Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020

The dates of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were postponed to 2021 and the confirmed dates were announced.

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) decided that the Olympics will be conducted in the year 2021 in response to the pandemic COVID-19 that is been shaking the whole world. The committee announced that the games will begin on 23 July, 2021. The games will still be called Tokyo 2020.

The Olympics will start on the 23rd of July, 2021 and run upto 8th of August. The Paralympics will start on the 24th of August, 2021 and end by 5th September.

The IOC president, Thomas Bach said that Tokyo 2020 will be like a light at the end of the dark tunnel of pandemic through which the world is travelling. The International Paralympic Committee president, Andrew Parson said that the paralympics games that will happen in Tokyo will be a “global celebration of human resilience and a sensational showcase of sport.”

COVID-19: Toll Rises in India

The toll of corona virus affected people keeps on increasing in India.

The number of people affected with the pandemic is about to reach 1,400 in India. Currently 35 deaths has been recorded in various states. The country has entered the seventh day of the lockdown as on Tuesday.

A group of foreigners who attended the Markaz gathering in Nizamuddin were found to be the victims of virus. 48 such foreigners where located in the North-East district of Delhi in various mosques. Out of the 700 people who attended the meeting, 441 were identified and admitted in isolated wards. Voluntary admission of the rest of the people who attended the meeting were called on by the government as the recognition of the rest who attended the meeting continues.

In the last 24 hours 146 people were newly suspected of the pandemic virus. With this the total toll has increased to 1,397. Reports states that government has no intention of extending the lockdown.

A total of 8,03,313 cases were confirmed worldwide with 1,74,410 cases in USA alone. Italy has a largest number of death counting upto 12,428 followed by Spain having faced about 8,259 deaths.

Source: TOI

Vincent van Gogh’s Painting Stolen

The Dutch master Vincent van Gogh’s painting was stolen from the Dutch museum, Singer Laren.

Courtesy: The Groninger Museum.

The museum was situated just outside the city’s capital Amsterdam. The museum was closed from March 12 following the pandemic announcements. Reports says that the famous painting of van Gough, “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring” was stolen in an overnight raid.

Though the alarms went out, the painting was gone before the officials could reach the place. All were shocked when they found only the white panel in place of the grand painting. The thieves were suspected to break the glass window to enter the museum.

The painting was painted during the year 1884 by one of the great Dutch master Vincent van Gogh. The painting depicts a woman in the garden with sparse red-flowered bushe and a church in the background.

Oscar Nominations 2020

Oscar award nominations for the year 2020 is been released on Monday morning.

The 92nd Oscar award ceremony is to be conducted soon. The nominations for the above were announced early on Monday morning.

The comic drama Joker has gained about eleven nominations. Women directors were thrown out of best directors list inspite of their efforts.

Movies including Once upon a Time… in Hollywood, Ford v Ferrari, Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Post, 1917 were nominated for their best pictures.

The many categories in Oscar award include Best Picture, Actor in Leading Role, Actress in Leading Role, Actor and Actress in Supporting Role, Animated Featire Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Documenting, Short Film, etc.

ISRO Launched CARTOSAT-3

The Indian Space Research Organization on Wednesday successfully launched PSLV-C47 on its 49th mission from Sriharikota.

Image courtesy: ThePrint

On its 49th mission PSLV-C47 carried with it CARTOSAT-3, a satellite designed for performing cartography (with special map-making applications). It has a total mission period of five years.

PSLV-C47 is also carrying 13 nano satellites from USA. They were roped by New Space India, a new commercial arm. These nano satellites were capable of most advanced spacial resolution.

The launch took place in Satish Dawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. With this successful launch India is likely to become a global launch destination for the small satellites with the mission vehicle PSLV.

Petta and Viswasam Release

Finally Petta and Viswasam are out on screen giving a healthy competition between the movie crew and the fans.

Image courtesy: Galatta

Pongal vibe started on Thursday with the release of two mass movies Petta and Viswasam enacted by the famous kollywood actors Rajinikanth and Ajith. Keeping in mind the demand for the shows and crowd, government has given permission for 5 shows per day.

Posters and banners put up by the fans shows the clash between the movies. Reviews and comments on the movies has become the trend of the day.

Petta by Rajinikanth after his elegant acting in 2.0 has given more expectation on the box office collection. Whereas Viswasam which is expected to be a family movie has occupied many single screens in theatres of rural areas.

Both the movies gives a positive pongal vibe even before the celebration has started.

All India General Strike

All India general strike for 48 hours was announced by the left unions and the central trade unions.

Inage courtesy: The News Minute

The strike starts by the midnight of Jan 7. The protest was announced by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) condemning the “anti-labour, anti-people and anti-national policies adapted by the Modi government.

Many unions has given their support for the strike for two days Jan 8 and 9. These unions includes AITUC, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, etc. The trade unions are expected to condemn the decisions taken by the government without giving a thought on the opinions of the trade unions. They were to express their opposition of privatization and to address the issues of rural farmers.

Educational institutions including schools were closed in Odissa following the strike. The factories and industries around Delhi have promised their full support for the strike. Kerala and West-Bengal, the left-dominated states are expected to get a major impact of the strike.

The Golden Win in Australia After 71 Years

The Indian cricket team has made a sharp strike-through in the Australian soil by winning the test series after 71 years.

Image courtesy: Hindustan Times

The Indian team under the captainship of Virat Kohli won the long awaited crown. The team won the test series in the Australian soil after a long wait of 71 years. It was definitely a major victory since the team excelled in all parts of the play including batting, bowling and fielding.

The last match was stopped because of rain. Therefore India lost the chance of attempting a major record of 3-1 victory. Its not a big deal though since the players began the year with a great acheivement of 2-1 victory in the Australian soil winning the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Pujara won the exclusive title of ‘Man of the Match’ and ‘Man of the Series’ trophies proving himslef worthy of the popular tag ‘The Indian Wall.’ He scored the highest score, 193.

Padukone Turns 33

Deepika Padukone is celebrating her 33rd birthday on Saturday. This is the first birthday she is gonna celebrate after her wedding.

Known for her brave and majestc acting, Deepika Padukone is an elegant Bollywood and Hollywood actress. Padukone is turning 33 today.

Padukone’s wedding with the famous co-actor Ranveer Singh on November 14 and 15 in Italy sent all the fans to the height of excitement. Since their wedding, this is the first birthday Padukone is going to celebrate with her husband and the in-laws.

To the further excitement of the fans Deepika has announced a surprise for all her fans. Further the fans were eager to see how Ranveer and Padukone’s in-laws are gonna crown her day.

Celebrities and netizens are pouring their wishes to Padukone making her the current trend in Twitter.

China Explores the Unexplored Parts of the Moon

China has sent a space vehicle which became the first to explore the farthest area of the moon which was not explored by any human.

Image courtesy: China.org.cn

China on Thursday sent a space probe vehicle Chang’e-4. It is the robotic space probe mission designed to explore the unexplored area of the moon. Many previous attempts by other countries have failed due to various causes and so Chang’e-4 probe becomes the first to accomplish it.

The probe was fitted with camera to take pictures of the dark side of the moon. Also attempts were to be made to check the geology of the area. The possibility for the existence of the biological organisms were also to be checked by this probe.

It is one of the greatest accomplishment of humans. The search for the unknown is still in progress with full vigour.