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One year, 400,000 coronavirus deaths: How the US guaranteed its own failure – Times of India
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One year, 400,000 coronavirus deaths: How the US guaranteed its own failure – Times of India

The path to beating the coronavirus was clear, but Kelley Vollmar had never felt so helpless. As the top health official in Missouri’s Jefferson County, Vollmar knew a mandate requiring people to wear masks could help save lives. She pressed the governor’s office to issue a statewide order, and hospital leaders were making a similar push. Even the White House, at a time when President Donald Trump was sometimes mocking people who wore masks, was privately urging the Republican governor to impose a mandate. Still, Gov. Mike Parson resisted, and in the suburbs of St Louis, Vollmar found herself under attack. A member of the county health board called her a liar. The sheriff announced that he would not enforce a local mandate. After anti-mask activists posted her address online, Vollmar in...
MP minister, protem speaker seek ban on ‘Tandav’ web series
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MP minister, protem speaker seek ban on ‘Tandav’ web series

Madhya Pradesh minister Vishvas Sarang and state Assembly’s protem Speaker Rameshwar Sharma on Monday appealed to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar to ban Amazon Prime Video’s series “Tandav” for allegedly ridiculing Hindu deities. Talking to PTI, Sarang said it is “very unfortunate” that deities of a majority community are ridiculed like this. “A censor board is needed for the OTT segment as it is increasingly becoming popular,” he said. “I have written a letter to the information and broadcasting (I&B) minister demanding a ban on this series. I also said there should be a law to control the OTT platforms,” Sarang informed. The minister said he has also mailed a letter to the CEO of Amazon Prime to immediately withdraw the web series. “If they do...
Work underway on over 1,000 km metro network in 27 cities: PM Modi | India News – Times of India
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Work underway on over 1,000 km metro network in 27 cities: PM Modi | India News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Work is in progress on over 1,000 km long metro rail network in 27 cities in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. He was speaking after performing the ground breaking ceremony of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail Project via video conferencing. "There was a time when there was no modern thinking and policy on metro in our country. The result was that there was a different (type of) metro in each city," Modi said. Stating that the metro network in Ahmedabad and Surat will further strengthen the connectivity in the two major business centres of the country, Modi said the government is developing an integrated urban transport system. Today is a landmark day for two of Gujarat’s leading urban centres. The Bhoomi Poojan of Surat Metro an...
Adani raises $2.5 billion from green deal with French energy giant Total
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Adani raises $2.5 billion from green deal with French energy giant Total

File photo of Gautam Adani in Ahmedabad | ANI Photo Text Size: A- A+ Mumbai/Hong Kong/Paris: Indian billionaire Adaniis raising $2.5 billion from a deal that includes the sale of a minority stake in his renewables business to French energy giant Total SE, a transaction that may help the tycoon cut group debt. Paris-based Total will acquire 20% of Adani Green Energy Ltd. and a board seat as well as a 50% stake in a portfolio of operating solar assets with 2.35 gigawatts capacity, the company said Monday in a statement, confirming an earlier report by Bloomberg News. But shares of Adani Green have more than quadrupled in value in the past year in Mumbai, giving the company a market value of about $20 billion. A...
China likens Pompeo to a ‘mantis’ after latest US sanctions – Times of India
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China likens Pompeo to a ‘mantis’ after latest US sanctions – Times of India

HONG KONG: China on Monday likened outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a "praying mantis" in a colourful condemnation of the latest US sanctions sparked by the mass arrest of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists. Pompeo, one of the Trump administration's most vociferous China hawks, has spent his final days in office unveiling a host of measures targeting Beijing ahead of Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Among them was fresh sanctions on six officials -- including Hong Kong's sole representative to China's top lawmaking body -- in response to the recent arrest of 55 democracy activists under a new security law. "Hong Kong's development from chaos to stability is unstoppable," Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said in its first response to the sanctio...
Why Indore’s Traffic Cop Uses Michael Jackson Moves At Work
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Why Indore’s Traffic Cop Uses Michael Jackson Moves At Work

Ranjeet Singh said he has been a dance lover since he was a studentIndore: Indore's traffic constable Ranjeet Singh has been using late pop icon Michael Jackson's 'moonwalk' to control the traffic in the Madhya Pradesh city for nearly sixteen years. The policeman, who had got famous on social media because of his unique style of performing his duty, has become a local celebrity as people often approach him for selfies. There is, however, a tragic story behind his mirth at work."It has been nearly sixteen years (since he started dancing at work). I got a message on my communication device that an accident had taken place and I had to control the crowd. When I went to the spot, I found out that the person who died in the accident was my friend. As I was pacing across the road in angst, my...
Israel moves to rein in rights group over apartheid use
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Israel moves to rein in rights group over apartheid use

Israel’s education minister is banning groups that call Israel an “apartheid state” from lecturing at schools — a move that targets one of the country’s leading human rights groups after it began describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single “apartheid” system. The explosive term, long seen as taboo and mostly used by the country’s harshest critics, is vehemently rejected by Israel’s leaders and many ordinary Israelis. Education Minister Yoav Galant tweeted late on Sunday that he had instructed the ministry’s director general to “prevent the entry of organizations calling Israel ‘an apartheid state’ or demeaning Israeli soldiers from lecturing at schools.” In a report released last week, the rights group B’Tselem said that while Palestin...
#MeToo: Priya Ramani ignited flame to harm his reputation, M J Akbar tells court
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#MeToo: Priya Ramani ignited flame to harm his reputation, M J Akbar tells court

Former Union minister M J Akbar told a Delhi court on Monday that harm to his reputation was done by journalist Priya Ramani as she instigated and ignited the flame first when she accused him of sexual misconduct that allegedly took place decades ago. Akbar was replying to Ramani’s argument that she was not alone but many women journalists have accused him of sexual miscount but he filed a defamation complaint only against her. Akbar made the submission before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar through senior advocate Geeta Luthra during the final hearing in a criminal complaint filed by him against Ramani for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct, when he was a journalist more than 20 years ago. Ramani had made allegation of sexua...
I’m For Facebook, No, Wait, You Are: Kapil Sibal-Mukul Rohatgi Banter
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I’m For Facebook, No, Wait, You Are: Kapil Sibal-Mukul Rohatgi Banter

Kapil Sibal said he was appearing for WhatsApp after which Mukul Rohatgi was taken abackNew Delhi: In the Delhi High Court today, an exchange between top lawyers revealed confusion that was almost comical during a hearing on WhatsApp's controversial new privacy policy.The court said today that the social messaging app was "voluntary" and people could choose not to use or join the platform if they did not agree with its terms and conditions.But in a sidebar, two lawyers argued over who was representing WhatsApp and who was appearing for Facebook, which owns the messaging app."I'm appearing for WhatsApp," said Mukul Rohtagi.To which, Kapil Sibal said: "I'm appearing for WhatsApp. You're appearing for Facebook."Mr Rohatgi, taken aback, said: "Really? I thought it was the other way round......
India reports 13,788 new Covid-19 cases, 145 deaths in last 24 hours | India News – Times of India
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India reports 13,788 new Covid-19 cases, 145 deaths in last 24 hours | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India reported 13,788 new Covid-19 cases and 145 deaths in last 24 hours, as per the Union health ministry on Monday. The daily new cases have been below 20,000 for the past 11 days. The cumulative caseload in the country reached 1,05,71,773 including 2,08,012 active cases. With 14,457 new recoveries, the number of recovered patients climbed to 1,02,11,342. The deaths in India due to Covid-19 mounted to 1,52,419. Kerala has the highest number of active coronavirus cases (69,209), Maharashtra follows with 53,852 active infections. According to the India Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 18,70,93,036 samples were tested for Covid-19 till January 17, of which 5,48,168 samples were tested yesterday. The Union health ministry on Sunday informed that India's share of a...
Vaccine disparities raise alarm as Covid variants multiply
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Vaccine disparities raise alarm as Covid variants multiply

Global gaps in access to Covid-19 vaccines are raising concerns that the continued spread of the coronavirus will breed more dangerous versions of the pathogen, weakening medical weapons and further crippling economies. In a race to catch up with emerging coronavirus variants, wealthy countries are already benefiting from potent vaccines. While the U.S., Britain and European Union have given citizens about 24 million doses so far — more than half of the shots administered globally — vast numbers of countries have yet to begin their campaigns. Disparities in immunity pose a threat to both have and have-not states. Giving the coronavirus an opportunity to advance and generate new mutants would have significant economic and public-health consequences, adding to the pain as the...
Apollo landers and Neil Armstrong’s bootprint on the moon now protected by US law
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Apollo landers and Neil Armstrong’s bootprint on the moon now protected by US law

Neil Armstrong | Wikipedia Commons Text Size: A- A+ It’s hard to care about bootprints sunk in soil 238,900 miles away as humanity suffers the combined burden of an unforgiving virus and a political unease. But how humans treat those bootprints and the historic lunar landing sites upon which they are found will speak volumes about who we humans are and who we seek to become. On Dec. 31, the One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act became law. As far as laws go, it’s pretty benign. It requires companies that are working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on lunar missions to agree to be bound by otherwise unenforceable guidelines intended to protect American landing sites on the...
Top 10 | ABP LIVE Afternoon Bulletin: Top News Headlines from 18 January 2021
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Top 10 | ABP LIVE Afternoon Bulletin: Top News Headlines from 18 January 2021

<p>ABP News bring you the top 10 headlines at 3 pm. Stay on top of the most important news updates from India and around the World.</p><p>Here are the top news and stories in entertainment, sports, technology, gadgets genre from 18 January 2021:</p><ol><li class="uk-text-bold" style="text-align:justify;"><p><strong>Union Budget 2021: FM Nirmala Sitharaman Source link
Two bogies of train derail in Lucknow
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Two bogies of train derail in Lucknow

Two bogies of a train which was on its way to Jaynagar from Amritsar derailed in Lucknow on Monday morning, a railway official said. No casualty has been reported in the incident and the 4674 Shahid Express has left for its onward journey, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Jagtosh Shukla said. The incident took place around 8 am when the train left platform no. 1 at the Charbagh railway station and two of its bogies derailed, DRM Northern Railway, Sanjay Tripathi said. Among the derailed bogies, one was an AC three tier and another sleeper, and a total of 130 passengers were travelling in them, the DRM said. The passengers of the derailed bogies were shifted to other compartments and the train left for onwards journey around 10.25 am, DRM said. A three-member inquiry co...
Uddhav Thackeray Speech “Obnoxious”: BS Yediyurappa As Border Row Erupts
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Uddhav Thackeray Speech “Obnoxious”: BS Yediyurappa As Border Row Erupts

"This is contrary to the principles of the Indian Union," BS Yediyurappa said. (File)Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister and said that Uddhav Thackeray's speech on the integration of Marathi language and culture into Maharashtra is contrary to the principles of the Indian Union."The statement of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's speech on the integration of Marathi language and culture into Maharashtra is obnoxious. This is contrary to the principles of the Indian Union. Mahajan report is final and true," said Mr Yediyurappa.He further said that it is painful that the Chief Minister of Maharashtra is trying to sabotage an amicable atmosphere."Thus, regionalism and talk of linguistics are detrimental to the unity of ...
Off The Cuff with Dr Rupinder Singh Sodhi – ThePrint
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Off The Cuff with Dr Rupinder Singh Sodhi – ThePrint

Watch this conversation between ThePrint’s Editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta and Amul’s managing director R.S. Sodhi, as they discuss farming, farm reforms, the country’s changing consumption habits and Amul’s future business plans at length. Sodhi argues that the three farm laws passed last year are beneficial for the farmers but the government has failed in communicating their benefits. Politicisation of the issue, coupled with the farmers’ relentless protest, puts the government in a tricky position, he says, pointing out that the government completely backtracking from the reforms may not set the right precedent. Watch the video for the full exchange. Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it India ...
Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot – Times of India
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Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot – Times of India

WASHINGTON : Veterans of President Donald Trump's failed reelection campaign had key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the US Capitol, according to an Associated Press review of records, undercutting the grassroots image pushed by groups involved in the event. A pro-Trump nonprofit organization called Women for America First hosted the "Save America Rally" on Jan. 6 at the Ellipse, a federally owned patch of land near the White House. But an attachment to the permit, granted by the National Park Service, lists more than half a dozen people in staff positions who just weeks earlier had been paid thousands of dollars by Trump's 2020 reelection campaign. Other staff scheduled to be "on site" during the protest have close ties to the White House. S...
Meet the Bidens: America’s new ‘first family’ – Times of India
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Meet the Bidens: America’s new ‘first family’ – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill will become the new White House residents when he takes office on Wednesday. Biden has made his family a major focus throughout his career, and his 2020 presidential campaign thrust them fully into the spotlight -- with some members causing controversy but others breaking barriers. Here is a look at the members of America's new "first family." Jill Biden, an educator, is set to transform her new role before she even moves into the White House. While first ladies traditionally only fulfill ceremonial duties, "Dr B," as her students call her, intends to keep her full-time job as an English professor. As first lady, Jill is expected to work on education issues and relaunch Joining Forces, a mission to rally around military families th...
Japan PM vows to press ahead with Olympics despite virus surge
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Japan PM vows to press ahead with Olympics despite virus surge

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed on Monday to forge ahead with preparations to hold the Tokyo Olympics this summer, in the face of growing public opposition as Japan battles a surge in coronavirus infections. Suga faces heightened scrutiny after Taro Kono, his administrative and reform minister, told Reuters last week the Games may not go ahead as planned, becoming the first cabinet member to voice doubt over their staging. Kono’s comments added fuel to the fire after recent media polls showed close to 80% of Japanese believe the Olympics, already postponed by a year because of the pandemic, should be delayed again or cancelled entirely. “We will press ahead with preparations, with determination of building watertight anti-infection measures and holding an event that ca...
Leave WhatsApp, it’s voluntary: Delhi HC tells petitioner challenging new privacy policy
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Leave WhatsApp, it’s voluntary: Delhi HC tells petitioner challenging new privacy policy

Delhi High Court judge Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva Monday told the petitioners challenging WhatsApp’s new privacy policy that they were free to leave the app and move to another application if they had concerns. “Leave WhatsApp. Go to some other application. It’s a voluntary thing. Don’t accept it,” Justice Sachdeva said, adjourning the hearing to January 25. The Centre told the high court that the new privacy policy will need some consideration. “This petition needs to be analysed,” Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma, said. In its submission, Facebook, the company that owns WhatsApp, said: “There’s a hullabaloo about nothing. WhatsApp has constantly said the messages are encrypted and even WhatsApp can’t read it. We have only made change with regard to Business What...