Sepp Blatter. (Getty Images)GENEVA: Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is the target of a new investigation in Switzerland for suspected criminal mismanagement of a $1 million payment from soccer funds. Blatter has been notified by Swiss federal prosecutors he is an ``accused person'' over a loan FIFA gave in 2010 to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association, according to a document seen by The Associated Press. The 84-year-old Blatter has denied any wrongdoing during decades of financial scandals linked to soccer's world governing body, though he was banned from the presidency and now risks being brought to trial in his home country. The payment from a FIFA account on April 13, 2010, was interest-free, unsecured and later waived as a
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday tore into the Delhi government for the pathetic condition of public hospitals. The court cited low number of daily tests, improper treatment of Covid- 19 patients, undignified handling of dead patients’ bodies and denial of salaries to doctors to question the government’s claims of its preparedness to fight the pandemic. The apex court observed that the situation was grim in Maharashtra, Gujarat and West Bengal too, and issued notices to the chief secretaries of the four states, ordering them to give reports on hospitals, patient care and details of staff and infrastructure by Wednesday. About Delhi, the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay K Kaul and M R Shah said, “Look at
CHENNAI: Former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie feels the biggest challenge that fast bowlers will face due to the saliva ban is to get rid of the old habit of subconsciously licking their fingers while walking back to the bowling mark. The ICC on Tuesday said that it has decided to ban the use of saliva to shine the ball in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. "I think the biggest issue we are going to see is the habits of cricketers and habits of fast bowlers. A bowler walking back to his mark, subconsciously, might just lick his fingers and apply it to the ball because a bowler has done that since he was a kid. It's just a habit,"
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, becoming the latest top political figure to contract Covid-19 that has claimed 2,551 lives and infected 132,405 people in the country. Gilani, 67, tested positive after attending a hearing of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a corruption case. On Thursday, Shehbaz Sharif, chief of the Opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), tested positive for the coronavirus after he appeared before the NAB in a money laundering case. Gilani's son Kasim Gilani announced on Twitter that the former premier had tested positive for the coronavirus. "Thank you Imran Khan's govt and National Accountability Bureau! You have successfully put my father's life in danger. His COVID-19
Haaland returns to Dortmund squad after knee injuryNorwegian teenager Erling Braut Haaland is set to return from a knee injury for Borussia Dortmund's trip to Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday after missing the past two games. "He's been training since Wednesday, and did everything during the session. It's going very well for him," Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said. Haaland, 19, has scored 10 goals in 11 Bundesliga outings since his January arrival from Salzburg. He was sidelined for recent wins over Paderborn and Hertha Berlin.
BEIJING: Four people were killed and over 50 others injured when an oil tanker exploded on an expressway in East China's Zhejiang province on Saturday. The explosion damaged nearby residential houses and factory workshops in Tai Zhou city, local authorities said. According to the state-run China Daily, four people were killed and over 50 injured in the blast. Video posted online by the state-run CGTN TV showed debris of the exploded vehicle flying all around, causing extensive damage to the neighbouring residential units. Several cars and vehicles around the area also caught fire following the explosion. The accident occurred on the highway, leading to the closure of many entrances. Rescue work is underway.
NEW DELHI: Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) has released the schedule for holding the admission test for Class 6th for the academic year 2020-21. On the basis of entrance test, the candidates will be granted admissions in the state run Netarhat Residential School, Netarhat/ Indira Gandhi Girls School, Hazaribagh. JAC Class VI Admission 2020: Important DatesS. No. Event Date 1 Application registration opening date 13.06.2020 2 Last date to apply online 02.07.2020 3 Start of application fee deposit date 15.06.2020 4 Last date to pay application fee online 03.07.2020 5 Date of submission of application form including fee Block Education Extension Office at District Education Office 15.06.2020 6 Last date of submission of application
LONDON: Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is adamant Pakistan's upcoming tour of England amid the coronavirus pandemic is not dependent upon a return visit. Next month international cricket is set to resume for the first time since the outbreak as England host the West Indies in a three-Test series staged behind closed doors. Pakistan are also meant to play three Tests, as well as three Twenty20s, in a series scheduled to start on August 5, although the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have still to confirm the dates. Major international teams stopped touring Pakistan after Sri Lanka's team bus was attacked by armed militants in Lahore in 2009 and, although some have returned recently, it is 15 years since England last
Sarfaraz Ahmed (Getty Images)KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, who has made a surprise comeback nearly eight months after his ouster, has said that the PCB left it to the players to make the final call on travelling to England for the Test and T20 series. "PCB CEO, Wasim Khan spoke individually to each player and made it clear that if we had any reservations about going to England in the Covid-19 situation we should let him know without any fear. "He left the final call to us and obviously all of us must have spoken to our families before deciding to go," he said in a media interaction on Saturday. Batsman Haris Sohail is the only player to have
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday hit out at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over suicide by farmers and migrant labourers, saying he talks about "mapping" but the poor don't find a place on that map. Tagging four media reports on farmers and workers' suicides with a post on Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi said in Bundelkhand four farmers and labourers committed suicide in the last one week. Migrant workers who returned from other states were among those who ended their lives, she said. "UP CM and officials sitting in Lucknow are daily talking about getting mapping done. Sadly, these farmers and migrant labourers do not have a place in their map," the Congress general secretary in-charge
LONDON: The official birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, celebrated with a grand Trooping of the Colour event every year during the second weekend of June, was marked with a new low-key ceremony on Saturday as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The monarch, who turned 94 in April, was honoured on the grounds of Windsor Castle - where she is self-isolating with 99-year-old husband Prince Philip - with a small number of Welsh Guardsmen and military musicians. They gathered, observing the two-metre social distancing norms in place to curb the spread of the deadly virus, to mark the event with a royal salute for the monarch, followed by military drills and then a march on the castle grounds.
Disha was born in Bareilly and was the first runner-up of Femina Miss India, Indore in 2013. Soon after her stint in modelling, she got an opportunity to debut in Puri Jagannadh's Loafer (2015). Seen here in this picture, Disha at the Q&A round of Femina Miss India , Indore 2013 where she stole the judges’ hearts with her beauty and simplicity.
NEW DELHI: Australia and South Africa have played some of the most memorable encounters in ODI cricket. While the match that would pop into most fans' minds between the two giants of the game would be the famous 2006 ODI at the Wanderers, there was also the 1999 World Cup semi-final which is seen as the start of South Africa's tendency to choke in big ICC tournaments. Before that match however was another thriller between the two sides in the Super Six stage. As is often the case in fiercely contested matches, it was slim margins that separated the two sides and one of these factors was Herschelle Gibbs' dropped catch that gave Australia's talismanic skipper Steve Waugh a lease
PARIS: French tennis announced a cautious step out of the coronavirus lockdown on Saturday with the announcement of the return of professional tournaments in July including a mini-tour on the Riviera. The idea of a small tour in the south has been pushed for a while by former French professional Thierry Ascione and it will be "created and organised" by the French Tennis Federation (FFT) as the "Challenge Elite FFT". It will be made up of three tournaments with events in Nice (July 6-11), Cannes (July 13-18), and Villeneuve-Loubet (July 20-25). The events will be open to 24 men and 12 women. Most of the places will be reserved for players whose rankings would, at the least, allow them to
NEW DELHI: The loss of smell (anosmia) or loss of taste (ageusia) were on Saturday added to the list of Covid-19 symptoms by the Union ministry of health. The decision was taken after the issue was discussed at a meeting of the National Task Force on Covid-19 held last Sunday. Other common symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, expectoration, myalgia, sore throat and diarrhea. According to an expert, even though the symptom is not specific to Covid-19 as one may suffer from loss of smell and taste when they have flu or influenza, it could be one of the early signs of the onset of the disease and prompt detection may help in early treatment. The US'
KABUL: Seven police officers were killed when their checkpoint was attacked in central Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday, blaming the Taliban for the assault. The attack happened late on Friday in Pasaband district of Ghor province, said district police chief Fakhruddin, who goes by one name. "They killed seven police officers and wounded one. One policemen is missing," he said, adding that the suspected Taliban attackers had seized guns and ammunition. The attack was confirmed by the deputy governor of Ghor, Habibullah Radmanish, who also blamed the insurgent group. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which came hours after four people were killed in a blast at a mosque in Kabul during Friday prayers. The latest bloodshed
JAIPUR: Deputy leader of opposition in Rajasthan assembly, Rajendra Rathore, on Saturday targeted the ruling Congress, alleging that the state government is tapping the opposition members' phone calls in the garb of a probe into the alleged cash transfer for poaching MLAs. "By ordering an investigation by the ACB and SOG, the Gehlot government is tapping phone calls of the opposition members. I think there is no need to be worried. If the people sitting in the government have any evidence, they should disclose it," Rathore told reporters. Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday had said a complaint has been lodged with the Special Operations Group (SOG) for probe into cash transfers for poaching MLAs. He had said
DEHRADUN: The military talks between India and China over the eastern Ladakh row have been "very fruitful", and both the armies are "disengaging" in a phased manner beginning from Galwan Valley, Army Chief Gen M M Naravane said on Saturday, in first official confirmation of mutual pulling back of troops from the region. The Chief of Army Staff also said "the entire situation" has been under control along India's borders with China and exuded confidence that the ongoing dialogue will "settle" all the perceived differences over the de-facto Sino-India boundary. Gen Naravane was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the passing out parade of the Indian Military Academy. "Both sides are disengaging in a phased manner. We have
LONDON: Euro T20 Slam organisers are looking to stage the inaugural edition of the showpiece event in Ireland later this year. The tournament which features six city-based franchise teams was postponed in 2019 due to financial concerns. However, the organiser remains optimistic that they may be able to take advantage of the lack of cricket elsewhere in the world and are scheduling it to run with a start date of August 20, with the intention of Malahide hosting all games, ESPNcricinfo reported. The final decision is expected to be taken on June 18. The showpiece event plans to feature two sides from each of the Netherlands, Ireland, and Scotland. Moreover, English counties players could feature in Euro Slam if they
ISLAMABAD: Pakistans latest Economic Survey has revealed that the country is bracing towards a massive and widespread joblessness due to the lockdowns and restrictions, required to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Pakistan Economic Survey 2019-20 has estimated a staggering number of 1.4 million to 18.53 million people going jobless in the country. The survey maintains that the ongoing restrictions and lockdowns due to coronavirus may see at least 2.2 per cent of the country's employed workforce going jobless, while in case of a lockdown under limited restrictions, the numbers of joblessness in the country would hover around 1.4 million. In monetary terms, the overall job loss would interpret into at least PKR 23.6 billion. And in case of
Gautam Gambhir. (TOI Photo)NEW DELHI: Former opener Gautam Gambhir feels Indian players lack "mental toughness" to handle pressure in crunch situations and cannot call themselves world champions unless they prove themselves in big-ticket tournaments like the World Cup. India won the ODI World Cup twice in 1983 and 2011 but have been knocked out in the semifinal stage in four editions, including the last two editions in 2015 and 2019. In T20 World Cups, India had triumphed in the inaugural edition in 2007 and reached the final in 2014. "What sets you apart from being a good player to being a very very good player in a team squad is what you do on those crucial games. I think probably
PARIS: The French praised the altruism of their prized textile and luxury goods companies when production facilities got diverted from churning out the latest fashions to making cloth masks designed to protect the general public from the coronavirus. Now, the companies that helped France avoid a feared shortage of virus-filtering face wear for everyday use say they need help unloading a surplus of 20 million masks. They asked the French government for assistance promoting and finding buyers for the unsold output of the industry's national effort. Hundreds of textile and clothing manufacturers answered the government's call for millions of masks superior to homemade versions. President Emmanuel Macron last month sported a military-tested model embroidered with the
GANGTOK: The Sikkim government has deferred reopening of educational institutes by a month due to the COVID-19 outbreak and decided to resume classes in schools, colleges and universities in the first week of August this year, officials said. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting of the State Task Force presided over by Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Friday, they said. The educational institutes in the state were supposed to reopen from July 1. "There is a need for abundant precaution to resume educational activities in Sikkim in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases," the officials said. Sikkim has reported 63 coronavirus cases till Friday. The reopening of all schools, colleges, universities and teacher education institutes would be in compliance with the
(File photo)DETROIT: A US regulator ruled that India's Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd infringed upon the intellectual property rights of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's (FCA) Jeep brand, barring the sale of the vehicles in question. The International Trade Commission, in a decision released late Thursday, said Mahindra's Roxor off-road utility vehicle violated the "trade dress" of FCA's Jeep Wrangler SUV. The ITC issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting sale or import of the infringing vehicles and parts, as well as a cease and desist order to Mahindra and its North American unit. Trade dress consists of the unique characteristics that make a product stand apart and is generally accepted as identified with that product by the public. For example, FCA sees
AMARAVATI: E-counselling and interview-based admissions has started at SRM University, AP - Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, for School of Management - BBA (Hons) and School of Liberal Arts & Basic Sciences - B Sc (Hons) in Integrative Biology, Economics, Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and BA (Hon) in English and History due to COVID-19 pandemic. Aspiring students can apply and fill Application online visiting www.srmap.edu.in. The online process is made simple for candidates to upload all the required documents through the application portal. Selection would be based on eligibility, ZOOM, or tele-interview by faculty experts. On selection, the candidate can remit the fee online and download the Provisional Admission Letter (PAL). Scholarships will be offered to meritorious and deserving students in
BEIJING: An Australian national has been sentenced to death in China for drug trafficking, in a ruling that could further inflame tensions between Beijing and Canberra. Australia's foreign ministry said it was "deeply saddened" by the verdict and reiterated the country's opposition to capital punishment. The man, named in Chinese pinyin as "Kamu Jielaisibi" and identified by Australian media as Cam Gillespie, was handed the death penalty by Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court on Wednesday, according to a notice posted on the court website. The notice revealed no details about the defendant besides his Australian nationality. According to Chinese local media, the man was arrested at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, northwest of Hong Kong, in December 2013 with more than 7.5 kilograms
NEW DELHI: BJP president JP Nadda said on Saturday that public sector banks (PSB) have sanctioned loans worth Rs 24,260 crore to 5.46 lakh MSMEs under 100 per cent Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme within 14 days of the launch of the "Aatmanirbhar Bharat" campaign. "Within just 14 days since the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan was announced, PSBs have already sanctioned loans worth Rs 24,260 crore to about 5.46 lakh MSMEs under 100 per cent ECLGS. "I thank PM Narendra Modi and FM Nirmala Sitharaman for taking these bold and effective measures," he tweeted. The central government has launched the campaign to make India "self-reliant".
NAGPUR: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said the decision to hike the Minimum Support Price (MSP) was taken by the Cabinet and clarified that his remarks on decreasing MSP have been "falsely attributed" to him. "Union Cabinet under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership had decided to hike MSP. I have not made any statements about decreasing MSP. This has been falsely attributed to me and I feel bad about it. Farmers should stay away from wrong news. The Central government has always protected farmers and will continue doing so," Gadkari said. This comes in the backdrop of media reports quoting him that the government's minimum support prices for agriculture crops are way higher than domestic market prices and
(Representative image)BHOPAL: Tax evasion of Rs 225 crore has been detected by Central GST intelligence officers after they busted illegal pan masala manufacturing units in Indore and arrested three persons for their involvement in the huge racket. The officers of Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) conducted joint raids at 16 suspected illicit and undeclared warehouses and residential locations in Indore and Ujjain between Tuesday and Friday, an official statement issued on Saturday said. “Based on preliminary investigations by DGGI, it has been estimated that the accused persons and their associates have evaded GST of around Rs 225 crore on the goods sold illicitly during the period July, 2019 till March, 2020,” it
DUNEDIN: They call one section of the stadium The Zoo, and it's easy to see why: thousands of university students in team colors standing on their seats, steadying trays of beer, swaying to music and erupting with joy when their team scores. "Craziness," is how 20-year-old student Charlotte Power described the scene. "Dancing, partying. Hopefully no fights." New Zealand on Saturday became one of the first nations in the world to welcome hordes of fans back into a packed sports stadium, thanks to the country's remarkable success in eliminating the coronavirus. As countries try to reopen after lockdowns, the evening rugby match marked a milestone of sorts, and its importance wasn't lost on fans. After instituting a strict lockdown in
BHADERWAH: In the absence of high speed mobile internet services and few households having access to smartphones, the Jammu and Kashmir education department's initiative to start 'radio classes' is helping students in Doda district to complete their syllabus despite the coronavirus lockdown. The local station of All India Radio -- AIR Bhadarwah, which covers almost the entire Doda district, is airing one-and-a-half hours of educational content daily since May 29 on frequency 101 MHz. The students and their parents, especially those living in rural areas with very little income who could not afford private tuition, were a worried lot after all the schools were shut for a prolonged period due to the nationwide lockdown in March. The schools in
WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has postponed a controversial rally scheduled for the same day as a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US, following fierce criticism, he announced Friday. The "Make America Great Again" rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma had been due to mark Trump's return to the campaign trail, but he said on Twitter the event had been postponed "out of respect" for the June 19 "Juneteenth" holiday. Critics had slammed Trump's choice of Tulsa -- the site of one of the worst race riots in US history -- as anti-racism protests sweep the country following the death of George Floyd in police custody. "This isn't just a wink to white supremacists-he's throwing them a welcome home party," Senator
Jason Gillespie. (Getty Images) NAGPUR: Steve Waugh has achieved almost everything in his great career, except for a Test series win in India. He had named the 2001 India series as 'Final Frontier'. Australia lost the historic series after winning the first Test in Mumbai. Finally, Adam Gilchrist-led Australia accomplished the mission after a long 35 years in 2004. If Australia achieved the glory, a lot of credit should go to Jason Gillespie. The former pacer emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the series for Australia, picking up 20 wickets at an average of 16.15. Along with Glenn McGrath and Michael Karprowicz, Gillespie had choked the star-studded Indian batting line-up. The trio accounted for 43 out 68 wickets Australia had
HYDERABAD: Pharma major Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has entered into an agreement with US-based Gilead Sciences Inc to manufacture and sell Gilead’s investigational anti-viral drug Remdesivir, which was initially developed for Ebola but has now emerged as a potential treatment option for Covid-19. The non-exclusive licencing agreement will grant Dr Reddy’s the right to register, manufacture and sell Remdesivir in 127 countries including India, Dr Reddy’s said on Saturday. The Hyderabad-based drug giant said it will receive technology transfer from Gilead for manufacturing the drug and it would carry out the manufacturing scale up and obtain regulatory approval for marketing the drug in the respective countries. An investigational antiviral therapy developed by Gilead, Remdesivir got Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the
TUSCANY: Vespa in collaboration with Dior unveiled an exclusive Vespa 946 Christian Dior scooter on Saturday. The scooter comes with a range of matching accessories from Dior. These limited-edition creations will launch in spring 2021 in Dior boutiques around the world and subsequently in a selection of Piaggio Group’s Motoplex stores. The new model has been designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior women’s collections. The scooter is made in Italy, adhering to the exacting standards, commitment and precision of a couture atelier. The scooter echoes the design of the saddle, a top case patterned with the Dior Oblique motif – designed by Marc Bohan in 1967 – is specially designed to be fixed on the luggage rack,
KATHMANDU: Nepal's border guarding force on Saturday released the Indian national who was detained for allegedly trying to snatch a weapon from one of their personnel during an altercation which sparked tension on the Indo-Nepal border along Bihar's Sitamarhi district, an official said. The Nepalese Armed Police Force (NAPF) also returned the body of 27-year-old Bikesh Kumar Rai, who was shot dead by the force during the altercation. The NAPF on Friday opened fire on a crowd killing Rai and injuring two others and detained 45-year-old Lagan Yadav after the incident along the southern border. The NAPF released Yadav and handed him over to the Indian security forces at the no man's land at the Nayanapur Border Point, My
SHOPIAN (JAMMU AND KASHMIR): Acting on an intelligence input, Indian Army personnel launched an operation on Saturday in Maldera village of Shopian district to flush out terrorists holed up inside the region. "Joint Operation launched at forenoon today on intelligence input. Cordon was laid & contact established. A firefight ensued," tweeted Chinar Corps - Indian Army. The operation is still underway. More details in this regard are awaited.
NEW DELHI: Board of High School and Intermediate Education Uttar Pradesh (UPSEB) is likely to declare the Class 10th and 12th results on the last week of June. The UP Board result will be declared on June 27, stated the state Deputy Chief Minister Dr Dinesh Sharma. He said the evaluation process has been completed and the result will be declared on Saturday, June 27, 2020. This year total 56,11,072 candidates had registered for the board examinations. A total of 30,24,632 students were registered for high school where is 25,86,440 were for intermediate. The UP Board class 10th examinations were started from February 18 and concluded in a record 12 working days. The evaluation process was started from March 16 but
Pakistani investigators examine at the site of Friday's bomb explosion in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Saturday, June...Read MoreISLAMABAD: A powerful bomb blast has ripped through a crowded market in Pakistan's garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing one person and injuring 12 others including three children. The blast, triggered through an improvised explosive device containing 2-3 kgs of explosives, occurred late on Friday night at Kola Centre of Kabari Bazaar which is not very far from the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army. Police spokesperson Sajidul Hassan told Dawn News that initial reports suggest that the explosive material was attached to an electric pole. Properties around the site have been damaged in the blast which killed one person and injured 12, including three children.
PM's economic advisory council member Ashima Goyal (File photo)NEW DELHI: The government's Rs 20.97 lakh crore rescue package for the coronavirus-hit economy is not cast in iron and there is scope to fine-tune it, the PM's economic advisory council member Ashima Goyal said on Saturday. She also said the government has to kickstart demand to stimulate the economy. "The (economic) package is not cast-iron...there is scope to fine-tune the economic package," she said while addressing a virtual seminar organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Goyal, a part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM), added that much of the stimulus pertained to the financial sector and "sequencing of demand and supply is very
NEW DELHI: The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has decided to postpone the Company Secretaries (CS) Foundation, Executive, Professional programme and Post Membership Qualification exam again in view of Covid-19 pandemic. The ICSI exams, which were initially scheduled to be held in the month of June 2020, were earlier postponed to July due to lockdown. The Institute has now further rescheduled the ICSI CS exams. The exams will be held from August 18 to August 28, 2020. Revised Time Table for #CSExams (June – 2020 Session) to be held from 18th August, 2020 https://t.co/v4kALsp9FC— The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (@icsi_cs) 1592034501000 The decision to postpone the ICSI CS exams were taken a day after the institute warned
NEW DELHI: Amid a massive spurt in coronavirus cases in India, experts on Saturday came down hard on the ICMR for its sero-survey findings to assert that there was no community transmission of COVID-19, saying it was not reflective of the current situation and the government was showing "obstinacy" in accepting the truth. Emphasising that community transmission was on in many parts of the country, the experts asked the government to admit it so that people don't get complacent. The assertion by experts from the field of virology, public health and medicine came after Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) director general Balram Bhargava at a media briefing on Thursday said that India is definitely not in the community
HELSINKI/TEL AVIV: As many as 227 Indian nationals stranded in Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Latvia have been flown back home under the third phase of the mega evacuation exercise Vande Bharat. National carrier Air India on Friday evening operated its first passenger flight ever from the Finnish capital city Helsinki, bringing back the Indian citizens stranded in the four European countries due to the international travel restrictions following the coronavirus outbreak. Air India's Country Manager in Israel, Pankaj Tiwari, whose office coordinated the repatriation flight told PTI that the AI 1184 flight landed in New Delhi on Saturday. "The repatriation provided immense relief to stranded Indians, especially those who had come to Finland as tourists, business travellers, senior citizens
NEW DELHI: Lexus Motors will premiere 2021 IS on June 16, the company announced. The car launch was initially scheduled for June 9 but had to be deferred. Lexus announced the new date on Twitter along with a 5-second video revealing glimpses of the car. In the video, the new vehicle carries F-Sport badge and sleek metallic line for the windows. While, not much has been told about the mechanical information of the car. The premiere will reveal more about the power unit and transmission set of the 2021 Lexus IS. The new Lexus IS comes with sleek and thin tail lamps running across the entire rear of the car that gives it a sportier look. It will lock horns
KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Saturday said he has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first high-profile cricketer to be infected with the deadly virus. "I've been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I've been tested and unfortunately I'm covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah," Afridi announced on Twitter. I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covi… https://t.co/MgCg41apeL— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) 1592036700000Afridi played for Pakistan between 1998 and 2018, featuring in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20 Internationals.
NEW DELHI: About 56 per cent of children were found to have no access to smartphones which have emerged as essential tools for online learning during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, according to a new study that surveyed 42,831 students at various school levels. The study 'Scenario amidst COVID 19 - Onground Situations and Possible Solutions' was conducted by child rights NGO Smile Foundation with an aim of analysing the access to technology. The findings of the study showed that 43.99 per cent of surveyed children have access to smartphones and another 43.99 per cent of students have access to basic phones while 12.02 per cent do not have access to either smartphones or basic phones. A total of 56.01 per
(Photo credit: @ShimonSharif Twitter handle)KOLKATA: Shimon Sharif, the organiser of the proposed online shooting league that is set to start from July 4, on Saturday wrote to National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh asking him to reconsider the decision to not allow Indian shooters to take part in the first-of-its kind meet. The NRAI on Friday barred Indian shooters from participating in the online shooting league and also threatened disciplinary action for any shooter who takes part in the month-long affair. In an email to Singh, former India shooter Sharif said that the league is not a commercial venture and therefore Indian shooters should be allowed to take part in it as it is done to help
KATHMANDU: Police in Nepal arrested 10 people, including seven foreigners, on Saturday as demonstrations against the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis continued with hundreds of protesters gathering in the capital city Kathmandu, officials said. The Himalayan nation imposed a complete lockdown in March after reporting its second confirmed coronavirus case. But the number of infections have since increased to 5,062, with 16 deaths, and the government has come under fire for not doing enough to contain the outbreak. Covid-19: Latest updatesPolice officials said an estimated 1,000 people had gathered on a major thoroughfare in Kathmandu for the third day, where seven foreign nationals were arrested. More on Covid-19"The foreigners were arrested for interfering in Nepal's internal affairs," police official
NEW DELHI: Accusing the Congress of "defaming" the country, BJP leader and Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Saturday the opposition party remains "fixed in feudal family photo frame" and is unable to realise that India's DNA is full of tolerance and harmony. Speaking to reporters, the minority affairs minister said "ill-informed" leaders of the opposition party should know that the credo that "all living beings be happy" is India's legacy and cultural commitment. He was taking a swipe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who in a conversation with former US diplomat Nicholas Burns on Friday said the DNA of openness and tolerance that India and the US were known for has "disappeared", and those creating divisions are
If you're someone who's used way too many hair styling products and tools and hardly ever taken care of your hair in terms of nourishment, you'd know your hair quality has gone for a toss. And since this lockdown is a perfect time to give your hair a detox, we've got you a list of home remedies that you can put to use to bring some life back to your hair.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja. (Getty Images)NEW DELHI: Five centrally contracted Indian cricketers including Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul have been issued notices by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for failing to disclose their whereabouts as the BCCI cited "password glitch" as the reason for delay. The other players to have received the notice include women stars Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma, who are among the five cricketers in the 110 strong National Registered Testing Pool (NRTP). Speaking to PTI, NADA DG Navin Agarwal confirmed that BCCI has sent an official explanation for their five NRTP players' failure to submit whereabouts. "There are two ways to fill up the whereabouts form in the ADAMS (Anti Doping Administration & Management
NEW DELHI: ECB's $3 million loan to Cricket West Indies (CWI) was more of a helping hand in the times of COVID-19 pandemic and not a condition to tour England, the Caribbean board's president Ricky Skerritt has insisted. The three Tests between hosts England and the West Indies next month will mark the resumption of international cricket, which was suspended in March in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The West Indies had already arrived in the UK for the series starting July 8. The series, which is subject to final approval of the UK government, will be played in a 'bio-secure' environment. Speaking to ESPNcricindo, Skerritt said the ECB loan, which also became the subject of an ICC inquiry,
BERLIN: Volkswagen has started sale of the ID. Charger for quick and easy home charging for electric vehicles, the company announced on Saturday. The ID. Charger is priced at €399 and can be ordered online or from Volkswagen dealers in eight European countries. The first boxes were delivered to customers recently. The new Volkswagen wallbox is part of a complete ID.3 package designed by Volkswagen to make the switch to an electric car as simple and convenient as possible. The ID. Charger will be gradually introduced in three versions. All having a charging capacity of up to 11kW, a permanently mounted Type 2 charging cable and integrated DC residual current protection for maximum safety. Volkswagen sets up infrastructure for ID.
(Getty file photo)LAHORE: Shoaib Akhtar has heaped praise on Sourav Ganguly, saying the former Indian batsman was very brave and was the only opener who could face the 'Rawalpindi Express' with the new ball. "People used to say that he was scared to face fast bowling, he was afraid to face me. I think all of that was rubbish. Sourav Ganguly was the bravest batsman I ever bowled to, the only opener who could face me with the new ball," said Akhtar in an interview on the Helo app. Akhtar further said that despite having limited strokes whenever the ball was aimed at his body, the left-handed batsman never backed away. "He knew, he didn't have the shots, I also
DEHRADUN: Army chief General M M Naravane on Saturday said the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have had a lot of successes recently as people there are fed up with terrorism and want normalcy to return to the Union territory. "As far as Jammu and Kashmir or our western neighbour is concerned, we have had a lot of successes in the last one week or ten days. In the last 10-15 days alone more than 15 terrorists have been killed there," Naravane told reporters on the sidelines of the IMA's passing out parade which he addressed as the reviewing officer. "All this has been because of the close cooperation and coordination between all the security forces operating in
Custom background effects help you design the video experience that works best for you—whether you need to hid...Read MoreMicrosoft has jazzed up its video conferencing platform with a new feature that brings custom backgrounds to it. According to Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, the free version of Teams will now support custom backgrounds. “With so many people moving suddenly to remote work, the free version of Teams has become an important way for teams to meet and collaborate online. We want to help them continue to connect effectively, so we’re bringing several new features to this version of Teams,” Spataro wrote in a blog post. Zoom, which has become quite a popular choice, already has the option
WASHINGTON: America's first-ever Hindu lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard has said that in this chaotic time, one can find certainty, strength and peace in Bhagavad Gita. In her message during a virtual commencement address, the 39-year-old Congresswoman from Hawaii said that it is a chaotic time and no one can say with certainty what tomorrow looks like. “… but we find certainty, strength and peace in the practice of Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga taught to us by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita,” Gabbard told the ‘Class of 2020 for Hindu students'. Her address came amidst protests in the US against the killing of African-American George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis. The country has been swept by protests since
NEW DELHI: Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday condoled the demise of former first-class cricketer Vasant Raiji, who passed away earlier today, saying his passion for playing cricket was endearing. "I met Shri Vasant Raiji earlier this year to celebrate his 100th birthday. His warmth and passion for playing and watching cricket was endearing. His passing away saddens my heart. My condolences to his family and friends," Tendulkar tweeted. I met Shri Vasant Raiji earlier this year to celebrate his 100th birthday. His warmth and passion for playing and w… https://t.co/ZMZA7hiB9Q— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1592028861000Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also expressed grief over the demise of Raiji. "My condolences on the passing away of Shri Vasant Raiji, India's oldest
BARAMULLA: Schools in Baramulla with the assistance of the District Administration are conducting online classes for its students, who are now forced to remain at home with schools closed due to COVIE-19 pandemic. Speaking to ANI, Chief Education Officer, Gh. Mohammad Lone, Baramulla said,"Over 40,000 students are benefitting from these online classes, amid lockdown." "When the COVID-19 crisis began in March, I constituted a team and prepared assignments for the students. 4G doesn't work here so with 2G we were facing problems to reach every corner. So, we decided to start from Baramulla and we tried to conduct virtual classes for every area," he added. A teacher told ANI that online classes are in a way good to cover syllabus but only those
MADURAI: Despite the relief of not having to write their board exams amid pandemic this year, Class X students and teachers are now worried. Teachers said that so far there has been little clarity as to how students would determine their groups for Class XI and XII. "As students, we always prepare for the final board exams the best than quarterly and half-yearly exams. I was hoping to score better in the board exams. I'm scared I'll be getting lower marks now even when I had prepared so much for the board exams," said Anitha K, a Class X student from a private school. So far, as per instructions given, the final marks for the Class X board exams this year would
West Ham United manager David Moyes has said it was the wrong time to discuss resuming the Premier League season when the United Kingdom was still gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Professional soccer in England has been suspended since March due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, which has caused over 41,000 deaths in the UK. The government last month opened the door for elite sport to resume and the Premier League said it would restart its season on June 17. "At the start of all this I thought integrity was being used in the wrong way," Moyes told the Times. "Some of the debate about coming back to football when there were so many people dying in hospitals and care
NEW DELHI: VVS Laxman on Saturday paid tribute to Irfan Pathan, saying the former Indian fast bowler, despite grappling with his fair share of challenges, retained fierce passion for cricket. "Despite grappling with his fair share of challenges, Irfan Pathan retained his fierce passion for the sport," Laxman said in a tweet. "Along the way, he embraced the role of an inspirational mentor-cum-coach when still an active first-class player, willingly sharing his wisdom and experience," he added. Pathan was quick to respond and said: "Thank you bhai. It was absolute privilage to have shared dressing with you and now our friendship." @VVSLaxman281 Thank you https://t.co/zmE4o2HzFs was absolute privilage to have shared dressing with you n now our friendship— Irfan Pathan
NAGPUR: The results of CBSE class X and class XII board exams are expected by August 15, Union minister for human resource development Ramesh Pokhriyal told TOI on Friday. The delay has been caused by disruptions to the exams and evaluation schedules in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Added to this is the postponement of some Class X papers due to the Delhi riots in February. CBSE will start conducting all leftover exams from July 1. "The [remaining] exams will go on, while evaluation work too will continue simultaneously. We will try our best to ensure that the CBSE board exam results are declared by August 15," Pokhriyal said. "We had taken special permission from the home
NEW DELHI: Sharing the chart of Covid-19 cases in all the 4 lockdowns, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday targeted the Union government for mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis. Rahul said, doing same thing again and again is insanity. Sharing a quote in a tweet, Rahul Gandhi said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ”Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” - Anonymous https://t.co/tdkS3dK8qm— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1592018746000The coronavirus cases in India have crossed the 3 lakh-mark with positive cases increasing daily. Covid-19: Latest updatesEarlier on Friday, Rahul Gandhi had tweeted: "India is firmly on its way to winning the wrong race." "A horrific
NEW DELHI: MG Motor India’s first bet was arguably an ace with the SAIC-backed company striking the chord with Hector. Launched in June 2019, Hector progressively went on to become a chart-buster, riding on a plethora of tech wizardry and an array of engine choices. The Covid-induced lockdown, however, swept the automotive market with an irrevocable loss. As India walks back towards normalcy, MG Motor India is gearing up to bring in the Hector Plus - a potential Toyota Innova Crysta-challenger. MG Motor India is wary of Toyota Kirloskar Motors’ unrivaled 15-year-long run with Innova. The success of Innova is nothing short of legendary, with over 36,000 units sold in the first year of launch. In 2016, Innova Crysta was
PATNA: Bihar Technical Service Commission (BTSC) has postponed the counseling of the recruitment of tutor vacancies on June 12, 2020. The BTSC Tutor counseling date and time notification was released by the BTSC on June 10. As per the notification, the Bihar Tutor recruitment counseling was scheduled to begin from June 17, 2020, to June 26, 2020. However, the new notification by BTSC on June 12 said that the above counseling has been postponed due to error in merit list preparation. The revised date of BTSC Tutor counseling will be announced later by the Commission. The candidates who have applied for the BTSC Tutor vacancies against the Advertisement No. 02/2019, are advised to visit the official website of the Commission to check
UNITED NATIONS: India's presence in the United Nations Security Council will help bring to the world its ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', the country's envoy to the global body has said, ahead of elections for the non-permanent seat of the powerful UN organ. India is all set to join the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member, elections for which will be held on June 17. India is a candidate for a non-permanent seat from the Asia-Pacific category for the 2021-22 term. Its victory is a given since it is the sole candidate vying for the lone seat from the grouping. New Delhi's candidature was unanimously endorsed by the 55-member Asia-Pacific grouping, including China and Pakistan, in June last year.
MUMBAI: Not ones to be deterred by the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, a fundraising rock concert conceptualised by city based students will be hosted online this year. The two hour long concert on Saturday evening will have 192 students performing to raise Rs 50 lakh for the Salaam Bombay Foundation. In 2013, Mrinalini Somani, a young musician, along with her friends from the Cathedral and John Connon School, Fort formed a group called WE to give children from all backgrounds to showcase their talent. The group has since roped in students from more schools and hosted a yearly concert in the city to raise funds and give children a stage. “We couldn’t let the pandemic stop us from doing the good we have
The separate dental category which was added into the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for the first time this year has been appreciated by the dental fraternity. Until last year, these colleges participated under the medical category in the ranking. "Participation in the medical category was not fair to us. There are close to 300 dental science colleges or institutions across India. It was much needed to increase our presence in the rankings," says BV Sreenivasa Murthy, dean, Faculty of Dental Science, MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore, which stands at rank 11 in top 30. "Inclusion under the general medical category confirmed how ignored dental science has been in the country," adds Murthy. As part of the action plan to
NEW DELHI: Ten days after recording two lakh COVID-19 cases, India surpassed the three lakh-mark on Saturday with the worst daily spike of 11,458 infections, while the death toll too climbed to 8,884 with 386 new fatalities, the Union Health Ministry said. India took 64 days to cross the 1 lakh-mark from 100 cases, then in another fortnight it reached the grim milestone of two lakh cases. It has now become the fourth worst-hit nation by the pandemic with a caseload of 3,08,993, according to coronavirus statistics website Worldometer. Covid-19 live updatesHowever, the Health Ministry said on Friday the doubling time of coronavirus cases has improved to 17.4 days from 15.4 days. And its data updated at 8 am
Vikram Solanki. (Getty Images)LONDON: Former England batsman Vikram Solanki has been appointed as the head coach of Surrey County cricket club. Solanki replaces Michael Di Venuto after serving as his assistant since 2018. Solanki, who has been a coach at Surrey since his retirement from the game in 2016, will take up the position straight away and work with the Surrey squad as soon as professional players are able to return to group training, the club has announced. Solanki played 51 ODIs and 3 T20Is for England between 2000 and 2007. Domestically, he played 325 first-class games with a further 484 white ball appearances, scoring over 31,000 runs in all formats. "I am now really excited to be taking over
TOKYO: A computer virus hit the Japanese automaker Honda this week, disrupting its internal computer networks, forcing it to shut factories across the globe and leaving employees cut off from email or internal servers. While Honda has declined to name the attackers or the tools they used, cybersecurity analysts said that the attack appears to have been carried out by software designed to attack the control systems for a wide variety of industrial facilities like factories and power plants. Such cyberweapons previously were only known to have been used by state agents. In the hands of criminals, the tools could be used not just to steal data or disrupt business operations but to bring factories to a grinding halt or
KANGRA: Hina Thakur, 14, who scored 94 per cent marks in Class 10 worked as a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) for one day in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra on Friday. Heena's father works as a peon in the office of Kangra SDM, Jatin Lal. SDM Lal is an IAS officer, 2016 batch. After Hina scored 94 per cent in her class 10th exams, Lal took this decision and gave an opportunity to Hina to become SDM for a day. SDM Lal also sat next to Hina, the SDM for one day. Officiating as the SDM, Hina took office meetings under the guidance of SDM Lal. Visitors who had arrived to meet the SDM recounted their problems to her. The teenager said that the experience was
SRINAGAR: Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kamalkote sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday by firing without provocation towards Indian positions, officials said. "At about 9:20 am, ceasefire violation was reported from Kamalkote sector in Uri area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district," the officials said. They said Pakistani troops fired without provocation on Indian posts and firing is going on. The Army is giving a befitting response to the Pakistani troops, they added. This is the second ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in the district in as many days. On Friday, a 48-year-old woman was killed as Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the LoC in Rampur sector of the district. Akhtar Begum,
DEHRADUN: Army Chief General MM Naravane on Saturday said that India has a very strong relationship with Nepal. "We have a very strong relationship with Nepal. We have geographical, cultural, historical, religious linkages. We have very strong people to people connect. Our relation with them has always been strong and will remain strong in the future," Naravane said. While taking about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army Chief said, "As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned and our western neighbour, as you would have seen we have had a lot of successes in the last one week or 10 days. In the last 10-15 days alone, more than 15 terrorists have been killed. All of this
DEHRADUN: Army chief general MM Naravane on Saturday said that India has a very strong relationship with Nepal. "We have a very strong relationship with Nepal. We have geographical, cultural, historical, religious linkages. We have very strong people to people connect. Our relation with them has always been strong and will remain strong in the future," Naravane said here. While taking about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army chief said, "As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned and our western neighbour, as you would have seen we have had a lot of successes in the last one week or 10 days. In the last 10-15 days alone, more than 15 terrorists have been killed. All of
KOLKATA: A group of researchers at IIT-Kharagpur has developed a cyber-physical system based on artificial intelligence for monitoring social distancing in public places, an official said on Saturday. The team, under the leadership of professor Debashish Chakravarty and professor Aditya Bandopadhyay, has engineered a low-cost device which can detect the gap between individuals, a spokesperson of IIT-KGP said. "The device will play a proximity alert sound through audio output, whenever any violation of the social distancing norms occurs. It captures images of the field view and computes the distance as per criteria set by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare," a member of the research group said. The researchers had focused on the ease of deployment of such
Rajasthan Subordinate & Ministerial Services Selection Board (RSMSSB) has notification for the recruitment of RSMSSB Lab Technician & Assistant Radiographer vacancies. The RSMSSB is conducting this recruitment drive for a total of 1119 Lab Technician vacancies and 1058 Assistant Radiographer vacancies. As per the latest information from RSMSSB, the online application forms for the recruitment of Lab Technician & Assistant Radiographer vacancies will be released on June 18, 2020. The candidates who wish to apply for these vacancies would be able to submit their application forms online from June 18, 2020. The last date to submit application form and make application fee payment for the recruitment of Lab Technician & Assistant Radiographer vacancies is July 27, 2020. Application Fee For GEN/
BANDIPORA: A major tragedy was averted after security forces in Jammu and Kashmir detected and defused a suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on the Srinagar-Bandipora road on Saturday. The suspected IED consisting of a small cylinder with a timer was found near a bridge on river Erin in Bandipora district earlier in the morning. As a precautionary measure, the movement of all the vehicles were immediately stopped and traffic was diverted to other routes. Security Forces spotted a suspected IED (improvised explosive device) consisting a small cylinder with timer near a… https://t.co/wA4eqarKjq— ANI (@ANI) 1592022208000"The sanitation drive has been carried out and the suspected IED is being neutralised by the bomb disposal squad," informed a personnel of Chinar Corps,
PATNA: Bihar Police recruitment department has released the Physical Eligibility Test (PET) admit card for the post of Constable (Driver) (Advt No. 03/2019). The candidates who have applied for the Bihar Homeguard Constable Driver (03/2019) recruitment are advised to visit the official website of the Central Selection Board of Constable, Bihar, Patna, to check and download the Bihar Constable PET admit card. Candidates who have applied for the Bihar Police Constable Driver posts can also click on the direct link provided below to download their PET admit card: Direct Link: Bihar Police Admit Card 2020 - Constable (Driver) PET How to download Bihar Police Constable (Driver) PET Admit Card? The candidates can follow the steps given below to check and download Bihar
Union minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan at the launch of Integrated Flood Warning System for Mumbai referred as I-FLOWS Mumbai through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Friday (ANI)NEW DELHI: An integrated flood warning system for Mumbai was launched on Friday. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray called it a “gift to Mumbaikars” from the Centre, adding in a lighter vein that he hoped the state gets a similar system of alert on any “political storm” as well. His remark on “political storm” drew laughter as he jointly launched the integrated flood warning system — called “iFLOWS-Mumbai” — with Union minister Harsh Vardhan via video conference. Thanking the Union minister for the ‘flood warning system’, Thackeray, whose Shiv Sena was an NDA
Just like any other nutrient, zinc is also important for good health. It plays an important role in the activity of over 300 enzymes in our body, which includes strengthening our immune system, cell division, cell growth, wound healing and synthesising proteins and DNA. Even though it is such an essential nutrient necessary for the normal development of the body, a large number of people across the world are suffering from zinc deficiency. As per official data from WHO, about one-third of the world's population do not consume an adequate amount of zinc. One of the major reasons for widespread Zinc deficiency is that just like protein, our body cannot store this nutrient, so a person has to meet his/her
Born in Dublin on June 13, 1865, William Butler Yeats was the first Nobel Literature laureate from Ireland. Considered as one of the most important poets of the 20th century who wrote in English, Yeats' works include plays, poems, short stories and novels revolving around the Irish folklore and mythology which are widely read even today. His first work of verse was published in 1877; he is also known for co-founding the Irish Theatre (later known as the Abbey Theatre) along with Lady Gregory. Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 "for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation", reads a statement on Nobel Prize's
Rory McIlroy (AFP photo)Rory McIlroy's seven-under-par 63 in the second round at Colonial on Friday suggests he has adjusted to golf without the galleries, though the world No. 1 says the silence that meets his birdie putts took some getting used to. The PGA Tour returned to action for the first time in three months amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the spectator-free Charles Schwab Challenge on Thursday. McIlroy, 31, was tied for 39th after the opening day at Colonial Country Club but picked up the pace in the second round, flirting with the course record before taking a bogey at his last hole -- the ninth. He sits on nine-under 131, two strokes behind leader Harold Varner III. "I think
Pele smiles as he holds aloft the Jules Rimet Cup after Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in the World Cup final in Mexico...Read MorePARIS: Fifty years ago this month, modern football was born at the World Cup in Mexico, kicking and yelling, and live in vibrant colour for a global audience. This weekend marks the anniversary of the quarter-finals of that tournament as a star-studded cast played a thrilling series of knock-out games which built to a dazzling final, when the first World Cup broadcast in colour ended with an unparalleled display by a technicolour team. Mexico in 1970 was not the first World Cup broadcast live. Four years earlier 400 million watched England beat West Germany in the final. But
NEW DELHI: Denial by insurance companies in granting group insurance covers to frontline health workers, or demands for high premiums from them, led India’s human rights watchdog NHRC to take suo motu cognisance of media reports and to issue notices to insurance regulator IRDAI and secretary, insurance division in the finance ministry. The National Human Rights Commission has asked them to furnish a detailed report in the matter in four weeks. The rights panel said that while most doctors have a medical cover, the struggle has mainly been about ensuring protection for their staffers. “Moreover, as mentioned in the news report there is also confusion whether the Rs 50 lakh health cover provided by the Central government for healthcare
If you are struggling to connect a USB printing to your Windows 10 PC because the USB printer port is no longer working or is simply invisible then Microsoft has issued an advice. Microsoft has acknowledged that there is a problem where the USB printer port goes missing after disconnecting the printer while Windows 10 is shut down. The problem exists in Windows 10 version 1903 or later. “If you connect a USB printer to Windows 10 version 1903 or later, then shut down Windows and disconnect or shut off the printer, when you start Windows again the USB printer port will not be available in the list of printer ports. Windows will not be able to complete any task
NEW DELHI: Army chief general MM Naravane said on Saturday that entire situation along India borders with China is under control and expressed hope that all perceived differences will be set to rest through bilateral dialogues. "I would like to assure everyone that entire situation along our borders with China is under control. We're having a series of talks which started with Corps Commander level talks. This has been followed up with meetings at local level between commanders of equivalent ranks," the Army chief said. "As a result, a lot of disengagement has taken place and we are hopeful that through the continued dialogue we're having, all perceived differences that we (India and China) have will be set to
PARIS: Arsene Wenger said on Friday football needs to tackle inflated player pay if it is to bounce back from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, saying "thousands" of clubs across Europe risk extinction. Former Arsenal coach Wenger warned a reduction in wages was needed in the wake of the billions set to be lost due to the COVID-19 crisis, which forced the game into a months-long hiatus. "We calculate it here that overall football will lose 20 percent of its income. Football makes, say, 45 billion turnover in the world -- the loss will be 10 to 14 billion," Wenger told beIN Sports. "If you look at the wages structure in most of the clubs it's between 60 and
NEW DELHI: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has said that wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni is the biggest superstar in cricket and is one of the easiest guys to interact with. Bravo was doing an Instagram live chat with former Zimbabwe pacer Pommie Mbangwa and it was then that the all-rounder was asked to talk about his stint with Chennai Super Kings (CSK). "I think a lot of credit for CSK's success has to be given to Dhoni and Fleming, obviously the owners, they trust both Fleming and Dhoni, so there is no outside interference when it comes to decision making, both are very big students of the game, players love MS and it's an environment and franchise that allows you
(Representative image)MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: India’s ambitious plan to provide some Rs 3 lakh crore ($39.5 billion) in loans to small businesses to boost an economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic has got off to a slow start with banks disbursing only a tiny fraction of the available funds. Lenders have paid out just Rs 12,200 crore, barely 4% of the sum earmarked, and approved loans worth Rs 24,260 crore since the third week of May, according to finance ministry data released on Thursday. A senior finance ministry official accepted that according to feedback received from the industry, the scheme is facing several problems, and the government is trying to convince bankers to implement the scheme in “letter and spirit”. However, a
Vasant Raiji. (TOI Photo)MUMBAI: World's oldest first-class male cricketer till today, Vasant Raiji passed away on Saturday. He was 100. "He passed away peacefully in his sleep at 2.20 am," informed his son-in law Tushar. He is survived by his wife, Panna Raiji, who is 95, and two daughters. Born in Baroda, he was an opener for Bombay and Baroda in the Ranji Trophy. In nine first-class games, he scored 277 runs at an average of 23.08, with 68 being his highest score. He was a reserve for the Hindus team in the 1941 Bombay Pentangular. His two highest scores came in Baroda's victory over Maharashtra in 1944-45, when he made 68 and 53. His younger brother Madan also played
Vasant Raiji. (TOI Photo)MUMBAI: World's oldest first-class cricketer till today, Vasant Raiji passed away on Saturday. He was 100. "He passed away peacefully in his sleep at 2.20 am," informed his son-in law Tushar. He is survived by his wife, Panna Raiji, who is 95, and two daughters. Born in Baroda, he was an opener for Bombay and Baroda in the Ranji Trophy. In nine first-class games, he scored 277 runs at an average of 23.08, with 68 being his highest score. He was a reserve for the Hindus team in the 1941 Bombay Pentangular. His two highest scores came in Baroda's victory over Maharashtra in 1944-45, when he made 68 and 53. His younger brother Madan also played first-class
Representational Image (Getty)LONDON: From cardboard cut-outs in the stands to Zoom watch parties, the return of the Premier League will be a bizarre experience for locked-out supporters. The English top-flight resumes behind closed doors on Wednesday, with fans forced to adapt to an unsettling new normal due to the coronavirus. Anyone watching the Bundesliga since German football's return will have noticed the eerie silence in the stands and echoing shouts of players are not conducive to a riveting viewing experience. In the absence of fans, the games often seem soulless and resemble reserve team fixtures rather than high-stakes encounters. Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is certain the Premier League product will suffer from the lack of colour and passion provided
BEIJING: A Beijing district official said on Saturday the district was in "wartime emergency mode" following a spike in novel coronavirus cases centered around a major wholesale market there. Chu Junwei, an official of Beijing's Fengtai district, said at a briefing that throat swabs from 45 people, out of 517 tested at the district's Xinfadi market, had tested positive for the new coronavirus. Beijing will suspend sports events and inter-provincial tourism, effective immediately, a city spokesman said at the same briefing. More on Covid-19The spokesman said all six confirmed coronavirus patients in Beijing on Friday had visited the Xinfadi market.
BHUBANESWAR: The Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) will hold end semester examinations online for the final year undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students. These tests will be conducted in first two weeks of July. Skill development and technical education minister Premananda Nayak said this here on Friday. If any student fails to take the online test, he or she can sit for offline test following reopening of educational institutes after July 31, he added. The minister said eighth semester examinations of UG courses like B Tech, B Pharm, BBA and BCA and end semester tests of PG courses like MTech, M Pharm, MBA and MCA will be conducted. Students can appear in the online examinations at their home
RB Leipzig's Dani Olmo controls the ball during the Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim. (AFP Photo)BERLIN: Two goals in two minutes from Dani Olmo gave RB Leipzig a 2-0 win at Hoffenheim on Friday to allow them to close within a point of second-placed Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga. Leipzig now have 62 points with three games left although Dortmund, still hopeful of chasing down Bayern Munich for the title, have a game in hand. They face Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday. Leipzig remain comfortably on course for a return to the Champions League, having already made the quarter-finals this season, with a six-point cushion over closest pursuers Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen who play at the weekend. Spanish midfielder Olmo
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Entrance examinations for three-year LLB, KMAT and integrated five-year LLB for academic year 2020-21 are scheduled on June 20, 21 and 22. Controller of entrance examination has urged candidates to download admit card by logging into the candidate portal on www.cee.kerala.gov.in. The candidates should report at examination centres with the admit card. There will be a mock test to get familiarise with the examination. For three-year LLB and five-year integrated LLB courses, the examination will be of two hours and will be online. For KMAT examination, the duration will be two-and-a half hours. There will be 200 multiple-choice questions each for three-year and five-year LLB courses. For KMAT examination, there will be 180 objective-type questions. An access card will be given to
NEW DELHI: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Friday said over 33,000 candidates appeared for entrance exams for various courses that have been held in strict compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines of the central government. A total of 33,491 candidates appeared for the entrance examinations for MD, MS, MDS, DM, CH, fellowship, BSc-postbasic, MSc Nursing courses which were successfully held across all the states and four Union Territories on Thursday, it said. Measures to ensure social distancing norms -- such as staggered entry and alternative seating with reduced seating density -- were implemented in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AIIMS said in a statement. Additional measures such as temperature scanning, compulsory use of masks, hand-sanitization at
BARCELONA: Effusive hugs to celebrate goals, shoves and scuffles following hard fouls, players not following the new norm of social distancing urged by authorities during water breaks or when leaving the pitch. Everything inside the touch lines almost looked the same as pre-pandemic times on the second day of the return of the Spanish league after a three-month stoppage. The only exception that broke the illusion of normality of Valencia drawing with Levante 1-1 and Granada beating Getafe 2-1 on Friday were the medics wearing face masks while attending players who had suffered a bad knock. Off the pitch it was another story. Reserve players, used substitutes, and assistant coaches sat separated by several seats. Ball boys had orders to