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A rare lightning storm crackles over Mitchell's Cove in early morning in Santa Cruz, Calif. The severe storm system rolled through the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas in August, packing a combination of dry lightning and high winds that triggered wildfires throughout the region.(AP)

Natural disasters cost insurance industry $76 billion in 2020: Officials

Zurich | By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:53 PM IST
The 40% increase from $54 billion in 2019 dwarfed the $7 billion in man-made losses during 2020, the reinsurance company said in its sigma estimate for the year.
Deaths have climbed to about 1,000 a day on average. New cases per day are soaring, reaching another all-time high on Thursday of more than 153,000. Hospitals are getting swamped.(AP file photo)
Deaths have climbed to about 1,000 a day on average. New cases per day are soaring, reaching another all-time high on Thursday of more than 153,000. Hospitals are getting swamped.(AP file photo)

Covid-19 in US: Oregon, New Mexico order lockdown as other states resist

Providence, Rhode Island | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 06:59 AM IST
Both states had Covid-19 lockdowns earlier in the year, but the coronavirus is coming back with a vengeance across the country, and the US is facing a long, dark winter.
Akshaye Khanna says he respects Osho and his teachings despite his father Vinod Khanna leaving the family behind for the commune.
Akshaye Khanna says he respects Osho and his teachings despite his father Vinod Khanna leaving the family behind for the commune.

What Akshaye Khanna said about Vinod Khanna leaving family for Osho: ‘Something must have moved him so deeply inside’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 12:53 PM IST
On Vinod Khanna’s 74th birth anniversary, here’s revisiting what his son Akshaye Khanna said about him leaving the family behind to join the Rajneesh Movement in Oregon, US in the 1970s.
A Baby Yoda doll ‘hitches’ a ride in the backpack of an Oregon Air National Guard firefighter.(AP)
A Baby Yoda doll ‘hitches’ a ride in the backpack of an Oregon Air National Guard firefighter.(AP)

5-year-old boy sends Baby Yoda doll to firefighters to keep them company. Now they take it everywhere

Los Angeles | By Associated Press | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON OCT 03, 2020 10:24 AM IST
“Here is a friend for you in case you get lonely,” said a note shared with the donated Baby Yoda doll.
Police officers stand guard during a rally against police violence and racial inequality in Portland, Oregon.(REUTERS)
Police officers stand guard during a rally against police violence and racial inequality in Portland, Oregon.(REUTERS)

Late night protest in Portland, Oregon, declared unlawful

Portland | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2020 03:07 PM IST
Hundreds of people were gathered downtown in Oregon’s largest city when the unlawful assembly was announced just before midnight by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
The post has been shared with several pictures of officials tending to the puppy.(Facebook/@Butte County Sheriff)
The post has been shared with several pictures of officials tending to the puppy.(Facebook/@Butte County Sheriff)

Rescuers make unexpected discovery in property impacted by California fire, find a puppy that survived

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Kohli
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2020 03:15 PM IST
The post explained that the puppy had a few minor burns and was picked up by Animal Control to be checked at a veterinary centre.
Crews in Jackson County, Oregon, were hoping to venture into rural areas where the Alameda Fire has abated slightly with slowing winds, sending up thick plumes of smoke as the embers burned.(AFP)
Crews in Jackson County, Oregon, were hoping to venture into rural areas where the Alameda Fire has abated slightly with slowing winds, sending up thick plumes of smoke as the embers burned.(AFP)

Search crews scour charred Oregon landscape, residents return to rubble as wildfires burn

Reuters | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 07:19 AM IST
A blitz of wildfires across Oregon, California and Washington has destroyed thousands of homes and a half dozen small towns this summer, scorching more than 4 million acres and killing more than two dozen people since early August.
A man walks by CORT Furniture Outlet on Sutter St as an orange wildfire haze blankets San Francisco, California, US.(Courtesy of Adrianna Tan via Reuters)
A man walks by CORT Furniture Outlet on Sutter St as an orange wildfire haze blankets San Francisco, California, US.(Courtesy of Adrianna Tan via Reuters)

Search on for survivors as wildfires torch millions of acres in US West

Portland | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 09:52 PM IST
Oregon Governor Kate Brown called the perilous blazes a “once-in-a-generation event,” and the director of Oregon’s office of emergency management, Andrew Phelps, said authorities were bracing for the possibility of “mass fatality” incidents.
Greta Thunberg calls for action on wildfires raging across the US West Coast(Instagram/gretathunberg)
Greta Thunberg calls for action on wildfires raging across the US West Coast(Instagram/gretathunberg)

Greta Thunberg calls for immediate focus of news on wildfires raging across the US West Coast

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 09:23 AM IST
‘It needs to dominate the news. All the time’: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg draws social media users’ attention on the wildfires that are raging across parts of the US West Coast as they doubled in size between Wednesday and Thursday
Local residents look at smoke and fire over a hill during wildfires near the town of Medford, Oregon, U.S. September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Local residents look at smoke and fire over a hill during wildfires near the town of Medford, Oregon, U.S. September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

At least nine killed as scores of wildfires scorch US West Coast

Talent, Oregon | By Reuters | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 08:14 AM IST
In the past 48 hours, four people died from fires in California, while four were killed in Oregon and a 1-year-old boy died in Washington state.
Reporters — whether they’re from major media outlets, freelancers or self-proclaimed “citizen journalists” — say they are doing their job and law enforcement is hindering that work.(AP file photo)
Reporters — whether they’re from major media outlets, freelancers or self-proclaimed “citizen journalists” — say they are doing their job and law enforcement is hindering that work.(AP file photo)

Portland protests set up clash between journalists, police

Portland | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 03:43 PM IST
Most in the recent group wore helmets, reflective vests or shirts emblazoned with the word “PRESS” and had media badges dangling from their necks.
Objects thrown by demonstrators litter a street during a protest against police violence and racial injustice in Portland, Oregon, U.S., August 23, 2020. Picture taken August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester(Reuters file photo)
Objects thrown by demonstrators litter a street during a protest against police violence and racial injustice in Portland, Oregon, U.S., August 23, 2020. Picture taken August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester(Reuters file photo)

Portland protests: Oregon state police called as tensions escalate

Portland | By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 01:44 PM IST
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Sunday warned of an escalation of violence after seeing a flurry of social media posts vowing revenge for Saturday’s shooting victim, identified by the right-wing Patriot Prayer militia group as one of its supporters.
Rescuers located Gurbaz and managed to splint his leg, then began the slow descent down the mountain four hours after his initial fall.(Gurbaz Singh/ Facebook)
Rescuers located Gurbaz and managed to splint his leg, then began the slow descent down the mountain four hours after his initial fall.(Gurbaz Singh/ Facebook)

Indian-origin teen climber from Canada survives fall from US peak

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 08:34 AM IST
Gurbaz Singh survived the dangerous fall, where a team of search-and-rescue coordinators hiked up to the injured climber, who was stranded at an elevation of about 10,500 feet
No one can resist a good read. At the Racecourse, Bombay, 1974.(Jagdish Agarwal/Getty Images)
No one can resist a good read. At the Racecourse, Bombay, 1974.(Jagdish Agarwal/Getty Images)

HT reviewers pick the best books they’ve read in 2019

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2019 06:30 AM IST
The list includes short stories, novellas, science writing, memoirs, and fiction that examines feudalism, patriarchy, fanaticism, marriage, and identity
Ma Anand Sheela, who was interviewed by Karan Johar in Gurgaon, is in India till October 25.(Instagram)
Ma Anand Sheela, who was interviewed by Karan Johar in Gurgaon, is in India till October 25.(Instagram)

Osho’s controversial aide Ma Anand Sheela recounts how the guru loved her, explained Umrao Jaan’s poetry to her

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 10:50 AM IST
Rajneesh’s controversial aide Ma Anand Sheela is in India these days. She was interviewed by Karan Johar and answered many questions about her past and her relationship with Osho.
Rising rents have unleashed a pro-tenant fervor among lawmakers in some of the country’s priciest coastal markets as they wrestle with ways to curb unaffordability.(Reuters Photo)
Rising rents have unleashed a pro-tenant fervor among lawmakers in some of the country’s priciest coastal markets as they wrestle with ways to curb unaffordability.(Reuters Photo)

New US rent caps already eroding values of apartments

Bloomberg | By Oshrat Carmiel
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 02:47 PM IST
Capitalization rates, a measure of investment yield that rises as prices fall, climbed in the second quarter in New York, California and Oregon, all states that have enacted rent caps, according to an analysis by Real Capital Analytics Inc.
The 73-year-old man who was stranded in the remote Oregon high desert for four days with his two dogs was rescued when a long-distance mountain biker discovered him near death on a dirt road.(AP)
The 73-year-old man who was stranded in the remote Oregon high desert for four days with his two dogs was rescued when a long-distance mountain biker discovered him near death on a dirt road.(AP)

Hiker, 73, his dogs rescued after 4 days when a biker discovered them

PORTLAND | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 03:57 PM IST
Gregory Randolph had hiked about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) with one of his dogs after his Jeep got stuck in a narrow, dry creek bed. He was barely conscious when biker Tomas Quinones found him on July 18.
An Indian-American teen has won a whopping USD 100,000 prize in the most-watched individual quiz show in the US(Jeopardy/Twitter)
An Indian-American teen has won a whopping USD 100,000 prize in the most-watched individual quiz show in the US(Jeopardy/Twitter)

Indian-American teen wins $100,000 quiz show prize in US

New York | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2019 02:37 PM IST
Gupta’s victory on the ‘2019 Teen Jeopardy’ contest was televised on Friday in which he beat out three other Indian-American teens.
Image used for representational purpose only.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Image used for representational purpose only.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Judge tells attacker to study Sikhs as part of sentence

Salem | By AP
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2019 01:35 PM IST
Police said Ramsey also threw his shoe at Dodd and snatched his turban. Sikh men don’t cut their hair and cover it with a turban for religious reasons.
Mumbai’s measles rubella vaccination programme, which began on November 27, is meeting resistance.(FOR REPRESENTATION/ HT FILE)
Mumbai’s measles rubella vaccination programme, which began on November 27, is meeting resistance.(FOR REPRESENTATION/ HT FILE)

Lessons for Mumbai from the American measles outbreak

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2019 11:06 PM IST
Two counties along the Washington-Oregon border in the USA have reported 72 cases of measles, mostly among unvaccinated children
File photo of Mark Leo Gregory Gago with girlfriend. A rural Oregon man killed four members of his family at the home they shared and was shot by sheriff’s deputies as he tried to kill a girl, authorities said.(Facebook/Mark Leo Gregory Gago)
File photo of Mark Leo Gregory Gago with girlfriend. A rural Oregon man killed four members of his family at the home they shared and was shot by sheriff’s deputies as he tried to kill a girl, authorities said.(Facebook/Mark Leo Gregory Gago)

US man kills parents, girlfriend and their 9-month-old baby; shot dead by cops

Portland, Oregon | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2019 05:12 PM IST
Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, killed his parents, his girlfriend and their infant daughter Saturday night before deputies shot him, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Participants take part in the Annual Sikh Day Parade in Manhattan, New York, U.S., in 2018. A Sikh shop employee in Oregon state was attacked in another hate crime against Sikhs which have steadily gone over the years (File Photo)(REUTERS)
Participants take part in the Annual Sikh Day Parade in Manhattan, New York, U.S., in 2018. A Sikh shop employee in Oregon state was attacked in another hate crime against Sikhs which have steadily gone over the years (File Photo)(REUTERS)

‘Beard pulled, kicked’: Sikh shop employee brutally assaulted in Oregon hate crime

Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2019 10:52 PM IST
Andrew Ramsey, 24, had assaulted Harwinder Dodd, the store clerk, for his religion, according to court documents cited by local media outlets.One of the charges is intimidation in the second degree, a misdemeanour hate crime.
‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ to get star billing in weekend lunar eclipse.(AFP)
‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ to get star billing in weekend lunar eclipse.(AFP)

‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ to get star billing in weekend lunar eclipse

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2019 05:51 PM IST
Total lunar eclipses occur when the moon moves into perfect alignment with the sun and earth, giving it a copper-red or “blood” appearance to those watching from below.
Asylum seekers kept at the Oregon prison say they are not allowed to wear turban and are not given religiously appropriate food.(HT File)
Asylum seekers kept at the Oregon prison say they are not allowed to wear turban and are not given religiously appropriate food.(HT File)

Sikh detainees in Oregon move US court to seek religious rights

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Hitender Rao
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2018 09:07 AM IST
The Sikh detainees have sought specific directions from the court that they be provided with religious headwear, including turbans, and personal religious items seized at the time they were taken into custody.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, or Osho, in a still from Netflix’s Wild Wild Country.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, or Osho, in a still from Netflix’s Wild Wild Country.

Watch out Aamir Khan, Wild Wild Country makers hint at rival Osho biopic, offer casting suggestions

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2018 02:55 PM IST
Even as rumours of Aamir Khan playing the spiritual guru Osho in a biopic do the rounds, the makers of Netflix’s popular documentary series Wild Wild Country are hinting at a rival feature film.
(HT file)
(HT file)

Keeping Sikh asylum detainees with criminals violates Constitution, says Oregon federal defender

Hindustan Times, San Francisco | By Hitender Rao
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2018 11:42 AM IST
Detention centre simply not equipped to handle immigration detainees along with pre-trial federal population, tells warden of the centre in a communication
(HT File)
(HT File)

Oregon federal defender raises turban issue for Sikh detainees

Hindustan Times, San Francisco | By Hitender Rao
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 11:11 PM IST
As many as 121 asylum seekers, including 52 Indians and mostly Sikhs, have been detained at the Sheridan federal detention centre for crossing over to the US from Mexico.
South Asians moved by the rains, the Rajneesh cult running amok in America, and adventures on the hippie trail - all that on this week’s list of exciting books.(HT Team)
South Asians moved by the rains, the Rajneesh cult running amok in America, and adventures on the hippie trail - all that on this week’s list of exciting books.(HT Team)

HT Picks: The week’s most interesting reads

Hindustan Times | By HT Team
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2018 12:10 AM IST
This week’s reading list includes a book on the monsoon, another on the hippie trail, and one on Rajneesh in the US
Media reports had claimed that the Indian immigrants, seeking asylum in the US fearing religious and political persecution back home, were being treated like criminals in a federal prison.(Reuters File)
Media reports had claimed that the Indian immigrants, seeking asylum in the US fearing religious and political persecution back home, were being treated like criminals in a federal prison.(Reuters File)

Indian detainees in US not handcuffed, says legal aid volunteer

Press Trust of India, Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2018 10:31 AM IST
It was not my statement that immigrants detained at Sheridan (Oregon) have been kept in handcuffs and chains since their arrival. My statement has been misconstrued by the media,” Navneet Kaur, a community college professor, said in a statement.
A couple were hiking near Big Sur on Friday when they spotted a Jeep Liberty at the bottom of a 200-foot coastal bluff.(Getty Images)
A couple were hiking near Big Sur on Friday when they spotted a Jeep Liberty at the bottom of a 200-foot coastal bluff.(Getty Images)

Woman survives 7 days after driving off a cliff in California, rescued by hiking couple

Associated Press, California | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2018 11:12 AM IST
Angela Hernandez, 23, lost control after swerving to avoid hitting an animal and drove over a cliff in coastal California. She was found, injured but stable, by a couple on a camping trip on July 13.
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