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Day: April 18, 2021

IPL 2021, DC vs PBKS: Shikhar Dhawan’s 92 helps Delhi Capitals easily chase down 196 against Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021, DC vs PBKS: Shikhar Dhawan’s 92 helps Delhi Capitals easily chase down 196 against Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

Shikhar Dhawan has been around since the inception of IPL. Browse through his career and you won't find a single below-par season. Yet, his stature as an IPL giant has exponentially grown in the last couple of years with Delhi Capitals. On Sunday night, Dhawan brought together all his experience against Punjab Kings and set Capitals on track to chase down 196 with rather consummate ease. They eventually notched their second win with 10 balls and six wickets to spare. Dhawan's 92 off 49 balls was a statement that screamed he is at the peak of his T20 cricket at 35 years of age. Known for being sublime through the off-side, Dhawan opened up the on-side on Sunday, sending the rather inexperienced Punjab attack into a tizzy. He moved around the crease and worked each of the bowlers through ...
Jaishankar arrives in Abu Dhabi; meets UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah | India News – Times of India
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Jaishankar arrives in Abu Dhabi; meets UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah | India News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar, who arrived here on Sunday, met his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral economic cooperation and issues of mutual and regional interest. "Delighted to meet FM @ABZayed. Look forward to our discussions," Jaishankar tweeted. Interestingly, Jaishankar's visit coincides with the ongoing trip of his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi to the United Arab Emirates amid media reports that the Gulf emirate has been holding back channel talks to restart dialogue between the two neighbours. Delighted to meet FM @ABZayed. Look forward to our discussions. https://t.co/VdHlKryhzO— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) 1618766081000Jaishankar earlier paid a two-day visit to the ...
Muttiah Muralitharan undergoes angioplasty in Chennai hospital | Cricket News – Times of India
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Muttiah Muralitharan undergoes angioplasty in Chennai hospital | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Former Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan underwent an angioplasty in a Chennai hospital on Sunday. Muralitharan, who turned 49 on Saturday, had a clot in his artery which required the procedure. Currently part of coaching staff of IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad, he is likely to be back in SRH dug-out soon “During a routine check-up late last month a clot was identified and the angioplasty was done on Sunday. It was a pre-planned procedure for Muralitharan which went off smoothly,” said a source close to the development. The source made it clear that Muralitharan wasn’t under any visible discomfort through this period but got admitted only when he felt mild pain. “He was his usual chirpy self and even sat at the dugout during the SRH games,” the source added. After he is...
In a first, JMM discloses electoral bond details: Rs 1 crore from Hindalco
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In a first, JMM discloses electoral bond details: Rs 1 crore from Hindalco

IN A first since the Central Government introduced electoral bonds for political donations, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has disclosed the name of the sole donor who contributed to the party through the controversial scheme. Headed by former Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren, the state party, in its contribution report for the financial year 2019-20 submitted to the Election Commission (EC), has revealed that it received Rs 1 crore from Hindalco Industries Limited through an electoral bond. The report mentions that the donation came via bond number AAACH1201R issued by the Court Compound Branch of the State Bank of India (SBI). Hindalco is an aluminium and copper manufacturing company and a subsidiary of the Aditya Birla Group. It runs an alumina refinery in Jharkhand’s ...
Fadnavis intervenes in police questioning of pharma official, sparks new Maharashtra row
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Fadnavis intervenes in police questioning of pharma official, sparks new Maharashtra row

A new political row broke out on Sunday between the Maharashtra government and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the latter’s apparent involvement in procuring supplies of remdesivir through a pharma company based in Daman, and his intervention to prevent the Mumbai Police from questioning a director of the company. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray did not speak on the controversy, but senior cabinet members from the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress attacked Fadnavis for procuring the medicine on his own, questioned his intentions, and accused him of interfering in the work of the police. Remdesivir, developed as a drug for Ebola, is in high demand for the treatment of Covid-19, even though its benefits have not been established by research. The broad s...
Delhi DRDO Covid facility that was shut during lull to open again
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Delhi DRDO Covid facility that was shut during lull to open again

Shut two months ago, the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid hospital constructed by the Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO) near Dhaula Kuan in Delhi will reopen for Covid patients on Monday. The facility had been opened in July last year when the city saw a shortage of ICU beds, and had the capacity to admit 1,000 patients. On Monday, it is expected to restart with 250 ICU-ventilator beds, DRDO officials said. Over the past two weeks, Delhi has seen record surges in Covid cases. Close to 25,500 new cases were detected on Sunday, the most for any Indian city so far. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said hospitals were running out of beds and oxygen, and appealed to the Centre for help. The DRDO facility wound up operations a little over a month before the present crisis – which t...
Greenwood bags brace as Manchester United sink Burnley | Football News – Times of India
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Greenwood bags brace as Manchester United sink Burnley | Football News – Times of India

MANCHESTER (England): Mason Greenwood continued his fine run of form with a second-half brace which helped Manchester United to a 3-1 home win over Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday and kept them on course for a top-four finish. The result left United second in the standings on 66 points from 32 games, eight behind leaders Manchester City and 10 ahead of third-placed Leicester City, who have a game in hand. Burnley stayed 17th on 33 points from 32 games, six above 18th-placed Fulham who have played a game more and were held to a 1-1 draw at Arsenal after conceding a late equaliser in the lunchtime kickoff. Greenwood was delighted and said that United were still in with an outside chance of clinching their first league title since 2013. "I'm happy I'm playing a lot, (manager) Ole (...
Oxygen shortage hits states, Delhi sends an SOS to Centre: ‘Emergency’
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Oxygen shortage hits states, Delhi sends an SOS to Centre: ‘Emergency’

WITH SHORTAGE in supplies being flagged across the country, Delhi Sunday joined the growing list of states that are scrambling to ensure adequate availability of oxygen for Covid patients as the country logged 2,61,500 new cases over the last 24 hours. The Centre, however, placed the onus of tackling the situation on state governments, with Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal saying that they “should keep demand under control”. Earlier, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal pointed out that Delhi is facing an “acute shortage of oxygen”. “In view of sharply increasing cases, Delhi needs much more than normal supply. Rather than increasing supply, our normal supply has been sharply reduced and Delhi’s quota has been diverted to other states,” he tweeted. COVID-19 testing of passengers ...
A city’s choice: College Street bookstores to Jorasanko workshops
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A city’s choice: College Street bookstores to Jorasanko workshops

At the heart of Kolkata lies a bundle of contradictions. On tracks that cut through tarred roads, trams trundle unhurriedly. Around them, the whirl of new money and luxury vehicles, speeding along roads that are one-way at one time, another way the next. Large bungalows and gleaming glass edifices sit next door to heritage homes, their columns and rafters exquisite and crumbling. Come this election, Kolkata, that bastion of Bengali exceptionalism, has a similarly convoluted choice to make. Of going back to the Left that has a very little chance of winning the election, of sticking to the TMC that swept the city, is very much Bengali but not quite bhadralok, or the rising BJP that promises jobs and vikas but comes with its own unique trappings. On an afternoon this week, the...
Amid migrant movement, Sitharaman reassures industry: no full lockdown
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Amid migrant movement, Sitharaman reassures industry: no full lockdown

Amid a sharply rising Covid curve, with migrant workers starting to crowd railway stations and bus terminals in scenes reminiscent of the days following last year’s nationwide lockdown, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has reached out to industry associations and leaders of India Inc to reassure them that the government has no plan to impose another such lockdown, and will instead focus on creating small containment zones. Sitharaman also conveyed to them that PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were in touch with states, and were monitoring the situation regarding availability of oxygen, essential medicines and medical facilities. A senior official with one of the industry associations told The Indian Express that the Minister’s Sunday call was aimed at calmin...
Scrapping of Class 10 Boards and the lack of better solutions
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Scrapping of Class 10 Boards and the lack of better solutions

For many generations, students have been spending their high school years preparing for the much-feared board examinations of Class 10. The maiden tryst with the real fear of the examinations, various centers, admit cards, results, mark sheet, certificates, coupled with the most heard and unsolicited comment and opinion from parents, teachers, friends, and relatives has been “board ka saal hai”, “all set for the boards?”, “How much do you think you can score?” so on and so forth. At times, the best of psychologists are unable to eradicate the anxiety and the fear psychosis associated with the board syndrome, and the Covid-19 pandemic adds double the misery. However, for some, the fear was forgotten for a bit and there was euphoria about going to school and appearing for the...
Federer confirms French Open participation | Tennis News – Times of India
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Federer confirms French Open participation | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Roger Federer confirmed on Sunday he will play the French Open at Roland Garros this year having skipped the 2020 edition to recover from knee surgery. "Hi everyone! Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva and Paris. Until then I will use the time to train. Can't wait to play in Switzerland again," the 39-year-old said on Twitter. Hi everyone!Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva🇨🇭 and Paris 🇫🇷. Until then I will use the time to train.… https://t.co/h71yOkQJmq— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) 1618759044000Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, captured Roland Garros for the only time in 2009. His last appearance in the French capital in 2019 ended in a semi-final loss to Rafael Nadal, now a 13-time champion. Should Nadal triumph again in June, he will win a record-sett...
In letter to PM, Mamata flags vaccine, drug shortage
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In letter to PM, Mamata flags vaccine, drug shortage

Amid a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines and drugs, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure an adequate supply of vaccine doses, medicines and oxygen. Banerjee also called on Modi to resign over what she claimed was a botched response to the pandemic’s second wave. In a letter, the chief minister complained about an erratic supply of vaccine doses and asked Modi for 5.4 crore shots. Banerjee reminded the prime minister about a previous request to allow the state to purchase vaccines with its funds for a “massive free [Covid-19] vaccination campaign”. “You may recall that I had written to you on February 24, 2021, to allow the state to purchase vaccination doses directly with state funds and launch a massive free vac...
UEFA says will ban clubs who take part in a European Super League | Football News – Times of India
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UEFA says will ban clubs who take part in a European Super League | Football News – Times of India

PARIS: UEFA and English, Spanish and Italian football authorities announced on Sunday that any clubs who take part in a so-called European Super League would be banned from all other domestic and continental competitions. European football's governing body said it had learned that some English, Spanish and Italian clubs might announce a breakaway competition. "The clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams," UEFA said in a statement. Media reports on Sunday suggested that an announcement on plans to create a Super League could be made later in the day. Sky Sports reported that Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea were among six ...
People of Bengal want white beard, not white saree: Dilip Ghosh | India News – Times of India
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People of Bengal want white beard, not white saree: Dilip Ghosh | India News – Times of India

BARDHAMAN: In an apparent jibe at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Sunday said that people want the white beard and not white saree. Ghosh's reference to white beard is apparently to that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The TMC supremo, on the other hand, is famous for her trademark white saree and Hawaiian slippers. "White saree and Hawaiian slippers have fooled the people of West Bengal for long. That won't happen now. They don't want white saree anymore, what they need is the white beard, which will build Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal)," he said, while addressing an election rally at Bhatar constituency in Purba Bardhaman district. He said that elections in West Bengal won't be needed to be conducted under the security provided by central forc...
Nketiah’s stoppage-time strike denies Fulham first win at Arsenal | Football News – Times of India
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Nketiah’s stoppage-time strike denies Fulham first win at Arsenal | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Arsenal substitute Eddie Nketiah struck deep into stoppage time to cancel out Josh Maja's second-half penalty in a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday. Fulham, 18th in the table, had been on the verge of a first ever win away to Arsenal at the 30th attempt. Arsenal had the ball in the net twice in the first half but both were ruled out for offside, with Dani Ceballos's effort chalked off following a very tight VAR decision. Fulham went ahead when Brazilian defender Gabriel was adjudged to have tripped Mario Lemina and Maja fired his penalty into the roof of the net in the 59th minute. Gunners substitute Nicolas Pepe almost got his side level in the 71st minute, but keeper Alphonse Areola instinctively flicked out a foot to keep his header o...
Jharkhand’s migrants begin returning home
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Jharkhand’s migrants begin returning home

For Sanjay Choudhary, last year’s events have started repeating themselves – huddling with his friends to hear of rising Covid-19 cases, night curfews and weekend curbs. Fearful of another lockdown, the construction worker and 11 of his associates have returned to Jharkhand after just a few months in Bhopal. Till March 2020, Choudhary had earned Rs 500 a day at a construction site in Nagpur. However, after the lockdown was announced, he was left with no food and no electricity, and even the contractor who had engaged him went missing. Eventually, he and some others walked, hired vehicles and boarded trains to reach Chhattisgarh, from where a 24-hour bus ride took Choudhary to his home town in Garhwa district. In December, as Covid-19 cases dropped nationwide, Choudhary and ...
De Villiers says it will be ‘fantastic’ to play for South Africa again | Cricket News – Times of India
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De Villiers says it will be ‘fantastic’ to play for South Africa again | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Versatile South African cricketer AB de Villiers on Sunday said it will be "fantastic" to make an international comeback ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in India in October-November. ICYMI: The ABD masterclass at Chepauk! 👏👏7⃣6⃣* off 3⃣4⃣ balls with 9⃣ fours & 3⃣ sixes! ⚡️⚡️Watch how… https://t.co/DFvxOq4Mlt— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1618748332000"If I can slot in, it will be fantastic," de Villiers said after he played another match-winning innings for his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. The prolific batsman added he will be fine with it even if he is not able to make a comeback. De Villiers, 37, said he is going to communicate with South Africa head coach Mark Boucher towards the end of the IPL. "I am abso...
IPL 2021: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul propel Punjab to 195/4 against Delhi | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul propel Punjab to 195/4 against Delhi | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Mayank Agarwal and captain KL Rahul stitched a century-run opening stand to guide Punjab Kings to a challenging 195 for four against Delhi Capitals in the IPL on Sunday. Agarwal made 69 off 36 balls, while Rahul scored 61 off 51 deliveries as Punjab made a flying start to their innings. Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant's decision to bowl after winning the toss backfired as the opening duo of Agarwal and Rahul took the attack to the opposition bowlers from the onset, hitting boundaries and sixes at will. A FIFTY for the birthday boy here at The Wankhede.Live - https://t.co/wbefi7u3wk #DCvPBKS #VIVOIPL https://t.co/cjjN05rKFD— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1618758411000While Agarwal was the aggressor of the two initially, Rahul upped the ante after a relatively sedate start. Agarw...
IPL 2021: Maxwell and de Villiers’ knocks made the difference, says Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Maxwell and de Villiers’ knocks made the difference, says Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Glenn Maxwell has taken his new team to "like duck to water" and AB de Villiers' "love" for the franchise too has helped in putting Royal Challengers Bangalore on the right track this season, captain Virat Kohli said on Sunday. RCB beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs to win their third match on the trot with Maxwell and de Villiers cracking blistering 78 off 49 balls and 76 not out off 36 balls respectively. "Maxi has taken this team like a duck to water. AB loves the team and they were the difference today," Kohli said at the post-match presentation. "I said at the halfway mark we have 200 because of two genius innings back-to-back. Maxwell was outstanding and AB to follow. When he gets in with that kind of form and flow, it's impossible to stop him. We got 40 extra runs on ...