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Puducherry Cabinet expansion

Ending the more than a month-long suspense over cabinet formation, five ministers, including two from the BJP, were inducted in the Chief Minister N Rangasamy-led NDA cabinet on Sunday. A Namassivayam, K Lakshminarayanan, C Djeacoumar, Chandira Priyanga and A K Sai J Saravana Kumar were sworn in as Ministers by Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundarajan in front of the Raj Nivas. All the Ministers took oath in the name of God. Chief Minister Rangasamy, among others, was present on the occasion. The portfolios of the ministers were not revealed. Lakshminarayanan, Djeacoumar and Priyanga represent lead partner AINRC, while Namassivayam and Saravana Kumar are from its ally BJP. This is the first time the saffron party is part of a Ministry in the Union Territory. The exercise also saw a woman member become a minister after a 41 year gap, with Chandira Priyanga being sworn in. Late Congress…

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‘Political differences aside, everyone must work in national interest’: PM at J-K meet | Top Points

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who convened a crucial meeting of 14 political bigwigs from all major parties from Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, called upon all leaders to keep aside differences and work in national interest for the benefit of the people. This is the first interaction between the central leadership and the mainstream parties since August 5, 2019, when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated it into union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Sources said, Modi stressed that holding assembly elections just like the successful conduct of DDC elections will be a priority. The meeting discussed that elections will soon happen after delimitation, and by and large most participants expressed willingness for it.  The major focus of the meeting was to strengthen the democratic process, sources said, adding that the prime minister emphasised…

National News

Security on high alert in J&K

Three suspected drones were spotted again at three different locations in Jammu on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. According to locals, the first drone was seen in Kaluchak cantonment area. The second was spotted in Ratnuchak cantonment area and the third in Kunjwani area.  All the unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted between 1:30 AM and 4 AM, according to media reports. Army officials, however, said that they have not spotted any suspicious object and that officials are monitoring the situation along with the support of the local police. Earlier on Monday, a fresh attempt to target a military installation in Jammu with drones was foiled by alert soldiers. Army sentries at the Ratnuchak-Kaluchak military station in Jammu fired at the two drones that later disappeared, an incident that came hours after the nearby IAF station witnessed the first terror attack using quadcopters. The…

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PM to chair council of ministers meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting of the Union council of ministers on Wednesday, which is likely to discuss the Covid situation and may also review functioning of few ministries, sources said on Tuesday. The meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday evening, the sources said. The work done by the Road and Transport Ministry and Civil Aviation and Telecom ministries may be reviewed in the meeting, the sources said. A wider discussion on the COVID-19 situation is also likely during the meeting, they said. The meeting is being held a week after Prime Minister Modi held meetings with ministers both Cabinet and Minister of State rank in different groups to review the performance of their respective ministries. These meetings were held at the Prime Minister’s official residence and BJP president JP Nadda was present in most of these meetings Political observers and…

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Chidambaram reacts on govt package

A day after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a package to support the pandemic-hit economy, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday said the answer to this “crisis” is to spur demand by putting money in the hands of the people, especially the poor and the lower middle classes. Sitharaman on Monday announced Rs 1.5 lakh crore of additional credit for small and medium businesses, more funds for the healthcare sector, loans to tourism agencies and guides, and waiver of visa fee for foreign tourists as part of a package to support the pandemic-hit economy. Reacting to the development, Chidambaram said, “Some elementary truths: Credit guarantee is not credit. Credit is more debt. No banker will lend to a debt-ridden business.” Debt-burdened or cash-starved businesses do not want more credit, they need non-credit capital, the former finance minister said in a series of tweets.…

National News

implement ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed states and union territories to implement the ‘one nation, one ration card scheme’ till July 31, while asking the Centre to provide dry ration for free distribution among migrant workers till the COVID-19 situation continues. A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah issued a slew of directions on a plea of three activists seeking directions to the Centre and states to ensure food security, cash transfers and other welfare measures for migrant workers who faced distress again due to curfews and lockdowns in various parts of country during the second wave of COVID-19. The bench directed the Centre to develop a portal with the help of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for registration of unorganised sector workers for granting them the benefits of welfare schemes by July 31. It also directed the states, UTs to…

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SC dismisses plea against Delhi HC order

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea challenging the Delhi High Court order which had rejected a PIL seeking to halt Central Vista construction work in view of the COVID pandemic. A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Aniruddha Bose said it is not inclined to interfere with the High Court order as the PIL petitioners had selectively chosen Central Vista Project and did not even do basic research about other public projects which were allowed during the lockdown in the national capital. It said that findings of the Delhi HC on the PIL that it was “motivated” and filed with “ill-intent” and “lack of bona fides” is possible a view. The top court also refused to interfere with the Rs 1 lakh cost imposed on the petitioners. The main Cental Vista project envisages building a new Parliament House, a new…

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Covaxin effectively neutralises both Alpha, Delta variants of Covid-19: US’ top health institute

India’s Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research, effectively neutralises both Alpha and Delta variants of coronavirus, the US’ National Institute of Health has said. The NIH said results of two studies of blood serum from people who had received Covaxin suggest that the vaccine generates antibodies that effectively neutralise the B.1.1.7 (Alpha) and B.1.617 (Delta) variants of SARS-CoV-2, first identified in the UK and India, respectively. The top American health research institute, which has a history of strong scientific collaboration with India, also said that an adjuvant developed with funding from it has contributed to the success of the highly efficacious Covaxin, which has been administered to roughly 25 million people till date in India and elsewhere. Adjuvants are substances formulated as part of a vaccine to boost immune responses and enhance a vaccine’s effectiveness. Covaxin…

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President Kovind lays foundation stone

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Memorial and Cultural Centre here. The President laid the foundation stone for the centre, to come up in Aishbagh, at an event in Lok Bhawan here. The event was also attended by Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma. Kovind, who is in Lucknow on a two-day visit to the state capital, arrived here from Kanpur on Monday morning and will leave for Delhi on Tuesday evening. Last week, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet had approved a proposal of the state cultural department for construction of the Ambedkar Memorial Cultural Centre in Aishbagh. The memorial will come up at 5493.52 sq metre ‘nazul’ land in front of the Aishbagh Eidgah and will also have a 25-ft high statue of Dr…

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R-day violence: summons to Deep Sidhu

A Delhi court on Tuesday issued fresh summons to actor-activist Deep Sidhu and other accused in the Republic Day violence case. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gajendra Singh Nagar directed all the accused to appear before it on July 12 through video conference. The court issued fresh summons after it was informed that the summons issued earlier were not received by the accused.  On June 19, the judge had taken cognizance of the charge sheet in the case and summoned all the accused on June 29. However, Harjot Singh was the only accused who appeared before the court on Tuesday. Counsels for the other accused apprised the court that their clients have not been served the summons yet. On January 26, protesting farmers had clashed with police during the tractor rally against three farm laws and stormed into the Red Fort, hoisting religious flags on its…

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Delhi: First report of Cytomegalovirus in India

Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has reported five cases of Cytomegalovirus. The hospital said that some patients came in complaining of rectal bleeding, which upon diagnosis was linked to Cytomegalovirus. All these patients experienced this condition after testing positive for COVID 19. According to Prof. Anil Arora, these cases were detected during the second wave of COVID 19 in April-May. All the patients were otherwise COVID immunocompetent and experienced rectal bleeding and pain in the abdomen after about 20 to 30 days of testing positive for COVID 19. The report suggests that Covid infection and the treatment can be responsible for uncommon infections, one of which is Cytomagelo virus. This virus exists in 80 to 90 per cent of the Indian population. However, it is unlikely for symptoms to show because physical immunity is strong enough to make it clinically asymptomatic.  “In such cases, a high…

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PM reviews security situation in Jammu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chaired a high-level meet to review the security situation in Jammu. The drone attack on Jammu IAF station was also discussed, sources said. The meeting was attended by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and NSA Ajit Doval. They also discussed “futuristic challenges” in the defence sector, sources said. The BJP top brass also discussed various other aspects, including equipping security forces with modern equipment and involving more youth, start-ups and the strategic community in the field. The meeting came against the backdrop of the first-of-its-kind terror attack using drone at an Indian Air Force station in Jammu. The government has handed over the probe into the attack to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was on Tuesday given the charge of investigation into the drone attack on the Jammu air force…

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relaxing restrictions should be ‘carefully calibrated’: Centre tells states in advisory

The Centre on Tuesday asked all states to focus on the five fold-strategy for effective COVID-19 management and said the process of relaxing restrictions should be “carefully calibrated”.  Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, in an advisory, said that states should regularly monitor the districts with a higher number of active coronavirus cases per million (10 lakh) population as it is an important indicator to predict the need for upgrading the health infrastructure and logistics, so that early and prompt action can be taken. The advisory said with the decline in the number of active coronavirus cases, many states have started relaxing the restrictions. Bhalla said the process of relaxing the restrictions should be “carefully calibrated”, and prompt and targeted action needs to be taken by the states, in line with the advisory issued by the Union health ministry. “States, UTs should closely monitor case…

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Brazil to suspend Covaxin deal with Bharat Biotech over allegations of irregularities by President

Brazil has announced to suspend the Covaxin deal with Hyderabad-based laboratory Bharat Biotech. According to media reports doing the rounds, the decision was taken amid a probe into accusations of irregularities against President Jair Bolsonaro. Brazil had in February signed a deal with Bharat Biotech to procure 20 million doses of Covaxin for USD 324 million. The South America country’s Health Ministry had to pay USD 15 per vaccine dose to Precisa Medicamentos, the representative of Bharat Biotech in Brazil.  However, the price per dose, which was higher than for other COVID-19 vaccines, drew prosecutors attention along with ministry officials apparently ignoring a history of alleged irregularities by Precisa associates in previous contracts with the government. Precisa, however, said that the vaccine price agreed to with Brazil’s Health Ministry was the same as the price negotiated with 13 other countries and that the deal…

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‘No seat sharing talks’: Om Prakash Rajbhar refutes Owaisi’s claim of contesting 100 seats in UP

Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections may be months away, but parties have already started weighing their winnability and exploring the chances of right alliance. However, even before a final seat sharing formula could be finalised between Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) of Om Prakash Rajbhar and Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) differences have come to the fore.  A day after Owaisi claimed that his party would contest 100 seats in 2022 UP assembly elections, Rajbhar has refuted any such agreement. “There have been no talks of seat sharing with the AIMIM. The ‘Bhagidari Morcha’ will hold discussions on it in the days to come after assessing their preparedness to take on the BJP in the UP assembly polls,” Rajbhar said. He added that the AIMIM leadership had only expressed its willingness to contest on 100 seats but no seat sharing formula has been finalised. The…

National News

India to soon come out with policy to deal with emerging security threats

Expeditious framing of a broad-based policy to deal with emerging security threats and futuristic challenges facing the country was a major focus of a meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi held with Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Tuesday, people familiar with the development said. The meeting took place two days after explosives-laden drones were used to carry out an attack on the Jammu Air Force station in the first such instance of suspected Pakistan-based terrorists deploying unmanned aerial vehicles to strike at vital installations. “The government is coming out with a policy to collectively deal with the emerging challenges. It was decided to expedite the framing of the policy,” one of the persons cited above said after the meeting. Various ministries and departments are working on the policy to effectively counter the new and emerging…

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Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine makers get standing ovation at Wimbledon

Tennis fans gave the creators of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine a standing ovation at Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Monday, the first day of the tournament Dame Sarah Gilbert and her colleague Sir Andrew Pollard, both of whom helped develop the vaccine, were there, The Guardian reported, as key workers and other “inspirational individuals” from the pandemic were invited to the match. “Before we welcome players on to the court, we would like to thank all those who have contributed so much during this unprecedented period in all our lives,” an announcer said at the start of Monday’s action. The announcer then started to list other people but was cut off as the crowd started to cheer louder and got up to their feet. Researchers said on Monday that mixing vaccines like AstraZeneca and Pfizer could be effective in stopping COVID-19 and offer more flexibility in…

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Reply in 2 days: Panel to Twitter on locking IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s account

The Parliamentary Panel has also asked Google, Facebook that they have to comply with new IT rules, court orders. The Parliamentary Panel has sought Twitter’s reply within two days on the locking of accounts of Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. The panel has also asked Google, Facebook that they have to comply with the new IT rules and court orders. The panel asked Facebook representatives if they have a policy similar to Twitter highlighting which the micro-blogging site had blocked Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s handle last week. Facebook officials said the social media platform has no such policy. The Parliamentary Panel also raised strong objection over the distorted map of India. Some of the members of the Parliamentary Panel raised the issue of ‘snooping’ and questioned whether Google listens to one’s phone call. “It (Google) listens a few things, but not those…

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Kejriwal promises free electricity in Punjab

Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that 300 units of free electricity will be provided to the people of Punjab if the AAP storms to power in the next year’s Assembly polls. Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal has promised to provide free electricity to the people of Punjab if his party comes to power in the state following the 2022 assembly elections. Addressing the media in Chandigarh, Kejriwal said that 300 units of free electricity will be provided to every family if AAP forms the next government. He said that nearly 80 per cent of families will be benefited from the decision as they will have to pay zero bills. He also announced to waive off pending domestic electricity bills and work towards providing uninterrupted supply in the state. Kejriwal promised that the decision will be passed in the first meeting.  “When we…

Business Markets

Sensex, Nifty open on positive note amid firm global cues

Equity benchmark Sensex and Nifty opened on a positive note on Friday amid a firm trend in global markets. The 30-share BSE index was trading 65.90 points or 0.13 per cent higher at 52,764.90 in initial deals. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty advanced 32 points or 0.20 per cent to 15,822.45. Tata Steel was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising over 3 per cent, followed by Maruti, HCL Tech, ICICI Bank, Maruti, Axis Bank and SBI. On the other hand, Reliance Industries, HUL, Asian Paints, Kotak Bank and Nestle India were among the laggards. In the previous session, the 30-share index Sensex ended 392.92 points or 0.75 per cent higher at 52,699. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty surged 103.50 points or 0.66 per cent to 15,790.45. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital market as they offloaded shares worth…

Business PSU

Govt has no business to be in business, says PM Modi as he stresses on privatisation of PSUs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the government has no business to be in business and his administration is committed to privatising all PSUs barring the bare minimum in four strategic sectors. “It is government’s duty to support enterprises and businesses. But it is not essential that it should own and run enterprises,” he said. Modi also said the Centre’s policy is to either monetise or modernise public sector enterprises, with the intent that the government has “no business to be in business”. Speaking at a webinar on privatisation by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), Modi said the Budget has given a clear roadmap to take India to a high growth trajectory. Fiscal support to sick PSUs puts burden on the economy and public sector units should not be run just because of legacy, the Prime Minister said, adding…

Business Economy

Jet Airways CIRP ends, 7-member panel to manage day-to-day ops

With the approval of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to the resolution plan of Kalrock-Jalan consortium, the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) of Jet Airways has concluded. As per the plan, a monitoring committee will be set up to oversee the implementation of the resolution plan along with managing the day-to-day operations of the grounded airline till the closing date. With the end of the CIRP, Ashish Chhawchharia has ceased to be the resolution professional of the company, effective on and from June 25, 2021, the airline said in a regulatory filing. The seven-member monitoring committee would constitute of three members appointed by the resolution applicant, three members appointed by the financial creditors having highest share in the CoC and an independent insolvency professional appointed by the financial creditors, preferably the existing resolution professional. “In terms of the resolution plan, the implementation of…

Business Economy

Indian economy poised for recovery in FY22, says SBI Chairman

Although the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic again brought businesses and economic activities to a standstill, Chairman of the State Bank of India (SBI), Dinesh Kumar Khara has expressed hope that the country’s economy would recover in the ongoing financial year. The Chairman noted that the global economy contracted by 3.3 per cent in 2020 with the pandemic causing significant loss of lives and livelihood. The GDP in India contracted by 7.3 per cent in FY2021 and the country experienced a second wave of infections with cases rising rapidly since March 2021, he said while addressing the 66th Annual General Meeting of the bank. He, however, said that policy measures and the coordinated efforts of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Centre were directed towards enabling growth on a more durable basis during these difficult times. “Notwithstanding the second wave of…

Science Technology

Scientists use NASA satellite data to track ocean microplastics from space

Scientists from the University of Michigan have developed an innovative way to use the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite data to track the movement of tiny pieces of plastic in the ocean. Microplastics from when plastic trash in the ocean breaks down from the sun’s rays and the motion of ocean waves. These small flecks of plastic are harmful to marine organisms and ecosystems. Microplastics can be carried hundreds or thousands of miles away from the source by ocean currents, making it difficult to track and remove them. Currently, the main source of information about the location of microplastics comes from fisher boat trawlers that use nets to catch plankton- and, unintentionally, microplastics. The new technique relies on data from NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), a constellation of eight small satellites that measure wind speeds above Earth’s oceans and provides…

Start Ups Technology

Gurugram-based startup develops air purifier that ‘kills’ 99% coronavirus

O2Cure, a Gurugram-based startup, has developed a product to neutralise SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. The Plug & Play product is designed with RGF’s patent PHI technology by the company which is a leading air purification solutions provider in the country. The claims that RGF’s patented REME with PHI-Cell technology has been successfully tested by CCMB-CSIR virology lab in India for reduction of SARS-CoV-2 by 97.48 per cent and by Innovation Bio-Analysis lab in USA for reduction of SARS-CoV-2 virus by 99 per cent from air and surface.  It said that Plug & Play is a lightweight purifier which kills SARS-COV-2 or Covid-19 from air and surfaces 99.63% within one hour. Kartik Singhal, founder of O2Cure, said that the product has been designed to cater to the need of Indian and abroad consumers, especially in densely populated cities where people are vulnerable to air…

Crypto Currency Technology

Elon Musk Targets “Bitcoin Maxis” In Tweet, They Respond

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has decided to have a go at Bitcoin and its supporters – again. His previous interest to push the developers of the world’s largest cryptocurrency to make it more energy-efficient ended in washing out its gains and attracted massive criticism from Bitcoin investors. On Friday, Mr Musk directed his wit to Bitcoin “maxis”, or maximalists, who support the crypto above all other digital currencies, like Dogecoin, a favourite with the Tesla CEO. He again raised the widely held concerns over the energy consumption in trading and mining Bitcoin. “How many Bitcoin maxis does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” Mr Musk asked. And shortly later, he himself came up with a reply, “That’s not funny! – Bitcoin maxis.” The “Bitcoin maxis” tweet drew the attention of MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor, one of the most vocal Bitcoin proponents. Peter McCormack,…

Automobiles

MG Motor to drive in 2nd electric model in India in next 2 years

MG Motor India can launch a new electric vehicle with a price tag below Rs 20 lakh mark in the country over the next two years, according to a top company official. The model would be the automaker’s second electric vehicle in the country after the ZS SUV which is currently tagged between Rs 21 lakh and Rs 24.18 lakh (ex-showroom). “We have been very pleased with our electric vehicle product performance till now. We intend to launch more electric cars in the future and hopefully we can look at a car below Rs 20 lakh as our second EV in the future,” MG Motor India President and Managing Director Rajeev Chaba told PTI.The automaker, which also sells models like Hector and Gloster, has so far sold around 3,000 units of ZS EV in the country.When asked about the timeline for the product launch,…

New Products Technology

Android apps on Windows 11: Here’s how Intel made it possible

Microsoft announced the launch of Windows 11 on Thursday at an online event. Windows 11 will be a direct successor to Windows 10 and according to Microsoft, we will start seeing the new operating system on laptops starting late 2021 with retail copies hitting shelves in early 2022. With the launch of the new operating system, Microsoft has announced many exciting features but the one that has created the most buzz is the Android apps support.  As much as that piece of news is exciting, many people are wondering how Microsoft is able to bring Android apps to Windows. This has been possible due to Amazon and Intel. In order to bring an Android app store to Windows 11, Microsoft collaborated with Amazon to bring the store to the operating system. This will allow users to directly install supported Android apps with just a…

Europe International

EU leaders defend LGBT rights amid concern over Hungary law

European Union leaders clashed with Hungary’s prime minister during a heated summit Thursday over new legislation in his country that will ban showing content about LGBT issues to children, a measure that has been widely criticised across the region and has angered human rights groups. A majority of the leaders insisted that discrimination must not be tolerated in the 27-nation bloc and told Viktor Orban that the new Hungarian law goes against the EU’s fundamental values. “Being homosexual is not a choice; being homophobic is,” Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo told Orban during the meeting, according to a EU diplomat. The person spoke anonymously according to usual practice. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte launched a virulent tongue-lashing, suggesting that Orban activate the same clause in the bloc’s treaty that Britain used to leave if he is not happy with the EU’s principles, another…

International UK News

UK reports highest daily COVID cases since February

Britain has reported another 18,270 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, the highest since early February, according to official figures released on Saturday. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 4,717,811, the Xinhua news agency reported. The country also recorded another 23 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the national death toll to 128,089. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test. More than 44 million people in Britain have received the first Covid-19 vaccine jab and more than 32.2 million people have received two doses, the latest figures also showed. The latest data were revealed as adults in England are able to get a Covid-19 vaccine without an appointment at hundreds of walk-in sites across the country this weekend. In the “grab a jab” campaign, those aged 18 and over…

Asia International

Hong Kong’s longest railway line to open fully

Tuen Ma Line, the longest railway line in Hong Kong, will fully open on Sunday, running through the eastern and western New Territories and Kowloon.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam officiated a ceremony celebrating the opening of Tuen Ma Line on Saturday, saying it was another major transport infrastructure completed by the current government, reports Xinhua news agency. The city government will continue to improve Hong Kong’s railway network to make it more convenient for the public to travel, she added. The 56 km-long Tuen Ma Line has 27 stations and connects Tuen Mun to Wu Kai Sha of the New Territories, making Hong Kong’s railway network more comprehensive. Tuen Ma Line Phase 1 was opened on February 14, 2020. One of the challenges in the construction of Tuen Ma Line was heritage conservation. A large number of relics were found when Sung Wong Toi…

International Middle East

Palestine calls for int’l sanctions against Israel

Palestine has called for imposing international sanctions against Israel to stop its policies against the Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Saturday that it supports an Amnesty International report issued on June 24 saying Israeli security forces committed violations against the Palestinians, reports Xinhua news agency. “Israel doesn’t care about reports issued by credible international organizations like Amnesty International, which considers Israeli practices the most heinous forms of racial discrimination against the Palestinians,” the Ministry statement said. The statement also slammed the US and the European Union for not exerting serious pressure on the Israeli government to stop its practices against the Palestinians. On June 24, the Amnesty International report said that Israeli police carried out “a catalogue of violations against Palestinians across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem”. The report said…

Sports Tennis

Wimbledon draw: Tough path ahead for eight-time champion Roger Federer

Eight-time Wimbledon champion, Switzerland’s Roger Federer, will have to potentially overcome world No.2, Daniil Medvedev of Russia, and Germany’s Alexander Zverev to reach a 13th Wimbledon final, according to the draw announced on Friday. Federer, who has a 101-13 match record at Wimbledon since his debut in 1999, will take on France’s world No. 42 Adrian Mannarino in the first round. The sixth-seed Federer, who has beaten Mannarino six times overall, could face Queen’s Club Championships runner-up, England’s Cameron Norrie, in the third round. Federer would be hoping to bounce back from a second-round loss at the Noventi Open in Halle (Germany) last week as he seeks a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam championship. Should the 39-year-old make it to the quarter-finals, he could meet Medvedev, who is competing at the Mallorca Championships this week. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who beat Federer…

Football Sports

Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo eyes all-time goals record vs World No. 1 Belgium in last-16

As Euro defending champions Portugal square off with World No. 1 Belgium in a high-voltage quarter-final clash in Spanish city Seville on Sunday night, all eyes will be firm on Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar is currently the join top-scorer in international football with former Iranian striker Ali Daei which means a solitary goal is all he needs to be the all-time great striker.  As far stats are concerned, Daei took 149 appearances to reach the figure while Ronaldo took 29 games more than the Iranian to reach the landmark. Ronaldo’s hot form at the ongoing Euro 2020 continued mid-week as his two goals from the spot helped Portugal clinch a tournament-saving 2-2 draw against current world champions Portugal in the group of death in Budapest. While the team finished third in the group behind France and Germany and qualified as one of the four best…

Cricket

Sri Lanka fans launch social media campaign against their team after 3-0 defeat to England

Following their side’s disappointing 3-0 series loss in the T20Is to England, disappointed Sri Lanka fans have launched the #unfollowcricketers campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Many Sri Lankan fans decided to boycott the cricketers’ social media profiles to show their anger against Sri Lanka’s woeful performance in the T20I series. In the first T20I of the series, Sri Lanka could only score 129/7 in 20 overs, while they failed to score above 6 runs/over in the second match, putting only 111/7. In the final match of the series, Kusal Perera‘s side failed to cross the three-figure mark as they were bowled out on 91 in the 181-run chase. Sri Lanka’s former captain and batting legend Sanath Jayasuriya said that the situation with the country’s cricket is “very criticial.” “Very sad day for Sri Lankan cricket. The situation is critical. We need immediate measures to save cricket,” wrote…

National News

Indo-Japan partnership for global stability-PM

The PM was speaking after virtually inaugurating a Japanese Zen garden and Kaizen Academy set up at the premises of the Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) here The Indo-Japanese partnership during the COVID-19 crisis is more relevant for global stability and prosperity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday. The PM was speaking after virtually inaugurating a Japanese Zen garden and Kaizen Academy set up at the premises of the Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) here. Modi in his address via video conference said the opening of the Zen garden and the Kaizen Academy in Ahmedabad will deepen ties between the two countries. “The current Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, is a very straight-forward person. PM Suga and I believe during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the Indo-Japanese friendship and our partnership has become even more relevant for global stability and prosperity. Today, when we are…

PMO

PM inaugurates Zen Garden and Kaizen Academy at AMA, Ahmedabad

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated a Zen Garden and Kaizen Academy at AMA, Ahmedabad via video conference today. Terming the dedication of the Zen Garden and Kaizen Academy, as a symbol of ease and modernity of India-Japan relationship, the Prime Minister thanked leaders of Hyōgo Prefecture specially the Governor ToshizōIdoand Hyōgo International association for their contribution in the establishment of the Zen Garden and Kaizen Academy. He also praised Indo-Japan Friendship Association of Gujarat for giving new energy to India Japan relations. Pointing to the similarities between ‘Zen’ and Indian ‘Dhyan’, the Prime Minister dwelled on the emphasis on inner peace along with outer progress and growth in the two cultures. Indians will find the glimpse of the same peace, poise and simplicity in this Zen garden, which they experienced in Yoga through the ages. Buddha gave this ‘Dhyan’ this enlightenment to…

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PM Narendra Modi hails struggles of India’s Olympic-bound athletes; urges country to support them

More than 100 Indian sportspersons have qualified for the mega-event, which will be held under strict health safety protocols from July 23 to August 8 in the Japanese capital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday applauded India’s Olympic-bound athletes, saying that they have all endured “years of toil” and the country should back them without putting them under pressure during the Tokyo Games next month. More than 100 Indian sportspersons have qualified for the mega-event, which was postponed by a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held under strict health safety protocols from July 23 to August 8 in the Japanese capital. “Every player going to Tokyo has had one’s own share of struggle, and years of toil. They are going not only for themselves but for the country,” Modi said in his ‘Mann ki Baat’  address to the nation. “These…

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Archery: Star couple Atanu and Deepika clinch mixed team gold at World Cup Stage 3

Deepika and Atanu bounced back from a 0-2 deficit to down the Netherland’s Sjef van den Berg and Gabriela Schloesser 5-3 and fetch India a third gold medal from the competition. It was gold rush for Indian archers at the World Cup Stage 3 here on Sunday with star couple Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari clinching the mixed team top honours after the women’s recurve trio’s victory in a near perfect Olympic build-up. Deepika and Atanu bounced back from a 0-2 deficit to down the Netherland’s Sjef van den Berg and Gabriela Schloesser 5-3 and fetch India a third gold medal from the competition. This was after the women’s recurve team of Deepika, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari notched up the gold medal with a comfortable win over Mexico, shrugging off the disappointment of missing Olympic qualification last week. “It feels amazing. First time…

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Covid vaccine for kids will pave way for school reopening, AIIMS chief says

AIIMS Chief Dr Randeep Guleria on Sunday said that making COVID-19 vaccine available for children will pave the way for reopening of schools and resumption of outdoor activities for them. AIIMS Chief Dr Randeep Guleria on Sunday said that making COVID-19 vaccine available for children will pave the way for reopening of schools and resumption of outdoor activities for them.  The data of phase two and three trial of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin on two to 18 years age group is expected by September, Dr Guleria said, adding that the vaccine can be available for children in India around that time following approval from the drug regulator.  Speaking to news agency PTI, Guleria also said that Pfizer vaccine could also be an option for children if it gets approval before that.  Meanwhile, pharmaceutical major Zydus Cadila is also likely to soon apply to the Drugs…

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Terrorist held with explosive material in Jammu; IED recovered

An IED of 5/6 kg weight was recovered by Jammu police by a LeT outfit operative and which was planned to plant at some crowded place. The suspect, a resident of Banihal, was arrested from Trikuta Nagar area on the outskirts of the city late Saturday night, official said. An IED of 5/6 kg weight was recovered by Jammu police by a LeT outfit operative and which was planned to plant at some crowded place. A major terror attack has been averted with this recovery. The terrorist is being interrogated. They said security has been beefed up across Jammu province, following the arrest of the suspect with the explosive material.  Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force (IAF) informed that two low-intensity explosions were reported early Sunday morning in the technical area of Jammu Air Force Station. One of the blasts caused minor damage to the roof of…

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Shed vaccine hesitancy, do not believe in rumours: PM Modi in Mann ki Baat

In his monthly Mann ki Baat broadcast, Modi hailed the feat of most vaccination doses administered in a single day on June 21 at the start of the new phase of inoculation under which all adults are being given free jabs. Cautioning people that the threat of COVID-19 remains, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged them to shed vaccine hesitancy and get themselves inoculated soon. In his monthly Mann ki Baat broadcast, Modi hailed the feat of most vaccination doses administered in a single day on June 21 at the start of the new phase of inoculation under which all adults are being given free jabs. Seeking to make people shed vaccine hesitancy, Modi spoke to residents of Dulariya village in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh and counselled them to take the vaccine amidst their doubts about the exercise. He noted that both…

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Two explosives-laden drones crash into IAF station at Jammu airport; DGP terms it ‘terror attack’

The first blast, which took place around 1.45 am, ripped off the roof of a building at the technical area of the airport manned by the Air Force. The second one was on the ground. Two explosives-laden drones crashed into the high-security Indian Air Force station at Jammu airport in the early hours of Sunday, officials said. Two IAF personnel were injured in the explosions that took place around 1.40 am within six minutes of each other. The first blast ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the technical area of the airport manned by the IAF in Satwari area of the city. The second one was on the ground, the officials said. Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh termed the twin explosions at the high security Indian Air Force station in the Jammu airport a terror attack. The…

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Joe Biden meets visiting Afghanistan leaders at White House

US President Joe Biden met his visiting Afghan counterpar Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah at the White House, amid the fragile security situation in the war-torn nation. Biden said at the beginning of the meeting on Friday that “our troops may be leaving but support for Afghanistan is not ending in terms of support and maintenance of helping maintain their military as well as economic and political support”. “Afghans are going to have to decide their future, senseless violence has to stop,” he continued. On his part, Ghani paid tributes “to the 2,448 Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice, over a million American veterans who have served with honour and dignity for your security and our freedom”. He added that “Biden’s decision has been historic. It has made everybody recalculate and reconsider. We are here…

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Ravi Shankar Prasad launches e-filing portal of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday launched the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) here, saying the initiative should be seen as a larger narrative of transformation the country is undergoing through the digital medium. The ‘ITAT e-dwar’ portal will enhance accessibility, accountability and transparency in day to day working of the ITAT, tribunal president Justice P P Bhatt said, according to an official statement. Launching the portal, Prasad said the digital India initiative seeks to bridge the divide between the digital haves and the digital have nots leading to digital inclusion achieved by technology, which is low cost, homegrown and developmental.  The minister observed that during the Covid pandemic and the resultant lockdown,  the judiciary functioned through digital means and heard more than one crore cases. He stated that about more than 18 crore cases is available on the…

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T20 World Cup: October 17-November 14 window slated for mega event

The ICC gave BCCI an extension to decide on their capability to hold the T20 World Cup in India and with the period coming to an end, the board might make an official declaration soon. The seventh edition of the ICC T20 World Cup is all set to begin on October 17 in the UAE. Although there has been no official declaration by the ICC or BCCI on the tournament schedule, it has been learnt that an October 17-November 14 window has been fixed for the mega event. The tournament will thus begin just two days after the IPL final, which is slated to be held on October 15. On June 1, the ICC gave BCCI time until the end of this month to provide its last word on whether India would be able to host the T20 World Cup. Apparently, although no official declarations have been made, BCCI has…

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Puducherry : 1st Woman Minister

After a gap of over 40 years, Puducherry is all set to get a woman minister. Chief Minister N Rangasamy has decided to induct Chandira Priyanga into his Cabinet along with four others. After a gap of over 40 years, Puducherry is all set to get a woman minister. Chief Minister N Rangasamy has decided to induct Chandira Priyanga into his Cabinet along with four others. Priyanga, the All India NR Congress MLA from Nedungadu (SC) constituency in the Karaikal region of the Union Territory will be a minister in the National Democratic Alliance government in the Union Territory. She will be the first woman minister from the SC community in Puducherry. Priyanga is a two-time MLA from the All India NR Congress. In May 2016, she was elected as a member of the Puducherry Legislative Assembly from the Nedungadu constituency. She defeated A…

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Oxygen Audit: Not Right To Say Govt Exaggerated Requirement

Amid a fresh row between Centre and Delhi government, AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria clarified whether national capital “exaggerated” its oxygen requirement. AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria has presented clarification amid the fresh between central and Delhi government over an audit report that allegedly states CM Arvind Kejriwal-led party exaggerated national capital’s oxygen requirement by 4 times. Dr Randeep Guleria, who heads the Supreme Court-appointed sub-group, said that it would not be correct to say that Delhi “exaggerated” its oxygen requirement by four times during the second Coronavirus wave. “Delhi oxygen audit is an interim report. We should wait for the final report,” Dr Guleria told NDTV. When asked about the allegation of Delhi government exaggerating oxygen needs by four times, Dr Guleria clarified, “I don’t think we could say that”. The AIIMS chief further stressed that Supreme Court’s statement on the interim report…

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10 Km Walk To Office

With trains and special buses available only for employees of essential services including government employees,  the ones who have to go to office everyday are struggling to reach there and make a living. 34-year-old Vishnu walks 10 kms everyday, the fastest he can every day to his office. Many a times the strenuous long walk causes him to fall ill. When people around him asks him to take rest, he knows it will only cause his troubles to increase. “We have no one by us. I don’t know how to keep up with the situation. I walk from Howrah district to girish park area in kolkata everyday. Many a times the strenuous walk causes me to fall ill. If I do not walk then, The little that I earn stops and the troubles increase.” Vishnu Kumar Singhania, a daily commuter iterated. Not knowing how…

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PV Sindhu Frontrunner To Become One Of India’s Flag-Bearers At Tokyo Olympics

This time, India will have one male and female athlete as the flag bearer at the opening ceremony. The Olympics begin July 23. India’s star badminton player and Rio Games silver medallist PV Sindhu is a front-runner to become one of the two flag-bearers for the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics. This time, India will have one male and female athlete as the flag bearer at the opening ceremony. The Olympics begin July 23. The official announcement will happen at the end of this month but it is all but certain that Sindhu will be one of the flag-bearers. “Sindhu is likely to be one of the flag-bearers,” an IOA source told PTI. Although there is no rule but the convention has been that last edition’s medal winner always has been the flag-bearer for the next edition. From last edition, there were two…

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Removing Virat as India captain would be an absolute crime against cricket

Under Kohli, India has finished as the No.1-ranked Test side for five consecutive years. He recently also surpassed MS Dhoni’s record for most Test matches as the captain of the Indian team. Amid growing calls for Virat Kohli to step down from the leadership role, former England spinner Graeme Swann has backed the skipper to continue leading India despite the country’s eight-year stretch for ICC silverware.  Though India suffered an eight-wicket defeat in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, Swann feels it would be a “crime against cricket” to remove Kohli from captaincy Under Kohli, India has finished as the No.1-ranked Test side for five consecutive years. He recently also surpassed MS Dhoni‘s record for most Test matches as the captain of the Indian team. “Virat Kohli is an absolute champion and a superstar. He has added steel to the Indian team. You only have to…

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Intra-squad games for Virat Kohli and Co in Durham, says ECB; no selectors allowed

India captain Virat Kohli had expressed his displeasure at not being given any first-class games before the England series, starting in Nottingham on August 4. The Indian cricket team will play two intra-squad games at the Riverside ground in Durham before the five-match Test series against England as Virat Kohli‘s men are unlikely to get any warm-up first-class games against county sides. India captain Virat Kohli had expressed his displeasure at not being given any first-class games before the England series, starting in Nottingham on August 4. “Due to COVID-19 protocols, they will play two intra-squad four-day matches before the first Test in August,” an ECB spokesperson told PTI on Friday. While it is understood that BCCI had requested ECB for a few practice games, the COVID-19 situation won’t allow any such plan to go ahead. Asked if there is any chance of a game…

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Indonesia: Several doctors die, medical workers test positive after taking Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

Facing increased COVID-19 infections and a deadly variant, Indonesia’s doctors are at the centre of the crisis as many have died after being vaccinated by the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine – Sinovac. On Thursday, the country recorded more than 20,000 cases of COVID-19, the highest number since the pandemic began. Oxygen is again running out at hospitals in Jakarta, the country’s capital and the national percentage of positive COVID tests reached 14.6 per cent this past week, reported the New York Times (NYT). Since the pandemic began, 401 doctors in Indonesia have died, the risk mitigation team of the Indonesian Medical Association said on Friday. At least 20 doctors were fully vaccinated with Sinovac. However, things took a downturn when 358 medical workers in Kudus who were vaccinated with Sinovac tested positive during a two-week span, according to the risk mitigation team of the Indonesian…

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India is ‘incredibly important’ partner to United States in the region and globally: White House

India is an “incredibly important” partner to the US in the region and globally, the White House has said. India is an “incredibly important” partner to the US in the region and globally, the White House has said, underlining that America is working with the country on wide-ranging issues like economic, strategic, and security. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday said that the US took a range of steps to help India to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. “India is an incredibly important partner to the United States in the region and globally. We work with India on a range of issues, as you well know — economic, strategic, security,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference. “The United States certainly took a range of steps, as India was at the early stages of dealing with…

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Addiction is neither cool nor a style statement

PM Modi on International Day against Drug Abuse. The prime minister also shared an old Mann Ki Baat episode which contained many aspects of overcoming the drugs menace. On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for realising the vision of a drugs-free India, noting that they bring darkness, destruction and devastation. He tweeted, “Today, on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, I laud all those working at the grassroots to eliminate the menace of drugs from our society. Every such effort to save lives is vital. After all, drugs bring with its darkness, destruction and devastation.” He added, “Let us reiterate our commitment to share facts on drugs and realise our vision of a drugs free India. Remember- addiction is neither cool nor a style statement.” The prime minister also shared an…

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Brazil Govt Faces Probe For Choosing Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin Deal Over ‘Cheaper’ Pfizer Vaccine

The parliamentary inquiry is looking into the allegations that the Brazilian government deliberately delayed securing Covid vaccines. Congressman Luis Miranda and his brother Luis Ricardo Miranda, who raised suspicions about Brazil’s vaccine deal with India’s Bharat Biotech, arrived at a Senate commission inquiry on Friday wearing a bullet-proof vest for safety. They are key witnesses in the hearing over alleged wrongdoing in a vaccine contract signed by Brazil’s government to procure Covaxin doses in a deal costing1.6 billion reais (USD 323 million) The parliamentary inquiry is looking into the allegations that the Brazilian government deliberately delayed securing Covid vaccines besides the probe on its handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than half a million people in the country. The coordinator of the Senate inquiry called for giving protection to Congressman Luis Miranda and his brother, along with the owners of Precisa…

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With ‘Satyagrahi Annadata’: Rahul

Farmers will visit the Raj Bhavan (the Governor House) in several states. As the farmers are intensifying their protest over the three farm laws on the completion of seven months of their agitation at the borders of the national capital, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday came out in their support saying we are with the “farmers”. In a tweet in Hindi, Rahul Gandhi said, “It’s simple – We are with Satyagrahi Annadata (farmers).” The Congress Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s Wayanad tweeted with the hashtag #Farmersprotest. On the completion of seven months of their protest at several points on the borders of the national capital, the farmers under the banner of Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) are observing ‘Kheti Bachao, Loktantra Bachao Diwas”. Farmers will also visit the Raj Bhavan (the Governor House) in several states. The farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar…

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Dawood’s brother gets one-day custody

The NCB had recently arrested seven persons in two cases in which 27 kg hashish was recovered. During investigation, it came to light that the narcotics drug was sourced from Jammu and Kashmir. A court at Bhiwandi in Maharashtra’s Thane district has remanded Iqbal Kaskar, brother of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, in the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) custody for one day in a drugs case. Magistrate MM Mali on Friday remanded Kaskar in the anti-drug agency’s custody. Kaskar’s alleged involvement in the case surfaced following the recent seizure of 27 kg of hashish. The NCB officials had sought his custody for examination in the case, an official has said. The NCB had recently arrested seven persons in two cases in which 27 kg hashish was recovered. During investigation, it came to light that the narcotics drug was sourced from Jammu and Kashmir. Also,…

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US pull out from Afghanistan may push some militants into Kashmir: Indian Army

The Army has said that the US pull out from Afghanistan may push some militants into Kashmir, but the security forces are ready to tackle any situation. Lt. General Davendra Pratap Pandey, the GoC of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, made the remarks while speaking to reporters on Friday on the sidelines of a passing out parade at the JAKLI regimental centre here. “Some people who are fond of so-called Azadi must ponder over what is the situation across the LoC and in Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Whatever happened 30 year ago caused huge distress to the people of Kashmir. Yes, there is a possibility that US forces pull out from Afghanistan may push some militants into Kashmir, but the situation is not what it was 30 years ago,” he said. “We are ready and fully geared up to foil all bids and to face every challenge whether…

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Twitter Locked Ravi Shankar Prasad’s Account Over Use Of AR Rahman Song

The response came after the Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called out the micro-blogging platform for blocking his account without any prior information, calling it a ‘gross violation’ of IT guidelines by Twitter. Twitter has responded to the matter of temporarily restricting Union Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s access to his Twitter account. The micro-blogging platform clarified that it was done due to a DMCA notice, adding that it responds to valid copyright complaints. A Twitter spokesperson informed that the tweet in question has been withheld. “We can confirm that the Honourable Minister’s account access was temporarily restricted due to a DMCA notice only, and the referenced Tweet has been withheld. As per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives,” the spokesperson said. The company’s submission on a…

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ED Summons Anil Deshmukh

Reacting to the ED raid on Anil Deshmukh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar alleged and hinted at central agencies being misused by “those who are in power”. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday summoned Maharashtra’s former home minister Anil Deshmukh to appear before it at around 11 am. Before this, ED arrested two aides of former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, officials informed. The probe agency on Friday raided several premises in Mumbai and Nagpur, in connection with the alleged money laundering case against the politician related to a Rs 100 crore bribery charges. Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde were arrested after about nine hours of questioning, under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Officials alleged that the two were not cooperating during the questioning that took place at the central probe agency’s office in Ballard Estate…

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MP Mimi’s Health Deteriorates

TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty had taken the first dose of Covid vaccine in Kasba earlier this week, which was later revealed to be a fake camp. Trinamool Congress MP, Mimi Chakraborty is undergoing medical treatment at home after she started feeling pain in the stomach since early morning. Her health has deteriorated since she took the covid 19 vaccine at a fake vaccination camp in Kasba earlier this week. She has been suffering from problems with her gall bladder. On the other hand, the accused Debanjan Deb who claimed himself to be an IAS officer with the Government of West Bengal has been arrested for forgery and various illegal activities. Deb had organised two fake vaccination camps, one in Kasba, the other at Amherst street. Mimi got jabbed at the centre at Kasba on Wednesday. The matter came to light after Chakraborty, who was…

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Goa-bound Rajdhani Express derails

Goa-bound Rajdhani Express from Hazrat Nizamuddin derailed inside a tunnel in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra early on Saturday. Goa-bound Rajdhani Express from Hazrat Nizamuddin derailed inside a tunnel in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra early on Saturday, but there was no report of injury to any passenger, an official said. The train – 02414 – was going to Madgaon in Goa when it derailed inside Karbude tunnel, approximately 325 kms from Mumbai, around 4.15 am, a spokesperson of the Konkan Railway, which operates the route, said. A boulder had fallen on the tracks, which led to the derailment, he said. “The front wheel of the locomotive of Rajdhani superfast train derailed in Karbude tunnel located between Ukshi and Bhoke stations in Ratnagiri region of the Konkan Railway,” the official said. A rail maintenance vehicle (RMV) has reached the site and an accident relief medical van (ARMV) having re-railing equipment has left for…

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’50 Cases Of Delta Plus Covid Variant Detected In 11 States’, Reveals Centre

“Wherever you find a cluster, you have to contain it,” Dr. Balram Bhargava said on Friday. The Centre on Friday informed that 50 cases of the Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 have been recorded across 11 states so far, they also stated that the maximum number of these cases have come from Maharashtra.  The government, however, said that at this time the spread is still ‘very localised’. While addressing a press conference, Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Dr Balram Bhargava, said that the ‘delta plus’ variant cases had also been reported from 12 other countries. “Wherever you find a cluster, you have to contain it,” Dr Balram Bhargava was quoted as saying by ANI. ANI sources also said that two deaths in Madhya Pradesh have been reported so far as a result of the Delta variant, they hadn’t been administered the…

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PM Modi to review Ayodhya development plan in virtual meet with Yogi Adityanath

Last year on August 5, Prime Minister Modi had visited Ayodhya to attend the ‘Bhoomi pujan’ at the Ram Janmbhoomi site. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review the future vision of Ayodhya’s development today in a virtual meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Sources had confirmed on Friday that the future vision includes modernisation, roads, infrastructure, railway station, airport and other several pending projects. Earlier in February this year, Adityanath had said that the state government’s proposal for an international airport in Ayodhya has been approved by the Centre. “UP government’s proposal for an international airport in Ayodhya has been approved by the Centre. About Rs 1,000 crore has been allocated to the district administration by the state government. The Central government has disbursed Rs 250 crore,” the chief minister had said. Speaking about tourism and pilgrimage in Ayodhya, the chief minister…

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India logs 48,698 new COVID cases, over 64,000 recoveries in past 24 hours

A study, based on mathematical modelling analysis published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) has suggested the third wave of COVID-19 , if it occurs, is unlikely to be as severe as the second wave. India recorded 48,698 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 1,183 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday, the country saw a total of 64,818 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery to 2,91,93,085. The total cases of COVID-19 in India have now mounted to 3,01,83,143 with 5,95,565 active cases, the data showed. The total death toll in the country is now at 3,94,493. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and…

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7 months of stir: Protesting farmers plan march to Raj Bhawans

7 months of stir: Protesting farmers plan march to Raj Bhawans today; security tightened Farmers have been protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. They have been camping at Delhi borders since November last year, demanding the withdrawal of these three laws and that a new law be made to guarantee minimum support price (MSP) for their crops. Farmers from Haryana are all set to march to the Governor’s house today and submit a memorandum to mark the completion of seven months of their agitation against the Centre’s three new agri-marketing laws. The memorandum to the President will be sent through the Governor, said the BKU (Chaduni), a farmer union part of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leading…

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What is delimitation? It means a lot for Jammu and Kashmir

Noting that the government’s priority is to “strengthen grassroots democracy” in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said delimitation has to happen at a quick pace so that assembly polls can take place and an elected government gives strength to the development trajectory. The Prime Minister, who interacted with leaders from Jammu and Kashmir at a meeting convened by him, said that the meeting was an important step in the ongoing efforts towards a developed and progressive region where all-around growth is furthered. This was the first such meeting since the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the bifurcation of the state into two union territories in August 2019. What Is Delimitation? The term delimitation refers to the redrawing of boundaries of an assembly or Lok Sabha constituency which ultimately reflects the changes to the population of a…

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China Demands Nobel Prize For Wuhan Lab Research, Netizens Call It ‘Height Of Shamelessness’

The Chinese minister’s statement comes amid the lab being nominated for the country’s top science award for its role in identifying the genome of the virus. Even as the Chinese Wuhan Lab remained at the centre of controversy ever since the outbreak of Covid-19, the Chinese ministry has now gone ahead to demand that its laboratory be awarded the prestigious Nobel prize for contribution to the research of the coronavirus. The China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson Zhau Lijian insisted that China’s Wuhan Lab deserve a Nobel Prize in Medicine for studying the coronavirus. The minister’s statement comes amid the lab being nominated for China’s top science award. The Chinese Academy of Sciences selected the Wuhan Institute of Virology for its ‘Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize’ in 2021 for its role in identifying the genome of the virus. There have been several hypothesis regarding…

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ED raids Anil Deshmukh’s premises

The Enforcement Directorate on Friday conducted searches at the premises of NCP leader and former Maharashtra Home minister Anil Deshmukh in Nagpur and Mumbai. The raids were conducted as part of a money laundering probe against Deshmukh.   The Enforcement Directorate on Friday conducted searches at the premises of NCP leader and former Maharashtra Home minister Anil Deshmukh in Nagpur and Mumbai. The raids were conducted as part of a money laundering probe against Deshmukh. Searchers are being carried out under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The locations include the NCP leader’s residence in Nagpur. The agency had earlier registered a criminal case under the anti-money laundering law against Deshmukh and others last month after a recent CBI FIR. The ED case came about after the CBI first carried out a preliminary enquiry followed by filing a regular case on…

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No O2 Audit Report Exists : Sisodia

Presenting the Delhi government’s response to BJP’s allegations, Manish Sisodia said: “We spoke to members of the audit committee who say that we haven’t signed any report or approved it”. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia lashed out at Bharatiya Janata Party over its allegations on an audit report about the national capital’s Oxygen requirement amid Covid second wave. The report is informed to have stated that the government demanded up to 4 times more Oxygen supply than needed. Manish Sisodia claimed that the “alleged” report does not exist. Presenting the Delhi government’s response to BJP’s allegations, Manish Sisodia said: “We spoke to members of the audit committee who say that we haven’t signed any report or approved it”. “Where has this report come from? I ask BJP leaders to calm down and ask themselves where is this report, based on which they are levelling…

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BJP blasts Kejriwal over oxygen

BJP has launched a scathing attack on Delhi government after a Supreme Court panel’s report said that Arvind Kejriwal exaggerated oxygen need by four times during the second wave of pandemic. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched a scathing attack on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi after a Supreme Court panel’s report said that the city government exaggerated oxygen need by four times during the second wave of pandemic.  “It is unbelievable to see that Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi government politicised oxygen supply when COVID was at its peak. This is such petty politics. The data presented by Oxygen Audit Committee in the report is shocking,” Patra said while addressing the media here on Friday. “Due to this lie of Arvind Kejriwal, oxygen supply was affected in 12 states,” he said Patra said that oxygen tankers remained on the roads of…

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Delhi Govt Exaggerated Oxygen Requirement By 4 Times Amid Covid Second Wave: SC Audit Committee

On May 8, the Supreme Court had formed a 12-member task force to improve the oxygen distribution system in the country. A separate sub-group was formed for Delhi. During the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic, Delhi exaggerated its oxygen requirement which could have adversely affected the oxygen supply of other states, the committee constituted for the Oxygen Audit of Delhi stated. According to the committee, the demand for oxygen placed by the Delhi government between April 25 and May 10 can be up to 4 times more than the actual requirement. On May 8, the Supreme Court had formed a 12-member task force to improve the oxygen distribution system in the country. A separate sub-group was formed for Delhi which includes AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, Max Healthcare’s Sandeep Budhiraja along with senior IAS officers from the Centre and Delhi each. The Petroleum and Oxygen…

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China launches first bullet train in Tibet, close to Arunachal Pradesh border

China on Friday operationalised its first fully electrified bullet train in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet, connecting the provincial capital Lhasa and Nyingchi. China on Friday operationalised its first fully electrified bullet train in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet, connecting the provincial capital Lhasa and Nyingchi, a strategically located Tibetan border town close to Arunachal Pradesh. The 435.5-km Lhasa-Nyingchi section of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway has been inaugurated ahead of the centenary celebrations of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) on July 1. The first electrified railway in Tibet Autonomous Region opened Friday morning, linking Lhasa with Nyingchi as “Fuxing” bullet trains enter official operation on the plateau region, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into Tibet after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. It will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the world’s…

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COVID: Recoveries continue to outnumber new cases

The total cases of COVID-19 in India have now mounted to 3,01,34,445 with 6,12,868 active cases, the data showed. The total death toll in the country is now at 3,93,310. India recorded 51,667 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 1,329 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours.  According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Friday, the country saw a total of 64,527 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery to 2,91,28,267. The total cases of COVID-19 in India have now mounted to 3,01,34,445 with 6,12,868 active cases, the data showed. The total death toll in the country is now at 3,93,310.  India has become the second country after the US to record more than three crore cases of Covid. India added one crore cases in the last 50 days. This is the…

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‘Dark days of Emergency can never be forgotten’: PM Modi reminds Congress its sins

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the dark days marked by the Emergency “can never be forgotten” as he reminded the Congress party of its sins. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the dark days marked by the Emergency “can never be forgotten” as he reminded the Congress party of its sins. He also pledged to strengthen India’s democratic spirit and live up to the values enshrined in the Constitution. “The #DarkDaysOfEmergency can never be forgotten. The period from 1975 to 1977 witnessed systematic destruction of institutions. Let us pledge to do everything possible to strengthen India’s democratic spirit, and live up to the values enshrined in our Constitution,” the Prime Minister said in a Twitter post on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the Emergency. “This is how Congress trampled over our democratic ethos. We remember all those…

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HC grants interim relief to Twitter

Maheshwari’s counsel told the Karnataka High Court that he is an employee of the organisation and has nothing to do with the offence. The Karnataka High Court, on Thursday, granted interim relief to Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari and directed the Ghaziabad Police not to take any coercive steps against him. The court was hearing Maheshwari’s petition against the notice issued by Ghaziabad, UP Police under Section 41A of CrPC in the Loni case in which an elderly man was allegedly beaten for refusing to say Jai Shri Ram. The High Court said that that if Ghaziabad Police wants to examine Twitter MD, then it can do so through virtual mode. Earlier, Manish Maheshwari’s counsel told the Karnataka High Court that he is an employee of the organisation and has nothing to do with the offence.

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Why was Jammu and Kashmir statehood removed, country’s name tarnished : Mamata

Mamata Banerjee questions the removal of Jammu and Kashmir statehood West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday slammed the Centre over PM Modi’s meeting with J-K political leaders saying the country’s name was tarnished globally when J-K statehood was revoked. “I don’t know what was the need for removing the statehood in the first place. Country’s name was tarnished globally due to that move,” Mamata Banerjee said. She further added that anyone who questions BJP is called an anti-national. A crucial all-party meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and politicians of different parties in Jammu and Kashmir to discuss the road ahead is being held in the national capital after almost two years of the erstwhile state lost its special status. However, there is no specific agenda for the meeting that started at PM’s 7 Lok Kalyan Marg residence at 3 pm. Leaders participating…

Business

Reliance AGM 2021: ‘RIL Consolidated Revenue Of Rs 5,40,000 Cr

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) shares opened in red ahead of its 44th annual general meeting on Thursday. Shares of India’s most valued firm were trading down 0.7% or Rs 15 at Rs 2190 in a firm Mumbai market.  Reliance’s billionaire chairperson Mukesh Ambani on Thursday revealed that the consolidated revenue of RIL was nearly Rs 5,40,000 crore. The consolidated EBITDA was nearly Rs 98,000 crore, and almost 50 percent of the EBITDA was contributed by consumer businesses. Even in a challenging environment, RIL’s performance continued to be outstanding, he said. “We are amongst the highest payers of GST and VAT at Rs 85360 crore. We are also among the highest payers of income tax. Reliance successfully carried out the largest ever capital by any company globally in a year withstanding the common challenges,” the Billionaire added. “Our net profit for the year was Rs…

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Reliance Jio announces JioPhone Next with Android: Price, specifications

ioPhone Next has been announced at the Reliance Industries 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM). The announcement was made by Mukesh Ambani on Thursday. The company announced a partnership with Google last year and the new JioPhone Next is a result of that partnership. The entry-level smartphone comnes with an optimised version of Android.  As for the features, the JioPhone Next comes with the Google Play Store, which means the users will be able to install all of their favourite apps. The operating system also brings features like voice assistant, automatic read-aloud of screen text, and language translation.  Mukesh Ambani at the AGM said, “India still has nearly 300 million mobile users who are unable to escape from inefficient and exorbitant 2G services… because even a basic 4G smartphone remains unaffordable for these users. Last year… Sundar and I had talked about Google and Jio co-developing a…

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‘Political differences aside, everyone must work in national interest’: PM at J-K meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who convened a crucial meeting of political bigwigs from all major parties from Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, stressed that holding assembly elections just like the successful conduct of DDC elections will be a priority. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who convened a crucial meeting of 14 political bigwigs from all major parties from Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, called upon all leaders to keep aside differences and work in national interest for the benefit of the people. This is the first interaction between the central leadership and the mainstream parties since August 5, 2019, when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated it into union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. ‘CONDUCTING SUCCESSFUL ELECTIONS ON PRIORITY’ Sources said, Modi stressed that holding assembly elections just like the successful conduct of DDC elections…

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Reliance AGM: JioPhone Next, $15 billion deal with Aramco – Big announcements by Mukesh Ambani

Saudi Aramco chairman and head of Kingdom’s cash-rich wealth fund PIF, Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan will be on the board of Reliance Industries. He will be an independent director. Reliance AGM Updates: Addressing the Reliance Industries Ltd’s (RIL) 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually, Mukesh Ambani on Thursday welcomed Saudi Aramco chairman and head of Kingdom’s cash-rich wealth fund PIF, Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan on the board of Reliance Industries. He will be an independent director in a precursor to a USD 15 billion deal between RIL and Saudi Aramco.  Ambani also announced the launc of JIOPHONE NEXT, a smartphone jointly developed by Google and Reliance Jio. Ambani, who had two years back disclosed talks to sell a 20 per cent stake in the company’s oil-to-chemical (O2C) unit to Saudi Aramco, announced the appointment of Al-Rumayyan at the company’s annual meeting of shareholders. Harvard educated, Al-Rumayyan, 51,…

Business PSU

Supreme Court order on interest waiver: PSU Banks may have to take Rs 2,000 cr hit

Public sector banks may have to bear a burden of Rs 1,800-2,000 crore arising due to a recent Supreme Court judgement on the waiver of compound interest on all loan accounts which opted for moratorium during March-August 2020, sources said. The judgement covers loans above Rs 2 crore as loans below this got blanket interest on interest waiver in November last year. Compound interest support scheme for loan moratorium cost the government Rs 5,500 crore during 2020-21 and the scheme covered all borrowers including the prompt one who did not avail moratorium. According to banking sources, initially 60 per cent of borrowers availed moratorium and gradually the percentage came down to 40 per cent and even less as collection improved with ease in lockdown. In case of corporate, this was as low as 25 per cent as far as public sector banks were concerned.…

Start Ups Technology

Itel likely to launch 4K Android TVs in India in July

Itel is expected to unveil a range of new 4K Android TVs in July for Indian consumers. It has revealed some of the important features of the new television range. Here is what we know so far. The new television will have a big screen and ultra-bright display. We can certainly expect a 55-inch variant. However, there could be other sizes as well, industry sources told IANS on Tuesday. The new android television portfolio is likely to be aesthetically better and will come equipped with better technological features such as a better processor, powerful sound quality through 24W Dolby audio along with the latest android version. It is expected that the latest Android TVs will target the upper-middle-income group, residing across the country who are quality seekers and are looking for an upgrade or planning to buy an additional TV in their house, sources…

Crypto Currency Technology

Finalising bill on cryptocurrencies, will come soon: Govt

The government informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that a bill on crypto currencies was being finalised and it will soon be sent to the Cabinet. Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance, said the government will soon bring a bill on crypto currencies as existing laws were “inadequate” to deal with issues concerning them.  Thakur, who was replying to a question in the Upper House, said regulatory bodies like RBI and Sebi do not have any legal framework to directly regulate crypto currencies as they are not currencies, assets, securities or commodities issued by identifiable users. “The existing laws are inadequate to deal with the subject,” he said. The government had formed an Inter-Ministerial Committee which has given its report on issues related to virtual currencies. There was also a meeting of the Empowered Technology Group. The Committee of Secretaries chaired by the…

Automobiles

Tata Motors, Tata Power jointly inaugurate solar carport in Pune

Tata Motors and Tata Power on Friday announced the inauguration of India’s largest Solar Carport in Pune, that is estimated to reduce 7,000 tons of carbon emissions annually. The 6.2 MWp solar carport deployed by Tata Power will generate 86.4 lakh kWh of electricity per year and is estimated to reduce 7,000 tons of carbon emissions annually and 1.6 lakh tons over its lifecycle, a regulatory filing said. “In line with Tata Group’s philosophy to promote green manufacturing, Tata Motors and Tata Power jointly inaugurated India’s largest grid-synchronized, behind-the-meter solar carport at the Tata Motors car plant in Chikhali, Pune,” it added. Spanning over 30,000 square meters, this carport will not only generate green power, but will also provide covered parking for finished cars in the plant. “We have always been conscious of the need to conserve energy and are committed towards achieving 100…

Science Technology

NASA sends squid from Hawaii into space for research

Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii are in space for study. The baby Hawaiian bobtail squid was raised at the University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory and was blasted into space earlier this month on a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station. Researcher Jamie Foster, who completed her doctorate at the University of Hawaii, is studying how spaceflight affects the squid in hopes of bolstering human health during long space missions, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. The squid has a symbiotic relationship with natural bacteria that help regulate their bioluminescence. When astronauts are in low gravity their body’s relationship with microbes changes, said University of Hawaii professor Margaret McFall-Ngai, who Foster studied under in the 1990s. “We have found that the symbiosis of humans with their microbes is perturbed in microgravity, and Jamie has shown that is true in squid,” said McFall-Ngai.…

New Products Technology

DoT allocates 5G trial spectrum to MTNL

The Department of Telecom on Wednesday allocated the spectrum for 5G field trials to the state-owned telecom firm MTNL with C-DoT as its technology partner, according to an official source. Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea were given the spectrum in May to conduct 5G trials across select cities in India. “(The) DoT has allocated spectrum to MTNL for 5G trials in Delhi. It will conduct trials in partnership with C-DoT,” the official source said. The state-owned telecom firm will conduct trials in the Najafgarh area of Delhi. According to the DoT, 5G technology is expected to deliver 10 times better download speed than that of 4G and up to three times greater spectrum efficiency. The duration of the trials at present is six months. This includes a time period of two months for procurement and the setting up of the equipment. Bharti…

Business Markets

Sensex jumps over 100 points in early trade; Nifty tops 15,800

Equity benchmark Sensex jumped over 100 points in early trade on Wednesday, tracking gains in index-heavyweights Infosys, HUL and Maruti, amid a positive trend in global equities. The 30-share BSE index was trading 145.45 points or 0.28 per cent higher at 52,734.16 in initial deals. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty advanced 49.70 points or 0.32 per cent to 15,822.45. IndusInd Bank was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising over 1 per cent, followed by Maruti, Titan, Tata Steel, HUL and Infosys. On the other hand, Kotak Bank, Asian Paints, UltraTech Cement and HCL Tech were among the laggards. In the previous session, Sensex settled 14.25 points or 0.03 per cent higher at 52,588.71, and Nifty rose 26.25 points or 0.17 per cent to close at 15,772.75 Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers in the capital market as they offloaded shares worth…

Business Economy

Shares worth Rs 5800 crore sold, ED says 40 pc of loss in PNB, Mallya bank fraud cases recovered

About 40 per cent of the money lost by banks in alleged frauds perpetrated by fugitive businessmen Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya has been recovered so far, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said after the sale of attached shares worth over Rs 5,800 crore on Wednesday. According to the agency, the latest sale proceeds take the total value of recovery to Rs 9,041.5 crore, or 40 per cent of the over Rs 22,000 crore allegedly defrauded by the trio. Commenting on the development, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted, “Fugitives & economic offenders will be actively pursued; their properties attached & dues recovered.” The three, who fled overseas as probe against them gathered pace, are being investigated by central investigative agencies such as the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after they were alleged to have cheated banks, and these frauds…

Games Sports

Javelin ace Neeraj Chopra to compete in Kuortane Games on Friday

Ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will be part of a highly competitive field at the Kuortane Games on Friday in Finland in a bid to further boost his confidence ahead of next month’s Tokyo Olympic Games. The Kuortane Games will be 23-year-old Chopra’s third competition on the European circuit. He has won gold medals in Lisbon on June 10 and in Karlstad on June 22. Chopra’s performance in both Lisbon and Karlstad Grand Prix was moderate though. The 2018 Jakarta Asian and Commonwealth Games champion’s personal best and national record is 88.07m, recorded in March in Patiala. In Lisbon, Chopra won gold with 83.18m while his best throw in Karlstad GP was 80.96m. India’s Olympic hopeful returned to international competition after nearly 18 months since qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games in January 2020 in South Africa due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Shivpal Singh…

Sports Tennis

Tokyo Olympics: Sania Mirza all set to make history at Games

For the better part of the last decade, Indian tennis has desperately tried to answer the question, ‘Who’s the next Sania Mirza?’ Even as the hunt is on, the woman herself isn’t even close to done. Mirza, 34, will become the first female athlete to represent India at four Olympics when she competes at Tokyo 2020, slated to get underway on July 23. “I have had an amazing career,” said Mirza told Olympics.com. “It’s just about believing in yourself and believing in your abilities. I am in my 30s and I’m still here! I don’t really think too much about it (how long I will play). I take it day by day, I don’t really think too far into the future.” After giving birth to her first child, Izhaan, in 2018, Mirza made a winning comeback in January last year as she won the…

Football Sports

Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo equals all-time international goals record

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hot form at the ongoing Euro 2020 continued on Wednesday night as his two goals from the spot helped Portugal clinch a tournament-saving 2-2 draw against current world champions Portugal in the group of death in Budapest. While the team finished third in the group behind France and Germany and qualified as one of the four best third-place team, the Juventus forward goal-scoring spree helped him achieve something major. The brace took Ronaldo’s goal tally to five in the tournament but 109 for the national team; helping him equal the all-time most international goal record held by Iran’s Ali Daei. The 36-year-old veteran football reached the milestone in 178 appearances for the Selecao in comparison to Daei’s 149. Ronaldo’s five goals in the group stages took his overall tally in the European Championship to 14 and is five more than France legend Michel Platini.…

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They’re the best in our history: Richard Hadlee lauds Kane Williamson’s world-beaters

New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets to be crowned the first-ever world Test champions in Southampton on Wednesday night, their first ever ICC title. Sir Richard Hadlee has hailed Kane Williamson‘s world Test champion side as the best in New Zealand’s cricketing history, describing its performances in the past two years as simply “outstanding”. New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets to be crowned the first-ever world Test champions in Southampton on Wednesday night, their first ever ICC title. “This is a special day in the history of NZ cricket, a day to celebrate the magnificent achievement of winning the inaugural World Test Championship,” Hadlee said in a statement. “It was a thrilling Test match, with twists and turns throughout…it was a dominant BLACKCAPS performance over a very good Indian team. Over the years NZC have built a significant depth of players, which makes…

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India’s defeat in World Test Championship final highlights batting frailties

Not once, but twice were they in a position to put pressure on New Zealand after the bowlers impressively pulled back things in their favour. But as Kohli admitted, it was the batting frailties that cost them the title Before the start of the reserve sixth day under the bright Southampton sky, ICC had tweeted a video of the Indian skipper, captioning, “The many faces of Virat Kohli!” None of it summed up the fate India incurred at the Rose Bowl Arena the same evening. The one that did was of Kohli, his face sunk between his palms when Jasprit Bumrah dropped the skier from Kane Williamson. But when the inevitable happened, Kohli was gracious in defeat. The camera caught him shaking hands with his teammates first before walking over to Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson to congratulate them. India were well in the contest and insight of grabbing the…

International

Political Turmoil In Pakistan Ahead Of PM Modi’s Meet On J&K? Imran Khan Reaches ISI Headquarters

Pakistan is closely monitoring the ongoing activities regarding Kashmir in India and is worried over the smooth functioning of the government in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan has also written several letters to the United Nations regarding Kashmir, but the UN did not consider it. Questions are also being raised in Pakistan on Pakistan’s strategy regarding Kashmir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold an all-party meeting with the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir today. There are reports of panic in Pakistan ahead of this meeting held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the headquarters of the intelligence agency ISI yesterday. The meeting was attended by Imran Khan, the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, and senior officers of ISI.  This is Imran Khan’s second visit to the ISI headquarters within a month. According to sources, the meeting was held by…

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Calcutta HC reserves judgement on Nandigram counting result

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday reserved the judgment on a plea of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee challenging Nandigram election results. The Calcutta High Court on Thursday reserved the judgment on a plea of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee challenging Nandigram election results. The Chief Minister also appeared for the hearing virtually. A bench of Justice Kausik Chanda said the petitioner has full right to move for recusal and rest assured, the matter will be decided judicially. Justice Chanda asked Singhvi if he is aware of BJP’s organizational structure. In reply to Justice Chanda, Singhvi said, “I have many friends in BJP. I am broadly aware.” To this, Justice Chanda said he is recalling the case. The petitioner’s lawyer Singhvi mentioned instances that shows Justice Chanda has connections with BJP and mention a case where the Judge moved the intervention application…

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SCO countries pledge to cooperate against terrorism, radicalism in NSA meeting

During the SCO meet in Dushanbe on Wednesday, NSA of member countries pledged cooperation in the joint fight against international terrorism, extremism and separatism. During the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet in Dushanbe on Wednesday, National Security Advisors of member countries pledged cooperation in the joint fight against international terrorism, extremism and separatism. The NSAs of the SCO countries discussed cooperation against religious radicalism and the risks of increasing transnational organised crime, including arms and drug trafficking, as per exclusive details of the meeting. It was also stressed that the regional anti-terrorism structure of the SCO can play an important role in ensuring regional security and strengthening ties between member states in combating threats and challenges of the modern world. The meeting also discussed cooperation between member states in ensuring reliable information security, the joint fight against cybercrime and the issues of biological security…

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New universal coronavirus vaccine may help prevent future pandemics

To prevent a future coronavirus pandemic, the team designed the vaccine to provide protection from the current SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and a group of coronaviruses known to make the jump from animals to humans.   Scientists have developed a universal vaccine that protected mice not just against COVID-19 but also other coronaviruses while triggering the immune system to fight off a dangerous variant. While no one knows which virus may cause the next outbreak, researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) in the US noted that coronaviruses remain a threat after causing the SARS outbreak in 2003 and the global COVID-19 pandemic. To prevent a future coronavirus pandemic, the team designed the vaccine to provide protection from the current SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and a group of coronaviruses known to make the jump from animals to humans. The study, published in the journal Science, looked at…