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Foreign Secretary Kwatra meets U.S. Defence Deputy Secretary, discusses ways to strengthen defence partnership

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra discussed several priorities, including ways to strengthen the US-India defence partnership, with US Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks on April 12, 2024. Credit: X/@DepSecDef India's Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra has met U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defence Kathleen Hicks and they discussed the importance of expanding the scope of bilateral military engagements, the Pentagon said.Mr. Kwatra is in the U.S. for a series of meetings with senior officials of the U.S. government and interaction with industry leaders to advance bilateral cooperation in areas like defence and technology.The foreign secretary was on a three-day official visit to Washington and left for New York on April 12.Ms. Hicks and Mr. Kwatra discussed priorities for strengthening the...
Business

Donald Trump Faces Landmark Criminal Trial: Details On Stormy Daniels Hush Money Case

As Donald Trump is all set to make history as the first former US president to undergo a criminal trial, with jury selection scheduled to begin on Monday in his hush-money case, we take a look at the breakdown of the case and charges businessman-turned politician is facing.  The Hush money trial poses a significant challenge for Trump, who served as the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021. He further needs to balance his campaigning duties with appearing in a Manhattan courtroom for weeks to defend himself against allegations related to a scheme to "suppress" claims of marital infidelity during his 2016 presidential campaign. The significance of looking back to the case and comprehending it thoroughly lies in the trial's outcome. The ou...
Travel

NCPCR Urges Uniformity in School Syllabus Nationwide under RTE Act – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The NCPCR has written to all principal secretaries and secretaries of school education across India asking them to ensure uniformity in the syllabus, textbooks, and evaluation methods across all schools falling under the Right To Education Act.The apex child rights body, in its letter, underscored the importance of adhering to Section 29 of the RTE Act, 2009, which specifically outlines the curriculum and evaluation procedures for elementary education.The recommendations, detailed in a letter dated April 9, emphasise the need for strict enforcement of curriculum guidelines laid down by academic authorities, particularly the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) at the central level and respective State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCE...
Sports

‘Something wrong with him…’: Doubts arise over Hardik Pandya’s fitness amid IPL bowling absence | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former New Zealand pace bowler Simon Doull has raised concerns about India all-rounder Hardik Pandya's fitness, suggesting that the Mumbai Indians skipper may be nursing an undisclosed injury. Doull's comments follow Pandya's conspicuous absence from the bowling crease in recent IPL matches despite opening the bowling for Mumbai Indians in earlier games.IPL 2024: POINTS TABLE | ORANGE CAP | PURPLE CAPPandya's bowling workload has significantly decreased in the IPL 2024 season, with him refraining from bowling in two consecutive matches after opening the bowling in the initial fixtures.During Mumbai Indians' clash against Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Pandya bowled only a single over, conceding 13 runs before being withdrawn from the attack.Expressing his suspicions, Doull rema...
Life Style

Legendary designer Roberto Cavalli dead at 83 – Times of India

Renowned Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, celebrated for his daring use of python and extravagant animal prints that captivated the global elite for decades, passed away on Friday at the age of 83, according to reports from news media.The Italian news agency ANSA stated that Cavalli died at his home in Florence, his birthplace, following a prolonged illness.Debuting in the 1970s and adorning luminaries like Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot, Cavalli's provocative and alluring designs continued to resonate with later generations of stars, including Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez.(FILES) Italian designer Roberto Cavalli poses prior the Just Cavalli Spring-Summer 2013 collection on September 21, 2012 during the Women's fashion week in Milan. Italian fashion designer Roberto Cava...
Politics

‘Don’t’: Biden’s Stark Warning To Iran Hours Before Hezbollah Fire ‘Dozens’ Of Rockets At Israe

Hours before Iran-backed Hezbollah fired dozens of dromes at Israeli artillery sites, United States President Joe Biden on Friday had delivered a clear message to Iran, stating that while the US remains steadfast in its support for Israel, it will "not tolerate any attacks from Tehran". His remarks came as tensions escalated after Israel's recent bombing of an Iranian consulate in Syria's Damascus. During a press briefing yesterday, Biden affirmed the US commitment to Israel's defence. He emphasised that Iran's attempts to attack Israel would be met with a strong response from the United States. When questioned about the timing of a potential Iranian attack, Biden, however not providing any specific details, indicated that it could occur "sooner rather t...
Politics

Central contracts alone can help all-format cricket thrive: David Warner | Cricket News – Times of India

David Warner speaks to TOI on the evolution of T20s, the Aussie winning mentality, his approach and plans beyond cricketDavid Warner burst on to the scene as a maverick made for T20 cricket. As he runs the last lap of his career, which has seen him become a multiformat great, he took out time from his busy schedule with the Delhi Capitals to dwell on several aspects of the game.Excerpts from the conversation:IPL 2024: POINTS TABLE | ORANGE CAP | PURPLE CAPYou started as a T20 specialist with IPL in 2009. How much has the format evolved?It's become a serious business. Earlier, when we played IPL, there were a lot of parties and a lot of vibes around it. When I first started in Australia, we had celebrities playing in our games, like people that didn't play cricket and like we just though...
Politics

Will Sanatan heat singe atheist A Raja? | Chennai News – Times of India

Nestling at the juncture of Western and Eastern Ghats and perched at a height of 1,000 to 2,500 metres above mean sea level, the Nilgiris, or Blue Mountains, provide a breathtaking backdrop for a spirited poll battle. Tea and coffee plantations drape the slopes of the mountain range with tea farmers and workers constituting 40% of the constituency’s voters.Here, electoral politics and contests centre around tourism and tea.Battling it out are two high-profile candidates— DMK’s A Raja and BJP’s L Murugan. Raja, a native of Perambalur district, is the sitting MP from Nilgiris. He won during the 2009 general polls but lost in 2014 when his image and prospects were battered by the 2G scam that continued to rage then.A first-time Lok Sabha contestant, junior Union minister Murugan, a native ...
Business

US Calls For International Intervention Amid Rising Middle East Tensions

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken reached out to Chinese diplomat Wang Yi on Friday. The United States has reportedly knocked on every door to prevent Iran from attacking Israel. However, several rockets were fired by Iran-backed Hizbollah at Israel. Hours after Blinken urged Beijing to use its influence to deter Tehran from launching an attack on Tel Aviv amid escalating tensions in the Middle East. He also engaged with Turkish, Saudi Arabian, and other counterparts for the same.  During the phone call, Wang Yi focused on the importance of the United States playing "a constructive role" in the region, a statement issued by the US State Department said. Notably, Beijing has also voiced its condemnation of the recent airstrike on an Iranian ...
Politics

Transitional ruling council finally forms in anarchic Haiti – Times of India

PORT-AU-PRINCE: A governing council tasked with filling a leadership vacuum in Haiti and restoring a semblance of order was formally installed Friday in the Caribbean nation that has been rocked by an explosion of gang violence.A decree in Haiti's official gazette "Le Moniteur" announced the council's formation, a month after prime minister Ariel Henry said he would step down amid a wave of gang attacks in the capital.The Friday announcement, which had been delayed for weeks by political squabbling, is a hopeful step in efforts to establish conditions for deployment of a UN-approved international police force.The decree tasks the council with "rapidly" appointing a new prime minister and a government "inclusive" of Haiti's various political factions.Crucially, the formation of the counc...
Politics

CSDS-Lokniti 2024 pre-poll survey | Satisfaction and discontent: the dual narrative of PM Modi’s governance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election meeting at Kanhan (Pipri) in Nagpur. | Photo Credit: ANI The performance of the Modi government has emerged as an important electoral issue. The BJP is keen to highlight its achievement to show that voters are fully satisfied with the policies and programmes introduced by the BJP-NDA government in the past ten years. The Opposition, on the contrary, is interested in focusing on social disquiet, economic hardship, and political anxieties to pose a serious challenge to the ruling party.Our survey goes beyond these simplistic political explanations and introduces a complex and multifaceted picture. There is a slowly growing uneasiness with the regime; yet, this discontent has not yet reached to an electorally decisive level. Four key find...
Politics

Poland limits homework in lower grades, kids rejoice – Times of India

WARSAW: Ola Kozak is celebrating. The 11-year-old, who loves music and drawing, expects to have more free time for her hobbies after Poland's govt ordered strict limits on the amount of homework in the lower grades.The govt of PM Donald Tusk enacted the ban against required homework this month amid a broad discussion about the need to modernise Poland's education system, which critics say puts too much emphasis on rote learning and homework, and not enough on critical thinking and creativity.Under the decree, teachers are no longer to give required homework to kids in the first to third grades. In grades four to eight, homework is now optional and doesn't count towards a grade.Not everyone likes the change - and even Ola's parents are divided. While her father Pawel says it could be goo...
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Horoscope Today, April 13, 2024: Read your daily astrological predictions – Times of India

Read today's horoscope, April 13, 2024. Today we'll be taking a closer look at what the stars have in store for each of the 12 zodiac signs. Our astrologer has analyzed the movements of the planets and the alignment of the stars to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date horoscope predictions for the day ahead. Whether you're looking for guidance on love, career, or simply a heads up on what to expect, this has got you covered.Let's dive in to see what the cosmos have in store for you today.AriesToday you may feel dull, you may also have some health issues, which may likely to affect your day today work. You find yourself under mysterious fear, which may make you sensitive and emotional. You are advised to avoid rush driving and adventure tours. You are also attracted by occult. You ...
Politics

‘Distorted’: Misa Bharti after ‘Modi in jail’ remark row | India News – Times of India

PATNA: Facing flak over her alleged statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would end up "in jail" if the INDIA bloc comes to power, RJD's Rajya Sabha member Misa Bharti on Friday said her remarks were "taken out of context".Misa, the RJD candidate from Patliputra Lok Sabha constituency, said her remarks were focused on the Supreme Court's ruling on electoral bonds and the need for a thorough investigation into the matter if the INDIA bloc, of which RJD is part, comes to power after the Lok Sabha polls. "I never said anything about the PM. The media played a distorted clip instead of telecasting my full comment. It is BJP's agenda," Misa, the eldest daughter of RJD president Lalu Prasad, alleged.Misa, who will try her luck from the Patliputra seat for third consecutive time, said th...
Entertainment

Anu Aggarwal debunks cosmetic surgery claims: ‘100 per cent natural hai yeh shakal’ | Hindi Movie News – Times of India

Anu Aggarwal, who shot to fame overnight with the iconic film Aashiqui in 1990, faced a life-altering incident a few years later when she was involved in a serious road accident. The accident left her with major injuries and severe damage to her face. While there were rumours and speculations suggesting that she underwent cosmetic surgery to repair her facial injuries, Anu Aggarwal has vehemently denied these claims, asserting that her face is entirely natural.In a recent statement to Bollywood Now, Anu said in Hindi, "Please, I have not undergone any surgeries on my face. This face is 100% natural. And I think that's the grace of God. I am so grateful for it, and I believe that at the end of the day, where will you stop changing? If you change one thing, another mistake will happen. Wh...
Politics

After tug-of-war in SP, Shivpal Yadav’s son gets Budaun | India News – Times of India

BAREILLY: Shivpal Yadav's son, Aditya Yadav, will contest from Budaun Lok Sabha seat on SP ticket . This was confirmed by SP district president Ashish Yadav on Friday.The decision comes after a tug-of-war within the party, as initially, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav wanted his uncle Shivpal Yadav to contest from Budaun. However, yielding to the demands of locals and party workers, Akhilesh consented to Aditya's candidacy.Aditya collected the nomination papers from the collectorate on Friday.The upcoming polls will witness Aditya pitted against BJP's candidate, Durvijay Singh Shakya, regional president of 'Braj Prant'. BJP has chosen Shakya over incumbent Sanghmitra Maurya, daughter of rebel leader Swami Prasad Maurya.In a strategic move to counter SP's stronghold, BJP is projecting Durvijay a...
Entertainment

Anu Aggarwal talks about trolls and not focusing on what others talk about her: ‘People will keep saying something’ | Hindi Movie News – Times of India

Actress Anu Aggarwal, who shot to nationwide fame in the 90s with her debut film ‘Aashiqui’ opposite Rahul Roy and delivered several hits thereafter, left the industry to pursue a spiritual path as a monk. After several years, she has now made a comeback to Bollywood. In an interview with Bollywood Now, the actress talked about trolls and on how one should focus on what they want to do in their lives.She said, “You know, the thing is that there is a saying that ‘Log Kya Kahenge’ and we have been hearing this since childhood. Many times mom and dad also say, ‘Oh, what kind of clothes are you wearing? What are you doing? What will people say? So I will say that first of all you have to discharge what people will say? First, think about what I say? Think about this.”She further said that o...
Politics

Man harassing woman thrashed near thana, dies | India News – Times of India

CHENNAI: A 46-year-old auditor died on Thursday after being punched on the head outside a Chennai police station where he had been summoned and warned against harassing a woman. Robert was let off with a warning after he gave a written undertaking that he will not harass the woman.However, the woman's brother Mouli, 23, confronted Robert as he was leaving.The two had a heated exchange when Mouli punched Robert on the head. Robert collapsed and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Mouli was later arrested. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { n.c...
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Former PCC president Birajit Sinha skips party’s Lok Sabha election campaign

Former Tripura PCC president and five-time MLA Birajit Sinha has been skipping the campaign for party candidate Asish Kumar Saha in West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency. Mr. Sinha is maintaining a visible distance from Mr. Saha, who is the incumbent PCC president as well as the party’s candidate. Mr. Sinha is also keeping away from former Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman since his removal as PCC president last year. His aides blamed the Saha-Barman duo for his drop and several of his loyal leaders from key party positions. Mr. Sinha has been maintaining silence and not displaying his ire publicly, but he is allegedly allowing his close aides to depart Congress and join the Bharatiya Janata Party. In the past one month, several leaders in Congress joined the saffron party. There are whisp...
Business

Foreign secretary Kwatra meets US officials, reviews progress of global strategic partnership

Washington, Apr 13 (PTI): India's Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra has undertaken a detailed review with US officials on the progress made towards further consolidating the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership between the two countries, according to a statement.Kwatra is in the US this week for a series of meetings with senior officials of the US government and interaction with industry leaders to advance bilateral cooperation in areas like defence and technology.The foreign secretary was on a three-day official visit to Washington and left for New York on Friday."The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries and provided an opportunity to further advance our growing and future-oriented partnersh...