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Month: December 2020

Shun violence with politically neutral stance of police: Dhankhar
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Shun violence with politically neutral stance of police: Dhankhar

IN HIS address to the state on Thursday, New Year’s Eve, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar prayed for “politically neutral’ administration and a ‘transparent and accountable’ government in the state after the Assembly polls that are scheduled to be held this year. In an apparent dig at the TMC government in the state, the Governor said, “Pray uniqueness and rich legacy of Bharat permits and flourishes in the state. Oneness of nation reflected in the preamble of the Indian Constitution— We the People — must guide all those who misguidedly engage in the divisive refrain of outsiders. Pray West Bengal exemplifies its enormously rich culture, its essence and spinal strength to secure 2021 elections. Shun off violence with the politically neutral stance of police and administ...
70-yr-old Punjab jeweller shot dead in J&K | India News – Times of India
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70-yr-old Punjab jeweller shot dead in J&K | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: A 70-year-old jeweller from Punjab settled in Srinagar for four decades was shot dead by motorcycle-borne terrorists in the city's congested Sarai Bala locality on Thursday, months after he got a domicile certificate and purchased a shop and a house. Claiming responsibility for the killing of Satpal Nischal, whose roots are in Amritsar, the fledgling Pakistan-backed terror outfit TRF said the new domicile law was "unacceptable" and everyone other than indigenous Kashmiris would be treated as "occupiers" if they acquired property in J&K. "More to come," TRF said in a statement circulated through Facebook. A little-known outfit that calls itself the United Liberation Front of J&K praised TRF, an amalgam of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahidee...
Kerala motion against farm laws: BJP MLA backs, retracts
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Kerala motion against farm laws: BJP MLA backs, retracts

Even as the BJP has launched a campaign across the country defending the three Central farm laws, the party’s lone legislator in Kerala, O Rajagopal, on Thursday backed an Assembly resolution demanding a repeal of the laws. However, hours later, Rajagopal issued a statement saying he had, in fact, vehemently opposed the resolution and blamed Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan for not seeking a count of those opposing it. Earlier in the day, Rajagopal spoke in favour of the farm laws in the Assembly, but when it was put for a voice vote by the Speaker, he supported the resolution. Addressing the media outside the Assembly, the senior BJP leader justified his stand and told reporters, “I have a different opinion on certain points in the resolution. But I have supported the resolution...
‘They called us illegal. How is it possible?’ Family declared Indians after year in detention
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‘They called us illegal. How is it possible?’ Family declared Indians after year in detention

After a year-and-a-half in a detention centre as ‘illegal foreigners’, the New Year has brought freedom and citizenship to Mohammad Nur Hussain, 34, his wife Sahera Begum, 26, and their two minor children, who have been declared Indians in a re-trial by a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT). “We are proud Indians. We belong to Assam. They wrongly accused us of being Bangladeshis and said we illegally crossed the border. How is that possible? I was born here,” Hussain, a rickshaw puller in Guwahati who hails from Lawdong village in Assam’s Udalguri district, told The Indian Express on Wednesday. While the names of Hussain’s grandparents feature in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of 1951, his father’s name, along with that of his grandparents, was in the 1965 voters’ list. Begu...
Vaccine nod imminent, PM Modi says geared for rollout, remain vigilant
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Vaccine nod imminent, PM Modi says geared for rollout, remain vigilant

Announcing that efforts to rapidly deliver a Made-in-India Covid-19 vaccine to sections which need it most are in the final stages, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday asked people of the country not to lower their guard even after vaccination. In an address via a video link after laying the foundation stone of the AIIMS in Rajkot, the Prime Minister said: “I used to say earlier, repeatedly: jab tak dawai nahin, tab tak dhilai nahin (do not be complacent till there’s a vaccine). Now the vaccine is on the horizon. It’s a matter of time. But I still want to say: dawai bhi aur kadai bhi (get vaccinated, but take every precaution). We have to get vaccinated, yet remain vigilant. Don’t be under the illusion that there will be no need for restrictions once the vaccine arrives. ...
EPFO starts crediting 8.5% interest rate for 2019-20
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EPFO starts crediting 8.5% interest rate for 2019-20

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has begun crediting 8.5 per cent interest rate for 2019-20 for its over six crore contributing subscribers, Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said Thursday. The Labour Ministry also released guidelines for the recently approved Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, under which the government proposes to provide subsidy for provident fund contribution of employers and employees for workers who lost jobs between March 1 and September 30, and for new workers employed onor after October 1. “When we had announced 8.5 per cent interest rate, everyone was surprised that how is it going to be possible. Out of this, 8.15 per cent has been the debt component and 0.35 per cent is from capital gains of the equity componen...
Covid-19 vaccine dry run lesson: Report adverse events faster
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Covid-19 vaccine dry run lesson: Report adverse events faster

Better mapping of remote locations, real-time reporting of adverse events and ramping up training — these are the three key learnings from the first Covid vaccine dry run conducted early this week in four states that will be incorporated in the second dry run across the country January 2. Significantly, this will happen a day after the expert committee of regulators is set to hold a crucial meeting on the grant of approval for vaccine candidates manufactured by Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech. Sources told The Indian Express that during the first dry run, conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, and Assam – in four districts each — it emerged that pin codes from some villages were not mapped to the Co-Win platform, the flagship digital system that will track the va...
Hiren Patel murder case: Amit Katara, son of former MP, detained from Dahod
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Hiren Patel murder case: Amit Katara, son of former MP, detained from Dahod

The Dahod district police on Thursday detained Amit Katara, son of former Dahod BJP MP Babubhai Katara, for his alleged involvement in the contract killing of Jhalod Municipal Councillor and BJP leader Hiren Patel on September 27. Katara, who is accused of commissioning the contract, was named by key conspirator Imran Gudala, who was nabbed by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Haryana on December 27, after two months of being on the run. Gudala, who was remanded to five-day police custody by a local court on Wednesday, is a close aide of the Katara family and has told the police that Katara had “asked him to facilitate the kill money of Rs 4 lakh” to the other accused. The Local Crime Branch (LCB) of the Dahod police nabbed Katara from Chitrodiya in Jhalod taluka ...
Gujarat Confidential: Nitin Patel’s Enthusiasm
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Gujarat Confidential: Nitin Patel’s Enthusiasm

Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who also holds the health portfolio, seemed particularly enthusiastic at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of AIIMS, Rajkot, on Thursday. As soon as Narendra Modi’s image was projected on an LED screen in Rajkot through video-conferencing from Delhi, Patel pulled out his mobile phone and started clicking photos of the screen that was also showing images of the proposed layout of the AIIMS campus. Addressing the ceremony, Patel said earlier Gujarat leaders would feel belittled as, he said, despite being a developed state, Gujarat did not have an AIIMS. “Pan aje, Narendrabhai a aa kali tili bhunsi nakhi chhe (But today, Narendra Modi has wiped off that blot),” Patel said. Tech And Health Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Va...
Pakistan players competed with fatigued bodies and minds: Misbah-ul-Haq | Cricket News – Times of India
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Pakistan players competed with fatigued bodies and minds: Misbah-ul-Haq | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is not disappointed with the performance of his team on the ongoing tour of New Zealand, saying his players competed with a fatigued body and mind. Pakistan lost the T20 series before the 101-run defeat in the first Test. "People have to understand that we have been through a very tough time in New Zealand. After 14-days of total quarantine for the players to still perform like they did in the T20 series and Test match with fatigued bodies and mindset," Misbah said in an interview. "There are a lot of positives for us on this tour." The former captain stressed that it had been very tough for the players to remain in total quarantine where they couldn't even exercise properly. "But the players put all that behind them and had only six days to pr...
BJP did well in Haryana civic polls despite odd circumstances: CM Khattar | India News – Times of India
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BJP did well in Haryana civic polls despite odd circumstances: CM Khattar | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Haryana chief minister M L Khattar on Thursday sought to play down BJP-led ruling dispensation's performance in the civic polls, saying it was satisfactory “despite odd circumstances”. Asked if the BJP failed to perform up to expectations in these polls, Khattar said the party has performed satisfactorily “despite odd circumstances”. Though he did not specify what these “odd circumstances” were, his indication was that the polls were held amid the farmers' protests against the three central farm laws. In the mayoral poll in Panchkula, Ambala and Sonipat, the BJP managed to win in Panchkula. Polls were also held to elect president and members of municipal corporations, municipal council of Rewari and the municipal committees of Sampla, Dharuhera and Uklana. Khattar said that ...
Becky Hammon becomes first woman to serve as NBA head coach | More sports News – Times of India
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Becky Hammon becomes first woman to serve as NBA head coach | More sports News – Times of India

Although 2020 is nearly over, it keeps turning out sports milestones. On Wednesday night, for the first time, a woman served as head coach in an NBA game. When Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected after arguing with a referee in the second quarter of a game with the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio, he turned to his assistant, Becky Hammon, and indicated that she should take over the team. "He officially pointed at me," Hammon said. "That was it. Said, 'You've got them.' Obviously, it's a big deal. It's a substantial moment." "It was business as usual," she added. "They're used to hearing my voice in practice. In practice, Pop will put us in two teams and we'll each have a team. So they're kind of used to hearing me out there, seeing me draw a play on the board or whatnot." Although ...
At farmers’ protest, a cold and quiet new year
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At farmers’ protest, a cold and quiet new year

“There’s no celebration on New Year’s Eve for us this time — the government has still not repealed the new farm laws. Tonight, we will mourn the deaths of the 42 farmers who died during our movement against the Centre,” said Kashmir Singh (58), a farmer from Patiala, hours before the clock struck 12. Singh, along with six-seven farmers, walked through the protest site at Singhu border on Thursday evening, singing kirtans. Though he misses his children, he said he won’t leave the protest site. The statement was echoed by several farmers, who said they will mark New Year as yet another day of fighting against the laws in the harsh cold. Meanwhile, another group of farmers from the All India Krishak Khet Majdoor Sangathan marched towards the stage, shouting slogans against the...
Delhi: 1947 Indo-Pak war hero’s grave repaired
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Delhi: 1947 Indo-Pak war hero’s grave repaired

Days after the grave of Brigadier Mohammad Usman, the highest-ranking Army officer to have been killed in the 1947 Indo-Pakistan War, at a graveyard near Jamia Millia Islamia was found damaged, the Army repaired the structure on Thursday. The Indian Express had reported earlier this week that a significant part of the epithet on the grave’s white marble covering was broken. As of Thursday, the epithet — “Brig M Usman, MVC; Naushera Ka Shera” — was repaired. The red stone floor on which it rests was also given a fresh coat of paint too. An officer from the additional directorate general, public information, said, “He is a national hero. We undertook prompt measures to restore the honour.” “The work was done by the army with technical assistance from Jamia,” said Jamia PRO Ah...
Maharashtra: Govt in talks with Wistron Corporation to set up plant
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Maharashtra: Govt in talks with Wistron Corporation to set up plant

Days after workers went on a rampage at a Wistron Corporation plant in Karnataka’s Kolar district over alleged delay in payment of wages, the Maharashtra government has begun wooing the company to set up a plant in the state. Sources in the government said that a delegation of the company had met Industries Minister Subhash Desai last week. However, the government is tight-lipped about the move and officials said no details canbe provided as yet. Desai also declined to speak on the matter. A source said that the government has assured full support and cooperation to the company for setting up a plant in Maharashtra. “After the issue in Karnataka, government officials had reached out to the company immediately and are in touch with them. Our dialogue is on. We will see how t...
Delhi gets first model vaccination centre in Sriniwaspuri, police plan security cover
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Delhi gets first model vaccination centre in Sriniwaspuri, police plan security cover

As part of arrangements for the arrival and storage of the Covid-19 vaccine, a maternity home in Sriniwaspuri has been converted into the capital’s first model vaccination centre by the South Corporation. Police, meanwhile, have asked all DCPs to draw up a security plan for transportation of the vaccine from Indira Gandhi International Airport to 621 vaccine stores, including Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital — the biggest storage facility — 11 district vaccine stores and 609 peripheral vaccine stores. According to SDMC councillor Raj Pal, the maternity home was converted in accordance with guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry. A visit to the centre showed that it has been divided into three parts — a waiting area, a vaccination room and an observation room. ...
Farmer group breaks through barricades
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Farmer group breaks through barricades

A group of farmers, among those who have been protesting at the Haryana-Rajasthan border for almost three weeks, managed to break through the barricades set up by Rewari Police Thursday afternoon. The protesters, who were headed to Delhi, were blocked around 16 km away at the Bhudla flyover. Farmer leaders, meanwhile, are trying to convince them to return to the border and continue the protest peacefully. Said Rajesh Kumar, DSP (Bawal), “Around 20-25 tractors managed to break through the barricades this afternoon and enter Rewari. We had to use water cannons and tear gas shells to stop them but they managed to move forward.” Leaders from groups associated with the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha distanced themselves from the group. “Until the protest carries on under the banner of the...
“Patients are delaying treatment due to COVID fear,” warns Dr Shriram Nene – Times of India
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“Patients are delaying treatment due to COVID fear,” warns Dr Shriram Nene – Times of India

It is a known fact that medical staff is functioning under duress due to the pandemic. They are working for longer hours and as they treat patients, they can't put aside the fear of getting infected and putting their families at risk. This is just one side of the story and the other side is about a dramatic reduction in the number of patients dangerously delaying and avoiding visiting doctors for the fear of catching COVID. But with the COVID fatigue settling in, people are seeing New Year as the time to party and put behind the trauma that 2020 brought. But this can lead to collateral damage to lives and even healthcare. We caught up exclusively with renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Shriram Nene, who apart from his excellent body of work (18 years of experience as a surgeon in mitr...
Man United’s Cavani banned for three games for offensive post | Football News – Times of India
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Man United’s Cavani banned for three games for offensive post | Football News – Times of India

MANCHESTER (England): Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani was banned for three games by the English Football Association on Thursday after using a Spanish term for Black people which he said was intended as an affectionate greeting. Cavani has also been fined 100,000 pounds ($136,500) and ordered to complete face-to-face education after admitting to breaching the FA's rules. The FA said the comment was "insulting, abusive, improper and brought the game into disrepute" and also was an "aggravated breach" because it "included reference, whether express or implied, to color and/or race and/or ethnic origin." The message was posted by the Uruguayan on Instagram after he scored twice in United's 3-2 victory at Southampton in October in the Premier League. "While it is clear that context...
During off time, Delhi Metro prepped for the long haul
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During off time, Delhi Metro prepped for the long haul

Its tracks empty, stations shuttered, parking lots deserted — as the Delhi Metro shut down on March 23 amid the pandemic, a small team of engineers quietly slogged behind the scenes. Their mandate – operationalising a back-up central command centre for train operations which could ensure seamless services with limited human resources even if the existing centres had to shut down in the event of any Covid-induced emergency. By June end, the back-up centre was ready. On September 7, the first lot of trains were back on tracks and by September 12, full scale services resumed, albeit under social distancing and face mask stipulations. The work to set in motion the new command centre, also known as the Operation Control Centre (OCC), was not an exception though. “A new back-up c...