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DPIIT secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra dies of Covid complications
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DPIIT secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra dies of Covid complications

Department of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) secretary Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra died of Covid-19 related complications on Saturday morning. He was 59. A Gujarat cadre 1986-batch IAS officer, he was appointed to the DPIIT in August 2019. He was admitted to AIIMS in Delhi in mid-April and is the first serving secretary to the Government of India to have succumbed to the disease, as per a PTI report. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior ministers expressed their condolences over Mohapatra’s demise. “I had worked with him extensively in Gujarat and at the Centre. He had a great understanding of administrative issues and was known for his innovative zeal,” said the Prime Minister in a tweet. Dr Mohapatra was a “very able and hardworking officer”, tweeted Home Minist...
Echo of second wave wane in Railway data: Dip in oxygen delivery, rise in demand on long routes
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Echo of second wave wane in Railway data: Dip in oxygen delivery, rise in demand on long routes

The oxygen requirement in states seems to be falling even as the Railways is ferrying an increasing number of passengers on long routes, coinciding with the dip in Covid-19 infections during the second wave and gradual opening up of businesses in several parts of the country. Around 32 lakh passengers, mostly migrants and labourers, took long-distance trains out of states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal within the last seven days. Over the past 10 days, the daily average of total liquid medical oxygen delivered has come down to just about 400 tonnes a day, down from the previous around 600 tonnes — it hit a low of around 150 tonnes on Friday. The single-day high was recorded on May 26 when the national carrier delivered 1,194 tonnes to various destinations. On ...
Euro 2020: Germany bounce back with statement 4-2 win over Portugal | Football News – Times of India
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Euro 2020: Germany bounce back with statement 4-2 win over Portugal | Football News – Times of India

MUNICH: Three-time European champions Germany shrugged off their opening game loss and announced their arrival as serious contenders at Euro 2020 with an emphatic 4-2 win over highly-rated Portugal in their Group F match on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo had given the defending champions a 15th minute lead but Germany went in at the break 2-1 up thanks to own goals from Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro. AS IT HAPPENED | POINT TABLEThe Germans turned on the style in the second half with goals from Kai Havertz and the impressive Robin Gosens making it 4-1 before Diogo Jota pulled a goal back for Portugal. The win moves Germany, who face Hungary in their final game, into second place in the group on three points, a point behind leaders France and level on points with the Portuguese. Hungary d...
One-off Test: Debutant Sneh Rana secures thrilling draw for India against England | Cricket News – Times of India
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One-off Test: Debutant Sneh Rana secures thrilling draw for India against England | Cricket News – Times of India

BRISTOL: Debutants Sneh Rana and Taniya Bhatia shared an unbeaten 104-run stand for the ninth wicket to secure a memorable draw for India in the one-off women's Test against England on Saturday. If Deepti Sharma produced a dogged resistance with a 168-ball 54 in the top-order, Rana top-scored with an unbeaten 80 off 154 balls and frustrated the England bowlers with two crucial partnerships down the order with Shikha Pandey and Bhatia (44 not out off 88) respectively. As it happenedThe 27-year-old, who had taken four wickets in the first innings with her off spin, had made a national comeback with this game. The two teams eventually decided to shake hands after 121 overs. Forced to follow on after being dismissed for 231 in their first innings, India resumed the final day at 83 for one b...
Production ramped up, 13.5 cr jabs will be available in July
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Production ramped up, 13.5 cr jabs will be available in July

Around 13.5 crore doses will be made available in July by the country’s vaccine manufacturers for the Covid-19 immunisation drive, even as Monday onwards the Centre will exclusively procure and distribute vaccines to the states free of cost to administer them to everyone above 18 years, The Sunday Express has learnt. Top government sources, part of the team monitoring the Covid-19 vaccination drive, said states will be informed that 75 percent of the 13.5 crore doses will be made available free of cost in July for advance planning. The increase in availability of doses comes just two months after the country’s two vaccine manufacturers had started augmenting capacity. Sources said that from 7.5 crore doses in May, 12 crore doses will be available by the end of June as the r...
India vs New Zealand WTC Final, Day 2: Virat Kohli strives to give India early advantage | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs New Zealand WTC Final, Day 2: Virat Kohli strives to give India early advantage | Cricket News – Times of India

SOUTHAMPTON: Virat Kohli led India's resolute batting effort against a high quality New Zealand attack in testing conditions before bad light brought an anti-climatic end to day two of the World Test Championship final here on Saturday. Rohit Sharma (34 off 68) and Shubman Gill (28 off 64), opening for the first time in England, showed remarkable application against the moving ball to share a 62-run stand before Kohli (44 not out off 124) came into his own with a steely knock to take India to 146 for three at stumps on a start-stop second day. The skipper got good support from Ajinkya Rahane (29 not out off 79) in the final session where bad light stopped play twice before umpires called it a day. A total of 64.4 overs could be bowled on Saturday including only 9.1 in the final session....
Dwarf artistes reach out to Salman Khan and Sonu Sood for help – Times of India
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Dwarf artistes reach out to Salman Khan and Sonu Sood for help – Times of India

The dwarf artists of Bollywood have reached out to actor Sonu Sood and Salman Khan for help as they have been out of work since the first lockdown. Dipak Soni, who has worked with actors like Akshay Kumar, said, "I did reach out to Sonu Sood and got a call from his office but they thought I wanted help but I told them my colleagues needed it and if can be done and I am waiting from their support. Another colleague of mine has spoken to Salman Khan's Being Human Foundation; we are now awaiting a reply for the same. Although about 8 to 10 members receive Rs 1500 from them". Soni had also reached out to Aarif Khan of Lookalike Associaton who had organised ration kits for about 35 dwarf artistes who live in Mumbai. Aarif Khan said, "Actor Raju Srivastav and Suhail Khandwani, who is the tru...
To discuss ‘political situation’ with PM: All key J&K parties invited, release of PDP leader sets stage for talks
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To discuss ‘political situation’ with PM: All key J&K parties invited, release of PDP leader sets stage for talks

A DAY after Mehbooba Mufti of the PDP told The Indian Express that she was invited for an all-party meeting on June 24, leaders of other key parties in the Valley — Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah of National Conference, Sajad Lone and Muzaffer Hussain Beigh of People’s Conference, M Y Tarigami of the CPM and G A Mir and Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress, and Altaf Bukhari of the J K Apni Party — received a call from the Central government to discuss the “political scenario in Jammu and Kashmir”. Sources in Srinagar said the constituents of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) are likely to meet before the PM’s meeting in Delhi on Thursday. The parties are likely to discuss their participation and other issues amongst their leadership separately over the nex...
It’s a gharial! After 45 yrs of wait, Odisha welcomes first hatchlings
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It’s a gharial! After 45 yrs of wait, Odisha welcomes first hatchlings

For the first time since they were introduced in its rivers back in 1975, Odisha has seen natural nesting of gharials, a critically endangered species. As many as 28 hatchlings were spotted towards the end of May in the Mahanadi, in the Baladamara area near Satkosia range, and officials have been monitoring them closely since, with round-the-clock vigil including drones. All the original gharials introduced over the years in Odisha are dead now. Having waited more than 40 years for their numbers to grow naturally and for them to lay eggs, Odisha introduced 13 more gharials over the past three years in the Mahanadi. Only eight survived. While the Forest Department is still tracking two of them via their radio collars, the other six have moved out of its radar. With the intro...
LJP vs LJP: Paras faction announces new national executive; Chirag meets LS Speaker Om Birla | India News – Times of India
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LJP vs LJP: Paras faction announces new national executive; Chirag meets LS Speaker Om Birla | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The LJP faction headed by Pashupati Kumar Paras on Saturday disbanded all bodies and state units affiliated with the party and announced a new national executive. The decision comes as a counter-move to the national executive meeting called by the group headed by Chirag Paswan in Delhi on Sunday. With Paras as its president, all four other MPs of the faction figure in the executive while a few of those party office-bearers who switched loyalty to him from Paswan have also been inducted. Paras said in a statement that all other party wings have been disbanded. Chirag Paswan has asserted that more than 90 percent of the national executive members are with him. Later in evening, Paswan met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to present his case against Birla's decision to accept the clai...
BJP’s corruption delaying construction of Ayodhya’s Ram Temple: AAP MP | India News – Times of India
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BJP’s corruption delaying construction of Ayodhya’s Ram Temple: AAP MP | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Aam Aadmi Party MP and UP in charge Sanjay Singh, who had earlier this week raised the issue of alleged irregularities in land dealings by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, on Saturday said that members of BJP were complicit in corrupt dealings which had delayed the construction of the temple. In fresh documents released by the party, Singh claimed that Ayodhya Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay and his nephew Deep Narayan were involved in the questionable land deals. “Upadhyay was the witness in the all crucial deal where land was first sold to two persons for Rs 5.6 crore and then minutes later was sold to the Trust for Rs 18.5 crore, Narayan purchased land worth Rs 35.6 lakh in Kot Ramchandar for Rs 20 lakh. One Jagdish Prasad purchased land in the same area, worth Rs 14....
‘His passing a loss to our family, to Pakistan’
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‘His passing a loss to our family, to Pakistan’

(Written by MOHAMMAD EJAZ) With the demise of Milkha Singhji, the world has lost a brilliant athlete. Legendary sportspersons are like family jewels for their countries and, considering the shared history of our nations, this is a loss for both India and Pakistan. Rivals on the track, my father and Milkhaji had a lot in common. Growing up in Rawalpindi’s Jand Awan village, my father, too, rose from poverty to become a world-class athlete. Like Milkha Sir, he, too, joined the army and it was army training, coupled with his passion for running, that helped my father become the fastest man in Asia from 1956 to 1960. My father, too, faced disappointment at the Olympics, when he finished fourth in both the 100 m and 200 m semi-finals at the 1956 Melbourne Games (Milkha Singh...
Experts call for caution in unlock, warn: Third wave in 3-4 months
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Experts call for caution in unlock, warn: Third wave in 3-4 months

With cities unlocking across the country and a highly infectious Delta variant still around, top health experts and Health Ministry officials are underlining the need to calibrate the reopening while adopting an aggressive vaccination strategy and Covid-appropriate behaviour, failing which India could well see a third Covid wave in three-four months. AIIMS chief Randeep Guleria told The Sunday Express that the next three months will be crucial for India and the emergence of cases in the UK is a “red flag”. And in a meeting held in the last week of May, a top Union government official informed the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) that he expects the third wave to hit the national capital in February-March 2022. Dr P Ravindran, who is Additional DDG, Directorate Gen...
Malda youth held for killing, burying 4 family members: Police
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Malda youth held for killing, burying 4 family members: Police

A 19-year-old man allegedly killed four members of his family, including his parents, and buried them inside an under-construction godown near his house at Kaliachak in Malda. The accused, Mohammad Asif (21), was arrested on Saturday. Police exhumed the decomposed corpses in presence of the accused and a magistrate. “The bodies were buried two metres below the surface inside a godown. They have been sent for autopsy. The accused has been arrested and his elder brother is also suspected to have had a role in the killings,” Malda SP Alok Rajoria said. The incident came to light after the accused’s 21-year-old brother Arif Mohammad, who had managed to escape during the incident and changed locations during these four months, informed law enforcers at Kaliachak police station o...
West Bengal: Fresh Covid cases drop below 2,500
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West Bengal: Fresh Covid cases drop below 2,500

NEW COVID cases in Bengal dropped below 2,500 on Saturday after over two months. In the past 24 hours, the state recorded 2,486 new cases and 55 deaths due to Covid. On April 7, the state had recorded 2,390 new Covid cases. However, the number of deaths on that day was eight. Bengal has till date recorded 14,39,215 cases. The total toll in the state stands at 17,295. As many as 2,109 persons have been discharged in the past 24 hours, taking the discharge rate to 97.28 percent. At present, there are 23,013 active cases in Bengal of which 1,059 are in safe homes and 17,942 are in home isolation. Of 55 deaths that Bengal recorded in the past 24 hours, 10 are from North 24 Parganas and nine from Kolkata. On Thursday, a total of 53,117 more samples were tested of which 4.68 pe...
Learnings from Milkha: With a friendly word and sagely advice, Flying Sikh helped other stars fulfil their potential
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Learnings from Milkha: With a friendly word and sagely advice, Flying Sikh helped other stars fulfil their potential

Track and field legend Milkha Singh, who passed away on Friday, was the elderly statesman of Indian sport. His gentle and charismatic persona was so infectious that any athlete, blessed with even a brief interaction (or phone call), was left with an indelible feeling of awe and admiration. His words inspired, motivated, and even comforted heartbroken athletes. Jugraj Singh, a talented international hockey player whose career was cut short in a car accident – just a few months after his 20th birthday – is just one such athlete who found a renewed enthusiasm towards life after meeting the ‘Flying Sikh.’ “When I had that accident in 2003, Milkha Sir came to meet me and had one simple piece of advice: ‘Don’t give up on life, whatever ups and downs,’” recalls Jugraj, who was lef...
Euro 2020: France held 1-1 by passionate Hungary at packed Puskas Arena | Football News – Times of India
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Euro 2020: France held 1-1 by passionate Hungary at packed Puskas Arena | Football News – Times of India

BUDAPEST: Antoine Greizmann rescued a point for world champions France as they came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with hosts Hungary in Group F and prevent a massive upset in front of a full house at the Puskas Arena on Saturday Attila Fiola had given the hosts a dream half-time lead, after France missed a bevy of early chances. Points TableBut Greizmann equalised in the 66th minute to move France onto four points while Hungary kept up their slim hopes, on one point, in a group where they had been given little chance with heavyweights Germany and Portugal also in the mix. A heaving, 65,000-strong, mainly Hungarian crowd, the likes of which has not been seen at football since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, willed their side to a share of the points in the summer sun even if they were...
WTC Final, Day 2: Fickle weather, steady India
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WTC Final, Day 2: Fickle weather, steady India

What’s the impact of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri on this Indian team? Their fans throw up the intangibles of attitude and ambition, even the neutrals would point out fitness, but interestingly the World Championship final threw up an interesting batting template: Like Kohli who did it on the advice of Shastri in 2018, nearly everyone stood well outside the crease, even moving further down the track, and tackled a good-quality New Zealand attack in helpful conditions impressively. In the past, especially before that epic series against Australia where the infamous 36 all-out forced them, some of the others have been understandably tentative to overhaul their batting approaches. Things have changed, since. It wasn’t just the 62 runs they added but the assuredness of Rohit Sh...