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Chandrima’s letter to top cop over arrest of TMC leaders turned into FIR
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Chandrima’s letter to top cop over arrest of TMC leaders turned into FIR

The Kolkata Police Wednesday converted a complaint filed by ruling Trinamool Congress leader and state minister Chandrima Bhattacharya into an FIR against the CBI. On Monday, May 17, Bhattacharya lodged a complaint with the city police against the central probe agency over the arrest of party heavyweights Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee and Madan Mitra in connection with the Narada sting operation case. In her letter of complaint to the Kolkata Police commissioner which has now been turned into an FIR, Bhattacharya said, “In the circumstances, I on behalf of my party would request you to immediately take necessary action under the law and do the needful against the CBI officers who had arrested the leaders at the behest of Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and the Governo...
Stir at Raj Bhavan: West Bengal Governor seeks report from police
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Stir at Raj Bhavan: West Bengal Governor seeks report from police

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar Wednesday took a “serious note” of the protests in front of Raj Bhavan on consecutive days and sought a report from Kolkata Police. Taking to his official Twitter handle, the Governor shared video clips of the protests from both days, tagging the city police and asking them to send comprehensive reports on the demonstrations and the action taken by them by 5pm on Wednesday. Supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress staged a peaceful protest near the north gate of Raj Bhavan on Monday following the arrest of three heavyweight leaders and a former party leader and Kolkata mayor in connection with the Narada sting operation case. On Tuesday, a person was seen holding a symbolic protest near the same gate with a flock of sheep. Also taggi...
Ajay Devgn’s ‘Maidaan’ set destroyed by Tauktae cyclone – Exclusive! – Times of India
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Ajay Devgn’s ‘Maidaan’ set destroyed by Tauktae cyclone – Exclusive! – Times of India

The Tauktae cyclone killed many people and damaged an immense amount of property in parts of India, yesterday. ETimes has it that it did not spare Ajay Devgn's 'Maidaan' set on the outskirts of Mumbai either. Luckily there have been no casualties on the set but the set on which Devgn was supposed to shoot a large part of the remaining film stands badly damaged, nearly to the point of complete destruction. 'Maidaan' set damageA source says, "There were about 40 people on the set when the cyclone hit the 'Maidaan' set- the guards and the curators of the football ground which largely comprises the set. They tried their best to save as much as they could but their efforts proved almost totally futile." This is the second time that 'Maidaan' has suffered a big blow. A 16-acre, high-mainten...
Lawyers ask that ex-NC Rep David Lewis receive no prison time – Times of India
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Lawyers ask that ex-NC Rep David Lewis receive no prison time – Times of India

It remains unclear if Lewis faces a state campaign finance investigation. AP PhotoCHARLOTTE: A longtime North Carolina state lawmaker should not receive active prison time for his guilty plea to charges involving his scheme to siphon campaign dollars to his ailing family farm, attorneys recommended to a federal judge this week. Federal prosecutors asked US District Judge Max Cogburn to sentence former state Rep. David Lewis to probation when the Harnett County Republican learns his punishment next week in a Charlotte courtroom. Lewis' defense attorneys made a request Wednesday for a sentence similar to probation, saying his wrongdoing was "an act of desperation rather than greed." The US attorney's office in Charlotte already said last summer that it would not seek active time when Lewi...
Donald Trump says New York criminal probe is in ‘desperate search of a crime’ – Times of India
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Donald Trump says New York criminal probe is in ‘desperate search of a crime’ – Times of India

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked New York state's attorney general for launching a criminal probe of his family business. AP PhotoFormer President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked New York state's attorney general for launching a criminal probe of his family business, saying he was "being unfairly attacked and abused." "There is nothing more corrupt than an investigation that is in desperate search of a crime," Trump said in a statement, adding that "we will overcome" any attempt at prosecution. The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James, which has been investigating whether the New York City-based Trump Organization falsely reported property values to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits, said on Tuesday its probe was no longer purely civil....
Brazil police probe environment minister over timber exports – Times of India
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Brazil police probe environment minister over timber exports – Times of India

Environment Minister Ricardo Salles. AP PhotoRIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's Federal Police on Wednesday carried out searches to investigate whether Environment Minister Ricardo Salles and other key figures within the ministry facilitated illegal timber exports to the US and Europe. The Supreme Court authorized the search of nearly three dozen locations in Sao Paulo state, the Amazonian state of Para and Brazil's federal district, according to a police statement. The operation stems from a decision of the court's Justice Alexandre de Moraes, who ordered the investigation of 10 officials at the ministry and the regulatory agency. Nine of them were preventatively suspended from working, including agency President Eduardo Bim - but not Salles - according to a copy of de Moraes' May 13 decision ma...
Mitch McConnell says he’ll oppose January 6 commission to probe riot – Times of India
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Mitch McConnell says he’ll oppose January 6 commission to probe riot – Times of India

The Republican leader's opposition comes a day after he said he was "open" to the bill. AP PhotoWASHINGTON: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he will oppose legislation to create a commission on the deadly January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, a blow to Democrats who say an independent, bipartisan investigation of the siege is crucial to prevent it from happening again. The Republican leader's opposition comes a day after he said he was "open" to the bill that the House is expected to pass Wednesday. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has also said he will not support the legislation. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday he will hold a vote on the bill despite the GOP objections, charging that Republicans are "caving" to former President Donald Trump,...
Gujarat: Families in Rajula left with houses without roof, but fixing a costly affair
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Gujarat: Families in Rajula left with houses without roof, but fixing a costly affair

Hari Dhundharva and his wife Sonal sat at the doorway of their home in Bidi Kamdar area on Savarkundla Bypass Road in coastal Rajula town of Amreli on Wednesday. With the roof of their home having been blown away by cyclone Tauktae around 36 hours ago, the afternoon sun had left the couple perspiring profusely. In the front yard of their home were spread clothes and mattresses, all drenched in the rain which accompanied the cyclone when it made landfall near Una in Gir Somnath. Despite the misery brought about by the cyclone, which had hit Rajula with wind speed in excess of 150 km per hour, the couple were seemingly content. “Only five of around three dozen cement-fibre sheets which formed the roof of our home have been spared by the storm. We placed one of them as roof ...
Govt’s vaccine policy shift: Defer doses for 3 months after recovery
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Govt’s vaccine policy shift: Defer doses for 3 months after recovery

FOUR MONTHS after its issued guidelines to states saying lactating women should not receive Covid-19 vaccines, the Health Ministry, in a shift in policy, on Wednesday announced that Covid-19 vaccination is recommended for all lactating women. The Union Health Ministry announced another significant change in policy: deferring the Covid-19 vaccination in four specific situations. First, the Ministry said, individuals with lab tests proven SARS-2 COVID-19 illness — that is, those who have tested positive for the virus — should defer their vaccination by three months after recovery. The Centre’s earlier guidelines had recommended deferment for only 4-8 weeks after recovery. Second, it said, Covid patients who have been given anti-SARS-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent pla...
Staffer, for whom New Zealand mission had sought oxygen, passes away
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Staffer, for whom New Zealand mission had sought oxygen, passes away

An Indian staffer suffering from Covid-19, for whom the New Zealand High Commission had sought help in early May, has passed away in a hospital in Delhi. The staffer had started at the High Commission in 1986, when Sir Edmund Hillary was High Commissioner. New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta said the man, an Indian citizen, died in hospital two days ago. “As you can imagine, we’ve given the embassy time to process what’s happened,” she said. “Everyone was living on compound like a family. Our thoughts and aroha are with the family at this time. “Any loss of life is extremely sad and I know that MFAT (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) need time to process what has happened under extenuating circumstances of this global pandemic,” Mahuta said. She said ...
Jaishankar, senior US Defence official at second IE-FT event
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Jaishankar, senior US Defence official at second IE-FT event

At a time when the India-China relationship is at one of the lowest points ever, and India and the United States strengthen their defence, economic, and strategic relationship, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Lindsey W Ford will be part of online discussions on ‘India, China and the US: A new geopolitical landscape?’, on Thursday. The event is the second in a series of agenda-setting debates organised by The Indian Express and the Financial Times about India’s place in the post-pandemic world. Foreign policy leaders and thinkers from India and overseas are discussing India’s diplomatic standing in the world, especially in relation to China and the US. The participants on Thursday will discuss t...
Cyclone Tauktae: 26 bodies found, search on for 61, probe ordered into gaps and lapses
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Cyclone Tauktae: 26 bodies found, search on for 61, probe ordered into gaps and lapses

Defence ships and offshore vessels of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) recovered 26 bodies Wednesday from the Arabian Sea where barge P305 working for ONGC sank following Cyclone Tauktae. Search continues for at least 61 more people who remain missing. Indian Navy Commodore Ajay Jha, who is supervising the rescue operations, said the bodies, brought ashore Wednesday morning, would be handed over to the Mumbai port police for completion of formalities. Those stranded on Barge P305 being hauled up on to INS Kochi, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (Express Photo) The missing include around 50 men onboard P305, and at least 11 on another vessel, tug boat Varaprada, which is missing, Navy officials said. The search operations would continue for another three days at least, said...
Apollo, Max hospital staff vaccination data underline protection
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Apollo, Max hospital staff vaccination data underline protection

As concern rises over reports of Covid-19 infection even in fully vaccinated people, a survey among healthcare workers at one of Delhi’s biggest hospitals has shown that fewer than three individuals out of every 100 who received both doses were infected by the coronavirus. No Covid deaths were reported among those who had been vaccinated, the survey at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital found. The survey was, however, carried out for the period before April 15, when the bigger and deadlier national second wave of coronavirus infections began to develop fully. Separately, data collated by Max Healthcare Network for its 14,000-odd employees around the country show that six out of every 100 fully vaccinated individuals have so far caught the virus — an infection rate more than doubl...
Cyclone Tauktae: Chief Engineer says 14 life rafts had holes, Captain ignored warnings
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Cyclone Tauktae: Chief Engineer says 14 life rafts had holes, Captain ignored warnings

Everyone on board barge P305 could have been saved had many of the life rafts not had punctures and the Captain taken the cyclone warnings seriously, its Chief Engineer Rahman Shaikh, among the 187 men rescued from the vessel, told The Indian Express Wednesday. Admitted to Apollo Hospital in Tardeo on Wednesday evening with a wound on his knee, Shaikh, 48, said, “We received the cyclone warning a week before it hit. Many other vessels in the vicinity left. I told the Captain, Balwinder Singh, that we must also leave for the harbour. But he told me that winds were not expected to be over 40 kmph and the cyclone would cross Mumbai in one or two hours. But in reality the wind speed was more than 100 kmph. Five of our anchors broke. They couldn’t withstand the cyclone.” There ...
2-DG holds promise but need more data before use: Experts
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2-DG holds promise but need more data before use: Experts

Top doctors in key Covid wards are guarded in their reception to the 2-DG (2-deoxy-D-Glucose) drug the Centre launched Monday granting emergency use approval and saying it will reduce recovery time and oxygen dependency for Covid-19 patients. Their consensus is that the principle behind 2-DG, traditionally used as a cancer drug, is well-established. It inhibits glycolysis, the process by which cells break down glucose which helps viruses get energy to replicate and spread and so disrupting this could be a tool in the treatment of Covid-19. But, they said, they need more clinical trial evidence before it can be widely used. The promise of 2-DG as a therapeutic tool finds mention in at least five papers, including by German, Brazilian and US scientists published last year, b...
Cyclone Tauktae: 53 killed in Gujarat, PM Modi announces Rs 1,000-crore package
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Cyclone Tauktae: 53 killed in Gujarat, PM Modi announces Rs 1,000-crore package

WITH 53 people killed in Gujarat as Cyclone Tauktae left a trail of destruction across several districts in the state, and damages estimated at over Rs 3,000 crore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas and announced a relief package of Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief activities. He also announced ex gratia compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those injured. At least 23 women were among the dead as the cyclone damaged hundreds of houses and roads, uprooted electric poles and trees. Officials said the maximum toll was from Amreli, where 16 people were killed. Nine people were killed in Gir Somnath where the cyclone made landfall on Monday night, eight in Bhavnagar, seven in Ahm...
Ruhi Singh: A blonde once replaced me because it was felt she’d exude more sex-appeal- Exclusive Interview – Times of India
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Ruhi Singh: A blonde once replaced me because it was felt she’d exude more sex-appeal- Exclusive Interview – Times of India

Ruhi Singh's latest web show, MX Players' 'Runaway Lugaai', went online yesterday. The actress is in a happy space. ETimes caught up with Ms Singh for an exclusive chat. Excerpts: Let's first tell the readers and viewers that you are not the Ruhi Singh who crashed her car into 7 vehicles in April 2019... OMG! Yes guys, I am not that person. How did you deal with that period? Shakespeare said 'What's in a name?' but I think there's a lot in a name. When this incident happened, it did a lot of damage to my reputation. The lackadaisical attitude by the media in reporting was appalling. Why was it not checked that it was not the Miss India Peace and Humanity 2014 and the 'Calendar Girls' actress who was at the steering wheel? I remember the day in question right from when it started. I...
Shafali Verma upgraded to Grade B, BCCI reduces contracted players from 22 to 19 | Cricket News – Times of India
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Shafali Verma upgraded to Grade B, BCCI reduces contracted players from 22 to 19 | Cricket News – Times of India

Shafali Verma. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)NEW DELHI: Teen batting sensation Shafali Verma was on Wednesday promoted to Grade B in the BCCI's annual contracts list as the cricket board reduced the number of contracted players from 22 to 19. The Grade A which offers an annual retainer fees of Rs 50 lakh once again comprised three all-format players -- Twenty20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, her deputy Smriti Mandhana and leg break bowler Poonam Yadav. The Grade B has an annual retainer fee of Rs 30 lakh and veterans such as Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma are among 10 players in this bracket. "Shafali is seen as the biggest superstars that we will have in years to come and hence it wasn't a surprise that she got elevated to Grade B from C. Punam Raut was rewarded for her go...
Centre to set up  ‘BBC-like’ channel to push India view
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Centre to set up ‘BBC-like’ channel to push India view

At a time when the Indian government has been facing severe criticism in the international media, the national public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has floated a tender for a consultant to come up with a plan to launch a channel with an international presence. Prasar Bharati officials said the tender is not a knee-jerk reaction and that the idea has existed for a long time. The invitation for Expression of Interest was floated on May 13 for a consultancy service to come up with a detailed project report “on establishment of DD International”. The EOI stated: “In view of the strategic objective to build a global presence for Doordarshan and to establish an international voice for India, it is envisaged to establish DD International”. Further, it said that the EOI “is being issu...
Mucormycosis kills 90 in Maharashtra, govt seeks injection stock from Centre
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Mucormycosis kills 90 in Maharashtra, govt seeks injection stock from Centre

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday urged the Union government to swiftly allocate to the state Amphotericin B injections, used to treat mucormycosis – now increasingly common in recovered Covid-19 patients. The minister told mediapersons that the state has placed an order for 1.9 lakh Amphotericin B injections but is yet to receive delivery from the manufacturers. On Thursday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is slated to discuss the drug’s shortage with Prime Minister in a video conference. Maharashtra has at least 1,500 Covid-19 patients suffering from the black fungus, a term commonly used to refer to mucormycosis. Among them, 850 are in hospital. “The state had last purchased 16,000 injections and has issued a global tender to procure the drug. But sinc...