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This chaiwala in Gujarat knew the success mantra, ditched MBA. Then Harvard came knocking
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This chaiwala in Gujarat knew the success mantra, ditched MBA. Then Harvard came knocking

Kulhad chai | Commons Text Size: A- A+ In 2017, Prafull Billore received his result for the Common Entrance Test (CAT). He had failed, again. In the last three years, this was his second failed attempt. Just like the 2 lakh students who appear for CAT every year, Prafull also aspired to pursue an MBA, or so he thought. Born in a middle-class family, it was his parents’ dream to see their son successfully clear the CAT and enroll in a prestigious college. Since the last three years, he had dedicated almost 8–10 hours every day to study for the CAT. Prafull’s brain was overwhelmed with reading comprehensions, logical reasoning, and data interpretation questions. After hearing the news of his second failure in th...
Furore Over Mamata Banerjee’s Purported Audio Tape About Sitalkuchi Violence, BJP Calls It ‘Vulture Culture’
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Furore Over Mamata Banerjee’s Purported Audio Tape About Sitalkuchi Violence, BJP Calls It ‘Vulture Culture’

West Bengal Elections 2021: As polling is underway in Bengal for the fifth phase, a controversy erupted after the BJP released a purported audio clip in which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is heard telling the Trinamool Congress nominee of Sitalkuchi to hold rallies with bodies of the four persons killed in CISF firing during polling on April 10.The TMC described the audio clip as "bogus" claiming such a conversation never took place.Also Read|West Bengal 5th Phase Voting: Covid Shadow Looms Over Elections As Candidates Test PositiveCiting the purported audio clip between Mamata Banerjee and party candidate Partha Pratim Ray, BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya said the "Chief Minister is trying to instigate riots by asking her party leaders to take out rallies with bodies.""She...
SC appoints new public prosecutors for trial of cases under PMLA
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SC appoints new public prosecutors for trial of cases under PMLA

THE SUPREME Court has appointed former Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh and Advocate Rajesh Batra as Special Public Prosecutors (SPPs) for the trial of the cases registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, in connection with the coal block allocations cancelled by the court in 2014. Singh and Batra will replace Senior Advocate R S Cheema, who had urged the court to relieve him of the responsibility as SPP. Following this, ED urged the court to issue appropriate directions for the appointment of a new SPP to conduct prosecution of the cases. The court then asked Cheema and as well as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to suggest a few names. “Accordingly, both suggested a few names. Though there was no consensus o...
Don’t hinder oxygen movement: Centre | India News – Times of India
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Don’t hinder oxygen movement: Centre | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The home ministry on Friday told all states and Union territories not to impose any restrictions on intra-state and inter-state movement of medical oxygen and also instruct transport authorities to permit free movement for oxygen-carrying vehicles. Home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, in a letter to all state chief secretaries and UT administrators, emphasised that the availability of adequate and uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen was an important pre-requisite for managing moderate and severe Covid infections. “Any impediment in supplies of medical oxygen in the country may critically impact management of patients suffering from Covid in other parts of the country,” he stated. Source link
Jewellery brand ad sparks conversation on transpeople
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Jewellery brand ad sparks conversation on transpeople

A nervous, young, unshaven boy receives a gift from his parents — a pair of gold anklets. His father holds his hand in reassurance. Later, his mother takes him to the jeweller to get his ears pierced, and soon he is experimenting with lipstick, hairstyle and clothes. Slowly, as the young boy transitions into a confident, young woman — surrounded by family and friends on her wedding day — each milestone is marked by a piece of jewellery. This new ad film by Bhima Jewellers, a 96-year-old retail brand in South India, released on Thursday, that traces the journey of a transwoman, has gone viral on social media. Navya Suhas, the online operations head at Bhima Jewellers and the fourth generation scion of the Bhima Bhattar family, said, “In the current political scenario, I thi...
Designer Manish Malhotra Tests Positive For COVID-19; Goes Into Isolation
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Designer Manish Malhotra Tests Positive For COVID-19; Goes Into Isolation

New Delhi: Many Bollywood celebrities have tested positive for COVID-19 in the second wave of coronavirus. The list includes Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kartik Aaryan, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar and many more.Well, now, adding to the list of COVID positive celebrities is the ace Bollywood costume designer Manish Malhotra. The designer tested positive for coronavirus as he informed on his social media that he has isolated himself.ALSO READ | Karan Johar Suffers Loss Worth Rs 20 Crore After Sacking Kartik Aaryan From 'Dostana 2'Manish Malhotra shared an image of a positive sign and wrote, “I have tested positive for COVID 19. I have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine. I am following all safety protocols under the advice of my doctors....
How govt’s sunny Covid posturing, with some number jugglery, set stage for second wave
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How govt’s sunny Covid posturing, with some number jugglery, set stage for second wave

Crowds at Delhi's Sadar Bazar in the run-up to Holi in March 2021 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Mexican author Luís Alberto Urrea wrote in his book The Devil’s Highway: “Numbers never lie, after all: they simply tell different stories depending on the math of the tellers.” His context was illegal immigration across the US-Mexico border. But the lines are just as apt in a different frame of reference — India’s progress report on the Covid-19 pandemic.  Over the past 16 months since the first Covid cases was detected, India has lived by the “all is well” motto. Be it making strategy out of limitations — take, for example, India’s counter of “isolate isolate isolate”, to the WHO’s “te...
India To Grant Visas To Pakistan Players For T20 Cricket World Cup
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India To Grant Visas To Pakistan Players For T20 Cricket World Cup

The Pakistan cricket team, led by Babar Azam, will have no difficulty in travelling to India for the ICC World T20 in October as the government is set to grant visas to the players from the neighbouring nation.It has been learnt that BCCI secretary Jay Shah has informed the Apex Council about government's decision on giving visas to the Pakistan players."The visa issue of Pakistan cricket team has been sorted. However whether the fans can travel across the border to watch matches is still not clear," an Apex Council member told PTI on conditions of anonymity."It will be decided in due course of time. However we had promised ICC that it will be sorted. The secretary announced during the meeting."India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series for many years now due to political tensi...
Coronavirus India Live Updates: Covaxin supplies to be doubled soon; several states report oxygen shortage
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Coronavirus India Live Updates: Covaxin supplies to be doubled soon; several states report oxygen shortage

Covid-19 testing at Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya on Friday in New Delhi. (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)Coronavirus India Live Updates: With the demand for vaccines increasing, the Centre Friday announced a plan to double by May-June the Covaxin production capacity of Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, including a grant of Rs 65 crore for building a new production facility in Bengaluru. On Friday, as the country registered a record 2,17,353 new cases and 1,185 deaths, several states reported shortage of oxygen supply due to the surge. Against this backdrop, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting on the current situation of oxygen supply and projected use over the next 15 days in 12 high-incidence states — Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pr...
West Bengal 5th Phase Voting: Covid Shadow Looms Over Elections As Candidates Test Positive
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West Bengal 5th Phase Voting: Covid Shadow Looms Over Elections As Candidates Test Positive

 Bengal is voting for 45 of 294 seats today in the fifth - and biggest - of its eight poll phases, which are being held amid a surge in Covid cases as the country has been reporting a spike of over 2 lakh cases daily.On Friday, three Trinamool candidates - from Goalpokhar, Tapan and Jalpaiguri - tested positive for COVID-19. A BJP candidate - from the Matigara-Naxalbari seat - has also tested positive. Also Read|West Bengal Elections, Phase 5: Voting In 45 Constituencies; Check Key Candidates, Timings & MoreRevolutionary Socialist Party candidate Pradip Kumar Nandi, who tested positive for COVID-19 four days ago, died at a hospital here on Friday. Nandi, 73, the party’s nominee from the Jangipur assembly constituency in Murshidabad district in the ongoing West Bengal assembly electi...
Raúl Castro to step down as head of Cuba’s Communist Party
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Raúl Castro to step down as head of Cuba’s Communist Party

Written by Maria Abi-Habib Raul Castro announced Friday that he was handing over leadership of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party to a younger generation “full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit,” leaving the island nation without a Castro in a top leadership role for the first time in over 60 years. Castro, who turns 90 in June, reiterated his long-anticipated intention to step down in a speech kicking off the Communist Party congress Friday. He is expected to formally step down and announce his replacement before the conference ends Monday. After serving two terms as Cuba’s president, Castro stepped down from that office in 2018, replaced by his hand-picked successor, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez. Cuba’s leadership will likely announce further reforms during the party congre...
There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture
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There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Our friendly little Israel just marked its exit from the pandemic with cases down 97 per cent. The not-so-friendly and bigger China announced its full recovery from Covid with a quarter of 18.3 per cent growth. Now, move your gaze to India on the same day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a top-level meeting to respond to the growing crisis over the shortage of medical oxygen as Covid cases, deaths and positivity rates rise. He didn’t waste any time in ceremonials or election campaigning on the day we are writing this. Already, Modi had cancelled a scheduled meeting with the visiting French foreign minister, not something you’d expect him to do casually...
Kumbh duration: Sects spar, government stays out of it | India News – Times of India
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Kumbh duration: Sects spar, government stays out of it | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The decision of two akhadas to exit the Maha Kumbh Mela in Haridwar has divided the Shaivite and Vaishnavite sects of akhadas in the country. This came even as the Uttarakhand government refused to wade into the matter and announce if the duration of the festival, which officially ends on April 30, should be cut short. On Thursday, two Sanyasi or Shaivite sects, Niranjani and Anand, had announced they were withdrawing. But the three Bairagi (or Vaishnavite) sects — Digambar, Nirvani and Nirmohi — said they had “no right” to do so. The Sanyasi seers consider the third Shahi Snan, which was on April 14, the high point of the congregation, while to the Bairagi seers, Ram Navami (on April 21) and the fourth Shahi Snan (on April 27) are most important. The apex body, Akhil Bharati...
Daily Horoscope, April 17, 2021: Capricorns Need To Avoid Ego; Know About Other Sun Signs
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Daily Horoscope, April 17, 2021: Capricorns Need To Avoid Ego; Know About Other Sun Signs

Aries: You may be a little worried about savings today. The time is going to be very appropriate for the people associated with writing. If you want to start writing an article then you can do it from today. You will receive the support of your team members in the office. With regard to business matters, you may have to be somewhat selfish for success. The parents need to pay attention to their children, as they will learn quickly whatever you teach them now. There will be health problems like headaches and eye irritation. Do not use unnecessary anger and sharp speech towards the family members, as doing so continuously can cause problems in the relationship.Taurus: Your religious faith will increase from today. You can become an example for your team in the office, on the other hand, y...
Despite not being a policy tool, WPI surge a cause of worry
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Despite not being a policy tool, WPI surge a cause of worry

Wholesale-level inflation — measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) — shot up to 7.39 per cent in March on a year-on-year basis. This is the highest wholesale inflation rate since October 2012, and was driven largely by higher prices of crude oil and a surge in price levels of food items such as pulses and fruits. The surge this March was also aided by a low base in the corresponding month of 2020. The WPI constituents While the Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based retail inflation — the more widely tracked policy tool — looks at the price at which the consumer buys goods, the WPI tracks prices at the wholesale, or factory gate/mandi levels. Between the wholesale price and the retail price, the difference essentially is the former only tracks basic prices devoid of transpor...
Woman police officer held in Jammu and Kashmir for obstructing search operations | India News – Times of India
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Woman police officer held in Jammu and Kashmir for obstructing search operations | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: A woman police officer in Jammu and Kashmir was arrested and disengaged from service for obstructing a search operation in a bid to nab terrorists in an area where she lived. She was booked under UAPA. Her house was also searched as a part of the operation on Wednesday in Karewa Mohalla of Frisal village in Kulgam district of south Kashmir following specific inputs on possible presence of terrorists in the area. Police on Friday said that it has disengaged a woman special operation officer from service and arrested her for glorifying militancy and obstructing government official from doing his duty. In a statement, the police said that during the course of the search, the search party was obstructed by the woman -- identified as Saima Akhter -- a resident of Frisal. She was la...
UK home secretary Priti Patel orders extradition of Nirav Modi to India – Times of India
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UK home secretary Priti Patel orders extradition of Nirav Modi to India – Times of India

LONDON: UK home secretary Priti Patel has ordered the extradition to India of Punjab National Bank scam accused billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi. Nirav (50) is currently lodged at Wandsworth prison in London. India wants to extradite him to stand trial to face charges of defrauding PNB of Rs 6,498 crore, of laundering the proceeds and interfering with witnesses and evidence. District judge Sam Goozée had on February 25 sent Nirav’s case to Patel to make a decision on whether to order extradition, saying he was satisfied there was a “prima facie” case, meaning there is evidence upon which Nirav could be convicted at trial in India. He also said that his extradition would be compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and it would not be oppressive to extradite him despite his ...
5 nabbed by Panchkula police for robbing, kidnapping woman, leaving her in jungle
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5 nabbed by Panchkula police for robbing, kidnapping woman, leaving her in jungle

Five people were nabbed by Panchkula police Thursday for allegedly looting and kidnapping a woman at gunpoint, and leaving her stranded in a jungle at Raipurrani, all in broad daylight, on April 13. The accused have been identified as Satwinder alias Sonu (25), the victim’s driver, Ravi Sharma alias Pandit (25), Kamaljeet alias Succha, Yazur Pandey alias Noni (26), and Jaswinder alias Jassi (26). They were produced on Friday in a local court and sent to three-days’ police remand. The victim, Nisha Chaudhary, is a resident of Zirakpur. According to police, the driver had been working for her from the last five months and had planned the whole thing with his friends. The incident took place around 3.10 pm on April 13 when the victim alongwith her son’s friend was on her way t...
Railways permits liquid medical oxygen transport in tankers under RO-RO scheme | India News – Times of India
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Railways permits liquid medical oxygen transport in tankers under RO-RO scheme | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The railway board on Friday approved Maharashtra government's request for transportation of liquid medical oxygen on cryogenic tankers by rail. These will be transported under the Roll on Roll Off (RO-RO) scheme, which means the trucks loaded with liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic tanks will be put on the railway wagons for quick movement. The railway ministry conveyed the decision to all its general managers across zones and this arrangement will be allowed till October 15, 2021. Cryogenic tanks are used for the storage of liquids such as oxygen, argon, nitrogen, hydrogen and helium. Maharashtra has been battling to get adequate liquid medical oxygen to meet the demand due to the spike in Covid cases. The demand is also high in neighbouring Gujarat and other states are like...
Worry states UP, Chhattisgarh in focus; Covaxin supplies to be doubled soon
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Worry states UP, Chhattisgarh in focus; Covaxin supplies to be doubled soon

With the demand for vaccines increasing, the Centre Friday announced a plan to double by May-June the Covaxin production capacity of Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, including a grant of Rs 65 crore for building a new production facility in Bengaluru. On Friday, as the country registered a record 2,17,353 new cases and 1,185 deaths, several states reported shortage of oxygen supply due to the surge. Against this backdrop, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting on the current situation of oxygen supply and projected use over the next 15 days in 12 high-incidence states — Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. The Prime Minister was informed that 4,880 metric tonne ...