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Form over potential: India squad for WTC final, England Tests announced
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Form over potential: India squad for WTC final, England Tests announced

To scale the twin peaks of clinching the World Test Championship and winning a series in England, in a four-month-long stay in that country, India’s selectors have broken away from the much-trodden horses-for-courses path as well as their fixation with seam-bowling all-rounders and wrist spinners. Instead, they have picked the squad on the tangible yardsticks of consistency, continuity and form – the currency of wickets and runs considered more valuable than promise and potential. At most other times, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar might have been perceived as central figures in the selectors’ design for an England tour, even if Pandya is not fully fit to bowl in Tests and Bhuvneshwar has not played a first-class game in more than three years. But such is the range and...
Form over potential
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Form over potential

To scale the twin peaks of clinching the World Test Championship and winning a series in England, in a four-month-long stay in that country, India’s selectors have broken away from the much-trodden horses-for-courses path as well as their fixation with seam-bowling all-rounders and wrist spinners. Instead, they have picked the squad on the tangible yardsticks of consistency, continuity and form – the currency of wickets and runs considered more valuable than promise and potential. At most other times, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar might have been perceived as central figures in the selectors’ design for an England tour, even if Pandya is not fully fit to bowl in Tests and Bhuvneshwar has not played a first-class game in more than three years. But such is the range an...
In second wave, Covid hits rural India: cases and deaths quadruple
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In second wave, Covid hits rural India: cases and deaths quadruple

A disconcerting feature of the second wave of Covid-19 is the surge in cases in rural India. Compared with the first peak in September last year, the number of cases in India’s hinterland or backward regions has quadrupled, and so has the number of the dead. The districts covered by the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) — 243 of the 272 for which data are available — had more than 39.16 lakh people infected with the disease as on May 5. This is more than four times the 9.5 lakh infections at the peak of the first wave on September 16, 2020. The burden of active cases in these districts is also much higher in the second wave, which is yet to peak. The active caseload right now is more than 4.2 times the peak active caseload in the first wave. More than 7.15 lakh people in th...
Madhuri Dixit shares video on essentials at home against COVID-19 – Times of India
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Madhuri Dixit shares video on essentials at home against COVID-19 – Times of India

Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit Nene on Friday shared a list of essential items to take care of health at home amid coronavirus pandemic. The 'Hum Aapke Kain Koun' star put out a video on Instagram, in which she urged people to stay indoors. "In the COVID-19 days, it is very essential to have these objects in the home. Hand sanitiser, thermometer, Pulse Oxy or Oximeter to measure the oxygen levels of patient, who is extremely ill and has cough or cold," she said. "Gloves for each person, and if you are using homemade mask - then use two face masks or else one N 95 mask," she added. Taking to the caption, the 'Kalank' actor wrote, "What's needed at home for COVID care?#StayHomeStaySafe." Celebrity followers including Tiger Shroff and more than 31,000 fans liked the post, while many chime...
Mary Kom ‘favourite’ to win Asian Boxing Championships | Boxing News – Times of India
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Mary Kom ‘favourite’ to win Asian Boxing Championships | Boxing News – Times of India

Mary Kom (TOI Photo)NEW DELHI: Six-time AIBA Women's World Champion and five-time ASBC Asian Women's champion Mary Kom will compete in the flyweight (51kg) in Dubai in the upcoming Asian women's Boxing Championships. The upcoming ASBC Asian men's and women's Boxing Championships, which are scheduled to be held in New Delhi have been relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates due to the current COVID-19 situation. Boxers born between 1980 and 2002 are eligible to participate in the ASBC Asian men's and women's Elite Boxing Championships in 10 weight categories both for men and women. Indian boxer Mary Kom, who is an Asian Games winner and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, will start the tournament as favourite in the women's category. She has won most of her titles in the light flyweight ...
A graduate from MIT, former banker, Tamil Nadu’s finance minister wants Centre to give state its due
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A graduate from MIT, former banker, Tamil Nadu’s finance minister wants Centre to give state its due

A political scion with engineering and management degrees from top institutes at home and in the US. A top banker who lived and married abroad, and returned to become a popular MLA. An ardent devotee of Goddess Meenakshi in a party that swears by atheism. Palanivel Thiagarajan, or PTR, as he is better known, is a study in contrasts. However, for once in his long and eventful career, the 55-year-old’s life has taken an anticipated turn. New Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin has picked this highly qualified MLA — with an engineering degree from NIT Trichy, higher studies in the State University of New York, and an MBA in Finance from the Sloan School of Management at MIT — to be his Finance Minister. It’s a fitting progression for PTR, whose grandfather P T Rajan was the c...
Centre firm in resolve to help Bengal fight Covid: Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India
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Centre firm in resolve to help Bengal fight Covid: Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee seeking a uniform vaccination policy for the country, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday assured her that the Centre was firm in its resolve to help the state fight the Covid-19 pandemic, but also flagged more than 40 per cent positivity rate in some districts of the state. Vardhan also asked the West Bengal chief minister to focus on conducting more tests to detect infections in the state. In a four-page letter addressed to her and posted on his Twitter timeline, the health minister congratulated Banerjee for her victory in the recently held assembly elections. Aamaar Sonar Bangla!Diagnostics,therapeutics, medicines, oxygen,or augmenting health infra..Rest assured… https://t.co/CwhkSh6fjv— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshv...
Active caseload thrice last year’s peak, a lone doctor struggles to cope with flood of patients in Saharanpur
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Active caseload thrice last year’s peak, a lone doctor struggles to cope with flood of patients in Saharanpur

The patient is weak and gasping for breath, Dr V K Sharma can barely hear him speak. But he puts his hand on the patient’s chest, checks the makeshift saline drip on a rickety pole, and utters the same words of reassurance that he says he has most often used throughout his 45-year practice. “Bas sardi-khansi hai, thik ho jaoge (It’s just a cold and cough, you will be fine).” But Dr Sharma knows it’s different this time. The words are more placebo than truth. “Should I tell them they could die?” he says. Over the past few weeks, Sharma’s one-room clinic on the roadside at Bargaon village in Saharanpur on Uttar Pradesh’s north-western tip has been handling a deluge of patients with Covid symptoms. It’s a snapshot of the grim challenge that India’s most populous state, which ...
US agency withdraws proposed rule that expanded biometric collection for non-citizens – Times of India
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US agency withdraws proposed rule that expanded biometric collection for non-citizens – Times of India

MUMBAI: The US department of homeland security (DHS) has withdrawn a rule proposed by the earlier Trump administration, that would have expanded the scope for collecting biometrics by removing age restrictions; requiring submission of biometrics for every applicant, sponsor, beneficiary, or other individual filing for or associated with any immigration or naturalization (citizenship) benefit or request unless this requirement was specifically waived or exempt. The proposed rule had also authorised use of additional types of biometric modalities such as palm prints, iris scans, voice recognition and in certain instances DNS. The proposal which also enabled collection of biometrics from minors had come under a lot of flak. DHS’s withdrawal of this proposed rule is consistent with Presiden...
UK authorities label version of Indian Covid variant as concerning
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UK authorities label version of Indian Covid variant as concerning

Health authorities in England on Friday labelled one subtype of the so-called Indian variant as a variant of concern (VOC), following a rise in the number of cases in the UK and evidence of community transmission. The B.1.617.2, which had been classified as a variant under investigation (VUI) on April 28, is now known as VOC-21APR-02 after it was found to be at least as transmissible as the so-called Kent variant, detected in England last year and the dominant variant in the UK so far. “Cases of VOC-21APR-02 have increased to 520 from 202 over the last week and almost half the cases are related to travel or contact with a traveller,” Public Health England (PHE) said. The cases are spread across the country, but the majority of the cases are in two areas: the north west of E...
Oxygen racket: More concentrators seized from Khan Market eateries
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Oxygen racket: More concentrators seized from Khan Market eateries

A day after it seized 419 oxygen concentrators, 32 of those from a restaurant in South Delhi’s Lodhi Colony, and arrested four men for allegedly being part of a racket to sell the machines at inflated rates, the net has widened with the Delhi Police finding more concentrators stashed away in two top restaurants, Town Hall and Khan Chacha, both in the Capital’s Khan Market. What links the three restaurants is their owner, Navneet Kalra, who, police said, was “absconding”. DCP (South District) Atul Kumar Thakur said, “Navneet Kalra’s role is being verified. He will soon be called to join the investigation. At present, his phone is switched off and he is absconding. We are conducting raids.” Police said they are also probing the role of Gagan Duggal, owner of Matrix Cellular,...
Thought of deferring polls but decided against it: Dissenting EC Rajiv Kumar
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Thought of deferring polls but decided against it: Dissenting EC Rajiv Kumar

THE Election Commission (EC) had considered deferring a few phases of the recently held Assembly polls given the rising number of Covid cases but decided against it since the imposition of President’s Rule could have proven to be “damaging” for the poll body. The dissenting election commissioner, Rajiv Kumar, is said to have written this in his affidavit that was rejected by the Commission, and not filed with the Madras High Court. Kumar wrote that such a move would have caused “massive hue and cry and popular discontentment” and exposed the Commission to the accusation of favouring one party over another. The EC, he said, had also looked into the option of merging the remaining three phases. Thought of deferring polls but decided against it: dissenting EC Rajiv Kumar of We...
IPL 2021: Not comfortable in Delhi, Williamson and Co. fly out to Maldives | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Not comfortable in Delhi, Williamson and Co. fly out to Maldives | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Kane Williamson and three other New Zealanders on Friday flew to Maldives in a departure from their original plan, as they were not feeling comfortable staying in COVID-19 hotspot Delhi. Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Williamson, Chennai Super Kings' Mitchell Santner and Royal Challengers Bangalore's Kyle Jamison and CSK physio Tommy Simsek took a commercial flight to Maldives. The four were originally supposed to stay in Delhi in a mini bio-bubble till May 10 and take a flight to the UK ahead of the Test series in England and World Test Championship final against India from June 18. "Kane and few others from New Zealand were not feeling safe in Delhi because of the COVID situation there. That is why they decided to fly to Maldives," a Sunrisers Hyderabad official told PTI. Anot...
Over 45,000 cases daily, Karnataka chooses ‘last resort’: total lockdown
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Over 45,000 cases daily, Karnataka chooses ‘last resort’: total lockdown

With Karnataka clocking over 45,000 Covid cases daily in the past week, the BJP government has moved to impose a total lockdown in the state — the “last resort” prescribed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tackle the surge in his address to the nation two weeks ago. On Friday evening, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced a full lockdown in the state from May 10 to May 24 to break the chain of Covid transmission in the state. “There will be no movement of people allowed in this period. There will be a window of four hours between 6 am and 10 am for people to buy essential items. There will be no industrial activity but in-situ construction is allowed,” Yediyurappa said. The announcement of the lockdown came on a day when the state reported a record 592 deaths,...
UK open to hosting Champions League final due to Turkey travel ban | Football News – Times of India
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UK open to hosting Champions League final due to Turkey travel ban | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Britain on Friday said it was willing to step in to host the Champions League football final, after the government placed Turkey on a coronavirus travel red list. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the UK was "very open to hosting the final round" of the competition, which is due to take place between English clubs Manchester City and Chelsea in Istanbul on May 29. The English Football Association were in talks with European football's governing body UEFA already, he said, but added the choice of venue for the final was a decision for UEFA. Shapps said Chelsea and City supporters should not travel to Istanbul, telling a Downing Street press conference: "I'm afraid we are having to put Turkey on the red list and this will have a number of ramifications. "First of all, it does ...
Don’t want to be coercive but we mean business: top court tells SG
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Don’t want to be coercive but we mean business: top court tells SG

Stating that it didn’t want to be “coercive” but that it “means business”, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to ensure that 700 Metric Tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) is supplied to Delhi daily to meet the needs of Covid-19 patients. “We want 700 MT to be supplied to Delhi on a daily basis. Please don’t force us to be in a situation where we have to be firm,” a Bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who appeared for the Centre. “…And we mean business. It has to be supplied and we don’t want to be coercive,” said Justice Chandrachud, adding that while the court will clarify this in its detailed order, “you proceed and arrange the oxygen”. Justice Shah also told the government that “we had made it very clear that we...
Over 15% positivity in 24 states, cases trending steeply up in 30 districts
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Over 15% positivity in 24 states, cases trending steeply up in 30 districts

Twenty-four states have reported a test positivity rate of more than 15 per cent for Covid-19 over the last week, the government said on Friday. At least 30 districts had showed “a steep upward trend” in cases over the last two weeks. The data were a “matter of great concern”, the Health Ministry said. The country’s total active caseload was 36,45,164 on Friday. A record 4,14,188 cases had been reported over the previous 24 hours, along with 3,915 deaths, the government said. Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Health Arti Ahuja said seven states had reported a very high test positivity rate of 30 per cent or more over the past week: Goa (48.5 per cent), Haryana (36.1 per cent), Puducherry (34.9 per cent), West Bengal (33.1 per cent), and Karnataka, Delhi, and Rajasthan...
SC rejects plea against Karnataka HC order, ‘won’t leave people in the lurch’
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SC rejects plea against Karnataka HC order, ‘won’t leave people in the lurch’

OVERRULING PLEAS by the Centre, the Supreme Court Friday declined to interfere with a Karnataka High Court direction asking the Central Government to increase daily allocation of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) for the state, which has emerged as the country’s new Covid hotspot, from 962 metric tonnes (MT) to 1,200 MT for a short period to tide over an acute shortage. In its plea, the Centre said that if every High Court were to pass similar orders without regard to the stocks available, it will lead to chaos in LMO supply. The Bench said that while it is looking at the “larger issue”, it will not “leave the people of the state in the lurch”. With a daily caseload of over 45,000 in the state, a Bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said the Karnataka High Court’s order...
Madhya Pradesh: Tigress found dead in canal, mystery prevails | India News – Times of India
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Madhya Pradesh: Tigress found dead in canal, mystery prevails | India News – Times of India

BHOPAL: A sub-adult tigress was found under mysterious circumstances in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh. All its body organs were intact and poaching attempt has been ruled out by the officials. Some however suspect it as a case of electrocution or poisoning on grounds that it had bleeding from mouth. Autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday. Carcass of tigress was seen floating in Rajiv Gandhi irrigation canal near Waraseoni thehsil’s Khadagpur village (Ansira gram panchayat) which is roughly 20 kms away from the Maharashtra border, officials informed. They believe this tigress must have dispersed from Maharashtra’s Bhandara district following forest connectivity. Villagers informed that flow of the canal was high on Wednesday, and therefore it would have floated from somewhere else...
WHO hopes Olympics can go ahead, up to Japan to manage risks | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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WHO hopes Olympics can go ahead, up to Japan to manage risks | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

GENEVA: The World Health Organization hopes the Olympics can go ahead in Japan this summer, but there must be an assessment to determine how best to manage risks from COVID-19 pandemic, the chief of the WHO's emergencies programme said on Friday. "It is our hope that the Olympics can occur," Mike Ryan told a briefing, describing the Japanese authorities as "highly competent" to make decisions on how to stage the Games while avoiding social mixing that would spread the virus Source link