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West Bengal: Ten injured as groups clash in Hooghly
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West Bengal: Ten injured as groups clash in Hooghly

Ten people, including a few policemen, were injured in a clash over pricing of illegal liquor at Chandannagar in Hooghly district late on Wednesday night. At least six people were arrested. The incident took place in Urdibazar area where CrPC section 144 has been imposed in wards 5, 6, 7, 11 and 12. Markets in the area were shut. The fight began between the owner of the illegal shop and a group of people over pricing. Soon a member of the group started throwing bottles on the floor and the matter escalated. The two groups pelted each other wit stones. In another incident, tension prevailed at Tiljala in Kolkata on Thursday after two groups clashed with each other. A huge police contingent was deployed in the area. This made Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to question the law-and...
West Bengal: 1 held in Malda gangrape, cops look for 4 more
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West Bengal: 1 held in Malda gangrape, cops look for 4 more

One person was arrested while a search was on for four others in connection with the gangrape of a tribal girl and molestation of her younger sister in Malda district. The incident took place on Tuesday night when a young tribal woman was allegedly abducted and gang-raped while her minor sister was held hostage and molested by five persons. On Wednesday, their mother fell sick and died on the way to a hospital. The police, on Wednesday night, arrested a person named Shailen Soren in connection with the incident. Speaking to reporters on the incident, Malda SP Alok Rajoria said, “We have got the names of the five accused. Prime accused Shailen Soren was arrested on a complaint lodged by the victim. Search is on for the other four persons. A case under Section 376 D (gangrape...
Narada Sting Case: If arrests are illegal, should ‘mobocracy’ be justified, asks Calcutta HC
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Narada Sting Case: If arrests are illegal, should ‘mobocracy’ be justified, asks Calcutta HC

If the arrests are assumed to be illegal, does anyone have the right to indulge in ‘mobocracy’, the five-judge Bench of the Calcutta High Court — which is hearing a CBI plea seeking transfer of the Narada sting case from the trial court to the High Court — asked the lawyer of the accused during the hearing on Thursday. To that question, senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for one of the four arrested leaders, told the bench that the Special CBI Judge, who granted interim bail to the accused on May 17, decided the matter “without fear” of the alleged “mobocracy”. Presenting his argument before the five-judge Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justices IP Mukherjee, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Arijit Banerjee on Thursday, Luthra pointed out that...
West Bengal: Officials told to follow Centre’s vaccination rules for students going abroad
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West Bengal: Officials told to follow Centre’s vaccination rules for students going abroad

The West Bengal government on Thursday directed officials to follow vaccination guidelines issued by the Central government with regards to students going abroad for study and sportspersons participating in the Tokyo Summer Olympics. The Central government had on June 7 decided to reduce the second Covishield dose gap for students, sportspersons and professionals travelling abroad to four weeks from eight weeks. The state issued a notification a day after the Association of Health Service Doctors wrote to the principal secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department to implement the Central government’s standard operating procedure (SoP). “You are well aware of the fact that in spite of the fact that Bengal has ample number of such prescribed beneficiaries, the Govt o...
2nd Test: Burns, Lawrence keep England afloat against New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India
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2nd Test: Burns, Lawrence keep England afloat against New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM (England): England batsmen Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence scored battling half-centuries as the hosts recovered from a mid-innings wobble to reach 258-7 against New Zealand on the opening day of the second and final Test on Thursday. Burns fought hard even as wickets fell around him and looked set to reach his fourth Test century in front of a boisterous Edgbaston crowd of around 17,000 fans before falling for 81, caught by stand-in skipper Tom Latham off Trent Boult. Boult (2-60) removed James Bracey with the first ball of his next over to leave England in trouble at 175-6 after they had won the toss and made a solid start with the bat. Lawrence (67 not out) steadied the ship, however, with his third Test half-century and Mark Wood (16 not out) gave him solid support before the...
French Open: Let battle commence, says Djokovic ahead of Nadal showdown | Tennis News – Times of India
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French Open: Let battle commence, says Djokovic ahead of Nadal showdown | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will add another chapter to their rivalry when they face off in a much-anticipated clash on Friday but there will be more at stake than just a spot in the French Open final. A semi-final battle between world number one Djokovic and 13-time Roland Garros winner Nadal was the expected outcome once they were placed on the same side of the draw after the Spaniard slipped down the rankings to third behind Russian Daniil Medvedev. It would be a 58th career meeting between the pair with Nadal looking to draw level with Djokovic on 29 wins while the victor would also book a 29th Grand Slam final appearance, behind only Roger Federer on 31. The 35-year-old Spaniard, a year older than Djokovic, is, however, the more dominant of the two on clay and has gone on ...
Cabinet Meeting: Farmer income support doubled to Rs 10,000
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Cabinet Meeting: Farmer income support doubled to Rs 10,000

The West Bengal Cabinet on Thursday decided to hike the annual allocation to each farmer under the ‘Krishak Bondhu’ scheme from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. At the launch of the scheme, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said farmers will get Rs 5,000 per annum. However, she later announced that the allocation for every farmer under the income support scheme would be doubled. The decision comes close on the heels of the Centre announcing a hike in MSP (minimum support price) for Kharif crops. Apart from giving the green light to the CM’s proposal to increase the outlay to the farmers, the Cabinet also decided that those with less than one acre of land will get Rs 4,000 per annum, up from Rs 2,000 earlier. The Central government already has a similar income support scheme for farm...
Joe Biden: ‘Jabs in arms till Covid’s defeated’; Joe Biden says US to buy 500 million vaccine doses for poor nations | World News – Times of India
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Joe Biden: ‘Jabs in arms till Covid’s defeated’; Joe Biden says US to buy 500 million vaccine doses for poor nations | World News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: US President Joe Biden said that America knows first-hand the tragedy inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic and stressed on the importance of vaccination, which he is said is the key to reopening. His remarks came after his talks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Biden is on his first foreign tour since assuming the Oval Office. Here are the key points of his address:* Our values call on us to do everything we can to vaccinate the world against Covid. * America will be the arsenal of vaccines. * US will purchase half a billion Pfizer vaccine doses for lower income countries. * The United States is providing these half billion doses, with no strings attached. No strings attached. Our vaccine donations don't include pressure for favours, or potential concessions. We're doing t...
Neeraj Chopra throws 83.18m to clinch gold in Lisbon | More sports News – Times of India
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Neeraj Chopra throws 83.18m to clinch gold in Lisbon | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Olympic-bound star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra came up with a best effort of 83.18m to win an event in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday in his first international competition after more than a year. After beginning with 80.71m, Chopra sent the spear to 83.18m in his sixth and final throw to win the javelin event at the Meeting Cidade de Lisboa (Meeting, City of Lisbon). His second, third and fifth throws were fouls while he recorded 78.50m in his fourth effort under windy conditions at the Lisbon University stadium. The second place finisher Francisco Fernandes, a local athlete, was second with a best throw of 57.25m in a six-man competition. The 23-year-old Indian, who has not taken part in any international event after qualifying for Tokyo Olympics in January last year...
Revamp state unit; suitably accommodate Sidhu: Congress panel on Punjab infighting submits report to Sonia Gandhi | India News – Times of India
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Revamp state unit; suitably accommodate Sidhu: Congress panel on Punjab infighting submits report to Sonia Gandhi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A three-member AICC panel set up to end factionalism in the Punjab Congress submitted its report to party chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday, suggesting a revamp of the state unit to accommodate all sections. The panel chaired by leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and comprising AICC general secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat and former MP JP Aggarwal has suggested that all castes, regions and religions be accommodated in the revamped party unit. Rawat said the report has been submitted to the Congress president, who would take a final call on the suggestions made. He did not divulge further details. Though no major changes have been recommended at the top level in Punjab, sources said the panel has said that Navjot Singh Sidhu be "suitably acc...
NHAI debars 2 contractors after lapses
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NHAI debars 2 contractors after lapses

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has debarred two of its major contractors after lapses were found in the quality of construction in existing and ongoing projects. On Thursday, it declared Gayatri Projects a “non-performer” after it found defects in the ongoing construction of the four-laning of Sultanpur to Varanasi in UP. On Wednesday, it debarred Lion Engineering Consultants in association with Synergy Engineering Group for six months as they failed to perform their duties while delivering services for the project as well as executing provisions made in the contract agreement for the four-laning of Barhi-Hazaribagh section in Jharkhand. In both cases, the replies to the NHAI’s show-cause notice, served earlier, were found to be unsatisfactory. NHAI offi...
Shikhar Dhawan to lead India on Sri Lanka tour, six uncapped players named in 20-man squad | Cricket News – Times of India
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Shikhar Dhawan to lead India on Sri Lanka tour, six uncapped players named in 20-man squad | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Opener Shikhar Dhawan was on Thursday named as captain of the Indian team that will travel to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs tour next month as the BCCI announced a 20-man squad, packed with youngsters, including six uncapped players. With the country's top cricketers already in England for the World Test Championship final and the subsequent England series, the selection of a number of youngsters in the squad is on expected lines. Many of them impressed in the suspended IPL and have been rewarded with their maiden India call-up. They included Devdutt Padikkal, pacer Chetan Sakaria, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Varun Chakravarthy. Prithvi Shaw and Manish Pandey have made a comeback but Shreyas Iyer missing out on selection means he has not yet recovered...
Maharashtra Cabinet nod to proposed amendments for protection of ‘heritage’ trees
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Maharashtra Cabinet nod to proposed amendments for protection of ‘heritage’ trees

An amendment to the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975 to bring in the concept of “heritage trees” was approved in a meeting of the Maharashtra Cabinet on Thursday. It is expected to come into force by way of ordinance. The Cabinet also green-lighted the formation of the Maharashtra Tree Authority, which will take all decisions regarding protection of trees. It will have responsibility related to protection and conservation of trees, including “heritage trees”. Last October, the implementation of the Act was transferred from the state urban development department to the environment and climate change department headed by Aaditya Thackeray. In 2019, the Shiv Sena scion had backed the campaign against tree felling at Aarey in Mumbai to ma...
Kolkata encounter: Punjab gangster had rented flat in name of 3rd person says police
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Kolkata encounter: Punjab gangster had rented flat in name of 3rd person says police

A day after 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, police said that the apartment in which they were living since May 22 were rented on the name of a third person. Sources in the police said that the flat was rented in the name of one Sumit Kumar through a broker, and all the documents submitted at the maintenance office of Sharpoorji Housing Complex was in Kumar’s name. The owner of the flat stays in Kolkata. While police are now looking for Sumit Kumar, they are not sure if he actually exists as there are high chances that it could be a fake identity used by the gangster to rent the flat. The documents submitted to the housing complex of...
Gender divide closes further: As many women as men for BCom
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Gender divide closes further: As many women as men for BCom

Two years after the gender gap closed in undergraduate science, for the first time, there are as many women as there are men enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) programme, according to the latest findings of the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE). Until five years ago, there were 90 female students enrolled in B.Com for every 100 men. However, in 2019-20 there were 100 women for every 100 male students in this programme. In absolute numbers, in 2019-20, 41.6 lakh were enrolled in B.Com, of which 20.3 lakh were women and 21.3 lakh were men. This is the third major programme in the last five years where the gender gap in enrolment has closed after it happened in B.Sc and MBBS programmes in 2017-18. In fact, since then, women have started dominating enrolmen...
Numbers beyond Delhi govt estimate, many return empty from ration lines
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Numbers beyond Delhi govt estimate, many return empty from ration lines

Outside Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya No. 2 in Delhi’s post East of Kailash, among those waiting in a line on Thursday is Pooja, a student of the school. The 16-year-old has been here for one-and-a-half hours, having arrived at 7.30 am with her pink school backpack — this time to carry home rations promised by the Delhi government. “Both my parents restarted work just a few days ago, so I am here. I came yesterday also but the rations finished after 15 people had received them. I reached early today, hoping to get a token. I called my class teacher too to ask if she knew when the supply would come, but she said she didn’t know,” Pooja said. Under the drive that started June 5, the Delhi government is giving 4 kg wheat and 1 kg rice to people not covered by the PDS as a one-time...
Key corporates’ workplace jabs take a chunk of city vaccination
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Key corporates’ workplace jabs take a chunk of city vaccination

A significant percentage of vaccinations carried out in some of India’s biggest cities are of employees of large corporates — mostly in the service sector but some from manufacturing as well — and their families, official data analysed by The Indian Express show. Between April 7, when the government allowed corporates to vaccinate at workplaces, and Wednesday, a total 69,170 shots had been administered at the campuses of software major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) at several cities across India. Bengaluru-based Centum Electronics had conducted 48,313 vaccinations, Infosys 28,493, consulting company Ernst & Young 26,406, and Maruti Suzuki 22,472. The service economy hubs of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Noida, and Chennai, had conducted approximately 20...
OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs OnePlus Nord: How the two most affordable OnePlus phones compare – Times of India
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OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs OnePlus Nord: How the two most affordable OnePlus phones compare – Times of India

OnePlus has launched a new ‘Core Edition’ of the OnePlus Nord named OnePlus Nord CE 5G. The new smartphone claims to offer a similar experience but spec-wise it can be considered as a stripped down version of the original OnePlus Nord that was launched last year. Both the smartphones are 5G-enabled, however, there is limited support for 5G bands in India. Also, OnePlus has included a headphone jack in the new CE edition. Other specs like display and battery are similar while the chipset is new and the camera has been bumped up from 48MP to 64MP. Here’s a spec-wise comparison between the two. Specifications OnePlus Nord OnePlus Nord CE 5G Display 6.43-inch (1080 × 2400 pixels) FHD+, 90Hz 6.44-inch (1080 × 2400 pixels) Full HD+, 90Hz Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G Qualcomm Snapdrago...
Why BMC vaccine centres were shut when pvt hospitals had doses in lakhs
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Why BMC vaccine centres were shut when pvt hospitals had doses in lakhs

A week ago, on June 3, when vaccination centres run by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the state government had to remain shut due to vaccine shortage, lakhs of doses were still available with private hospitals not far away from the BMC headquarters. Under the earlier vaccine policy when states and private players were allowed to buy 25 per cent each of the vaccine output directly from manufacturers, Maharashtra had procured 25.10 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses in May. Private hospitals, on the other hand, purchased 32.38 lakh doses, the highest in any state. The gap was wider in Mumbai where private hospitals procured 22.37 lakh doses, four times more than the 5.23 lakh doses the civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation was allocated by the state government. In Ap...