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CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES (Feb 28):- GLOBAL:- Total Cases: 11,44,64,297; Total Deaths: 25,39,067 Recovered: 9,00,08,036 BELGIUM:- Total Cases: 7,69,414; Total Deaths: 22,052 BRAZIL:- Total Cases: 1,05,17,232; Total deaths: 2,54,263 CANADA:- Total Cases: 8,64,196; Total Deaths: 21,960 CHINA:- Total Cases: 89,893 ; Total Deaths: 4,636 FRANCE:- Total Cases: 37,36,016; Total Deaths: 86,332 GERMANY:- Total Cases: 24,44,177 Total Deaths: 70,589 INDIA:- Total Cases: 1,10,96,731; Total Deaths: 1,57,087 INDONESIA:- Total Cases: 13,34,634; Total Deaths: 36,166 IRAN:- Total Cases: 16,31,169; Total Deaths: 60,073 ITALY:- Total Cases: 29,07,825; Total Deaths: 97,507 JAPAN:- Total Cases: 4,30,539; Total Deaths: 7,807 MEXICO:-Total Cases: 20,84,128; Total Deaths: 1,85,257 NETHERLANDS:- Total Cases: 10,84,021; Total Deaths: 15,543 PHILIPPINES:- Total Cases: 5,76,352; Total Deaths: 12,318 RUSSIA:- Total Cases: 42,46,079; Total Deaths: 86,122 S KOREA:- Total Cases: 89,676; Total Deaths: 1,603 SPAIN:-Total Cases: 31,88,553; Total Deaths: 69,142 SWEDEN:- Total Cases: 6,57,309 Total Deaths: 12,826 SWITZERLAND:-Total Cases: 5,54,932; Total Deaths: 9,966 UAE:- Total Cases: 3,91,524; Total Deaths: 1,221 UK:- Total Cases: 41,70,519; Total Deaths: 1,22,705; US:- Total Cases: 2,92,02,824; Total Deaths: 5,24,669 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
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Earlier Seychelles faced a spike in covid cases after inoculating its population with Sinopharm. 50 to 68 per cent of the populations in these countries, now facing a surge, were administered the cheap Chinese vaccines. Bahrain and the UAE are planning to give a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine to those who have taken the Chinese jabs.
The annual Amarnath Yatra has been cancelled this year too as a preventive step against transmission of covid. The two-month pilgrimage was scheduled to start on June 28. "It's important to save people's lives. So, it is not advisable to hold and conduct this year's pilgrimage in the larger public interest... All traditional religious rituals shall be performed at the Holy Cave Shrine," said the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.
President Biden has signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Bill making June 19 a federal public holiday to commemorate the symbolic end of chattel slavery in the US.
Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant was shut down on Saturday. While some say it is because parts are not coming from sanctions- bound Russia, others fear a security concern is the reason.
Malls and restaurants opened in UP on Monday as the covid restrictions were relaxed. The duration of night curfew which was in force from 7 pm and badly affected the business of sales, has been reduced by two hours, and will now start at 9 pm.
The trained health workers will be called according to requirement and will be paid for the days they work. Meanwhile, the BJP has already announced plans to train one lakh health workers across the country in anticipation of a third wave of covid.
Several shops in the Central Market in Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi were gutted on Saturday morning in a fire that started in a textile showroom.
Those coming from high risk States like Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka have to carry a negative RT-PCR covid report of not more than 72 hours old.
The districts majorly affected by a new surge in covid infection cases are Pune, Nagpur, Amravati, Yavatmal, Mumbai city, Mumbai suburban and Thane. CM Uddhav has ordered a ban on gatherings.
Of the new cases of 16,752 in the last 24 hours in the country, Maharashtra reported the highest of 8,623, followed by Kerala with 3,792. 86.37% of the daily covid cases are from six States hit by the new surge.
The toys should showcase Indian aesthetics and thoughts to the children and at the same time must integrate new technolgy in their presentation, Modi said while inaugurating the India Toy Fair.
TN has made RT-PCR certificates mandatory for people coming from Kerala and Maharashtra. The new cases have gone up in the country from 10,000 early this month to 16,488 in the past 24 hours.
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The Mars rover, a six-wheeled, SUV-sized robotic vehicle, sailed through space for seven months to land on a prime spot for geo-biological study of the red planet for signs of ancient extraterrestrial life. It takes radio waves 11 minutes to reach Earth. (Listen to:- DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars?:)

While the rationalists debunk the episode as a ploy to make up for the losses in offerings during the corona lockdown, the believers stick to their claim, they have seen it after all! The claim of Shankaralinga temple resembles the miracle of Ganesha drinking milk in Delhi way back in 1995. Although they belong to two different branches of science.

After his reappearance, Alibaba's Hong Kong-listed shares went up by 8.5%. The Chinese billionaire made his public appearance on Wednesday. (SEE Video: Davos 2015 - An Insight An Idea with Jack Ma - A conversation with Jack Ma, Founder and the then Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, on leadership, entrepreneurship and the future of commerce: Interviewed by Charlie Rose, Anchor, CBS News, USA)

A pair of socks gifted to her by her niece displayed on her legs has done the job for Gumball Poodle. The demand for 'Future is Female' is skyrocketing indeed. What more could one ask for?
At that momentous event, "I will be thinking about my mother (the late Shyamala Gopalan), who is looking down from heaven," Harris said. The scaled back presidential inauguration this time will have no precedent with a devastating coronavirus locking down everything and a heightened security bandobast with reports of armed Trump protesters likely to re-enact the Capitol episode posing the gravest threat to Biden, the President-elect, and others.

"We were taught to see a world beyond just ourselves. To be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people." - Kamala Harris, Vice-President-elect, United States of America. She is releasing a series of her reminiscences of her early period, of people and events that had deep influence on the course of her life and thoughts, in the coming days leading up to her inauguration as the Vice-President of America, the first woman ever to occupy a position that high in the greatest democracy yet.

OPINION: Byju’s to take over Aakash? If and when the deal comes through, it would be one of the biggest edtech acquisitions in the world.

These are signs of the dawn of a new era facilitated by science and technology, busting the Indian ubiquitous rackets one by one like the massive politician-British clerk-NCERT-printer-newsprint-fake author racket, which led to a mushroom growth of tuition centres like Aakash, which, of course, has done a yeaoman service to the hapless victims of our Macaulay schools.

COMMENT: There is widespread criticism that the postponed CBSE examination schedule will affect the students seeking admissions abroad and it should be preponed. Such a question could never be raised in any country, other than India! The CBSE examination, let us be clear, is not conducted for foreign admissions. Secondly, which university is going to start admissions during the current global pandemic.
COMMENT: The nursing staff union at the AIIMS is on indefinite strike, not because some injustice has been done to any of them. They are dictating how the AIIMS should make appointments. Rather, they have decided that the AIIMS should not make contractual appointments. It reminds one of the union days of 1970s when, whether private or Government, an employee could not even be shifted from one section to another without triggering a strike. There used to be thousands of workers' unions on the roads in Delhi those days every day, striking work and blocking traffic. Nobody could do anything about it. All these were due to the self-seeking leaders who were building up their parties and canvassing their vote banks; and they were the real exploiters. Our type of democracy allowed it. And who were the losers in that game? The working class, getting a pension of Rs 500 per month today! They would have been, instead, flourishing today with prosperity and self-respect, without any 'ism'. In a genuine democratic set-up this type of decadent unionism will not rear its head. Because those opportunities will be absent. India does not have such a 'functional democracy,' a democracy that will work for everyone. It is not in our Constitution!
The first woman Vice-President has become an inspiration for girls of colour, and for all girls. Kamala Harris is becoming an icon. Her passionate speech had a great, lasting impact on the listeners, when she said, “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
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Notre Dame Paris cathedral goes up in flames; Macron vows reconstruction
Three killed as plane collides with parked copters in Nepal's Lukla airport
May 'regrets' Jallianwala Bagh, a 'shameful scar in our history'
Boeing not to stop 737 Max production even as new bugs come to light
Narrow escape for tourists as glacier calves, collapses into lagoon in Iceland
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Another Indian woman worker dies of alleged torture in Saudi
Yet another helpless Indian woman having had to go to Saudi Arabia in search of work as maid servant has reportedly died of physical and mental torture by her employer, it has been alleged. However, the Indian Foreign Ministry has said after an inquiry that she died of natural causes.
Lionsgate and Fox coming to Dubai: Go down with the Titanic in theme park!
Unlimited excitement will be on offer in Dubai as Lionsgate Entertainment and The 20th Century Fox are building theme parks to provide the audience an illusion of experiences of timeless horror of the Titanic disaster and the death and rebellion of the dystopia.
Flashfloods claim 80 lives, dozens missing in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua
Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts, spews lava: 7 killed
79 foreigners detained in anti-immigration operation in Malaysia
Indonesia readies warships to evacuate haze victims
Typhoon Koppu floods northern Philippines: 11 dead

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This year's postponed Char Dham yatra will begin in phases from July 1. People from a district where a shrine is located will visit that shrine. In the second phase beginning July 11, all the people of the State are allowed to visit all the dhams.
While there are conflicting reports on the effect of mixing of doses of covid vaccine, Novavax is undertaking a study in the UK to confirm if it is safe and beneficial. At present vaccine is changed for reason of nonavailabilty of same product.
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