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UEFA moves Champions League final to Porto: Reports | Football News – Times of India
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UEFA moves Champions League final to Porto: Reports | Football News – Times of India

ANKARA: UEFA has moved this month's Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea from Istanbul to Porto, according to Turkish media reports on Tuesday. European soccer's governing body declined to comment on the reports from the media outlets, which included television channel HaberTurk, while Turkish Football Federation officials were not immediately available for comment. The UK government placed Turkey on its travel 'red list' on Friday, effectively ruling out the opportunity for supporters of the English clubs to attend the game. Talks have taken place between UEFA and the UK government in recent days on moving the May 29 game to Wembley Stadium in London to allow easier access for fans of the English clubs. However, a source with knowledge of the discussions said ther...
NZ wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling to retire after UK tour | Cricket News – Times of India
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NZ wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling to retire after UK tour | Cricket News – Times of India

AUCKLAND (New Zealand): New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Tuesday announced that wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling will be retiring from international cricket after the tour of England. The 35-year-old has been a stalwart of the Test side since debuting in 2009 as an opening batsman, going on to establish himself as a world-class keeper-batsman and claiming numerous records in his 73 Tests to date. With the BlackCaps contracts for the 2021-22 season due to be released on Friday, in which Watling will not be included due to his future unavailability, his retirement news was expedited. The curtain is set to come down on the career of one of New Zealand’s most widely respected cricketers, with wicket… https://t.co/gp6NfpvrQ8— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) 1620752662000The Northern Districts gloveman had...
Congress: Nadda’s letter reeks of arrogance, Modi govt in denial of failure in handling pandemic | India News – Times of India
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Congress: Nadda’s letter reeks of arrogance, Modi govt in denial of failure in handling pandemic | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress on Tuesday hit back at BJP chief J P Nadda for his letter to party president Sonia Gandhi accusing Rahul Gandhi of duplicity on the Covid-19 situation, saying the communication reeked of arrogance and denial and of the government’s complete failure in handling the coronavirus situation. Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken refuted allegations of politicking made by Nadda in his letter to Sonia and said former PM Manmohan Singh, Sonia and Rahul had forwarded “constructive” suggestions to PM Narendra Modi as part of the opposition’s “raj dharma”. While these suggestions were eventually endorsed by scientific journals like the Lancet and Nature, and bodies like the Indian Medical Association, they were disregarded by the Modi government, the letter said. “What option do we ...
Alleged serial killer faces death penalty trial in Oklahoma – Times of India
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Alleged serial killer faces death penalty trial in Oklahoma – Times of India

William Lewis Reece faces charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping. AP PhotoOKLAHOMA CITY: Jury selection continued Tuesday in the death penalty trial of an alleged serial killer accused of kidnapping and killing an Oklahoma woman more than 20 years ago. William Lewis Reece, 61, faces charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the 1997 killing of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston, who was abducted from a car wash in Bethany, Oklahoma. Her body was found the next day in Canadian County. The Oklahoman newspaper reported that District Judge Susan Stallings had potential jurors questioned one at a time, and away from others, about their opinions on the death penalty. Jury selection began Monday. A Texas Ranger testified during a preliminary hearing in 2017 that Reece acknowledged kill...
Bengal: 2 BJP MLAs choose to stay MPs, may quit
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Bengal: 2 BJP MLAs choose to stay MPs, may quit

TWO BJP MPs, Nisith Pramanik and Jagannath Sarkar, who won in the recent Assembly polls and became MLAs, are likely to resign from the Assembly and continue as as Members of Parliament, party sources said on Tuesday. Cooch Behar MP Nisith Pramanik and Ranaghat MP Jagannath Sarkar won Assembly seats of Dinhata and Santipur, respectively, in the recently concluded Assembly polls. While Sarkar won the Santipur seat by a margin of 15,878 votes over his nearest rival, Pramanik won the Dinhata seat from the TMC by 57 votes. According to sources, the party has asked both of them to continue as MPs and resign as MLAs. Both leaders did not take oath as MLAs last week as they are awaiting a decision from the party in this regard. This would necessitate by-elections in their Assembly ...
BTS’ World TV debut of new single Butter to be at Billboard Music Awards 2021 – Times of India
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BTS’ World TV debut of new single Butter to be at Billboard Music Awards 2021 – Times of India

ARMY, get ready! K-Pop icons, BTS announced on Tuesday that the World TV debut of their new single 'Butter' will be at the Billboard Music Awards on May 23. The group will take the stage remotely from Korea and will broadcast the LIVE performance during the telecast. The band took to their official handle to make the announcement that read, "We can’t hold it in any longer! Our debut performance of #BTS_Butter will be at this year’s @BBMAs! Watch on Sunday, May 23rd." We can’t hold it in any longer! Our debut performance of “#BTS_Butter” will be at this year’s @BBMAs! Watch on Sun… https://t.co/GiM4UDr2AD— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) 1620748800000 are you ready?! the world tv debut of @BTS_twt's BUTTER will be at the #BBMAs !!! don't miss it sunday, may 23 at 8… https://t.co/...
Bengal: 48-year-old judicial officer succumbs to Covid; states sees highest 1-day spike
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Bengal: 48-year-old judicial officer succumbs to Covid; states sees highest 1-day spike

West Bengal lost a judicial officer to Covid-19 on Tuesday. The 48-year-old judge, Soumendra Nath Roy, who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kolkata, is survived by his parents, wife and a daughter who studies in Class 11. His father Kinkar Chandra Roy is a retired district judge. Hailing from a respectable family of judges, he started his career as a judicial magistrate at Chinsurah in Hooghly district in 2005 before going on to serve in the capacity of a Munsif at Lalbagh in Murshidabad. In 2011, he was promoted to a sub-judge at Bongaon in the North 24-Parganas. He then moved to Howrah as a sub-judge before serving in the capacity of DLSA secretary. He was also a sub-judge at Barasat before becoming the Chief Judicial Magistrate. He had been serving in th...
California governor proposes $12 billion to house state’s homeless – Times of India
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California governor proposes $12 billion to house state’s homeless – Times of India

The nation's most populous state county has an estimated 161,000 people experiencing homelessness, which is more than any other state. AP PhotoSAN FRANCISCO: California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday proposed $12 billion in new funding to get more people experiencing homelessness in the state into housing and to "functionally end family homelessness" within five years. Newsom's plan was announced in a statement and he was expected to provide more details at a media event Tuesday morning in San Diego County. The first-term Democrat faces a recall election, mounted by Republicans and others unhappy with the way he has handled the pandemic, the economy and government. The nation's most populous state county has an estimated 161,000 people experiencing homelessness, which is more than any oth...
Bengal: Governor to visit Sitalkuchi tomorrow
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Bengal: Governor to visit Sitalkuchi tomorrow

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will visit Cooch Behar district’s Sitalkuchi area on May 13 as part of his efforts to take stock of the post-poll violence situation in the state. The Governor on Tuesday tweeted, “Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar will be leaving Kolkata by BSF Helicopter on May 13 to visit post-poll unprecedented violence-affected areas @MamataOfficial #Sitalkuchi and other places in Coochbehar to connect with sufferers.” During the fourth phase of the Assembly elections on April 10, four people were killed outside a polling booth in Jorpatki village in Sitalkuchi when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel on election duty opened fired at a crowd that allegedly tried to snatch their weapons. Unidentified gunmen shot dead another voter the same da...
KR Gouri (1919-2021): Lifetime of firsts for Kerala’s Communist icon
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KR Gouri (1919-2021): Lifetime of firsts for Kerala’s Communist icon

SHE WAS the woman in Kerala’s Communist pantheon. The first woman law graduate from the Ezhava community. A minister in the first democratically elected Communist government of 1957 led by E M S Namboodiripad. The force behind the Kerala Agrarian Relations Bill, which paved the way for historic land reforms by fixing a ceiling for ownership. The rebel, still, at the age of 76 who broke away to start her own party. K R Gouri, who passed away Tuesday in Thiruvananthapuram at the age of 102, was all of this. And yet, she was so much more. She was one of Kerala’s longest serving politicians in a career arching over eight decades, starting with the freedom struggle. She was the wife whose sense of ideology led her to the newly formed CPI(M) after the split of 1964, leaving her h...
Allahabad HC: Election Commission, higher courts, govt failed to see risks from holding polls
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Allahabad HC: Election Commission, higher courts, govt failed to see risks from holding polls

The Allahabad High Court has observed that “the Election Commission, the Higher Courts and the Government failed to fathom the disastrous consequences of permitting the elections in few States and the Panchayat elections in the State of Uttar Pradesh”. While the Covid-19 infection “had not reached the village population in its first wave…last year, [it] has now spread to the villages”, the court said. According to the court, the state government “is having tough time in controlling the spread of novel coronavirus in urban areas”, and it would be very difficult to carry out tests, detect infections, and treat the population in the villages. “The State lacks preparation and resources for the same at present,” a single judge Bench of Justice Siddharth said in an order allowing...
Dismiss plea against Central Vista project with ‘exemplary costs’: Centre to Delhi HC
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Dismiss plea against Central Vista project with ‘exemplary costs’: Centre to Delhi HC

THE CENTRE on Tuesday sought dismissal of a petition seeking an interim stay on the ongoing construction at Central Vista Avenue amid the Covid-19 pandemic, telling the Delhi High Court that the petition was “one more attempt” to stall the project. The court on Tuesday said it will hear the case on Wednesday. “Such attempts are going on since the inception of the project under one pretext or the other and in one name or the other,” said the Union government, adding the petition deserves to be dismissed with “exemplary costs” on the ground “that it is an abuse of the process of law”. The petition filed by Anya Malhotra, a translator, and Sohail Hashmi, historian and documentary filmmaker, states that they are concerned over the “super spreading potential and threat” posed by...
US eyes joint production of J&J vaccine in India, in touch with SII
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US eyes joint production of J&J vaccine in India, in touch with SII

THE US is looking at joint production of Johnson and Johnson’s Covid vaccine in India and ways to help manufacturers like Serum Institute of India (SII) to boost production, Daniel B Smith, Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy, said Tuesday. Smith also said that the efficacy of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, manufactured at a production facility in Baltimore, is not clear and the US Food and Drug Administration has not yet certified those doses. Last month, the White House said the US plans to share 60 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine globally as soon as they become available, and India had expected a significant chunk of the stockpile. Speaking at a media briefing, Smith said the US was concerned over the Covid situation in India, “not simply because of the humanitarian catas...
Virus spread in rural areas may hit recovery further
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Virus spread in rural areas may hit recovery further

THE DEEPENING of fear in the countryside with the rapid spread of Covid-19 in rural areas is likely to further delay the recovery of the services sectors. Some economists hence worry that the impact of the unfolding second wave, with stringent lockdowns in several states, will likely be higher than the last time around. The fear is expected to impact the rural economy in two distinct ways: i) Supply chain disruptions at the primary mandi level may dampen the multiplier impact of a good harvest this year following forecast of a normal monsoon, raising the spectre of high food inflation ii) The rural job guarantee programme (MGNREGA) which was a significant and effective intervention last year in delivering income support in the rural areas, could be under question this year....
Massive Covid spread: 533 districts reporting over 10% positivity
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Massive Covid spread: 533 districts reporting over 10% positivity

As many as 533 of the country’s 700-plus districts are now reporting a test positivity rate of more than 10 per cent, the government said on Tuesday, underlining the massive spread of the coronavirus infection in rural India in the second wave. A total 13 states have more than 1 lakh active cases; six states have 50,000 to 1 lakh active cases; and 17 states have fewer than 50,000 active cases, the Centre said. The total active case count across the country is now more than 37 lakh. “Since the second wave is raging”, it is time to dilute the Health Ministry’s earlier recommendation that no more than 30 per cent of all Covid-19 tests should be Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT), Dr Balram Bhargava, director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said. Instead, to in...
UP district now reporting highest cases, families cart their own folding cots to ward
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UP district now reporting highest cases, families cart their own folding cots to ward

A FOLDING cot that a family claims to have got itself, fans that don’t work, a roof that is leaking at several places, and a ward overpowered by the stench of a toilet. As Meerut district climbs to the top of Covid charts in Uttar Pradesh, with 1,368 new cases taking its total active number to 13,941, its largest government coronavirus facility, Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College, is struggling to keep up. Vashisht Sharma, a Delhi University student, says the cot on which his father is lying, in a corridor between two rooms in the Emergency Ward, was brought by them. “We were lucky we got our own bed. Things are so bad here, patients are lying on bed-sheets on the hospital floor.” His father has been admitted since April 28, with no improvement in his condition. “Even...
‘Monster’: Seven life sentences for ex-hospital worker in deaths – Times of India
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‘Monster’: Seven life sentences for ex-hospital worker in deaths – Times of India

Reta Mays has a history of mental health issues, and offered no explanation for why she killed the men. AP PhotoCHARLESTON: A former nursing assistant who killed seven elderly veterans with fatal injections of insulin at a West Virginia hospital was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by a federal judge who called her "the monster that no one sees coming." Reta Mays has a history of mental health issues, and offered no explanation Tuesday for why she killed the men. But US District Judge Thomas Kleeh told her "you knew what you were doing" before sentencing her to seven consecutive life terms, a punishment that means she'll likely die in prison. Mays, 46, pleaded guilty last year in federal court to seven counts of second-degree murder for intentionally injecting the men with unpresc...
Jennifer Lopez spotted with Ben Affleck; ‘Justice League’ actor’s buddy Matt Damon wishes they unite – Times of India
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Jennifer Lopez spotted with Ben Affleck; ‘Justice League’ actor’s buddy Matt Damon wishes they unite – Times of India

Hollywood star Matt Damon thinks it would be "awesome" if his dear friend, actor-filmmaker Ben Affleck, gets back together with Latina pop superstar Jennifer Lopez. Affleck and Lopez, known to fans as Bennifer back in the day when they were a couple, have lately been spotted together, and photos of the two have been doing the rounds. Post JLo's split with baseball ace Alex Rodriguez, the buzz is rife that Bennifer might be back together. Damon, who is a close friend of Affleck, was drawn into a discussion on a show when he was asked about new photos of a reunited Ben and Jen making the rounds. "There's not enough liquor in the world for you to get me to say something about that," Damon first replied, according to a report. He went on to add: "I love them both. I hope it's true. That w...
US job openings soar to highest level on record – Times of India
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US job openings soar to highest level on record – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US employers posted a record number of available jobs in March, illustrating starkly the desperation of businesses trying to find new workers as the country emerges from the pandemic and the economy expands. Yet total job gains increased only modestly, according to a Labor Department report issued Tuesday. The figures follow an April jobs report last week that was far weaker than expected, largely because companies appear unable to find the workers they need, even with the unemployment rate elevated at 6.1%. Job openings rose nearly 8%, to 8.1 million in March, the most on records dating back to December 2000, the government said. Yet overall hiring that month rose less than 4% to 6 million. The hiring number is a gross figure, while the government's jobs report - which sa...