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Oregon Wildfire: Erratic Oregon wildfire keeps exploding, confounding crews | World News – Times of India
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Oregon Wildfire: Erratic Oregon wildfire keeps exploding, confounding crews | World News – Times of India

PORTLAND: Firefighters scrambled Friday to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon that's spreading miles a day in windy conditions, one of numerous wildfires across the US West that are straining resources. Authorities ordered a new round of evacuations Thursday amid worries that the fire, which has already destroyed 21 homes, could merge with another blaze that also exploded in size amid dry, blustery conditions. The Bootleg Fire, the largest wildfire burning in the US, has torched more than 377 square miles (976 square kilometers), and crews had little control of it. It has stymied firefighters for nearly a week with erratic winds and extremely dangerous fire behavior. Early on, the fire doubled in size almost daily, and strong winds from the south Thursday again pushed the...
Heavy rainfall likely over several parts of India, including northern region, in 6-7 days: IMD | India News – Times of India
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Heavy rainfall likely over several parts of India, including northern region, in 6-7 days: IMD | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Following the revival of the Southwest Monsoon, several parts of the country, including the northern region, will witness heavy to very heavy rainfall over the next six-seven days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday. The IMD said rainfall activity is very likely to increase with fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls over the western Himalayan region and Uttar Pradesh from July 17 to 20. Heavy falls are also expected over Punjab, Haryana, east Rajasthan and north Madhya Pradesh from July 18 to 20 and isolated heavy rainfall over Delhi on July 18, it said. Isolated extremely heavy falls are also likely over Uttar Pradesh on July 18, Jammu on July 19, and Uttarakhand on July 18 and 19, it added. "Moderate to severe thunders...
First vaccinations given in Haiti since start of pandemic
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First vaccinations given in Haiti since start of pandemic

Port Au Prince (Haiti), Jul 17 (AP): Health care workers and senior citizens were the first people vaccinated on Friday in Haiti as part of a test run after the country recently received 5,00,000 doses from the United Nations.The vaccinations were given to more than 30 people at the Hospital University of Peace in the capital of Port Au Prince under the supervision of Haiti's Health Ministry, the Pan American Health Organization said.On Wednesday, Haiti received its first vaccine doses since the pandemic began as part of a US donation to the United Nations' COVAX program for low-income countries. A PAHO spokesperson previously said they are all Moderna vaccines.Vaccinations will continue through the weekend, PAHO said.Haiti has reported more than 19,300 confirmed co...
3rd ODI: Malan blasts South Africa to victory against Ireland | Cricket News – Times of India
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3rd ODI: Malan blasts South Africa to victory against Ireland | Cricket News – Times of India

Opener Janneman Malan smashed the fourth highest score in South Africa's one-day international history as his swashbuckling 177 not out helped steer the tourists to a series-levelling 70-run victory over Ireland at Malahide, Dublin on Friday. Malan put on 225 for the first wicket with the equally impressive Quinton de Kock (120 from 91 balls) as South Africa amassed 346 for four in their 50 overs, before bowling Ireland out for 276 in 47.1 overs of their reply. Malan struck 16 fours and six sides in his 169-ball stay at the crease, falling 11 runs short of Gary Kirsten's South Africa record of 188 not out against the United Arab Emirates in the 1996 Cricket World Cup. Ireland were in early trouble in their innings as left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (2-51) picked up quick wickets to leav...
After GJM exit, Binay Tamang hints political journey will continue
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After GJM exit, Binay Tamang hints political journey will continue

THE POLITICAL contours in the north Bengal hills are likely to change in the wake of the resignation of Binay Tamang as the head of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) faction that he formed in 2017. Tamang on Thursday announced his decision to quit GJM, triggering speculation that he may float a new political outfit. Tamang also hinted at starting a third chapter of his political journey. “I will announce it at an appropriate time,” said Tamang. Sources said he may either go back to his former party GNLF in a bid to strengthen the BJP in the hills or he could join the TMC. On Friday, GJM general secretary Anit Thapa was made the head of the GJM faction. Tamang has announced that he also handed over the Morcha flag to the Bimal Gurung faction of GJM and forwarded a copy of h...
2 held over TMC leader’s murder, police point to ‘personal enmity’
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2 held over TMC leader’s murder, police point to ‘personal enmity’

TWO PERSONS have been arrested in connection with the murder of TMC leader Ashim Das in Mangalkot, East Burdwan. Police identified the suspects as Sabul Sheikh and Samu Sheikh. The two are residents of Kalyanpur and Kotalghosh areas respectively, police said. The two were first detained and then arrested after detailed interrogation. Police claimed to have found multiple discrepancies in their statements. The duo was produced before the Katwa court on Thursday and remanded in police custody for seven days. Both the persons have links with the TMC, said sources. However, prima facie, Das was murdered due to personal rivalry, the sources added.. The investigation of the case has been handed over to the CID. Das, who was area president of Lakhuria in Mongalkote of East Burd...
Spain court dismisses fresh fraud case against Messi | Off the field News – Times of India
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Spain court dismisses fresh fraud case against Messi | Off the field News – Times of India

MADRID: A Spanish court dismissed Friday a new complaint filed in 2020 against Barcelona's Lionel Messi by a man who accuses the Argentine footballer of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. Federico Rettori, an Argentine national living in Spain who claims he formerly worked for Messi's charity, had filed a similar complaint in 2019 which was also dismissed. In it he claimed that funds received by the foundation which "should have been directed to social causes" instead went "towards various private activities or bank accounts that differed from those that were declared by the foundation". In the complaint Rettori filed in 2020 he again named the Barcelona striker, the charity, his father Jorge and brother Rodrigo, and added more documents to try to back his claims. But Spain's Nat...
Schools shut, Gujarat municipal teachers hold classes in parks, bridge digital divide
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Schools shut, Gujarat municipal teachers hold classes in parks, bridge digital divide

CLASS 8 has assembled for their English grammar lesson. Not in their classroom, not on screen, but in an open park in the Naranpura area of Ahmedabad. The white board is propped up on a concrete bench, facing a group of around 15 children, all from the Naranpura Hindi-medium school run by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). A group of elderly regulars at the park pause to watch the children and their teacher at work. Some distance away, a group of bhajan singers periodically strike discordant notes — about the only time the children look up from their books. In another corner of the garden, Usha Rajput, the Class 6 mathematics teacher of the same school, is teaching ‘sides and angles’. The open classes are part of the Gujarat education department’s sheri shikshan...
‘BJP trying to saffronise school syllabus by excluding chapters on secularism’: Bratya Basu
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‘BJP trying to saffronise school syllabus by excluding chapters on secularism’: Bratya Basu

West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu on Friday alleged that the BJP was making an attempt to saffronise education by excluding chapters on secularism in the party-ruled states. Basu was referring to the Uttar Pradesh government’s move to exclude a story by Rabindranath Tagore from school curriculum. Speaking to reporters here, Basu said, “The BJP is trying to saffronise the education. If they have excluded Tagore’s story from syllabus, it shows their regressive mindset. Tagore is a secular personality as is evident from his works. The BJP is not comfortable with such ideologies. That’s why they are removing works of Tagore, Dr Radhakrishnan from school curriculum.” The education minister claimed that the BJP considered mythology as history and included them in tex...
Yediyurappa meets PM, scheduled to meet Shah and Nadda today
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Yediyurappa meets PM, scheduled to meet Shah and Nadda today

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for over 10 minutes on Friday evening following a sudden visit to New Delhi, reportedly at the instance of the PM. Yediyurappa was not accompanied to New Delhi by any minister but travelled with his younger son and BJP state vice-president B Y Vijayendra, along with a few close aides. However, he met the Prime Minister alone. His body language during and after the meeting did not reveal any signs of tension — unlike after a January meeting with the BJP central leadership and Home Minister Amit Shah. “During the meeting, the CM requested that the Upper Bhadra Project be declared a national project and also sought financial assistance of Rs 6,000 crore for the Bengaluru Peripheral Ring Road project. The...
An Express Series: Next to lotus on a wall, a death, a piece of land and a web of politics
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An Express Series: Next to lotus on a wall, a death, a piece of land and a web of politics

Standing at the narrow door of their small house in Bhatpara, North 24 Parganas district, Swapna Yadav, 17, shows the tiny lawn where her uncle Joy Prakash Yadav (28) died, hit on the head by a crude bomb a month into the West Bengal results. The family alleges that Joy Prakash was one of the victims of the violence unleashed by the Trinamool after its return to power, as he was a BJP worker and a lotus symbol adorns a wall of their house. While police have arrested two people, including one alleged to have links with both the TMC and BJP, the family claims the “mastermind” was a TMC worker who roams free. Swapna says police only collected evidence such as the phone on which she recorded a video of the incident two days ago. In its report submitted to the Calcutta High Cour...
Biden: Social media platforms ‘killing people’ with misinfo
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Biden: Social media platforms ‘killing people’ with misinfo

Washington, Jul 17 (AP): President Joe Biden has said that social media companies are “killing people” by failing to police misinformation on their platforms about COVID-19 vaccines. Biden's comments came a day after US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared misinformation about the vaccines a threat to public health, and as US officials advised that deaths and serious illness from the virus are almost entirely preventable because of the vaccines. Biden, asked if he had a message for platforms like Facebook where false or misleading information about the coronavirus vaccines has spread, told reporters, “They're killing people.” “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated," he said. Speaking on Thursday, Murthy said misinformation about COVID-19, deemed an “...
10% ‘breakthrough’ cases hospitalised, but O2, ICU not needed: ICMR study
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10% ‘breakthrough’ cases hospitalised, but O2, ICU not needed: ICMR study

About 1 in 10 people who caught the coronavirus infection after being vaccinated required admission to hospital for treatment of the disease, a new study commissioned by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has shown. Crucially, none of those admitted to hospital required ventilator or oxygen support, and none had to be put into ICU. “This is highly significant, and underlines the crucial role of vaccines in reducing severity of the disease and mortality,” Dr Samiran Panda, Head of ICMR’s Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases division, told The Indian Express. “In the larger population, we have seen about 3 to 5 per cent of patients in hospital requiring oxygen support, and about 2 per cent being put on ventilators,” Dr Panda said. The study, ‘Clinical charact...
Petrol sales top pre-coronavirus level for first time since 2020 lockdown – Times of India
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Petrol sales top pre-coronavirus level for first time since 2020 lockdown – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's petrol sales in the first fortnight of July shot past the pre-virus level for the first time since the lockdown in 2020 as the country got back to business after a second Covid wave and lifting of travel curbs prompted people to hit the highways in search of cooler climes. According to provisional data, state-run fuel retailers, who control 90% of the market, sold 3.4% more petrol than the same period of 2019. Compared to the same period of last year, the sales were 18% higher. On a monthly basis, consumption was 14% more than June. Consumption of diesel, an indicator of economic activity, was down about 11% from the same period of 2019. Compared to last year, however, the sales were up 13%. On a monthly basis, sales appeared to be losing steam, remaining nearly the s...
Ashraf Ghani slams Pakistan for Afghan crisis; not fair, retorts Imran Khan
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Ashraf Ghani slams Pakistan for Afghan crisis; not fair, retorts Imran Khan

With Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan listening, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani on Friday lashed out at him and Pakistan’s military for supporting the Taliban. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar slammed Islamabad for “blocking connectivity” with landlocked Afghanistan. Ghani’s accusation that “more than 10,000 jihadi fighters” have entered Afghanistan from Pakistan in the last month, and that Islamabad had failed to convince the Taliban to participate “seriously” in the peace talks, was rejected by Khan. Khan said it was “unfair” to blame Pakistan for the situation in Afghanistan. They were all speaking at the international conference on ‘Central and South Asia Regional Connectivity: Challenges and Opportunities’ in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. “Contrar...
Suvendu Adhikari attends hearing on plea to disqualify Mukul Roy
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Suvendu Adhikari attends hearing on plea to disqualify Mukul Roy

Leader of the Opposition and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Friday attended a hearing in Speaker Biman Banerjee’s chamber on his party’s plea to disqualify Mukul Roy as MLA, and said the BJP might move court if the outcome of the hearing is not satisfactory. Adhikari urged the speaker to take a decision at the earliest. “We want a specific time frame within which the hearing will be completed. We want Roy to get disqualified as soon as possible. We are considering our legal options. The party may move court,” said the BJP leader. He added, “We have already provided a 64-page dossier to the office of the speaker. The process of hearing should not take too long. We have great respect for the speaker’s chair but past experiences have made us sceptics. Over the last 10 years, t...
Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, whose images riveted the world, killed on assignment in Afghanistan
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Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, whose images riveted the world, killed on assignment in Afghanistan

Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist for news agency Reuters, was killed Friday while covering clashes between Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. Siddiqui, 38, is survived by his wife Rike and two children. As tributes poured in for the photographer who captured some of the most riveting moments of major news events in India, South Asia and beyond over the last few years – those who condoled his death included Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee and Pinarayi Vijayan – Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, speaking at the UN Security Council in New York, condemned ...
Pompeo: Afghan fight against Taliban ‘a matter of will’
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Pompeo: Afghan fight against Taliban ‘a matter of will’

Des Moines (Iowa), Jul 17 (AP): Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that he believes Afghan forces can secure the country as the US withdraws, but success will depend on whether they have the will to put up a fierce fight against the Taliban.Thousands of Afghans have fled the country in recent days as Taliban forces have surged through northern Afghanistan.Pompeo said on Friday that he is confident Afghan forces can repel the Taliban, but it's “a matter of will.” “I saw on TV the other day, I saw some 22, 23-year-old Afghan males say, 'It's really dangerous here, I want to get out," the former secretary of state said.“What those Afghans should have been saying is it's really dangerous here, give me an M16,” he added. Under former President Donald Trump, P...
In line with NEP, 14 engineering colleges to teach in regional languages
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In line with NEP, 14 engineering colleges to teach in regional languages

Fourteen engineering colleges across eight states have secured permission from the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to collectively admit over 1,000 students in undergraduate programmes that will be taught in regional languages from the new academic year. At least half of them — four from Uttar Pradesh, two from Rajasthan and one each from Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand — will teach in Hindi. The remaining colleges — from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu — will offer the programme in Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and Tamil, respectively. The technical education regulator’s approval has been granted for select branches — most of them are for computer science, followed by electrical and electronics engineering, civil engineering, mechanical e...