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Alapan didn’t walk out of Modi’s meet: TMC slams Prasad’s claim
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Alapan didn’t walk out of Modi’s meet: TMC slams Prasad’s claim

The Trinamool Congress on Monday criticised Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for claiming that former state Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay had walked out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cyclone review meeting in Kalaikunda on May 28. Senior TMC leader and state minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said there was no logic in the central government’s move to recall Bandyopadhyay only five days after extending his term by three months. “A Union minister today alleged that the chief secretary [CS] had walked out of the meeting. This is totally false. The chief secretary was with the chief minister and he is supposed to report to her. Both the CM and the CS were made to wait for half an hour to meet the PM. Is that fair?” Bhattacharya asked. She added, “After being forc...
Jharkhand govt to provide jobs to dependents of those who sacrificed lives for statehood | India News – Times of India
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Jharkhand govt to provide jobs to dependents of those who sacrificed lives for statehood | India News – Times of India

RANCHI: Jharkhand government on Monday said it is committed to honour those who participated in the movement for a separate state and announced to provide jobs to the dependents of those who sacrificed their lives during the agitation. Jharkhand was carved out from Bihar on November 15, 2000, the birth anniversary of tribal leader Birsa Munda. Dependents of those who sacrificed their lives or suffered disability of more than 40 per cent in police firing or jail, shall be absorbed in third or fourth-grade government jobs as per their qualification, a government order said. Sharing the notification, chief minister Hemant Soren said: "Today, 20 years after creation of a separate state, we are doing justice to those who participated in the struggle for a separate state". "I am committed to ...
Row over wedding party in UP village: many say want to leave
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Row over wedding party in UP village: many say want to leave

Days after a groom’s wedding procession was attacked, several families from the Dalit community in an Aligarh village say they are looking to leave the village, accusing people form a minority community of harassing them regularly, especially over wedding processions. Members of the other community have denied the allegations, and instead accused people in the wedding procession of violating Covid-19 regulations by assembling in huge numbers, and without masks. The altercation took place at Tappal’s Noorpur village on Thursday. An FIR has been filed accusing some members of the Muslim community for alleged assault and using casteist slurs, while the Dalit members have been booked for alleged violation of Covid protocol. “We received information five days ago that a scuffle ...
UP hooch deaths: Shop licence expired March, complaint pending since Oct
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UP hooch deaths: Shop licence expired March, complaint pending since Oct

AN EERIE silence prevails in Karsua, the worst-hit village in Aligarh’s hooch tragedy that has left 10 dead here among a toll that rose to 36 by Monday and might go up further. Vijay Tomar, 27, whose twin was among the dead, said this should never have happened. “The villagers didn’t frequent the shop that sold the hooch, several had complained about it. But the administration and police did nothing. As a result my brother is now dead, leaving behind three children,” he said. While the shop’s licence expired in March last year as per records, an online complaint had been submitted against it in October. With liquor shops among those exempted in the recent relaxation of Covid curbs in Uttar Pradesh, it had just started operating again. While 17 people have been arrested — in...
Senior BJP leader in UP for ‘feedback’, meets Yogi ministers
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Senior BJP leader in UP for ‘feedback’, meets Yogi ministers

IN THE first such development since Yogi Adityanath came to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, BJP national general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh on Monday held one-on-one meetings with ministers and party leaders in Lucknow, followed by a meeting with the Chief Minister at his residence. Santhosh’s two-day visit to the state comes amidst growing murmurs in the organisation regarding the handling of the Covid second surge, with several BJP ministers and MLAs going public about the leadership being irresponsive to the people’s woes. The BJP is also stinging from the poor performance in the recent panchayat polls, after the party had itself portrayed them as a semi-final before the Assembly elections next year. There are rumours in Lucknow about an imminent reshuffle in ...
Hospitals can’t tie up with hotels for vaccine packages: Centre to states
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Hospitals can’t tie up with hotels for vaccine packages: Centre to states

THE UNION health ministry on Monday reiterated that states will have to ensure that no private hospitals tie up with hotels to provide vaccination packages or hotel stays post-vaccination. The development comes a day after Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Sunday visited Lalit Hotel and found it was storing vaccine vials and providing rooms and meals as a package deal along with the inoculation. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued a show cause notice to the hotel in Andheri (East) over various packages, ranging between Rs 3,500 and Rs 5,000, that the hotel was offering to people post-vaccination, including hotel stay and meals. The hotel, Pednekar said, had tied up with Criticare Hospital. “We are waiting for the hotel to respond. Appropriate action will be ...
Decks cleared for Covaxin facility at Bulandshahr
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Decks cleared for Covaxin facility at Bulandshahr

The Central public sector undertaking Bharat Immunologicals & Biologicals Corporation Limited (BIBCOL), among the three PSUs supported by the Centre to increase the capacity of production of Covaxin, has approved a consultant to help it build the critical BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Level 3) high containment facility at Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, The Indian Express has learnt. Over the next six months, officials said, the consultant will help set up the manufacturing and fill-finish facility for the Covaxin developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR. BIBCOL and Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL), Hyderabad, a facility under National Dairy Development Board, are being backed by the Centre for a facility to provide 10-15 million doses per month. The ...
Mumbai: Ajit Pawar takes dig at Modi over cyclone relief
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Mumbai: Ajit Pawar takes dig at Modi over cyclone relief

During the inauguration of the Metro trial run here on Monday, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said amid many problems like the pandemic and cyclones, the state did not sacrifice development. Pawar said Maharashtra bore the brunt of Cyclone Tauktae. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was supposed to come to Maharashtra but it was cancelled. He went to Gujarat and without any demand, sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore, but nothing for Maharashtra, he added. Pawar told Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale — who was present at the event — to urge the PM to sanction what he feels is right. He said the state had sanctioned aid to victims of Tauktae. BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye said the PM would announce compensation to all. Pawar also apprised Ath...
Covid fallout: Inmates eligible for parole but want to stay on
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Covid fallout: Inmates eligible for parole but want to stay on

Some of them are worried about how they will survive during the Covid lockdown. Others fear they will become a burden on their families in this difficult time. The rest just want to wrap up their jail time as quickly as possible. All put together, at least 26 convicts lodged in jails across Maharashtra have refused to apply for emergency parole despite being eligible. They are “not interested in being temporarily released”, according to the minutes of a meeting held in May of a state committee that was formed to recommend steps to decongest jails during Covid. Last month, the Bombay High Court ruled that no prisoner can be compelled to obtain release on temporary bail or emergency parole without their will. “Some of the eligible prisoners have told us that they feel apprehe...
Ira Khan’s adorable display of affection for boyfriend Nupur Shikhare is all things love – Times of India
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Ira Khan’s adorable display of affection for boyfriend Nupur Shikhare is all things love – Times of India

Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan never shies away from expressing and showering love for her boyfriend Nupur Shikhare. Recently, the starlet took to her Instagram handle to share a mushy video montage with her love sharing happy memories spent with him. She also penned a little note which read, “You're my anchor....#love #dreamboy #hashtags feel stupid. I love you soo much, cutie! ❤❤🤗🤗” Ever since Ira made her relationship official, they have been shelling out major couple goals. The video montage consisted of pictures from celebrating birthdays and romantic dinner dates, to working out together, and enjoying champagne by the pool. Ira made her relationship with Nupur official this year during Valentine's week. She had shared adorable photos of them on Instagram and wrote, “Its an hono...
Will decide on Class XII exam within 2 days, Centre tells Supreme Court
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Will decide on Class XII exam within 2 days, Centre tells Supreme Court

THE CENTRE on Monday told the Supreme Court that it will decide in the next two days whether or not to hold the Class XII board exams amid the pandemic. “The government will take a final decision within the next two days. We are hoping that your lordships will give us time till Thursday (June 3) so that we can come back with the final decision”, Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari. The bench was hearing a plea seeking directions to cancel the Class XII exams of the CBSE and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) taking into account the difficulties posed by the pandemic. Adjourning the hearing, the bench, however, told the government that it should give tangible reasons if it chose to depart fro...
Shivraj Singh Chouhan: ‘Perfect policy changed under states’ pressure, CMs should appeal to PM’
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Shivraj Singh Chouhan: ‘Perfect policy changed under states’ pressure, CMs should appeal to PM’

WITH the Opposition criticising the Centre for putting onus on states to procure a big part of their Covid-19 vaccination requirement, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said the Government had a “perfect policy” regarding immunisation, but had to change it under demands from various states. He appealed that all chief ministers should “come together and approach the Prime Minister to form a centralised policy for Covid vaccination”. “The Prime Minister will also consider it,” he said, adding that he was willing to talk to the CMs in this regard. Speaking at an Idea Exchange session of The Indian Express, Chouhan said the Centre had found it difficult to come out with a uniform policy due to the conflicting opinions as well as demands of states, and henc...
Bombay HC restrains Jalgaon trade union from holding poll amid pandemic
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Bombay HC restrains Jalgaon trade union from holding poll amid pandemic

STATING THAT “heavens would not fall” if a trade union poll was not held, the Bombay High Court, in a recent order, restrained the trade union of a Jalgaon-based firm from holding its elections amid curbs put in place by the state in the wake of the pandemic. “If the union elections are permitted and if, for any reason, a few voters report positive post elections, and if this leads to loss of life, the entire blame would be on those office bearers of respondent union who are desirous of holding the elections despite such a challenging situation. The blame game may continue, but the loss of human life can never be recovered,” the HC’s Aurangabad bench said last week. A division bench of Justice Ravindra V Ghuge and Justice BU Debadwar was hearing a plea by Sunil Bhavsar, a ...
Saudi minister defends order to turn down the volume on mosques – Times of India
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Saudi minister defends order to turn down the volume on mosques – Times of India

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's Islamic Affairs minister on Monday defended an order to lower the volume on mosque loudspeakers, saying families had been complaining that competing speakers were keeping their children awake. In a circular last week, the Islamic Affairs Ministry said loudspeakers on mosques should not be set higher than a third of their maximum volume. Speakers that are used to broadcast the call to prayer and the signal for prayers to start should then be switched off, rather than continue to broadcast full prayers and sermons. The changes come at a time of wider reform to the role religion plays in public life under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, who has eased some strict social restrictions while allowing no political dissent. It was too early ...
French Open’s fan-free night sessions ‘no fun’ for Djokovic | Tennis News – Times of India
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French Open’s fan-free night sessions ‘no fun’ for Djokovic | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic admitted it will be "sad" and "no fun" to begin his French Open campaign without fans on Tuesday as his scheduled night session match clashes with a government-enforced Covid-19 curfew. The world number one, bidding to add the 2021 title in Paris to his victory in 2016 and become the first man in more than 50 years to win all four Slams more than once, faces Tennys Sandgren of the United States. However, Roland Garros's introduction of night sessions this year has coincided with a 9pm curfew which will leave nine of the 10 scheduled slots without spectators. "I actually have a really good record playing in night sessions but the only thing is that I'm a little bit sad that there's not going to be a crowd," said 18-time Slam winner Djokovic on Monday. "I didn't know...
World No Tobacco Day: Health experts urge people to quit smoking | India News – Times of India
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World No Tobacco Day: Health experts urge people to quit smoking | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Tobacco consumption has long been associated with lung disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. But, a recent guidance by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that smokers face a 40-50 per cent higher risk of developing severe disease and death from Covid-19. Health experts have urged smokers to quit as it is necessary now more than ever. World No-Tobacco Day is observed on May 31 every year. This year's theme is 'Commit to Quit'. "Given the correlation between the severity of Covid-19 and tobacco, the need to create awareness about ending tobacco use has never been more critical. World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tob...
European Shooting Championship: Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker shoot identical scores in pistol precision round | More sports News – Times of India
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European Shooting Championship: Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker shoot identical scores in pistol precision round | More sports News – Times of India

OSIJEK (CROATIA): Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker, India's medal hopes in the women's 25m pistol event at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, shot identical precision round scores of 291 at the European Shooting Championship here on Monday. Participating in the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section of the event, Sarnobat and Bhaker's scores gave them top billing in the seven-strong field and was eighth-best overall among regular and MQS shooters. There were 55 regular teams which started. Former world champion Olena Kostevych of Ukraine was leading the regulars field with a round of 296. The Rapid Fire round is yet to be played. Also in the day, four Indians took part in the MQS section of round one of the 50m Rifle 3 Positions mixed team competitions. The team of Anjum Moudgil and Aishwary ...
Maharashtra records 15k new cases as Covid figures continue to dip
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Maharashtra records 15k new cases as Covid figures continue to dip

Maharashtra recorded 15,077 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, a new low for the state a day after its daily numbers dipped below 20,000 for the first time. The state had last recorded less than 15,000 cases 80 days ago on March 11 when the second wave started surging. The state added 500 deaths to its total tally on Sunday, taking the toll to 95,344. Of these, 133 were reported in last 48 hours. The state reached its peak on April 18 with 68,631 cases. After that, while actual daily deaths reduced, districts continued to report high number of deaths as several that went unreported are now being reported under data reconciliation. Source link
New Zealand expect Trent Boult to miss England series | Cricket News – Times of India
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New Zealand expect Trent Boult to miss England series | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: New Zealand expect Trent Boult to miss the upcoming Test series against England in the hope the experienced paceman will be fresh and ready to go for the inaugural World Test Championship final. The left-arm seamer will miss this week's first Test at Lord's as a result of being given family leave in New Zealand after returning home following the coronavirus-enforced postponement of the Indian Premier League earlier in May. But Boult will only arrive in the UK on Friday and the priority for the Blackcaps would be to make sure he is ready to play against India in the World Test Championship final against India at Southampton as of June 18, rather than have him play the second Test with England the week before. "I don't think you'll see Trent in the two Test matches here," New Zeal...
Roger Federer eases into second round on French Open return | Tennis News – Times of India
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Roger Federer eases into second round on French Open return | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Roger Federer marked his return to the French Open with a straight sets defeat of Uzbekistan qualifier Denis Istomin on Monday. The 39-year-old Federer, the champion in Paris in 2009 but playing the event for only the second time since 2015, won 6-2, 6-4, 6-3. It was his eighth win in eight meetings with Istomin and gave him a second round clash against either former US Open winner Marin Cilic or French wild card Arthur Rinderknech. Federer, who skipped the 2020 tournament, was playing just his fourth match of the year and first at a Slam since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals last year. Source link