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Day: October 11, 2020

Uttarakhand mulls plantation drive in other states to clear compensatory afforestation backlog
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Uttarakhand mulls plantation drive in other states to clear compensatory afforestation backlog

Written by Lalmani Verma | Dehradun | Updated: October 12, 2020 5:23:27 am Against this backlog, the state CAMPA has set a target of afforestation on 3,500 hectare in the current financial year. (Source: uttarakhand_tourismofficial/Instagram)To clear the backlog for compensatory afforestation over the next two years, the Uttarakhand Forest Department is mulling a plantation drive in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region and parts of Rajasthan. Compensatory afforestation is done against the transfer of forest land for non-forestry purposes like the development of dams, mining and the construction of industries or roads. In compensatory plantation, 1,100 pl...
Kanker journalist calls off hunger strike
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Kanker journalist calls off hunger strike

By: Express News Service | Raipur | October 12, 2020 5:15:58 am Kamal Shukla narrating the incident to press. Kanker-based journalist Kamal Shukla, who was on a hunger strike seeking action over the attack on him and two other journalists by a mob allegedly incited by local Congress leaders at a police station on September 26, called off his protest on Sunday after a delegation bearing his demands met the Governor. Shukla had earlier in the day tested positive for Covid-19. The test was conducted on Saturday at the DKS Hospital, where the journalist was allegedly forcibly hospitalised on October 7, days after he began his hunger strike. “His immunity was compromis...
MI vs DC: De Kock, Suryakumar lead Mumbai Indians to top of the table with win over Delhi Capitals | Cricket News – Times of India
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MI vs DC: De Kock, Suryakumar lead Mumbai Indians to top of the table with win over Delhi Capitals | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Fluent and fiery half centuries by Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav shaped Mumbai Indians' five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in the clash between the two most consistent IPL sides of the season, on Sunday. Chasing 163, the defending champions overhauled the target with two balls to spare and claimed the top spot in the points table with five wins from seven matches so far. Scorecard | Points TableShikhar Dhawan scored his first half-century of the season and shared a 85-run stand with skipper Shreyas Iyer (42) to help DC post 162 for four. DC's competitive-looking total proved insufficient in the face of some confident batting by the Mumbai Indians batsmen. Kieron Pollard (11 not out) and Krunal Pandya (12 not out) took MI past the finish line after De Kock and Suryakum...
Hathras case: CBI takes over probe, registers FIR
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Hathras case: CBI takes over probe, registers FIR

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | October 12, 2020 4:45:08 am As many as 60 security personnel have been deployed outside the victim's house in Hathras.A WEEK after the UP government said it would hand over the probe into the alleged gangrape and death of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras to the CBI, following outrage over the state police’s handling of the incident and hurried cremation of the victim’s body, the central agency Sunday formally took over the case. The agency registered an FIR under sections of the IPC dealing with gangrape and murder, and those under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said that a team has ...
Jagan letter against SC judge comes as he faces rising legal heat
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Jagan letter against SC judge comes as he faces rising legal heat

Written by Ananthakrishnan G , Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad, New Delhi | October 12, 2020 4:40:16 am Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and Justice N V RamanaANDHRA Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s letter alleging impropriety by Justice N V Ramana, a sitting judge of the Supreme Court and next in line to be Chief Justice, comes when a bench headed by the judge is hearing a petition seeking fast-tracking of pending criminal cases against sitting and former legislators. Indeed, it was after an order by this bench that proceedings against Reddy, in a disproportionate assets case, resumed in a CBI Special Court in Hyderabad on October 9. Th...
First in line for Covid vaccine: those at high risk, exposure
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First in line for Covid vaccine: those at high risk, exposure

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2020 7:31:52 am Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan during 'Sunday Samvaad' -- an interaction with his social media followers.LAYING OUT the sequence of distribution of Covid vaccines that are expected to be available in India, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said Sunday that the first priority will be for those facing occupational hazards from the virus and exposure risk, indicating that healthcare professionals at the frontline would be among the early recipients. The Minister said that the much-awaited Feluda paper strip test is likely to roll out “within the next few weeks”. The...
Untold story of lockdown: sharp surge in child trafficking
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Untold story of lockdown: sharp surge in child trafficking

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2020 11:48:26 am A 1098 Childline booth at the New Delhi railway station on Sunday. Trains serve as vital transport lines in child trafficking. The lockdown should have brought the numbers down but movement was diverted to inter-state buses. (Express Photo: Gajendra Yadav)AS THE pandemic struck, and the government imposed a nationwide lockdown, the country woke up to countless images of migrant workers returning to their villages with their children, on cycles, buses, lorries and trains, many walking hundreds of kilometres. But as the economic distress began to sink in, a more sinister moveme...
Climate change driving butterflies, moths higher up Himalayas: study
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Climate change driving butterflies, moths higher up Himalayas: study

Written by Esha Roy | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2020 7:48:27 am At least 66 species have been found 1,000 m higher than their previously recorded mean habitat altitudes. (Photos: ZSI)Rising average temperatures in the Himalayan region have driven several dozen species of butterfly and moth to habitats higher up the mountains, a new study commissioned by the government has found. The findings of the study will be used as a baseline indicator to track the impact of climate change on animal species over the coming decade, officials said. The Himalayas are home to more than 35 per cent of Lepidoptera — the order of insects that includes butterflies ...
The economy is still fragile | HT Editorial
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The economy is still fragile | HT Editorial

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), in its first forecast after the Covid-19 pandemic, has projected a 9.5% contraction for the Indian economy in the current fiscal year. This number is in line with other projections and should settle the debate about the impact of the pandemic on the economy, for it is now clear that the Indian economy is going to face its worst-ever contraction. RBI governor Shaktikanta Das also ruled out any V-shaped recovery — which reflects an immediate revival in growth — and indicated that different sectors will follow different revival trajectories and the overall performance will be a sum of these parts. He also acknowledged the possibility of a second wave of the pandemic derailing the ongoing gradual revival from t...
Narine was warned for suspect action in CPL too | Cricket News – Times of India
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Narine was warned for suspect action in CPL too | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Kolkata Knight Riders’ spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for ‘suspected illegal’ action match against Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Even though Narine is placed on the ‘warning list’ and can continue to bowl for now, it wasn’t the first time in recent times that Narine was reported. In fact, the 32-year-old offie was called for suspect action at the end of the fourth round of the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL). He was allowed to continue bowling but it is understood that Trinbago Knight Riders didn’t risk it by playing the spinner in the CPL final on September 10. Interestingly, both the franchises have the same owner. The offie was later cleared to play in the IPL after experts from Loughborough University in England closely monitored and an...
IFS Day among top trends after tweets by Modi and others | India News – Times of India
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IFS Day among top trends after tweets by Modi and others | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Day celebrations went global this year with all Indian missions abroad working in tandem on social media and also undertaking various activities to mark the occasion. According to government sources, one "unique feature" this year was that more than 30 foreign envoys and several other dignitaries abroad conveyed their congratulatory messages through social media handles. The Indian Foreign Service Day was celebrated on 9 October 2020. The #IndianForeignService and #ServingTheNation were the two hashtags used across social media and were among the top 25 trends in India, with President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi and foreign minister S Jaishankar also congratulating the IFS officers. ``PM’s tweet on IFS day was supplemented by various oth...
Bhima Koregaon case: CPM MP writes to PM Modi seeking Stan Swamy release
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Bhima Koregaon case: CPM MP writes to PM Modi seeking Stan Swamy release

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | October 12, 2020 4:15:13 am Stan Swamy. (File)Arguing that the arrest of Father Stan Swamy, a Jharkhand-based Jesuit priest and human rights activist, by the NIA in the Bhima Koregaon case is an attempt to crush dissent, a Left MP on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention for the release of the 83-year-old activist. “It is clearly a brazen attack on democracy and freedom of expression and misuse of Central investigation agencies to silence the voices of dissent,” CPM Rajya Sabha MP K K Ragesh said in his letter. He said Fr Swamy had been taking up “genuine issues” related to the blat...
Roger Federer hails Rafael Nadal’s ‘greatest achievement’ | Tennis News – Times of India
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Roger Federer hails Rafael Nadal’s ‘greatest achievement’ | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Roger Federer saw Rafael Nadal equal his all-time record of 20 Grand Slam titles with a 13th French Open victory on Sunday and hailed it as "one of sport's greatest achievements". Nadal demolished Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to add a 13th Roland Garros to his four US Opens, two Wimbledons and one Australian Open crown. "I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and a champion," tweeted Federer, who sat out the tournament to recover from knee surgery. https://t.co/TzQhBeuwML— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) 1602434125000"As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players. "Therefore it is a true honour for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory. "It is especially amazing that he has won Roland ...
Spectacular spring rolls on for owner
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Spectacular spring rolls on for owner

NEIL Werrett, a part-owner of the nation’s most valuable racehorse Ole Kirk, is set to continue his golden spring with top sprinters Trekking and Tofane among the leading chances in the $15 million The TAB Everest at Royal Randwick on Saturday.Werrett has Trekking running in his Everest slot and he’s also in the Tofane ownership group.But the brilliance of Horse of the Year Nature Strip has Werrett wary ahead of the world’s richest turf race.“If Nature Strip turns up in his best form, then he is the horse to beat in The Everest,’’ he said.“But if Nature Strip starts to get tired with about 200m to go then they will be coming at him from everywhere.“It’s going to be an exciting race.’’The Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip had been the long-time favourite for The Everest until successive...
Ali Fazal shares an adorable picture with his lady love Richa Chadha; Calls her ‘Super Hero’ – Times of India
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Ali Fazal shares an adorable picture with his lady love Richa Chadha; Calls her ‘Super Hero’ – Times of India

Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha are one of the most adorable couples in B’Town. The former took his Instagram handle to share a beautiful memory of himself with Richa, which was accompanied by a little note, which read, “Yeaaaaa, i Caught CaTtt!!! Found Cat woman wid her mask off and boom, i was there see? Annoying lil prick me. . see love, they gotz to kno , you is a super hero!” The next verses read, The scum the scum the smudge the fudge. 43 goodies, a hoodlum and a judge. attica and lives mattering ( hear em?) Down n out - up and about. The funk’s’ no match to us .. Cuddle cushion coco!!! i love you little loco. Aaight, u go sav’em , i go save Mirza. For real???? Ali ? . Oh no i mean poetry ( yea, thats what we missing in my country- poetry) . Show needs no saving. Hehe” I love all th...
Contract discom worker held for ‘harassing’ 6-year-old in South Delhi
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Contract discom worker held for ‘harassing’ 6-year-old in South Delhi

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | October 12, 2020 3:35:03 am A case has been registered against the accused under sections of POCSO Act and IPC section 354 A (sexual harassment).A 32-year-old man, who had gone to install an electricity meter in a South Delhi home, has been arrested for allegedly flashing a 6-year-old girl on Saturday. The man, Raju Srivastava, was employed by Sugs Lloyd Energy Pvt, which is one of the BSES contractors for meter installation. He was installing an electric meter in the house when he allegedly flashed the six-year-old girl, police said. DCP (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said they received a complaint from the girl’s mot...
IPL 2020: Tewatia, Parag played exceptionally well, says Warner | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2020: Tewatia, Parag played exceptionally well, says Warner | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: After suffering a defeat against Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner praised opponents' Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag for their match-winning performance. After opting to bat first, SRH put a total of 158 runs on the board during the Indian Premier League (IPL) clash. However, Parag and Tewatia's unbeaten knock of 42 and 45 respectively guided Rajasthan Royals to a five-wicket win. "Unfortunately, we couldn't cross the line there, but that's what happens in cricket. We got two guys that are set and taking it deep, it's always hard to control. It's good to see good battle out there, credit to the way he (Tewatia) played. He came out and played his shots and played very bravely and got his team across the line," Warner said during the post-match present...
NCRTC fined Rs 50L for violating air pollution norms
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NCRTC fined Rs 50L for violating air pollution norms

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2020 7:04:18 am An NCRTC spokesperson said, “NCRTC is taking all the required measures at its construction sites to minimise the impact of construction dust." [Express file photo]A fine of Rs 50 lakh has been imposed on the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) for not following dust pollution control norms at its construction site near Vikas Sadan, INA, environment minister Gopal Rai said on Sunday. Following an inspection with officials on Sunday, Rai said, “Massive dust pollution is happening here… strict action will be taken against NCRTC. The NCRTC is already aware that a...
Delhi’s first plasma bank issues over 2,000 units
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Delhi’s first plasma bank issues over 2,000 units

Written by Astha Saxena | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2020 6:57:53 am In July, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the first plasma bank in the city for the treatment of Covid patients. (Representational)Over three months after Delhi launched its first plasma bank at the Institute for Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), the institute has so far issued more than 2,000 plasma units to Covid positive patients willing to opt for the convalescent plasma therapy. The concept, which was introduced at a time when the city was struggling with a large number of Covid cases, has gradually settled in among the public. In July, Chief Minister Arvind Kejr...
Delhi ambulance driver’s life warms hearts, aid pours in for family
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Delhi ambulance driver’s life warms hearts, aid pours in for family

Written by Ashna Butani | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2020 12:06:39 pm Khan (second from left) was on call 24X7. (Express Photo)“For as long as we can remember, our father used to bring money home and our mother would take care of the expenses,” said Aadil, 22, son of Aarif Khan, an ambulance driver who died of Covid-19 early Saturday morning. With their father gone and the family left with no savings, well-wishers stepped in to help Sunday after The Indian Express reported on Khan’s life and work. “I am now incharge of the household,” said Asif, 27, Aarif’s elder son, who has been unemployed for eight months. A day after their father’s death, a n...