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Myanmar junta orders shutdown of wireless internet services: telecom company – Times of India
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Myanmar junta orders shutdown of wireless internet services: telecom company – Times of India

YANGON: Myanmar's military junta has ordered internet service providers to shut down the country's wireless services, telecommunications company Ooredoo said. "Only fiber line will be working starting from tomorrow," the company told AFP. "We got instructions from the authorities recently." Few people in Myanmar have access to such hard-line internet services. Source link
Ahead of integrated commands, armed forces operationalise 3rd joint logistics node | India News – Times of India
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Ahead of integrated commands, armed forces operationalise 3rd joint logistics node | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In the run-up to the creation of two new unified commands in the country this year, a third joint logistics node (JLN) of the Army, Navy and IAF was operationalized at Mumbai by chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday. Noting that all future wars will have to be fought by the three Services in an integrated manner, General Rawat said the successful functioning of the three JLNs (first two are at Guwahati and Port Blair) will be “important stepping stones” for opening more such nodes in different parts of the country. “I call upon everyone to continue to strive for excellence in our endeavour to become a fully-integrated, modern and self-sufficient future-ready force. Establishment of the JLNs is a very important first step in the direction of logistics integrat...
iPhone 13 lineup to offer identical wide camera lens as iPhone 12, claims report – Times of India
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iPhone 13 lineup to offer identical wide camera lens as iPhone 12, claims report – Times of India

As the launch of the iPhone 13 lineup nears, so do the rumours. Popular tipster and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared in his investor note that Apple may continue to offer the same wide-angle lens as the one seen in the iPhone 12 series, claims a report by MacRumors. The report suggests that the upcoming iPhone 13‌ mini, ‌iPhone 13‌, and ‌iPhone 13‌ Pro will feature the same 7P wide-angle lens with a f/1.6 aperture same as their respective ‌iPhone 12‌ series handsets. Only the iPhone 13 Pro Max model is said to offer a f/1.5 aperture wide-angle lens, getting a marginal increase compared to the f/1.6 aperture on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Further, Kuo also claims that Sunny Optical is set to be the new supplier for the 7P wide-angle lens and the mass production of the same is likely to begin b...
BPF candidate joins BJP in the midst of polls in Assam | India News – Times of India
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BPF candidate joins BJP in the midst of polls in Assam | India News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) candidate Rangja Khungur Basumatary on Thursday joined the BJP ahead of the third phase of poll in Assam when the constituency in which he is a contestant is slated to go to the poll. Basumatary had reportedly gone missing for two days and at around midnight on Wednesday, senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma had tweeted that he had met the BPF candidate, who would join the saffron party. BPF is an ally of the opposition Congress in Assam, where two out of the slated three phased poll got over on Thursday. "Official candidate of BPF and so called Congress-led alliance from Tamulpur LAC (legislative assembly constituency), Sri Ram Das Basumatary met me a short while ago. He has expressed his desire to Join @BJP4India and retire from the election," S...
Nandigram boils over: Mamata Banerjee cries foul, BJP rival says she’s losing, EC seeks report
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Nandigram boils over: Mamata Banerjee cries foul, BJP rival says she’s losing, EC seeks report

Tensions ran high and charges flew thick and fast in Nandigram, the constituency of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on polling day Thursday as more than 80 per cent of 76 lakh votes in 30 constituencies were cast by 5 pm in the second phase of Assembly elections in the state. Banerjee was held up for more than two hours in a polling booth in Nandigram where supporters of the ruling TMC and BJP nearly came to blows. Her security guards formed a cordon as she waited in a wheelchair. She could move out only after a large contingent of central forces and police personnel reached the site. She later criticised the Election Commission and alleged that the BJP had terrorised voters. She even called up Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar but declined to divulge details. “Yes, I h...
Pandemic sent migrants home, record 11 crore turned to rural job scheme
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Pandemic sent migrants home, record 11 crore turned to rural job scheme

As tens of thousands of migrants returned to their villages following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown that followed last year, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) emerged as a safety net for labourers in rural areas. Over 11 crore people worked under the scheme during the financial year 2020-21 — the first time since its inception in 2006-07 that the MGNREGS numbers crossed the 11-crore mark in a year. Data available on April 1 show that 11.17 crore individuals availed the scheme in 2020-21, up 41.75 per cent from 7.88 crore in 2019-20. The total number of people, who availed the scheme, had been in the range of 6.21-7.88 crore between 2013-14 and 2019-20 — a period for which comparable data is available. B...
NIA searches homes of activists, lawyers in Andhra, Telangana over ‘Maoist plot’
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NIA searches homes of activists, lawyers in Andhra, Telangana over ‘Maoist plot’

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has conducted searches at 31 locations across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in connection with a case of an alleged Maoist conspiracy against the police and the government. This follows an FIR registered last month, naming 64 individuals including journalists, lawyers and civil rights activists. The searches, which began Wednesday evening and continued Thursday, were spread across eight districts of Andhra Pradesh — Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Kurnool, Krishna, East Godavari and Kadapa — and four districts of Telangana — Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Medchal-Malkajgiri and Medak. The NIA said the searches were linked to the case “relating to furthering the activities of the proscribed organization, CPI (Maoist), in Andhra Pr...
Two held for role in forcing nuns off train
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Two held for role in forcing nuns off train

TWO PERSONS have been detained for their alleged role in the March 19 incident at the Jhansi railway station, where four Christian women, including two nuns, were verbally harassed and forced off a train after being falsely accused of engaging in forced religious conversion. The two held have been identified as Anchal Arjariya and Purgesh Amariya. Arjariya’s social media profile describes him as an office-bearer of VHP and Hindu Jagran Manch, and a member of the Gau Raksha Samiti. Jhansi District Magistrate Andra Vamsi said that a case has been lodged at the GRP police station in Jhansi. “The two persons were held under CrPC provisions for breach of peace. The two persons were detained based on video evidence against them in connection with the March 19 incident,” said the ...
Interest rates on small saving: Why order would have hit Bengal hardest
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Interest rates on small saving: Why order would have hit Bengal hardest

WHILE FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday morning described the order revising interest rates for small savings schemes issued just about 12 hours back as an “oversight”, the political imperative could not be missed: West Bengal, which is midway through Assembly elections, accounts for the highest collections from small savings schemes. The Finance Ministry had Wednesday evening slashed interest rates on small savings by 40-110 basis points for April-June 2021. These schemes are generally subscribed by senior citizens and the middle-class — more so in West Bengal — since interest rates are slightly higher than bank deposits, and offer a safe investment avenue to risk-averse investors. According to the latest data available for the financial year 2017-18 with the Na...
Third dose of Covaxin gets nod for trials, six months after 2nd shot
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Third dose of Covaxin gets nod for trials, six months after 2nd shot

AN EXPERT panel of the country’s top drug regulator has allowed Bharat Biotech to administer a third dose of Covaxin to some of the volunteers in its ongoing clinical trials of the Covid vaccine. The approval, a result of the Hyderabad-based vaccine maker’s proposal to use an additional booster dose, would allow it to test the ability of Covaxin to prompt an immune response that could last a few years, The Indian Express has learnt. In response to the proposal, the regulator’s Subject Expert Committee (SEC) recommended that the booster dose study be conducted in phase 2 clinical trial participants who received two shots of Covaxin containing 6mcg of the killed SARS-CoV-2 virus. The booster dose is to be given six months after the participants had received their second dose ...
Overnight ‘oversight’: Centre rolls back deep rate cut in small savings
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Overnight ‘oversight’: Centre rolls back deep rate cut in small savings

IN OVERTURNING an order re-setting interest rates on small savings schemes issued Wednesday evening within about 12 hours, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman set aside a process that was put in place five years ago, in 2016, by the NDA government itself. While the ‘Office Memorandum’ regarding revision of rates issued by the Budget Division in the Department of Economic Affairs was uploaded on the finance ministry website on Wednesday evening, Sitharaman tweeted at 7.54 am, Thursday, that the “orders issued by oversight shall be withdrawn”. The Ministry had on Wednesday cut interest rates on various small savings schemes sharply by 40-110 basis points. The revised rates were to come into effect from April 1 and remain valid till June 30. Sources in the finance minist...
Exclusive! Kader Khan’s son Abdul’s death: “He was in the hospital since 6 months; his kidneys had failed”- Family reveals – Times of India
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Exclusive! Kader Khan’s son Abdul’s death: “He was in the hospital since 6 months; his kidneys had failed”- Family reveals – Times of India

This morning, we got the sad news of late veteran actor Kader Khan’s elder son Abdul Quddus passing away. Reportedly, Abdul breathed his last in Canada. However, the reason behind his tragic demise was still unknown and neither were there any details about him. ETimes now has it that Abdul stayed very near to Kader Khan who had shifted to Canada in his old age to be with his son Sarfaraz. Sarfaraz's wife Shahista tells us, "Abdul stayed with his wife just 15 minutes away from our house." So what exactly happened? "Well, Abdul was just in his mid-50s. He had a renal problem for 15 years, which aggravated with time. He had been undergoing dialysis for nearly 10 years. He was in the hospital for the last 6 months. We saw him talking last on March 24 when he was showing his arms and tellin...
Serbia’s firefighters auction Ronaldo’s armband to help sick boy | Football News – Times of India
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Serbia’s firefighters auction Ronaldo’s armband to help sick boy | Football News – Times of India

BELGRADE: The Portugal captain's armband which Cristiano Ronaldo angrily threw on the ground after his goal was incorrectly disallowed in a soccer World Cup qualifier against Serbia at the weekend, was picked up by Djordje Vukicevic, a duty firefighter. The blue armband with a white letter C was then put up for a charity auction by Vukicevic and his colleagues from Belgrade's firefighting brigade to collect money for the treatment of six-month-old Gavrilo Djurdjevic from Serbia who is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy. "Ronaldo was agitated (and) he threw the armband, it fell right next to me," Vukicevic told Reuters on Thursday. On Saturday, the 36-year-old Ronaldo, who plays his club football for Italian champions Juventus, stormed off the pitch and threw down the captain's armba...
No Sputnik V approval yet, SEC asks Dr Reddy’s for more data on vaccine | India News – Times of India
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No Sputnik V approval yet, SEC asks Dr Reddy’s for more data on vaccine | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Indian drug regulator, tasked with vetting Covid-19 vaccine proposals, sought additional data on Russian Covid-19 vaccine 'Sputnik V' while deciding on its emergency use authorisation, a senior government official said on Thursday. In September 2020, Dr Reddy's had partnered with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to conduct the clinical trials of Sputnik V and for its distribution rights in India. The company had conducted Phase 2 trials in India with 1,500 participants. Phase three trials are underway. The Hyderabad-based pharma major had applied for its emergency licensure on February 19. The Committee looked into D. Reddy's application, on Thursday. Sputnik V has not received the emergency use authorisation yet, as the SEC ...
Chandni Chowk revamp done, CM to unveil 1.3-km stretch
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Chandni Chowk revamp done, CM to unveil 1.3-km stretch

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate the redeveloped stretch of Chandni Chowk on April 17, the Delhi government said Thursday. The 1.3-km stretch between Red Fort and Fatehpuri Mosque has been renovated and beautified as part of the project to redevelop Delhi’s walled city, which served as the capital of the Mughal empire. Kejriwal, in a statement, said: “It is a historical heritage site and the entire area has been made very beautiful, seeking to bring back its glory. After its beautification, tourism would get a major boost.” There will be a ban on movement of vehicles on this road from 9 am to 9 pm to make it pedestrian-friendly, a Delhi government statement said. “It has been revamped keeping in mind the provision of various facilities for tourists coming f...
Delhi Transport department gets 77k online applications
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Delhi Transport department gets 77k online applications

The Delhi government’s transport department has received over 77,000 applications related to driving licences and registration certificates, among others, since making a clutch of services completely online, eliminating the need for applicants to show up at RTOs, in February. According to transport department records, 77,421 applications were received between February 19 and March 30, of which 49,683 are listed as approved. The government plans to provide 70 transport-related services online in the coming months. As per the roadmap, people will eventually have to visit a RTO in case of taking driving tests or to get fitness tests of vehicles as these are services that cannot do away with the physical presence of applicants. Source link
DNA test breather for accused  in rape case: Court grants bail
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DNA test breather for accused in rape case: Court grants bail

A 20-YEAR-OLD man, booked for raping and impregnating a 13-year-old girl, was granted bail last Friday after he spent seven months in jail as a DNA report revealed that he was not the biological father of the child born to the victim.The special court, considering the DNA report, held that the man’s career would be spoilt if he is kept behind bars with hardened criminals. It said that while the culpability of the accused will be decided at the trial, no purpose would be served by keeping him in jail at this stage. The case pertains to a police complaint filed in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai last August after it came to light that the girl was seven months pregnant. The girl informed her mother that she had physical relations with the accused multiple times, as he had promi...
IOA working with AIIMS authorities to vaccinate Olympic-bound athletes | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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IOA working with AIIMS authorities to vaccinate Olympic-bound athletes | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Concerned at the increasing number of athletes contracting COVID-19 at top training centres, the Indian Olympic Association has asked the authorities to expedite the process to get the Olympic-bound athletes get vaccinated soon at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. Thirty sports persons and support staff across disciplines returned positive after 741 precautionary tests were conducted at the National Centres of Excellence in Patiala and Bengaluru on Wednesday. Even though the positive results in both the centres do not include any Tokyo Olympic-bound athlete, the IOA does not want to take chances as they are training at the same facilities. "We are concerned at the athletes testing positive for COVID-19 though all the Olympic-bound athletes are safe. Bu...
Over 6.75 Crore COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered In India So Far: Centre
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Over 6.75 Crore COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered In India So Far: Centre

A total of 6,75,36,392 vaccine doses have so far been administered across the country (File)New Delhi: The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 6.75 crore with a total of 17,47,094 doses given on Thursday till 8 pm, the health ministry said as India opened up vaccination against the viral disease for all people aged above 45 from April 1.The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated and the vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started on February 2.The next phase of the vaccination drive commenced on March 1 for those over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.A total of 6,75,36,392 vaccine doses have so far been administered acro...