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West Bengal: 24 party workers killed in post-poll violence, BJP claims
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West Bengal: 24 party workers killed in post-poll violence, BJP claims

BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya on Saturday claimed that at least 24 of its workers had been killed in the post-poll violence in West Bengal. West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh had on Friday said the number of deaths stood at 21. Bhattacharya however said the party was still compiling incidents of violence from several places where BJP workers and their family members were targeted. “Thousands of our workers have fled their homes to escape atrocities from the ruling party. Hundreds are living in camps. This is the situation in West Bengal after the Assembly polls. Today, we can say that 24 of our workers have been killed. Several houses have been vandalised. Women were beaten up. Even the governor is being criticised for standing by the affected people,” Bhattacharya...
Leicester City beat Chelsea to win FA Cup for the first time | Football News – Times of India
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Leicester City beat Chelsea to win FA Cup for the first time | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: A magnificent long-range strike from Youri Tielemans gave Leicester City their first FA Cup triumph with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, in front of the biggest crowd in England since March 2020. Leicester had been beaten in all their three previous FA Cup final appearances, most recently in 1969, and it was a goal that will be remembered as one of the finest in the competition's 149-year history that earned their maiden win. As it happenedThere was late drama when Wes Morgan put through his own goal in the 89th minute to get Chelsea thinking they were taking the game into extra-time, only for VAR to rule it out for offside. Even after a loss, however, the Chelsea supporters will surely look back with fondness on a day when for the first time in over a year, t...
West Bengal board exams for Classes 10 and 12 put off
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West Bengal board exams for Classes 10 and 12 put off

Hours after announcing a 14-day lockdown in the state due to a surge on Covid cases, the West Bengal government on Saturday postponed the state board exams scheduled to be held in June. While the Madhyamik (Class 10) exams were scheduled to begin from June 1, the Higher Secondary (class 12) exams were to commence from June 15. The state will announce the revised schedule “with reasonaby sufficient time in hand”. Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said, “…Secondary and higher secondary exams for the state, supposed be held in June, now stand postponed. The State Education Department will announce revised schedule with reasonably sufficient time in hand.” According to him, making arrangements for holding the exams would be difficult during the lockdown period. ...
Covid cases surge: Lockdown-like restrictions imposed in Bengal till May 30
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Covid cases surge: Lockdown-like restrictions imposed in Bengal till May 30

Amid a spike in the number of Covid cases, the West Bengal Government on Saturday announced that the state would go into a near-lockdown situation for a fortnight, starting Sunday. Announcing this, Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said the curbs would be in place from 6 am on Sunday, May 16, to 6 pm on May 30. Bandyopadhyay told mediapersons, “To ensure security of health condition of the people of the state and to control the Covid situation in the state, we are forced to impose this. Now, in the state, an unprecedented situation is prevailing and scarcity of oxygen and other medicines is increasing. To control this situation, we are imposing strict conditions on movement of transport and other sectors for two weeks.” The state government also issued an order after th...
Mukul Roy tests positive: 5 docs die of Covid as state logs highest single-day toll at 144
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Mukul Roy tests positive: 5 docs die of Covid as state logs highest single-day toll at 144

As many as five doctors died of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in Bengal, even as the state logged 144 deaths, the highest so far in a single day, pushing the toll to 13,137. The deceased doctors are pathologist Dr Subir Kumar Dutta (90), Dr Utpal Sengupta (70) a physician from Barasat, surgeon Dr Satish Ghata (70), Dr Sandipan Mandal (37) of Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital, and gynaecologist Dr Dilip Chakraborty. Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy and his wife Krishna are among those who contracted the disease, official sources said. Roy, who is the saffron party’s vice president, is currently in home isolation, sources in the health department said. Meanwhile, the number of fresh Covid cases increased further. In the past 24 hours, 19,511 persons tested positive. Thus,...
For getting its $1.2-bn arbitration, Cairn sues Air India in US
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For getting its $1.2-bn arbitration, Cairn sues Air India in US

British oil company Cairn Energy Plc has initiated the process to seize Indian assets and has brought a lawsuit in the US against national carrier Air India to enforce the $1.2-billion arbitration award it won against the Indian government in a longstanding tax dispute. Sources in New Delhi said that the Centre will take “all necessary steps to defend against any such illegal enforcement action”. Cairn filed the lawsuit Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking to make disinvestment-bound Air India liable for the judgment that was awarded to Cairn, Reuters reported. The lawsuit argued that the carrier, as a state-owned company, is “legally indistinct from the state itself”. “The nominal distinction between India and Air India is illusory...
Gujarat: MIS-C in newborns could be Covid antibody side-effect, say neonatologists
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Gujarat: MIS-C in newborns could be Covid antibody side-effect, say neonatologists

On April 20, a newborn baby, born at 38 weeks gestation, was admitted to the neonatal unit of Akanksha Hospital and Research Institute (AHRI) in Anand within an hour of his birth with an “extremely diseased condition”. The indications of a weak cry, shock, and low heart pumping rate pointed towards a multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), doctors said, and the condition appeared to be linked with Covid-19. While RT-PCR and antibody tests on the baby found him negative for the novel coronavirus, doctors were surprised to find a high concentration of antibodies in the child. Earlier, an RT-PCR test on the mother had also found her negative for the virus. Dr Biraj Thakkar, a neonatologist at AHRI, said while Covid-19 antibodies protect adults from the virus, th...
Cyclone Tauktae: Mumbai gears up for heavy rain, 580 Covid patients shifted from jumbo units
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Cyclone Tauktae: Mumbai gears up for heavy rain, 580 Covid patients shifted from jumbo units

From shifting 580 patients from its jumbo Covid-19 facilities to contemplating a possible shut down of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai on Saturday worked on taking several precautionary measures in view of India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) warning that Cyclone Tauktae is likely to pass close to the city on Sunday. The BMC on Saturday night shifted 580 patients from BKC (243), Dahisar (183) and Mulund (154) jumbo Covid-19 facilities to state and civic-run hospitals in Mumbai. The civic body had on Friday alerted the hospitals to avoid last-minute confusion over beds and availability of oxygen devices. The Mumbai Police is exploring the option of shutting down the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, as heavy rain and strong winds are...
For the lack of oxygen
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For the lack of oxygen

If migrants walking back home is the enduring image of the first Covid wave, the oxygen cylinder marks the tragedy of the second. Overnight, daily medical oxygen demand exploded from 1,000 metric tonnes to almost 10,000, crashing a system woefully — and, often, wilfully — unprepared. From Goa Medical College Hospital to Jaipur Golden and Batra in New Delhi last month; from Nashik to Chamrajnagar. Across cities and towns SOSs went out 24 by 7. By the time High Courts and the Supreme Court prodded governments to act, it was too late for many. Like the mother who passed away a day after her birthday; a young father whose child would have turned two next week. As a nation counts — and also doesn’t count — its dead, as the wave enters villages, The Sunday Express profiles lives ...
Covid probably India’s greatest challenge since Independence: Raghuram Rajan | India News – Times of India
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Covid probably India’s greatest challenge since Independence: Raghuram Rajan | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Covid-19 pandemic is probably India's greatest challenge since independence, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said on Saturday and added that in many places the government was not present to help the people for various reasons. Addressing a virtual event organised by University of Chicago Center in Delhi, Rajan said India needs a quick bankruptcy process for the MSME sector. "This is a tragic time in India given the pandemic. Covid-19 pandemic is probably India's greatest challenge since independence," he said. India has been reporting more than 3 lakh new Covid cases daily in recent weeks and the death toll due to the infection is also rising. "One of the effects of the pandemic is, we don't see the government present for various reasons," Rajan said. Noting that the Mahar...
Former Italian PM Berlusconi slips out of hospital unseen – Times of India
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Former Italian PM Berlusconi slips out of hospital unseen – Times of India

MILAN: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has left Milan's San Raffaele hospital after a five-day stay, a spokesman for his Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party said on Saturday. Berlusconi, 84, exited via a side entrance and was not seen by photographers and cameramen waiting outside the main doors. Speculation has mounted in recent days that Berlusconi's health is deteriorating badly. His doctors have not released a detailed update on his condition for weeks, however, his party denied on Friday that he was in a critical condition. "This is not the moment for obituaries," one party source said. The billionaire businessman has checked into hospital on a number of occasions after coming down with coronavirus last September. He told reporters at the time he had survived “the most d...
Didn’t tolerate fudge; pro, anti, in between, Sunil Jain said it like it is
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Didn’t tolerate fudge; pro, anti, in between, Sunil Jain said it like it is

Sunil Jain, managing editor, The Financial Express, who passed away Saturday night, was a journalist par excellence. A true professional and honest to the core, Sunil combined the journalist’s instinct for news with a researcher’s penchant for verifiable facts. His shocking and utterly premature departure has deprived Indian journalism of a highly talented analyst and a true team leader. A Master’s in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Sunil began his media career at India Today after a brief tenure at FICCI where he worked on export policy. My first professional association with Sunil dates back to when we were colleagues at The Indian Express group in 2000-2004. He was then business and economics editor of The Indian Express while I was Chief Editor of the Fina...
Appreciate kind words in your communication: WV Raman to Jay Shah | Cricket News – Times of India
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Appreciate kind words in your communication: WV Raman to Jay Shah | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India women's cricket team coach WV Raman on Saturday thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah for his kind words in his communication. "Thanks, @JayShah for your kind words in your communication to me.. Much appreciated.. @BCCI," Raman tweeted. Thanks @JayShah for your kind words in your communication to me.. Much appreciated.. @BCCI— WV Raman (@wvraman) 1621086778000Ever since Ramesh Powar was appointed as the new coach of the women's team, questions have been raised on the Cricket Advisory Committee's decision to propose Powar's name. Raman's reaction had also been sought. However, on Friday, Raman said that he doesn't want to talk about women's cricket any longer as his tenure as coach has ended. "So, to wind up this @BCCIWomen ...
People, govt, officials, all lowered guard, says RSS chief
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People, govt, officials, all lowered guard, says RSS chief

DESPITE its knowledge and warning signs, the Government, the administration, and the public, all lowered their guard after the first Covid wave and this led to the current crisis, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said Saturday. Underlining that science and truth are the “foundation” for a strategy to tackle the second wave, Bhagwat cautioned against use of Ayurvedic medicines or spreading misinformation without any scientific examination. “Pehli wave ke baad hum sab log zara ghaflat mein aa gaye. Kya janata, kya shashan, kya prashasan. Maloom tha, doctor log ishara de rahe the, phir bhi thodi ghaflat mein aa gaye. Isliye ye sankat khada hua (Following the first wave, we all lowered our guard. People, government, administration alike. The information (about a second wave) was there,...
DDCA offers its premises for fight against COVID-19 | Off the field News – Times of India
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DDCA offers its premises for fight against COVID-19 | Off the field News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) president Rohan Jaitley has written to state government, offering the premises of the Arun Jaitley Stadium to be used as a vaccination site in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jaitley confirmed that he has written a letter to the government and his office has received a reply as well. "I had written that if they feel that they require a centre for vaccination, the DDCA premises can be used till Normalcy returns," Jaitley told PTI on Saturday. "In our stadium premises we have facility where 10,000 people can be vaccinated per day. If they want, till the time there is some semblance of normalcy, they can use it till cricketing activity resumes." He said that he has got a reply that "chief secretary will look into the matter." I...
Adar’s father Cyrus joins family in London, ‘looking at units in Europe’
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Adar’s father Cyrus joins family in London, ‘looking at units in Europe’

Cyrus Poonawalla, chairman of the Poonawalla Group which includes vaccine-maker Serum Institute of India, has joined his son Adar Poonawalla and his family in London a few days ago but rejected suggestions that he had “left” the country. Speaking to The Sunday Express from London, Cyrus Poonawalla said he was on a routine “summer vacation”, something that he takes every year in May. Any suggestion that he, or his son, had “left” the country in this time of crisis was “false and malicious”, he said. “From the time I can recollect, I have been out of India in the month of May. One wants to take a summer vacation, and this time it is nothing new,” he said. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India which has supplied almost 90 per cent of the Covid vaccines in India so ...
Mamata’s younger brother dies of Covid-19 at 62
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Mamata’s younger brother dies of Covid-19 at 62

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s younger brother Ashim passed away on Saturday morning after battling Covid for a month. The 62-year-old, who had been hospitalised in April, suffered from some comorbidities and died following significant lung damage, a doctor at the private hospital where he was admitted following breathing troubles told The Sunday Express. Chairman Dr Alok Roy announced the death. Of Banerjee’s five brothers and a sister, Ashim was the third eldest, just after her. Ashim’s wife had died when their son Akash was very young, and Akash spent a lot of his time with Banerjee. Their houses are next to each other in Kalighat area. Unlike the rest of his family, with several brothers associated with committees, Ashim had kept away from politics and public life. He...
In Chhattisgarh’s newest district, crucial posts still vacant, cases see a surge
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In Chhattisgarh’s newest district, crucial posts still vacant, cases see a surge

“Containment Zone,” says the scrawl in Hindi on a piece of white cloth hanging above the makeshift barrier made of bamboo poles. This is the entry to Bade Anjani village in Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district, which was carved out of Bilaspur and came into existence on February 10, 2020, just a month before Chhattisgarh recorded its first Covid case. Today, the Covid graph of Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi, or GPM, with a population of about 3,36,000, reflects the trajectory of the infection’s rural spread in the state — a swell last November following a bypoll, a lull early this year, and now a devastating second wave. Officials and doctors say the challenge is particularly daunting in this fledgling district, which is struggling with vacancies in key posts including Chief Medical Hea...
Iga Swiatek wins twice in a day to set up Rome final with Karolina Pliskova | Tennis News – Times of India
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Iga Swiatek wins twice in a day to set up Rome final with Karolina Pliskova | Tennis News – Times of India

Iga Swiatek (AP photo)French Open champion Iga Swiatek won her Italian Open quarter-final and semi-final matches in straight sets on Saturday to set up a title clash with ninth seed Karolina Pliskova. Former world number one Pliskova, who won the 2019 edition and finished runner-up to Simona Halep last year after retiring in the final with an injury, reached the final for the third straight year after beating Petra Martic 6-1 3-6 6-2. Swiatek's quarter-final match against two-times champion Elina Svitolina was postponed due to rain on Friday but the 19-year-old made short work of her more experienced opponent with a 6-2 7-5 win to set up a semi-final clash with Coco Gauff. Swiatek then moved into her first WTA 1000 final with a 7-6(3) 6-3 victory over the American 17-year-old. Gauff fir...