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Who are Rajbanshis, caught in Shah-Mamata scrap & why they’re key for BJP in Assam, Bengal
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Who are Rajbanshis, caught in Shah-Mamata scrap & why they’re key for BJP in Assam, Bengal

All Koch Rajbongshi Students Union's stage a demonstration demanding granted ST (Schedule Tribe) status in Assam | ANI File Photo Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi/Kolkata: Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s comment that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not condole the death of the fifth victim in the state’s weekend poll-related violence who was a Rajbanshi has put the spotlight on this community. Shah indicated that the Rajbanshi community isn’t an important voting bloc for the ruling Trinamool Congress. In February, Shah had visited the Koch-Rajbanshi community leader Ananta Roy in Assam as the state as well as West Bengal were gearing up for assembly polls. In both states, which are two of five curre...
Ambedkar Jayanti 2021: Quotes Of BR Ambedkar That Inspire Us
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Ambedkar Jayanti 2021: Quotes Of BR Ambedkar That Inspire Us

Ambedkar Jayanti 2021: Today is the 130th birth anniversary of BR AmbedkarToday is the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar. Ambedkar Jayanti is observed as Equality Day in India. Fondly called Babasaheb, BR Ambedkar stood firmly for the rights of Dalits and untouchables. He also fought the rights of women and  said that "I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved". BR Ambedkar, the 'architect of the Indian constitution', was a freedom fighter, an economist and a jurist. He was the force behind the Dalit Buddhist Movement in India. Babasaheb Ambedkar worked tirelessly towards a society where everyone is treated as equals. He was India's first Minister of Law and Justice. BR Ambedkar remains an inspiration across generations. Here are 10 motivat...
Pakistan intruder caught along international border in Jammu | India News – Times of India
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Pakistan intruder caught along international border in Jammu | India News – Times of India

JAMMU: Alert troops of Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday shot at and detained a Pakistani intruder trying to enter the Indian territory from across the international border in Jammu’s R S Pura sector. He was later hospitalized for a bullet injury. A BSF spokesperson said that security personnel observed suspicious movement of the Pakistani national near border post number 942 as the man was making desperate attempts to cross the fence. “The intruder was warned to stop but he did not pay attention. He was subsequently fired upon, due to which he got a minor injury,” the spokesperson said. BSF troops later apprehended him and handed him over to the police and was hospitalized. During preliminary questioning, the intruder disclosed his identity as Shabbir (40). Earlier on March 21, BS...
DMX’s family shuts down fundraising rumours on his funeral – Times of India
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DMX’s family shuts down fundraising rumours on his funeral – Times of India

Shutting down all rumours that have been doing the rounds claiming DMX's family is running campaigns to raise funds for his funeral, an official statement by the late star's members has been released that says it is completely bogus and not connected to them at all. A family member of the late star told an entertainment portal, "There has been a lot of unfounded rumours circulating after DMX's death last week, including a particularly absurd one -- namely, that his inner circle is raising money to help pay for his upcoming funeral." The family members have confirmed in a statement that they are not raising money, and they actually want the public to know any campaigns suggesting the contrary are completely bogus, and not connected to them at all. "We are aware there is any number of f...
IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians stun Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians stun Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Kolkata Knight Riders managed to lose its bearings in an astonishing manner as Mumbai Indians spinners Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya fashioned an improbable 10-run victory in an IPL encounter here on Tuesday. Chasing a target of 153, KKR were on course reaching 122 for 4 in the 15th over before the last five fetched only 20 runs as they stunningly fell short giving defending champions their first win. Krunal (1/13 in 4 overs) and Chahar (4/27 in 4 overs) were brilliant in checking the run-flow after a 72 run opening stand between Nitish Rana (57 off 47 balls) and Shubman Gill (33 off 24 balls). Match highlights | ScorecardBut it was Jasprit Bumrah (0/28) and Trent Boult (2/27), who were magnificent at the death keeping Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik under checks in a game th...
Explosion rocks football ground during match in Pakistan; 12 injured | Football News – Times of India
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Explosion rocks football ground during match in Pakistan; 12 injured | Football News – Times of India

KARACHI: At least 12 people were injured on Tuesday when a powerful explosion took place at a football ground during a match in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, according to the police. A football match was underway in Allahabad Town in Hub, the industrial centre of the province, to pay tributes to policemen killed in the line of duty when a locally-manufactured improvised explosive device detonated, causing a loud explosion, senior police officer Mohammad Ahmed Zaheer said. He said 12 people injured in the explosion were rushed to Karachi for treatment. “Two of the injured are in a critical condition,” he said. A senior police official said that the explosion took place at the final match of the tournament. The police were investigating the nature of the blast and a possible mo...
No moral conviction in absence of legal evidence: Bombay HC | India News – Times of India
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No moral conviction in absence of legal evidence: Bombay HC | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: "In the absence of legally admissible evidence there cannot be moral conviction," said the Bombay high court as it set aside a 2012 murder conviction and life sentence of three people, including a man whose wife had died due to asphyxiation from hanging. A bench of Justice Sadhana Jadhav and Justice N R Borkar recently ruled in a 2010 "cruelty to wife" case that there was evidence for conviction under section 498A of IPC. “In cases like the present one, just because the wife has died in her matrimonial house within two months of marriage, the entire family cannot be stigmatized as having committed offences as serious as (murder)," the HC said. It acquitted the family of all charges, including the ones under the Dowry Prohibition Act and dowry death. The victim, a postgraduate in...
West Bengal Reports Highest 1-Day Spike Of 4,817 Covid-19 Cases, 20 Deaths
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West Bengal Reports Highest 1-Day Spike Of 4,817 Covid-19 Cases, 20 Deaths

West Bengal Tuesday recorded the highest single-day spike of 4,817 coronavirus cases.Kolkata: West Bengal on Tuesday recorded the highest single-day spike of 4,817 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, pushing the tally to 6,24,224, the health department said in a bulletin.The death count also rose to 10,434 after 20 fresh fatalities were registered in the state.Kolkata too registered a record one-day spike of 1,271 coronavirus cases, while North 24 Parganas district reported 1,134 cases, the bulletin added.At least 2,278 patients recovered from the disease during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured people to 5,84,740.The state now has 29,050 active cases. Eleven fresh fatalities were reported from Kolkata, followed by four from North 24 Parganas, two each from Hooghly...
NIA probes encounter angle in passport found at Sachin Waze house
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NIA probes encounter angle in passport found at Sachin Waze house

A PASSPORT found by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at the home of arrested Mumbai policeman Sachin Waze is one of the key pieces in the Antilia security scare puzzle that investigators are trying to solve. The Indian Express has learnt that one of the theories the agency is working on is that Waze, known as an “encounter specialist”, allegedly intended to eliminate the holder of that passport and another man. The plan, they suspect, was to pin the SUV containing the gelatin sticks that was found on February 25 outside Mukesh Ambani’s house on these two men, gun them down the same day, and claim to have “solved” the case. The two men had a criminal record and were known to Waze, officials familiar with the line of investigation said. The passport was found during a ...
Most non-official members in new MSME Board have BJP links
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Most non-official members in new MSME Board have BJP links

The newly announced 46-member Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Board, tasked to play an important role in policy review, has 26 official members and 20 representing a range of industry voices. Politics seems to dominate the choice of the latter — the list includes several BJP office-bearers, ex-party MLAs and members of RSS affiliate Laghu Udyog Bharati. According to Section 3 of the MSME Development Act Act — under which the Board is constituted by the Centre — these 20 members are meant to “represent the associations of micro, small and medium enterprises, including not less than three persons representing associations of women’s enterprises and not less than three persons representing associations of micro enterprises, to be appointed by the Central Government.” A scru...
Ben Stokes ruled out of IPL 2021 with a broken finger | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ben Stokes ruled out of IPL 2021 with a broken finger | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: All-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the IPL 2021 with a broken finger. The English batsman joins Jofra Archer in Rajasthan Royals’ injury list and it leaves the team devoid of the services of two match-winners. “Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes injured a finger on his left hand while fielding during the team's match against Punjab Kings on 12 April 2021 in Mumbai. Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a broken finger, which will unfortunately rule him out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021 season,” Royals said in a statement. Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the IPL following a broken finger in last night's game. 😔He will stay with the R… https://t.co/lcZvY05Hdj— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) 1618333801000The statement added t...
Lockdown hurting, border town says talk about Covid, not caste
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Lockdown hurting, border town says talk about Covid, not caste

A green board runs right across the road that, a little further ahead, disappears into another country. The board reads, ‘You are entering India Bangladesh border area. Always Be Cautious’. The party flags at this formal Indo-Bangladesh border crossing in Petrapol, North 24 Parganas, are a sign that the election fever has also reached here. Since last Monday though, the talk has taken a turn. “That word of our nightmares is back again: lockdown,” says a taxi driver at the border. On April 5, Bangladesh announced a complete lockdown. That has dealt a fresh blow to Petrapol, 80 km from Kolkata, whose entire local economy is driven by business from the border. There are establishments offering cargo services, travel agencies, private taxis and vans, and shops selling refreshme...
‘Major’ announcement planned in student’s 1996 disappearance – Times of India
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‘Major’ announcement planned in student’s 1996 disappearance – Times of India

LOS ANGELES: A sheriff on California's Central Coast plans to make a major announcement Tuesday in the nearly 25-year mystery of the disappearance of college student Kristin Smart. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson scheduled a news conference at 2pm at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where Smart was a student, to discuss "major developments in the investigation" into her disappearance. The news comes about a month after the sheriff named former student Paul Flores as the "prime suspect" in the case and investigators searched his father's home and property in the city of Arroyo Grande, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of the university, using ground-penetrating radar and cadaver dogs. Smart, 19, of Stockton, California, vanished in May 1996 whil...
Covid vaccine approval brings relief, Sensex bounces back 1.38%
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Covid vaccine approval brings relief, Sensex bounces back 1.38%

After the sell-off on Monday, stock markets on Tuesday pulled back partially on short-covering and firm Asian markets. Despite weak macro numbers, the benchmark Sensex, which plunged 1,708 points on Monday, bounced back by 661 points, or 1.38 per cent, to 48,544.06 and the Nifty50 gained 194 points, or 1.36 per cent, to 14,504.80 on buying support. Among sectors, the losers of the previous day — PSU banks, auto, metals, realty and media — gained the most, while IT and pharma lost the most. The India Volatility Index (VIX) fell 11 per cent to end at 20.46. The sentiment got a boost following reports about the fast-tracked emergency approvals for foreign-produced Covid-19 vaccines. Reports about a fall in incremental Covid cases and higher recoveries further stabilised the se...
Remote Covid ward in Chhattisgarh tells new story of death, despair
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Remote Covid ward in Chhattisgarh tells new story of death, despair

In October last year, when the Covid caseload was peaking across the country, Bemetara in Chhattisgarh recorded 1,000 cases. On April 1 this year, the district’s log of active cases showed 6,300. By April 12, it had surged to 9,700. Bemetara’s numbers capture in a nutshell the impact of the second wave of the pandemic in the state. And its lone Covid ICU facility — 8 beds at the district hospital — the damage and despair that it has caused. Two of those ICU beds are vacant now. But that’s because the occupants succumbed to the virus on Monday. Chhattisgarh currently has 98,856 active cases. “In Bemetara, we are getting more than 200 cases in a day. They are coming from everywhere,” says a district health official. “The patients have all shown a similar pattern. Because of ...
Georgia lawmaker’s legal work targeted again over voting law – Times of India
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Georgia lawmaker’s legal work targeted again over voting law – Times of India

WASHINGTON: Protesters are trying to get a Georgia state representative fired by cities and counties that pay him to be their attorney, citing his role in pushing through a voting law that adds restrictions. The Washington City Council voted 4-2 to ask Rep. Barry Fleming to resign Monday, WJBF-TV reports. It's not clear if the city can immediately fire the Republican from Harlem because Washington has a contract with Fleming's law firm. "We want to make sure that every vote counts and we want to make sure that every person is heard," said Wilkes County Democratic Party chair Kimberly Rainey, among protesters demanding Fleming's resignation. "These kinds of bills are voter suppression. There's no other way to say it and it hurts people that are disenfranchised already." Fleming earlier s...
Ben Stokes out of IPL 2021 with suspected hand fracture: Report | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ben Stokes out of IPL 2021 with suspected hand fracture: Report | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON/MUMBAI: England all-rounder Ben Stokes' IPL campaign in all likelihood has come to an abrupt end after sustaining a suspected hand fracture during Rajasthan Royals' opening game against Punjab Kings, according to a report in British media. Stokes IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals is yet to confirm the development. .@Sakariya55 wants to take @ananyapandayy out on a date! 😱You can’t miss this rapid-fire 👇#HallaBol |… https://t.co/Fka0wpWxPT— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) 1618332125000According to British newspaper "Independent", Stokes has in all likelihood fractured his left-and while taking a diving catch to dismiss West Indies dasher Chris Gayle. Things we love to see - Jofra back in the nets.💗#HallaBol | #RoyalsFamily | @JofraArcher https://t.co/EvKivVxXcg— Rajasthan Royals ...
Door for global vaccines opens but pricing strategy could be key to entry
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Door for global vaccines opens but pricing strategy could be key to entry

THE Centre may have opened the regulatory door to a set of vaccines from overseas but how it works its pricing and procurement strategy could be key to their entry and rollout. For most nations, the vaccine rollout adheres to one simple maxim: countries that invested “at risk” before the products cleared regulatory scrutiny ended up extracting a better pricing deal from manufacturers in the end. So far, India, with the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturing base, seems to be the only exception. The NDA government is learnt to have negotiated the cost of Covishield — Serum Institute of India’s (SII) version of the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine — to Rs 150 plus GST, or around $2.02, per dose. This is lower than the $2.15 at which AZ is supplying to the European Unio...
US troops to exit Afghanistan by September 11, 20 years after 9/11 – Times of India
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US troops to exit Afghanistan by September 11, 20 years after 9/11 – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US troops will pack up fully from Afghanistan by September 11, 20 years after the world's biggest terrorist attack on 9/11. President Biden will make the announcement on Wednesday, bringing an end to the longest war the U.S was drawn into, surpassing the 19 years it was bogged down in Vietnam. The new timeline, which will go beyond the May 1 exit deadline that the Trump administration negotiated last year with the Taliban, will still leave the violence-wracked country open to depredations from Pakistan, which has long used it for "strategic depth" in its unending confrontation with India. The withdrawal is effectively a triumph for the Pakistani military, which has long nurtured Taliban and allied proxies and terrorists in its irregular warfare aimed at the west and India. T...
Exclusive! Back home from hospital, Bappi Lahiri meets his grandson Krrish after 18 months – Times of India
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Exclusive! Back home from hospital, Bappi Lahiri meets his grandson Krrish after 18 months – Times of India

Yes, Bappi Lahiri's grandson's name is Krishh. "We are followers of Hare Krishna, that's why," Baappida's son Bappa tells ETimes when contacted. Bappa is dancing in the aisles; Papa is back home free from COVID. The legendary music director returned from Breach Candy Hospital and put out a post declaring the same. So what's happened next? And where does Krrish come in? ETimes has it that Bappa has brought down his 3-year old son from the US with him. "It so happens that Papa had seen Krrish last when he was 18 months old. Post that 18/19 months have passed. Papa is very excited to be with Krrish and spends a lot of time playing different things with him." It seems that Bappa has settled abroad and his visits to India now are going to be off and on. And how is Bappida feeling now? A...