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Ethiopia PM Abiy’s party wins landslide victory in parliamentary election – Times of India
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Ethiopia PM Abiy’s party wins landslide victory in parliamentary election – Times of India

ADDIS ABABA: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Prosperity Party won the most seats in Ethiopia's parliamentary election, the election board said on Saturday, a victory that assures him another term in office. Abiy's party won 410 of 436 parliamentary seats, election board deputy chairperson Woubshet Ayele told a news conference in the capital Addis Ababa. Abiy hailed the June 21 vote as the country's first free and fair election after decades of repressive rule. However, an opposition boycott, war, ethnic violence and logistical challenges overshadowed the election in some areas. Voting did not take place in three of Ethiopia's 10 regions. Opposition leader Berhanu Nega said his Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice party (Ezema) had filed 207 complaints after local officials and militiamen b...
Auschwitz survivor who fought racism with music dies at 96 – Times of India
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Auschwitz survivor who fought racism with music dies at 96 – Times of India

BERLIN: Esther Bejarano, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp who used the power of music to fight antisemitism and racism in Germany, has died. She was 96. Bejarano died peacefully in the early hours of Saturday at the Jewish Hospital in Hamburg, German news agency dpa quoted Helga Obens, a board member of the Auschwitz Committee in Germany, as saying. A cause of death was not given. German foreign minister Heiko Maas paid tribute to Bejarano, calling her “an important voice in the fight against racism and antisemitism.” Born in 1924 as the daughter of Jewish cantor Rudolf Loewy in what was then French-occupied Saarlouis, the family later moved to Saarbruecken, where Bejarano enjoyed a musical and sheltered upbringing until the Nazis came to power and the city was returned to Germany...
KCOCA case against key accused in Lankesh murder dropped: Karnataka dallies as cops seek SC appeal against HC order quashing KCOCA
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KCOCA case against key accused in Lankesh murder dropped: Karnataka dallies as cops seek SC appeal against HC order quashing KCOCA

Despite the Karnataka Police proposing an appeal in the Supreme Court against a Karnataka High Court order dropping charges against a key accused in the 2017 killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, the BJP government is yet to decide on moving an appeal in the court. The case, filed under the stringent Karnataka Control of Organized Control Act (KCOCA), was quashed on April 22 with the High Court saying that the accused was not involved in “continuing unlawful activities” as defined under the Act. The delay has compelled Lankesh’s sister Kavitha to file an SLP in the SC and notices were issued to the government on June 29. Mohan Nayak (50) and the other accused in the case were linked to Hindutva outfit Sanatan Sanstha and its affiliate Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. The police arg...
Weight loss: Best exercises to get rid of arm fat  | The Times of India
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Weight loss: Best exercises to get rid of arm fat | The Times of India

Triceps are an important muscle group in the upper arm area. Thus, incorporating exercises which tone and condition the triceps will also help effectively reduce the appearance of saggy, loose skin, especially around the armpits. One good way to do so would be by using any form of hand weight, or, even some make-do weights present around the house to do so.How to do:-Stand upright, with your feet and shoulder, width apart. Hold the dumbbell directly above your head with your arm extended.-Clasp your elbow with the other hand for support.-Now, fold your elbow so that the dumbbell is lowered behind the head.-Extend your arm back to the starting position. Source link
Azhar, Rohan Jaitley part of the BCCI working group for domestic cricket | Cricket News – Times of India
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Azhar, Rohan Jaitley part of the BCCI working group for domestic cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday formed a ‘working group’ for domestic cricket which includes former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, Rohan Jaitley, Avishek Dalmiya and Jaydev Shah. The other members of the panel are Yudhvir Singh (central zone), Devajit Saikia (Northeast zone) and Santosh Menon (south zone). They will work along with the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, vice-president Rajiv Shukla, secretary Jay Shah and treasurer Arun Dhumal. On June 20, the BCCI apex council had decided that a 10-member committee will be formed to look into the compensation package for the domestic season and the other aspects of domestic cricket. Azharuddin is the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), while Jaitley heads the Delhi and District Cric...
Hizbul chief’s sons among 11 govt staff sacked in J&K
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Hizbul chief’s sons among 11 govt staff sacked in J&K

The J&K administration said Saturday it had dismissed 11 government employees, including two sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and two police constables, for their alleged terror links and support to terrorism. Official sources said a designated committee for scrutinising and recommending cases under Article 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution of India — it states “where the President or the Governor, as the case may be, is satisfied that in the interest of the security of the State, it is not expedient to hold such inquiry” — in its second and fourth meeting, recommended three and eight cases respectively for their dismissal from government service. Of the 11 employees dismissed, four are from Anantnag, three from Budgam, one each from Baramulla, Srinagar, Pu...
Countdown in state of emergency, few carry a torch for Olympics in Tokyo
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Countdown in state of emergency, few carry a torch for Olympics in Tokyo

The opening ceremony of the pandemic-hit Tokyo Olympics is just 12 days away. But instead of the celebratory fervour that normally grips a host city, there seems to be a sense of dread among the locals that they are all aboard a runaway train. Japan’s sprawling capital is witnessing another surge in Covid-19 cases, a state of emergency has been imposed in Tokyo, spectators have been banned from the stadiums, and Shigeru Omi, the Japanese government’s top coronavirus advisor, has said it is “abnormal” to conduct the Olympics during a pandemic. “Everyone I talk to seems to feel a sense of helplessness, resignation or outrage about these very unpopular Games,” author and journalist Timothy Hornyak told The Sunday Express from Tokyo. “I don’t know a single person who is excited...
400 yrs later, Georgia saint-queen returns home — from Goa church
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400 yrs later, Georgia saint-queen returns home — from Goa church

Four hundred years after she was killed in Safavid Iran for refusing to give up her Christian faith and convert to Islam, St. Queen Ketevan returned home to Georgia Saturday. The relics of Queen Ketevan, revered as Ketevan the Martyr, had been taken to Goa where they remained hidden in a church complex until their discovery in 2005. In Georgia’s capital Tbilisi Saturday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar handed over part of the relics to its government and the people at an emotional ceremony in the presence of His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, and Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. It was the culmination of years of diplomatic requests and hard work to establish the identity of Queen Ketevan. From Kakheti, a kingdom in eastern Ge...
Follow all precautionary Covid-19 protocols: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi | India News – Times of India
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Follow all precautionary Covid-19 protocols: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday urged people not to lower their guard against Covid-19 and to follow all precautionary steps. "Please keep the guard up - follow all precautionary protocols," he said on Twitter, using the hashtag "CovidIsNotOver". His remarks came amid concerns that over-crowding at many places, including hill stations, may lead to an early third wave of the pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government have also expressed concern over the issue and urged all states and union territories to ensure that Covid-19 protocols are strictly followed. Source link
Between broken fingers and fingers crossed for World Cup — hard work, ‘catch of the year’
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Between broken fingers and fingers crossed for World Cup — hard work, ‘catch of the year’

On Friday night, as 23-year-old Indian all-rounder Harleen Deol took a reverse-cupped catch above her head and throwing the ball in the air before crossing boundary and regaining her balance to make a dive to complete the catch inside the boundary to dismiss England’s Amy Jones in the 19th over off the bowling of Shikha Pandey in the rain-affected first women’s T20I match at Northampton, England, Harleen’s mother Charanjit Kaur Deol remembered all the injuries and fractures her daughter had got as a trainee at the Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, and later at HPCA Women’s cricket academy at Dharamshala. Harleen’s sensational catch also earned praise on Twitter from cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, former England captain Nasser Hussain, forme...
Centre alerts 8 tourist states: step up vigil
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Centre alerts 8 tourist states: step up vigil

With tourists thronging the hills throwing Covid caution to the wind, the Ministry of Home Affairs Saturday held a meeting with eight states — where these destinations are — reminding them that the second wave wasn’t over and they should “ensure strict adherence to the protocols prescribed in respect of wearing of masks, social distancing and other safe behaviour.” Union Home Secretary A K Bhalla and Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan held a meeting with top officials of Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal. The meeting was also attended by Covid task force head V K Paul, Director General, Indian Council for Medical Research; and Chief Secretaries, Directors-General of Police and Principal Secretaries (Health) of...
One-off Test: Bangladesh defy Taylor onslaught to close in on win | Cricket News – Times of India
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One-off Test: Bangladesh defy Taylor onslaught to close in on win | Cricket News – Times of India

HARARE: Najmul Hossain Shanto and Shadman Islam both struck hundreds on Saturday as Bangladesh turned the screw on Zimbabwe on the fourth day of the one-off Test at the Harare Sports Club. Opener Shadman made a steady 115 not out while Najmul was bolder with his unbeaten 117 but it was home captain Brendan Taylor who produced the day's most astonishing innings with 92 from 73 balls as Zimbabwe went in search of a monumental and highly unlikely victory target of 477. SCORECARDZimbabwe had reached 170-3 at the close, still 337 short of what would be a record-breaking target, leaving Bangladesh strongly placed to close out victory on Sunday. The West Indies hold the world record for a successful fourth-innings chase, reaching a 418-run target set by visiting Australia 18 years ago. Resumin...
Photo on government website, Assam family fears ‘foreigner’ tag
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Photo on government website, Assam family fears ‘foreigner’ tag

At 10.30 am on July 24, 2012, a few days into one of Assam’s worst sectarian riots, between the Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslims, photographer and journalist Abdul Maleque Ahmed had found himself on the half-constructed Hagrama bridge in Chirang district. As scores of people fled from burning villages on one side to safe ground across the bridge, Ahmed had clicked a photo of a group of displaced men, women and toddlers, bag and baggage in hand. The photograph ran in the front page of the Assamese daily he worked for. Over the next few months, Ahmed’s picture became the most circulated photograph of the ‘2012 BTAD (Bodoland Territorial Area Districts) riots’, which had left nearly 100 people dead and 4 lakh displaced. “I found some of the people from the photo in a relief ...
Early warning: Declining R-number starts to inch up, dip in Covid cases slows down
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Early warning: Declining R-number starts to inch up, dip in Covid cases slows down

There is a reason why photographs of crowds, without masks and with little social distancing, at popular tourist destinations are being viewed with uneasiness — and concern. Even as the second wave abates, the reproductive number, or R, an indicator of how fast the Covid-19 pandemic is spreading, has increased for the first time since the middle of April. This could be an early signal of an impending potential surge in number of cases. The R-number, a mathematically calculated estimate which measures the number of people who are being infected by an already infected person, was declining until the last week of June. ExplainedLockdown eases, pressure buildsAs states ease the lockdown, opportunities for crowding and for potentially enhanced transmission will increase. R-va...
WHO’s chief scientist warns the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t slowing down | India News – Times of India
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WHO’s chief scientist warns the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t slowing down | India News – Times of India

Coronavirus infections are rising across most regions of the world as the delta variant spreads, clear evidence that the pandemic isn’t on the wane, said the World Health Organisation’s chief scientist. While vaccination levels in some countries are reducing severe cases and hospitalisations, large parts of the world face oxygen shortages, a lack of hospital beds and higher mortality, said the WHO’s Soumya Swaminathan in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “In the last 24 hours, close to 500,000 new cases have been reported and about 9,300 deaths -- now that’s not a pandemic that’s slowing down,” Swaminathan said. Cases are rising in five of six WHO regions, and mortality rates in Africa have jumped by 30% to 40% in two weeks, said Swaminathan. The main reason for the increases ar...
England aim to be Euro ‘Top Guns’ after call from Tom Cruise | Football News – Times of India
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England aim to be Euro ‘Top Guns’ after call from Tom Cruise | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Harry Kane is hoping England will be Euro 2020 top guns in Sunday's final against Italy after receiving a message of support from Hollywood actor Tom Cruise. England captain Kane will lead his country in their first major final for 55 years. Ahead of the historic showdown at Wembley, Kane revealed Gareth Southgate's squad had an unexpected call from "Top Gun" and "Mission Impossible" star Cruise, who was in London on Saturday for the Wimbledon women's final. "Obviously we have had ex-players and people get in touch," Kane told the BBC. "We actually had Tom Cruise get in touch yesterday evening, you get everyone who loves football." "We were fortunate enough to have a watch of one of his films so I think he was over here in the UK and he just dialled in and FaceTimed us just to w...
Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Kapoor’s reunion show ‘Finding Anamika’ wrapping up shoot – Times of India
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Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Kapoor’s reunion show ‘Finding Anamika’ wrapping up shoot – Times of India

Insiders have revealed to ETimes that the finishing touches for Madhuri Dixit's debut web series, ‘Finding Anamika’ are currently being shot at Madh Island in Mumbai. An industry source says, “A two-day patchwork of the series with Madhuri Dixit is all that’s left for the show. The entire shooting of the web series has been completed.” ‘Finding Anamika’ will also see actor Sanjay Kapoor reunite with Madhuri on-screen after two decades. The last time they worked together was in Mohabbat (1997) alongside Akshaye Khanna. Their most memorable work together remains Raja (1995) which also featured the cult hit song ‘Ankhiyaan Milaoon Kabhi’. With an intriguing and thrilling concept, the story of ‘Finding Anamika’ revolves around a global superstar who suddenly disappears. Her family with the...
Viswanathan Anand beats Garry Kasparov in Croatia Grand Chess Tour | Chess News – Times of India
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Viswanathan Anand beats Garry Kasparov in Croatia Grand Chess Tour | Chess News – Times of India

ZAGREB: Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand trumped former world champion Garry Kasparov in the much-awaited contest of the Croatia Grand Chess Tour here on Saturday. Playing with white pieces, the Chennai-based maestro took down Kasparov in 30 moves in a Sicillian Najdorf variation game in the fourth round of the Blitz event. The Indian ace, however, went down to Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi, the top-seed here, in round five. He was placed sixth after five rounds with 11.5 points. Anand had started the Blitz competition with a defeat at the hands of Dutch GM Anish Giri before bouncing back with a win over Jan-Kryzstof Duda of Poland. He then shared points with French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the third round. The former world champion had ended up at seventh spot after the Rapid sec...
EU green pass: Which European countries can Indians travel to amid Covid pandemic? | India News – Times of India
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EU green pass: Which European countries can Indians travel to amid Covid pandemic? | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As many as 16 European countries are yet to recognise India's Covishield for inclusion in the EU green pass, which allows entry to travelers amid the Covid pandemic. This, even as India has already asked EU member countries to individually consider allowing Indians who have taken Covishield and Covaxin vaccines and want to travel to Europe. Covishield has not yet been approved by France, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia. 14 of these are EU members while Norway and Lichtenstein are non-member states. On the other hand, 13 EU members have said they will allow people inoculated with Covishield to travel to their countries. These are Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, ...