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Day: April 7, 2021

Beds vacant even as cases rise in Amritsar, health officials say people reporting late
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Beds vacant even as cases rise in Amritsar, health officials say people reporting late

Amritsar, that registered 7 Covid-19 deaths Wednesday, has so far not witnessed shortage of hospital beds. But this does not mean that the district is keeping the deaths or the rising cases in check. Experts said that the reason behind this was that people were not coming to hospitals until too late. The district has reported 55 deaths in April, which has taken total tally of deaths to 731 since outbreak of Covid-19. With 325 fresh positive cases, district now has 3,218 active cases. Amritsar was among the worst affected district during the first wave and second wave is proving more dangerous. Health authorities said that one of the reasons behind high number of deaths is that people are still treating patients at home and come to hospital when patients turn serious. Govern...
India trying to counter China’s huge cyber-attack capability: CDS | India News – Times of India
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India trying to counter China’s huge cyber-attack capability: CDS | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India is taking some steps to counter China’s capability to launch devastating cyber-attacks through risk mitigation strategies, building firewalls and recovery systems as well as integrating cybersecurity resources of the Army, Navy and IAF, said General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday. The chief of defence staff also indicated that India too is working on “offensive” cyber capabilities but acknowledged it’s way behind China in this domain of warfare as of now. “The biggest military differential lies in the field of cyber. We know China is capable of launching cyber-attacks on us and that it can disrupt a large number of our systems,” said Gen Rawat, speaking on “Shaping the armed forces to meet likely current and future challenges” at the Vivekananda International Foundation here....
Covid leaves judo team stranded in Kyrgyzstan, Tokyo far away
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Covid leaves judo team stranded in Kyrgyzstan, Tokyo far away

IN BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, for the Asia Oceania Championship, the Indian judo team is stranded at a hotel, with food and cash running out, after two players tested positive. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Ministry of External Affairs are in touch with the players to bring them back. The 19-member team including players and coaching staff were quarantined at a hotel, 90 minutes away from the tournament venue, late evening on Tuesday. Following the two positive cases, the Indian team was not allowed to compete in the tournament, which offers crucial ranking points to qualify for the July 23-August 9 Olympics. Players said there is no provision for food at the facility, and after running out of local currency, they made an SOS call to the Indian Embassy. “The or...
Indian men’s hockey team plays out 4-4 draw against Argentina in practice match | Hockey News – Times of India
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Indian men’s hockey team plays out 4-4 draw against Argentina in practice match | Hockey News – Times of India

BUENOS AIRES: Olympic champions Argentina quelled India's chances of a second consecutive victory as they made a strong comeback for a 4-4 draw in a tense practice match on Wednesday. It was Varun Kumar (7th and 44th), Rajkumar Pal (13th), Rupinder Pal Singh (14th) who scored for India while Leandro Tolini (10th), Lucas Toscani (23rd), Ignacio Ortiz (42nd) and Lucas (57th) found the target for the home team. India had won the first practice match 4-3. India made a fine start with a well-structured attack that fetched them three goals in the first quarter. The first goal was courtesy forward Mandeep Singh who helped India earn a penalty corner in the seventh minute which was effortlessly converted by drag flicker Varun Kumar. Though an early 1-0 lead put the home side on the backfoot, th...
Harsh Vardhan’s Remarks On State “Unfortunate”: Chhattisgarh Health Minister
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Harsh Vardhan’s Remarks On State “Unfortunate”: Chhattisgarh Health Minister

Harsh Vardhan's Remarks On State Unfortunate: Chhattisgarh Health MinisterRaipur: Dubbing as "unfortunate" Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan's remarks that the Chhattisgarh government was spreading misinformation and panic on COVID-19 vaccination, his state counterpart TS Singh Deo on Wednesday said such remarks affect the joint efforts in the fight against pandemic.The union health minister, while slamming Maharashtra and some other states, on Wednesday said about Chhattisgarh that regular comments by leaders from the state are intended to spread "misinformation and panic" on vaccination.Mr Vardhan also said that Chhattisgarh has seen a disproportionately high number of deaths in the last two-three weeks and the state's testing remains heavily dependent on rapid antigen tests, which ...
Lockdowns return, with a change: migrants are now mostly single, male
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Lockdowns return, with a change: migrants are now mostly single, male

In February this year, Md Shabbir Ansari travelled with his family back home to Giridih, Jharkhand, and after dropping them, returned to Delhi to look for work. Fired from his job repairing cars in Ghaziabad, Ansari could no longer afford the rent for his family of six at Karkardooma in Delhi. Speaking to his wife Nahid, over the phone from Delhi, Ansari says he is about to lose the new job he had got in March, working for Ola, as well. The owner of the car has told him to look elsewhere. “Cases are rising again and I’m sitting empty-handed. I am going to come back to Jharkhand in 10 days if things continue like this,” says Ansari, 24. “We had asked the Jharkhand government for help during the first lockdown. They didn’t do anything,” says Nahid Parveen, 21. Married for two...
Covid-19 second-wave states ask for more vaccines, Centre accuses them of playing politics
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Covid-19 second-wave states ask for more vaccines, Centre accuses them of playing politics

The coordinated Covid-19 battle plan between the Centre and states came under strain Wednesday when the Union Health Ministry, being pushed by several states to supply more vaccine doses and open up the vaccination process to all individuals above the age of 18, reacted sharply, accusing the second-wave surge states of “politicizing” a public health issue and “spreading lies”, and of not doing enough in terms of testing, contact tracing and ramping up the health infrastructure. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who came down heavily on Maharashtra, Delhi and Punjab, the states contributing most to the second surge of Covid-19 cases, said they were “trying to divert attention from their poor vaccination efforts by just continuously shifting the goalposts”. Yet he acknowle...
Mamata gets EC notice for appeal to minorities not to split their votes
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Mamata gets EC notice for appeal to minorities not to split their votes

The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday issued a notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) with her appeal last week to minority voters not to divide their votes between different political parties. The Trinamool chief has 48 hours to present the Commission with a defence. On April 3, at an election rally at Tarakeshwar in Hooghly, Banerjee told voters, “I am requesting my minority brothers and sisters with folded hands, don’t divide minority votes after listening to the devil (shaitaan) who has taken money from the BJP. He passes many communal statements and provokes clashes between Hindus and Muslims. He is one of the followers of the BJP, a comrade. The comrades of the CPM and BJP are roaming around wit...
Nora Fatehi dazzles with perfection as she takes ‘Buss It’ challenge – Times of India ►
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Nora Fatehi dazzles with perfection as she takes ‘Buss It’ challenge – Times of India ►

Ahead of Filmfare Awards’ broadcast on the national television, Nora Fatehi took to her Instagram handle to share a throwback video of herself getting ready for the dance performance for the gala event. To make the video even more interesting, she took the now-viral Buss It challenge. Watch it : In the video snippet, we can see Nora initially in a bathrobe where she dances and then cuts to her shimmery silver attire which she wore for her Filmfare performance. Subtle makeup, chunky silver earrings and sandals tied her whole look together. Nora has indeed created a niche for herself in a short span of time in her career. With her dazzling screen presence and mesmerising dance moves, she has left a lasting impression in the hearts of movie buffs. On the work front, she was last seen a...
Covid surge adding to uncertainty, RBI keeps key rate unchanged
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Covid surge adding to uncertainty, RBI keeps key rate unchanged

The Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Wednesday left policy rates unchanged at record low levels as it was still unsure about the sustainability of economic recovery due to the second wave of Covid-19 infections. The central bank, however, announced a bond-buying calendar which will ensure that borrowers reap the benefits of a low interest rate regime. The repo rate, the main policy rate (it is the rate at which the RBI lends money to commercial banks), has been retained at 4 per cent because the MPC wants to ensure that “the prospects of sustained recovery are well secured”. “The renewed jump in Covid-19 infections in certain parts of the country and the associated localised lockdowns could dampen the demand for contact-intensive services, restrain gr...
Other Covid-19 vaccines stuck over data, tests, raw material issues
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Other Covid-19 vaccines stuck over data, tests, raw material issues

At a time when states are reporting shortage of Covid-19 vaccines and the existing capacity is yet to be ramped up to meet the growing demand in India, all eyes are on the next set of shots in the pipeline. Over the last year, India has been building capabilities to manufacture large quantities of vaccines like Sputnik V, Covovax and the Janssen vaccine. Of these, Sputnik V is awaiting approval for emergency use in India, while the Janssen candidate received an emergency use authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration for use in America in February — an approval that may allow the vaccine to be launched in India without bridging studies, according to some health experts. Sputnik V, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology...
Tiger Woods crash due to ‘unsafe’ driving speed up to 87 mph: Sheriff | Golf News – Times of India
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Tiger Woods crash due to ‘unsafe’ driving speed up to 87 mph: Sheriff | Golf News – Times of India

LOS ANGELES: Tiger Woods was driving at nearly double the 45 mph speed limit when he crashed in California in February, Los Angeles County's sheriff said Wednesday. Woods's SUV was travelling at up to 87 miles (140 kilometers) an hour before it flew off the road and flipped several times during the accident in Ranchos Palos Verdes, leaving the 15-time major champion with a shattered right leg. "The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway," said Alex Villanueva. "Estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour." There were "no signs of impairment," or evidence of any "distracted driving," and Woods voluntarily allowed the results of the investig...
US ‘not discussing’ joint boycott of Beijing Olympics: White House | More sports News – Times of India
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US ‘not discussing’ joint boycott of Beijing Olympics: White House | More sports News – Times of India

WASHINGTON: The White House said Wednesday that it is not discussing a joint boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics with US allies over mass human rights violations and the clampdown in Hong Kong. "We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners," President Joe Biden's press secretary, Jen Psaki, said. Psaki said that Washington was talking with allies "to define our common concerns and establish a shared approach, but there's no discussion underway of a change in our plans regarding the Beijing Olympics." China is facing global scrutiny over a range of issues, notably the mass internment and other repression of Uighur Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang, which the US has said amounts to genocide. It is also under pressure for its clampdown ...
Covid leaves judo team stranded in Kyrgyzstan, Tokyo far away
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Covid leaves judo team stranded in Kyrgyzstan, Tokyo far away

IN BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, for the Asia Oceania Championship, the Indian judo team is stranded at a hotel, with food and cash running out, after two players tested positive. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Ministry of External Affairs are in touch with the players to bring them back. The 19-member team including players and coaching staff were quarantined at a hotel, 90 minutes away from the tournament venue, late evening on Tuesday. Following the two positive cases, the Indian team was not allowed to compete in the tournament, which offers crucial ranking points to qualify for the July 23-August 9 Olympics. Players said there is no provision for food at the facility, and after running out of local currency, they made an SOS call to the Indian Embassy. “The or...
CJI calls collegium today, two colleagues question its timing
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CJI calls collegium today, two colleagues question its timing

At least two judges of the Supreme Court are learnt to have expressed their reservations to Chief Justice of India Justice S A Bobde over his decision to hold a meeting of the collegium Thursday to discuss possible candidates for appointment to the apex court. Their argument is that since the President of India has issued warrants of appointment for the next Chief Justice of India, it would not be proper for the incumbent CJI to make any recommendations. On April 6, President Ram Nath Kovind officially appointed the most senior SC judge N V Ramana as the next CJI. Justice Ramana is set to take oath to his office on April 24, a day after CJI Bobde retires. It is learnt that although the meeting was scheduled before the notification was issued, CJI Bobde did not change his d...
Jharkhand tightens Covid restrictions; no physical classes in schools | India News – Times of India
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Jharkhand tightens Covid restrictions; no physical classes in schools | India News – Times of India

RANCHI: In view of the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Jharkhand government has tightened its restrictions. An official order by the state government said all shops, restaurants, clubs shall not remain open after 8pm. However, take-home/ home delivery shall be permitted. Not more than 5 people shall congregate at public places, it said. All schools shall be closed and education shall be provided online or by digital content. However, offline classes for class 10 and class 12 who shall be taking the board exam in the year 2021 are permitted. These offline classes shall not be mandatory and students shall attend only with a prior consent of their parents. All gymnasium/swimming pools shall be closed. Similarly, all parks shall be closed. All sports events shall be prohibited. However, sports...
Bombay High Court grants interim protection to Sena MLA Sarnaik’s son
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Bombay High Court grants interim protection to Sena MLA Sarnaik’s son

The Bombay HC Wednesday gave protection from coercive action to Purvesh Sarnaik, son of Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, in an alleged money laundering case being investigated by the ED and asked him to cooperate with the probe. A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and Manish Pitale was hearing a criminal writ petition filed by Pratap Sarnaik, his sons Vihang and Purvesh, and his brother-in-law Yogesh Chandegala. The ED is probing Topsgrup, its promoter Rahul Nanda and Sena MLA Sarna-ik under PMLA. The bench noted that barring Purvesh, the other three had been granted interim protection and, so, would grant protection to the fourth petitioner Purvesh as well. “Such protection is subject to his cooperation with the probe,” the HC noted. Source link
Mumbai: 168 booked in two days for Covid violations
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Mumbai: 168 booked in two days for Covid violations

The Mumbai Police has booked 168 people in the city for violating Covid-19 guidelines since Sunday morning till Monday night and arrested 134 of them. According to Mumbai Police, in these two days a total of 30 FIRs were registered, including for violations of new restrictions ordered by the state government. At least 22 FIRs were registered against hoteliers, small shops and other business outlets like pan shops. The remaining cases were for gathering in public places, not wearing masks and violating quarantine rules. Source link
Mumbai Mayor inaugurates vaccine storage facility
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Mumbai Mayor inaugurates vaccine storage facility

Mayor Kishori Pednekar inaugurated a vaccine storage facility in Kanjurmarg east recently. Pednkear said that the facility has a big storage area and it can be useful for the next 50 years. The facility is a five-storey building, which was undergoing repair work but is now ready for use. Three floors of the centre will have storage facilities. “The centre has the capacity to hold 1.20 crore vaccines. To ensure that recommended temperature of vaccine are maintained, walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers have been installed,” said Pednekar. Source link
In-form Fakhar leads Pakistan to ODI series win against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India
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In-form Fakhar leads Pakistan to ODI series win against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

Opener Fakhar Zaman smashed his second century in as many matches as Pakistan beat much-changed South Africa by 28 runs in the third and final one-day international in Pretoria on Wednesday to clinch the series 2-1. Fakhar followed up his scintillating 193 on Sunday with 101 as Pakistan posted 320 for seven in their 50 overs having been sent into bat. South Africa, missing five key players on their way to the Indian Premier League in Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi, were bowled out for 292 in the final over. Fakhar's 101 from 104 balls laid the platform for a sizeable Pakistan total. But it was given a significant late boost by captain Babar Azam (94 from 82 balls) and Hasan Ali (32 not out from 11) who smashed 55 from the final 16 balls of th...