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New Zealand Cricket hand Mitchell, Phillips central contracts for first time | Cricket News – Times of India
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New Zealand Cricket hand Mitchell, Phillips central contracts for first time | Cricket News – Times of India

AUCKLAND (New Zealand): New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Thursday announced the 20 Black Caps players who have been handed central contracts for the 2021-22 season. Canterbury all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and precocious Auckland Aces star Glenn Phillips have been offered national contracts for the first time following breakout seasons. The pair are the only new faces on the 20 strong national contract list, with the players nominated having until May 22 to accept or decline their offers as per NZC's Master Agreement with the New Zealand Cricket Players Association. Contract OFFERS ✍🏽 | @CanterburyCrick all-rounder @dazmitchell47 and precocious @aucklandcricket Aces star Glenn Ph… https://t.co/w4QItFBCqq— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) 1620925580000Mitchell reeled off his maiden Test and ODI centuries...
Queues grow longer at vaccination centres in Panchkula, residents demand police deployment to manage rush
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Queues grow longer at vaccination centres in Panchkula, residents demand police deployment to manage rush

As hundreds pour in to get jabbed, long queues grow outside vaccination centres across the district, with Panchkula’s Civil Hospital becoming ground zero of the inoculation drive. However, after an unsuccessful vaccination event, which was supposed to run from 5 pm to 11 pm on Wednesday, the Civil Hospital has shut down its vaccination centre. Meanwhile, owing to the huge rush at the vaccination sites, the Sector 10 RWA has demanded that police personnel be deployed at all the sites across the district. On Wednesday, as over 700 gathered outside the Civil Hospital upon hearing that the vaccination centre there is administering doses to people without registration or slot allotment, chaos ensued. While a target of vaccinating 500 people was announced a day before, the hosp...
Neeraj Chopra, other Indian javelin throwers to miss Muller GP | More sports News – Times of India
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Neeraj Chopra, other Indian javelin throwers to miss Muller GP | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's leading javelin throwers, including Jakarta Asian Games champion and Olympic bound Neeraj Chopra, will miss the Muller Grand Prix in Gateshead, Great Britain, this month due to pandemic. "We are not going to compete in Great Britain as European nations aren't issuing visas because of second wave of Covid-19 pandemic in India. Javelin throwers were supposed to go to Turkey for training in the last week of April, but the training stint was postponed as there was a 15-day quarantine rule for Indians," one of the athletes told IANS. The Gateshead event, scheduled to be held on May 23, is part of the highly competitive Diamond League series sanctioned by World Athletics. On Wednesday, Chopra, 23, raised a concern of missing international competitions due to pandemic. "Due ...
Singer Anuradha Paudwal donates oxygen concentrators to hospitals: It is our moral duty to help if you have the means to do it – Times of India
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Singer Anuradha Paudwal donates oxygen concentrators to hospitals: It is our moral duty to help if you have the means to do it – Times of India

Several Bollywood celebs have extended their support to the COVID-19 affected people in the country. From raising funds for the relief work to spreading awareness, stars are doing their bit to help India fight COVID. Now, veteran singer Anuradha Paudwal shared that she along with her daughter have donated 20 oxygen concentrators to the hospitals. She said, "My daughter and I are doing our service to society through our foundation. We have donated about 20 oxygen concentrators to hospitals in Mumbai, Ayodhya and Varanasi. It is our moral duty to help if you have the means to do it." When the singer was asked if she is using social media to help those who are in need, she replied, "Whenever we find out that a particular hospital needs oxygen concentrators we get in touch with them, ask ...
MLA Gian Chand allocates Rs 50L for oxygen requirements in Panchkula
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MLA Gian Chand allocates Rs 50L for oxygen requirements in Panchkula

Panchkula MLA and Haryana Vidhan Sabha speaker, Gian Chand Gupta, Thursday allocated Rs 50 lakh to the district administration to tackle the rising requirements of oxygen and intensive care units. The money has been allocated from the MLA funds, “as this grant will help the Health Department to further develop Covid specialty framework and purchase the necessary equipment,” said Gupta. Civil Surgeon, Dr Jasjit Kaur stated that the amount will be used to bring in trained staff to Panchkula and to procure ventilators to increase the number of critical care beds. “This amount will also be used to purchase equipment for patients under home isolation,” she said. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Panchkula, Mukesh Kumar Ahuja announced that “there is no lack of oxygen in the distric...
Mohali: Army officials, district admin visit civil hospital ahead of setting up 100-bed facility
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Mohali: Army officials, district admin visit civil hospital ahead of setting up 100-bed facility

To augment the overwhelming health infrastructure in the district, civil officials and officers from the Western Command Thursday visited the Phase VI hospital, where a 100-bed facility for Covid patients will be set up in the coming days. The initial plan was to set up a make-shift facility, but since the prefabricated structure will take time, the facility will be set up on the second and third floor of the Civil Hospital to provide early respite. District Commissioner Girish Dayalan said the exercise for joint need assessment has begun and pooling of resources with Western Command is being worked out so that a well-equipped L-2 facility for holistic treatment to Covid patients as per the ICMR guidelines can be set up. Various aspects of the set-up including site, depl...
She walked with seers, but always had her feet on the ground | India News – Times of India
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She walked with seers, but always had her feet on the ground | India News – Times of India

Chairman, Mataji, Mummy, dispenser of wisdom and breakfast poha, landlady? How many ways did I know the beauteous Indu Jain? Most of us at the TOI Group first met her after she took over as Chairman after the passing of her husband. She changed the nameplate on the solid teak office door to ‘Chair Prasanna’. In a couple of months, the designation reverted to the conventional. The occupant remained anything but. Indu Jain had arrived from the polar opposite of the empire suddenly at her command. She had evolved through satsangs promoting peace and universal humanhood; media thrived on clashes – political and economic, social, civic and celeb. She had walked with believers; cynicism was a professional imperative for journalists. She was the boss, so open revolt wasn’t possible; but you co...
Gaza conflict intensifies with rocket barrages and air strikes – Times of India
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Gaza conflict intensifies with rocket barrages and air strikes – Times of India

People gather items from the rubble of a residential building in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Thursday, May 13, 2021, that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike. (Hosam Salem/The New York Times)GAZA/JERUSALEM: Palestinian militants fired more rockets into Israel's commercial heartland on Thursday as Israel kept up a punishing bombing campaign in Gaza and massed tanks and troops on the enclave's border. The four days of cross-border violence showed no sign of abating and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the campaign "will take more time". The violence has also spread to mixed communities of Jews and Arabs in Israel, a new front in the long conflict. Synagogues were attacked and fighting broke out on the streets of some communities, prompting Israel's president to warn of the dang...
Bengal loses pioneer of body donation trend to Covid-19 as surge continues
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Bengal loses pioneer of body donation trend to Covid-19 as surge continues

Braja Roy, who started the trend of body donation in West Bengal and was lauded for his lifelong awareness work on this front, succumbed to Covid-19 at a government hospital on Thursday. Sadly, however, the mortal remains of the 85-year-old activist couldn’t be donated as government protocol mandates that the bodies of those dying of Covid-19 have to be disposed of without delay. Seeking to take his message “donate your body, it will help medical science’ to the far corners of the state, Roy founded ‘Ganadarpan’, a non-profit organisation, in 1977. From 1985, his organisation started a statewide campaign to spread awareness on body donation. Inspired by his pioneering work, former chief minister and CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee an...
West Bengal: Central panel meets SC/ST families hit by violence, asks state to rehabilitate them
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West Bengal: Central panel meets SC/ST families hit by violence, asks state to rehabilitate them

A team from the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Thursday started its two-day visit to West Bengal and met the SC/ST families of people who reportedly suffered in post-poll violence. Accompanied by East Burdwan District Magistrate Priyanka Singla, SP Kamanashish Sen, DSP (HQ) Shouvik Patra, the three-member team went to Milikpara of Burdwan city and Nabagram village in Burdwan district. After the meeting, NCSC Chairman Bijay Shapla said, “We are observing all the cases. After that, we will submit a report to the Central government after return to New Delhi. We will meet the district administration concerned and the state government. We will talk with them about rehabilitation of these Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes families who suffered in post-poll ...
Delhi’s silver lining: ‘Oxygen need drops, can divert to others’
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Delhi’s silver lining: ‘Oxygen need drops, can divert to others’

AFTER WEEKS of a bitter face-off with the Centre over the shortage of oxygen for Covid treatment during the second wave, and with at least 23 deaths reported from hospitals due to supplies running out, the Delhi government said the situation has improved to the extent that requirement has dipped from 700 metric tonnes per day to 582 metric tonnes. In a webcast Thursday, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that his government has now asked the Centre to divert extra supplies to other states in need. “Today as per new calculations based on bed occupancy and number of admissions in hospitals, we have found that Delhi now needs 582 metric tonnes oxygen (per day). Today, as a responsible government, we have written to the Central government saying we need 582 metri...
Less than a month after UP panchayat poll camp, teacher couple dead
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Less than a month after UP panchayat poll camp, teacher couple dead

“My parents were my world, I never imagined they would both leave us so soon and so suddenly,” says Aniket, 26. Meena Kumari, 55, and husband Lallan Ram, 59, died within a fortnight of each other. Both principals of government schools, they had attended a training camp for panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh. Aniket says his parents were assigned election duty despite being in high-risk Covid group due to age and comorbidities, and developed fever within days of returning. However, since they couldn’t actually participate in the election process due to illness, the family is not sure if the government will compensate them for their loss. Meena Kumari headed Composite Vidyalaya Nibi, and Lallan Ram, Poorva Madhyam Vidyalaya, both located at Shohratgarh in Siddharth Nagar distri...
Two billion Covid-19 vaccine doses by year end: hope and a reality check
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Two billion Covid-19 vaccine doses by year end: hope and a reality check

On Thursday, the head of the country’s Covid-19 Task Force estimated the “emerging vaccine availability” for the period August to December at a staggering 216 crore — more than 2 billion — doses. The government’s estimate, Dr V K Paul said, was based on data submitted by manufacturers of eight Covid-19 vaccines. “We have contacted the manufacturers and sought information on availability of vaccine for August-December… In this period, 216 crore doses would become available in India. Vaccine will be made available for all as we move forward…,” Dr Paul said. On paper, 2 billion shots would mean almost the entire adult population of the country can be expected to be covered by the vaccination drive by December. Realistically though, this would depend entirely on two key factor...
Nightmare runs on in Goa hospital: 15 more die as oxygen dips
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Nightmare runs on in Goa hospital: 15 more die as oxygen dips

A DAY after the High Court of Bombay in Goa directed the state government to ensure there were no more deaths due to oxygen issues, Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), the state’s largest Covid facility, reported 15 more deaths between 2 am and 6 am on Thursday as oxygen supply pressure dipped. Relatives and resident doctors at GMCH made frantic calls through the night as the oxygen pressure started falling in the hospital’s Covid wards around 1 am. One of the petitioners in the PILs filed in the High Court over Covid management said that after she received an SOS call, she reached out to the authorities, and that officials of the Health Department and police rushed over. However, doctors said, oxygen pressure could be restored only in 20 minutes, which proved fatal fo...
Post-poll violence: With BJP MP, Governor visits Sitalkuchi, shown black flags
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Post-poll violence: With BJP MP, Governor visits Sitalkuchi, shown black flags

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar was shown black flags and was greeted by ‘Go Back’ slogan in Cooch Behar district on Thursday as he reached there to meet people allegedly affected by post-poll violence. During the fourth phase of Assembly elections on April 10, four persons were killed in the firing by Central forces in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district. Another person was shot dead by armed miscreants. After the Assembly election results, in which the Trinamool Congress won by a landslide, there were reports of violence from the area. With Dhankhar going ahead with the visit despite opposition from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who in a strongly worded letter had told the Governor that his visit violated long-standing protocols followed by his predecessors, the ru...
Later rather than sooner: Govt unveils roadmap for supply of Covid vaccines
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Later rather than sooner: Govt unveils roadmap for supply of Covid vaccines

Amid a crippling shortage of vaccines across the country, the Centre has for the first time said that it has been in talks with three global manufacturers — Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson — to supply to India. However, the government said on Thursday, the three pharma giants have communicated that they would be able to open discussions only in “Q3, 2021”. Even so, over 2 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines could become available for India between August and December this year, according to estimates given by vaccine manufacturers, the government said. “We have contacted manufacturers and sought information on the availability of vaccine for August-December… In this period, 216 crore doses would become available in India. The vaccine will be made available for all...
Anticipatory bail in rape case: HC says ‘insistence’ can’t be seen as ‘coercion’
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Anticipatory bail in rape case: HC says ‘insistence’ can’t be seen as ‘coercion’

GRANTING anticipatory bail to Mumbai-based journalist Varun Hiremath in the rape case registered against him by the Delhi Police in February, the Delhi High Court Thursday said that insistence (on part of the accused) cannot be construed as coercion or fear. “As noted in the statement of the prosecutrix… though she stated ‘no’ to the sexual intercourse, however on the insistence of the petitioner (Hiremath), she took off her clothes on her own. Insistence cannot be construed as coercion or fear,” said Justice Mukta Gupta in the order. The court also noted that for oral intercourse, the woman said she kept shaking her head “which meant ‘no’”, and that while she agreed to vaginal intercourse with condom, she had said that in her mind, she thought she didn’t want it. “What was...
Giridhar Aramane: ‘There’s an evolving plan to make India capable of fighting off these waves’
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Giridhar Aramane: ‘There’s an evolving plan to make India capable of fighting off these waves’

Road Transport and Highways Secretary GIRIDHAR ARAMANE, Convener of Empowered Group-II of Secretaries, is at the helm of implementing strategies on supply of oxygen and other critical medical equipment and the logistics of it. Aramane spoke to AVISHEK G DASTIDAR about how the government’s plans on the second wave, a possible third wave, and what is being done to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic. We are in mid-May. How long do you think the second wave will last? I am no expert, but going by the experts and studies, like by IIT Kanpur and Cambridge University, we are in second wave, which has almost reached the peak and plateauing out. Is the Centre doing enough to ensure critical medical supplies to states and hospitals are maintained? If you see the work done, you will obser...
States float tenders but know it’s a long shot, say Centre’s job to buy
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States float tenders but know it’s a long shot, say Centre’s job to buy

GLOBAL tenders for Covid vaccines by the Mumbai civic body and the Uttar Pradesh government for 1 crore and 4 crore doses respectively, and plans of at least half-a-dozen other states to call for bids, may yield little to no results, unless Russia and China step in with supplies. Such global tenders for vaccine supply by sub-national governments amid supply shortages are the first publicly known instances during this pandemic. The states may be going through the motions to publicly announce their intent to citizens, but most reckon the slim chances since they have to compete with advance orders by other countries and procurement efforts by a global Covid-19 vaccine facility. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, told The Indian Express, “A state-wise global tende...
Missing in vaccination: Rural service centres switch off, see tiny fraction of CoWin logins
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Missing in vaccination: Rural service centres switch off, see tiny fraction of CoWin logins

Questioned by the Supreme Court on its plan to increase vaccination in rural India, the Union Home Ministry said that people in the 18-44 age group living in semi-urban and rural areas could make use of Common Service Centres (CSC) to register on the CoWin platform for their shot. That’s easier said than done. For, the CSCs, run by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, seen as critical nodes in bridging the rural-urban digital divide – helping residents with digital services like Aadhaar or bank accounts — have been largely switched off the vaccination programme, records obtained by The Indian Express show. In what highlights the capacity gap and also raises questions on vaccine equity, of the roughly 3 lakh CSCs, only 54,460 were active as on May 11. The...