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Day: July 13, 2021

Four suspects detained in TMC leader’s killing, party blames BJP
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Four suspects detained in TMC leader’s killing, party blames BJP

A day after a Trinamool Congress leader was shot dead at Mangalkote in Purba Bardhaman district, four persons were detained in connection with the killing on Tuesday. Police said the suspects were being interrogated on their alleged involvement in the case. The victim, identified as Trinamool’s block president in Mangalkote Ashim Das (45), was shot from point blank range when he was on way home on his bike. A team of CID officers examined the crime scene on Tuesday. Police said prima facie, it appears that the assailants were known to Das. They called him by his name and as the leader stopped his two-wheeler to see who they were, the assailants opened fire and shot him dead. Trinamool strongman and the party’s Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal alleged a BJP hand in...
TMC delegation to meet EC tomorrow, urge it to hold by-elections in 6 seats
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TMC delegation to meet EC tomorrow, urge it to hold by-elections in 6 seats

A Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation will meet Election Commission (EC) officials in New Delhi on Thursday demanding holding of the bypolls in six vacant Assembly seats in West Bengal at the earliest. “We will meet the EC officials on Thursday and request them to hold the bypolls soon. We will request that a week for campaigning will be enough for the bypolls. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already said that she will focus on holding the civic polls in the state after the bypolls are over. We will have nothing to say if the EC does not hold the bypolls on time, but will continue with our demand,” TMC MP Sougata Roy said here on Tuesday. Mamata Banerjee, who lost the Assembly election from Nandigram, will have to get elected in the next six months to continue as chief m...
Voice of America announces ending its Bangla radio service
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Voice of America announces ending its Bangla radio service

Washington, Jul 14 (PTI): Voice of America on Tuesday announced that it is ending its radio service in Bangla that served Bangladesh, West Bengal, Assam and Tripura for 63 years. The FM and shortwave radio transmissions of Voice of America in Bangla would officially end on July 17, after 63 years, according to a media release. Simultaneously, the service's television and social media content will expand considerably, as these are platforms more heavily used by VOA Bangla's 16 million weekly audience members. "When VOA Bangla launched in January 1958, Bangladesh was known as 'East Pakistan' and it was a territory under martial law with no television or private radio," said John Lippman, Acting VOA Programming Director. "VOA's shortwave radio transmissions from outsid...
Unable to send Covid vaccines as India needs time to review its legal provisions: US
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Unable to send Covid vaccines as India needs time to review its legal provisions: US

Washington, Jul 14 (PTI): The United States on Tuesday said that it is ready to ship its COVID-19 vaccines expeditiously when it has the green light from the Indian government which has told the Americans that it needs further time to review legal provisions related to accepting vaccine donations. "We are ready to ship those vaccines expeditiously when we have a green light from the Government of India,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his daily news conference. The Biden Administration has announced to share 80 million doses from its domestic stockpile with countries around the world, including India. In recent week, the US vaccines have landed in countries across the world, including Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. However, the va...
Magsafe Battery Pack for iPhone: Apple launches MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone; Price, availability and more | – Times of India
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Magsafe Battery Pack for iPhone: Apple launches MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone; Price, availability and more | – Times of India

Apple has announced a new accessory for the iPhone 12 series in India. The company has launched the new MagSafe Battery pack — an accessory which comes in the form of a wireless battery pack. MagSafe Battery Pack: Price and availabilityThe MagSafe Battery Pack will be available on Apple Online Store. However, on the Apple Online Store India the accessory is listed as “currently unavailable.” The MagSafe Battery Pack has been priced at Rs 10,900. In the US, the accessory is set to go on sale from July 19. MagSafe Battery Pack: How it worksLike the MagSafe charger, the MagSafe battery pack attaches magnetically to the back of the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. It is meant to give users additional battery in times of need. The battery pack can be charged wi...
Biden to nominate Indian-American surgeon Atul Gawande to senior USAID position
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Biden to nominate Indian-American surgeon Atul Gawande to senior USAID position

Washington, Jul 14 (PTI): US President Joe Biden intends to nominate Indian-American surgeon and popular author Atul Gawande to a senior leadership position in the US Agency for International Development (USAID). According to the White House, Biden intends to nominate Gawande for Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Global Health, USAID. Gawande has four New York Times best-selling books to his credit -- Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal. "I'm honored to be nominated to lead global health development at USAID, including for COVID. With more COVID deaths worldwide in the first half of 2021 than in all of 2020, I'm grateful for the chance to help end this crisis and to re-strengthen public health systems worldwide," Gawande said in ...
PM to visit Varanasi tomorrow, inaugurate multi-crore projects
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PM to visit Varanasi tomorrow, inaugurate multi-crore projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency, on Thursday and will inaugurate Rudraksh Convention Centre, which has been constructed with Japanese assistance. He will also inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of multiple development projects worth over Rs 1,500 crore there, a statement issued by the government said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday visited Varanasi and took stock of the preparations for the PM’s visit. He also inspected the IIT-BHU ground where Modi is scheduled to address people. The foundation of Rudraksh Convention Centre was laid five years ago during the visit of then Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Being termed as a symbol of “Indo-Japan” friendship, the centre has been constructed at the cost of Rs ...
Cabinet committees rejigged: Mandaviya, Sonowal, Irani part of key panel, no allies
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Cabinet committees rejigged: Mandaviya, Sonowal, Irani part of key panel, no allies

DAYS AFTER expanding the cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reconstituted the cabinet committees, trimming the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) and bringing in five new members as part of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA). Crucial ministries, including Rural Development, Railways, and Petroleum and Natural Gas, which were represented in the earlier CCEA, have been left out this time. While Union ministers Smriti Irani, Bhupender Yadav, Sarbananda Sonowal, Giriraj Singh and Mansukh Mandaviya have been brought in as new members of the CCPA, there are no representatives from the alliance partners. In the past, the CCPA included Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP), Harsimrat Kaur Badal (SAD) and Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena). Both the SAD and Shiv Sena left th...
Situation dire, India must tell Taliban join mainstream, support only then, says Afghan envoy
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Situation dire, India must tell Taliban join mainstream, support only then, says Afghan envoy

Describing the situation in Afghanistan as “difficult, dire and problematic”, Farid Mamundzay, the country’s ambassador to India, has said Delhi should convey to the Taliban that if they cut ties with “regional terrorist groups” and give up violence to become part of the “mainstream society”, it will continue to support and assist Afghanistan politically and diplomatically. In an exclusive interview to The Indian Express, Mamundzay said Indian development projects — roads, schools, dams among others — are “at risk” if the security situation deteriorates further. The exit of US troops has had the Taliban overrunning large swathes in Afghanistan, especially in the northern provinces which were never under their control. India has committed about USD 3 billion towards projects...
Despite declining trajectory, 5 states’ share of cases increasing: Govt | India News – Times of India
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Despite declining trajectory, 5 states’ share of cases increasing: Govt | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Even as there is a consistent decline in overall daily cases of Covid-19 since May, some states are witnessing a form of plateau with still high share of cases, health officials said underlining need for proactive measures to contain the infection in localised cluster and remain vigilant against wider spread. Five states – Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha – accounted for 73.4% of total new cases recorded in July. Despite the declining trajectory of cases, the share of cases from these states to the total count is increasing, particularly in Kerala and Maharashtra – that together account for more than 51% cases reported in July so far. “This shows the infection is getting localised in limited geographical area requiring intensive containment measures ...
People ask what about third wave, it’s up to us to stop it, can’t compromise even a bit: PM Modi
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People ask what about third wave, it’s up to us to stop it, can’t compromise even a bit: PM Modi

Taking serious note of the rampant violation of coronavirus norms reported from hill stations and markets over the last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Tuesday that a “third wave will not come on its own” and that the key to prevent another surge is not predicting when it will come but adhering strictly to safety protocols. Modi’s remarks came during his interaction with Chief Ministers of Northeastern states. “It is true that tourism and business have been greatly affected due to corona. But today, I will say very strongly that it is a matter of grave concern to see people without masks in the market and not following the protocol in hill stations. This is not right,” he said. Referring to the “argument” that people “want to enjoy before the third wave arrives”, ...
German FM: China using vaccine donations for political ends
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German FM: China using vaccine donations for political ends

Berlin, Jul 14 (AP): Germany's foreign minister on Tuesday accused China of tying the delivery of coronavirus vaccines to political demands. Heiko Maas said both Russia and China had been good at publicly promoting the delivery of their vaccines to other countries, but also pursued other aims in doing so. "We note, in particular with China, that the supply of vaccines was also used to make very clear political demands of various countries,” he said. Speaking to reporters during a trip to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Maas visited a Pfizer production facility, he added that such behaviour should be rejected. "In order to prevent this happening in the first place we don't just have to criticize it, but we have to ensure that the affected countries have alternatives,” he ...
Mumbai man gets 7 years in jail for robbing senior citizens
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Mumbai man gets 7 years in jail for robbing senior citizens

A sessions court on Tuesday sentenced a man to seven years in jail for robbing a senior citizen couple, who had hired him as a nursing caretaker at Khar in Mumbai in 2014. According to public prosecutor Ashvini Raikar, accused Satnam Sachdev (44) was hired by the couple nearly a month before the incident in October 2014. On the day of the incident, Sachdev reached the apartment in Khar and attacked the 79-year old woman with a steel rod to steal the gold bangles she was wearing. He also attacked her 82-year-old husband. The prosecution said Sachdev then tied up their hands and legs with a dupatta, a telephone wire and other clothes. Following this, he ransacked their home and robbed the couple’s jewellery and cash amounting to about Rs 4 lakh before fleeing. Sachdev was sub...
Federer withdraws from Tokyo Games with knee injury | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Federer withdraws from Tokyo Games with knee injury | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

Switzerland's Roger Federer became the latest big name in tennis to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics after the 20-times Grand Slam champion said on Tuesday that he had picked up a knee injury during the grass-court season. Federer, who turns 40 next month, had two knee surgeries in 2020 which resulted in more than a year of rehabilitation, with the Swiss returning to action in March -- 13 months after his Australian Open semi-final exit last year. He withdrew from the French Open last month despite winning his third round match to save himself for the grass-court season, where he sought a record-extending ninth title at Wimbledon but was beaten in the quarter-final by Hubert Hurkacz. "During the grass court season, I unfortunately experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted th...
Power vacuum rattles Haiti in wake of president’s killing
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Power vacuum rattles Haiti in wake of president’s killing

Port-au-Prince, Jul 14 (AP): Pressure is mounting on the man who claims to be Haiti's leader in the aftermath of the president's assassination, with at least two other officials claiming to be the legitimate head of government amid a race to fill the political power vacuum. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who is ruling Haiti with the backing of lean police and military forces, has pledged to work with the opposition and allies of President Jovenel Moïse, who was killed Wednesday at his private residence. He faces two rivals: Ariel Henry, whom Moïse designated as prime minister a day before he was killed, and Joseph Lambert, the head of Haiti's dismantled Senate, who was recently chosen by a group of well-known politicians to be provisional president. Meanwhile...
In PM’s Tokyo pep talk: Ice-cream for Sindhu and biopic on Vinesh
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In PM’s Tokyo pep talk: Ice-cream for Sindhu and biopic on Vinesh

Will you be allowed to eat ice-cream after the Olympics? Phogat family apni betiyon ko kaun si chakki ka atta khilati hai (What does the Phogat family feed its daughters)? Does your passion for dancing act as a stress-buster for you? These were some of the questions that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked India’s top athletes in a motivation and farewell session before they left for the Tokyo Olympic Games set to begin on July 23. In a conversation with P V Sindhu, who famously had to lay off ice-cream in the run-up to silver at the Rio Olympics, Modi wondered if there was a similar restriction this time. “Thoda control karti hoon (I do control a little),” the shuttler replied. Modi assured: “Work hard and I have faith that you will again be successful this time. And after ...
NIA opposes plea of Elgar accused: We are fighting Naxal plague, bid to thwart probe
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NIA opposes plea of Elgar accused: We are fighting Naxal plague, bid to thwart probe

Opposing a plea by Elgar Parishad case accused Surendra Gadling and Sudhir Dhawale who have challenged the transfer of the probe to the NIA, the central agency has told the Bombay High Court that it is an attempt to “thwart” the investigation, and that the “Naxal plague has caused destruction at many levels”. The NIA response is part of an affidavit which was served on the petitioners about two months ago, advocate Satish B Talekar, representing Gadling and Dhawale, told the bench of Justices S S Shinde and N J Jamadar Tuesday. He said the Centre and Maharashtra government were yet to file their responses. Advocate Sandesh Patil, appearing for NIA, said he was not aware of the affidavit filed by the agency. “The earlier advocate appearing for NIA must have filed it. I will ...
Nawazuddin Siddiqui to work in Kangana Ranaut backed film ‘Tiku Weds Sheru’ – Times of India
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui to work in Kangana Ranaut backed film ‘Tiku Weds Sheru’ – Times of India

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui may soon start working on a project with Kangana Ranaut. In a recent interview, he has indicated that he is going to feature in a film with Kangana Ranaut. Meanwhile, the production house of Kangana has announced that the Sheru for their upcoming film 'Tiku Weds Sheru' on their social media handles with Nawazuddin Siddiqui's picture and captioned "The best actor of our generation joins team Tiku weds Sheru….We are privileged to have found our Lion #TikuwedsSheru Filming begins soon ❤️" Also, announcing the news, Kangana took to Instagram and posted a picture of Nawazuddin, writing "Welcome to the team sir". According to a source, the actress was about to make the film with Irrfan Khan, however, after his demise, Nawazuddin was got on board for the role. Me...