founding more than a century ago, and asked the public for help in naming it. The male calf was shown to the public on Tuesday (December 1) for the first time since his October 31 birth at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoological Gardens. … Read more