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US expresses concern about violence and discrimination against religious minorities in India | India News – Times of India
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US expresses concern about violence and discrimination against religious minorities in India | India News – Times of India

WASHINGTON: Expressing concern over the alleged killings, assaults, discrimination and actions against religious and ethnic minorities in India, the US Government in an official report to Congress on Wednesday said that American officials discussed with their Indian counterparts issues related to the CAA, difficulties faced by faith-based NGOs and allegations that Muslims spread the Covid-19 virus. Mandated by the US Congress, the '2020 Report on International Religious Freedom' that documents major instances of the violation of religious freedom across the world was released by Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday. India has previously rejected the US religious freedom reports, saying it sees no locus standi for a foreign government to pronounce on the state of its citizens' ...
Surat textile trading shops to remain shut till May 17: FOSTTA
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Surat textile trading shops to remain shut till May 17: FOSTTA

The textile trading shops in Surat will continue to remain shut between May 13 and 17, the Federation of Surat Textile Traders Association said Wednesday. A delegation of FOSTTA, led by president Manoj Agrawal, general secretary Champalal Bothra, and treasurer Rajesh Agrawal, met Surat Municipal Commissioner B N Pani and Police Commissioner Ajay Kumar Tomar to decide a decision whether to allow shops to reopen from Thursday. “We urged Surat Police Commissioner to allow us to keep the textile trading market to open for three hours in the morning. He has asked us to wait till May 17. So, we have informed traders that the shutdown will continue till May 17,” the treasurer said. Source link
Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers – Times of India
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Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers – Times of India

Many parents in school districts where masks have become voluntary also are concerned. AP PhotoAs a lengthy, bitter fight over mask requirements for students neared its conclusion, the chairperson of a Florida school board announced that she would agree to lift a mandate that had been in place since September even though she preferred leaving it in place until the end of the academic year. Parents hurled insults in response. "Communist! Democrat!," opponents of making children wear masks in school shouted as Ueberschaer and the district superintendent said at a May 3 meeting that they still considered masks advisable. "This is Santa Rosa County, America, not China!" Moments later, the Santa Rosa school board voted unanimously to make masks optional for all grades effective immediately, ...
Gujarat: Tile hub Morbi ran out of beds, firewood as Covid storm hit
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Gujarat: Tile hub Morbi ran out of beds, firewood as Covid storm hit

“The disease came like a storm,” says Kalabai Chauhan, the sarpanch of Ghuntu village near Morbi town, the tile hub of India. Between April and March, cases tripled, the cremation ground ran out of firewood, the village’s Primary Health Centre struggled to procure enough rapid antigen test (RAT) kits to give a diagnosis, and in and around, the hospitals quickly filled up. Among those who died running around for tests and a bed was Naran Chauhan alias Gulab, a 36-year-old civil contractor of Ghuntu. He got fever in the first week of April, along with his wife Aruna and their nephew. The family lined up for a test at the PHC, but it ran out of RAT kits. Eventually, a hospital in Morbi did a CT scan, and a doctor told them it indicated Covid-19, gave them medicines, and advise...
Rae Bareli: 17 deaths in a month in a single village tell the story of a state
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Rae Bareli: 17 deaths in a month in a single village tell the story of a state

AS VEHICLES grind to a halt before the makeshift wooden barrier on the tarred single-lane road, Avinash Prasad hitches up his mask and tells people to turn away. “There is Covid in the village. The government has made this a containment zone, 18 people have died in a month,” he says. This is one of the entry points to Sultanpur Khera village in UP’s Rae Bareli district. And behind the barrier is Prasad’s home, where his family members are seated on a cot in the courtyard. “Nobody is stepping out. Dehshat hi dehshat hai (There is fear everywhere),” he says. Nearby, Dinesh Singh, a bank employee, reads out from a list he has compiled of those who died here in the past month after displaying flu-like symptoms: 17 out of 18. The Indian Express spoke to the families of 11 of the...
Night ‘horror’: Patients, doctors all had raised alarms on Goa oxygen crisis
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Night ‘horror’: Patients, doctors all had raised alarms on Goa oxygen crisis

Saligaon resident Ashley Delaney’s former teacher Avito was among the 26 Covid-19 patients who died Tuesday at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), the state’s largest Covid facility, of suspected oxygen shortage. Delaney, whose father-in-law is admitted in the same ward of GMCH, has been going to the hospital every day since April 21. He said he has been flagging the drop in oxygen levels at night to the administration for days. “I used to keep pointing it out. At one point my father-in-law survived only because he got the cylinder of someone who didn’t make it,” said Delaney. He wasn’t the only one raising the issue. Six days before the 26 deaths, Goa Association of Resident Doctors wrote to the GMCH Dean flagging the crisis at night. On Wednesday, as the matter came ...
Jobless man now hands paycheque to 70 like him in Odisha village
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Jobless man now hands paycheque to 70 like him in Odisha village

Like so many other migrants, Ranjan Sahu, 40, was hit hard by the national lockdown which followed the Covid-19 pandemic unfolding in March last year. Having lost his job, Sahu started his own garment manufacturing unit in his village Gunthi in Kendrapara district. He employed 70 other youths from his village and nearby villages who had either lost their jobs due to the pandemic, or were forced to return home. Almost a month after the lockdown in April last year, facing severe financial constraints, the garment unit in Kolkata he had been working for over seven years had shut down, rendering all its employees jobless. “I returned home and was sitting idle, with nowhere to go and without any fresh opportunities. I had my savings to sustain myself and my family, but I realise...
Azim Premji at RSS lecture: Truth and good science key to confront crisis
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Azim Premji at RSS lecture: Truth and good science key to confront crisis

Industrialist and philanthropist Azim Premji said science and truth have to be the foundations to tackle the Covid-19 crisis, and the scale and spread of the pandemic need to be accepted truthfully. Speaking during the ‘Positivity Unlimited’ series of lectures organised by the RSS-linked Covid Response Team and being aired on national public broadcaster Doordarshan National every day this week, Premji, founder of Wipro, said, “First, we must act with the greatest of speed on all fronts and these actions must be based on good science. Actions that are not based on science in reality have a detrimental effect on the cause.” “At the core of the idea of good science is the matter of being willing to accept and confront the truth. So, we must confront this crisis, its scale, its...
Mumbai civic body’s global tender for 1 crore shots keeps China out
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Mumbai civic body’s global tender for 1 crore shots keeps China out

THE BRIHANMUMBAI Municipal Corporation (BMC) Wednesday issued a global Expression of Interest (EoI) for procurement of one crore doses of vaccines for Mumbai. The EoI includes a condition that bids from companies in countries that share land borders with India will not be considered, which effectively bars any company from China. “We are not aware of the Central government’s current policy. But we have decided to put in this condition in the tender to ban Chinese firms from participating in the EoI. There is a question on the quality aspects and other specifics of the Chinese vaccines. We are not accepting that (WHO approval),” P Velrasu, Additional Municipal Commissioner (Projects), told The Indian Express. Interested companies are required to respond by May 18. The compan...
HowIMadeIt! ‘Mirzapur’ actress Amika Shail Exposes Music Reality Shows: They are fake and scripted – Times of India ►
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HowIMadeIt! ‘Mirzapur’ actress Amika Shail Exposes Music Reality Shows: They are fake and scripted – Times of India ►

The bold and frank Amika Shail is our guest this week on #HowIMadeIt- the Wednesday weekly interview- which we could not bring you last week owing to certain situations arising in the ongoing dreadful times. We posed the first question to Amika rather directly: Where does the singing talent of our music 'reality' shows disappear after the programme is over? Pat came the reply: "I know the reality of such shows. I have participated in Indian Idol, Voice India etc. But the fact is that singers who come out end up getting mostly only shows. These shows are very fake and scripted. They are not real as they portray. It's all drama done to get views. They play on the sympathy wave by showing some duress with the participant's life and try to garner votes on that; they check on his family...
Vaccine inequity deepens in young: 85% of those jabbed are in just seven states
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Vaccine inequity deepens in young: 85% of those jabbed are in just seven states

IN what underlines the absence of a transparent formula for allocation and raises critical questions of vaccine equity, seven states account for almost a staggering 85% of all vaccine doses administered to those in the 18-44 group since that opened on May 1. Records analysed by The Indian Express show that the pattern contradicts assurances given by the Centre to the Supreme Court that to ensure equity, it has worked with private manufacturers to factor in states’ population. Of the 34.66 lakh doses administered from May 1-May 12 to those in the 18-44 age group (the cohort for which states have to procure from the open market), over 85% were administered in seven states: Maharashtra (6.25 lakh), Rajasthan (5.49 lakh), Delhi (4.71 lakh), Gujarat (3.86 lakh), Haryana (3.55 la...
CDC advisers mull how to use Pfizer shots in kids 12 and up – Times of India
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CDC advisers mull how to use Pfizer shots in kids 12 and up – Times of India

States are rolling out Pfizer's Covid-19 shots to pediatricians and even some school vaccine clinics as they prepare to vaccinate millions of kids as young as 12. AP PhotoStates are rolling out Pfizer's Covid-19 shots to pediatricians and even some school vaccine clinics as they prepare to vaccinate millions of kids as young as 12. Federal health advisers were meeting Wednesday to issue recommendations on how to vaccinate those 12 to 15 years old with the shot. Earlier in the week, the Food and Drug Administration cleared expanded use of Pfizer's shots, citing evidence they worked as well for the younger age group as for those 16 and older. While kids in some places already are rolling up their sleeves, much of the nation is awaiting the recommendations from advisers to the Centers for ...
Kerala boy Hanan hurdles to No. 3 in World rankings | More sports News – Times of India
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Kerala boy Hanan hurdles to No. 3 in World rankings | More sports News – Times of India

Muhammed Hanan KOCHI: Not often does an Indian athlete rise to No. 3 in world rankings in athletics. A 17-year-old from Malappuram, Muhammed Hanan, has done just that by clocking the third-best timing in the 110m hurdles in the U-18 boys category in the latest rankings published by World Athletics. Hanan achieved the feat at the South Zone Junior Athletics Meet at the Calicut University Stadium in February this year. He clocked 13.80 seconds to grab the gold medal in the meet. Little did he know that the effort would put him just behind South Africans Michael-Jan De Beer and Ismail Mujahid in the latest world rankings released by World Athletics. “I didn’t even know such a ranking existed till a few days back. I saw my name on the World Athletics website two or three days back and my jo...
Jharkhand extends lockdown-like restrictions with stricter provisions till May 27 | India News – Times of India
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Jharkhand extends lockdown-like restrictions with stricter provisions till May 27 | India News – Times of India

RANCHI: The Jharkhand government on Wednesday extended the lockdown-like restrictions with stricter provisions,including 7 days mandatory quarantine for people visiting the state, till May 27 amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, officials said. The restrictions, first imposed on April 22 were enlarged till May 13 and now stand further extended till May 27 with harsh provisions that include suspension of bus services. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority, chaired by chief minister Hemant Soren. Jharkhand, facing the deadly second wave of Covid-19 on Wednesday reported 103 more coronavirus deaths, raising the toll to 4,085 with maximum fatalities being reported from the state capital Ranchi. The curbs imposed as 'Health Safety Week' from...
Women’s head coach: Incumbent WV Raman, ex-coach Ramesh Powar appear for interview | Cricket News – Times of India
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Women’s head coach: Incumbent WV Raman, ex-coach Ramesh Powar appear for interview | Cricket News – Times of India

WV Raman (Photo credit: BCCI Women Twitter)NEW DELHI: Current women's head coach WV Raman, former coach Ramesh Powar, ex-India players Ajay Ratra and Hrishikesh Kanitkar appeared for virtual interviews conducted by Madan Lal-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Wednesday. Out of 35 applications, eight India internationals were shortlisted for interviews, which included four men and four women. While the four male candidates were interviewed on the day, the four female candidates Mamtha Maben, Devika Palshikar, former chairman of selectors Hemlatha Kala and Suman Sharma will be interviewed on Thursday. "Four interviews were conducted today. All the four candidates came well prepared. The remaining four interviews will be conducted tomorrow," CAC head Madan Lal told PTI on Wednesday. T...
Poland wants to buy Marie Curie’s vacation house in France – Times of India
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Poland wants to buy Marie Curie’s vacation house in France – Times of India

Premier Mateusz Morawiecki said on Twitter this week that the house, on the southwest outskirts of Paris, is "part of Poland's history." AP PhotoSAINT-REMY-LES-CHEVREUSE: Poland's prime minister says he's given instructions for the government to buy a house in France where the Nobel-winning scientist couple Marie Sklodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie spent holidays and weekends from 1904-1906. Premier Mateusz Morawiecki said on Twitter this week that the house, on the southwest outskirts of Paris, is "part of Poland's history." The 120 sq. meters (1,300 sq. feet) stone-and-brick building in Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse carries a price tag of 790,000 euros ($950,000). It's in disrepair but some of its peeling wall-paper, its fireplaces and the floor tiles date back to the Curie times, according ...
Lecture on ‘why BJP failed to win Bengal’ cancelled
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Lecture on ‘why BJP failed to win Bengal’ cancelled

THE VISVA-BHARATI University (VBU) authorities on Wednesday cancelled a virtual lecture on ‘Why BJP failed to win West Bengal Assembly election’ by Niti Aayog Joint Advisor Sanjay Kumar hours after announcing it. The lecture, titled ‘Why BJP failed to win West Bengal Assembly Elections’ was scheduled to be addressed by Niti Aayog Joint Advisor Prof Sanjay Kumar virtually on May 18, was part of the Visva-Bharati Lecture Series and vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty was scheduled to preside over the programme. A notice inviting people to attend the lecture on May 18 was posted on the central university’s website earlier in the day. However, the authorities withdrew the notice from its website in the afternoon. “Due to some unavoidable circumstances, this 35th lecture is trea...
Conor McGregor tops Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list | More sports News – Times of India
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Conor McGregor tops Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list | More sports News – Times of India

LOS ANGELES: Mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor was the sporting world's highest-paid athlete in 2020, raking in around $180 million with earnings boosted by commercial ventures, a Forbes report showed Wednesday. The 32-year-old Irishman only fought once in 2020, earning around $22 million from his victory over Donald Cerrone in January. The bulk of the former plumber's pay packet -- an estimated $158 million -- came via his successful business activities, which included the sale of his Proper Twelve whiskey brand. McGregor was one of only four athletes to earn more than $100 million in 2020, according to the Forbes annual list of sport's highest earners. The world's highest-paid athletes revealed: https://t.co/9bdWdBdHjn https://t.co/7LEeG6OOnT— Forbes (@Forbes) 1620826755000B...
Second edition of Lanka Premier League to commence on July 30 | Cricket News – Times of India
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Second edition of Lanka Premier League to commence on July 30 | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday announced that the 2nd edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) will be held from July 30- August 22, 2021. "We have found a suitable window to hold this year's edition, whilst we are currently working on finalizing the other details of the tournament,'' said Professor Arjuna De Silva, Chairman, Management Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket in an official release issued by SLC. #LPL2021 Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform you that the 2nd Edition of the Lanka Premier League (@LPLT20) will b… https://t.co/1uAT0C0CRe— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) 1620831252000The first edition of the LPL, which is Sri Lanka's topmost domestic T20 league, with an international flavor, was initiated last year and was held at the MRICS, Hambantota,...
Instagram:  Instagram adds a Pronouns feature – Times of India
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Instagram: Instagram adds a Pronouns feature – Times of India

Photo and video-sharing app Instagram has added a new feature called Pronouns that lets users add up to 4 pronouns on their profile. The feature would make it possible for users to address each other with pronouns which would be new for the Instagram platform. You have the option to display the pronoun publicly or save the setting only for your followers. The feature has been launched in select countries but Instagram hasn’t issued a list of countries where the feature is available yet. It certainly has plans to expand the feature to its app in more countries. Add pronouns to your profile ✨The new field is available in a few countries, with plans for more. https://t.co/02HNSqc04R— Instagram (@instagram) 1620755785000Those users for whom the feature is not available now can fill out a fo...