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Wolvaardt to lead SA in Test, ODIs during India tour

South African batswoman Laura Wolvaardt is clean bowled by Deepti Sharma in the first women’s one-day international cricket match between India and South Africa at the Reliance Cricket Ground in Vadodara on October 09, 2019. | Photo Credit: VIJAY SONEJI Top-order batter Laura Wolvaardt was on Friday named as captain of South Africa’s Test and ODI teams for the tour of India, beginning from June 16.The tour will start with three ODIs in Bengaluru before the visitors to move to Chennai for one-off Test and T20Is, for which the squad will be announced later.South Africa will be without the services of experienced Lara Goodall (hamstring injury), Chloe Tryon (back) and Ayanda Hlubi (groin), as they are currently under recuperation.However, they might be included in the T20I side later.Inte...
Diplomats from Ecuador, UK, Kuwait, New Zealand, Guinea, Fiji, and China present credentials at Rashtrapati Bhavan
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Diplomats from Ecuador, UK, Kuwait, New Zealand, Guinea, Fiji, and China present credentials at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The ceremony began with the presentation of credentials by the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, Lindy Elizabeth Cameron, to the President.The President of India, Droupadi Murmu, accepted credentials from the ambassadors of Ecuador, United Kingdom, Kuwait, New Zealand, Guinea, Fiji, and China during a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 31, 2024. The ceremony began with the presentation of credentials by the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, Lindy Elizabeth Cameron, to the President. Other dignitaries who presented their credentials were the Ambassador of Ecuador, Fernando Xavier Bucheli Vargas, the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait, Meshal Mustafa J Alshemali, the High Commissioner of New Zealand, Patrick John Rata, the Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea, Alassa...
India hosts Global Antarctic Treaty meeting
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India hosts Global Antarctic Treaty meeting

To safeguard the unique ecosystems of Antarctica and promote global environmental sustainability, the government of India has successfully hosted the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM-46) and the 26th Committee on Environmental Protection (CEP-26) in Kochi, Kerala from May 20 to 30, 2024.The ATCM-46 was held with the overarching theme of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, a Sanskrit phrase that means one Earth, one family, one future. The theme emphasises the importance of peace, scientific cooperation, and environmental preservation for the future of humanity. The government of India has reaffirmed its commitment to the Antarctic Treaty (1959) and the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (the Madrid Protocol, 1991). The ATCM and CEP have also adopted 17 revi...
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10 poll personnel among 14 dead in Bihar due to heatstroke | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In Bihar, fourteen people, including ten polling personnel, have succumbed to heatstroke within the last 24 hours, officials reported on Friday afternoon. According to a statement from the Disaster Management Department, the majority of these deaths occurred in Bhojpur, where five election duty officials died from heatstroke. Additionally, three election officials died in Rohtas, and one each in Kaimur and Aurangabad districts.“Three election officials died in Rohtas, and one each died in Kaimur and Aurangabad districts. Four other people died in various parts of the State,” the statement said. The process of granting ex-gratia payments to the families of the deceased has started.Bihar is currently experiencing extreme heat, with temperatures exceeding 44 degrees Celsius in s...
Meet the Chinese Army’s newest recruit — a gun-toting ‘robo-dog’ with an automatic rifle on its back
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Meet the Chinese Army’s newest recruit — a gun-toting ‘robo-dog’ with an automatic rifle on its back

New Delhi: In a joint military exercise with Cambodia, the Chinese Army debuted its newest recruit this week, a gun-toting robot dog, demonstrating the military’s technological foray into replacing humans with machines in combat situations.Two versions of the robot-dog were showcased — one that can fire at the enemy and a lighter dog that can be used in identifying targets. Both have a 4D wide-angle perception system, and just like real-life canines, can move forward and backward, jump, and lie down. The dog ready for direct combat has an assault rifle attached to its top and weighs 50 kg. The other 15 kg robot is designed to replace human recruits in reconnaissance missions and can identify the enemy by providing real-time transmission of footage to military posts. It can even plan rou...
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Mandate 2024 | Will Naveen make or be history?

Sunset has turned the sky a flaming red, in step with the crimson of the blooming Gulmohar trees that line the route of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s roadshow in the heart of state capital Bhubaneswar on May 20. A gentle breeze brings relief from the humid heat for the mass of supporters that throng either side. Women in elegant Sambalpuris, the intricately-woven handloom saris native to the state, wave green BJD (Biju Janata Dal) flags, the white conch shell symbol of the party shimmering in the centre. Some are even sporting cardboard face masks of his. Three rows of dhol players drum up a percussion storm as women in tribal attire perform the Dalkhai, the popular rhythmic folk dance of harvest season.The drumbeats of history are indeed beating loud and clear for Naveen. By setting ...
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WI vs Aus T20 World Cup warm-up: Pooran, Powell make fifties as WEst Indies hammer nine-man Australia

West Indian players celebrate after winning the warm-up match against Australia in Port of Spain. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Fifties by Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell helped West Indies outpunch a nine-man Australia by 35 runs in their warm-up match ahead of the T20 World Cup in Port of Spain. As it happened in their first training match against Namibia, the Aussies fielded only nine players against the Windies. Selector George Bailey and head coach Andrew McDonald filled the remaining two spots while fielding. Batting first, West Indies rode on fifties by Pooran (75, 25b, 5x4, 8x6), skipper Powell (52, 25b, 4x4, 4x6) and an unbeaten 47 off 18 balls by Sherfane Rutherford (4x4, 4x6) to raise 257 for 4 in 20 overs. In reply, Josh Inglis (55, 30b, 3x4, 4x6) led Australia's reply and...
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Pakistan farmers pin poor mango crop on climate change – Times of India

TANDO ALLAHYAR: Pakistan's mangoes are normally a source of national pride and much-needed income, but farmers are blaming climate change for the parasites and extreme weather ruining much of this season's crop.A white and orange scarf wrapped around his head in the scorching heat, farmer Muhammad Yusuf lamented the erratic weather.An abnormally long winter was followed by the wettest April in decades, while the country is now experiencing a heatwave with temperatures hitting up tp 52 degrees Celsius (126 degrees Fahrenheit)."Buds didn't flower on time, many buds just died. Those that started growing were infected with (parasite) black hopper," said Yusuf, who has worked half his life growing mangoes.Now over 60 years old, Yusuf said "climate change has wreaked havoc" in his village of ...
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Legends of T20 World Cup: Leading Wicket-takers, six-hitters and keepers with most dismissals

Known for his lightning-fast glovework and sharp cricketing mind, M.S. Dhoni holds the record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in T20 World Cups. The legendary former India skipper effected 32 dismissals, which included 21 catches and 11 stumpings in 33 appearances. | Photo Credit: Reuters With the T20 World Cup entering its ninth edition, PTI gives a rundown on the top wicket-takers, batsmen with the most sixes and wicket-keepers with the most dismissals. Batters with most sixes1. Chris Gayle: 63 The 'Universe Boss' is known for his raw power, which allows him to hit massive sixes effortlessly. With the help of his immense strength, the flamboyant Jamaican sent the ball sailing deep into the stands 63 times in the T20 World Cups. He also holds the record for hitting the most...
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Rohit Sharma hopes for quick acclimatisation of New York pitch ahead of Twenty20 World Cup

Captain Rohit Sharma is seen during a training session for the Twenty20 World Cup in New York. | Photo Credit: PTI Marvelling at the newly-constructed Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, India skipper Rohit Sharma underlined the need for his team to get acclimatised to the pitch and conditions quickly ahead of their T20 World Cup opener against Ireland on June 5. However, Rohit and company will get a chance to check the nature of the pitch and overall conditions when they face Bangladesh in a warm-up match in New York on June 1. It's also India's lone training game ahead of the ICC marquee event. The warm-up match is important from India's perspective because their matches will start at 10.30 AM local time and the players need to get used to day-time matches after ...
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Warming climate causing sharp decline in fruit yields in Uttarakhand: Study – Times of India

DEHRADUN: The yield of major fruit crops like good quality apple, pear, peach, plum, and apricot has plummeted over the last seven years in Uttarakhand due to a warming climate, according to a study. The decline in yield and area under cultivation of these major fruits has been stark during the period, says a study conducted by Climate Trends, an organisation doing research in the field of environment and climate change.The dip is particularly remarkable for temperate fruits as compared to tropical, it said.Changing temperature patterns in the state could partially explain the shifting horticultural production.With a warming climate rendering certain fruit varieties less productive, farmers are shifting towards tropical alternatives which are better attuned to the altering climatic cond...
IIT Hyderabad, Armed Forces Medical Services Collaborate on Research and Training
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IIT Hyderabad, Armed Forces Medical Services Collaborate on Research and Training

New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) to collaborate on research and training. The agreement will help the two organisations to work together on the development of novel medical devices and addressing health issues faced by soldiers serving in various terrains, a PIB press release stated.The departments of Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, and Bioinformatics at IIT Hyderabad will provide technical expertise to assist the AFMS in addressing diverse medical challenges faced by the Armed Forces. The areas of collaboration discussed include drone-based patient transport, telemedicine innovations, the application of artificial intelligence in the medical field, and advanc...
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Study reveals key protein that helps prevent excessive bone loss in osteoporosis – Times of India

TOKYO: Osteoporosis, a disorder characterised by porous and weak bones, is a major hazard to skeletal health. As the foundation of the human body, bones provide critical structural support. When bone mass decreases, it not only weakens this support but also lowers general function, resulting in a lower quality of life.With an ageing population and a rise in osteoporosis cases, the burden on healthcare resources for long-term care is clear.As a result, there is a need to understand the mechanisms that cause osteoporosis and develop effective targeted therapeutics to mitigate its long-term effects.Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are two types of cells that play critical roles in bone tissue maintenance and remodelling. Osteoblasts are bone-forming cells that synthesise and deposit new bone ti...
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England’s Ecclestone becomes fastest woman to 100 ODI wickets

England’s Sophie Ecclestone appeals successfully for the lbw wicket of Pakistan’s Umm-e-Hani during the third Women’s ODI match against Pakistan at the County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford, Britain on May 29, 2024. | Photo Credit: Action Images via Reuters England spinner Sophie Ecclestone became the fastest woman to reach 100 wickets in One Day International (ODI) cricket after claiming three in their 178-run win over Pakistan on Wednesday.The 25-year-old, who was also named Player of the Series with a haul of six wickets across three ODIs, scythed through the Pakistan tail by taking the wickets of Aliya Riaz, Umm-e-Hani and Nashra Sandhu.She has reached the 100-wicket mark after bowling in 63 matches, beating the previous record held by Australian fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick, who to...
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Nepal says Lamichhane denied visa for T20 World Cup

Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane. File | Photo Credit: AFP Nepal said Thursday the U.S. embassy had denied controversial star Sandeep Lamichhane a visa and there was a "slim or no chance" he would play in the T20 World Cup.The T20 World Cup begins on Saturday, co-hosted by the United States and West Indies, with Nepal's first game on June 4 in Dallas.Nepal wanted to select spin bowler Lamichhane, who had his eight-year sentence for rape quashed on appeal this month.The former captain said last week his US visa had been denied, calling the decision "unfortunate".Chhumbi Lama, central committee member of the Cricket Association of Nepal, said their subsequent bid to push for a US visa had failed."There is a slim — or no chance — for him to be involved in the World Cup," Lama told AFP."The Cric...
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Promethium: All you should know about radioactive substance – Times of India

NEW DELHI: For the first time, scientists have unveiled crucial properties of the mysterious, radioactive substance promethium, nearly eight decades after the elusive rare earth element was discovered. Promethium, one of the 15 lanthanide elements at the bottom of the periodic table, exhibits strong magnetism and unusual optical characteristics, making it important for modern electronic devices."They are used in lasers; they are part of the screens of your smartphone. They are also used in very strong magnets in wind turbines and electric vehicles," said Ilja Popovs, a research and development staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and co-author of a new study published in the journal Nature.As per a Live Science report, Promethium itself, discovered by ORNL scientists in ...
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Twenty20 World Cup Group B preview: England, Australia favourites, Scotland the dark horse

In The Hindu’s countdown to the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which commences in the West Indies and USA on June 2, we take a look at the teams in Group ‘B’.ENGLAND: The defending champion would have hoped that the four-match T20I series against Pakistan gives them ideal preparation, but rain has played spoilsport. Nevertheless, key pieces of the puzzle have started to fall in place.Pace spearhead Jofra Archer has made a smooth comeback from injury, while captain Jos Buttler got into the groove with a 51-ball 84 against Pakistan at Birmingham last week. Liam Livingstone. | Photo Credit: Getty Images All-rounder Liam Livingstone, who played his part in the 2022 triumph, will strive to overcome a recent slump in form. T20 World Cup 2024 Group C preview | Three-way race beckons West Indie...
‘Day not far when China coerces India with use of missiles,’ says Lt General PR Shankar (Retd)
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‘Day not far when China coerces India with use of missiles,’ says Lt General PR Shankar (Retd)

According to the Lt General, “China does economic power projection, not military power projection. But Iran doesn’t have an air force and it is offsetting its air force by use of missiles.” He added this tactic was being used by China against the US – China had gone for long-range rockets because it doesn’t have the number of bases that the US has.“Against us (India) in the Himalayas, (since) they can’t deploy their air power, they are using their missile power. It is the cheaper air force,” he said.On how Russia had made use of missiles, Lt General Shankar said the country had postured with nuclear warheads and fired conventional warheads to achieve deterrence in its ongoing aggression against Ukraine. “It has used air, hypersonic/cruise/guided missiles, rockets, and guns to deter NATO...
India calls Rafah strike ‘heartbreaking’, welcomes Ireland, Spain, Norway recognition for Palestine
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India calls Rafah strike ‘heartbreaking’, welcomes Ireland, Spain, Norway recognition for Palestine

New Delhi: Four days after an Israeli strike on Rafah became the latest flashpoint in the Gaza war, the Indian government has broken its silence and expressed concern over the situation while also noting that Israel is probing the incident.New Delhi also appears to welcome the landmark decision by three European countries — Ireland, Spain and Norway — to recognise Palestine, stating that “what they are doing now, we already did in the 1980s”. “The heartbreaking loss of civilian lives in the displacement camp in Rafah is a matter of deep concern for us,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal in a press conference Thursday. India has consistently called for protection of the civilian population and respect for international humanitarian law in the ongoing co...
Attempt to murder charge against soldiers after Army-police clash at Kupwara police station
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Attempt to murder charge against soldiers after Army-police clash at Kupwara police station

New Delhi: Army soldiers and personnel from the Jammu and Kashmir Police clashed inside a police station in Kupwara this week triggering a first information report (FIR) against three Army officers and 13 of their colleagues under grievous charges, including attempt to murder and those under the Arms Act.The scuffle took place on the intervening night of 28-29 May and involved several soldiers and personnel of the police station including the station house officer (SHO). According to police sources, a team had gone to raid the house of a man in connection with a narcotics case. When they reached the house for a raid, he turned out to be a Territorial Army (TA) personnel. Show Full Article Sources added that the matter has been amica...
MEA begins process to revoke Prajwal Revanna’s diplomatic passport, issues show cause notice
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MEA begins process to revoke Prajwal Revanna’s diplomatic passport, issues show cause notice

New Delhi: The Indian government has initiated the process to revoke the diplomatic passport of suspended JD(S) leader Prajwal Revanna, who is facing charges of sexual abuse. Prajwal, the grandson of former prime minister H. D. Deve Gowda, is expected to land in Bengaluru on 31 May, a little over a month after he fled to Germany when incriminating videos began to surface. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has initiated action under provisions of the Passport Act, 1967 for revocation of the diplomatic passport of Revanna, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said at a weekly press conference. Show Full Article He added that a show cause notice was issued to the Hassan MP on 23 May seeking a response within 10 working days. “We are w...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup a boost to sport’s American Dream

A general view shows the Nassau county International Cricket Stadium for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in New York. | Photo Credit: AFP Cricket begins a campaign for the hearts and wallets of American fans this week, as the T20 World Cup kicks off on June 1 in Dallas, bringing the best of the sport to less familiar territory.The United States play Canada in the first match of the tournament co-hosted by the West Indies, while a temporary stadium in Nassau County, New York, hosts its first of eight fixtures on June 3. Lauderhill, Florida, will host four matches.Cricket boasts billion fans around the globe but few adherents in the lucrative North American market, where fans are more accustomed to watching New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge picking up a bat than Rohit Sharma or J...
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Twenty20 World Cup: Rishabh Pant eager to wear ‘India Blue’ jersey; hopes to make it count

Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and teammates during a training session ahead of their ICC T20 World Cup opening match against Ireland on June 5, in New York. | Photo Credit: ANI It would be 527 days since his life-threatening accident when Rishabh Pant dons the India jersey on June 5 at the Nassau County ground for the opening T20 World Cup match against Ireland and he can't wait for it. On March 23 this year, Pant wore the blue of Delhi Capitals while making an emotional comeback after the horrific car crash in 2022 but he is more eager to wear a different shade of blue — the 'India Blue' to be specific.ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2024: Full schedule, venues and complete squads  "Getting back on the field with an Indian jersey on is a different feeling altogether. this is something I missed a ...
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Legends of T20 World Cup: Leading run-getters and batters with best strike rates

Despite being the highest run-getter, Virat Kohli holds the record for most runs in a single edition of the tournament — 319 in 2014. | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji With cricket's slam-bang version set for its ninth World Cup, PTI gives a rundown on the leading run-getters and the ones with best strike rates in the T20 showpiece. Leading run getters*Virat Kohli: 1141 runs Who else at No. 1 but the King himself? The talismanic Indian batter has been an absolute beast in the marquee event, scoring over a thousand runs across five editions. His ability to thrive under pressure and deliver match-winning performances has cemented his reputation as one of the finest batters in T20 cricket. He holds the record for most runs in a single edition of the tournament — 319 in 2014. He was also sensat...
‘No NGO entrusted to do relief work here,’ says Manipur after EU announces aid for hailstorm affected
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‘No NGO entrusted to do relief work here,’ says Manipur after EU announces aid for hailstorm affected

New Delhi: No non-governmental organisation has been entrusted to carry out relief work in the state, the Manipur government said Wednesday, strongly countering the European Union’s (EU) announcement that it would send its partners 250,000 euros to help victims of a severe hailstorm that hit early May.In a statement, Chief Secretary Vineet Joshi said no relief was undertaken by the European Union (EU) and its humanitarian partners in the state. He said all financial requirements in connection with the recent storm were being met from the available National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). “No NGOs or civil society organisations have been entrusted to carry out the relief work. A sum of Rs 30 crore has already been sanctioned by the state governm...
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New York promises unprecedented security for India-Pakistan clash following terror threat

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said she has directed state police to elevate security measures to ensure safety of the crowds.. File | Photo Credit: AP New York's Nassau County will have unprecedented security arrangements in place for theT20 World Cup clash betweenIndia and Pakistan on June 9 due to the threat of a terror attack here even though state Governor Kathy Hochul insisted that it is not credible "at this time." The Eisenhower Park Stadium at the Nassau County will host eight matches of the tournament-proper, including India's three outings. The Indians will also play a practice game against Bangladesh here on June 1.New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said she has directed state police to elevate security measures to ensure safety of the crowds."In preparation for th...