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IPL 2021, PBKS vs RCB: KL Rahul, Harpreet Brar star in Punjab Kings’ 34-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021, PBKS vs RCB: KL Rahul, Harpreet Brar star in Punjab Kings’ 34-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Skipper KL Rahul scored a combative 91 while Harpreet Brar accounted for three key batsmen as Punjab Kings thumped Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs in an IPL match, here on Friday. Put into bat, Punjab were in a spot of bother at one stage but Rahul's perseverance, power-hitting of Chris Gayle (46) and energy of Brar (25) ensured they had a competitive 179 for five on board. Rahul and Gayle shared a 80-run stand but Punjab's middle order collapsed as Brar, batting at number seven, was the only other batsman to manage a double-digit score. Match highlights | ScorecardRahul and Brar then added 61 runs for the unbeaten eighth wicket to rescue the side after the RCB bowlers had seized the initiative following Gayle's dismissal in the 11th over. VICTORY for @PunjabKingsIPL! ...
I have no plans to retire now, says Shoaib Malik | Cricket News – Times of India
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I have no plans to retire now, says Shoaib Malik | Cricket News – Times of India

Shoaib Malik. (Twitter Photo)KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik on Friday made it clear that he has no intentions of taking retirement from the sport. "I am saying very clearly today I have not even thought about retirement. I have no plans to retire now because I am fit, I can bat, I can bowl and I can bowl," the 39-year-old batsman told the media on Friday. Malik had recently taken shots at the Pakistan team management in a series of tweets, inferring that captain Babar Azam was not being allowed to take his independent decisions and the head coach had personal likes and dislikes in selecting players. He also called for the appointment of a white ball coach for the national team. "I have recently signed two-year contracts in some leagues so where does the question of me tak...
Dr Anthony S Fauci on India’s Covid Crisis: ‘Shut down the country for a few weeks…hang in there, take care of each other, we’ll get to a normal’
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Dr Anthony S Fauci on India’s Covid Crisis: ‘Shut down the country for a few weeks…hang in there, take care of each other, we’ll get to a normal’

NO nation likes to lock itself down but an “immediate” shutdown for a “few weeks” could put an end to the cycle of transmission in India, Dr Anthony S Fauci, one of Covid’s most trusted global voices, told The Indian Express. That will provide a window, he said, to take critical “immediate, intermediate, and long range” steps out of this “very difficult and desperate” situation. Fauci, chief medical advisor to the Biden Administration and who has worked with seven US Presidents, spoke exclusively to The Indian Express on Friday from the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr Fauci, I would like to focus this interview on prescriptive solutions when you look at the situation in India. If you were, hypothetically, hired by the Government, what would (you say)...
‘An icon of India’s legal system’: Tributes pour in for Soli Sorabjee
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‘An icon of India’s legal system’: Tributes pour in for Soli Sorabjee

Tributes poured in from across the country after former Attorney General of India and renowned jurist Soli Sorabjee died in a private hospital in New Delhi on Friday morning. The 91-year-old was undergoing treatment after contracting Covid-19. Serving as a legal professional for nearly seven decades, Sorabjee occupied the office of the Attorney General of India twice — first from 1989-90 and then from 1998-2004. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among those to pay tribute. “In passing of Soli Sorabjee, we lost an icon of India’s legal system. He was among select few who deeply influenced the evolution of the constitutional law and justice system. Awarded with Padma Vibhushan, he was among most eminent jurists. Condolences to his family and asso...
A remarkable life in law, tireless champion of civil liberties, press freedom, humanity
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A remarkable life in law, tireless champion of civil liberties, press freedom, humanity

Covid robbed former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee the opportunity to observe his 90th birthday in March last year. It was an event that he was looking forward to with much anticipation, and should have celebrated a milestone in a truly remarkable life in law, human rights, press freedom and humanity. But with the number of Covid cases rising sharply, the celebratory dinner had to be hastily cancelled two days before the event. This year, there were festivities but on a subdued note, and the moment was never properly celebrated as Sorabjee deserved. Sorabjee was a warm, genteel, intellectual practitioner of the law of a different era where facts and the interpretation of the statutes were the overriding consideration. Where arguments were laced with wit, polish and eruditio...
Uncertainty over vaccine supply as all 18-44 become eligible; big chains say we are ready
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Uncertainty over vaccine supply as all 18-44 become eligible; big chains say we are ready

On the eve of the scheduled opening of phase 3 of Covid-19 vaccinations covering the entire adult population of the country, the Centre said that only “some states” which have “co-ordinated” with vaccine makers on procuring from the open market, will begin the drive. It provided no details. Some of India’s largest private hospitals were, however, gearing up for the vaccination, even if with limited doses. Apollo Hospitals Group, Fortis Healthcare, and Max Healthcare said they would begin vaccinations for those between 18-44 years in select locations, as these facilities have managed to procure some doses of Covishield and Covaxin, the two vaccines that are currently available. The hospital chains will provide Covaxin at Rs 1,200-1,250 per jab, and Covishield at around Rs 80...
PM wants NGOs, volunteers to help health sector
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PM wants NGOs, volunteers to help health sector

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked officials to explore involving civil society volunteers in “non-specialised tasks” to take the pressure off the healthcare sector amid the surge in Covid-19 cases. This was conveyed during a meeting to review the functioning of different empowered groups. The Prime Minister chaired the meeting through video conferencing. In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said: “PM asked the officials to explore how volunteers from civil society can be utilised to lessen the pressure on healthcare sector by invoking them in non-specialised tasks.” “It was discussed that NGOs could help to establish and maintain lines of communication between the patients, their dependents & health care personnel,” the statement said. “Ex Servicemen could b...
No beds in Lok Nayak, a death outside: ‘Don’t know where else to go’
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No beds in Lok Nayak, a death outside: ‘Don’t know where else to go’

WITH OVER 100 patients being discharged from Lok Nayak Hospital overnight, families rushed with Covid patients to get a bed on Friday — only to be told that the vacant beds had already been filled up, within minutes. Helpless, the families and patients sat outside the hospital and waited. Many of them had already been refused beds and oxygen cylinders elsewhere in the city. Among them was 34-year-old Mohammed Qasim, who was brought in an ambulance by his wife and his neighbours. Though he hadn’t been able to get a Covid test, his family said he had the symptoms. The guards let the ambulance in but doctors couldn’t admit him right away. Within 10 minutes, he started coughing and collapsed under the sun. His wife Rubina screamed for help as Qasim breathed his last. Other fami...
Delhi HC: State has failed to protect most basic fundamental right…the right to life’
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Delhi HC: State has failed to protect most basic fundamental right…the right to life’

THE DELHI High Court on Friday said the State has failed to protect the most fundamental of rights — the right to life — after it was informed of the death of a person who had petitioned the court for an ICU bed. The court expressed its anguish when, in the midst of the day’s hearing, advocate Amit Sharma said, “My lord, my brother-in-law has expired. No more efforts should be made. I have completely failed. So grateful to you.” At this, the division bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said, “No. The State has failed. We have failed. We all have failed.” The court later recorded in the order, “During the course of hearing, Mr Amit Sharma has informed that Atul Kumar Sharma has expired. We may at this stage record our complete helplessness with the situation. We c...
South Africa to bid for 2027 Cricket World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India
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South Africa to bid for 2027 Cricket World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa will bid to host the 2027 men's Cricket World Cup, acting president Rihan Richards said on Friday. Richards made the announcement at a press conference at which details of a new governance model for CSA were revealed following months of wrangling. He said agreement on the composition of a new board, with a majority of independent directors, would enable CSA to put the focus firmly back on cricket matters. Richards said South Africa will take part in a bidding process for International Cricket Council events over a new eight-year cycle. Bidding is expected to open within the next few months. "We will be bidding for both men's and women's World Cups, an Under-19 World Cup and a T20 World Cup," said Richards. "But our focus will be on the 2027 men's World...
Oppo A53 reportedly gets a price cut of up to Rs 2,500 – Times of India
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Oppo A53 reportedly gets a price cut of up to Rs 2,500 – Times of India

Chinese smartphone brand Oppo has reportedly reduced the price of its budget smartphone — Oppo A53 — in India. The handset was launched in August last year in two storage variants of 64GB and 128GB in India at Rs 12,990 and Rs 15,490 respectively. The price of both variants have been reduced by up to Rs 2,500. The price drop has been reported by Mumbai-based offline retailer Mahesh Telecom via a tweet. Right now, the new prices of the variant are not reflecting on online retail portals such as Amazon and Flipkart. Oppo A53 new pricePost the price cut, the base variant of the Oppo A53 that offers 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage will cost Rs 10,990 after a price cut of Rs 2,000. The second storage variant offering 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage will now be selling at Rs 12,990 after...
Over 15.48 crore vaccine doses administered so far, 26 lakh in a day: Health ministry | India News – Times of India
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Over 15.48 crore vaccine doses administered so far, 26 lakh in a day: Health ministry | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered across the country has surpassed 15.48 crore with over 26 lakh shots being given till 8 pm on Friday, the Union health ministry said. The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 15,48,54,096 according to the 8 pm provisional report. These include 94,10,892 Healthcare Workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 62,40,077 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,25,48,925 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose and 68,11,824 FLWs who have taken the second dose. Besides,5,26,53,077 and37,59,948 beneficiaries over 45 to 60 years of age have been administered the first and second dose while 5,23,51,313 and 1,10,78,040 above 60 years have taken the first and sec...
Rishi Kapoor’s Death Anniversary: “I wish to see our sons, Ranbir and Hrithik, on screen together,” says Rakesh Roshan in an exclusive interview – Times of India
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Rishi Kapoor’s Death Anniversary: “I wish to see our sons, Ranbir and Hrithik, on screen together,” says Rakesh Roshan in an exclusive interview – Times of India

Rishi Kapoor passed away on April 30, 2020. It has been one year without him. We have missed him a lot. The same applies to his friends and family, obviously. We caught up with Rishi's close friend Rakesh Roshan to talk about Rishi. Excerpts from the conversation that transpired: Let's take it from the time when Rishi Kapoor and you started gelling on the sets of 'Khel Khel Mein'... I think we got along very well because we both had a similar nature of being frank on the face. You know I stopped going for special screenings and premieres simply because I can't lie. Woh chehre pe dikh jaata hai agar main sach nahi bol raha (It shows on my face if and when I'm faking it). It is fine to honestly tell a person that your film is good if it is good but very difficult for me at least to fake...
Lewis Hamilton back on top in Portuguese Grand Prix practice | Racing News – Times of India
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Lewis Hamilton back on top in Portuguese Grand Prix practice | Racing News – Times of India

Mercedes set the pace in Portuguese Grand Prix practice on Friday with Valtteri Bottas quickest in the morning before seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton led the way in the afternoon. Red Bull's Max Verstappen, Hamilton's closest rival in the Formula One championship after two races, was second in both sessions at the Algarve circuit. A strong session for @LewisHamilton 💪With @Max33Verstappen only 0.143 off 👀#PortugueseGP 🇵🇹 #F1 https://t.co/KASIKBie6F— Formula 1 (@F1) 1619796179000The start of the afternoon practice was delayed by 10 minutes as marshals fixed a loose drain cover. Bottas, his car rebuilt after a big collision with Williams driver George Russell at Imola on April 18, clocked a best time of one minute 19.648 seconds on soft tyres and was third in the second session....
US closes in on 100 million Americans fully vaccinated – Times of India
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US closes in on 100 million Americans fully vaccinated – Times of India

Disneyland reopened on Friday and New York's mayor predicted the big city will be up and running again at full strength by July 1, as the number of Americans fully vaccinated against Covid-19 closed in on 100 million. Visitors cheered and screamed with delight as the Southern California theme park swung open its gates for the first time in 13 months in a powerful symbol of the US rebound, even though the self-proclaimed Happiest Place on Earth is allowing only in-state guests for now and operating at just 25% capacity. The reopening and similar steps elsewhere around the country reflect increasing optimism as Covid-19 deaths tumble and the ranks of the vaccinated grow — a stark contrast to the worsening disaster in India and Brazil and the scant availability of vaccines in many poor par...
1st Test: Ton-up Fawad Alam puts Pakistan in command against Zimbabwe | Cricket News – Times of India
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1st Test: Ton-up Fawad Alam puts Pakistan in command against Zimbabwe | Cricket News – Times of India

HARARE: Fawad Alam notched his fourth Test hundred as Pakistan built an imposing first innings lead over Zimbabwe on the second day of the first Test in Harare on Friday. Alam's unbeaten 108, along with Imran Butt's painstaking 91 earlier in the day, guided Pakistan to 374-6 at the close, giving them a lead of 198 over Zimbabwe's first innings total of 176. Fantastic Fawad is the first Asian and sixth batsman overall to convert his first four Test 50s into 100s.… https://t.co/nTcrh1LxUH— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1619795275000Hasan Ali was the other unbeaten batsman with 21 on a day that saw the Pakistan batsmen struggling in the morning -- they scored just 59 from 32 overs -- before accelerating in the next two sessions. Alam drove Zimbabwe seamer Donald Tiripano for two consecuti...
‘Nightmare of a week’: Ashwin’s wife Prithi says 10 members returned COVID positive | Off the field News – Times of India
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‘Nightmare of a week’: Ashwin’s wife Prithi says 10 members returned COVID positive | Off the field News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India off-spinner Ravichandran Aswhin's wife Prithi Narayanan on Friday said her family has been through a "nightmare of a week" after as many as 10 members of the house tested positive for COVID-19. Star spinner Ashwin on Sunday decided to take a break from the ongoing IPL to support his family during the pandemic. Days after her husband's pullout from the lucrative league, Prithi, in a series of tweets, shared the ordeal her family has faced after contracting the highly contagious virus. "Feeling ok enough to croak a tiny hi to all of you. 6 adults and 4 children ended up testing+ the same week, with our kids being the vehicles of transmission - the core of my family, all down with the virus in different homes/hospitals. Nightmare of a week. 1 of 3 parents back home," she t...
Small stock arrives, Maharashtra to roll out drive today
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Small stock arrives, Maharashtra to roll out drive today

By: Express News Service | Chennai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai | May 1, 2021 2:19:49 am Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Friday announced they would roll out Covid vaccination for the 18-44 age group as scheduled on Saturday, while several other states, including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) deferred it because of shortage of vaccines, and appealed to the people against rushing to the vaccination centres. Maharashtra, which had earlier ruled out starting the drive on account of shortage of vaccines, made the announcement after receiving three lakh doses from Serum Institute of India (SII) on Friday. Till late night, officials were engaged in sending 10,000 to 20,000 doses to e...