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New York City indoor dining capacity to increase to 75% in May as Covid restrictions ease

Eataly NYC Downtown reopens with Color Factory for La Pizza & La Pasta A Colori art installation created by artist Eric Rieger (AKA HOTTEA) on April 21, 2021 in New York City. Noam Galai | Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that indoor dining capacity in New York City will be increased to 75% on May 7, finally matching indoor dining capacity regulations in the rest of the state. "After a long and incredibly difficult fight, New York State is winning the war against Covid-19, and that means it's time to loosen some restrictions put in place to protect the public health and help our local businesses," the governor said. The announcement comes a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would fully reopen by July 1 after more than a year of restrictions. Cuomo said he thinks the city could reopen sooner. Restaurants won't be the only businesses getting a capacity upgrade. Fitness centers and personal care services wil

BJP confident about victory in West Bengal, exit polls suggest otherwise

[ad_1] New Delhi: A day after exit polls gave a divided opinion on the outcome of the West Bengal Assembly election, the BJP expressed confidence on Friday (April 30) that it will form the next government in the state by winning a majority of the seats after the votes are counted on Sunday (May 1). "We will get a full majority and form the next government comfortably," BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav, a key member of the party's brain trust, said. Asked about a few poll forecasts that have given an edge to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he exuded confidence that the saffron party will get people's blessings. BJP's IT wing head Amit Malviya, who was actively involved in the campaign as the party's co-incharge for West Bengal, also expressed confidence about the saffron party forming its maiden government in the eastern state. "We will win comprehensively," he said and dismissed those exit polls th

Rajat Verma: In this scenario it’s important to keep working

[ad_1] UPite Rajat Verma said, “In the pandemic situation it’s important to keep working like we are doing in a bio-bubble. The biggest question is if we won’t work how will we survive?” By Deep Saxena PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2021 07:41 PM IST As a schoolboy in Lucknow, actor Rajat Verma walked the ramp for the first time and realised what he wanted from his life. Due to family pressure, the ‘Beyhadh-2’ and ‘Nishedh’ actor pursued BTech in Noida but finally left it midway and eventually went on to become an actor. “I was studying at Lucknow Public Collegiate and was staying with my grandfather in Sharda Nagar. When I went on stage, I had a feeling this is what I want to do in life but acting was nowhere in mind that time. Then I joined theatre and got bitten by an acting bug,” said the UPite. Born in Gorakhpur at his mother’s birthplace, he has lived in Varanasi and was brought up in Noida where his parents live. “Dropping BTech was a big decision but I convinced my parents that’s not wha

EPFO hikes death insurance under EDLI scheme to ₹7 lakh

India’s retirement fund manager on Friday raised the death insurance benefits for subscribers of its employees’ deposit-linked insurance (EDLI) scheme, at a time the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc across the country. In a gazette notification, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) said the minimum death insurance has been increased to ₹ 2.5 lakh and the maximum to ₹ 7 lakh, from the earlier limits of ₹ 2 lakh and ₹ 6 lakh, respectively. Among the EPFO’s 5 crore active subscribers, over 20 lakh are EDLI subscribers. “The following proviso shall be inserted and shall be deemed to have been inserted with effect from the 15th day of February 2020... provided that the assurance benefit shall not be less than two lakh and fifty thousand rupees,” the notification said. It means the lower limit of this insurance benefit will be effective retrospectively from February 15, 2020. “In the second proviso, for the words six lakh rupees, the words seven lakh rupees shall be substi

Japan to provide 300 oxygen concentrators, ventilators to India amid COVID-19 oxygen crisis

[ad_1] Tokyo: Japanese Ambassador to India Satoshi Suzuki on Friday (April 30) informed that the country will provide 300 oxygen generators and as many ventilators to India which is currently facing the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Taking to Twitter, Suzuki said that Japan stands with India in its "greatest time of need". "Japan stands with India in her greatest time of need. We have decided to proceed with the procedure to provide 300 oxygen generators and 300 ventilators," he tweeted. On Thursday (April 29), Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla said that Japan has been a "close partner" in international cooperation and has been responsive to many of India`s requirements. "Japan has been a very close partner in whatever areas of importance that are there in terms of international cooperation and (we are) very happy that Japan has been responsive to many of our requirements and here Japan has offered a number of items including concentrators, ventil

National Bubble Tea Day Celebrants May Want to Pause Festivities Due to Shortage

[ad_1] The past year has led to supply chain issues for boba and other restaurant staples. Find Your Ideal Franchise Complete our short franchise quiz to discover the franchise that’s right for you. Take Quiz April 30, 2021 2 min read While various bubble tea companies are offering promotionals in honor of  National Bubble Tea Day , some establishments are starting to worry about future supply. Boba pearls, the chewy tapioca balls commonly used for bubble tea, have become one of the latest of many shortages blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic. Delays in exports from Asia have been cited as one of the main reasons, as cargo ships are unable to dock due to logistical issues . In states like California and Michigan, where bubble tea is the most popular delivery order , the lack of boba is concerning for some storeowners. According to NPR

‘Tan Mom’ Patricia Krentcil says she still tans twice a week after tabloid fame

"Tan Mom" Patricia Krentcil is determined to stay golden. The famously baked 53-year-old, who became a tabloid sensation nearly 10 years ago, said she still tans twice a week – in her own tanning bed. "It doesn’t bother me anymore," Krentcil told the New York Post’s "I Survived Internet Infamy" on Friday. "There’s ‘Tan Mom,’ celebrity, and there’s Patricia Marie, mom." Krentcil was previously accused of bringing her then-5-year-old daughter into a New Jersey tanning bed. According to the outlet, the bronzed matriarch was charged with child endangerment in 2012 for allegedly exposing her child to artificial UV rays in a Nutley salon. 'TAN MOM' SAYS 'WHOLE BODY DIED' DURING RECENT HEALTH SCARE "I was dubbed ‘Tan Mom’ all over tabloids, and this turned into the most massive hurricane in the world," she recalled. "It went global. There are no words to describe what happened to me and my family." Patricia 'Ta

Helpline Launched for Noida Residents to Consult Doctors on Phone

[ad_1] Residents of Noida and Greater Noida can now use a dedicated helpline number to consult doctors for queries or ailments without having to go to the hospital amid the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said on Friday. The helpline — 0120- 2425301 has been made available by Noida Authority under its initiative, ‘Doctor on Call’, with the support of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Noida, they said. According to officials, doctors would be available for telephonic consultation from Monday to Saturday between 10 am and 6 pm. The facility can be availed by any resident of Gautam Buddh Nagar district, which includes Noida and Greater Noida, Noida Authority CEO Ritu Maheshwari told PTI. Specialists like ophthalmologists, gynaecologists, psychiatrists, orthopaedicians, paediatricians, will also be available to assess patients over the phone. The Noida Authority said more specialist doctors could be added in this list, depending on the need of the people. Read all the Latest News and Bre

Advance booking for Salman Khan starrer Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai begins in the UAE : Bollywood News - Bollywood Hungama

[ad_1] Salman Khan had given his word to the theatre owners of India that his upcoming film Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai will be a theatrical release. With the current scenario, it looks difficult for the audience to head to the theatres to watch the film, and hence, it will be getting a digital release simultaneously on ZeePlex. Starring Salman Khan and Disha Patani in lead roles, the movie has been in the news since its announcement for all the right reasons. Sohail Khan took to his social media to announce that Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai’s advance bookings have begun in the UAE. With Salman Khan’s fans being across the globe, the movie’s worldwide release has been eagerly awaited by them. Sohail Khan wrote, “Salaam Middle East, advance booking for #Radhe is now open! You can now book tickets at @voxcinemas @reelcinemas @novocinemas @starcinemas & others. Stay Safe, Stay Entertained!  #RadheThisEid”. Take a look at his post right here. Also Read: Here’s how Salman Khan

Centre to give ₹15k crore interest-free loans to states for capex

The Centre will provide additional ₹ 15,000 crore to states in 2021-22 as interest free loan for capital expenditure, including ₹ 5,000 crore if states undertake asset monetisation and divestment of public sector enterprises. A similar scheme was announced last October as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme to help boost capital expenditure of the state governments facing financial constraints due to a shortfall in tax revenue collections due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of the scheme, ₹ 12,000 crore was earmarked for the scheme for 2020-21, and ₹ 11,830 crore was released to states. “In view of the positive response to the scheme and, considering the requests of state governments, the government has decided to continue with the scheme in 2021-22. The department of expenditure has issued fresh guidelines in this regard on the ‘Scheme of Financial Assistance to States for Capital Expenditure’ for the financial year 2021-22. The finance minister had in her budget speech announced

Barca's Koeman banned for Atletico and Valencia games, club to appeal

[ad_1] The Dutchman's suspension starts with Sunday's trip to his former club Valencia as Barca look to bounce back from the shock 2-1 defeat by Granada which means the Catalans no longer have the destiny of the title in their own hands. Reuters | PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 12:20 AM IST Barcelona coach Ronaldo Koeman has been hit with a two-game ban by the Spanish FA (RFEF) after being shown a red card in Thursday's shock 2-1 defeat at home to Granada and will miss the visit of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid next Saturday. The Dutchman's suspension starts with Sunday's trip to his former club Valencia as Barca look to bounce back from the shock 2-1 defeat by Granada which means the Catalans no longer have the destiny of the title in their own hands. Koeman was dismissed in the aftermath of Darwin Machis's 63rd minute equaliser for Granada at the Nou Camp. In his post-game report the referee said the Barca coach, having already been warned about his conduct, spok

3 Ways to Avoid Getting 'Zoomed Out'

[ad_1] April 30, 2021 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The global pandemic has changed the way we live our day-to-day lives . With the combination of working from home, virtual learning and everything from “catching up” to “business calls” taking place on Zoom, the boundaries between the various parts of our lives have become blurred, and we’re still learning how to cope. While school, work, friends and family used to all have their separate space, they are now all muddled together, overlapping and fighting for priority. There’s no way around it: this screen-based New Normal is stressful, and studies show that too much screen time can be bad for our health.  For everyone who's found themselves thrust into embracing Zoom following the global lockdowns, here are three ways to avoid getting burned out on video calls this yea

TSA expected to extend mask requirement for air travel through much of the summer

Passengers, almost all wearing face masks, board an American Airlines flight to Charlotte, on May 3, 2020, in New York City. Eleonore Sens | AFP | Getty Images The Transportation Security Administration is expected to extend a requirement that air travelers wear masks in airports and during flights for several more months, people familiar with the matter said. An announcement could come as early as Friday and could extend the requirement, which had been set to expire May 11, until mid-September, the people said. The TSA didn't immediately comment. The agency started requiring people wear masks in airports and during flights on Feb. 2, following an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Airlines have required passengers wear masks for much of the past year as Covid-19 continued to spread. Carriers have banned more than 2,000 passengers for failing to follow mask requirements. About half of U.S. adults are at least partially vaccinated, according to federal data

DNA Exclusive: COVID-19, vaccine waiting list and shortage of doses

[ad_1] New Delhi: Even as the country is moving towards phase 3 of the vaccination drive against COVID-19 in which people in the age group of 18-45 years would be inoculated, several states have conveyed their inability to start the rollout due to a shortage of doses. Zee News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary on Friday (April 30) discussed the growing list of people demanding vaccines and why they will have to wait a bit longer. About two and a half crore people aged between 18 and 45 years have registered for vaccine since April 28. These numbers are increasing by the hour. But none of these people have got a date to get the vaccine. And that's why we are calling it the waiting list of the vaccine. The reason for this is that the states do not have sufficient stock to start the drive. According to the government of Maharashtra, Serum Institute of India, which makes Covishield, has asked them to wait till May 15 for the doses. The state has ordered 7 crore doses of the vaccine. In

Happy Birthday Anushka Sharma: After embracing parenthood with Virat Kohli, 5 times her radiant glow bowled us

[ad_1] As Anushka Sharma turns a year older today, here’s a look at some of her stunning post pregnancy pics which will leave you in awe of her beauty. Anushka Sharma is among the most loved actresses in Bollywood for a reason. The actress has garnered a massive fan following in her career of over 12 years with her stunning looks, acting prowess, and versatility. The Jab Tak Hai Jaan actress has proved her mettle time and again on the silver screen. Be it playing a simple girl next door in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi or being ‘fearless Farah’ in Dil Dhadakne Do or being a demon in Pari and many more, Anushka made sure to give each role her best shot and won hearts with her performance. Interestingly, not just on the professional front, but Anushka has also been making the headlines on her personal front as well. The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actress has been happily married to ace cricketer Virat Kohli for over three years now and they always dish out major relationship goals. But this isn’t all. A

Core sector output grows 6.8% in March on low base

The output of eight infrastructure sectors grew at 6.8% in March—a 32-month high— as a result of the low base of last year, giving a false sense of normalcy. This comes against the backdrop of a raging Covid-19 pandemic and slow vaccinations, threatening to delay any meaningful revival in Asia’s third-largest economy. The output of coal (-21.9%), crude oil (-3.1%), refinery products (-0.7%), and fertilizers (-5%) continued to contract, according to data released by the industry department on Friday. However, that of natural gas (12.3%), steel (23%), cement (32.5%), and electricity (21.6%) expanded in double digits. Overall, the core sector contracted 7% in 2020-21 against the 0.4% growth in the preceding year. March, April, and May growth numbers for core sector and industrial growth were expected to be high and misleading, as they come on the back of sharp declines registered last year, said Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at Care Ratings. “March was just the beginning of the lockdown

IPL 2021, PBKS vs RCB: Punjab Kings Management copy KL Rahul’s trademark celebration after skipper slams fifty - WATCH

[ad_1] Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul ruled the day as he led his side to an emphatic 34-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League clash at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday.  The right-handed batsman went on to play an unbeaten knock of 91 from 57 deliveries as his efforts helped Punjab impose a stiff 180-run target for their opposition.  Rahul started off on a cautious approach but after spending a substantial period in the middle, the Punjab skipper switched gears and kept his side in the fight despite wickets tumbling at the other end.  During the course of his innings Rahul also overtook Shikhar Dhawan and claimed the Orange Cap . The Punjab Kings skipper has so far amassed 331 runs from seven outings, which includes four half-centuries. Dhawan stands second on the list with 311 runs from the same number of matches.  Punjab Kings management also appreciated Rahul's effort on the field and were seen copying the batsman's trademark c

Maharashtra records 62,919 fresh COVID-19 cases, 828 deaths

Image Source : PTI/ REPRESENTATIONAL. Maharashtra records 62,919 fresh COVID cases, over 828 deaths. Amid the rising cases of coronavirus pandemic, Maharashtra recorded as many as 62,919 COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the total tally of infections in the state to 46,024,72. As many as 69,710 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered patients to 38,68,976. The number of active cases stands at 6,62,640. Mumbai recorded 3,925 new cases and 89 fatalities, taking the city's active case tally to 65,670 and the death toll to 13,125. Maharashtra's recovery rate of COVID-19 cases is 84.06 per cent, while the fatality rate is  1.5 per cent. Currently, 41,93,686 patients are in home quarantine and 26,462 are in institutional quarantine.   Latest India News Source link

Watch This Golfer Hit an Amazing Shot Into a Speeding Car and Set a Guinness World Record

[ad_1] Marcus Armitage and Paul O'Neil connected on an incredible shot that has gone viral on Twitter. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! April 30, 2021 2 min read A professional golfer set a Guinness World Record earlier this month, after he hit a 303-yard drive into a BMW convertible that was cruising at 71 miles per hour.  The moment was all captured in a commercial and shared on social media earlier this week. On Thursday, the European Tour's Twitter account posted an approximately seven-minute video in which 33-year-old Marcus Armitage joined 41-year-old British race car driver Paul O'Neil to accomplish the impressive feat. The two had been aiming for the longest drive hit into a moving car.  Landing a golf ball into a speeding car? @MarcusArmitage1 tries to do the impo

SpaceX Crew-1 splashdown delayed again

NASA and SpaceX delayed the Crew-1 mission astronauts' return to Earth for a second time on Thursday. The undocking had been scheduled for Friday afternoon, with the splashdown on Saturday. ELON MUSK SAYS SPACEX STARSHIP SN15 LIKELY TO TEST-LAUNCH THIS WEEK However, following a review of the forecast weather conditions in the splashdown zones off the coast of Florida , NASA wrote that wind speeds were above the return criteria. "Mission teams from NASA and SpaceX will meet again on Friday to further review opportunities for the safe return of Crew-1. Crew Dragon is in great health on the space station, and teams will continue to look for the optimal conditions for both splashdown and recovery," in said in a blog post . The departure had previously been delayed from April 28, also due to poor weather conditions.  SpaceX's Crew-1 Crew Dragon spacecraft, named "Resilience," docked at the International Space Station (ISS) in November of last year , carrying

Akhilesh Attacks Centre Over Covid-19 Crisis, Says BJP Govt Tarnished India’s Image Globally

[ad_1] Hitting out at the Centre over mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic, Samajwadi Party national chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was getting infamous around the world, and many countries have banned travel to India while some have issued advisories to their countrymen to leave India, tarnishing India’s image globally. “Instead of taking the support of the opposition, the BJP government is hell bent on defaming them. Governments abroad have overcome the crisis with public support, but here the Chief Minister is trying to take all the credit himself no matter even if it puts people’s life in jeopardy," Akhilesh said in a statement. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that the government was hiding the truth over shortage of medicines and the number of deaths was also being falsely presented. “The way in which there is a shortage of beds in hospitals, people are forced to run for oxygen, it is very sad. False numbers

West Bengal Govt Waives Last Rite Charges of Covid-19 Victims

[ad_1] The West Bengal government on Friday issued an order stating that last rites of all COVID-19 victims will be carried out free of cost amid complaints of fleecing by middlemen at crematoriums and burial grounds. According to the government order, the urban development and municipal affairs department has appointed nodal officers for all 124 municipal corporations in the state's 23 districts, including Kolkata, to supervise the cremation and burial processes. Also, coordinators have been appointed for arranging hearses for the deceased. "There were reports that middlemen at crematoriums and burial grounds are fleecing families of COVID-19 victims. After conducting a probe into the matter, the department has decided to appoint nodal officers to supervise the cremation process," a senior official said. A state control room number (033-2214-1995) and another helpline (18004191198) have been launched by the department to answer people's queries and address their grie

Fatima Sana Shaikh recalls Anil Kapoor's response when she had doubts on voicing her opinion: 'Don’t be scared'

[ad_1] Actor Fatima Sana Shaikh has opened up about her experience about working with actor Anil Kapoor. She said that she had certain things on her mind but wasn’t sure if she should voice her opinion. However, Anil encouraged her to speak up and not be scared. The duo is working on an untitled movie together and were filming it together earlier this year. "It took some time to get into the rhythm, as Anil sir had joined the shooting a little later. I wanted to do certain things, but I wasn’t sure whether I should voice it or not, and then he says, 'Beta do whatever you want, just don’t be scared'. When you have somebody who is pushing you and making you feel so comfortable that you can question him or the director then you feel liberated. I think that is the amazing qualities all these senior actors have and I would like to be that for newer actors because I am welcomed," she told Spotboye in an interview. Speaking on Anil's personality, she added, "He is

IDFC First Bank cuts interest rates to 4-5%

IDFC is one of the private sector banks, apart from RBL and Bandhan Bank, that is offering the highest savings account interest rates. By Gopika Gopakumar , Mumbai PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 12:22 AM IST IDFC First Bank has cut the interest rate on savings accounts from 6% to 4-5% for accounts with a balance of more than ₹ 1 lakh and up to ₹ 2 crore. The new rates will be effective from May 1, the bank said in its website. The private sector lender is offering an interest rate of 4% for accounts with a balance of ₹ 2 crore to ₹ 10 crore, 5% for balances up to ₹ 2 crore and 4.5% for ₹ 1-10 lakh. IDFC is one of the private sector banks, apart from RBL and Bandhan Bank, that is offering the highest savings account interest rates. The private sector lender had cut the interest rate on savings accounts from 7% to 6% in February. The bank has seen its current and savings account (CASA) ratio increase to 48.3% as on December 31, 2020, from 11.4% as on March 31, 2019. Since the merger with Capi

Osaka, Halep advance to 2nd round in Madrid

[ad_1] Osaka overcame Doi’s strong start by hitting six aces and breaking her serve five times. AP | PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 12:23 AM IST Second-seeded Naomi Osaka made her return to clay to beat Misaki Doi 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the Madrid Open on Friday. Osaka overcame Doi’s strong start by hitting six aces and breaking her serve five times. A leg injury meant Osaka missed last season’s clay-court swing, and her last individual tournament on the surface was at Roland Garros in 2019. She played and lost for Japan against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo in the Fed Cup in February 2020. Osaka, the U.S. Open and Australian Open champion, next plays Karolina Muchova after the Czech beat Qiang Wang 6-1, 6-3. Third-seeded Simona Halep, who won the tournament in 2016 and '17, beat Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 7-5. Maria Sakkari roared back after losing the first seven games of her match against Amanda Anisimova to win 0-6, 6-1, 6-4. Daria Kasatkina needed three match points to see off I

IPL 2021 | KL Rahul, Harpreet Brar shine as Punjab register comprehensive win over Bangalore

Image Source : IPLT20.COM Punjab Kings Skipper KL Rahul scored a combative 91 while Harpreet Brar accounted for three key batsmen as Punjab Kings thumped Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs in an IPL match, here on Friday. Put into bat, Punjab were in a spot of bother at one stage but Rahul's perseverance, power-hitting of Chris Gayle (46) and energy of Brar (25) ensured they had a competitive 179 for five on board. Rahul and Gayle shared an 80-run stand but Punjab's middle order collapsed as Brar, batting at number seven, was the only other batsman to manage a double-digit score. Rahul and Brar then added 61 runs for the unbeaten eighth wicket to rescue the side after the RCB bowlers had seized the initiative following Gayle's dismissal in the 11th over. Rahul hit seven fours and five sixes in his 57-ball knock, while Brar took 17 balls for his 25 that had two sixes and a four. Brar (3/19) then returned with ball in his hand to dismiss key rival batsmen --