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MSP hike too little, too late: Farm leaders
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MSP hike too little, too late: Farm leaders

The hike in MSP announced by Centre on kharif season crops Wednesday is too little and too late, farmer union leaders said. The government raised the minimum support price of paddy marginally by Rs 72 per quintal to Rs 1,940 for the 2021-22 crop year, while the rates of pulses, oilseeds and cereals were hiked substantially. Among the commercial crops, the MSP of cotton was increased by Rs 211 per quintal to Rs 5,726 for the medium-staple variety and by Rs 200 per quintal to Rs 6,025 for the long-staple variety for the 2021-22 crop year (July-June). Paddy is the main kharif crop, the sowing of which has begun with the onset of the Southwest monsoon. While Prime Minister Narenda Modi tweeted that the hike MSP will boost farmers’ income and improve their living standards, fa...
Ready to hold talks but stand remains same, say farmer leaders | India News – Times of India
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Ready to hold talks but stand remains same, say farmer leaders | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Protesting farmer leaders on Wednesday reiterated that a complete repeal of three farm laws and legal guarantee on MSP are their main demands, after the government said it was ready to resume talks and asked them to point out their objections to the provisions of legislation. "Our main demands have always been the repeal of the three laws and a written guarantee on MSP. These are the main issues, and this why we are protesting, and we will keep protesting. We are prepared to continue till 2024. "Our stand remains the same. Repeal the three laws, give us a written guarantee on MSP, if the government is ready to talk on this, then we are ready. Now, it is up to the government to decide about the meeting," said farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra ...
Abhishek Banerjee visits families of lightning victims, flays BJP over compensation
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Abhishek Banerjee visits families of lightning victims, flays BJP over compensation

Trinamool MP and newly appointed national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Wednesday visited families who lost their loved ones to lightning deaths in the Behrampur and Raghunathganj areas of Murshidabad district. At least 32 people have died after being struck by lightning over the last two days. While 27 deaths were reported on Monday, at least five more lives were lost on Tuesday night. Raghunathganj alone accounted for six of the deaths. “No compensation can heal their pain. Any death is unfortunate and it is our responsibility to stand with their families. I met a woman who lost her husband to a lightning strike. She has two daughters, one just 2 years old and another 7. She wants a job and I will convey her request to the chief minister. At least 32 to 34 person...
Google kills its AR-based measurement-taking app Measure: Report – Times of India
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Google kills its AR-based measurement-taking app Measure: Report – Times of India

Internet search giant Google has reportedly killed its AR-based Measure app. According to a report by Android Police, the app is no longer listed for accounts that did not previously have it. Further, for those who downloaded it at least once before and therefore have it in their app library, the listing now states, ”This app is no longer supported and will not be updated. Users who previously installed this app can continue to use it on compatible devices." The report also adds that the current release is the "final version," implying that no more updates will be rolled out for the app. To recall, the Measure app was launched back in 2016 and made use of the phone’s camera on ARCore-supported devices to measure the dimensions of things. Google so far has not officially announced anythi...
Mamata Banerjee meets BKU leaders, Catcutta High Court to later decide on considering affidavits of CM, law minister
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Mamata Banerjee meets BKU leaders, Catcutta High Court to later decide on considering affidavits of CM, law minister

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday promised to rally Opposition-ruled states in support of farmers who have been protesting for months against the agricultural laws that the Centre pushed through Parliament last September, and said she aims to “remove the Narendra Modi government from power”. Banerjee made the comments after holding talks with Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leaders Rakesh Tikait and Yudhvir Singh in the state secretariat. Former Union Finance Minister and TMC vice-president Yashwant Sinha also attend the meeting. “We have already rejected these farm laws in our Assembly. I was on a hunger strike for 26 days during the ‘Singur movement’. In this movement, we have assured that farmer’s land cannot be taken forcefully. The kisan [farmers’] movement, the ...
Narada hearing: Calcutta HC to later decide on considering affidavits of CM, law minister
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Narada hearing: Calcutta HC to later decide on considering affidavits of CM, law minister

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday said it would later decide on considering the affidavits by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and state Law Minister Moloy Ghatak on their roles on May 17, the day four leaders, three of them from the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), were arrested by the CBI in the Narada case. Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta objected to the acceptance of the affidavits, claiming they were filed after he completed his arguments. Appearing for the chief minister, senior counsel Rakesh Dwivedi submitted that the affidavit concerns a person who does not have anything to do with the case. “Apologies for the inconvenience, but it is a question of justice. This affidavit was filed on behalf of an accused who does not have anything to do with the case. ...
Joe Biden, his advisor warn against Delta variant – A highly infectious strain of Covid-19 – Times of India
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Joe Biden, his advisor warn against Delta variant – A highly infectious strain of Covid-19 – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden and his chief advisor Dr Anthony Fauci have warned that the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus is highly infectious, which is now the dominant strain in the United Kingdom, spreading rapidly among young people between 12 and 20 years old. The Delta variant of Covid-19, or the B1.617.2 was first detected in India in October and has spread to 62 countries, the World Health Organisation said recently. "Folks, the Delta variant - a highly infectious Covid-19 strain - is spreading rapidly among young people between 12 and 20 years old in the UK. If you're young and haven't gotten your shot yet, it really is time. It's the best way to protect yourself and those you love," Biden tweeted on Tuesday. Dr Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy a...
Siddharth Roy Kapur and Manish Goswami intensify the COVID vaccination drive for film shoots to become safe – Exclusive! – Times of India
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Siddharth Roy Kapur and Manish Goswami intensify the COVID vaccination drive for film shoots to become safe – Exclusive! – Times of India

ETimes has it that the Film & TV Producers Guild led by Siddharth Roy Kapur (President) and Manish Goswami (Vice President) will hand over 5,000 Covishield vaccines to the FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees), whereby the FWICE can inoculate their members who can also get their spouse also to avail the dose. A source says, "This drive will be conducted next week. The other modalities are fast being worked out." Confirming this, Goswami said, "Yes, this is true. Siddharth, I and our team are leaving no stone unturned. Not just an FWICE member but even his/her spouse can utilise the vaccines we shall dispatch to them. If more members in a family get vaccinated, only then the dangerous link will be broken" Goswami added, "We need the full working force of the entertain...
‘Drive-by vaccination camp opens at Mandan, two more on the anvil’
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‘Drive-by vaccination camp opens at Mandan, two more on the anvil’

With an aim to boost vaccination coverage among those who are still undecided on visiting hospitals to receive the jab, AMRI Hospitals launched a drive-by vaccination camp at Leslie Claudius Sarani (East Bengal Club approach road) in association with Kolkata Police on Wednesday. City police commissioner Soumen Mitra flagged off the vaccination drive. Senior citizens living alone in the city, who registered for the jab through ‘Pronam’, an initiative by Kolkata Police, were administered vaccines along with functionaries of AMRI Hospitals. “Since the launch of the community vaccination programme, we have noticed that a lot of people don’t want to visit hospitals to take vaccine shots for fear that they might catch the infection. As we are not allowed to start door-to-door vac...
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, wife discharged from nursing home
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Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, wife discharged from nursing home

Former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was on Wednesday discharged from a nursing home in Kolkata where he was undergoing treatment for post-Covid ailments, doctors said. His wife Mira Bhattacharjee, also admitted at the same nursing home, was discharged as well, they said. The former chief minister’s condition is stable, a senior doctor of the nursing home said. “His antibody report is okay and other parameters are also fine. But he needs to follow the prescribed medicines at home,” the doctor said. Bhattacharjee, 77, is a patient of COPD and needs to be very careful, he said. “Our doctors will be in touch with the family and keep a tab on the health conditions of both Bhattacharjee and his wife,” he said. The former CM and his wife, diagnosed with Covi...
‘Not good enough’ James Anderson eyes another England record | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘Not good enough’ James Anderson eyes another England record | Cricket News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM (United Kingdom): James Anderson is on the verge of adding to his list of record-breaking achievements by becoming England's most-capped Test cricketer, yet when he made his debut in 2003 the Lancashire swing bowler thought he "wasn't good enough". Anderson will surpass the mark of 161 Tests he currently shares with retired former England captain Alastair Cook, a close friend, should he be included in the hosts' side for the second and deciding match against New Zealand at Edgbaston starting Thursday. His current tally of 616 Test wickets is the most by any England bowler, as well as being more than any other paceman in the history of the game. The 38-year-old's longevity is all the more remarkable given he is a seam bowler, a far more physically demanding task then that of b...
West Bengal submits primary report to central team, pegs cyclone damage at Rs 21K crore
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West Bengal submits primary report to central team, pegs cyclone damage at Rs 21K crore

The state government Wednesday handed in a primary report on the damage wrought by cyclone ‘Yaas’ to the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT), adding that it will send the final assessment report soon. The seven-member central team, which visited East Midnapore and South 24 Parganas districts over the last two days, went to some other affected places in the South 24-Parganas to assess the cyclone damage. Cyclone ‘Yaas’ made landfall in Odisha on May 26, leaving a trail of destruction in the coastal districts of West Bengal as well as the Sunderbans. The storm surge increased the water level on sea, leaving vast swathes of the coastal districts inundated. The central team also held a meeting with the top state officials at Nabanna on Wednesday. After handing over the prima...
West Bengal: 4,000 evacuated from Yaas-hit islands
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West Bengal: 4,000 evacuated from Yaas-hit islands

More than 4,000 residents of cyclone-hit Mousuni and Ghoramara islands in the South 24 Parganas district have been evacuated to safety following warning of new moon high tides on June 11 and June 26, a state minister said on Wednesday. Around 3,000 people from Mousuni Island and 1,100 inhabitants of Ghoramara have been shifted to different flood centres in the district, Sunderbans Development Minister Bankim Hazra said. “So far, we have evacuated over 4,000 people from these two islands but more people need to be moved on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s direction. Over 1,100 families live in Ghoramara and 3,200 in Mousuni,” he said. Banerjee had directed the district administration to evacuate residents of the two islands where embankments were ravaged by cyclone Yaas on M...
In MP, those not vaccinated get tagged with skull mark, a warning
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In MP, those not vaccinated get tagged with skull mark, a warning

A NEWLY launched Covid vaccination drive in Madhya Pradesh’s Niwari district has led to policemen conducting checks on roads and making those who have not been vaccinated wear posters with skull marks — and the message: “Mujhse dur rahein, maine abhi corona ka tika nahi lagwaya (Stay away from me, I haven’t got vaccinated for Covid).” Those who are handed these posters, under the drive in the district’s Prithvipur block, are asked to read the message out loud and take an oath that they would get vaccinated within two days. Those who have been vaccinated are given badges with colours of the national flag and the message: “Mein saccha deshbhakt hoon kyunki maine corona ka tika lagwaya hai (I am a true patriot because I have been vaccinated).” Asked about such measures being t...
Centre may renegotiate vaccine prices with  SII and Bharat Biotech
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Centre may renegotiate vaccine prices with SII and Bharat Biotech

AFTER CHANGING its vaccine procurement policy, the Centre is likely to engage in renegotiations on the prices of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute of India’s Covishield, The Indian Express has learnt. A senior government official said the revised procurement price per dose, which is currently Rs 150 for both vaccines, is “yet to be decided under the new system”. The Centre is finalising the contours of the pricing, the official said. The Finance Ministry, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr Vinod K Paul, Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech did not respond to queries on the issue. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre would buy 75 per cent of doses from vaccine makers, including 25 per cent of ...
Two Punjab gangsters killed in shootout near Kolkata
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Two Punjab gangsters killed in shootout near Kolkata

A gangster and his aide wanted for the murder of two Punjab policemen were gunned down in a shootout with the West Bengal Special Task Force (STF) in New Town, near Kolkata, on Wednesday afternoon. An STF official was injured in the encounter. Jaipal Singh Bhullar and Jaspreet Singh — wanted in several cases of murder and extortion as well as drug smuggling — had rented a flat in Sukhabristi Apartment in New Town, officials said. The STF said it had been working closely with the Punjab Police to track down the two. Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta said they had tipped off their Bengal counterparts earlier Wednesday about the presence of Bhullar and Singh in the flat. The Punjab Police had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh for information leading to the arrest of Jaipal ...
Dalit youth killed in Rajasthan after row over Ambedkar poster: Police
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Dalit youth killed in Rajasthan after row over Ambedkar poster: Police

A 21-year-old Dalit man in Rajasthan has succumbed to injuries sustained in an assault by a group of men belonging to an OBC community nearly two weeks after some of them allegedly tore posters of B R Ambedkar pasted outside his home, police and family members of the victim said. Vinod Bamnia, who was a member of Bhim Army, was assaulted on June 5 near his home in Kikraliya village of Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district, and died in a hospital in Sriganganagar two days later, police said. Police confirmed that at least two persons named by Bamnia’s family over the poster incident — Anil Sihag and Rakesh Sihag — have been named in the FIR registered on the June 5 assault and his death two days later. The two are among four who have been arrested, police said. The FIR states tha...
Day 1 of monsoon brings Mumbai to its knees, heavy spells likely for four days
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Day 1 of monsoon brings Mumbai to its knees, heavy spells likely for four days

MUMBAI WAS brought to a near standstill on the first day of this year’s monsoon season with heavy rain lashing most parts of the city Wednesday morning, leading to traffic snarls and severe waterlogging that left roads, subways, suburban rail tracks and entire neighbourhoods inundated. With the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) once again caught on the wrong foot, despite several assurances, officials decided to shut the key Andheri subway, which was among the first to get inundated, for four months across the entire season. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai recorded 222.2 mm rain in a span of 12 hours — 44 per cent of the monthly average rainfall in June (505 mm). It said the city will continue to receive extremely heavy rain spells — mo...
Report on corporate & individual donations: BJP got Rs 750 crore in 2019-20, over 5 times what Congress got
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Report on corporate & individual donations: BJP got Rs 750 crore in 2019-20, over 5 times what Congress got

FOR AT least the seventh year in a row, the BJP has topped the charts when it comes to receiving corporate and individual donations, latest data show. In 2019-20, the party received roughly Rs 750 crore in donations from companies and individuals, according to its contribution report submitted to the Election Commission (EC). This is at least five times more than what the Congress party received (Rs 139 crore). The NCP got Rs 59 crore, TMC Rs 8 crore, CPM Rs 19.6 crore, and the CPI Rs 1.9 crore in the same period. BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s Jupiter Capital, the ITC Group, real estate companies Macrotech Developers (earlier known as Lodha Developers) and B G Shirke Construction Technology, the Prudent Electoral Trust, and Jankalyan Electoral Trust were among the BJP’s bi...