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Indo-French team’s technique improves way of imaging through fog | India News – Times of India
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Indo-French team’s technique improves way of imaging through fog | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A team of Indo-French researchers has developed a new imaging technique that can potentially help reveal obstacles in the path that would otherwise be hidden by fog in rail, sea, and road transportation and would also help spotting lighthouse beacons. The method can also improve landing techniques of airplanes by providing pilots with a good view of airport runway beacons — significantly better than relying only on reflected radio waves as is presently the case. Researchers from multiple Indian institutions — including Raman Research Institute (RRI) in Bengaluru and Isro’’s Space Application Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad — and the Université Paris-Saclay, CNRS, France, have developed a new imaging technique that makes imaging of objects in foggy weather conditions more clearer. T...
Rajnath to speak at regional security meet on Wednesday | India News – Times of India
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Rajnath to speak at regional security meet on Wednesday | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh will virtually address a meeting of a grouping comprising 10-nation ASEAN and some of its dialogue partners on Wednesday. Singh is likely to present India's views on dealing with major security challenges facing the region at the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus). "Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh will participate in the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) tomorrow morning via video conferencing facility," his office tweeted. ADMM-Plus is a platform comprising 10-nation ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and its eight dialogue partners -- India, China, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States. The inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi in 2010. The defence ministe...
‘Constrained to observe your continued silence’: Dhankhar to Mamata on post-poll violence | India News – Times of India
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‘Constrained to observe your continued silence’: Dhankhar to Mamata on post-poll violence | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wrote to chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday, alleging that she has been silent over post-poll violence in the state and has not taken steps to rehabilitate and compensate the suffering people. Hours before his departure to Delhi on a four-day visit, the governor wrote seeking interaction with the chief minister at the earliest on the issues flagged by him. "I am constrained to observe your continued silence and inaction over post poll retributive bloodshed, violation of human rights, outrageous assault on dignity of women, wanton destruction of property, perpetuation of untold miseries on political opponents - worst since independence and it ill augurs for democracy," Dhankhar wrote in the letter to Banerjee, a copy of which he share...
All applications for Haj 2021 cancelled: Haj Committee of India | India News – Times of India
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All applications for Haj 2021 cancelled: Haj Committee of India | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Haj Committee of India on Tuesday announced that all the applications for the pilgrimage this year stand cancelled as Saudi Arabia has stated that only a limited number of people residing in the Kingdom will be allowed to perform Haj due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a circular, the committee said that the Ministry of Haj and Umrah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has issued a statement informing that due to coronavirus pandemic conditions it has decided to allow citizens and residents inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia only to attend Haj this year in limited numbers and international Haj has been cancelled. "Hence it has been decided by the Haj Committee of India that all the applications for Haj-2021 stands cancelled," the circular signed by Haj Committee of India's Chief Execu...
Bengal governor to visit Delhi after his Monday’s meeting with BJP MLAs over law and order situation | India News – Times of India
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Bengal governor to visit Delhi after his Monday’s meeting with BJP MLAs over law and order situation | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: A day after a delegation of BJP MLAs petitioned him for alleged deterioration of the law and order situation in the state, West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is all set to visit New Delhi today evening. Taking to Twitter, the governor said he will go to the national capital late on Tuesday evening and return to Kolkata on June 18. He did not specify the reasons for his visit. Hon’ble Governor West Bengal. Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar will be visiting New Delhi. Governor Dhankhar will leave… https://t.co/DSw6Gt8Qys— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) 1623735403000Leader of Opposition in West Bengal assembly Suvendu Adhikari on Monday led a delegation of several BJP MLAs to Raj Bhavan to seek Dhankhar's intervention, highlighting alleged lawlessness and the "partisan...
No confusion in state BJP on the leadership issue: K’taka CM Yediyurappa | India News – Times of India
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No confusion in state BJP on the leadership issue: K’taka CM Yediyurappa | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Amid speculations that he may be replaced, Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday said there was no confusion in the state BJP on the issue of leadership and the the party was united. He said one or two legislators or leaders might be upset, and the party will talk to them. The statement from the chief minister comes a day ahead of BJP national General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka, Arun Singh's three-day visit to the state. "Arun Singh is Karnataka in-charge, he is coming to the state, he will talk to all legislators and Members of Parliament, there are no confusions, he has said anyone can meet him. He will gather all the information in detail... he will be there for a couple of days. I will also be with him and give all required cooperation," Yediyurappa...
Over 26.69 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Health ministry | India News – Times of India
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Over 26.69 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Health ministry | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Central government has provided more than 26.69 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses to states and union territories and they will get more than 47,43,580 vaccine doses in the next three days, informed the ministry of health and family welfare on Tuesday. "More than 26.69 crores (26,69,14,930) vaccine doses have been provided to states/UTs so far, through government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 25,67,21,069 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today)," it said. The ministry further said that 1,05,61,861 Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered. Furthermore, more than 47,43,580 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by ...
Farmers suffering due to Centre’s indifference, alleges Mamata | India News – Times of India
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Farmers suffering due to Centre’s indifference, alleges Mamata | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: On the anniversary of the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Bill 2011, West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee targeted the Centre over the new farm laws passed last year, stating that on one hand her government fights for the rights of farmers and addressed their grievances and on the other, an 'indifferent' Centre is letting them suffer. Terming farmers as the 'backbone of the society, Mamata further stated that she will continue to fight for their well-being, adding that upholding the rights of the farmers remains a top priority for her. In a tweet, the West Bengal chief minister said, "On this day, ten years back, the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Bill 2011 was passed in the WB assembly after a long and difficult struggle. We unite...
Mehul Choksi’s lawyers say he misses court date in Dominica due to mental stress | India News – Times of India
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Mehul Choksi’s lawyers say he misses court date in Dominica due to mental stress | India News – Times of India

ROSEAU: Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi failed to appear in Magistrate's Court in Roseau on June 14 for the commencement of the trial against him over his illegal entry into the Caribbean country, because he was suffering from mental stress and experienced high blood pressure, his lawyers informed the court. The case of Choksi, who has been booked on charges of illegally entering the Caribbean nation, was heard by Chief Magistrate Candia Carette-George at the Magistrate's Court in Roseau. The prosecution, led by Dominica's Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Sherma Dalrymple, told the court that it is "ready to proceed to trial", Antigua News Room reported. Dalrymple also took the opportunity to introduce the addition of Indian lawyer Harpreet Giana to the state's team of prosecu...
TRS’s Eatela finally crosses over to BJP | India News – Times of India
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TRS’s Eatela finally crosses over to BJP | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Senior Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and former state health minister Eatela Rajender, who had resigned as MLA from Huzurabad assembly constituency, joined BJP on Monday. He joined the saffron party in the presence of Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, minister of state G Kishan Reddy, BJP general secretary in charge of Telangana Tarun Chugh and vice-president Dushyant Gautam. Later, Rajender met party president J P Nadda. “I will work with all enthusiasm and make BJP victorious in Telangana,” Rajender said. He expressed full faith in the leadership of PM Narendra Modi. Along with Rajender, several other leaders also joined BJP. They included Enugu Ravinder Reddy, Tula Uma, Ramesh Rathod, Aswathama Reddy, Ande Babaih, Gandra Nalini, S Keshav Reddy and A Chandrasekhar...
Ram temple trust: Take cognisance of allegations of land scam, Congress tells Supreme Court | India News – Times of India
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Ram temple trust: Take cognisance of allegations of land scam, Congress tells Supreme Court | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress on Monday urged the Supreme Court to take cognisance of the allegations of land scam by the Ram temple trust in Ayodhya, calling it a betrayal of faith. It asked PM Narendra Modi to answer if those behind the irregularities have his protection. Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Lord Ram himself is justice, truth, religion. Cheating in his name is a sin.” He used the hashtag “Ram Mandir ghotala”. AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, “Crores of people made offerings at the feet of God because of their faith and devotion. Misuse of that donation is a sin, an insult to their faith.” Congress’ Randeep Surjewala said the purchase of land at a price which inflated many times shortly after was a “big scam”. Source link
A 3D-printed mask that attacks corona | India News – Times of India
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A 3D-printed mask that attacks corona | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Now, an anti-viral mask that attacks coronavirus. A Pune-based startup in collaboration with Technology Development Board (TDB) of the department of science and technology has developed a special kind of cost-effective 3D-printed mask that is coated with anti-viral agents known as virucides. The anti-viral agent in these masks attacks the coronavirus when viral particles come in contact with it. The coating has been tested and shown to inactivate SARS-CoV-2 virus. The project to develop virucidal masks received financial support from TDB in May last year as part of its search for novel solutions to fight Covid-19. Thereafter, an agreement was signed on July 8, 2020 for developing virucidal masks. Pune-based Thincr Technologies India Private Ltd, which developed these virucida...
Jaishankar meets Kenya’s top leadership; discusses global, regional issues including security situation in Indo-Pacific | India News – Times of India
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Jaishankar meets Kenya’s top leadership; discusses global, regional issues including security situation in Indo-Pacific | India News – Times of India

NAIROBI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Monday discussed the global and regional issues, including the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region, with Kenya's top leadership and the two sides also recognised the importance of ensuring through shared endeavours greater security, safety and prosperity of the Indian Ocean Region. Jaishankar, who arrived in Kenya on Saturday on a three-day visit to strengthen India's relations with the major East African country, called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and handed over a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to him. "Assured the President that his focus on deeper people-to-people and business-to-business ties are also ours. Our defence partnership contributes to the safety and security of the Indian Ocean Region. Look for...
LJP implodes as uncle Paras isolates Chirag Paswan; Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) says ‘you reap what you sow’ | India News – Times of India
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LJP implodes as uncle Paras isolates Chirag Paswan; Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) says ‘you reap what you sow’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a surprise turn of events, Chirag Paswan, the president of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) founded by his father late Ram Vilas Paswan, was on Monday unceremoniusly unseated as the leader of the party in Lok Sabha. Chirag, who took over the mantle of the party in 2020 after the death of Ram Vilas Paswan, stood completely isolated at the top within his party. Five of the six members of Parliament of the LJP revolted against Chirag in an overnight coup and elected Pashupati Kumar Paras, his uncle, as the new leader of the party in Lok Sabha. Besides Pashupati Paras, the rebel group includes Chirag's cousin Prince Raj, Chandan Singh, Veena Devi and Mehboob Ali Kaiser. The group has already met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to inform him about the changes in the party. In the coming da...
Journalist’s death in UP: Priyanka says state government ‘nurturing jungle raj’ | India News – Times of India
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Journalist’s death in UP: Priyanka says state government ‘nurturing jungle raj’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government over the death of a journalist, who had recently run a story on the liquor mafia and was killed in what police said was a road accident. The Congress general secretary accused the Yogi Adityanath dispensation of "nurturing jungle raj". The 42-year-old news channel reporter, Sulabh Srivastava, died as his motorcycle rammed a pole near a brick kiln in Sukhpal Nagar under the Kotwali police station area of Pratapgarh on Sunday, police said. "The liquor mafia from Aligarh to Pratapgarh: has caused death throughout the state. The government is silent," Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. शराब माफिया अलीगढ़ से प्रतापगढ़ तक:पूरे प्रदेश में मौत का तांडव करें।उप्र सरकार चुप।पत्रकार सच्चाई उजा...
About 20.8% elders surveyed lost family members or friends to Covid-19: Report | India News – Times of India
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About 20.8% elders surveyed lost family members or friends to Covid-19: Report | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: About 20.8 per cent elders have lost either family members or friends due to Covid-19 and most of them believe that a better medical and health infrastructure could have saved these lives, according to a report that surveyed 3,526 elderly people in the country. Marking the "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day", HelpAge India on Tuesday released the findings of its six-city survey, "The Silent Tormentor: Covid 19 and the Elderly", delving into the impact and challenges faced by India's elders during the pandemic. The study surveyed 3,526 people in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai. It found out that 20.8 per cent of the people surveyed have lost either their family members or friends to Covid. When asked what could have been done better to save these lives, ...
Centrally protected monuments, museums to reopen from June 16 | India News – Times of India
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Centrally protected monuments, museums to reopen from June 16 | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: All Centrally-protected monuments in the country, including the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Red Fort and Qutub Minar in New Delhi, will reopen for tourists with effect from Wednesday, June 16. The monuments were closed to public on account of the spike in coronavirus cases in mid-April. On Monday, Union Culture and tourism minister Prahlad Singh Patel announced that the monuments will now be reopened to public from June 16, but with due caution and following all Covid-19 related protocols. The order by the Archaeological Survey of India, which applies to all centrally-protected monuments and museums run by the culture ministry also said the opening of the monuments will be done in “strict compliance” with orders issued by the state or district authorities. It also said strict g...
BJP delegation to meet West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar today | India News – Times of India
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BJP delegation to meet West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar today | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Monday informed that a delegation of party MLAs will meet West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar today to discuss the law and order situation in the state. Taking to Twitter, Adhikari wrote, "A big delegation of BJP MLAs will meet the Honourable governor Jagdeep Dhankhar today to apprise him of the several inappropriate incidents happening in Bengal and discuss other important matters at 4 pm in Raj Bhavan, Kolkata." A big delegation of BJP MLAs will meet the Honourable Governor @jdhankhar1 today to apprise him of the several inap… https://t.co/l0YFQJDYEH— Suvendu Adhikari • শুভেন্দু অধিকারী (@SuvenduWB) 1623651225000 Informing about the meeting, the governor wrote, "Opposition delegation led by Sri Suvendu Adhikari, Leader of the Opposition in ...
Vaccine hesitancy falling but digital divide is bigger deterrent for vaccination in rural areas: Survey | India News – Times of India
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Vaccine hesitancy falling but digital divide is bigger deterrent for vaccination in rural areas: Survey | India News – Times of India

CHENNAI: The pandemic’s second wave which spread from big cities into smaller towns and villages and its resultant impact on life and livelihood has made more Indians, specifically those in smaller towns and rural areas, shed their reluctance over Covid vaccination, a survey released on Monday showed. However, the pace of vaccination across the country was hampered with the majority of the rural population complaining about lack of knowledge to register on the CoWIN portal or they did not know how to register for the vaccine itself. The good news is that India is slowly shedding vaccine hesitancy. As many as 78% of Indians in large towns were “extremely willing to take vaccines” as of May over 62% in March, Boston Consulting Group’s Covid- 19 Consumer Sentiment Survey said. And 74% Indi...
It was ‘India in Action’ during O2 crisis: Oxygen empowered group convener | India News – Times of India
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It was ‘India in Action’ during O2 crisis: Oxygen empowered group convener | India News – Times of India

After fighting a tough battle of second wave when demand for medical oxygen increased exponentially, the country is getting ready to face any such challenge in future by increasing capacity to accelerate production and transportation of medical oxygen. Convener of Empowered Group on Oxygen & road transport and highway secretary Giridhar Aramane spoke to TOI about the plans. While the Covid caseload has decreased in urban areas, there are concerns relating to rural areas and we need to be prepared for the future. What is the government’s plan?Medical oxygen supply has been a very sensitive issue. The government has given a lot of thought while deciding how to ensure that all patients receive all medical supplies including oxygen. That’s why an empowered group was constituted and the ...