Day: February 24, 2021

Sridevi Death Anniversary: Daughter Janhvi Kapoor Shares Handwritten Note Of Late Actress

New Delhi: Bollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor, who is the daughter of the late actress Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor, recently shared a post on her social media remembering her mother. Sridevi passed away 3 years back on February 24, 2018, at the age of 54.

The ‘Dhadak’ actress took to her Instagram and shared a handwritten note of her mother which read, “Love you my labbu. You are the best baby in the world.”

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While sharing the post, Janhvi Kapoor captioned the picture as, “Miss u”.

Her younger sister Khushi Kapoor also shared a throwback picture of her parents – Sridevi and Boney Kapoor.


Sridevi was pronounced dead after ‘accidental drowning’ at a bathtub at a hotel in Dubai. The ‘Mr India’ actress went to Dubai to attend the wedding of nephew Mohit Marwah along with her daughter Khushi and other family members.

The late actress started her career as a child artist at the age of 4 in the 1967 film ‘Kandhan Karunai’. She then acted in several other movies as a child artist. Considered the first female superstar in the Indian film industry, Sridevi then made her debut as a lead actress at the age of 13 with the 1976 Tamil film ‘Moondru Mudichu’. Her first starring role in Bollywood was in the 1979 drama film ‘Solva Sawan’. Since then, there has been no stopping for the actress as she went to star in several other superhit movies including ‘Mr. India’, ‘ChaalBaaz’, ‘Lamhe’, ‘Khuda Gawah’, Laadla’, ‘Judaai’ and many more.

Sridevi’s death came as a shock to not only her family but to the entire film industry. She is survived by her husband Boney Kapoor and her two daughters Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor.

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Covid Vaccination Drive, Phase 2: How To Register Yourself To Get Coronavirus Jabs From Monday – All You Need To Know

New Delhi: As the Central government on Wednesday announced that the second phase of Coronavirus vaccination drive will begin from March 1 across the country, those above 45 years and with comorbidities will also be able to get inoculated during this period. As per a recent announcement by Centre, people over 60 years and those above 45 with comorbidities can get Covid-19 vaccine from March 1.

The decision to begin the second phase of world’s largest Coronavirus vaccination was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi where it was decided that the Covid-19 jabs would be available for free at government facilities and will be chargeable at private hospitals.

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With India witnessing yet another surge in daily number of Coronavirus cases, Centre has also rushed multi-disciplinary teams to as many as nine states and the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir most of whom are witnessing significant spurt. 

With Phase 2 inoculation drive all set to begin from Monday, let’s take a look at how to get Coronavirus vaccine: 

The second phase of vaccination drive will allow those above 60 years and those above 45 with comorbidities to get vaccinated at several government facilities and private hospitals. As vaccination will now be available for general public, beneficiaries will have to register themselves and sumit valid ID proof for inoculation.

Documents Needed For Registration:

During getting yourself registered for vaccination, documents such as Aadhaar card, driving licence, voter ID, PAN card, passport, job card or pension document can be submit. Beneficiaries can also submit Health Insurance Smart Card, MGNREGA card, official IDs issued by MPs, MLAs or MLCs.

How To Get Registered?

As per a notification issued by the government earlier, people can registration themselves of the Co-Win app for Covid-19 vaccination. Once the registration is complete, eligible person would receive an SMS on their mobile number regarding the due date, venue and time of vaccination.

Phase 2 Vaccination Centre:

Earlier in the day, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar informed that vaccination will be given vaccines in 10,000 government medical facilities and also over 20,000 private hospitals across the country.

Cost Of Covid-19 Vaccine:

Whoever goes to the government centre will be administered vaccine free of cost. Indian government will pay for them. The government will purchase the necessary doses and will send them to all the states. Javadekar also said that those who want to get vaccination from private hospitals will have to pay certain amount. However, he pointed out that the cost of vaccine in private hospitals will be decided by the Health Ministry within the next three-four days as they are in discussions with manufacturers as well as hospitals.

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Cocaine 'worth billions' seized in record Germany and Belgium haul

More than 23 tonnes of the drug is discovered in shipments heading to the Netherlands.

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Biden rushes to address global computer chip shortage via latest executive order

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Wednesday aimed at addressing a global semiconductor chip shortage that has forced US automakers and other manufacturers to cut production and alarmed the White House and members of Congress, administration officials said.
The scarcity, exacerbated by the pandemic, will be the subject when Biden meets with a bipartisan group of US lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss the issue.
Administration officials said Biden’s executive order, to be signed at 4:45 p.m. EST (2145 GMT) on Wednesday, will launch an immediate 100-day review of supply chains for four critical products: semiconductor chips, large-capacity batteries for electric vehicles, rare earth minerals and pharmaceuticals.
The order will also direct six sector reviews – modeled after the process used by the Defense Department to strengthen the defense industrial base. It will be focused on the areas of defense, public health, communications technology, transportation, energy and food production.
The United States has been besieged by supply shortages since the onset of the pandemic, which squeezed the availability of masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment, hurting frontline workers.
The chip shortage, which in some cases is forcing automakers to take employees off production lines, is the latest example of supply bottlenecks hurting American workers.
“Make no mistake, we’re not simply planning to order up reports. We are planning to take actions to close gaps as we identify them,” the administration official added.
A group of US chip companies earlier this month urged Biden to provide “substantial funding for incentives for semiconductor manufacturing” as part of his economic recovery and infrastructure plans. Last summer they supported bipartisan legislation to provide “tens of billions of dollars” to help pay for chip manufacturing and research.
The chip scarcity has quickly grown into a major headache for the White House.
Ford Motor Co recently said a lack of chips could cut the company’s production by up to 20% in the first quarter while General Motors said it was forced to cut output at factories in the United States, Canada and Mexico and would reassess its production plans in mid-March.
US semiconductor firms account for 47% of global chip sales but only 12% of production because they have outsourced much of the manufacturing overseas, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. In 1990, the US accounted for 37% of global semiconductor production.
Biden, a Democrat, has been under pressure from Republican lawmakers to do more to protect American supply chains from China by investing in domestic manufacturing of next-generation semiconductor chips.
“I strongly urge Biden administration to prioritize protecting emerging and critical technologies, like semiconductors, from the grasp of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party),” US Representative Michael McCaul wrote in a recent letter to the White House from Republicans on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
Under Biden’s order, the White House will look to diversify the United States’ supply chain dependence for specific products such as rare earth minerals from China.
It will look to develop some of that production in the United States and partner with other countries in Asia and Latin America when it cannot produce such products at home, the official said.
The review will also look at limiting imports of certain materials and train US workers to ramp up production at home.
The supply chain executive order will add to Biden’s vow in January to leverage the purchasing power of the US government, the world’s biggest single buyer of goods and services, to strengthen domestic manufacturing and create markets for new technologies.

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7 naxalites die trying to jump jail

[BERHAMPUR, February 24] Seven “extremist” prisoners were killed and 60 others, including 15 wardens, sustained injuries in a clash inside Berhampur central jail to-day. The condition of one, the head warden, is stated to be critical. Seventeen of the 48 injured naxalites and all the 15 injured wardens have been admitted to hospital. A nine-and-a-half hour curfew was clamped on the municipal area of Berhampur town from 19-30 hours to-day to 05-00 hours to-morrow as a precautionary measure. The District Magistrate of Murshidabad, Ashok Chatterjee, told UNI that the trouble started when a naxalite prisoner suddenly fell upon the head warden and stabbed him with a spring dagger which the extremists had apparently smuggled in. This was a signal for other naxalites to attack, some naxalites started dragging a jail employee into their ward and others armed with iron rods and lathis beat up the wardens. They had torn away the iron rods from the fences inside the jail walls. Naxalites similarly rioted in Midnapore central jail twice in recent weeks, about 20 naxalites escaped from prison in Siliguri on February 21.

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Van Gogh Paris painting goes on public display for first time

“It is an interesting picture because it is a transitional work between Van Gogh’s Dutch years, when he painted in dark, earthy colours, and the exuberant works that he did in Provence. It was in Paris that he discovered the Impressionists, and this led him to explore colour.”

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Refusal by wife to make tea not grave provocation, says Bombay HC; upholds conviction of man | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Upholding a 2016 conviction of a man for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in a Pandharpur case Bombay high court said his wife refusing to make tea for him, “by no stretch of imagination, can be said to have offered grave and sudden provocation for the appellant to assault her, much less, such a brutal assault.”
On the fateful day “ on being refused tea,” the man assaulted his wife with a hammer. In 2016 a trial court in Pandharpur sentenced him to 10 years’ imprisonment for having knowledge that his act could cause her death.
He appealed from jail. Justice Revati Mohite Dere found no merit in his appeal against conviction. She said instead, “It would not be out of place to observe that a wife is not a chattel or an object. Marriage ideally is a partnership based on equality. More often than not, it is far from that. Cases such as these, are not uncommon. Such cases, reflect the imbalance of gender – skewed patriarchy, the socio-cultural milieu one has grown up in, which often seeps into a marital relationship.”
The HC said “This medieval notion of the wife being the property of the husband to do as he wishes, unfortunately, still persists in the majority mindset. Nothing but notions of patriarchy. “
The HC judgment of February 2 added, “There is imbalance of gender roles, where wife as a homemaker is expected to do all the household chores. Emotional labour in a marriage is also expected to be done by the wife. Coupled with these imbalances in the equation, is the imbalance of expectation and subjugation. Social conditions of women also make them handover themselves to their spouses. Thus, men, in such cases, consider themselves as primary partners and their wives, `chattel’. “
The HC also cited and quoted from a study The Man Who Mistook His Wife For Chattel’ by Margo Wilson and Martin Daly:
“by `proprietary’, we mean first that men lay claim to particular women as songbirds lay claim to territories, as lions lay claim to a kill, or as people of both sexes lay claim to valuables. Having located an individually recognizable and potentially defensible resource packet, the proprietary creature proceeds to advertise and exercise the intention of defending it from rivals.
The quote goes on to say, “Proprietariness has the further implication, possibly peculiar to the human case, of a sense of right or entitlement”.
Thus, the HC said his lawyer’s submission of that the wife by refusing to make tea for the appellant offered grave and sudden provocation, “is ludicrous, clearly untenable and unsustainable and as such deserves to be rejected.” In the facts, the appellant not only assaulted his wife, but also after assaulting her, wasted precious and crucial time i.e. around one hour, in covering his act by destroying evidence, by wiping the blood from the spot and bathing her before taking her to the hospital.
If he had rushed her to the hospital, soon after the incident, possibly her life could have been saved said the HC.

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Rajasthan HC judge recuses himself from hearing money laundering case involving Robert Vadra | India News

JODHPUR: A Rajasthan High Court judge on Wednesday recused himself from hearing a money laundering case involving businessman Robert Vadra.
The matter was listed for hearing in the court of Justice Manoj Kumar Garg at the Jodhpur seat of the high court.
The hearing was adjourned and its next date will be fixed after a new single bench is determined by the high court administration to hear the case which is related to some land deals in Rajasthan.
The high court has already stayed the arrest of Vadra, who is Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, and it will remain in force till next the hearing.

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Report that Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port Deal Has 2nd 99-year Lease Extension Untrue: China

China on Wednesday said a report quoting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena that the controversial deal to take over the Hambantota port on a 99-year lease has a provision for its extension for the same number of years “runs counter to the facts”. Gunawardena has revealed that the previous Maithripala Sirisena government had awarded the Hambantota port to China not only for a 99-year lease but also provided a provision for extension for another 99-years.

There is a provision for a further 99-year extension of the lease, he was quoted by the Sri Lankan newspaper Ceylon Today on February 20 as saying. As we are implementing our policies giving much attention to all countries, the previous government made a mistake on the Hambantota port deal when they cancelled the lease and gave it on a longer period of 99 years plus another 99 years once the first term ends, Gunawardena said.

When asked whether the clause is mentioned in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Gunawardena said: Yes. It says the 99-year lease can extend for a further period. Which means it can go on for any number of years after 99 years or for another 99 years. The same daily reported on February 6 that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was revisiting the Hambantota port deal and that after many discussions recently with the Chinese officials, has relocated a Sri Lanka Naval base from the Chinese-controlled area of the port.

Asked for his reaction to the report about the second 99-year lease clause and Rajapaksa reviewing the deal, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Hambantota port is a landmark project jointly undertaken by China and Sri Lanka under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). To a specific question on whether China is opposed to re-negotiate the deal by the Sri Lankan government, Wang said the relevant report runs counter to facts.

The concession agreement relating to the Hambantota Port is a mutually beneficial one signed by China and Sri Lanka in an equal-footed and voluntary spirit through friendly consultations,” he said, adding that the cooperation project will help Sri Lanka to build a new engine driving future economic growth. We believe this project will play an active role in facilitating Sri Lanka’s economic growth and improving people’s lives,” he told a media briefing.

The Ceylon Today daily in its February 6 report quoted the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), General Daya Ratnayake, as saying that President Rajapaksa after many discussions with the Chinese officials, has relocated a Sri Lanka Naval base from the Chinese-controlled area at the Hambantota port. The Navy Base, according to the agreement, was on the Chinese leased land. The President spoke to the Chinese and took the base to the Sri Lankan side,” Ratnayake said.

Hereafter, the Sri Lanka Navy will take control of the entire maritime area, under the supervision of the Sri Lanka Government, he said. He also pointed out that Sri Lanka has not gained much from the Hambantota port and the government is holding talks to boost business.

He stated that clauses in the port agreement were unclear and the President has been reviewing the deal since taking office in 2019. We are revisiting the proposal even now. It was unfortunate and such a deal on the Hambantota Port shouldn’t have been done. But the review process is going on, he said.

China is one of the biggest investors in various infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka. But there has been criticism, both locally and internationally, and growing concerns that China has lured Sri Lanka into a debt trap. The 99-year lease of the Hambantota port to China has raised red flags about the downside of the BRI.

Reports say several countries in Asia and Africa, including Pakistan, were weighed down by the mounting debt from China. Pakistan has opted for the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the BRI.

Struggling to pay back over eight billion-dollar Chinese loans and investments, the previous Sri Lankan government has handed over the majority share of the Hambantota port to a Chinese state-owned company on a 99-year lease to raise USD 1.2 billion.


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