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Delhi HC quashes tax on gifted oxygen concentrators | India News – Times of India
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Delhi HC quashes tax on gifted oxygen concentrators | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Terming it a "George Floyd moment" for India where citizens say "I can’t breathe" due to scarcity of medical oxygen, the Delhi high court Friday quashed a 12% tax on oxygen concentrators gifted from abroad for personal use. "This is a George Floyd moment for the citizens of this country. The refrain is, I can’t breathe, albeit, in a somewhat different context and setting; although in circumstances, some would say, vastly more horrifying and ghastlier. Chased and driven by the merciless novel Coronavirus, the citizenry has been driven to desperation and despair," a bench of justices Rajiv Shakdher and Talwant Singh observed. It held that imposition of IGST on oxygen concentrators imported by individuals as gifts [i.e. free of cost] for personal use, is unconstitutional. The co...
West Bengal: Toll crosses 14,000 with 159 new deaths
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West Bengal: Toll crosses 14,000 with 159 new deaths

The state’s Covid-19 toll jumped to 14,054 on Friday after 159 more patients succumbed to the virus. As many as 19,847 fresh cases of the infection increased the coronavirus tally to 12,29,805, the health department said in its bulletin. The state now has 1,32,181 active cases, while 10,83,570 people have recovered from the virus, including 19,017 since Thursday, at a rate of 88.11 per cent. Total 77,627 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the overall number to 1,17,86,397. Of the fresh deaths, 47 were reported from North 24 Parganas, 33 from Kolkata, 12 from Paschim Bardhaman and nine from Nadia among other districts, it said. Meanwhile, actor and former TMC MP Sandhya Roy on Friday was discharged from hospital after recovering of Covid-19. S...
Financial irregularities case: CID summons Arjun Singh, BJP MP decries ‘vendetta politics’
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Financial irregularities case: CID summons Arjun Singh, BJP MP decries ‘vendetta politics’

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of West Bengal Police has served a summons on BJP MP Arjun Singh, asking him to appear for questioning in Kolkata on May 25 in connection with an economic offence that he allegedly committed when he was a Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA. Singh on Friday said the notice issued the night before was part of “vendetta politics”. The summons to the Barrackpore MP came days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested two state ministers, a TMC MLA and a former Kolkata mayor in connection with the alleged Narada bribery case. On Thursday night, CID officials visited Singh’s residence in North 24 Parganas district’s Bhatpara area and put up the notice at the entrance to his house. Sources said the CID action was based on an FIR...
Jaishankar in US next week on vaccine mission for India and neighbours
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Jaishankar in US next week on vaccine mission for India and neighbours

FACED WITH a massive shortage of vaccines in a raging second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Government is sending External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to the US next week to meet top officials and vaccine manufacturers to firm up deals for supply. President Joe Biden announced five days ago that the US will begin shipping 20 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-vaccines to needy countries by June-end, in addition to 60 million shots of AstraZeneca. There is no clarity yet on the distribution details but India is likely to be one of the beneficiaries. AstraZeneca’s vaccine, which is being manufactured and distributed in India as Covishield, has not yet been authorised for use in the US with several irregularities coming to the for...
Judges split on bail to TMC leaders, larger bench will decide
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Judges split on bail to TMC leaders, larger bench will decide

With a two-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court differing on whether to vacate its stay on bail to four Trinamool leaders arrested in the Narada case, the court on Friday ordered that the leaders be held in house arrest. The court also announced a larger, five-judge bench would hear the matter. Triamool leaders Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee have been in judicial custody since their arrest by the CBI on Monday in the Narada case. While the CBI special court had on Monday granted bail to the four leaders, hours later, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee of the Calcutta High Court had put a stay on the bail order. On Friday, as the court assembled virtually, Justice Banerjee said that there wa...
Regina Cassandra’s shimmery sari with harness blouse is one balmy look – Times of India
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Regina Cassandra’s shimmery sari with harness blouse is one balmy look – Times of India

Summers have arrived, and it's the perfect to pull out those lightweight shimmery saris with strappy blouse, isn't it? South Indian sensation, Regina Cassandra actually served us the summer perfect look as she got ready to celebrate 10 years of friend and popular makeup artist, Sandeep Molugu AKA Sandy. Regina stunned in a shimmery number - a six yard drape. The sequined sari in grey featured gold leaves detailing and was courtesy, ace designer Manish Malhotra. She teamed it up with a strappy harness blouse which looked every bit sexy, and could be the latest design to follow if you love experimental blouses with sexy saris. Styled by Anahita, Regina finished off her look with wet hair and artsy jewellery from L Bajrang Pershad Jewellers. We loved Regina's hot sari look, tell us how...
Sunderlal Bahuguna: Gandhian pioneer of Indian environmentalism, spirit behind Chipko
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Sunderlal Bahuguna: Gandhian pioneer of Indian environmentalism, spirit behind Chipko

Sunderlal Bahuguna, the Gandhian who was the driving force behind the legendary Chipko movement against deforestation that marked a key milestone in Indian environmentalism, succumbed to Covid at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh at 12.05 pm Friday. He was 94. Bahuguna was admitted to the hospital on May 8, and was on life support. A statement from AIIMS-Rishikesh said he had comorbidities, including diabetes and hypertension, and had contracted Covid pneumonia. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Bahuguna’s demise as a “monumental loss” for the nation. “He manifested our centuries old ethos of living in harmony with nature. His simplicity and spirit of compassion will never be forgotten,” he posted on Twitter. President Ram Nath Kovind described B...
Missouri family seeks answers in Black 19-year-old’s death – Times of India
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Missouri family seeks answers in Black 19-year-old’s death – Times of India

About 100 racial justice activists staged a protest march in Fredericktown, questioning the death of Derontae Martin. AP PhotoDerontae Martin was a playful and outgoing 19-year-old, a former football standout and a "big kid" who looked out for his friends and family. Now, his mother, grandmother and racial injustice activists are questioning the official account of how the young Black man ended up shot to death during a prom party inside the rural Missouri home of a middle-aged white man with a history of bigoted social media postings. They don't believe the findings of a preliminary investigation indicating that he took his own life inside the attic of that home. "It's heartbreaking," Martin's grandmother Kimberly Lotts said. "He wasn't a kid that caused trouble, ran around or beat up ...
Vijayan defends dropping Shailaja: all-new Cabinet to ‘face future challenges’
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Vijayan defends dropping Shailaja: all-new Cabinet to ‘face future challenges’

WITH THE historic return to power of the CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala being overshadowed by the exclusion of K K Shailaja from the new government after her acclaimed performance as Health Minister amid the Covid crisis, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the decision to form an all-new Cabinet was long-pending but could not be implemented “due to various factors” — it has been done now considering the “conducive political situation”. “The driving spirit behind this norm is to equip the party and the administration to face future challenges,” Vijayan told The Indian Express in his first interview after taking oath of office. Stressing that it was not a recent decision, Vijayan said: “In fact, it was there for long. But we could not implement it totally due to various factors. ...
‘It was pitch dark, the lights on my lifejacket went out… At that point, I thought I was going to die…’
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‘It was pitch dark, the lights on my lifejacket went out… At that point, I thought I was going to die…’

May 16. It was a normal night. We had dinner and wanted to go out to the deck, but it was too windy. Despite the warnings regarding Cyclone Tauktae, everyone onboard barge P305 was sure they would ride out the rough weather, considering the vessel’s size and its eight strong anchors. The weather reports suggested waves could rise up to 9 metres, which later became 12, and then 14. We could tell the wind was picking up. At some point, the barge started shaking, things fell off shelves, and snapping sounds came from the deck. We felt the winds were cyclonic. But, ignoring all this, we decided to get some sleep and went inside our cabins. Two or three hours later, we woke up to loud instructions, asking us to wear lifejackets and “be prepared”. Even then, we thought this was j...
New Jersey beaches paid for by all, but parking keeps outsiders away – Times of India
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New Jersey beaches paid for by all, but parking keeps outsiders away – Times of India

Deal has a long history of wanting to keep its beaches to itself. AP PhotoDEAL: New Jersey's wide, sandy beaches have been paid for by taxpayers across the US, from wheat farmers in Kansas to fishermen in Alaska. But for decades, local governments in some Jersey Shore towns - and elsewhere around the country - have used a variety of tactics to keep outsiders off their sand. One of the most effective methods has been restricting parking near the beach. The practical effect in shore towns like Deal, a wealthy enclave popular with New York doctors, lawyers and business executives, has been that people who don't live within walking distance of the sand are often not able to use it. This is happening despite numerous requirements that the state's beaches be equally accessible to all, includi...
Black fungus: Ensure hospital infection control, Centre to states
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Black fungus: Ensure hospital infection control, Centre to states

As mucormycosis cases see a steady rise, the Health Ministry Friday directed states to review preparedness for infection prevention and control in hospitals. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to the states to implement specific actions to ensure infection control in Covid-19 hospitals as per national guidelines for Infection and Control in Healthcare Facilities prepared by the Union Health Ministry. “This involves the following key components of infection prevention and control manual; guidelines on antimicrobial use and management; educational programmes and strategies; risk assessment and risk management; planning, monitoring, audit, and feedback; and implementation strategies,” Bhushan wrote. The ministry reiterated the need for “meticulous adherence” to Infect...
Benjamin Netanyahu hails Gaza operation as ‘exceptional success’ – Times of India
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Benjamin Netanyahu hails Gaza operation as ‘exceptional success’ – Times of India

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Israel's 11-day bombardment of Palestinian armed groups in Gaza. AP PhotoJERUSALEM: Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday hailed Israel's 11-day bombardment of Palestinian armed groups in Gaza as an "exceptional success", after a ceasefire to end the deadly conflict took effect. "We achieved our goals in the operation," Netanyahu said of the campaign primarily targeted at Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, and Islamic Jihad, the second largest armed group in the enclave. The hawkish premier said "the public doesn't know everything" about Israel's gains in the operation "and neither does Hamas." Gaza's health ministry has put the death toll from Israel's air strikes at 243. Netanyahu said Israel's strikes had killed "more than 200...
FIR filed against Kangana Ranaut’s bodyguard Kumar Hegde in a rape case – Times of India
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FIR filed against Kangana Ranaut’s bodyguard Kumar Hegde in a rape case – Times of India

The Mumbai police have registered an FIR against Kangana Ranaut's bodyguard Kumar Hegde in a rape case at DN Nagar police station. We have learnt that the case was filed by a 30-year-old beautician who has alleged that Hegde who promised to get married to her, raped her. According to the FIR, Hegde promised to marry the victim in June last year. The accused also suggested a live-in relationship to which the victim agreed as she had hoped to get married to him. According to a report, they knew each other for 8 years. In the complaint, she further added that she refused to have a physical relationship but he forced her into it. DCP Chaitanya, spokesperson for the Mumbai police confirmed, "Yes an FIR has been registered at DN Nagar police station. The police is investigating the case." ...
‘Hungama 2’ producer Ratan Jain on its OTT release: How long can one wait? I don’t see the theatres opening before August at least- Exclusive! – Times of India
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‘Hungama 2’ producer Ratan Jain on its OTT release: How long can one wait? I don’t see the theatres opening before August at least- Exclusive! – Times of India

Since the past few hours, reports have been flying thick and fast that Ratan Jain's 'Hungama 2' will be released on OTT. This is the first official confirmation coming your way. ETimes spoke to the film's producer Ratan Jain. 'Hungama 2', a sequel to the 2003 hit 'Hungama', stars Meezaan Jafri. Shilpa Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Johnny Lever. Shakti Kapoor and Rajpal Yadav in main roles. The film has been directed by Priyadarshan. Excerpts from the conversation: Is it official that 'Hungama 2' will be an OTT release? Yes. How long could I have waited? The movie was ready about 6-8 months back. We would have released it this month in the theatres, if things had been better. But with the present scenario, I don't think the cinema halls would open before July or August at least. Have you got t...
Farmer unions seek Prime Minister’s intervention to resume talks, vow to intensify protests from May 26 | India News – Times of India
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Farmer unions seek Prime Minister’s intervention to resume talks, vow to intensify protests from May 26 | India News – Times of India

Farmers protest against farm laws, at Ghazipur border.NEW DELHI: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a joint platform of farmers’ groups spearheading the agitation against the three central farm laws, on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention for resumption of talks with farmers on their key demands including repeal of the three laws and legal guarantee to procurement at minimum support price (MSP). In the backdrop of death of farmers due to Covid19 at their protest site at Singhu Border, the SKM underlined that though the protesting farmers do not wish to expose anyone to the health hazards during the pandemic, they will not give up on the struggle as it is a “matter of life and death for them, and for their future generations”. Nine farmer leaders of the S...
More Tests will make women cricketers battle-hardened: WV Raman | Cricket News – Times of India
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More Tests will make women cricketers battle-hardened: WV Raman | Cricket News – Times of India

WV Raman (TOI Photo)MUMBAI: Playing more Tests in a calendar year will help women cricketers 'become better in terms of match fitness' and 'test them in every respect' for tougher competitions, said former India cricketer and women's team coach, WV Raman. The India women cricketers will play a one-off Test against England from June 16 -- their first since 2014. They will also tour Australia later this year for a full series that includes a day-night Test in September-October. "What it (playing more Tests) does is that it gives them (women cricketers) the opportunities to play the hardest format of the game and once they start doing well, they will be hailed even more than they are today," Raman said in an interview with espncricinfo.com. "If they play regularly, that also gives them opp...
Punjab’s latest district Malerkotla to get medical college – Times of India
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Punjab’s latest district Malerkotla to get medical college – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Punjab's newest district Malerkotla will soon get a medical college to be set up at the cost of nearly Rs 370 crore. The decision to set up a medical college in the Malerkotla district was taken in a meeting of a state-level panel, chaired by Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, an official statement said on Friday. The decision to set up a new medical college in the newly created district at a total cost of Rs 368.92 crore was taken in line with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's earlier announcement, it added. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result The meeting was also attended by Congress MP from Patiala, Preneet Kaur, the statement added, The committee has been constituted under the Prime Minister's 15-point Programme for the economic, social a...
FIFA to carry out study on holding World Cup every two years | Football News – Times of India
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FIFA to carry out study on holding World Cup every two years | Football News – Times of India

MANCHESTER (England): FIFA will carry out a feasibility study on holding the World Cup and the women's World Cup every two years after backing a proposal at its annual congress on Friday. The two competitions are currently held every four years but the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) put forward a proposal for a study of the impact of switching to every two years. "We believe the future of football is at a critical juncture. The many issues that football has faced have now been further exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic," said SAFF president Yasser Al-Misehal. "It is time to review how the global game is structured and to consider what is best for the future of our sport. This should include whether the current four year cycle remains the optimum basis for how football is mana...
UGC panel prepares draft guidelines for ‘blended teaching’ in universities, colleges – Times of India
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UGC panel prepares draft guidelines for ‘blended teaching’ in universities, colleges – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Higher Education Institutions may soon be allowed to teach up to 40 per cent of any course through online mode with an expert committee set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) drafting a concept note on "blended mode of teaching and learning" in varsities and colleges. The UGC has sought suggestions and feedback from various stakeholders on the draft concept note by June 6. "The UGC had decided that HEIs should be allowed to teach up to 40 per cent of each course through online mode and the remaining 60 per cent of the concerned courses can be taught in offline mode. Exams for teaching under both modes can be conducted online," UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result According to the draft, "the adva...