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BJP, Maharashtra govt spar over Remdesivir supply

Maharashtra home minister Dilip Walse Patil on Sunday accused the BJP of trying to pressurise the Mumbai Police and interfere in their work.

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Police fatally shoot carjacking suspect near Minneapolis

Police said the man -- who is White in his 20s -- was suspected of carjacking a woman at gunpoint prior to the shootout.

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Bihar, Tamil Nadu govts impose night curfews to contain spread

While Bihar recorded 8,690 cases, Tamil Nadu logged 10, 723 fresh cases in a day.

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Kin allege 12 died in MP due to ‘oxygen shortage’, govt and hospital dismiss claim

Madhya Pradesh medical education minister Vishwas Sarang said there was no shortage of oxygen and that a probe was ordered.

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Railways to run ‘Oxygen Express’ amid high demand from states

Tentatively, a movement plan has been made for dispatching 10 empty tankers on Monday, the ministry of railways said, adding that the transport secretary, Maharashtra, has assured to provide the tankers.

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Magat Dam to release water ahead of typhoon Bising’s rains

The operator of Magat Dam in Isabela advised the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) that it would release water from the dam on Tuesday, April 20 as a precautionary measure against the rains of typhoon “Bising.” In a notice on dam discharge warning operation issued at 6 a.m. on Monday, April 19, the Magat River Integrated Irrigation System Dam and Reservoir Division announced the opening of one spillway gate with a one-meter opening around 6 a.m. on Tuesday. As “reservoir elevation needs to be lowered,” an estimated 200 cubic meters per second of water will be discharged “in anticipation of the expected heavy inflow due to typhoon Bising.” Magat Dam’s water level was at 190.42 meters, based on the monitoring of the PAGASA around 6 a.m. on Monday. It is 2.58 meters short of its 193-meter spilling level. The regulation of outflow from Magat Dam is done to mitigate potential flood damage to the downstream. However, communities surrounding the Magat River should stay alert for possible flooding, particularly those in the towns of Ramon, San Mateo, Luna, Aurora, Burgos, Gamu, and Naguilian in Isabela province.

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European Super League confirmed: 12 leading clubs announce new breakaway competition

A dozen of Europe’s richest clubs, including six from the Premier League, have agreed to join a new European Super League. Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have announced plans to establish the competition along with AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid. It is anticipated three more clubs will join the breakaway group as founding members of the new mid-week competition of 20 teams, which will begin “as soon as practicable”. The 15 regular participants, who will be granted automatic entry each year, will be joined by five more teams, who can qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season. The plans have faced widespread criticism for creating a “closed shop” at the summit of European club football, while Boris Johnson on Sunday described the move as “very damaging” for the domestic game. Uefa, the sport’s governing body in Europe, UEFA has claimed players participating in the Super League could be “banned from all Uefa and Fifa competitions”, including representing their national sides at the World Cup or European Championships. READ MORE: What is the planned format and how would the Super League work? A statement released by the group said clubs would receive a share of a €3.5bn (£3bn) fund “solely to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the Covid pandemic.” The statement added: “The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. “Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis. “The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid. In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions. “The Founding Clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher-quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid.” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is named the first chairman of the Super League, with Juventus counterpart Andrea Agnelli the vice-chairman alongside Manchester United’s Joel Glazer. As it became clear an announcement was imminent on Sunday, criticism of the competition was raised from all angles, including the UK governmentand all major European football organising bodies. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said the “deeply troubling” proposals could undermine fair competition in the game, while the European Parliament’s sports group, warned a “closed competition of super rich clubs” could “form a privileged caste outside the structures of European club football.” The Premier League said in a statement that a super league would “destroy” the premise of open competition. “A European Super League will undermine the appeal of the whole game, and have a deeply damaging impact on the immediate and future prospects of the Premier League and its member clubs, and all those in football who rely on our funding and solidarity to prosper.” it added. And in a joint statement with the English Football Association, the Premier League, the Spanish FA, La Liga, the Italian FA and Serie A, Uefa also condemned the “cynical project”, threatening to ban participating clubs from existing domestic competitions. “We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way. “The clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.” Fifa also condemned the proposals.”Fifa can only express its disapproval to a “closed European breakaway league” outside of the international football structures and not respecting the aforementioned principles,” it said in a statement. “Fifa always stands for unity in world football and calls on all parties involved in heated discussions to engage in calm, constructive and balanced dialogue for the good of the game and in the spirit of solidarity and fair play. “We will, of course, do whatever is necessary to contribute to a harmonised way forward in the overall interests of football.” Read More ‘We’re heading in the right direction’, Stanway says after Lioness loss to Canada How would a European Super League work? Clubs consider European Super League to ‘end football as we know it’

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Facebook to announce new audio products on Monday - Recode

(Reuters) - Facebook will announce a series of products under the umbrella of "social audio" on Monday, including its take

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Chip shortage casts shadow on China's auto industry recovery

By Norihiko Shirouzu and Yilei Sun SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Auto industry executives are rattled by a global shortage of semiconductors

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Japan firms brace for further COVID hit amid fears of new wave of infections - Reuters poll

By Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese companies think the country will suffer a fourth round of coronavirus infections, with

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Vigil, 'peace walk' in Chicago after police shooting of boy

People gathered around Chicago to remember a 13-year-old boy fatally shot by a police officer and to call for changes in policing and an end to gun violence

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Heavy rains pummel Bicol, most of E. Visayas as typhoon ‘Bising’ keeps strength

Typhoon “Bising” (international name: “Surigae”) maintained its strength on Monday morning, April 19, as it turned north-northwest east of Catanduanes. In a severe weather bullletin issued at 5 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Bising maintained its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 240 kph. The typhoon has barely moved. As of 4 a.m., the center of the eye of Bising was 250 kilometers (km) east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, moving north-northwest at 10 kph. READ: Tropical Cyclone Bising tracker PAGASA said Bising is expected to remain offshore but will continue to bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, and Leyte Monday. By Tuesday, April 20, moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Northern Samar. “Under these conditions and considering the antecedent rainfall over the aforementioned areas, flooding including flash floods and rain-induced landslides, are increasingly likely to occur especially in areas identified in hazard maps as highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards,” PAGASA warned. Signal No. 2 remained hoisted over Catanduanes, eastern portion of Camarines Sur, eastern portion of Albay, eastern and central portions of Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Biliran. Areas under Signal No. 1 were the eastern portion of Isabela, northern portion of Aurora, southeastern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, rest of Camarines Sur, rest of Albay, rest of Sorsogon, Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands, Leyte, Southern Leyte, northern portion of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Dinagat Islands, Siargao Islands, and Bucas Grande Islands. In the next 24 hours, PAGASA said the northeasterly wind flow enhanced by the typhoon will also bring strong breeze to near-gale conditions with higher gusts over most parts of Northern Luzon, Aurora, and the rest of Quezon that are not under any tropical cyclone wind signal. PAGASA said such conditions are more likely to occur in the coastal and mountainous areas. Bising may also trigger “very rough to very high seas” over the eastern seaboard of Luzon with wave heights up to 5.0-12.0 meters (m), and “rough to very high seas” over the northern and eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas (2.5-7.0 m). Rough to very rough seas may also prevail over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon (2.5-5.0 m) and the eastern seaboard of Caraga (2.5-4.5 m), and rough seas over the remaining seaboards of localities where wind signals are in effect and eastern seaboard of Davao Oriental (2.5-4.0 m). “Sea travel is risky for all types of seacrafts over these waters,” PAGASA said. Projected track and intensity Typhoon Bising could continue to move generally north or north-northwest until Wednesday evening, April 21 or Thursday morning, April 22, PAGASA said. Afterward, the typhoon will move northeast throughout Thursday and east-northeast on Friday, April 23, away from Luzon landmass, it added. PAGASA noted that the typhoon could maintain its current intensity in the next 12 to 24 hours before gradually weakening throughout the remainder of the forecast period. Bising will likely be at 300 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 510 km east of Baler, Aurora by Tuesday morning; 430 km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan by Wednesday morning; 405 km east of Calayan, Cagayan by Thursday morning; 505 km east of Basco, Batanes by Friday morning; and 965 km east-northeast of Basco, Batanes by Saturday morning, April 24.

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'Out of control' fire breaks out in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park

An "out of control" fire has broken out in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park on Sunday, according to South African officials, prompting the evacuation of hikers from the city's most famous landmark.

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Mexico's President will propose a migration agreement during US climate summit

Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will propose a new migration agreement between the countries of North and Central America this week, he announced on Sunday.

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Haniger, France lead Mariners past Astros 7-2

Ty France hit a two-run home run, six Seattle pitchers combined on a one-hitter and the Mariners beat the depleted Houston Astros 7-2

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Soccer-Premier League talking points

(Reuters) - Talking Points from the Premier League weekend: NEVER MIND THE PREMIER LEAGUE... Twelve of Europe's top football clubs

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Investor group calls for banks to set tougher climate targets

By Simon Jessop and Ross Kerber LONDON (Reuters) - A group of investors managing $11 trillion in assets has called

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U.S. Passes Vaccine Milestone; Aid Goes to Ontario: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) -- Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said a decision on how to resume the Johnson &

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'My Father's Other Family' Full Cast List: Meet Kimberly Sue-Murray, Hannah Anderson and other stars from the Lifetime drama

Morgan David Jones and Cory Lee also star in the upcoming Lifetime movie 'My Father's Other Family'

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2021 ACM Awards Full Performers List: Maren Morris to Eric Church, here's the full line-up as Mickey Guyton and Keith Urban host

Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton will be hosting the night with a performers lineup of 29 artistes including Eric Church, Maren Morris, Alan Jackson, Dan + Shay and Lady A

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Soccer-Real Madrid won't cry about injuries - Courtois

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said his side would not mope about their growing list of absentees

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Coinbase Hangover Rattles Crypto Assets With Bitcoin Falling

(Bloomberg) -- The mania that drove crypto assets to records as Coinbase Global Inc. went public last week turned on

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Soccer-Top European clubs announce breakaway Super League

By Simon Evans MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Twelve of Europe's top football clubs announced on Sunday they were launching a

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Canadian govt to send support to virus-hit province

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Sunday that the federal government will send resources and support to Ontario, the province

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White House to promote vaccine eligibility with media blitz

As all Americans 16 years and older become eligible for the vaccine on Monday, the White House is launching a media blitz to raise awareness about Americans' vaccine eligibility, an administration official said.

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