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Delhi Sees 2,162 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, 5 more deaths

New Delhi: Delhi on Sunday reported 2,162 fresh COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 12.64 per cent, while five more people died due to the disease, according to data shared by the city health department. This is the 12th consecutive day when the city has logged more than 2,000 cases in a day. Delhi on Saturday reported nine deaths due to COVID-19 and 2,031 cases with a positivity rate of 12.34 per cent. On Friday, it saw 10 deaths, the highest in six months, and 2,136 cases with a positivity rate of 15.02 per cent. The national capital recorded 12 deaths due to COVID-19 on February 13. Delhi on Thursday reported 2,726 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest in nearly six-and-a-half months, and six fatalities due to the viral disease, while the positivity rate stood at 14...
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Fireworks explode in Armenian mall, killing one and injuring 45 -Reports – Times of India

Blasts ripped through a fireworks warehouse in a shopping mall in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Sunday, killing one and injuring at least 45 people, Russian news agencies cited the Armenian emergencies ministry as saying. Video posted on social media showed thick grey smoke rising above a building, followed by an explosion that sent people running from the scene. Firefighters were struggling to contain the blaze as fireworks continued detonating, TASS cited the head of the ministry's rescue service as saying. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function() { (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if ...
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Moosewala’s father alleges friends behind singer’s murder, says will soon reveal names | India News – Times of India

Sidhu Moose Wala . (File image)CHANDIGARH: Slain Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala's father on Sunday said his son could not decipher that those who were claiming to be his friends would become his enemy one day, and stressed that he will soon reveal their names. Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Moosewala, was shot dead in Punjab's Mansa district on May 29. Addressing a gathering in Mansa, Moosewala's father Balkaur Singh said his son made his name worldwide with his singing. “Some black sheep became enemies of his career,” said Singh. "It was his misfortune that people whom he met at the beginning (of his career) were not the right persons. He could not realize that those who were claiming to be his brothers now would become his enemy tomorrow,” said Singh. “I will take the...
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Police: Man killed himself after ramming US Capitol barrier

A man drove his car into a barricade near the US Capitol early Sunday and then began firing gunshots in the air before fatally shooting himself, police said. The incident happened just before 4 a.m. at a vehicle barricade set at East Capitol Street NE and 2nd Street SE in Washington. It comes at a time when law enforcement authorities across the country are facing an increasing number of threats and federal officials have warned about the potential of violent attacks on government buildings in the days since the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The attack is reminiscent of an incident when a man drove a vehicle into two Capitol Police officers at a checkpoint in April 2021, killing an 18-year veteran of the force. And many on Capitol Hill rem...
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Salman Rushdie taken off ventilator, is able to speak: Agent

“He’s off the ventilator, so the road to recovery has begun,” his agent, Andrew Wylie, wrote in an email to Reuters. “It will be long; the injuries are severe, but his condition is headed in the right direction.” Rushdie, 75, was set to deliver a lecture on artistic freedom at Chautauqua Institution in western New York when police say a 24-year-old man rushed the stage and stabbed the Indian-born writer, who has lived with a bounty on his head since his 1988 novel “The Satanic Verses” prompted Iran to urge Muslims to kill him. The suspect, Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault at a court appearance on Saturday, his court-appointed lawyer, Nathaniel Barone, told Reuters. Following hours of surgery, Rushdie had been put on a ven...
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Independence Day 2022: Made-In-India Anti-Drone System Installed Near Red Fort

New Delhi: To counter any threat from sub-conventional aerial platforms and manned or unmanned flying objects, including drones, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has installed an anti-drone system near the Red Fort, just a day ahead of the country's 75th Independence Day. A DRDO official said the system has the capacity to detect and deactivate multiple drones at the same time within a radius of around 4 km with the help of a jammer that has been installed just next to it. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) recently issued five fresh alerts, warning of a possible terror strike in the national capital and several other cities ahead of Independence Day. The law enforcement agencies have been warned that terrorists could use IEDs during the flag hoisting ...
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India vs Pakistan: How the two nations have fared since Independence | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan began their independent journeys together in 1947. Both are now turning 75 as modern nations. Due to their shared history and civilisation, there has always been a sense of rivalry between the two countries which extends beyond the cricket pitch. There was a time when Pakistan fared better than India on key socioeconomic indicators like per capita income or literacy rate. However, India was not only able to bridge the gap but has marched ahead of its neighbour on almost every parameter. Thanks to stable governments over the years and focus on economic growth, India has shed the weight of its colonial past to emerge as a global superpower in its own right. Did Pakistan also see a similar growth story? Here's a look at how the two nations fared on various par...
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Adivi Sesh visits anti-terror Special Force Octopus Campus ahead of Independence Day

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 14 (ANI): Actor Adivi Sesh, who is riding high on the success of ‘Major’, recently visited the Octopus Special Forces Campus to celebrate India’s 75 years of Independence. The OCTOPUS was established in 2007 by the government of erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh on the lines of National Security Guards (NSG) to counter terrorist activities. Spread across 600 acres, the Campus is a training ground for the Organization for Counter-Terrorist Operations. Talking about his visit, Adivi said, “In honour of Independence day, I visited the Octopus Special Forces Campus and it truly was a surreal experience. I met the Group Commander, and the Training officers of the commandoes. We saw their drills, we saw the live firing of their weapons, IED explosive dri...
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Prez Murmu Delivers Speech On I-Day Eve, Says ‘Bows To All Who Made Independence Possible’

New Delhi: President Droupadi Murmu addressed the nation on the eve of the 75th Independence Day on Sunday. In her maiden speech, she extended her greetings to every Indian living in the country and abroad. She also paid homage to all those who had laid their lives during the partition in 1947. “My heartiest greetings in advance to all Indians living in the country and abroad on the eve of the 75th Independence Day. I am delighted to address you on this momentous occasion. India is completing 75 years as an independent nation. Fourteenth August is observed as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’ so as to promote social harmony, unity and empowerment of people. Tomorrow marks the day when we had freed ourselves from the shackles of colonial rulers and decided to reshape o...
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As US weighs Guantánamo options, Saudi center may offer solution

Nobody was home at the dusty brown campus of the reintegration center for recovering Islamic extremists. The swimming pool was still. The lights were on at the gallery of art therapy works, but there were no visitors. Not a slip of paper was out of place at the psychological and social services unit. The beneficiaries of the Saudi government program, which helps prisoners reenter society, were on furlough for family visits for Eid al-Adha, the season of the Feast of the Sacrifice, leaving the place eerily empty, like a U.S. college campus on Christmas break. Only a painting in the gallery offered a glimpse of the religious tolerance that is a hallmark of the program: It was of a woman smelling a flower, her hair uncovered and flowing, against the night sky. The program, with its campus...
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Youth booked for ‘abusing and threatening’ a family in Visakhapatnam

The Pendurthi police registered a case against a youth for allegedly misbehaving and threatening a family, including a woman, here on Sunday. The video of the youth threatening the family at a public place had gone viral on social media.According to reports, the youth named Manohar had allegedly passed some comments against a family of three when they were heading home on two-wheelers at Pendurthi on Friday night. When the family members questioned him, Manohar has allegedly started abusing and threatening them. The youth allegedly committed the act in an inebriated condition, the family members complained.Inspector of Pendurthi Police Station, K. Ashok Kumar, said that based on the complaint from the victims, the police have registered cases under the relevant sections. Source link
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Top quotes from President Droupadi Murmu’s maiden Independence Day eve speech

In her maiden address to nation as the President of India on the eve of Independence Day, Droupadi Murmu said India can be credited for helping world discover true potential of democracy. She said the world has seen new India rising in recent years and the country has proved the skeptics wrong. Here are the top quotes from President Droupadi Murmu’s speech today # India can be credited to have helped world discover true potential of democracy. # Keyword for India today is compassion for downtrodden, for needy and for those on margins. # India’s new-found confidence stems from the spirit of its youth, its farmers, and above all, its women. # In most democratic countries, women had to struggle for a long time to get the right to vote. But from the very beginning of our republic, India ado...
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With 500 High-Mast Flags, Delhi Has Become ‘City Of Tricolours’: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said with the initiative of installing 500 high-mast national flags across the national capital, Delhi has become the "City of Tricolours". He was addressing thousands of students at an event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India's independence at Thyagaraj Stadium here. "Delhi has become the City of tricolours. We have installed 500 high-mast national flags across Delhi with the objective that people should see the national flag everywhere they go and do not forget the country," he said.    He said he spotted as many as nine high-mast tricolours on his way to the venue of the event.                 The chief minister also asked everyone to pledge to take India to greater heights. "Indians are the most intelligent...
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Officials: Fire at Coptic church in Cairo kills 41, hurts 14

A fire ripped through a packed church during morning services in Egypt’s capital on Sunday, killing at least 41 worshippers and injuring 14.The church quickly filled with thick black smoke, and witnesses said several trapped congregants jumped from upper floors to escape. “Suffocation, suffocation, all of them dead,” said a distraught witness, who only gave a partial name, Abu Bishoy. The cause of the blaze in the Abu Sefein church in the working-class neighborhood of Imbaba was not immediately known. An initial investigation pointed to an electrical short-circuit, according to a police statement. Footage from the scene circulated online showed burned furniture, including wooden tables and chairs. Firefighters were seen putting out the blaze while others carried victims to ambulances. F...
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‘We will soon make dreams of our freedom fighters, vision of Ambedkar come true’: President Droupadi Murmu

Stating that the celebrations being organised to mark 75 years of Indian independence must have made our freedom fighters very happy, President Droupadi Murmu said, “By the year 2047, we will have fully realised the dreams of our freedom fighters. We will have given a concrete shape to the vision of those who, led by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, drafted the Constitution. We are already on course to build an Atmanirbhar Bharat, an India that would have realised its true potential.” Murmu was addressing the nation, on the eve of the 76th Independence Day. This was Murmu’s maiden Independence Day eve speech. “In the past few years, a new India has taken shape. During the Covid pandemic, our achievements were greater than that of many developed nations. We are grateful to our scientists and ...
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Non-inclusion of Jawaharlal Nehru in Karnataka govt ad: Siddaramaiah calls CM Bommai ‘RSS slave’ | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU/NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday took a strong exception to the exclusion of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the Karnataka government's newspaper advertisement on freedom fighters and termed the BJP action "pathetic". Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah called Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai an "RSS slave" while AICC general secretary and in-charge of the party affairs in the state Randeep Surjewala said the BJP's hatred for the country's first prime minister has reached its zenith. "Nehru will survive such pettiness. CM Karnataka, desperate to save his job knows what he has done is an insult to his father S.R. Bommai and his father's 1st political guru M.N. Roy, both great Nehru admirers, the latter being a friend as well. Pathetic this is," Jairam Ramesh...
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Oral stories to Nehru’s gift to Pakistani cricket team—a Delhi exhibition remembers Partition

New Delhi: At a new exhibition based on Partition violence in New Delhi, there is a common thread running throughout the items on display: Hope amid turbulent times. From shawls to bedding, displaced families saved some of their most expensive and precious belongings in the hope that someday, they might enjoy peace and prosperity. While some survived and others didn’t, these items are sitting today at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi. The exhibition opened for the general public on 14 August or Partition Horrors Remembrance Day. When the Pakistani cricket team toured India in 1961, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru presented them with a bronze sculpture called ‘The Cricketer’. Created by Amar Nath Sehgal, the gift was an iconic memento of goodwill between the two countries that ...
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Maharashtra: Dy CM Fadnavis Gets Home, Shinde To Handle Urban Development Ministry

New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde allocated the Home portfolio to Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday, news agency PTI reported. According to the report, CM Shinde, who expanded his two-member cabinet on August 9 by inducting 18 ministers, has kept the Urban Development portfolio with himself. A statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said that Deputy CM Fadnavis will also handle the Finance and Planning ministry, and BJP minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil will be the new Revenue minister. According to the statement, BJP minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has been made the Forest Minister, a portfolio he had handled earlier. Former state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil is the new minister for higher and technical education. He will also look ...
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Indian National Flag Waves Atop ‘Golden Joint’ At World’s Highest Railway On Chenab

New Delhi: The overarching work of the world's highest railway bridge on Chenab being built in Jammu and Kashmir has been completed. The 'golden joint', which is right in the middle of the bridge, was installed on Saturday. After this 98% of the work on building the bridge has been completed. The Ministry of Railways recently took to Twitter to post a video of several Indian national flags waving atop the bridge, post the inauguration ceremony. In the viral video, many joyful workers can be seen hoisting the tricolor to celebrate the historic occasion. The railway bridge on Chenab has been constructed under the Konkan Railway Udhampur-Srinagar Baramulla Rail Link Project. The cost of this project is reportedly about Rs 28,000 crore. "Our national pride flying high at th...