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Amazon launches new ball-shaped Echo Dots, price starts at Rs 4,499 – Times of India
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Amazon launches new ball-shaped Echo Dots, price starts at Rs 4,499 – Times of India

Amazon has introduced its new line-up of Echo devices in India which includes the Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock and the Echo at Rs 4,499, Rs 5,499 and Rs 9,999. The New Echo comes in a spherical design with Dolby Stereo Sound and Built-in Zigbee Hub. It combines the best of Echo and Echo Plus into a single device. The new Echo comes with a 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and Dolby processing. As with Echo Studio, the new Echo automatically senses the acoustics of your space and fine-tunes audio. It also comes with a built-in Zigbee smart home hub and supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that helps conserve energy. Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock also come in spherical designs and fabric finish. It’s compact, but packs in a powerful 1.6-inch, front-firing speaker. The new Echo Dot...
Gujarat: 11 colleges brought under Kamdhenu University
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Gujarat: 11 colleges brought under Kamdhenu University

By: Express News Service | Gandhinagar | September 25, 2020 5:26:56 am Kamdhenu University was established in July 2009. (http://www.ku-guj.org/)A Bill to bring 11 colleges of four different agriculture universities of Gujarat state under the umbrella of Kamdhenu University (KU) was passed by majority in the Gujarat Assembly late on Thursday. The Bill was presented by agriculture minister R C Faldu and was passed amid opposition by Congress. Kamdhenu University was established in July 2009. Presenting the Bill, Faldu said that that it was necessary to get accreditation for KU from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research and Veterinary Council of Ind...
After farmers, govt now going after workers, says Rahul criticising labour code bills | India News – Times of India
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After farmers, govt now going after workers, says Rahul criticising labour code bills | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress on Thursday slammed the Modi government over the three labour code bills passed by Parliament this week with Congress MP Rahul Gandhi alleging that after farmers, the government was now going after workers. Parliament on Wednesday approved three key labour bills which the government has pitched as long-pending reforms in labour laws. However, the clause that allows companies to wind up firms with up to 300 workers and retrench them without government permission has come in for sharp criticism by the Congress. On Thursday, both Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra criticised the government on the bills. “After farmers, workers have been targeted, Exploitation of the poor, nurturing of 'friends', This is Modi ji's rule,” Rahul Gandhi said in a...
Kings XI Punjab vs Royals Challengers Bangalore: KL Rahul leads KXIP to 97-run win over RCB | Cricket News – Times of India
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Kings XI Punjab vs Royals Challengers Bangalore: KL Rahul leads KXIP to 97-run win over RCB | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Skipper KL Rahul's sublime hundred was the highlight of an all-round performance as Kings XI Punjab defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by a whopping 97-run margin on Thursday. Opening the innings, Rahul punished the RCB bowlers into submission to help KXIP to a daunting 206 for three before the bowling attack put up a disciplined effort to bundle Virat Kohli's side for 109 with three overs to spare. Scorecard | Points TableThe KXIP skipper, who was dropped by Kohli late in the innings, scored an unbeaten 132 off 69 balls that was laced with 14 boundaries and seven sixes. With his spectacular knock, Rahul surpassed Rishabh Pant (128 in 2018) to post the highest individual score by an Indian and a captain in IPL history. It was a rather ordinary performance from RCB after the win...
FinCEN Files — Agusta, Maxis, Essar: probed at home, Indian firms on US radar as well
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FinCEN Files — Agusta, Maxis, Essar: probed at home, Indian firms on US radar as well

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi | Updated: September 25, 2020 10:24:58 am The FinCEN Files contain a 20-page “intelligence assessment” on the mirror network and list 54 shell companies which, they say, moved billions of dollars annually from Russia through European securities markets to other jurisdictions beginning as early as 2011.FROM PUBLIC sector giants Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and State Trading Corporation to private majors Bharti Airtel and Essar, several entities, because they are under scrutiny by Indian investigative agencies, have been red-flagged in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed by banks with the US Financial Crimes En...
Nadal faces tough path to French final, Wawrinka takes on Murray in first round | Tennis News – Times of India
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Nadal faces tough path to French final, Wawrinka takes on Murray in first round | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Rafael Nadal, who is seeking a record-extending 13th French Open title and a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam singles crown, was handed a relatively tough path to this year's final at Roland Garros when the draw was made on Thursday. The Spaniard will take on Bulgaria's Egor Gerasimov in the first round and faces a potential last-eight clash with U.S. Open runner-up Alexander Zverev, who has never made it past the quarter-finals at the claycourt Grand Slam. Nadal then faces a possible semi-final clash against last year's runner-up and U.S Open winner Dominic Thiem. Top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia will face Swede Mikael Ymer in the first round, where Swiss 16th seed and former champion Stan Wawrinka will take on Briton Andy Murray in the hottest opener. Djokovic, who was ejected...
8 easy ways to make your potato salad even better  | The Times of India
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8 easy ways to make your potato salad even better | The Times of India

Generally, potato salad is considered to be a side dish, which usually accompanies the main course. However, for many people, the dish is the most delicious and ultimate comfort food. Prepared widely with boiled potatoes and topped with mayonnaise, sour cream, yoghurt, herbs, onion and celery, the dish is a favourite of many.Potato salad is believed to have originated in Germany and later spread to Europe and European colonies. Even though potato salad is a simple and humble dish, some very easy hacks can raise and elevate its taste drastically. Here are 8 easy ways to make your potato salad even better, using things that you can easily find in the kitchen. Source link
Hope in numbers: Active Covid cases declining, R-value now below 1
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Hope in numbers: Active Covid cases declining, R-value now below 1

Written by Amitabh Sinha | Pune | Updated: September 25, 2020 10:38:00 am A healthcare staff removing PPE after finishing covid test sample collection at the Taluka office in Detroj village, Ahmedabad district. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)Coronavirus India Updates: As India’s coronavirus numbers continue to grow, some promising signals over the last few days offer a glimmer of hope, even if temporarily. Wednesday was the sixth consecutive day when the number of people recovering from the disease, as reported in government data, exceeded the detection of new infections. Never before has this happened for more than a day — and those occasions were...
To buck new farm law, Punjab wants full state declared a mandi yard
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To buck new farm law, Punjab wants full state declared a mandi yard

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Updated: September 25, 2020 7:43:58 am Farmers in Punjab have been protesting against the farm Bills. (File)WITH THE Opposition SAD raising the stakes with the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur Badal from the Union Cabinet over the Centre’s Farm Bills amid protests by farmers, Congress-ruled Punjab is “seriously contemplating” a move to amend its APMC Act and declare the entire state as a Principal Mandi Yard, The Indian Express has learnt. Sources said the government, which is under “tremendous political pressure”, believes that doing so will circumvent provisions in The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotio...
Negi murder chargesheet: Frantic SOS calls to Control Room show gaps in Delhi Police response
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Negi murder chargesheet: Frantic SOS calls to Control Room show gaps in Delhi Police response

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | September 25, 2020 4:37:18 am In the chargesheet, police have attached disclosures statements, call detail records, money trail and transcripts of WhatsApp groups such as DPSG (Delhi Protests Support Group) and Warriors.* Many shops set on fire; only four policemen present* 150 people are injured; need police* There is firing; police is trying to save itself and escape* I fear my family will be killed by the rioters; need police help These are some of the frantic calls for help received in the Delhi Police Control room on February 24, 2020, the first day of the riots. Made by residents of North-East Delhi — fro...
3 days after he talked of threat to life, advocate shot dead in Srinagar
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3 days after he talked of threat to life, advocate shot dead in Srinagar

By: Express News Service | Srinagar | Updated: September 25, 2020 10:23:49 am Babar Qadri was shot dead by unidentified gunmen (File)Unidentified gunmen shot dead prominent advocate Babar Qadri, who had taken up many cases concerning human rights and juvenile justice in Kashmir, in Srinagar on Thursday evening. The attack came three days after Qadri had tweeted about a possible threat to his life. Qadri was shot at close range outside his residence in Hawal, in downtown Srinagar by assailants who managed to escape. He was rushed to hospital but declared dead on arrival. SP, Hazratbal, Sudhanshu Verma said, “This occurred around 6 pm. We are conducting an investig...
CAG: Centre broke the law, used funds for GST compensation elsewhere
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CAG: Centre broke the law, used funds for GST compensation elsewhere

Written by Harikishan Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: September 25, 2020 10:25:09 pm The government, instead of transferring the entire GST cess amount to the GST compensation fund, retained it in the CFI, and used it for other purposes. (File)Citing the opinion of the Attorney General of India, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Parliament last week that there was no provision in the law to compensate states for loss of GST revenue out of the Consolidated Fund of India (CFI). However, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has found that the government itself violated the law by retaining Rs 47,272 crore of GST compensation cess in the...
PIL wants names of Covid patients to be disclosed,  Gujarat HC refuses
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PIL wants names of Covid patients to be disclosed, Gujarat HC refuses

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | September 25, 2020 4:17:01 am With respect to Rajkot corporator's PIL, the court once again reiterated that the suggestion for Bhavnagar be also implemented for Rajkot (File)The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday refused to accede to a plea by a sitting Congress corporator of Rajkot seeking public disclosure of names of all Covid-19 positive patients. The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Atul Rajani of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) was similar to an earlier litigation filed in August by two Bhavnagar residents on the ground that while names of Covid-19 positive persons were revealed until July 2020 in t...
Milos Raonic, Belinda Bencic pull out of French Open | Tennis News – Times of India
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Milos Raonic, Belinda Bencic pull out of French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Canada's Milos Raonic and Switzerland's Belinda Bencic have pulled out of the French Open, organisers said on Thursday as they made the draw for the final Grand Slam of the year. Raonic, ranked 20th in the world, played the Italian Open last week and was eliminated in the second round. Meanwhile, women's world number 10 Bencic was knocked out in straight sets in her first match in Rome after getting a bye into the second round. Bencic's withdrawal means only six of the top 10 ranked women's players will compete at Roland Garros, with defending champion Ash Barty, U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu skipping the tournament. Spain's Fernando Verdasco was also a late withdrawal. The French Open, usually held in May-June but postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pan...
Vivo V20 SE with 48MP triple camera, Snapdragon 665 launched – Times of India
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Vivo V20 SE with 48MP triple camera, Snapdragon 665 launched – Times of India

Vivo has launched another new model in its V20 series-- the V20 SE. The new Vivo V20 SE comes with a 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and flaunts 33W fast charging support. The device comes with a 48MP triple camera setup with an aperture of F1.8. Secondary cameras include an 8MP sensor with F2.2 aperture and a 2MP sensor with F2.4 aperture. On the front, there is a 32MP selfie camera with F2.0 sensor. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. On the connectivity front, there is 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio and other features. The device comes with a 4,100mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. The Vivo V20 SE is priced at 1,199 Malaysian Ringgit which roughly translates to Rs 21,400. However, there is ...
Zoom:  BenQ partners with Zoom for certified video conferencing displays – Times of India
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Zoom: BenQ partners with Zoom for certified video conferencing displays – Times of India

Display technology firm BenQ has announced that its large-format displays will now deliver video conference solutions from Zoom Video Communications, Inc. on its digital signage and interactive displays. The partnership will make video conferencing on the BenQ DuoBoard better, claim both the companies. Two DuoBoards can be joined together for users to double the collaboration space and develop borderless ideas. With the help of the EZwrite feature, users can work jointly with their teammates to complete a complicated task. Files saved in individual IFP are also shareable between IFPs. BenQ says that Zoom Rooms is fully compatible with the DuoBoard through its OPS slot computer. As stated on the website, “The DuoBoard also comes pre-installed with Blizz by TeamViewer. Matched with the bu...
hard disk:  Western Digital launches 18TB hard disk and 1TB microSD card – Times of India
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hard disk: Western Digital launches 18TB hard disk and 1TB microSD card – Times of India

Digital storage company Western Digital has announced its expanded line of WD Purple storage solutions, including the 18TB surveillance HDD for DVRs, NVRs and analytics appliances, and the 1TB WD Purple SC QD101 microSD card for AI-enabled cameras. The WD Purple 18TB HDD will be available in October 2020 while the WD Purple SC QD101 1TB microSD card is expected to be available in November 2020. WD Purple 18TB HDD The new WD Purple 18TB HDD is designed for NVRs and video analytics appliances as well as GPU-enabled devices that can deliver both real-time and post analytics applications. Claiming to offer 28% more capacity than the previous generation, the new 18TB drive has room to spare for storing video, reference images and metadata at the edge, to support more effective AI. WD Purple ...
Weight loss story: “I lost 28 kilos in 7 months after I got fed up of taunts!” – Times of India
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Weight loss story: “I lost 28 kilos in 7 months after I got fed up of taunts!” – Times of India

When you are overweight, it not only impacts your physical health but also heavily affects your mental well being. When 18-year-old Aarav realised that all the extra kilos were impacting his self-confidence, he decided to bring about the necessary changes to get back in shape. In a span of just 7 months, he lost a whopping 28 kilos by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Here is his weight loss journey. Name: Aarav Arora Occupation: Student Age: 18 years Height: 5 feet 7 inches City: Delhi Highest weight recorded: 108 kg Weight lost: 28 kg Duration it took me to lose weight: 7 months The turning point: When you are overweight, you are always under confident as everybody tends to make you feel different. You are scared of attending social gatherings because you don’t want to draw unwanted atte...
BMC revives desalination plant plan to meet Mumbai’s water needs
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BMC revives desalination plant plan to meet Mumbai’s water needs

Written by Laxman Singh | Mumbai | September 25, 2020 3:21:22 am According to officials, the desalination project could cost Rs 6,000 crore, which is also the estimated construction cost of Gargai dam project. (Representational)The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to revive its plan to set up a desalination plant to turn seawater into potable water through reverse osmosis, in an effort to tackle the water crisis plaguing Mumbai due to uneven rainfall. BMC is in talks with an Israel-based company and, as per preliminary reports, the civic body is considering an area near the sea in Malad for the plant. The plant will have a capacity o...