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India assumes UNSC presidency; focus on maritime security, peacekeeping, counterterrorism | India News – Times of India
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India assumes UNSC presidency; focus on maritime security, peacekeeping, counterterrorism | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Ayush Ministry has collaborated with UK's London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to conduct a study on Ashwagandha for promoting recovery from Covid-19. The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Ayush, and LSHTM recently signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct clinical trials of Ashwagandha on 2,000 people in three UK cities -- Leicester, Birmingham and London (Southall and Wembley), the ministry said in a statement. Ashwagandha (withania somnifera), commonly known as 'Indian winter cherry', is a traditional herb that boosts energy, reduces stress and makes the immune system stronger. It is an easily accessible, over-the-counter nutritional supplement in the UK and has a proven safety profile, it said. The...
Afghanistan flash flood: Death toll rises to 113 – Times of India
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Afghanistan flash flood: Death toll rises to 113 – Times of India

NURISTAN (Afghanistan): The death toll of last week's flooding in Afghanistan's Kamdish district has risen to 113 with dozens still missing, TOLO News reported quoting an official, adding that 70 more were injured. The floods happened on Wednesday due to heavy rains in the Kamdish district in Nuristan province. "Some are still missing... 12 kilometers of road has been destroyed, 173 houses were totally damaged," the State Minister on Natural Disaster Management Ghulam Bahauddin Jailani said, TOLO News reported. Some lawmakers from the province said the flood-affected residents need urgent assistance. The lawmakers claimed that the Taliban is obstructing the rescue operations of the victims. But the Taliban has said that it has prevented the infiltration of the government forces to flood...
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Amit Shah praises CM Yogi Adityanath for taking UP to ‘top spot’ in law and order

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomes Home Minister Amit Shah on his arrival in Lucknow on 1 August, 2021 | PTI Text Size: A- A+ Lucknow: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday praised the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for taking the state to the top spot in terms of law and order. Addressing a function after laying the foundation stone of the Uttar Pradesh State Institute of Forensic Sciences here, Shah said BJP governments work for the development of the poorest people. “For six years till 2019, I travelled a lot in UP. Hence, I know the earlier UP very well. There was an atmosphere of fear in western UP because of which people were leaving the area, women felt unsafe, the lan...
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Doors of SP open to all small parties for 2022 UP polls: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said doors of his party are open to all small parties for an alliance ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls next year and he will try that all such political outfits come together to defeat the BJP. He also asked the Congress and the BSP, which have been attacking the Samajwadi Party (SP) on various issues, which side they are on. “These parties should decide whether their fight is with the BJP or SP,” Yadav told PTI. On possible alliances for the upcoming state polls, the SP president said, “Doors of our party are open for all small parties. Many smaller parties are already with us. More will come with us.” In an interview to PTI, he also lashed out at the Centre over the Pegasus spying row. “They (NDA) have over 350 s...
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Assam-Mizoram Border Dispute: Tensions Remain Even After Talk With HM Amit Shah?

Dispur: Talking about the border tensions with Mizoram, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that the government is ready to approach Supreme Court to resolve the matter.Bringing up the issue of a criminal case lodged against him in Mizoram, Sarma said: "I'm happy if filing an FIR against me resolves the issue, I will go and appear before any police station. But I will not allow our officers to be investigated. We will go to SC to resolve boundary dispute", news agency ANI reported.ALSO READ | J&K: No Govt Benefits, Passport Clearance For People Involved In Stone Pelting And Other CrimesIn the recent border violence, a fierce gun battle between the forces of the two states resulted in the death of five Assam police personnel and one civilian. O...
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J&K: No Govt Benefits, Passport Clearance For People Involved In Stone Pelting And Other Crimes

Jammu: The government of Jammu and Kashmir announced on Sunday that individuals engaged in activities that violate the law and order in the Union Territory will face strict actions by the administration. The statement released by govt said that the CID Special Branch has directed all units to deny security clearance for engaging in stone-pelting and other crimes prejudicial to the security of the state.The order said, " No security clearance related to passport verification for subjects found involved in law & order, stone-pelting cases, and other crimes prejudicial to the security of the Union Territory."The statement further said that CID will also look into the past records of the individuals during verification related to passport, services, and any other ver...
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New Zealand’s PM Ardern apologises for 1970s immigration raids on Pacific community

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern issued a sombre state apology on Sunday to the Pacific community for racially targeted immigration raids in the 1970s that resulted in deportations and prosecutions. The “Dawn Raids”, which often occurred early in the morning, took place from 1974 to 1976 when New Zealand’s economy was in a downturn and the government clamped down on immigrant workers from the Pacific who overstayed their work visas. Addressing hundreds of people in attendance for the formal apology, Ardern said members of the Pacific communities continue to “suffer and carry the scars” of the raids in which they were specifically targeted and racially profiled. “Today, I stand on behalf of the New Zealand government to offer a formal and unreserved apology to...
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GST revenue at over Rs 1.16 lakh crore in July, 33% higher than in same month last year

Representational image of GST Bhavan | Commons Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: GST revenue for the month of July stood at over Rs 1.16 lakh crore, 33 per cent higher than the collection in the same month of 2020, indicating that the economy is recovering at a fast pace, the finance ministry said on Sunday. Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection in July 2020 was Rs 87,422 crore, Sequentially, it was Rs 92,849 crore in June this year. The gross GST revenue collected in the month of July 2021 is Rs 1,16,393 crore of which Central GST is Rs 22,197 crore, State GST Rs 28,541 crore, Integrated GST Rs 57,864 crore (including Rs 27,900 crore collected on import of goods) and cess is Rs 7,790 crore (including Rs 815 cror...
Trump raises big money in early 2021, but doesn’t spend much – Times of India
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Trump raises big money in early 2021, but doesn’t spend much – Times of India

WASHINGTON: A fundraising group run by former President Donald Trump raised $62 million in the first half of the year but only spent $3 million, with the biggest chunk of money going to a pro-Trump research center and more than $65,000 to Trump's own hotels, according to federal records published on Saturday. Trump, a Republican, established the Save America committee in November shortly after losing the presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden. Under Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules, the committee has broad leeway in how it can use its money. A filing with the FEC showed Save America made a $1 million contribution in June to the America First Policy Institute, a nonprofit run by veterans of his administration. The group's leadership includes Brooke Rollins, who led the White ...
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Olympics: Six People Banished, Including Two Silver Medalists, For Breaking Covid-19 Rules

Six people, including two silver medalists from the country of Georgia, have been banished by the Games organisers for “clear and serious violation” of safety and health rules, meant to curb Covid-19.The news comes at a time when Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in Japan and in view of the situation, a state of emergency has been declared in the cities near Tokyo.  Since the start of the Games, more than 10 thousand cases have been reported in Japan. On Saturday, 21 people had tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19 in the Olympic Village.Games chief executive Toshiro Muto said two Georgia judo players went out for a walk for sightseeing, a violation of the playbook on health and safety protocols at the Olympics. Reportedly, Waza M and Lasha S were seen near the...
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Former Manipur Congress chief joins BJP

Former Manipur Congress president Govindas Konthoujam joined the BJP on Sunday. He joined the BJP in the presence of Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni and the party’s in-charge for the state Sambit Patra. A six-time consecutively elected MLA from the Bishnupur seat, Konthoujam had quit the Congress a few days back. The seasoned leader’s decision to join the saffron party will be a boost to it ahead of the assembly elections in the state early next year. Source link
 Investor warning: Unicorns can go bust too
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 Investor warning: Unicorns can go bust too

I have written twice already on the rise of unicorns, unlisted companies valued at over a billion dollars each. The vast majority of unicorns have never made a profit, yet billions have been poured into them by the world’s biggest, most adventurous financiers hoping to find the Amazons and Facebooks of the future. Amazon and Facebook also lost money for years as they expanded and expanded, eventually becoming super-profitable. Zomato, the food delivery company, is the first Indian unicorn to have launched its shares to the public through an IPO (initial public offering). The IPO price was Rs 76-79. The issue was heavily oversubscribed, and the stock market price quickly soared to Rs 1...
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SC to hear pleas seeking probe into Pegasus hacking scandal on 5 August

The Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint file photo Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on August 5 the pleas, including the one filed by senior journalists N Ram and Sashi Kumar, who have sought an independent probe by a sitting or a retired judge into the alleged Pegasus snooping matter. According to the cause list uploaded on the apex court website, a bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Surya Kant would hear on August 5 three separate petitions seeking probe into the reports of alleged snooping by government agencies on eminent citizens, politicians and scribes by using Israeli spyware Pegasus. On July 30, the top court had said it would hear ...
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Mumbai’s Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal To Celebrate Traditional Ganesh Chaturthi This Year

Mumbai: Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal has announced that it will celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in the traditional way this year while adhering to all COVID19 related guidelines and restrictions.Lalbaugcha Raja is one of the most popular and most visited Ganesh idols in Mumbai and it is widely known for fulfilling the wishes of the devotees.ALSO READ | India Registers Over 41K Covid Cases In Last 24 Hrs As Kerala Remains Major ContributorLast year, Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal for the first very time did not hold any festivities in view of the pandemic. Instead, the Mandal organised a blood and plasma donation camp.The Maharashtra government had earlier issued guidelines to restrict the height of the Ganesha idols to up to four feet.The height for the idols i...
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In South Africa, poachers now traffic in tiny succulent plants

Written by Author Tommy Trenchard On a moonless night in the desert in the far west of South Africa, Avrill Kaffer had just finished making a sale when vehicles with flashing lights emerged out of the darkness and an officer from the Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit leaped from behind a nearby bush, ordering him to the ground. By the time Kaffer realized he had been set up, he was already in handcuffs. As he looked on, police officers proceeded to open up the eight large cardboard boxes he had brought with him. Inside, they found thousands of small, brown, dumplinglike plants — Conophytums, native to this part of Africa — evidently only recently dug up. Conophytum, a genus of flowering plants that consists of over 100 species — including several listed as endangered ...
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India takes over UNSC presidency for August; maritime security, counter-terrorism key priorities

India on Sunday assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of August and is set to organise key events in three major areas of maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism. “It is a singular honour for us to be presiding over the Security Council the same month when we are celebrating our 75th Independence Day,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said in a video message on Saturday. “India has just assumed the presidency of The UN Security Council on 1st August. India and France enjoy historical and close relations. I thank France for all the support which they’ve given us during our stint in the Security Council,” he further added. As part of its new role, India will decide the UN body’s agenda for ...
Tokyo Olympics 2021 Live: PV Sindhu, men’s hockey team eye history at Tokyo
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Tokyo Olympics 2021 Live: PV Sindhu, men’s hockey team eye history at Tokyo

Tokyo Olympics 2021 Live Updates: Boxer Satish Kumar loses in quarterfinalsLIVE NOWIt's big day for Indian hockey and badminton, as PV Sindhu takes a crack at her second consecutive Olympic medal in the women's singles bronze-medal match and the men's hockey team looks to seal a semifinal spot after a gap of more than four decades. Stay with Times of India to get all the live updates on Olympics 2021, India Events at Tokyo Olympics, Results, Medal Table and more on Times of IndiaRead LessTHE TIMES OF INDIA | Aug 01, 2021, 10:10:22 ISTFacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail Source link
Young man shot in California movie theatre, dies – Times of India
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Young man shot in California movie theatre, dies – Times of India

A young man, who had been on life support after being shot at inside a Southern California movie theatre, has died, police and his family have said. Anthony Barajas, 19, was watching “The Forever Purge” at a theatre in Corona with Rylee Goodrich, 18, on Monday when they were shot in the head. They were found by an employee after the last showing of the night. Goodrich died at the scene. Barajas was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was placed on life support. Police said the shooting appeared to be random and unprovoked. They were working with Riverside County prosecutors to add a second murder count against the suspected shooter, Joseph Jimenez. Jimenez, 20, appeared in Riverside County Superior Court on Friday after being charged with murder in the death of Goodrich and attempted m...
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How 3 non-techie women are helping fight fear of technology among Indian non-profits

(L-R) Tech4Good Community co-founders Anusha Meher Bhargava, Rinju Rajan, Akhila Somanath | Credit: Tech4Good Community Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Rinju Rajan, Anusha Meher Bhargava, and Akhila Somanath, three women from different parts of India, are not techies. But technology — and its potential power as a positive force — is the lifeblood that drives their work now. Rajan, Bhargava and Somanath, who have no educational background in information technology, have started a non-profit that seeks to help India’s non-profits — especially the smaller ones — give up their fear of technology. The idea is to widen their horizons and give them a level playing field with the big guns.  Set up in 2018, Tech4Good (T4G...
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Rs 133 Cr Loss Of Taxpayers’ Money Due To Uproar, Deadlock In Parliament Session: Report

New Delhi: Since the Monsoon session began on July 19, the Parliament has functioned for only 18 hours out of possible 107 hours reportedly causing the loss of taxpayers' money amounting to over Rs 133 crores.Both Houses of Parliament have witnessed uproar by the Opposition parties over issues including farmers' protests, Pegasus row, COVID-19, and inflation.According to official sources cited by news agency ANI, Lok Sabha has only been allowed to function for about 7 hours out of possible 54 hours while Rajya Sabha so far has been allowed to function for 11 hours out of possible 53 hours.ALSO READ | India-China Military Talks: 9 Hr-Long Discussion Held On 'Specific Details To Cool Tempers In Friction Points'In total, the Parliament has functioned only 18 hours out o...