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Environment of fear must end if fair polls are to be held: Dhankhar
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Environment of fear must end if fair polls are to be held: Dhankhar

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday appealed to the state administration and the police to create an environment conducive to free and fair elections, and said “an atmosphere of fear for voters” must be overcome. The state will go to the polls in April or May. On the occasion of National Voters Day, Dhankhar on Monday tweeted, “Make all efforts #NationalVotersDay to make Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed @MamataOfficial.” The governor also expressed concern about the “absence of political neutrality” in the state. “Atmosphere of fear for voter — the supreme stakeholder — must be overcome. Absence of political neutrality @WBPolice @HomeBengal would be culpable leading to consequences,” he added. On Sunday, Dhankhar had asked the state police to be “politically ne...
Olympics would be ‘extremely difficult’ for unvaccinated athletes: France | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Olympics would be ‘extremely difficult’ for unvaccinated athletes: France | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

PARIS: Athletes who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 would face "extremely difficult" conditions at the Tokyo Games this summer, the president of the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) said on Monday. Unvaccinated athletes who go to the Games in Japan face "quarantine of a fortnight" and "will have to undergo tests in the mornings and evenings," Denis Masseglia warned. The issue of vaccination of athletes for the Tokyo Olympics, postponed last year because of the pandemic, is to be discussed Wednesday at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Committee. The IOC officially encourages the vaccination of athletes but says it cannot impose it. Masseglia said there was no choice. In a video press conference, he said that "holding the Games is at stak...
Paes eyeing French Open comeback in record eighth straight Olympics bid | Tennis News – Times of India
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Paes eyeing French Open comeback in record eighth straight Olympics bid | Tennis News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Indian tennis icon Leander Paes on Monday said he is eyeing a French Open comeback this year in his quest to make a record eighth appearance at the Olympics in Tokyo. Paes, 47, said he skipped the Australian Open as he is apprehensive of playing in a bio-bubble but is looking ahead to the French Open. "Playing sport in a bio-bubble is very tough and may not be the best thing to do. I got a grand farewell at the Australian Open last year so I felt this year I would be sitting out and watching," Paes said. The Olympic bronze medallist in singles and multiple-time doubles Grand Slam winners was speaking during the launch of a cricket tournament named after his father Dr Vece Paes, a bronze winner at the 1972 Olympics. "I hope that by the time of French Open, by the end of May, Eur...
‘Tractor from each Punjab village… history in making’
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‘Tractor from each Punjab village… history in making’

Punjab’s Naushera Dhalla shows up as a dot on Google Maps — one of the thousands of villages lying along the 3,000-km boundary between India and Pakistan. Just like the solitary tractor on the Western Peripheral Expressway from the village, also but a dot in the vast city of tractors between Kundli and Murthal on National Highway 44. But Harjit Singh has a different way of looking at it. “Do you realise that there is at least one tractor from every Punjab village here? That’s the beauty of solidarity. Lakhs of dots make up this canvas.” The 30-year-old is among the eight people from Naushera Dhalla who arrived at the protest site Monday morning on a tractor, a hardy vehicle that has become the emblem of the unyielding farmers protesting against the Centre’s three contentiou...
India, China troops clash in Sikkim; resolved, says Army
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India, China troops clash in Sikkim; resolved, says Army

Indian and Chinese troops clashed on the Line of Actual Control at Naku La in Sikkim last week, days ahead of the talks between senior military commanders that took place in eastern Ladakh on Sunday. The Army described the incident, which occurred on January 20, as a “minor face-off”. Clashes between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh and the same area of Sikkim last May had set off the ongoing military standoff in Ladakh. In the fresh incident, patrolling units from the two sides came face-to-face in the Naku La sector, which resulted in a physical brawl, without the use of weapons, sources said. Several soldiers from both sides were injured in the clash, the sources said. In a statement, the Army said: “It is clarified that there was a minor face-off at Nakula area of...
Padma Vibhushan for Abe; Gogoi, Keshubhai, Paswan in honours list
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Padma Vibhushan for Abe; Gogoi, Keshubhai, Paswan in honours list

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, under whose leadership India and Japan reinforced and cemented their strategic partnership, and legendary singer late S P Balasubramaniam were among the seven Monday named for this year’s Padma Vibhushan. Former Chief Ministers late Tarun Gogoi and late Keshubhai Patel, former Union Minister late Ram Vilas Paswan, All India Muslim Personal Law Board senior vice president late Maulana Kalbe Sadiq and former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan were among the 10 awarded the Padma Bhushan. The Padma Shri was awarded to 102 individuals – 29 of the Padma awardees were women; there were 10 in the category of foreign nationals, NRI, PIO AND OCI and one transgender. Sixteen people have been given the award posthumously. Shortly after the ann...
Sero survey: Delhi past 50%, near herd immunity
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Sero survey: Delhi past 50%, near herd immunity

THE FIFTH round of serological surveillance conducted in Delhi has suggested that more than 50 per cent of those surveyed have developed antibodies against Covid, officials told The Indian Express. This is the highest seroprevalence found during surveys conducted by the Delhi government since the Covid outbreak and, according to experts, indicates that the city is moving closer to achieving herd immunity. “In one district, the prevalence is around 58 per cent, which clearly shows that a large number of people have developed antibodies against the virus,” said a senior government official. Authorities had collected 28,840 samples — the most during such an exercise in Delhi so far — as part of the survey that ended Friday. Only Pune has recorded prevalence of more than 50 per...
ETimes Paparazzi Diaries: Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal’s guests return from Alibaug after the wedding; Huma Qureshi spotted at Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s office – Times of India
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ETimes Paparazzi Diaries: Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal’s guests return from Alibaug after the wedding; Huma Qureshi spotted at Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s office – Times of India

Monday began on a high with happy faces returning to the bay from Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal’s intimate wedding. The day only seemed to get better with stars from Ananya Panday to Vaani Kapoor adding some sparkle to B-town and Huma Qureshi wrapping things up for the evening with her visit to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s office. Here are the best photos from ETimes’ paparazzi diaries of the day... After a blissful weekend standing witness to one of the longest and purest love-stories, everyone from Karan Johar to Manish Malhotra, Shashank Khaitan to David and Lali Dhawan, made their way home from Alibaug. Still buzzing with excitement from Varun and Natasha’s wedding, family and friends couldn't hold back the smiles as they bid their goodbyes and gave the lovebirds some alone time togeth...
Are Punjab farmers from Pak… can topple govts, says Pawar
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Are Punjab farmers from Pak… can topple govts, says Pawar

ADDRESSING a farmers’ rally at Azad Maidan in Mumbai Monday, NCP president Sharad Pawar accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of displaying complete indifference and insensitivity towards farmers protesting for the last 60 days on the outskirts of Delhi, and warned that angry farmers could bring down governments. Speaking at the rally called in solidarity with the farmers protesting on Delhi borders, Pawar said, “For almost 60 days, farmers across Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have been agitating on the outskirts of Delhi, braving the winter. The Prime Minister has not once bothered to enquire about them. He has not even shown any concern. What does it show? Are they not our farmers? Do Punjab farmers belong to Pakistan?” Farmers and tribals from 21 districts of Maharash...
North MCD raises fines on illegal cattle shelters
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North MCD raises fines on illegal cattle shelters

The North MCD has decided to levy a fine of Rs 5,000 on illegal cattle shelters in its jurisdiction after an internal survey found 266 illegal dairies operating in North Delhi. “As per a National Green Tribunal order, the corporation has the power to levy fines. Challans up to Rs 5,000 could be levied on those running illegal cattle shelters,” said Leader of the house, North MCD, Yogesh Verma, adding that illegal diaries cause environmental degradation as they don’t follow waste disposal norms. He said this will help control the menace of stray cattle on roads. According to Verma, illegal diaries are fined between Rs 100 and Rs 500 as of now but this was not acting as a deterrent. Since 2019, the North MCD has issued 956 challans against illegal dairy owners, apart from wri...
Health infra built over last 5 yrs helped fight Covid: Kejriwal
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Health infra built over last 5 yrs helped fight Covid: Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said that Delhi had managed to fight the Covid-19 pandemic because of the robust healthcare systems built in the city over the past five years. “On November 11, there were 8,500 cases in a day. It is said this was the highest single-day spike in a city in the world… In New York, in the first week of April, there were 6,300 cases but you could see people posting on social media that their healthcare system had collapsed. People were lining up outside hospitals, they were in corridors… In Delhi, on November 11 though, there were 7,000 vacant beds. There were no patients in corridors and on roads. It is the work done over the past five years, where doctors and officers have worked together to strengthen the system, that shone through and w...
Mushtaq Ali T20: Tamil Nadu look to continue unbeaten run in quarters | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mushtaq Ali T20: Tamil Nadu look to continue unbeaten run in quarters | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: With five wins in as many games at the league stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s - Tamil Nadu have been the team to beat. The Dinesh Karthik-led side will look to continue their triumphant run when they face Himachal Pradesh in the quarterfinals at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. TN’s victories in the first phase of the competition have arrived on the back of strong starts provided by N Jagadeesan and C Hari Nishaanth. While Jagadeesan is the tournament’s leading run-getter with 315 runs from 5 starts, Nishaanth has scored 190 in 5 innings. To top that, TN’s bowlers have been spot on with their line and lengths. Mark your dates 🗓️Here's the #SyedMushtaqAliT20 Knockouts Schedule 👇 https://t.co/rJdtpybeox— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) 1611304438000Leg-spinner M Ashwi...
Parade amid protest: President reaches out to farmers on R-Day
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Parade amid protest: President reaches out to farmers on R-Day

WITH FARMERS on protest at the national capital’s borders for nearly two months, and no sign of a breakthrough in talks with the Centre on their demand to repeal the new agriculture laws, President Ram Nath Kovind Monday reached out to the farming community and said that the “path to reform” may initially cause “misapprehensions” but the Government is “singlularly devoted” to their welfare. Addressing the nation on the eve of the 72nd Republic Day, Kovind also spoke about the border standoff in Ladakh without naming China, and said that India faced an “expansionist move” that was foiled by its “valiant” soldiers. Referring to the past year as “a time of adversity”, the President described the Covid pandemic as “a calamity of gigantic proportions”. He conveyed his condolenc...
Volunteers at Tikri have task cut out on Republic Day: Keep order, peace
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Volunteers at Tikri have task cut out on Republic Day: Keep order, peace

Through the day, farmers at Tikri border distributed sticks to be used to hoist the Tricolour and purchased diesel in cans from nearby petrol pumps to use during Tuesday’s tractor rally. Near police barricades, farmers formed groups as volunteers instructed them to maintain discipline for the mega rally. While older farmers will be guiding volunteers from their respective districts, younger ones have been chosen to ensure order is maintained and to hand out instructions and distribute flags to people from their villages. Sukhwinder Singh (56), a coordinator for Moga district, checked his notebook with names of around 100 volunteers from his district: “I am making calls to them so they can come here and pick up the sticks. Each tractor will have two flags — the Tricolour and...
TT player Mouma Das, six other sportspersons awarded Padma Shri | More sports News – Times of India
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TT player Mouma Das, six other sportspersons awarded Padma Shri | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Veteran table tennis player Mouma Das and the legendary PT Usha's coach Madhavan Nambiar were among seven sportspersons awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Government of India on the eve of the country's 72nd Republic Day. Besides Mouma and the great athletics coach, better known as OM Nambiar, former India women's basketball team captain P Anitha, long-distance runner Sudha, former Indian wrestler Virender Singh and para athlete KY Venkatesh have also been honoured with the country's fourth highest civilian award in the sports category. Every year, the award winners are announced on the eve of Republic Day. The Padma awardees are felicitated by the President of India. Here is the full list:Mouma, who won the Arjuna Award in 2013, became only the second table tennis pla...
Pfizer wants India to order Covid-19 vaccine before pursuing approval | India News – Times of India
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Pfizer wants India to order Covid-19 vaccine before pursuing approval | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pfizer Inc will pursue its request for India to approve its Covid-19 vaccine if the government commits to buying shots, the US drugmaker told Reuters on Monday, even as global supplies tighten. Pfizer was the first company to seek emergency-use authorisation (EUA) for a Covid-19 vaccine in India, but the government this month approved two much cheaper shots - one from Oxford University/AstraZeneca and another developed at home by Bharat Biotech with the Indian Council of Medical Research. India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) says Pfizer officials failed to turn up to meetings after the company’s application was made in early December. The regulator has also declined to accept the company’s request for approval without a small local trial on the vaccine’...
Instant pickle recipes that will be ready in 24 hours  | The Times of India
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Instant pickle recipes that will be ready in 24 hours | The Times of India

Fond of having pickles on the side while eating your meal? Make these preservative-free instant pickles, which will be prepared in less than 24 hours and will give a tangy touch to your food. If you don’t want to purchase pickles from the market or don’t want to wait for months for lemon or mango pickles to be prepared, these yummy pickles are perfect for you. Ditch the usual pickles and try these delicious homemade pickles that are so easy to make. Source link
Weight loss story: “I follow a variation of Intermittent fasting which doesn’t allow snacking”  | The Times of India
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Weight loss story: “I follow a variation of Intermittent fasting which doesn’t allow snacking” | The Times of India

For working professional Rochit Mehrotra, weight gain meant battling a lot of negativity and losing out on confidence. Over the years, problems got worse and he had trouble doing even the most simple tasks. That's when he decided to give his everything and lose weight. Read on to know the diet and workout he followed to lose 27 kilos. Source link
Small, marginal tribal farmers and labourers from state gather — ‘Missing protest was not an option’
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Small, marginal tribal farmers and labourers from state gather — ‘Missing protest was not an option’

Suvarna Gangurde, a mother of five and a farmer from Nashik district, along with 35 other farmers and their families gathered at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Monday to show solidarity with the farmers protesting in Delhi against the new farm laws. Unlike the farmers from Punjab and Haryana, who are protesting at Delhi and own large tracts of land, many gathered at Azad Maidan like Gangurde were small and marginal tribal farmers and labourers from Nashik, Dahanu, Palghar, Dhule and Nandurbar. Gangurde, like many in her village, has small landholdings – around 5 acre in Dindori taluka, around 191 km from Mumbai. If the harvest is good, she grows jowar, local millet and paddy on the land, which she is in an ownership dispute with the forest department. The produce from her land is...