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Boko Haram militants kill 8 in southeastern Niger, says defence ministry – Times of India
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Boko Haram militants kill 8 in southeastern Niger, says defence ministry – Times of India

NIAMEY: Insurgents from the Islamist group Boko Haram killed four soldiers and four civilians in an attack on Niger's southeastern desert town of Diffa, the defence ministry said. At least six militants were killed in the raid on Friday, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The insurgents attacked Diffa in the late afternoon, riding in about 15 vehicles. After intense fighting, they were pushed back by security forces, The Boko Haram insurgency broke out in northeastern Nigeria in 2000, but violence frequently spills over into neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon. In December, an attack blamed on Boko Haram killed 28 people and burned 800 homes in Diffa region. Source link
French Open: ‘What an effort’, says R Ashwin as Pablo Andujar upsets Dominic Thiem | Tennis News – Times of India
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French Open: ‘What an effort’, says R Ashwin as Pablo Andujar upsets Dominic Thiem | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem was knocked out on the opening day of the tournament on Sunday. Pablo Andujar came from behind to erase a two-set deficit to upset the Austrian No.4 seed 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. It was Thiem's first loss in the opening round of the French Open. Andujar, ranked 68 in the world, fought back from two sets down and it earned him the 150th tour-level match-win of his career. He had defeated Roger Federer en route to the Geneva semi-finals two weeks ago. India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin hailed Andujar's effort which caused an upset on the opening day of the French Open. "What an effort that was from Pablo Andujar to beat Dominic Thiem in a 5 setter after being 2 sets down. He beat Roger Federer in the lead up to this French open too. Gr...
Netanyahu’s grip on power loosens as rival moves to unseat him – Times of India
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Netanyahu’s grip on power loosens as rival moves to unseat him – Times of India

JERUSALEM: Far-right party leader Naftali Bennett threw his crucial support on Sunday behind a "unity government" in Israel to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in what would be the end of a political era. Bennett's decision, which he announced in a televised address, could enable opposition chief Yair Lapid to put together a coalition of right-wing, centrist and leftist parties and hand Netanyahu his first election defeat since 1999. Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid party that finished second to Netanyahu's right-wing Likud in an inconclusive March 23 national ballot, faces a Wednesday deadline from Israel's president to announce a new government. Lapid's chances of success have rested largely with Bennett, a former defence chief and a high-tech millionaire whose Yamina pa...
Centre shouldn’t behave like ‘big brother’ with states: Moily | India News – Times of India
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Centre shouldn’t behave like ‘big brother’ with states: Moily | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Union minister M Veerappa Moily on Sunday said the relationship between the Centre and states has become "more strained" under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led dispensation and the government should not behave like a big brother. In an exclusive interview with PTI, the former chairperson of the Administrative Reforms Commission also said the government should call a meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) to strengthen federalism. Following is the transcript of the interview: Q. The Centre recalled the West Bengal chief secretary hours after the PM-Mamata cyclone meet row. What is your take on this?A. It is a total misunderstanding. The government of India should not act as a big brother. They have to cooperate and collaborate with the state government. C...
Thought I saw a prophet in action: CJI remembers Soli Sorabjee
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Thought I saw a prophet in action: CJI remembers Soli Sorabjee

Late eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee played a pivotal role in “crafting our country’s jurisprudence” and upholding the Constitutional values of fundamental rights and freedom would be a tribute to him, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said Sunday. Speaking at a remembrance ceremony for the legal stalwart, CJI Ramana recalled that Sorabjee “apart from his Courtroom genius,…was an epitome of grace, modesty, humility, integrity and kindness, which always stood out to me”. He added that Sorabjee’s untimely death was a “complete shock”. “He lived his life wholly on his terms and pursued his diverse passions with great energy. He left an indelible mark on many,” Ramana said. “We shall continue to remember the great human qualities he possessed which can help us through these diffic...
Govt credit scheme for oxygen plants, banks to give Covid loans
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Govt credit scheme for oxygen plants, banks to give Covid loans

AS A part of its push to bolster the economy amid the second Covid wave, the Government Sunday expanded the scope of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) to provide more relief to small businesses, bring the aviation sector under its ambit, and provide a concessional credit facility of up to Rs 2 crore in loans for health facilities to set up oxygen generation plants. The overall size of ECLGS, however, has been kept at Rs 3 lakh crore, out of which about Rs 45,000 crore is left to be sanctioned. Those who have already availed loans under the scheme can get additional assistance of up to 10 per cent of outstanding dues as of February 29, 2020. Simultaneously, public sector banks have announced that they are joining hands to offer standardised loans to healthca...
National Museum not moving out yet, being dressed up for 2023 G20
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National Museum not moving out yet, being dressed up for 2023 G20

The National Museum, which is supposed to move to a new location as part of the Central Vista redevelopment project, is currently undergoing expansion and an extensive makeover, and is likely to remain at its present premises on Janpath for at least another “five or six years”, sources told The Indian Express. The upgradation and makeover project is aimed at the G20 meeting scheduled to take place in New Delhi in 2023, when many heads of state and government, and other dignitaries will visit the capital, officials said. The aim is to turn the museum into the country’s cultural showpiece, the officials added. A new Kashi Gallery is being created as part of the museum’s makeover. The auditorium will be upgraded, and the gallery dedicated to Central Asian Antiquities will be e...
Indian javelin throwers’ hunt for Germany’s success recipe ends, China firm lends a hand
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Indian javelin throwers’ hunt for Germany’s success recipe ends, China firm lends a hand

THIS WEEK, Indian javelin throwers’ hunt for a secret sauce of German success finally ended after nearly two-and-a-half years — thanks to the Chinese. After knocking on several doors across the world, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has finally managed to import the Kraft Training Gerat (KTG), a specialised strength-training equipment, which is believed to have played a big role in Germany’s domination of javelin throw. Recently, it helped their Tokyo Olympic gold medal favourite Johannes Vetter come up with a series of 90m-plus throws. The German veterans in India’s set-up, coach Uwe Hohn and biomechanics expert Dr Klaus Bartonietz, were keen on Olympic-bound javelin throwers Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh getting the same facility as the likes of Vetters for the ...
Tests on mixed vaccines may start in a few weeks
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Tests on mixed vaccines may start in a few weeks

India may soon begin testing the feasibility of a regimen that mixes two different Covid-19 vaccines to see if it helps boost immune response to the virus. The testing may be carried out both using vaccines that are currently available in the country, and those that are in the pipeline, The Indian Express has learnt. Work is expected to begin “in a few weeks”, according to Dr N K Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group under the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI). Approximately eight vaccines may be mixed and matched as part of the process, Dr Arora said. These include the three vaccines that are currently approved for use in the country, Serum Institute of India’s Covishield, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, and the Russian made Sputnik V. Clinical te...
Marking 7 years at helm, PM flags Covid fight: 10-fold rise in oxygen stocks, testing surge
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Marking 7 years at helm, PM flags Covid fight: 10-fold rise in oxygen stocks, testing surge

WITH THE NDA Government completing seven years at the helm Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on the country’s fight against Covid, which he described as “the biggest pandemic in the last hundred years”, thanked “Covid warriors”, and pointed out that India is now producing over 10 times more liquid oxygen than in normal times — from 900 metric tonnes a day to 9,500 metric tonnes. Addressing the 77th episode of Mann Ki Baat, the Prime Minister also thanked farmers for enabling the Government to procure a record amount of crops. He listed the key initiatives of the Government, including rural electricity connections, infrastructure, financial inclusion, water availability in homes and health insurance. He pointed to a “new confidence of peace and development” from t...
Centre looks to finetuning vaccine strategy: studying single-shot effect to mixing doses
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Centre looks to finetuning vaccine strategy: studying single-shot effect to mixing doses

The Government plans to review the impact of its decision to extend the interval between Covishield doses once it collects data from a newly proposed Covid vaccine tracker platform that it will launch shortly, The Indian Express has learnt. The data, sources said, may also help the Government decide whether to approve a single-dose regimen for Covishield. The data from the new platform is expected to be analysed around August, sources said. Covishield, which is the main Covid vaccine in use in India, accounts for nearly 90 per cent of the 208.89 million doses administered since January 16. India has also been using Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin in its vaccination drive while Russia’s Sputnik V, which had obtained approval for emergency use, is being administered to fewer people ...
UP: Bulandshahr police probe meat seller’s death ‘during raid by cops’
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UP: Bulandshahr police probe meat seller’s death ‘during raid by cops’

Bulandshahr police have initiated a probe into the death of a meat seller that allegedly occurred during a police raid earlier this week. According to the family of 43-year-old Aqil Qureshi, he was allegedly pushed off the terrace on the night of May 23 as a police team came to nab him. Police have denied the allegations, saying that Qureshi succumbed to injuries which he sustained during a jump. “On the intervening night of May 23 and 24, a police team from Khurja Nagar Police Station had gone to investigate Aqil Qureshi who was wanted in several cases. The police went to his house and the family members told them that he was not there. The police team returned. We were later told he had been admitted to a hospital due to some injury which prima facie appears to be one he ...
Govt’s Year 8 begins with dented public trust, some doubts within
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Govt’s Year 8 begins with dented public trust, some doubts within

Marking its seventh anniversary in power at the Centre, the ruling BJP enters its eighth year grappling with two unprecedented challenges within: one, a dent in public trust in the government during the second Covid wave and, two, the first chipping of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Teflon coat. The sharply falling Covid curve and the safety net announced for children and a section of the next of kin may have brought some respite but many senior party leaders The Indian Express spoke with underlined the enormity of the challenges ahead. “This is the lowest period for us since we took charge in 2014,” said a senior leader in charge of key states. The lingering grief of those who lost their loved ones, the ongoing vaccine crisis, the economic uncertainty and, more importantl...
BCCI unveils Indian women team’s new Test kit ahead of England tour | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI unveils Indian women team’s new Test kit ahead of England tour | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Ahead of the England tour, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday unveiled the new Test kit for the women's side, which the Mithali Raj-led squad will be donning in the one-off game. The two teams will first square off in a four-day Test match, beginning June 16. Then both teams will lock horns in three ODIs beginning June 27 with the matches slated to be played at Bristol, Taunton, and Worcester. BCCI shared the pictures on Twitter from the event and captioned the post as #TeamIndia's new Test kit ahead of the #ENGvIND Test!" 📸 📸: #TeamIndia's new Test kit ahead of the #ENGvIND Test!@M_Raj03 | @JhulanG10 | @ImHarmanpreet |… https://t.co/db960zogfM— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 1622387017000Earlier in the day, India batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur shared a picture of h...
Fashion fixes are revolutionizing popular trends – Times of India
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Fashion fixes are revolutionizing popular trends – Times of India

New platforms teaching you how to repair clothes NEW PLATFORMS TEACHING YOU HOW TO REPAIR CLOTHES We are living in a world where clothing hacks and wardrobe fixes are constantly on a roll, everywhere. These quick fixes mainly started doing rounds since Pinterest became popular with pins and boards displaying DIYs on how to fix your favourite pair of worn jeans or your comfiest sweater by using smart and quick solutions that can be easily mastered at home. Now, it’s become a whole different ball game where it could become a full-time online business or a fully-fledged YouTube channel. We’ve all been there, pulling out our most favourite outfit from the wardrobe and discovering it can’t be worn because the zip’s broken or there’s a noticeable tear on it, and in the case of accessories, m...
Thiem knocked out by Andujar in French Open first round | Tennis News – Times of India
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Thiem knocked out by Andujar in French Open first round | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Two-time runner-up Dominic Thiem was knocked out in the first round of the French Open by Spanish journeyman Pablo Andujar 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the first major upset of the claycourt Grand Slam on Sunday. It first seemed that Andujar's win against 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in Geneva earlier this month would count for nothing. But Austrian Thiem's game began to unravel after a dominant start on court Philippe Chatrier. Thiem, who reached the final in Paris in 2018 and 2019, had never lost in the opening round at Roland Garros, but that prospect grew as Andujar went for his shots and unsettled his 27-year-old opponent. Thiem broke back after conceding a break in the first game of the decider, but Andujar kept on piling up the pressure with deep strokes and broke...
Southwest monsoon delayed, may reach Kerala on June 3
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Southwest monsoon delayed, may reach Kerala on June 3

THIS YEAR, the onset of the southwest monsoon will take place around June 3, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday. The usual date for the monsoon to hit Kerala coast is June 1. “The southwesterly winds could strengthen further gradually from June 1, resulting in enhancement of rainfall activity over Kerala. The monsoon onset over Kerala is likely to take place on June 3,” the Met department’s Sunday afternoon summary read. Till Sunday morning, the IMD maintained the onset was to originally take place on May 31, as has been maintained for nearly a week now. After arriving over the Andaman Sea on May 21, the southwest monsoon covered the island and most areas of the Bay of Bengal, Maldives and Comorin regions. After the latest advancement, which was realised o...
Testing, tracing to be increased in Noida
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Testing, tracing to be increased in Noida

As the Uttar Pradesh government eased Covid-19 curfew restrictions starting Monday, Noida and Ghaziabad residents will have to wait for relaxations as the two districts had 1,472 1,779 active cases on Saturday. Both Noida and Ghaziabad are among 20 districts where “stricter” monitoring will take place in order to bring down cases, said officials. Weekend lockdown and night curfew will continue in both districts till further notice. The situation will be reviewed in a week’s time and a decision on relaxation will be taken accordingly. There are nine districts from Western UP that have active cases greater than 600 presently. Administration in NCR districts will be increasing testing and tracing more people in order to break the chain of infection, said UP CM Yogi Adityanath...
Cool and composed Egan Bernal claims victory in Giro d’Italia | More sports News – Times of India
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Cool and composed Egan Bernal claims victory in Giro d’Italia | More sports News – Times of India

MILAN: Colombia's Egan Bernal won the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, keeping his composure throughout a tough final week to claim his second grand tour victory with a ruthlessly efficient performance. The Ineos-Grenadiers rider, who succeeds his team mate Tao Geoghegan Hart, completed his victory with a safe ride in the final time trial, a 30.3-km effort around Milan to beat Italian Damiano Caruso (Bahrain- Victorious) by one minute 29 seconds, based on provisional results. Italian Filippo Ganna, also of Ineos-Grenadiers, won the time trial. Briton Simon Yates (Bike Exchange) took third place overall, 4:15 off Bernal's pace, after threatening him with strong rides in two of the last three mountain stages. But the 24-year-old Colombian, whose 2020 season was hampered by back problems after he ...
Abdominal pain and Diarrhoea can be common symptoms of COVID-19 in children – Times of India
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Abdominal pain and Diarrhoea can be common symptoms of COVID-19 in children – Times of India

The pandemic has left millions vulnerable to a deadly virus, and now, when we might be inching towards the third wave, it seems that children are going to be the ones at risk. During the second wave of the pandemic in India, when children and adults got affected, but most children will not develop typical respiratory symptoms as seen in adults. Paediatric COVID-19 infections are usually mild, self-limiting, and rarely require hospitalisation. The severity of illness in infants and children with COVID-19 is far less than that predicted in adults. Paediatric patients with COVID-19 sometimes may not present with typical clinical features of the infection, which is respiratory involvement. Gastro-intestinal symptoms have been reported in children with COVID-19 either with or without respi...