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Autumn in Paris: Get ready for fewer winners, sluggish rallies at French Open
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Autumn in Paris: Get ready for fewer winners, sluggish rallies at French Open

It perhaps sums up the situation aptly when even Jannik Sinner, a national age-group slalom champion in Italy, labels conditions in Paris as “not easy”. It’s cold, wet and windy for this unprecedented French Open, postponed to autumn from its annual summer slot of May-June due to the pandemic. The sunshine has made way for gloom, not just with the weather but also among the players. It’s an odd sight for the first two days at the 2020 Roland Garros; players sporting body warmers, leggings and even jackets - usually worn during warm-ups - while playing and limited spectators largely wrapped in their hooded winter wear. Rain is forecast on almost all days throughout the tournament with temperatures hovering around 15-18 degrees Celsius. While it’s a touch kinder inside the m...
Kashmir: Boat race organised on World Tourism Day to boost tourism
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Kashmir: Boat race organised on World Tourism Day to boost tourism

Every year, 27 September is celebrated as World Tourism Day. The people of the city and the country benefit from tourism as it creates many employment opportunities. World Tourism Day is also celebrated to raise awareness among people about tourism, promote it, and attract more tourists. The economic situation of any country can be improved to a great extent by tourism. Source link
IPL 2020: Nicholas Pooran takes flight, leaves wheelchair days behind
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IPL 2020: Nicholas Pooran takes flight, leaves wheelchair days behind

Five years ago, Nicholas Pooran was unsure whether he would ever walk again. Cut to Sunday, the 24-year-old Trinidadian literally flew while making an unbelievable save for Kings XI Punjab against Rajasthan Royals. Even the great Sachin Tendulkar termed it as the ‘best save’ he has ever seen.Also Follow | IPL 2020 Full CoverageIt was in January, 2015 when Pooran met with a car accident while returning from training in Trinidad. It left him with a ruptured left patellar tendon (a ligament which connects the kneecap to the shinbone) and a fractured right ankle. It was not until six months that he could walk unassisted again. After two surgeries, a significant time spent in a wheelchair and a lengthy rehab later, Pooran slowly regained his composure to return to top-level cri...
Why herd immunity may not work
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Why herd immunity may not work

Since vaccines are at least another year away, the minister’s comments are a reminder that India must keep its focus on preventive measures as it heads into the festive season. editorials Updated: Sep 29, 2020 07:45 IST A man inquires at a helpdesk at a coronavirus testing centre, New Delhi, September 27, 2020(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO) On Sunday, as India crossed six million Covid-19 cases, the Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said the country is far from herd immunity. The minister cited the soon-to-be released findings of the second nationwide serological survey. The reality is that not enough Indians have built an immunological protection that could allow for going back to pre-pandemic behaviour. What is also established is that Indi...
Joe Biden set to carve own brand of tough-on-China policy if elected
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Joe Biden set to carve own brand of tough-on-China policy if elected

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is preparing to face tough questions in Tuesday’s debate on how he would approach China if he wins the White House in November.His team is privately acknowledging that they expect the issue to be a focus during the first debate in Cleveland, Ohio, according to a person familiar with their planning. Over the past week, Biden advisers have honed in on questions about the world’s second largest economy – anticipating attacks from President Donald Trump on the former vice president’s record of dealing with Beijing.If he beats Trump, Biden will need to decide whether to scrap, keep or escalate the billions in tariffs levied against Chinese imports, and whether to stick to or renegotiate the partial trade deal Trump signed in January.H...
Day before Babri Masjid demolition judgment, all you need to know about the criminal trial
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Day before Babri Masjid demolition judgment, all you need to know about the criminal trial

Kar sevaks demolishing the Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Nearly 28 years after the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished on 6 December 1992, a special CBI court in Lucknow is expected to pronounce its verdict in the criminal case Wednesday, 30 September. Thirty-two accused are on trial, including former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani, former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh, and their fellow BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Sakshi Maharaj, and others. The trial went at a snail’s pace for the last 28 years at the ‘Ayodhya Prakaran’ (episode) courtroom number 18, tucked away in a corner of Lucknow’s Old High Court bu...
With eye on China, MEA brings Indo-Pacific, Asean policies under one unit | India News – Times of India
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With eye on China, MEA brings Indo-Pacific, Asean policies under one unit | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Keeping China in focus, India is bringing together its Indo-Pacific and Asean policies under a single unit, with the ministry of external affairs creating a new vertical, which includes a new Oceania territorial division with Australia at its centre, as well as including the Indo-Pacific and Asean divisions within it. Essentially, the move is intended to align policies in the region stretching from western Pacific (with the Pacific islands) to the Andaman Sea and the very area China regards as its strategic backyard and is jostling for influence with its smaller neighbours and the US. By focusing administrative and diplomatic attention, India wants to signal its own focus on the region. Reenat Sandhu, additional secretary and formerly India’s ambassador to Italy, will head th...
Vikrant Massey on filming intimate scenes with Bhumi Pednekar: ‘Only concern was my beard scratching her face’
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Vikrant Massey on filming intimate scenes with Bhumi Pednekar: ‘Only concern was my beard scratching her face’

Actor Vikrant Massey has been enjoying a good time at the movies with wide variety of roles coming his way. In his latest, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare, Vikrant plays a hospice nurse, Pradeep, who whiles away his time and ‘energies’ on a hotline every night. One night, he dials up the story’s protagonist, Kitty, played by Bhumi Pednekar. Cupid strikes through the telephone and it’s a meet cute for the millennial ages.However, Pradeep turns out to be a man named Chattrassar Singh and a liar. A married father of one, he lies to Kitty about his name and his virginity among other things. Unlike many of Vikrant’s other wholesome, righteous characters so far, Pradeep is not a man who want to make friends with. But Vikrant feels there’s a Pradeep in everyone’s closet. Wa...
Unseasonal Snow and Freezing Temperatures Brought by Antarctic Air Hits Dunedin, New Zealand
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Unseasonal Snow and Freezing Temperatures Brought by Antarctic Air Hits Dunedin, New Zealand

media_playAntarctic Air Blast Brings Unseasonal Snow to Dunedin, New Zealand A blast of wintry weather brought snowfall and strong winds to Dunedin, New Zealand, causing the springtime temperatures to plummet well below the average. The nation’s weather bureau MetService issued a strong wind and heavy snow warning for the Dunedin area, as well as South Island’s southern edge. Conditions were tipped to ease in the evening, according to MetService. The colder weather was brought to New Zealand by a storm system spinning south of the country, bringing cold air from Antarctica. Dunedin recorded a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius at midday, according to local media. Daily maximum temperatures reached 16 degrees Celsius two days before and were expected to hit 22 degrees on Satur...
Sushant Singh Rajput case: AIIMS, CBI in agreement on the late actor’s death probe? – Times of India
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Sushant Singh Rajput case: AIIMS, CBI in agreement on the late actor’s death probe? – Times of India

Doctor Sudhir Gupta, Chairman of AIIMS’ Forensic Medical Board reportedly revealed that they are in agreement with CBI in the Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. According to a report in a news portal, Sudhir Gupta noted that there is still the need to look into certain legal aspects for the authorities to reach a logical legal conclusion. The AIIMS team recently shared ‘conclusive findings’ in a report that they submitted to the CBI. In a statement, the CBI stated that it would analyse the entire report along with the evidence presented to derive if it is a suicide case or not. Earlier in the day, the CBI released a statement assuring that it is conducting a professional investigation and that all aspects are being looked at and no aspect has been ruled out as of date. After receiving ...
Oppo A33 (2020) with 5000mAh battery launched: Price, specs and more – Times of India
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Oppo A33 (2020) with 5000mAh battery launched: Price, specs and more – Times of India

Oppo has launched a budget smartphone called Oppo A33 (2020) in Indonesia. The key highlight of the smartphone is its 5000mAh battery. Oppo A33 (2020) priceThe smartphone has been launched in a single storage variant that has 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and costs IDR 22,99,000 (roughly Rs. 11,300). It is available in two colour options — Moonlight Black and Mint Cream. Oppo A33 (2020) specsRunning ColorOS 7.2-based on Android 10 out of the box, the Oppo A33 (2020) smartphone offers a display of 6.5-inch HD+ screen of 1600x720p resolution with 90Hz refresh rate and a punch hole camera design. The Oppo A33 (2020) smartphone comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor. On the storage front, the device offers 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. For those who want more storage, t...
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians: RCB beat MI in thrilling Super Over game | Cricket News – Times of India
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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians: RCB beat MI in thrilling Super Over game | Cricket News – Times of India

Just when it looked like Royal Challengers Bangalore had ticked most boxes on Monday night at the Dubai International Stadium, Mumbai Indian's Kieron Pollard (60 n.o, 24b, 3x4, 5x6) and Ishan Kishan (99,58b, 2x4, 9x6) decided to party popper, well almost. For the second night on the trot, the Indian Premier League witnessed a desert storm, an astounding display of batting brilliance and heart stopping moments in plenty. Scorecard | Points TableWith a mammoth 90 needed off 30 balls, Mumbai Indians rode on the brilliance of Kishan and the towering West Indians and almost crossed the finishing line. Needing 19 runs off the last over, Sri Lankan left-arm pacer Isara Udana put breaks to send the match into a Super Over after the match was tied at 201. After Navdeep Saini restricted Mumbai to...
Rangoli Chandel reacts to Kangana Ranaut blocking Sona Mohapatra on Twitter: She can’t stand below average junk – Times of India
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Rangoli Chandel reacts to Kangana Ranaut blocking Sona Mohapatra on Twitter: She can’t stand below average junk – Times of India

Kangana Ranaut blocked Sona Mohapatra on Twitter after the singer called out the actress’ ‘selective feminism’ comment on Anushka Sharma. Now, Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel has reacted to the same on her Instagram handle. Taking to her Instagram story, Rangoli shared a post that read, ‘Sona Ji I don’t even know who you are and what you do but I keep seeing you on Kangana’s google page all the time commenting on everything that she says. Kangana loves responding to trolls who stimulate her intellectually or emotionally. What will she talk to you about? You have nothing to offer her. She can’t stand below average junk. @sonamohapatra’ Check out the post here:Sona had taken to her Twitter handle to share the news of Kangana blocking her with her fans. She wrote, ‘Kangana hasn’t ever sto...
Amid protests by farmers, Maharashtra Congress revives ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’ jibe
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Amid protests by farmers, Maharashtra Congress revives ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’ jibe

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | September 29, 2020 5:02:19 am Chavan was interacting with the media after a party delegation met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for handing over a memorandum to the President, demanding that the Bills be recalled. Amid continuing protests from farmer outfits against the Centre’s controversial farm Bills, the Congress on Monday revived its “suit-boot ki sarkar (government of the rich and elite)” jibe to target the Narendra Modi government. Accusing the Centre of pushing through “anti-farmer” legislations in an undemocratic fashion, former state chief minister Prithviraj Chavan labelled it as a plot to enslave the nation’s farmers...
Terrorist slain in Pulwama encounter was longest-surviving Lashkar commander: DGP | India News – Times of India
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Terrorist slain in Pulwama encounter was longest-surviving Lashkar commander: DGP | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: Top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Aijaz Ahmed Reshi, who was killed along with an aide in an anti-terror operation in Pulwama’s Samboora area late Sunday, was one of the longest surviving commanders of the outfit, J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh said on Monday. Lashkar’s main recruiter, Reshi was involved in numerous attacks on security forces, inflicting heavy casualties. Reshi initially worked as an overground worker and had joined militancy even before Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, the poster boy of new-age militancy in J&K who was killed in an encounter in July 2016, DGP Singh told reporters at district police lines in Awantipora, Pulwama. Reshi had recruited ultras like Towseef Khanday, Rafiq Dar and Adil Ahmed, all of whom rose to top ranks before being slain by sec...
Mum feared for hospitalised Harley
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Mum feared for hospitalised Harley

Former Melbourne player Harley Bennell’s mum was fearing for his mental wellbeing in the hours before the troubled footballer was taken to a Gold Coast hospital. Bennell was believed to be celebrating his retirement, which he announced on Monday, at a Gold Coast hotel when police were called and he was heavily intoxicated, according to the The Courier-Mail.Police called the paramedics and an ambulance took Bennell to hospital.On a Melbourne supporters’ website Bennell’s mum, Kayleen, posted messages asking for support in the wake of his retirement announcement on Monday as fans voiced their opinion on his short-lived Demon career, which only lasted one season.“Very disappointing, knowing my son is stuck in Queensland with no family support. I’m his mother and I’m very concerned for his ...
Sena MLA urges Maharashtra CM to reconsider decision on police recruitment
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Sena MLA urges Maharashtra CM to reconsider decision on police recruitment

Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai | September 29, 2020 4:57:12 am Abitkar said Thackeray promised all possible steps to give justice to the Maratha community. (File)Amid protests by the Maratha community, Shiv Sena MLA from Western Maharashtra on Monday urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to reconsider the state government’s decision to recruit over 12,000 police personnel. Prakash Abitkar, Shiv Sena legislator from Radhanagari Assem-bly constituency in Kolhapur, urged Thackeray to reconsider the decision in the wake of the stay on Maratha reservation by the Supreme Court, as the Maratha community won’t get benefit of the quota. “I informed the chi...
Record-chasing Nadal eases into French Open second round | Tennis News – Times of India
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Record-chasing Nadal eases into French Open second round | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Claycourt master Rafael Nadal started his quest for a record-extending 13th French Open title with a straightforward 6-4 6-4 6-2 first-round win against Belarusian Egor Gerasimov on Monday. The Spaniard, looking to equal Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles, is used to slow starts at Roland Garros and this year's debut was no different. On the revamped court Philippe Chatrier, whose roof stayed open throughout, Nadal converted all of his five break points to set up a meeting with American Mackenzie McDonald. The second seed, who had complained about the new balls being too heavy, did not appear too bothered in front of some 200 fans, wrapping up the match with a service winner. "I want to play matches with a positive attitude. It's a different Roland Garro...
Biodiversity map puts spotlight on Mumbai’s rich flora, fauna
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Biodiversity map puts spotlight on Mumbai’s rich flora, fauna

Written by Benita Fernando | Mumbai | September 29, 2020 4:49:11 am Even the gecko, Giri’s geckonella, was discovered in Aarey Colony in 2016. The map also includes two of Mumbai’s important indigenous communities, the Warli and the Koli.If it’s Maximum City, it’s minimum biodiversity. But that’s not the case, according to a new map made by artist and cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty. ‘The Biodiversity Map of Mumbai’ teems with an abundance of species, right from the humble mangroves to the wondrous Atlas Moth, one of the biggest and most beautiful insects in the world. Chakravarty (33) has presented the map as a vibrant document that is rooted in fact and ...
Govt’s new defence acquisition policy drops offsets in 3 types of contracts
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Govt’s new defence acquisition policy drops offsets in 3 types of contracts

Written by Krishn Kaushik | September 29, 2020 4:37:27 am Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a Twitter post, said it has been “aligned” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.The government has decided not to have an offset clause in procurement of defence equipment if the deal is done through inter-government agreement (IGA), government-to-government or an ab initio single vendor. The offset clause requires a foreign vendor to invest a part of the contract value in India. The decision, part of the government’s new policy for defence acquisitions, was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council Monday. Unveiling the new policy...