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UPSC returns govt’s list for probable DGP, wants 2 more to be added
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UPSC returns govt’s list for probable DGP, wants 2 more to be added

The appointment of Maharashtra’s director general of police will likely take a few more weeks if not months as the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has returned the government’s slate of names, asking it to add two more to the 12 already on it, and also send the annual confidential reports (ACR) of all. The names, sent to the UPSC on March 18, were returned in the first week of April with the commission asking for two more names and the ACRs of all 14, official sources said. The list includes the names of Sanjay Pandey, who at present holds the additional charge of Maharashtra DGP, DGP (Anti-Corruption) Rajnish Seth, Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale and others. The government is now likely to add the names of Jaijeet Singh and Sadanand Date of the 1990 batch...
Wrestler’s death: Police conducting raids to trace Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, others | Off the field News – Times of India
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Wrestler’s death: Police conducting raids to trace Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, others | Off the field News – Times of India

Sushil Kumar (File Pic - TOI Photo)NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on Thursday said it is conducting raids in search of two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and others in connection with a brawl that led to the death of a wrestler inside the Chhatrasal Stadium complex in north Delhi. A senior police officer said Kumar, the only Indian to win two individual Olympic medals, is yet to join the investigation. Teams have been formed and raids are being conducted in Delhi and the neighbouring states, the police said. A 23-year-old wrestler died and two of his friends got injured after they were allegedly brutally assaulted by other wrestlers inside the Chhatrasal Stadium. The incident occurred in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday over a dispute related to a property located in the...
Oxygen notice: Lucknow hospital slapped with FIR, says will move Allahabad HC
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Oxygen notice: Lucknow hospital slapped with FIR, says will move Allahabad HC

CLOSE TO midnight on Wednesday, the Lucknow administration filed an FIR against a city hospital accusing it of spreading “false rumours” over shortage of oxygen. On Thursday, the hospital administration, which had put up a notice on May 3 asking relatives to take away patients as it was facing oxygen shortage, said it would move the Allahabad High Court over the FIR. Sun Hospital, located in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar area, was declared a Covid facility around a month ago. On May 3, the 45-bed hospital had 38 patients, with the hospital claiming all were on oxygen support at the time. On Thursday, it had 28 Covid patients, with 20 on oxygen support. The FIR, filed at 11.30 pm on Wednesday, came a day after the Allahabad High Court, during a hearing, called deaths due to lack of ...
Jumbo India squad expected for England trip; Prithvi Shaw set for comeback, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan in mix | Cricket News – Times of India
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Jumbo India squad expected for England trip; Prithvi Shaw set for comeback, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan in mix | Cricket News – Times of India

<p>Prithvi Shaw is expected to back after getting his form back in IPL. He played only one Test in Australia last year and was dropped for lack of form. (Getty Images)<br></p>NEW DELHI: The India A regulars like Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal will be in contention along with rookie sensation Devdutt Padikkal when the selectors on Friday pick a 30-strong India squad for the four-month trip to United Kingdom. The Indian team is scheduled to play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand at Southampton from June 18-22 before taking on England in a five-Test series. The series will begin at Nottingham (Aug 4-8) and will be followed by matches at Lord's (August 12-16), Leeds (Aug 25-29), Oval (Sep 2-6) and Manchester (Sep 10-14). A 14-day hard quarantine...
Congress demands arrest of Tejasvi Surya, BJP MLA Sathish Reddy for bed scam | India News – Times of India
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Congress demands arrest of Tejasvi Surya, BJP MLA Sathish Reddy for bed scam | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The opposition Congress on Thursday stepped up the attack on the ruling BJP in Karnataka and demanded the arrest of party MP Tejasvi Surya and a party MLA, alleging they were behind the scam involving blocking of hospital beds meant for Covid patients in the city. Surya, the Bengaluru South BJP MP and Yuva Morcha president, Bommanahalli BJP MLA M Sathish Reddy and Basavanagudi MLA Ravi Subramanya on Tuesday made claims about the bed blocking scam in Bengaluru and doubted the involvement of a few Muslims, who were deployed at the Covid War Room of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). As the expose went live on Tuesday and Surya read out their names, Subramanya screamed at the BBMP officials, "Have you appointed these people for Madrassa or the Corporation (BBMP)?" To...
Exclusive! Is Kartik Aaryan’s ouster from ‘Dostana 2’ the outcome of his fluster over Janhvi Kapoor cutting off all ties with him? – Times of India
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Exclusive! Is Kartik Aaryan’s ouster from ‘Dostana 2’ the outcome of his fluster over Janhvi Kapoor cutting off all ties with him? – Times of India

Here's the big story of 'Dostana 2' that's doing the rounds and ETimes has got it first. It is known that Kartik Aaryan is not doing 'Dostana 2' and Karan Johar is hunting high and low for a replacement. But did you know that 60 per cent of the film has been already shot and several crores have been spent on it? And did you know that Kartik didn't want to do the film because he had a big fallout with Janhvi Kapoor? The story goes that Janhvi and Kartik's friendship ended sometime in January and thereafter, Kartik allegedly started being difficult. He kept procrastinating on the dates and consequently, the shoot kept getting delayed. Sources say, Kartik was mighty upset about the rift with Janhvi so much that one day he told Collin D'Cunha (director) that they should rather make somethi...
Ulhasnagar: Swab stick supplier held, did not have FDA licence
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Ulhasnagar: Swab stick supplier held, did not have FDA licence

The Thane Police on Thursday evening arrested Manish Keswani, a supplier of swab sticks for Covid-19 tests. This comes a day after the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation and the police found slum dwellers packing swab sticks – supplied by Keswani – at their homes in unsterile conditions at Sant Gyaneshwar Nagar. “Keswani has been detained and his questioning will give us further leads about the supply chain,” said Suresh Mekhla, who holds the additional charge of Thane Police Commissioner. Since last week, multiple households at the slum were involved in packing swab sticks in plastic wrappers to be used for RT-PCR tests. Women and children involved had to pack two swabs each in a packet and earned Rs 20 for 1,000 packets. Keswani owns a godown in the slum and stocked the pac...
District Muzaffarnagar: Here, nurses are doctors, ward boys are nurses, families are ward boys
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District Muzaffarnagar: Here, nurses are doctors, ward boys are nurses, families are ward boys

At 10.45 in the morning, next to the gate with an iron grill, an ambulance is parked with its door open. Inside, the Covid patient is lying on his back, an oxygen mask on his face. Next to him is his wife, her hand clasping his. For five minutes, there is silence, then shouts outside. “Where will we take him?” asks a family member angrily. “What can we do if there is no space,” a nurse responds. She turns to the patient’s wife: “Just don’t let him fall asleep.” It’s a replay of familiar scenes outside Covid isolation wards across the country since early April when the second wave started wreaking havoc. But then, this is the district hospital of Muzaffarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, a state which has the fourth highest active caseload in the country with over 2.6 lakh cases. UP ...
BMC chief: If someone laughs at us, how do I share Mumbai model
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BMC chief: If someone laughs at us, how do I share Mumbai model

The Covid curve in his city on its way down, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said that the “Mumbai model” could work in other cities and states only if there was honesty about the severity of the coronavirus problem. “Two months back I used to get calls from my colleagues in the government of India, asking why only Maharashtra has Covid. And they would laugh at us. If someone is laughing at us, how do I share my model with them?… When calamity hits, there is no time to learn, don’t have the cushion time to copy those models,” he said at the Idea Exchange interaction with The Indian Express newsroom Thursday. (A detailed transcript will be published May 10.) He said he had attended a meeting of Delhi government and Central officials ...
Ajit Singh (1939-2021): The accidental politician who mastered the art of sharp turns
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Ajit Singh (1939-2021): The accidental politician who mastered the art of sharp turns

AN IIT graduate who stumbled into politics to take up the legacy of his legendary father Chaudhary Charan Singh, Ajit Singh would go on to become a consummate politician who moved effortlessly from the BJP to the Congress, and from the Socialists to Communists — as the situation demanded — to keep the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) relevant above and beyond its electoral strength. On Thursday, the RLD supremo, who had handed over the baton to his son Jayant Chaudhary, passed away in Gurgaon due to Covid-19 complications, at the age of 82. While never rising to the heights of Charan Singh, who served briefly as prime minister, the affable and ever-smiling Ajit Singh ensured that the RLD remained a key contender in Hindi-belt politics — retaining its fertile support base among farme...
Dissenting EC had offered to quit; poll body contradicts itself on media gag
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Dissenting EC had offered to quit; poll body contradicts itself on media gag

The dissenting Election Commissioner had offered to resign as “punishment” if the Madras High Court (HC) so desired. This was among the key points the Commissioner had made in his affidavit, The Indian Express has learned. In his affidavit, he is said to have stated that the court’s oral observations — on the Election Commission’s role in conducting elections during the second Covid wave — had demoralised the EC’s rank and file. Urging the court to not punish the institution but the individual, he is said to have requested the court to withdraw its oral observations or hold him personally accountable. For the latter, he offered to take personal responsibility and resign. But this affidavit was rejected by the Election Commission and never filed with the HC nor attached wit...
SC strikes balance: Madras HC remarks were harsh; free speech, open court key to citizens’ right to know
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SC strikes balance: Madras HC remarks were harsh; free speech, open court key to citizens’ right to know

Days after it said it would strike a balance, the Supreme Court did so Thursday. “Harsh,” and “inappropriate,” was how it described the Madras High Court’s remarks that the Election Commission of India (ECI) “should be put on murder charges” for “not stopping political parties” from violating Covid protocol during their campaign rallies last month. The apex court also underlined the need “for judges to exercise caution in off-the-cuff remarks in open court”. But the bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah rejected the ECI’s prayer to direct the media not to report oral observations but only what is part of the judicial records saying: “The freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the Constitution extends to reporting the proceedings of judicial institutions as ...
Swiss embassy says AAI never submitted visa documents for Lausanne World Cup | More sports News – Times of India
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Swiss embassy says AAI never submitted visa documents for Lausanne World Cup | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Archery Association of India (AAI) did not submit the visa application documents for recurve Indian archers to the Swiss embassy in Delhi for their participation in the World Cup Stage 2 in Lausanne from May 17 to 23, an official embassy spokesperson confirmed to TOI on Thursday. The spokesperson said that AAI’s claim that they had applied for short-term visas for its Tokyo Olympics-bound recurve archery team to compete in the Lausanne meet is factually incorrect. "First, we never received any visa applications for Indian archers from them, so the issue that the visas weren’t granted doesn’t arise. Secondly, there’s no restriction on the entry of sportspersons in Switzerland if they are travelling for this particular reason, which is the World Cup. Yes, you have to underg...
US backs IP rights waiver for Covid vaccines, EU says ready to discuss
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US backs IP rights waiver for Covid vaccines, EU says ready to discuss

In a move that could potentially help increase production of Covid-19 vaccines around the world, the United States on Wednesday announced its support for waiving intellectual property (IP) protections for these vaccines. Subsequently, the European Union (EU) agreed to discuss such a waiver, after having opposed the proposal made by India and South Africa last year. A waiver on IP protections would mean pharmaceutical firms and vaccine makers across the world can learn how to make these vaccines without fear of lawsuits from companies that originally developed them. However, such a waiver can only be enforced if the final proposal, which will have to be reworked through discussions, is accepted by all members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). “Countries such as Canada,...
Maldives Speaker Mohamed Nasheed injured in blast: Police – Times of India
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Maldives Speaker Mohamed Nasheed injured in blast: Police – Times of India

MALE: Maldives' first democratically elected president and current Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has been injured in a blast on Thursday near his home and was being treated in a hospital in the capital, police said. The police media unit text message did not give more details but said it has started investigations and urged the public to refrain from going to the blast area in the capital, Male. Nasheed, now 53, became the first democratically elected leader of the archipelago state after a 30-year autocratic rule. He served as president from 2008 until 2012. Photos circulating on social media showed a ripped up motorcycle at the scene but it is still not clear whether the blast was an assassination attempt. External affairs miniter S jaishankar reacted to the attack on Nasheed and...
Union minister convoy attacked as Bengal post-poll violence continues
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Union minister convoy attacked as Bengal post-poll violence continues

The convoy of V Muraleedharan, MoS, Ministry of External Affairs, was attacked and his vehicle ransacked while he was visiting West Midnapore district to meet BJP workers, who had allegedly come under attack by supporters of the ruling the Trinamool Congress. Armed with sticks, the attackers pelted his car with bricks and stones. Even as the Union minister escaped unhurt in West Midnapore, a four-member team of the Union Home ministry arrived in West Bengal and held meetings with the DGP and chief secretary. Sporadic incidents of violence continued, including one in Cooch Behar’s Dinhata which left Trinamool leader Udayan Guha with a broken left hand. Reacting to the attack on the Union minister’s vehicle, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “While political gatherings...
IGNOU TEE June 2021 exam postponed, new schedule later – Times of India
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IGNOU TEE June 2021 exam postponed, new schedule later – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Due to the steep rise in the Covid 19 cases, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has postponed the Term-end Examinations, June 2021 scheduled to commence from June 15. The exam has been postponed till further notification. "Consequent upon the outburst and infectious growth of the second wave of the Coronavirus (Covid 19) and the subsequent lockdown in various parts of the country, the Term-end Examinations, June 2021 of Indira Gandhi National Open University, tentatively scheduled to be held from 15th June 2021 as per the tentative date sheet published on the University's website, have been postponed till further notification," the university said in a statement issued on Thursday. Postponement of Term End Examination - June 2021 https://t.co/3IHyCLURBG— I...
Nadal makes Madrid last eight as Barty eases into women’s final | Tennis News – Times of India
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Nadal makes Madrid last eight as Barty eases into women’s final | Tennis News – Times of India

Rafael Nadal (AP Photo)MADRID: Rafael Nadal swept into the Madrid Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Alexei Popyrin, while Ashleigh Barty booked her spot in the women's final by ending the run of wildcard Paula Badosa. Nadal, a five-time champion in the Spanish capital, saved five of six break points in a challenging opening set as he faced the 76th-ranked Popyrin for the first time. A lone break of the Australian's serve in the second was enough for the 20-time Grand Slam winner to seal the match and set up a showdown with fifth seed Alexander Zverev or Britain's Dan Evans. Evans upset Novak Djokovic earlier this month at Monte Carlo, where Nadal lost in the quarters to Andrey Rublev. The Spaniard recovered from that setback to win his first title of the year ...
Microsoft:  Microsoft is not making any profit with the Xbox consoles: Report – Times of India
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Microsoft: Microsoft is not making any profit with the Xbox consoles: Report – Times of India

The Apple-Epic Games trial has revealed some other important details too, like data of Xbox console sale of Microsoft. As per the data, which is based upon what Lori Wright, Xbox VP of business development, testified to during the trial, the tech giant has been selling the Xbox consoles at a loss, making zero profit on them, claims a report by Softpedia. Wes Earnhardt, the lawyer of Epic Games reportedly asked the Xbox VP this: “How much margin does Microsoft earn on the sale on the Xbox consoles?” to which she responded, “We don't. We sell the consoles at a loss,” “Just to be clear, does Microsoft ever earn a profit on the sale of an Xbox console?” Earnhardt continued. “No,” came the answer from the Xbox VP. As per the report, Microsoft is suffering from a loss from its gaming hardware...
Explained: What is liquid oxygen? When is it used for Covid treatment? | India News – Times of India
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Explained: What is liquid oxygen? When is it used for Covid treatment? | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The massive second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic barrelled past another grim milestone as India reported nearly 4.12 lakh new cases on Thursday even as demand for medical oxygen jumped sevenfold. Hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds amid an unprecedented rise in Covid-19 cases. Most hospitals are not equipped with independent plants that generate oxygen directly for patients. As a result, hospitals typically rely on liquid oxygen, which can be stored in cylinders and transported in tankers. But amid the surge, supplies in hard-hit places including New Delhi are running critically short. What is liquid oxygen and why is it in such great demand?Liquid oxygen is crucial for the treatment of severe Covid-19 patients since the disease...