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No claim application for compensation of Covid death shall be rejected for technical reasons: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rapped some of the State governments like Kerala and Bihar for the low number of claims received for death due to Covid and the high number of rejection of applications saying that those eligible must get ex-gratia payment. The top court said that it rejects the Covid-19 death toll given by Bihar, and pointed out that these are not actual but government figures. “We are not going to believe that only 12,000 people died in the state of Bihar due to Covid,” the bench told the counsel appearing for the Bihar government. The bench noted that in Telangana there are only 3993 deaths recorded and it has received applications for claims 28,969, while Kerala has 49,300 recorded deaths due to Covid but applications for the claim were just 27, 274. “What is this goin...
Sports

Under-19 World Cup: Four India players, including skipper Yash Dhull, test positive for Covid-19

Four India Under-19 players at the ongoing World Cup, including captain Yash Dhull and vice-captain Shaik Rasheed, were unavailable for selection for the Group B game against Ireland in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago, after testing positive for Covid-19 following results of rapid antigen tests. Siddharth Yadav and wicket-keeper batsman Aardhya Yadav are the other two players who were found to be positive in rapid antigen tests on the morning of the team’s second league game against Ireland. The Indian Express understands that as a precautionary measure the BCCI decided to isolate these four players till the results of RT-PCR tests are received later in the evening. “We don’t know whether it’s a false positive. So we have taken precaution and decided not to field these pl...
Sports

Aubameyang having tests after early return from African Cup

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has returned to London and is undergoing medical tests as Arsenal looks for “clarity” after he was diagnosed with heart lesions during his recovery from the coronavirus at the African Cup of Nations, manager Mikel Arteta said Wednesday. Aubameyang was released by Gabon’s national team after being diagnosed with “cardiac lesions” in tests conducted by Confederation of African Football medical officials, who were checking on his condition after he tested positive for COVID-19. “We haven’t had any clarity from the Gabon national team about the reasons why he came back,” Arteta said. “It’s our obligation to make sure, medically, the player is safe, in a good condition and there are not any issues related to that. Because historically everything we have done with t...
Gaming

Covid-19 situation under control with gradual decline in cases, no reason to panic: BMC to HC

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that there has been a gradual decline in Covid-19 cases in areas under its administration. The BMC counsel, while referring to the situation prevailing in Mumbai and adjoining regions, said that the “situation is under control” and “there is no reason to panic”. The civic body made the submissions before a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Makarand S Karnik, which has been hearing PILs by city-based lawyer Sneha Marjadi and others, alleging improper management of Covid-19 treatment in Maharashtra. The HC on January 10 had said that the BMC should not leave any stone unturned to ensure that the health of the people is not compromised due to the spread of the Omicron variant and t...
Life Style

It’s not only rock ‘n’ roll: The Rolling Stones honoured with Royal Mail stamps

As the globally celebrated band The Rolling Stones turns 60, the British Royal Mail brought out 12 artistic stamps in the honour of one of the most iconic rock and roll bands of all time. “Few bands in the history of rock have managed to carve out a career as rich and expansive as that of the Rolling Stones,” David Gold, Director of Public Affairs; Policy at Royal Mail, said in a statement. (Royal Mail/Handout via REUTERS) !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, document,'script', 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US...
Gaming

Trees of Delhi: The bistendu trees of Roshanara Bagh

Two neat rows of fruit-laden bistendu trees lie behind Roshanara Begum’s tomb at Roshanara Bagh. The short trees with gnarled trunks and thin branches have green cherry-sized, bitter fruits hanging from them. When ripe, the fruits of the bistendu turn yellow, as some have on the trees in the garden near the 17th-century tomb. They stand in a quiet part of the garden, a little distance away from a cricket game underway near the tomb. Dogs lie near the shade of the trees, on the grass scattered with dried, black fruits of the bistendu trees, and squirrels scamper up the short tree trunks. The branches of some of the trees spread wide, providing ample shade. The garden itself was laid on the orders of Roshanara, Shah Jahan’s daughter, and her tomb lies within a pavilion, open from all four...
Sports

Asian Cup: Two members of Indian team test Covid positive on eve of tournament

COVID-19 breached the Indian women’s football team’s bio-security bubble here on Wednesday ahead of the AFC Asian Cup with two players testing positive for the virus, forcing the organisers to shift them to a medical facility for isolation. “Two members of the Indian Women’s Senior National Team for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 have tested positive for COVID-19, and are currently in isolation at a designated medical care facility,” the All India Football Federation (AIFF) tweeted. “The AIFF prioritises the health and safety of its players, and are following all,” the organising federation wrote in another tweet. The AIFF prioritises the health and safety of its players, and are following all the necessary health protocols as have been laid down by the AFC. (2/2) — Indian Fo...
Politics

Maharashtra: Congress wins majority of Nagar Panchayat seats in Nanded, highest in Latur

The Congress has won a majority of seats in three nagar panchayats in Nanded ditstrict and four nagar panchayats in Latur district of Maharashtra, results for which were declared on Wednesday. The Supreme Court on December 6 stayed till further orders the local body elections in Maharashtra on seats reserved for the OBCs. The apex court later directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to notify 27 per cent of seats in the local bodies, which were reserved for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), as a general category so that the poll process can be taken forward. In Nanded’s Naygaon Nagar Panchayat, Congress has won all 17 seats. The BJP won three and 14 seats in Nanded and Latur, respectively, an official said. In Nanded, voting was held for 51 seats in three Nagar Pancyat...
Politics

Present even when absent: The Super CM Vijayan

Underlining once again Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s preeminence in the LDF government in Kerala, no leader has been named to hold the charge as he left for the US last week for medical treatment. Vijayan will be away for at least two weeks. The 76-year-old leader has let it be known that he will attend the crucial meetings, including Cabinet meetings, online from the US, until he returns on January 29. The Opposition has attacked this vacuum at the top as Kerala battles the third wave of the Covid pandemic, the severest in terms of positivity rate. The Congress has accused Vijayan of leaving the state rudderless. During his last tenure as CM too, Vijayan had not handed over charge when he went overseas for treatment in September 2018, a month after Kerala was hit by devastating flo...
Sports

Mandhana named in ICC T20I women’s Team of the Year, no Indian in the men’s side

Star India opener Smriti Mandhana was on Wednesday named in the ICC T20 women’s Team of the Year for her superlative show in the format in 2021 but no Indian made the men’s side. The stylish Southpaw, who is the Indian team’s vice-captain in the format, was the country’s highest scorer in the format in 2021 with 255 runs at an average of 31.87. The 25-year-old scored two fifties in the nine matches she played and got her team off to rapid starts regularly, as evident up by her strike-rate of 131.44. While Mandhana was the only Indian, several members of the English side feature in the team with Nat Scriver being named captain. The ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year is here 🤩 Did your favourite players make the list? 🤔 https://t.co/x228TJMTcz — ICC (@ICC) January 19, 2022 The experience...
Politics

Australia updates student visa rules for limited period

Australia’s government will give visa rebates to students and backpackers who want to come to the country, in a bid to get them to fill a record number of job vacancies caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said visitors to Australia who enter on a student or a working holiday visa will get a rebate on their application fee. Morrison said he hoped the new arrivals would be able to help fill some of Australia’s “critical workforce shortages,” particularly in hospitality and agriculture. “My message to them is ‘Come on down. Come on down now,’” Morrison said at a press conference in Canberra on Wednesday. Australia’s economy has come under increasing pressure in recent months following a widespread outbreak of the omicron Covid-19 variant. Workers made to isol...
Politics

Majha, Doaba, Malwa: The three regions of Punjab, their importance in state elections

It’s not enough to be a Punjabi in Punjab, you have to be either a “Malwai”, a “Majhail” or a “Doabia”, depending on the region of your origin. Carved out by the rivers flowing through the state, Malwa, Majha and Doaba are not just geographically distinct but politically and culturally diverse as well. Drive around the state, and you could go from being called “Bhaaji” (in Doaba) to “Bhau” or “Veere” (Majha) and “Bai-ji” (Malwa). All three have their own distinct Punjabi dialects. MALWA: Biggest, gave AAP a foothold, epicentre of farm protests With the Aam Aadmi Party declaring Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann as its chief minister face on Tuesday, Malwa, the biggest of the three regions, with 69 Assembly seats in 12 districts, has got another shot in the arm. Nestled between the Satluj and Gh...
Sports

“Never edgy”, Justin Langer ready for contract extension talks with Cricket Australia

“Content” after guiding Australia to its maiden T20 World Cup title and a dominant Ashes victory, head coach Justin Langer is looking forward to the impending contract discussion with the country’s cricket board which has been subject to a lot of speculations. Langer was appointed head coach in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal in 2018 to overhaul the team’s culture and regain the respect of the Australian public. His contract is due to end in June. “I’m never edgy (about his future),” Langer told ‘SEN Radio’ on Wednesday. “Before the World Cup and before the Ashes, we’ve never ever been better prepared. So it’s not a coincidence I don’t think that we’ve had the success that we’ve had,” he said. Langer faced criticism for his coaching methods from the players but in the past ...
Politics

MP govt sets the ball rolling to replace redundant Urdu, Persian words with Hindi in police lexicon

The Madhya Pradesh government has started the process to replace with Hindi the Urdu, Farsi (Persian) and other non-Hindi words being used by the state police in various proceedings. Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra had last month announced to replace the words from other languages which are not in use with Hindi in the police proceedings. The Madhya Pradesh Police Headquarters issued a letter on Tuesday asking senior police officers from various districts to submit suggestions within seven days about replacing non-Hindi words in the official lexicon. The directive said that a Hindi word lexicon is to be prepared so that these words can be used in police proceedings in future. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,a...
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Italy ponders a new role for Mario Draghi. Let the politicking begin

Just a few months ago at an international summit in Rome, President Joe Biden privately told Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy that when it came to showing that democracies can function well, “You are doing it.” For good measure, he added, according to a person in the room, the Italian had a “hell of a political operation.” Since taking office last February, Draghi has stabilized Italy’s volatile politics, made populism unfashionable, and assured international markets with long-sought overhauls and tough coronavirus measures. He has turned a nation whose political chaos has often prompted derision into a leader on the European stage and imbued Italians with a renewed sense of pride and steadiness. But suddenly Italians are facing the prospect that Draghi — formerly the president of ...
Gaming

Delhi: 15% precaution doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered, 60% eligible children vaccinated

Delhi has administered 1,47,354 precaution doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in 10 days since the vaccination drive was opened for a third dose for healthcare workers, frontline workers, and those above the age of 60 years with comorbidities. Nearly 2,40,000 healthcare workers, 3,50,000 frontline workers, and 3,80,000 persons above the age of 60 years with comorbidities are eligible for the third dose. This means more than 15 per cent of those who are eligible for the third dose have been immunised. Meanwhile, 6,14,151 children aged between 15 and 18 have been vaccinated with the first dose after the inoculation drive began for them. This is more than 60 per cent of the 10 lakh eligible children. Despite most vaccination centres being located in hospitals and dispensaries, the number of th...
Politics

Kamala Harris still struggling to define herself one year in Vice President post

US President Joe Biden put the full weight of his presidency behind voting rights action last week, heading to Capitol Hill in an effort to push Democrats to change Senate rules to pass legislation. Vice President Kamala Harris — whom Biden tapped to take the lead on passing voting rights legislation in June — wasn’t there. Both White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Harris aides had no clear answer when asked why the vice president didn’t join Biden in the meeting. It was yet another example of the difficulty Harris has faced throughout her first year in office, as she’s struggled to define herself and her role. Harris has grappled with an expansive portfolio of difficult assignments, fielded questions about her relationship with the president and faced what allies say is unprec...
Politics

Al-Qaida’s links with Pak-based terror groups like LeT, JeM continue to strengthen: India at UN

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti told the International Counter-Terrorism Conference 2022 organised by the Global Counter-Terrorism Council that the Islamic State (ISIS) has changed its modus operandi with its core focus is now on regaining ground in Syria and Iraq, and its regional affiliates are strengthening their expansion, especially in Africa and in Asia. “Similarly, al-Qaida remains a major threat and recent developments in Afghanistan have only served to re-energise them. Al-Qaida’s linkages with Security Council proscribed terrorist entities like Lashkar e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed has continued to strengthen. Its regional affiliates in Africa continue to expand,” he said. Tirumurti said that in the global counter-terrorism domain, the 9...
Politics

Govt to track conduct code enforcement by edtech firms

The Centre has decided to closely track the implementation of a code of conduct adopted by a newly constituted edtech consortium instead of introducing a new policy to regulate the sector, according to sources in the Union Education Ministry. The development comes after a meeting on Tuesday between ministry officials and the new India Edtech Consortium, in which the latter was represented by five edtech firms and IAMAI. According to an official, the consortium has officially shared its code of ethics with the ministry, and “it is hoped that this will pave the way for self-regulation”. The new code of ethics was discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, it is learnt. On January 3, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had announced that a policy to regulate the edtech sector was in the works. ...
Gaming

On board Delhi’s first electric bus: ‘Noise-free, easy to drive, futuristic’

Tilak Raj (48) has been driving on city roads for 25 years. He started with blue line buses, and until recently was driving private cluster buses. Now, Raj is the driver of Delhi’s first electric bus. Bus E-44 was operational between IP Depot and Pragati Maidan Monday. It will be a circular bus service from DTC’s (Delhi Transport Corporation) Indraprastha depot via ITO, AGCR, Tilak Marg, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place, Janpath, Rajesh Pilot Marg, Prithvi Raj Road, Aurobindo Marg, AIIMS, Ring Road, South Extension, Ashram, Bhogal, Jangpura, India Gate, High Court, Pragati Maidan and will terminate at IP depot. On Monday, Raj made two complete trips on the route, an experience very different from driving ordinary buses. “The best thing is, it is completely noise-free, and i...