Sundar Pichai

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Sundar Pichai says Google employees need to get together in physical spaces to accomplish growth plans

When the two tech giants Facebook and Google announced remote work strategies throughout the year 2020, it was surely the word on the street for all the employees. We are not known how the companies will emerge from the coronavirus crunch, but yes, brands are still emphasising on the work-from-home culture.

In an interview with Wired, the CEO of Google and Alphabet, Sundar Pichai was asked the same question. As in, how Google is adapting to this kind of WFH model. Pichai in response to the question, says: “Once we realized this was going to be bigger than any of us imagined, two quick thoughts: First, how do we keep our employees safe?

So as early as we possibly could, we had to move the company to a distributed, global, work from home model. Second, in some ways Google and Alphabet were built for this moment. We are here to provide people information, help them in moments where they need help. So we realized it was important to step up our products and services but also the help we can give to communities and institutions.”

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Arvind Krishna

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IBM to cut jobs for the first time under new CEO Arvind Krishna

International Business Machines Corp. cut an unspecified number of jobs across the US, eliminating employees in at least five states.

The company declined to comment on the total number, but the workforce reductions appear far-reaching. This will be the first time the tech giant will be executing layoffs after new CEO Arvind Krishna took over.

“IBM’s work in a highly competitive marketplace requires flexibility to constantly add high-value skills to our workforce. While we always consider the current environment, IBM’s workforce decisions are in the interest of the long-term health of our business,” company spokesman Ed Barbini said Thursday in a statement. “Recognizing the unique and difficult situation this business decision may create for some of our employees, IBM is offering subsidized medical coverage to all affected U.S. employees through June 2021.”

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Ivanka Trump

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Ivanka Trump praises Bihar girl who cycles 1200km carrying injured father

Determined to reach their home, a girl from Bihar, Jyoti Kumari, cycled over 1200 km carrying her injured father. She cycled carrying her father from Gurugram to Darbhanga. Jyoti Kumari is being applauded all over the world. Jyoti has been offered trial by Cycling Federation of India. She expressed her happiness with an offer from Cycling Federation of India. Jyoti has been applauded by the US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump. She took to the twitter handle and wrote, “15 year old Jyoti Kumari, carried her wounded father to their home village on the back of her bicycle covering +1,200 km over 7 days. This beautiful feat of endurance and love has captured the imagination of the Indian people and the cycling federation!”

Source: The Times of India

Sushmita Sen

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Sushmita Sen celebrates 26 years of Miss Universe title, thanks fans for ‘making my universe a better place’

Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen was crowned the Miss Universe, 26 years ago on this day. She has posted a heartfelt video to commemorate the occasion. Sushmita also thanked her fans and family for believing in her and giving her the strength to stay true to herself.

The video that Sushmita has shared is a montage of her pictures right from her childhood pics to images from her iconic victory when she was crowned the Miss Universe in 1994. She shared the video on Instagram and wrote, “#26thanniversary #missuniverse1994 #indiasfirst Thank you all for making ‘my Universe a better place’…your love has always been my greatest strength!!!I love you guys!!!

Source: Hindustan Times

Satish Kaul

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Mahabharat actor Satish Kaul seeks help: I’m struggling for medicines, basic needs

Veteran Punjabi star Satish Kaul, who has acted in several Hindi films and shows including Mahabharat, says he’s currently facing financial woes and the nation-wide lockdown has only made the situation worse for him.

The actor, whose credits include working in over 300 Punjabi and Hindi films and played the role of Lord Indra in Mahabharat, said contrary to rumours, he’s not in an old age home.

“I’m staying in a small rented place in Ludhiana. I was staying in an old age home earlier but then I’m here at this place with my good samaritan Satya Devi. My health is ok, I’m doing fine but the lockdown has made matters worse.

Source: The Indian Express

Subramanian Swamy

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BJP leader Subramanian Swamy says will sue UN official over alleged comments about Muslims

UNITED NATIONS: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has said that he will sue a senior UN official, who described alleged comments about Muslims attributed to him as “extremely alarming”, saying the diplomat’s remarks are slander and a “blatant lie.”

Earlier this week, Under-Secretary-General Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, in a note to the media expressed concern over reports of “increased hate speech and discrimination” against minority communities in India since the adoption of the Citizenship Amendment Act in December 2019.

Source: The New Indian Express

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

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‘Iran will support any nation or group that fights Israel’: Khamenei

Iran will support any nation or group that fights Israel, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, ahead of this week’s annual observance of Quds (Jerusalem) Day to express support for Palestinians.

“We will support and assist any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime, and we do not hesitate to say this,” Khamenei said in a post on his official English-language Twitter account. 

Iran, Israel’s arch-enemy in the Middle East, has been a key supporter, along with Russia, of President Bashar al-Assad during Syria’s civil war, sending military advisers as well as material and regional Shi’ite militias.

Source: Hindustan Times

Donald Trump

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Coronavirus came from China, US is not going to take it lightly, says Donald Trump

The deadly coronavirus came from China and the US is not going to take it lightly, President Donald Trump said.

“It came from China. We are not happy about it. We just signed a trade deal, the ink wasn’t dry and all of the sudden this floated in. We are not going to take it lightly,” Trump said participating in a Listening Session with African-American Leaders in Michigan.

Trump in the last several weeks has been very critical of China’s inability to control the spread of the novel coronavirus within its territory. By Thursday more than 94,000 Americans have died due to the coronavirus and over 1.6 million have tested positive.

He has so far not given any indication of the steps that he is contemplating taking against China.

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KP Sharma Oli

Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli raises border dispute with India to repay China for saving his government

New Delhi: India and Nepal share a unique relationship of friendship and cooperation by open borders and people to people contact. Nepal, however, has started making rhetoric against India by releasing a controversial map of the country showing Indian territories of Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura as its own. The question arises as to why Nepal has opened a front against India. 

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane stated that if Nepal is raising the issue, it is doing so at ‘someone else’s behest’.

Earlier this month, Nepal witnessed a political crisis, and senior leaders of Nepal Communist Party publicly demanded Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s resignation.

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Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand’s prime minister floats ‘four-day week’ as a way to help the economy

The four-day workweek has been touted as a way to improve work-life balance. Now it’s getting a boost from New Zealand’s leader, who recently raised the idea as one that might help the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a Facebook Live video posted earlier this week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shared the suggestion while discussing ways to revive domestic tourism in her country. Over the last few months, the coronavirus crisis has forced people around the world to lock down and decimated global demand for travel.

“I’ve had lots of people suggesting we should have a four-day week. Ultimately, that really sits between employers and employees,” Ardern said.

However, the idea has merit in that it might give domestic travelers “flexibility in terms of their travel and their leave,” she added. Ardern noted that 60% of New Zealand’s tourism industry comes from locals.

Source: CNN