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Rangoli Chandel reacts to Kangana Ranaut blocking Sona Mohapatra on Twitter: She can’t stand below average junk – Times of India
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Rangoli Chandel reacts to Kangana Ranaut blocking Sona Mohapatra on Twitter: She can’t stand below average junk – Times of India

Kangana Ranaut blocked Sona Mohapatra on Twitter after the singer called out the actress’ ‘selective feminism’ comment on Anushka Sharma. Now, Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel has reacted to the same on her Instagram handle. Taking to her Instagram story, Rangoli shared a post that read, ‘Sona Ji I don’t even know who you are and what you do but I keep seeing you on Kangana’s google page all the time commenting on everything that she says. Kangana loves responding to trolls who stimulate her intellectually or emotionally. What will she talk to you about? You have nothing to offer her. She can’t stand below average junk. @sonamohapatra’ Check out the post here:Sona had taken to her Twitter handle to share the news of Kangana blocking her with her fans. She wrote, ‘Kangana hasn’t ever sto...
Amid protests by farmers, Maharashtra Congress revives ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’ jibe
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Amid protests by farmers, Maharashtra Congress revives ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’ jibe

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | September 29, 2020 5:02:19 am Chavan was interacting with the media after a party delegation met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for handing over a memorandum to the President, demanding that the Bills be recalled. Amid continuing protests from farmer outfits against the Centre’s controversial farm Bills, the Congress on Monday revived its “suit-boot ki sarkar (government of the rich and elite)” jibe to target the Narendra Modi government. Accusing the Centre of pushing through “anti-farmer” legislations in an undemocratic fashion, former state chief minister Prithviraj Chavan labelled it as a plot to enslave the nation’s farmers...
Terrorist slain in Pulwama encounter was longest-surviving Lashkar commander: DGP | India News – Times of India
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Terrorist slain in Pulwama encounter was longest-surviving Lashkar commander: DGP | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: Top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Aijaz Ahmed Reshi, who was killed along with an aide in an anti-terror operation in Pulwama’s Samboora area late Sunday, was one of the longest surviving commanders of the outfit, J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh said on Monday. Lashkar’s main recruiter, Reshi was involved in numerous attacks on security forces, inflicting heavy casualties. Reshi initially worked as an overground worker and had joined militancy even before Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, the poster boy of new-age militancy in J&K who was killed in an encounter in July 2016, DGP Singh told reporters at district police lines in Awantipora, Pulwama. Reshi had recruited ultras like Towseef Khanday, Rafiq Dar and Adil Ahmed, all of whom rose to top ranks before being slain by sec...
Mum feared for hospitalised Harley
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Mum feared for hospitalised Harley

Former Melbourne player Harley Bennell’s mum was fearing for his mental wellbeing in the hours before the troubled footballer was taken to a Gold Coast hospital. Bennell was believed to be celebrating his retirement, which he announced on Monday, at a Gold Coast hotel when police were called and he was heavily intoxicated, according to the The Courier-Mail.Police called the paramedics and an ambulance took Bennell to hospital.On a Melbourne supporters’ website Bennell’s mum, Kayleen, posted messages asking for support in the wake of his retirement announcement on Monday as fans voiced their opinion on his short-lived Demon career, which only lasted one season.“Very disappointing, knowing my son is stuck in Queensland with no family support. I’m his mother and I’m very concerned for his ...
Sena MLA urges Maharashtra CM to reconsider decision on police recruitment
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Sena MLA urges Maharashtra CM to reconsider decision on police recruitment

Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai | September 29, 2020 4:57:12 am Abitkar said Thackeray promised all possible steps to give justice to the Maratha community. (File)Amid protests by the Maratha community, Shiv Sena MLA from Western Maharashtra on Monday urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to reconsider the state government’s decision to recruit over 12,000 police personnel. Prakash Abitkar, Shiv Sena legislator from Radhanagari Assem-bly constituency in Kolhapur, urged Thackeray to reconsider the decision in the wake of the stay on Maratha reservation by the Supreme Court, as the Maratha community won’t get benefit of the quota. “I informed the chi...
Record-chasing Nadal eases into French Open second round | Tennis News – Times of India
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Record-chasing Nadal eases into French Open second round | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Claycourt master Rafael Nadal started his quest for a record-extending 13th French Open title with a straightforward 6-4 6-4 6-2 first-round win against Belarusian Egor Gerasimov on Monday. The Spaniard, looking to equal Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles, is used to slow starts at Roland Garros and this year's debut was no different. On the revamped court Philippe Chatrier, whose roof stayed open throughout, Nadal converted all of his five break points to set up a meeting with American Mackenzie McDonald. The second seed, who had complained about the new balls being too heavy, did not appear too bothered in front of some 200 fans, wrapping up the match with a service winner. "I want to play matches with a positive attitude. It's a different Roland Garro...
Biodiversity map puts spotlight on Mumbai’s rich flora, fauna
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Biodiversity map puts spotlight on Mumbai’s rich flora, fauna

Written by Benita Fernando | Mumbai | September 29, 2020 4:49:11 am Even the gecko, Giri’s geckonella, was discovered in Aarey Colony in 2016. The map also includes two of Mumbai’s important indigenous communities, the Warli and the Koli.If it’s Maximum City, it’s minimum biodiversity. But that’s not the case, according to a new map made by artist and cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty. ‘The Biodiversity Map of Mumbai’ teems with an abundance of species, right from the humble mangroves to the wondrous Atlas Moth, one of the biggest and most beautiful insects in the world. Chakravarty (33) has presented the map as a vibrant document that is rooted in fact and ...
Govt’s new defence acquisition policy drops offsets in 3 types of contracts
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Govt’s new defence acquisition policy drops offsets in 3 types of contracts

Written by Krishn Kaushik | September 29, 2020 4:37:27 am Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a Twitter post, said it has been “aligned” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.The government has decided not to have an offset clause in procurement of defence equipment if the deal is done through inter-government agreement (IGA), government-to-government or an ab initio single vendor. The offset clause requires a foreign vendor to invest a part of the contract value in India. The decision, part of the government’s new policy for defence acquisitions, was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council Monday. Unveiling the new policy...
CAG flags policy change months before Rafale deal
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CAG flags policy change months before Rafale deal

Written by Krishn Kaushik | New Delhi | Updated: September 29, 2020 7:22:34 am On the Rafale deal, the CAG said the offset obligations were to kick in from September 2019.Changes made to the Defence Procurement Policy in April 2016 allowed suppliers of the Rafale fighter jets not to declare any offset partner when India and France signed a deal in September that year to buy 36 aircraft. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India, in its Report No. 20 of 2019 which was tabled in Parliament last week, said changes in the offset policy introduced by the government in 2015 were “duly incorporated” with effect from April 1, 2016. This policy change meant ...
Final-year exams: Non-teaching staff to stay away from work in Maharashtra
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Final-year exams: Non-teaching staff to stay away from work in Maharashtra

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: September 29, 2020 10:07:02 am Late Monday, Samant issued a statement saying that the government is positive that issues raised by the committee will be resolved. (File)The Maharashtra State College Universities Employees Action Committee, a collective of eight university non-teaching staff associations, Monday said their decision to not attend work will continue even as Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant urged them to withdraw the strike in view of smooth conduct of final-year college exams next month. The committee has been demanding implementation of Seventh Pay Commission recommendation...
Maharashtra’s Chief Secretary tests positive, in home isolation
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Maharashtra’s Chief Secretary tests positive, in home isolation

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: September 29, 2020 10:09:52 am Sanjay Kumar (left) took over the charge of Chief Secretary from Ajoy Mehta on June 30. (Express photo)Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday evening. Kumar (59) said that he was in home isolation on the recommendation of doctors and was operating from home. He is the latest among senior bureaucrats in Maharashtra to catch the infection. Kumar and his staff had decided to undergo tests after one of his employees tested positive. Last week, Additional Chief Secretary (General Administration) Sujata Saunik had tested positive for Covid-19 and is unde...
Cong CMs look at bypassing farm laws, its MP goes to SC
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Cong CMs look at bypassing farm laws, its MP goes to SC

Written by Manoj C G , Ananthakrishnan G , Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Nawanshahr, New Delhi | September 29, 2020 4:35:07 am Sources said the Congress leadership had taken advice from senior lawyer and party MP Abhishek Singhvi before issuing the direction to its CMs to frame laws bypassing the changes by the Centre. (Express file photo by Renuka Puri)THE Congress on Monday stepped up its agitation over the new farm laws, with the party asking the four states ruled by it to explore legislation to “bypass” their provisions. As the Congress held protests outside Raj Bhavans across states, the party’s Thrissur MP, T N Prathapan, moved the Supr...
No govt nominees yet, RBI monetary panel meet put off
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No govt nominees yet, RBI monetary panel meet put off

Written by George Mathew , Sunny Verma | Mumbai/ New Delhi | Updated: September 29, 2020 10:03:50 am The first MPC meeting was held on October 4, 2016 when Urjit Patel was the RBI Governor.IN AN unprecedented development, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Monday postponed the bi-monthly meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) scheduled from September 29 to October 1, after the government failed to nominate its three members to the six-member panel on time, The Indian Express has learnt. The MPC is a statutory committee that fixes the key policy interest rates and monetary policy stance of the country as well as the inflation target. The f...
Anti-China protests intensify in Kathmandu – Times of India
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Anti-China protests intensify in Kathmandu – Times of India

KATHMANDU: Members of the Nepal Students union on Monday held a protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu over Chinese construction in the northern Nepal district of Humla. Protestors were seen wearing masks and shields in keeping with Covid-19 restrictions and these masks and shields had slogans condemning the construction by the Chinese authorities in the Humla district. The protestors were seen carrying posters with slogans that said that the encroached area by the Chinese belonged to Nepal. "Return back to your own boundary, China!" read one of the banners carried by the protestors. Nepali Congress slammed the government for making comments over the issue of land encroachment by China before a team of government officials visited the area and filed a field report on the d...
Centre clears early procurement of paddy in all states
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Centre clears early procurement of paddy in all states

Written by Harikishan Sharma | New Delhi | September 29, 2020 4:33:01 am The usual procurement date is October 1.AMID PROTESTS against the new farm laws, and days after it advanced procurement of kharif paddy in Punjab and Haryana, the Centre on Monday cleared early procurement in all the remaining states. The usual procurement date is October 1. On September 26, the Centre ordered “immediate” procurement in Punjab and Haryana. The Centre also approved the procurement of 13.77 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of pulses and oilseeds for Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21 for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Haryana. In an apparent attempt to ...
Police search channel that aired sting on ‘corruption’ by BSY family
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Police search channel that aired sting on ‘corruption’ by BSY family

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: September 29, 2020 9:14:51 am “The matter is in court,” Yediyurappa said. (File Photo)Bengaluru Police began an investigation on Monday against officials of a private television channel that recently aired a sting alleging the involvement of members of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s family in acts of corruption. Police carried out searches at the offices of Power TV and the home of its managing director-editor Rakesh Shetty, and also questioned an anchor. The investigation was triggered by a complaint filed by the director of a construction firm who has been cited by the channel as a source of information on the a...
CLAT student says may have Covid, moves SC, sits for test separately
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CLAT student says may have Covid, moves SC, sits for test separately

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | September 29, 2020 4:31:36 am The Bench said the centre superintendent, on production of the order, should provide a separate room for the student. (Express Photo/File)HOURS BEFORE the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) began on Monday afternoon, the Supreme Court allowed a student in Gwalior, who said he was “in isolation” as he was “suspected of being Covid-positive”, to sit for the test in a “separate isolation room” at his exam centre. “In the facts of the present case, we are of the view that the applicant should be permitted to take his CLAT examination on 28.09.2020 in a separate isolation room to be provided by his cent...
New science policy: institutes to be rated on support for women staff
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New science policy: institutes to be rated on support for women staff

Written by Esha Roy | New Delhi | September 29, 2020 4:30:25 am The various committees looking at women’s issues, including that of sexual harassment complaints, will be strengthened, he said.AIMING TO create women leaders, the Department of Science and Technology is developing a framework to rate and rank science institutes depending on the proportion of women employed. The initiative, under the new Science and Technology Policy 2020, will cover government and private institutes, which will be rated on a number of parameters that includes promotion opportunities, leadership positions and support structure, such as creches. Speaking to The Indian Expres...
Pakistan’s top court stays release of Daniel Pearl murder accused – Times of India
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Pakistan’s top court stays release of Daniel Pearl murder accused – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday barred the Sindh government from releasing British-born al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and his three aides - the main accused in the abduction and murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. In April, a two-judge Sindh High Court bench commuted the death sentence of 46-year-old Sheikh, who was convicted in the abduction and murder of Pearl in 2002, to seven years. The court also acquitted his three aides who were serving life terms in the case – almost two decades after they were found guilty and jailed. Two days after the Sindh High Court overturned Sheikh's conviction, the Sindh government invoked the Maintenance of Public Order to keep the four convicts in jail. Their detention period is set to expire on September 30. The Sindh...
IPL 2020: Nicholas Pooran credits Jonty Rhodes for making him a better fielder | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2020: Nicholas Pooran credits Jonty Rhodes for making him a better fielder | Cricket News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: The gravity-defying save Nicholas Pooran pulled off on Sunday night stunned the cricketing world, but the Kings XI Punjab player was nonchalantly casual about his effort that prompted his fielding coach Jonty Rhodes to give him a standing ovation and the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar to call it the "best save he has ever seen". "We have been practising taking such catches every day during our training sessions. I have taken such catches in our fielding sessions. It was not a surprise for me," Pooran told TOI from Dubai on Monday, a day after he dived full-length dive over the rope at wide long and flicked the ball back into play to deny Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals a six. The 24-year-old gave credit to Rhodes for stressing on athleticism and improving his fielding a...