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Tokyo Olympics 2020 LIVE Updates: India Trail Early vs Great Britain In Women’s Hockey


Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian women’s hockey team started poorly against Great Britain.© AFP

PV Sindhu, Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Ma Long among others compete on Wednesday as the Tokyo Olympics caravan rolls on. While Indian acer shuttler Sindhu will play her group stage game, Long will play the men’s singles quarterfinal and Djokovic and Medvedev will compete in men’s singles third round. For India, the women’s hockey team will kick off proceedings against Great Britain before Sindhu plays Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong in women’s singles group stage. Indian archers including Deepika Kumari, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav will also be in action, as will be boxer Pooja Rani. India will also pose a challenge in sailing and rowing events.

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Junior Engineer Snatches Woman’s Earrings To Celebrate His Birthday, Arrested: Delhi Police


The accused is a resident of Jyoti Nagar in Shahdara, police said (Representational)

New Delhi: A 31-year-old junior engineer was arrested for allegedly snatching the gold earrings of a woman in Delhi’s Mansarovar Park area and selling them to meet expenses for his birthday celebrations, police said on Tuesday.

The accused, Mohit Gautam alias Love, is a resident of Jyoti Nagar in Shahdara, they said.

On Friday, a case was registered at Mansarovar Park police station regarding the snatching of gold earrings of a woman by a bike-borne man.

During the investigation, police checked over 30 CCTV footages and prepared an escape route of the snatcher. In the footages, police developed some snapshots in which the snatcher was seen with a mask on his face, a senior police officer said, adding that there was no registration number on both the number plates of the vehicle.

On Sunday, while keeping a watch at Jagatpuri wine shop, police intercepted a motorcycle of the same features with blank number plates and apprehended Gautam, the officer said.

During interrogation, Gautam disclosed that he is a junior engineer on a contract basis in the BSES. He said that he snatched the gold earrings of the woman to celebrate his birthday on Sunday as he was running out of money, they said.

Gautam said he had sold the earrings to a goldsmith, Surender, who is a resident of Ashok Nagar in Shahdara, police said. Surender is on run, they said.



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Tokyo Olympics 2020 LIVE Updates: India Take On Great Britain In Women’s Hockey Pool A Match


Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian women’s hockey team are yet to taste victory in the competition.© AFP

PV Sindhu, Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Ma Long among others compete on Wednesday as the Tokyo Olympics caravan rolls on. While Indian acer shuttler Sindhu will play her group stage game, Long will play the men’s singles quarterfinal and Djokovic and Medvedev will compete in men’s singles third round. For India, the women’s hockey team will kick off proceedings against Great Britain before Sindhu plays Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong in women’s singles group stage. Indian archers including Deepika Kumari, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav will also be in action, as will be boxer Pooja Rani. India will also pose a challenge in sailing and rowing events.

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Tokyo Olympics, India schedule: PV Sindhu, Boxer Pooja Rani, Archers And Women’s Hockey Team In Action Today


Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu will take on Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in her group match.© AFP

The Indian women’s hockey team and ace shuttler PV Sindhu headline India’s campaign on Wednesday. Indian women’s hockey team will start off the day for Team India when they face Great Britain in their Pool A fixture from 6:30 AM IST. Sindhu will face Cheung Ngan Yi in her women’s singles group stage fixture. Shuttler Sai Praneeth will also have his men’s singles fixture on Wednesday while archers Deepika Kumari, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav will be in action. Indian boxer Pooja Rani will take on Ichrak Chaib of Algeria in women’s middleweight (69-75kg). Other than the aforementioned events, athletes from the Indian contingent will participate in rowing and sailing as well.

Here’s a list of Indian athletes who will be in action on Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics:

India vs Great Britain (Hockey) – Women’s Pool A

Time: 6:30 AM IST

PV Sindhu vs Cheung Ngan Yi (Badminton) – Women’s Singles Group Play Stage

Time: 7:30 AM IST

Tarundeep Rai vs Oleksii Hunbin (Archery) – Men’s Individual 1/32 Eliminations

Time: 7:31 AM IST

Arjun Lal Jat, Arvind Singh (Rowing) – Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls Semifinals A/B 2

Time: 8:00 AM IST

Ganapathy Kelapanda, Varun Thakkar (Sailing) – Men’s Skiff, 49er, Race 02

Time: 8:35 AM IST

Pravin Jadhav vs Galsan Bazarzhapov (Archery) – Men’s Individual 1/32 Eliminations

Time:12:30 PM IST

Deepika Kumari vs Karma (Archery) – Women’s Individual 1/32 Eliminations

Time: 2:14 PM IST

B Sai Praneeth vs Mark Caljouw (Badminton) – Men’s Singles Group Play Stage

Time: 2:30 PM IST

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Pooja Rani vs Ichrak Chaib (Boxing) – Women’s Middle (69-75kg)

Time: 2:33 PM IST

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Sydney Braces For Extended COVID-19 Lockdown As Rest Of Australia Opens


New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, on Tuesday reported 172 new cases (File)

Sydney: Australian officials are set to extend a COVID-19 lockdown in the country’s largest city, Sydney, as new cases remain stubbornly high despite a month under strict stay-home orders, while Victoria and South Australia eased curbs from Wednesday.

Sydney is struggling to control its worst outbreak of the year from a flare up of infections fuelled by the highly infectious Delta virus strain, with officials imploring residents to remain home except for urgent reasons.

With the weeks-long lockdown due to end in three days, Australian media said authorities will announce a four-week extension on Wednesday after the tough curbs failed to bring cases down.

New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, on Tuesday reported 172 new cases – its biggest daily rise since March 2020.

The office of the premier of New South Wales did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

Of particular concern is the growing number of people positive with the Delta strain moving around in the community. Unless that number returns to near zero, tough restrictions would continue, authorities have said.

Around one in three new cases detected over the last several days have spent time in the community while infectious.

As Sydney braces for tougher restrictions for most of August, Victoria and South Australia states came out of lockdown restrictions on Wednesday after getting on top of virus outbreaks.

Australia has kept its COVID-19 numbers relatively low, with just over 33,200 cases and 920 deaths since the pandemic began, but the fast-moving Delta strain and low vaccination coverage have frustrated residents.

Many Sydney businesses have been forced to shut, with the lockdown expected to take a heavy toll on Australia’s A$2 trillion ($1.50 trillion) economy.

Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said the federal government could provide more support to employers depending on the decisions made by New South Wales authorities.

“The (prime minister) will have more to say on that later today,” Birmingham told the Australian Broadcasting Corp on Wednesday.

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Joe Biden Accuses Russia Trying To Disrupt 2022 Elections


The US leader also expressed concern about the recent increase in cyberattacks (File)

Washington, United States: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday accused his Russian counterpart of seeking to disrupt the 2022 congressional elections by spreading “misinformation.”

“Look at what Russia is doing already about the 2022 elections and misinformation,” Biden said during a trip to the office of the director of national intelligence near Washington, referring to information he receives during his daily briefing.

“It’s a pure violation of our sovereignty.”

He also lashed out at Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin has “a real problem, he is sitting on top of an economy that has nuclear weapons and nothing else,” Biden said. “He knows he is in real trouble, which makes him even more dangerous in my view.”

The US leader also expressed concern about the recent increase in cyberattacks, including via ransomware, which typically see hackers encrypting victims’ data and then demanding money for restored access.

“If we end up in a war, a real shooting war, with a major power, it’s going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach,” Biden said.

The United States will hold midterm elections in fall 2022, in which all seats in the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate seats will be on the ballot.

Washington recently accused Beijing of carrying out the massive hack in March of Microsoft Exchange, and the White House has also repeatedly called on Russia to take action against ransomware attacks originating from within the country.

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Joe Biden Names Longtime Aide As European Union Envoy As Ties Grow


In this file photo, Mark Gitenstein speaks during an interview with AFP

Washington, United States: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated his longtime aide Mark Gitenstein as ambassador to the European Union as his administration looks to prioritize relations with the 27-nation bloc.

Gitenstein served under former president Barack Obama as ambassador to EU member Romania, where he has ancestral ties, using his position to push against abuses of power and in favor of privatization in the young democracy.

Biden has vowed to revitalize ties with allies and has been an enthusiastic backer of the European Union, a shift from his predecessor Donald Trump who was skeptical of multinational institutions and cheered on Britain’s divorce from the bloc.

A lawyer by training, Gitenstein spent 17 years as the Democratic counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee where he became close to Biden, who chaired the panel as a rising young senator.

Gitenstein worked alongside Biden in a key moment of the future president’s career — leading the Senate’s rejection of Robert Bork, an arch-conservative nominee for Supreme Court justice — and later wrote a book about the episode.

Gitenstein will himself need confirmation by the Senate, where Democrats are in control but Republican Ted Cruz has been holding up nominations due to objections over Biden’s stance on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany.

Trump named as his EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, a wealthy hotel owner, and fired him after he testified to Congress about Trump’s pressure on Ukraine, leading to the president’s first impeachment.

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Chile’s Ancient Mummies Added To UN Heritage List


So far, more than 300 mummies have been found, including red, black and bandaged ones.

Arica, Chile: Chile’s Chinchorro mummies, the oldest in the world to have been purposefully preserved by humans, were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List on Tuesday.

The mummies, which were found in the north of Chile at the start of the 20th century, are more than 7,000 years old, meaning they pre-date the Egyptian mummies by two millennia.

The United Nations’ cultural organization announced on Twitter that it had added the “settlement and artificial mummification of the Chinchorro culture” to its prestigious list during a virtual meeting chaired by China.

“UNESCO is validating on an international level, through different experts, that the settlements and artificial mummification of the Chinchorro culture has exceptional value, that it has a global importance,” Chilean anthropologist Bernardo Arriaza told AFP.

The Chinchorro were fishers and hunter gatherers more than 7,000 years ago in an area where the desert and Pacific Ocean meet in what is today the south of Peru and north of Chile.

So far, more than 300 mummies have been found, including red, black and bandaged ones.

The mummification process consisted of removing the organs, intestines and tissue.

The skin was then ripped off the corpse and the body rebuilt using sticks and animal hair, while a thick head of black hair was sewn onto the scalp.

Finally the mummies were painted red or black using earth, pigments, manganese and iron oxide.

“These bodies are very finely made by specialists. There’s a subtlety, a creativity by these first populations,” added Arriaza, who is the director of the Chinchorro Center at the Tarapaca University in the city of Arica.

Why the Chichorro culture mummified their dead remains a mystery.

In 2005, Arriaza developed a theory that it could have been linked to high levels of arsenic poisoning in the water that could have produced premature births, miscarriages, underweight children and high infant mortality.

He suggested the mummification was “an emotional response from parents faced with these painful losses, so they painted them, dressed them up and every day this technique became more elaborate.”

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Vaccinated People In High Covid-Risk Areas Of US Need To Mask Again


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Joe Biden said US must ‘do better’ on Covid vaccinations (File)

Washington, United States: People vaccinated against Covid-19 in high-risk parts of the United States should resume wearing masks indoors, the top health authority said Tuesday, a major shift in coronavirus guidance that underscores the country’s struggle to suppress the Delta variant.

President Joe Biden said the announcement showed that America needs to “do better” on vaccinations, adding that a mandate for the country’s more than two million federal workers was now “under consideration.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky relayed the mask decision in a press call, citing new data that shows that while vaccines remain highly effective, rare breakthrough cases involving Delta have an increased risk of onward transmission.

“In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings,” she said.

According to the latest CDC data, much of the southern United States is experiencing high or substantial transmission, while highly vaccinated parts of the Northeast are mostly experiencing moderate rates of community transmission.

Substantial is defined as being between 50 to 100 daily cases per 100,000 people over a seven day average, while high is defined as more than 100 daily cases per 100,000.

In a statement following the move, Biden said he would lay out new steps on Thursday to overcome a lag in vaccinations, which have stalled badly for months despite the fact the United States has the highest supply of any country.

In a separate address to the US intelligence community, when asked about a possible vaccine mandate for US federal workers, Biden replied: “That’s under consideration right now.”

On Monday, the Veterans Affairs department said it would require its frontline health workers, some 115,000 people, to get the shot, becoming the first federal agency to institute the requirement.

‘Temporary’ measure

Walensky stressed that so-called “breakthrough” cases among people who are vaccinated remain rare — authorized shots reduce the risk of symptomatic disease seven-fold, and hospitalizations and deaths by a factor of twenty.

However, new CDC research showed that when a vaccinated person does become infected, their viral load is similar to an unvaccinated person.

“That leads us to believe that the breakthrough infections, rare as they are, have the potential to forward transmit at the same capacity of an unvaccinated person.”

To stem the spread of the Delta variant, the CDC will recommend schools adopt universal masking, including teachers, staff, students and visitors — regardless of vaccination status — when they reopen in fall, she added.

As recently as last week, the CDC defended its May decision that vaccinated people do not have to wear masks indoors in most circumstances, with exceptions including public transit and hospitals.

But infection numbers are now swelling, thanks to the Delta variant, which accounts for around 90 percent of cases.

The latest seven day average of daily cases is more than 56,000, similar to levels last seen in April.

Forty-nine percent of the US population is fully vaccinated, but the vaccination rate is heavily skewed between politically liberal and conservative parts of the country.

Walensky stressed she saw masks as a “temporary” measure, adding: “What we really need to do to drive down these transmissions in areas of high transmission is to get more and more people vaccinated.”

Vaccines the solution

Eric Cioe-Pena, director of Global Health at Northwell Health in New York, told AFP that rather than being a reflection of vaccines losing their efficacy, “this is a solution to a problem that exists because we have high levels of people that are not vaccinated.”

“The main predictor of how much Covid is going to surge in an area is the vaccination rate,” he added, so areas that are highly vaccinated will be de facto exempted from the new guidance.

According to a recent paper in the journal Virological, the amount of virus found in the first tests of patients with the Delta variant was 1,000 times higher than patients in the first wave of the virus in 2020, greatly increasing its contagiousness.

Last month, Israel reinstituted mask mandates, just 10 days after lifting them, due to the Delta variant, and local US jurisdictions, including Los Angeles County, have taken similar steps.

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Rajnath Singh Begins 3-Day Visit To Dushanbe To Attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Meet


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reached Dushanbe on a three-day visit to Tajikistan.

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to pitch for concerted efforts to deal with terrorism and other security challenges facing the region at a conclave of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Dushanbe on Wednesday.

China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe is also attending the SCO conclave but no bilateral meeting has yet been scheduled between Mr Singh and the Chinese leader.

However, sources did not rule out the possibility of a meeting between Mr Singh and Wei on the sidelines of the conclave.

Mr Singh arrived in Dushanbe in Tajikistan on Tuesday evening to attend the meeting of the defence ministers of the member states of the SCO, an eight-nation influential grouping.

The defence minister is visiting Dushanbe from July 27 to 29 to attend the annual meeting of the defence ministers of SCO member states, Mr Singh’s office tweeted.

“In the annual meeting, defence cooperation issues among SCO member states are discussed and a communique is expected to be issued after the deliberations,” it said.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited Dushanbe to attend a conclave of foreign ministers of the SCO states on July 14.

He held a one-hour-long bilateral meeting with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the conclave.

In his address, officials said, Mr Singh is expected to delve into regional security challenges, including terrorism and ways to deal with them.

The defence minister is also expected to meet his Tajik counterpart Col Gen Sherali Mirzo to discuss bilateral as well as other issues of mutual interest.

Mr Singh and Wei had held bilateral talks in Moscow on September 4 last year on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the defence ministers of the SCO states.

It was the first highest-level face-to-face meeting between the two sides after the border standoff in eastern Ladakh erupted in early May.

Tajikistan is chairing the SCO this year and hosting a series of ministerial- and official-level meetings.

The SCO, seen as a counterweight to NATO, is an eight-member economic and security bloc and has emerged as one of the largest transregional international organisations.

India and Pakistan became its permanent members in 2017.

SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the Presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

India has shown keen interest in deepening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) which specifically deals with issues relating to security and defence.

India was made an observer at the SCO in 2005 and has generally participated in the ministerial-level meetings of the grouping which focus mainly on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.

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