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Day: May 18, 2021

Chhattisgarh: Three dead in firing on protest, villagers dig heels in at Sukma security camp
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Chhattisgarh: Three dead in firing on protest, villagers dig heels in at Sukma security camp

On the road leading out of a newly established CRPF security camp near Silger village in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district are signs of Monday’s clash: strewn stones, charred tree trunks, embers, and the dented windshield of a bulletproof anti-landmine vehicle. On Monday, three people were killed here and several injured as police opened fire on a group of tribals protesting against the CRPF camp that came up on May 12. Over the last four days, tribals from over 30 villages of Sukma and Bijapur have been protesting outside the camp. “We had been camping here for four days and were running out of ration. So we thought we would hand over a memorandum against the camp, and maybe return a few days later if they still don’t remove the camp,” said Korsa Somaru, 65, one of the protest...
Cyclone Tauktae: 637 rescued; over 80 ONGC off-shore op staff missing
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Cyclone Tauktae: 637 rescued; over 80 ONGC off-shore op staff missing

In one of the biggest off-shore search and rescue operations mounted by the Coast Guard and Navy, 637 men have been rescued from their vessels that went adrift in gale-force winds and high waves in the Arabian Sea during Monday’s Cyclone Tauktae, but the search is still on for at least 80 more men who are missing, officials said. In all, one oil rig and four vessels servicing ONGC’s off-shore operations, and an unrelated freight ship, were caught in the cyclone as it barrelled its way past Mumbai on Tuesday. The men who were stranded on the oil rig and in the four vessels — three of them barges — are maintenance staff working on ONGC off-shore sites, hired by contractors and sub-contractors for the oil PSU’s rigs and platforms in the Arabian Sea off the Mumbai coast. Of the...
Nitin Gadkari: More firms should get licences for vaccines
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Nitin Gadkari: More firms should get licences for vaccines

With the Government facing criticism over a crippling shortage of Covid vaccines, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said Tuesday that more domestic companies should be given the licence to manufacture these vaccines and life-saving drugs to tackle the pandemic. He also sought “better arrangements” for cremations and expressed dismay over the loss of lives due to lack of oxygen in hospitals. “If the demand for the vaccine is more than supply then it creates a problem. So, instead of one company, let 10 more companies be given the license to manufacture the vaccine. First let them supply in the country and later if there is surplus, they may export,” Gadkari said in a virtual address to vice chancellors of universities. “There are two-three laboratories in every state. Let them ma...
A glimmer: Covid-19 positivity declines, new cases down in 200 districts
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A glimmer: Covid-19 positivity declines, new cases down in 200 districts

Around 200 districts have been reporting a decline in cases for the last two weeks and, after consistently increasing for the past 13 weeks, the country’s overall case positivity has registered a decline over the past seven days, the government said on Tuesday. The “pandemic curve is stabilising”, and the reproduction number (R) has now fallen below 1, Dr V K Paul, head of India’s Covid-19 Task Force, said. “This means the pandemic is shrinking overall,” he said. According to Health Ministry data, 18.45 lakh tests were done every day on average between May 11 and May 17, which returned a weekly positivity of 16.9 per cent. This was the first seven-day period since February 16-22 that the country reported a decline in case positivity over the preceding seven-day period, the ...
BJP alleges a Congress Covid toolkit, Congress says it’s fake
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BJP alleges a Congress Covid toolkit, Congress says it’s fake

THE BJP on Tuesday released what it called a “toolkit” by the Congress to tarnish Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre over the handling of the Covid pandemic. While BJP president J P Nadda first talked about the Congress’s ‘Toolkit Models’ in a tweet, the allegation was subsequently taken up by Union minister Smriti Irani, BJP general secretary B L Santhosh, and spokesperson Sambit Patra, with BJP leaders sharing a document seemingly printed on the letterhead of the ‘AICC Research Department’. The Congress trashed the document — that laid out instructions on how to “destroy his (Modi’s) image and erode his popularity” and advised that the new coronavirus mutant be dubbed the “India strain” or “Modi strain” — as “forgery” and “fraud”. The party also filed a complaint...
Narada sting case: Trinamool leaders in hospital after arrest, will push for bail in HC today
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Narada sting case: Trinamool leaders in hospital after arrest, will push for bail in HC today

THREE of the four Trinamool Congress leaders arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday in a case related to the 2016 Narada sting operation were admitted to the SSKM Hospital. Transport and Housing Minister Firhad Hakim, Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee, MLA Madan Mitra and former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee were taken to the Presidency Correctional Home after the Calcutta High Court rejected the interim bail granted by the court of the CBI Special Judge (1). Representing the four, senior lawyer Abhishek Singhvi and advocate and TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee approached the Calcutta High Court Division Bench in the morning. But the matter will be heard only on Wednesday along with the CBI plea of transfer of case out of West Bengal. Mitra and Sovan Chat...
‘Whistleblower’ Fanie de Villiers rubbishes Australian bowlers’ claim of innocence
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‘Whistleblower’ Fanie de Villiers rubbishes Australian bowlers’ claim of innocence

On Tuesday, four Australia bowlers issued a statement, absolving themselves from the 2018 Cape Town ball-tampering fiasco. The rebuttal, though, came swiftly from former South Africa pacer Fanie de Villiers, who says the entire team and the coaching staff would have known about the plan. De Villiers, commentating during the game, claims to have seen first-hand what unfolded during the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in March 2018. He says he alerted the TV crew who caught Cameron Bancroft using sandpaper to rough up one side of the ball. On Tuesday, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon denied that they had any prior knowledge of the plot to use sandpaper on the ball. “We did not know a foreign substance was taken onto the fie...
England rest IPL stars for two Tests against New Zealand
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England rest IPL stars for two Tests against New Zealand

England on Tuesday rested IPL stars including Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow for the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand while Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes were not considered for selection due to injuries. England named a 15-man squad for the series starting June 2. “Multi-format players Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes are rested after completing a quarantine period following the cancellation of the Indian Premier League earlier this month. “They will spend some time resting before joining up with their respective counties in due course,” said the ECB in a statement referring to the four players who had to undergo a 10-day quarantine upon their return from India. Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey and Sussex sea...
Celeb fashion: Malaika Arora is breaking the internet with her latest look
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Celeb fashion: Malaika Arora is breaking the internet with her latest look

Malaika Arora’s style game is always on point. Whether it is a promotional event, her workout session, or just a lazy day at home, she always keeps it trendy. While she impresses with most of her looks, we have been blown away with her latest fashion outing! This time, the diva stunned in ethnic wear. Check out how gorgeous she looked: Malaika was seen in a sequin sari by designer Manish Malhotra for the show Super Dancer Chapter 4, which was styled by celebrity stylist Mohit Rai and his team. The dazzling sari was styled with a strappy blouse featuring a deep boat neckline, Jimmy Choo heels and minimal jewellery. Accessorised with an uncut diamond necklace, she opted for blowdried hair and a glam makeup look comprising kohled eyes and bold deep red lips. But t...
Narada case: Arrested TMC leaders likely to seek recall of Calcutta HC stay order
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Narada case: Arrested TMC leaders likely to seek recall of Calcutta HC stay order

The Calcutta High Court is likely to hear petitions by two West Bengal ministers, a Trinamool Congress MLA and a former party leader on Wednesday seeking recall of its order staying their bail granted by a CBI court in connection with their arrest in the Narada sting tape case. Counsels appearing for ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, MLA Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee mentioned the matter before a division bench presided over by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal on Tuesday. The bench, also comprising Justice Arijit Banerjee, permitted them to file the recalling petitions. It is also likely to hear the matter on May 19 along with a petition by the CBI wherein it has sought transfer of the Narada sting tape case hearing. The central investigating agency had...
Vijay Mallya Case: Fugitive Businessman Loses Bankruptcy Petition In UK High Court
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Vijay Mallya Case: Fugitive Businessman Loses Bankruptcy Petition In UK High Court

London: Fugitive billionaire Vijay Mallya lost bankruptcy petition in UK High Court as Chief Insolvencies and Companies Court (ICC) Judge Michael Briggs handed down his judgment in favour of the banks to declare there is no public policy that prevents a waiver of security rights.This decision will take a consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) a step closer in their attempt to recover debt from loans paid out to Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.Mallya’s barrister Philip Marshall had referenced the witness statements of retired Indian judges in previous hearings to put forth his assertion that there is public interest under Indian law by virtue of the banks being nationalized.READ: 'Attack On Al Jazeera Building Was Perfectly Legitimate...
96% Britons develop antibodies after the first Covid-19 dose, shows study
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96% Britons develop antibodies after the first Covid-19 dose, shows study

New research shows that over 90 per cent of Britons develop antibodies against the novel coronavirus after getting one dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, and nearly 100 per cent do so after getting the second jab. A report published in The Guardian stated that research found that 96.42 per cent of people who had either vaccine developed antibodies 28 to 34 days after their first dose. This rose to 99.08 per cent within 7-14 days of the second jab. Researchers from University College London (UCL) found that both vaccines were equally good at triggering antibodies needed to fight off Covid-19. Dr Maddie Shrotri, the lead author of the paper containing the findings, said, “This is one of the earliest real-world vaccine studies in the UK and it is fantastic news.” Over ...
Video | Markets Jump As COVID Cases Dip
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Video | Markets Jump As COVID Cases Dip

Market sentiment improved after dip in COVID cases, the Sensex ended above the 50,000 mark and the Nifty closed above 15,000. While some experts remain optimistic, others remain cautious going ahead. Source link
UK allows people to go on holidays: Here are the latest travel guidelines
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UK allows people to go on holidays: Here are the latest travel guidelines

According to the new travel regulations that have come into effect in the United Kingdom on May 17, people from England, Scotland and Wales are now free to go on a holiday. “This is a new way of doing things, and people should expect travel to be different this summer  — with longer checks at the borders, as part of tough measures to prevent new strains of the virus entering the country and putting our fantastic vaccine rollout at risk,” UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement on Monday, the CNN reported. UK has advised people to travel to ‘green’ countries — anyone visiting these nations will not have to quarantine on return provided they get tested before departure and take an RT-PCR test within two days after coming back. These countries are Portugal (in...
UK court allows Indian banks to amend bankruptcy plea against Vijay Mallya
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UK court allows Indian banks to amend bankruptcy plea against Vijay Mallya

File image of Vijay Mallya | Photo: Luke MacGregor | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ London: A consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday moved a step closer in their attempt to recover debt from loans paid out to Vijay Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines after the High Court in London upheld an application to amend their bankruptcy petition, in favour of waiving their security over the businessman’s assets in India. Chief Insolvencies and Companies Court (ICC) Judge Michael Briggs handed down his judgment in favour of the banks to declare there is no public policy that prevents a waiver of security rights, as argued by Mallya’s lawyers. At a virtual hearing, July 26 was set as...
Vijay Mallya loses bankruptcy petition amendment against Indian banks in UK court
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Vijay Mallya loses bankruptcy petition amendment against Indian banks in UK court

File image of Vijay Mallya | Photo: Luke MacGregor | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ London: A consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday moved a step closer in their attempt to recover debt from loans paid out to Vijay Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines after the High Court in London upheld an application to amend their bankruptcy petition, in favour of waiving their security over the businessman’s assets in India. Chief Insolvencies and Companies Court (ICC) Judge Michael Briggs handed down his judgment in favour of the banks to declare there is no public policy that prevents a waiver of security rights, as argued by Mallya’s lawyers. At a virtual hearing, July 26 was set as...
Teachers in govt-run tribal schools will now teach students using next-gen tech – Times of India
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Teachers in govt-run tribal schools will now teach students using next-gen tech – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Teachers in government-run tribal schools will now teach students using next-generation technologies, including artificial intelligence. Under a pact signed between the Tribal Affairs Ministry and tech giant Microsoft, AI curriculum will be made available to tribal students in English and Hindi at the Eklavya Model Residential Schools and Ashram Schools across the country. Microsoft has adopted 250 EMRS in the first phase of the programme. "Students from schools under the ministry will be mentored on projects involving AI applications for societal good and the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals," a statement said. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result "Students will also be trained and exposed to gamified environments on Mi...
Rockets from Gaza rain havoc on Israeli cities in latest war – Times of India
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Rockets from Gaza rain havoc on Israeli cities in latest war – Times of India

Gaza: Rockets are launched from Gaza Strip to Israel.JERUSALEM: Sirens wailed just before the Jewish holiday of Shavuot began on Sunday evening, sending Chen Farag and her family once again running for cover as they have dozens of times over the past week since the latest war between Palestinian militants in Gaza and the Israeli military erupted. The Farags live in Ashdod, Israel's largest port on the Mediterranean coast. The city of about 225,000 people is around 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of the Gaza Strip. Six adults, two dogs and a parrot huddled in their home's reinforced safe room - a routine precaution for hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the country's south. After an explosion shook the building, they rushed outside to see cars on fire, including their own. Their home's ...
Fauci: Reasonable for businesses to keep masks
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Fauci: Reasonable for businesses to keep masks

The nation’s top infectious disease expert is acknowledging confusion after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week said fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks in most instances, even indoors. Dr. Anthony Fauci tells ABC News, The problem and the issue is that we don’t have any way of knowing who is vaccinated and who’s not vaccinated. He says it is reasonable and understandable that some businesses and localities are maintaining mask requirements because they can’t be sure of an individual’s vaccination history. But he says it’s important to note those measures protect the unvaccinated from each other, and vaccines provide a high level of protection for those who have gotten them. Fauci says children who are not vaccinated – including children un...
Strike from Gaza kills 2 as Israel topples 6-storey building
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Strike from Gaza kills 2 as Israel topples 6-storey building

A strike launched from Gaza killed two Thai workers inside a packaging plant in southern Israel on Tuesday, police said, hours after Israeli airstrikes toppled a six-storey building in the Palestinian territory that housed bookstores and educational centres. With the war between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers showing no sign of abating and truce efforts apparently stalled, Palestinians across Israel and the occupied territories went on strike in a rare collective action against Israel’s policies. The general strike and expected protests could further widen the conflict after a spasm of communal violence in Israel and protests across the occupied West Bank last week. Since the fighting began last week, the Israeli military has launched hundreds of airstrikes it says are tar...