He was an athlete in the best shape of his life. Then Covid-19 nearly killed him

When Ahmad Ayyad woke up, he was delirious. He didn't realize where he was, why there was a tube down his throat, or how long it had been since he last fed his dog.And when he looked down, he couldn't recognize himself. Once a 215-pound athlete with chiseled muscles and astounding strength, the 40-year-old looked like a completely different person."I woke up and looked at my arms, my legs, and my muscles were gone," he said. "I was kind of freaking out, like where are my legs? Where did my legs go?"Ayyad...

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Indian businessman loses millions, works at tea shop in Dubai

At age 24, Nijeesh Sahadevan had his life work entirely in his favour. Nijeesh is the former owner of SVR Agro Products, a company that manufactured natural fertilisers in Thrissur, Kerala, made decent profit, and ran a workforce of 462 employees.Today, Nijeesh, 32, has lost his millions, and works as a cook and delivery boy at the Eranojli Moosakante Chayakkada, a tea shop and restaurant in Karama, Dubai. Overnight, due to a complication that arose from the Indian government's demonetisation drive...

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Novak Djokovic tests positive for Covid-19

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the latest tennis player to test positive for Covid-19. The news was confirmed through a statement, which said that the Serbian – who is asymptomatic, was tested along with all his family members with whom he was in Belgrade and Zadar. He recently took part in a tennis exhibition series he organised in Serbia and Croatia.The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia....

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Saudi Arabia: Hajj 2020 to be held with limited number of pilgrims

Hajj will go ahead next month but with a “very limited” number of pilgrims allowed to take part, Saudi Arabia said on Monday.The decision was taken due to the ongoing threat from the coronavirus pandemic and to preserve “global public health,” the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said.Pilgrims taking part will be from various nationalities who already reside in Saudi Arabia.About 2.5 million pilgrims performed Hajj last year but the ongoing scale and spread of COVID-19 worldwide means people...

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Tamil Nadu leaps into second place on corona positive cases

Tamil Nadu leapfrogged Gujarat and Delhi into second place in terms of the number of coronavirus positive cases on Friday, with 9,674 CASES, even as public health authorities confirmed two more deaths, taking the toll to 66.The state’s case load has been increasing by at least 440 every day for the last 11 days with an average growth rate of 9 per cent per day. The burgeoning has largely been due to the rapid spread of the virus in Chennai, which accounts for 5,625 cases followed far behind by Thiruvalluvar...

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Indian doctor in Dubai moved to tears as cop stops her and salutes

She was driving home to Sharjah after finishing her shift at the Al Ahli Screening centre in Dubai.An Indian doctor in Dubai had an 'unforgettable experience' when Dubai police stopped her car and gave a salute instead of checking her documents during curfew hours.Dr Ayesha Sultana from Hyderabad was returning home at 1:00am on Tuesday, April 28, when she was stopped by Dubai Police near the Al Mulla Plaza on the Dubai-Sharjah highway. She was driving home to Sharjah after finishing her shift at the Al Ahli...

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Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault

Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday following his sexual assault and rape conviction last month in a case hailed as a victory for the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.The sentence was handed down in Manhattan criminal court by Justice James Burke, who presided over Weinstein’s trial. A jury on February 24 found Weinstein, 67, guilty of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping former aspiring actress Jessica...

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Indian Man In UAE Suffers 90 Per Cent Burns While Trying To Save Wife

A 32-year-old United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Indian man sustained severe burn injuries while he tried to save his wife from a fire at their apartment in Umm Al Quwain,Dubai, police said on Wednesday.Anil Ninan, sustained 90 percent burn injuries and is fighting for his life at the Mafraq hospital in Abu Dhabi, a close relative told Khaleej Times."Doctors said his condition is very critical. We are all praying for him," said July, Anil Ninan's relative who is in the hospital.His wife Neenu is also...

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Dubai: Job seeker from Kerala told to join Shaheenbagh CAA protests

A Keralite job seeker in Dubai has been left aghast after his prospective employer wrote back chiding him for looking for work and suggested that he should make a living (sic) by joining protestors in Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi.Shaheen Bagh is the epicentre of ongoing mass demonstrations against India’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.Abdulla S.S., 23, who had applied for a mechanical engineer’s position in Dubai said he is still reeling from the shock of the email he got from UAE-based...

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Loan defaulters, others who fled UAE: UAE civil court verdicts can be executed in India

The long arm of the law will no longer take a long time to catch loan defaulters and other civil case convicts in the UAE who have fled to India, Gulf News can reveal.India on January 18 issued a gazette notification declaring the UAE as a "reciprocating territory" for the Code of Civil Procedure and identifying the superior courts here, thereby facilitating the execution of UAE civil court orders through Indian courts.Pavan Kapoor, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, confirmed to Gulf News that the notification...

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