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Racism row hits Indian Premium League

The two-time T20 World Cup-winning former West Indies captain Darren Sammy claimed that he faced racial discrimination while he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad when he was part of the IPL franchise from 2013 to 2014.

While commenting on the protests over African-American George Floyd’s death in the US, had spoken about being called ‘Kalu’ while he was in India, a derogatory word to describe black people.

Sammy said having understood the meaning only now, he feels disappointed with his teammates. 

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An old social media post by India pacer Ishant Sharma lent credence to former West Indies captain Darren Sammy’s allegation that a racist nickname was used to address him during his IPL stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad for which he is now demanding an apology.

Anger over murder of Kashmiri Pandit Sarpanch

Last Rites of Ajay Pandita (Bharti)

Widespread anger ensued after Ajay Pandita, a Kashmiri Pandit sarpanch of the Larkipora area, located in Kashmir’s Anantnag district and a member of the Congress party, was shot dead by terrorists in his native village on June 8th.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu condemned the killing Ajay, saying those behind the incident are enemies of humanity.

Several Kashmiri Pandit organisations on Monday condemned the killing of Sarpanch Ajay Pandita in Anantnag district, calling it an attempt to “trigger fear psychosis” among the minorities in the Valley.

Panun Kashmir said it was a continuance of genocide and ethnic cleansing of minority community members in the Valley.

ICMR: Upto 30% people in containment areas exposed to COVID-19


Indian Council of Medical Research has revealed that 15-30% people living in containment zones have been exposed to Coronavirus.

The data was revealed on the basis of the first population-based Serosurvey conducted across the nation.

The survey was undertaken to assess the extent of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and the survey revealed that upto 30% of the population in many containment areas in hotspot cities may have already been infected by the virus.

To conduct a serosurvey, blood samples of people are collected and the samples are tested to check for the presence of antibodies that are specificly produced by the body against the virus.

ICMR along with WHO & National Centre for Disease Control collected almost 24,000 samples from 70 districts across the country to conduct this serosurvey.

By ieshanbali


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