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Navy chief briefs PM Modi about relief efforts, oxygen operation
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Navy chief briefs PM Modi about relief efforts, oxygen operation

THE NAVY is opening its hospitals in various cities to civilians, sending its doctors to assist other medical facilities and also joined the efforts to bring oxygen containers from other nations to fight the second wave of Covid, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was informed on Monday. Modi met Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Monday to review all the Covid-related initiatives taken by the Navy. The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that Singh briefed Modi “about various initiatives being taken by the Indian Navy to assist the countrymen in the pandemic” and mentioned that it has “reached out to all state administrations and have offered help in terms of hospital beds, transportation and other such things”. Singh informed the PM that naval hospitals are “being ope...
In new Cabinet, more SC/ST and women may be inducted
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In new Cabinet, more SC/ST and women may be inducted

With the Assembly polls done and dusted, and the TMC romping home with over 200 seats, all eyes have now turned to the formation of the new state Cabinet. TMC sources said that women MLAs and those from from the SC/ST and minority communities may be picked by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her new Cabinet. Also, to offset the clout of TMC rebel and newly elected BJP MLA from Nandigram, Suvendu Adhikari, in Midanpore, Banerjee is expected to accommodate his detractor Soumen Mahapatra and Akhil Giri in her Cabinet. In an irony of sorts, Banerjee lost the Nandigram battle to Suvendu by 1,956 as she alleged discrepancy in counting and decided to move the Supreme Court. Midnapore and neighbouring districts have been the Adhikari family’s pocket borough. A senior TMC leader sa...
Why BJP lost the battle for Bengal | India News – Times of India
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Why BJP lost the battle for Bengal | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Having lost the battle for Bengal, BJP is yet to sit down on a formal introspection of what went wrong in their carefully crafted campaign to oust chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress. Party insiders say among other issues that came in the way, the party was unable to counter the “outsider” campaign against it by TMC and that the “personal attacks and taunts” on Banerjee cost them dearly as people in the state disliked the disrespectful approach to a sitting CM and a woman. Local BJP leaders and central leaders - campaigning in the state for almost two months - have been targeting Banerjee, whose popularity was the main single most important element around which the TMC campaign was built. “When this popular figure was hit by state BJP president Dilip Gho...
Another grim day with 98 deaths, experts want more tests
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Another grim day with 98 deaths, experts want more tests

West Bengal state on Monday recorded 17,501 cases — 14 fewer than the day before — and 98 deaths even as experts warned of an oxygen shortage and urged the state government to increase testing from the 50,000 samples being examined most days. On Saturday, the state had reported over 100 deaths for the first time with the fatality count at 103. The active caseload on Monday was 1,19,961. According to the data shared by the Health Department on Sunday, Bengal had 9,825 beds in government hospitals, of which 3,553 were vacant. There were 6,117 beds in private hospitals, of which only 872 beds were vacant. West Bengal had 175 dedicated Covid hospitals, including 140 government facilities. The state had 1,838 beds with high dependency and critical care units, and 1,283 ventilato...
Mamata, EC spar over Nandigram, both say poll official under threat
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Mamata, EC spar over Nandigram, both say poll official under threat

A DAY after sweeping the Assembly elections in West Bengal, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee said Monday that EVMs in Nandigram, where she lost to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, were tampered with and that the Returning Officer (RO) had denied recounting fearing a threat to his life. She said that her party would approach the courts over the issue. However, when asked about the allegations, sources in the Election Commission (EC) told The Indian Express that a report submitted by the poll body’s observer in West Bengal states that RO was indeed under pressure — but it came from the TMC to agree to a recount of all EVM votes in Nandigram. The Commission is learned to have asked the state government to provide police protection to the Nandigram RO Kishore Kumar Biswas. Responding to a ques...
Indian virus variant being sent to UK to check for vaccine test
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Indian virus variant being sent to UK to check for vaccine test

Following a request from the United Kingdom, samples of the double-mutant Indian variant of the coronavirus, suspected to be fuelling the fierce second surge, are being sent to London to enable wider studies on the effectiveness of the existing vaccines against it. “The samples of the virus culture are in the process of being sent to the UK. In fact, an exchange of samples of the variants is happening. The first shipment should happen in the next few days,” Rakesh Mishra, who retired as director of the Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology three days ago, told The Indian Express. This particular variant, named B.1.617, first discovered in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra in December last year, is the focus of global attention now, because of its possib...
‘Murder’ remark: Supreme Court tells EC we can’t gag media, undermine courts
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‘Murder’ remark: Supreme Court tells EC we can’t gag media, undermine courts

Observations made by judges while hearing cases are in the “larger public interest”, and the media cannot be stopped from reporting them, the Supreme Court said Monday. “We cannot in today’s times say that media will not report the discussions that take place in court,” a Bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah told the Election Commission of India (ECI). The ECI had approached the court with a special leave petition against oral observations by the Madras High Court that the Commission “should be put on murder charges” for “not stopping political parties from wanton abuse of the Covid-19 protocol” in election rallies. In its plea, the Commission termed the HC’s remarks as “uncalled for, blatantly disparaging and derogatory”. The High Court, which is an independent c...
Adhir Chowdhury: ‘Humiliating loss… need to hit streets, come out of Twitter, Facebook’
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Adhir Chowdhury: ‘Humiliating loss… need to hit streets, come out of Twitter, Facebook’

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who led the Congress’s campaign in West Bengal, is the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha. When the group of 23 wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi seeking reforms in the party, he strongly defended the leadership. In an interview to The Indian Express after its debacle in the recent Assembly elections, he admits need for a change in the party functioning. What went so wrong for the Congress in West Bengal? Your vote share is down to 3%, you did not win even one seat. The TMC wanted to retain power and the BJP wanted to wrest power. We did not have such stakes, our fight was for survival. The BJP left no stone unturned to communalise the political environment. They failed. But in some areas where Muslims are concentrated, like Murshidabad and ...
After 4 weeks, 29 matches, Covid cloud over IPL: 4 positive, several in isolation
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After 4 weeks, 29 matches, Covid cloud over IPL: 4 positive, several in isolation

AFTER HOLDING 29 matches across four weeks in the middle of a Covid surge that has caused havoc across the country, the IPL’s bio-bubble was breached with two Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players and two non-playing members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent testing positive. The development led to Monday night’s game between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad being postponed and a cloud of uncertainty over the ongoing T20 league that ends on May 30. With KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy and medium pacer Sandeep Warrier testing positive, cricketers from four other teams that played against the Kolkata side over the last 14 days have been asked to self-isolate by their franchises. CSK is based in Delhi and scheduled to play Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. ...
Have to defeat Covid first, am street fighter, all together can fight BJP in 2024: Mamata Banerjee
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Have to defeat Covid first, am street fighter, all together can fight BJP in 2024: Mamata Banerjee

A DAY AFTER sweeping the Assembly elections with a landslide victory and returning to power for the third consecutive term, Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee said fighting and defeating Covid were her top priorities now, and demanded that the Centre provide free mass vaccination throughout the country. Banerjee tendered her resignation to West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, and is scheduled to take oath on May 5. Earlier in the day, she met the newly elected members at Trinamool Bhavan where she was elected the leader of the legislative party. Before meeting the Governor, Banerjee said, “Due to Covid, the party decided that I alone will take oath on May 5. Other ministers will be sworn in after the newly-elected members take oath in the Legislative Assembly,” she s...
Morocco detects first two cases of Indian coronavirus variant – Times of India
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Morocco detects first two cases of Indian coronavirus variant – Times of India

RABAT: Morocco has detected its first two cases of the Indian variant of the coronavirus whose contacts have been isolated to avoid contagion, the health ministry said on Monday. Morocco has banned flights with most countries and kept a night curfew in place to counter the spread of new variants. The North African kingdom has confirmed 511,912 cases of Covid-19 and registered nearly 9,032 deaths. It has rolled out vaccinations more rapidly than its neighbours, inoculating 5.1 million people to date. The variant, B.1.617, has reached at least 17 countries, from Britain and Iran to Switzerland, sparking global concern and spurring several to close their borders to people travelling from India. Source link
It is in players’ hands to make a choice: Graeme Smith on South Africans willing to exit IPL | Cricket News – Times of India
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It is in players’ hands to make a choice: Graeme Smith on South Africans willing to exit IPL | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith said the country's cricket board is always there to help but it is up to the cricketers to decide if they want to continue playing in the IPL after it has been hit by the COVID-19 storm on Monday. A COVID-19 outbreak left the star-sprinkled IPL on tenterhooks as Kolkata Knight Riders' Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for the dreaded virus, forcing postponement of their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, while cases also came to light in the Chennai Super Kings camp. "We've offered support to the players and made ourselves available to them should there be any concerns," Cricket SA's Director of Cricket Graeme Smith was quoted as saying by iol.co.za. "Ultimately, it is in their hands to make a cho...
IPL 2021: Varun, Warrier doing fine; KKR on course for their next match, says CEO Mysore | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Varun, Warrier doing fine; KKR on course for their next match, says CEO Mysore | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Kolkata Knight Riders duo of Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier are doing "fine" and the team is hopeful of returning to action for their next IPL game once the quarantine phase is over, said CEO and MD Venky Mysore. About seven hours before the start, the IPL match between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore had to be postponed on Monday after the KKR duo tested positive. "Difficult times, but I'm happy to report that both Varun and Sandeep are doing well," Mysore told host broadcasters Star Sports. "We have taken all the precautions that are necessary and have been advised by the medical teams of IPL and KKR and also getting appropriate advice from outside on what the right thing to do is. "Sandeep, in particular, is doing fine. No temperature, no other symptoms, and he...
IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals contingent isolating after two Kolkata Knight Riders players test Covid positive | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals contingent isolating after two Kolkata Knight Riders players test Covid positive | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing positive for Covid-19, it has now come to light that the entire Delhi Capitals contingent is also self-isolating in their rooms. Delhi Capitals and KKR had locked horns against each other last Thursday April 29 and both these sides are slated to square off once again on May 8. "We have been self-isolating in our rooms since this afternoon," sources within the DC camp confirmed to ANI. Delhi Capitals had last played Punjab Kings on Sunday. The Rishabh Pant-led side is currently placed at the top spot in the points table with 12 points. The Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) slated to be played on Monday evening was res...
TMC average victory margins double BJP’s, won over 70 per cent of straight fights
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TMC average victory margins double BJP’s, won over 70 per cent of straight fights

The Trinamool Congress, which swept the West Bengal Assembly elections on Sunday, has won its 213 seats by an average margin that is more than double the BJP’s in its 77 seats, Election Commission data show. The TMC’s winning candidates have an average margin of victory of 31,760 votes; BJP winners have an average margin of 14,010. The mean margin of victory across all 292 seats for which elections were held, is 26,965. The biggest victory was recorded in Sujapur in Malda district, where TMC’s Md Abdul Ghani defeated Isha Khan Choudhury of the Congress by a margin of 1,30,163 votes. The smallest margin was in Dinhata in Cooch Behar district, where Nisith Pramanik of the BJP pipped TMC’s Udayan Guha by just 57 votes. As many as 273 of the 292 seats saw straight TMC-BJP fight...
WHO chief Tedros plans to seek re-election: Stat News – Times of India
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WHO chief Tedros plans to seek re-election: Stat News – Times of India

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, plans to run for a second five-year term as the head of the agency, Stat News reported https://www.statnews.com/2021/05/03/tedros-second-term on Monday, citing a person familiar with the matter. Tedros, as he is widely known, has been the public face of the WHO's efforts to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic ever since the new SARS-CoV-2 virus emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. In 2017, Ethiopia's Tedros became the first African to head the Geneva-based United Nations agency and made universal health care coverage his priority. A spokesman for WHO said it could not comment on potential nominees. WHO's 194 member states may propose candidates until September, whose names are sent in sea...
Cut annual fee by 15%, don’t debar over non-payment: SC to Rajasthan private schools
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Cut annual fee by 15%, don’t debar over non-payment: SC to Rajasthan private schools

The Supreme Court on Monday directed private unaided schools in Rajasthan to lower the annual school fee by 15 percent for the 2020-21 academic year in lieu of unutilised facilities by the students due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said the schools may collect the full annual fee, as fixed under the Rajasthan Schools (Regulation of Fee) Act, 2016, for the preceding academic year (2019-20), but for the 2020-21 academic year, the schools will have to lower the fee by 15 per cent. The court also said that the schools are free to provide more concessions to the students – beyond the 15 per cent deduction that has been directed. The SC’s Monday order will impact around 36,000 private unaided schools, including 220 minority priv...
UoH startup innovates novel stem cell based Covid-19 treatment | India News – Times of India
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UoH startup innovates novel stem cell based Covid-19 treatment | India News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: A novel stem cell based treatment for Covid-19 patients, developed by a startup incubated at the University of Hyderabad, has emerged as an alternative for treatment of the virus. The biotech startup, Transcell Oncologics, announced a cell based technology Hemato human umbilical cord (UC) tissue harvested and clinically processed adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) that has anti-inflammatory and repairing properties. “From donated umbilical cord tissues, we have harvested and clinically processed adult MSCs that upon infusion in the patient's body would reduce cytokine storm (a protein) produced by the virus. They decrease the inflammation in the patient’s body triggered by the virus,” said Dr Subadra Dravida, founder chief executive officer, Transcell. As part of this, two i...
To nullify Covid threat, India’s Tokyo-bound shooters to take chartered flight to Croatia to train for Olympics | More sports News – Times of India
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To nullify Covid threat, India’s Tokyo-bound shooters to take chartered flight to Croatia to train for Olympics | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With a majority of nations imposing a flying ban on Indian travellers owing to the unprecedented Covid-19 situation here, several preparatory training-cum-competition plans for the Tokyo Olympics-bound country's athletes to foreign shores have either been cancelled or put on hold. However, amidst the raging pandemic, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has planned to arrange for a special chartered flight for the Tokyo-bound Indian shooters to transport them to Croatian capital Zagreb for the Olympics preparatory camp, without having to scratch their heads over looking for connecting flights and alternate routes. The shooters will be staying back in Zagreb for training purposes, before directly moving on to participate in the Tokyo Games in July-August. All the arr...
Pioneer of Kota coaching industry V K Bansal dies – Times of India
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Pioneer of Kota coaching industry V K Bansal dies – Times of India

KOTA: A pioneer of Kota coaching industry, Vinod Kumar Bansal, died at a hospital here on Monday morning after a prolonged illness, his son said. He was 71. Bansal, founder of Bansal Classes, had been suffering from multiple diseases, including muscular dystrophy, his son son Samir Bansal said, adding that he also tested Covid-19 positive, but four days back, his report came out negative. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla condoled the death of Bansal and said his death was a irreparable loss for the entire academic fraternity. "The demise of Bansal Classes director V K Bansal ji is an irreparable loss for the entire academic fraternity. He dedicated all his life to the education and progress of students. Thousands of st...