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Day: April 9, 2021

MI vs RCB: AB de Villiers scripts last-ball victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore | Cricket News – Times of India
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MI vs RCB: AB de Villiers scripts last-ball victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: AB de Villiers rolled back the years with his beautiful yet brutal assault as Royal Challengers Bangalore pipped defending champions Mumbai Indians by two wickets in a last-ball thriller in the Indian Premier League opener on Friday. De Villiers smashed 48 off 27 balls after RCB were down in the dumps at 106 for 5. Harshal Patel capped off his dream day by scraping a single off the final delivery to reach the target of 160 in 20 overs. ScorecardHaryana's Harshal, an eternal peripheral presence in the IPL, finally had his night under the lights with 5 for 27, which helped RCB restrict MI to 159 for nine. MI again lost the first match as has been the tradition in the IPL but they lost it to de Villiers, who changed the script in a space of two overs by attacking the two MI spinne...
West Bengal assembly elections: 900 coys of security forces to be deployed for fourth phase | India News – Times of India
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West Bengal assembly elections: 900 coys of security forces to be deployed for fourth phase | India News – Times of India

HOOGHLY: The fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly election, scheduled to take place on April 10, will witness the deployment of a total of 900 companies of security forces, the West Bengal Chief Electoral Office informed on Friday. A total of 44 Assembly constituencies across five districts will go to polls in this phase, including Howrah, Hooghly, South 24 Parganas, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. A total of 373 candidates are in fray to contest the polls on Saturday. 140 coys of central forces are deployed in the nine Assembly seats in Howrah, 175 for Hooghly's 19 seats, 185 for South 24 Parganas' 11 seats, 105 coys in Alipurduar and 188 in the nine seats of Cooch Behar. Further, 72 coys are deployed as 'security for cover postal ballot', 20 coys for 'strong room security' and 15 coys...
‘Ram temple will be completed in 2024… will not take up any issue till then’: VHP working president Alok Kumar
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‘Ram temple will be completed in 2024… will not take up any issue till then’: VHP working president Alok Kumar

A day after a Varanasi court ordered the Archaeological Survey of India to “get a comprehensive archaeological physical survey” done of the disputed Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque complex, the issue was missing from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) margdarshak mandal held in Haridwar on Friday. After the meeting, The Indian Express spoke to VHP working president Alok Kumar. Excerpts: Why was the Kashi issue not discussed in the margdarshak mandal? The VHP and saints have decided that Ram Janmabhoomi is a major issue and will be completed first. Ramlala will be installed inside the garbhagriha. This work will be completed by 2024. Till then, no other issue will be taken up. What about the order from the Varanasi court? That is an interim order form the court and the ...
CSK vs DC Preview, IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings hold the aces against weakened Delhi Capitals | Cricket News – Times of India
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CSK vs DC Preview, IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings hold the aces against weakened Delhi Capitals | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Ahead of every IPL they have featured in, Chennai Super Kings have always been talked about as one of the title contenders. But after a below-par last season CSK have a huge challenge ahead of them as they look to bounce back and show that 2020 was just a minor blip. They will have to set the tone in their very first match of IPL-14 when they take on Delhi Capitals in Mumbai on Saturday. While CSK enter this season on the back of their worst-ever performance in 2020 where they failed to make the playoffs for the first time, Delhi delivered their best-ever show as they made their maiden final, losing to Mumbai Indians. The CSK-DC encounter will be a clash of the two wicket-keeper captains Rishabh Pant and Dhoni. Pant, handed over DC’s reins in the absence of Shreyas Iyer who is ...
For Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, ‘the only man I could ever love’
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For Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, ‘the only man I could ever love’

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, father of Prince Charles and patriarch of a turbulent royal family that he sought to ensure would not be Britain’s last, died on Friday at Windsor Castle in England. He was 99. His death was announced by Buckingham Palace, which said he passed away peacefully. Philip had been hospitalised several times in recent years for various ailments, most recently in February, the palace said. The queen and Prince Philip received their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine in January. He died just as Buckingham Palace was again in turmoil, this time over Oprah Winfrey’s explosive televised interview with Philip’s grandson Prince Harry and Harry’s biracial wife, Meghan, on March 7, when the couple, in self-imposed ex...
‘Blue wall of silence’ takes hit in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial – Times of India
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‘Blue wall of silence’ takes hit in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial – Times of India

Police accused of wrongdoing can usually count on the blue wall of silence - protection from fellow officers that includes everything from shutting off body cameras to refusing to cooperate with investigators. But that's not the case with Derek Chauvin, with many colleagues quick to condemn his actions in George Floyd's death, some even taking the stand against him. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified that Chauvin's kneeling on the handcuffed Floyd's neck was "in no way, shape or form" in line with department policy or training. Homicide detective Lt. Richard Zimmerman testified, "If your knee is on a person's neck, that can kill him." Chauvin's former supervisor, retired Sgt. David Ploeger, testified that the force used on Floyd went on too long and should have ended w...
Two bikers run over by vehicle
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Two bikers run over by vehicle

By: PTI | Bankura (west Bengal) | April 10, 2021 4:41:17 am Two motorcyclists were killed after being run over by a vehicle in Bankura district on Friday, police said. The accident took place in Ghutgoria area in the afternoon when the two men were travelling towards Barjora, an officer said. The deceased, residents of Jharkhand and Bihar, worked in factories in the Barjora industrial area, he said. The two persons were rushed to the hospital in a critical condition, where they succumbed to their injuries, the officer said, adding an investigation is underway. Source link
Wooed with statues, Rajbanshis say want jobs, not tall promises
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Wooed with statues, Rajbanshis say want jobs, not tall promises

THREE years after it was set up, a museum to honour the legacy of Panchanan Barma, a prominent Rajbanshi leader and social reformer, in Khalisamari village of Cooch Behar, is already crumbling. To descendant Timir Kumar Barma, 55, the state of the museum, located in the compound where Barma was born, shows the lip-service politicians have paid to the Rajbanshis. Both the TMC and BJP are vying for West Bengal’s largest Scheduled Caste group, with an estimated population of 50 lakh — particularly ahead of the polls where they can influence results in at least 26 seats in the north Bengal districts of Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Uttar Dinajpur and Dakshin Dinajpur (the area votes on April 10). “Both the Trinamool and BJP did puja at my home before starting their campa...
Maharashtra enters weekend of curbs,  2 ministers say may need full lockdown
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Maharashtra enters weekend of curbs, 2 ministers say may need full lockdown

As Maharashtra headed into a weekend lockdown, two senior government ministers on Friday spoke of the possibility of an extended lockdown in view of the fast rising cases of coronavirus infection and the stretched healthcare system in the state. Health Minister Rajesh Tope said Maharashtra seemed headed towards a lockdown; Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said the time for such a step was already here. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will hold an all-party meeting on Saturday to build consensus on the steps needed to break the chain of transmission. A complete lockdown will also be discussed at the meeting. “I am not in favour of a total lockdown but the state seems to be heading in that direction. If cases continue to rise and we exhaust our beds we ...
BJP & TMC workers clash in Kolkata
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BJP & TMC workers clash in Kolkata

A clash broke out between members of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP in Chetla area of Kolkata, considered to be the bastion of senior state minister Firhad Hakim, after posters of saffron party candidate Rudranil Ghosh were found torn in the locality, police said. The two sides hurled stones at each other leaving a few persons injured around Thursday midnight when Ghosh, along with BJP workers, was going to Chetla police station to lodge a complaint regarding the tearing of posters. Several vehicles were also ransacked during the incident, police said on Friday. Ghosh, in a post on social media, alleged that around 250 members of the TMC had attacked him and his party colleagues when they were going to the police station. While the BJP alleged that TMC workers tore the...
Polls over, Congress hosts Ajmal’s AIUDF candidates in Jaipur
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Polls over, Congress hosts Ajmal’s AIUDF candidates in Jaipur

The Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), a pre-poll ally of the Congress in the just-concluded Assembly elections in Assam, on Friday flew 17 of its 20 contestants to Jaipur to keep them away from any attempts of horse trading by the BJP. The three-phase polls to the 126-seat Assam Assembly concluded on April 6. The results are scheduled on May 2. Of the 20 who contested the polls, those who did not travel to Jaipur are Sirajuddin Ajmal, Ajmal’s younger brother and contestant from the Jamunamukh constituency, a family bastion; Champak Kalita, a general secretary of the party contesting from Barkhetry constituency; and Dalgaon candidate Mujibar Rahman, who is unwell. “We have taken some time off. Of course, the risk of horse trading is there,” A...
Italian marines case: Deposit compensation, SC tells Govt
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Italian marines case: Deposit compensation, SC tells Govt

The Supreme Court Friday directed the Centre to deposit in its account Rs 10 crore that Italy has agreed to pay as compensation over the February 2012 killing of two Indian fishermen by Italian marines off the Kerala coast. Hearing a plea by the Centre, which urged it to close criminal proceedings against marines Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said it will consider the prayer only after the amount is deposited. Senior advocate Suhail Dutt, appearing for the Republic of Italy, told the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, that the compensation amount, payable in terms of the award dated May 21, 2020 by the Arbitral Tribunal, constituted under the United Nations Convention on the Law ...
26-year-old’s suicide in Bengaluru points to online ‘sextortion’ racket
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26-year-old’s suicide in Bengaluru points to online ‘sextortion’ racket

THE SUICIDE in Bengaluru last month of a 26-year-old MBA has put the spotlight on the growing menace of what is being described in police circles as “sextortion” by organised gangs using social media accounts. Several days after Avinash BS hanged himself at his home on March 23, an online gang contacted his elder sister on Facebook — without realising that their victim was dead — and demanded more money to ensure that a video is not posted online or shared with friends and family. According to police sources, this was when the family realised that the probable cause of Avinash’s death was continuous efforts by the gang to blackmail him with alleged videos of his online sexual conduct. The victim’s sister also learnt from Avinash’s friends that he had borrowed nearly Rs 35,0...
Sedition charge against Patna groups for CAA, NRC lessons to streetkids
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Sedition charge against Patna groups for CAA, NRC lessons to streetkids

THE Patna Police has lodged a case of sedition against two voluntary city groups on the charge of “provocative and anti-national” lessons on the CAA/NRC to street girls at a Danapur residential school. The case was registered after the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) took suo motu cognizance of the matter, dating back to the passage of the CAA in Parliament in December 2019. The child rights panel had carried out inspections on February 15 and 25 at the Danapur residential school that lets out its space for the two voluntary groups to hold classes for around 60 street girls between the ages of six and 18 years. The space has been arranged by the Bihar government under the Right to Education Act. Following an NCPCR letter to Bihar DGP S K Singhal, ...
Seeking alternative assessment for Classes X, XII, says Maharashtra education department
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Seeking alternative assessment for Classes X, XII, says Maharashtra education department

A couple of days after announcing direct promotion to the next grade for students of Classes I to IX and even first-year junior college (FYJC) without any examinations, state education minister Varsha Gaikwad said an alternative for assessing students of Classes X and XII under state board was being sought. In a tweet posted on Friday evening, Gaikwad said, “In light of recent upsurge of Covid-19 cases, I’ve been holding consultations with student representatives, elected representatives from all parties, tech giants, parents, teachers & other sector experts regarding alternatives for assessment of HSC and SSC board students. I would like to assure all students and their parents that your safety is our foremost priority. We are reviewing the situation and a decision in ...
In time of Quad, a new SOP, unusual statement set off disquiet in Delhi
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In time of Quad, a new SOP, unusual statement set off disquiet in Delhi

A new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) adopted by the US Navy to underline its freedom of navigation is behind the unusual public statement issued by the Seventh Fleet on its warship entering India’s Exclusive Economic Zone west of Lakshadweep Islands, The Indian Express has learnt. There are several red faces in South Block over the statement that USS John Paul Jones had carried out a Freedom of Navigation operation, “inside India’s exclusive economic zone, without requesting India’s prior consent,” and the fact that the statement flags “India’s excessive maritime claims.” It’s now left to diplomats from both sides to dial down the temperature, especially since both countries have developed close cooperation in the wake of the Naval exercises involving the Quad grouping....
Odisha 10th, 12th Exams 2021: No plans to reschedule Matric, Plus II board exams, says education minister – Times of India
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Odisha 10th, 12th Exams 2021: No plans to reschedule Matric, Plus II board exams, says education minister – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: School and mass education minister Samir Ranjan Dash on Friday put an end to all speculations related to rescheduling of Matric and Plus II board examinations. He clarified that these examinations will be conducted according to the schedule. The minister said they will not disturb the children and hold the examinations according to the schedule. “We have increased the number of examination centres to maintain social distancing between students in the examination halls. We are also taking all precautions to keep Covid at bay. I don’t think any problem will occur,” he added. Susanta Palai, a class X student from Ganjam, said some social media messages regarding board examination create confusion in his mind. “The uncertainty over the examination should not be there as we ar...
Joe Biden’s first budget fuels health, education spending in sharp change from Trump – Times of India
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Joe Biden’s first budget fuels health, education spending in sharp change from Trump – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden asked Congress to sharply increase spending to combat climate change and gun violence and to support education in a budget that marks a sharp departure from his predecessor, Donald Trump. The $1.5 trillion budget, reflecting an 8% increase in base funding from the current year, would invest billions more in public transportation and environmental clean-ups, slash funding for a border wall, expand funding for background checks on gun sales, and direct a record amount to poor public schools, each goal clashing with the prior administration. Nearly three months into a job consumed by the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the document offered a long-awaited glimpse into Biden's agenda and kick-starts a potentially grueling negotiation with Congress over...
IPL: Harshal Patel becomes first bowler to take fifer against Mumbai Indians | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL: Harshal Patel becomes first bowler to take fifer against Mumbai Indians | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) Harshal Patel on Friday became the first-ever bowler to take a five-wicket haul against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Harshal achieved the feat in the opening match of this year's cash-rich league at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday. The 30-year-old bowler picked three wickets in the final over of the Mumbai Indians' innings to restrict the side to 159/9 in the allotted 20 overs. Harshal dismissed Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, and Kieron Pollard in the final over after sending Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya back to the pavilion in the 18th and 16th over respectively. Just ONE run off the last over. Fifer and an economy of 6️⃣.8️⃣. You’re a 🌟, Harshal! 👏🏻 👏🏻 #PlayBold… https://t.co/ddLGKtCnSn— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@...
Joe Biden to form commission on reform of Supreme Court: White House – Times of India
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Joe Biden to form commission on reform of Supreme Court: White House – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden will set up Friday an expert commission on reform of the powerful US Supreme Court, the White House announced. The move follows months of debate over whether Democrats should seek to expand the court, from its current nine justices, after moves during Donald Trump's presidential term gave the bench a firm conservative majority. Biden will sign an executive order creating a commission composed of a bipartisan group of some three dozen experts, including legal and judicial scholars, former administration officials and former federal judges, the White House said in a statement. "Topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court's role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membe...