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Sonia Sethi to hold additional charge of MMRDA commissioner
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Sonia Sethi to hold additional charge of MMRDA commissioner

Sonia Sethi, a 1994-batch IAS officer who is one of the additional metropolitan commissioners at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), will be holding additional charge of MMRDA commissioner. IAS officer R A Rajeev retired as commissioner of MMRDA on May 31 after starting the trial run of Metro 7 and Metro 2A. In March, Rajeev was re-employed by the state government as the metropolitan commissioner of MMRDA on a contractual basis for three months. He has been heading the MMRDA since May 2018. Projects such as the Mumbai Metro corridors and Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Project are currently being executed by the MMRDA. On Monday, besides starting the trial runs of Metro lines 7 (Dahisar East to Andheri East) and 2A (Dahisar to DN Nagar), a bhumi pujan of...
Cong leader Kharge dissociates himself from process of selection of NHRC chairperson, members | India News – Times of India
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Cong leader Kharge dissociates himself from process of selection of NHRC chairperson, members | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi dissociating himself from the process of selection of the new chairperson and members of the National Human Rights Commission. During the meeting of the Appointments Committee for the appointment to the post of chairperson and members of the National Human Rights Commission held on Monday evening at the Prime Minister's residence here, Kharge placed on record his views on the committee's decision to recommend a panel of names for the selection to the post of chairperson and members of the NHRC. "I had reiterated in today's meeting my concern over the rise in the cases of atrocities on Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities and proposed that ...
Greece, Germany kick off EU vaccination travel certificates – Times of India
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Greece, Germany kick off EU vaccination travel certificates – Times of India

ATHENS: Greece, Germany and five other European Union nations introduced a vaccination certificate system for travelers on Tuesday, weeks ahead of the July 1 rollout of the program across the 27-nation bloc. The other countries starting early were Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Croatia and Poland, according to the European Commission. Greece, which depends heavily on tourism, has been pressing for the commonly-recognized certificate that uses a QR code with advanced security features. The certificates are being issued to people who are fully vaccinated as well as those have already contracted the virus and developed antibodies and others who have had a PCR test within the last 72 hours. The documents will have both digital and paper forms. They'll be free of charge, distribut...
States welcome decision to cancel CBSE Class 12 board exam – Times of India
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States welcome decision to cancel CBSE Class 12 board exam – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Centre's decision to cancel the CBSE Class 12 board exams this year due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic was welcomed on Tuesday by states which said it was needed for the safety of students and teachers. Delhi chief minister said the announcement has come as a big relief. "I am glad 12th exams have been cancelled. All of us were very worried about the health of our children. A big relief," he said. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the decision, a statement issued by the state's communications department said. Punjab education minister Vijay Inder Singla said it was a step in the right direction but demanded that the Union g...
Delhi: Parents of kids under 12 yrs of age to be prioritised for vaccination in GTB Nagar
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Delhi: Parents of kids under 12 yrs of age to be prioritised for vaccination in GTB Nagar

The Gautam Buddh Nagar administration has rolled out a vaccination programme for parents of children below 12 years of age. The move is in line with the state government’s directives to prevent exposure of minors to sources of infection. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has urged parents to get ‘Teeka Jeet Ka’ from the nearest ‘Guardian Booth’ set up especially for parents. “In order to break the chain of infection, the administration will be giving vaccines to parents with children below 12 years of age on a priority basis. The parents will have to book their slots on the CoWIN portal, where special centres will be mentioned. Once the slot is given, they can get the vaccination as per the time slot,” said Suhas LY, district magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar. Officials said ...
Global Parents Day: Old ways of parenting won’t work, need new approach, says Sisodia
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Global Parents Day: Old ways of parenting won’t work, need new approach, says Sisodia

To mark Global Parents Day, the Delhi government Tuesday organised a webinar with parents and experts to discuss “approaches for emotional well-being of children” during the pandemic, with experts stressing on the need to listen to them. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, along with mental health experts Amit Sen and Shelja Sen, participated in the webinar with parents and principals. “Adopting new parenting approaches is significant to improving the emotional well-being of our children, especially during the Covid crisis. A new normal has emerged and our old ways of parenting will not work. Our children, who would have many social interactions, are now at home. They are unable to go to school or meet their friends. The world outside is a place for our children to fulfil...
ICC contemplates moving 2021 T20 World Cup from India to UAE | Cricket News – Times of India
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ICC contemplates moving 2021 T20 World Cup from India to UAE | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: This year's men's T20 World Cup could be moved from India to the United Arab Emirates the International Cricket Council said Tuesday. The move appears to have been prompted by the rising number of Covid-19 cases in India, although this was not mentioned directly in a statement issued by the global governing body. "The ICC board has requested management focus its planning efforts for the ICC men's T20 World Cup 2021 on the event being staged in the UAE with the possibility of including another venue in the Middle East," the statement said. The ICC added that a final decision on the host country for the October-November event would be taken later this month. The statement came just two days after Indian cricket chiefs announced that the lucrative Indian Premier League T20 franchis...
US senators urge sanctions after Belarus opposition talks – Times of India
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US senators urge sanctions after Belarus opposition talks – Times of India

VILNIUS: A delegation of US senators called for harsher economic sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's regime on Tuesday after meeting exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. Senator Rob Portman said the sanctions currently in place "clearly have not been effective enough". "I will support broader sanctions that would be sectoral sanctions, not just on individuals, but on places where Lukashenko's regime will feel the pain," he said. The US said last week it was working with the EU on fresh sanctions after Belarus diverted a flight bound for Lithuania, forced it to land in Minsk and then seized a dissident journalist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega on board. Senator Chris Murphy said the plane incident was ...
Four days after it strayed into Nagpur city, leopard still at large
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Four days after it strayed into Nagpur city, leopard still at large

The leopard that had strayed into Nagpur’s IT park four days ago is still believed to be holed up in the city, with authorities failing to trace its location. The leopard was first seen on Friday by two residents Of Gayatri Nagar locality. It had then jumped over the adjoining compound wall of National Power Training Institute (NPT) from the house of one of the two residents. The Forest department had launched a search for the feline but failed to find it. It had also put up trap cameras inside the NPTI campus but no picture of the animal was captured. The leopard’s presence was confirmed by footage from CCTV cameras of one of the IT companies. There was no trace of the leopard even on Sunday. On Monday, however, it was seen by a security guard near the Panjabrao Deshmukh K...
Terms of unlock: positivity below 5%, 70% of vulnerable groups vaccinated
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Terms of unlock: positivity below 5%, 70% of vulnerable groups vaccinated

Positivity rate of less than 5 per cent for a week, vaccination of 70 per cent of the vulnerable population, and community ownership of Covid-appropriate behaviour and care — the Centre on Tuesday laid down key un-lockdown criteria for districts to ward off a possible third wave. On Tuesday, Dr Balram Bhargava, ICMR Director General and a member of India’s Covid-19 task force, underlined that while “gradual lifting [of restrictions] will not witness a massive surge”, districts have to “ensure that vaccination has to be prioritised…” “In terms of preventing the third wave, it is very simple that districts with less than 5 per cent positivity should open up a little bit… they should open very gradually. They should ensure that the vulnerable population should achieve at least...
Ancelotti returns to Real Madrid for second spell as coach | Football News – Times of India
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Ancelotti returns to Real Madrid for second spell as coach | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Carlo Ancelotti has returned to Real Madrid for a second spell as coach, re-joining the club from Everton, both teams announced on Tuesday. The Italian, who was previously in charge of Real between 2013 and 2015, has agreed a three-year deal at the Bernabeu. He replaces Zinedine Zidane, who left Real last month. 👋 #WelcomeBackAncelotti👉 @MrAncelotti https://t.co/yY5NKF5tsd— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) 1622566866000Ancelotti had been in charge at Goodison Park since December 2019, leading Everton to a 10th-placed finish in the Premier League last season. The Italian, who has one of the most-decorated CVs in world football, won the Champions League with Real in 2014, helping the Spaniards to their fabled 'Decima' (10th) European crown, before being sacked 12 months later...
Kerala: 2nd Covid-19 surge sees rise in cases among tribals
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Kerala: 2nd Covid-19 surge sees rise in cases among tribals

While 7.67 per cent of the general population has tested positive for Covid, only 3.59 per cent of the total tribal population in Kerala has contracted the disease so far, according to data. But the major chunk of these infections among tribal communities has been reported within the last two months, according to data. By the end of January, around 3,000 tribals had contracted the infection, but this figure reached 17,401 as per data on May 31. Of the 8,815 Covid-related deaths in Kerala, 146 were of tribals — the toll stood at 35 at the end of January. The population of tribal communities in the state is pegged at 4.84 lakh as per the last Census. According to officials in Kerala’s tribal department, restrictions on entry to tribal hamlets, low prevalence of lifestyle dise...
Praise for Yogi, clarification on talks on Day 2 of meetings by BJP leaders in UP
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Praise for Yogi, clarification on talks on Day 2 of meetings by BJP leaders in UP

PART OF one-on-one meetings held by BJP national general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh with ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government for two days, party leader in-charge Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday called the Covid management in the state as “unparalleled”. He also told reporters that the purpose of their meetings was to “review social work done by our party leaders” and to plan for the possibility of a third wave. Asked about the meetings, several party leaders insisted there was no talk regarding any specific person, but rather about strengthening the organisation. Since Adityanath became CM in 2017, it was the first time such meetings were held by a senior BJP leader with ministers and leaders in Lucknow. There have been murmurs in the BJP about the handling ...
For 15-min ‘delay’ at PM’s meet, Centre throws rulebook at Bengal Chief Secy
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For 15-min ‘delay’ at PM’s meet, Centre throws rulebook at Bengal Chief Secy

Deepening the row between the Centre and West Bengal, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued a show-cause notice to Alapan Bandyopadhyay, who retired as the state Chief Secretary Monday, for reporting 15 minutes late to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cyclone review meeting on May 28. Bandyopadhyay was with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when she decided to skip the Cyclone Yaas meeting in Kalaikunda. Sources said the notice was issued late Monday under the Disaster Management Act and, if converted to a statutory case, could result in imprisonment extending up to two years. A reply has been sought from Bandyopadhyay within three days. Late Monday night, the Department of Personnel and Training too served notice on Bandyopadhyay for failing to report to Delhi — the Cen...
DU says admission will be based on ‘merit’, entrance exam is not an option yet
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DU says admission will be based on ‘merit’, entrance exam is not an option yet

With the Centre on Tuesday announcing the cancellation of the Class 12 CBSE Board examinations and at least some state governments expected to follow suit, the focus now shifts to undergraduate admissions, with the big question being: how will universities, which have traditionally based their admissions on Class 12 exam results, take in students this year? While announcing the cancellation, the Union Government said the Class 12 results would be compiled as per “a well-defined objective criteria”. Delhi University (DU), one of the largest universities in the country, said it would follow this “merit” criterion for admission. DU Acting Vice-Chancellor P C Joshi said, “This decision has been taken in view of the unprecedented Covid situation. We are with the Government of In...
Pfizer, Cipla demands pending, DCGI relaxes norms for clearing vaccines
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Pfizer, Cipla demands pending, DCGI relaxes norms for clearing vaccines

India’s apex drug regulator Tuesday waived the requirement for foreign companies to conduct post-launch bridging trials and test the quality and stability of their Covid-19 vaccines here if they have approvals from specific countries or health bodies. The move, which would make it easier for companies to bring their vaccines to India, follows similar demands raised by, among others, Pfizer and Cipla during negotiations to supply imported vaccines to the country. The requirement of conducting post-approval bridging clinical trials “can be exempted” for Covid-19 vaccines with restricted use permissions from regulators like the USFDA, EMA (European Medicines Agency), the UK’s MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency), Japan’s PMDA (Pharmaceutical and Medical D...
15 days after Cyclone Tauktae passed, people of Amreli’s lion country stumble through life without power
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15 days after Cyclone Tauktae passed, people of Amreli’s lion country stumble through life without power

Pavan Khuman, a farmer of Mota Agariya village in Rajula taluka, has sent his sons Rajvir, 17 and Vijay, 14, to his niece’s home in Dhari. Since Cyclone Tauktae reduced their home to rubble and snapped the power lines, the family has been spending nights outdoors, in the dark, in fear of lions on the prowl nearby. Amreli is one of the four Gujarat districts across which Gir, the home of the Asiatic lion, spans. The darkness has emboldened the lions and leopards, says Khuman. “Lions roar outside the damaged wall of my house. My family, my five cows, my bullocks, we live in terror.” A fortnight after the cyclone struck on May 17, 191 of 619 villages of Amreli district are still without power, as per a release by Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL), the state-owned com...
French Open: Rafael Nadal eases past Alexei Popyrin in opener | Tennis News – Times of India
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French Open: Rafael Nadal eases past Alexei Popyrin in opener | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Rafael Nadal fought back from 2-5 down in the third set to ensure he started his bid for a 14th French Open title with a comfortable victory over Alexei Popyrin on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Nadal, seeded third, raced through the first two sets before eventually clinching a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) win over his Australian opponent. "It was a very difficult match with a very good player like Alexei. For me it's always unique and special to play here," he said. The Spaniard could usurp Roger Federer at the top of the all-time men's list with a 21st Grand Slam singles title in Paris. He started in ominous fashion for his rivals and has still not lost a set at Roland Garros since beating Dominic Thiem in four sets in the 2019 final. Nadal will take on Frenchman Richard Gasquet, against whom...
Board exams: Some states take cue from PM, others to take call today
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Board exams: Some states take cue from PM, others to take call today

By: Express News Service | Chennai, Dehradun, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai | Updated: June 2, 2021 7:05:04 am In the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement cancelling Class XII exams, some states Tuesday said they would reconsider conducting their respective state Board exams. Others said they would take a final call soon. UTTAR PRADESH Uttar Pradesh Tuesday said that it will reconsider its decision to hold the Class XII Board examinations. Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said a decision will be taken after a meeting under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. On May 29, the state had announced the cancellation of the Class X exams and had said the Class XII examinations would likely be held in the second week of July ...
Himanta Biswa Sarma – BJP’s face in NE, its new CM in Assam – at Express Adda today
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Himanta Biswa Sarma – BJP’s face in NE, its new CM in Assam – at Express Adda today

Newly sworn in as Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma is the BJP’s most influential leader in India’s Northeast. He is the man credited with helping the party establish itself in a region where it had no presence till not so long ago. Holding important portfolios in the last state government, including Finance, Health and Education, Sarma’s claim to the top post in the state was accepted by the BJP ahead of incumbent CM Sarbananda Sonowal, after a large majority of the BJP MLAs sided with him. On Wednesday evening, Sarma will be guest at The Indian Express e-Adda. The session will be moderated by National Opinion Editor, The Indian Express, Vandita Mishra. As Health Minister, Sarma, 52, handled the first Covid surge and has announced that battling the coronavirus w...