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Day: September 25, 2020

Kamal Haasan on SP Balasubrahmanyam’s demise: Wish we had more time with each other – Times of India
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Kamal Haasan on SP Balasubrahmanyam’s demise: Wish we had more time with each other – Times of India

SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away this morning after losing a battle against COVID-19. Kamal Haasan said in an online chat where this journalist at ETimes met him this evening, "I am not here to grieve or mourn, I am here to celebrate the man. We spent such wonderful moments together. We travelled by train to Vizag. I wish we had more time with each other." Was Balasubrahmanyam happy with today's music, we asked? Read between the lines of Kamal Haasan's reply. "He thought it was not his position to ridicule. If I asked him if he liked a particular (new) song, he would..." and Kamal shrugged his shoulders in Bala Subramaniam's inimitable way, which denoted neither a 'yes' nor a 'no'. He would admire talent but never get into the mediocrity of others." Kamal further said that the 'Ek Duuj...
Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings: Prithvi Shaw shines as DC beat CSK to post second consecutive win in IPL | Cricket News – Times of India
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Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings: Prithvi Shaw shines as DC beat CSK to post second consecutive win in IPL | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Prithvi Shaw’s elegant strokeplay (64 off 43 balls) and a disciplined all-round bowling performance helped Delhi Capitals make it two wins out of two in IPL-13. Having scored 175/3 from their 20 overs riding on Shaw’s effort, Delhi restricted Chennai Super Kings to 131/7 and notched up a 44-run win in Dubai on Friday. For the second time in succession, CSK left themselves with too much to do in the run chase. MS Dhoni walked in to bat in the 16th over when 78 were needed off 26 balls. He was dismissed for 15 off 12 balls in the final over. Clearly, CSK need Dhoni to do more with the bat in the coming games. SCORECARD | Points TableUnlike the CSK spinners who disappointed once again, the DC tweakers – Axar and Amit Mishra – stood up to the occasion and stifled the opposition bat...
UP: State records 4,519 new Covid cases, 84 deaths
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UP: State records 4,519 new Covid cases, 84 deaths

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | September 26, 2020 5:07:40 am Lucknow has now reported a total 653 deaths, followed by Kanpur with 630 and Prayagraj with 264. (Representational)Uttar Pradesh on Friday reported 4,519 new Covid-19 cases, which took the case count to 3,78,533, while 84 deaths in 24 hours pushed up the toll to 5,450. For the second straight day, state capital Lucknow reported a decline in new cases as 580 infections were recorded. However, this was still the highest among all the districts. Lucknow was followed by Prayagraj with 291 cases, Guatam Budh Nagar (Noida) with 242 infections, Ghaziabad with 239 cases and Varanasi with 228. The most deat...
India slams Pakistan for raking up J&K in UNGA, says Islamabad peddled ‘litany of vicious falsehood’ | India News – Times of India
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India slams Pakistan for raking up J&K in UNGA, says Islamabad peddled ‘litany of vicious falsehood’ | India News – Times of India

UNITED NATIONS: India on Friday hit back at Pakistan for raking up Jammu and Kashmir in the UN General Assembly, saying Islamabad peddled “another litany of vicious falsehood, personal attacks, war mongering”. “PM of Pakistan statement a new diplomatic low -- at 75th UN General Assembly. Another litany of vicious falsehood, personal attacks, war mongering and obfuscation of Pakistan's persecution of its own minorities & of its cross-border terrorism. Befitting Right of Reply awaits," India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti tweeted. PM of Pakistan statement a new diplomatic low - at 75th UN General Assembly. Another litany of vicious falsehood, p… https://t.co/NWMV9feC0P— PR UN Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) 1601053036000In his pre-recorded video statement to...
“I do not consume narcotics or encourage its consumption,” says Karan Johar reacting to allegations of drugs being consumed at his party – Times of India
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“I do not consume narcotics or encourage its consumption,” says Karan Johar reacting to allegations of drugs being consumed at his party – Times of India

Filmmaker Karan Johar has issued an official statement to refute all the allegations about consumption of drugs at his house party in 2019 that were doing the rounds on the internet. The party was attended by Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor and other top Bollywood celebrities. He wrote, "No narcotics substance was consumed in the party. I WOULD LIKE TO UNEQUIVOCALLY ONCE AGAIN STATE THAT I DO NOT CONSUME NARCOTICS AND I DO NOT PROMOTE, ENCOURAGE CONSUMPTION OF ANY SUCH SUBSTANCE." He also clarified about the reports which suggested involvement of his employees in the drug case. Reportedly, Kshitij Prasad of Dharma Production has been interrogated and arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau. Another individual named Anubhav Chopra who worked ...
China, Pakistan in mind, PM to spell out India priorities at UNGA today
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China, Pakistan in mind, PM to spell out India priorities at UNGA today

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | September 26, 2020 4:35:10 am Modi is expected to speak around 6.30 pm IST Saturday (9 am New York time)Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the United Nations General Assembly Saturday evening and is likely to call for an “effective response to international terrorism” and “inclusive and responsible solutions for international peace and security”. Sources told The Indian Express that “inclusive and responsible solutions for international peace and security” is aimed at China, while the “effective response to international terrorism” targets Pakistan. Modi, who is expected to speak around 6.30 pm IST Sat...
College students, school dropout —  women lead farm protests in Punjab
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College students, school dropout — women lead farm protests in Punjab

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Updated: September 26, 2020 8:18:31 am At village Bhuttiwala in Mukatsar. (Express Photo)At the forefront of several protests by farmers in Punjab on Friday were some unusual figures: two 20-year-old college students, a 33-year-old activist, and a teenage school dropout — all women. They raised slogans of revolution and addressed large, mostly male gatherings of farmers, at which they delivered passionate, critiques of the Centre’s agriculture policies. Punjab and Haryana were the epicentre of nationwide protests by over 350 farmers’ organisations under the umbrella of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Com...
Online nominations and masks: 3-phase voting in Bihar’s Covid election
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Online nominations and masks: 3-phase voting in Bihar’s Covid election

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | September 26, 2020 4:33:25 am Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: The results will be announced on November 10Setting the ball rolling for the first major election in the country in the time of the pandemic, the Election Commission of India announced Friday that the Bihar assembly polls will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7, and results will be declared on November 10, the counting day. The Model Code of Conduct stands enforced Friday onward for elections to 243 seats in the Bihar House. While the last assembly election in the state was held over five phases, the reduction to three is on...
19-year-old raped in Hathras fights for life, Dalit family says used to staying quiet
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19-year-old raped in Hathras fights for life, Dalit family says used to staying quiet

Written by Jignasa Sinha | Hathras (up) | Updated: September 26, 2020 7:40:35 am The initial medical report by the hospital has confirmed strangulation and assault. Doctors said further examination is being conducted to confirm rape.SHE keeps thinking about the morning of September 14, about going with her daughter to a field nearby to cut grass for their cows, about the desperate search on realising she was missing, about finding her battered and bleeding just 100 metres away, about hailing an e-rickshaw to rush the 19-year-old to a district hospital, and about other questions that have been nagging her: what if she could hear better so that she could...
FinCEN Files — Flagged in each offshore tax probe, Rosy Blue is now on US radar
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FinCEN Files — Flagged in each offshore tax probe, Rosy Blue is now on US radar

Written by Ritu Sarin | New Delhi | Updated: September 26, 2020 7:53:08 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.NAMED in Liechtenstein List, Swiss Leaks, Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, the Indian-born owners of diamond conglomerate Rosy Blue are back. This time, with one of the largest set of transactions red-flagged by banks to US financial watchdog FinCEN. Members of the Rosy Blue clan, led by founder Harshad Mehta; his son Ri...
DNA confirms identity of three labourers killed by Army in Shopian
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DNA confirms identity of three labourers killed by Army in Shopian

Written by Bashaarat Masood , Arun Sharma | Srinagar/jammu | Updated: September 26, 2020 7:43:06 am Political parties in the Valley, meanwhile, hit out at what they said was murder “in cold blood”THE DNA samples of the three labourers from Rajouri in J&K, who were killed in an encounter in Shopian by the Army on July 18 and labelled as “terrorists”, have matched those of their families, IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said Friday. The confirmation comes days after the Army said that its inquiry into the killings in Amshipora village “prima facie” found that the soldiers involved had exceeded their powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act...
Tans-border cattle smuggling: Hawala transactions run into crores, says CBI
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Tans-border cattle smuggling: Hawala transactions run into crores, says CBI

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: September 26, 2020 2:23:31 pm Every year, thousands of cattle are smuggled from India to Bangladesh. It increases exponentially before Eid-ul Azha because of a rise in demand. (File)A trader at the centre of an alleged cattle-smuggling nexus of BSF and Department of Customs officials has conducted hawala transactions worth crores, according to a CBI source. The net worth of Mohammad Inamul Haque, who was booked earlier this week by the agency along with two other traders and BSF commandant Satish Kumar, is approximately Rs 1,000 crore. Haque owns properties in Lalgola and Raghunathganj in Murshidabad distr...
Quarantine photo earns $8k in minutes
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Quarantine photo earns $8k in minutes

A couple of years ago, most of us had never even heard of a pink clay mask.Now there’s heaps of them thanks to an Instagram trend that had everyone sharing selfies with the pretty pastel beauty product slathered all over their faces.But while clay masks have officially moved from our phone screens and into our skincare routines, not all of them are equal.In general, clay masks are very effective at deep cleansing the skin, treating excess oil and drawing out our impurities such as pesky black heads (something some of us, myself included, find strangely satisfying).But pink masks – a mix of red and white clays – can be particularly brilliant for those with sensitive skin as unlike green clay it contains natural minerals, silica, magnesium, selenium and zinc which, when combined, become a...
Azarenka nervous about fans at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India
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Azarenka nervous about fans at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka has questioned why the French Open is allowing spectators to attend the two-week tournament despite rising COVID-19 infection rates in France. Speaking ahead of the tournament the 31-year-old Belarusian said she was surprised the claycourt Grand Slam was allowing 1,000 fans each day and not following the lead of the recent U.S. Open that excluded spectators throughout. "To be honest, I'm a little bit nervous about it just because I feel like, as all players are, a little bit nervous about the health situation," Azarenka told reporters. "Having fans and playing in front of fans is what we prefer as players, but with these circumstances I'm a bit more nervous about that. I don't know why we are trying something new. "We had one Grand Slam where th...
West Bengal: Meeting of V-Cs called to discuss reopening of colleges from November
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West Bengal: Meeting of V-Cs called to discuss reopening of colleges from November

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | September 26, 2020 4:18:54 am Educational institutions in the state have been shut since March 16 following the outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown. (Representational)With the University Grants Commission (UGC) issuing a notice for the resumption of new academic session from November 1, the state Higher Education Department has convened a meeting of vice-chancellors of all state universities on Sunday to discuss the possibility of reopening the colleges and universities from November. The meeting will be presided by state education minister Partha Chatterjee and will be held online. According to an official...
GOP expecting Trump to tap Barrett for Supreme Court
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GOP expecting Trump to tap Barrett for Supreme Court

By: AP | Washington | September 26, 2020 4:11:30 am Conservative groups and congressional allies are laying the groundwork for a swift confirmation process for Barrett even before Trump makes the selection official in a Rose Garden ceremony Saturday evening. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Republicans are expecting President Donald Trump to announce Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as he aims to put a historic stamp on the high court just weeks before the election. Conservative groups and congressional allies are laying the groundwork for a swift confirmation process for Barrett even before Trump makes the selection official in a ...
Bengal: Rusted arms unearthed in Goaltore, parties blame each other
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Bengal: Rusted arms unearthed in Goaltore, parties blame each other

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: September 26, 2020 2:20:11 pm “The firearms seem old and were of the time when the CPM was in power. Police will however find out (the truth)," said TMC MP Saugata Roy. (Representational)At least eight rusted firearms buried six feet into the ground were unearthed from Goaltore in West Midnapore district — once a Maoist hotbed — prompting a political blame-game. Police said that most firearms were disintegrated and that they were hidden away almost a decade ago at the Ukhla jungle. “It seems that the arms were buried during the Maoist insurgency several years ago,” said a senior police officer, adding that...
One cannot prepare to be captain, says Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India
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One cannot prepare to be captain, says Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: One of the most stylish and sought after batsman in world cricket and IPL and also the Captain of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), KL Rahul, on Friday in a tete-a-tete with InsideSport’s “Amstrad Face 2 Face Cricket Series” opened up about his time in the lockdown and the return of cricket. He also discussed his relationship with the team, coach Anil Kumble and what it means to be shouldering the responsibility of a Captain in such an intense tournament and much more. KL Rahul started the discussion expressing his exuberance on the fact that cricket has resumed. He said, “We are very excited and happy that we are getting to do what we love.” On being asked the question on statements made by multiple sportspersons across disciplines that the break has been too long and it might affect th...
Gujarat: Bill amending APMC Act passed; Cong calls it ‘anti-farmer’, walks out
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Gujarat: Bill amending APMC Act passed; Cong calls it ‘anti-farmer’, walks out

By: Express News Service | Gandhinagar | September 26, 2020 3:38:05 am Opposing the Bill, Congress MLA from Patan, Kirit Patel said, “We would have supported the Bill, had it been for the welfare of farmers. This Bill has been brought in only for those BJP office bearers who have started private market yards at the cost of crores, but which are not yielding them benefit."The Gujarat Assembly, on the last day of the monsoon session, passed a Bill amending Gujarat Agricultural Produce Markets Act, 1963, which makes the entire state a “unified market” where a trader can buy farmers’ produce from anywhere. The opposition Congress staged a walkout calling the Bill “ant...