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Ensure Bengal violence culprits punished without exception: 146 former judges, bureaucrats write to President
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Ensure Bengal violence culprits punished without exception: 146 former judges, bureaucrats write to President

A group of former judges, bureaucrats, police officers and diplomats have written to President Ram Nath Kovind asking him to take note of alleged targeted political killings in the wake of the election results in West Bengal. The memorandum, signed by 146 people that include former Chief Justices, DGPs and Ambassadors, including BC Patel, former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court and Kshitij Vyas, former Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, said that the “targeted killings” highlight the need for “every right-thinking citizen to observe nonviolence at all costs and respect a democratic process which inherently rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation”. The memorandum states that “media reports largely substantiated by eye witness accounts”, “mention murders, rapes...
Bengal: ‘Ration at doorstep’ among three welfare schemes announced
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Bengal: ‘Ration at doorstep’ among three welfare schemes announced

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced three welfare projects that, she said, were among her party’s electoral promises. The Lakshmi Bhandar project, a student credit card initiative, and the ration home delivery scheme will be implemented by committees headed by Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay. “Many political parties promise many things before elections but never fulfilled them. We have always tried to fulfil all our promises. Today our Cabinet decided to implement three such projects,” Banerjee told reporters after a Cabinet meeting. As part of the Lakshmi Bhandar project, poor families will receive a monthly allowance of Rs 500 from the government. Families from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe families are eligible to receive Rs 1,000. The governmen...
Covid deaths continue to decline in Jharkhand; number dips to 37, lowest in May | India News – Times of India
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Covid deaths continue to decline in Jharkhand; number dips to 37, lowest in May | India News – Times of India

RANCHI: Jharkhand continues to witness a declining trend in Covid-19 deaths amid signs that the second wave of the pandemic is ebbing. The state recorded 37 deaths in the last 24 hours, the lowest in May, the health department said in a bulletin on Monday. The state recorded 1,345 new cases, 692 less than Sunday's figure, taking the tally to 3,30,417, the bulletin said. Chief minister Hemant Soren said that the daily infection rate has declined by 50 per cent from earlier times but till a single death takes place in the state, the war against the second wave will not be over. The government is making all efforts to save both "livelihood and life" and will soon decide on extending the ongoing lockdown which is scheduled to come to an end on May 27. The recovery rate among coronavirus pat...
Explained: Why are doctors prescribing blood thinners to COVID patients? – Times of India
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Explained: Why are doctors prescribing blood thinners to COVID patients? – Times of India

Many doctors are of the opinion that certain steroids and blood thinners are the actual medicines that are saving the lives of moderate to severely affected COVID patients. Dr Ramakanta Panda, leading cardiovascular thoracic surgeon, VC & MD, Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai says, “COVID infection increases the risk of blood clot formation in various parts of the vascular system of the body. To prevent this from happening, patients suffering from COVID infection need to take anticoagulants.” "Self prescription can be dangerous" Having said that, the duration of anticoagulation depends on the severity of the disease (coronavirus infection) and patients' pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease, brain stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease etc. “You must alwa...
Cyclone Review Meet: Centre discriminating against us over cyclone aid, says Mamata
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Cyclone Review Meet: Centre discriminating against us over cyclone aid, says Mamata

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged “discrimination” by the Centre in the distribution of funds to the states for relief work in the wake of approaching cyclone Yaas, which is expected to make landfall near Odisha and West Bengal coastline on May 26. Banerjee, who attended a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday, said that while the Centre has agreed to provide an advance of Rs 400 crore to West Bengal, smaller states such as Odisha and Andhra Pradesh were being given Rs 600 crore each. “The Centre is providing more than Rs 600 crore each to Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and only Rs 400 crore to Bengal to fight cyclone Yaas. This money is being paid in advance. At the meeting, I wanted to know why West Bengal, despite being a bigger state than ...
Yaas to turn very severe, may make landfall near Balasore: Met
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Yaas to turn very severe, may make landfall near Balasore: Met

The deep depression over the Bay of Bengal on Monday intensified into cyclonic storm Yaas and is likely to hit the Odisha-Bengal coasts on May 26 after turning into a very severe cyclonic storm, the Met Department said. According to the Met Office, the cyclonic storm is very likely to make landfall near Balasore in north Odisha with a speed of 155 kmph to 165 kmph, gusting to 185 kmph around noon on May 26. “The system, which lay centred about 620 km south-southeast of Balasore and 610 km south-southeast of Digha in West Bengal over east-central Bay of Bengal on Monday morning, will move in a north-northwesterly direction. It will intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by Monday night and further intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by May 26 early morning,” said San...
India vs England series itinerary unlikely to change after ECB-BCCI back-channel talks | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England series itinerary unlikely to change after ECB-BCCI back-channel talks | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BCCI's bid to shift the five-Test series between India and England, starting August 4, by a week in order to accommodate the remaining 31 IPL games has not met with any favourable response from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). While BCCI didn't make any formal request as it was confirmed by the ECB spokesperson, it is learnt that the informal discussions between the bigwigs of both boards have not yielded any favourable result. "There is no chance of ECB acceding to BCCI's request of shifting the dates of the Test series. Since they have made their stand point clear informally, I don't think there is any point of making a formal request," a senior BCCI source in the know of things told PTI. "The ECB have their inaugural 'Hundred' from July 24 to August 21. Their...
Kolkata Police Hospital starts admitting Covid patients
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Kolkata Police Hospital starts admitting Covid patients

The 300-bed Kolkata Police Hospital at Bhabanipur was on Monday converted into a Covid care facility for police personnel, home guards, their families and people with “Swasthya Sathi” cards which provide health overage of up to Rs 5 lakh. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee virtually inaugurated the centre and thanked the Kolkata Police for the initiative supported by Medica Hospital and Bandhan Bank. “There is no benefit in keeping beds idle. If necessary, treat ordinary people here,” she said. The Health Department on Monday said the state had reported 12 mucormycosis or black fungus cases, including four are from Bihar and one from Jharkhand. Two mucormycosis patients had died in a private hospital on Saturday, according to a report by the Health Department. Of the 12 patient...
Amid Twitter tussle, next up: deadline by govt to it, Facebook, to appoint officers
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Amid Twitter tussle, next up: deadline by govt to it, Facebook, to appoint officers

Just two days from deadline, social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are yet to appoint a resident grievance officer, a chief compliance officer, and a nodal contact person as required by the government, sources have told The Indian Express. Guidelines issued in February required all significant social media intermediaries to designate executives for these roles by May 26. Social media companies that have more than 50 lakh users in India are designated ‘significant’ social media intermediaries. Should the companies fail to comply over the next two days, they could lose protection accorded to them under section 79 of the Information Technology Act, sources said. “They will then be criminally liable if any untoward incident happens or some unlawful and ...
Prabhat Jha: ‘Lack of death data prolongs pandemic… survey villages’
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Prabhat Jha: ‘Lack of death data prolongs pandemic… survey villages’

DEATH REGISTERS in villages; kickstarting the sample survey system to find out how many died in rural areas; getting municipalities to put out daily or weekly death numbers; and mapping hotspots. These are among the proposals that Prabhat Jha, epidemiologist and Director of the Centre for Global Health Research in Toronto, has put on the table for the Government to consider amid the second Covid wave that has spread to rural areas raising questions over India’s official death toll of over 3 lakh so far. Jha, whose Million Death Study with the Registrar General of India and the ICMR is one of the most authoritative studies on mortality, spoke to The Indian Express. Excerpts: One characteristic of the second surge has been a clear gap between the official Covid death toll and...
Beef to goonda Act: Lakshadweep Administrator has UT in turmoil
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Beef to goonda Act: Lakshadweep Administrator has UT in turmoil

A slew of proposals ranging from a ban on beef to disqualification of panchayat poll aspirants with more than two children, which form part of draft regulations for Lakshadweep cleared by its Administrator, have led to turmoil in the Union Territory. Such is the outcry over Administrator Praful Patel’s draft regulations — these include introduction of an anti-goonda Act in the island territory where the crime rate is very low and establishment of a development authority with powers to acquire land for development purposes — that even CPM and Congress leaders of Kerala, across the waters, have protested. On Monday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the Administrator’s actions posed a serious challenge to the culture and life of the people of Lakshadweep. “Such acts...
Pfizer, Moderna order books full, India looks at long, uncertain wait
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Pfizer, Moderna order books full, India looks at long, uncertain wait

On February 3, the expert body under India’s drug regulator declined to recommend emergency use authorisation for Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine; the American pharmaceutical giant subsequently withdrew its application. On April 13, as the second wave swelled and it was clear that India would fall far short of its vaccine requirements, the government made a U-turn — announcing that it would not enforce the condition of phase 2 and 3 clinical trials in the country for vaccines that had been cleared by US, EU, UK, and Japanese regulators, and listed by the WHO. It’s been almost a month and a half now — but despite the liberalised regulatory framework, global firms like Pfizer and Moderna are yet to enter into any purchase agreement with India. Between February 3 and May 24, India has r...
Centre allows walk-ins for 18+ at govt vaccine centres, admits digital divide
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Centre allows walk-ins for 18+ at govt vaccine centres, admits digital divide

MORE THAN three weeks after it rolled out vaccination for the 18-44 age group, where slots could be booked only through online appointment on Co-WIN, the Centre on Monday enabled on-site registration and appointment for this age group at government-run Covid-19 vaccination centres (CVCs). However, with several states forced to shut down vaccination sites or operate a limited number of vaccination sites due to unavailability and shortage of vaccines, the Centre’s decision to allow walk-ins is likely to have limited impact. So far, only vaccinations for those above 45 were allowed through walk-ins, with those in the 18-44 age group having to mandatorily register and book a slot through Co-WIN. The Centre also said vaccinations at private centres will continue to be through on...
Apple sends out official invite for its biggest event of 2021 – Times of India
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Apple sends out official invite for its biggest event of 2021 – Times of India

Cupertino-based tech giant Apple has sent out official invite for WWDC 2021 — its annual developer conference. WWDC 2021 invite reads, “And away we go” and states that the keynote will take place on June 7, 10 am (PDT), which is around 10.30 pm (IST). Just like last year, Apple will hold an online-only event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. What to expect at WWDC 2021Apple will announce its “latest software and technologies” as per the invite. In other words, we will get to see the latest updates across its operating systems on Apple devices. iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS and watchOS 8. We could also see changes to TV OS. “Free for all developers, WWDC 2021 will bring together the global Apple developer community and provide them with new insights into the technologies, tools, and fr...
It was a man-made disaster, says chief engineer of tugboat Varaprada
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It was a man-made disaster, says chief engineer of tugboat Varaprada

The tugboat Varaprada, which sank in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai during Cyclone Tauktae leading to the death of 11 of its 13 crew members, did not send out a distress signal until 5 pm on May 17, more than 12 hours after it lost its anchor and went adrift, and seven hours after it started taking in water. Francis K Simon, the ship’s chief engineer — one of the two survivors from the tugboat — told The Indian Express that the boat sank within an hour of the distress call. It was anchored outside JNPT on May 16 night one km from the Gal Constructor, the AFCONS barge that it had towed from Mumbai High up to the port, after the captain decided that it was a safe enough spot. Overnight, as the wind speed picked up, both vessels lost their anchors and went adrift in separate direc...
Naseem Shah expelled from PSL for violating COVID-19 protocols | Cricket News – Times of India
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Naseem Shah expelled from PSL for violating COVID-19 protocols | Cricket News – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Fast bowler Naseem Shah has been expelled from next month's Pakistan Super League in Abu Dhabi after breaching the tournament's COVID-19 protocols. The 18-year-old Shah arrived at a team hotel in Lahore on Monday with an outdated negative test for COVID-19 and the Pakistan Cricket Board said the right-arm fast bowler "is now out of the competition." The PCB's protocols require all the players traveling to Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to present a negative test taken not more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the team hotel. Shah presented a report on Monday from a test that was conducted on May 18. The PCB said it immediately placed Shah into isolation on a separate floor before being released from the hotel following a decision made by a three-member committee on the recommendatio...
No indication that children will be severely or more affected in Covid third wave: AIIMS director – Times of India
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No indication that children will be severely or more affected in Covid third wave: AIIMS director – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The central government on Monday said there is no indication that children will be severely or more affected in the third wave of Covid-19. Responding to a question on the possible impact of a third wave on children, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria at a press conference said there is so far no evidence that there will be severe infection in children or there will be more cases in them in the upcoming wave of Covid-19. "Data from the first and the second wave shows that children are usually protected from Covid and even if they get it, they have mild infection," he said. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result He, however, said children have suffered collateral damage during the pandemic due to gender gap in education, stress and mental issues...
Mumbai stalwarts and ex-teammates Jaffer, Muzumdar to vie for Mumbai coach job | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mumbai stalwarts and ex-teammates Jaffer, Muzumdar to vie for Mumbai coach job | Cricket News – Times of India

Wasim Jaffer. (TOI Photo)MUMBAI: In an interesting development, Mumbai stalwarts and former teammates Wasim Jaffer, an ex-India opener and Amol Muzumdar, who have plotted many a Ranji Trophy title victories together in the same dressing room and shared many memorable partnerships, will now vie for the post of head coach of the Mumbai senior team for the forthcoming season. In a rather star-studded field, Jaffer and Muzumdar's ex-teammate and another domestic ‘giant' former India leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule, India's 1983 World Cup hero Balwinder Singh Sandhu and ex-Mumbai wicketkeeper Sulakshan Kulkarni, under whom Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy in the 2012-13 season, are also amongst the nine applicants for the job. “The following candidates have applied for the post of coach of Mumbai sen...
Nepal Oppn moves court over dissolution of House; Oli backs President
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Nepal Oppn moves court over dissolution of House; Oli backs President

As many as 146 lawmakers from Nepal’s Opposition parties, as well as a dissident faction from the ruling Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), moved the Supreme Court, challenging President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s dissolution of Parliament after she rejected Opposition leader Sher Bahadur Deuba’s claim of majority in the House. Bhandari’s actions on Friday and Saturday, which leave Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli in his post at least until the elections six months later, have invited not just legal challenges, but also widespread criticism. Defending Bhandari, Oli said: “Those who are opposing the President are opposing Republic.” He has also said that the President’s “discretion can not be challenged”. Meanwhile, Oli on Monday expelled 11 parliamentarian...
Mumbai: Ahead of civic polls, posters outside vaccine centres vie for attention
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Mumbai: Ahead of civic polls, posters outside vaccine centres vie for attention

With civic elections due early next year in Mumbai, vaccination centres have turned into early campaign centres. With posters of different parties and politicians pasted outside vying for people’s attention, many vaccination centres have got a distinct election feel about them. Dominating the scene are the Shiv Sena and BJP, the two main parties that will be pitted against each other in the elections due in February 2022. At the Police Grounds vaccination centre in Ghatkopar East, it is BJP MLA Parag Shah and the Shiv Sena competing for poster space. “I have put my posters as I spent the money for setting up the drive-in vaccination centre from my funds. Anyone can put posters. Let Sena also put their posters. They have put Aditya Thackeray’s posters,” Shah said. Shiv Sena ...