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Farhan Akhtar opens up about feeling judged when asked THIS question during the ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ press conference – Times of India
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Farhan Akhtar opens up about feeling judged when asked THIS question during the ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ press conference – Times of India

Farhan Akhtar is all set to win hearts all over again with his upcoming film ‘Toofan’. Amid all the promotions for the film, the actor recently opened up about a question from the first press conference of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag that he ‘never forgot’. Farhan, recalling about the press conference, confessed how a journalist asked director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra why a ‘Punjabi actor’ was not cast in the film. In a recent chat show, Farhan shared, during the announcement of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, at the very first press conference, a journalist asked his director Rakeysh, ‘How come you cast Farhan in this film? Why didn’t you take some Punjabi actors only? How will he do it?’ Adding to that, Rakeysh had his belief, answered on his behalf and said why he chose to work with him on Bhaag Milkha ...
Jaishankar hands over relics of Georgia’s Queen Ketevan, describes it emotional moment | India News – Times of India
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Jaishankar hands over relics of Georgia’s Queen Ketevan, describes it emotional moment | India News – Times of India

TBILISI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar, who arrived here on Friday on a two-day official visit, said he was blessed to hand over the holy relics of St. Queen Ketevan to the people of Georgia and it was an emotional moment. Jaishankar was received by his Georgian counterpart David Zalkaliani on his arrival. "Warmly welcomed in Tbilisi by FM @DZalkaliani. Blessed to hand over the holy relics of St. Queen Ketevan to the people of Georgia. An emotional moment..." Jaishankar said in a tweet. Warmly welcomed in Tbilisi by FM @DZalkaliani. Blessed to hand over the holy relics of St. Queen Ketevan to the pe… https://t.co/Pn9adYQCbv— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) 1625847193000Zalkaliani also referred to Jaishankar bringing with him relics of Georgia's Queen Ketevan and said the vis...
Phone tapping of Nana Patole: Maharashtra Govt sets up probe panel led by DGP
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Phone tapping of Nana Patole: Maharashtra Govt sets up probe panel led by DGP

The Maharashtra government on Friday set up a three-member committee headed by Director General of Police Sanjay Pandey to conduct an inquiry into the alleged phone tapping of state Congress president Nana Patole during the tenure of the previous BJP-led government. The other members of the committee are the state intelligence commissioner and the additional commissioner of special branch. The report has to be submitted to the government within three months. The terms of inquiry of the committee ARE to find out whether from 2015 to 2019, the phones of public representatives were illegally tapped for political purposes and to fix responsibility. Last week in the Legislative Assembly, state Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil had announced that the government will probe allegatio...
Calcutta HC vacates stay order on teachers’ recruitment
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Calcutta HC vacates stay order on teachers’ recruitment

The Calcutta High Court on Friday lifted its stay order on the appointment process of 14,500 upper primary school teachers initiated by the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC). The court’s direction came after the WBSSC published a fresh interview list of candidates along with their marks. The court, however, directed the commission to hear the complaints of every candidate not featured in the interview list and get back to them. The court gave candidates 14 days to register their grievances with the WBSSC. Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay also directed the commission to complete the entire process in 12 weeks. While hearing the petition challenging the appointment process — the plea claimed that the prescribed rules were not followed while preparing the interview lis...
West Bengal: 990 new Covid cases, 19 more die in a day
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West Bengal: 990 new Covid cases, 19 more die in a day

BENGAL ON Saturday recorded 990 fresh Covid-19 cases and 19 more deaths due to the virus. Health experts said the Covid situation in the state is under control but warned people to maintain Covid protocol. “The declining number of cases is a positive thing but it is crucial to stick to Covid-appropriate behaviour so that the number does not start shooting up again,” said an official. The highest cases have been recorded in Darjeeling at 95 and North 24 Parganas at 94. The total death toll in the state now stands at 17,886. At present, there are 15,690 active cases in Bengal, of which 13,045 are in home isolation and 632 are in safe homes. “On Friday, around 2,32,992 people were vaccinated in the state and cumulatively 2,38,48,001 people have been vaccinated in the stat...
Taskin Ahmed, Blessing Muzarabani fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct | Cricket News – Times of India
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Taskin Ahmed, Blessing Muzarabani fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct | Cricket News – Times of India

HARARE: Bangladesh player Taskin Ahmed and Zimbabwe fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani have both been fined 15 per cent of their match fees for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct (inappropriate physical contact) during the second day of the one-off Test here. The players were found to have breached Article 2.1.12 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match." In addition to this, one demerit point each has been added to the disciplinary records of the players, both of whom did not have any previous offence in a 24-month period. The incident occurred in the 85th over of Bang...
‘At this stage’, Calcutta High Court refuses to interfere in illegal vaccine probe
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‘At this stage’, Calcutta High Court refuses to interfere in illegal vaccine probe

The Calcutta High Court on Friday refused to interfere in the illegal vaccine camps case involving main accused Debanjan Deb. Hearing PILs seeking a probe by a Central agency into the matter, a division bench comprising Justice IP Mukerjee and Aniruddha Roy said the petitioners may move the court at a later stage if there was any cause of dissatisfaction with the investigation being carried out by Kolkata Police. The vaccination camps were allegedly conducted by accused Deb who posed as an IAS officer to appear credible and dupe people into receiving dubious Covid-19 vaccine jabs. The case was busted by TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty, who was also a victim of one such fake camps. During previous hearings in the matter before the Calcutta High Court, judges questioned officials of ...
We all regret no fans at Tokyo Olympics, says Thomas Bach | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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We all regret no fans at Tokyo Olympics, says Thomas Bach | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: The Tokyo Olympics will have a different feel with spectators banned from the venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Friday promised athletes a global digital audience of billions. On Thursday, Tokyo Games organisers decided the July 23-August 8 Olympics would take place without spectators as a resurgent coronavirus forced Japan to declare a state of emergency in the capital that will run throughout the Games. "This was a really difficult one and we all regret the consequences for you the athletes but also for the spectators," Bach said from Tokyo in a video message to athletes. "But it was a decision which was necessary to ensure a safe Olympic Games. I hope we all agree that the most important thing is that the Ol...
Covid third wave prep: PM takes stock of O2 readiness
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Covid third wave prep: PM takes stock of O2 readiness

Over 1,500 oxygen plants are being readied across India to be connected to four lakh hospital beds in case of a third wave of Covid-19, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi instructing officials to work on advanced technology to weave them into a web for smooth monitoring and functioning. Around 8,000 people are being formally trained to operate and train the plants, the PM was told at a review meeting held on Friday. The Pressure Swing Absorption plants are being installed at district levels. While the DRDO is installing the plants with partner agencies, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), CPWD and National Buildings Construction Corporation are doing the civil work for them. The PM directed that each district should have trained persons to run the plants. Offici...
Tejashwi Yadav: Opposition must come together, otherwise history won’t forgive them
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Tejashwi Yadav: Opposition must come together, otherwise history won’t forgive them

Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav has said that opposition parties must keep aside differences and ego to work together on a strategy to take on the BJP — and that history would not forgive them if they fail to do so. There is no shortage of issues for the opposition to raise, and their strategy should be based around “real issues”, the RJD leader said at the Idea Exchange programme of The Indian Express. He also said that the Congress would have to be the “aadhaar” of any future opposition alignment. Yadav said that while leaders such as Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav, and Sharad Pawar were worried about the state of the country and did speak from time to time, they needed to team up and travel to various states together. “I think something will e...
Google will now let you plan your video meetings better with new RSVP features – Times of India
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Google will now let you plan your video meetings better with new RSVP features – Times of India

Google is now extending the RSVP option in Google Calendar invites to virtual meetings. With the new feature Google Workspace users will be able to indicate whether they plan to join a meeting in the meeting room or virtually. “Both the organizer and guests will be able to see how attendees are planning to attend the meeting in the event detail. This will help meeting attendees know what to expect when joining a meeting, and prepare accordingly,” Google said in a blog post. The new RSVP feature will initially be available on Google Calendar, and will be coming to calendar invitations in Gmail soon. “If you select the new RSVP options, the join method details (e.g. “joining virtually”) are not shared with contacts on other platforms, such as Microsoft Outlook,” added Google. Meanwhile, p...
‘TMC turncoats leaving BJP after failing to fit in’: Dilip Ghosh
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‘TMC turncoats leaving BJP after failing to fit in’: Dilip Ghosh

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Friday said action would be taken against party leaders who were targeting the leadership with “negative statements”. The BJP leader claimed that those who had joined the party from the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) ahead of the Assembly elections were now leaving as they could not fit in. Ghosh’s comments came after several leaders such as Rajib Banerjee and Sabyasachi Dutta criticised the BJP for targeting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instead of working for people’s welfare. “The party had pasted bark of other trees on itself which is now coming off. Those who joined the party recently are finding it difficult to adjust to BJP’s rules and regulations. Some of them are leaving. But old-timers have no such problems. We took a la...
PM to Rajnath, Nadda to Yogi, Kalyan Singh has company in hospital
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PM to Rajnath, Nadda to Yogi, Kalyan Singh has company in hospital

IN THE five days that Kalyan Singh has been in hospital here, BJP president J P Nadda has come down from Delhi to visit him, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been over twice, Union minister Rajnath Singh has come calling, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has phoned in to check up on his health. With elections round the corner in Uttar Pradesh, as the BJP does caste maths to rally support (including in the recent Union Cabinet reshuffle), Kalyan, the former CM of UP, the prominent Lodh leader and one of the BJP’s preeminent Ram temple movement faces, finds himself the focus of special attention. The 89-year-old, who briefly exited the BJP, has been on the sidelines in the party for a while now. In 2014, he was virtually retired by the Modi government with appointment as Ra...
Rains halted, sowing of almost all major kharif crops takes a big hit
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Rains halted, sowing of almost all major kharif crops takes a big hit

As the monsoon gets delayed over most parts of India after a timely start, the sowing of major kharif crops has seen a dip. Irrespective of when the rains arrive now, the sowing window for crops like moong, urad and, to an extent, cotton might be too short for farmers to commence operations. The All India Crop Situation report issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare shows sowing in over 499.87 lakh hectares (lh), against 558.11 lh last year, with area under almost all major crops, including moong, soyabean, paddy and cotton, reporting a dip. Last year, when there was bumper sowing of crops, farmers had planted soyabean over 92.36 lh, which is down to 82.14 lh now; moong over 13.49 lh, against 11.92 lh this year; and cotton, the major kharif cash crop, ove...
Budget session: Mukul Roy appointed Assembly PAC head
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Budget session: Mukul Roy appointed Assembly PAC head

Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mukul Roy. who recently switched back to the ruling party after winning the Assembly polls on a BJP ticket, was appointed the chairperson of the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by Speaker Biman Banerjee on Friday. In protest, the BJP, the main Opposition party, walked out of the Assembly, pointing out that the convention was to appoint an Opposition MLA the head of the PAC. The committee audits spending and other accounts of the government. The BJP had nominated six of its members to the 20-member body while the TMC submitted the names of 13 legislators. Roy’s name was proposed as an independent candidate. The BJP had proposed the name of Balurghat MLA and former chief economic adviser to the Centre, Ashok Lahiri, for the po...
Police set to reinvestigate 2018 ‘suicide’ of Suvendu Adhikari’s security guard
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Police set to reinvestigate 2018 ‘suicide’ of Suvendu Adhikari’s security guard

More than two years after the death of a 40-year-old security personnel of then state transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, West Bengal Police has started a fresh investigation into the alleged suicide and registered a case under murder charge against unidentified persons. The complaint was filed by victim Subhabrata Chakraborty’s wife, Subarna, at Kanthi police station on on Wednesday, following which an FIR under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 120B (criminal Conspiracy) was registered against unidentified people. The BJP said the case was filed out of “political vendetta”. “I was doubtful from Day 1 of the incident but didn’t speak against him (Adhikari) because he was very powerful. I live with two daughters so I never gained courage to file a complaint. But now the situat...
Covid task force head points to crowds at hill stations, warns of a new virus spread
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Covid task force head points to crowds at hill stations, warns of a new virus spread

With daily case detections still above 40,000 and reports and pictures of blatant violations of social distancing norms coming from tourist spots, the head of India’s pandemic task force has again warned that the second wave of Covid-19 is not over yet, and that cases can explode if people continue to behave recklessly. Responding to a question on the daily new cases graph that has plateaued over the last two weeks, Dr V K Paul said on Friday that the slow rate of decline was an indicator that the virus could take the “upper hand” if the current situation did not change. India needed to achieve a “baseline” of 10,000 cases for at least three consecutive weeks before it could be said that the situation was under control, Paul said. “It is right that the graph (of the declin...
Delhi HC calls for Uniform Civil Code, asks Centre to take action
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Delhi HC calls for Uniform Civil Code, asks Centre to take action

Underlining the need for a Uniform Civil Code, the Delhi High Court has said that youth belonging to different communities, tribes, castes or religions who solemnise their marriage “ought not be forced to struggle with issues” arising due to conflicts in various personal laws, especially in relation to marriage and divorce. In an order released Friday, Justice Prathiba M Singh said: “The hope expressed in Article 44 of the Constitution that the State shall secure for its citizens Uniform Civil Code ought not to remain a mere hope. The Supreme Court had in 1985 directed that the judgment in Ms Jordan Diengdeh be placed before the Ministry of Law to take appropriate steps. However, more than three decades have passed since then and it is unclear as to what steps have been tak...
Weight loss story: “Power yoga and bodyweight exercises made me lose 27 kilos”  | The Times of India
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Weight loss story: “Power yoga and bodyweight exercises made me lose 27 kilos” | The Times of India

The three things which majorly helped me stay motivated towards losing weight were:-Setting a goal-Investing in some attractive workout outfits-Keeping a track of the inch-loss.How do you ensure you don’t lose focus?Set a period of transformation, give yourself a goal like to wear that dress, or to go to a beach place, to eat that food, as a reward. Once you are dedicated to a goal as such, you will give all your efforts wholeheartedly and not lose pace. What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? There are a lot many factors that make you start to loathe obesity. Depression, fatigue, low confidence, mood swings, frustration etc. Long-term obesity can also cause lifestyle diseases like thyroid, BP, diabetes, back pain etc. Source link