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Day: June 13, 2021

Before the fall: Benjamin Netanyahu’s final days – Times of India
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Before the fall: Benjamin Netanyahu’s final days – Times of India

JERUSALEM: It was Sunday, May 30, and Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on television looking flushed, grasping for words and losing his temper. The Israeli premier's ex-protege, Naftali Bennett, had just announced he would join the "change" coalition aimed at felling Netanyahu after 12 straight years in power. In less than half an hour, the political strongman dubbed "King Bibi" by his Likud party supporters would see his kingdom start to crumble. The change was swift, said Ben Caspit, a political commentator who wrote the biography "The Netanyahu Years". "For decades, he's nurtured his image with a lot of class. He's really an Ivy League politician, with the language, with the manners, with the looks, with the professionalism, with being the magician of television, with all this charisma," ...
G7 nations back Covid-safe Olympics and Paralympics in Japan | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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G7 nations back Covid-safe Olympics and Paralympics in Japan | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

CARBIS BAY (United Kingdom): G7 leaders on Sunday backed Japan's staging of the Olympics and the Paralympics, after the global sports extravaganza was delayed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The world's leading economies said they supported member Japan's holding of the Games in Toyko "in a safe and secure manner as a symbol of global unity in overcoming Covid-19". Source link
Novak Djokovic makes history with 19th Grand Slam title in epic French Open final | Tennis News – Times of India
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Novak Djokovic makes history with 19th Grand Slam title in epic French Open final | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Novak Djokovic claimed a 19th Grand Slam title and became the first man in 52 years to win all four majors twice when he came from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a gripping French Open final on Sunday. The world number one triumphed 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 over the Greek 22-year-old who was playing in his first Slam final. Djokovic is now just one major away from equalling the all-time record of 20, jointly held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. 🔥Grand Slam Title Leaderboard 🔥2️⃣0️⃣ Roger Federer2️⃣0️⃣ Rafael Nadal1️⃣9️⃣ Novak Djokovic#RolandGarros https://t.co/j5ConjTZBN— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) 1623606287000It was a second French Open crown for Djokovic after his 2016 victory and adds to his nine Australian Opens, five Wimbledon titles and three at the...
Madhya Pradesh forest officials open fire during anti-sand mining ops, one killed
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Madhya Pradesh forest officials open fire during anti-sand mining ops, one killed

A 45-year-old man in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district was allegedly shot dead on Sunday by a Forest Department team during an operation against illegal sand mining. Forest officials said the team was chasing a tractor with illegal sand miners at Amol Pura village when local residents tried to snatch their guns. During the melee, Mahavir Singh, the deceased, was accidentally shot. However, Singh’s family has claimed that he was shot by the forest team after he told the officials to not fire their guns in the village. “My father stopped the officials warning them to not fire around the village as it might hurt someone after which Pramod Singh Tomar abused and then shot my father it was followed by Raghuvendra Singh Chouhan who also fired on him along with five others,” Sing...
Haryana, Tamil Nadu ease curbs as ‘unlock’ continues
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Haryana, Tamil Nadu ease curbs as ‘unlock’ continues

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh, Chennai, New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2021 7:02:03 am HARYANA AND TAMIL Nadu governments on Sunday decided to partially relax some of the curbs imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic even as they extended other restrictions by another week. From Monday, all shops in Haryana will be allowed to remain open from 9 am to 8 pm, instead of the current odd-even system being followed there. Haryana State Disaster Management Authority in an order Sunday evening said preventive and precautionary measures to contain the pandemic will continue despite a decline in the Covid positivity rate. “All colleges, coaching institutions, ITIs, libraries, training institutions whether government or private shall re...
CBSE Class 12: Students may  be marked on pre-Boards, Class 11 and 10 results
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CBSE Class 12: Students may be marked on pre-Boards, Class 11 and 10 results

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is actively considering a proposal to assess Class 12 students based on their performance in the Class 10 Board examination, Class 11 final examination, and the Class 12 pre-board examination. According to sources in the Education Ministry, the 12-member expert committee set up by the CBSE discussed this option at a meeting held on Saturday. “The broad consensus was to factor in marks scored in the Class 10 Boards, Class 11 (annual) exam, and Class 12 pre-Boards. There were differences about the exact weightage to be given to each component. That final decision will be taken by CBSE,” said a Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The three components will be counted towards 70 marks meant for theory, the office...
India signs joint statement at G-7 for freedom of expression: ‘Internet curbs threat to democracy’
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India signs joint statement at G-7 for freedom of expression: ‘Internet curbs threat to democracy’

India Sunday signed off on a joint statement by G-7 and guest countries on “open societies” that reaffirm and encourage the values of “freedom of expression, both online and offline, as a freedom that safeguards democracy and helps people live free from fear and oppression”. The statement also refers to “politically motivated internet shutdowns” as one of the threats to freedom and democracy. The ‘Open Societies Statement’ was adopted at the end of an outreach session titled ‘Building Back Together—Open Societies and Economies’, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was invited as a lead speaker. Participating through video-conference, Modi said that “democracy and freedom were a part of India’s civilisational ethos”. However, he “shared the concern” expressed by several lead...
AAP’s RS MP Sanjay Singh alleges corruption in land purchase for Ram temple | India News – Times of India
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AAP’s RS MP Sanjay Singh alleges corruption in land purchase for Ram temple | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW/AYODHYA: Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust general secretary Champat Rai was on Sunday accused by two opposition leaders of buying a piece of land worth Rs 2 crore at an inflated price of Rs 18.5 crore for the Ram temple premises with help from Trust's member Anil Mishra. The allegation, strongly refuted by Rai, was made by two opposition leaders- AAP's Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh and a former minister in the Samajwadi government, Pawan Pandey. Terming it a case of money laundering, Singh and Pandey both sought a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate into the land purchase for the temple premises. Both the leaders alleged that Rai purchased the land, measuring 1.208 hectares and located in Bag Bjaisi village under Sadar tehsil o...
Conflict of interest: PNB Housing board that cleared majority stake for Carlyle has links with Carlyle
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Conflict of interest: PNB Housing board that cleared majority stake for Carlyle has links with Carlyle

Raising questions of corporate governance and conflict of interest, a majority of the board members of PNB Housing Finance Limited that decided to issue shares worth Rs 4,000 crore to investors led by US private equity giant The Carlyle Group, have links to Carlyle. Former HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri, who has joined Carlyle as senior advisor, will also be issued shares. The board’s move to issue shares, as reported by The Indian Express, could reduce the stakeholding of Punjab and National Bank in its housing finance subsidiary to below 26 per cent — a reversal of its own stated public commitment. Of the 12 members, two are Carlyle employees and are nominee directors by virtue of the firm having a 32 per cent stake in the company — Sunil Kaul and Kapil Modi. After the share al...
Cases sliding, restaurants in Delhi to reopen; all shops in markets, malls
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Cases sliding, restaurants in Delhi to reopen; all shops in markets, malls

With the number of active Covid-19 cases falling to 3,466 on Sunday from 5,208 a week ago, the Delhi government has announced a further reopening of the city, allowing eating out and lifting more restrictions on shops. From Monday, restaurants can offer limited dine-in services, barber shops can reopen, and markets and shopping malls can operate normally. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said during an online briefing on Sunday that it was imperative to revive the economy as many people were struggling to make ends meet. But this has to be done while keeping an eye on the possibility of a new wave of infections, and beefing up medical infrastructure, the Chief Minister said. Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev issued an order on behalf of the Delhi Disaster Management Autho...
AAP, SP allege scam in Ayodhya land deal; Ram temple Trust denies
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AAP, SP allege scam in Ayodhya land deal; Ram temple Trust denies

On Sunday when Nripendra Misra, former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, and now head of the Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust’s Temple Construction Committee, met the trustees and experts in Ayodhya to take stock of temple works, the Samajwadi Party and the Aam Aadmi Party alleged fraud and corruption over the purchase of a piece of land by the Trust on March 18 this year. In a press conference in Lucknow, Sanjay Singh, AAP’s in-charge for Uttar Pradesh, and a Member of Parliament, said “The piece of land in Ayodhya is registered with number 243, 244 and 246. Its value is Rs 5.80 crore. It was purchased from Kusum Pathak and Harish Pathak by Sultan Ansari and Ravi Mohan Tiwari for Rs 2 crore. The purchase had two witnesses — Anil Mishra, a member of the Ram Janm...
Jharkhand door-to-door survey: April-May deaths up 43% from 2 years ago
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Jharkhand door-to-door survey: April-May deaths up 43% from 2 years ago

AN INTENSIVE Public Health Survey (IPHS) survey in Jharkhand — the first such door-to-door counting of deaths by any state during the second wave of the pandemic — has revealed that 25,490 people died in the state during April-May 2021. This is 43 per cent higher than 17,819 total deaths officially registered across all 24 districts in April-May 2019 as per the Directorate of Economics and Statistics in the state’s Planning Department. The Planning Department is yet to receive updated data on registered deaths from districts for calendar year 2020 and 2021, and hence comparisons with corresponding period in the previous year or with sequential months in the current year are not possible. The door-to-door IPHS, originally planned to cover the entire 3.5 crore population of t...
Toll the second wave took: In all but four states, deaths doubled in last six weeks
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Toll the second wave took: In all but four states, deaths doubled in last six weeks

The Covid-19 death toll in every state barring four has at least doubled in the last six weeks. In a few states, the toll has increased by close to four times. The only states that have bucked this trend are West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Tripura, and the Union Territory of Ladakh. Nearly 2.1 lakh Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in the country since April 1, more than 55 per cent — over 1.18 lakh — of which have been reported by the five states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh. This is not surprising considering these are also the states with the highest death counts. In each of these five states, close to 60 per cent of the total toll was recorded in these last six weeks. In other words, their death toll increased by 2 to 2.5 tim...
Sushant Singh Rajput wanted to send 100 Indian students to NASA – Times of India
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Sushant Singh Rajput wanted to send 100 Indian students to NASA – Times of India

Sushant Singh Rajput was cut from a different cloth and it’s pretty evident from the fact that, his off-screen legacy is far more important than his filmography. A 9th standard student from Mumbai, Bhooshan Sawant gives testament to the fact that SSR wanted to advocate higher education for as many Indian students as possible. Which is why, he had sponsored Bhooshan's trip to NASA and the actor had plans of doing the same for more. Speaking exclusively to ETimes, Bhooshan, student of Mithibai College, Mumbai, recalls his first meeting with SSR and says, “We were in the 9th standard when Sushant Singh Rajput's friend Vinay came to our school in 2017 He took our test in which we were asked questions about favourite subject and what we aspired to be in the future. We were told that we will ...
Development projects hit due to pandemic: Reddy in Jammu
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Development projects hit due to pandemic: Reddy in Jammu

Union MoS (Home) G Kishan Reddy said the process of development in Jammu and Kashmir has been hit due to the pandemic. He also said infiltration along the border has been curbed and militancy brought under control in J&K over the last two years. “Overall security situation in the country has also improved in the last two years,” the minister told reporters after the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony for the Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple temple at Majeen. “Thirty-six Union ministers had visited J&K on the directions of the PM, but Covid played spoilsport. Developmental projects got a hit due to the pandemic but once the pandemic ends, we will take J&K UT to new heights…” Source link
21-yr-old with Kerala roots on MBE list for ‘period poverty’ activism
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21-yr-old with Kerala roots on MBE list for ‘period poverty’ activism

WHEN SHE was picked as the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year for pushing the UK government to provide free period products in schools and colleges, Amika George found herself in a spot. “It wasn’t an easy one for me with the Honours system’s association to the (British) Empire and our colonial past,” says the 21-year-old History student at University of Cambridge whose parents hail from Kerala. But then, she decided “it’s really important for me to show that young people have power in our voices, much more than we realise”. “We have often been overlooked in political spaces, and the MBE shows that we are slowly being recognised as real changemakers who can influence government,” she says. “That change doesn’t have to be done from within the wa...
Milkha Singh’s wife Nirmal Kaur succumbs to Covid-19 | Off the field News – Times of India
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Milkha Singh’s wife Nirmal Kaur succumbs to Covid-19 | Off the field News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Legendary athlete Milkha Singh's wife Nirmal Kaur passed away on Sunday after a prolonged battle against Covid-19. She was 85 and is survived by her husband, one son and three daughters. She was cremated here on Sunday evening, even as four-time Asian Games gold medallist husband continued to battle the deadly virus at the Intensive Care Unit of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) hospital. Kaur, a former Indian women's volleyball team captain, was admitted to the Fortis Hospital in Mohali on May 26 with Covid pneumonia, a couple of days after her husband was admitted to the same hospital. However, four days later, she was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital due to increasing oxygen requirement, and continued to be under crit...
India says will study Biden’s infrastructure plan that rivals China’s Belt and Road Initiative | India News – Times of India
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India says will study Biden’s infrastructure plan that rivals China’s Belt and Road Initiative | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India has said that it will study the US President Joe Biden's 'Build Back Better' global infrastructure initiative proposal announced at the G7 summit as an alternative to China's Belt and Road (BRI). This plan, which is proposed to be led by major democracies, will provide financial and technological help to narrow the over $40 trillion-infrastructure need, mainly in the developing world which has been worsened by Covid-19. It is also expected to create local employment. This initiative at G7 is seen as a potential jolt to Chinese President Xi Jinping's pet project BRI. India said relevant agencies will be studying the plan and will probably engage with the project later. Briefing reporters, senior ministry of external affairs (MEA) official P Harish said, "On the specific ...
G-7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations – Times of India
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G-7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations – Times of India

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center, with from left, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G7 summit (AP)CABRIS BAY (UK): Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations staked their claim Sunday to leading the world out of the coronavirus pandemic and crisis, pledging more than 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations, vowing to help developing countries grow while fighting climate change and backing a minimum tax on multinational firms. At the group's first face-to-face meeting in two years, the leaders dangled promises of support for glob...
Sterling show: England striker shows his value, qualities
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Sterling show: England striker shows his value, qualities

Raheem Sterling’s goal was all about Kalvin Phillips’s pace and vision. He galloped through the inside-right channel, foxed two Croatian markers with his blistering speed and drilled a perfect through-pass to Sterling, whose first-time shot was woefully placed but powerful enough to burst through the custodian. It was not a pass meant for Sterling. It might have been for Harry Kane who hulks the central territory, or it could have been for Phil Foden slicing in from the right wing. But it was Sterling who pounced in, from apparent nothingness. It was that moment — and not that goal — that described Sterling and his gifts. His faculty to visualise multiple moves ahead of him like a chess player, the boundless energy and purpose, his speed of thought and cleverness of movemen...