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Did not float new party to get rid of nepotism: Suvendu Adhikari
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Did not float new party to get rid of nepotism: Suvendu Adhikari

SUVENDU ADHIKARI, former transport minister who joined BJP recently, on Saturday said he did not form another regional party because his family members would have been at its helm after him “like the Trinamool Congress.” Instead, he said, he chose to join the “nation’s largest political party”. Adhikari was addressing a public meeting in Mahisadal, Purba Medinipur. BJP MP and Minister of State, environment and forest, Babul Supriyo was also present. “They (TMC) are asking why I did not form a regional party. Yes, with your blessings, I could have formed a small regional party. I had the capability. But then after me, my ‘nephew’ would have been its leader. I decided to join the largest party in the nation — the BJP,” said Suvendu. “They (TMC) are asking what deal I struck w...
UK hits record 57,725 daily virus cases – Times of India
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UK hits record 57,725 daily virus cases – Times of India

LONDON: The UK has registered a record 57,725 daily coronavirus cases. Government figures show the UK has recorded five straight daily highs — all above 50,000 and nearly double the levels of two weeks ago. Also, hospitals in Britain have started receiving batches of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, approved by British regulators this week. Some 530,000 doses of the vaccine will be available for rollout across the country from Monday. Nursing home residents and their caretakers, those over 80 and hospital staff are set to receive the first doses. The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, part of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust in southern England, was one of the first to get the vaccine. More than a million people in the UK ...
Iran Guards vow response to ‘any action’ amid US tensions – Times of India
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Iran Guards vow response to ‘any action’ amid US tensions – Times of India

TEHRAN: Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief Hossein Salami vowed Saturday to respond to any "action the enemy takes", as he visited a strategic Gulf island amid rising tensions with the US. Salami was speaking on the eve of the first anniversary of the US killing of top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in a Baghdad drone strike on January 3, 2020. "We are here today to evaluate and be assured of our powerful capabilities at sea and against enemies who sometimes boast... and threaten," Salami said, according to the Guards' official website Sepahnews. Salami inspected troops stationed on Abu Musa island, accompanied by the Revolutionary Guard Corps navy commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri. "We would respond with a reciprocal, decisive and strong blow to whatever action the ene...
Army jawan found hanging in Akhnoor | India News – Times of India
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Army jawan found hanging in Akhnoor | India News – Times of India

JAMMU: A 23-year-old Army jawan was found dead under mysterious circumstances at a santri post in J&K’s Akhnoor area on Saturday. Police said Sepoy Sandeep Singh, from Julani village in Haryana’s Jind district, was found hanging from an iron rod at Loha Santri post of Army officers mess at Akhnoor’s Bangti Daskal around 4am. “As his death occurred under suspicious circumstances, an inquest proceeding under CrPC has been initiated. A forensic team was also called to the spot for investigation and the body was shifted to the sub-district hospital in Akhnoor for autopsy. The body was later handed over to the Army for other legal formalities,” a police spokesperson said. Source link
Won’t take ‘BJP vaccine’, says Akhilesh Yadav; attracts flak
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Won’t take ‘BJP vaccine’, says Akhilesh Yadav; attracts flak

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said he would not take the “BJP’s vaccine”, and that when “our government” comes to power, everyone would be vaccinated for free. Following criticism, he subsequently tweeted that he had “full confidence” in the ability of scientists, but he would not take the BJP’s “political vaccine”. ???? ??????????? ?? ?????? ?? ???? ????? ?? ?? ????? ?? ????-???? ???? ?????????? ??? ? ????? ????? ?? ??????? ?????? ?? ?? ???????? ???????? ?? ????? ???? ??, ?? ????????? ??? ????-?? ???? ??? ??? ?? ????? ?? ???????? ??????? ???? ????????? ??? ?? ????? ??????? ?????? ???????? pic.twitter.com/yo328VLXZk — Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 2, 2021 “Main toh nahi lagwaunga abhi vaccine. Maine apni baat keh di. Aur woh bhi BJP lagayeg...
ISL: Mumbai City reclaim top spot with 2-0 win over Kerala Blasters | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: Mumbai City reclaim top spot with 2-0 win over Kerala Blasters | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Mumbai City FC reclaimed the top spot in the Indian Super League following a 2-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC at the GMC Stadium on Saturday. First-half goals from Adam Le Fondre (3rd minute) and Hugo Boumous (11th) ensured full points for the Islanders who are now unbeaten in their last seven games. Mumbai punished Kerala for an early error which gifted them the first goal in the third minute. FULL-TIME | #MCFCKBFCWin #️⃣6️⃣ of the season for @MumbaiCityFC 👏#HeroISL #LetsFootball https://t.co/Zb7AFEuDwM— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) 1609603950000Boumous latched on to a Vicente Gomez back-pass and the Frenchman was brought down in the box by Nhamoinesu and won a penalty. Le Fondre netted his sixth goal of the campaign despite Albino Gomes getting a leg to the ball. Mum...
Farm groups warn: If demands not met, will enter Delhi on Jan 26
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Farm groups warn: If demands not met, will enter Delhi on Jan 26

With the government still to decide on two of their four key demands, farmer unions opposed to the new agriculture laws Saturday threatened to lead a tractor rally into Delhi on January 26 if the demands are not met by then. The government and farmer unions are scheduled to meet again on January 4 to decide on demands to repeal the three newly enacted farm laws and provision of legal guarantee on the minimum support price for procurement — farmer unions are pressing for the enactment of a central MSP Act, covering 23 crops grown in the country. At their last meeting on December 30, the Centre agreed to “decriminalise” stubble burning by excluding farmers from the ambit of the ‘Commission for the Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinanc...
Free vaccine for 3 crore healthcare, frontline staff: Health Minister
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Free vaccine for 3 crore healthcare, frontline staff: Health Minister

Days before the mass immunisation programme against the novel coronavirus is rolled out, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan announced on Saturday that healthcare workers and frontline workers will get the vaccine for free. The Minister said the government is still working on details of vaccinating the third priority group — persons above age 50, and persons below age 50 with associated comorbidities. “In 1st phase of #COVID19Vaccination, free #vaccine shall be provided across the nation to most prioritised beneficiaries that incl[ude] 1 crore healthcare & 2 crore frontline workers. Details of how further 27 cr[ore] priority beneficiaries are to be vaccinated until July are being finalised,” Vardhan posted on Twitter. In 1st phase of #COVID19Vaccination free #vaccine sha...
Time to build MNCs, spread India influence in world: Narendra Modi
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Time to build MNCs, spread India influence in world: Narendra Modi

The new decade is for the “building of new multinational companies within India”, and the time is perfect for “India’s influence to spread across the world”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday. How India managed the Covid-19 pandemic should be a subject of “documentation and research”, the Prime Minister said at the virtual foundation stone laying for the permanent campus of IIM Sambalpur. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was also present at the ceremony. In previous decades, multinational companies from “outside India” came to this country and grew here, Modi said. “This decade, and this age, is of the building of new multinationals in India. That India’s influence spreads across the world, this is the perfect time for that. Today’s start-ups are tomorrow’s...
Day after Oxford’s, expert panel clears indigenous Bharat Biotech Covid-19 vaccine
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Day after Oxford’s, expert panel clears indigenous Bharat Biotech Covid-19 vaccine

An expert panel under India’s top drug regulator on Saturday recommended restricted emergency approval for Covaxin, Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate that is currently under testing in the country. The expert panel has now recommended restricted clearance for two vaccine candidates in as many days — on Friday, it recommended similar approval for Covishield, the variant of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine that is being manufactured under licence in India by Pune-based Serum Institute of India. The recommendations in favour of Covishield and Covaxin pave the way for Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr V G Somani to clear the two candidates for use in the country’s imminent mass vaccination programme. The DCGI is scheduled to make a statement to the media on th...
Four of a family found dead in Gujarat, mass suicide suspected
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Four of a family found dead in Gujarat, mass suicide suspected

Two days after four members of a family, including two minors, went missing from their residence their bodies were found hanging from a tree at a village in Modasa rural area of Aravalli on Saturday, police said. Initial investigation suggested it to could a case of “mass suicide”, police said. Kalusinh Parmar (32), Jyotika Parmar (30), Mayank Parmar (7) and Taniyo Parmar (5) are residents of Gajan village under Modasa rural, police said. The family had gone missing on December 31 evening, police said. A search operation, however, was launched Saturday morning after a complaint of missing persons was filed. “It was on Saturday morning that Kalusinh’s father Vaktusinh Parmar filed a complaint with the local police station. In the evening, the four bodies were found hangi...
Ahmedabad civic commissioner among 5 IAS officers promoted
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Ahmedabad civic commissioner among 5 IAS officers promoted

Five 1996-batch bureaucrats, including those holding key positions in the USA and Tokyo, besides Gujarat, have been promoted by the state government Saturday. A General Administration Department (GAD) notification stated the officials have been given “proforma promotion under Rule 8(5) of the IAS (Pay) Rules, 2016, to the pay scale of HAG (Level 15 in the pay matrix Rs 1,82,200- Rs 2,24100 i.e, to the rank of Principal Secretary to the government)”. Those promoted include Mona Khandhar, minister (economic and commerce), Embassy of India, Tokyo, Japan; Dr T Natarajan, senior advisor to ED, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC, USA; and Rajeev Topno, senior advisor to the ED, World Bank, Washington DC, USA. In Gujarat, the officers who have been promoted include M...
Gujarat: State youths ace as CAT announces results
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Gujarat: State youths ace as CAT announces results

In a rare achievement, a candidate from Gujarat, Pulkit Pandey, scored 99.99 percentile in verbal ability section of Common Admission Test (CAT), the results of which were announced Saturday. The 23-year-old electronics engineer from Vadodara, who got an overall score of 99.84 percentile, has been working as a programmer at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Gandhinagar since 2019. “Certainly scoring high in the verbal section for us (Gujarat candidates) is very difficult. Since English does not come naturally to us as we speak majorly in Gujarati and rarely in Hindi. During my mocks, I would score between 80-85 percentile and get demotivated,” Pandey, who is originally from Uttar Pradesh and has been in Gujarat since Class 4, told The Indian Express. Agreeing with Pulkit, ...
Farmers threaten to hold tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day, a farmer dies by suicide: Top developments | India News – Times of India
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Farmers threaten to hold tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day, a farmer dies by suicide: Top developments | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The farmers protesting on Delhi borders for more than a month against the three agri laws on Saturday threatened to hold a tractor rally towards the national capital on Republic Day if their demands were not met. Meanwhile, the main opposition has asked the centre to withdraw the legislation and not be “obstinate”. Here are the key developments of the day: 1. Hardening their position ahead of the next round of talks to be held with the government on January 5, protesting farmer unions said they will take out a tractor parade towards Delhi on January 26, when the country will celebrate Republic Day, if their demands were not met. Talking to mediapersons, the union leaders said time has come for "decisive" action as their demands have not been addressed by the government yet. B...
AAP vs BJP on machines at landfills
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AAP vs BJP on machines at landfills

AAP Saturday alleged that waste management efforts at landfills, which come under the BJP-ruled MCDs, are mired in irregularities with machines being engaged at “inflated costs”. The claim was rejected by the BJP. AAP leader Durgesh Pathak at a press conference claimed the MCDs have engaged 50 machines at landfill sites under a 5-year contract for Rs 6 lakh per month per machine, despite the market price being Rs 16 lakh per unit. “This has been pointed out in an audit report. This means the five-year rent for 50 machines would be around Rs 180 crore. Instead of paying rent, they can buy the machines for Rs 8.5 crore. Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta, East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir and the three mayors should come clean on this massive scam,” he alleged. North MCD mayor Jai Pr...
Spate of thefts at faculty homes, JNU teachers worried
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Spate of thefts at faculty homes, JNU teachers worried

A spate of robberies at faculty residences inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus since last September has got teachers worried. The most recent theft took place on New Year. The JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) hit out at the administration for its “repeated failures” and asked that they take “full responsibility” for the issue. When contacted, JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar, however, said, “Our campus is big and there are many houses. We have asked that those who are leaving their homes unattended should inform security so we can increase vigilance. But in these burgled houses, we weren’t informed. They should also cooperate with us. For those who have servants’ quarters, we’ve also asked them to get police verification done. But they don’t cooperate in this too.” Mos...
CAT 2020 result announced, download at iimcat.ac.in – Times of India
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CAT 2020 result announced, download at iimcat.ac.in – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Management (IIM) - Indore has on Saturday announced Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 on its official website. Candidates, who appeared for the examination, can download their official scorecards by logging into the CAT 2020 website - https://iimcat.ac.in/. The IIM-CAT 2020 exam was conducted on November 29, 2020, across various test centers in India. CAT 2020 was conducted by IIMs as a prerequisite for admission to various management programmes of IIMs. The CAT 2020 scores are also allowed to be used by non-IIM member institutions. Candidates' CAT 2020 scorecards have been made accessible on the CAT website. Candidates have also been intimated individually by SMS. The CAT 2020 score is valid only till December 31, 2021 and will accordingly be accessib...
Delhi: Fearing demolition, Bela estate residents try to get house in order
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Delhi: Fearing demolition, Bela estate residents try to get house in order

Under the shadow of a possible demolition and to claim their compensation in the eventuality, one of most vulnerable communities in the city is engaged in an effort to prove where they live and for how long. Bela Estate on the Yamuna floodplains — where several farmers live in bastis and cultivate the floodplains — falls under the first phase of the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA’s) Yamuna Riverfront Development project, stretching from Lohe-ka-Pul to the ITO barrage. The project aims to beautify the riverfront and promote riverside tourism with a green buffer zone, recreational parks, walkways and cycle tracks. For this purpose, a demolition drive had been initiated in May 2018 and had continued for three days until a stay was obtained in the Delhi High Court against i...
PSG appoint Pochettino as manager after sacking Tuchel | Football News – Times of India
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PSG appoint Pochettino as manager after sacking Tuchel | Football News – Times of India

French champions Paris St Germain have named former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino as their new head coach after sacking Thomas Tuchel, with the Argentine signing a deal until June 2022, the Ligue 1 club said on Saturday. Pochettino, who played for PSG as a defender in the early 2000s and also captained the side, has been out of a job since being dismissed by Spurs in November 2019, a few months after guiding the north London club to the Champions League final. The 48-year-old Argentine said he was honoured to take on the role and that the Parisian club "has always held a special place in my heart". Welcome Mauricio Pochettino 👋https://t.co/Fr4ZgKxhNI— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) 1609599844000"I return to the club today with a lot of ambition and humility, and am eage...
Proposal delayed, Delhi failed to get subsidised foodgrains for welfare homes
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Proposal delayed, Delhi failed to get subsidised foodgrains for welfare homes

The Delhi government failed to procure subsidised foodgrains under a Central scheme for occupants of welfare homes and hostels due to a delay in submitting proposals, inviting rebuke from the Union Food Ministry, official records show. Under the Centre’s Welfare Institutions and Hostel Scheme, foodgrains are allocated to states and union territories at BPL rates for use at shelter homes for the infirm, women, children and other vulnerable groups as well as hostels meant for SC/ST/OBC students. According to Union government and Delhi government records, the allocation for the period October 2019-March 2020 and April 2020-September 2020 will not be made due to the delay. The Union Food Ministry wrote to the Delhi Food Commissioner on September 3, 2020, flagging the delay, aft...