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West Bengal: 7,682 new Covid cases, 118 more deaths
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West Bengal: 7,682 new Covid cases, 118 more deaths

A total of 7,682 persons tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday and the state witnessed 118 more deaths in the past 24 hours. The total death toll in the state stands at 16,152. In the past 24 hours, the number of active patients in Bengal decreased to 44,441. A total of 16,146 patients were discharged from hospital as they were cured of the infection. The total number of discharged persons increased to 13,58,537. The discharge rate became 95.73 per cent. In the past 24 hours, In North 24 Parganas, 1,664 persons tested positive and in Kolkata, this number was 796. In Howrah, South 24 Parganas and Hoogly new cases recorded stood at 463, 484 and 47 respectively. Purba Midnapore and Nadia also recorded 484 and 458 positive cases. In North Bengal highest cases recorded in Jal...
Feeling a bit sad and let down: Ex-TMC leader now with BJP
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Feeling a bit sad and let down: Ex-TMC leader now with BJP

After former MLAs such as Sonali Guha and Dipendu Biswas expressed their wish to return to Trinamool Congress, another leader who quit TMC for the BJP —Prabir Ghosal, former MLA of Uttarpara in Hooghly—has expressed his apparent “unhappiness” with the his current party. Ghoshal told mediapersons on Saturday, “Recently, my mother passed away. MP Kalyan Bandopadhyay and MLA Kanchan Mullick called me. [Chief Minister] Mamata Banerjee too sent a condolence message. Only local BJP leaders shared their condolences. I am feeling a bit sad and let down.” “I am in a grieving condition and away from politics,” Ghosal added. After the Bengal polls, a number of turncoats who joined the BJP beforehand have made public their wish to return to the TMC. While some turncoats admitted their ...
Fugitive economic offenders exploit gaps, weaknesses in international cooperation: Jitendra Singh | India News – Times of India
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Fugitive economic offenders exploit gaps, weaknesses in international cooperation: Jitendra Singh | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Asserting that the world is presently combating the serious emerging challenges of fugitive economic offenders, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has called for a strong and aligned international cooperation on deportation of such people. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) special session on Friday night, he said that as the accused take shelter in foreign countries and conceal the proceeds of crime in complex legal structures over different countries and jurisdictions, the gaps and weaknesses of international cooperation in this area are fully exploited by them to their advantage. His assertion assumes significance as India is making continuous efforts to bring back fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi to face law in the country. Both ha...
Auto driver acquitted of raping 43-yr-old woman in Surat
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Auto driver acquitted of raping 43-yr-old woman in Surat

Surat fast track special court on Friday acquitted a 43-year-old auto driver of charges of raping a 50-year-old woman. According to the prosecution, the woman was allegedly raped by the accused twice in 2016 in Surat. In her police complaint filed on April 2, 2017, the 50-year-old woman had said that she had lent Rs 2 lakh to the accused, who was living in the same village, to buy an auto rickshaw. Later, the man, on the pretext of returning money, took her to a cricket ground in the village, and allegedly raped and assaulted her, the complainant had alleged adding that he threatened to kill her if she disclosed about the matter to anyone. The woman further said that he raped her again a month later, after taking her to another village in his auto rickshaw. Police had reg...
In black fungus wards in Rajasthan, many end up losing vision amid injection shortage, rising patient numbers
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In black fungus wards in Rajasthan, many end up losing vision amid injection shortage, rising patient numbers

Fifty-nine-year-old Hasina Bano lost vision in both her eyes within just a month. Her hands latch on to her two sons, Mohammed Sajid and Oman Ansari, as they help her into a wheelchair inside the ward designated for mucormycosis patients at the government MBS hospital in Kota district. “Black fungus ho gaya tha inhe (She was diagnosed with black fungus). My mother had tested positive for Covid-19 at the end of April. She gradually tested negative but complained of pain in the face… Eventually, she lost vision in both her eyes,” says Ansari, who is still in disbelief over how fast the illness escalated. “… Till now, in over 12 days, she could be administered only four injections of Amphotericin B due to shortage,” says Sajid. Last month, Rajasthan declared mucormycosis an ep...
Varun Dhawan condemns violence against doctors and medical workers; says, “don’t harass doctors, you can’t do that” – Times of India
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Varun Dhawan condemns violence against doctors and medical workers; says, “don’t harass doctors, you can’t do that” – Times of India

Reports on patients' relatives attacking the doctors have been coming from across the country and Varun Dhawan has condemned the act in his recent Instagram live session. He took to Instagram to interact with a young doctor where they talked about the ongoing violence against the medical workers and a solution to this situation. During the conversation, the actor also talked about his 'Maasi' who was in a hospital in Chicago last year for a month. He added that she passed away 40 days after that. The actor also said that it is sad that they have to talk about violence towards doctors and make people aware that it is not right. He added that doctors have been like God to everyone, especially in the current situation. He went on to say that the masses should understand that it's not the...
8th month in row GST mop-up tops Rs 1 lakh cr; lockdown impact muted
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8th month in row GST mop-up tops Rs 1 lakh cr; lockdown impact muted

Indicating a lower-than-expected impact of localised lockdowns in the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, gross GST (Goods and Services Tax) collections in May (for sales in April) topped Rs 1 lakh crore for the eighth month in a row. At Rs 1.02 lakh crore, it is lower than April’s record collections of Rs 1,41,314 crore, but still high despite most states imposing strict restrictions to break the chain of transmission of the infection. “Collections above Rs 1 lakh crore pertaining to the transactions in the month of April indicate that the economic impact of the lockdowns has been much lower than expected. A close watch is required on the next month’s collections to determine the extent of the impact on GST collections FY22,” said M S Mani, Senior Director, Deloitte Indi...
8th month in row GST mop-up tops Rs 1 lakh cr; lockdown impact muted
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8th month in row GST mop-up tops Rs 1 lakh cr; lockdown impact muted

INDICATING a lower-than-expected impact of localised lockdowns in the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, gross GST (Goods and Services Tax) collections in May (for sales in April) topped Rs 1 lakh crore for the eighth month in a row. At Rs 1.02 lakh crore, it is lower than April’s record collections of Rs 1,41,314 crore, but still high despite most states imposing strict restrictions to break the chain of transmission of the infection. “Collections above Rs 1 lakh crore pertaining to the transactions in the month of April indicate that the economic impact of the lockdowns has been much lower than expected. A close watch is required on the next month’s collections to determine the extent of the impact on GST collections FY22,” said M S Mani, Senior Director, Deloitte Indi...
BJP calls for probe into ‘vaccine profiteering’
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BJP calls for probe into ‘vaccine profiteering’

The BJP on Saturday called for an investigation into alleged “profiteering” by the Congress government in Punjab, accusing it of selling Covid-19 vaccines to private hospitals at higher prices. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that communications within the Punjab government showed that it procured Covishield vaccines for Rs 412 per dose but sold it to private hospitals for Rs 1,000 and which in turn charged people Rs 1,560 for each dose. “Two private hospitals in Mohali charged people Rs 3,000 and Rs 3,200 per dose,” he said. Puri said, “The state government’s decision to withdraw the order (on vaccines) shows that there was something fishy,” referring to the Punjab government’s decision to withdraw its earlier order providing one-time, limited vaccine doses to priva...
Cases 414, deaths 60, Delhi opens up: Malls, markets, Metro to start Monday
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Cases 414, deaths 60, Delhi opens up: Malls, markets, Metro to start Monday

Starting Monday, the national capital will come out of the stringent lockdown that has been in place for over a month, with markets, shopping malls, private offices and the Delhi Metro starting. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the un-lockdown Saturday, as part of measures to “revive the economy”. Delhi has seen a significant drop in Covid cases and deaths, after a severe wave in April and May. Over the past 24 hours, the city saw 414 cases and 60 deaths, with the positivity rate at 0.53%. The highlight of Saturday’s announcement was the decision to allow markets and shopping malls to reopen from Monday on an odd-even system between 10 am and 8 pm daily, and the start of Delhi Metro at 50% capacity. This implies that 50% of shops in a market will open on a given day...
20% ethanol blending: Target 2025, 5 years early
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20% ethanol blending: Target 2025, 5 years early

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday advanced the country’s target of 20 per cent ethanol blending in petrol by five years to 2025, from 2030. “This goal (of 20 per cent ethanol blending) was earlier set at 2030. But seeing the kind of strides that the country has made in the past seven years, we have decided to reduce the timeline by five years,’’ Modi said at the launch of a pilot project for dispensing ethanol from three petrol stations in Pune. The Prime Minister also released a report of an inter-ministerial committee which lays out a comprehensive roadmap for the development of the ethanol sector. So far, ethanol was being produced in sugar growing states, but now it will be produced across the country with the setting up of foodgrain waste distilleries and agricultu...
Mamata picks Abhishek for gen secy, is effective No. 2 in Trinamool
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Mamata picks Abhishek for gen secy, is effective No. 2 in Trinamool

A month after the TMC stormed back to power for a third successive term in West Bengal, party MP Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was named its national general secretary, the de facto No. 2 in the party. The decision to appoint Abhishek Banerjee, MP from Diamond Harbour, to the key TMC post was taken Saturday at a virtual meeting of the working committee, chaired by Mamata Banerjee. It was attended by all party MLAs elected to the new Assembly. Also present was political strategist Prashant Kishor. Following the meeting, Partha Chatterjee, TMC secretary general, said: “The party has today endorsed the one-person-one-post policy.” In line with this policy, Abhishek Banerjee resigned as president of the party youth wing to become the national gene...
Nadal in French Open fourth round for 16th time with 103rd win | Tennis News – Times of India
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Nadal in French Open fourth round for 16th time with 103rd win | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the French Open fourth round for the 16th time on Saturday with his third win of 2021 over Britain's Cameron Norrie. Nadal, chasing a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting 21st Grand Slam, won 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and goes on to face Italian teenager Jannik Sinner for a place in the last eight. The third-seeded Spaniard, who now has a record in Paris of 103 wins against just two losses since his 2005 debut, defeated Sinner in the quarter-finals at last year's tournament. Source link
Can the most challenging Olympics still be the greatest show on Earth?
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Can the most challenging Olympics still be the greatest show on Earth?

Postponed last year, the Tokyo Olympics are set to begin next month under the shadow of Covid. The locals are wary, the athletes are anxious, the training sessions are truncated, and the restrictions are extensive. Can the most challenging Olympics still be the greatest show on Earth? Less than 50 days to go, The Indian Express counts down Rani Rampal is seen as a cerebral player, known to plot moves and strategies. She also loves her space. So, in early May, when the captain of the Tokyo Games-bound Indian women’s hockey team was forced into isolation after she tested positive for Covid-19, she got time to “think hockey”. The 27-year-old missed sweating it out on the turf to give her best on the Olympic stage, the dream outing for every hockey player. But while her teammat...
Chappell cites Joel Garner while telling Manjrekar that Ashwin is among the best right now | Cricket News – Times of India
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Chappell cites Joel Garner while telling Manjrekar that Ashwin is among the best right now | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australian great Ian Chappell has described senior India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as one of the best Test bowlers playing the game right now. But when former India player Sanjay Manjrekar expressed his "problems" with Ashwin being seen as an all-time great by citing his overseas record and the recent successes of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, Chappell recalled West Indies pace great Joel Garner's handsome contributions when bowling alongside some of the game's finest speed merchants. "When people start talking about him as being one of the all-time greats of the game then I have a few problems," Manjrekar said on the ESPNcricinfo programme 'Runorder'. "One basic problem I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA countries, Ashwin doesn't have a single five-wicket h...
Tollywood actresses who love outdoors
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Tollywood actresses who love outdoors

Samantha AkkineniThe first thing Samantha did after the lockdown last year was head to the Maldives with Chay so she can breathe free, soak in the nature, take bicycle rides and have fun by the beach. The actress shared numerous pictures, clearly showing off her love for the outdoors. Source link
Tamil Nadu cancels Class 12 board exams – Times of India
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Tamil Nadu cancels Class 12 board exams – Times of India

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin on Saturday night announced cancellation of Class XII state board exams in view of the Covid-19 second wave in the state. The state government held discussions with parents, teachers, educationists, health experts and political parties in the past three days on conducting the exams. "Though there were mixed opinion on conducting the board exams, all of them wanted to ensure the safety of the children. Covid-19 second wave is still raging in the state and health experts also predicted a third wave. However, the state government cannot vaccinate Class XII students as they are aged below 18 years," Stalin said in a statement. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view resultHe said the state government was still firm o...
TN Class 12 Exam news: Tamil Nadu cancels Class 12 board exams | India News – Times of India
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TN Class 12 Exam news: Tamil Nadu cancels Class 12 board exams | India News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin on Saturday night announced cancellation of Class XII state board exams in view of the Covid-19 second wave in the state. The state government held discussions with parents, teachers, educationists, health experts and political parties in the past three days on conducting the exams. "Though there were mixed opinion on conducting the board exams, all of them wanted to ensure the safety of the children. Covid-19 second wave is still raging in the state and health experts also predicted a third wave. However, the state government cannot vaccinate Class XII students as they are aged below 18 years," Stalin said in a statement. He said the state government was still firm on its policy of conducting Class XII admissions based on Class XII exam mar...
Mamata eyes 2024 poll role
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Mamata eyes 2024 poll role

A month after TMC’s victory in the Assembly polls, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is aiming to play a bigger role in the national politics and challenge the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha Election. To achieve this, the TMC chief has directed her lieutenants to corner the BJP-led Central government on various policy issues and Covid handling. According to leaders who were present at a TMC meeting Saturday, Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, who was appointed national general secretary will concentrate on national politics along with TMC MPs. A senior TMC leader said, “Didi clearly said in the meeting that the party should focus on the upcoming Lok Sabha election.” Source link
Study maps Vidarbha tiger corridors; movement far beyond guarded areas
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Study maps Vidarbha tiger corridors; movement far beyond guarded areas

In a first of its kind project, radio telemetry has been deployed to identify corridors used by tigers in the Vidarbha landscape, tracking their actual movement — indicating that the animals are moving in a much wider swathe of area outside the protected areas than previously known. Vidarbha has 331 tigers in a forest area of around 26,775 sq km, dissected by 84,202 km of roads, apart from irrigation canals and other projects. There have been growing instances of man-tiger conflict in the region. The project, carried out between 2017 and 2020 using radio signals, identified 37,067 sq km, in all, of tiger corridors, further categorised into five classes as per frequency of tiger use — namely very low (10,289 sq km), low (18,727 sq km), medium (5,689 sq km), high (1,418 sq km...