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Day: July 17, 2021

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WBJEE held amid strict health protocol

The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) was held under tight security and health protocol on Saturday. The exam was conducted in two shifts, first from 11 am to 2 pm and the second from 2 pm and 4 pm. WBJEE was held offline. The entrance exam comprises two papers – Paper 1 (Mathematics) and Paper 2 (Physics and Chemistry). The papers carry 100 marks each. The examinees took the Mathematics paper in the first shift and Physics and Chemistry in the second. The WBJEE had put up the admit card on its portal, wbjeeb.nic.in, and they could be downloaded using application numbers and passwords or the date of birth. For the first time since the pandemic struck and the lockdown took effect, more than 92,000 took the engineering entrance test from exam centres. The Eastern...
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US hits Iran for delay in nuclear, prisoner swap talks

Washington, Jul 18 (AP): The Biden administration has lashed out at Iran for accusing it of delaying a proposed prisoner swap to force a quick resumption of indirect nuclear talks.The State Department slammed as “outrageous” comments made by Iran's deputy foreign minister who alleged the US and Britain were holding the swap “hostage” to the negotiations over salvaging the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.In a pair of tweets from his verified account, Abbas Aragchi said the nuclear talks in Vienna could not resume until Iran's hardline president-elect is inaugurated in early August.“We're in a transition period as a democratic transfer of power is underway in our capital,” he said.The nuclear talks “must thus obviously a...
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US hits Iran for delay in nuclear, prisoner swap talks

Washington, Jul 18 (AP): The Biden administration has lashed out at Iran for accusing it of delaying a proposed prisoner swap to force a quick resumption of indirect nuclear talks.The State Department slammed as “outrageous” comments made by Iran's deputy foreign minister who alleged the US and Britain were holding the swap “hostage” to the negotiations over salvaging the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.In a pair of tweets from his verified account, Abbas Aragchi said the nuclear talks in Vienna could not resume until Iran's hardline president-elect is inaugurated in early August.“We're in a transition period as a democratic transfer of power is underway in our capital,” he said.The nuclear talks “must thus obviously a...
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US hits Iran for delay in nuclear, prisoner swap talks

Washington, Jul 18 (AP): The Biden administration has lashed out at Iran for accusing it of delaying a proposed prisoner swap to force a quick resumption of indirect nuclear talks.The State Department slammed as “outrageous” comments made by Iran's deputy foreign minister who alleged the US and Britain were holding the swap “hostage” to the negotiations over salvaging the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.In a pair of tweets from his verified account, Abbas Aragchi said the nuclear talks in Vienna could not resume until Iran's hardline president-elect is inaugurated in early August.“We're in a transition period as a democratic transfer of power is underway in our capital,” he said.The nuclear talks “must thus obviously a...
Business

US hits Iran for delay in nuclear, prisoner swap talks

Washington, Jul 18 (AP): The Biden administration has lashed out at Iran for accusing it of delaying a proposed prisoner swap to force a quick resumption of indirect nuclear talks.The State Department slammed as “outrageous” comments made by Iran's deputy foreign minister who alleged the US and Britain were holding the swap “hostage” to the negotiations over salvaging the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.In a pair of tweets from his verified account, Abbas Aragchi said the nuclear talks in Vienna could not resume until Iran's hardline president-elect is inaugurated in early August.“We're in a transition period as a democratic transfer of power is underway in our capital,” he said.The nuclear talks “must thus obviously a...
Covid-19:Kanwar yatra, shravani mela unlikely in Jharkhand’s Deoghar this year | India News – Times of India
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Covid-19:Kanwar yatra, shravani mela unlikely in Jharkhand’s Deoghar this year | India News – Times of India

RANCHI/DEOGHAR: One of the biggest religious congregations of eastern India - the month-long Shravani mela at Deoghar and kanwar yatra attached to it- are unlikely to take place for the second consecutive time this year amid Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions that include ban on visiting religious places of worship. The month of Shravan begins from July 25 this year but so far there has been no preparations from the side of Deoghar district administration, an indication that the state government will not allow the fair and gathering of kanwarias at the famous Baba Baidyanath temple at Deoghar, considered one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. The government is yet to come out with a formal order on the mega event when lakhs of devotees across the country turn-up to offer prayer to Lord Shiva at Ba...
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It’s final: Delhi University will admit students based on cut-offs

Delhi University authorities Saturday confirmed that admissions to its undergraduate courses for academic session 2021-22 will take place through cut-offs based on merit, like previous years. Registration for UG courses will begin August 2, and the last date to apply is August 31. Like last year, the admission process will be completely online — from registration to fee payment. Approximately 70,000 undergraduate seats and 20,000 postgraduate seats are on offer this year. DU had earlier said it would most likely conduct admissions through a cut-off list, but that it was also “committed to implementing” the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET), if it begins this year. The CUCET has now been ruled out this year. In a press conference Saturday, Chairperson, Admiss...
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US: Maryland Police kill man in ‘armed standoff’ at McDonald’s

Gaithersburg (US), Jul 18 (AP): Police officers in Maryland fatally shot a 21-year-old outside a McDonald's restaurant after an “armed standoff,” the Montgomery County Police Department said in a news release.The shooting took place on Friday night after police said officers responded to a call about a customer who had ordered food but was refusing to move through the drive-thru lane at the McDonald's in Gaithersburg, about 48 kilometers from Washington.Once an officer spotted a handgun on the front passenger seat of the man's car, backup was called, police said. Additional officers secured the area and evacuated McDonald's staff.According to police, an “armed standoff” ensued, during which officers tried negotiating with the driver for about 30 minutes.“Circumstance...
Gunmen kidnap dozens of villagers in northwestern Nigeria – Times of India
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Gunmen kidnap dozens of villagers in northwestern Nigeria – Times of India

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA: Gunmen abducted at least 60 people in northwestern Nigeria after riding motorbikes into five villages and firing sporadically into the air, a police official and several residents said on Saturday. Nigeria is battling an increase in armed robberies and kidnappings for ransom, mainly in northwestern areas, where thinly stretched security forces often fail to stop the abductions. The latest kidnapping took place in Zamfara state overnight on Friday, said regional police spokesman Mohammed Shehu, adding that investigations were ongoing. Four residents told Reuters armed men had attacked villages in the Shinkafi area, causing panic and abducting at least 60 villagers before escaping into the nearby forest. The gunmen, who are known locally as bandits and have increasingl...
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Ballia: 10 of family attacked for filing complaint over girl’s photo on Facebook

Ten members of a family were injured in Ballia after being attacked by a group of persons from another community for filing a complaint over a photograph of a girl, belonging to the same household, being allegedly circulated on social media. Police said the accused attacked the family members with sticks and blunt objects after forcibly entering their residence. An FIR has been filed against 17 persons by name — all from one community — and five unidentified persons on various charges including assault or criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty, criminal intimidation, attempt to commit culpable homicide and house trespass after preparation for hurt or wrongful restraint. “Seven persons, who are from another community and are neighbours, have been arrest...
Czech Olympic team reports Covid case upon landing in Tokyo | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Czech Olympic team reports Covid case upon landing in Tokyo | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

PRAGUE: An unnamed staff member of the Czech Olympic team tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in Tokyo, the Czech Olympic Committee said in a statement on Saturday. "Unfortunately, despite all measures we could not avoid this situation," said Martin Doktor, the Czech Olympic team head. "All the other members of the team have tested negative and all athletes are OK in the Olympic Village," added the two-time Olympic champion in canoe sprint from Atlanta 1996. The staff member had a positive antigen test at the airport and the infection was confirmed by a subsequent PCR analysis. The man who has no symptoms of the disease is currently in isolation, just like several other team members identified as his close contacts from the plane. Organisers said they had registered the first Cov...
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Dysfunctional House adds to prevailing gloom: Venkaiah chairs all-party meet

Two days ahead of the beginning of the monsoon session, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu Saturday met floor leaders of Opposition parties and the government to ensure a smooth and productive session, saying a “dysfunctional Parliament adds to the prevailing gloom”. The Opposition is raring to put the Government on the mat on a host of issues – ranging from its handling of the pandemic, farmers’ agitation, management of the economy, joblessness and border tension with China. “A dysfunctional Parliament adds to the prevailing gloom and hence all sections of the House should ensure a smooth and productive session as it offers an opportunity to address the concerns of the people affected by Covid-19,” Naidu told a meeting attended by floor leaders of various opposition par...
Tadej Pogacar effectively seals second straight Tour de France title | More sports News – Times of India
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Tadej Pogacar effectively seals second straight Tour de France title | More sports News – Times of India

SAINT-ÉMILION (France): Tadej Pogacar all but became champion of the 2021 Tour de France on Saturday as the UAE rider protected his large overall lead in the stage 20 time-trial, ahead of the traditionally ceremonial final run to Paris. Wout van Aert won the time trial, but defending champion Pogacar's solid ride means he need only cross the Champs-Elysees finish line with the peloton in Sunday's 21st, and final, stage to retain the fabled yellow jersey as winner of the world's greatest bike race. Pogacar won three stages on his way to this dominant triumph in a manner reminiscent of former champions Alberto Contador and Chris Froome, strong in both the time-trials and the mountains. He will also win the awards for best rider under-25 and the king of the mountains polka-dot jersey, a tr...
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Martine Moïse, wife of slain president, returns to Haiti

Port Au Prince (Haiti), Jul 18 (AP): Martine Moïse, the wife of Haiti's assassinated president who was injured in the July 7 attack at their private home, returned to the Caribbean nation on Saturday, an official said. Government spokesperson Israel Cantave said Martine Moïse arrived in Haiti following her release from a Miami hospital.Earlier this week, she tweeted from the hospital that she could not believe her husband, Jovenel Moïse was gone "without saying a last word,” she wrote. “This pain will never pass.” Her arrival was unannounced and surprised many in the country of more than 11 million people still reeling from the assassination.No details surrounding her arrival were immediately available.On Friday, government officials announced that Jovenel Moïse's ...
Tax extortion raj prevailing in country: Rahul Gandhi | India News – Times of India
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Tax extortion raj prevailing in country: Rahul Gandhi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the government over the rising prices of essential commodities on Saturday and alleged that a "tax extortion raj" is prevailing in the country. "People are frustrated as a tax extortion raj is prevailing in the country," he said in a tweet in Hindi and tagged a media report that cited a survey claiming that most of the Indians are worried over the price rise and foresee a decline in their earnings. In another tweet, Gandhi shared pictures from protests organised by the Congress in various parts of the country against the rising prices. महँगाई के ख़िलाफ़ कांग्रेस की आवाज़।Congress against #PriceHike https://t.co/uK7yKtuikY— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1626522551000He also shared a screen grab of his meeting with the party's social media ...
Green calling: Ola Electric claims 1 lakh bookings in just 24 hrs – Times of India
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Green calling: Ola Electric claims 1 lakh bookings in just 24 hrs – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Setting the stage for an aggressive entry into the two-wheeler space after opening bookings for a highly aggressive Rs 499, Ola Electric made a splash with its soon-to-be-launched green scooter, claiming to have an order book of 1 lakh units in just 24 hours of its opening. While these are simply booking numbers and there will surely be cancellations, the good response indicates a growing interest of buyers towards electric drivetrains, especially with the price of petrol crossing the Rs 100-mark across many cities. Bhavish Aggarwal, the group chairman and CEO of Ola, called this “the beginning” of a strong consumer trend towards electrics and said his company will scale up production of two-wheelers and other green products. “The unprecedented demand is a clear indicator of ...
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Max Verstappen wins first sprint race to claim British Grand Prix pole | Racing News – Times of India

SILVERSTONE (United Kingdom): World championship leader Max Verstappen won Formula One's inaugural sprint race on Saturday to take pole position for the British Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver finished the 100km dash around Silverstone ahead of defending world champion Lewis Hamilton with Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes in third place. Verstappen went into the weekend with a 32-point lead over seven-time champion Hamilton who is hoping to capture an eighth British Grand Prix triumph on Sunday. "We were pushing each other hard as the tyres were blistering a lot," said Verstappen who collected three points for his win. Hamilton took two and Bottas one. "I am happy to have scored the three points and it is funny to say I have scored the pole position too, but we'll take it," added t...
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Max Verstappen wins first sprint race to claim British Grand Prix pole | Racing News – Times of India

SILVERSTONE (United Kingdom): World championship leader Max Verstappen won Formula One's inaugural sprint race on Saturday to take pole position for the British Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver finished the 100km dash around Silverstone ahead of defending world champion Lewis Hamilton with Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes in third place. Verstappen went into the weekend with a 32-point lead over seven-time champion Hamilton who is hoping to capture an eighth British Grand Prix triumph on Sunday. "We were pushing each other hard as the tyres were blistering a lot," said Verstappen who collected three points for his win. Hamilton took two and Bottas one. "I am happy to have scored the three points and it is funny to say I have scored the pole position too, but we'll take it," added t...
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Max Verstappen wins first sprint race to claim British Grand Prix pole | Racing News – Times of India

SILVERSTONE (United Kingdom): World championship leader Max Verstappen won Formula One's inaugural sprint race on Saturday to take pole position for the British Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver finished the 100km dash around Silverstone ahead of defending world champion Lewis Hamilton with Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes in third place. Verstappen went into the weekend with a 32-point lead over seven-time champion Hamilton who is hoping to capture an eighth British Grand Prix triumph on Sunday. "We were pushing each other hard as the tyres were blistering a lot," said Verstappen who collected three points for his win. Hamilton took two and Bottas one. "I am happy to have scored the three points and it is funny to say I have scored the pole position too, but we'll take it," added t...