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Covid situation in India vastly improved, hope countries would ease travel restrictions: MEA | India News – Times of India
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Covid situation in India vastly improved, hope countries would ease travel restrictions: MEA | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of External Affairs Thursday said it hopes that with the Covid-19 situation in India vastly improved, foreign nations would ease travel restrictions from India, and asserted that it is taking up the issue with partners, including in the Gulf. MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government is actively trying to help Indians who need to travel back to various countries across the world. "As we have said earlier, we hope that with the vastly improved Covid situation in India, countries would ease restrictions for travel from India. We have been taking up this issue with foreign partners wherever possible," Bagchi said when asked about problems being faced by Indians in traveling to other countries, especially Gulf nations. He also said External Affairs Minister...
Outrage against inflation: In Punjab tractors parked by roadsides, farmers hoist gas cylinders, take to streets
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Outrage against inflation: In Punjab tractors parked by roadsides, farmers hoist gas cylinders, take to streets

THOUSANDS OF farmers on Thursday hit the streets in various parts of Punjab in response to a call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) to hold nationwide protests against rising fuel and cooking gas prices. Farmer unions across Punjab protested for two hours, 10am to noon, by parking their vehicles at the side of the road and raising slogans against the Narendra Modi government. Women protesters too joined in by carrying empty LPG cylinders on their heads and raising anti-Modi slogans. The farmers also honked the horns of their vehicles for 7-8 minutes to draw the attention of the government towards the rapidly rising inflation. In Jalandhar, members of Bharatiya Kisan Union-Rajewal, under the leadership of Mandip Singh Samra and Amarjot Singh, parked hundreds of vehi...
In Pakistan’s Mansehra, a resplendent gurdwara to open for prayers again soon
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In Pakistan’s Mansehra, a resplendent gurdwara to open for prayers again soon

THE EVACUEE Trust Property Board (ETPB) has decided to take possession of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, on Kashmir road in Mansehra city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan, from the local authorities and open it for the local Sikh community to offer prayers. The gurdwara building — known as an architectural masterpiece, is currently housing a municipal library for the public, and has been in the possession of Mansehra’s Town Municipal Administration (TMA) since 1999. The move will be significant for the local Sikh community in Mansehra as there is no other gurdwara in the city. Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Mansehra of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (Express Photo) Speaking to The Indian Express over phone, Imran Gondal, deputy director, Shrines, ETPB, said tha...
MHA gets 2 more junior ministers
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MHA gets 2 more junior ministers

TWO NEW Ministers of State – Ajay Kumar Mishra and Nisith Pramanik – took charge of their offices in the Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday. This is the first time in the Narendra Modi government that the MHA has three junior ministers, including Nityanand Rai. Mishra and Pramanik arrived at the ministry at 4 pm and after finishing the formalities of taking charge met Home Minister Amit Shah at his office. Sources said Shah is likely to redistribute responsibilities among the ministers as earlier there were two junior ministers. G Kishan Reddy, who has been replaced by Ajay Mishra at the MHA, has been elevated as a Cabinet minister, in charge of Culture and Tourism. He earlier held responsibilities of key divisions of the MHA, including Jammu and Kashmir and Internal Secu...
Kolkata: Fake call centre in city’s Topsia area busted, 12 arrested
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Kolkata: Fake call centre in city’s Topsia area busted, 12 arrested

Kolkata Police busted a fake call centre being operated at Topsia area of Kolkata and rounded up 12 people. “Based on a credible input about an illegal call centre being operated on Chowbaga Road, a raid was conducted by the Detective Department and 12 persons were found running the dubious establishment. All 12 were arrested and one laptop, one CPU, three hard disc drives, two Wi-Fi routers, a CESE paper bill, one attendance register and some other incriminating documents were seized from the place,” Joint CP (Crime) Murlidhar Sharma said. “Those arrested have been identified as Imroz Khan (32), Md. Dilbar Anish (23), Md. Sohail (24), Peter Bahadur Shakya (26), Md. Rizwan (20), Md. Sohail Khan (20) Huzaifa Hussain (22), Akash Lal Rajak (22), Md. Yasin (43), Md Samir (20), ...
Complaint of cheating against Salman Khan, sister Alvira, six others: Chandigarh Police summons – Times of India
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Complaint of cheating against Salman Khan, sister Alvira, six others: Chandigarh Police summons – Times of India

The Chandigarh Police has summoned actor Salman Khan, his sister Alvira Khan and six others following a complaint of cheating lodged by a local businessman. Apart from the actor and his sister, those called for an inquiry on July 13 to verify facts of the complaint included the Being Human Foundation CEO and officials of Style Quotient (licensee of Being Human Jewellery), police said on Thursday. Arun Gupta, a local businessman, has complained that he had opened an exclusive store under the brand 'Being Human Jewellery', by spending Rs 2 to 3 crore in 2018. Gupta said he was assured that they would provide all kinds of backup and also promote the brand. According to his complaint, neither promotion commitments were fulfilled nor goods were delivered to him for his store. Gupta...
New-look England thrash Pakistan in ODI opener | Cricket News – Times of India
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New-look England thrash Pakistan in ODI opener | Cricket News – Times of India

England's makeshift one-day international team put the COVID-19 issues that hit the previous squad behind them to bowl out Pakistan for 141 runs before cruising to a clinical nine-wicket win in the series opener in Cardiff on Thursday. Stand-in skipper Ben Stokes led an entirely fresh England XI, including five debutants, after a COVID-19 outbreak in the squad during the recent series win over Sri Lanka meant all 16 players initially selected had to self-isolate. But the revamped hosts were on the front foot from the start, with paceman Saqib Mahmood marking his return to the side with four wickets for 42 to help bowl out Pakistan with just under 15 overs to spare. Chasing 142 for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, England lost Phil Salt in the fifth over before fellow opener Dawid M...
In J&K, BJP objects to ‘lopsided’ 2011 Census alone for redrawing seats
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In J&K, BJP objects to ‘lopsided’ 2011 Census alone for redrawing seats

IN ITS representation to the Delimitation Commission, which is in Jammu and Kashmir to elicit views of parties on the exercise, BJP delegations from Jammu province have opposed the redrawing of constituencies on the basis of the 2011 Census alone. One team demanded that electoral rolls be taken into account to determine the populations of the provinces. The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, framed by the Modi government following scrapping of the special status to J&K, had fixed the 2011 Census as the basis of delimitation. Former minister and BJP UT general secretary Sunil Sharma said they were opposed to the use of the 2011 Census as a “lot of fudging” had been done in its figures. “As electoral rolls are updated every year, so on their basis the population ...
Four dupe youths of Rs 35 lakh with job bait, held: Kolkata Cops
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Four dupe youths of Rs 35 lakh with job bait, held: Kolkata Cops

The Detective Department of Kolkata Police arrested four men, who impersonated as government officials, for cheating five youths of Rs 35 lakh on the pretext of providing them with home guard jobs, police said on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Masud Rana (24) of Sonadanga of Murshidabad; Rabi Murmu (40) of Bagsarai Malda; Subhro Nag Roy (44) of Gaighata in North 24 Parganas; and Paritosh Barman (50) of West Midnapore, said a police officer. Rana had allegedly masqueraded as a deputy superintendent of police and his associates as other government officials. The complaint was filed by one Samaresh Mahata (20), a resident of Salboni in West Midnapore. The victims were handed allegedly forged appointment letters. According to police, the accused entered into a cr...
India hits back: Charge baseless, world knows Pak’s record on terror
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India hits back: Charge baseless, world knows Pak’s record on terror

Four days after Pakistan made serious allegations against India, terming the June 23 bomb blast near the home of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed as “India-sponsored terrorism”, New Delhi broke its silence on Thursday — the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) rejected Islamabad’s accusation as “baseless propaganda”. The international community knows Pakistan’s record on terrorism, spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at the weekly media briefing. “It is not new for Pakistan to engage in baseless propaganda against India. Pakistan would do well to expend the same effort in setting its own house in order and taking credible and verifiable action against terrorism emanating from its soil and terrorists who have found safe sanctuaries there,” he said. “T...
280 climbers, two medics, few resources: how ITBP doctor scaled Covid at Everest
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280 climbers, two medics, few resources: how ITBP doctor scaled Covid at Everest

BETWEEN the last week of April and late May, as the frigid Mount Everest base camp turned into a hotspot for the novel coronavirus, a senior medical officer and deputy commander with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) found on his hands a Himalayan task. The Everest had just reopened after a gap of a year because of the pandemic and climbers from around the world, with their Sherpas, had crowded the camp waiting for a window to trek to the world’s highest peak. One of just two qualified medical practitioners at the base camp, Dr Tarun Rana would end up treating about 200 Covid cases, relying largely on a single 10-litre medical oxygen cylinder, some life-saving drugs and steroid injections, with oxygen having to be rationed and adverse conditions at the altitude of over ...
Kerala paradox: large vaccine footprint, but new infections raise India’s Covid caseload
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Kerala paradox: large vaccine footprint, but new infections raise India’s Covid caseload

As the national Covid-19 curve trends downward, Kerala continues to be the outlier. Over the last two days, the state has reported a significant rise in new infections, which has led to an increase in active cases at the national level for the first time in two months. Kerala has been discovering between 11,000 and 13,000 cases every day for almost a month now. During this same period, the daily count in the country has halved — from more than 80,000 a day to about 40,000 a day. Nearly every major state other than Kerala has reported a significant decline in the daily case count. Since June 15, Kerala has been the biggest contributor to the national caseload. For the last two days, the state has accounted for more than a third of all cases reported in the country. Kerala’s...
Delhi can’t afford riots like in Feb 2020, Facebook role must be looked into: Supreme Court
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Delhi can’t afford riots like in Feb 2020, Facebook role must be looked into: Supreme Court

Underlining that “the capital of the country can ill-afford any repetition” of an occurrence like the February 2020 riots, the Supreme Court Thursday came down heavily on social media platform Facebook, saying its role “in this context must be looked into by the powers that be” and this was why it had been summoned by the Delhi Assembly. The bench of Justices S K Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy, ruling on a plea challenging summons issued to Facebook by a committee of the Delhi Assembly, said “while Facebook has played a crucial role in enabling free speech by providing a voice to the voiceless and a means to escape state censorship”, the court “cannot lose sight of the fact that it has simultaneously become a platform for disruptive messages, voices, and ideolog...
West Bengal: Fourth day in row, daily surge stays below 1,000
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West Bengal: Fourth day in row, daily surge stays below 1,000

The state’s overall Covid-19 tally rose to 15,09,218 on Thursday, with 995 more people catching the infection in the last 24 hours. Since July 5, the state has recorded below 1,000 daily cases. Seventeen fresh fatalities also took the overall toll to 17,867, stated a bulletin issued by the state health department. At 98, West Midnapore district topped the caseload in the last 24 hours, followed by North 24 Parganas at 93, Darjeeling at 88 and Kolkata at 87. Jalpaiguri district in north Bengal recorded the highest number of deaths at four, followed by three in North 24 Parganas and two in Kolkata. However, as many as 1,490 more patients were certified Covid-free on Thursday, taking the overall recovery rate to 97.75 percent. A total of 49,842 samples were tested in the las...
From UK to Indonesia: How Delta variant is dominating global Covid surge – Times of India
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From UK to Indonesia: How Delta variant is dominating global Covid surge – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Covid cases in India may be on a steady decline but several countries across the world are now grappling with a renewed surge in cases. Reason: The highly contagious Delta variant. First identified in India last year, the fast-spreading variant has now become dominant in countries like the US and UK, leading to a significant spike in recent cases. It was also responsible for India's devastating second Covid wave. Resurgence in UK, USIn UK, Covid-19 infections have quadrupled in a month since early June, a large prevalence study showed on Thursday. The daily cases on Wednesday touched the 32,000-mark after nearly six months and are likely to increase further. UK health secretary Sajid Javid warned that cases could rise up to 100,000 per day after restrictions are lifted on J...
Karolina Pliskova rallies to reach first Wimbledon final | Tennis News – Times of India
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Karolina Pliskova rallies to reach first Wimbledon final | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Former world number one Karolina Pliskova reached her maiden Wimbledon final after coming back from a set down to beat second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday. The Czech goes into Saturday's decider looking to capture her first Grand Slam title, having only ever reached one other final when she finished runner-up to Angelique Kerber at the 2016 US Open. More of this in the final please, @KaPliskova 😮#Wimbledon https://t.co/FzPIpcCFDz— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 1625762341000Pliskova will face another Wimbledon final debutant in world number one Ash Barty, who beat Kerber earlier on Thursday. The 29-year-old Pliskova found it hard going against Sabalenka, the first seeded player she had faced in this year's tournament, and it showed as she dropped her first s...
Dasun Shanaka to replace Kusal Perera as captain for limited-overs series against India: Reports | Cricket News – Times of India
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Dasun Shanaka to replace Kusal Perera as captain for limited-overs series against India: Reports | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: All-rounder Dasun Shanaka is all set to replace Kusal Perera as the captain of Sri Lanka's limited-overs team ahead of the ODI and T20 series against India, beginning July 13. The 29-year-old, an explosive batsman and a seam bowler, will become Sri Lanka's sixth captain in less than four years if he gets the job. Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Dimuth Karunaratne and Perera had captained the side at some point since the start of 2018. Shanaka had led the national team when it clean-sweeped Pakistan in a three-match T20I series in 2019. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, "the captaincy switch is only partly a consequence of on-field performance." "Although Sri Lanka have comfortably lost all three series that they played under Perera, the board and selector...
Important decisions for welfare of agriculture, farmers taken: PM Modi | India News – Times of India
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Important decisions for welfare of agriculture, farmers taken: PM Modi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The government has taken important decisions for the welfare of agriculture and farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, while noting that a Rs 23,000 crore package has also been approved to strengthen the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. In his tweets after he chaired a meeting of the Union Cabinet, Modi noted that the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund can now be used to strengthen the Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) and interest subvention will also be provided. The Covid-19 package will help making arrangements for paediatric care unit, ICU beds, oxygen storage, ambulance and medicine in every district, Modi said. The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a Rs 23,123-crore financial package for improving health infrastructure in the country to ...
Sri Lanka batting coach Grant Flower tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of India series | Cricket News – Times of India
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Sri Lanka batting coach Grant Flower tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of India series | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's batting coach Grant Flower tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, 48 hours after the squad's arrival from England and less than a week before the home series against India. Sri Lanka are set to take on India in a six-match white-ball series starting July 13. Flower has been isolated from the rest of the squad which is undergoing hard quarantine on arrival. "Batting coach of the Sri Lanka national team Grant Flower has tested positive for Covid-19," Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement. Batting Coach of the Sri Lanka National Team Grant Flower has tested positive for Covid 19.He was found to be pos… https://t.co/P6wrIMFSca— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) 1625759089000"He was found to be positive during a PCR test carried out on him today when Flower sh...