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IPL 2021, RR vs DC: Miller’s 62 and Morris’ unbeaten 36 power Rajasthan Royals to sensational win | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021, RR vs DC: Miller’s 62 and Morris’ unbeaten 36 power Rajasthan Royals to sensational win | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: David Miller's combative 43-ball 62 and Chris Morris' timely onslaught (36 not out) powered Rajasthan Royals to a dramatic three-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in their IPL match, on Thursday. Opting to bowl, RR pacer Jaydev Unadkat took three wickets for 15 runs to restrict the Capitals to 147 for eight. Scorecard | Points Table | As it happenedMiller then anchored the Royals' chase but it was Morris whose blitzkrieg took Royals home with two balls to spare. It is the Royals' first win of the season. The Royals were 17 for 3 in the fourth over and 42 for 5 at the halfway mark. They needed 58 from the last five overs and 12 from the final over. The @rajasthanroyals camp is elated as they pocket their first win in #IPL2021 after yet another thrilling finish.… https://t.co/4sdkZs4...
As pandemic rages on, UP board exams deferred till May 20
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As pandemic rages on, UP board exams deferred till May 20

As Uttar Pradesh continued to report a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases and fatalities — 104 deaths and 22,439 infections in 24 hours — the state government Thursday postponed the state board exams for Classes 10 and 12 till May 20. The Yogi Adityanath administration also extended the school shutdown from April-end to May 15. The government’s decision to postpone the exams came on the heels of the move of the central education ministry to postpone the Central Board of Secondary Education’s Class 12 exams and cancel the Class 10 examinations. “Amid the rising cases of coronavirus in the state capital, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken some major decisions to curb the ongoing situation in Uttar Pradesh. Under this, the state government has announced to postpone the UP...
Meerut BJP councillor found dead with bullet injury in car, say police
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Meerut BJP councillor found dead with bullet injury in car, say police

The body of a 38-year-old BJP councillor was found with a bullet injury inside his car at Meerut’s Kankarkheda in the early hours on Thursday, said police. While police said Manish Chaudhary died by suicide, his family members claimed it to be a murder. “Prima-facie it seems that Chaudhary has died by suicide by shooting himself with a countrymade pistol. We have recovered the weapon. The family members are suspecting that he has been killed. We are probing all angles,” Tapeshwar Sagar, in charge of the Kankarkheda police station, told The Indian Express on the phone. According to police, around 1 am on Thursday, Chaudhary had sent voice messages to his wife and other relatives saying he could not face any more stress, and so has decided to take the extreme step. “The local...
Punjab to promote students of Classes 5, 8, 10 without exams; Haryana too cancels Class 10 boards
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Punjab to promote students of Classes 5, 8, 10 without exams; Haryana too cancels Class 10 boards

The Punjab government Thursday announced that it will promote students of Classes 5, 8 and 10 of the state-run schools to the next standard without exams even as Haryana too cancelled the Class 10 state board exams and decided to postpone the exams of Class 12 amid an ongoing surge in Covid-19 cases. Punjab will take a decision on the Class 12 examinations later. The Punjab decision will affect nearly 7.70 lakh students of classes 5 (1,99,669), 6 (2,00,144), and 8 (1,95,012) as per the enrollment record of Punjab education department for the year 2020-21. The state has 1,73 658 students in Class 12. In Haryana, 6.67 lakh students were to appear for Class 10 and 12 Board exams. They include 3.55 lakh of Class 10 and 2.51 lakh of Class 12. The announcement by the two neighbou...
MHA orders 50% attendance in work, staggered timing at its offices | India News – Times of India
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MHA orders 50% attendance in work, staggered timing at its offices | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In view of the "unprecedented rise" in number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi, the Union Home Ministry Thursday said its officers up to the level of Under Secretary can work from home and only 50 per cent staff need to attend office. In an office memorandum, the home ministry said all officers who attend the office can stagger timings with entry into the office spread between 9 AM to 10 AM with corresponding office exit timings and those living in containment zones be exempted from attending office. "In view of the unprecedented rise in the numbers of Covid-19 cases in Delhi, it has been decided to take measures to prevent its spread," the home ministry said. The home ministry said officers of the level of Under Secretary or equivalent and below be allowed to work from home and th...
Set a timeline for reply to Collegium recommendations, tell us: Supreme Court to Govt
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Set a timeline for reply to Collegium recommendations, tell us: Supreme Court to Govt

The Supreme Court Thursday told the Centre that it must set itself a timeline to respond to recommendations made by the Collegium to fill up vacancies in posts of judges. It said the government must let the Court know about the timeline at the next date of hearing. The government, meanwhile, assured the Court that it will take a decision within the next three months on ten names still pending with it after being recommended by the Collegium for appointment as High Court judges. The ten pending recommendations include those for the High Courts of Calcutta, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. “The response on the ten names, a decision will be taken within three months,” Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices S K Kaul and Surya Kant when...
Supreme Court adjourns BCCI plea to amend constitution
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Supreme Court adjourns BCCI plea to amend constitution

The Supreme Court Thursday adjourned by two weeks the hearing on a plea by the Indian cricket board seeking its permission to amend its constitution. A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Vineet Saran adjourned the matter after Senior Advocate P S Narasimha, appointed to assist the court as Amicus Curiae, told the bench that he had to compile some of the submissions of lawyers and needed some time for this. The bench agreed and directed that the matter be listed after two weeks. The bench also directed that additional documents, if any, be also filed in the meantime. The Board of Control for Cricket in India constitution, drawn up based on the Justice (retd) R M Lodha Committee recommendations, mandates a three-year cooling-off after six years in the position for an offic...
Watch: Samson takes a one-handed stunner to send Dhawan back | Cricket News – Times of India
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Watch: Samson takes a one-handed stunner to send Dhawan back | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson grabbed the eyeballs by taking a one-handed stunner to send Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan back in the dug out during Match 7 of the IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. Dhawan, who top-scored for the Delhi franchise in their opening match, attempted to scoop a Jaydev Unadkat delivery over the wicket-keeper. But an agile and alert Samson came up with a stunning effort behind the wickets as he threw himself in the air diving full stretch on his right to take a one-handed catch. DO NOT MISS: A leaping @IamSanjuSamson grabs a stunner 😎😎This is a special effort from the @rajasthanroyals skipp… https://t.co/fnqDPx244M— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1618499032000DC made a disastrous start as they were two wickets down for ...
Both jabs and containment: Centre points surge states to UK example
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Both jabs and containment: Centre points surge states to UK example

A record 2 lakh new cases were reported in 24 hours as the coronavirus surge continued to sweep across the country on Thursday. Delhi became the latest state on Thursday to announce a local weekend curfew. In the multiple meetings held over the last one week with states, the Centre has advised states to focus on restricting local movement, vaccinating aggressively, and roping in doctors from other states to ease the pressure on the stretched local healthcare workforce. Top government sources who are part of the team monitoring the pandemic situation, told The Indian Express that states had been given the example of the United Kingdom, which had adopted aggressive vaccination and containment in the form of a lockdown together when the new, highly infectious strain of the vir...
Uddhav Thackeray to PM Modi: Press in NDMA, airlift oxygen
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Uddhav Thackeray to PM Modi: Press in NDMA, airlift oxygen

Highlighting challenges in battling the second wave of Covid-19 infections in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “press in” the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and make use of all options, including the airlift of medical oxygen, for rapid movement. He has also requested the PM to grant compulsory licences to units exporting remdesivir to produce and sell them in the domestic market. In a letter dated April 13, the Chief Minister said that based on current projections and rate of testing, Maharashtra could have 11.9 lakh active cases by April 30. “The biggest concern is Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) supply. The requirement of medical oxygen in the state is crossing the total capacity of 1,200 MT of LMO manu...
Gujarat High Court questions data, raises remdesivir ‘myths’
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Gujarat High Court questions data, raises remdesivir ‘myths’

Questioning official data on the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state and the availability of hospital beds, the Gujarat High Court told the state government Thursday that it was not utilising its resources properly, and asked it to come out with an “open statement” on the “myths of remdesivir”. Hearing a suo motu PIL on the Covid-19 surge, the bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bhargav Karia said several small districts had no access to RT-PCR facilities. It said the court’s suggestions in February to deal with the situation were “apparently not given due consideration”. Advocate General Kamal Trivedi said the Gujarat government was “very much conscious of the worsening situation”, but the bench reminded him that the court had first raised the alarm in February...
Where fighting forest fires takes a day of travel — by road, boat, trek
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Where fighting forest fires takes a day of travel — by road, boat, trek

In the remote forests of Odisha’s Malkangiri, fires have only been sporadic and more or less under control. But for foresters engaged in the Chitrakonda range, fire-fighting has been challenging, to say the least. A typical day for Saroj Ghadei, 36, a forest guard in Malkangiri, that borders Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, begins with the identification of a fire-spot. On Tuesday, he began his onward journey, along with five others, to the Jantri section to douse a fire. He first covered a 32-km stretch on the road. This was followed by a nearly five-hour boat ride through the Balimela Reservoir. The motorboat was recently made available by the Forest Department through its mobility and patrolling fund, to ease commuting between the two sides of the reservoir. A long trek...
In Nadia, which BJP wrested in 2019, TMC’s key election plank: this is local, not national
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In Nadia, which BJP wrested in 2019, TMC’s key election plank: this is local, not national

Sujit Biswas, 46, a TMC logo on his shirt, sits in his kirana store right next to the crumbling National Highway that connects Kolkata to Siliguri on the outskirts of Santipur in Nadia. His perch is a vantage point — the entire ward comes shopping to his store. As three women arrive, he talks to them about the April 17 elections and asks them if they are beneficiaries of the state government’s schemes. They nod. Then he delivers his punchline. “Do you think all the schemes, the cycles, Rupashree (Rs 25,000-aid for marriage), Kanyashree (girl scholarships)… these schemes will continue if Didi goes? This is a state election. Remember that when you vote,” Biswas says. In Santipur, where the BJP took a massive lead in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the aim of the TMC is clear: b...
Fresh curbs in Delhi: Weekend curfew, malls and gyms shut
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Fresh curbs in Delhi: Weekend curfew, malls and gyms shut

A DAY after the city recorded the highest single-day spike (17,282 cases), the Delhi government on Thursday announced fresh restrictions to check the spread of Covid-19, including a weekend curfew, closure of shopping malls, auditoriums, gyms, spas, bars and dine-in services at restaurants. The national capital recorded 16,699 new cases and 112 deaths on Thursday. The positivity rate, however, increased from 16 per cent on Wednesday to 20 per cent on Thursday, while the number of tests fell from over a lakh to about 80,000. Announcing the new restrictions, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: “Weekend curfew will be imposed in the city. On weekdays, people go out to earn. During weekends, people mostly go out for entertainment purposes. So to break the chain of transmission...
Helping India, Pak get to level where they speak to each other, confirms UAE
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Helping India, Pak get to level where they speak to each other, confirms UAE

In the first official confirmation of the United Arab Emirates playing a role in bringing Delhi and Islamabad to the talks table, the UAE’s envoy to the US has said that his country is mediating between India and Pakistan to help them reach a “healthy and functional” relationship. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said: “We try to be helpful, where we have influence with two different countries, so India-Pakistan was the most recent one.” He cited media reports which he said “highlighted the role the UAE played in bringing the Kashmir escalation down and sort of created a ceasefire, hopefully, ultimately leading to restoring diplomats and getting the relationship back to a healthy level”. In a conversation Wednesday with former US National Security Advisor H R McMaster under the ...
Nightmare ends, couple jailed in Qatar on drug charges return to Mumbai
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Nightmare ends, couple jailed in Qatar on drug charges return to Mumbai

More than 21 months ago, when Mohammad Shareeq and Oniba Qureshi left for Qatar on what they believed would be a second honeymoon, they could not have imagined they would end up in prison with a 10-year sentence for a drug offence. The couple returned home on Thursday morning, after spending a year and nine months behind bars in Qatar. Still traumatised, they rued having trusted an aunt who had tried to use them as a courier for drugs. The aunt has since been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for running a “well-organised drug trafficking syndicate”. Speaking to The Indian Express, Shareeq recalled the night the aunt, Tabassum Qureshi, had called them and insisted they make the trip to Qatar. Oniba was one month pregnant at the time. “We were about to sleep (on...
Bengal sees record 6K+ cases; Covid report must for flyers from 4 states
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Bengal sees record 6K+ cases; Covid report must for flyers from 4 states

As West Bengal braces itself to hold the remaining four phases of the Assembly polls, the state on Thursday registered a record 6,769 new Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths attributed to the virus compared to 5,892 cases and 24 deaths the previous day. The increase has taken the total active cases to 36, 981. Of the fresh cases, Kolkata recorded the highest at 1,615. Kolkata and North 24 Paraganas are among the districts that will vote in the fifth phase on Saturday. Kolkata registered seven deaths, followed by six from North 24 Parganas, five from South 24 Paraganas and one from Howrah, Jalpaiguri, Malda and Birbhum in the last 24 hours. The state government has now made it mandatory for passengers flying in from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Telangana to carry a negative R...
DAs tossing more drug cases tied to indicted NYPD detective – Times of India
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DAs tossing more drug cases tied to indicted NYPD detective – Times of India

NEW YORK: New York City prosecutors will seek to overturn scores of additional drug convictions that relied on the work of an indicted former NYPD detective who has been accused of framing innocent people in some cases. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s office said Thursday that, in the coming weeks, it will move to vacate and dismiss about 100 cases in which ex-Detective Joseph Franco served as an key witness. Vance's office previously dismissed about 40 open cases involving Franco, Vance spokesperson Danny Frost said. Brooklyn prosecutors l ast week tossed out 90 convictions because of concerns about Franco's integrity. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark's office is reviewing about 150 drug cases involving Franco and will seek dismissal of all in which Franco played an e...
Mamata Banerjee demands polls in one go, Election Commission says legally difficult
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Mamata Banerjee demands polls in one go, Election Commission says legally difficult

Concerned about a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday urged the Election Commission (EC) to consider clubbing the remaining four phases and conduct the elections at one go. The poll body, however, dismissed the demand, saying it was “legally difficult”. Elections have been held for 135 constituencies so far, and the remaining 159 seats are set to go to the polls between April 17 and 29. “Amid an ongoing pandemic, we firmly opposed @ECISVEEP’s decision to conduct WB polls in 8 phases. Now, in view of the huge surge in #COVID19 cases, I urge the ECI to consider holding the remaining phases in ONE go. This will protect the people from further exposure to #COVID19,” Banerjee tweeted ahead of the fifth phase that will be held...
Indian star shuttler duo getting Plan B ready for Tokyo Games | Badminton News – Times of India
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Indian star shuttler duo getting Plan B ready for Tokyo Games | Badminton News – Times of India

KOLKATA: In their quest to win an Olympic medal, India's star doubles players Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are adding a 'Plan B' to their strategy by incorporating a tactical European style of play under new coach Mathias Boe. The world number 10 Indian duo played its first tournament under Boe at the All-England Open last month but bowed out after losing to Denmark's Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in the second round. "We were trying to play a new style of game. We may not have played our best but we played a game which was a lot more tactical, different style of play," Shetty said during a virtual media interaction organised by SAI in the build-up to Tokyo Olympics. "If we really need to go for a shot at the medal we need to have a Plan B in place." Asked whether...