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Day: May 16, 2021

Cyclone Tauktae intensifies, nears Gujarat
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Cyclone Tauktae intensifies, nears Gujarat

As very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae intensified and progressed towards Gujarat, the state government started evacuating people from vulnerable villages along the Saurashtra coast from Sunday. Till afternoon, around 15,000 of the 1.5 lakh residents to be shifted from districts likely to be most affected, were relocated following Covid protocols. Around 15,000 people were relocated following Covid protocols till afternoon of the 1.5 lakh residents to be shifted from districts likely to be most affected. Measures will be taken to ensure that 1,300 Covid hospitals have power backup as the cyclone is likely to bring heavy rain and squally winds, while 45 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and six teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and 85 ICU-on-wheel a...
Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win 10th Italian Open title and lay down Roland Garros marker | Tennis News – Times of India
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Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win 10th Italian Open title and lay down Roland Garros marker | Tennis News – Times of India

ROME: Rafael Nadal beat world number one Novak Djokovic to win a 10th Italian Open title on Sunday and set down a key marker two weeks out from the defence of his Roland Garros crown. Second seed Nadal won through 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2hr 49min against the defending champion in the 57th career showdown between the pair. "It's amazing I have this trophy in my hand for a 10th time, it's something impossible to imagine," said who Nadal also equalled Djokovic's record of 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles in his 12th Rome final. Another round of La Decima for Nadal, this time in Rome! 🏆🎥: @TennisTV | @RafaelNadal | #IBI21https://t.co/9zsCl5aXFg— ATP Tour (@atptour) 1621188336000Djokovic and Nadal were facing each other for the 57th time, having last played in the 2020 French Open final which the Spania...
Two dead, dozens hurt in Israeli synagogue accident: Ambulance service – Times of India
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Two dead, dozens hurt in Israeli synagogue accident: Ambulance service – Times of India

Israeli medics evacuate an injured ultra-Orthodox Jewish man after the collapse of grandstand seating at a synagogue. (AFP)JERUSALEM: At least two worshippers were killed and more than 100 injured on Sunday when a grandstand collapsed in a synagogue under construction in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israel's national ambulance service said. The accident in Givat Zeev, just north of Jerusalem, raised more questions about safety measures at large ultra-Orthodox events, two weeks after 45 pilgrims were crushed to death in a stampede at the burial site of a Jewish sage in northern Israel. A police spokesman said 650 worshippers were at the Givat worship site for the start of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. The event was held in a partially constructed synagogue. The local m...
Mom-to-be Dia Mirza states COVID vaccines currently available in India haven’t been tested on pregnant women – Times of India
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Mom-to-be Dia Mirza states COVID vaccines currently available in India haven’t been tested on pregnant women – Times of India

Bollywood actress Dia Mirza who’s currently expecting her first child with husband Vaibhav Rekhi took to her social media handle to emphasize on the importance of keeping pregnant and lactating women safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The actress responded to a tweet concerning the covid protocols for pregnant women by saying, “This is really important. Must read and also note that none of the vaccinations currently being used in India have been tested on pregnant and lactating mothers”. This is really important. Must read and also note that none of the vaccinations currently being used in India have… https://t.co/v1X3r8zx5h— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) 1621166532000 She also shared her doctor’s advice concerning the COVID-19 vaccines available for India. “My doctor says we cannot ta...
Station masters set June 30 deadline to vaccinate railway frontline workers, else would abstain from work | India News – Times of India
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Station masters set June 30 deadline to vaccinate railway frontline workers, else would abstain from work | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The All India Station Masters’ Association has given the ultimatum of June 30 to the government to vaccinate them and other front line railway employees involved in train operation. In a letter to the Union health secretary, it has said if the government fails to do so, then non-vaccinated staff would have no option than abstaining from duty. “In the event of any misfortune to the Indian Railways moving the essential commodities, your letter will have strong evidence for the non-vaccinated employees abstaining from duty to save their precious lives,” the association has written to Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan. The association wrote the letter after the health secretary sent a communication to states on Saturday flagging that state government departments were approvin...
‘In last few years, at times State has backed mob attacking civil liberties. It is necessary for courts to protect liberties’: Justice Govid Mathur
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‘In last few years, at times State has backed mob attacking civil liberties. It is necessary for courts to protect liberties’: Justice Govid Mathur

Justice Mathur admits “guilt” about CAA protests’ hearing not being taken to conclusion, criticises “liberal use” of NSA and sedition law, expresses concern over the law and order situation in UP and plays down Madras HC’s “murder” remark against EC. The session was moderated by Assistant Editor Apurva Vishwanath. APURVA VISHWANATH: As the country grapples with the pandemic, what is the role of the judiciary in this hour of crisis? …The role of the judiciary is to protect the law, to impart justice to every citizen… Also, if the court notices something wrong, it can take suo motu cognizance… The first responsibility of the court is to protect citizens from any event that is not in accordance with the law. When the government is working, the doctors and police are onboard, t...
Premier League: Keeper Alisson Becker heads Liverpool to last-gasp victory | Football News – Times of India
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Premier League: Keeper Alisson Becker heads Liverpool to last-gasp victory | Football News – Times of India

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored in the fifth minute of stoppage-time as Liverpool snatched a 2-1 victory at the death against relegated West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Sunday. Alisson headed home from a corner to secure what could be a precious three points for Liverpool in their bid to qualify for the Champions League next season. They stay in fifth place on 63 points from 36 games, one behind Chelsea in the fourth and final qualification position. Leicester City are in third on 66 points with the latter two to meet on Tuesday. (AFP photo)Striker Hal Robson-Kanu had scored in his first Premier League start in three-and-a-half years to give West Brom the lead, but Mohamed Salah equalised for the visitors to move level with Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane on 22 Premier Lea...
England’s Jofra Archer out of New Zealand series with elbow injury | Cricket News – Times of India
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England’s Jofra Archer out of New Zealand series with elbow injury | Cricket News – Times of India

Archer had surgery in March to remove a glass fragment from a tendon on his right hand. (Getty Images)England fast bowler Jofra Archer has been ruled out of their two-Test series against New Zealand starting next month due to pain in his elbow, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Sunday. Archer had surgery in March to remove a glass fragment from a tendon on his right hand, an injury he sustained in January when an attempt to clean his fish tank went wrong. The 26-year-old was having treatment for a long-term elbow problem at the time. Archer returned to action for county side Sussex against Kent this week at Hove but only bowled five overs in Kent's second innings due to pain in his right elbow. He did not bowl during the final two days of the county championship match. "...
Farmers clash with police at Khattar event, dozens injured
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Farmers clash with police at Khattar event, dozens injured

SEVERAL HUNDRED farmers clashed with the police in Hisar where Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated a 500-bed hospital for Covid-19 patients around noon on Sunday. Over 20 police personnel had to be taken to hospital for treatment, and as many as 70 farmers received injuries. A similar clash had happened on January 10 this year in Kaimla village in Karnal when farmers had stormed the helipad where Khattar was to land. Then too, several on both sides met with injuries. On Sunday, as the Chief Minister landed around 10 am in Hisar, farmers who have been sitting for months in protest against the three farm laws at a toll plaza in Mayyar, started marching towards the open ground venue at OP Jindal Modern School. They shouted anti-government slogans and were an...
Cyclone Tauktae: As storm approaches, BMC shifts Covid centre patients to hospitals
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Cyclone Tauktae: As storm approaches, BMC shifts Covid centre patients to hospitals

As Cyclone Tauktae made its way northward along the coast of Karnataka and Maharashtra on Sunday evening, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) scrambled to move patients from Covid Centres to government hospitals in the city. Until late in the evening, a total 603 Covid-19 patients had been moved out of three jumbo facilities in the city, including 243 from the BKC facility, 184 from the Dahisar facility, and 176 from Mulund. Some were discharged, the rest were admitted to hospitals run by the state government and the civic body. According to the India Meteorological Department’s 10 pm bulletin, Tauktae was located about 220 km south-southwest of Mumbai at 8.30 pm, and was moving north-northwestward at a speed of about 19 km/hour. Already classified as a very severe...
Situation in control, prepared for third wave, says UP CM Yogi Adityanath
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Situation in control, prepared for third wave, says UP CM Yogi Adityanath

The pandemic situation in Uttar Pradesh is not alarming or out of control, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday. UP is even prepared for a third wave of Covid-19, if it comes, Adityanath said. Extra test kits and medical kits, and surveillance teams trained in Covid management have been despatched to villages to check the spread of the pandemic in rural areas, the Chief Minister said. “We are hiding nothing. Everything is transparent… Every detail of testing, recoveries and deaths are uploaded on the (government’s Covid) portal,” Adityanath told a group of reporters in Noida. “Concerns had been expressed that given the population of Uttar Pradesh, things would spin out of control. But the situation is not out of control,” he said. The Chief Minister said that UP, w...
Anxiety in auto hubs: plants shut, how long before workers leave?
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Anxiety in auto hubs: plants shut, how long before workers leave?

With companies in Haryana’s Manesar industrial hub closed for longer than maintenance shutdowns, workers living in adjoining villages are beginning to turn restless. Unlike a year ago, the workers have stayed put thus far — however, this may change if the Covid situation does not improve and the shutdown extends for another 2-3 weeks, company officials and union leaders watching the labour dynamics in this industrial ecosystem said. If the smaller vendors supplying to the big manufacturers start laying off workers, an exodus to UP, Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand may begin, these officials said. “Many companies had extended their maintenance shutdowns and planned to start production from Monday. However, if Covid situation does not improve and the shutdown is extended for anoth...
O2 beds in villages, push to testing: Centre draws up 3-tier response plan
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O2 beds in villages, push to testing: Centre draws up 3-tier response plan

With at least 516 districts returning a positivity rate of more than 10 per cent, and increased mortality being reported in rural India, the Centre on Sunday directed states to set up a three-tier health infrastructure to manage the epidemic in the hinterland, including makeshift 30-bed Covid Care Centres (CCCs) in villages, each equipped with at least two oxygen cylinders. The Health Ministry said that schools, community halls, and panchayat buildings should be turned into CCCs to manage mild cases of the disease. Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs), and Sub-district Hospitals — which constitute the backbone of India’s rural health infrastructure — shall be designated as 30 oxygen-bed facilities to handle moderate cases of the disease, where the ...
In rural Rajasthan, amid shortage of oxygen, ventilators kept idle
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In rural Rajasthan, amid shortage of oxygen, ventilators kept idle

SUPPORTED BY A pillow and slouched over his hospital bed, Jagdish Prasad Mittal, 79, watches his son Manoj frantically dialling people, enquiring if an ICU bed is available in any hospital along the 120-km stretch from their hometown Nim Ka Thana in Rajasthan’s Sikar district to Jaipur, the state capital. Opposite him at the Covid ward of the Community Health Centre (CHC) in Nim Ka Thana, another septuagenarian Mariam Bano gasps for breath, her body suddenly convulsing. Bano’s grandson Syed Yunus cries for the duty doctor who rushes along with nursing staff to check on her. But a few moments later, a curtain is drawn around Bano’s bed. She is declared dead. On May 14, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot took to Twitter to say that with 2.11 lakh active cases, Rajasthan is...
Anthony Fauci says pandemic exposed ‘undeniable effects of racism’ – Times of India
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Anthony Fauci says pandemic exposed ‘undeniable effects of racism’ – Times of India

Anthony Fauci (Reuters)ATLANTA, US: The immunologist who leads the Covid-19 response in the United States said on Sunday that "the undeniable effects of racism" have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic. "Covid-19 has shown a bright light on our own society's failings," Dr Anthony Fauci said during a graduation ceremony for Emory University. Speaking by webcast from Washington, Fauci told the graduates in Atlanta that many members of minority groups work in essential jobs where they might be exposed to the coronavirus. He also said they are more likely to become infected if exposed because of medical conditions such as hypertension, chronic lung disease, diabetes or obesity. "Now, very few of th...
Fallout of Kumbh surge, Ayodhya locks down with cops, CCTVs watching
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Fallout of Kumbh surge, Ayodhya locks down with cops, CCTVs watching

They are glaring at each other, refusing to relent. Rameshwar Kumar, 48, has to head back to Lucknow for work. And all his life, he has bowed his head before Hanuman Garhi, or the Ram Janmabhoomi, before leaving his hometown. On the other side, Constable Devraj Singh has the unenviable task of stopping Kumar. “I cannot let you go. There is a government order. This is a pandemic,” says Singh. As Kumar finally turns away, Singh exclaims: “What a time this is. Even faith is affected.” In the lanes of Ayodhya, there is an eerie silence. The temple town is in lockdown — and it is showing. There are policemen manning turns and entry points every few metres, shops are boarded up, and there are no crowds near vegetable carts. At the gate of the Ram Mandir, the only human presence i...
Shoaib Akhtar had threatened me with deadly beamer: Robin Uthappa | Cricket News – Times of India
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Shoaib Akhtar had threatened me with deadly beamer: Robin Uthappa | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India cricketer Robin Uthappa has said that retired Pakistani express bowler Shoaib Akhtar had threatened him with a "deadly beamer" during the 2007 One-day International series. Recalling the incident, which happened ahead of the fourth ODI in Gwalior in November, Uthappa said that Akhtar met him during dinner on the eve of the match. "I remember we all were having dinner together. Shoaib bhai was there as well. He came to me and said 'Robin, well played (in the first ODI in Guwahati). Good game'. And then he said, 'one more thing: you walked out and hit me. If you do that again, even I don't know what will happen. You might get a beamer directed at your head'. After that, I didn't even dare walk out to him," Uthappa told YouTube channel 'Wake Up With Sorabh'. ROBIN U...
JD(U) leader lambastes P Chidambaram, says ‘Advisors like you are reasons for decimation of Congress’ | India News – Times of India
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JD(U) leader lambastes P Chidambaram, says ‘Advisors like you are reasons for decimation of Congress’ | India News – Times of India

PATNA: Senior JD(U) leader and Bihar’s Information & public relations department (IPRD) and water resources department (WRD) minister Sanjay Kumar Jha on Sunday lambasted senior Congress leader and former Union finance minister P Chidambaram, saying, “Advisors like you are reasons for decimation of the Congress (in the country).” Jha also advised Chidambaram to “spend his energy in trying to save his party (Congress)” as “Bihar is safe in sturdy hands of CM Nitish Kumar.” Jha’s outbursts on the senior Congress leaders came a day after Chidambaram, while quoting a news channel report, posted a tweet about the alleged poor condition of buildings of the Darbhanga medical college and hospital (DMCH) and also questioned in his tweet, “Has CM Nitish Kumar visited Darbhanga in the 15+ year...
Race for Olympics: Lockdown in Bengaluru hits swimmer Nataraj hard | More sports News – Times of India
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Race for Olympics: Lockdown in Bengaluru hits swimmer Nataraj hard | More sports News – Times of India

Srihari Nataraj (TOI Photo)NEW DELHI: A second lockdown imposed by the Karnataka government to contain the spread of coronavirus has prevented Srihari Nataraj, Indian national record holder in men's 100 metres backstroke, from training in the pool for a week. "I've not trained in the pool for almost a week. The state government hasn't given permission to open swimming pools, even for the elite swimmers. Without training in an Olympic size 50 metres pool it is not possible to perform well in competitions," Nataraj told IANS from Bengaluru. Last month Nataraj, 20, broke the national 100m backstroke record twice during the Uzbekistan Open Swimming Championships in Tashkent. But his national record of 54.07 seconds fell short of Olympic A qualification time of 53.85 seconds. Natraj is among...
Vicky Kaushal’s father Sham Kaushal has the sweetest birthday wish for his son – Times of India
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Vicky Kaushal’s father Sham Kaushal has the sweetest birthday wish for his son – Times of India

Birthdays are all about making your loved one feel special. As, Vicky Kaushal celebrates his 33rd birthday today, papa Sham Kaushal took to his social media handle to share a cute photo collage of his son’s pictures. They were also accompanied by a little note which read, “Happy Birthday Puttar. Feel blessed to have a son like u & may God’s blessings be always with u. Always love & blessings. 😊🌺🤗🤗” Have a look : Earlier, Vicky’s younger brother Sunny Kaushal shared a glimpse of the birthday celebration where Vicky was seen flashing his cute smile, while posing with a birthday cake and other festivities. His brother wrote, ‘Janamdin mubarak ho mere bhai @vickykaushal09’ On the work front, Vicky was last seen in the horror film 'Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship'. He is also wor...