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In apology, Amazon admits some drivers have to ‘pee in bottles’ – Times of India
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In apology, Amazon admits some drivers have to ‘pee in bottles’ – Times of India

WASHINGTON: E-commerce giant Amazon has apologized to a US lawmaker after falsely denying that some of its drivers are forced at times to urinate in plastic bottles. The flap started last week with a tweet from Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin. "Paying workers $15/hr doesn't make you a 'progressive workplace' when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles," Pocan tweeted, in an apparent reference to Amazon's opposition to efforts to unionize a major facility in Alabama. Amazon's official account quickly responded, saying: "You don't really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us." But several news media then cited numerous Amazon employees who said they had, in fact, been left with little choice but to use plastic bo...
EC relaxes ban after Himanta says sorry; Cong says poll panel failed to do its duty
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EC relaxes ban after Himanta says sorry; Cong says poll panel failed to do its duty

The Election Commission Saturday reduced its 48-hour campaign ban on Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to 24 hours after the powerful BJP leader offered what he called an “unconditional regret” and requested the poll panel to halve the ban period. Withdrawal or relaxation of campaign bans is rare. During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the EC had lifted its ban on BJP leader Amit Shah’s electioneering in Uttar Pradesh after he assured the poll panel that he would not “make any utterances violative” of the conduct code. Saying it was “deeply dismayed and disappointed,” the Opposition Congress, which filed the complaint that led to the ban, said the move raised “several doubts” and the poll panel had “singularly failed” to discharge its obligations to preserve the purity of the el...
Clear cashless claims 12 hours ahead of Covid patients discharge: Vadodara Municipal Corporation
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Clear cashless claims 12 hours ahead of Covid patients discharge: Vadodara Municipal Corporation

The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Saturday issued an order making it mandatory for insurance companies to clear cashless claims 12 hours ahead of the discharge of the Covid-19 patients, to extend coverage to those under home isolation due to the VMC’s previous order for hospitalisation procedures issued on March 31 as well as to consider claims of those patients who are testing negative on RT-PCR due to a trend in the current strain of the virus that has hit the country. The order comes days after the civic body issued a notification laying down Standard Operative Procedures (SOPs) for hospitalisation of Covid-19 patients in the city hospitals empanelled for Covid-19 treatment. Officer on Special Duty Vinod Rao issued a notification under the Epidemic Diseases Act...
India’s shooting contingent for Tokyo Olympics to be picked on Sunday afternoon | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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India’s shooting contingent for Tokyo Olympics to be picked on Sunday afternoon | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian shooting contingent for the Tokyo Olympics will be picked on Sunday afternoon. The National Rifle Association of India's (NRAI) selection committee will assemble to announce the names of 15 shooters who will represent the country at the Games. The shooters will be selected based on their performance in the NRAI's four-year Olympic qualifying cycle, starting with the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. Indian shooters have secured an unprecedented 15 Olympic quotas for the country. The 'Final Average Score' (FAS) of shooters in the qualification cycle will be taken into account to finalise the contingent. The points have been calculated based on shooters' performance at the Jakarta Asiad and World Championship (both in 2018), all four World Cups and Asian Championships (in 20...
MP tribal women script success story — in Vogue, fashion industry
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MP tribal women script success story — in Vogue, fashion industry

TILL FIVE days ago, Sita Vasuniya (25) was an unknown tribal woman in the quiet town of Mandu, 35 km from Dhar. But her anonymity ended when her photograph, draped in a beige and golden Maheshwari silk sari which she had hand-printed in bright hues of red and black, got picked up by Vogue Italia’s digital edition on March 29. Similarly, Kiran Davre (20), from the neighboring village of Sulibardi, was a Microbiology student who also helped out on her family’s one-acre farm. Today, she is considering modelling assignments in Mumbai, after her photographs, in a bright yellow sari handprinted by her, did the rounds of the fashion industry. Sita and Kiran are part of a group of 10 tribal women who are scripting their own stories of economic and social independence — one sari at ...
Sacrifices of personnel killed in Sukma encounter will never be forgotten: PM Modi | India News – Times of India
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Sacrifices of personnel killed in Sukma encounter will never be forgotten: PM Modi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After five security personnel were killed in an encounter in Chattisgarh's Sukma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that their sacrifices will never be forgotten. He also wished for a speedy recovery of personnel injured in the encounter. "My thoughts are with the families of those martyred while fighting Maoists in Chhattisgarh. The sacrifices of the brave martyrs will never be forgotten. May the injured recover at the earliest," PM Modi tweeted. My thoughts are with the families of those martyred while fighting Maoists in Chhattisgarh. The sacrifices of the b… https://t.co/ivJMApM9zI— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1617463782000The Indian Air Force on Saturday deployed Mi-17 helicopters to help the paramilitary forces in rescue operations in Sukma where 5 jawans ...
Neymar sent off as PSG lose to Lille in French title clash | Football News – Times of India
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Neymar sent off as PSG lose to Lille in French title clash | Football News – Times of India

PARIS: Neymar was sent off late on as a limping Jonathan David scored the only goal to give Lille a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in their Ligue 1 title showdown on Saturday, a result that moves them three points clear at the top of the table. Canadian striker David was struggling with an ankle injury when he fired home in the 20th minute. He was forced off soon after and came out on crutches to watch the second half with heavy strapping where he had been caught by Idrissa Gana Gueye. Without him Lille held on to beat PSG in the capital for the first time in a quarter of a century, with a frustrating afternoon for the hosts summed up when Neymar was sent off at the death. The Brazilian and Lille defender Tiago Djalo were both shown second yellow cards and dismissed following an incid...
Player blaming umpire (EC), something wrong with (Mamata) game, says PM
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Player blaming umpire (EC), something wrong with (Mamata) game, says PM

Prime Mnister Narendra Modi Saturday criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying her questioning the credibility of the Election Commission, security forces and EVMs was a sure sign of her impending defeat. Addressing a public meeting at Tarakeshwar in Hooghly district, Modi said: “On the cricket field, if a player keeps raising questions about the umpire’s decisions…you can assume that there’s a problem with (his/her) game….Didi used to believe in the same security forces and Election Commission but she is defaming them today. The same agency and EVMs were good when it helped you to come to power in Bengal for 10 years,” he said. Modi said he will come to West Bengal after May 2 (the counting day) to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the new Chief Ministe...
Chenab arch to bridge distance between Kashmir, Kanyakumari
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Chenab arch to bridge distance between Kashmir, Kanyakumari

A HALF-A-KILOMETER long arch, the defining feature of the world’s highest railway bridge over river Chenab, is set to be completed on Monday. And with this, the biggest civil-engineering challenge faced by any railway project in India in recent history, will be over. The 5.3-metre last piece of metal will be fitted at the highest point on Monday and join the two arms of the arch that currently stretch towards each other from both the banks of the river. This will complete the shape of the arch that will then loom over the treacherous Chenab, flowing some 359 metres below. The arch, the most difficult part of the Rs 1,400-crore bridge over Chenab, is a major leap towards the completion of the 111-km long-winding stretch from Katra to Banihal. It will symbolise the Kashmir ra...
IPL 2021: Gurkeerat Singh signs up with KKR as replacement for Rinku Singh | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Gurkeerat Singh signs up with KKR as replacement for Rinku Singh | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday signed up Gurkeerat Singh Mann as replacement for batsman Rinku Singh, who will be unavailable for the entire season due to a knee injury. Rinku, who made his IPL debut in 2017, has played a total of 11 IPL games. His replacement, Gurkeerat, last played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020 before being released ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. Kolkata Knight Riders have acquired Gurkeerat at his base price of Rs 50 lakh. The IPL 2021 will be Gurkeerat's eighth IPL season. The 14th edition of the lucrative league is starting from April 9. Source link
Oxygen alarm bells in Maharashtra, hospital beds running out, shortage of cylinders
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Oxygen alarm bells in Maharashtra, hospital beds running out, shortage of cylinders

A SEVERE shortage has sent the prices of oxygen cylinders soaring across Maharashtra. Aurangabad, where the positivity rates were the highest in the state March-end, is particularly hard hit, with all oxygenated beds occupied over the weekend, and patients desperately seeking to treat themselves at home. All 2,214 oxygen beds were occupied over Friday and Saturday in the district, where the positivity rate was 43.8 per cent in the closing days of March. Of a total 15,484 active cases, 4,600 are under home isolation. Most are mild, said doctors, but some are moderately ill, and require oxygen support. Since March, the demand for medical oxygen has risen across Maharashtra. The current daily requirement of medical oxygen in the state is 700-750 metric tonnes, up from 150-200 ...
Exclusive! Bappi Lahiri Health Update: “He has had a lung problem since a year but now getting better,” son Bappa reveals – Times of India
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Exclusive! Bappi Lahiri Health Update: “He has had a lung problem since a year but now getting better,” son Bappa reveals – Times of India

It began with COVID but seems the legendary singer-music composer Bappi Lahiri is on his way to recovery from a lung problem as well, which he has been nursing since a year. Bappida (as he is fondly called) is still in the ICU of Breach Candy Hospital fighting COVID but getting better especially since this morning. "He's having his tea, he's talking and we are in touch with him on the phone. It all began with symptoms of cold and a precautionary COVID test. We were very worried for him and Mom too when he tested positive; luckily neither Mom nor anybody else in the house has been infected," Bappida's son Bappa, who landed in Mumbai recently, tells ETimes. Contrary to reports that Bappa had flown down from the US because Bappida had taken ill, Bappa clarifies, "It was purely incidental ...
In poll playbook: Central agencies come knocking on Opposition’s doors
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In poll playbook: Central agencies come knocking on Opposition’s doors

The Income Tax department’s raids Friday on DMK leader Stalin’s daughter Senthamarai in Tamil Nadu and the Enforcement Directorate’s attachment of properties Saturday of TMC leaders Kunal Ghosh and Satabdi Roy in West Bengal fit a pattern. Be it the run-up to a state assembly election or Lok Sabha polls, central agencies — from the ED to CBI to I-T — have a knack of knocking on the doors of Opposition leaders in the states they control. The agencies deny Opposition allegations that their actions are prompted by politics, but over the years a pattern has emerged. Consider these: MAHARASHTRA In September 2019, a month before the assembly polls in Maharashtra, the ED registered an alleged money laundering case against NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his nephew Ajit Pawar in connect...
Watch:  Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ new trailer is here ! – Times of India
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Watch: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ new trailer is here ! – Times of India

The Scarlett Johansson-starrer, ‘Black Widow’ is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated films of the summers considering it’ll be the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More than that the move is all set to have a theatrical release for July 9 with the easing COVID-19 pandemic norms. The two minute trailer was more than enough to make one fall in love with Marvel all over again with the background music making us reminiscing the avengers’ time. This time our benevolent superhero Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. What's even more interesting is, we get to see glimpses of our favourite Iron Man too ! Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal wit...
2 Associates Of Lashkar-e-Taiba Arrested In Jammu And Kashmir
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2 Associates Of Lashkar-e-Taiba Arrested In Jammu And Kashmir

2 Associates Of Lashkar-e-Taiba Arrested In Jammu And Kashmir. (Representational)Srinagar: Two associates of Lashkar-e-Taiba were arrested in Sopore area of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir in connection with a grenade explosion case, police said on Saturday.On December 12 last year, three civilians were injured in a grenade explosion outside the gate of Police Post Bus Stand in Sopore area of the north Kashmir district, a police official said.A case was registered and investigation was set into motion.During the course of investigation, two suspects -- Mohammad Asif Najar, a resident of Noor Bagh Sopore; and Sahil Rashid Bhat, a resident of Green Town Sopore -- were apprehended, the official said.During their questioning, he said, they confessed that they were working for Lashka...
Chhattisgarh: Five security personnel killed in 3-hr gunbattle
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Chhattisgarh: Five security personnel killed in 3-hr gunbattle

At least five security personnel were killed, more than two dozen suffered serious injuries and some are feared missing after an exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists Saturday in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur, police said. Two Maoists, including a woman, were also killed after the three-hour gunbattle, police said. Officials said the body of only one of those killed could be recovered by late tonight. Seven personnel were in a “critical condition,” police said, and were airlifted to Raipur – the others were brought to the Bijapur district hospital. On April 2, more than 2000 personnel from at least five camps in Sukma and Bijapur had gone into the forest around Tarrem in Bijapur district, 60 km from the district headquarters. They had launched a major anti-Naxal...
DDCA vaccinates entire staff ahead of IPL; BCCI may ask hosting states to ramp up protocols for local officials | Cricket News – Times of India
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DDCA vaccinates entire staff ahead of IPL; BCCI may ask hosting states to ramp up protocols for local officials | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) is showing the way ahead for the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to conduct an incident-free IPL. DDCA president Rohan Jaitley has organized a free vaccination drive for the entire staff after due permissions from the central government. TOI understands that BCCI plans to communicate with the rest of the host associations to put in stringent protocols for the local officials involved in staging the IPL. "The moment IPL matches were allotted to DDCA, Jaitley wanted to cut down as many risks when it came to curb the Covid-19 outbreak at the Arun Jaitley stadium. He procured special permission from the government and started the drive. The groundstaff were the first to get the shots. Now, all employees and directors will get the jabs...
Maharashtra: Students of Classes 1 to 8 to be promoted, 10th and 12th students irked by compulsory offline board exams
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Maharashtra: Students of Classes 1 to 8 to be promoted, 10th and 12th students irked by compulsory offline board exams

Written by Alfiya Khan, ANURADHA MASCAREHNAS | Pune | Updated: April 4, 2021 4:28:14 pm In a major relief to parents, teachers and students alike, Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad Saturday announced the decision of the Education Department to promote all students from classes 1 to 8 to the next class without holding examinations across all state board schools. The decision has been taken in the wake of the recent surge in coronavirus cases, said Gaikwad, adding that the decision regarding students of Classes IX and XI will be announced soon. As news spread, mixed reactions were received from parents and students. While on one hand, most welcomed the decision to promote students from classes 1 to 8 to the next cla...
Humid conditions, cloudy sky likely for next 48 hours in Mumbai : IMD
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Humid conditions, cloudy sky likely for next 48 hours in Mumbai : IMD

HUMID CONDITIONS and partly cloudy sky are likely for the next 48 hours in Mumbai, bringing some respite fromthe hot weather, officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday. The city recorded a cloudy sky on Saturday. A week after touching a second-highest maximum temperature for March, the city on Saturday recorded a below normal temperature. After a record heat at 40.9 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature noted at the Santacruz observatory was 31.6 degrees Celsius, which is a degree below normal. The mean temperature for April is 33.2 degrees Celsius.The minimum temperature recorded at the Santacruz observatory was 23.2 degrees Celsius, while relative high humidity was recorded at 69 per cent. The maximum temperature is likely to rise in ...
Guard against BJP bid to trigger communal row, don’t allow votes to split: Mamata
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Guard against BJP bid to trigger communal row, don’t allow votes to split: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged Muslims to not allow a division of votes and asked Hindus to be on the guard against the BJP’s attempts to “instigate communal clashes”. Without naming the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM and Abbas Siddiqui-led ISF, she claimed the saffron party has engaged two Muslim leaders to divide the minority vote in West Bengal. The Chief Minister made the remarks while addressing three rallies across the state on Saturday — in Tarakeswar in Hooghly, and in Raidighi and Kulpi in South 24 Parganas. While asserting her Hindu identity in a bid to counter the allegation of minority appeasement, the Chief Minister also urged Muslims to not “allow anyone to divide your votes”. “The leader who came from Hy...