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Kolkata woman killed by cab driver over Rs 30,000 he owed: Police
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Kolkata woman killed by cab driver over Rs 30,000 he owed: Police

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: July 5, 2020 11:01:32 am The police started investigating after the woman’s husband filed a missing-person complaint at the Tollygunge police station in the evening. (Representational) A middle-aged woman was murdered on Friday afternoon by a cab driver whom she had loaned Rs 30,000, the police said on Saturday. The body of 45-year-old Lakshmi Das was recovered from a canal off EM Bypass here late at night. Das, a resident of Charu Market, used to work as a domestic help in Mudiali in the Tollygunge police station area. The police have arrested the accused, who was her neighbour. Hi...
Woman killed by cab driver over Rs 30,000 he owed: Police
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Woman killed by cab driver over Rs 30,000 he owed: Police

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 5, 2020 5:27:48 am The police started investigating after the woman’s husband filed a missing-person complaint at the Tollygunge police station in the evening. (Representational) A middle-aged woman was murdered on Friday afternoon by a cab driver whom she had loaned Rs 30,000, the police said on Saturday. The body of 45-year-old Lakshmi Das was recovered from a canal off EM Bypass here late at night. Das, a resident of Charu Market, used to work as a domestic help in Mudiali in the Tollygunge police station area. The police have arrested the accused, who was her neighbour. H...
Where teachers record, relying on the silence of the night
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Where teachers record, relying on the silence of the night

Written by Smita Nair | Panjim | Updated: July 5, 2020 7:57:01 am Teachers at Pragati Vidyalaya in Ponda. (Photo: Smita Nair) One night last month, Carmelina Rodrigues found herself stuttering in front of her amused son, who was wondering “why mummy is getting dressed up at quarter to midnight”. Her neighbours, too, wanted to know “why she was muttering away in the middle of the night”. Rodrigues, 48, is an English teacher at Pragati Vidyalaya in Ponda, and relies on the silence of the night to record online tutorials for her “children at school”. From multiple retakes to spending hours on research; from “reviewing” ...
India doesn’t need Tik Tok but Tik Tok needs Indians
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India doesn’t need Tik Tok but Tik Tok needs Indians

After India announced a ban on Tik Tok, it's parent company ByteDance came out with a statement that the company may suffer losses to the tune of $6 Billion. On the other hand, Indian Tik Tokers whose source of income was the app said that Tik Tok is just a platform for them to showcase their talent. The government's ban doesn't take away their talent Source link
The controversy behind ICMR’s claim of vaccine for Covid-19
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The controversy behind ICMR’s claim of vaccine for Covid-19

A letter sent out earlier this week by the chief of India's top clinical research agency ICMR said it "envisaged" launching a novel coronavirus vaccine by Independence Day. The clinical trial for Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine in India will begin from 7 July in two phases. Watch this report to understand how realistically quickly the vaccine can be developed. Source link
Ganguly brand role raises conflict of interest issues
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Ganguly brand role raises conflict of interest issues

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: July 5, 2020 12:04:45 pm Ganguly posted this picture wearing JSW Cement shirt. In what raises questions of potential conflict of interest, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday appeared in an Instagram post wearing a JSW Cement (Jindal Steel Works) T-shirt while “at work” as the company’s brand ambassador. JSW Sports, the sports arm of the business conglomerate JSW Group, is, along with the GMR Group, the joint owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals. Read | ‘Sourav Ganguly is a born leader, inspired India to win on foreign shores’: K Srikka...
From sedition to marital rape: Home panel looks at overhaul of criminal law
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From sedition to marital rape: Home panel looks at overhaul of criminal law

Written by Apurva Vishwanath | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2020 7:16:07 am A five-member committee constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs is looking at a sweeping overhaul of criminal laws. From criminalising marital rape, making sexual offences gender-neutral to legalising euthanasia and revisiting sedition — a five-member committee constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs is looking at a sweeping overhaul of criminal laws. “Does the offence of sedition under Section 124A require omission or any amendment in terms of its definition, scope and cognizability?” is one of the 49 questions that are being conside...
Uttar Pradesh: 23 killed in incidents of lightning strikes
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Uttar Pradesh: 23 killed in incidents of lightning strikes

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed deep anguish over the loss of lives and directed respective district magistrates to extend ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of those killed. According to an official statement, eight people lost their lives in Allahabad, six in Mirzapur, two in Kaushambi and one in Jaunpur. (Representative photo: PTI)At least 23 people were killed and 29 others injured after being struck by lightning in various districts of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.According to an official statement, eight people lost their lives in Allahabad, six in Mirzapur, two in Kaushambi and one in Jaunpur.A report from the Relief Commissioner's Office said that nine others in Prayagraj, 10 in Mirzapur and four in Kaushambi suffered serious burns.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath...
Day after 8 of its men killed, UP Police probes ‘insider’ role, suspends officer
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Day after 8 of its men killed, UP Police probes ‘insider’ role, suspends officer

Written by Avaneesh Mishra , Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: July 5, 2020 7:14:06 am Vikas Dubey’s house was razed in Bikru village, Kanpur, Saturday. Police denied any role in the demolition. (PTI Photo) A DAY after eight police personnel, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), were killed during a raid to arrest history-sheeter Vikas Dubey in Bikru village in Kanpur, the station officer (SO) of the police station concerned was suspended pending an inquiry into links with Dubey. Officers suspect Dubey was tipped off about the raid early Friday morning, helping him escape even as his men held of...
Chinese apps banned, government calls homegrown ones to rise to challenge
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Chinese apps banned, government calls homegrown ones to rise to challenge

Written by Aashish Aryan , Pranav Mukul | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2020 7:26:05 am The scheme to identify Indian apps comes days after IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stressed on the need to reduce the dependence on foreign apps. Less than a week after it banned 59 applications with Chinese links, the Centre on Saturday launched a challenge inviting Indian developers to come up with apps in a range of segments such as office productivity, social networking, e-learning, news, games, health and wellness, agri-tech, fin-tech and entertainment, and speech translation, among others. “Today there is immense enthusiasm among the tech & start...
Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra cross 2 lakh mark
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Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra cross 2 lakh mark

Maharashtra reported 7,074 COVID-19 cases and 295 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total number of cases to 2,00,064 and death toll to 8,671. Number of active cases stands at 83,295, said a press release from Maharashtra health ministry. Meanwhile, Mumbai reported 1,180 COVID-19 cases, 10,71 recovered & 68 deaths reported in last 24 hours. Total number of cases in the city is now at 82,814, including 53,463 recovered/discharged, 24,524 active cases & 4,827 deaths. Source link
ICMR dials down on Aug 15 vaccine date: ‘Letter to cut red tape’
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ICMR dials down on Aug 15 vaccine date: ‘Letter to cut red tape’

Written by Karishma Mehrotra | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2020 7:35:24 am The potential vaccine is being developed by Bharat Biotech, a Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company, in partnership with Pune-based National Institute of Virology, an ICMR laboratory. (Representational Image) A day after some of the country’s top scientists and medical experts described as “unreasonable” and “absurd” an ICMR timeline to produce a Covid vaccine “for public health use latest by August 15”, the Council has claimed that its letter to clinical trial sites, which mentioned the date, “was meant to cut unnecessary red tape”. In a statement issued Saturday, ICMR said:...
Ronaldo scores from free kick, Buffon breaks record in Juve win | Football News – Times of India
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Ronaldo scores from free kick, Buffon breaks record in Juve win | Football News – Times of India

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal. (Reuters Photo)TURIN: Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored from a free kick for Juventus and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made a record 648th Serie A appearance as the league leaders beat their smaller neighbours Torino 4-1 in the Derby della Mole on Saturday. Ronaldo curled his shot over the wall and into the corner to put Torino 3-1 ahead in the 61st minute, his first goal in 43 free kick attempts during just under two seasons with Juventus. The win left Juventus with 75 points from 30 games, seven ahead of second-placed Lazio who were at home to AC Milan later on Saturday. Torino, who have failed to beat Juventus in their last 12 attempts, are 15th with 31 points. Buffon, 42, overtook Paolo Maldini's Serie A appearance record when he ...
Nepal’s ruling communist party meet to decide PM KP Oli’s fate deferred till Monday – Times of India
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Nepal’s ruling communist party meet to decide PM KP Oli’s fate deferred till Monday – Times of India

KP Oli, Nepal PM KATHMANDU: A crucial meeting of Nepal's ruling communist party to decide the political future of embattled Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was postponed until Monday to allow more time for the top leadership to iron out their differences over his autocratic style of functioning and anti-India statements. The meeting of the Nepal Communist Party's 45-member powerful standing committee was scheduled to be held on Saturday at 11am local time. But it was postponed at the last minute. Prime Minister's press advisor Surya Thapa said the meeting was postponed until Monday as the top leaders of the NCP required more time to forge an understanding on the outstanding issues. The meeting has been postponed as NCP chairpersons Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda were busy holding int...
2-week halt on flights to Kolkata from 6 cities with big case load
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2-week halt on flights to Kolkata from 6 cities with big case load

Written by Pranav Mukul | New Delhi | Published: July 5, 2020 4:24:02 am Earlier, states such as Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Delhi had imposed restrictions on travellers in the form of quarantine and self-isolation norms. (Representational) Responding to the West Bengal government’s request to curtail flights to the state, the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Saturday asked airlines to suspend flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad — all cities with high Covid caseload — between July 6 and July 19. This is the first time since the resumption of domestic flights on May 25 that a state has decided to completely curta...
Cabinet secretary holds meet with officials of 15 states, UTs on Unlock 2, Covid-19 situation | India News – Times of India
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Cabinet secretary holds meet with officials of 15 states, UTs on Unlock 2, Covid-19 situation | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Saturday held a meeting with top officials of 15 states and Union Territories on the Covid-19 situation and the way forward for graded reopening of activities in the 'Unlock 2' phase, officials said. During the meeting with chief secretaries and health secretaries of the 15 states and UTs, the cabinet secretary is learnt to have stressed on the need for strict implementation of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs for the 'Unlock 2' phase and strict vigil on the Covid-19 situation in their respective jurisdiction. The cabinet secretary is also learnt to have made it clear that economic activities as allowed under the guidelines should be expedited so that normal life could be resumed, an official privy to the meeting said. Off...
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann to quit
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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann to quit

Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will quit politics at the end of the year after telling the Prime Minister it’s the right time to transition.The West Australian Senator announced on Sunday morning his intention to retire and said he had advised Prime Minister Scott Morrison the end of 2020 would be the appropriate time for an “orderly transition” in his portfolio.Senator Cormann had decided not to recontest the next election and there had been speculation recently he was considering his future.He was elected in June 2007 and has served as Australia’s Finance Minister for seven years under three prime ministers. His resignation will spark a Cabinet reshuffle for the Federal Government.“I can honestly say that I have left nothing on the field,” Senator Cormann said in a statement...
Is Zoom Worried About Facing Competition From Reliance’s JioMeet? Company Responds
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Is Zoom Worried About Facing Competition From Reliance’s JioMeet? Company Responds

New Delhi: With Reliance Jio launching a Make in India free video-conferencing application JioMeet that directly takes on Zoom, the US-based company said on Saturday they are not worried about the upcoming competition and know what it takes to become a successful unified communications platform. ALSO READ | Instagram Stories To Get A Revamped Look, Here's A Peek Into The New LayoutJioMeet offers enterprise-grade host control and security and can be used for 1:1 video calls and hosting meetings with up to 100 participants. The application has already been downloaded more than 1,00,000 times on Google Play Store within no time."Zoom has experienced intense competition since it was established in 2011, and yet we have become the platform of choice for millions of partic...
As tensions soared after Galwan, Pompeo made quiet call to Jaishankar
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As tensions soared after Galwan, Pompeo made quiet call to Jaishankar

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2020 7:04:15 am Since March, Jaishankar and Pompeo had spoken to each other on at least three occasions, but this was their first conversation after the Galwan Valley incident. (File Photo) At the height of tensions between India and China following the June 15 incident in Galwan Valley where 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in clashes with Chinese troops, US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo spoke to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, The Sunday Express has learnt. Read | Facing long haul at LAC, Army’s big challenge: Logistics The phone call by Pompeo, sources said, was made about 10...