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Amid Covid fear in West Bengal, a dip in polling
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Amid Covid fear in West Bengal, a dip in polling

The seventh phase of the ongoing Assembly polls for 34 constituencies recorded the lowest till 5 pm voter turnout at 75.06 per cent on Monday as the state continued to post more than 15,000 daily coronavirus cases. The Covid impact on voters was more visible in South Kolkata with 59.91 per cent voting. Among the rest four districts, Murshidabad posted the highest turnout at 80.30 per cent, followed by Dakshin Dinajpur’s 80.21 per cent, Malda’s 78.76 per cent and Paschim Bardhaman’s 70.34 per cent. According to the chief electoral officer’s (CEO) office data for the previous voting rounds till 5 pm, Phase 1 saw 79.79 per cent turnout; Phase 2, 80.43 per cent; Phase 3, 77.68 per cent; Phase 4, 76.16 per cent; Phase 5, 78.36 per cent; and Phase 6, 79.09 per cent. The last eig...
IPL 2021, PBKS vs KKR: Captain Morgan, bowlers help Kolkata Knight Riders beat Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021, PBKS vs KKR: Captain Morgan, bowlers help Kolkata Knight Riders beat Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Skipper Eoin Morgan brought in a sense of calm after early jitters as Kolkata Knight Riders didn't let a brilliant bowling performance go in vain during their easy five-wicket victory over Punjab Kings in an IPL encounter on Monday. After the bowlers put up a splendid show to restrict Punjab Kings to 123 for 9, KKR scored the runs in 16.4 overs with skipper Morgan remaining unbeaten on 47 off 40 balls. Scorecard | Points Table | As it happenedFor KKR, it was a collective bowling performance with Prasidh Krishna (3/30), Pat Cummins (2/31) and Sunil Narine (2/22) choked Punjab after the young Shivam Mavi (1/13) bowled an astounding 15 dot balls in his four over spell. KKR has now ended their four-match losing streak and are placed fifth with four points from six games. Punjab K...
Actress Shanaya Katwe arrested for brother’s murder: Reports – Times of India
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Actress Shanaya Katwe arrested for brother’s murder: Reports – Times of India

According to recent reports Kannada actress Shanaya Katwe, known for the recent comedy 'Ondu Ghanteya Kathe', has been arrested by the Hubbali rural police for the murder of her 32-year-old brother. The victim has been identified as Rakesh Katwe in the reports which reveal that his decapitated head was found in the forest area of Devaragudihal with his other severed body parts disposed and found across Gadag Road and other areas of Hubballi. The reports also suggest that the gruesome incident took place at Shanaya and victim Rakesh's house in Hubballi when the former had visited the city to promote her film. Shanaya has been rumored to have had a love affair with Niyazahmed Katigar and with Rakesh opposing to the relationship, he was strangled to death by Niyaz and his three other frie...
In a phone call with PM Modi, Joe Biden pledges steadfast support for people of India | India News – Times of India
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In a phone call with PM Modi, Joe Biden pledges steadfast support for people of India | India News – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden, in a phone call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday pledged steadfast support of his entire administration for the people of India in its fight against Covid-19 pandemic, the White House said. Biden spoke with Modi committing that the US and India will work closely together in the fight against Covid-19. "The President pledged America's steadfast support for the people of India who have been impacted by the recent surge in Covid-19 cases,” the White House said in a readout of the call. In response, the United States is providing a range of emergency assistance, including oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials, and therapeutics, the White House said. "Prime Minister Modi expressed appreciation for the strong cooperation between both countr...
In the right mind space, Deepika Kumari  mints gold at Archery World Cup
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In the right mind space, Deepika Kumari mints gold at Archery World Cup

Rainy-unsettling winds and big-stage bumbles; clucking tongues of critics and return journeys without medals. Deepika Kumari has gone through them all in the last decade. Every time the expectations soared – based on results leading up to an Olympics – Deepika was catapulted into that cauldron of bubbling hope. A prodigious recurve, Deepika would take on more tension than the 40-42 poundage of the bowstring on her shoulders. A wilting on the biggest stages would follow in the big pressure matches, and she never quite strung together slick words to parry away the media scrutiny. Moreover, in a sport colour coding your precision over concentric circles and assigning points in a jiffy, nobody quite understood the forlorn figure at the shooting station. Heading into her third O...
WATCH: How Punjab Kings’ Ravi Bishnoi took a screamer to dismiss KKR’s Sunil Narine | Cricket News – Times of India
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WATCH: How Punjab Kings’ Ravi Bishnoi took a screamer to dismiss KKR’s Sunil Narine | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Punjab Kings' Ravi Bishnoi came up with an outstanding fielding effort as he grabbed a screamer to send Kolkata Knight Riders' Sunil Narine back to the dug out for a duck in their IPL match on Monday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday. Narine tried to pull Arshdeep Singh over deep mid-wicket but it went quite high in the sky. Over No. 3 gets wicket No. 3Ravi Bishnoi with a marvellous effort. He runs and covers the distance, puts in the d… https://t.co/TE7a4oc5CS— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1619454232000An alert Bishnoi standing at deep square leg ran to his right covering a fair amount of distance and ultimately judged it to perfection while diving perfectly to grab the ball. Incredible catch from Ravi Bishnoi! https://t.co/jSlXcodO75— Anurag ☮️😷 (@anuragb0ra...
Covid fear and anxiety spread, cash back in favour with public
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Covid fear and anxiety spread, cash back in favour with public

As the second surge began and intensified over the last two months, the reliance of the public on cash increased steadily. During the fortnight ended April 9, currency with the public jumped by Rs 30,191 crore to hit a new high of Rs 27,87,941 crore. In the six-week period between February 27 and April 9, currency with the public rose by Rs 52,928 crore, show RBI data. Experts said the increase in currency with the public is on account of the fear of imposition of lockdowns by state or central governments. Last year, after the government announced a stringent lockdown in March, currency with the public had surged. Between March and June 2020, currency with the public shot up by Rs 3.07 lakh from Rs 22.55 lakh crore in the fortnight ended February 28, 2020 to Rs 25.62 lakh c...
UP govt: Fresh Covid cases see dip, drop in Lucknow’s numbers
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UP govt: Fresh Covid cases see dip, drop in Lucknow’s numbers

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday claimed that fresh Covid-19 cases have declined in the state, with 33,574 new cases being recorded in a 24-hour period even as the number of active cases in the state breached 3 lakh. “In the last three days, fresh Covid-19 positive cases have gone down in the state. There is no shortage of beds, oxygen and life-saving drugs in the state,” ANI quoted Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as saying. “In the last four years, we established 32 oxygen plants in the state. At present, we have 72 oxygen tankers transporting oxygen to hospitals across all districts in the state,” he added. As per the state Health Department’s bulletin, the number of active cases has also started to decline in some of the worst-hit districts like Lucknow and Varanasi...
Three years after shutdown, Tamil Nadu to reopen Sterlite plant for oxygen
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Three years after shutdown, Tamil Nadu to reopen Sterlite plant for oxygen

MOVING TO ease the oxygen shortage that has hit efforts to tackle the Covid crisis, an all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami in Tamil Nadu Monday reached a consensus to reopen the controversial Sterlite copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi on a “temporary basis” for four months. The agreement comes nearly three years after the state government shut down the plant, which is owned by Vedanta Ltd, following the deaths in police firing of 13 people who were part of heated protests over environmental concerns related to its operations. The all-party meeting was held in Chennai after a public hearing called by the Thoothukudi district administration Friday failed to convince local residents about the “emergency requirement” to reopen the plant to produce me...
Citing ecosystem, Supreme Court panel red-flags Goa rail project; for tweaks in power, road plans
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Citing ecosystem, Supreme Court panel red-flags Goa rail project; for tweaks in power, road plans

RAISING SERIOUS environmental concerns, the Supreme Court’s Central Empowerment Committee (CEC) has red-flagged a key rail expansion push in Goa and recommended crucial changes to two other proposed projects — a highway and a power transmission line — in the state. These projects had been cleared by the Centre last year despite concerns being raised at various levels since they would cut through the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary (BMWS) and the Mollem National Park (MNP) in South Goa. In its report dated April 23, the CEC said that it does not find any justification in doubling the railway track from Castle Rock in Karnataka to Kulem in Goa as it “will destroy the fragile eco-system of the Western Ghats which is an internationally recognised Biodiversity hotspot and al...
Delhi scrambles for beds, HC gets Ashoka Hotel as its own Covid facility
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Delhi scrambles for beds, HC gets Ashoka Hotel as its own Covid facility

FOLLOWING A request from the Delhi High Court, the Delhi government has ordered Ashoka Hotel, a five-star facility, to set aside 100 rooms for a Covid Health Centre for judges and judicial officers of the court and their families. The facility will be linked to Primus Hospital in Chanakyapuri. An order to this effect was passed by the Chanakyapuri Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Geeta Grover, on Sunday. It comes when families of Covid patients across the national capital are scrambling to get beds and access to hospital care. The High Court itself has made several observations critical of the Centre and the Delhi government on this issue while hearing pleas on the Covid crisis. On April 22, when dealing with the issue of hospital beds, Justice Vipin Sanghi had observed: “It is a...
As Covid curve and deaths surged, hardly a blip on Election Commission radar
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As Covid curve and deaths surged, hardly a blip on Election Commission radar

The Madras High Court’s strong words for the Election Commission (EC) on Monday may have a basis. A scrutiny of the EC’s announcements starting from February 26, when it declared the schedule for five Assembly elections, to April 22, when it put stringent curbs on campaigning in West Bengal, shows that the fierce second Covid surge registered as hardly a blip on its radar. Ironically, its ban on roadshows, vehicle rallies, and public meetings of over 500 people in West Bengal came as late as April 22 and an hour after Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled his four rallies scheduled there the next day. This, even though the Trinamool Congress and the Congress had filed petitions with the EC urging it to end campaigning and reschedule the remaining election dates in West Ben...
New norms: Treat all those with symptoms, mask up at home
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New norms: Treat all those with symptoms, mask up at home

Underlining that the virus strain in the second surge is highly infectious, the head of India’s Covid-19 task force Monday recommended that the time has come to wear masks in “home settings” to break the chain of transmission. Significantly, another member of the Covid-19 task force and Director of AIIMS Randeep Guleria said that given the unprecedented surge, it is imperative to start Covid-19 treatment of those who show “classic Covid-19 symptoms” despite negative RT-PCR tests or of those whose results are awaited. These two key recommendations came as India reported a record 3,52,991 new cases Monday and 2,812 deaths in the last 24 hours; the country’s active caseload has reached 28,13,658. “In my view, looking at the pandemic and the number of cases, we have to do clini...
Ready to help, we need political consensus to fight Covid: Sonia Gandhi
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Ready to help, we need political consensus to fight Covid: Sonia Gandhi

CONGRESS president Sonia Gandhi underlined Monday the need for the political leadership to rise above “our differences” and come together to fight the Covid “calamity” as a nation. In an exclusive interview to The Indian Express, Gandhi said that the Congress was ready to extend all cooperation to the Government even as she said the “abdication of leadership” by the Centre in this public health emergency is “shocking” and “culpable.” And there was a sense people have been “abandoned” by an “all-round collapse” of governance. “We believe that fighting Covid is not a ‘You versus Us’ battle but is an ‘Us versus Corona’ battle. This battle is, therefore, beyond political alignments. We have to fight this battle together as a nation,” she said. “The Modi government must realise ...
IPL 2021: RCB pacer Mohammed Siraj makes the most of art and graft | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: RCB pacer Mohammed Siraj makes the most of art and graft | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Beamers, no-balls, wides and inconsistent lengths. Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Mohammed Siraj conceded 36 runs off 14 balls in his team’s home game against Kolkata Knight Riders in April 2019. He was panned by experts and trolled by fans. The season is one which Siraj would rather forget, with just seven wickets coming from nine matches at an economy rate of 9.55. But the 27-year-old Hyderabadi has come into his own, having worked on both bowling and fitness. His game picked up pace in the UAE edition of the IPL last year and he even earned his Test cap in Australia. Stump wreckage loading [◼️◼️◼️◼️◼️◻️ ] #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2021 https://t.co/pcyi5cjhEY— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) 1619440281000Starting out as the mainstay bowler for the three-t...
India third-largest military spender after the US and China | India News – Times of India
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India third-largest military spender after the US and China | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India remains the third biggest military spender in the world, though far behind the US that spends more than 10 times and China almost four times its defence budget. The total global military expenditure rose to $1,981 billion in 2020, an increase of 2.6% in real terms from 2019 despite the global gross domestic product contracting by 4.4% mainly due to the Covid pandemic’s economic impact, says the latest data released by global think-tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on Monday. “We can say with some certainty that the pandemic did not have a significant impact on global military spending in 2020. It remains to be seen whether countries will maintain this level of military spending through a second year of the pandemic,” said Dr Diego Lopes da Si...
IPL 2021: Working on a new mystery ball, says KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Working on a new mystery ball, says KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner Varun Chakravarthy said that dew played on his mind forcing the ball to slip out of hands during the Indian Premier League match against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Monday. Even then, Chakravarthy picked one for 24 in four overs. "In the last ten overs, dew really started setting in and there's a lot of dew. It was really tough to grip the ball, few balls were slipping and we had to dry the ball each and every ball," said Chakravarthy after PBKS innings. "I make sure that I dry the ball so that I can grip and I can bowl anything I want. But still it does play in the mind that there's too much dew and slipping, so sometimes it can slip out." The right-arm spinner, known to bowl mystery spin and hasn't been fathomed yet by the batsman, got the wic...
Sonia Gandhi: ‘Fighting Covid is not You vs Us battle but Us vs Corona battle…need to fight this together’
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Sonia Gandhi: ‘Fighting Covid is not You vs Us battle but Us vs Corona battle…need to fight this together’

In the unprecedented Covid crisis, the Centre and Opposition-ruled states face off over critical supplies of oxygen and vaccines. Coming after a long, bitter election campaign in four states and a Union Territory, the divide has hardened. Congress president SONIA GANDHI in an interview to MANOJ C G speaks on the role of the Opposition, the management of the Covid crisis and what needs to be done. Excerpts: Mrs Gandhi, how is Rahul Gandhi doing? Your son-in-law has recently recovered from Covid, how’s the family? Rahul is now improving. As you know, Covid is an unpredictable disease and we have to wait and watch for some more days. Of course, I am worried also about Dr Manmohan Singh, and all our other fellow citizens who are facing an unprecedented crisis on account of this...
Tye wonders how IPL franchises spending so much when people are not finding hospitals | Cricket News – Times of India
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Tye wonders how IPL franchises spending so much when people are not finding hospitals | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Rajasthan Royals pacer Andrew Tye, who left for Australia midway the IPL in the wake of COVID-19 surge in India, was critical of the franchises spending insane money on cricket at a time when their country is facing an unprecedented health crisis. Tye, however, said the league should go ahead if it was a means to relieving stress or giving a glimmer of hope to those who are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Looking at it from an Indian point of view, how are these companies and franchises spending so much money, and the government, on the IPL when there's people not being able to get accepted into hospital? "If sport can continue and be one of those avenues to relieve stress or give a glimmer of hope that the world is OK and there is light at the end of the tunnel, I t...
Protests reveal generational divide in immigrant communities – Times of India
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Protests reveal generational divide in immigrant communities – Times of India

When protests began in a Minneapolis suburb after a white police officer fatally shot a Black man, 21-year-old Fatumata Kromah took to the street, pushing for change. AP PhotoBROOKLYN CENTER: When protests began in a Minneapolis suburb after a white police officer fatally shot a Black man, 21-year-old Fatumata Kromah took to the street, pushing for change she says is essential to her Liberian immigrant community. Meanwhile, 40-year-old Matilda Kromah feared stepping outside her home as trauma associated with the Liberian civil war suddenly rushed back into her life, two decades after she escaped the conflict. The two women, whose shared last name is common among Liberians, have seen their lives changed amid the unrest that has sometimes engulfed Minneapolis in the months since George Fl...