Day: January 14, 2021

TN’s N. Jagadeesan scores half-century in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament

Tamil Nadu secured its third victory in 15.1 overs.

N. Jagadeesan scored his second successive half-century as Tamil Nadu cruised to an eight-wicket win over Odisha in an Elite Group B match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.

Odisha spoiled a good start to gather 132 for nine. Tamil Nadu secured its third victory in 15.1 overs to celebrate Pongal.

Openers Gaurav Choudhary (19, 14b, 2×4, 1×6) and Rajesh Dhuper (22, 26b, 3×4) took Aswin Crist and Sandeep Warrier to task as Odisha, electing to bat, collected 34 runs in the first three overs.

Dinesh Karthik arrested the run flow by employing R. Sai Kishore. The left-arm spinner made an immediate impact by bowling Chaudhary in his second delivery.

After Govinda Poddar’s fall, Subhanshu Senapati (20, 18b, 2×4) and Dhuper tried to steady the boat. The partnership did not last long as Senapati played M.Ashwin straight to mid-wicket in the 11th over.

Crist, who had leaked a lot of runs on his comeback, mounted pressure by taking two wickets in the 13th over. Dhuper and captain Biplab Samantray perished in their attempt to dominate Crist.

Ashwin, who mixed his leg-breaks and googlies well, dealt two more blows by removing Ankit Yadav and Sarbeswar Mohanty.

Suryakant Pradhan scored a rapid 10-ball 23, containing a four and two sixes, to help Odisha cross 130.

Mohammed claimed two wickets in the final over.

Tamil Nadu’s in-form openers N. Jagadeesan (61, 38b, 4×4, 4×6) and C. Hari Nishaanth (29, 22b, 4×4, 1×6) batted aggressively to put up 56 runs.

Left-arm spinner Pappu Roy provided the breakthrough by having Nishaanth, who drove beautifully on either side, caught at long-off in the seventh over.

Jagadeesan, who exhibited his timing and power, pulled and drove with authority. He collected 54 runs with K.B. Arun Karthick (28 n.o., 21b, 3×4, 1×6) before scooping Ankit Yadav to short fine-leg closer to the winning target.

The scores:

Odisha 130/9 in 20 overs (M. Ashwin 3/16) lost to Tamil Nadu 136/2 in 15.1 overs (N. Jagadeesan 61)

At Jadavpur University ground:

Jharkhand 233/3 in 20 overs (Virat Singh 103 n.o., Saurabh Tiwary 57, Kumar Deobrat 31 n.o.) bt Assam 182/7 in 20 overs (Riyan Parag 67, Pallav Das 46, Monu Kumar 3/23).

Hyderabad 157 in 20 overs (Tilak Varma 50, Ishan Porel 4/24, Akash Deep 4/35) lost to Bengal 161/4 in 18.4 overs (Shreevats Goswami 69 n.o., Writtick Chatterjee 39 n.o.)

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Samsung Galaxy S21 series India prices announced: Launch offers, availability and more


Samsung has announced that India will be among the first markets where the new Galaxy S21 series phones will be available. The Galaxy S21 series phones will be available in six colours: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet, Phantom White, Phantom Grey and Phantom Pink.
Interested buyers can pre-book the Galaxy S21 Series phones starting January 15 across Samsung’s Exclusive Stores and retail stores and on Samsung.com and online portals. All pre-booked consumers will get Galaxy Smart Tag free and Samsung E-Shop voucher of up to Rs 10,000.
To attract early buyers, Samsung is offering a free gift where all pre-booked consumers can get Galaxy Watch Active 2 or a combo of Galaxy Buds+ and Travel Adapter with a device of their choice. In addition to this, buyers can also avail HDFC Bank cashback of up to Rs 10,000 or have an option to avail Upgrade Bonus of up-to Rs 5,000. Pre-booked consumers will start getting deliveries on January 25, while Galaxy S21 Series goes on sale in India on January 29.
Samsung Galaxy S21 series prices in India:
Galaxy S21 (8+128GB): Rs 69,999 (Phantom Violet, White, Pink, Grey)
Galaxy S21 (8+256GB): Rs 73,999 (Phantom Violet, White, Grey)
Galaxy S21+ (8+128GB): Rs 81,999 (Phantom Violet, Sliver, Black)
Galaxy S21+ (8+256GB): Rs 85,999 (Phantom Violet, Sliver, Black)
Galaxy S21 Ultra (12+256GB): Rs 1,05,999 (Phantom Black, Sliver)
Galaxy S21 Ultra (16+512GB): Rs 1,16,999 (Phantom Black)
Samsung Galaxy S21 launch offers in India:
Samsung is offering a cashback of Rs 10,000 with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The S21+ and S21 will fetch cashbacks of Rs 7,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively.



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Mumbai: 10-year-old boy falls into 5 feet cowdung pit, drowns | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: A 10-year-old boy lost his life after he fell into a large pit of cow dung and water at Kandivali West, while trying to retrieve a kite, on Thursday.
Durgesh Jadhav, a class V student, lived in a neighbouring building at Shankar Pada and had ventured into a cow shed, police said. An accidental death case has been recorded but the police will probe if the cow shed owner was at fault.
Duresh lived with his parents in an SRA building. Around 3.30pm, he was at home with his mother when he saw a kite sweep down towards a cow shed next to his building. The plot is surrounded with asbestos sheets on all sides. Police said Jadhav found a gap in one of the sheets and slipped inside. But he did not know that the cowdung and water inside was as deep as five feet. He slipped and fell inside.
“A 20-year-old youth named Yusuf from another building was at the window of his seventh floor flat and witnessed the child fall in. He rushed down and entered the pit to pull the boy out. But Jadhav slipped back in twice as Yusuf struggled with him. Yusuf too was stuck in waist deep dung,” said a police officer. Meanwhile, workers from a construction site nearby and local residents gathered.
A crane was brought in and a few men sat in its bucket to reach the spot where Jadhav had fallen. Yusuf tried to hoist him and he was finally brought out. Locals tried to revive him. A doctor was summoned to the spot and he declared Jadhav dead. The Kandivali police were then summoned.
“Jadhav had told his mother that he was going to retrieve a kite nearby. But had Yusuf not seen him fall into the pit nobody would have known where he disappeared,” said a police officer. Jadhav’s body was sent for an autopsy. His father, who is a daily wage worker, was informed by residents.

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Mumbai: Part salary for BEST staffers will be paid in coins this month | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Despite BEST committee recently giving nod to SBI for collecting lakhs of coins accumulated at the bus depots across Mumbai, the BEST administration on Thursday issued a circular that ‘salaries will be paid partly in coins this month as well’.
Panel member Sunil Ganacharya expressed surprise over this decision. “When they wanted approval, the administration brought the proposal before the BEST panel and got it cleared quickly during the last meeting. Now, they have a circular which mentions that Rs 16,000 will be paid in coins and cash of small denominations collected from passengers.”
Staffers too expressed disappointment as it was cumbersome to carry the coins home. “We also find it difficult to count coins during the pandemic as we have to wash and sanitise hands often,” said an employee.

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Coronavirus | India says COVID-19 vaccine supply to other countries will take ‘some time’

India has reiterated vaccine support to its South Asian neighbours since the beginning of the pandemic.

 India is assessing production schedule of COVID-19 vaccines for domestic use, and delivery of vaccines to other countries is expected to take “some time”, the Ministry of External Affairs said on January 14. Addressing the weekly press briefing MEA official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava reiterated that India is committed to use vaccines for the benefit of all humanity

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“The vaccination process is just starting in India. It is too early to give a specific response on the supplies to other countries as we are still assessing production schedules and availability to take decisions in this regard. This may take some time,” Mr. Srivastava said in response to questions on India’s regional commitment to help neighbours counter the pandemic. 

Nepal has stated that a vaccine-related agreement is likely to be on the agenda of the Joint Commission meeting to be held on January 15 in New Delhi between Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. Vaccine support from India for the neighbours in South Asia has been reiterated by India from the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.

Also read: Transparency is vital: On authorisation of coronavirus vaccines

Authorities in Bangladesh said on January 13 that Dhaka has sought 30 lakh vaccines doses from the Serum Institute of India in Pune for delivery to its frontline workers. Mr. Srivastava could not say by when these consignments will be delivered. But he maintained that India would support the world in fighting the pandemic. 

“Prime Minister has already stated that India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity would be used for the benefit of all humanity in fighting this crisis,” Mr. Srivastava said.

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Will attend ninth round of talks with govt on Friday, don’t have much hope though: Farmer leaders | India News

NEW DELHI: Protesting farmer leaders on Thursday said they will attend the ninth round of talks with the government amid indication that it may be the last such meeting with the Centre, but added that they don’t have much hope as they will not settle for anything less than the repeal of the contentious farm laws.
Since a Supreme Court-appointed panel on farm laws is likely to hold its first meeting on January 19, the meeting on Friday between with the government and the unions may be the last one.
Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) Joginder Singh Ugrahan told PTI, “We are going to hold talks with the government tomorrow. We don’t have much hope from the Friday meeting as the government will cite the SC-appointed panel. The government doesn’t have good intention to resolve our issues.”
Singh said that the unions do not want any committee, adding “we just want a complete repeal of three farm laws and legal guarantee on minimum support price for our crops.”
He said that farmers will not call off their protest until their demands are met.
Another farmer leader, Abhimanyu Kohar, said that government knows that the court cannot repeal the laws and added that the Centre should stop playing with the sentiments of farmers who have been camping at several Delhi borders since November 28.
He said that forming a committee is not a solution, adding that the new farm laws have been enacted by Parliament and the court cannot do much.
While the previous eight rounds of negotiations have failed to end the protests continuing for several weeks on various borders of the national capital, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said earlier in the day that the government is hopeful of positive discussions at Friday’s scheduled meeting.
In an interview to PTI, Anil Ghanwat, a member of the SC-appointed committee, said that the panel will have no “ego or prestige issue” if it has to go to farmers’ protest sites to talk to them.
On the government holding parallel talks with protesting farmers, scheduled for January 15, after the SC appointed the panel, Ghanwat said, “I think this will be their last meeting with the government. They will say henceforth you (farmers) have to sit with the committee, which will give a report to the Supreme Court.”
Asked about protesting farmers’ unwillingness to take part in the committee proceedings, he said, “We will go before them. We are their brothers. We have worked together in the past. We will reach out to them, sit with them and discuss the issue. There is no problem.”
The farmer unions have been maintaining that they were ready to attend the scheduled talks with the government, even as they have said they do not want to appear before the court-appointed panel and have also questioned its composition.
Earlier in the day, Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann said he is recusing himself from the four-member committee.
Farmer unions and opposition parties had called it a “pro-government” panel, insisting that its members have been in favour of the three laws in the past.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at several Delhi border points, demanding a complete repeal of the three farm laws and legal guarantee of minimum support price for their crops.
Enacted in September last year, the three laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.
However, the protesting farmers have expressed their apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of the MSP and do away with the “mandi” (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

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Rohit Pawar tells Aaditya Thackeray to set up ‘Tesla desk’ to woo electric car giant to Maharashtra | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: NCP MLA Rohit Pawar has written to environment minister Aaditya Thackeray to set up a special ‘Tesla Desk’ in the state government to attract the electric car giant and promote manufacturing of e-vehicles in Maharashtra.
Rohit, the grand nephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar represents the Karjat-Jamkhed assembly constituency which is close to the state’s automobile hub of Pune.
Rohit met Aaditya earlier this week and discussed how Tesla and other e-mobility companies can be wooed to Maharashtra.
“Maharashtra is eyeing potential investment from US based electric car major Tesla Inc and held discussions with the company in October 2020. Tesla is in the process of selecting a site for a manufacturing facility in India and other Indian states are working hard to attract investments…The 2019 industrial policy of Maharashtra lays special emphasis on non-polluting e-vehicles. Maharashtra is according VIP treatment along with commensurate basic infrastructure facilities and special incentives for the company to make its foray into the Indian automotive industry,” Rohit said in his letter to Aaditya.
“Given these efforts, I request you to set up a dedicated desk for Tesla in the Industries department. The ‘Tesla Desk’ will serve as a dedicated partner, offering hand holding, advice and timely intervention. The desk can be led by a senior IAS officer and could serve as a single point of contact or single window assistance desk not just for Tesla but for all e-vehicle manufacturers who are willing to invest Maharashtra,” Rohit said.
Rohit said that he had proposed a new industrial park in Karjat-Jamkhed and was willing to support the project there but pointed out that it was important to get new factories set up by companies like Tesla in Maharashtra.
In October last year, environment minister Aaditya Thackeray had said that the state government held discussions with the Tesla team, inviting the electric car maker to Maharashtra. The development had come weeks after Tesla revealed its plans to enter the Indian market. But on January 8, the electric car giant registered a company named Tesla India Motors and Energy in Bengaluru.
On Tuesday Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted that Tesla would soon start operations in India with an R&D unit in Bengaluru, but deleted it shortly after.
Tagging Elon Musk in his tweets, Aaditya had said in October, “I had the opportunity to participate in a video call by Industries Minister @Subhash_Desai ji with @Tesla team to invite them to Maharashtra. I was present not because of just the investment but my firm belief in electric mobility and sustainability.”

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Iran tests missiles under apparent watch of US nuclear sub


DUBAI: Iran fired cruise missiles Thursday as part of a naval drill in the Gulf of Oman, state media reported, under surveillance of what appeared to be a US nuclear submarine dispatched to the region amid heightened tensions between the countries.
Helicopter footage of the exercise released by Iran’s navy showed what resembled an Ohio-class guided-missile submarine, the USS Georgia, which the US Navy last month said had been sent to the Persian Gulf – a rare announcement aimed at underscoring American military might in the region.
Iran’s navy did not identify the submarine, but warned the boat to steer clear of the area, where missiles were being launched from land units and ships in the gulf and the northern part of the Indian Ocean. When asked for comment on the reported submarine sighting, Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a spokeswoman for the US Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, responded: “We don’t talk about submarine operations.”
The two-day drill began on Wednesday with the unveiling of the largest vessel in the Iranian Navy, the latest in a series of Iranian military exercises during the waning days of the administration of US President Donald Trump. Over the weekend, the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard held a naval parade in the Persian Gulf shortly after seizing a South Korean tanker in the crucial Strait of Hormuz. Last week, Iran deployed unmanned aircraft to stage a large-scale drone maneuver across half the country.
Iran’s state TV broadcast footage of the missile launches on Thursday but didn’t provide their range or other details. In July, Iran said it test-fired cruise missiles with a range of some 280 kilometers (some 275 miles).
“Enemies should know that any violation and invasion of Iranian marine borders will be targeted by the cruise missiles from both coast and sea,” said Adm. Hamzeh Ali Kaviani, the spokesman for Thursdays’ exercise.
Tensions are rising as Iran ramps up pressure on the West over the tattered atomic deal and the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic.
President Donald Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew the US from Iran’s nuclear deal, in which Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Trump cited Iran’s ballistic missile program among other issues in withdrawing.
Following the US’s re-imposition of unprecedented sanctions on Iran, Tehran gradually and publicly abandoned the deal’s limits on its nuclear development as a series of escalating incidents pushed the two countries to the brink of war at the beginning of last year.



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It Was Like Being ‘Born Again’ For Hina Khan After Quitting Her TV Show


Actor Hina Khan, who recently completed 12 years in the entertainment industry, has reflected on her journey. She remarked that when she started out, it was an entirely different landscape.

In an interview, she said that she has turned down huge amounts of money in her career and that quitting her hit show, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, was like being ‘born again’.

‘We are not treated the way we used to be. Eight years, I went to my sets, came back home and slept. I did not know about fashion trends, I did not know what was happening in the outside world. It was like I was born again when I left my show. I had to start again from the beginning – how I am supposed to look, what I am supposed to wear and say,’ Hina told The Times of India about how television actors are perceived.

She added, ‘But now things have changed, people’s perceptions have changed. Now I am given equal importance like other Bollywood celebs, whether it is about how I am dressed, my hairstyle or my vacations.’

She said that in her career, she has turned down ‘huge amounts of money’ to get where she’s at today.

After a successful stint on TV, Hina transitioned to films with Hacked, in 2020. ‘Content is the king for me so whatever I choose to take upon — an artsy film or a full-fledged commercial film — the content has to be appealing and interesting,’ she had told Hindustan Times, about making creative choices in the future.

‘When I look back at where I started off from to where I am now, all that I have experienced has been very overwhelming and I am grateful to God for giving me some of the best experiences in life through these 12 years,’ she said about her journey in the industry.





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US blacklisting of Houthis ‘could tip Yemen into huge famine’


Mark Lowcock

told the UN Security Council issuing licences for imports of key supplies for rebel-controlled areas would not prevent such a disaster.



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