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Railways permits liquid medical oxygen transport in tankers under RO-RO scheme | India News – Times of India
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Railways permits liquid medical oxygen transport in tankers under RO-RO scheme | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The railway board on Friday approved Maharashtra government's request for transportation of liquid medical oxygen on cryogenic tankers by rail. These will be transported under the Roll on Roll Off (RO-RO) scheme, which means the trucks loaded with liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic tanks will be put on the railway wagons for quick movement. The railway ministry conveyed the decision to all its general managers across zones and this arrangement will be allowed till October 15, 2021. Cryogenic tanks are used for the storage of liquids such as oxygen, argon, nitrogen, hydrogen and helium. Maharashtra has been battling to get adequate liquid medical oxygen to meet the demand due to the spike in Covid cases. The demand is also high in neighbouring Gujarat and other states are like...
Worry states UP, Chhattisgarh in focus; Covaxin supplies to be doubled soon
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Worry states UP, Chhattisgarh in focus; Covaxin supplies to be doubled soon

With the demand for vaccines increasing, the Centre Friday announced a plan to double by May-June the Covaxin production capacity of Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, including a grant of Rs 65 crore for building a new production facility in Bengaluru. On Friday, as the country registered a record 2,17,353 new cases and 1,185 deaths, several states reported shortage of oxygen supply due to the surge. Against this backdrop, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting on the current situation of oxygen supply and projected use over the next 15 days in 12 high-incidence states — Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. The Prime Minister was informed that 4,880 metric tonne ...
IPL 2021, PBKS vs CSK: Deepak Chahar’s four-for guides CSK to 6-wicket win over Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021, PBKS vs CSK: Deepak Chahar’s four-for guides CSK to 6-wicket win over Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Deepak Chahar produced a superb opening spell to help Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by six wickets to register their first victory in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League on Friday. After medium-pacer Chahar's four for 13 enabled CSK to restrict the Punjab team to a below-par 106 for eight, Moeen Ali (46, 31 balls, 7x4s, 1x6) put on 66 runs for the second wicket with opener Faf du Plessis (36 not out, 33 balls, 3X4s, 1X6) to secure the win for the three-time champions. Scorecard | Points Table | As it happenedCSK finished at 107 for four in 15.4 overs with Sam Curran (5 not out) scoring the winning runs. With the target in sight, CSK lost the wickets of Suresh Raina (8) and Ambati Rayudu (0) to Mohammed Shami (2/21) in consecutive balls in the 15th over. Ali ope...
This Coimbatore woman is distributing free Biryani to poor people – Times of India
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This Coimbatore woman is distributing free Biryani to poor people – Times of India

With another wave of COVID19, it’s time for us to unite as humans and help others in terms of food, health services, or just emotional support. Recently, on Twitter we came across a woman from Puliakulam, Coimbatore, who is doing her bit in a time of crisis by providing free food to people in need. As per the tweet shared by user RJ Balaji, the pictures feature the woman with her small setup laid on a table. The table has a small message written in Tamil which reads, "If you feel hungry, Take it." Along with the post, RJ Balaji wrote, "What a great gesture by this small roadside biryani shop in Puliakulam, Coimbatore! Humanity at its best." As soon as the tweet surfaced on social media, the users were touched by her generous act. In no time, the post received more than 23.5k likes and...
ICSE, ISC exams put off, Class X students can opt not to take board exam
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ICSE, ISC exams put off, Class X students can opt not to take board exam

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) said on Friday that the board exams for Classes X and XII, scheduled to begin on May 4, would be deferred for now, and a “final decision” would be taken “by the first week of June” after reviewing the Covid-19 situation. “In the light of the nationwide surge in Covid-19 cases, the CISCE has decided to defer the ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) board examinations scheduled to be held from May 4, 2021,” CISCE Chief Executive and Secretary Gerry Arathoon said in a press statement. “The Covid situation will be closely monitored and the deferment of the ICSE & ISC 2021 Examinations will be reviewed and a final decision on the conduct of the board examinations will be taken by the first week of June 2021,” h...
Major issue, waterlogging runs deep among voters of Rajarhat-Gopalpur
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Major issue, waterlogging runs deep among voters of Rajarhat-Gopalpur

In the North 24 Parganas constituency of Rajarhat-Gopalpur, which goes to the polls on Saturday, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has fielded famous kirtan singer Aditi Munshi against state BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya in a bid to counter any anti-incumbency sentiment that may have developed in the past five years when the seat was represented by state Cabinet minister Purnendu Basu. Voters say that despite developing massively over the past several years waterlogging due to lack of proper drainage facilities remains a major concern in the area, which is crucial since the arterial VIP Road that connects Kolkata to the city airport passes through it. “Waterlogging is a big issue here. Even moderate to low rain turns several low-lying areas into mini pools. Whoever comes m...
Pakistan suspends services of social media platforms following violent protest – Times of India
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Pakistan suspends services of social media platforms following violent protest – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday temporarily suspended the services of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp to stop their use to organise demonstrations following violent protests by a radical religious group that has now been banned by the government. The government banned Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) on Thursday following three days of violent protest by it to force the government to expel the French ambassador over a blasphemous caricature published in France last year. The TLP had launched the country-wide protest on Monday after the arrest of its chief Saad Hussain Rizvi. The TLP supporters clashed with the law enforcement agencies in several towns and cities earlier this week, leaving seven persons dead and over 300 policemen injured. To stop the protests aft...
Covid SOP crumbles before Kumbh numbers, Akhadas take own steps
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Covid SOP crumbles before Kumbh numbers, Akhadas take own steps

A DAY after the death of the head of the Maha Nirvani Akhada from Madhya Pradesh, who had arrived for the Kumbh and tested positive for the coronavirus, several akhadas at the Mela on Friday rushed to take precautionary steps. The Niranjani Akhada and Taponidhi Shri Anand Panchayati Akhada announced symbolic participation at the next shahi snan on April 27, “with a minimum possible number of sadhus”. Both also urged their followers to leave and quarantine at their ashrams. At least 59 saints have tested positive so far, including the president of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad, apart from more than 200 pilgrims (of 1.54 lakh tested), even as officials fumble before the impossible task of keeping the virus out at a gathering that has seen crowds up to 32 lakh. At 7.45 ...
Direct MSP transfers begin, Punjab farmers ring in the new
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Direct MSP transfers begin, Punjab farmers ring in the new

Dalip Kumar (39), of Nilpur village near Rajpura, says he is the happiest he’s ever been in his 15 years spent as a farmer. The reason: two text messages that he has got on his phone, announcing the credit of Rs 1.90 lakh and Rs 1.48 lakh into his bank account as the minimum support price (MSP) of 171 quintals of wheat that he sold in Rajpura mandi. Dalip took the produce of around 10 acres of his land to the mandi. He farms 40 acres, and will take the remaining wheat for procurement in the coming days. At the MSP of Rs 1,975 per quintal, he said this would be the first time he would get his hands on such a large sum in one go. “This is the best system. What could be better than getting payment for our crop in our account?” Dalip told The Indian Express. “Earlier, arhtiyas ...
BCCI agrees to field both men’s & women’s teams for 2028 Los Angeles Olympics | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI agrees to field both men’s & women’s teams for 2028 Los Angeles Olympics | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has agreed to field both men’s and women’s teams for the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028. BCCI has also agreed to field its women’s team or the Birmingham Commonwealth Games next year. BCCI’s willingness to participate in the Olympics could be a huge boost for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) plans to get a place in the Olympics. Cricket was last part of the Olympics in 1900. “The board is agreeable to send both its teams if cricket makes it the cut for the LA Olympics. It will be a boost for both men’s and women’s cricket,” a senior BCCI official told TOI after an apex council meeting on Friday. The ICC has recently formed a committee to look into the feasibility of cricket making it back into the Olympics. The committee is in charge of ...
Another alliance candidate dies of Covid; West Bengal on cusp of record 7,000 daily cases
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Another alliance candidate dies of Covid; West Bengal on cusp of record 7,000 daily cases

On a day when the state recorded another highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases at 6,910, another assembly election candidate died of the virus while four others tested positive on Friday. The deceased, Pradip Nandi, was the United Front candidate from Jangipur assembly constituency in Murshidabad. The election to the seat has been deferred countermanded. On Thursday, Congress candidate from Samsergunj seat in Murshidabad district Rezaul Haque died of Covid-19. Nandi, 70, was a veteran leader of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and a renowned advocate in Murshidabad. RSP State General Secretary Monoj Bhattacharya, and CPM leaders Biman Basu and Suryakanta Misra condoled Nandi’s death. Bhattacharya said, “He was one of our veteran leaders and assets of the part...
No clubbing of remaining phases, EC cuts short campaigning hours, days in Bengal
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No clubbing of remaining phases, EC cuts short campaigning hours, days in Bengal

AMID rising Covid cases, the Election Commission banned all forms of campaigning, including rallies, street plays and nukkad sabhas, between 7 pm and 10 am in West Bengal starting Friday. It also extended the silence period for campaigning from 48 hours to 72 hours before voting day for the phases on April 22, 26 and 29 in view of “the unprecedented public health situation”. The order came after the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) held an all-party meeting, where parties were urged to abide by Covid guidelines, including mandatory masks for candidates and campaigners, and advised to hold smaller meetings instead of big rallies. The EC also wrote to all parties asking them to advise their leaders and candidates to adhere to the campaigning guidelines and directed the sta...
It’s been a seamless transition after Karthik quit KKR captaincy: Morgan | Cricket News – Times of India
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It’s been a seamless transition after Karthik quit KKR captaincy: Morgan | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan feels it has been a seamless transition to captaincy for him after Dinesh Karthik quit midway into the last IPL season in the UAE. Karthik had announced his decision to quit after four wins and three losses in 2020 "with a view to focus on his batting and contributing more to the team's cause", handing over the reins to England World Cup-winning skipper Morgan. "I was delighted to be taken on board, but given that I have captained a lot over the years, it's been indeed a seamless transition," Morgan said in a video posted on KKR website. Understanding. Passion. And most of all, commitment to the cause. Watch how these 3 elements resulted in a change… https://t.co/uVoVbaL3vV— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 1618561851000Morgan further cr...
SPO questions Army searches for militants, is slapped with UAPA
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SPO questions Army searches for militants, is slapped with UAPA

A day after her video objecting to frequent searches of her house by the Army in South Kashmir went viral, the J&K Police on Friday arrested a Special Police Officer (SPO) under anti-terror laws and terminated her services. Police said the action against the SPO, identified as Saima Akhter, was taken for “glorifying terrorism and obstructing government officials in the discharge of duty”. In the video, the woman from Frisal village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam, whose face is not visible, can be heard shouting at Armymen for not sparing the family from searches even during Ramzan, and calling them outsiders. “Why do you come again and again? Go to the houses where militants are. You don’t even allow us to have our sehri (pre-dawn meal during Ramzan)… If you have to sear...
IPL: MS Dhoni plays 200th match for Chennai Super Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL: MS Dhoni plays 200th match for Chennai Super Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday evening added another feather to his illustrious cap as he played the 200th game for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) when he took to the field against Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in match eight of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni, who has played 206 matches in the IPL, has featured for CSK in the tournament and Champions League T20. He has made 176 appearances for CSK in the IPL besides making 24 outings for the side in the Champions League T20 tournament. 7⃣ PM! Our heartbeat going 💛 "thala thala" 200*#Thala200 #PBKSvCSK #WhistlePodu #Yellove 🦁 https://t.co/EKk75Xr0f0— Chennai Super Kings - Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) 1618579800000The former India captain also represented Rising Pune Super...
Fakhar flays South Africa as Pakistan seal T20 series with nervy win | Cricket News – Times of India
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Fakhar flays South Africa as Pakistan seal T20 series with nervy win | Cricket News – Times of India

PRETORIA: Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman struck a blazing half-century as they survived a scare to seal a three-wicket victory over depleted South Africa with a ball to spare and win the four-match Twenty20 International series 3-1 on Friday. South Africa, missing most of their regular players either through injury or having been released to play in the Indian Premier League, were sent in to bat but could only muster 144 all out in 19.3 overs. Mohammad Nawaz finishes it with a SIX as Pakistan win the final #SAvPAK T20I with just a ball to spare, and take th… https://t.co/9ho0PqU81z— ICC (@ICC) 1618589746000Fakhar then blasted 60 from 34 balls in Pakistan’s reply as he put on 91 for the second wicket with captain Babar Azam (24 from 23), and at that stage the tourists were cruising to victory n...
Odisha requests MHA to direct railways to stop passenger service from Chhattisgarh for 15 days | India News – Times of India
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Odisha requests MHA to direct railways to stop passenger service from Chhattisgarh for 15 days | India News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Even as the Railway Board has turned down the state government’s request to cancel all passenger trains from Chhattisgarh, the state government on Friday once again urged the Centre to direct the railways to immediately stop passenger trains from Chhattisgarh to Odisha at least for 15 days. In a letter to Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Odisha chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said there has been a significant surge in Covid-19 spread in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. “The same is being seen in districts of Odisha bordering Chhattisgarh. In view of the alarming situation and trend, it is felt extremely necessary to take restrictive measures on flow of people to have control over rise in Covid cases in Odisha,” said Mahap...
‘We have to relook and reimagine the way our schools run… so that children don’t get lost in cyberspace’
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‘We have to relook and reimagine the way our schools run… so that children don’t get lost in cyberspace’

With schools and colleges shut for over a year in response to Covid-19, it has undoubtedly been a situation without parallel. As education emerges out of this churn, there has been an attempt to see what has changed. How different will institutions be in a post-Covid world? Is this the disruption education needed? And will it transform education in India for the better? These are some of the questions that an expert panel — Dr Ameeta Wattal, Principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road, and CBSE governing body board member; Dr Sunder Ramaswamy, economist and Vice-Chancellor, Krea University; Dr V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi; and Saurabh Swami, Director-Education, Rajasthan — unpacked at IE Thinc, an initiative of The Indian Express, in association with the Hiranandani Gro...
Weight loss story: “Having fenugreek seeds daily helped me shed postpartum weight in 6 months”  | The Times of India
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Weight loss story: “Having fenugreek seeds daily helped me shed postpartum weight in 6 months” | The Times of India

Early morning, I start my day by having 2 big glasses of hot water with lemon and ginger infused in it, followed by 10-12 soaked fenugreek (methidana) seeds and 4 almonds.Breakfast: I used to have overnight soaked oats or something basic like upma, poha, idli , dosa, brown bread with peanut butter and banana,/egg omelette. I also have a cup of chai (without sugar) since I am a big-time tea lover.Mid-afternoon, usually before lunch, I snack on any fruit/ nuts/ buttermilk.For lunch, I usually have 2 phulka roti with a bowl of subzi and a bowl of daal sometimes. I include lots of salad and fill up half my plate with the same. I also made use of healthier cooking oils. I made sure eggs, non-veg or any meal would be only cooked in olive oil or ghee.In the evening, around 4 p.m., I would have...
IPL 2021: Ravi Shastri hails Deepak Chahar’s ‘super variations’ against Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Ravi Shastri hails Deepak Chahar’s ‘super variations’ against Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Team India head coach Ravi Shastri hailed the "super variations" from Chennai Super Kings bowler Deepak Chahar against Punjab Kings in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday evening. Chahar ran through Punjab Kings' top-heavy batting order dismissing Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran for a duck while sending back Chris Gayle and Deepak Hooda for 10 runs respectively. Make way for Deepak Chaaar! 4️⃣#PBKSvsCSK #WhistlePodu #Yellove 💛🦁 https://t.co/LDZy2q4Ez8— Chennai Super Kings - Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) 1618583808000"Proven fact. Genuine swing both ways with control can undo the best. Super variations. Brilliant @deepak_chahar9 #CSKvsPBKS @IPL #IPL2021," Shastri tweeted. Proven fact. Genuine swing both ways with control can undo the best. Super variation...