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West Bengal: Days after testing positive, former TMC MLA dies; 156 more deaths reported
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West Bengal: Days after testing positive, former TMC MLA dies; 156 more deaths reported

Former TMC MLA Moinuddin Sams, who tested positive for Covid-19 on May 3, passed away at a private hospital in Kokata on Sunday. The 58-year-old politician tested negative on May 19, but his physical condition worsened. On Saturday, he was shifted to another private hospital. A former MLA from Nalhati constituency of Birbhum, Sams was denied a ticket this time. He fought from the seat as an independent and lost. Meanwhile, West Bengal reported 156 more Covid-19 fatalities on Sunday, pushing the toll to 14,364, while the tally mounted to 12,67,090 with 18,422 fresh cases. The state now has 1,30,525 active cases and 11,22,201 people have recovered from the disease, including 19,429 since Saturday. Kolkata and North 24 Parganas districts accounted for 46 fresh fatalities, whil...
Black marketing of black fungus medicines in UP: 2 held
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Black marketing of black fungus medicines in UP: 2 held

Noida Police has arrested two persons in connection with black marketing of Amphotericin B, a drug used to treat black fungus. According to police, the accused, Anurag and Ankit, would coordinate with pharmacies to obtain the injections at low rates and sell them at a higher price in the NCR. The arrests come in the wake of the UP government declaring mucormycosis or black fungus a notified disease, with demand for anti-fungal medicines slowly rising. “We received information that two persons had been selling medicines at nearly six times the original price. Since these medicines are crucial in treatment, families of patients end up paying more money. We traced a transaction and arrested Anurag, who works in a pharmacy. Along with the other accused, Anurag obtained and sold...
Another TMC turncoat seeks to return to party
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Another TMC turncoat seeks to return to party

A day after former Trinamool MLA Sonali Guha expressed her wish to return to the party, seeking forgiveness of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and labelling her move to the BJP as the wrong decision, another former rebel from the ruling party, Sarala Murmu, has voiced a similar desire. Unlike Guha, who switched sides after being denied a ticket to contest the Assembly polls, Murmu defected to the saffron camp despite being fielded as a nominee by the Trinamool. Speaking to reporters Sunday, Murmu claimed it was a mistake on her part to join the BJP. “I made a mistake. I apologise to Mamata Banerjee. I hope she pardons me. If she accepts me back, I will stay with her and work for her party with full honesty,” she said. Though she was announced as the Trinamool candidate from ...
File complaints against Governor, he won’t be governor forever: TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee
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File complaints against Governor, he won’t be governor forever: TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday said he was left “stunned” after Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Kalyan Banerjee told reporters that he had urged party workers to file police complaints against the governor so that action can be taken against him after he leaves office. Banerjee alleged Dhankhar was instrumental in the arrest of three TMC leaders in the Narada alleged bribery case. “We know no legal action can be taken against the governor. But he will not be the governor for the rest of his life. So I told the grassroots activists to file complaints against him at police stations wherever the governor is found provoking crimes, violence and religious divide. Action will be taken against him when he is not the governor. It cannot be said but maybe the Presidency Jail will ...
Bengal deploys relief teams, Met says wind speed to hit 120 kmph
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Bengal deploys relief teams, Met says wind speed to hit 120 kmph

The West Bengal government on Sunday said disaster management teams and relief materials had been sent to coastal areas in preparation for Cyclone Yaas, which is expected to hit the state on the evening of May 26. The railways cancelled scores of trains even as a Met department official forecast wind speed between 155 and 165 kmph when the storm makes landfall between Paradip in Odisha and Sagar Island in West Bengal. In a notification, the state administration relaxed lockdown norms and allowed rural development work, including emergency flood control and pre-monsoon essential projects. The government also allowed all activities related to agriculture, horticulture and floriculture. As the government went ahead with its preparations, the deputy director of the Regional Me...
After Tauktae, India braces for Cyclone Yaas on eastern coast | India News – Times of India
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After Tauktae, India braces for Cyclone Yaas on eastern coast | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA/BHUBANESWAR/NEW DELHI: India was airlifting rescue and relief teams and keeping defence aircraft and naval vessels in readiness as it braced for cyclone ‘Yaas' which is expected to hit eastern coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal on Wednesday, barely a week after cyclone 'Tauktae' battered the western coast leaving behind a trail of destruction. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday that the cyclone is likely to make landfall on May 26 evening between Paradip in Odisha and Sagar islands in West Bengal after intensifying into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm' with wind speed ranging from 155kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph. It will start bringing heavy rain in coastal areas from Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting t...
Hemant Soren: ‘If one does not think about the country, many will lose their lives’
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Hemant Soren: ‘If one does not think about the country, many will lose their lives’

As the country battles Covid-19, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren speaks to The Indian Express about the relationship between the Centre and states during the pandemic. What are your expectations from the Centre? We need 4 crore vaccines, but have received only 40 lakh…. To all oxygen plants, the Centre deputed officers who decide where things should go… But tell me something: is the virus a national problem or a problem for a particular state? Why isn’t the government acting properly? How does the Centre view this issue? Are you saying that the Centre has left it to the states to handle it themselves? Na chora hai, na rakha hai (Neither has it left us, nor has it supported us). When we want to import medicines, they don’t allocate it. They allocate it when they feel l...
Premier League: Sergio Aguero signs off in style as Man City celebrate title with Everton rout | Football News – Times of India
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Premier League: Sergio Aguero signs off in style as Man City celebrate title with Everton rout | Football News – Times of India

(AP photo)MANCHESTER: Sergio Aguero said goodbye to Manchester City in style as his double off the bench in his final match for the club helped them celebrate the Premier League title in style with a 5-0 thrashing of Everton at the Etihad on Sunday. Aguero started on the bench as Pep Guardiola named a surprisingly strong starting team given they are playing in the Champions League final next week, but the Argentine could not be held back, helping condemn Everton to a 10th-placed finish. The already-crowned champions did not take their foot off the gas with little to play for, with Kevin De Bruyne hammering the hosts into an 11th-minute lead, before Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0 three minutes later. Everton's opportunity to get back into the match came in the 37th minute after Ruben Dias con...
Premier League: Chelsea secure Champions League spot despite Villa defeat | Football News – Times of India
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Premier League: Chelsea secure Champions League spot despite Villa defeat | Football News – Times of India

(Reuters photo)BIRMINGHAM: Chelsea qualified for next season's Champions League on Sunday despite a 1-2 defeat at Aston Villa as Leicester's loss against Tottenham saved the Blues' top four place in a thrilling end to the Premier League season. Thomas Tuchel's side were 14 minutes away from missing out on a top-four finish when they trailed at Villa Park while Liverpool and Leicester were both winning. Bertrand Traore put Villa ahead late in the first half before the former Chelsea winger won a penalty that was converted by Anwar El Ghazi. Ben Chilwell got one back for Chelsea, but at that stage the Blues were still heading out of the top four. An own goal from Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel was followed by two late Gareth Bale strikes, condemning the Foxes to a 4-2 loss as Chelsea ...
Cops called trio Maoists: In Chhattisgarh, magisterial inquiry ordered into firing deaths
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Cops called trio Maoists: In Chhattisgarh, magisterial inquiry ordered into firing deaths

Six days after three men from tribal communities were killed in firing following a clash with security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Silger, the collector of Sukma district on Sunday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. The police had earlier declared the deceased to be affiliated with Maoists, a charge their families denied. The order for the magisterial probe was passed when representatives of the protesting people from tribal communities met the Inspector General of Police and the collectors of Sukma and Bijapur districts on Sunday. More than 5,000 people from over 30 villages have been protesting for the last 10 days against the decision to set up a security camp at Silger, Sukma. On May 17, three people died in firing when a crowd of over 3,000 suddenly appro...
PCB awaiting visas for Indian and South African members of PSL’s broadcasting crew | Cricket News – Times of India
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PCB awaiting visas for Indian and South African members of PSL’s broadcasting crew | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board is awaiting visas for the Indian and South African members of the Pakistan Super League's broadcasting crew. The PSL-6 will resume in Abu Dhabi. According to details, the PCB had until Sunday not received visas for the Indian and South Africa nationals in the broadcasting crew, who have to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine period once they land in Abu Dhabi. "The quarantine period for the rest of the participants of the PSL 6 including Pakistani players is seven days but the PCB is worried about the broadcasting crew of Indian and South Africans because time is running out," a source said. The PCB has got special permission from the UAE authorities to host the remaining 20 matches of the PSL in the Gulf country. The PSL was abruptly postponed in M...
Manish Sisodia: Scrap Boards, jab students before any exam
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Manish Sisodia: Scrap Boards, jab students before any exam

THE Delhi government is not in favour of Board examinations being conducted in any form, Education Minister Manish Sisodia said following a meeting on exams chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday. Sisodia also said 1.5 crore Class 12 students across the country must be vaccinated on priority basis before they appear for any competitive exam. The CBSE had proposed two options to the Education Ministry for evaluation of Class 12 students — conducting exams in the existing format only for around 20 major subjects or conducting one-and-half hour objective type exams of major subjects for students in their own schools. The proposals were discussed in the meeting of state Education Ministers and state Education Secretaries on Sunday. After the meeting, Sisodia said h...
Mane double secures Champions League spot for Liverpool | Football News – Times of India
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Mane double secures Champions League spot for Liverpool | Football News – Times of India

(Reuters Photo)LIVERPOOL (England): Sadio Mane struck twice as Liverpool secured Champions League qualification with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday ensuring a third-placed finish for Juergen Klopp's side. A fifth straight win completed an impressive end to what had been a disappointing and injury-plagued Premier League campaign for last season's champions. With 10,000 home fans present, Liverpool made a nervy start and Palace's Andros Townsend missed a great chance when he intercepted a poor pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold but with only Alisson Becker to beat, he fired wide of the post. Liverpool grew into the game though and Rhys Williams should have opened the scoring but, unmarked at a corner, his header flew high over the bar. Mohamed Salah had an opening but sh...
Kamal Nath’s ‘Indian variant’ remark spread fear, defamed nation: FIR
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Kamal Nath’s ‘Indian variant’ remark spread fear, defamed nation: FIR

Police in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday registered an FIR against former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Kamal Nath for allegedly spreading panic by referring to Covid-19 as the “Indian variant of Corona”. The Crime Branch has booked Nath under IPC section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) on the ground that his statements — made at a press conference — spread misinformation and fear among the masses, and was thereby in violation of orders promulgated by the collector under section 144 CrPC. Nath has also been booked under section 54 (Punishment for false warning) of the Disaster Management Act. The former Chief Minister described the FIR as “an act of desperation”. The government does not have answers, Nath said, and ther...
In Rajasthan villages, outsider-insider tensions over vaccines
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In Rajasthan villages, outsider-insider tensions over vaccines

In Jajod village in Rajasthan’s Sikar district, local people on Saturday forced the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination for 18-44-year-olds to stop after discovering that most of the recipients were “outsiders”. As tempers flared between the residents from Jajod and those who had come from faraway places after booking slots at the government senior secondary school vaccination centre, the police were called in. “Around 80 people aged 18-44 were supposed to be vaccinated on Saturday. But after reaching the centre, we found that the majority of those who had got the slots were outsiders, and not from our village. Some had even come from other districts such as Churu, Bikaner, and Nagaur,” Mahavir Ranwa, whose wife Suman Devi is the sarpanch of Jajod, said. “We protested and stopped ...
CBSE Class 12 Exam: Most states for shorter version
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CBSE Class 12 Exam: Most states for shorter version

MOST OF the states have supported the CBSE’s proposal to conduct the Class 12 Board examination for only 19 major subjects in a shortened format in July-August, The Indian Express has learned. However, several states such as Kerala, Assam, Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Meghalaya have urged the Central Government to vaccinate teachers and students on priority to ensure their safety during their time at the test centre. Except for a few states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, the others favoured going ahead with the examinations, said an officer who attended Sunday’s meeting of state Education Ministers and Education Secretaries that was chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. “The priority of the Government is to conduct all the examinations in a safe a...
In 5 charts: How India became 3rd country in world to record 3 lakh Covid deaths | India News – Times of India
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In 5 charts: How India became 3rd country in world to record 3 lakh Covid deaths | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In another morbid milestone, India on Sunday became only the third country after the US and Brazil to register over 3 lakh deaths due to Covid-19. India reached the grim landmark after witnessing a steep surge in fatalities during its catastrophic second wave of the pandemic over the last two months. Yet, these are still just the official figures as certain reports suggest that the unofficial toll could be up to 3 times higher. Here's how India went from its first Covid death in March 2020 to over 3 lakh ...As per data from worldometers.info as on 8pm, India has recorded 3,00,312 Covid deaths which is nearly half the US toll of over 6 lakh. Brazil, which is the third worst hit country in terms of cases, has a higher death toll than India's at over 4.48 lakh. Besides these t...
India assured of seven medals at Asian Boxing Championships as women face depleted competition | Boxing News – Times of India
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India assured of seven medals at Asian Boxing Championships as women face depleted competition | Boxing News – Times of India

DUBAI: A crucial test of preparations for Olympic-bound boxers, the Asian Championships get underway here on Monday with India already assured of podium finishes after seven women boxers entered the semifinals due to the small size of their respective draws. Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg), seeded top in her category, defending champion Pooja Rani (75kg), Anupama (+81kg), Saweety (81kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Lalbuatsaihi (64kg), and Monika (48kg) made the last-four stage when draws were unveiled on Sunday. The total women's participation in this edition is 47 boxers across 10 weight categories. In all, 19 Indian boxers -- nine men and 10 women -- will stake their claim for the top honours, which will also come with an unprecedented bonus of prize money this time. A total...
Haryana ready to hold Class XII state board exams: Edu minister Kanwar Pal – Times of India
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Haryana ready to hold Class XII state board exams: Edu minister Kanwar Pal – Times of India

YAMUNANAGAR: Following the crucial high-level meeting of education ministers, secretaries and education board chairpersons from states and union territories (UTs) with the Union defence, education, women and child development and information and broadcasting ministers, Haryana state education minister Kanwar Pal on Sunday said that state is ready to hold Class XII board exams between June 15 to 20. Kanwar Pal was speaking to media persons at his residence in Jagadhri town of Yamunanagar district. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result“Under the leadership of Union defence minister Rajnath Singh Ji and Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Ji, a meeting was held with the state and UT education ministers, secretaries and board chairpersons on Sunday...
West Indies halt training camp after pacer Marquino Mindley tests positive for COVID-19 | Cricket News – Times of India
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West Indies halt training camp after pacer Marquino Mindley tests positive for COVID-19 | Cricket News – Times of India

GROS ISLET (ST. LUCIA): The West Indies team was forced to halt its red-ball training camp here this weekend after Jamaican pacer Marquino Mindley tested positive for COVID-19. The 26-year-old returned positive for COVID in his second test. "Following PCR Tests administered on Friday 21 May for all members of the West Indies men's red ball training camp being held in St Lucia, Jamaican fast bowler, Marquino Mindley, tested positive on his second COVID-19 test," Cricket West Indies said in a statement on Sunday. Mindley is asymptomatic and will self-isolate until he returns two negative test results. "In accordance with the medical protocols established with the St. Lucian Ministry of Health, Mindley, who is currently asymptomatic, will now self-isolate in his hotel room under the superv...