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FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks walk along Via dei Condotti street , in Rome, Italy. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo

Italy awaits return of tourists as Covid restrictions eased, coffee bars reopen

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 10:12 AM IST
After severe curbs over the Christmas and New Year period, two-thirds of Italy was declared a "yellow zone" allowing bars in those less risky areas to serve customers at counters and tables again instead of offering only take-away in plastic cups.
Masaba Gupta with her mother Neena Gupta.
Masaba Gupta with her mother Neena Gupta.

Masaba Gupta reveals mom Neena thought she ‘died’ on Christmas. Here is why

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 04:10 PM IST
Masaba Gupta said that her uncharacteristic behaviour of waking up early on Christmas shocked her mother Neena Gupta, who thought she ‘died’.
The image shows Harvinder Singh with Ronnie.(Facebook/@Manjiri Prabhu)
The image shows Harvinder Singh with Ronnie.(Facebook/@Manjiri Prabhu)

‘Today I met Santa in real life’: Woman pens heartwarming tale about her unexpected Christmas auto ride. Check it out

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanya Budhiraja
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 08:49 AM IST
Indian author Manjiri Prabhu shared this sweet story on her Facebook account on December 26.
Nashville mayor Cooper also announced a state of civil emergency on areas surrounding the blast site.(AFP)
Nashville mayor Cooper also announced a state of civil emergency on areas surrounding the blast site.(AFP)

Explosion rocks downtown Nashville on Christmas morning: What we know so far

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:05 PM IST
Nashville mayor John Cooper and the local police department have called the explosion an “intentional act” with the mayor describing the incident as a “deliberate bomb set off in the community” as per initial evidence.
Shilpa shares her favourite baked kalkals and healthy fruit cake recipes(Instagram/theshilpashetty)
Shilpa shares her favourite baked kalkals and healthy fruit cake recipes(Instagram/theshilpashetty)

Recipe: Shilpa Shetty Kundra shows how to prepare mouthwatering baked kalkals and healthy fruit cake

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 04:48 PM IST
Craving some baked kalkals and fruit cake this Christmas and New Year week? Shilpa Shetty Kundra shows how to prepare one in a jiffy while sticking to the ‘Swasth Raho Mast Raho’ mantra | Watch
Jacqueline’ rosy Christmas vibes and polka dot fashion hooks 1.1m fans(Instagram/jacquelinef143/Chandini Whabi)
Jacqueline’ rosy Christmas vibes and polka dot fashion hooks 1.1m fans(Instagram/jacquelinef143/Chandini Whabi)

Of red roses and polka dots: Jacqueline Fernandez’ Christmas vibes and fashion are too hot to handle

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 01:50 PM IST
Jacqueline Fernandez’ cosmopolitan fashion vibes set the Internet on fire in peak December and these pictures from her Christmas night photoshoot are proof
Here are top entertainment news stories of the day.
Here are top entertainment news stories of the day.

Deepika Padukone sneaks into Ranveer Singh’s Christmas pic, Priyanka Chopra’s We Can Be Heroes debuts on Netflix

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 11:33 AM IST
From Deepika Padukone photo-bombing Ranveer Singh’s Christmas picture to the release of Priyanka Chopra’s film We Can Be Heroes on Netflix, here are top entertainment news stories.
On Christmas Day, Trump spent most of the day golfing, with close ally and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, according to a source familiar with his activities. In a tweet, he said he has had many telephone calls and meetings at his golf club and urged lawmakers to give people more money.(AP)
On Christmas Day, Trump spent most of the day golfing, with close ally and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, according to a source familiar with his activities. In a tweet, he said he has had many telephone calls and meetings at his golf club and urged lawmakers to give people more money.(AP)

Politics blunts Christmas as US government shutdown nears, virus aid unsure

Palm Beach, Florida | By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 10:13 AM IST
Trump stunned members of both parties when he unexpectedly announced this week his dislike of the spending bill, which had taken members of Congress months to negotiate. The bill provides $892 billion in coronavirus relief, and $1.4 trillion in regular government appropriations.
Stressing that health is an international issue, Pope Francis appeared to criticise so-called ‘vaccine nationalism’, which U.N. officials fear will worsen the pandemic if poor nations receive the vaccine last.(Reuters image)
Stressing that health is an international issue, Pope Francis appeared to criticise so-called ‘vaccine nationalism’, which U.N. officials fear will worsen the pandemic if poor nations receive the vaccine last.(Reuters image)

In Christmas message curbed by Covid-19, pope calls on nations to share vaccines

Vatican City | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 08:48 AM IST
In a sign of the times, Pope Francis delivered his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message virtually from a lectern inside the Vatican instead of from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica before tens of thousands.
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone celebrate Christmas.
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone celebrate Christmas.

Ranveer Singh’s ‘little elf’ Deepika Padukone photobombs him in Christmas picture

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:12 AM IST
Ranveer Singh shared a sneak peek of his Christmas celebrations with wife Deepika Padukone. She appeared to photobomb him in the picture shared by him on Instagram.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast in Windsor Castle, Berkshire, Britain.(Reuters image)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast in Windsor Castle, Berkshire, Britain.(Reuters image)

‘Many just want a hug for Christmas this year,’ says Queen Elizabeth

London | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:18 AM IST
In her traditional pre-recorded Christmas Day address to the nation, the 94-year-old monarch repeatedly spoke of hope for the future whilst acknowledging millions of Britons would be unable to have their usual family celebrations this year.
Kareena Kapoor Khan shared a picture from the Kapoors’ annual Christmas lunch.
Kareena Kapoor Khan shared a picture from the Kapoors’ annual Christmas lunch.

Inside Kapoors’ Christmas lunch: Ranbir Kapoor wraps arm around Alia Bhatt, Saif Ali Khan hoists Taimur onto his shoulders

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 06:37 PM IST
Kareena Kapoor Khan shared a glimpse from the Kapoors’ annual Christmas lunch. Ranbir Kapoor wrapped his arm around girlfriend Alia Bhatt, while Saif Ali Khan hoisted son Taimur onto his shoulders.
Kylie Jenner(Instagram)
Kylie Jenner(Instagram)

Kylie Jenner transforms into sexy ‘Mrs Claus’, Grinch for Christmas 2020

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 03:11 PM IST
Kylie Jenner had previously transformed into the Grinch, wearing a furry green mini dress, a long elf hat, high socks and gloves to promote her makeup brand, Kylie Cosmetics’ Grinch-themed holiday collection.
The image shows the artwork created by Sudarsan Pattnaik.(Twitter/@sudarsansand)
The image shows the artwork created by Sudarsan Pattnaik.(Twitter/@sudarsansand)

Santas hold huge mask to spread awareness in Sudarsan Pattnaik’s sand art. Watch

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 01:32 PM IST
Sudarsan Pattnaik tweeted that he’s attempting a record with his 120-foot-long and 50-foot-wide artwork.
Ananya Panday and Soha Ali Khan were among the many Bollywood celebs who posted Christmas messages on social media.
Ananya Panday and Soha Ali Khan were among the many Bollywood celebs who posted Christmas messages on social media.

Ananya Panday poses in red, Shilpa Shetty shares video with daughter Samisha as Bollywood celebs spread Christmas cheer

Hindustan Times | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 10:33 AM IST
Everyone from Kareena Kapoor and Kiara Advani to Shilpa Shetty and Ananya Panday shared their best wishes with fans on the occasion of Christmas. See their posts.
PM Modi posted his Christmas greetings on Twitter(PTI photo)
PM Modi posted his Christmas greetings on Twitter(PTI photo)

PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal among others tweet Christmas greetings

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 09:37 AM IST
In his tweet wishing everyone a merry Christmas, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal urged everyone to follow coronavirus-appropriate behaviour while participating in festivities.
The cathedral, a landmark of Gothic architecture dating to the 13th century and a major tourist attraction, caught fire on April 15, 2019. The blaze destroyed the spire and roof.(AP file photo)
The cathedral, a landmark of Gothic architecture dating to the 13th century and a major tourist attraction, caught fire on April 15, 2019. The blaze destroyed the spire and roof.(AP file photo)

With choir in hard hats, fire-ravaged Notre-Dame rings in Christmas

Paris | By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:50 AM IST
In a concession to the fact that the Gothic cathedral is still being rebuilt, the choristers wore construction hard hats and boiler suits, and there was no audience.
The image shows Charles Peachock juggling tennis balls to play the keyboard.(Instagram/@charlespeachock)
The image shows Charles Peachock juggling tennis balls to play the keyboard.(Instagram/@charlespeachock)

Clip shows man playing the keyboard by juggling tennis balls on it, amazes netizens

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 01:31 AM IST
As the clip goes on, Peachock skillfully hits the keys with the balls to play a Christmas song.
A stunned iguana lies in the grass at Cherry Creek Park in Oakland Park, Fla., With unexpectedly cold weather in the forecast and pandemic-related curfews in some places, Florida is about to have a Christmas unlike any other in recent memory, and it might involve falling iguanas.(AP)
A stunned iguana lies in the grass at Cherry Creek Park in Oakland Park, Fla., With unexpectedly cold weather in the forecast and pandemic-related curfews in some places, Florida is about to have a Christmas unlike any other in recent memory, and it might involve falling iguanas.(AP)

Raining iguanas? Unexpected cold weather prompts odd forecast for Christmas in Florida

ORLANDO, Florida | By Associated Press | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 01:25 AM IST
“ Brrr! Much colder temps expected for Christmas,” the National Weather Service in Miami tweeted earlier this week. “Falling iguanas are possible.”
According to the ministry of external affairs, a total of 39 Indian crew members of two cargo vessels have been stranded in waters off the Chinese ports of Jingtang and Caofeidian for weeks.(Reuters | Representational image)
According to the ministry of external affairs, a total of 39 Indian crew members of two cargo vessels have been stranded in waters off the Chinese ports of Jingtang and Caofeidian for weeks.(Reuters | Representational image)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Others can offload cargo, but not Indian-crewed ships at China’s ports and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 09:36 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Anand Mahindra’s post has prompted people to share all sorts of comments.(YouTube/@Shehnai Guy)
Anand Mahindra’s post has prompted people to share all sorts of comments.(YouTube/@Shehnai Guy)

Jugalbandi of classical Instruments and Jingle Bells impresses Anand Mahindra

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 11:41 AM IST
Atlanta-based Ankit Patel conceptualized, created and posted the original video on YouTube. It was lated re-shared by Anand Mahindra.
Play these games with your loved ones and make Christmas video calls fun(Pexels)
Play these games with your loved ones and make Christmas video calls fun(Pexels)

Play these 5 games with your loved ones and make Christmas video calls fun

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Nishtha Grover
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:47 PM IST
We will all have to meet our families and spend time with them virtually this year. In order to make those long calls more fun, you can play these five games and add some merriment around this Christmas.
The image shows a cat looking at a shiny Christmas ornament.(Reddit)
The image shows a cat looking at a shiny Christmas ornament.(Reddit)

‘Me-wow, what’s that’: Video of cat dazzled by sparkly Christmas ornament is a hit among people

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 04:25 PM IST
The clip shows a kitty lying on its back and staring at a glittery Christmas ornament.
Even with the ongoing pandemic, the festival of Christmas brings joy and hopefulness along with it.(Pixabay)
Even with the ongoing pandemic, the festival of Christmas brings joy and hopefulness along with it.(Pixabay)

Christmas 2020: History, significance and celebrations

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 03:49 PM IST
Christmas 2020: Christmas is a time of joy and warmth, surrounded with the love of family members and the comradery of friends.
Juhi Chawla is looking forward to celebrating Christmas.
Juhi Chawla is looking forward to celebrating Christmas.

Time for family fun: Juhi Chawla’s special efforts for Christmas!

Mumbai | By Kavita Awaasthi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 02:21 PM IST
The actor talks about memories of celebrating the festival in Uganda and Mumbai and reveals what’s new this year!
Excited about Christmas, which she waits for all year, Jennifer Winget feels it’s about time we all indulge in some much needed Christmas cheer.
Excited about Christmas, which she waits for all year, Jennifer Winget feels it’s about time we all indulge in some much needed Christmas cheer.

The pandemic’s going nothing on altering Christmas for me. It’s the most special time of the year: Jennifer Winget

Mumbai | By Kavita Awaasthi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 01:57 PM IST
The actor says this year gave her an opportunity to pause, was an equalizer and humbled everyone. And how she is excited about celebrating Christmas
Steps to download Christmas stickers(Pexels)
Steps to download Christmas stickers(Pexels)

Here’s how you can download Christmas stickers on Whatsapp and spread holiday cheer virtually

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Posted by Nishtha Grover
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 03:19 PM IST
Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, it has become difficult to meet your family and spend Christmas together. While we celebrate the festival virtually, it is time to download Christmas stickers on Whatsapp and send holiday cheer to your family to make it extra special.
Celebrations underway at The Learning Station pre-school in Hambran Road, Ludhiana.(HT)
Celebrations underway at The Learning Station pre-school in Hambran Road, Ludhiana.(HT)

Punjab school events: Santa distributes gifts at The Learning Station

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 12:42 PM IST
The school was decorated with lights and balloons on the occasion. Children visited the school along with their parents and were greeted by Santa there.
The spread between the price of jet fuel and crude oil, a rough gauge of how much a refinery can make for producing it, rose to $8 a barrel.(Reuters file photo)
The spread between the price of jet fuel and crude oil, a rough gauge of how much a refinery can make for producing it, rose to $8 a barrel.(Reuters file photo)

Not even Christmas can save a battered market for US jet fuel

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 10:47 AM IST
Foot traffic through airports last weekend topped 1 million people a day for three straight days -- something that hadn’t happened since March before the coronavirus shut the nation down.
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