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Gujarat: Teachers, students, schools to be tracked to analyse online classes
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Gujarat: Teachers, students, schools to be tracked to analyse online classes

Written by Ritu Sharma | Ahmedabad | September 19, 2020 5:21:18 am The principals of schools, who are the designated heads of the MS team, will also be able to track the activities and performance of the teachers and students. (Representational)The Gujarat Education Department plans to track and put 62 lakh students, 2.5 lakh teachers, and nearly 40,300 schools under surveillance using the government’s online education, in order to analyse the reach and effectiveness of online classes and home learning tools launched in June. With the Gujarat government ruling out re-opening of schools even after September 21, the state education department has more rea...
Rajkot: Maratha community demands action against hospital staff
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Rajkot: Maratha community demands action against hospital staff

By: Express News Service | Rajkot | September 19, 2020 5:04:27 am Maratha community leaders submit a memorandum to resident additional collector Parimal Pandya, in Rajkot on Friday. Chirag Chotaliya.A day after a purported video of paramedics pinning down a Covid-19 patient at the state government-run Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay (PDU) Hospital went viral, the Maratha community of Rajkot submitted a memorandum to the office of the Rajkot district collector on Friday demanding that the hospital staff be booked for murder. The video had surfaced four days after the death of the patient, Prabhashankar Paatil (38). However, government officers said that he had died due t...
Bulk of additional spending will go towards people-centric schemes: Finance minister – Times of India
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Bulk of additional spending will go towards people-centric schemes: Finance minister – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that bulk of the additional spending sought in the first batch of the supplementary demands for grants would be spend on people-centric schemes to help them amid the coronavirus pandemic. The minister also said that probably for the first time the government has sought such a huge amount in the first batch of the supplementary demands for grants. Later, Lok Sabha approved the supplementary demands for additional spending of Rs 2.35 lakh crore, which include a cash outgo of Rs 1.66 lakh crore, primarily to meet expenses for combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister said the government has sought Rs 40,000 crore towards MNREGA, thus taking the total outgo towards Rs 1 lakh crore, the highest so far. The budget for 2020-21 h...
PCMC starts campaign to conduct health check-up at doorsteps
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PCMC starts campaign to conduct health check-up at doorsteps

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune | September 19, 2020 4:30:28 am PCMC has formed 1,500 teams for the mission. (Express Photo)The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) on Friday launched the ‘My family, my responsibility’ campaign to conduct health examination of residents at their doorsteps, in order to check the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The civic body has formed 1,500 teams for the mission. “Each team has three members, including volunteers. They have been asked to go to the doorsteps of residents, check their temperature, oxygen level and find out about any comorbid conditions. They will also advise residents to get trea...
Anurag Thakur’s remarks in worst possible taste, government trying to distract attention of people: Shashi Tharoor | India News – Times of India
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Anurag Thakur’s remarks in worst possible taste, government trying to distract attention of people: Shashi Tharoor | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday alleged that there is an attempt by the BJP-led government to distract the attention of people from real issues being faced by the people. He also said that minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur delivered a political speech in the "worst possible taste" on Friday in the Lok Sabha, which led to four adjournments of the House. Tharoor said Thakur did not speak on objections raised by opposition MPs over the taxation bill introduced by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. "At a time when the nation is facing such problems, when we are facing the worst ever unemployment figures in our country's history, when we are facing management of Covid-19, and Chinese aggression, we are instead of wasting time on the political abuse of one fami...
Kriti Sanon dated Sushant Singh Rajput, claims Lizaa Malik – Times of India
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Kriti Sanon dated Sushant Singh Rajput, claims Lizaa Malik – Times of India

Actress Lizaa Malik has claimed that late actor Sushant Singh Rajput and actress Kriti Sanon might have denied dating each other, but they were very much in a relationship and looked happy together. Lizaa had a professional relationship with Sushant, and she says she saw him happy in his relationship with Kriti at a birthday party. "The last time I met Sushant was some two and a half years back when he was with Kriti. It was during Kriti's birthday celebrations in a Bandra club. He was always a very charming, full-of-life guy, who would walk into a party and get a smile on people's face. We had a lot of common friends, like Mahesh Shetty," Lizaa told IANS. "He was a fun loving guy, who had his sense of humour in the right place, always joking and keeping the energy level up," she adde...
Why MSP scare: Wheat farmers availing it double in 5 years, paddy up 70 per cent
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Why MSP scare: Wheat farmers availing it double in 5 years, paddy up 70 per cent

Written by Harikishan Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2020 11:06:24 am As of September 9, the number of wheat farmers who availed the MSP during the rabi marketing season (RMS) 2020-21 reached 43.33 lakh – up 22 per cent from 35.57 lakh last year. (Representational)The number of wheat farmers who availed the minimum support price (MSP) has doubled in the last five years, while the number of such paddy farmers has increased by 70 per cent during the same period, according to the latest official data. The data was shared with Rajya Sabha Friday by Raosaheb Patil Danve, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, who ...
Check out the latest on Penrith roads
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Check out the latest on Penrith roads

LATEST traffic alerts and road works for the Penrith region:Traffic incidents since midnight: 0Roadworks to avoid: 14New roadworks this week: 8Roadworks projects to be completed in the next 30 days:0Traffic incidents by suburb (most recently updated items are listed first):There were no incidents reported this morning.Roadworks by suburb (most recently updated items are listed first):RichmondScheduled roadwork (Utilities)Affected street: March Street near Bosworth StreetAlert created at 5.31pm, August 13. Last updated at 8.14pm, September 17.Ends: 6am, September 23Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Traffic lights at the intersection will be switched to flashing yellow; alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place.MulgoaScheduled roadwork (The No...
We kept raising issue, PM tweet not enough: Badals; SAD to decide on alliance
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We kept raising issue, PM tweet not enough: Badals; SAD to decide on alliance

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Chandigarh | Updated: September 19, 2020 7:37:12 am Harsimrat Kaur Badal (right) shares a stage with her husband, Sukhbir Singh Badal (center), and Narendra Modi at a joint election rally. (File Photo)A day after resigning as Union Minister of Food Processing Industries in protest against three farm Bills that have triggered protests across Punjab, Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance on the legislation was too little and too late, and that the Akali Dal had repeatedly raised the matter in the Cabinet. Speaking to The Indian Express over the phone from Delhi, Harsimrat, the MP from Ba...
To fight Covid loneliness & stress, Rajasthan to allow families to meet patients, get home food
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To fight Covid loneliness & stress, Rajasthan to allow families to meet patients, get home food

Written by Hamza Khan | Jaipur | Updated: September 19, 2020 7:36:24 am Relatives speak to Covid patients via video call. (Express file photo)Concerned over the mental well-being and loneliness of coronavirus patients, Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma on Friday announced the state government’s decision to allow family members to meet them wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit and taking other protections, as well as to provide them home-cooked food. As of now, patients can only keep in touch with family members over video calls, with no contact allowed. Several patients who died spent their last hours without their loved ones around the...
PM Modi targets Opposition, tells farmers: new laws will free you, don’t be misled
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PM Modi targets Opposition, tells farmers: new laws will free you, don’t be misled

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: September 19, 2020 9:25:06 am Modi said the passage of the Bills has liberated “our annadatta” farmers from the restrictions that tied them down. (File/PTI Photo)Hailing the passage of two farm Bills in Lok Sabha Thursday as a “historic day for the country in the field of agricultural reforms,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tore into the Opposition Friday for “spreading lies” and “misleading” farmers on the legislation. Speaking via video link at a ceremony to inaugurate new rail lines and electrification projects in Bihar and dedicate the Kosi Rail Mahasetu to the nation, Modi said: “Some people who ruled thi...
As MPs test positive, Covid concerns may cut short Monsoon Session
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As MPs test positive, Covid concerns may cut short Monsoon Session

Written by Liz Mathew , Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2020 7:42:42 am With more than 30 MPs, including Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Prahlad Patel, testing positive over the last week, there is a palpable sense of concern and apprehension in Parliament over the spread of Covid. The situation has prompted stricter protocol and raised the possibility of the ongoing Monsoon Session being wound up next week. The case of BJP’s Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who had tested negative last Friday, has further rattled parliamentarians. A day after he was the party’s lead speaker for the Covid debate in the Upper House, Sahasrabuddhe said Thur...
#MeToo: Disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein stripped of UK honour – Times of India
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#MeToo: Disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein stripped of UK honour – Times of India

LONDON: Britain on Friday stripped disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of an honour recognising his contribution to the UK film industry. Weinstein, 68, was given the honour in 2004. The 68-year-old former Hollywood producer was convicted earlier this year of rape and sexual assault against two women and sentenced to 23 years in prison. Accusations by dozens of women in 2017 led to the end of his career and helped spur #MeToo — a global movement demanding that powerful men be held accountable for their sexual misconduct. “The Queen has directed that the appointment of Harvey Weinstein to be an Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated January 19 2004, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Reg...
End digital apartheid, give devices to EWS students: Delhi HC to schools
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End digital apartheid, give devices to EWS students: Delhi HC to schools

Written by Sofi Ahsan | New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2020 7:35:26 am The court ordered that a three-member committee be set up within a week to identify standard gadgets and Internet packages. The Delhi High Court ruled on Friday that any intra-class gap between fees-paying students and those belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) or disadvantaged groups (DG) amounts to discrimination, and ordered private schools and government schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas in the Capital to provide free gadgets as well as Internet packages to the latter to end “digital apartheid”. The verdict would mainly apply to schools conducting online classes vi...
Delhi journalist arrested under OSA, police say had classified defence papers
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Delhi journalist arrested under OSA, police say had classified defence papers

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2020 12:52:44 pm In January 2019, according to the police, Sharma came in contact with another Kunming-based person called George, who "introduced himself as a general manager of a Chinese media company”. (File)The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested a city-based strategic affairs analyst and author under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) alleging that he had been found in possession of defence-related classified papers. Rajeev Sharma, who has previously worked with United News of India, The Tribune, and Sakaal Times, and most recently wrote a piece for the Chinese newspaper Global Times, was arrested ...
Maharashtra: Amid mass transfers of IPS officers, ATS chief Deven Bharti among 19 on wait ‘for postings’
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Maharashtra: Amid mass transfers of IPS officers, ATS chief Deven Bharti among 19 on wait ‘for postings’

Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Updated: September 19, 2020 6:38:39 am Deven Bharti, Additional Director General (ATS). (File)THE MAHA Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, which transferred 65 officers of SP rank and above across Maharashtra this month, has not appointed an officer to the sensitive post of state Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief, a fortnight after it transferred Deven Bharti, who held the post. A 1994-batch officer, Bharti has not been given a new posting but is continuing in the post of Additional Director General (ATS) as Maharashtra Police has not relieved him, in spite of him having been transferred, citing that it is a sensitive pos...
Sushant Singh Rajput death case: NCB nabs 6 more Mumbai drug peddlers, seizes 1.4 kg narcotics – Times of India
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Sushant Singh Rajput death case: NCB nabs 6 more Mumbai drug peddlers, seizes 1.4 kg narcotics – Times of India

Continuing its crackdown on the drugs trade in Mumbai as part of the probe into the narcotics angle in Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested six more drug peddlers, an official said on Friday. Carrying out raids in posh areas of Mumbai's Powai and Andheri suburbs, besides Thane, the NCB has also recovered a total quantity of 1.433 kg of drugs like charas and ganja. Following a statement by drug supplier Ankush Arneja, who was arrested last Sunday, the NCB raided the home of Rahil Rafat Vishra alias Sam, 42, who had supplied charas to Arneja. "We have recovered 928 grams charas and Rs 436,000 cash from Vishra's home late on Thursday," said a NCB official. Again based on Arneja's information of another drug peddler - Rohan Talwar, ...
Infantino speaks of forces wanting to drag FIFA into the darkness | Football News – Times of India
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Infantino speaks of forces wanting to drag FIFA into the darkness | Football News – Times of India

BERN: FIFA president Gianni Infantino, the subject of criminal proceedings in Switzerland, spoke of forces which he said wanted to drag the global soccer body into the "darkness of the past" as he defended himself at the annual Congress on Friday. The Congress, usually a lavish event in which the representatives of FIFA's 211 member associations enjoy first-class travel and luxury hotels, was held by video conference from FIFA headquarters in Zurich due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It lasted around 90 minutes. The proceedings against Infantino were launched by a special prosecutor looking into meetings that he had with former Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber. The AB-BA watchdog, which oversees the Attorney General's office, said that special prosecutor Stefan Keller had found indicati...
Novak Djokovic advances to Rome quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India
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Novak Djokovic advances to Rome quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

ROME: World number one Novak Djokovic won a battle with fellow Serb Filip Krajinovic to advance to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Friday. The 33-year-old came through 7-6 (9/7), 6-3 and next plays either Italian Lorenzo Musetti or Germany's Dominik Koepfer, who both came through the qualifying rounds. The top seed is warming up on clay at the Foro Italico in Rome for the French Open in 10 days time, a tournament the 17-time Grand Slam winner claimed in 2016. Djokovic -- unbeaten this season before being disqualified from the US Open -- double faulted on the first of his three set points in the first-set tiebreak but a quick break in the second put him through in a tournament he has won four times. Source link
Play Store drops Paytm, restores it after scheme changed
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Play Store drops Paytm, restores it after scheme changed

Written by Pranav Mukul | New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2020 10:25:45 am Google said Paytm had violated its gambling policies.Google took Paytm off its Play Store for several hours on Friday — and restored it after the payments and financial services platform had been forced to take “corrective measures” to meet the policy requirements of the Android app marketplace. Google said Paytm had violated its gambling policies. The developments came a day before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is known to spike interest in so-called ‘fantasy sports’ — Internet-based games where users win rewards for creating virtual teams based on the ...