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One-stop centres to provide legal, medical support for Indian women to be set up across 9 countries | India News – Times of India
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One-stop centres to provide legal, medical support for Indian women to be set up across 9 countries | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In order to assist Indian women facing violence or any kind of distress when they are visiting overseas or living there, the government has decided to set-up one-stop centres (OSC) to provide legal, medical and emotional support across 10 missions in nine countries to begin with. The ministry of external affairs will set-up and operate these OSCs in the missions abroad with support from the Union ministry of women and child development. “One OSC will be established in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, in the UAE, Australia, Canada and Singapore, while two will be established in Saudi Arabia,” a senior WCD ministry official said, noting that 300 more OSCs will also be opened across India. While OSCs acorss states provide support to survivors of rape and assault, the WCD has also d...
Surat: Three-fold spike in Covid cases among kids in second wave
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Surat: Three-fold spike in Covid cases among kids in second wave

MORE CHILDREN below 10 years in Surat city are infected by the novel coronavirus disease in the second wave of the pandemic compared to the first, according to the data shared by Surat civic authorities. More than 560 children, all up to 10 years, tested positive for the virus in the first wave of Covid-19, while the cases increased nearly three-fold with around 1,700 children being affected during the second wave. However, no fatality was reported among the age group. The data comes amid apprehensions that children would be severely infected during the third Covid-19 wave. AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, however, recently stated that the fears were not based on facts. According to the data shared by Surat Municipal Corporation’s (SMC) health department, between April an...
World’s first man to get Covid-19 vaccine dies of unrelated illness in UK – Times of India
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World’s first man to get Covid-19 vaccine dies of unrelated illness in UK – Times of India

LONDON: An 81-year-old pensioner in the UK who made history when he became the first man in the world to have the Covid-19 vaccination has died of an unrelated illness, the British media reported on Tuesday. William Shakespeare hit global headlines on December 8 last year when he became the first man to have the jab to fight against the coronavirus at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Shakespeare received his first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the same hospital shortly after 91-year-old Margaret Keenan, who became the world's first person to get the jab. Coventry councillor Jayne Innes, a friend of Shakespeare, said he had died on Thursday (May 20) and added the "best tribute to Bill is to have the jab". Bill, as he was fondly known, passed away after a period of illness ...
Acquitting Tejpal, court: Woman did not behave like sexual assault victim
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Acquitting Tejpal, court: Woman did not behave like sexual assault victim

ACQUITTING Tarun Tejpal, former editor-in-chief of Tehelka, of the charges of sexually assaulting his then colleague in a Goa hotel in 2013, the District and Sessions judge held that the complainant “did not demonstrate any kind of normative behaviour” that a victim of sexual assault “might plausibly show”. Ruling there was no medical evidence and there were “facts” that “create doubt on (her) truthfulness,” the court said the woman’s messages to the accused “clearly establish” that she was neither “traumatised nor terrified” and this “completely belies” the prosecution’s case. In her 527-page judgment made available Tuesday, Additional Sessions Judge Kshama Joshi wrote: “Upon considering evidence on record…benefit of doubt is given to the accused because there is no corrob...
Narada arrests: CBI withdraws plea as SC says let HC decide
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Narada arrests: CBI withdraws plea as SC says let HC decide

WITH the Supreme Court observing that the matter was pending before the Calcutta High Court, and it should take a call first, the CBI Tuesday withdrew an appeal over the Narada sting case. The agency had approached the apex court over the High Court sending the four TMC leaders arrested in the case to house arrest. A vacation Bench of Justices Vineet Saran and B R Gavai of the Supreme Court pointed out that a five-judge Bench of the Calcutta High Court was seized of the matter. All parties could raise their contentions before the Bench, it said, adding that the High Court was also a constitutional court. “After the five-judge Bench decides, we (can) peruse the opinion of the Calcutta High Court,” the Court said. The top court added, “We have not expressed any opinion on the...
Class 12: Centre leans towards exam, at schools
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Class 12: Centre leans towards exam, at schools

WHILE THE Union government is waiting for feedback from states on whether to hold the Class 12 board examination this year, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal is learned to have underlined the importance of the school-leaving examination at the national consultation held on Sunday, which was echoed by senior officers of the ministry. Pokhriyal, in his address, said the outcome of the examination impacts every student’s life and decides their future in academics. While the minister insisted that students’ safety was the government’s top priority, he also emphasised the pitfalls of promoting students without “reliable assessment”. The latter, he added, risks affecting students’ career and their prospects in the job market. Pokhriyal, in his concluding remarks, is learned to ...
‘Concerned’ as edible oil prices soar to 11-year high, government takes stock
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‘Concerned’ as edible oil prices soar to 11-year high, government takes stock

The monthly average retail prices of packed edible oils – groundnut, mustard, vanaspati, soya, sunflower and palm oils – have soared this month to their highest levels in over a decade, according to official data. The increase in prices of cooking oils comes in a midst of a pandemic and lockdowns in different states that have hit economic activities. On Monday, the Department of Food & Public Distribution held a meeting with all stakeholders and asked states and businesses to take all possible steps to bring down prices of edible oils. “The need to hold the meeting was also felt because Centre got concerned about more than proportionate rise in the prices of edible oil in India as compared with the rise in international prices of edible oil during the last few months,” ...
In deluge of Covid numbers, one stands out: 577 children orphaned in second wave of pandemic
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In deluge of Covid numbers, one stands out: 577 children orphaned in second wave of pandemic

Of all the Covid numbers swirling in the air, this one doesn’t amount to much. And yet, it will make you pause. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Women and Child Development said that 577 children across the country have been orphaned in the past 55 days by the second wave. According to senior officials, the Ministry began investigating the issue of Covid orphans after messages for adopting them started flooding social media. “We have been in touch with all states and asked them to identify Covid orphans from their districts. We have ascertained, from the data received, that there are currently 577 of them… Delhi, for instance, has one Covid orphan in this period,” an official said. The officials did not reveal a state-wise break-up but said that several did not report even one case. ...
All India Kisan Sabha blames ‘tampering’ with special provisions for Covid in Lakshadweep | India News – Times of India
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All India Kisan Sabha blames ‘tampering’ with special provisions for Covid in Lakshadweep | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The AIKS – All India Kisan Sabha – the farmers wing of the CPM s have accused Praful Patel, the new administrator of Lakshadweep of tampering with the special provisions of the ecologically sensitive islands and its people, including flouting of Covid norms that resulted in the deadly virus reaching the island that had zero positive cases till some months ago. The islands that comprise the Union territory “now has thousands of cases, since checking of people for Corona virus, in Kochi and also on landing in Lakshadweep have been done away with," said Vijoo Krishnan, AIKS joint secretary. “The administrator Praful Patel immediately after assuming office in December 2020, has been taking controversial decisions. He unilaterally changed the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for...
Wockhardt offers to make 2 billion Covid vaccine doses a year
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Wockhardt offers to make 2 billion Covid vaccine doses a year

Indian pharmaceutical company Wockhardt has told the government it can produce as many as two billion doses a year of most Covid-19 vaccines, starting with a capacity of 500 million doses by February 2022. In a formal submission to the Centre earlier this month, Mumbai-based Wockhardt has sought help to identify potential partners in the country whose vaccines it could produce, The Indian Express has learnt. It is also in the process of “accessing” some of the technology to make Covid-19 vaccines. It has told the government it has the manufacturing and research capability to create a diversified portfolio that would allow it to produce and supply mRNA, protein-based and viral vector-based vaccines. The government is examining the company’s offer. Queries to Wockhardt remain...
2nd ODI: Bangladesh crush Sri Lanka to clinch series | Cricket News – Times of India
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2nd ODI: Bangladesh crush Sri Lanka to clinch series | Cricket News – Times of India

DHAKA: Mushfiqur Rahim hit a gritty 125 to set up Bangladesh's maiden series victory over Sri Lanka across all formats with an emphatic 103-run win in the rain-hit second one-day international on Tuesday. The wicketkeeper-batsman lifted Bangladesh from a precarious 74/4 to 246 all out after they elected to bat first at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Sri Lanka managed just 141/9 in the tourists' revised chase of 245 in 40 overs as Bangladesh took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. SCORECARD: BAN vs SL, 2nd ODIMehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman claimed three wickets each while Shakib Al Hasan took two key scalps. "Lucky to win two games. We haven't played the perfect game yet," said Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal. "We lost a lot of wickets in the middle,...
BMC gets nod to lay pipeline on Tata Mills premises
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BMC gets nod to lay pipeline on Tata Mills premises

THE BRIHANMUMBAI Municipal Corporation (BMC) has received the nod from National Textile Corporation Limited (NTCL) for laying an underground pipeline on the Tata Mills premises, which will help expedite the agency’s plans to construct an underground water tank at Hindmata to prevent flooding. The NTCL has, however, asked the BMC to pay Rs 8.58 crore as charges for using the mill premises. In the permission letter, the NTCL said, “Laying of a pipeline of 1600mm diameter, three meter width and 350 meter in length (including working space) may be permitted on receipt of consideration of Rs 8.56 crore.” The BMC is constructing underground water tanks below Pramod Mahajan Udyan at Dadar (West) and St Xavier Ground at Parel to store excess rainwater and prevent flooding at Hindma...
World junior weightlifting: Jeremy finishes 4th, likely to miss continental quota for Tokyo Olympics | More sports News – Times of India
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World junior weightlifting: Jeremy finishes 4th, likely to miss continental quota for Tokyo Olympics | More sports News – Times of India

TASHKENT: India's teenage weightlifting sensation Jeremy Lalrinnunga's Olympic hopes took a hit on Tuesday as he missed the podium by a whisker in the Junior World Championships.The 18-year-old, who suffered a knee injury at the Asian Championships last month, heaved 135kg in snatch and 165kg in clean and jerk for a total of 300kg, missing out on a third place finish by a kilogram in the 67kg category. The Turkish duo of Muhammed Furkan Ozbek (141kg+176kg=317kg) and Yusuf Fehmi Genc (133kg+168kg=301kg) took home the gold and bronze medals respectively while Akmolda Sairamkez of Kazakhstan (132kg+176kg=308kg) clinched the silver. Jeremy's effort at the gold level Olympic qualifier event was far from his personal best of 140kg in snatch, 167kg in clean and jerk and an overall total of 306...
Uprooted in Tauktae aftermath, 50-yr-old banyan tree finds a new home on Bandra Promenade
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Uprooted in Tauktae aftermath, 50-yr-old banyan tree finds a new home on Bandra Promenade

Among the things high-speed winds and heavy rains triggered by Cyclone Tauktae damaged in the city last week is a 50-year-old banyan tree, which was uprooted from its location on the Bandra 15th Road, off the famed Linking Road. With the local conditions not allowing it to be fixed back to its original place, the tree that had tilted to its side could have been chopped off. However, thanks to efforts of locals, including a corporator, and a biodiversity conservation group, the tree found a new home just two kilometers away on the Bandra Promenade on Tuesday. Uprooted from its base, the 40-ton tree had damaged a car, an iron gate and the window grille on the second floor of an adjacent building on May 18, when heavy rain and gusting winds lashed the city. Fearing that the tr...
Mumbai: Medical college at St George’s Hospital
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Mumbai: Medical college at St George’s Hospital

With the rise in Covid-19 cases in the state and the increasing need for trained medical professionals, the state medical education department is all set to start a new medical college on the premises of St George’s Hospital at CST. The Hospital is a part of JJ group of hospitals which runs Cama and Albless Hospital, and GT Hospital. Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh told The Indian Express: “We plan to have a new hospital soon and have asked the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) to submit a plan in the regard. Mostly, it will be on the premises of St George, but if resources are scarce, we will add 150 seats in JJ Hospital itself. Mumbai, and Maharashtra, needs more doctors. To start with, we will have 150 seats for MBBS per year.” At present, Bri...
Solskjaer hoping Europa League win acts as springboard to further success | Football News – Times of India
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Solskjaer hoping Europa League win acts as springboard to further success | Football News – Times of India

GDANSK (Poland): Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes that winning the Europa League would be the start of "something more" for the club. United take on Spanish side Villarreal in Wednesday's final in Gdansk, looking to win their first trophy since a Europa League success under Jose Mourinho in 2017. Having finished second in the Premier League this term - their highest finish in the Norwegian's three seasons in charge - Solskjaer is aiming even higher as he looks to restore United to their former glories. "These are big nights for us, it might be the stepping stone for something better to come," Solskjaer told a news conference on Tuesday. "It is a bright future for this team, a young team, it's a team we've rebuilt over the last few years. Hopefully, this is the start ...
Google starts rolling out a new operating system Fuchsia OS – Times of India
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Google starts rolling out a new operating system Fuchsia OS – Times of India

Internet search giant Google has rolled out a new operating system — called Fuchsia — to its first-generation Nest Hub device, according to a report by 9to5Google. The report says that the company has revealed to them that it is rolling out an update to the first-generation Nest Hub devices that were launched in 2018. The report elaborates that this new update is not supposed to alter any of the functions of the Nest Hub but rather make changes “under the hood” as it changes the Linux-based “Cast OS” to Fuchsia OS. The Fuchsia-based update for the Nest Hub is scheduled to roll out over the coming months and will be first available to those in the Preview Program and later to everyone. “Today’s release marks Google’s biggest public step toward Fuchsia being an operating system that the a...
Deshmukh aide’s house raided by ED
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Deshmukh aide’s house raided by ED

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday searched the residence of Sagar Bhatewar, a close aide of former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, in Nagpur, in connection with its money laundering investigation against the NCP leader, sources said. Bhatewar, sources said, is a director on the board of several firms controlled by the family of Deshmukh. The agency is looking into the accounts of over 40 companies directly and indirectly controlled by Deshmukh and is likely to record the statements of a few other individuals who are directors on the board of companies run by the Deshmukh family, said sources. Earlier this month, the ED registered a case against Deshmukh for allegedly obtaining illegal gratification, based on an FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investiga...
In 9 days, 15 people out on roads test positive in Kalyan Dombivali
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In 9 days, 15 people out on roads test positive in Kalyan Dombivali

The Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation’s (KDMC) decision to conduct rapid antigen tests on those who violate lockdown rules has helped it identify 15 people, who in spite of being infected, were out roaming the streets. Local residents, however, have questioned KDMC’s decision claiming that tests were being conducted in an arbitrary manner at crowded testing centres. Many also alleged that people are being given a choice to either pay a fine of Rs 500 or get tested. KDMC Commissioner Vijay Suryawanshi on May 15 had announced that corporation officials, along with police personnel, will conduct rapid antigen tests on all those who are found roaming on the streets without a valid reason after 11 am. Vans were deployed to ferry offenders to testing centers. Those who teste...
ABVP asks Center to consider security of student-examinees before holding Class XII exams – Times of India
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ABVP asks Center to consider security of student-examinees before holding Class XII exams – Times of India

New Delhi: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in its memorandum to the Union Education Minister has asked the Central Government to consider security and future of the student-examinees before holding the Class XII exams that are pending due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "In view of the prevailing situation, novel modes of conducting the pending exams like open book examinations, remote examinations using registered posts, exams for major subjects can be explored for conducting exams with physical distancing in coming July- August. A number of state governments are already adopting similar creative approaches," the memorandum said. The student group has suggested that since there is a "steady decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases," the pending examinations may be organized on a rel...