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Israel Army Says Rockets From Rafah Again Target Key Gaza Crossing
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Israel Army Says Rockets From Rafah Again Target Key Gaza Crossing

The Israeli army said the Kerem Shalom crossing, which has been key to Gaza aid operations, was again targeted on Wednesday by rocket fire that "lightly injured" one soldier. "Eight launches were identified crossing from the area of Rafah into the area of Kerem Shalom", a military statement read, adding that "as a result of the launches, an IDF (army) soldier was lightly injured." The Israeli army said that it reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing on Wednesday morning. It was closed for three days following a Hamas rocket attack on Sunday that killed four soldiers. Another rocket launch had targeted the crossing Monday. "Trucks from Egypt carrying humanitarian aid, including food, water, shelter equipment, medicine and medical equipment donated by the international community are already arriv...
Israel Army Says Rockets From Rafah Again Target Key Gaza Crossing
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Israel Army Says Rockets From Rafah Again Target Key Gaza Crossing

The Israeli army said the Kerem Shalom crossing, which has been key to Gaza aid operations, was again targeted on Wednesday by rocket fire that "lightly injured" one soldier. "Eight launches were identified crossing from the area of Rafah into the area of Kerem Shalom", a military statement read, adding that "as a result of the launches, an IDF (army) soldier was lightly injured." The Israeli army said that it reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing on Wednesday morning. It was closed for three days following a Hamas rocket attack on Sunday that killed four soldiers. Another rocket launch had targeted the crossing Monday. "Trucks from Egypt carrying humanitarian aid, including food, water, shelter equipment, medicine and medical equipment donated by the international community are already arriv...
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Expresses Support For Putin In Victory Day Message
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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Expresses Support For Putin In Victory Day Message

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed "firm support and solidarity" for Russia in his congratulatory message to Russian President Vladimir Putin over Victory Day, which marks the 79th anniversary of the end of World War Two, state news KCNA agency said on Thursday. Russia on Thursday marks the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two as relations with the West spiral deeper into crisis over the advance of Russian troops against Ukraine's Western-backed forces. "I express firm support and solidarity with the sacred cause of Russia, hoping that you and the brave Russian army and people would win fresh victory in the struggle to defeat the imperialists' hegemonic policy," Kim said in his letter to Putin according to KCNA. The U.S. and others have accused North Korea o...
North Korea Expresses Support For Putin In Victory Day Message
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North Korea Expresses Support For Putin In Victory Day Message

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed "firm support and solidarity" for Russia in his congratulatory message to Russian President Vladimir Putin over Victory Day, which marks the 79th anniversary of the end of World War Two, state news KCNA agency said on Thursday. Russia on Thursday marks the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two as relations with the West spiral deeper into crisis over the advance of Russian troops against Ukraine's Western-backed forces. "I express firm support and solidarity with the sacred cause of Russia, hoping that you and the brave Russian army and people would win fresh victory in the struggle to defeat the imperialists' hegemonic policy," Kim said in his letter to Putin according to KCNA. The U.S. and others have accused North Korea o...
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Horoscope Today, May 9, 2024: Read your daily astrological predictions – Times of India

Read today's horoscope, May 9, 2024. Today we'll be taking a closer look at what the stars have in store for each of the 12 zodiac signs. Our astrologer has analyzed the movements of the planets and the alignment of the stars to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date horoscope predictions for the day ahead. Whether you're looking for guidance on love, career, or simply a heads up on what to expect, this has got you covered.Let's dive in to see what the cosmos have in store for you today.AriesToday You may start your day with good feelings. You may have a patience, it may reflect into your way of working. You may enjoy at work. You may be optimistic in terms of gains in the business. You may have an emotional bonding with the spouse, which may increase family harmony. Job seekers may...
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Birla eyes $1.2 billion from Novelis IPO – Times of India

Billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla's Hindalco Industries is considering seeking about $1.2 billion in a planned IPO of US aluminium products maker Novelis, people familiar with the matter said, in what could be one of the year's biggest share sales.Hindalco may target a valuation of about $18 billion for Atlanta-based Novelis, the people said. The group could seek to list Novelis in New York by Sept, pending approvals from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the people said.Novelis is the world's biggest maker of flat-rolled aluminium products, used in an array of goods, from cars to soda cans. Novelis said in February it had filed confidentially for the listing with the SEC.Deliberations are ongoing and details of the fundraising, including size, could change, the people said. The...
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3rd terrorist killed on Day 3 of Kulgam operation | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: Security forces gunned down another terrorist of The Resistance Force (TRF) holed up in a house in J&K’s Kulgam district Wednesday, following the killing of the banned outfit’s “area commander” Basit Dar and an unidentified associate the day before in the same Redwani locality.A police officer said the terrorist killed on the third day of the operation has been identified as Momin Gulzar, a native of downtown Srinagar.He said the gunfight began Monday evening after security forces surrounded a house in Redwani following information about terrorists hiding there. Although the operation was temporarily suspended at night, it resumed Tuesday morning and Dar was among those gunned down during the confrontation.A resident of Redwani, Dar had been missing from his home for the p...
Deadly Storms Claim 100 Lives, Damage 100,000 Homes In Brazil
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Deadly Storms Claim 100 Lives, Damage 100,000 Homes In Brazil

At least 100 people have died and nearly 100,000 homes have been destroyed or significantly damaged from more than a week of record rainfall and flooding in south Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state, local authorities have said. The National Confederation of Municipalities said in an update on Wednesday that overflowing rivers and floods in the state have affected around 1.45 million people and forced some 200,000 residents to flee their homes, Xinhua news agency reported. Based on data from the Civil Defense agency, some 99,800 residences of all types have sustained either total or partial damage since the state's worst weather-related disaster hit on April 29, according to the confederation. As many as 414 of 497 towns in the state, a top agricultural and livestock producer that borders Arg...
Deadly Storms Claim 100 Lives, Damage 100,000 Homes In Brazil
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Deadly Storms Claim 100 Lives, Damage 100,000 Homes In Brazil

At least 100 people have died and nearly 100,000 homes have been destroyed or significantly damaged from more than a week of record rainfall and flooding in south Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state, local authorities have said. The National Confederation of Municipalities said in an update on Wednesday that overflowing rivers and floods in the state have affected around 1.45 million people and forced some 200,000 residents to flee their homes, Xinhua news agency reported. Based on data from the Civil Defense agency, some 99,800 residences of all types have sustained either total or partial damage since the state's worst weather-related disaster hit on April 29, according to the confederation. As many as 414 of 497 towns in the state, a top agricultural and livestock producer that borders Arg...
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Biden says US won’t supply weapons for Israel to attack Rafah, in warning to ally – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he would not supply offensive weapons that Israel could use to launch an all-out assault on Rafah — the last major Hamas stronghold in Gaza over concern for the well-being of the more than 1 million civilians sheltering there.Biden, in an interview with CNN, said the US was still committed to Israel's defense and would supply Iron Dome rocket interceptors and other defensive arms, but that if Israel goes into Rafah, “we’re not going to supply the weapons and artillery shells used.”The US has historically provided enormous amounts of military aid to Israel.That has only accelerated in the aftermath of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack that killed some 1,200 in Israel and led to about 250 being taken captive by militants. Biden's comments and his dec...
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SC: Can’t carry Raj-era bias to tag castes, tribes ‘history-sheeters’ – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court had ruled that police cannot carry colonial era biases against persons belonging to certain tribes and scheduled castes to mechanically brand them in their records as 'bad characters' or 'history-sheeters" and said such archaic mindset violated individuals' right to dignity guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.After nudging the Delhi Police to amend the format for history-sheeters, which was copied from 90-year-old Punjab Police Rules of 1934, to exclude the minor children and wife of a person from getting included with him as a bad character, a bench of Justices Surya Kant and K V Vishwanathan on Tuesday asked all states to revisit their rules within six months regarding inclusion of a person in police's 'history-sheeter/bad character' record and wee...
Biden Warns He Could Cease Certain Arms Supplies If Israel Attacks Rafah
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Biden Warns He Could Cease Certain Arms Supplies If Israel Attacks Rafah

US President Joe Biden publicly warned Israel Wednesday he would stop supplying artillery shells and other weapons if it attacks Rafah in southern Gaza, as he deplored the fact that civilians had been killed by the dropping of US bombs. "If they go into Rafah, I'm not supplying the weapons that have been used... to deal with the cities," Biden said in a televised interview with CNN. "We're not gonna supply the weapons and the artillery shells that have been used." The threat to cut artillery supplies comes after the United States confirmed on Tuesday that it had already paused a shipment of large bombs over concerns about Israel's planned assault on Rafah, where more than a million Palestinian civilians displaced by the war are sheltering near the Egyptian border. "Civilians have been kill...
Biden Warns He Could Cease Certain Arms Supplies If Israel Attacks Rafah
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Biden Warns He Could Cease Certain Arms Supplies If Israel Attacks Rafah

US President Joe Biden publicly warned Israel Wednesday he would stop supplying artillery shells and other weapons if it attacks Rafah in southern Gaza, as he deplored the fact that civilians had been killed by the dropping of US bombs. "If they go into Rafah, I'm not supplying the weapons that have been used... to deal with the cities," Biden said in a televised interview with CNN. "We're not gonna supply the weapons and the artillery shells that have been used." The threat to cut artillery supplies comes after the United States confirmed on Tuesday that it had already paused a shipment of large bombs over concerns about Israel's planned assault on Rafah, where more than a million Palestinian civilians displaced by the war are sheltering near the Egyptian border. "Civilians have been kill...
UPA Government Tried To Reduce Quotas For OBC, SC, ST:  Yogi Adityanath
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UPA Government Tried To Reduce Quotas For OBC, SC, ST: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged on Thursday that the previous UPA government at the centre tried to reduce reservations for the OBC, SC and ST communities by providing quotas to Muslims. But the attempt has not succeeded because of the BJP's protest, he added. "As UPA chairperson from 2004 to 2014, Sonia Gandhi constituted Justice Ranganath Mishra's committee to put a dent in the OBC reservation and the committee had recommended that 6% of the OBC reservation should be given to Muslims," Mr Adityanath told ANI. "BJP and NDA had protested at that time; their plans could not be fulfilled, and then these people also tried to intrude on the rights of SC, ST and that in the Sachar Committee Report, some castes of Muslims should be included in the Scheduled Castes. The Congr...
UPA Government Tried To Reduce Quotas For OBC, SC, ST:  Yogi Adityanath
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UPA Government Tried To Reduce Quotas For OBC, SC, ST: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged on Thursday that the previous UPA government at the centre tried to reduce reservations for the OBC, SC and ST communities by providing quotas to Muslims. But the attempt has not succeeded because of the BJP's protest, he added. "As UPA chairperson from 2004 to 2014, Sonia Gandhi constituted Justice Ranganath Mishra's committee to put a dent in the OBC reservation and the committee had recommended that 6% of the OBC reservation should be given to Muslims," Mr Adityanath told ANI. "BJP and NDA had protested at that time; their plans could not be fulfilled, and then these people also tried to intrude on the rights of SC, ST and that in the Sachar Committee Report, some castes of Muslims should be included in the Scheduled Castes. The Congr...
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Army felicitates young achievers in restive Manipur

The students and athletes of Manipur felicitated by the Army on May 8, 2024. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement GUWAHATIThe Indian Army’s Spear Corps on Wednesday felicitated 11 students and athletes who defied the odds in ethnic conflict-scarred Manipur to achieve success.Those felicitated include six students enrolled in the Army’s Manipur Super 50 programme introduced in 2023 to help bright underprivileged students crack the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for engineering courses.The six had cleared the 2024 JEE Mains in their first attempt. They were mentored by specialists engaged by the Army and the National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation. The students and athletes of Manipur felicitated by th...
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Diet mantra for Indians: Less oil, sugar, avoid protein supplements | India News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: After a 13-year hiatus, city-based National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) has revised its 'Dietary Guidelines for Indians', considering new scientific findings, lifestyle changes, diseases, and food habits. It advised Indians to restrict intake of sugar to 20-25 grams a day (a teaspoon is roughly 5.7g) since it comes from natural carbohydrates, avoid protein supplements and reduce oils.It also gave a thumbs-up for air-frying and granite-coated cookware.NIN also for the first time released guidelines for interpreting packaged food labels.ICMR director-general Dr Rajiv Bahl released the revised guidelines on Wednesday. One of the key suggestions is to decrease the use of cooking oil and obtain essential fatty acids through nuts, oilseeds, and seafood. Guidelines on ultra-process...
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Sandeshkhali woman revokes rape complaints against TMC men | India News – Times of India

SANDESHKHALI: One of the three Sandeshkhali women whose rape complaints against Trinamool functionaries stoked unrest in this rural block of Bengal's North 24 Parganas district did an about-turn on Wednesday, saying she faced no such assault and that local BJP members forced her to sign a blank sheet of paper and approach police.The woman lodged a fresh complaint at Sandeshkhali police station, citing threats and social ostracism because of her decision to withdraw the purportedly false charge of rape.She alleged that a local BJP Mahila Morcha functionary and other party members visited her home and asked her to sign what was to be a fictitious complaint."They asked for my signature on the pretext of enlisting my name for PMAY. Later, they took me to the police station to lodge a compla...
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Maheep Kapoor: ‘I’m not Shanaya’s mom or Sanjay’s wife anymore’ | Hindi Movie News – Times of India

Maheep Kapoor, who rose to fame with the reality television series Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives alongside Neelam Kothari Soni, Bhavana Pandey, and Seema Sajdeh, recently shared insights into her experience on the show and life as a Bollywood wife and mother. When asked about her initial apprehension about starring in the show where she plays herself, Maheep admitted to having concerns about scrutiny, judgment, and being misunderstood.She told The Indian Express, "It was a big worry for me. My biggest problem is when people don’t understand or get me. I find it very frustrating." However, Maheep also acknowledged the positive aspects of being part of the show. She expressed gratitude for the love and opportunities she has received, noting that it has given her a sense of identity be...
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Pisces, Horoscope Today, May 9, 2024: Ideal day for deep connections in relationships – Times of India

On May 9, 2024, Pisces, your intuitive and empathetic qualities are heightened, drawing you towards introspective and creative pursuits. Neptune, your ruling planet, deepens your connection to the spiritual and emotional realms, enhancing your understanding of both yourself and others. This day is ideal for artistic expression, emotional healing, and deepening your spiritual practices.In love and relationships, your sensitivity to the needs and feelings of your partner comes to the forefront.If you're in a relationship, this is a perfect day to share your deeper feelings and connect on a more spiritual or emotional level. Plan a quiet evening where you can truly listen and engage with each other without distractions. For single Pisces, your compassionate and artistic nature is particula...
Opinion

Giving primacy to human development

A daily wage labour carries boxes to be loaded onto a bus for transportation, in Kolkata. | Photo Credit: AFP The promise of development has emerged as a rallying point for political parties for the elections. Taking stock of the achievements of the past few years, as portrayed in the Human Development Report, underscores the task ahead and the need for a clear strategy for embarking on a long journey.A poor ranking on HDITwo recent reports reveal some important facets of India’s development. First, the Human Development Report 2023-24, published by the United Nations Development Programme, takes a comparative perspective and maps the achievements in the area of human development. Second, a paper published by the World Inequality Lab in March 2024 provides long-term trends in income an...
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Aquarius, Horoscope Today, May 9, 2024: This day encourages individuality, innovation, and futuristic thinking – Times of India

On May 9, 2024, Aquarius, your innovative spirit and forward-thinking mindset shine brightly, making this a day rich with creative inspiration and unconventional ideas. Uranus, your ruling planet, stirs a strong desire for freedom and experimentation in various aspects of your life. This is an excellent day to explore new technologies, engage in social activism, or initiate projects that are ahead of their time.In love and relationships, your uniqueness and originality are your most attractive traits.If you are in a relationship, share your inventive ideas with your partner, and consider embarking on a project together that reflects both of your visions for the future. This collaborative creativity can bring a fresh energy to your bond. For single Aquarians, your idealistic and eccentri...
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Powerless in a sweltering summer

Electric autorickshaws parked in the premises of the Tagore Centenary Hall in Kozhikode. The demand for power has especially surged in the late evening hours thanks to greater dependence on air-conditioners and the practice of charging e-vehicles during that time. | Photo Credit: K Ragesh The unusually warm summer this year has left Kerala with no alternative but to confront a problem that it has been ignoring for the past few decades. Some districts are battling heatwaves, which has laid bare the chinks in the State’s power system.It is well known that Kerala depends on electricity imports for much of its daily electricity requirement. It has become routine practice for the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), the State-run power utility, to stave off power restrictions during summe...
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Capricorn, Horoscope Today, May 9, 2024: Focus on achievement and long-term goals – Times of India

On May 9, 2024, Capricorn, your practicality and discipline are key themes, bringing a focus on achievement and long-term goals. Saturn, your ruling planet, lends you an extra dose of determination and perseverance, making this an ideal day for tackling challenging projects or tasks that require sustained effort and precision.In love and relationships, your sense of responsibility and commitment are highlighted.For those in a relationship, this is a good time to discuss practical matters such as financial planning or future goals. Your pragmatic approach can help set a solid foundation for your partnership. For single Capricorns, your grounded nature might attract someone who values stability and ambition. Engaging in professional settings or serious hobbies can increase your chances of...