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Hurricane Elsa: Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall, heads to Georgia | World News – Times of India
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Hurricane Elsa: Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall, heads to Georgia | World News – Times of India

ST PETERSBURG: A weakened Tropical Storm Elsa dumped rain across Florida's northern Gulf Coast early Wednesday but spared the state significant damage as it headed northward. Elsa wobbled through the Gulf of Mexico, briefly reaching hurricane strength, but moved ashore as a tropical storm, the US National Hurricane Center said Wednesday in its 11 a.m. advisory. The storm made landfall in lightly populated Taylor County, Florida, with maximum sustained winds clocking 65 mph (105 kph). Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a morning news conference that no major structural damage or deaths from the storm had been reported. "Clearly, this could have been worse," the Republican governor said, adding that many storm-related deaths come after the system passes. "Be very careful when you're working to cle...
West Bengal government announces road tax waiver for passenger transport, stamp duty rebate
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West Bengal government announces road tax waiver for passenger transport, stamp duty rebate

The West Bengal government on Wednesday waived road tax on passenger transport vehicles and offered a rebate on stamp duty. Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee made the announcements while presenting the state budget of Rs 3.08 lakh crore for the 2021-’22 financial year. Finance Minister Amit Mitra could not present the Budget as he is unwell. Praising Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the state government’s welfare measures, Chatterjee said, “While India’s GDP growth dipped to minus 7.7% in 2020-’21, Bengal’s GDP clocked a positive 1.2 per cent growth from 11.3 per cent. The state has also successfully controlled all fiscal parameters such as fiscal deficit in spite of severe financial hardships in the last one year caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and cyclones Amphan an...
‘Staggering price for speaking truth’: TMC slams Calcutta HC fine on Mamata Banerjee
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‘Staggering price for speaking truth’: TMC slams Calcutta HC fine on Mamata Banerjee

Reacting to the Rs 5 lakh fine imposed on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by the Calcutta High Court, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday said that cost of speaking the truth comes at a price these days. Justice Kausik Chanda of the Calcutta High Court Wednesday recused from hearing Banerjee’s petition challenging the election of BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram, but imposed the Rs 5 lakh fine for the manner in which the recusal was sought. “We live and learn. We live in a world where the cost of speaking the truth now comes with a staggering price tag : Rs 5 lakhs. We live in a world where propaganda and falsehood are also meted out. The price : FREE. Got the reference? Modi hain to Mumkin Hai,” tweeted TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien. TMC spokesperson Kunal G...
West Bengal: Two more black fungus cases reported
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West Bengal: Two more black fungus cases reported

The state recorded two new mucormycosis or ‘black fungus’ cases on Wednesday. While one of those affected is under treatment at SSKM Hospital, confirmation came through on another suspected case at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. The two new cases took the state’s overall confirmed mucormycosis count to 77. Also, three new suspected black fungus cases were reported on Wednesday, taking the overall tally of such cases to 179. “Cumulatively, the number of deaths from confirmed mucormycosis cases stands at 18 and the toll from suspected black fungus cases is at 41,” the state’s Director of Health Services (DHS) Dr. Ajay Chakraborty said. One mucormycosis patient was discharged on Wednesday, taking the total number of recoveries to 35. Meanwhile, the state’s count o...
Taking Vitamin D supplements during coronavirus infection beneficial, dips levels of cytokine storm: PGIMER meta-analysis
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Taking Vitamin D supplements during coronavirus infection beneficial, dips levels of cytokine storm: PGIMER meta-analysis

As Covid-19 continues to affect lives, the search for an effective therapy remains elusive. Accordingly, multiple existing drugs have been repurposed for the management of coronavirus infection. In this context, the role of Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin, which is primarily related to bone and mineral metabolism in Covid-19 management has been debated several times, with some data diminishing its role and some studies indicating its benefits in Covid-19. Considering the heterogeneity in the available clinical evidence, a present systematic review and meta-analysis was undertaken by PGI doctors to provide a precise summary and collate the effect of Vitamin D supplementation on adverse clinical outcomes in Covid-19 patients. Summarising the hitherto available clinical evide...
Robbers gangraped woman in her Kolkata flat, looted Rs 15 lakh: Cops
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Robbers gangraped woman in her Kolkata flat, looted Rs 15 lakh: Cops

Robbers allegedly gang-raped a 26-year-old woman in her home here between 12 pm and 1 pm the day before. The woman’s family told the police that two to three unidentified men entered their rented flat after breaking a lock. At the time, the complainant’s parents were out for work and she was alone at home. The woman told her family that the men overpowered her, tied her with a rope in a bedroom and searched an almirah in another room. According to the police, they looted Rs 15 lakh and some valuables, including silver and gold jewellery. “Two to three accused persons entered the flat of the victim (26) and robbed Rs 15 lakh and raped her,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Murlidhar Sharma. The police registered a case based on the woman’s complaint. They have inv...
Tamil Nadu Premier League to begin from July 19, all matches in Chennai | Cricket News – Times of India
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Tamil Nadu Premier League to begin from July 19, all matches in Chennai | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: The fifth season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League T20 tournament will begin on July 19 as the state government has given the event its clearance. All the matches in the eight-team league, including the final, will be played at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary R S Ramasaamy said. "The Tamil Nadu government formally approved holding the TNPL 2021 tournament on July 1 subject to no spectators and strict Covid protocols. After discussions with all the stakeholders, it was decided to start the 2021 edition of TNPL from July 19 to August 15," Ramasaamy was quoted as saying in a release on Wednesday. The teams are currently in quarantine at a city hotel and will begin practice on July 9, the TNCA secretary said. "The teams are starting ...
West Bengal: Mob vandalises station after train mows down girl
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West Bengal: Mob vandalises station after train mows down girl

Erupting in anger after a four-year-old girl was mowed down by a freight train on Tuesday night, a mob ran riot at the Brace Bridge railway station on the Sealdah-Budge Budge line, damaging property. According to sources, as word of the accident spread some residents in the nearby area stormed the station and vandalised property. Sources said two railway staff were also hurt. The area adjacent to the railway ticket counter was also vandalised. The mob vented their fury on a few two-wheelers parked on the station premises. According to sources, although the station has a foot overbridge for the benefit of passengers, it is seldom used. ENS Source link
Four arrested for duping on pretext of giving jobs in Army
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Four arrested for duping on pretext of giving jobs in Army

Lalru police on Wednesday arrested four persons for allegedly duping people on the pretext of providing jobs in the Indian Army. Police also recovered Rs 2.85 lakh cash, a laptop and fake documents used by the accused. The accused were produced in the court and remanded to four-day police custody. Those arrested were identified as Sachin, Chander Shehkar, Prem and Sunil. The accused belong to different districts in Haryana. Lalru Station House Officer (SHO) Inspector Bhinder Singh said that they received a tip off that the accused were duping youngsters by luring them to get jobs in the Indian Army. He said that the accused used to contact the youngsters and take money from them on the pretext of providing jobs in the Army. Police registered the case on June 30 at Lalru P...
West Bengal: Minister pedals 38 km to protest fuel price hike
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West Bengal: Minister pedals 38 km to protest fuel price hike

State Labour Minister Becharam Manna cycled a distance of 38 km from his home in the Hooghly district to reach the state Assembly in protest on a day the petrol price crossed the Rs 100-mark in Kolkata. Manna, the TMC MLA from Singur, left home at 8 am and reached the Assembly building in Kolkata around 12.30 pm to attend the ongoing session. “Steep rise in fuel prices is the latest failure of the Narendra Modi government. Petrol price crossed the century-mark in Kolkata and we are protesting against this,” he said. Source link
Anurag Thakur replaces Kiren Rijiju as new Sports Minister just 16 days before Olympics | More sports News – Times of India
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Anurag Thakur replaces Kiren Rijiju as new Sports Minister just 16 days before Olympics | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Anurag Thakur on Wednesday replaced Kiren Rijiju as the country's sports minister with just over two weeks left for the Tokyo Olympics. The 46-year-old former Cricket Board President was given charge of sports along with the Information and Broadcasting ministry after he took oath as a cabinet minister. I am honoured to serve the people of India 🇮🇳 as a Union Cabinet Minister and take this opportunity to express my s… https://t.co/y5bkPNmnvv— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) 1625674031000Thakur was the president of the BCCI between May 2016 and February 2017. Before that, he was the secretary of the Board and also headed the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA). A Member of Parliament from HP's Hamirpur constituency, Thakur was serving as the minister of state for financ...
After Amit Shah reaches out, Saumitra rescinds resignation from BJP youth wing chief post
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After Amit Shah reaches out, Saumitra rescinds resignation from BJP youth wing chief post

BJP MP Saumitra Khan on Wednesday resigned from the post of state Yuva Morcha president, accusing MLA and Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhkari of appropriating credit for the party’s achievements and voicing his displeasure over the same. However, hours later, the BJP MP withdrew his resignation after senior party leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah talked to him and promised to look into his grievances. In a video posted on his Facebook page, Khan took a swipe at the Nandigram MLA; claiming he misled Union ministers in his meetings with them. “I am stepping down as president of the state unit of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) because of personal reasons. However, I was with the BJP, I am with the BJP and will continue to be a part of it. I have full faith...
Federer beaten in Wimbledon quarter-finals by Hurkacz | Tennis News – Times of India
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Federer beaten in Wimbledon quarter-finals by Hurkacz | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Roger Federer crashed out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals at the hands of Poland's Hubert Hurkacz on Wednesday, potentially bringing down the curtain on the Swiss legend's All England Club career. Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam title winner who turns 40 next month, lost 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 to a player 15 years his junior. And they say to never meet your heroes…@HubertHurkacz knocks out his idol, eight-time champion Roger Federer, in… https://t.co/NaXnFHGGtn— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 1625678078000It was only the eight-time Wimbledon champion's 14th defeat at the tournament in 119 matches and his first straight-sets loss since an opening round exit against Mario Ancic in 2002. An ovation for 22 years of memories 👏It's been a pleasure as always, @rogerfederer #Wimbledon https://t...
In Harsh Vardhan’s exit, a Covid admission and course correction
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In Harsh Vardhan’s exit, a Covid admission and course correction

Of the 12 ministers who resigned ahead of the reshuffle, the one that caught the eye was the exit of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. His departure is one of the strongest signals on the handling of the ferocious second Covid-19 wave — to the government’s detractors, it is an admission of its failure; and to its supporters, a much-needed course correction to reassure the country. On March 7, Harsh Vardhan announced that it was the “endgame” of the pandemic in India. But cases started to mount in the last week of March and in the run-up to the April crisis over supply of medical oxygen, his role as Health Minister had diminished. The Prime Minister’s Office, top officials of NITI Aayog, and the empowered groups on Covid-19 took charge of the controls to deal with the ...
West Bengal: Balancing castes and regions, four BJP MPs join Modi ministry
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West Bengal: Balancing castes and regions, four BJP MPs join Modi ministry

The Centre on Wednesday drafted in four new ministers from West Bengal as part of the Cabinet reshuffle, while the previous four representing the state were dropped. Bankura MP Subhas Sarkar, Bongaon MP Shantanu Thakur, Alipurduar MP John Barla and Cooch Behar MP Nisith Pramanik are the new faces from Bengal in the expanded Union Council of Ministers. All were drafted as ministers of states. While Sarkar was made the minister of state (Education), Thakur took oath as the minister of state (Port, Shipping and Waterways). Barla was drafted in as the minister of state (Minority Affairs) and Pramanik was sworn in as the minister for state (Home Affairs and Youth Affairs and Sports). The ministers represent various communities and ethnic groups of the state and are from differen...
Stepping into Prasad’s IT shoes: ex-IAS, BJP via Vajpayee’s PMO
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Stepping into Prasad’s IT shoes: ex-IAS, BJP via Vajpayee’s PMO

Former IAS officer, alumnus of IIT-Kanpur and Wharton Business School, entrepreneur, Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha. Meet Ashwini Vaishnaw, who has taken over as the new Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, and Railways. Born in Jodhpur in 1970, Vaishnaw served as District Collector in Balasore and Cuttack, and played a key role in rehabilitation efforts following the devastating super cyclone in 1999. He also worked in the Prime Minister’s Office when the late A B Vajpayee was at the helm — and was appointed as Vajpayee’s private secretary after the NDA’s loss in 2004. Vaishnaw went on to complete his MBA in 2008 and became the managing director of GE Transportation, and vice-president of Locomotives and head of Urban Infrastructure Strate...
New faces at helm in pandemic-hit sectors: Health to Education, Labour to Petroleum
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New faces at helm in pandemic-hit sectors: Health to Education, Labour to Petroleum

As the second wave of the Covid-19 abates, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday handpicked new and young leaders to nurture and energise the sectors ravaged by the pandemic — from health and education to labour, civil aviation, IT and petroleum. In the biggest-ever expansion of the Council of Ministers, he has assigned key responsibilities such as IT and Communication to the Wharton-educated Ashwini Vaishnaw, Health to Mansukh Mandaviya, Civil Aviation to Jyotiraditya Scindia, Education and Skill Development to Dharmendra Pradhan, Environment, Labour and Employment to Bhupendra Yadav, Information and Broadcasting to Anurag Thakur and Law to Kiren Rijiju. All are under 55 years. Hardeep Puri has also been elevated to Cabinet rank and entrusted with Petroleum, Housing and U...
Jumbo Council: Heads roll in bid to balance politics and governance
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Jumbo Council: Heads roll in bid to balance politics and governance

His Government’s image hit by a crisis of capacity and credibility during the second Covid wave, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday signalled a reset effecting the most sweeping change in his Council of Ministers since he took charge for the first time in 2014. As many as 36 new faces were inducted and 12 sitting ministers were shown the door taking the tally in the Council of Ministers to 78 (including the PM), just a notch short of the statutory limit of 81. The changes mark, arguably, the largest-scale purge in recent times with the Prime Minister divesting six of 23 sitting Cabinet ministers — over one fourth — and one Minister of State (Independent Charge) of their ministerial responsibilities. Social Justice Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot can draw solace from the ...
Modi government’s revamped Cabinet: Who gets what | India News – Times of India
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Modi government’s revamped Cabinet: Who gets what | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his Union Cabinet on Wednesday, bringing in 36 new faces and promoting seven existing ministers. As many as 12 ministers were dropped from the new Cabinet, including high-profile ones like Ravi Shankar Prasad and Harsh Vardhan. This is the first Cabinet reshuffle since PM Modi assumed charge for a second term in May 2019. As many as 43 ministers were sworn in at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, including 15 as Cabinet ministers and 28 as ministers of state. Former IAS officer Ashwini Vaishnaw is the new railways and IT minister while Mansukh Mandaviya has been made the health minister in the new Union Cabinet. Jyotiraditya Scindia will be taking charge of the civil aviation ministry while Kiren Rijiju will be the new law ministe...
Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna pair ousted from Wimbledon Championships | Tennis News – Times of India
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Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna pair ousted from Wimbledon Championships | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Rohan Bopanna stayed solid with his service games and net play but Sania Mirza's serve was consistently put under pressure as the Indian team was ousted from the Wimbledon Championships following a three-set defeat in the stop-start mixed doubles third round, here on Wednesday. The contest resumed with the 14th seed pair of Jean Julien-Roger and Andreja Klepac having a one-set lead and they finished on the right side of the result with a 6-3 3-6 11-9 scoreline. Mirza has not played much competitive tennis post her comeback and is struggling to get her serve right. Serving to stay in the match at 5-6 in the decider, Mirza managed to hold after a few anxious moments. It was largely Bopanna's reflexes at the net and a solid game from the baseline apart from a superb lob from Mirza ...