Author: Adam Zampa

The Associated PressJun 11, 2021 14:05:36 ISTDo you own an Amazon smart device? If so, odds are good that the company is already sharing your internet connection with your neighbours unless you’ve specifically told it not to. On Tuesday, the company launched a program that forces users of many Echo smart speakers and Ring security cameras to automatically share a small portion of their home wireless bandwidth with neighbours. The only way to stop it is to turn it off yourself. Amazon says the program, called Amazon Sidewalk, is a way to make sure lights, smart locks and other gadgets…

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Owners of industries, which have been allowed to resume operations from Monday, have to arrange transportation facilities for their workers and ensure vaccination of workforce, Home and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai said here today. For re-opening the economy in a graded manner from June 14, the government has relaxed guidelines for all types of industries. Industries are allowed to open with 50% staff.

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Producer Anto Joseph has written to Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala and Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation informing them of his plan to release his productions ‘Malik’ and ‘Cold Case’ directly in OTT platforms  With cinema theatres in Kerala expected to remain closed for some more time, producers of some of the big-budget Malayalam films that were earlier set for a theatrical release are now mulling a release in Over The Top (OTT) platforms.Producer Anto Joseph has written to the Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala (FEUOK) and the Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation informing them of his plan to release…

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Bommai says Cong. leaders are ‘habitual offenders’ Home and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday deplored the Opposition Congress leaders’ protests against petrol price hike in Bengaluru and other parts of the State during the COVID-19 lockdown and said Congress leaders are “habitual offenders” of rules and regulations.As petrol prices crossed ₹100, the Karnataka Congress held a “100 not out” protest across the State and KPCC president D.K. Shivakumar, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, senior leaders R.V. Deshpande and Dinesh Gundu Rao and legislators participated in it in front of petrol bunks in Bengaluru and shouted slogans…

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The UNICEF letter reminded the G7 nations the virus sees no borders and with the mutating strains, people will be safe only when everyone has access to vaccines. Today is the start of the 47th G7 Summit. Being held after a gap of one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the three-day annual summit will go on till Sunday, 13 June. It is being held at Cornwall, United Kingdom. The members of the Group of 7 include the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. The guests for this year are the leaders from Australia, India, South Korea and South…

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Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were great teammates but even better friends. From playing together for India to representing Chennai Super Kings to announcing their retirements on the same day, Raina and Dhoni share a great bond. The camaraderie shared between Raina and Dhoni is one that is rarely seen between two top-level cricketers and theirs is a pair that is immortal when it comes to India cricket’s fabled duos.In his recently released autobiography, ‘Believe’, authored by veteran sports journalist Bharat Sundaresan, Raina revealed how Dhoni played a part in brining the best out of the left-handed batsman, but admitted…

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While Karnataka government on Wednesday announced stopping of tasdik grants to non-Hindu religious institutions from Muzrai Department, apparently following protests by Hindu leaders, statistics reveal that such grants constitute less than 3% of the overall allocation.Of ₹133.62 crore allocated in the budget towards the tasdik grants for the financial year 2020-2021 to 26,666 religious institutions under the government, non-Hindu institutions numbered only 764 or less than 3% of the total, receiving a grant of ₹3.67 crore.Similarly, of another annual financial assistance of ₹16.30 crore released to 3,808 religious institutions, 111 or 3% of the total assistance were for non-Hindu institutions,…

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As the world’s second-most populous country that is just coming out of the horrors of a punishing second wave of cases, India will be a natural destination for any extra shots that the world’s wealthiest nations commit to sharing “Build Back Better”, that is the theme the UK has chosen for the G7 summit getting underway at a seaside town on England’s southwest. In a world caught in a seemingly unending pandemic, it is a message that reflects both a desire to put behind the devastation caused by the novel coronavirus and the need to take urgent actions to quell any further waves of infection. India is an invitee…

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Majority of the prisoners who were undergoing treatment for COVID-19 infection have recovered The Kozhikode district jail is back on track with the recovery of majority of its prisoners who were undergoing treatment for COVID-19 infection. Of the 111 remand prisoners, 75 had contracted the virus, posing a tough challenge to the jail authorities and the Health Department.The situation is now appears to be under control as there are only 10 more prisoners currently undergoing treatment in First Line Treatment Centres. According to officials, the condition of 28 prisoners who were brought back to the district jail on Thursday after…

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Since the G-7 last met two years ago, COVID-19 has killed more than 3.7 million people and decimated economies with lockdowns and layoffs The Group of Seven (G7) countries will meet on Friday in UK’s Cornwall. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 3.7 million people and destroyed economies, is set to be the top priority on the meeting’s agenda. The grouping, which consists seven of the world’s richest nations, will also pledge to share coronavirus vaccines with the world’s poorest nations, as part of efforts to help a pandemic-scarred world recover. As British prime minister Boris Johnson hosts US…

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