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Day: February 22, 2021

World

White Supremacy A “Transnational Threat”, UN Chief Warns

Antonio Guterres warned about power of digital platforms and the use and abuse of data.Geneva: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday that white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are becoming a "transnational threat" and have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to boost their support.Addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council, Guterres said the danger of hate-driven groups was growing daily."White supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are more than domestic terror threats. They are becoming a transnational threat," he told the Geneva forum. Without naming states, Guterres added: "Today, these extremist movements represent the number one internal security threat in several countries."In the United States, racial tensions simmered during the turbulent four-year presiden...
Sports

MCC Open To Changing Rules Of Short-Pitch Bowling, Suggests Tweaks In Umpire’s Call | Cricket News

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodian of laws of the game, is open to changing the rules of short-pitch bowling after a "global consultation" on the subject. The MCC World Cricket Committee met recently via a video conference to discuss issues facing the game. "The committee heard that MCC is to embark on a global consultation on whether the Law relating to short-pitched deliveries is fit for the modern game," the Committee said in a statement issued on Monday. "It is MCC's duty to ensure that the Laws are applied in a safe manner, a viewpoint consistent across all sports."With research into concussion in sport having increased significantly ...
Sports

David Warner Reveals Full Recovery From Groin Injury Could Take 6-9 Months | Cricket News

David Warner suffered the injury during the second ODI against India in November.© AFP Australia opener David Warner revealed that it will take six to nine months more to recover from the groin injury that he sustained in November. Warner suffered the injury during the second ODI against India and missed the final ODI, the T20Is that followed and the first two Tests. He scored 5, 13, 1 and 48 in his four inni...
Sports

ISL: ATK Mohun Bagan Avoid Shock Defeat Against 10-Man Hyderabad FC With Late Equaliser | Football News

Trailing twice in a high-pressure clash, leaders ATK Mohun Bagan fought their way back and played out a thrilling 2-2 draw against 10-man Hyderabad in the Indian Super League in Goa on Monday. Aridane Santana (8') put Hyderabad up ahead before Manvir Singh (57') restored parity for ATKMB. The Nizams once again took the lead through substitute Roland Aalberg (75') before Pritam Kotal (90+2') found the net late to help Bagan snatch a crucial point. The result effectively means that Bagan will have to wait for either Mumbai City FC to drop points in their next game or deny the Islanders a win in their last game to secure the League Winners Shield. A wi...
Career and Education

Nagpur schools and colleges to remain closed till March 7 amid rise in COVID-19 cases – Times of India

NAGPUR: Following a rise in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Nagpur, schools, colleges, and coaching classes will remain closed till March 7, said Power Minister Nitin Raut on Monday. Raut, who is the guardian minister of Nagpur city, said that main markets will remain shut on weekends. However, hotels and restaurants can run at 50 per cent capacity. "Due to rising COVID-19 cases in Nagpur district, schools, colleges, and coaching classes to remain closed till March 7. Main markets to remain closed on weekends. Hotels, restaurants to run at 50 per cent capacity and marriage halls to be closed after February 25 till March 7," Raut said. This comes a day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray gave a stern warning to the people saying there will be a total lockdown if they don...
Career and Education

Talking Point: Should schools start considering offline exam for junior classes – Times of India

System and staff trained for online exam Schools should believe in ensuring student safety and well-being. We intend to continue with assessments through our virtual platforms. In the last few months, we have perfected and honed our systems of teaching, learning and assessments using digital platforms effectively. We have trained both our staff and students to smoothly transition to digital modes of assessments while trying to ensure the highest standards of academic honesty. --Nandini Ghatak, academic head-middle school, Aditya Birla World Academy, Mumbai Flexibility to choose Students must be given an option to choose between the offline and online exam as the COVID-19 crisis is yet to get over. Schools can prepare different sets of question paper with equal difficulty level to ens...
Health and Lifestyle

Repurposing jewellery: Catch the new trend! – Times of India

The concept of repurposing and restyling old jewellery is gaining traction to tackle the skyrocketing gold prices as well as retain savings and heritage craftsmanship in the times of a pandemic. This, in turn, is helping jewellery businesses to sustain themselves. A broken necklace, an earring whose pair has been lost, a bracelet which doesn’t fit anymore as well as odd bits and ends in gold need not lie at the back of your locker. Not to worry. There are designers who can restyle them into a stunning piece of jewellery that you can wear more often. “A lot of people want to repurpose their old jewellery right now and are open to virtual consultations. I am so busy with the enquiries I receive, especially through Instagram, that I have asked some of my old clients to hold on to their je...
Sports

German Beach Volleyball Stars Boycott World Tour Event In Qatar Over Bikini Ban | Other Sports News

Germany's beach volleyball stars Karla Borger and Julia Sude have said they will boycott a tournament in Qatar next month because it was "the only country" where players were forbidden from wearing bikinis on court. "We are there to do our job, but are being prevented from wearing our work clothes," Borger told radio station Deutschlandfunk on Sunday. "This is really the only country and the only tournament where a government tells us how to do our job -- we are criticising that."Qatar is hosting the upcoming FIVB World Tour event but strict rules about on-court clothing have led to world championships silver medallist Borger and her doubles partner...
World

Daft Punk Split Up, Ending One Of The Era’s Defining Dancefloor Acts

Their 2013 single "Get Lucky" featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers was their biggest hit of all.Paris, France: French electronic music stars Daft Punk have split up, their publicist confirmed on Monday, ending one of the era's defining dancefloor acts.The duo released a video titled "Epilogue" in which one of the robot duo is blown up in the desert, followed by a cutaway reading "1993-2021".Their publicist, Kathryn Frazier, confirmed the news to AFP by email.Daft Punk -- real names Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo -- launched themselves on to the world with the album "Homework" in 1997 and quickly established an iconic look with their ever-present robot helmets.Their early singles "Around the World" and "Da Funk" became club fixtures, and they followed up with an...
Sports

Indian Women Cricket Team’s Home Series Against South Africa Likely To Start From March 7: Report | Cricket News

India have not played since the T20 World Cup in March last year.© Twitter The planned eight-match series between India and South Africa women is likely to be held from March 7, which will mark the return of the home team to competitive cricket after almost 12 months. The series, comprising five T20Is and three ODIs, is likely to be held in either Lucknow or Kanpur in a bio-bubble, a BCCI official told PTI on...