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Mahila Kalakar Sangh want CM Uddhav Thackeray to help them! – Times of India
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Mahila Kalakar Sangh want CM Uddhav Thackeray to help them! – Times of India

The Bollywood workers are as important as construction workers. The women wing of the junior artists called the Mahila Kalakar Sangh is seeking help and support from the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray during the lockdown. Zhuleka, who heads the department and has worked with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Govinda says that our Chief Minister needs to pay attention to us. We are also workers and totally dependent on work in the film industry and being daily wagers none of us has earned a single penny in the last one month.’’ Most of the members young or old are totally dependent on the film and TV industry. Zhuleka informs, "The men are driving rickshaws and doing odd jobs but our women members cannot do those jobs. Ramadan is going on and I keep getting...
IPL 2021, PBKS vs DC: Shikhar Dhawan stars in Delhi Capitals’ dominant win over Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021, PBKS vs DC: Shikhar Dhawan stars in Delhi Capitals’ dominant win over Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Shikhar Dhawan's delightful 69 dwarfed Mayank Agarwal's unbeaten 99 as Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings by seven wickets in the IPL here on Sunday to go atop the points table. Agarwal, leading the side in the absence of regular skipper K L Rahul, used the straight bat effectively in his lone hand to take Punjab Kings to 166 for six. Delhi Capitals hardly broke a sweat in the run chase, cantering to victory in 17.4 overs overs, their sixth win in eight matches. Match highlights | ScorecardFor Punjab Kings, it was their fifth loss in eight games, summing up their inconsistent run so far. The destructive opening duo of Prithvi Shaw (39 off 22) and Dhawan (69 not out off 47) gave another flying start to Delhi who raced to 63 for no loss in six overs. Both struck delightful dr...
Bengal elections: How did the ‘stars’ fare? | India News – Times of India
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Bengal elections: How did the ‘stars’ fare? | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In West Bengal, both Trinamool and BJP had fielded a galaxy of star candidates, from the world of film, sports and others. How did they fare? We take a look at the performance of some of the star candidates. TMC's star candidates:Thespian Bratya Basu won comfortably from Dum Dum in the northern fringes of Kolkata. Bratya BasuFilm director Raj Chakraborty won from Barrackpore. Actor Koushani Mukherjee was no match for BJP heavyweight Mukul Roy in Krishnanagar Uttar. Koushani MukherjeeSinger Aditi Munshi had no trouble getting past BJP's Samik Bhattacharya in Rajarhat-Gopalpur. Ex-India footballer Bidesh Bose had an easy run in Uluberia Purba. Bidesh BoseActor Chiranjeet Chakraborty won rather easily from Barasat. Ex-cricketer Manoj Tiwari won handsomely from Shibpur in Howrah....
Partial lockdown in Punjab for two weeks
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Partial lockdown in Punjab for two weeks

Two days after Punjab CM Amarinder Singh ruled out a lockdown, Punjab on Sunday imposed stricter Covid curbs by shutting down all the shops, except those selling essential items, till May 15. The shops selling essential items, including chemists, those selling milk, bread, vegetables, dairy, poultry, and mobile repairs shops will be allowed to remain open. There are no curbs on the nursing homes and laboratories, latest guidelines issued by Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal said. While the orders did not use the work “lockdown”, but with the shops having to shut down, the state has clearly imposed a partial lockdown. The government has appealed to the farmers not to organise protest marches and restrict presence to token numbers at toll plazas, petrol pumps and malls. The ...
As LDF bucks trend, storms back to power, why this is Pinarayi Vijayan’s win
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As LDF bucks trend, storms back to power, why this is Pinarayi Vijayan’s win

THE CPM-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) came back to power in Kerala on Sunday with a decisive win, breaking the state’s long tradition of the incumbent government being unseated every five years. That the LDF won 99 out of 140 Assembly seats, eight seats more than what it won in 2016, makes this a victory of Pinarayi Vijayan, considering the LDF campaign revolved almost entirely around the Chief Minister. Addressing the press in Dharmadam, his home constituency, after the LDF win, Vijayan said, “This is a historic victory… In the last five years, the state faced several crises, but the LDF stood with the people on all such occasions. This victory shows that people have accepted the performance of the government.” On bucking anti-incumbency, Vijayan said, “The state had a t...
BJP back to ground ‘zero’ in Kerala, temple no answer to party prayers
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BJP back to ground ‘zero’ in Kerala, temple no answer to party prayers

FAR from winning at least half-a-dozen seats as it claimed it would do, the BJP ended with a duck in Kerala, losing even Nemom that it had won in 2016. Moreover, unlike last time when it ended up second in seven constituencies, it managed that mark in only five. The Nemom win had been positioned as a stepping stone for the BJP into Kerala’s politics. The party had also hoped to make gains by playing up the controversy over the Sabarimala temple entry issue, targeting the Hindu vote. However, it got only around 11% of the votes, around the same as 2016, and a drop from its 2019 Lok Sabha count. Among the big losers was BJP state president K Surendran, who could win neither of the two constituencies he contested from, Konni or Manjeshwar. The much-publicised Metro Man E Sreed...
Delhi: Batra stops admissions, more hospitals sound alarm
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Delhi: Batra stops admissions, more hospitals sound alarm

A day after 12 Covid patients, including a senior doctor, died after oxygen stocks at Batra Hospital in South Delhi’s Mehrauli ran out, authorities at the private facility said on Sunday that they were still struggling for supplies and have stopped new admissions. Several other hospitals in the capital, too, continued to scramble for oxygen supplies with six of them, including two children’s facilities, saying they were left with barely a few hours of supply. Among them was Jaipur Golden Hospital, where 20 Covid patients had died last week after a drop in oxygen pressure. The other hospitals that sought help were Vimhans and Triton Hospital in South East Delhi, Akash Hospital in Dwarka, and Sitaram Bhartia Hospital and Rainbow Madhukar Hospital in South Delhi. Some of them...
Revisit vaccine policy, consider lockdown to curb virus: SC to Centre
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Revisit vaccine policy, consider lockdown to curb virus: SC to Centre

THE SUPREME COURT Sunday called upon the Centre to revisit its vaccine procurement policy stating it would “prima facie result in a detriment to the right to public health which is an integral element of Article 21 of the Constitution”. It also urged the Centre and states “to consider imposing a lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare”. On lockdown, the Supreme Court bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said, “We are cognisant of the socio-economic impact of a lockdown, specifically, on the marginalised communities… thus, in case the measure of a lockdown is imposed, arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of these communities.” Further, observing that no one shall be denied hospital...
West Bengal: Mamata takes TMC to historic victory, but loses her own seat
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West Bengal: Mamata takes TMC to historic victory, but loses her own seat

Mamata Banerjee made history in 2011, ending the 34-year rule of the Left Front. A decade later, she made history again, roaring to a third term in spectacular fashion, fighting back anti-incumbency, a wave of desertions from her party, and a giant BJP election machinery led personally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. In an ironic twist to the Trinamool Congress’s triumph, however, Banerjee herself lost — she was edged out narrowly by her lieutenant-turned-BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, whom she had chosen to confront in his stronghold of Nandigram. Adhikari defeated Banerjee by 1,956 votes, as per data on the Election Commission website at midnight. At press time, the Trinamool Congress had either won or was leading in 214 of the 292 seats that we...
Explained: Bengal defeat robs BJP of planks, boosts Mamata, federal pushback
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Explained: Bengal defeat robs BJP of planks, boosts Mamata, federal pushback

Although five states went to the polls, for the BJP, West Bengal was the grand prize it pulled out all the stops for: from a super-charged campaign led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with almost the entire Cabinet and the BJP top brass roped in, to a pointed attack that targeted TMC leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and framed the contest as “Modi vs Didi.” For the party, a West Bengal win would have helped plant its flag in a state it has long coveted, demoralised a shrinking Opposition and helped it to argue that it had secured public affirmation when it’s seen floundering in the face of the unprecedented Covid crisis. But that didn’t happen. Banerjee, who herself lost the election, led her party to a landmark 200-plus tally. The BJP surged from just three to ov...
In Assam, BJP returns to power; mandate by people to ‘protect culture’, says Sarma
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In Assam, BJP returns to power; mandate by people to ‘protect culture’, says Sarma

THE BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP), together with its allies, is all set to return to power in Assam for a second consecutive term. Despite a spirited fight by the Congress-led grand alliance or mahajot, the counting trend clearly shows the stage set for BJP’s victory. In the run-up to the elections, the party used the rhetoric of polarisation, overcame political opposition to the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, and trumped anti-incumbency with successful implementation of a series of welfare schemes. “People of Assam have elected a BJP government for the second time,” incumbent Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal told the press in his brief first reaction on the poll results. Sonowal won from Majuli. In a statement in the evening, he thanked Prime Minister Narendr...
In Tamil Nadu, DMK staves off ADMK challenge, comes to power after a decade
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In Tamil Nadu, DMK staves off ADMK challenge, comes to power after a decade

Staving off a strong challenge from incumbent AIADMK, the alliance led by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Sunday won or has leads in 157 seats out of 234, paving the way for the DMK’s return to power after a gap of 10 years. At the time of going to press, the DMK had won or was leading in 133 seats (up from the 89 seats it won in 2016); the Congress in 16 of the 25 seats it contested; Dalit Party VCK in four seats; and the CPM and the CPI in two seats each. Under the leadership of DMK chief M K Stalin, who is set to take charge as Chief Minister, the party had earlier won 38 of the 39 seats in the 2019 parliamentary polls. The AIADMK-led alliance has 85 seats, with 76 seats for the AIADMK (down from 136 in 2016), 5 for the PMK, and 4 for the BJP. While the DMK victor...
SOS is refrain within as Congress continues downward march
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SOS is refrain within as Congress continues downward march

Yet another counting day and yet another demoralising defeat for the Congress. Since 2014, of the 40 Assembly elections held, the party, on its own, could win and form governments in only four states and a Union Territory. After today’s defeats in Kerala, Assam, Puducherry and the wipeout in West Bengal, Congress leaders across states are admitting, in hushed tones, that the bigger worry is that the party is losing its legitimacy — moral and political — to lead the Opposition at the national level as it is fast ceding space to regional forces in the fight against the BJP. The defeat, many party leaders said, is set to deepen internal turmoil and give another window for the detractors of senior leader Rahul Gandhi, who had virtually led the party’s campaign in Kerala, from w...
Foreign missions get help from Youth Congress, Govt says: ‘Don’t hoard oxygen’
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Foreign missions get help from Youth Congress, Govt says: ‘Don’t hoard oxygen’

THE OXYGEN crisis in Delhi has opened up a new front between the Government and the Opposition Congress, this time involving two foreign missions. And led to an unusually undiplomatic message from the Government to “all high commissions and embassies”: Do not hoard oxygen. This comes in the middle of a global Covid diplomacy push with India sending more than 6.5 cr vaccines to over 80 countries and around 40 nations, including the US, sending aid in the form of oxygen and related equipment, like concentrators and tankers, and key drugs such as remdesivir. Sunday’s spat was sparked by posts on social media by Youth Congress that its volunteers had supplied oxygen cylinders to the New Zealand and Philippines missions following specific requests. External Affairs Minister S Ja...
Assam election: BJP’s welfare sops swing votes in its favour | India News – Times of India
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Assam election: BJP’s welfare sops swing votes in its favour | India News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: If the 2016 election revolved around Narendra Modi and his vow to free the state of infiltrators, the 2021 election was all about the identity of Assamese and indigenous people. Development and employment were lesser issues. Assam, except the Bengali-inhabited Barak Valley, erupted in protests in December 2019 when the Centre passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Five people were killed in the protests and numerous others were injured in the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protests that sparked a chain reaction across the Brahmaputra Valley. Leading organizations like the All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and Asam Sahitya Sabha expressed solidarity with the protesters to safeguard the indigenous identity for months till the pandemi...
Manchester United-Liverpool game postponed after fan protests | Football News – Times of India
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Manchester United-Liverpool game postponed after fan protests | Football News – Times of India

MANCHESTER (United Kingdom): Manchester United's Premier League clash against Liverpool was postponed on Sunday after fans invaded the Old Trafford pitch as part of a protest against United's owners, the Glazer family. Hundreds of fans managed to make their way into the ground, chanting "we want Glazers out." Large numbers of supporters had also gathered outside the stadium and there were clashes with police as they moved in to disperse the crowd. "Following discussion between the police, the Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today," United said in a statement. "Our fans are passionate about Manchester United and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression...
IPL 2021: Warner is a world class player and there are conversations to be had: Williamson | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Warner is a world class player and there are conversations to be had: Williamson | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Newly-appointed Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson believes that conversations on his predecessor David Warner's future in the playing XI is still on as the Australian is a world class player. Warner was stripped of SRH captaincy on Saturday after the team lost five out of its first six matches and Williamson's elevation to the post hasn't changed the fortunes as it suffered a 55-run defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals. "There are a number of leaders in the group. It's important we stay tight. And for us it is about building as a side and making adjustments," Williamson looked a bit uncomfortable on Warner's question during the post-match presentation. The skipper said that the team needs to be clear about strategies and execution. "Rather than over-search for th...
IPL 2021: Very difficult decision to drop Warner from playing XI, says Bayliss | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Very difficult decision to drop Warner from playing XI, says Bayliss | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Trevor Bayliss on Sunday said it was a "difficult decision" to drop David Warner from the playing XI but the management was forced to try out a different combination in bid to arrest the team's slide in the ongoing IPL. Warner was dropped from the playing XI, a day after being stripped of captaincy. Under him, SRH managed to win one out their six games. The Australian himself hasn't been in greatest of form which led to Kane Williamson being handed the reins. "It was very difficult (to drop Warner from playing XI). He's a guy who's had so much success for the team but that's the way we wanted to go, try and get a different combination working for us," Bayliss said at the post-match conference after his side's 55-run defeat against Rajasthan Roya...
Hamilton wins Portuguese Grand Prix to stretch F1 lead | Racing News – Times of India
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Hamilton wins Portuguese Grand Prix to stretch F1 lead | Racing News – Times of India

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Portuguese Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday to stretch his Formula One lead over Red Bull's Max Verstappen to eight points after three races. Verstappen finished second at the Algarve circuit with Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas completing the podium, and taking a bonus point for the fastest lap, after starting from pole position. BREAKING: @LewisHamilton wins in Portugal, ahead of Max Verstappen (P2) and Valtteri Bottas (P3) 🏁The 97th victor… https://t.co/rPl5O3fbm6— Formula 1 (@F1) 1619969934000Verstappen's Mexican teammate Sergio Perez was fourth. 2-1.#PortugueseGP 🇵🇹 #F1 https://t.co/rXq9L94Ag0— Formula 1 (@F1) 1619970206000The victory was a record-extending 97th of Hamilton's career. Source link