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Chinese rocket to tumble back to Earth in uncontrolled re-entry – Times of India
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Chinese rocket to tumble back to Earth in uncontrolled re-entry – Times of India

BEIJING: A large segment of a Chinese rocket is expected to make an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere over the weekend, but Beijing has downplayed fears of damage on the ground and said the risk is very low. A Long March-5B rocket launched the first module of China's new space station into Earth's orbit on April 29. Its 18-tonne main segment is now in freefall and experts have said it is difficult to say precisely where and when it will re-enter the atmosphere. Russian space agency Roscosmos predicted the rocket will re-enter after 2330 GMT Saturday south of Indonesia over the Timor Sea. The Pentagon gave a time of around 2300 GMT Saturday with a window of nine hours either side. Chinese authorities have said most of the rocket components will likely be destroyed as it d...
SC allows plea to make health ministry party to PIL seeking steps to control population | India News – Times of India
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SC allows plea to make health ministry party to PIL seeking steps to control population | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has allowed a plea to make the ministry of health and family welfare a party to a PIL that has sought certain steps, including two-child norm, to control the country's growing population. A bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna passed the directions on May 7 on the plea filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who had sought impleadment of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in place of the Ministry of Home Affairs in his PIL. "This application for impleadment of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in place of Ministry of Home Affairs is allowed, subject to all just exceptions," the bench said, while listing the matter for further hearing on July 5. Upadhyay had filed the PIL challenging a Delhi High Court order that dismissed a plea seeking ce...
Lancet Editorial Slams Modi Govt For Ignoring 2nd Wave Warnings: Congress Ups The Ante
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Lancet Editorial Slams Modi Govt For Ignoring 2nd Wave Warnings: Congress Ups The Ante

New Delhi: The Congress Party on Saturday hit out at the ruling dispensation at the Centre over an editorial published in the medical journal, The Lancet which said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government seemed more intent on removing criticism on Twitter than trying to control the Covid pandemic.Stating The Lancet has said that India is moving towards a self-created national disaster and not a national disaster, Congress leader Ajay Maken said it is estimated that around 10 lakh people will succumb to the virus by August.“This means more than seven lakh people will lose their lives in the next 80 days,” he added.Maken said the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written a letter demanding the removal of Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vard...
US pipeline company halts some operations after cyberattack
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US pipeline company halts some operations after cyberattack

A company that operates a major US energy pipeline says it was forced to temporarily halt all pipeline operations following a cybersecurity attack. In a statement, Colonial Pipeline said the attack took place Friday and also affected some of its information technology systems. The company describes itself as the largest refined products pipeline in the United States and transports roughly 45 per cent of all fuel, including gasoline, diesel fuel and home heating oil, that is consumed on the East Coast. The Alpharetta, Georgia-based company said it hired an outside cybersecurity firm to investigate the nature and scope of the attack and has also contacted law enforcement and federal agencies. “Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue,” the compan...
Order directing distribution of seized oxygen concentrators among judges, cops, set aside
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Order directing distribution of seized oxygen concentrators among judges, cops, set aside

Seized oxygen concentrators in Delhi | By special arrangement Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Saturday set aside an order directing the distribution of oxygen concentrators seized by the Delhi Police among various courts and police personnel, saying that a judge has to act like a selfless and dispassionate saint . Principal District and Sessions Judge Narottam Kaushal passed the order on a petition filed by the Delhi government seeking revision of an order passed by a magisterial court. On May 5, Metropolitan Magistrate Anuj Bahal had issued the directions on an application filed by the Delhi Police for release of the seized oxygen concentrators which could be used for saving the lives of police...
Congress presses for national lockdown to arrest Covid-19 spread
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Congress presses for national lockdown to arrest Covid-19 spread

The Congress on Saturday accused the Centre of abject failure in protecting the lives of people and urged it to follow the suggestions of experts by declaring a national lockdown in the wake of rising cases of the novel coronavirus infection. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “not utilising the vaccination budget”. “Vaccine budget- underutilized. Human life- undervalued. Because PM’s ego- overinflated,” he tweeted, tagging a media report which claimed that only Rs 4,744 crore has been utilised from the vaccine budget of Rs 35,000 crore. In another tweet in Hindi on GST on Covid-19 vaccines, Gandhi alleged, “People’s lives may be lost, but PM’s tax extortion should not”. In yet another tweet, he said, “The Movid pandemic” and tagged a s...
India, EU put focus back on FTA, vow closer security ties under Indo-Pacific
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India, EU put focus back on FTA, vow closer security ties under Indo-Pacific

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and EU leaders during the annual summit on 8 May 2021. | Photo: Twitter/@MEAIndia Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: After a gap of seven years, India and the 27-nation bloc European Union (EU) have agreed to resume the pending bilateral trade talks during the annual summit held virtually. They also vowed to have “closer” security cooperation under the Indo-Pacific strategic initiative. The summit was held Saturday between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Charles Michel, President, European Council (which defines the EU’s overall political direction and priorities) and Ursula Von der Leyen, President, European Commission (EU’s executive branch). However, for the first time, leaders of al...
Blast Outside School in Kabul: 20 Killed, Dozens Injured
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Blast Outside School in Kabul: 20 Killed, Dozens Injured

Kabul: At least 20 people, mostly students, were killed and dozen others wounded in a blast, which took place outside a school in Afghanistan capital Kabul on Saturday.Many of the victims in the explosion, which took place around 4 p.m. in front of Sayed Ul-Shuhada high school, were female students.Kabul’s Mohammad Ali Jinnah Hospital Head Dr Mohammad Dawood Danish said that 20 bodies and over 40 wounded people were admitted to his hospital.READ: Coronavirus Highlights: 'We're Determined To Help India In Its Hour Of Need,' Says US Vice President Kamala HarrisThe blast and the possible targeting of female students comes as rights groups and others have raised fears that the looming American troop withdrawal will endanger the progress that women have made in the patria...
12 states account for over 80% of active coronavirus cases | India News – Times of India
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12 states account for over 80% of active coronavirus cases | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Twelve states accounted for 80.68 per cent of India's over 37.23 lakh active coronavirus cases, according to official data. Maharashtra has the maximum number of active cases at 6.57 lakh, followed by Karnataka 5,36,661, Kerala 4,02,997, Uttar Pradesh 2,54,118, and Rajasthan 1,99,147 cases. The other states having large active cases are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar. Ten states accounted for 70.77 per cent of the new cases in the last 24 hours, out of which Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 54,022, followed by Karnataka 48,781 and Kerala 38,460 new cases. Among the remaining seven states and union territories with high daily new cases are Uttar Pradesh (27,763), Tamil Nadu (26,465), Delhi (19,832), West...
EU invites ‘concrete’ US plan on lifting vaccine patents – Times of India
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EU invites ‘concrete’ US plan on lifting vaccine patents – Times of India

PORTO(PORTUGAL): Europe on Saturday passed the ball back to Washington in a debate over Covid vaccine patents, pushing the US for a concrete proposal and a commitment to export much needed jabs. European Council chief Charles Michel, attending an EU summit in Portugal, said the bloc was ready to discuss a US offer to suspend patent protection on vaccines -- once the details are clear. "We are ready to engage on this topic, as soon as a concrete proposal would be put on the table," Michel said, as EU leaders discussed the issue in Porto. Michel, who represents the EU's 27 national leaders, cautioned however that the bloc has doubts about the idea being a "magic bullet" in the short term. The quickest solution to ramp up the distribution of vaccines globally was exports, and the EU encour...
No jamun trees uprooted in Central Vista Avenue revamp, few trees to be transplanted: Puri
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No jamun trees uprooted in Central Vista Avenue revamp, few trees to be transplanted: Puri

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said that no jamun trees have been uprooted as part of the ongoing Central Vista Avenue redevelopment project stretching from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, and asserted that defining elements of built heritage like lamp posts will be restored. The Union housing and urban affairs minister said that only a few trees will be transplanted as part of the project, claiming that the overall green cover will increase. This comes a day after reports said that several jamun trees could be uprooted as part of the Central Vista Avenue redevelopment project. “Do not believe in fake photos & canards about ongoing work at Central Vista Avenue. No Jamun trees have been removed. Only few trees will be transplanted in entire project. Over...
India and EU to resume negotiations for FTA after 8 yrs; Launch comprehensive connectivity partnership
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India and EU to resume negotiations for FTA after 8 yrs; Launch comprehensive connectivity partnership

India and the European Union have agreed to resume talks for a balanced, ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement and also launch negotiations for a stand-alone investment protection pact, the External Affairs Ministry said on Saturday. These decisions were taken during a virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the heads of state or government of all the 27-member states of the bloc with a focus on expanding overall cooperation in areas of trade, investment and connectivity. The two sides also launched a sustainable and comprehensive connectivity partnership, the ministry said and described the summit as a “watershed” moment in the ties. The leaders also exchanged views on the COVID-19 pandemic and healthcare cooperation. The India-EU leaders’ meeting i...
Government revises national policy for admission of Covid-19 patients: What you need to know | India News – Times of India
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Government revises national policy for admission of Covid-19 patients: What you need to know | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Union ministry of health and family welfare on Saturday revised the national policy for admission of Covid-19 patients to Covid care facilities, as the country reels under a tsunami of coronavirus cases pushing the health infrastructure to the brink. Here is what you need to know: * Requirement of a positive test for the Covid-19 virus is not mandatory for admission to a Covid health facility. * A suspect case of Covid-19 shall be admitted to the suspect ward of Covid Care Center (CCC), Dedicated Covid Health Centre (DCHC), Dedicated Covid Hospital (DCH) as the case may be. * No patient will be refused services on any count. This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city. * No patient shall be refused admission ...
SC allows Health Ministry to be party in PIL seeking measures to control population
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SC allows Health Ministry to be party in PIL seeking measures to control population

Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint file photo Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Supreme Court has allowed a plea to make the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare a party to a PIL that has sought certain steps, including two-child norm, to control the country’s growing population. A bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna passed the directions on May 7 on the plea filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who had sought impleadment of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in place of the Ministry of Home Affairs in his PIL. “This application for impleadment of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in place of Ministry of Home Affairs is allowed, subject to all just exceptions,” the bench...
Bomb kills at least 25 people near school in Afghan capital
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Bomb kills at least 25 people near school in Afghan capital

A bomb exploded near a school in west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 25 people many of them young students, Afghan government spokesmen said. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said ambulances were rushing to the scene of the blast near Syed AlShahda school in the Shiite majority neighborhood of DashteBarchi. Angry crowds attacked the ambulances and even beat health workers said Health Ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigar Nazari. He implored residents to cooperate and allow ambulances free access to the site. Both Arian and Nazari said that at least 50 people were also wounded and that the casualty toll could rise. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack although the Islamic State group previously claimed attacks against minority Shiites in the same...
200 Palestinians hurt in Al-Aqsa clashes with police: Medics – Times of India
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200 Palestinians hurt in Al-Aqsa clashes with police: Medics – Times of India

Palestinians make their way through Israeli Qalandia checkpoint heading to Jerusalem to attend the third Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramzan in Al-Aqsa mosque, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank (File photo for representation purpose only) JERUSALEM: A night of heavy clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and elsewhere in Jerusalem left more than 200 Palestinians wounded, medics said Saturday, as the city braced for even more violence after weeks of unrest. Nightly protests broke out at the start of the holy month of Ramadan over police restrictions at a popular gathering place and have reignited in recent days over threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinians from their homes in east Jerusalem, which is claimed by both sides ...
Army inducts first batch of women in military police
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Army inducts first batch of women in military police

The Indian Army inducted its first batch of 83 women soldiers as part of its military police on Saturday. A low-key attestation parade for the soldiers took place at the Dronacharya Parade Ground in Bengaluru. The soldiers went through an “intense 61 weeks of training on aspects related to Basic Military training, Provost training to include all forms of policing duties and management of prisoners of war, ceremonial duties and skill development to include driving and maintenance of all vehicles and signal communications”. The government had approved the induction of women in military police in January 2019, and plans to have 1700 women soldiers by 2036, in batches of 100 recruits per year. Source link
SC orders release of prisoners to decongest jails amid Covid-19 second wave | India News – Times of India
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SC orders release of prisoners to decongest jails amid Covid-19 second wave | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Taking note of an "unprecedented surge" in Covid-19 cases in the country, the Supreme Court on Saturday passed directions for decongestion of prisons and ordered forthwith release of all those prisoners who were granted bail or parole last year in view of the pandemic. A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices L Nageswara Rao and Surya Kant said that all those prisoners who were allowed to go out on bail in March last year by the high-powered committees of states and Union Territories (UTs), set up following the apex court's order, be granted the same relief without reconsideration by HPCs to avoid delay. "Further we direct that, those inmates who were granted parole, pursuant to our earlier orders, should be again granted parole for a period of 90 days in orde...
UK finalises post-lockdown traffic light travel system; 12 countries on ‘green list’
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UK finalises post-lockdown traffic light travel system; 12 countries on ‘green list’

The UK government has set out 12 so-called “green list” countries under its traffic light system where people from England will be able to travel quarantine-free when the country’s next level of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted on May 17. Non-essential travel will no longer be classed as illegal from May 17, but strict border control measures will be in place for those entering the UK in order to keep a check on coronavirus variants. India remains on the “red list” since last month amid a second wave surge in coronavirus infections, which means all travel remains banned between India and the UK except for British residents and nationals who must self-isolate for 10 days in a designated quarantine hotel. The Maldives, Nepal and Turkey have now been added to the “re...