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Government approves financial assistance to 67 families of journalists who died of Covid
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Government approves financial assistance to 67 families of journalists who died of Covid

The Union government has approved a proposal to provide financial assistance to families of 26 more journalists who lost their lives to Covid-19 in the ongoing financial year, and dependents of each of these journalists will get financial relief of Rs 5 lakh under the Journalist Welfare Scheme (JWS) of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the government said in a statement on Thursday. The government has approved the committee’s proposal “to provide financial relief of Rs 5 lakh to each of the families of 26 journalists who died due to Covid-19” in 2021-22 financial year, beginning April. In the last financial year, assistance was given to families of 41 journalists, the statement said. In a statement, the government said that families of 67 journalists have been give...
Studies under way to ascertain need for booster Covid vaccine dose: Centre | India News – Times of India
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Studies under way to ascertain need for booster Covid vaccine dose: Centre | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Studies are currently underway on whether there is a need for a Covid-19 booster dose, the Centre said on Thursday, and asserted that no vaccine can give 100 per cent protection from the virus. Responding to a question on whether a booster dose is needed, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said if there is a need, it will be communicated to the people. In a vaccination campaign, we want to immunise everyone against a particular disease, he said. "If there is a need for a booster dose it will be told. There are studies that are going on. Covaxin trial is going on whether it (booster dose) should be taken after six months or not," he said. "Just follow the guidelines, take two doses and continue with Covid-appropriate behaviour. You are safe from serious disease but be care...
I couldn’t sleep for 8-9 days while I was playing: Ashwin on why he had to leave IPL midway | Cricket News – Times of India
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I couldn’t sleep for 8-9 days while I was playing: Ashwin on why he had to leave IPL midway | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday said he had to leave the IPL midway as almost everyone in his family got infected with Covid-19 and he had sleepless nights worrying about their safety while he was playing in the T20 competition. Eventually, the IPL was suspended after multiple cases were reported in its bio-bubble. "Almost everyone from my place got affected due to Covid. In fact, few of my cousins also got admitted and were serious and they somehow recovered," said Ashwin on his Youtube channel. Quarantine Diaries: Lockdown 2.0 | VLog | R Ashwin | Stay Home, Stay Safe"I couldn't sleep for almost 8-9 days. Since I couldn't sleep, it was really stressful for me. I was playing matches without getting any sleep. And since I found it really taxing, I had to quit IPL an...
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is stable: Official
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Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is stable: Official

The health condition of former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was stable though he continued to have shortness of breath and be in a state of drowsiness, an official said on Thursday. Bhattacharjee (77), who is undergoing treatment at a private hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19, is presently conscious, alert and talking, he said. “Mr Bhattacharjee is stable but continues to be on BiPAP, requiring four litres of oxygen. His oxygen saturation is at 92 per cent and his blood pressure is also stable and his heart rate is 54 per minute,” the hospital official said in a statement. “Doctors are continuing to inject Remdesvir and other supportive measures. He is taking food orally. His urine output is also satisfactory,” he added. The veteran CPI(M) l...
Boris Johnson defends virus record after ex-aide’s attack – Times of India
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Boris Johnson defends virus record after ex-aide’s attack – Times of India

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday rejected claims by his former chief aide that he botched Britain's coronavirus response and is unfit for office, denying an allegation his government oversaw tens of thousands of needless deaths. Health Secretary Matt Hancock also hit back after Dominic Cummings singled him out for criticism in an excoriating attack on the government. Cummings, who left his job as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top adviser in November, claimed the government's slow and chaotic initial response, and Johnson's failure to learn from mistakes, meant that tens of thousands of people had died unnecessarily. “People did not get the treatment they deserved. Many people were left to die in horrific circumstances," he said in testimony to lawmakers. Cummings — whos...
Cyclone Yaas: Mamata, Modi to meet today
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Cyclone Yaas: Mamata, Modi to meet today

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kalaikunda Air Base in Paschim Medinipur on Friday when the two will be taking separate aerial surveys of the areas affected by cyclone Yaas. This will be the first meeting of the two in-person after a bitter election campaign in the state. Last week, Banerjee had attended an online Covid review meeting of PM Modi. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming here after conducting a survey of cyclone-affected areas in Odisha. He will reach Kalaikunda via Digha, and take his flight to Delhi from there. We will have a short review meeting on cyclone Yaas at Kalaikunda,” Banerjee told mediapersons at the secretariat. Banerjee, along with Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, is scheduled to do an a...
Firms line up to bid but vaccine makers say have no agents
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Firms line up to bid but vaccine makers say have no agents

A Romanian firm that said it would provide Pfizer Covid vaccines to Mumbai but then withdrew its bid after Pfizer said it had no authorised agents; firms linked with food products, apparel, consultancy, rather than vaccines; one that’s been associated with media and film-making — a motley crew of companies have responded to global Expressions of Interest by Maharashtra and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for 5 crore and 1 crore vaccines respectively. This comes as several states float global tenders and, at the same time, underline that the Centre should procure the vaccines rather than make them compete in the global market. The eight firms that responded to Maharashtra’s call, The Indian Express found, are either consultancy firms, involved in export/import, or fi...
Firms line up to bid but vaccine makers say have no agents
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Firms line up to bid but vaccine makers say have no agents

A Romanian firm that said it would provide Pfizer Covid vaccines to Mumbai but then withdrew its bid after Pfizer said it had no authorised agents; firms linked with food products, apparel, consultancy, rather than vaccines; one that’s been associated with media and film-making — a motley crew of companies have responded to global Expressions of Interest by Maharashtra and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for 5 crore and 1 crore vaccines respectively. This comes as several states float global tenders and, at the same time, underline that the Centre should procure the vaccines rather than make them compete in the global market. The eight firms that responded to Maharashtra’s call, The Indian Express found, are either consultancy firms, involved in export/import, or fir...
Tarun Tejpal verdict astonishing, erroneous, says Goa, seeks early appeal hearing
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Tarun Tejpal verdict astonishing, erroneous, says Goa, seeks early appeal hearing

Appealing against the acquittal of Tarun Tejpal, former editor-in-chief of Tehelka, who had been charged with sexual assault of his then colleague in a Goa hotel in 2013, the state government Thursday pushed for its early hearing, saying “we owe it to our girls” and that the acquittal order is “erroneous in law” and “unsustainable”. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the state government, told a vacation bench of the Bombay High Court in Goa that the way the trial court had dealt with the case of sexual assault made it seem like “any person who is a victim of sexual assault has to exhibit her trauma” and unless she did that, she could not be believed. Justice S C Gupte directed the sessions court that acquitted Tejpal to redact from its judgment references that ma...
Lakshadweep Collector: People with vested interests protesting
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Lakshadweep Collector: People with vested interests protesting

Even as public anger intensifies in Lakshadweep over a slew of controversial proposals floated by Administrator Praful Khoda Patel, the islands’ Collector on Thursday defended the administration saying the steps were aimed at the progress and welfare of residents. Speaking to reporters in Kochi on Thursday, Collector S Asker Ali alleged that those with “vested interests are hit by the administration” and are propagating a “misinformation campaign” against the proposals. He said the administration has been working continuously for the prosperity and future of the island’s residents. “Outside Lakshadweep, people are protesting with vested interests and propaganda. But in Lakshadweep, it’s still very peaceful. Whatever we do, we do it through a democratic process,” Ali said. H...
Cyclone Yaas: CM Mamata Banerjee announces 1,000 crore immediate relief
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Cyclone Yaas: CM Mamata Banerjee announces 1,000 crore immediate relief

Announcing a Rs 1,000 crore package for immediate relief to people affected by Cyclone Yaas in the coastal districts of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the relief money would be transferred directly to the bank account of the beneficiaries. The relief campaign, named ‘Duare Tran’, has been modelled on the government’s earlier campaign of ‘Duare Sarkar’ (Government at your doorstep), and will be held in the cyclone-affected gram panchayat and blocks from June 3. “We have sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore as an immediate relief package. To expedite the relief operation, I have decided to launch ‘Duare Tran’ camps in all the affected blocks and gram panchayats. This camp will function from June 3 to June 18 where we will receive the claims from the affecte...
His student dies of Covid, St Stephen’s principal’s lament: ‘blind leaders immune’
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His student dies of Covid, St Stephen’s principal’s lament: ‘blind leaders immune’

Satyam Jha had packed in all he could into his 19-year-old world — a first-year BA (Hons) History student of St Stephen’s College, he was a member of the college’s debating society; editor of the History department’s journal Tarikh; a council member of the college’s Gandhi Ambedkar Study Circle; and part of the organising committee of the college’s Students’ Federation of India unit. On May 25, Jha — a “brilliant student” with “immense potential”, as his teachers described him — died of Covid at a private hospital in Kota, Rajasthan, a death that moved his principal John Varghese to pen an anguished note on the college website. “The second wave of the pandemic has been heartless in its ruthless rampaging through our country exposing our hollow claims of being prepared, of b...
Farmers, beach hotels count their losses from Yaas: ‘Sea engulfed everything I had’
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Farmers, beach hotels count their losses from Yaas: ‘Sea engulfed everything I had’

TWELVE hours after Cyclone Yaas made landfall, villages in the coastal town of Shankarpur in Purba Medinipur district continued to be flooded, with large waves leaving the embankment broken. The road parallel to the seashore was washed away and salt water inundated agricultural land. “I am ruined. All my land is under water. The sea engulfed everything I had,” Umakanta Jana, 67, a resident of Jamra Shyampur village in Shankarpur, said. “I have seen many cyclonic storms but never with such a surge in the water level,” said Gour Pada Jana (59).The road that leads to Lachimpur Primary School where villagers took shelter is also under water now. “I had to use my boat to ferry my family members to the school. Our hut is flooded and can collapse at any moment. We don’t know how l...
Centre, police: ‘Bid to dictate terms to largest democracy’
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Centre, police: ‘Bid to dictate terms to largest democracy’

Reacting sharply to a statement from Twitter about a “potential threat to freedom of expression” for its users in India, and “intimidation” by Delhi Police, the Union IT Ministry accused the social media platform of “scuttling free speech” with its “opaque policies” that result in accounts being suspended and tweets “deleted arbitrarily without response”. “Twitter’s statement is an attempt to dictate its terms to the world’s largest democracy. Twitter refuses to comply with those very regulations in the Intermediary Guidelines on the basis of which it is claiming a safe harbour protection from any criminal liability in India,” the Government said. The Delhi Police described Twitter’s statement as “mendacious” and “designed to impede a lawful inquiry” into the Congress compl...
Some Pfizer doses could come in July, but no call on indemnity request: Govt
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Some Pfizer doses could come in July, but no call on indemnity request: Govt

The head of the country’s Covid-19 Task Force on Thursday said that Pfizer has indicated that it would be able to make available a “certain amount” of its mRNA Covid-19 vaccine to India, “possibly starting in July”. However, the government is still examining the American pharma giant’s request for indemnity against the cost of compensation for any severe side effects, Dr V K Paul said. The ongoing discussions with Pfizer are also taking place around issues related to the cold chain, as the vaccine — developed by Pfizer along with the German biotechnology company BioNTech — requires ultra-low temperatures during transport and storage, he said. “Yes, we are engaged with Pfizer because they have indicated availability of a certain amount and volume of vaccines in the coming m...
Maharashtra, Mumbai global call: Firms line up to bid but vaccine makers say have no agents
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Maharashtra, Mumbai global call: Firms line up to bid but vaccine makers say have no agents

A Romanian firm that said it would provide Pfizer Covid vaccines to Mumbai but then withdrew its bid after Pfizer said it had no authorised agents; firms linked with food products, apparel, consultancy, rather than vaccines; one that’s been associated with media and film-making — a motley crew of companies have responded to global Expressions of Interest by Maharashtra and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for 5 crore and 1 crore vaccines respectively. This comes as several states float global tenders and, at the same time, underline that the Centre should procure the vaccines rather than make them compete in the global market. The eight firms that responded to Maharashtra’s call, The Indian Express found, are either consultancy firms, involved in export/import, or fir...
We are going to give some guys a break, but not for IPL: Ashley Giles | Cricket News – Times of India
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We are going to give some guys a break, but not for IPL: Ashley Giles | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Ashley Giles, the managing director of England men's team, has said that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is not planning to change their schedule for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The suspended 14th edition of the IPL is likely to be played in UAE in the September 15 to October 15 window with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) looking at a 25-day window for the cash-rich league. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments has said that the BCCI is looking to host the 31 games in 25 days provided the COVID-19 situation is in control. "See, at present, all plans need to be made keeping the COVID-19 situation in mind. But yes, tentatively, we are looking at the September 15 to October 15 window. We would like to have 25 days to complete the ...
Tejaswini Sawant tops MQS round in 50m rifle prone event at European Championships | More sports News – Times of India
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Tejaswini Sawant tops MQS round in 50m rifle prone event at European Championships | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former world champion Tejaswini Sawant topped the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) round of the 50m rifle prone event at the European Shooting Championship in Osijek, Croatia, on Thursday. Tejaswini, in her first MQS outing at the championship, shot 622.7 to finish ahead of three other compatriots and six Iranians, lined up for the MQS section, where shooters compete for official scores only and not medals. The rifle shooter from Maharashtra will be representing India in the women's 50m rifle 3 Positions event at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, which will also be her maiden outing at the quadrennial Games. Among three other Indians in fray, youngster Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar was second best with a score of 620.3 after 60-shots. Sanjeev Rajput shot 619.7 while Anjum Moudgil s...
Novak Djokovic will play Olympics only if fans allowed | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Novak Djokovic will play Olympics only if fans allowed | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

BELGRADE: World number one Novak Djokovic said on Thursday that he would reconsider taking part in the Tokyo Olympics if spectators were banned from attending. The world number one's reaction came after calls grew in Japan for the Games to take place behind closed doors, with one doctors' association saying the event should be cancelled altogether. "I plan on playing in the Olympics, as long as fans are allowed," Djokovic said in a press conference. "If not, I'd think twice about participating." Djokovic is not the first tennis star to express doubts over the rescheduled Olympics -- Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams recently said they were unsure whether they would compete. Roger Federer said athletes needed a firm decision on whether the event is going ahead, adding he was still in two ...