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Dhawan ruled out of NZ T20Is due to shoulder injury

NEW DELHI, January 21: India opener Shikhar Dhawan was on Tuesday ruled out of the five-match T20 series in New Zealand due to a shoulder injury he suffered while fielding in the third ODI against Australia in Bengaluru. "Yes, he has been ruled out of the T20 series. A replacement will be announced soon" a BCCI official told PTI. Dhawan's injury troubles have carried into the New Year and he did not come out to open during the successful run chase against Australia on Sunday. The southpaw was taken for...

Pliskova starts Melbourne title tilt with win

Melbourne, January 21: World number two Karolina Pliskova barrelled into the Australian Open second round on Tuesday as she chases her first Grand Slam crown. Pliskova, whose best Grand Slam appearance was defeated by Angelique Kerber in the final of the 2016 US Open, called it a "tough test" against 41st-ranked Mladenovic. The 27-year-old Czech defeated France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 7-5 and plays Germany's Laura Siegemund or American wildcard CoCo Vandeweghe next in Melbourne. We had some good matches in the past and it was tough mentally in the second...
North East

Human chain for Akhil’s release

GUWAHATI, JANUARY 21: Thousands formed a human chain in the shape of the map of Assam in Jorhat district on Monday, demanding immediate release of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi. Akhil, who has been spearheading Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests across the state, is in jail in a case being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for having alleged nexus with Maoist rebels. Last month, teams of NIA officials reached Gogoi's residence at Nizarapar locality and the Gandhi Basti office of the KMSS. They took away...
North East

Characteristics of conflicts in Assam are different from rest of India: Rajguru

GUWAHATI, JANUARY 21: "Today an attempt has been made to mix the Sangh Parivar-created Hindu-Muslim conflict - which has been taking place in several other parts of the country - with the conflict of foreigner and native in Assam. The newly-introduced Citizenship (Amendment) Act is trying to give constitutional validation to such an attempt," said senior journalist Prasanta Rajguru while delivering a speech on the topic of 'Searching for a conflict resolution model for India in the context of North East' here on Sunday. He delivered the speech at a...
North East

Centre organises community radio awareness workshop in Itanagar

ITANAGAR, JANUARY 21: A 3-day community radio awareness workshop organised by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), Government of India, got under way here on Monday. MIB Additional Director GS Kesarwani apprised the participants, who have come from across the state, on the application process, policy guidelines and regulations for obtaining community radio licences. Through the workshop, 'Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation' (SMART), the Ministry is trying to create awareness on community radio - a low-cost, high-reach platform for the development of marginalised and vulnerable communities. The purpose...
North East

Efforts on to make Tripura model state: CM

Agartala, January 21: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday said a lot remained to be done to address the developmental challenges, but efforts were on to make Tripura a model state. Deb, on the occasion of Tripura's 48th Statehood Day, said his government would strive hard to make the state economically self-reliant. "Tripura had attained statehood on Jan 21, 1972, but we are yet to fulfill many aspirations of people. We strive to make Tripura a model state in the country in terms of development," Deb said on the...
North East

Mizoram guv urges Shah to establish AIIMS-like institute, IIT, IIM in state

Aizawl, January 21: Mizoram Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai has urged the Centre to establish an AIIMS-like medical institute, an IIT and an IIM in the state, an official release said on Tuesday. Sreedharan made the request during his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah at New Delhi last week, it said. He also urged Shah to take steps to construct a road connecting Lawngtlai in south Mizoram with Bangladesh capital Dhaka and widen NH-306 (formerly 54) -- that connects the state with Assam's Silchar -- to four lanes,...

Shaheen Bagh protest

A day after Delhi Police made a second appeal to protesters who have braved a cold winter to participate in a month-long sit-in relay protest at Shaheen Bagh against the citizenship law, a Twitter account that seems to be operated by the protesters sent out a polite response on Tuesday, assuring the cops "we too have children... understand parents' worries... we are allowing school vans to cross". On Monday Delhi Police, on orders from the Delhi High Court to use "persuasion rather than force" had urged protesters to disperse, citing...

China steps up efforts to control new coronavirus outbreak

BEIJING, JANUARY 21: Heightened precautions were being taken in China and elsewhere Tuesday as Governments strove to control the outbreak of a new coronavirus that threatens to spread further during the Lunar New Year travel rush. Anxieties grew after Chinese Government expert Zhong Nanshan revealed on state television late Monday that the virus can be spread from one person to another. The first cases late last month were connected to a seafood market, and transmission was suspected to be occurring from animal-to-human. Authorities previously had not confirmed human-to-human transmission. Four...

Feds allow use of opioid funds to stem meth, cocaine surge in the US

WASHINGTON, JANUARY 21: Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the Government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine. The little-noticed change is buried in a massive spending bill passed by Congress late last year. Pressed by constituents and state officials, lawmakers of both parties and the Trump administration agreed to broaden the scope of a $1.5 billion grant program previously restricted to the opioid crisis. Starting this year...
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