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Conduct civic elections at the earliest: BJP to Bengal poll body
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Conduct civic elections at the earliest: BJP to Bengal poll body

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: October 2, 2020 3:02:26 pm Elections to more than 107 civic bodies could not be held earlier this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.A BJP delegation led by Joy Prakash Majumdar on Thursday visited the West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) and urged it to conduct the pending civic body elections. Elections to more than 107 civic bodies could not be held earlier this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a temporary measure, the state government appointed administrators to run the municipalities and corporations even after the tenure of the civic bodies’ leaders expired. “There are more than ...
Gujarat HC rejects IIM-A aspirant’s plea over selection process
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Gujarat HC rejects IIM-A aspirant’s plea over selection process

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | October 2, 2020 5:19:25 am The court upheld that “there are a series of considerations for conducting such a test which are best left to the experts in the field.” (File)Ruling that there can’t be any hard and fast rule regarding the extent of weightage of a written test vis-a-vis a personal interview, especially in postgraduate specialised courses such as the one offered by the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIM-A), the Gujarat High Court, on Thursday, refused to intervene in the institute’s selection process after it was challenged by an aspirant who was not selected. The court upheld that “there a...
Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians: Rohit’s class, Pollard and Hardik’s power give MI 48-run win | Cricket News – Times of India
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Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians: Rohit’s class, Pollard and Hardik’s power give MI 48-run win | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Rohit Sharma's elegance mingled with the belligerence of his two six-hitting lieutenants as Mumbai Indians humbled Kings XI Punjab by 48 runs in an IPL match on Thursday. Invited to bat, the classy Rohit laid the foundation with a 45-ball 70, lacing his innings with eight fours and three sixes. Scorecard | Points TableThen, the duo of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya smashed fours and sixes at will, scoring 67 runs in 23 balls to lift MI to 191 for four from 83 for three in the 14th over. Chasing a stiff target of 192, Kings XI Punjab were stopped at 143 for eight, with Nicholas Pooran making 44 off 27 balls. Earlier, Pollard walked out unbeaten on a 20-ball 47, while Hardik remained not out on 30 off 11 balls, the two hitting six sixes and as many fours between them. MI got ...
Kolkata Police rescue elderly woman living with siblings’ bodies in Belur house
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Kolkata Police rescue elderly woman living with siblings’ bodies in Belur house

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | October 2, 2020 5:18:32 am According to police, their close relatives were unable to contact them for the last one week. (File)Police on Wednesday rescued a 60-year-old woman who was living with the corpses of her brother and sister in their house at Belur in Howrah district. Police said prima facie it looked like Anita Sen is mentally challenged and have sent her to a mental hospital. Police are yet to ascertain how her sister Pratima Sen,75, and brother Manoranjan Sen, 80, died. The matter came to light after the neighbours of Sen found stench emanating from their two-storied house on Lala Babu Sayar Road. The pol...
Engineering student bags global research internship offers amid Covid crisis – Times of India
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Engineering student bags global research internship offers amid Covid crisis – Times of India

NEW DELHI: At a time when the whole world is grappling with the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic, 20-year-old Abhishek Agrahari, a third-year mechanical engineering student at TIET, Patiala has bagged multiple international research internship offers from various prestigious universities across the globe. International offers received by Abhishek for research work in various scientific fields from reputed global institutes include - University of Oxford, UK; Pennsylvania State University, USA; University of Illinois, USA; Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany; Tel Aviv University, Israel; Beijing Computational Sciences Research Center, China; Shanghai Jia Tong University, China; Gyeongsang National University, South Korea; University of Adelaide, Australian School of Petroleum; Universidad ...
Covid cases cross past 2.6 lakh-mark in West Bengal
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Covid cases cross past 2.6 lakh-mark in West Bengal

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | October 2, 2020 5:13:14 am Among the districts, 57.58 per cent of the new cases were reported from the pandemic epicentre in South Bengal comprising Kolkata, its three adjoining districts, and Hooghly.West Bengal’s Covid-19 toll on Thursday crossed the 5,000 mark as 59 new deaths pushed up the count to 5,017. Of these, 2,842 or over 56 per cent of the fatalities have occurred in Kolkata and North 24 Parganas districts. The state’s case count on Thursday stood at 2,60,324 as 3,275 new infections were recorded. The active caseload was 26,552 as the release of 2,996 patients pushed up the recovery rate to 87.87 per cent. Among the...
Indian Coast Guard commissions new fast patrol vessel built by GRSE
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Indian Coast Guard commissions new fast patrol vessel built by GRSE

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: October 2, 2020 3:04:17 pm The “ICGS Kanaklata Barua” was commissioned at the GRSE Fitting Out Jetty (FOJ) Unit on Wednesday. (Express)The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned the fast patrol vessel “ICGS Kanaklata Barua” that was built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE). It is one of the five fast patrol vessels that the GRSE has built for the Coast Guard. The GRSE, which is a mini Ratna category 1 establishment and a leading shipyard, delivered the latest vessel to the Coast Guard on June 9. Till date, the company has delivered 105 warships. The “ICGS Kanaklata Barua” was commissioned at th...
Gujarat: Cong leader Solanki recovers from Covid-19 after 101 days
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Gujarat: Cong leader Solanki recovers from Covid-19 after 101 days

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | October 2, 2020 5:01:10 am Senior Congress leader Bharatsinh Solanki leaves hospital in Ahmedabad on Thursday. (Photo by Nirmal Harindran)Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Bharatsinh Solanki, who tested positive for Covid-19 on June 21, was discharged on Thursday after being in hospital for 101 days. “I used to believe that I had a very good immunity and nothing would happen to me. I would roam around and meet people without any hesitation. But suddenly I had fever, but developed no other Covid symptoms. Initially my blood test reports also didn’t reflect anything, but later doctors found out that the situation...
Won’t allow Rahul Gandhi’s tractor rally to enter Haryana: Home minister Anil Vij | India News – Times of India
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Won’t allow Rahul Gandhi’s tractor rally to enter Haryana: Home minister Anil Vij | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Haryana's home minister Anil Vij on Thursday said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi can do whatever he wants during his visit to Punjab, where he is scheduled to hold tractor rallies against Centre's new farm laws, but his rally will not be given permission to enter the neighbouring state. Rahul Gandhi will hold tractor rallies in Punjab and Haryana from October 3 to 5 to protest against the Centre's new farm laws, the party said. "They will not be allowed to disturb Haryana's atmosphere. Earlier, two Congress-sponsored rallies were also stopped from entering the state. Likewise, we will stop his (Rahul's tractor) rally and won't allow him to enter Haryana," Vij told reporters. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader, who has been vocal against the Nehru-Gandhi family, said the Haryana...
Have fun, be sensitive: Aamir Khan gives a virtual send off to Bennett University’s Batch of 2020 – Times of India
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Have fun, be sensitive: Aamir Khan gives a virtual send off to Bennett University’s Batch of 2020 – Times of India

"One thing I want to say to all of you as you are about to start your lives - the most I have ever learned in my life is by going deeper into my own country. That has been my own learning. I have told my own kids this and every young kid who wants some advice from me - take one year off and just travel from Kashmir to Kanyakumari," Aamir Khan told the outgoing batch of Bennett University on Thursday at their virtual convocation ceremony. It was an evening of virtual goodbyes and motivating speeches as Bennett University said goodbye to its Batch of 2020. The evening witnessed over 400 students from PhD (2016-2020), MBA (2018-20), MBA (BFSI) (2017-19), B.Tech. (2016-2020), BA J&MC (2017-2020), PGD-BJ (2019-2020), PGD-DM (2019-2020), and BBA (2017-2020), being conferred their degrees...
3 soldiers killed in Pakistan firing along LoC | India News – Times of India
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3 soldiers killed in Pakistan firing along LoC | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR/JAMMU: Three soldiers were killed and five others injured in unprovoked firing by Pakistan army along the Line of Control in J&K in the last 24 hours, an Army spokesman said on Thursday. While two soldiers were killed in Naugam Sector of Kupwara in north Kashmir on Thursday morning, the third was martyred in Krishna Ghati (KG) Sector of Poonch district in Jammu region the previous night. “Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along LoC in Naugam Sector this (Thursday) morning by firing mortars and other weapons. Two soldiers — Havildar Kuldeep Singh of 15 SIKHLI and Rifleman Shubham Sharma of 8 JAKRIF — were killed and four others injured. The injured soldiers are being evacuated,” army spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said in Srinagar. He added that “befitting respon...
IPL 2020: Kohli shares heartwarming post to celebrate his camaraderie with AB de Villiers | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2020: Kohli shares heartwarming post to celebrate his camaraderie with AB de Villiers | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sharing a heartwarming picture with teammate AB de Villiers as a tribute to their friendship, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday said the most special thing about sport is "mutual respect you share with your fellow team members." Taking to Twitter, Kohli shared a picture to celebrate his friendship with de Villiers that has blossomed on and off the field. The most special thing about sport is the friendship and mutual respect you share with your teammates along your jo… https://t.co/nrOFbIMzcx— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1601546417000"The most special thing about sport is the friendship and mutual respect you share with your teammates along your journey. Sport is beautiful," he captioned the picture. Kohli and De Villiers share great camaraderie on...
WhatsApp finally adds feature to escape annoying groups forever – Times of India
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WhatsApp finally adds feature to escape annoying groups forever – Times of India

WhatsApp groups can be quite annoying as there are some groups you can’t tolerate and at the same time you can’t quit. Thankfully, WhatsApp is now allowing users to mute contacts and groups forever. Earlier, you just had the option to mute somebody or a group for a maximum of up to year. Now, you can simply mute somebody or a group forever and forget. As per a report by WABetaInfo, the new feature will be available in version 2.20.201.10. However, you need not update to the latest version. You can check the mute notification settings and check out the mute notifications to “Always”. If you choose ‘Always’, you will not get disturbed by the WhatsApp chat. Meanwhile, WhatsApp, has rolled out a new feature to its Android beta users that will help them get rid of their storage problems. The...
The Mahatma’s life was his message
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The Mahatma’s life was his message

Gandhiji was jailed in 1922 for writing articles campaigning for non-cooperation and civil disobedience. His colleague Shankerlal Banker, also jailed with him, had seen the Mahatma starting the day at 4 am, and not wasting a single minute till late in the night. From spinning and weaving for six hours a day, to studying the scriptures, he was constantly occupied. Banker enthusiastically joined in, and Gandhiji drafted a timetable for him too. When he was released early, Banker told Gandhiji that he had learned a new way of life. Gandhiji asked him to tell others about his lessons. Gandhiji then asked him if he had any idea of how people would react. Banker had no clue. “I can tell you what people would say. They’d say, ‘He is a Mahatma and he can lead such a life. We can’...
Stopped on way, Rahul, Priyanka make a point —helped by police
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Stopped on way, Rahul, Priyanka make a point —helped by police

Written by Somya Lakhani , Jignasa Sinha , Manoj CG | Greater Noida, Hathras, New Delhi | October 2, 2020 4:10:50 am Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra walk with Congress workers along the Yamuna Expressway, after their vehicle was stopped by the authorities. Hitting the streets for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed in March, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were prevented Thursday from going to the village of the Hathras Dalit teenager, who died after she was brutally assaulted and allegedly gangraped by upper caste men. Their cavalcade was stopped en route, after which they began to walk, only to...
From PM economic council to Niti Aayog, growing disquiet over Govt tight fist
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From PM economic council to Niti Aayog, growing disquiet over Govt tight fist

Written by P Vaidyanathan Iyer | New Delhi | Updated: October 2, 2020 7:06:48 am Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (File)Speaking to The Indian Express on September 26, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that she is open to “the need for further stimulus” and its timing. That may not be much of an assurance given the growing sense of disquiet in expert bodies including the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, the Niti Aayog and the Chief Economic Advisor’s office. Several policy-influencers in these bodies are befuddled at the Central government’s aversion to spend more now despite their unanimous view that a fiscal stimulus — soo...
The Dravid effect in Nagarkoti’s road to recovery | Cricket News – Times of India
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The Dravid effect in Nagarkoti’s road to recovery | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: On the face of it, nothing has changed in the last two years for Kamlesh Nagarkoti. The pacer is as driven, as accurate and as lethal while playing in the IPL as he was two years back when he left everyone awestruck with his skill during the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. As he once again impressed with his bowling and athleticism playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday night, the world was yet again reminded of the talent that became almost anonymous after the World Cup outing. Having completely recovered from the long-standing back injury, the right-arm bowler took two wickets and a couple of stunning catches joining other youngsters in the team to help cruise KKR to 37-run victory. It was his second game of the season and the tourname...
2nd sero survey in Mumbai shows fall in level of antibodies among slum dwellers
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2nd sero survey in Mumbai shows fall in level of antibodies among slum dwellers

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | October 2, 2020 4:06:34 am The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) second round of survey covered 5,384 people in three wards – Matunga (F North), Dahisar (R North) and Chembur (M West). (File)A second sero survey conducted in Mumbai mid-August has found that 45 per cent of the people in slums and 18 per cent in non-slum pockets were exposed to Covid-19. The latest findings are different from the first survey in July, when 57 per cent of the people in slums were found to have been exposed to the virus. Members of the team that conducted the survey attributed the decline in sero prevalence – number of persons in a populati...
Day after police rushed her cremation, Allahabad HC steps in, asks officials to explain
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Day after police rushed her cremation, Allahabad HC steps in, asks officials to explain

Written by Asad Rehman | Lucknow | Updated: October 2, 2020 9:11:57 am The 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras on September 14 and later died at Delhi's Safdarjung hospital on Tuesday.The Allahabad High Court on Thursday took suo motu cognizance of the fatal assault and alleged gangrape of a Dalit woman in Hathras, especially her hurried cremation, and directed senior officials of the state government and police, including of the district, to be present at the next hearing on October 12. A two-judge Bench said family members of the deceased would also be present that day so that the court could hear their vers...
In Hyderabad, caste turns love story into a story of hate and murder
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In Hyderabad, caste turns love story into a story of hate and murder

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Updated: October 2, 2020 10:52:39 am The couple met Cyberabad Police Commissioner three months ago,Their love bloomed with every “Hi” and “Hello” on the quiet lane outside their homes. They soon moved to Facebook, spending hours getting to know each other, growing closer. Then there were the phone calls, with bills running upto Rs 1,500 a month. And finally, on June 10, they got married. “Hemanth and I were so much in love. Every evening, we used to sit together and make plans about the future,” says Avanti Reddy, 23. Until September 24, when this tale of two people from two castes in one big city came to an a...