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Jaishankar meets Blinken, other top officials; US underlines Covid cooperation, India help
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Jaishankar meets Blinken, other top officials; US underlines Covid cooperation, India help

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday, in what was their second meeting after they met on May 3 on the sidelines of the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in London. The meeting, which was ongoing at press time, was expected to focus on vaccine cooperation between the two countries. While India is struggling with a shortage of vaccines, the US has surplus vaccines and raw materials needed to manufacture them. At the beginning of the meeting, Blinken described Jaishankar as “my friend and colleague”. “The United States and India are working together on so many of the most important challenges of our time and ones that are putting a profound impact on our lives,” he said. “We are united in confronting Covid-19 together, we (are)...
Lee Seung Gi fan protests against his relationship with Lee Da In – Times of India
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Lee Seung Gi fan protests against his relationship with Lee Da In – Times of India

Actor Lee Seung-gi recently confirmed his relationship with actress Lee Da-in and left fans surprised. Amid this, a fan has been spotted protesting on the streets of South Korea against Lee Seung-gi’s relation with the actress and further urged him to 'protect' his fans. On Friday, a fan-funded van banner was seen with an LED sign that hinted towards the marriage rumours of the couple. Seemingly concerned about the actor’s career, it read, “It's okay if you didn't know. Letting you know now. They've made too many victims. Are you going to abandon the 17-year-old tower you've been building? You need to make a quick decision. We've protected you for 17 years. It's now time for Lee Seung Gi to protect Airen (Lee Seung Gi's fan club)." Have a look: The picture of the van has now gone vi...
TMC leaders get bail, Calcutta High Court asks CBI why arrests now
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TMC leaders get bail, Calcutta High Court asks CBI why arrests now

A five-judge Bench of the Calcutta High Court on Friday granted interim bail to four Trinamool Congress leaders who were arrested by the CBI in the Narada case on May 17. The four TMC leaders had been under house arrest since May 19, when a two-judge Division Bench of the court passed a split verdict on the question of interim bail, and referred the matter to a five-judge Bench. On May 17, the Division Bench had stayed the bail granted to the TMC leaders — Ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, MLA Madan Mitra, and former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee — by a Special CBI court. The five-judge Bench — comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justices Indra Prasanna Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen, and Arijit Banerjee — will take up the TMC leaders’ recall ...
49 lakh to 21: mobility data pegs Kumbh’s numbers down
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49 lakh to 21: mobility data pegs Kumbh’s numbers down

EVEN as the second Covid wave raged across the nation, the Uttarakhand government officially announced that on the three key days of the Kumbh, April 12, 13, and 14, a total of 49 lakh devotees had taken a dip in the Ganga at Har Ki Pauri and linked ghats in Hardwar. Under fire for this gathering — the Uttarakhand High Court last week called holding Kumbh a “mistake” — officals in the state government and the district administration, after a detailed review, have assessed that the attendance figure was almost 70% down, to an estimated 15 lakh, for these three days. When contacted, Sanjay Gunjyal, Inspector General of Police, Kumbh Mela, said: “The footfall on April 12 was only 21 lakh; on April 13 around 3 lakh and on April 14, about 12 lakh.” This is sharply lower than wha...
West Bengal: 145 more die of Covid in a day, active cases continue to drop
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West Bengal: 145 more die of Covid in a day, active cases continue to drop

The state Covid-19 toll on Friday rose to 15,120 with 145 people succumbing to the virus in the last 24 hours while the caseload increased to 13,43,442 with new 12,193 infections. Active cases dropped to 1,09,806 as 19,396 patients were discharged, taking the total count to 12,18,516 at a rate of 90.70 per cent. North 24 Parganas continued to report the highest number of deaths at 43, followed by Kolkata’s 30 and South 24 Parganas’s 12. Of the fresh cases, North 24 Parganas again logged the highest at 2,525 persons and Kolkata 1,857. In Hoogly, South 24 Parganas and Howrah posted 583, 957 and 753 cases respectively. Elsewhere, Paschim Midnapore, Paschim Burdwan and Nadia recorded 659, 580 and 531 cases. In North Bengal, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling saw 623 and 630 new infect...
Ravi Shankar Prasad: ‘Govt not in favour of breaking WhatsApp’s encryption, users have full right to it’
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Ravi Shankar Prasad: ‘Govt not in favour of breaking WhatsApp’s encryption, users have full right to it’

India is not the only country seeking a regulatory mechanism to access “limited” data from end-to-end encrypted instant messaging platforms such as WhatsApp in order to be able to detect and prevent crime, Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Also, this would not change anything for ordinary WhatsApp users, the Minister said. “On WhatsApp, I would like to clarify. The ordinary user of WhatsApp has nothing to fear. They will continue using WhatsApp as they have been using. What we are seeking is very limited,” Prasad told The Indian Express in an interview. Prasad’s comments come at a time when Facebook-owned WhatsApp has approached the Delhi High Court saying that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s (MeitY) norms on the ident...
Tuchel declares Chelsea at full strength for Champions League final | Football News – Times of India
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Tuchel declares Chelsea at full strength for Champions League final | Football News – Times of India

PORTO (Portugal): Chelsea are set to be at full strength for Saturday's Champions League final against Manchester City with N'Golo Kante and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy having now fully shaken off injury problems in the run-up to the game. "Best news ever: no injuries and let's hope it stays like this until after training today," coach Thomas Tuchel told reporters at a press conference on Friday just before his squad's final work-out ahead of the match at the Estadio do Dragao. France midfielder Kante missed Chelsea's final game of the Premier League season at Aston Villa last weekend as a precaution after limping out of the 2-1 win against Leicester City five days earlier with a hamstring problem. Mendy, who has been outstanding since signing from Rennes at the beginning of the season, wa...
MHA invites applications for Indian citizenship from non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh | India News – Times of India
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MHA invites applications for Indian citizenship from non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The ministry of home affairs on Friday invited applications for Indian citizenship from non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh living in 13 districts. The Union home ministry issued a notification in this effect for immediate implementation of the order under the Citizenship Act 1955 and Rules framed under the law in 2009 even though the rules under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) enacted in 2019 are yet to be framed by the government. "In exercise of powers conferred under Section 16 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955), the central government hereby directs that powers exercisable by it for registration as citizen of India under Section 5, or for grant of certificate of naturalisation under section 6 of the Citizenship Act 1955 in respect of any...
Maratha quota: Find solution for issue by June 6 or face stir, says MP
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Maratha quota: Find solution for issue by June 6 or face stir, says MP

Rajya Sabha MP Sambhaji Chhatrapati on Friday said that the state government should provide a solution to resolve the Maratha reservation issue by June 6, failing which he would launch an agitation from Raigad Fort. Speaking to the media late Friday, Chhatrapati, a descendant of Shahu Maharaj Chhatrapati of Kolhapur, said, “The state government should come out with a concrete decision to resolve the Maratha reservation issue by June 6. If no decision is taken, we will not be bothered about Covid-19, and will be forced to launch an agitation from the historic Raigad Fort.” The MP announced this after a week-long state tour and interaction with political leaders including NCP president Sharad Pawar, CM Uddhav Thackeray, Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis, MNS chief Raj Thack...
BWF should look into decision on qualification for Olympics: Kidambi Srikanth | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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BWF should look into decision on qualification for Olympics: Kidambi Srikanth | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who missed the chance of qualifying for upcoming Tokyo Olympics, wants Badminton World Federation (BWF) to look into the matter again and then take a decision on the same. BWF on Friday confirmed that no further tournaments will be played inside the qualifying window and as a result not only Kidambi but Saina Nehwal too missed the bus for the Tokyo Olympics. Earlier this month, the Singapore Open was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Singapore Open 2021 is a Super 500 event on the BWF World Tour and was the last tournament offering Race to Tokyo ranking points inside the Olympic qualifying window. The Indian shuttler expressed disappointment and asserted that if the governing body could reconsider the decision it might help few pla...
Building slab collapses in Ulhasnagar, 6 dead
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Building slab collapses in Ulhasnagar, 6 dead

At least six persons died after a slab of a residential building collapsed in Ulhasnagar, Thane, on Friday night. A search operation is on for one person who is reportedly missing. According to officials of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, the incident took place at Nehru Chowk, where a slab of the five-storeyed Sai Siddhi building collapsed. The slab from the fifth floor came crashing down till the ground floor and 8-9 people were stuck in the debris. A team of Ulhasnagar fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force rushed to the spot. Six people were pulled out from the debris, all of whom were declared dead by doctors. They were identified as Punit Chandwani, Dinesh Chandwani, Dipak Chandwani, Mohini Chandwani, Krushna Bajaj and Amrita Bajaj. “Six people were fo...
Olympic champion Carolina Marin doubtful for Tokyo after suffering knee injury | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Olympic champion Carolina Marin doubtful for Tokyo after suffering knee injury | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Reigning Olympic champion shuttler Carolina Marin on Friday suffered a freak knee injury during training, leaving her doubtful for the Tokyo Games which begins in the Japanese capital on July 23. According to Spnaish sports media Marca, the Rio 2016 Games women's singles champion felt knee discomfort during training. As per the report, the doctors conducted a number of tests on Marin, after which they came to the conclusion that the champion shuttler suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury on her left knee. Marin sounded positive after the setback and said in a statement on social media that she was "in the best hands". "Today I suffered some discomfort during training that caused me to stop training," she said in a statement. "After the first tests (we had) done, the d...
Maharashtra: Class X SSC students will be internally assessed, results June end, says education minister Gaikwad
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Maharashtra: Class X SSC students will be internally assessed, results June end, says education minister Gaikwad

While ruling out Class X examinations for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board, Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Friday said students will be evaluated through internal assessment for the academic year 2020-21. Results will be announced by June end. Gaikwad told mediapersons that admissions to Class XI will be conducted physically through Common Entrance Test (CET) based on the Class X syllabus. Those unwilling to appear for CET will be admitted on the basis of their Class X marks. “These decisions were taken after a series of meetings with educational experts, policy makers, teachers and parents’ organisations. The process of internal assessment was discussed with all concerned authorities. We have held 24 meetings over the last few months,” she said. “Students wi...
Mumbai: Man arrested for murder of 70-year-old woman
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Mumbai: Man arrested for murder of 70-year-old woman

Over a month after a 70-year-old woman, Ratan Jain, was found dead at her residence in Bhandup on April 16, a man was arrested for the murder Friday. A senior IPS officer said, “We have arrested one person.” The accused was arrested in Uttar Pradesh and police said another arrest is likely to take place. The officer said that it appears that the motive for the murder was robbery. Jain had been living alone at her chawl in Fugawala since the death of her husband a few years ago, police said. Jain has two daughters, both of whom are married. Her body was found by a maid on the morning of April 16. Source link
Neymar hits back at Nike over sexual-assault probe | Football News – Times of India
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Neymar hits back at Nike over sexual-assault probe | Football News – Times of India

Brazilian soccer player Neymar hit back at sportswear maker Nike Inc on Friday, saying the company's statement that it terminated an endorsement deal because he refused to cooperate with an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a Nike employee was "an absurd lie". In a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Nike - which had Neymar on a long-term contract - said it terminated the deal last year after an employee came forward with what it said were "credible" allegations against the player. Neymar, who plays for Paris St Germain, denies the allegations and said he did not know the employee in question. The incident allegedly took place in 2016 but the employee initially requested to keep the matter confidential and Nike only opened its investigation in 201...
CM Thackeray asks WCD department to come up with policy for children who lost parents to Covid
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CM Thackeray asks WCD department to come up with policy for children who lost parents to Covid

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday asked the state women and child development (WCD) department to formulate a policy on providing benefits – ranging from their upbringing to bearing the responsibility of their education – to children who have lost either one or both parents to Covid-19 across the state. Thackeray gave these instructions during a virtual meeting with department officials to review various existing and proposed schemes. The WCD officials in the meeting said that so far they have been able to trace 114 children who have lost both parents and more than 1,500 children, who have lost one parent. An official said the meeting discussed the provision of providing financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the children who have lost both parents. “Issues like who...
Nanded crematorium to use CCTVs to help family members bid farewell
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Nanded crematorium to use CCTVs to help family members bid farewell

CCTV cameras, a Wi-Fi connection, a meeting app, and a link sent to all participants. This is not a set up for a Work From Home office meeting. From June 1, this is how a crematorium in Nanded city will conduct funerals to enable families and friends to bid farewell to their loved ones. “We intend to start the free service before June 1. We do not know how long the lockdown will last and it’s difficult for people to travel during the lockdown. So, we came up with this idea, which will allow relatives get a last glimpse of their loved ones and help them get some closure,” said Harshad Shah (62), a businessman and vice-president of NGO Shantidham Seva Pratisthan, which is implementing this idea at Shantidham crematorium in Govardhan ghat, Vazirabad. Last rites of both Covid-...
Mumbai: Real estate firm chairman booked after wife alleges triple talaq, cruelty
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Mumbai: Real estate firm chairman booked after wife alleges triple talaq, cruelty

The Aarey police in Goregaon (East) have lodged an FIR against Amir Nensey, the 71-year-old chairman of real estate firm Royal Palms India Pvt Ltd, who allegedly gave triple talaq to his wife last year. Rahat, 67, a homemaker, has alleged that Amir gave her triple talaq because she refused to give him power of attorney over her property rights in the family business, and also manhandled and threatened her. Rahat stated in the FIR that she got married to Amir in 1971 as per Islamic rituals and they have two sons, Mohamed and Dilawar. The family owns Royal Palms Pvt Ltd, she has 30% shares of the company in her name, Amir has 25%, and the remaining stake is with other members of the family. The properties of the company include 240 acres of land in Aarey colony, Goregaon. “...
BMC writes to State Election Commission, casts uncertainty over civic body elections
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BMC writes to State Election Commission, casts uncertainty over civic body elections

Anticipating a third wave of Covid-19, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration has written to the State Election Commission (SEC) seeking instructions on civic body elections which is schedule to be held in 2022, and how to prepare for it. Following this, the SEC has called a meeting with BMC’s election department next week. Before elections are held, the BMC administration notifies wards based on population estimates. It also undertakes a ward reservation exercise and redraws ward boundaries, which is called delimitation. Many of these preparatory activities are done based on the latest census numbers to find out the population strength of each locality. However, with the 2021 census work yet to commence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, BMC officials said...
Narinder Batra wants quicker second jab for Tokyo-bound athletes | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Narinder Batra wants quicker second jab for Tokyo-bound athletes | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

PUNE: Tokyo-bound Indian athletes will be fully vaccinated and tested before they leave for the Olympics, assured Indian Olympic Association chief, Narinder Batra, on Friday. Batra said the IOA will be writing it to the government to relax the 12-16 weeks gap between two Covishield doses, as many athletes have taken only one jab. "Athletes can’t wait for such a long time to get their second jab. We will write to the government to reduce the period for the athletes, so that they are fully vaccinated when they reach Tokyo," Batra told TOI on Friday. The Tokyo Games will begin on July 23. In the times of coronavirus, logistics will be a very crucial part for the IOA as well as the government. Many Tokyo-bound athletes have gone abroad to train or compete. Considering the strict rules set b...