Sunday, May 16TRUSTED FEARLESS INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL NEWS PORTAL

Day: April 17, 2021

Exclusive: Minari is not about representing a particular ethnic identity, say Oscar nominees Lee Isaac Chung and Steven Yeun  – Times of India
Entertainment

Exclusive: Minari is not about representing a particular ethnic identity, say Oscar nominees Lee Isaac Chung and Steven Yeun – Times of India

“Our goal was not to dive into the specific nature or ethnicity, but go straight to humanity” Ahead of the Academy Awards on April 25 and their film’s recent release in India, Minari director-actor duo, Oscar nominees Lee Isaac Chung and Steven Yeun, in an exclusive video chat with Bombay Times, talked about storytelling beyond cultural boundaries and how their film transcends colour and identity. A lot has been spoken about this year’s Oscar contender (with six nominations) Minari, and what it stands for. Is it an immigrant movie about chasing the American dream? Is it an American film about Korean-Americans, and thus, deserved Best Film and not Best Foreign Language film at the Golden Globe? Does it represent an Asian American family who hope to make a new beginning in rural Arkansas...
IPL 2021, MI vs SRH: Chahar, Boult steer Mumbai Indians to 13-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad | Cricket News – Times of India
Sports

IPL 2021, MI vs SRH: Chahar, Boult steer Mumbai Indians to 13-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Sunrisers Hyderabad's middle-order continued to misfire as spinner Rahul Chahar and pacer Trent Boult fashioned Mumbai Indians to a 13-run win in their IPL match here on Saturday. Defending 150, leg-spinner Chahar (3/19) stifled the middle-order before Boult (3/28) polished off the tail as SRH were bowled out for 137 in 19.4 overs. Opting to bat, MI had a good start but Vijay Shankar and Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed two wickets each as SRH stemmed the flow of runs in the middle overs. SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENEDHowever, Kieron Pollard managed to lift MI to 150 for 5 with the help of a 22-ball 35 which included two sixes of the last two balls of their innings. Chasing 151 for a win, Jonny Bairstow smashed a 22-ball 43 to give SRH a rollicking start, while David Warner too managed a 3...
TMC MLA dead, four contestants ailing as Bengal votes under Covid cloud
Politics

TMC MLA dead, four contestants ailing as Bengal votes under Covid cloud

A SITTING TMC MLA succumbed to Covid-19 on Saturday, after the death of two West Bengal poll contestants earlier, as the state turned out in large numbers to cast votes for the fifth phase of polling. While masks and sanitisers were at hand, social distancing was virtually non-existent at booths across the state where more than 78% cast their ballots by 5 pm for 45 constituencies. A CRPF jawan posted at a booth in Barasat constituency in North 24 Parganas said, “Voters are given hand sanitisers and masks if they are not wearing one. But how does one maintain social distancing? There are nine booths here and every booth has a huge line of voters. If we try and maintain social distancing, there will be a law and order problem.” At a rally in Galsi, East Burdwan, Chief Ministe...
Washed ashore 5 years ago, ‘Mahanadi girl’ gives reason for Odisha village to celebrate
Politics

Washed ashore 5 years ago, ‘Mahanadi girl’ gives reason for Odisha village to celebrate

Kusmel, A remote village on the banks of the Mahanadi river in Jharsuguda district, bordering Chattisgarh, is in celebratory mode. The entire village is coming together to solemnise the wedding of their daughter, Soni Yadav, also fondly called the ‘Mahanadi girl’. But what is unusually endearing about the wedding is the girl’s affiliation with the village. Five years ago, on a September morning in 2016, Sanyasi Kalo, now 52, found Soni covered in mud, lying on the banks of the Mahanadi. As Kalo rushed towards her, he found her gasping for breath and took her home. The villagers then took her to the nearest public health centre almost 10 km away. When Soni regained consciousness the next day, she realised she was 80 km away from her home in Chhattisgarh. Then 18 years old, a...
Harry, William seen chatting together after royal funeral – Times of India
Politics

Harry, William seen chatting together after royal funeral – Times of India

LONDON: A year after they last saw one another, Prince William and his brother Prince Harry put their fraught relationship aside as they said farewell to their grandfather at his funeral on Saturday. The brothers were somber and silent as they walked together in a procession behind Prince Philip's coffin before his funeral at Windsor Castle along with their father, Prince Charles, and other close relatives. They were seen chatting and walking together after the service concluded. It was the first time the brothers had been together in public since Harry stood down from royal duties and moved to the US with his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and their son Archie in early 2020. Tensions between Harry, 36, and William, 38, came to the fore after Harry and Meghan gave a revealing inter...
China refuses to leave Hot Springs, Gogra: ‘India should be happy with what has been achieved’
Politics

China refuses to leave Hot Springs, Gogra: ‘India should be happy with what has been achieved’

In a little over a fortnight from now, the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh will be a year old. Eleven rounds of military discussions later, it is still to be resolved, with the Chinese reluctant to return to troop locations before the start of the standoff. The Sunday Express has learnt that on April 9, during the last round of talks at the Corps Commander-level, China refused to pull back its troops from Hot Springs and Gogra Post which, along with Depsang Plains, remain the friction points between the two sides — Indian and Chinese troops and armoured columns had disengaged on the north and south banks of Pangong Tso and the Kailash range in February. A highly placed source, involved in decision-making all of ...
New restrictions ire many in Canada’s most populous province – Times of India
Politics

New restrictions ire many in Canada’s most populous province – Times of India

TORONTO: New pandemic restrictions imposed by Canada's most populous province immediately ran into opposition on Saturday as police departments insisted they wouldn't use new powers to randomly stop motorists and health experts complained the rules focus on outdoor activities rather than more dangerous indoor settings. Ontario Premier Doug Ford's government announced Friday it was giving police authority to require anyone not at home to explain why they're out and provide their address. Tickets can be written. But at least a dozen forces throughout Ontario, including in the capital of Toronto, said there will be no random stops of people or cars. "We are all going through a horrific year of Covid-19 and all associated with it together. The (department) will NOT be randomly stopping ve...
Bail granted in last case, Lalu set to be released
Politics

Bail granted in last case, Lalu set to be released

RJD supremo Lalu Prasad is expected to walk out of jail after the Jharkhand High Court Saturday granted him bail in a fodder scam case on the grounds of “half the sentence already served”. Lalu had earlier got bail in three out of the four cases related to the fodder scam. On Saturday, Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh granted bail to Lalu in the Dumka treasury case, Niraj Ravi, assisting lawyer to the CBI counsel, said. An ailing Lalu has been in judicial custody at AIIMS, Delhi, since January 23. He was shifted there from the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, where he had been lodged since August 2018, serving most of his sentence there. After the bail order, Lalu’s daughter and RJD MP Misa Bharati met him at AIIMS. Lalu’s son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav a...
PM Modi condoles demise of noted Hindi author Narendra Kohli | India News – Times of India
Politics

PM Modi condoles demise of noted Hindi author Narendra Kohli | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the demise of noted litterateur Narendra Kohli and said he will always be remembered for his lively portrayal of mythological and historical characters in literature. Eminent writer and litterateur of the Hindi world, Narendra Kohli, died here on Saturday. "Deeply saddened by the death of well-known litterateur Narendra Kohli. He will always be remembered for his lively portrayal of mythological and historical characters in literature. My condolences to his family and fans in this hour of grief. Om Shanti!" Modi said in a tweet in Hindi. The prime minister also condoled the passing away of lawyer and legal scholar K J Shethna. "Saddened by the passing away of Shri KJ Shethna Ji, a leading lawyer and legal scholar. In addition ...
As PM appeals, akhadas opt for ‘symbolic’ Kumbh dip
Politics

As PM appeals, akhadas opt for ‘symbolic’ Kumbh dip

The last shahi snan at the Kumbh Mela is likely to be “symbolic”, with minimum participation by sadhus, soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said he had appealed to the akhadas to minimise the numbers amidst rising Covid cases in Uttarakhand. “Today I had a telephonic conversation with Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Poojya Swamy Avdheshanand Giri Ji. I asked about the health of all the Sants. I thanked the Sant Samaj for their full cooperation with the administration. It is my request to keep Kumbh symbolic from now on as two Shahi Snans have already taken place. This will strengthen the fight against the pandemic,” Modi tweeted. Soon after, the Juna Akhada, the most influential among all the 13 akhadas, said it had decided to “conclude” the Kumbh for its associated s...
Kejriwal sounds alarm: Oxygen & drugs running out, situation very serious
Gaming

Kejriwal sounds alarm: Oxygen & drugs running out, situation very serious

With Delhi reporting 24,000-plus new cases on Saturday, marking a new high for the Capital and the highest daily number for any city in the country so far, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the situation had become “very serious and worrisome”, with oxygen stock, remdesivir and tocilizumab drugs in short supply. “The rate at which Covid is spreading, there is no telling when the peak will be reached,” the CM said. The increasing caseload has strained the health infrastructure, with hospitals now reporting a shortage of beds, oxygen, remdesivir and tocilizumab, Kejriwal said in a webcast as Delhi figures rose by 24,375 cases and 167 deaths. The positive rate also went up further, to 24.56%. “Every health system has a threshold and a limit. We are trying to increase beds qu...
AFC Champions League: FC Goa play out second consecutive draw, hold Al Wahda of UAE | Football News – Times of India
Sports

AFC Champions League: FC Goa play out second consecutive draw, hold Al Wahda of UAE | Football News – Times of India

MARGAO: FC Goa gave a mighty scare to Al Wahda with a fine counter-attacking football in the second half as they held the fancied side from the UAE to a goalless draw in the AFC Champions League group stage on Saturday. It was the second such result in as many matches for the Goan side, who had also played out a goalless draw against Qatar's Al Rayyan in their first Group E match on Wednesday. FC Goa were left to defend their citadel during the first half but they showed their counter-attacking prowess in the next 45 minutes with at least a couple of chances that could have resulted in a goal. Brandon Fernandes' 54th minute strike from a counter-attacking move beat the Al Wahda goalkeeper Al Shamsi all ends up but it hit the upright. Again in the 69th minute, Devendra Murgaokar, who cam...
Maharashtra: Haffkine fails to find Remdesivir bidder, state to face shortage
Gaming

Maharashtra: Haffkine fails to find Remdesivir bidder, state to face shortage

Maharashtra is staring at an acute shortage of Remdesivir across all district government hospitals and medical colleges with Haffkine Biopharma Private Limited, the nodal agency for its procurement in the state, unable to find a bidder to supply the anti-viral drug. With demand high across Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Delhi, the stock with most manufacturers are running dry. Haffkine had floated a tender to procure 6 lakh vials of Remdesivir on April 15 but got no bidder. On April 16, it floated a new tender for 2 lakh vials with hopes that manufacturers would entertain smaller tenders. Sandip Rathod, managing director in Haffkine, told The Sunday Express, “We are ready to pay Rs 10,000 per vial. There is a delay in production, but we are reaching out to all sourc...
Alarming rise in cases, infection rate faster than recoveries: Centre
Politics

Alarming rise in cases, infection rate faster than recoveries: Centre

Underlining the “alarming rise in daily number of active cases which currently stand at 16,79,000” and “a sharp growth of 10.2% in the number of deaths”, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Saturday said “the widening gap between daily new cases and daily new recoveries reflects that the infection is spreading at a much faster rate than recoveries with consistently growing active cases”. At a meeting to review the availability of oxygen, ventilators, manpower, medicines and hospital beds in 11 states/UT reporting a surge in Covid-19 cases, Harsh Vardhan said: “India is currently reporting the sharpest growth rate of 7.6% in new Covid cases, which is 1.3 times higher than case growth rate of 5.5% reported in June 2020.” He said the Centre is rushing 6,303 additional ventila...
On foreign policy decisions, Joe Biden faces drag of pragmatism – Times of India
Politics

On foreign policy decisions, Joe Biden faces drag of pragmatism – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden this past week found himself in search of a foreign policy sweet spot: somewhere between pulling a screeching U-turn on four years of Trumpism and cautiously approaching the world as it is. In recent days, Biden has piled new sanctions on Russia, announced he would withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan in less than five months and backed away from a campaign promise to sharply raise refugee admission caps. "You know, we'll be much more formidable to our adversaries and competitors over the long term if we fight the battles for the next 20 years, not the last 20," Biden said in an explanation of his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan that also summed up his topline foreign policy hopes. Yet, as this past week has shown, Biden is finding that wh...
Arjun Rampal tests positive for Coronavirus; “I have isolated myself and home quarantined” – Times of India
Entertainment

Arjun Rampal tests positive for Coronavirus; “I have isolated myself and home quarantined” – Times of India

Arjun Rampal is the latest Bollywood celebrity who has tested positive for COVID-19. The actor took to his Instagram handle and urged everyone who has come in contact with him in the past 10days to take necessary precautions. He wrote, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Even though I am asymptomatic, I have isolated myself and home quarantined, getting the needed medical care. He also added, “I am following all the protocols as is required of me. To all those who have been in contact with me in the past 10 days, please take care and take the necessary precautions. This is a very scary time for us but if we are aware and wise for a short span of time, it will yield long term benefits. Together we can and we will fight corona”. Earlier today Sonu Sood also tested positive for COVID-19...
Mirabai creates world record in clean and jerk, bags bronze in Asian Championship | More sports News – Times of India
Sports

Mirabai creates world record in clean and jerk, bags bronze in Asian Championship | More sports News – Times of India

TASHKENT: Former world champion Mirabai Chanu made a splendid return to the weightlifting arena, setting a new world record in clean and jerk while also bettering her own national record en route winning a bronze medal at the Asian Championship on Saturday. Chanu also confirmed her Tokyo Olympics spot as she has now competed in the six mandatory qualifying events. The 26-year-old Indian lifted 86kg in snatch and a world record of 119kg in clean and jerk for a total of 205kg. While the earlier clean and jerk world record was 118kg, Chanu's personal best total in 49kg was 203kg (88kg+115kg) at the National Championship in February last year. The gold medal went to Hou Zhihui of China who created a new world record in snatch and total weight with an effort of 213kg (96g+117kg) while her co...
Kriti Sanon jokingly calls out Varun Dhawan in THIS video amid shooting for ‘Bhediya’ – Times of India
Entertainment

Kriti Sanon jokingly calls out Varun Dhawan in THIS video amid shooting for ‘Bhediya’ – Times of India

Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan are currently making the most of their ‘Bhediya’ shoot in Arunachal Pradesh creating memories and funny banters for a lifetime. This time the actress took to her Instagram handle to share a hilarious video of Varun Dhawan who unknowingly misses out on feeding a piece of cake to a little baby who was hoping to have a taste of the same. “This might make your day🤣...We all have been there, haven’t we? 😂 P.S. : cant believe you did that to her @varundvn 😂🤣'' captioned Kriti Sanon jokingly calling out her co-star. Fans have dropped in hilarious comments and also admitted having such relatable moments in their life too. Earlier, the actress dropped a new video from the shoot location, where she along with Varun were seen exploring the streets, markets and enjo...
Uddhav says called PM, told busy in Bengal; Goyal hits back
Gaming

Uddhav says called PM, told busy in Bengal; Goyal hits back

Triggering a new row with the Centre at a time when Maharashtra is grappling with the surge in Covid-19 cases and shortage of essential medical supplies, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Saturday said he had called Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday evening, seeking his intervention for the supply of medical oxygen and Remdesivir, but was told that he was busy with the election in West Bengal. Thackeray said this during a meeting with industry leaders Saturday morning. A statement from the CMO quoted Thackeray saying: “Considering the number of Covid patients, more oxygen is required and we have informed the Prime Minister as well. Yesterday evening also, I contacted him but was not able to speak as he was busy with the West Bengal elections. But we are getting all cooperat...