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New German Govt expected to continue strong ties with India: German envoy | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: India is becoming an important country for Germany in the Indo-Pacific region and the next coalition government in Berlin is expected to continue strong ties with New Delhi, German Ambassador Walter J Lindner said on Monday.
He said relations between India and Germany saw a significant upswing including in areas of trade and investment in the last over one decade and that the upward trajectory in ties is likely to continue.
“None of the global issues can be solved without India, be it climate change, global warming, trade issues, Covid-19 vaccination and terrorism…India is important for us,” he told reporters.
His comments came as a new coalition government is expected to take the reins in Berlin following the parliamentary elections.
According to reports, Social Democrats (SPD) was ahead of the ruling conservative bloc of Angela Merkel in the federal elections.
The federal elections marked the end of Merkel’s 16-year tenure as the German Chancellor, a period that saw significant expansion of India-Germany ties. Merkel has already announced that she will not seek a fresh term at the helm of the country.
“The Indo-Pacific is becoming more and more important and India has emerged as a major player in the region,” the German envoy said.
On Afghanistan, he said there was a need to address the need for humanitarian assistance in the country.
Referring to the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, he said the world community failed to properly predict the speed with which the group took over the country. PTI MPB
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Honsla Rakh trailer Twitter reaction: Fans shower love and compliments over Shehnaaz Gill’s work – Times of India

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The trailer of ‘Honsla Rakh’ came out only a couple of hours ago, and even before it was about to premier Shehnaaz Gill’s fans started rooting for the actress. And now, after getting a glimpse of how their loved Sana is going to look like, what her character sketch will be like, the fans have been simply can’t control their excitement. They have been taking to Twitter to shower their love and heaps of compliments for Shehnaaz Gill.

This goes without saying that they did love the trailer of the movie, but what got them hooked in the first place was, is, and will always be Shehnaaz Gill. We simply can’t blame them to be loyal and for showing their fandom.

Here are some of the sweetest tweets that surfaced for Shehnaaz Gill after the trailer release of ‘Honsla Rakh’:

They simply fell for her look

They wished her all the happiness and success

They see caliber in her as an actor

They are proud of her

And the list of tweets goes on! Here are some more tweets:

Honsla Rakh’s trailer shows us Diljit Dosanjh, an adorable and desi single parent with a 7-year-old kid trying his hand in finding love all over again. He does meet a cute girl, Sonam Bajwa, and just when the chemistry starts to brew in his ex-wife Shehnaaz Gill makes her way back to his life!





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Sara Ali Khan flashes her cutest smile as she makes a traditional statement – Times of India

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Bollywood actress Sara Ali Khan’s traditional wardrobe has always been noteworthy. This time the actress took to her social media handle to share a bunch of pictures in her ethnic look. Draping a gorgeous saree, the actress wrote, “Because women in a Sari…Are always Pyaari 💕💖🌷🌈”

In the picture, Sara looked breathtaking in a printed pink saree featuring embroidered quirky patterns. Chunky jewellery, well defined eyes and subtle make up tied her whole look together. With her wavy locks, the actress looked stunning.

Meanwhile on the work front, Sara Ali Khan is gearing up for her next ‘Atrangi Re’. Helmed by Anand L Rai, the movie also stars Akshay Kumar and Dhanush in pivotal characters. Reportedly, the screenplay of the film would follow a non-linear narrative of two romances from different timelines running in parallel. The film has been slated to release this year.



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South Korea’s President Moon raises dog meat ban – Times of India

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SEOUL: South Korea‘s President Moon Jae-in raised banning the eating of dogs in the country on Monday, his office said, a traditional practice that is becoming an international embarrassment.
The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine with about one million dogs believed to be eaten annually, but consumption has declined as more people embrace dogs as companions rather than livestock.
The practice is now something of a taboo among younger generations and pressure from animal rights activists has also been mounting.
“Hasn’t the time come to prudently consider prohibiting dog meat consumption?” Moon told Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum during a weekly meeting, according to the presidential spokeswoman.
South Korea’s pet industry is on the rise, with a growing number of people living with dogs at home — the president among them.
Moon is a known dog lover and has several canines at the presidential compound, including a mutt he rescued after taking office.
Adopting Tory was one of Moon’s pledges during his presidential campaign and the pooch became the first rescue dog to make its way into the Blue House.
Moon made the remarks as he was briefed on a plan to improve the care system for abandoned pets, his spokeswoman said.
South Korea’s current animal protection law is intended mainly to prevent the cruel slaughter of dogs and cats but does not ban consumption itself.
Nonetheless, authorities have invoked the law and other hygiene regulations to crack down on dog farms and restaurants ahead of international events such as the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.





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Pic: Jacqueline Fernandez cleans up Mumbai beach – Times of India

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Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez kickstarted Monday by cleaning up the dirty shores of Mumbai with her team.

The actress, who has founded an NGO for ‘create and share stories of kindness’ took to her Instagram handle to share a glimpse of herself cleaning the Mumbai beach.

“Beach clean up Mumbai team @jf.yolofoundation @beachpleaseindia” she captioned a happy selfie with her team alongside a short video clip of the shores filled with plastic and other pollutants.

Have a look:

Jacqueline is known for her kind gestures towards humanity. Recently, she was papped helping the needy on the streets. On her way to work, the actress had stopped her car and interacted with a needy person while extending help and the pictures earned her a lot of praise.

Previously this year, during the second wave of COVID-19 in India, she was spotted cooking and serving meals for those affected by the pandemic. Sharing anecdotes from the day, she had said on social media, “Mother Teresa once said, ‘Peace begins when the hungry are fed.’ I was truly humbled and inspired to visit Mumbai @rotibankfdn today, which is run by former Mumbai police commissioner Mr. D Sivanandan. Roti Bank has prepared and distributed meals to millions of hungry people till date, even during the pandemic. They are the perfect example of what #kindnessbrigade aspires to do and I am honored to be of help to them during these times. We only live once! Let’s make this life worth it by helping others in need and sharing the #storiesofkindness of those around us!”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Jacqueline recently appeared in a horror-comedy film released on the OTT platform. She had shared the screenscape with Yami Gautam, Arjun, and Saif Ali Khan in lead roles.



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Collaboration between India, US will advance management of global health threats: Union minister | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: A collaboration between India and the United States will advance scientific discovery and management of global health threats, Union minister of state for health, Bharati Pravin Pawar said on Monday.
She said this while addressing the inaugural session of the 4th Indo-US Health Dialogue, being hosted by India, at the Ministry of Health, according to an official statement.
The US delegation for the dialogue is led by Loyce Pace, Director, Office of Global Affairs at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The two-day dialogue will be leveraged as a platform to deliberate upon multiple ongoing collaborations between the two countries in the health sector, the ministry said in the statement.
The issues planned for deliberations in this round also encompass areas of concern pertaining to strengthening of epidemiological research and surveillance, vaccine development, the “One Health” approach, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, health systems and health policies etc., it added.
The minister put in the foreground the mutual solidarity between India and the US during the COVID-19 pandemic, where both sides extended their relentless support to each other.
She lauded the way in which the two countries have enhanced collaboration in research and development, especially with respect to pharmaceuticals, therapeutics and vaccine development, which could be seen in Indian manufacturers collaborating with US-based agencies to develop Covid vaccines, the statement said.
Recognising a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in 2020 on mental health, Pawar acknowledged the enhanced cooperation and strengthened bilateral ties between India and the US in the health sector.
Another MoU between the Ministry of Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services in the health sector has been finalised, with major areas of cooperation covering issues such as health safety and security, communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases, health systems and health policy, the statement said.
Pawar recapitulated the need to focus on these emerging areas to prevent and control infectious diseases, relying on well-designed and validated scientific approaches and collaboration between countries to aid in advance scientific discovery and management of global health threats, it added.
She also said the public and private sector should work together and combine their strengths in fighting the inequities of the health systems through innovations.
Marking the beginning of the two-day dialogue, Pawar said the platform will provide an opportunity to all the participants for detailed deliberations, which may be used to broaden the scope of partnership on the health agenda with multiple agencies both in India and the US.





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CDC director warns of ‘dire straits’ in Delta-hit areas of US – Times of India

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Parts of the US health system “are in dire straits,” as the spread of the Covid-19 delta variant forces some states to prepare for rationed medical care, Rochelle Walensky, head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said.



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US plans projects in Latin America countering China’s Belt and Road – Times of India

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WASHINGTON: US officials are set to tour Latin America this week to scout infrastructure projects as they prepare a counter to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative.
A delegation of diplomatic and development officials led by President Joe Biden’s deputy national security adviser Daleep Singh is in Colombia, where they plan to meet President Ivan Duque, before stops later in the week to Ecuador and Panama, US officials said.
The group is tasked with turning Build Back Better World (B3W), the international infrastructure investment initiative announced by the Group of Seven richest democracies in June, into reality. It’s the first of several planned “listening tours.”
In addition to meeting with Duque, Ecuadorean President Guillermo Lasso, and Panamanian officials, the trip will allow US officials to speak with the private sector, civil society and “traditionally marginalized groups,” officials said.
The program is focused on areas including climate, health, digital technology and gender equality, officials have said.
A formal US B3W launch event is planned for early next year that will include details of some initial projects aimed at narrowing the $40 trillion needed by developing nations by 2035, according to a senior Biden administration official. It is not yet decided how much capital the program will ultimately allocate.
In just over a month, US officials also plan to huddle with allies at the Group of 20 rich countries and COP26 climate change conferences in Europe, which China is also set to attend. Conversations will continue at Biden’s planned Summit for Democracy in December.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which Xi launched in 2013, involves development and investment initiatives stretching worldwide. More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports and highways.
“Very few of the projects make economic sense and they often have very poor labor and environmental standards,” the Biden administration official said.





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Harshal Patel: A consistent performer who is waiting for his India call up | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel in Sunday became the first bowler in IPL 2021 to claim a hat-trick. Patel’s 4/17 exploits helped RCB inflict a massive 54-run defeat on defending champions Mumbai Indians in Dubai on Sunday.
The right-arm pacer has emerged as one of RCB’s most important bowlers after taking 23 wickets in just 10 matches that also saw him sit atop the bowling list this season. Overall he has 69 wickets under his belt in 58 IPL matches.
An elated Harshal said the achievement will take some time to sink in as he took a hat-trick for the very first time in his career.
“First-time ever I have taken a hat-trick in my life, I had not done this even in a school game. In IPL, I have been on hat-tricks six times and this is the first time I have gotten it. It will take some time to sink in,” he said.

Harshal Patel (Image credit: BCCI/IPL)
Harshal exposed Mumbai Indians’ batting chinks for the second consecutive time. His best figures of 5/27 were also registered against the 5 time champions in the first phase of IPL 2021. The tournament was suspended midway due to rising Covid-19 cases in India.

The 30-year-old Harshal, who has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit with 226 wickets in 64 first class matches is still awaiting to be included in the scheme of things as far as the national team is concerned. He was also not part of the ‘second-string’ Indian team which toured Sri Lanka earlier this year.

He was also not included in India’s 15 member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
There is immense competition as far as the fast bowling slots for India’s limited overs teams are concerned and Harshal will have yo be patient.
But not being able to make it into the Indian team yet does not deter Harshal. The 30 year old asserted that his ultimate goal remains to play cricket.

“I don’t have any regret anytime, the decisions I have taken in life have been taken as per my best ability at that time. And when it comes to selection, that is completely out of my hands,” he said.
“There is only one goal for me, whichever team I play, be it a club or IPL team, or when I will play for the country or when I play for Haryana, I try to put a positive impact in the game from whichever situation with ball or bat.

“That is my goal and it will remain my goal until I play cricket,” he stressed.
If Harshal continues to perform the way he has been, he perhaps stands a good chance to be rewarded with a national call up sometime in the future.





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