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Day: September 17, 2020

Saina Nehwal confirms for Denmark Open; PV Sindhu pulls out | Badminton News – Times of India
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Saina Nehwal confirms for Denmark Open; PV Sindhu pulls out | Badminton News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: PV Sindhu has withdrawn from the Danisa Denmark Open while six others, including Saina Nehwal, have confirmed their participation by signing the consent form sent by Badminton Association of India (BAI). Saina had questioned the timing of the Thomas and Uber Cup (TUC) — which has been postponed to next year — but seems to be fine with the Denmark Open, beginning on October 13, two days after TUC would have ended if the schedule was adhered to. Ranking points could be the reason Saina decided to compete in this tournament. The Olympic qualification of Saina and Kidambi Srikanth hangs by a thread and both need thousands of ranking points to make it to Tokyo. Saina and Srikanth apart, Parupalli Kashyap, Ajay Jayram, Subhankar Dey and Lakshya Sen also confirmed for the event. Sin...
Insurance regulator wants pandemic risk pool for informal, low-income sectors
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Insurance regulator wants pandemic risk pool for informal, low-income sectors

Written by George Mathew | Mumbai | Updated: September 18, 2020 7:05:23 am According to a report by the committee, the pool would cater to around 4 crore MSME workers and lead to a capacity of Rs 75,000 crore initially, including the provision of a government backstop.Amit the Covid outbreak, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) is considering a recommendation by its working committee to set up a pandemic risk pool to address losses and displacement caused to the informal and low-income sectors in case of another similar crisis in the future. According to a report by the committee, the pool would cater to around 4 crore M...
Allow Queen’s Counsel to represent Jadhav, India tells Pakistan | India News – Times of India
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Allow Queen’s Counsel to represent Jadhav, India tells Pakistan | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India confirmed Thursday that it had asked for appointment of a Queen's Counsel (QC), a title awarded to senior barristers for excellence in some Commonwealth countries, as Kulbhushan Jadhav's defence lawyer in the ongoing ICJ-mandated review of his death sentence in Islamabad high court. TOI had first reported Wednesday that, to break the deadlock over who can represent Jadhav in a Pakistan court, India had proposed appointment of a QC as his lawyer and that senior advocate Harish Salve, who is also QC in the courts of England and Wales, was its obvious choice. The government though, as the MEA said Thursday, is open to enlisting the services of lawyers of other nationalities too provided they are QC too. "Pakistan has not yet addressed the core issues, which includes provis...
Stay on TV show: If you want guidelines, regulate digital media first, Centre tells SC
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Stay on TV show: If you want guidelines, regulate digital media first, Centre tells SC

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 18, 2020 7:03:06 am After hearing both parties, the Court issued notice in the matter and sought replies from the respondents within four weeks. (Representational Image)The Centre urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to confine the matter regarding the Sudarshan TV show Bindass Bol, whose telecast had earlier been stayed by the Court, to the channel alone, and not lay down “any further guidelines” for the entire mainstream media. In an affidavit, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting added that however “if” the “Court decides to undertake the exercise, it should first be undertaken with regard to dig...
Court rejects CBI closure report, orders case against Arun Shourie for hotel sale by Atal Govt
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Court rejects CBI closure report, orders case against Arun Shourie for hotel sale by Atal Govt

Written by Deep Mukherjee | Jaipur | September 18, 2020 4:35:04 am A five-star hotel, Laxmi Vilas was originally a palace of the erstwhile king of Udaipur Maharaja Fateh Singh, dating back to 1911. Finance Ministry records show the Central government sold 89.97% stake in it for Rs 7.52 crore in 2002 against a reserve price of Rs 6.12 crore. The hotel had posted provisional losses of Rs 1.07 crore in 2000-01.A Special CBI Court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district has ordered the registration of a criminal case against former Union minister Arun Shourie, retired IAS officer Pradip Baijal and three others, after prima facie finding offences such as criminal co...
China’s words and actions don’t match, no power can stop patrolling at LAC: Rajnath
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China’s words and actions don’t match, no power can stop patrolling at LAC: Rajnath

Written by Shubhajit Roy , Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: September 18, 2020 6:59:27 am Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the Lok Sabha on the border tensions between India and China border (LSTV/PTI Photo)Underlining that there is a mismatch between what China says and does, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Rajya Sabha Thursday that India will not back down from taking “any big and tough step” in its interest, and that there will be no change in the “traditional and well-defined” patrolling pattern of Indian soldiers along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. “No power in the world can stop Indian soldiers from patrolling,...
A workshop in a lane cuts glass to stand between Delhi power corridors, virus
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A workshop in a lane cuts glass to stand between Delhi power corridors, virus

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | September 18, 2020 4:30:53 am At the workshop in Paharganj, New Delhi, where the acrylic shields are manufactured. Tashi TobgyalA computer-operated laser-cutting machine, the size of a table-tennis board, is silently embossing the State Emblem of India on a transparent acrylic sheet in a corner of a workshop in the industrial neighbourhood of Delhi’s Paharganj. In the unseasonal September afternoon heat, five-six labourers, all in their 20s, are busy making signboards, glow signs and name plates — and, increasingly these days, putting the Ashoka symbol on acrylic sheets. As the work of the government goes on a...
Australia and England players arrive in UAE from UK for IPL 2020 | Cricket News – Times of India
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Australia and England players arrive in UAE from UK for IPL 2020 | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: The 21 Australian and English players, who are members of different IPL franchises, arrived here on Thursday from the United Kingdom ahead of the opening match of the world's richest T20 tournament on Saturday. The players, including the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler, landed here late evening (UAE time) in a chartered flight from the UK after featuring in a white ball series which ended on Wednesday. Warner and some other players were seen wearing Personal Protection Kits (PPEs) in view of the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced the BCCI to shift the league out of India this year. Check full IPL league stage scheduleAll of them will undergo RT-PCR test for COVID-19 in Dubai and the three Kolkata Knight Riders players -- Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton an...
Maharashtra: 15% children undernourished in Nandurbar as lockdown hits nutrition schemes
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Maharashtra: 15% children undernourished in Nandurbar as lockdown hits nutrition schemes

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | September 18, 2020 4:25:07 am While the three tribal districts have historically reported maximum cases of malnutrition in Maharashtra, officials have pointed out that the higher numbers could be linked to the lockdown since March, which affected nutrition programmes across the state. At least 15 per cent of the 1.49 lakh children aged up to six years screened during a drive conducted by the Women and Child Development department in Nandurbar in July has been found malnourished. The drive, the first since the coronavirus outbreak, also found that 7.9 per cent of the children in the age group in Melghat and 2.3...
India at UN cautions against linking environmental degradation to peace and security – Times of India
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India at UN cautions against linking environmental degradation to peace and security – Times of India

UNITED NATIONS: India at the UN on Thursday cautioned against “securitisation” of environmental issues, saying linking up everything related to environmental degradation to peace and security does nothing to address climate concerns meaningfully nor does it ensure that real perpetrators adhere to their commitments on environmental issues. Environmental degradation can have humanitarian impact or effect just as many other aspects of human activity have humanitarian dimensions, India said in a statement to the UN Security Council's high-level open debate on maintenance of international peace and security: Humanitarian Effects of Environmental Degradation and Peace and Security. “However, merely to link up everything related to environmental issues with peace and security does nothing to e...
Maharashtra: Police inspector succumbs to Covid in Raigad
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Maharashtra: Police inspector succumbs to Covid in Raigad

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | September 18, 2020 4:24:00 am Officials said Pardeshi died on Thursday evening after his health worsened. (Representational)A Police Inspector posted in Raigad district succumbed to Covid-19 on Thursday. The death took the toll in the Maharashtra Police force to 209. The deceased, Rajendra Pardeshi, who held the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Home) in Raigad district police, was admitted to D Y Patil Hospital in Nerul on September 9 after testing positive for Covid-19. Officials said Pardeshi died on Thursday evening after his health worsened. As of Thursday, 187 constables and 22 officers in the state poli...
Harsimrat Kaur Badal quits Cabinet, says can’t be party to anti-farmer laws
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Harsimrat Kaur Badal quits Cabinet, says can’t be party to anti-farmer laws

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | September 18, 2020 4:21:10 am Harsimrat inaugurated two food processing units at Gur Kirpa Mega Food Park, Ladhowal, Monday. (File)Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, an MP of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), one of the BJP’s oldest allies, resigned from the Narendra Modi Cabinet on Thursday, publicly criticising the farm policy of the government. The SAD made a dramatic announcement of her resignation in Lok Sabha, protesting against The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020, whi...
No changes in restrictions in effect in Mumbai, says police
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No changes in restrictions in effect in Mumbai, says police

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: September 18, 2020 10:54:49 am The confusion started after a notice under under Section 144 was issued by DCP (Operations) Shahaji Umap on Wednesday, extending the restrictions in place till September 30. FileThe Mumbai Police late Thursday clarified that there were no changes in the restrictions in effect in the city after a notice issued by it under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) on Wednesday, extending the prohibitory orders till September 30, led to confusion. The police top brass said the notice was merely an extension of an earlier one issued under Section 144 — prohibitory order...
Rs 750 for burnt restaurant, Rs 8,500 for store: Delhi Assembly panel flags gaps in riot relief
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Rs 750 for burnt restaurant, Rs 8,500 for store: Delhi Assembly panel flags gaps in riot relief

Written by Sourav Roy Barman | New Delhi | September 18, 2020 4:40:16 am Usman Ali (right) sought Rs 3 lakh as compensation, got Rs 750. Sourav Roy BarmanAfter his small restaurant in Gokulpuri was vandalised and looted during the Northeast Delhi riots, Usman Ali sought  Rs 3 lakh in damages from the state government. He was paid Rs 750. Days into her pregnancy, on February 25, Gulzeb Parveen’s husband Moshin Ali was killed. His charred body was found metres from the Khajuri Khas police station. On Tuesday, she gave birth to a baby girl, who is in the ICU at a Hapur hospital. “The compensation was withheld because we didn’t have Moshin’s death certific...
India crosses 6 crore mark in Covid-19 testing; 11,36,613 samples tested in single day: ICMR | India News – Times of India
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India crosses 6 crore mark in Covid-19 testing; 11,36,613 samples tested in single day: ICMR | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India has crossed the six crore mark in conducting tests for detection of Covid-19, with 6,05,65,728 samples having been examined till September 16, the Indian Council of Medical Research said on Thursday. As on August 28, India had tested 4,04,06,609 Covid-19 samples, it said. With an average testing of more than 10 lakh per day in the last 20 days, India has tested 6,05,65,728 samples across the country till September 16. "As on Wednesday, 11,36,613 samples were tested for detection of Covid-19 in a single day. India has conducted last two crore sample testing in only 20 days," the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. This has been enabled by rapidly increasing testing infrastructure and capacity across the country. The total number of diagnostic labs in the coun...
Android 11 starts rolling out for Pixel users in India – Times of India
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Android 11 starts rolling out for Pixel users in India – Times of India

After a little over a week since its global rollout, Google has finally rolled out the Android 11 operating system update in India. The Times of India-Gadgets Now was able to spot the Android 11 update on the Pixel 3 smartphone in India as an OTA update. The size of the update as per the screenshot is 1.48GB. The eligible phones for the upgrade include Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Although the upgrade is available on Pixel 4 smartphones as well, they weren’t officially launched in India. The top features of the Android 11 include improved device and media controls, dedicated space for messaging apps in the notification section, built-in screen recording and more privacy controls. Smartphone OEMs including OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme have...
Kwiatkowski wins Tour de France 18th stage, Roglic retains yellow | More sports News – Times of India
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Kwiatkowski wins Tour de France 18th stage, Roglic retains yellow | More sports News – Times of India

LA ROCHE SUR FORON (France): Michal Kwiatkowski, the unsung hero of Team Sky/Ineos during their dominant years, claimed his maiden Tour de France victory when he won the 18th stage from a breakaway duo with team mate Richard Carapaz on Thursday. Carapaz, who took the lead in the mountains classification, gave former world champion Kwiatkowski a pat on the back before they crossed the line together, which ensured that the Polish rider would take first place. For Nico 🖤 @INEOSGrenadiers #GreaterTogethet https://t.co/yBUEmNFUMw— Michał Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) 1600358524000The victory is a sweet reward for Kwiatkowski, whose role as a domestique on the Tour has helped Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal win Tour de France titles since 2016. It also gave Ineos-Grenadiers something to ...
I hired an escort to get over a break-up (Warning: Graphic Content)
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I hired an escort to get over a break-up (Warning: Graphic Content)

I was reclined on my king-sized bed, with the face of the most glorious man I’d been with for decades gently exploring between my legs. Instead of concentrating on the sweet sensation, my mind kept wandering to how much time I had left of this encounter I was paying for.I had never paid a man for sex before. I’d never needed to but this was different. This was partly symbolic and partly desire. It has been two and a half years since I’d felt a man’s touch and the last man who touched me did not do so gently.My marriage ended with pain and aggression and the subsequent few years has been crossed with anger and dotted with court dates. I could have tried online dating, but I have enough complication in my life. This was a primal need. This was a desire to sever the ties of my ex-husband. ...
Sushant Singh Rajput case: Forensic re-examination hints at discrepancies – Times of India
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Sushant Singh Rajput case: Forensic re-examination hints at discrepancies – Times of India

The 'medico legal opinion' of forensic experts, which holds the key to unravelling the mystery shrouding the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, hints at certain discrepancies relating to the inquest report and description of the crime scene filed by the police. A thorough re-examination of the scene of crime which includes the bedroom and duplex flat of Sushant where the star allegedly committed suicide, and autopsy files were conducted by the forensic experts of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to ascertain the cause of death of the young Bollywood actor. Highly placed sources in the Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS told IANS that findings of its expert team would certainly shed light on the mysterious death of Sushant Singh Rajput...