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India’s Covid situation hugely concerning: WHO chief | India News – Times of India
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India’s Covid situation hugely concerning: WHO chief | India News – Times of India

UNITED NATIONS: India's Covid-19 situation remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday, warning that the pandemic's second year will be "far more deadly" than the first for the world. Ghebreyesus added that the WHO is responding to the Covid-19 surge in India and has shipped thousands of oxygen concentrators, tents for mobile field hospitals, masks and other medical supplies. "India remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths," he said at the daily media briefing. "And we thank all the stakeholders who are supporting India," the WHO Director-General said. India is in the midst of a d...
Russia lists US, Czech Republic as ‘unfriendly states’ – Times of India
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Russia lists US, Czech Republic as ‘unfriendly states’ – Times of India

MOSCOW: Russia on Friday formally designated the United States and the Czech Republic as "unfriendly states" amid the biggest crisis in ties between Moscow and Washington in years. The Russian government released a decree signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin that was accompanied by a list of "unfriendly states" that "have carried out unfriendly actions" against Russia, Russian nationals or Russian entities. The list now includes the US and the Czech Republic. The Czech embassy will be allowed to employ no more than 19 Russian nationals and the US embassy none at all, Moscow said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Moscow remained ready for dialogue, state news agency TASS reported, stressing the fact that Russia had now only two nations on its "unfriendly states" ...
Important unknowns with B1.617.2 variant, says UK PM as vaccine doses to speed up – Times of India
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Important unknowns with B1.617.2 variant, says UK PM as vaccine doses to speed up – Times of India

LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said there are still “important unknowns” related to the B1.617.2 variant of Covid-19 first detected in India for Britain, as he announced plans for the second dose of the vaccines to be accelerated from 12 to eight weeks for all over-50s to provide greater protection against it. Addressing a Downing Street briefing to give an update on the new variant, Johnson said that so far it appears the B1.617.2 variant is more transmissible but it remains unknown by how much. He reiterated the “good news” that there is no evidence to suggest that the vaccines currently being administered would be less effective against the variant identified in India. “There are some important unknowns with the B1.617.2 variant. If it is only marginally more trans...
Pakistan opt for two T20Is instead of a Test during West Indies tour | Cricket News – Times of India
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Pakistan opt for two T20Is instead of a Test during West Indies tour | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday said it has dropped one Test match and instead opted for two extra T20 internationals on the tour of the West Indies in July-August this year. PCB CEO Wasim Khan said after consultations with Cricket West Indies, Pakistan would now be playing two Tests and five T120 internationals between July 21 and August 24 in the Caribbean. "In consultation with the CWI and keeping an eye on this year's ICC Men's T20 World Cup, we have agreed to replace one Test match with two additional T20Is," Wasim said. The tour, which will take place following the conclusion of the ODI and T20I series in England, will commence with back-to-back T20Is in Barbados on July 27 and 28 before action shifts to Guyana for back-to-back T20Is on July 31 and August 1 and serie...
England coach Chris Silverwood to take a break during Sri Lanka and Pakistan ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India
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England coach Chris Silverwood to take a break during Sri Lanka and Pakistan ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India

Chris Silverwood (Getty Images)LONDON: England cricket coach Chris Silverwood will "pass on the reins" to assistants Graham Thorpe and Paul Collingwood during the upcoming one-day series at home to Sri Lanka and Pakistan as he bids to get "refreshed" amid a congested fixture schedule. England have a busy home campaign, which also includes T20s against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as well as seven Tests -- two against New Zealand and five against India -- ahead of this year's T20 World Cup in India and the 2021/22 Ashes tour of Australia. Silverwood, having been ever present during three months away with the squad on tours of Sri Lanka and India at the start of the year, believes the rest and rotation policy England are adopting with their players also applies to the coaching staff, with 'bub...
After much drama, selectors pick Shafali, Shikha for Test & ODIs in England | Cricket News – Times of India
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After much drama, selectors pick Shafali, Shikha for Test & ODIs in England | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A day after the Indian cricket board (BCCI) brought back Ramesh Powar as the India women's team coach under controversial circumstances, the focus on Friday shifted to the selection panel led by Neetu David. It has emerged that there are several issues of friction between the senior players, selectors and former coaches, leading to heated exchanges in recent times. Things have become so unpleasant of late that the BCCI decided to oversee the selection process for picking the team for next month's tour of England which includes one-off Test, three T20Is and three ODIs. There was intense discussion over including young girls in longer formats of the game and after much drama through the day, the squad was announced. Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey and Taniya Bhatia - who were drop...
Remo D’Souza-Remdesivir mix-up: ‘Race 3’ director says, “I find it easier to call the antiviral medication by my name” – Times of India
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Remo D’Souza-Remdesivir mix-up: ‘Race 3’ director says, “I find it easier to call the antiviral medication by my name” – Times of India

On Thursday, choreographer-director Remo D'souza shared a video of a man calling the Remdesivir injection as Remo D'souza. The man talking to a journalist about the price of injections in which he mistakes the name of Remdesivir injection as Remo D'Souza went viral on the Internet. He had said, "Cipla company ka injection Remo D'Souza," to be precise. We called up Remo this evening to know what had transpired at his house and how he felt when he saw the video in question. Remo said that he came to know about it only when a friend sent it to him and asked him to see it immediately. The 'Race 3' director said, "At first, I couldn't believe what I heard. Then, I showed it to my wife Lizelle and she could not help laughing." However, what takes the cake is Remo's practical and honest take...
Violation of Covid norms at weddings in Gujarat: 700 held in 41 days
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Violation of Covid norms at weddings in Gujarat: 700 held in 41 days

As the Covid-19 pandemic rages on in Gujarat, police are cracking down on protocol violators at weddings and have arrested 700 persons in the past 41 days for violating mask, social distancing and night curfew norms during such functions across the state. In Petlad taluka of Anand district, six Disc Jockeys (DJs) were detained and their equipment impounded on Thursday night over Covid protocol violations. At present, 36 cities of Gujarat, including the four metropolitan cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot, are under night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am, during which no wedding processions or ceremonies are allowed. Additionally, there is a cap of maximum 50 attendees at a weddings and interested parties have to register themselves online in advance. According to de...
PM flags rapid rural spread, says India will fight and win
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PM flags rapid rural spread, says India will fight and win

SOUNDING A NOTE of caution to farmers and rural areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said Covid-19 was spreading to villages at a “rapid” pace, but said India will not lose courage and will fight the pandemic and win. “I want to alert all farmers, all brothers and sisters living in villages, about Corona again. The infection is now reaching the village at a rapid pace,” he said addressing several Chief Ministers of states over a video conference after releasing the eighth instalment of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme. Expressing hope the country will win the fight against Covid-19, the Prime Minister said, “Bharat himmat haarne vaala desh nahin hai. Na Bharat himmat haarega aur na koi Bharatvaasi himmat haarega. Ham ladenge aur jeetenge (India ...
New cases fall below 10,000 in Delhi, first time since April 10
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New cases fall below 10,000 in Delhi, first time since April 10

With the lockdown in place for close to four weeks, Covid cases in Delhi have finally started to dip, with 8,506 cases being recorded on Friday. This is the first time since April 10 that cases dropped below 10,000 in the city. A total of 68,575 people were tested and 12.40% of them were found to be positive — which is the lowest positivity rate in a month. Over 50,000 of these were RT-PCR tests. Over 14,000 people were reported recovered on Friday. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said this was “good news” and was possible because of the cooperation from people, but cautioned against any laxity. “If we become careless again and stop following social distancing norms and guidelines, cases can increase again. We are making arrangements for more oxygen beds, are buying ox...
Second wave: 13 more die, Goa hospital says it has ‘fixed’ its oxygen issues
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Second wave: 13 more die, Goa hospital says it has ‘fixed’ its oxygen issues

Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) that has seen deaths on successive days due to oxygen issues saw 13 more casualties during the early hours of Friday. While the opposition Goa Forward Party blamed these too on inadequate oxygen supply, the hospital said the reasons for the deaths were yet to be ascertained. Claiming to have details regarding the latest deaths, Goa Forward Party President Vijai Sardesai said, “Seventy-five people have died on four consecutive days. On the night of May 11, 21 people died, on the night of May 12, 15 people died, and last night, 13 people died.” He said the deaths had again happened during “the dark hours” at GMCH — 2 am to 6 am, when the hospital has been seeing oxygen supply fluctuations.GMCH PRO Dr Mahesh Kambli said that while 13 peo...
Mickelson accepts special exemption to play in US Open | Golf News – Times of India
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Mickelson accepts special exemption to play in US Open | Golf News – Times of India

Phil Mickelson. (AFP Photo)Phil Mickelson said on Friday he accepted a special exemption from the United States Golf Association (USGA) to play in next month's US Open, the only major tournament he has not won. Mickelson, a runner-up at the US Open a record six times, will be making his 30th appearance in the national championship which this year will be played June 17-20 at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California. "Winning the US Open has been a lifelong and elusive dream, and I've come close so many times," said Mickelson, a San Diego native. "You can't win if you don’t play. I’m honoured and appreciative of the USGA for the opportunity and look forward to playing in my hometown on a golf course I grew up on." The 50-year-old Mickelson, who has ten top-10 US Open finishes, was the first...
Riding on direct payment, Punjab wheat procurement hits new high
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Riding on direct payment, Punjab wheat procurement hits new high

In the midst of the second coronavirus surge and the agitation by farmers against agricultural laws that has been now on for five months, Punjab has surpassed all previous records in wheat procurement for the rabi season. Government agencies have procured 132.08 lakh metric tonnes of wheat, 2 lakh metric tonnes more than the target set by the state, with more than 9 lakh farmers receiving over Rs 23,000 crore directly into their bank accounts. It was the first time in Punjab that farmers were paid directly instead of through arhtiyas or middlemen. At 34 days, this rabi marketing season, that began on April 10 and ended Thursday, was 12 days shorter than last year. Food Corporation of India records show that this is the highest wheat procurement in Punjab’s history. The num...
Mamata writes to Modi: Be quick and fair in allotment of PSA plants
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Mamata writes to Modi: Be quick and fair in allotment of PSA plants

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to be fair and quick in allotment of pressure swing adsorption (PSA) plants for the state. “The PSA plants are meant to enable the hospitals to make oxygen out of the air in the environment, and are a great apparatus for a hospital needing to serve patients in dire need of oxygen,” read the letter. In her letter to the PM, the TMC chief said the state, which was scheduled to get 70 PSA plants, has now been intimated that four such oxygen generating units would be set up in the first phase. She also complained of lack of clarity in the intimation about the remaining plants. Mamata accused the Centre of delaying supply of PSA plants, following which the state government failed to set...
Delhi Police arrests 9 over posters against PM, vaccine exports
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Delhi Police arrests 9 over posters against PM, vaccine exports

DELHI POLICE Thursday arrested nine persons for allegedly pasting posters with comments critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the Covid vaccination drive and lodged 10 FIRs across several districts in connection with the matter. On Friday, in a separate move, the Delhi Police Crime Branch visited the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) office to question its chief Srinivas B V, who has been at the forefront of Covid relief efforts, in connection with alleged “illegal distribution of Covid medicines, etc”. Police said four of the arrests made on Thursday were from East Delhi’s Kalyanpuri, and that the men were pasting posters on behalf of AAP councillor Dhirender Kumar. While police said Kumar’s alleged role would be probed, the councillor said he was not aware of any s...
Behind bodies found on river banks, a Covid shadow
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Behind bodies found on river banks, a Covid shadow

Days ago, the bodies were in scores, unclaimed, uncounted and unidentified. On Friday, at the Gahmar Ghat in Ghazipur, there were five. Two face down in the sand on the Ganga riverbank; one part submerged, the remaining two in fragments. Not far from here, in Unnao, again on the banks of the Ganga, an estimated 200 bodies were laid bare this week by the shifting sand after a heavy downpour. These bodies, juxtaposed with images of overflowing cremation and burial grounds, frame a tragic rural postcard from UP and downstream Bihar touched by Covid. Interviews with next of kin, officials, eyewitnesses and local residents in Unnao and Ghazipur reveal that behind the bodies lie long-held traditions, deep economic distress and the sudden rush to lay the dead to rest — all of this...
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee silent on post-poll violence: Jagdeep Dhankhar
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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee silent on post-poll violence: Jagdeep Dhankhar

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is maintaining silence over the violence in the state following the Assembly poll results on May 2. Dhankhar’s comments came after his visit to a camp in Assam’s Dhubri, where several families from West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district have taken shelter to escape post-poll violence. “There was bloodshed and genocide in the state. I should not say much as the cases are under investigation but the chief minister’s silence is a matter of concern for me,” he told reporters here. Sources said over 175 people from West Bengal have taken shelter at a Ranpagli school in Dhubri district, bordering neighbouring Assam. The Governor thanked the Assam government for helping these people. “I do not want to say much as ...
Sputnik vaccine for Covid-19 unveiled in India: Rs 1,000 a shot, in cities by mid-June
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Sputnik vaccine for Covid-19 unveiled in India: Rs 1,000 a shot, in cities by mid-June

A batch of 150,000 doses of Sputnik V has been cleared after quality and stability tests for distribution in select cities and tier 1 metros, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL), which has an agreement with the Russian manufacturer of the Covid-19 vaccine, said on Friday. At a little over Rs 995 per dose — not just for private hospitals but also for central and state governments — this will be the most expensive vaccine so far in the country’s mass immunisation programme. In private hospitals though, a Sputnik V jab is likely to cost less than Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. The vaccine received a soft launch in Hyderabad on Friday. The Sputnik V Twitter handle posted a photo of DRL’s CEO for its API and Services Business, Deepak Sapra, being administered the first dose. The vaccine wi...
Sputnik unveiled: Rs 1,000 a shot, in cities by mid-June
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Sputnik unveiled: Rs 1,000 a shot, in cities by mid-June

A batch of 150,000 doses of Sputnik V has been cleared after quality and stability tests for distribution in select cities and tier 1 metros, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL), which has an agreement with the Russian manufacturer of the Covid-19 vaccine, said on Friday. At a little over Rs 995 per dose — not just for private hospitals but also for central and state governments — this will be the most expensive vaccine so far in the country’s mass immunisation programme. In private hospitals though, a Sputnik V jab is likely to cost less than Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. The vaccine received a soft launch in Hyderabad on Friday. The Sputnik V Twitter handle posted a photo of DRL’s CEO for its API and Services Business, Deepak Sapra, being administered the first dose. The vaccine wi...
World No.1 Ash Barty retires injured in Rome, two weeks from Roland Garros | Tennis News – Times of India
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World No.1 Ash Barty retires injured in Rome, two weeks from Roland Garros | Tennis News – Times of India

(Photo credit: @WTA Twitter)ROME: World number one Ash Barty was forced to retire from her Italian Open quarter-final against Coco Gauff with an arm injury, raising doubts on her participation at the French Open. Barty, the 2019 French Open winner, was leading 6-4 2-1 against her American opponent when she called a physio and had her right-arm strapped with a compression sleeve. The Australian eventually decided against continuing the match in wet conditions in Rome, allowing Gauff to book a place in the final four. Barty missed the 2020 claycourt swing due to the COVID-19 pandemic but has returned even stronger this season, winning the title in Stuttgart before finishing runner-up to Aryna Sabalenka in Madrid last week. The 24-year-old now faces a battle to prove her fitness before the...