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24×7 control rooms, embankment repairs: Mamata reviews prep for Cyclone Yaas
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24×7 control rooms, embankment repairs: Mamata reviews prep for Cyclone Yaas

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday chaired a meeting with senior government officials and officers from the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) to review the administration’s preparations for a cyclonic storm that is likely to hit the state next week. Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, and Health Secretary Narayan Swaroop Nigam were among the senior administration officials at the meeting. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has alerted that Cyclone Yaas may hit the Bengal-Odisha coast on the morning of May 26. The storm’s formation is likely to commence by May 22. “A low-pressure area very likely to form over North Andaman Sea and adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal around 22nd May. It is very likely to intensify gradually into a Cyclonic Storm by ...
Kolkata startup develops mobile app to monitor SpO2, pulse rate
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Kolkata startup develops mobile app to monitor SpO2, pulse rate

With the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic, the bite sized devices called the oximeter or perhaps a wearable smartwatch, to monitor one’s vitals, slowly became a staple purchase. CareNow Healthcare, a healthtech startup based out of Kolkata, has developed a smartphone application ‘CarePlix Vital’s’ where all one needs to do is place a finger on the smartphone’s rear camera and flashlight and within seconds, the oxygen saturation (SpO2), pulse and respiration rates are diplayed on the device. “People needed a pulse oximeter or similar wearables such as a smartwatch to get their vitals such as oxygen saturation and pulse rate. The underlying technology in all of this is photoplethysmography or PPG. We are achieving this through our smartphone’s rear camera and flashlight...
West Bengal registers another record Covid deaths; Buddhadeb and wife are ‘stable’
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West Bengal registers another record Covid deaths; Buddhadeb and wife are ‘stable’

West Bengal on Thursday recorded another single-day high of Covid-19 deaths at 162, taking the total to 13,895. The total caseload rose to 1,31,510 with an addition of 19,091 new infections in the last 24 hours. A total 10,64,553 people, including 18,910 in the last 24 hours, have been discharged at a rate of 87.98 per cent. Active case increased by 19 to 1,31,510. Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his wife Mira, who had tested positive for coronavirus, were stable, State Health Department sources said. While Buddhadeb is in home isolation under the observation of a medical board while his wife is at a hospital. According to hospital sources, “She is maintaining stable vital parameters with oxygen saturation at 98 per cent in room air. She is on i...
Talking to the moon: Europe pitches lunar satellites plan – Times of India
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Talking to the moon: Europe pitches lunar satellites plan – Times of India

The plan, dubbed "Moonlight," would see ESA offer communications and navigation services to any country that wants to carry out lunar exploration missions. AP PhotoBERLIN: The European Space Agency presented a vision Thursday to put satellites in orbit around the moon that would facilitate future missions to Earth's closest neighbor. The plan, dubbed "Moonlight," would see ESA offer communications and navigation services to any country that wants to carry out lunar exploration missions. By relying services provided from lunar orbit, space agencies would be able to design their moon landers without the need for cumbersome communications and navigation devices on board. This would free up space to carry other cargo, making each launch more cost-effective, said Paul Verhoef, ESA's director...
CM again writes to Modi, seeks 20 lakh doses for state & Central govt workers
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CM again writes to Modi, seeks 20 lakh doses for state & Central govt workers

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday urged Narendra Modi to provide at least 20 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses to West Bengal for the inoculation of state and Central government employees. This was her fifth letter to the prime minister in a fortnight seeking help with the pandemic response. Banerjee claimed that the Centre’s policies had “no room to accommodate the needs” of people who run a greater risk of contracting the disease, including bankers, railway and airport employees, and those working in the defence and coal sectors. “I request you to kindly arrange vaccines for these priority sector Central government employees working all over the country along with state government employees without any further delay.” She added, “Railway employees, employees workin...
U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India in October 2022: FIFA | Football News – Times of India
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U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India in October 2022: FIFA | Football News – Times of India

(Photo credit: Indian Football Twitter)NEW DELHI: The U-17 women's World Cup will be held in India from October 11 to 30 next year, FIFA Council said on Thursday. India were earlier scheduled to host the 2020 U-17 World Cup but it was postponed to 2021 before being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The governing body then handed the hosting rights of the 2022 edition to India last November. On the eve of the 71st FIFA Congress, the FIFA Council approved key dates for the international match calendars, including the dates of the 2022 U-17 world Cup in India. "The Council also approved dates for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2022 (11-30 October 2022), FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2022 (10-28 August 2022), as well as a 14-team play-off for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, ta...
Nervous workers struggle to adjust to new mask policies – Times of India
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Nervous workers struggle to adjust to new mask policies – Times of India

An abrupt relaxation of mask policies has left workers at some retail and grocery stores reeling as they try to sort out what the new environment means for their own safety and relationship with customers. Kroger, the country's largest grocery chain, became one of the latest to announce that, starting Thursday, workers and customers can stop wearing masks in states where mandates are no longer in effect. Other companies that have adopted similar changes include Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Macy's, Costco, Home Depot, Trader Joe's and Target, following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Some workers have taken to social media to cheer, but many others protested. Some don't trust customers - or their co-workers - to be truthful about their vaccination status since most...
Global politics competitive, India will use all tools to stay strong: Jaishankar
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Global politics competitive, India will use all tools to stay strong: Jaishankar

REITERATING THAT the relationship between India and China is at a crossroads, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said Thursday that the direction of bilateral ties depends on whether Beijing adheres to various agreements on maintaining peace along the border. The remarks come a day after Army Chief General M M Naravane said that de-escalation along the border in eastern Ladakh is yet to take place, after the first step at Pangong Tso in February, and till that happens the entire border with China across all sectors will see enhanced troop presence. Speaking at an Indian Express-Financial Times event, Jaishankar said: “I think the relationship is at a crossroads. And which direction we go, depends on whether the Chinese side would adhere to the consensus, whether it woul...
Pune lab develops India’s first home Covid test kit; at chemists’ for Rs 250
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Pune lab develops India’s first home Covid test kit; at chemists’ for Rs 250

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given its approval to the country’s first home-based, self-use rapid test for Covid-19, the creators of the test, MyLab Discovery Solutions, announced on Thursday. The self-use test kit can be used by symptomatic individuals and immediate contacts of confirmed cases as per the ICMR’s guidelines. The test kit, named CoviSelf, will cost Rs 250, and can be bought without a prescription from pharmacies and online, the company said. The test will require the user to download an app on their mobile phone, but will not need a healthcare professional to collect a swab sample. “The home testing kit will soon be available at drug stores, one can download the mobile app, test yourself, click the image, and upload it on the mobile phone...
In wake of one MP bypoll, at least 17 teachers on election duty, politicians, kin succumb to Covid
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In wake of one MP bypoll, at least 17 teachers on election duty, politicians, kin succumb to Covid

WHAT IF? That’s the question haunting Ajay Rohit, a 25-year-old engineering graduate, for the past 15 days. What if he had stopped his father Brajlal Ahirwar, a 58-year-old government teacher, from reporting for poll duty in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh? “My father wished that the Assembly bypoll would be postponed. But he also believed that he would not get Covid as they were all given PPE kits,” said Rohit. Ahirwar returned from his assignment after voting was held on April 17, developed a fever two days later and died on May 5 at the district hospital. A day later, his 51-year-old wife Pyari Bai, who was rushed to the hospital after testing positive, also died. In a chilling replay of the Covid fallout from the panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh that month, the Damoh administrat...
90 crore doses per annum: Bharat Biotech says Covaxin set for a boost
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90 crore doses per annum: Bharat Biotech says Covaxin set for a boost

Bharat Biotech Thursday announced it will manufacture additional doses of Covaxin at its rabies vaccine facility in Gujarat and this ramp up, expected to take up to four months, will increase its Covid vaccine capacity by 17 million doses a month, according to Suchitra Ella,Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech. The Hyderabad company decided to use its Chiron Behring vaccine facility, which it acquired from GlaxoSmithKline to make rabies vaccines in 2019, to implement a “quick” ramp up of the Covid-19 vaccine, which it developed jointly with the Indian Council of Medical Research. “The company plans to produce 200 million doses of Covaxin per annum in the GMP facilities that are already operational for the production of vaccines based on Inactivated Vero Cell Platform Tec...
Ordeal for Tauktae next of kin, only one body handed over so far as RT-PCR wait drags on
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Ordeal for Tauktae next of kin, only one body handed over so far as RT-PCR wait drags on

As the death toll from the sunken barge P305 climbed to 49, only one body of the 26 at J J Hospital mortuary had been handed over till Thursday evening to family members, who spent the day waiting outside. The authorities are conducting RT-PCR on the bodies to ensure families taking them home don’t face trouble in travel. DNA test is also being done to ensure there is no mix-up with the bodies, some of which are highly decomposed after long hours in the water. Police said till Thursday evening RT-PCR tests had been done on 18 bodies at JJ, with results awaited of several. Apart from 26 on barge P305, 11 crew members of tugboat Varaprada continue to be missing. Those stranded on Barge P305 being hauled up on to INS Kochi, in Mumbai Wednesday. (Express Photo) Authorities too...
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot faces dashed hopes of her backers – Times of India
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Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot faces dashed hopes of her backers – Times of India

CHICAGO: Lori Lightfoot had her work cut out for her when she became mayor of Chicago in 2019, running as a progressive Democrat and outsider who would bring big change to City Hall. Among her early challenges: a troubled police department, deep financial problems, entrenched inequality, a teacher strike and a president who liked to pile on via Twitter. Then the job got really difficult. Lightfoot acknowledged this week that she hasn't accomplished much of what she had hoped when she replaced former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel as mayor of the nation's third-largest city, promising to do the job better. The pandemic and protests over police violence upended many of those plans, she said, adding she is "unbelievably proud" of what her administration has done. But as she reaches t...
Karnataka hospital staff sound alarm: Families at risk, vaccinate
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Karnataka hospital staff sound alarm: Families at risk, vaccinate

Over the last two months, Naveen Raj, the head nurse at a government hospital in Bengaluru, has been at work every day — managing patients, nurses and staff, and also handing over bodies to families. At the hospital, his day begins at 7 am and goes on late into the night with the 36-year-old flitting through the emergency, ICU and general wards in the over 150-bed Covid hospital, sometimes in a PPE kit or with just a mask. At home, he says, he stays in his room and does not interact with others in his family, including siblings, because while he has the protection of a double vaccination, other members of his family do not. Raj’s dilemma carries an echo across India where vaccinations have shielded doctors and healthcare workers to a large extent in the second Covid wave, b...
BCCI requests ECB to advance five-Test series by a week to help in completing IPL: Report | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI requests ECB to advance five-Test series by a week to help in completing IPL: Report | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: The BCCI has requested England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to advance the five-Test series by a week from its current August 4 start to give them a better shot at completing the remaining 31 matches of the now-postponed Indian Premier League. While no one from BCCI has officially confirmed the development, former England captain and renowned cricket writer Michael Atherton has reported about the development in 'The Times'. "The Board of Control for Cricket in India has enquired about the possibility of moving the final Test of the English summer in order to make room to complete the postponed Indian Premier League," the report said. "Informal discussions have been had between the respective boards as cricket continues to grapple with a schedule ravaged by Covid." Indian team i...
Over Rs 11 lakh collected in 4 days as penalty from Jharkhand Covid norm violators | India News – Times of India
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Over Rs 11 lakh collected in 4 days as penalty from Jharkhand Covid norm violators | India News – Times of India

RANCHI: The Jharkhand Police has collected penalty to the tune of about Rs 11.59 lakh from people for violating Covid-19 norms including not wearing masks in four days after stricter restrictions were imposed in the state from May 16, an official said on Thursday. Altogether 123 people were also arrested on the charge of flouting the regulations till Wednesday. "A total fine of Rs 11.59 lakh was collected from people for violating Covid-19 norms from May 16," the police official said. Of the collected fine, Rs 2.91 lakh was received from those who did not wear masks in public places while the remaining amount was exacted for violation of other regulations such as driving vehicles without pass and gathering of more number of people than permitted. Battling a sharp surge in Covid-19 cases...
Justice delayed? In wealthy California town, officer kills 2 – Times of India
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Justice delayed? In wealthy California town, officer kills 2 – Times of India

Diane Wilson holds a photo of her son Tyrell Wilson. AP PhotoDANVILLE: Two fatal shootings by the same police officer in a wealthy San Francisco suburb have cast a spotlight on what criminal justice activists are calling a case of delayed justice and its deadly consequences. Felony charges were announced last month against Officer Andrew Hall, of the Danville Police Department, for fatally shooting an unarmed mentally ill man in 2018. The April 21 announcement of charges came more than two years after the shooting of Laudemer Arboleda, and one day after a jury convicted Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd. It also came six weeks too late for Tyrell Wilson, who was shot and killed by Hall in March. "Why did it take so long for the DA to file charges?" asked W...
Safety onus on the barge owner, Capt ignored Cyclone Tauktae warnings: ONGC, Afcons
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Safety onus on the barge owner, Capt ignored Cyclone Tauktae warnings: ONGC, Afcons

Barge P305, the vessel doing work for the ONGC that crashed into a rig off Mumbai during Cyclone Tauktae and sank, leading to the death of at least 49 people on board, had broken free of its anchor shortly after midnight on May 16. Had this information been passed on to the Mumbai-based Digital Communication (DGCOM) Centre of the Ministry of Shipping, a rescue effort could have been mounted much earlier, top sources in the ministry told The Indian Express. The DGCOM Centre was informed only at 10 am on May 17, by which time the cyclone had already entered the Mumbai coastal area, sources said. The barge had started sending distress signals too by then. Coast Guard, Navy and merchant vessels were diverted to its location only mid-morning. The barge finally sank around 5 pm, ...
Biennial World Cup on agenda at FIFA Congress | Football News – Times of India
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Biennial World Cup on agenda at FIFA Congress | Football News – Times of India

The proposal has been put on the agenda of the global governing body's latest summit by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation which is close to FIFA president Gianni Infantino. (Photo credit: FIFA)LAUSANNE: A World Cup held every two years is set to be discussed by football's bigwigs on Friday when FIFA holds its latest Congress. The proposal has been put on the agenda of the global governing body's latest summit by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation which is close to FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Discussion of a possible "feasibility study" of a World Cup every two years instead of four is likely to concern national leagues and clubs who are seeing player burnout in an already packed calendar. It comes after FIFA's football development chief Arsene Wenger suggested in March that ...