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UP: Our families threatening us, same-sex couple tells admin
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UP: Our families threatening us, same-sex couple tells admin

Written by Amil Bhatnagar | Noida | Updated: September 27, 2020 5:19:03 am According to local residents in the village where the couple hail from, the two women had eloped a few days ago. The couple went into hiding at the time. An inter-faith same-sex couple on Friday approached the Shamli district administration seeking intervention after their families objected to their relationship. The two, in their early 20s, hail from a village in Shamli and alleged that they were threatened of “dire consequences” by their families. “We recorded the statements of the inter-faith same-sex couple in front of a magistrate so that there is a legal record...
BJP gets new team: In Bengal, Mukul Roy elevated, dropped Rahul Sinha asks ‘is this my reward’
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BJP gets new team: In Bengal, Mukul Roy elevated, dropped Rahul Sinha asks ‘is this my reward’

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: September 27, 2020 1:08:13 pm Rahul Sinha, who had served two back-to-back terms as the state BJP president and was appointed as a national secretary of the party in 2015. (File)With the Assembly elections in West Bengal only months away, three state BJP leaders, including Mukul Roy, were given prominent posts in the new national team announced by party president J P Nadda on Saturday. While Roy has been appointed BJP national vice-president, Anupam Hazra and Raju Bista have been made national secretary and national spokesperson, respectively. However, the party dropped Rahul Sinha from the post of BJP national secret...
In West Bengal, Mukul Roy elevated, dropped Rahul Sinha asks ‘is this my reward’
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In West Bengal, Mukul Roy elevated, dropped Rahul Sinha asks ‘is this my reward’

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | September 27, 2020 5:10:23 am Rahul Sinha, who had served two back-to-back terms as the state BJP president and was appointed as a national secretary of the party in 2015. (File)With the Assembly elections in West Bengal only months away, three state BJP leaders, including Mukul Roy, were given prominent posts in the new national team announced by party president J P Nadda on Saturday. While Roy has been appointed BJP national vice-president, Anupam Hazra and Raju Bista have been made national secretary and national spokesperson, respectively. However, the party dropped Rahul Sinha from the post of BJP national secretary, trigg...
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: Young Gill shines in KKR’s seven-wicket win over SRH | Cricket News – Times of India
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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: Young Gill shines in KKR’s seven-wicket win over SRH | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Young Shubman Gill drove, pulled and cut with authority in an unbeaten 62-ball 70 as Kolkata Knight Riders overwhelmed Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in the Indian Premier League on Saturday. Gill and Eoin Morgan (42 not out in 29 balls) complemented a disciplined bowling effort, helping the Knight Riders open their account with a convincing win. The 21-year-old opener anchored the chase perfectly as Morgan counterattacked to seal the issue in KKR's favour with two overs to spare, after their opening game debacle. Scorecard | Points TableOpting to bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad never got going after Pat Cummins (1/19) and rookie spinner Varun Chakravarthy (1/25) removed the opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner respectively, and were restricted to a below-par 142/4....
Bengal CM rakes up vandalisation of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust, blames ‘outsiders’
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Bengal CM rakes up vandalisation of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust, blames ‘outsiders’

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: September 27, 2020 1:14:50 pm Left Front Chairman Biman Bose at an exhibition on Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at Rani Rashmoni Road; TMC leader Partha Chatterjee pays floral tributes to the social reformer at College Square (Express Photo)Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday paid tributes to Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a 19th century social reformer, on his bicentenary birth anniversary, and seized the occasion to hit out at “certain outsiders” for vandalising a bust of the polymath last year. “Remembering great social reformer & educationist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on his 200th birth anniversary. He was a pio...
Congress no-confidence motion against Yediyurappa govt defeated | India News – Times of India
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Congress no-confidence motion against Yediyurappa govt defeated | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The no-confidence motion moved by the opposition Congress against the BJP government in Karnataka led by chief minister B S Yediyurappa was defeated by voice vote on Saturday night. After a fierce debate for about six hours, the no-confidence motion moved by leader of the opposition Siddaramaiah was defeated by a voice vote. "The motion is in favour of numbers. The motion is defeated by the voice vote," speaker Kageri said as he winded up the current session of the Karnataka assembly. Source link
Act within constitutional mandate, ‘anguished’ Mamata tells Dhankhar
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Act within constitutional mandate, ‘anguished’ Mamata tells Dhankhar

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: September 27, 2020 1:22:19 pm CM Mamata Banerjee slams Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar for ‘insinuations’.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday wrote a nine-page letter to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, criticising him for questioning Director General of Police Virendra’s handling of law and order in the state. Dhankhar lashed out at the state police chief on Monday for sending a “two-line” reply to his queries about the state’s law-and-order situation. The Governor also summoned the police officer. In her letter to Dhankhar, the Chief Minister wrote,”I was extremely upset, anguished and disillusioned on readi...
Will this matter in November?
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Will this matter in November?

Written by Karishma Mehrotra | New Delhi | September 27, 2020 4:45:07 am PM Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump at the Howdy, Modi! event in Houston on September 22, 2019 (PTI)They have always leaned Democrat, but this time, with just over a month to go for US polls, the Indian American vote is showing the friction of politics in India. Republicans have the advantage of Trump and Modi’s public courtship; Democrats the onus of their Kashmir stance. KARISHMA MEHROTRA on what this — and the Kamala Harris factor — could mean in a race that is entering the final lap. We have a friend in the White House, and we would like that to continue,” says Dinesh A...
Bengal: One detained in NIA raid, suspected of links to busted al-Qaeda module
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Bengal: One detained in NIA raid, suspected of links to busted al-Qaeda module

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: September 27, 2020 1:18:58 pm According to NIA, the accused were planning attacks on several vital installations in the Delhi-NCR area and other parts of India.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has detained one person suspected to have links with an al-Qaeda module busted in Murshidabad district on September 19. The suspect was detained during fresh raids in Noudapara village in the district’s Jalangi area late on Friday, and is being questioned at present. According to sources at the Central agency, the detainee used to work as a migrant labourer in Kerala, but had returned home during Covid-trigger...
PM takes swipe at China, questions UN role in pandemic
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PM takes swipe at China, questions UN role in pandemic

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: September 27, 2020 8:04:10 am Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addressed the United Nations General Assembly (DD/PTI Photo)At a time when ties with China have plummeted over the crisis in Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a swipe Saturday at Beijing’s debt-trap diplomacy, saying India strengthens its development partnership without any “mala fide intent” of making a partner country “dependent or hapless”. He also questioned the UN’s role in the pandemic as he pushed for reforms in the organisation and underlined India’s willingness to assume a larger role in managing the global crisis. In a...
Maharashtra-Metro MD awarded
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Maharashtra-Metro MD awarded

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | September 27, 2020 4:35:28 am Brijesh Dixit.Dr Brijesh Dixit, managing director, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (Maha-Metro) has been awarded the ‘Construction World Person of the Year 2020’ by the Foundation of Infrastructure Research Studies Training (FIRST) Construction Council. Dr Dixit has been awarded for his work on Maha-Metro’s Nagpur and Pune projects. The virtual award presentation ceremony will be held on October 16, 2020 at 5 pm. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines ...
Deputy Chairman said Opp wasn’t in seat when asking for division, RS TV shows otherwise
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Deputy Chairman said Opp wasn’t in seat when asking for division, RS TV shows otherwise

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: September 27, 2020 7:47:39 am A video grab of parliamentarians in Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (RSTV/PTI Photo)JUSTIFYING his rejection of the Opposition’s demand for a division of votes during the chaotic passage of the two farm Bills in Rajya Sabha last Sunday, Deputy Chairman Harivansh said the demand wasn’t made by members from their seats. Amid the ruckus in the House, he was heard saying that members have to be in their seats to demand division. Official footage of Rajya Sabha Television, reviewed by The Indian Express, shows othe...
Three questioned for role as ‘informants’ in Shopian killing
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Three questioned for role as ‘informants’ in Shopian killing

Written by Naveed Iqbal | Srinagar | Updated: September 27, 2020 7:40:07 am According to sources, of the three cousins — Abrar, Imtiyaz and Ibrar — from Rajouri who were killed in the July 18 encounter, one had been in Kashmir for a month and the other two joined him later.THREE persons, who are said to have been working as informers for the Army, on Saturday deposed before the Army’s Court of Inquiry, set up to probe the July 18 encounter at Amshipora, Shopian, in which three labourers from Rajouri were killed and declared militants. Top sources in the administration told The Sunday Express that the three persons are “the last contacts of the three de...
Tree cover in Gujarat shrank between 2006 and 2017: CAG – Times of India
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Tree cover in Gujarat shrank between 2006 and 2017: CAG – Times of India

GANDHINAGAR: Forest cover in Gujarat increased between 2006 and 2017 but the tree cover decreased, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has noted in a report. "Tree cover" comprises tree patches outside recorded forest area, exclusive of forest cover, the report, tabled in the state Assembly on Friday, explained. The tree cover in the state was 8,390 sq km in 2006 but it shrank to 6,910 sq km in 2017, the CAG report said. While the forest cover in the country is 21.67 per cent of total area, in Gujarat it is 7.57 per cent, it noted. The National Forest Policy of 1988 envisaged that the goal should be to have one-third of the total land area of the country under forest or tree cover, the report said. "Forest cover" includes all lands more than one hectare with a tree canopy density ...
Time for forbearance, not rigid adherence: N K Singh on FRBM
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Time for forbearance, not rigid adherence: N K Singh on FRBM

Written by Sunny Verma , P Vaidyanathan Iyer | New Delhi | Updated: September 27, 2020 7:38:11 am 15th Finance Commission chairman N K Singh.IN THE backdrop of the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, strict adherence to the FRBM (Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management) law may not be feasible and this is the time for forbearance on the issue, said N K Singh, Chairman, Fifteenth Finance Commission. He said the Commission is considering the need to bring in flexibility on that front without really “impairing” the “hard-won battle” on fiscal consolidation. The Commission is also debating whether the government should follow a particular “rang...
Dalit lawyer killed over ‘anti-Brahmin posts’: Police
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Dalit lawyer killed over ‘anti-Brahmin posts’: Police

Written by Srinath Rao , Sohini Ghosh | Mumbai/ahmedabad | Updated: September 27, 2020 12:47:15 pm Police in Mumbai said Raval, who, like the victim, hails from Rapar, had clashed with Maheshwari on his views on Brahminism.An employee of a stationery shop in Malad West, Mumbai, was arrested on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he allegedly murdered a Dalit lawyer and activist in Gujarat’s Kutch district over his social media posts. The victim, Devji Maheshwari, was a senior activist of the All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF) and of the Indian Legal Professionals Association. The last post on Devji Mahesh...
LAC: As hopes recede, Army readies troops for winter deployment
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LAC: As hopes recede, Army readies troops for winter deployment

Written by Krishn Kaushik | New Delhi | Updated: September 27, 2020 12:47:20 pm An IAF jet in Leh amid the prolonged India-China face-off. (PTI/File)Away from the India-China talks table where efforts are on to dial down tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the Indian Army has been preparing for the winter deployment of troops in the region because hopes of an early resolution of the crisis are fast receding. India and China have around 50,000 troops each in the region, backed by tanks, artillery and air defence assets. Army sources said each will calibrate its winter deployment according to what the other side does. Given the har...
The respect Isher commanded in the economics world was striking
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The respect Isher commanded in the economics world was striking

Written by Kiran Mazumdar Shaw | Updated: September 27, 2020 7:22:42 am Economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia. (Express Archive)Isher Ahluwalia was an amazing woman — and you’d know that if you read the book (Breaking Through) that she wrote at the end of her life. She was very keen that she wrote it before she passed away. She was a self-made woman. She came from a middle-class upbringing, a Hindi-medium background and yet she scaled such enormous heights because of her intellectual appetite and capability. She was one of the most brilliant and inspiring minds I have met. (Isher Judge Ahluwalia, 74, economist, urban infrastructure expert and former chairper...
Who would win greatest Melbourne Cup of them all?
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Who would win greatest Melbourne Cup of them all?

Famed by a lifelong association with the Melbourne Cup, Bart Cummings’ link with the iconic race continues after five of the master trainer’s champions earned a place in a virtual race to decide the greatest Cup winner in history.Cummings’ quintet of Light Fingers, Galilee, Think Big, Let’s Elope and Saintly will be pitted against his father Jim’s Comic Court in the “Lexus Melbourne Cup The Race of Dreams.”The field, headlined by the race’s only triple winner Makybe Diva, has been assembled by a panel including Greg Carpenter, Leigh Jordon, Gai Waterhouse, Greg Miles, Francesca Cumani and Gerard Whateley.Kayo is your ticket to the best sport streaming Live & On-Demand. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >The race will be run on November 3 — Me...
West Bengal: May not wrap up 1st year UG course says Official
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West Bengal: May not wrap up 1st year UG course says Official

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | September 27, 2020 4:28:28 am At 1 pm, the state Higher Education Council has convened a meeting of vice-chancellors to discuss the academic calendar. (Representational)The state Department of Higher Education has expressed doubts about universities completing the 2020-’21 first-year undergraduate curriculum in nine months, starting November 1, as recommended by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The 2021-’22 academic year is likely to begin on August 30, 2021. In a recent advisory, the UGC advised universities to complete first-year undergraduate admissions by October 31, and start classes from November 1. “Af...