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Jaishankar meets Kenya’s top leadership; discusses global, regional issues including security situation in Indo-Pacific | India News – Times of India
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Jaishankar meets Kenya’s top leadership; discusses global, regional issues including security situation in Indo-Pacific | India News – Times of India

NAIROBI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Monday discussed the global and regional issues, including the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region, with Kenya's top leadership and the two sides also recognised the importance of ensuring through shared endeavours greater security, safety and prosperity of the Indian Ocean Region. Jaishankar, who arrived in Kenya on Saturday on a three-day visit to strengthen India's relations with the major East African country, called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and handed over a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to him. "Assured the President that his focus on deeper people-to-people and business-to-business ties are also ours. Our defence partnership contributes to the safety and security of the Indian Ocean Region. Look for...
Kangana Ranaut approaches Bombay HC over passport renewal – Times of India
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Kangana Ranaut approaches Bombay HC over passport renewal – Times of India

Mumbai: Actor Kangana Ranaut has moved the Bombay high court for permission to get her passport renewed as it expires on September 15 and she has to travel for a film shoot. Her application, scheduled to be heard Tuesday, says that since the Regional Passport Office has raised objections to her renewal and seeks an order from the court when she disclosed the FIR against her by Munawar Ali over allegedly inflammatory social media posts, she is before the court. Her plea is for orders to direct the renewal of her passport and to “confirm that the magistrate’s order and FIR under challenge before the HC would not compromise her rights’’ to the passport renewal. Citing urgency, her lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee had informed the court on June 13 that while she applied for renewal of the passport...
Did Israel just have a constitutional revolution? – Times of India
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Did Israel just have a constitutional revolution? – Times of India

TEL AVIV: Israel’s new government, which was officially formed yesterday, is getting a lot of attention, mostly for one reason: It marks the end of the more than a dozen years of Benjamin Netanyahu’s premiership. But this new government is potentially just as significant for another reason: It is the beginning of an era in which Israel no longer truly has a prime minister. Nominally, Israel’s new prime minister is Naftali Bennett. But since his small right-wing party, Yamina, controls only six of the Knesset’s 120 seats, it needed partners to form a government. The coalition now includes seven additional parties from across the ideological spectrum, and they agree on very little. What they do agree on is that Mr Bennett should not represent them for the duration of the term. Instead, in...
J&K activist behind bars for remarks on ‘outsider’ officers at janata durbar
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J&K activist behind bars for remarks on ‘outsider’ officers at janata durbar

AN activist who led a delegation to a public hearing held by one of the advisors of Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has spent the past four days in custody for apparently rubbing Ganderbal Deputy Commissioner Krittika Jyotsna the wrong way. The Lt Governor has initiated these public hearings or durbars across Kashmir to reach out to people. Top officers, including advisors to Sinha, attend the hearings and listen to the grievances and demands of public. However, Sajad Ahmad Sofi may be paying a price for speaking his mind. At the durbar held at Safapora village in Ganderbal on June 10, Sofi, who led a group of five-six members of a civil society group, told advisor Baseer Ahmad Khan that people could have expectations from local officials like him and seek answers...
Billionaire start-up founder beats Viswanathan Anand in chess celebrity fundraiser game, admits ‘took help, sorry’
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Billionaire start-up founder beats Viswanathan Anand in chess celebrity fundraiser game, admits ‘took help, sorry’

IT WAS a high-profile fund-raiser that had all the ingredients of a blockbuster: five-time former world champion Viswanathan Anand taking on Bollywood star Aamir Khan, singers Arijit Singh and Ananya Birla, cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal, young billionaire Nikhil Kamath, and film producer Sajid Nadiadwala — all at the same time. But the celebrity online chess event ended up being marred by a bizarre controversy involving Kamath, who is the founder of Zerodha, a unicorn stock brokerage firm. At the event to raise funds for Akshaya Patra Foundation, the 34-year-old beat Anand at the Checkmate Covid Celebrity Edition hosted by chess.com. But hours after the game, chess.com, which live-streamed the action, closed Kamath’s account for violation of its fair play policy. On Monday, Ka...
Uncle dumps Chirag Paswan, takes all LJP MPs, says wrong to have left NDA
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Uncle dumps Chirag Paswan, takes all LJP MPs, says wrong to have left NDA

LESS THAN a year after Ram Vilas Paswan’s death, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) that he founded in 2000 is headed for an imminent split with five of the party MPs rebelling against the sixth —Paswan’s son and the party’s national president, Chirag Paswan. The five MPs — Pashupati Kumar Paras (Hajipur), Choudhary Mehboob Ali Qaisar (Khagaria), Chandan Kumar (Nawada), Veena Devi (Vaishali) and Prince Raj (Samastipur) —met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Sunday evening and again on Monday, saying that they have elected Paras as LJP parliamentary party leader and Kaiser as deputy leader. Late Monday night, the Lok Sabha Secretariat issued a circular confirming Paras as leader of the LJP in the Lok Sabha. Of the five MPs, two are related to the Paswan family —Hajipur MP Paras is Ra...
Disengagement of troops: China suggests Major Gen-level talks
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Disengagement of troops: China suggests Major Gen-level talks

Four months after Indian and Chinese troops disengaged in Pangong Tso, and two months after Corps Commander-level talks failed to make headway on pullback of troops from other areas of eastern Ladakh, China has suggested negotiations at the level of Division Commanders — an offer that the Indian side is said to be considering. Division Commander-level talks involve teams headed by officers of the rank of Major General. This is different from the Corps Commander-level talks that involve more senior officers — Lt Generals who head Corps or equivalent formations. The Chinese suggestion comes at a time when there is a stalemate over the disengagement process. The Corps Commander-level talks on April 9 made no progress. Incidentally, June 15 will mark one year of the Galwan Vall...
Railways puts out SOP for staff to deal with train fires
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Railways puts out SOP for staff to deal with train fires

ASK PASSENGERS to crawl, so they don’t suffocate; insist they save themselves first and not bother about their luggage; enlist volunteers from among passengers; form Instant Action Team of onboard railway staff for each journey. This is part of what railway staff are supposed to do in case a running train catching fire, according to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on incidents of fire, created by Indian Railways for the first time. Stung by a spate of fire incidents, including fire in a running Shatabdi in March, the Railway Ministry decided to bring out a set of dos and don’ts and train its staff — those on board as well as at stations and elsewhere — on how to prevent loss of lives and minimise damage to property if a train catches fire. “More people expired due to...
NITK Surathkal designs USV and names it after late prof – Times of India
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NITK Surathkal designs USV and names it after late prof – Times of India

MANGALURU: As a fitting tribute to its faculty member, who died due to Covid-19 a month ago, NITK Surathkal has dedicated an indigenously designed unmanned surface vehicle (USV) after Prof Paresh Chandra Deka. Deka worked in the water resources and ocean engineering (WR and OE) department and was an eminent researcher in the field of bathymetry, which he enthusiastically carried out using conventional techniques over the years. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view resultUSV- Paresh was designed by the WR and OE department, jointly with the Centre for System Design (CSD), NITK Surathkal, recently. A similar USV costs up to Rs 4 crore, but the institute using open source resources, has developed it for Rs 15 lakh. The team that worked on the project included...
Dakshina Kannada plans bridge course for students to grasp lessons well – Times of India
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Dakshina Kannada plans bridge course for students to grasp lessons well – Times of India

MANGALURU: The department of public instruction (DPI) in Dakshina Kannada has planned for a month-long bridge course—both in classrooms and online—for children at the beginning of the next academic year. The bridge course is a part of the minimum level of learning strategy. How does the bridge course work? For example, students who are now promoted to class eight, will be given worksheets of class seven to work on. The DPI is ready with the worksheets, and the bridge course will start from July 1. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view resultLokesh C, block education officer, Puttur, said online classes held from the past one year have failed to make learning effective. “The basic concept of the bridge course is to prepare a student for the class he has been...
Mumbai: MMRDA to cut mangroves on 1 hectare for Metro station
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Mumbai: MMRDA to cut mangroves on 1 hectare for Metro station

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will clear mangroves on a one-hectare (ha) plot at Bhakti Park in Wadala for construction of an elevated station of the 32-km-long Wadala-Thane Metro line. “This is the only patch of mangroves on Metro Line 4 that we will be using. We have got permission from the Bombay High Court and all the other authorities. This plot does not have a dense mangrove cover. The forest department will also undertake compensatory afforestation,’’ MMRDA director (works) Pramod Ahuja said. To agency will fund the compensatory afforestation. Virendra Tiwari, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (mangrove protection cell) said, “We will be doing compensatory afforestation in our drives later.” Environmentalists, however, h...
JNU issues show cause notice to Aishe Ghosh, another student for 2018 protest – Times of India
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JNU issues show cause notice to Aishe Ghosh, another student for 2018 protest – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Jawaharlal Nehru University has issued show cause notices to JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh and another student for a protest they held in 2018, calling it an act of "indiscipline and misconduct". Reacting to the notice, Ghosh said despite the closure of several administrative offices owing to the Covid pandemic, the varsity's chief proctor's office "has been regularly functioning to intimidate and punish students". Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view resultThe notice issued to Ghosh on June 11 said she had "been found involved in disruption" of the Board of Studies (BOS) meeting on December 5. Professor Rajnish Kumar Mishra, chief proctor of the varsity, confirmed the development. When asked why the notices were issued nearly three years af...
Mumbai: Former cop shoots at sons, one dead, another injured
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Mumbai: Former cop shoots at sons, one dead, another injured

A 33-year-old man died while another sustained injures after their septuagenarian father, a retired assistant sub-inspector (ASI), fired at them Monday in Navi Mumbai’s Airoli area following an argument over the payment of a car insurance, police said. The Rabale police have detained former ASI, Bhagwan Patil (74), on charges of murder and attempt to murder under IPC sections. Police suspect that Patil may have consumed alcohol at the time of the incident and they taken his blood sample for a test. Vijay (33), who sustained three bullet injuries, including two in the stomach and one in an arm, succumbed while undergoing treatment later in the night. His younger brother, Sujay (31), sustained minor injuries as a bullet brushed his ribs, police said. The incident took place a...
Looking at certainty about decision where T20 World Cup can be staged: ICC interim CEO Allardice | Cricket News – Times of India
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Looking at certainty about decision where T20 World Cup can be staged: ICC interim CEO Allardice | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The coronavirus-enforced travel restrictions have added a "layer of complexity" as the ICC waits for the BCCI to take a final call on India hosting the T20 World Cup, the global body's interim CEO Geoff Allardice said on Monday. The BCCI has sought time till June 28 to decide on whether it can host the T20 World Cup in India as a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected during the meet in October-November. The back-up countries are United Arab Emirates and Oman as of now. "We need to deliver the event in full in the window that is allowed for the event. From planning point of view, we need certainty, one of the things that one is finding is an extra layer of complexity in arranging global events in times of restrictions related to COVID-19," Allardice told sel...
Mumbai: IMD downgrades orange warning to green as heavy rainfall belt shifts towards south Konkan
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Mumbai: IMD downgrades orange warning to green as heavy rainfall belt shifts towards south Konkan

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday downgraded its warning alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar as the heavy rainfall belt has shifted towards the south Konkan region. Earlier, the weather bureau had issued an orange alert for Mumbai with the forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall till Wednesday. However, the alert has now been updated to green, with a forecast of light to moderate rainfall till Wednesday. With the onset of southwest monsoon, the city has been witnessing torrential rainfall since June 8, leaving many low-lying areas waterlogged and train and bus service hit. The intensity of rain in the city and Thane reduced from Saturday. On Monday, no rain was recorded and the region witnessed a sunny day. With the shifting of the rain band towards the s...
England’s Robinson to return to action with Sussex second team | Cricket News – Times of India
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England’s Robinson to return to action with Sussex second team | Cricket News – Times of India

England paceman Ollie Robinson, who decided to take a break from cricket after historical offensive Twitter posts he made came to light this month, will play for Sussex's second team in Twenty20 games against Hampshire, his county said on Monday. Robinson said on Thursday he would take a break to spend time with his family and missed Sussex's Vitality Blast games against Gloucestershire and Hampshire Hawks on Friday and Saturday, respectively. He will return to action in the second team's behind-closed-doors T20 matches against Hampshire on Tuesday. The 27-year-old was suspended from international cricket pending an investigation after his Twitter posts resurfaced on his test debut against New Zealand at Lord's two weeks ago. Robinson apologised "unreservedly" for being "thoughtless and...
Ishrat Jahan encounter case: Ahmedabad police hands over passports of deceased’s family
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Ishrat Jahan encounter case: Ahmedabad police hands over passports of deceased’s family

Ahmedabad city crime branch on Monday handed over the passports of next of kin of Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai — one of the four who was killed along with Ishrat Jahan in the encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in 2004. The handover came following a special CBI court’s order dated June 9, permitting for the same, said advocate Shamshad Pathan, representing the family. Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Pillai and two others said to be Pakistanis were killed on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004 by officers of the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), then led by DG Vanzara. The DCB had then claimed that the four were operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and out to kill the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. The deceased Shaikh’s wife Sajida, daughter Zainab a...
Mumbai: Pvt hospitals warned not to publicise political parties, leaders at vaccine camps
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Mumbai: Pvt hospitals warned not to publicise political parties, leaders at vaccine camps

A circular issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Monday barred private hospitals based out of Mumbai from holding vaccination camps for corporates or housing societies within city limits. Additionally, private hospitals have been warned against publicising names of political parties or politicians during private immunisations drives. “We have received complaints that political parties are putting up their banners and hoardings outside private immunisation camps. We are instructing hospitals to not carry such camps if a political party is campaigning for itself. A hospital can even lose its licence if it fails to comply,” BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said. Chahal has given two weeks for hospitals, corporate offices and private societies to comply. With the ...
Scotland stunned by Czech Republic’s Schick on Euro return | Football News – Times of India
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Scotland stunned by Czech Republic’s Schick on Euro return | Football News – Times of India

GLASGOW: Scotland's long-awaited return to a major international tournament was ruined by Patrik Schick's slick finishing as the Czech Republic won 2-0 at Hampden on Monday to move top of Euro 2020 Group D. Schick's header just before half-time opened the scoring, but it was his stunning strike from just inside the Scotland half after the break that will live in the memory as one of the all-time great European Championship goals. Points TableAfter a 23-year wait to qualify for a major tournament, Scotland's hopes of making more history by getting out of the group for the first time now look slim. Steve Clarke's men face England next on Friday at Wembley before hosting World Cup finalists Croatia at Hampden on June 22. 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗔 𝗚𝗢𝗔𝗟!🇨🇿 Patrik Schick with an effort that will go down in EURO...