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Remo D’Souza says, ‘film industry dancers are eager to be vaccinated’ – Times of India
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Remo D’Souza says, ‘film industry dancers are eager to be vaccinated’ – Times of India

Just like many film industry professionals, dancers are struggling to earn a livelihood as well. With the upcoming unlock plans promising to get things back to normalcy, resumption of work for dancers will be slow considering the government has issued guidelines to avoid shooting of songs with a large number of dancers. But the dancers are eager to get vaccinated even before they are called back on set. There was buzz in the industry that a few members of the film industry and set workers were hesitant to get the jab. But, choreographer-director Remo D'Souza says, “There is no hesitancy amongst the dancers and all of them want to get vaccinated. They have been sitting at home for one and half years and are very keen to start work.” But even he's not sure when shoots of songs will resume...
Merciless Rafael Nadal marches into French Open quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India
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Merciless Rafael Nadal marches into French Open quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Rafael Nadal reached the French Open quarter-finals for the 15th time on Monday with a straight sets win over Italy's Jannik Sinner to stay on course for a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting 21st Grand Slam. Third seed Nadal downed 19-year-old Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 and goes on to face 10th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina who he defeated in the semi-finals last year. Nadal has now won 104 matches at Roland Garros against just two defeats since his 2005 debut while Monday's victory extended his run of consecutive sets won in Paris to 35. The 35-year-old Spanish world number three is seeded to face Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. World number one Djokovic defeated Sinner's compatriot Lorenzo Musetti who had to retire in the fifth set having stunned the Serb by takin...
Apple unveils iOS 15 with new features for Messages, FaceTime and more – Times of India
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Apple unveils iOS 15 with new features for Messages, FaceTime and more – Times of India

At its annual developer conference, Apple unveiled iOS 15 — the next big software update for iPhones — with a slew of new features. iOS 15 all be all about staying connected, finding focus, using intelligence and exploring the world, Apple said at the event. Here are some of the key features to coming to iPhone with iOS 15: New features for FaceTimeFaceTime on iPhone will get Spatial Audio support for a better audio experience. There will be a new Grid view for videos and Apple for the first time will allow Android and Windows users to join FaceTime calls from Web. A new feature called SharePlay has been added and can be used for sharing content during FaceTime calls. All-new notificationsApple is customising how notifications are delivered on iPhone. When users enable Do Not Disturb, t...
Maldives foreign minister elected as UN assembly president | India News – Times of India
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Maldives foreign minister elected as UN assembly president | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Maldives foreign minister, Abdulla Shahid, will be the new president of the UN General Assembly for the 76th session, winning the election handsomely with over three-fourths of the votes. After the votes were counted, 143 had voted in favour of Shahid, 48 against and zero abstentions. But behind the scenes, an intense diplomatic battle between India and China has played out over the past six months. The Maldives put forward their candidature for the president’s job back in December 2018, naming Abdulla Shahid, the foreign minister. At the time there was no other candidate. Maldives has never taken any of the big jobs in the UN earlier, so supporting them was the right thing to do. India threw its diplomatic weight behind Shahid, lobbying for him in world capitals. In November...
Tokyo Olympics: World Athletics approves 35 more Russians to compete as neutrals | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics: World Athletics approves 35 more Russians to compete as neutrals | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

World Athletics on Monday declared 35 Russian track and field athletes eligible to compete under a neutral flag ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, taking the total count to 62. Russia's athletics federation (RusAF) has been suspended since 2015 after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of mass doping among track and field athletes. The World Athletics Council in March approved the reinstatement of the authorised neutral athlete (ANA) scheme for clean Russian athletes after their drug-testing records have been vetted. World Athletics has said there is no limit on the number of Russians who may compete as authorised neutral athletes in international competitions this year, apart from the Olympic Games and other championships. The Council has decided that ...
Netherlands beat Ireland by 4 wickets to clinch ODI series | Cricket News – Times of India
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Netherlands beat Ireland by 4 wickets to clinch ODI series | Cricket News – Times of India

UTRECHT (Netherlands): The Netherlands eased to a four-wicket win against Ireland in the deciding game of their one-day international series on Monday. Ireland mustered only 163 and their Dutch hosts were able to knock off the required runs as they reached 166-6. The visitors slumped to 28-3 before 58 from Harry Tector and George Dockrell's 40 gave them hope. But Fredrick Klaassen and Logan van Beek took three wickets apiece and Ireland's last seven wickets tumbled for just 46. Netherlands openers Stephan Myburgh and Max O'Dowd put on 66 for the first wicket in the run chase, setting the stage for their team to win with four overs to spare. Having lost the opening game of the series, Ireland drew level with victory in the second match. But Ireland's second defeat was a significant blow ...
‘It hurts’: R Ashwin engages in a banter with Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘It hurts’: R Ashwin engages in a banter with Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar might feel that Ravichandran Ashwin is not quite there as an all-time great yet, but the spinner on Monday replied back to his criticism in the funniest manner possible. "All-time great' is the highest praise and acknowledgment given to a cricketer. Cricketers like Don Bradman, Sobers, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Virat, etc are all-time greats in my book. With due respect, Ashwin is not quite there as an all-time great yet. #AllTimeGreatExplained," tweeted Manjrekar on Sunday. ‘All- time great’ is the highest praise & acknowledgement given to a cricketer. Cricketers like Don Bradman, Sobers… https://t.co/FRPJtQUmEB— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 1622984499000On Monday, Ashwin shared a famous dialogue from Tamil movie 'Aparachith' and i...
‘Cure therapy’ ban to training for police: Madras HC reaches out to LGBTQ
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‘Cure therapy’ ban to training for police: Madras HC reaches out to LGBTQ

Underlining that sexual autonomy is an essential aspect of the right to privacy, the Madras High Court on Monday issued far-reaching guidelines aimed at mainstreaming LGBTIQA+ persons — from prohibiting attempts to “medically cure” persons belonging to the community to seeking changes in school and university curricula and recommending awareness programmes for judicial officers, police and prison officials. The order was issued by Justice N Anand Venkatesh on a plea filed by a lesbian couple whose relationship was being opposed by their parents. After they fled their homes in Madurai to live in Chennai, families of the petitioners had filed missing person complaints with the police, eventually leading to the registration of two FIRs and the couple being interrogated. The pe...
Maharashtra: Many in IPS get waivers on fines for overstaying, other officers rarely do
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Maharashtra: Many in IPS get waivers on fines for overstaying, other officers rarely do

In December 2019, an Assistant Police Inspector (API) who had been fined Rs 14 lakh for overstaying in police quarters, appealed to the Maharashtra government to waive the penal rent on compassionate grounds. He said he had overstayed for three years because his mother, 80, required spinal surgery, one of his sons was preparing for the chartered accountancy exam, the other for SSC. Documents show that the API’s appeal was rejected. In July 2019, then Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve had sought a waiver on his penal rent of Rs 9.08 lakh. He got a full waiver. Penal rent is fine levied on police officers who stay on in government quarters even after their tenure on the post has ended. An officer can appeal to the Maharashtra Home Department and the local Commissioner’s...
TMC to look beyond Bengal, will go to a state only to win: Abhishek Banerjee
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TMC to look beyond Bengal, will go to a state only to win: Abhishek Banerjee

Addressing his first press conference as Trinamool Congress general secretary, MP Abhishek Banerjee Monday said there would be renewed push to take the party across the country. With the BJP emerging as the TMC’s primary opponent in West Bengal, Abhishek said, “Our target is not to defeat the BJP. Our target is to save the country and protect our Constitution.” Countering the BJP’s attacks on him citing dynasty politics, Abhishek, who is Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, said, “You ran a campaign on ‘dynasty’. People gave you the answer. I want to tell the BJP, sometimes dynasty is better than being nasty.” Daring the BJP to bring in a law banning dynasty politics if it felt so strongly against it, the MP said, “If they pass such a Bill, I will ...
Over 3,000 orphaned, 26,000 lost a parent since April ’20: Panel
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Over 3,000 orphaned, 26,000 lost a parent since April ’20: Panel

Between April 1 last year and June 5 this year — a period that saw the country battling two waves of Covid-19 — 3,621 children were orphaned, 26,176 lost either parent and 274 were abandoned, the National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR) said in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court. The Commission, however, clarified that the deaths of parents, as reflected in its affidavit, were not just related to Covid-19 and could be due to other reasons too. Of the 30,071 children who the Commission said are in “need of care and protection”, 15,620 are boys, 14,447 girls and four are transgenders. The major chunk — 11,815 children — are in the 8-13 age group, followed by 5,107 children in the 4-7 age group. The figures were uploaded by states and Union Territories on the NCPCR’s ...
Facing opposition heat, SC’s scrutiny, a bid to turn tables, claim lost ground
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Facing opposition heat, SC’s scrutiny, a bid to turn tables, claim lost ground

BLINDSIDED by the second Covid wave that brought out in harsh relief how the Centre dropped the ball on Covid management — from detecting the variant to stockpiling vaccines — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation Monday was more than mere course-correction. By making vaccines free, taking over their procurement and extending food rations to November, Modi tried to turn the tables on the Opposition, deflect growing heat from the Supreme Court and give fresh action points to his beleaguered party. The political framing of his address was unmistakable. Timed with the falling Covid second wave and reducing public anxieties, Modi’s references to “decades of wait” for other vaccines in previous (read Congress) governments was a clear rallying message to his base. ...
Next up: Ensuring small hospitals get supply, e-vouchers for poor
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Next up: Ensuring small hospitals get supply, e-vouchers for poor

BESIDES THE shift in vaccine procurement, the revised Covid-19 vaccination guidelines, likely to be issued in the next two days, will include key policy changes that seek to reduce inequity in the private sector, top government sources told The Indian Express. According to these sources, while the current metric used by the Centre to supply doses on the basis of caseload, performance and wastage will remain, the states will have a say in formulating priority groups in the 18-44 years age group. Some key changes likely from June 21 are: * The Centre will step in to help channelise vaccine supplies to small private hospitals located in smaller towns and far-flung areas, and thus address the issue of geographical inequity. Sources said that in the first two phases, many small...
Red flags as PNB stake in housing finance subsidiary may dip below 26%
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Red flags as PNB stake in housing finance subsidiary may dip below 26%

QUESTIONS are likely to be raised at the shareholders’ meeting of Punjab National Bank Housing Finance (PNBHF) later this month over the possibility of Punjab National Bank (PNB) losing its dominant shareholder status in the company. And into the circumstances of last week’s Rs 4000-crore investment in PNBHF announced by a consortium of investors, led by US private equity giant The Carlyle Group and former HDFC Bank Ltd chief executive Aditya Puri. The capital infusion will make Carlyle the largest shareholder in PNB Housing. This despite the fact that both the government and PNBHF publicly committed to ensuring that PNB maintains a 26% stake. Shares of PNBHF have doubled over the last six days even as a report prepared by Stakeholders’ Empowerment Services, a leading “prox...
90 km from Srinagar, a village without network, a class on a hill
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90 km from Srinagar, a village without network, a class on a hill

Every working day, school teacher Manzoor Ahmad Chak walks 3 km from his village, then turns to climb up a hill for about a kilometre. That’s when his smartphone gets connected to the network so that he can upload the lesson plan for the day on the Learning Management System portal of Jammu & Kashmir’s Education Department. With him are students from government schools in the area, who settle down on a patch of grass nearby, waiting patiently for their classwork to download on their parents’ phones. The network is never good enough to attend online classes but they hope to at least see the chapters being read so that they can follow up at home. “My struggle to get an education is now the struggle of our children,” says Chak. The high school teacher and the students are ...
TMC to look beyond Bengal, will go to a state only to win: Abhishek
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TMC to look beyond Bengal, will go to a state only to win: Abhishek

ADDRESSING his first press conference as Trinamool Congress general secretary, MP Abhishek Banerjee Monday said there would be renewed push to take the party across the country. With the BJP emerging as the TMC’s primary opponent in West Bengal, Abhishek said, “Our target is not to defeat the BJP. Our target is to save the country and protect our Constitution.” Countering the BJP’s attacks on him citing dynasty politics, Abhishek, who is Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, said, “You ran a campaign on ‘dynasty’. People gave you the answer. I want to tell the BJP, sometimes dynasty is better than being nasty.” Daring the BJP to bring in a law banning dynasty politics if it felt so strongly against it, the MP said, “If they pass such a Bill, I will ...
IAF chopper makes hard landing in Ladakh, inquiry ordered
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IAF chopper makes hard landing in Ladakh, inquiry ordered

An Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper made a hard landing near Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) on Monday, which is the northern-most airstrip in eastern Ladakh. Sources mentioned that the Indian Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv made a hard landing near DBO. Three IAF personnel were in the helicopter when the incident took place on Monday morning. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered in the incident, sources added. DBO is just north of Depsang Plains, which is one of the friction points in the over year-long standoff between India and China. It is strategically significant for India, as is just a few kilometres short of the Karakoram Pass in the north. The Chinese military has a strong military presence, on its side, opposite the Depsang-DBO sector. In Depsang Plains, China is ...
West Bengal: BJP worker killed in blast, key suspect held
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West Bengal: BJP worker killed in blast, key suspect held

A BJP worker was killed in a bomb attack in Barrackpore’s Bhatpara area on Sunday, the police said on Monday. One person has been arrested in connection with the murder of trader Jay Prakash Yadav while another accused is in hospital for treatment. The Opposition party has blamed the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the attack, an allegation denied by the ruling party. Sources said Yadav was injured along with three others after some people on a bike threw bombs at him just a few metres from his house. The incident occurred when the BJP worker and his mother were talking to one of their neighbours. At least four bombs were reportedly hurled. Two directly hit Yadav, deliver fatal blows to his head. All four were taken to the Bhatpara State General Hospital but the BJP worker wa...
Arjun Kapoor’s sister Anshula is back home from the hospital – Times of India
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Arjun Kapoor’s sister Anshula is back home from the hospital – Times of India

Anshula was admitted yesterday to get her blood pressure and sugar levels checked. It was a routine check-up and she was discharged today after all her reports came in. The story goes that the hospital was literally surrounded by paparazzi as Dilip Kumar is recuperating in the same building (Hinduja Hospital, Khar). Janhvi was dressed in a baggy shirt, tie-dye track pants, holding on to a file of reports. ETimes now has it that Anshula is back home. She was discharged around 1 pm and was at her house a little before 2 pm. While the details of Anshula's problem are not known, its' being said that it wasn't anything serious and she just has to follow a few do's and don'ts in her diet. Boney Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Khushi Khushi Kapoor and the entire Kapoor parivaar is hea...
Realme X9, Realme X9 Pro may come powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 778, Snapdragon 870 SoC – Times of India
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Realme X9, Realme X9 Pro may come powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 778, Snapdragon 870 SoC – Times of India

BBK-owned smartphone brand Realme is soon set to launch a new smartphone series, called Realme X9, claim online reports. As per the reports, the company is set to launch two handsets in this series — Realme X9 and Realme X9 Pro. These are said to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 SoC and the Snapdragon 870 SoC, respectively. For prospective, the Realme X9 series will be the successor to the Realme X7 series. The Realme X7 series was launched in China first in September 2020 and then came to India in February 2021. Similarly, the Realme X9 series it's also first likely to be launched in the company's home country and then later on come to India. A recent report from China suggests that a Realme handset bearing a model number RMX3366 has been spotted on China's regulatory authority TE...