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Day: January 1, 2021

9,206 TB cases found in Maharashtra after month-long drive
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9,206 TB cases found in Maharashtra after month-long drive

Following a month-long drive, the Maharashtra government has detected at least 9,206 new tuberculosis (TB) cases in the state. The maximum cases were detected in Thane (988), Pune (647) and Ahmednagar (539). The state government began door-to-door screening to detect leprosy and TB cases on December 1. A target to screen 8.66 crore population, including 6.82 crore in rural areas and 1.84 in urban municipal corporations, was set. A team of two health workers, including ASHA or anganwadi staff, visited 20 households in rural and 25 in urban areas each day. The health workers collected two sputum samples from the suspected cases, while the confirmed cases were asked to undergo chest X-ray. In Mumbai, 49.88 lakh people in slums and high-risk areas were screened. Civic official...
CID files chargesheet: Two TMC leaders named suspects in BJP leader murder case
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CID files chargesheet: Two TMC leaders named suspects in BJP leader murder case

The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Friday filed a chargesheet in a court in a Barrackpore court in connection with the murder of BJP leader Manish Shukla last October. The agency named two Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders as suspects. The agency has charged the 10 people arrested till date for the murder, while 12 have been named suspects. Shukla, a close aide of BJP MP Arjun Singh, was gunned down in Titagarh in North 24 Parganas district on the night of October 4 outside a party office by gunmen on a bike. Titagarh civic body administrator Prashanta Choudhury who has been named a suspect along with his TMC colleague and Barrackpore civic body administrator Uttam Das said, “It is a political conspiracy.” Both of them were earlier interrogated by the C...
Before vaccine dry run, Harsh Vardhan says take cues from 1994 pulse polio drive
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Before vaccine dry run, Harsh Vardhan says take cues from 1994 pulse polio drive

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan held a virtual review meeting with Delhi government officials Friday to discuss preparations for the dry run of the Covid-19 vaccination drive to be held across all states and union territories on January 2. In Delhi, the dry run will be held in three districts, informed Health Secretary Amit Singla to the Health Minister — at an Urban Primary Health Centre in Darya Ganj, Guru Teg Bahadur hospital in Shahdara, and Venkateshwar hospital in Dwarka. “We have been following all guidelines formed at the national level. All activities have been completed under the prescribed timelines. The data of healthcare workers has been collected and uploaded on the Co-WIN app. As suggested by the top authorities, additional vaccinators have also been i...
Allow restaurants to serve liquor in open spaces, let bars open till 3 am: Govt Panel
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Allow restaurants to serve liquor in open spaces, let bars open till 3 am: Govt Panel

A Delhi government committee has suggested that restaurants, clubs and hotels should be allowed to serve liquor in open spaces such as terraces and balconies, keeping the “changing stature of the national capital” in mind. The three-member committee headed by IAS Ravi Dhavan, who has held the post of excise commissioner previously, was tasked with offering business-friendly policies to augment revenue earnings from liquor trade. In its report, which has now been made public to invite feedback, the panel has observed that currently there is no explicit provision for grant of licence in open areas under the Delhi Excise Act, 2009 or the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010. “The committee is of the view that liquor service in open spaces viz terrace/balcony/lower area of restaurant/club...
Man beaten to death over social media post: Delhi Police
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Man beaten to death over social media post: Delhi Police

A 22-year-old man was beaten to death, allegedly by four men in Rohini’s Begampur after he posted a video about one of the accused on social media. Two of the accused have been arrested and police are looking for the others. DCP (Rohini) P K Mishra said the victim, Subhash Kumar, was found dead on December 30. “Kumar’s mother Asha Devi said that her son had a heated argument with one Gaurav on the phone. On December 30, Kumar and a friend went to gaming parlour, where Gaurav was waiting with his associates,” he said. Mishra said that after beating him, the accused dumped him in an unconscious condition at Sector 32, Rohini. According to police, Kumar and Gaurav were friends but fell out over a petty incident. The fight escalated when Kumar posted a video criticising Ga...
At protest for 20 days, 64-year-old farmer found dead inside his trolley
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At protest for 20 days, 64-year-old farmer found dead inside his trolley

A 64-year-old farmer died inside his trolley at Tikri border, where farmers are protesting, on Thursday night. The man, Raj Kumar, hailed from Haryana’s Bhana village. Police in Bahadurgarh said Kumar was found unconscious inside his trolley. He was rushed to a nearby district hospital and later referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Rohtak, where he was declared dead. His family has been informed and his body is at the mortuary, officials said. A senior police officer said, “We will conduct inquest proceedings in the matter. According to his friends, Kumar was sleeping alone in his trolley. He suffered a brain haemorrhage and he also had a cold. We are waiting for the doctor’s final reports.” Kumar had been protesting at the Tikri border fo...
Delhi: Coldest morning in 15 yrs as mercury dips to 1.1°C
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Delhi: Coldest morning in 15 yrs as mercury dips to 1.1°C

The city recorded its coldest morning in 15 years, as the mercury dropped to 1.1 degrees Celsius, 6 degrees below normal, on the first day of the new year. In 2006, the minimum temperature had dipped to 0.2 degrees Celsius. The lowest minimum temperature on record is -0.6 degrees Celsius, which was recorded in January 1935. The IMD has forecast a warmer weekend, albeit with the possibility of light rain. On Friday, the maximum temperature was 19.2 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year. While the maximum temperature remained in the range of 16 and 19 degrees Celsius, the minimum showed a wider variation. While the temperature at the Safdarjung observatory (Delhi’s official centre) was 1.1 degrees Celsius, it was 7.1 degrees Celsius at Pitampura, 4.1 degrees C...
TMC will soon fall apart, says Suvendu as his brother, councillors join BJP
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TMC will soon fall apart, says Suvendu as his brother, councillors join BJP

Former state minister and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Friday claimed the Trinamool Congress (TMC) would soon disintegrate as he inducted his brother Soumendu into the saffron party along with 14 other TMC councillors of the 20-member Contai Municipality in Purba Medinipur district. Soumendu was recently removed as the administrator of the civic body. After handing over party flags to the new members, Adhikari said Soumendu’s removal from the post was a vindictive move by the state government. “The Adhikari family is no longer with the party of Pishi-Bhaipo [TMC chief Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhisek Banerjee]. The state government is scared of its imminent defeat and that is the reason it is delaying the municipal elections. Be it civic polls or Assembly elections,...
Deployment up, curbs at Metro stations as Delhi welcomes 2021
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Deployment up, curbs at Metro stations as Delhi welcomes 2021

Keeping in mind that thousands of people throng India Gate every year to welcome the new year, the Delhi Police Friday upped deployment in the area. Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) closed the exit gates of four Metro stations near India Gate for a few hours. At 2 pm, DMRC stated that exit gates of Khan Market, Supreme Court, Central Secretariat and Mandi House metro stations are closed. At 4 pm, normal services were resumed. Around 4.30 pm, exit gates of Rajiv Chowk Metro station were closed for three hours as Connaught Place saw a surge in the number of visitors. Joint CP (Traffic) Manish Kumar Agrawal said that 300 police personnel were deployed in the New Delhi area on January 1 as massive crowds were expected to show up at India Gate and the Bangla Sa...
Delhi Police told court Mehmood Pracha called riot victim to office, he says went on his own
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Delhi Police told court Mehmood Pracha called riot victim to office, he says went on his own

Irshad Ali, whose shop was burnt and looted during the Northeast Delhi riots and whose case is at the centre of the Special Cell’s searches at advocate Mehmood Pracha’s office, has told The Indian Express that he had approached Pracha after he found that police had wrongly named his friends as accused in the case. This is in contrast to the police’s submission in court in August, which stated that it was Pracha who called Ali to his office to instigate him to depose falsely in the case. A sessions court order dated August 22 mentions the report submitted by the Northeast district police: “He (Ali) stated that one lawyer namely Mehmood Pracha called him to his office and told him that he has a complainant of similar incident and there is also an eyewitness named Sharif… who ...
Army orders 12 specialized fast patrol boats for Pangong Tso amidst military confrontation with China | India News – Times of India
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Army orders 12 specialized fast patrol boats for Pangong Tso amidst military confrontation with China | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India has fast-tracked the order for a dozen specialized fast patrol boats, with advanced surveillance gear and other equipment, for patrolling the Pangong lake amidst the ongoing over eight-month long military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh. The Army inked the around Rs 65 crore contract for the 12 new patrol boats, with spares and maintenance for four years, with defence PSU Goa Shipyard on Thursday. “The deliveries of the boats will begin from May this year. They will be deployed in Pangong Tso (Tso means lake), which is frozen at present,” said an officer. The order for the boats is yet another indicator that the armed forces are preparing for the long haul in the confrontation with China. Indian and Chinese troops are currently locked in what is virtually an ...
UK flights to resume Jan 8; just 15 a week until Jan 23
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UK flights to resume Jan 8; just 15 a week until Jan 23

Flights between India and the United Kingdom, suspended since December 23 to check transmission of the new, more contagious strain of the novel coronavirus detected in that country, will resume on January 8, the government said on Friday evening. There will be only 15 flights per week for the first two weeks, the government said. Twenty-nine samples have so far tested positive for the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday. “It has been decided that flights between India & the UK will resume from 8 Jan 2021. Operations till 23 Jan will be restricted to 15 flights per week each for carriers of the two countries to & from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru & Hyderabad only. DGCA will issue the details shortly,” Civil Aviation Minister Ha...
Festivals, action on evaders: GST revenue hits record high growth
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Festivals, action on evaders: GST revenue hits record high growth

Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections in December (for sales in November) rose 11.6 per cent to Rs 1,15,174 crore, the highest year-on-year growth since the indirect tax regime came into force in July 2017. Higher festive season sales on account of Diwali in November, along with the rollout of new technological systems of e-invoicing, and action against tax evaders contributed to the surge in GST revenues. The Finance Ministry said this has been the highest growth in monthly revenues in the last 21 months. “This has been due to the combined effect of the rapid economic recovery post pandemic and the nationwide drive against GST evaders and fake bills along with many systemic changes introduced recently, which have led to improved compliance”, the Ministry said. Tax exper...
In Srinagar, jeweller killed weeks after domicile nod, militants warn of more attacks
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In Srinagar, jeweller killed weeks after domicile nod, militants warn of more attacks

For almost four decades, Satpal Nischal had been running a jewellery shop in the heart of Srinagar. On Thursday evening, the 70-year-old became the first person killed in Kashmir apparently for having obtained a certificate under the new domicile law, that allows people who have lived in Jammu and Kashmir for more than 15 years rights to purchase immovable property. Just a few weeks after he had obtained the certificate, Nischal was shot by suspected militants at his shop in Saraibala, and was dead by the time he was brought to the nearby Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital. The Resistance Front (TRF), a recently floated militant outfit, took responsibility for the attack, saying all such “outsiders” who had received domicile certificates were “RSS agents” and warning them: “...
Napoli forward Victor Osimhen positive for coronavirus | Football News – Times of India
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Napoli forward Victor Osimhen positive for coronavirus | Football News – Times of India

MILAN: Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen has tested positive for coronavirus on his return to Italy, his Serie A club Napoli confirmed on Friday. The 21-year-old has been sidelined since last November after dislocating his shoulder while representing Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations. The former Lille player tested positive for Covid-19, on his return from Belgium, where the club had authorised him to continue his convalescence. "Napoli can confirm that Victor Osimhen has tested positive for COVID-19 following his return to Italy," Napoli said in a statement. "Osimhen is currently asymptomatic and has not come into contact with the rest of the squad." Napoli paid French club Lille a club record fee of up to 80 million euros ($94.6 million) to bring the forward to southern Italy on a fiv...
All should get free access to science journals, public research data: new draft S&T policy
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All should get free access to science journals, public research data: new draft S&T policy

In an ambitious attempt to make scientific knowledge and data available to all, the government has proposed an ‘open science policy’ that will ensure that the results of, and information generated by, all publicly-funded research is freely accessible by everyone. More significantly, the government has proposed to buy bulk subscriptions of all important scientific journals across the world, and provide everyone in India free access to them. The proposals have been made in the draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy that was released on New Year’s Day, for inviting comments and suggestions from the public. The ‘One Nation, One Subscription’ policy for scientific journals is a radical move that could be a game changer for the scientific community and individual researc...
After protests, IIM-A drops plan to rebuild student dorms designed by Louis Kahn
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After protests, IIM-A drops plan to rebuild student dorms designed by Louis Kahn

The Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has withdrawn an Expression of Interest (EoI) floated by it on December 4 inviting bids for reconstruction of student dormitories on the main campus, designed by the legendary American architect Louis Kahn. The decision follows strong protests from many quarters, including architects, designers, historians, alumni and Kahn’s children, to the plan in the past two weeks. An official statement by the Chairman and Members of the Board of Governors of IIM-A to all ‘stakeholders’ of the institute said they were being “sensitive to the feedback from some stakeholders who are not in agreement with this approach”. “We are therefore withdrawing the Expression of Interest that was put out.” The statement, that added that the institu...
Chhattisgarh halts paddy procurement, says Centre not lifting stock
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Chhattisgarh halts paddy procurement, says Centre not lifting stock

A notice came up at the gate of a paddy procurement centre on Thursday at Somani, 56 km from Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur and 17 km from district headquarters Rajnandgaon, telling farmers not to come for the next few days as there was no space to hold more dhaan (foodgrains). Similar notices came up at several centres across the state, which are currently bursting at the seams. After a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi complaining that despite a pre-intimation by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to procure 60 lakh metric tonne of rice under the central pool for the kharif season, the state had not received a final consent. Hence, the FCI’s local units have not yet started lifting the grains. Meanwhile, a co...
Coldest night in 15 years, slogan heat, calls to kin keep Singhu warm
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Coldest night in 15 years, slogan heat, calls to kin keep Singhu warm

It’s 11 pm on December 31, the mercury creeping slowly towards 1.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest in the Capital in 15 years. At the Singhu protest site, the farmers are getting ready to ring in the New Year with hymns from the Gurbani, hot tea and some gusty sloganeering. Hundreds walk to the stage, which has been growing steadily since the protest began more than a month ago, to light candles on its railings. Others sit in front of it, not ready yet to go back to their tractor trolleys for the night, as police personnel keep a watch. Some march with candles to pay tribute to Guru Gobind Singh, while backstage, 20-30 men and women decorate a palanquin for the ‘Nagar Kirtan’ at 5 am. A little distance away, a group of people decorate a tractor with orange flowers for a process...