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England great Anderson says equalling Cook record will be ‘mind-blowing’ | Cricket News – Times of India
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England great Anderson says equalling Cook record will be ‘mind-blowing’ | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: James Anderson has said the prospect of equalling the England record for Test appearances held by Alastair Cook is "mind-blowing". If Anderson is selected for next week's series opener against New Zealand at Lord's, he will draw level with retired former captain Cook's mark of 161 Tests. But while his close friend Cook spent his international career as an opening batsman, the 38-year-old Anderson, already England's most successful Test bowler with 614 wickets -- the most by any paceman in the format -- has had the far more physically demanding task of leading the attack. And should Anderson achieve his aim of playing in all seven Tests against New Zealand and India this season, he will be behind just a trio of batsmen -- India's Sachin Tendulkar (200 Tests) and the Australia duo...
WTC Final: Can’t wait to get on the field, says Cheteshwar Pujara | Cricket News – Times of India
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WTC Final: Can’t wait to get on the field, says Cheteshwar Pujara | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: India's Test batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara cannot wait to get on the field for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. Team India will be donning the retro jersey in the WTC final against New Zealand slated to get underway from June 18. Pujara on Saturday shared a picture of the new jersey on his Instagram story and he captioned the post as: "The new kit is here! Can't wait to get on the field! #worldtestchampionship." Earlier in the day, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja shared the photo on Twitter donning the new jersey. ⏪Rewind to 90’s 👕 #lovingit #india https://t.co/bxqB6ptfhD— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) 1622265663000The Indian cricketers might be in quarantine ahead of the UK tour, but they are sweating it out in the gym to ensure they are ...
Sushant Singh Rajput’s family lawyer, Vikas Singh feels Siddharth Pithani’s arrest is poetic justice – Times of India
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Sushant Singh Rajput’s family lawyer, Vikas Singh feels Siddharth Pithani’s arrest is poetic justice – Times of India

It’s been almost a year and the untimely death of Sushant Singh Rajput is still shrouded in mystery with various theories of suicide, abetment to death or murder of the actor being investigated by the authorities. When asked where do things stand as far as the case is concerned, Sushant Singh Rajput’s family lawyer Vikas Singh says, “CBI would not like to rush into filing a chargesheet or filing something, which will boomerang on it. They are looking at several angles and murder is also one of them. You see SSR’s death is still shrouded in mystery and there are no two ways about it. Unless you unravel the mystery there is no point in telling a half baked story and that is the reason they are taking their own time and I am quite hopeful something will come out soon.” SSR’s flatmate Sidd...
A Covid passing turns a history page: the last Maharaja of Kutch
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A Covid passing turns a history page: the last Maharaja of Kutch

THE MAHARAJA of Kutch, Maharrao Pragmalji III, was laid to rest at a quiet funeral on Friday after he died of Covid-related complications early in the day. He was 85 and the titular head of the Jadeja dynasty, which traces its origins to 1,000 years back as the rulers of Kutch, having ceded to the Indian Union in 1948. Born as Prithvirajji on May 3, 1936, he was the eldest of five children — three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by a brother and a sister, and Maharani Priti Devi, the princess of the erstwhile state of Tripura, whom he had married in 1957. The royal couple had no children, and with Pragmalji’s death, the title may cease to exist since he did not name an heir apparent. Both were infected with Covid-19 three weeks ago and were under treatment at Accor...
Flights see passengers down to tenth of February peak
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Flights see passengers down to tenth of February peak

IN JUST about three months since the second surge of Covid-19 hit India, the number of passengers carried by domestic airlines has sharply plunged — on May 25, about 39,000 passengers took a flight compared with the peak of about 3 lakh a day in February. It was on May 25 last year that domestic flights resumed services in 2020 after being shut down for two months following the announcement of a national lockdown. On that day, domestic airlines had carried 30,000 passengers, almost similar to the number of passengers carried on May 25 this year. The sharp plunge in air passenger traffic prompted the government on Friday to reduce the number of flights that airlines could operate on domestic routes. Compared with the Summer Schedule 2020, airlines can operate only 50 per cen...
DC to Delhi: For and with India in Covid crisis… call on vaccines soon
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DC to Delhi: For and with India in Covid crisis… call on vaccines soon

The United States is closely monitoring India’s Covid challenge and will “respond positively to any Indian requirement,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is said to have assured External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during a “productive discussion” Friday. This was their second interaction after their May 3 meeting on the sidelines of the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in London. Sources said that the two discussed how ramped-up vaccine production in India can address both domestic needs and the imperatives of global public health. To that effect, India and the US will collaborate bilaterally, in the Quad format, and through multilateral initiatives, sources said. Blinken said they discussed issues of “regional security and economic priorities… US Covid-19 relief effo...
Local lockdowns cushion impact of second wave but deeper fear hits spending, demand
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Local lockdowns cushion impact of second wave but deeper fear hits spending, demand

AS states begin cautiously calibrating how to unwind their lockdowns beginning June, they face a double challenge. Key indicators show that industry and business activities may not be as adversely hit by the second Covid wave as they were by a national lockdown last year, but they are still very vulnerable given the low vaccination levels among the larger, younger population. And at the individual and household level, public fear and anxiety this time are deeper and have hit consumption and demand harder than last year on several accounts. So Google mobility and other high-frequency data, until third week of May (see chart), point towards decline in activity on all fronts including retail, grocery, transit stations and toll collections as compared to March and April. For ex...
Traveller traffic on Railways slumps in April-May, regular trains almost halved
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Traveller traffic on Railways slumps in April-May, regular trains almost halved

AS THE SECOND wave of the pandemic unfolded over the past three months, just about 3.27 crore people undertook long-distance train travel in April. To put this in perspective, in April 2019, the last ‘normal’ year before the pandemic, as many as 30 crore passengers travelled long-distance in trains. In May this year, so far 1.76 crore passengers travelled by the mail and express trains. Regular train services have been curtailed since April this year not just in response to reduced demand but also to discourage non-essential travel. From around 1,500 a day before the second wave, the number of regular trains has been reduced to 865 a day. This includes the “special” trains. Before the pandemic struck early 2020, as many as 1,768 long-distance trains ran every day. Much of t...
Indian referee to officiate wrestling bouts at Tokyo Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Indian referee to officiate wrestling bouts at Tokyo Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ashok Kumar, an international wrestling referee, is the lone Indian nominated to officiate bouts during the Tokyo Olympic Games in July-August. The United World Wrestling (UWW), the governing body of the sport, has nominated Kumar. "I'm the only Indian referee selected by the UWW. I will be officiating bouts during the Olympics. There was a selection process to select candidates for the Olympics and I successfully cleared those norms," Kumar told IANS. Kumar, 50, said that the selection process for referees started at the 2019 Senior World Wrestling Championship in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, followed by the Asian Olympics Qualifiers held last month in Almaty. "The final selection was done during recently concluded World Olympic Qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria. I was official in al...
Virat Kohli states Anushka Sharma and him have decided ‘to not expose’ their child on social media – Times of India
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Virat Kohli states Anushka Sharma and him have decided ‘to not expose’ their child on social media – Times of India

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli who had earlier welcomed their first child, are enjoying the best moments of their parenting life with their munchkin Vamika. While they have shared photos with their little one, they haven't revealed a proper facial glimpse of her’s. During a question answering session, papa Virat opens up on plans of sharing her first glimpse. On Instagram, a fan asked, “What is the meaning of Vamika, how is she? Can we see a glimpse of her please.” to which Virat replied by saying, ‘Vamika is another name for Goddess Durga.” He also added, “We have decided as a couple to not expose our child to social media before she has an understanding of what social media is and can make her own choice.” Back in January, when the couple welcomed their little one, Virat and Anushka...
Mother was in pain, tried to help, was late: Children battle grief, loneliness
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Mother was in pain, tried to help, was late: Children battle grief, loneliness

In a span of two days, a 17-year-old Class 10 student lost both his parents to Covid-19 in Jamtara district of Jharkhand. In Gumla district, a 17-year-old, a Class 5 dropout, is now the head of the family to three younger siblings, after their mother succumbed to the virus. In Ranchi’s Bero block, a 14-year-old has been fighting nightmares since his mother, his only surviving parent, died. These are among the children identified officially as Covid-19 orphans in a drive launched by the Hemant Soren government to list families of those who have lost members to the virus, through death records as well as a door-to-door survey. With trafficking common in many parts of Jharkhand, Chief Minister Soren has emphasised that the Covid crisis should not leave children open to any for...
Pakistan will have to dismantle terror infrastructure for normalisation of ties: Army chief | India News – Times of India
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Pakistan will have to dismantle terror infrastructure for normalisation of ties: Army chief | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The renewed ceasefire in February has led to a major improvement in the security situation along the Line of Control but Pakistan will have to take 'tangible action' against the terror infrastructure operating from its soil for an upward trajectory in bilateral ties, Army chief general M M Naravane has said. “The ceasefire is just the first step in the long road to normalisation of bilateral relations with Pakistan. From our side, we would like the ceasefire to continue and lead to an improvement in bilateral relations,” said Gen Naravane, speaking exclusively to TOI. Pakistan, however, will have to address India’s core concerns by discarding its long-standing policy of fueling the cross-border proxy war and dismantling the 18-20 terror-training camps operating on its territo...
PV Sindhu ‘ready and excited’ to represent India at Tokyo Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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PV Sindhu ‘ready and excited’ to represent India at Tokyo Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ace shuttler PV Sindhu is "ready and excited" to represent India in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after five long years. The Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8 this year after getting postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19. Earlier in the day, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju shared a video on Twitter wishing every athlete the very best for the Tokyo games. Sindhu thanked the Sports Minister for the "overwhelming" support. "The support is always overwhelming! We are ready and so excited to represent India on this iconic stage! 5 years in the making- I cannot wait and good luck to all my fellow Olympians," Sindhu tweeted. The support is always overwhelming! We are ready and so excited to represent India on this iconic stage! 5 years in… https...
Taylor Swift wears Indian designers Hemant & Nandita for iHeartRadio Music Awards – Times of India
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Taylor Swift wears Indian designers Hemant & Nandita for iHeartRadio Music Awards – Times of India

Taylor Swift made a virtual appearance at iHeartRadio Music Awards 2021 wearing a floral sion cape dress from Delhi-based designer duo Hemant & Nandita. The Folklore singer recorded her acceptance speech which was played during the award show. Taylor has been channeling cottagecore looks for a while now and this dreamy floral dress exuded that exact aesthetic. The 31-year-old styled her hair in crown braids and her smoked out makeup added to the look further. She finished off the look with Larkspur & Hawk earrings. Our International celebrities have always been in awe of Indian designers and their work. And this is not the first time an International figure has opted for an outfit made by an Indian designer. This floral look surely wins our heart and Taylor's acceptance spee...
Bengal: Four bodies recovered from gutted factory
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Bengal: Four bodies recovered from gutted factory

Four charred bodies of missing security guards were recovered on Saturday from a factory gutted in a fire, which kept raging for two days, at Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district. The fire, which started on Thursday, was finally doused on Saturday. According to police, family members of the missing security guards had identified the bodies, which have been sent for post-mortem. The four persons are believed to have been trapped while trying to escape from the factory terrace, the door of which was locked. Fire and Emergency Services Minister Sujit Bose said a forensic team would visit the building to find out the cause behind the fire. “We were suspecting that the four who went missing could be trapped inside.It is an unfortunate incident. We are sending the bodies for...
Impressive improvement in Bengal’s Covid situation: CM
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Impressive improvement in Bengal’s Covid situation: CM

COVID CASES have decreased in the state and the rate at which these are declining is “impressive”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday. The state government also announced it has relaxed the norms for jute mills. It added that jute industries can use 40 per cent of their labour force in a shift instead of 30 per cent. Meanwhile, on Saturday, new Covid cases continued to dip in the past 24 hours and the single-day death toll also dropped below 150. On Saturday, 11,514 persons tested positive and the state witnessed 148 deaths. The total death toll in the state now stands at 15,268. In the past 24 hours, the number of active patients in West Bengal decreased to 1,02,398 as the number of persons discharged is more than the number of persons who tested positive in t...
Lee Je Hoon starrer ‘Taxi Driver’ gets highest ratings; cast shares their closing comments ahead of its finale – Times of India
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Lee Je Hoon starrer ‘Taxi Driver’ gets highest ratings; cast shares their closing comments ahead of its finale – Times of India

Actor Lee Je-hoon’s ongoing SBS’s drama ‘Taxi Drama’ is performing remarkably well as it ruled over the Friday night with the highest nationwide ratings. Ahead of its awaited finale, the penultimate episode of the series has now recorded an average rating of 13.2 percent and 14.2 percent for its two parts, as per Nielsen Korea. While the finale is scheduled to broadcast today at 10 pm KST, the cast of ‘Taxi Driver’ has now shared their closing comments with an entertainment portal. Lee Je-hoon who essayed the role of former special forces officer, Kim Do-gi expressed that he still can’t believe that the series is now coming to an end. Thanking all the viewers, he further added, “Personally, I would really like the entire production staff of ‘Taxi Driver,’ and all the characters includi...
Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0, win Champions League for second time
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Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0, win Champions League for second time

Chelsea won the Champions League for the second time Saturday beating Manchester City 10 thanks to Kai Havertzs first half goal as Pep Guardiola’s overthinking proved costly again in the all English final. Havertz ran onto Mason Mounts throughball and skipped by City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes before slotting the ball into an empty net in the 42nd minute. Chelsea added to the first European Cup it won in 2012 and become the 13th multiple winner of the worlds biggest club competition Manager Thomas Tuchel got his hands on the trophy a year after losing in the 2020 final with Paris Saint Germain. City’s long, often painful, and lavishly funded journey to the summit of European soccer remains incomplete and Guardiola might regret tinkering with his settled team by choosing to ...
Maharashtra’s road development agency to conserve ancient temples, floats tender
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Maharashtra’s road development agency to conserve ancient temples, floats tender

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the Maharashtra government’s in house go-to infrastructure development agency, on Saturday floated a tender for the work of conservation of old temples across the the state. The public works department-controlled MSRDC’s tender invites proposals for conservation of eight temples in the first phase. “Nearly 100 crore has been sanctioned for the purpose in the Budget. We have called for tenders and proposals have been sought for conservation of the temples. From the proposals received, we will select one. It will be examined by a committee of senior IAS officers,” said MSRDC Joint Managing Director Chandrakant Pulkundwar. MSRDC Executive Engineer S S Jagtap said the plan included addition of amenities for devotees at...
Mumbai: Byculla zoo area to be extended by 10 acre, will house more animals from abroad
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Mumbai: Byculla zoo area to be extended by 10 acre, will house more animals from abroad

The Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan, popularly known as the Byculla zoo, is set to get a major uplift with the BMC planning to introduce more animals from across the world as part of its expansion plans for the zoo. As per Phase III of the expansion plan, the area of the zoo, currently 53 acre, will be expanded by another 10 acre at a cost of Rs 200 crore. This area is supposed to house the new animals. On Friday, the civic body had floated a tender worth Rs 95 crore for the construction of three animal enclosures in the extended area. The tender pertains to the construction of a space for exhibiting African savanna, an aviary for exotic birds and Emu, enclosure for hippopotamus, landscaping, installation of CCTV cameras, public amenities and other infrastructure works. Comp...