Bill Gates says he is stepping down from Microsoft board

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Friday he is stepping down from the company’s board to focus on philanthropy.

Gates was Microsoft’s CEO until 2000 and since then has gradually scaled back his involvement in the company he started with Paul Allen in 1975.

He transitioned out of a day-to-day role in Microsoft in 2008 and served as chairman of the board until 2014.

The billionaire announced Friday that he’s leaving the Microsoft board entirely as well as his seat on the board of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate headed by fellow billionaire Warren Buffett.

Gates said he plans to dedicate more time to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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India vs South Africa: BCCI reschedules ODI series due to coronavirus pandemic:South Africa to visit India later

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday decided to reschedule the remaining two matches of the one-day international series against South Africa. As a result of this decision the two matches scheduled to be played in Lucknow and Kolkata now stand cancelled.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday announced to reschedule the ongoing ODI series in view of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak. Cricket South Africa will visit India at a later date to play 3 One-day Internationals. The BCCI-CSA will jointly work out the revised schedule,” BCCI informed through an official mail.

The decision comes after the board also decided to postpone the start of the Indian Premier League to April 15, amid the growing threat of coronavirus pandemic. The first ODI in Dharamsala was abandoned due to rain without even the toss taking place. The second match of the series was scheduled to be played at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Sunday and the final match was to be played at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday

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BCCI SUSPENDS IPL 2020 TILL 15TH APRIL, 2020

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation.

The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience.

The BCCI will work closely with the Government of India along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other relevant Central and State Government departments in this regard.

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Child dresses up as coronavirus for dance performance in Mexico [ video goes viral ]

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Amid coronavirus outbreak, health officials are trying to raise awareness about preventive measures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. A video of a group of three children performing a dance segment on the novel coronavirus has gone viral on social media.

The video shows a child dressed up as coronavirus wearing a hat and dancing on the stage, while two other children dressed up as doctor and nurse wearing face masks dance around him. The doctor follows the coronavirus with an injection and the nurse shows how one should wash their hands to prevent the spread of the virus.

The children performed the dance at the Ocampo 2020 Carnival in Mexico.

The video which has gone viral on Twitter has garnered over 6.68 lakh views since being shared on Sunday.

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Covid-19: Twitter makes working from home mandatory for employees globally

Twitter Inc. escalated its coronavirus response by mandating that all employees must work from home, having previously only recommended the practice. The San Francisco-based company has more than 35 offices around the world, with its Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea locations already put on mandatory remote work due in part to government restrictions.
As it expands the policy to its global workforce, Twitter said it will continue to pay contractors and hourly-wage workers to cover standard working hours during the disruption.

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The steps taken by the social media giant mirror responses across the U.S. tech industry, with Microsoft Corp. and others committing to pay hourly workers unable to do their on-site jobs and also urging those who can to switch to working remotely. 

Large events across the U.S. are getting canceled, including the South by Southwest festival this month, the Google I/O developer conference in May and the E3 gaming expo scheduled for June. Local and state authorities are also imposing bans on gatherings of large crowds, while the National Basketball Associationsuspended its season after identifying a positive Covid-19 case among its players.

Poachers kill two white giraffes in Kenya and now there is just one in the world

Two of the three extremely rare white giraffes have been killed by poachers in Kenya, the BBC reported quoting wildlife conservationists. The carcasses of a female giraffe and her calf were found in Kenya’s Garissa County, according to the report.

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File  photo of a white giraffe spotted in Kenya in 2017.

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Wildlife conservationists told the BBC that the third white giraffe is thought to be the only surviving one in the world. The white skin tone of the giraffes is a result of leucisim — a condition that causes the skin cells to have no pigmentation.

Disney+ Now Live in India, With Originals in TheMandalorian, on Disney+ Hotstar

Disney+ is now live in India, eighteen days early. Mere hours after Hotstar was rebranded to Disney+ Hotstar, Disney+ originals — from The Mandalorian to Marvel’s Hero Project — are now available on the streaming service in India. Per our estimates, the new content went live around 10am on Wednesday. That’s in addition to content from Disney’s back catalogue that has rolled in the past two days, including Marvel Cinematic Universe films such as Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, Pixar titles A Bug’s Life and Cars 3, National Geographic’s Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo, and a bunch of kids’ TV shows featuring the likes of Mickey Mouse, Rapunzel, and Timon & Pumbaa.

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Over the past two days, Hotstar quietly updated its Android and iOS app to Disney+ Hotstar, featuring a new logo and colour theme. The new design is not yet live on Hotstar’s website. For what it’s worth, the aforementioned Disney+ originals are available across the board — on the website, mobile, tablet, and TV. For now, here’s the full list of the Disney+ originals that you can already watch in India:

Disney+ Hotstar originals
Diary of a Future President: Season 1, ongoing
Disney Family Sundays: Season 1, ongoing
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Season 2, ongoing
Encore!: Season 1
Forky Asks a Question: Season 1
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: Season 1
The Imagineering Story: Limited Series
Lady and the Tramp (2019)
Lamp Life
The Mandalorian: Season 1
Marvel’s Hero Project: Season 1, ongoing
Noelle
One Day at Disney
One Day at Disney: Season 1, ongoing
Pick of the Litter: Season 1
Pixar in Real Life: Season 1, ongoing
Shop Class: Season 1, ongoing
Short Circuit: Season 1
SparkShorts: Season 1
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Togo
The World According to Jeff Goldblum: Season 1

Dutch Firm To Build Flying Car In India

The made in India flying car will have two engines and can take speeds of up to 160 kmph on road and can fly at speeds of up to 180 kmph.

PTI

Netherlands based flying carmaker, PAL-V (Personal Air Land Vehicle) will setup a manufacturing plant in Gujarat. The company is planning to begin production by 2021. As reported by PTI, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the state’s Principal Secretary MK Das and Carlo Maasbommel, Vice President- International Business Development Division, PAL-V. According to the statement made by the company, the government would help the company in getting all necessary approvals required to setup the plant in Gujarat.

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The  made in India flying car will have two engines and can take speeds of up to 160 kmph on road and can fly at speeds of up to 180 kmph. Moreover, the car can transform into flying vehicle within three minutes and can cover a distance of 500 km in a full tank.

College Is ‘Basically For Fun And Not For Learning’: Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Brief by Tasneem, Source from Guardian

Tesla Chief Elon Musk during the Satellite 2020 conference, shared his unconventional views on college. He said, “I think colleges are basically for fun and to prove you can do your chores, but they’re not for learning”. He added, “you can learn anything you want for free” and said he hopes to make sure Tesla doesn’t have university requirements for jobs “because that’s absurd”.

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