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After fighting depression, nervousness, Kamalpreet Kaur shines in Tokyo

After fighting depression, nervousness, Kamalpreet Kaur shines in Tokyo

Sports
NEW DELHI: The COVID-19 lockdown had wreaked havoc on her mental health to such an extent that discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur had started trying her hand in cricket to handle the psychological toll of the shutdown. But discus remained Kaur’s first love and now she stands within striking distance of fetching India a historic athletics medal at the Olympic Games after qualifying for the finals with a 64m throw, a brilliant effort. The 25-year-old was ahead of defending gold-medallist Sandra Perkovic (63.75m) of Croatia and reigning world champion Yaime Perez (63.18) of Cuba. She was one of the only two automatic qualifiers for the final round to be held on August 2, the other being American Valarie Allman (66.42m). Hailing from Kabarwala village on the Malout-Abohar national highway in Punja...
India beat South Africa 4-3 to keep quarterfinal hopes alive

India beat South Africa 4-3 to keep quarterfinal hopes alive

Sports
TOKYO: Striker Vandana Katariya scored a historic hat-trick to keep alivethe Indian women’s hockey team’s quarterfinals hopes in the Olympics with a fighting 4-3 victory over lower-ranked South Africa in its must-win final group match here on Saturday. Vandana (4th, 17th, 49th minutes) achieved a rare feat by becoming the first Indian woman hockey player to score a hat-trick in the Olympics. Young Neha Goyal (32nd) was the other goal getter as the Rani Rampalled side registered its second consecutive win at the Games. South Africa’s goals came from the sticks of Tarryn Glasby (15th), skipper Erin Hunter (30th) and Marizen Marais (39th). With two wins from their final two pool matches, India have finished the group stages with six points from five games. By virtue of this win, India have ju...
Sindhu loses to Tai Tzu in semifinals, to fight for bronze now

Sindhu loses to Tai Tzu in semifinals, to fight for bronze now

Sports
TOKYO: Reigning world champion P V Sindhu’s hopes of securing India’s first ever Olympic gold in badminton came crashing down as she slumped to a straight-game defeat against world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women’s singles semifinals here on Saturday. The 26-year-old silver-medallist from the Rio Games, however, remained in the hunt for a bronze and will be competing against China’s He Bing Jiao in the third place play-off at Musashino Forest Plaza on Sunday. One of the most consistent players, who has claimed medals in all big-ticket events in the last five years, Sindhu couldn’t counter Tai Tzu’s deception with her aggressive game, going down 18-21 12-21 here. “I’m a bit sad because it’s the semifinals, but I tried my best, it’s just not my day. I fought until the end,” ...
UK PM Boris Johnson, wife Carrie expecting second baby

UK PM Boris Johnson, wife Carrie expecting second baby

World
London, July 31 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson are expecting their second baby by the end of this year, she announced on social media on Saturday. In the Instagram post, Carrie ndash; who married Boris at a ceremony in London two months ago ndash; also revealed that she had a miscarriage earlier this year. The couple are parents to one-year-old baby boy Wilfred, who was born in April last year. "Hoping for our rainbow baby this Christmas," reads Carrie's post. "At the beginning of the year, I had a miscarriage which left me heartbroken. I feel incredibly blessed to be pregnant again but I've also felt like a bag of nerves," she said. "Fertility issues can be really hard for many people, particularly when on platforms like Instagram it can look like ev...
Over 46.72 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India: Govt

Over 46.72 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India: Govt

India
New Delhi, July 31 The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 46.72 crore, the Union health ministry said on Saturday. On the 197th day of the countrywide vaccination drive, a total of 53,72,302 vaccine doses were administered -- 38,22,241 beneficiaries vaccinated for the first dose and 15,50,061 for the second dose—according to a provisional report compiled at 7 pm. The cumulative vaccination coverage of 46,72,59,775 doses is segregated based on the population priority groups, the ministry said. It said 27,90,366 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received the first dose and 4,98,407 were administered the second dose of the vaccine on Saturday. Cumulatively, 15,52,16,851 people in the 18-44 age group have received the first dose...
PM Modi to launch digital payment solution e-RUPI on Monday

PM Modi to launch digital payment solution e-RUPI on Monday

India
Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 31 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch e-RUPI, a person and purpose specific digital payment solution on Monday via video conferencing. The concept of the electronic voucher is part of the government's digital outreach for effective governance. e-RUPI is a cashless and contactless instrument for digital payment. It is a QR code or SMS string-based e-Voucher, delivered to the mobile of the beneficiaries. "The users of this seamless one-time payment mechanism will be able to redeem the voucher without a card, digital payments app or internet banking access, at the service provider. It has been developed by National Payments Corporation of India on its UPI platform, in collaboration with the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Health a...
Rape survivor from Kerala moves SC to marry her assaulter, a defrocked priest

Rape survivor from Kerala moves SC to marry her assaulter, a defrocked priest

India
New Delhi, July 31 A rape survivor from Kottiyoor in Kerala has moved the Supreme Court seeking its permission to marry her assaulter—a defrocked priest who is now undergoing 20 years imprisonment. The woman, who was a minor when she was raped and later gave birth to the child, has sought that the former priest be released on bail. Robin Vadakkumcherry, who had initially tried to frame the woman's biological father, was found guilty by a POCSO court in 2019 after she turned hostile as she claimed that they had a consensual relationship. On February 16, the Kerala High Court dismissed a plea of the former priest seeking bail to marry the survivor saying that it has no merit. The high court had said in its order that the trial court's finding that the survivor was a minor at the time of...
Tokyo daily Covid-19 infections hit record high

Tokyo daily Covid-19 infections hit record high

World
Tokyo, July 31 Newly-reported Covid-19 cases in Olympic host city Tokyo surged to a record high of 4,058 on Saturday, the metropolitan government said, exceeding 4,000 for the first time and overshadowing the Games. Nationwide cases totalled 12,341 as of 6:30 p.m. local time, public broadcaster NHK said, the highest ever for Japan and up 15% on the day, underscoring a rapid rise in infections across the country. The new records come a day after Japan decided to extend states of emergency to three prefectures near Olympic host Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka its state of emergency for Tokyo to the end of August and expand it to three prefectures near Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka in light of the recent spike in infections. Amid intensifying concerns, Olympics organ...
UP CM hands over cheques of Rs 10 lakh each to kin of 55 journalists who died due to Covid

UP CM hands over cheques of Rs 10 lakh each to kin of 55 journalists who died due to Covid

India
Lucknow, July 31 Families of 55 journalists who died due to Covid-19 received a financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh each from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday. "We have witnessed many editors, journalists, and members of the media fraternity losing their lives due to coronavirus while fulfilling their duty. The loss cannot be compensated, but we can provide support to the families," the chief minister said. The government is committed to provide all support to journalists and will continue to encourage them, he added. The cheques were handed over to the beneficiaries at an event organised at the Lok Bhawan here, the state government said in a statement. Praising the efforts of journalists, the chief minister said, "The media did the work of sharing true and fact...
Parliament functioned for less than 17 pc of total time; Rs 133 cr of taxpayers’ money lost: Govt sources

Parliament functioned for less than 17 pc of total time; Rs 133 cr of taxpayers’ money lost: Govt sources

India
New Delhi, July 30 Rocked by protests from opposition parties on Pegasus snooping and other issues since the start of the Monsoon session, Parliament has only functioned for 18 hours out of the scheduled time of 107 hours, resulting in a loss of more than Rs 133 crore of taxpayers' money, government sources said on Saturday. Sources said so far 89 hours have been wasted in the ongoing session which started on July 19 and is scheduled to conclude on August 13. According to the details shared by official sources, while Rajya Sabha has functioned for nearly 21 per cent of its scheduled time, Lok Sabha has managed to function for less than 13 per cent of the scheduled time. "Lok Sabha has only been allowed to function for about seven hours out of possible 54 hours. "Rajya Sabha has been a...