US Planning To Impose Ban On Travel From Brazil, Says Donald Trump

Donald Trump told a White House press conference he is “absolutely looking at a ban”. Washington: US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is strongly considering a ban on travel from Brazil, where his close ally Jair Bolsonaro dismisses the danger of the coronavirus. Trump told a White House press conference he is “absolutely looking at a ban” on travel to the United States from Latin America’s biggest country. Bolsonaro, who has modeled himself on Trump and sought to bring Brazil into a close partnership with the United States, has…

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Vericool raises $19.1 million for its plant-based packaging replacement for plastic coolers – TechCrunch

Vericool, a Livermore, Calif.-based startup that’s replacing plastic coolers and packaging with plant-based products, has raised $19.1 million in a new round of financing. The company’s stated goal is to replace traditional packaging materials like polystyrene with plant-based insulating packaging materials. Its technology uses 100% recycled paper fibers and other plant-based materials, according to the company, and are curbside recyclable and compostable. Investors in the round include Radicle Impact Partners, The Ecosystem Integrity Fund, ID8 Investments and AiiM Partners, according to a statement. “We’re pleased to support Vericool because of the company’s track record…

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Govt’s Decision to Slash Interest on Small Savings Based on ‘Stupid Advice’: Chidambaram

File photo of former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram. He also said though India’s GDP for the last quarter could not be have been more than 4 per cent, it was time to focus on saving people’s lives and not the GDP. PTI New Delhi Last Updated: April 1, 2020, 5:09 PM IST Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday described as a wrong step based on “stupid advice” the government’s decision to reduce interest rates on small saving schemes and demanded its rollback. …

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No Talks Around Kohli & Boys Taking Pay Cut: BCCI Treasurer

New Delhi: Sportspersons being asked to take pay cuts have been making news ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus brought the world to a standstill. But Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Treasurer Arun Dhumal has made it clear that there is no such thought process at present when it comes to the salary of the Indian cricketers. Speaking to IANS, Dhumal made it clear that there have been no such discussions and while the setback from the pandemic will be huge, salary cut isn’t in the…

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New NASA Study Aims to Understand Impact of Solar Storms

An artist’s impression of the NASA-ESA Solar Orbiter mission, that is now scheduled for lift-off on February 7. (Image: NASA) The new NASA SunRISE mission, projected for a July 2023 launch at the earliest, will study the impact that solar particle storms have on planets. News18.com Last Updated: April 1, 2020, 4:58 PM IST Despite being millions of miles away, our Sun has a profound impact all across the solar system. Among its other aspects are solar flares, or solar storms, which are so powerful that they can…

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Tendulkar’s Best Figures to Sehwag’s ODI Debut

The 1st of April, every year, is celebrated as April Fools’ Day. We look at 10 interesting facts – records/events/ milestones – from the world of cricket which occurred on April Fools’ Day. 1933: Hammond sets a World Record Wally Hammond hammered an unbeaten 336 against New Zealand in Auckland – it was the highest Test score in history till then. He broke the record of Don Bradman – 334 against England at Leeds in 1930. 1941: Birth of an Indian Legend Ajit Wadekar played a significant role with the…

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Hackers May Get Access To Your Phone Through ‘Backdoor Secrets’: Here is How

Image for Representation (Image: Reuters) According to a study, a large number of mobile phone apps have hidden or harmful behaviours about which end users know little to nothing, allowing hackers to access private data. IANS Last Updated: April 1, 2020, 4:29 PM IST Cybersecurity researchers have discovered that a large number of mobile phone applications contain hardcoded ‘backdoor secrets’ allowing hackers to access private data or block content provided by users. “The study’s findings: that the apps on mobile phones might have hidden or harmful behaviours about…

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coronavirus: India keeps date with BS-VI fuels amidst corona lockdown

NEW DELHI: India will keep its date with ultra-clean Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) fuels on April 1, leapfrogging from BS-IV amidst slump in demand and constraints on movement in the last five weeks due to the spread of coronavirus infections and the countrywide lockdown. “The April 1 deadline (for a countrywide switch to BS-VI) is intact. The country will switch over to BS-VI petrol and diesel. In fact, we started selling these fuels across the country about 10-12 days ago,” Sanjiv Singh. chairman of India’s largest fuel retailer IndianOil, told TOI.…

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Wipro, Azim Premji Foundation Commit Rs 1,125 Cr to Tackle Covid-19 Crisis

New Delhi: Wipro Ltd, Wipro Enterprises Ltd and Azim Premji Foundation have together committed Rs 1,125 crore towards tackling the unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis arising from the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. These resources will help enable the dedicated medical and service fraternity in the frontline of the battle against the pandemic and in mitigating its wide-ranging human impact, particularly on the most disadvantaged of our society, as per a company statement released on Wednesday. Of the Rs 1,125 crore, Wipro Ltd’s commitment is Rs 100 crore,…

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Realme to Increase Price of its Smartphone Range Post GST Revision

Realme has announced that it will be increasing the price of its smartphone range in India. The company is adhering to the government’s decision to increase the GST on smartphones from 12% to 18%. Recently Xiaomi also announced a similar price hike due to the increase in GST rates. “The recent COVID-19 pandemic has highly impacted the smartphone industry, leading to a price hike of components and supply shortage. Further, the Indian Rupee rate has been continuously fluctuating and facing depreciation currently. This has impacted the overall cost of…

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Sensex Plunges 1,203 Points, Nifty Tanks Below 8,300

A file photo of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Starting the new financial year on a poor note, the 30-share BSE barometer slumped 1,203.18 points or 4.08 per cent to finish at 28,265.31. Similarly, the NSE Nifty tanked 343.95 points, or 4 per cent, to close at 8,253.80. PTI Last Updated: April 1, 2020, 4:19 PM IST Equity benchmark Sensex plummeted over 1,203 points on Wednesday, in line with a global selloff as investors fretted over the impact of prolonged worldwide lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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PM Cares Fund Modi’s Blatant Attempt at Self Promotion: Prithviraj Chavan

File photo of senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan. He said the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund was started by Jawaharlal Nehru in January 1948 to help refugees from Pakistan. PTI Mumbai Last Updated: April 1, 2020, 4:14 PM IST Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday said that labelling the coronavirus fund as “PM CARES fund” was the “blatant self-promotion attempt” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which had no parallel in the world. In a tweet, the state Cabinet minister said, “Only in India our stimulus package has…

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