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Turkey halts Russian ship, investigates Ukrainian claims – Times of India

Russian-flagged cargo ship Zhibek Zholy is seen off the coast of Black Sea port of Karasu, Turkey, July 2 (Reuters)ANKARA: Turkey has halted a Russian-flagged cargo ship off its Black Sea coast and is investigating a Ukrainian claim that it was carrying stolen grain, a senior Turkish official said on Monday. Ukraine's ambassador to Turkey said on Sunday the Zhibek Zholy was detained by Turkish customs authorities. Ukraine had previously asked Ankara to detain it, according to an official and documents viewed by Reuters. Kyiv has accused Moscow of stealing grain from the territories that Russian forces have seized since their invasion began in late February. The Kremlin has previously denied that Russia has stolen any Ukrainian grain. "Upon request, the ship named Zhibek Zholy was halted...
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Recap All Lord Of The Rings Movies Before Watching The Rings Of Power. See Where You Can Get

New Delhi: In September, Amazon Prime Video is all set to premiere its much-anticipated fantasy extravaganza, 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power'. Set thousands of years before the events of Peter Jackson’s movies, the new Amazon Original series has gotten all J.R.R. Tolkien fans jumping with excitement. Though based on Middle Earth, it explores the untapped Second Age that began it all. Fans of the franchise who are looking to jump back into the films to refresh their memories on the mesmerizing world and intriguing concepts can fret not, as we’ve got you covered. 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' (2001): This is where it all began and turned The Lord of the Rings into a cult franchise. The first installment of the trilogy brings the story of ...
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Devendra Fadnavis ‘biggest kalakar’ of rebellion, held talks with me when MLAs were asleep: Eknath Shinde | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde on Monday revealed for the first time how the BJP played a crucial role in his recent rebellion against the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena. In his remarks in the Maharashtra assembly after winning the floor test, Shinde said that while PM Modi and Union minister Amit Shah extended all possible help to him during the rebellion, it was deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis who was the "biggest kalakar (artist)" of the uprising. “Our numbers were fewer (than BJP's) but PM Narendra Modi blessed us. Modi saheb told me before the swearing in that he will extend all possible help to me. Amit Shah saheb said he will stand behind us like a rock,” Shinde said. “But the biggest kalakar (artist) is this one,” Shinde said, pointing to Fadnavis, s...
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Caught On Camera: After Killing Sidhu Moose Wala, Shooters Seen Celebrating, Waving Guns

New Delhi: A video of the shooters involved in the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala is going viral in which the accused can be seen waving weapons while sitting in a car. This video has been recovered from the mobile phones of the shooters in which the accused are seen celebrating, apparently after the crime. All the shooters in the car were playing songs fearlessly and were celebrating the killing of Moose Wala with weapons.  The video has been found on the mobile phones of the shooters, according to the police, the shooters had posted a video on their Instagram, and the account is now deleted. It is seen in the video how the shooters are making reels with weapons on songs in the car after the murder of the singer. In the video, Kapil is driving the car, next ...
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Your Daily Wrap, July 4: Eknath Shinde wins floor test; paying service tax not compulsory; and more

The Shiv Sena-BJP government led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde won the floor test today, ending two weeks of political turmoil in Maharashtra. In the 288-member House, 164 MLAs voted for the motion of confidence, while 99 voted against it. After the trust vote, Shinde said development and Hindutva are on the new regime’s agenda. Speaking in the Assembly, Shinde broke down remembering the period after the 2019 state elections, and said he was very disturbed at the way he was treated during the polls. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hit back at the Opposition over its charge that the BJP used the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against its political adversaries. “It is true the new government is formed by ED, which stands for Eknath and Devendra,” he remarked. At least t...
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Tougher road to God’s own country? Here is how much airfares to Kerala now cost

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan recently wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in cooling down inflated airfares, saying they were affecting Kerala’s tourism sector. “Let me bring to your kind attention a very important issue that is pulling the travel industry down and putting non-residents to extreme hardship. Airfares in both the International and Domestic sectors have become exorbitantly high recently. They are very high when compared to the fares that had been prevailing in pre-COVID times,” Vijayan wrote. In the past four years, Kerala, where tourism contributes 11 per cent to the State’s GDP, could witness a satisfactory tourist season only in 2019 as it was devastated by floods in 2018 and waves of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021. Kerala is connected wi...
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Macron appoints COVID minister to be new face of government policy

President Emmanuel Macron on Monday turned to the health minister who steered France through COVID to sell the government’s policies to an electorate worried about a spike in inflation as he carried out a limited reshuffle. Key roles such as the prime minister and finance minister remained unchanged in the reshuffle that signalled no policy changes and was criticised by the opposition as being tone-deaf after elections in which Macron’s centrist alliance lost control of parliament. “We have so much to do to rebuild trust,” the new government spokesman, Olivier Veran, acknowledged as he took over his portfolio, referring to comments made by unhappy voters during June’s election campaign. Having lost the absolute majority in the lower house of parliament, Macron and his government will n...
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‘Does She Want Tea?’ Rahul Gandhi’s Warm Gesture To Elderly Woman In Kerala | WATCH

During his visit to Kerala's Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi was spotted serving food off his plate and then warmly embracing an old woman. The Congress MP was seated in a café with senior party leader KC Venugopal when the touching moment was recorded on video. Addressing KC Venugopal, Rahul Gandhi asks, "Why can't she sit with us...Does she want tea?" The senior Congressman interprets and then offers the woman food from their plate. Rahul Gandhi is next. The encounter concludes with an unidentified woman standing nearby gently stroking Rahul Gandhi's face and the leader embracing her. Posting the video on its official Twitter handle, Congress writes, "Unscripted pure love and adoration - this is what a true leader receives when he selflessly works and fights for his people and ...
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UK drivers in go-slow protest over surging fuel prices – Times of India

LONDON: Protesters snarled up major UK roads on Monday with a slow-moving procession of vehicles to demand government action against rocketing fuel prices. The action came as senior criminal lawyers staged a second walkout in England and Wales against years of government cuts to their fees, intensifying a "summer of discontent" as strikes sweep Britain. Rail workers have already staged a series of stoppages to press for better pay as Britain's headline inflation reaches a 40-year high of just under 10 percent, driven in part by the war in Ukraine. On the roads, a social media campaign called Fuel Price Stand Against Tax mobilised drivers to drive deliberately slowly on motorways and other arterial routes, demanding the government slash fuel duty. One of the motorways affected was th...
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Man Who Sneaked Into Mamata’s House Says He Thought It Was Kolkata Police HQ

The person who sneaked into West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's residence in Kolkata on Sunday told cops that he thought it to be the Kolkata Police headquarters, PTI reported. The man had scaled a boundary wall of Banerjee's residence at 34B Harish Chatterjee Street in Kalighat area around 1.20 am on Sunday. He was arrested after security personnel spotted him on Monday morning and handed over to police. However, the man, who hails from Hashnabad in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, could not give reasons why he needed to go to the Kolkata Police headquarters in the middle of the night. "During initial grilling the man said he mistook the CM's residence to be Lalbazar Kolkata Police headquarters and entered the premises. But he could not give any prope...
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US ambassador urges China to stop spreading Russian ‘lies’ – Times of India

BEIJING: The US ambassador to China called on the foreign ministry in Beijing to stop spreading Russia’s “lies,” in an unusually direct and public rebuke by the top American diplomat in the country. Ambassador Nicholas Burns made the “request” in response to a question at a government-backed forum Monday about what China could do to resolve the crisis over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Burns reiterated President Joe Biden’s call for Beijing to avoid helping Moscow carry out the war, before pivoting to a simmering point of contention between the world’s two largest economies. “I would hope that Chinese foreign ministry spokespersons would stop accusing Nato of starting this war. That’s Russian propaganda,” Burns told the World Peace Forum organized by Tsinghua University. “I hope foreign...
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Iran TV: Sandstorm shuts offices, schools in Tehran, region

Schools and government offices closed in Iran’s capital and several other cities in the country on Monday, after yet another sandstorm blanketed Tehran and the surrounding region. State-run TV warned of poor air quality and advised the elderly, those sick and children to take precautions. Banks and the Tehran Stock Exchange would remain open, the report said. This is the second time that Tehran shuttered schools and government offices and the fourth bad sandstorm since mid-April. Schools and government offices in Tehran were closed for the first time on account of a sandstorm in May. However, the country’s west, along the border with Iraq, has seen frequent closures of schools and offices due to sandstorms. Tehran is among the most polluted cities in the world. Experts blame poor govern...
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Credit for bringing down MVA govt in Maharashtra goes to ED and CBI: Mehbooba Mufti | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said the credit for bringing down the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra does not go to the BJP or rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde but central investigating agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate and CBI. "BJP or Eknath Shinde did not do anything remarkable. The credit for bringing down the government in Maharashtra should go to investigating agencies like CBI, ED and NIA," Mehbooba told reporters here when asked about the fall of Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government. The former chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir said the institutions, which ought to be working for the betterment of the country, were working at the behest of BJP government. "Today, Shinde has 50 to 60 people with him and the (MVA) go...
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Japan sights China, Russia warships near disputed islands

Japan protested to Beijing after spotting Chinese and Russian warships just outside its territorial waters around the disputed East China Sea islands on Monday. Japan’s Defense Ministry said a Chinese frigate sailed inside the “contiguous zone,” just outside Japanese territorial waters around Senkaku Islands, which Beijing also claims and calls the Diaoyu, for several minutes Monday morning. The Chinese warship’s presence was confirmed about 40 minutes after a Russian frigate had entered the waters for more than an hour, the ministry said. It was not immediately clear what was behind the latest Chinese-Russian military activity in the area. Japanese defense officials mentioned a possibility that the ships may have been there to avoid a typhoon. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihar...
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Libya’s power cuts enrage citizens, spurring protest – Times of India

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI: When the power cut out in Libya's Benghazi last week, Haitham al-Ghoul dashed into the street with his five-year-old son Othman to find somewhere to plug in a respirator the child needs to ease asthma attacks. A photograph of Ghoul hugging Othman on the street with the respirator hooked up to a shop's private generator soon went viral on Libyan social media networks, symbolising a power crisis that has infuriated Libyans across political divides. "We suffer a lot from power cuts in Benghazi. I'm just one of many cases," Ghoul said. Frustration at power cuts and myriad other failings of Libya's feuding factional leaders erupted into protests on Friday against political institutions on nearly all sides of the country's messy conflict. In Tripoli, several hundred peop...
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Congress Leaders Detained After Releasing Black Balloons Near PM Modi’s Chopper In Vijayawada

New Delhi: Congress leaders staged a protest by flying black balloons during PM Modi's arrival at Gannavaram airport in Vijayawada on Monday. Responding to questions if the Prime Minister's security was breached, police said that there was no security breach as the protest happened out of a 5 km radius from the helipad where PM Modi was about to land. However, three persons -- Sunkadara Padmashree, Parvathi and Kishore -- were detained after they were spotted by the police walking towards the airport with black balloons. Police booked them under sections 353, 341, 188, 145 of IPC. Ahead of Modi's visit, As a precautionary measure, the Krishna district police had imposed sections Section 30 Police Act, and Section 144. Also read | Andhra Pradesh: During Modi's Visit To B...
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From wearing Nani’s gold ‘kada’ to feeding orphans and animals; Payal Rohatgi and Sangram Singh’s grand wedding preparations | The Times of India

Along with her temple jewellery, Payal is going to wear her grandmother's gold bangle. Talking to IANS, Payal said, "My Nani, I loved her. She has given me her gold kada which I am going to wear with my wedding jewellery. She was a sardarni." She further added, "It's a really beautiful kada and the design on it is amazing. I am going to miss her on my big day a lot, as she is not around. So I am going to wear her gold kada in her memory, as a blessing from her." (Photo: Instagram) Source link
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BJP, Congress clash on social media, call each other ‘fake news peddlers’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BJP and the principal opposition Congress are locked in a fierce battle over social media posts, calling each other “fake news peddlers”. The matter has taken a serious turn with the Congress lodging an FIR against some senior BJP leaders. On Monday, two Congress leaders – chairman of media and publicity department Pawan Khera and chairperson of social media and digital platforms Supriya Shrinate – held a press conference to announce that the party had taken action against some BJP leaders for “spreading lies” on social media. They recalled that party general secretary in-charge of communications Jairam Ramesh wrote a letter to BJP president JP Nadda on Saturday (July 2) and attracted his attention towards his party leaders who were running a “doctored video” about Rahul ...
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Hotels and restaurants can’t force customers to pay service charge, says Centre

The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), the government’s top consumer watchdog, on Monday issued guidelines for “preventing unfair trade practices and violation of consumer rights with regard to the levying of service charge in hotels and restaurants.” In a statement, the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said, “The guidelines issued by the CCPA stipulate that hotels or restaurants shall not add service charge automatically or by default in the food bill. No collection of service charge shall be done by any other name.” “No hotel or restaurant shall force a consumer to pay service charge and shall clearly inform the consumer that service charge is voluntary, optional and at consumer’s discretion,” the statement said. The statement further said t...