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Day: March 18, 2021

UK’s vaccination drive hit as Serum Institute ‘delays’ supply – Times of India
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UK’s vaccination drive hit as Serum Institute ‘delays’ supply – Times of India

LONDON: The UK’s vaccine rollout “has been hampered” due to the delay in delivery of a promised second batch of five million doses by the Serum Institute of India. A leaked letter, dated March 17, from NHS chief commercial officer Emily Lawson to vaccination centres, ordered them not to book any new appointments from March 29 to April 30. The letter also advises them to focus on giving jabs only to those in the top 1 to 9 cohorts, who are most vulnerable to the Covid infection, and on administering the second jabs, owing to “an upcoming shortage in supply”. “There will be a significant reduction in weekly supply available from manufacturers happening in the week commencing 29 March, meaning volumes for first doses will be significantly constrained. They now currently predict this will c...
India vs England, 4th T20I: Suryakumar’s maiden fifty sets up India’s 8-run win over England | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England, 4th T20I: Suryakumar’s maiden fifty sets up India’s 8-run win over England | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: India survived some nervy late overs after Suryakumar Yadav's blistering maiden fifty to register a series-levelling eight-run victory over England in the fourth T20 International here on Thursday. Asked to bat, India posted 185 for 8, their highest total in the series, thanks largely to a 31-ball 57 from Suryakumar and then restricted England to 177 for 8 to win the match and level the five-match series 2-2. The visiting side were in the hunt till Ben Stokes (46 off 23 balls) and Jonny Bairstow (25 off 19) were on the crease with the Indian bowlers leaking runs in the middle overs. The dew also created problems for the bowlers to grip the ball. SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENEDBut the home side made a fine recovery with Hardik Pandya and senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar leading the w...
5 popular Kollywood stars contesting in TN elections  | The Times of India
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5 popular Kollywood stars contesting in TN elections | The Times of India

Udhayanidhi, who turned active in politics over the last few years, has often been non-committal about contesting in elections in earlier interviews, maintaining that it was up to the party to decide if he has to be fielded in elections or not. Despite criticisms of nepotism, he will now be contesting from the Chepauk constituency in Chennai, from where his late grandfather, Kalaignar Karunanidhi, contested last. After filing his nomination on March 15, he met the various leaders of DMK's alliance parties and the various communities who make up his constituency and sought their support. Source link
Four Indian paddlers qualify for Tokyo Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Four Indian paddlers qualify for Tokyo Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

CHENNAI: It was a day to cherish for India's paddlers as four of them booked their berths for Tokyo Olympics at the Asian qualifiers held in Doha on Thursday. Tamil Nadu's - G Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal - sealed their spots in the men's singles, while Sutirtha Mukherjee and Manika Batra will be giving them company in the women's singles category. Sathiyan, who topped the South Asian group qualified for his maiden Olympics and will have the company of veteran Sharath. "Qualifying for the Olympics was a childhood dream and this is one of the best moments in my life. I am just happy to be playing in the biggest tournament that's there in the sport,” Sathiyan told TOI. Sathiyan had played the competition through a shoulder niggle and he is hoping to get some rest in the coming days. "It wil...
Tamil Nadu Polls: Khushbu Sundar Declares Assets Worth Rs 22.55 Crore
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Tamil Nadu Polls: Khushbu Sundar Declares Assets Worth Rs 22.55 Crore

Khushbu Sundar's self-acquired, immovable assets are Rs 17.99 crore.Chennai: Actor-turned politician Khushbu Sundar, the BJP candidate from Thousand Lights constituency in the city, on Thursday filed her nomination for the April 6 Tamil Nadu assembly polls, declaring assets worth about Rs 22.55 crore.BJP state unit president and party nominee from Dharapuram (Reserved) constituency L Murugan declared assets (movable and immovable) worth Rs 1.53 crore and the value of assets of his spouse Dr C Kalayarasi is Rs 1.09 crore.While Khushbu's self-acquired, immovable assets were to the tune of Rs 17.99 crore, it was Rs 16.57 crore as regards her husband, Sundar C, a noted filmmaker.Moveable assets of the actor and that of her husband is Rs 4.55 crore and Rs 1.83 crore respectively.She has loan...
Maratha reservation hearing: Some states introduce new groups ahead of polls for votes, says A-G
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Maratha reservation hearing: Some states introduce new groups ahead of polls for votes, says A-G

Hinting at political use of reservation powers by states, Attorney General K K Venugopal on Thursday said some states introduce new groups ahead of elections to garner votes. “…one of the unfortunate vices of power given to the State under Art. 15(4) and 16(4) is that before each election, groups are introduced and votes are obtained,” Venugopal told a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, which is hearing petitions challenging the Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act that provides reservation to the Maratha community in jobs and admissions. Addressing the bench, also comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat, Venugopal, however, said that the 102nd const...
Semi-final for 2024, guard EVMs, BJP may rig: Mamata Banerjee
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Semi-final for 2024, guard EVMs, BJP may rig: Mamata Banerjee

Slamming the BJP as a “party of Duryodhana and Dushasana”, TMC leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday that the BJP’s ‘poriborton’ (change) slogan was “my slogan” and that it was simply trying to “copy” her. Campaigning for her party in Garbeta, Keshiary and Kharagpur, Banerjee exuded confidence that the TMC would return to power and “after winning Bengal, we will jump to Delhi and shake the BJP”. Describing the Assembly polls as a “semi-final before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls”, she said, “I believe that in this election, there will be a loud and clear message from Bengal against the BJP. Bengal will decide the future of our country and will bring ‘poriborton’ in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. This Bengal election will decide the fate of the BJP in 202...
New scrapping policy: mandatory fitness test for vehicles, incentives for owners
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New scrapping policy: mandatory fitness test for vehicles, incentives for owners

India will put in place a new “ecosystem” of mandatory fitness testing of vehicles, and ensure that those that fail are de-registered, according to Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. At the same time, he said, the government will approach carmakers to consider a five per cent discount on purchase of new vehicles for those who give up their old vehicles for scrap — and push for relief in GST. Announcing the “Voluntary Vehicle-Fleet Modernisation Programme” in Lok Sabha on Thursday, Gadkari said that commercial vehicles over 15 years old and personal vehicles over 20 years old will be marked for scrapping if they fail to pass the test. “They will be seized and destroyed,” he said. Vehicle Scrappage will reduce our dependency on imports and help us to c...
Goa: Fingers crossed as over 60 judges expected for March 27 event
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Goa: Fingers crossed as over 60 judges expected for March 27 event

The Maharashtra Covid surge to a record high Thursday has led to growing concern in sections of the Bombay High Court and officials in Goa ahead of the inauguration of the new High Court building here on March 27. As per the plan, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde will inaugurate the building in Porvorim, North Goa, with five Supreme Court judges and 62 judges of the Bombay High Court and its Benches in Aurangabad, Nagpur, and the High Court of Bombay at Goa. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant are also expected to be present. Invites have been sent out by the Bombay High Court administration factoring in 500 guests. “The High Court may have to review the situation,” said an official. “Everything has been planned keeping the entire Cov...
Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Subramanian quitting Ashoka University sad news: Kaushik Basu | India News – Times of India
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Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Subramanian quitting Ashoka University sad news: Kaushik Basu | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Chief Economist of the World Bank Kaushik Basu on Thursday termed the quitting of Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Arvind Subramanian from Ashoka University as 'sad news' and said the best minds are combative minds and critical minds. Two days after political commentator Pratap Bhanu Mehta resigned as a professor from the Ashoka University, his colleague, economist Arvind Subramanian also put in his papers on Thursday. "Pratap Bhanu Mehta & Arvind Subramanian quitting Ashoka University is sad news. The best minds are combative minds, critical minds. If we can't tolerate that, we damage creativity," he said in a tweet. Basu, currently a professor of economics at Cornell University further said the ultimate loser is the nation--its economy and growth. "There are enough example...
Second wave spreading: Maharashtra logs highest single-day count of 25,000 Covid-19 cases
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Second wave spreading: Maharashtra logs highest single-day count of 25,000 Covid-19 cases

Maharashtra reported 25,883 new cases of coronavirus infections Thursday, its highest single-day count since the start of the epidemic. Its previous highest was achieved on September 11 last year, when 24,886 cases were discovered. But Maharashtra is not the only state reporting high numbers. Punjab (2,369), Karnataka (1,488), Gujarat (1,276), Tamil Nadu (989), Madhya Pradesh (917) and Haryana (633) notched up their highest single-day counts for this year, indicating that the second wave of infections is rapidly spreading across the country. Some other states, like Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, have also begun to show a surge. Bihar reported more than 100 cases on Thursday, crossing the three-figure mark for the first time in one-and-a-half months. Unlike Ma...
Pakistan Army chief reaches out to India, says time to bury past, move forward
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Pakistan Army chief reaches out to India, says time to bury past, move forward

The Pakistani military establishment signalled a potentially radical shift in how it has traditionally viewed relations with India in a speech by Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday, which set out a vision of regional economic integration for the betterment of both countries and for South Asia — with the only ask that New Delhi create a “conducive environment” in Kashmir for the resumption of a dialogue towards peace between the two countries. Bajwa, who spoke at a high-powered event called Islamabad Security Dialogue organised by Pakistan’s national security establishment, did not specify what he meant by “conducive” conditions in Kashmir, but it was significant that he did not mention the Pakistani mantra of the United Nations Security Council resolutions on ...
Centre tracks Covid-19 vaccine wastage: Lack of trained personnel, planning at site level
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Centre tracks Covid-19 vaccine wastage: Lack of trained personnel, planning at site level

Top government officials, who are monitoring the vaccination drive across the country, have identified inadequate training of vaccinators in drawing vaccine from multi-dose vials and lack of detailed planning at vaccination sites as the two key gaps that have led to some states reporting wastage levels above the national average, The Indian Express has learnt. According to official data, four states and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have reported wastage above the national mark of 6.5 per cent: Telangana (17.6 per cent), Andhra Pradesh (11.6 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (9.4 per cent), Karnataka (6.9 per cent) and J&K (6.6 per cent). “If the vial contains doses for 10 people and only six turn up, the rest go waste. But vaccine wastage is not happening merely bec...
From cold store to rotis, women scientists lead research at IARI
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From cold store to rotis, women scientists lead research at IARI

A 100% solar-powered battery-less cold store that can preserve around 2 tonnes of freshly-harvested produce at 3-4°C during the day and 8-12°C at nighttime. A technology for imparting elasticity and structural strength to bajra and maize dough, making their chapattis as soft as from regular wheat atta flour. These are potentially game-changing innovations developed by women scientists from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI). The Pusa-Farm SunFridge (Pusa-FSF), an on-farm green energy refrigeration system, is the culmination of more than five years of work by Sangeeta Chopra, principal scientist at IARI’s Division of Agricultural Engineering, in collaboration with researchers from the Michigan State University. “The idea of minimising post-harvest losses, by h...
New AICTE rules: Niti member and Scientific Advisor urge caution
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New AICTE rules: Niti member and Scientific Advisor urge caution

Two eminent scientists working with the Union government have cautioned against AICTE’s decision to give engineering colleges the flexibility to admit students without mathematics and physics in high school and offer them remedial bridge courses to cope in class. Principal Scientific Advisor K VijayRaghavan told The Indian Express that “rigour and depth in mathematics and physics comes easier early on” and that it would be wiser to study these subjects in high school before seeking admission to BE and B.Tech programmes. Scientist V K Saraswat, former head of Defence Research and Development Organisation and now a member of the NITI Aayog, called the decision “retrograde” and a “step in the wrong direction”. VijayRaghavan and Saraswat have undergraduate degrees in engineerin...
Dharavi reports 30 cases, highest daily rise since last September
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Dharavi reports 30 cases, highest daily rise since last September

Mumbai’s Dharavi recorded 30 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday – the highest daily rise last since September. The slum-dominated area in G North ward had recorded 33 cases on September 11, last year. With this, the total number of active cases has risen to 140 in Dharavi. As of February 26, Dharavi had 51 active cases.According to BMC data, since the pandemic broke out, Dharavi has reported 4,328 cases. G North ward, which covers Dadar, Dharavi and Mahim, recorded 102 new cases on Thursday, taking the total number of active cases in the ward to 673.Dadar and Mahim have 243 and 290 active cases, respectively. Because of the spike in the number of daily cases from the ward, BMC has once again started screening the entire population in the slum cluster. Since the second week of...
Delhi: Police rescue 12-yr-old, bust ‘prostitution syndicate’
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Delhi: Police rescue 12-yr-old, bust ‘prostitution syndicate’

A 12-year-old girl was rescued by police on Wednesday two months after she was allegedly kidnapped and forced into prostitution. Police have arrested four persons for running an “online prostitution syndicate”. The minor, who lives with her mother in West Delhi, was allegedly kidnapped by two men near her house in January. She was then taken to Majnu Ka Tila and sold to four men, said police. A senior police officer said, “The girl’s father died a few years ago and her mother is a domestic help. The mother was at work on the day of the incident. The girl went out to buy chips when two men approached her and offered her cake. They took her to a house where she fainted after eating it. She was then taken to Majnu Ka Tila and sold to their associates.” A case was registered un...
Weight loss story: “Here’s how this Merchant Navy officer lost weight with thyroid”  | The Times of India
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Weight loss story: “Here’s how this Merchant Navy officer lost weight with thyroid” | The Times of India

My breakfast: I take my breakfast 2 hours after taking my thyroid medicines so eat something accordingly. I usually start my day with some lemon and honey mixed with warm water. Afterwards, plain cornflakes/ unflavoured oats had milk. I also add five overnight soaked almonds and 10~15 raisins to my breakfast. I also had some small quantities of fruits that were availableMy lunch: Because of the nature of my job, I couldn't afford the luxury of a nutritionist-curated dietplan. I just worked my way around dal, yoghurt, chicken, fish and meat basically whatever was available. However, I made sure that I didn’t exceed my daily calorie intake allocated for my weight loss. ( There are several free apps that will suggest calorie intake as per weight loss requirement)My dinner: I had two egg wh...
Ban On Use Of Social Media “Illegal”: Air India Pilots Write To Chairman
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Ban On Use Of Social Media “Illegal”: Air India Pilots Write To Chairman

The pilot union in its letter said that is a veiled threat. (Representational)New Delhi: Air India-Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA) on Thursday wrote to the Air India chairman, stating that the prohibition on the use of social media and policy introduced by the airline in this regard is illegal and violates a fundamental right."At the outset, we note with alarm that such a Policy introduced by Air India is entirely illegal and with no basis in law whatsoever. By way of the Policy, Air India has effectively imposed a blanket ban or prohibition on the use of social or digital media by all its employees, including those that have superannuated," it said in a letter to the airline's Chairman and MD (CMD) Rajiv Bansal.They said that they have examined the Policy introduced by Air...
Home Minister Anil Deshmukh speaks on the transfer of Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh
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Home Minister Anil Deshmukh speaks on the transfer of Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh

HOME MINISTER Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday said that transfer of Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh was not a routine administrative move and the decision was taken after probe revealed “serious errors” in the commissioner’s office. “This was not an administrative transfer. There are certain things that have come forward during the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) investigations. Being the head of the Mumbai Police force, some serious mistakes have been committed by his officers working in the commissioner’s office. These mistakes are serious and unforgivable and that is the reason he was transferred,” Deshmukh said at an event organised by a Marathi newspaper in Mumbai. In a major fallout of the case where a Scorpio with 20 g...