Events, entertainment industry says coronavirus outbreak hit 60 mln livelihoods; seeks urgent govt help
The Events and Entertainment Management Association has sent out an SOS signal to the government seeking urgent intervention as the industry that employs 60 million people has comes to a standstill following the national lockdown
West Bengal refuses to comply with Centre's circular urging schools to organise Independence Day events
Ahead of Independence Day, the Centre has written to the states to organise events in schools towards creating a "patriotic mood" and a "mass fervour" to help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'New India' vision
We list out a some artists in India who are trying to change the perception of Indian music with their work on this World Music Day.
LinkedIn plans to launch a section on its network dedicated to business news, seeking to draw users onto the service more frequently to read and talk about current events, company officials said.
The features are all user requested, and Google+ has said that the new features will be rolled out worldwide over the next few weeks.
Google would very much like to be your one-stop-shop for everything related to the Olympics this year.
Events this week: BOSS training, MotoGP Assen, Mahindra Monsoon Challenge and national racing championships
We take a look at the important events scheduled to happen this week
Dutch suggest EU send migrants straight back to Turkey as more arrive without case for asylum | Reuters
BRUSSELS/THE HAGUE The Netherlands floated an idea on Thursday to ferry migrants reaching Greece straight back to Turkey to stop a relentless influx into the European Union as EU officials cited a rise in the numbers of those who would not qualify for asylum.
PARIS France and Iran hailed the sale of Airbus planes and the renewal of a decades-old carmaking venture as symbols of thawing relations on Thursday while protesters in Paris tried to get human rights onto the agenda. President Hassan Rouhani was accompanied on his official visit to Paris, the first by an Iranian president since 1999, by ministers and business leaders who announced deals including a joint venture between carmakers PSA Peugeot Citroen ( PEUP.PA ) and Iran Khodro and plans for Iran to buy 118 Airbus ( AIR.PA ) passenger planes to update its ageing fleet.
PARIS The Syrian people must be left to decide their own future, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, adding that defeating terrorism was Syria's main problem and not who is running it. On the first official visit to France by an Iranian president since 1999, Rouhani also said Tehran would keep to commitments it made under a nuclear agreement with major powers, but that those on the other side would also have to keep their end of the bargain. "It is up to the Syrian people to make decisions for their country," Rouhani said at a news conference with President Francois Hollande when asked whether he was ready to compromise on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
AMMAN/BEIRUT/GENEVA The Syrian opposition said it will not attend peace talks due to begin in Geneva on Friday, derailing the first attempt in two years to hold negotiations aimed at ending the five-year-long war. An opposition council convening in Riyadh said its delegation would "certainly" not be in Geneva on Friday, saying it had not received convincing answers to its demands for goodwill steps including an end to air strikes and blockades. The failure to get talks off the ground on time reflects the challenges facing peace-making as the conflict rages unabated on the ground
ADEN Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing outside Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's residence in the southern city of Aden on Thursday that killed at least six people. Officials said Hadi was inside his residence at the Maashiq Palace at the time of the attack but was unharmed. Hadi's office, in a statement carried by the government-run Saba news agency, said that 11 other people were also injured in the attack, in which a car tried to crash through a security checkpoint guarding the palace.
GENEVA The Zika virus - linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil - is spreading "explosively" and could affect as many as four million people in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Director-General Margaret Chan told members of WHO's executive board that the spread of the mosquito-borne disease had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions and that she was convening experts to assess it.
FORT WORTH, Texas/MEXICO CITY The American teenager derided for a defense of "affluenza" in the killing four people while driving drunk arrived back in Texas on Thursday, where he faces detention, after being deported from Mexico.
TAIPEI Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou flew to Itu Aba island in the disputed South China Sea on Thursday to reaffirm Taipei's sovereignty over the outpost, ignoring criticism from Washington over the trip. Ma's one-day visit to Itu Aba comes amid growing international concern over rising tensions in the South China Sea, especially in the wake of Beijing's rapid creation of seven man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago. The Taiwanese Defence Ministry told Reuters that Ma had departed for Itu Aba.
BURNS, Ore. The leader of the month-long armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon urged remaining protesters on Wednesday to leave the site and go home, a day after his arrest and the death of a supporter. "To those remaining at the refuge, I love you
RIO DE JANEIRO President Dilma Rousseff said on Wednesday that Brazil must wage war against the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus linked to a surge in cases of a dangerous birth defect, focussing on eliminating the insect's breeding grounds. Since September, Brazil has registered 3,700 cases of babies with microcephaly, a condition linked to Zika infection in which children are born with an abnormally small head and a brain that has not developed properly. The jump in cases has prompted a global health scare, with several countries cautioning pregnant women against travelling to the 22 nations in the Americas where the virus has been reported.
NEW YORK Women around the globe are seeing slow progress in gaining gender and pay equality and are under-represented at all levels in the workplace and executive boardrooms, a report shows. Although they make up 40 percent of the average company's workforce, women represent only 33 percent of managers and 26 percent of senior managers. Even fewer, 20 percent, have risen to the executive level because companies are slow to build talent pipelines to promote diversity.
DUBAI Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on his arrival in Paris on Wednesday that a new chapter had began in Tehran's relations with the European Union, after the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.