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Chinese firm to build stretch of Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor
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Chinese firm to build stretch of Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor

A Chinese construction major has been awarded the contract to build a 5.6-km underground stretch of the upcoming Delhi-Meerut RRTS project, six months after a controversy erupted over the foreign company emerging as the lowest bidder for the over Rs-1,000-crore contract. The underground stretch, between New Ashok Nagar and Sahibabad, will be built by Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Company after it trounced Indian civil construction majors last June when the financial bids were opened. The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), which is executing the country’s first Regional Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) project, said the contract was awarded following set procedure and guidelines applicable on an Asian Development Bank-funded project. “Approvals have to ...
Delhi to set up academy to ‘protect Tamil language’
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Delhi to set up academy to ‘protect Tamil language’

The Delhi government announced its plan to set up a Tamil Academy to “protect Tamil language and culture” on Sunday. The academy will function under the Delhi government’s department of Art, Culture and Language. The department currently runs academies for Urdu, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Hindi, Sindhi, and most recently, Maithili and Bhojpuri in the capital. “Delhi is a culturally rich city where people from all parts of the country live and work. It is this diversity that forms Delhi’s vibrant and cosmopolitan culture. Delhi has a large population of people from Tamil Nadu and we want to present a platform to the people of Delhi to get the taste of the art and culture of Tamil Nadu,” said Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. According to government officials, the activities of the acade...
Roof of Ghaziabad crematorium collapses: ‘Waited outside as there were many people… then I saw roof crash down’
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Roof of Ghaziabad crematorium collapses: ‘Waited outside as there were many people… then I saw roof crash down’

Poonam (40) was at a loss for words as she went through the list of 23 people who died at the Muradnagar crematorium on Sunday — many were her relatives. They had gathered for the last rites of her father, Jai Ram, when the roof of the structure collapsed. “So many of our extended family members died… my aunt’s sons, grandsons… my son’s friend, nephews and cousins,” is all she could say, sitting beside her injured husband Krishan Pal (45) at the MMG District Hospital in Ghaziabad. Her immediate family members survived. At the hospital, families waited to take back bodies of their loved ones or sat by the injured. Dhanush Pal Singh (63), Ram’s brother-in-law, said: “I waited outside the cremation area as many people were ahead of me… and I saw the entire roof come crashing.”...
Delhi: Despite festive boost, tax receipts shrink by 31%
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Delhi: Despite festive boost, tax receipts shrink by 31%

After an over 80 per cent deficit in April, Delhi’s tax collection went up in subsequent months, but the national capital has seen a 31 per cent reduction in collection between April and November last year as compared to 2019. The collections, officials said, were 44.28% less than projected estimates for this financial year. In 2019, the city had collected Rs 23,751.93 crore under various heads such as state GST, sales tax, excise, taxes on vehicles, etc, between April and November. This fell to Rs 16,380.50 crore for the same duration in 2020. The only month in which Delhi got more taxes and fee as compared to 2019 was September, when Rs 2,417 crore was collected as compared to Rs 2,286 crore in 2019. Data show this was primarily because the city earned more in state GST a...
27-year-old ‘beaten to death’ with baseball bat
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27-year-old ‘beaten to death’ with baseball bat

A 27-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death by a group of men in West Delhi’s Raghubir Nagar on Saturday. Police said the victim, Satender, was out with his friends Nitin and Manish in the night when they allegedly had an altercation with a man named Vicky who then called his associates and allegedly assaulted Satender. “The accused thrashed Satender with a baseball bat. Satender was rushed to Guru Gobind Singh Government Hospital where the doctors declared him dead on arrival,” said DCP (West) Deepak Purohit. According to police, Satender, who lived in Shivaji Vihar, was involved in eight cases of robbery and theft. Vicky is also a history-sheeter and is involved in cases of gambling and theft. During enquiry, Satender’s friends told the police that the fight happe...
Delhi: After court order, temple at Chandni Chowk demolished
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Delhi: After court order, temple at Chandni Chowk demolished

The Hanuman temple at Chandni Chowk was demolished early Sunday morning, in compliance with an order passed by the Delhi High Court. “As soon as the North MCD dismantled the mandir around 7 am, we made a concrete pathway where it stood,” said a PWD official. The temple is located in the middle of the road between Town Hall and Gurdwara Sis Ganj. The issue was first addressed by the Delhi High Court in 2015, when it was hearing a matter on unauthorised religious structures. After a long litigation, wherein the North MCD approached the Supreme Court and was asked to remove the structure with support from the Delhi government, it was decided by the Committee on Removal of Encroachments in the form of Religious Structures that the temple would be made part of the redevelopment....
CAT results 2021: 15 students from Tricity score over 99 percentile
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CAT results 2021: 15 students from Tricity score over 99 percentile

As many as 15 students from the Tricity scored more than 99 percentile in CAT results, which were declared in Chandigarh, on Sunday. The CAT entrance test, the most prominent entrance exam for MBA admission, took place on November 29, 2020. Among toppers is Naval Mittal, a resident of Bathinda in Punjab who scored 99.97 percentile was taking coaching from Chandigarh. He has done his engineering from Panjab University. Rupesh Waishya, a resident of Dhakoli made the city proud by securing 99.8 percentile. Rupesh who has done his mechanical engineering from Punjab Engineering College was appearing for the CAT exam for the second time. He has done his schooling from Bhawan Vidyalaya Chandigarh. According to Rupesh, the pandemic helped him set goals and concentrate better, addin...
CBSE Boards: Exam dates in, teachers bank on offline classes to prepare students
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CBSE Boards: Exam dates in, teachers bank on offline classes to prepare students

With dates for the 2021 board examinations announced last week, some teachers in Delhi government schools said they hope this will push the government to allow board-year students to attend classes offline. CBSE exams for class X and XII students will begin on May 4 and conclude by June 10. Schools have been shut since March last year due to the pandemic. As reported by The Indian Express, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia had said there is very little possibility of schools re-opening before July this year. Last month, a Delhi-based group of teachers called Lok Shikshak Manch had written to the CBSE raising concerns regard the conduct of board exams without “a decent minimum of classroom teaching-learning”. They stated, “On the one hand, secondary and senior-secondar...
Alia Bhatt keeps it casual and stylish as she gets spotted in the city – Times of India
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Alia Bhatt keeps it casual and stylish as she gets spotted in the city – Times of India

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt has been a busy bee. After celebrating the new year in Jaipur, and returning to the bay, the actress has resumed her work. The gorgeous diva was spotted at Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s office in the city. Have a look : Adorning a camouflage printed sweatshirt teamed with a pair of denim shorts, the ‘Raazi’ actress looked cute and stylish. She was also seen wearing a mask for the coronavirus protection and was seen carrying a dark green bag. Alia Bhatt will be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film ‘Gangubai Kathiyawadi' essaying the role of a mafia queen. The movie comprises a story adapted from Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’. Apart from that she also has many amazing projects in her kitty. She will be seen alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Ami...
For 2nd day in row, Delhi records under 500 Covid cases
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For 2nd day in row, Delhi records under 500 Covid cases

The national capital has been recording less than 500 new Covid-19 cases for two days in a row now. It recorded 424 cases, the lowest in over seven months, and 14 new fatalities on Sunday, and the positivity rate slipped to 0.62 per cent. On Saturday, 494 cases were recorded. Jain on Saturday had tweeted that the positivity rate had been below 1 per cent for the last 11 days, and fresh cases were the lowest since May 17. Health Minister Satyendar Jain Sunday hailed the Drug Controller General of India’s (DCGI) move approving the emergency use of two Covid-19 vaccines, adding that the state government is all set to roll-out the vaccination programme as soon as any of them arrives. Nine lakh people, including 3 lakh healthcare workers and nearly 6 lakh frontline workers, will...
Conduct sero survey of poultry birds: Haryana to district-level vet officers
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Conduct sero survey of poultry birds: Haryana to district-level vet officers

A DAY after collecting mass samples of dead poultry birds for ruling out the possibility of bird flu, the Haryana animal husbandry and dairying department Sunday issued an alert instructing all the district-level veterinary officers to conduct sero survey of the poultry birds in their respective areas. The sero survey includes extraction of blood samples, nozzle samples and samples of the waste of birds from different areas. The alert was issued following the death of thousands of birds in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Dr Anil Banwala, deputy director, animal husbandry and dairying department, said, “We have issued the alert following the reported death of thousands of birds in different parts of India. We have been conducting sero survey for the last many...
Have this super healthy flax seeds kadha to lose weight  | The Times of India
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Have this super healthy flax seeds kadha to lose weight | The Times of India

Flax seeds one of the oldest known crops originated in the Middle East thousands of years ago. Also known as common flax or linseeds, these seeds are of two types- brown and golden, which are equally nutritious. They gained popularity later owing to their myriad health benefits.Just one tablespoon of flax seeds (7 grams) can provide you with a good amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fats, fiber, protein and other essential vitamins and minerals. The seeds hold great importance even in preparing Ayurvedic medicine. They are available in different forms in the market including seeds, oils, powder, tablets, capsules, and flour. One tablespoon of flax seeds gives you-Calories: 37Protein: 1.3 gramsFiber: 1.9 gramsTotal fat: 3 gramsOmega-3 fatty acids: 1,597 mgVitamin B1: 8% of the RDIFolate: 2%...
Crematorium roof built two months ago collapses in Ghaziabad, 23 killed
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Crematorium roof built two months ago collapses in Ghaziabad, 23 killed

At least 23 people were killed and over 15 injured when a roof at a crematorium in Muradnagar, Ghaziabad district, collapsed on Sunday noon. Around 50 people were present for the cremation of Jai Ram, 55, a vegetable seller, and all those who died were his relatives or acquaintances. The curved roof was built just two months ago over a path leading to the platform where cremations are performed. A senior police officer said the mourners were offering prayers when the structure collapsed, burying them under concrete. All the dead were men, and most of them belonged to Muradnagar’s Sangam Vihar area. Most of the injured are critical, a senior police officer said. SP (Rural) Ghaziabad Iraj Raja said an FIR has been registered against Muradnagar Nagar Palika Executive Officer N...
Expect rain for 3 more days in Delhi
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Expect rain for 3 more days in Delhi

Rain lashed Delhi and NCR on Sunday morning, leading to a drop in day temperatures amidst strong winds and thunderstorm. The city recorded 40 mm of rain between Saturday and Sunday night, the highest amount of rain on a January day since at least 2009. The minimum temperature stood at 9.9 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal, as a thick cloud cover was seen through the night. Within the city, the highest amount of rain — 42.2 mm — was seen at the Lodhi Road observatory. This was followed by 29.3 mm at Ayanagar and 23.7 mm at Palam. The highest rainfall in a single day in January was seen on the 28th of the month in 1885, when 116.8 mm of rainfall was recorded within 24 hours. The maximum temperature, meanwhile, dipped to 15.8 degrees Celsius, four degrees below norma...
Australia want to play fourth Test at ‘fortress’ Gabba: Wade | Cricket News – Times of India
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Australia want to play fourth Test at ‘fortress’ Gabba: Wade | Cricket News – Times of India

The relations between the Australian and Indian players in the ongoing series have been cordial so far with none of the flashpoints that have marred previous contests. However, as the tour reaches its final stages with two Tests left in Sydney and Brisbane, all this might change. The bone of contention emerging between the two camps seems to be the choice of venue for the fourth Test, scheduled at the Gabba in Brisbane from January 15-19. According to reports from Australia, the Indian team is reluctant to play the fourth Test at the Gabba due to the strict quarantine rules that they are expected to follow in Brisbane. Since the number of Covid cases has seen a spurt in Sydney recently, the Queensland government has informed the Australian and Indian teams that they can only leave their...
In 3-month trip to India, Christchurch attacker visited Goa, Mumbai and Jaipur
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In 3-month trip to India, Christchurch attacker visited Goa, Mumbai and Jaipur

Brenton Tarrant, the lone gunman who killed 51 people, including five Indians, in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019, had stayed in Goa, Mumbai and Jaipur, among the seven-eight places he visited in India, in 2015-16. Following inputs from their counterparts in New Zealand, Indian intelligence agencies launched an investigation into Tarrant’s three-month visit to India. They found that Tarrant, an Australian, travelled extensively in India between November 21, 2015, and February 18, 2016. Sources said Tarrant largely travelled and stayed in southern states, spending considerable time in Goa. He spent a few days in Mumbai too; the only north Indian state he visited was Rajasthan. “We have verified the information provided by New Zealand authorities ...
22-yr-old woman found dead in her apartment, boyfriend’s driver suspect
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22-yr-old woman found dead in her apartment, boyfriend’s driver suspect

A 22-year-old woman was killed allegedly by the driver of her boyfriend in Kolkata on Sunday. According to police, they reached the woman’s house on VIP Road in Baguihati area after they received information that she could have been harmed. On finding the house locked, the police forcibly entered the house and found the woman, identified as Sarbjeet Kaur, lying unconscious on the ground with froth coming out from her mouth. “She was immediately taken to VIP Apex Hospital, Baguiati, where the attending doctor declared her as brought dead,” said an official. According to police sources, one Ajijul Islam, a resident of Ishwaripur of Rahara police station under North 24-Parganas, had filed a complaint, alleging that his driver, Sourav Chakraborty, sent him a WhatsApp message on...
2 held, drugs worth crores seized: STF
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2 held, drugs worth crores seized: STF

THE SPECIAL Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police said on Sunday that they arrested two “drug peddlers” and “seized drugs worth crores of rupees”. According to sources, around 7:40 pm on Saturday, an STF team detained two Assam-based drug peddlers along with their vehicle, Ashok Leyland Truck near Milkcolony, Belgachia under Ultadanga Police station area. Those arrested have been identified as Mahar Ali (47), Robiul Hussain alias Rabiyal (26) of Assam. Police recovered heroin and several “party drugs” hidden inside the battery box of the seized vehicle. “A large amount of narcotic drugs such as heroin and amphetamines tablets, commonly known as ‘yaba’, were found. The total weight of the seized heroin is around 2 kg,” said a senior Special Task Force officer. The market va...
Democracy only if peace: Chouhan warns of strict law against stone-pelters
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Democracy only if peace: Chouhan warns of strict law against stone-pelters

The Madhya Pradesh government is all set to bring in a stringent law against stone-pelters, with provisions to attach assets of the accused to pay for damage caused to any property, including that belonging to individuals, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here on Sunday. Speaking to mediapersons, Chouhan said, “Stone-pelters are enemies of society, whoever they are. Stone-pelting is not an ordinary crime, it can kill people, create an atmosphere of terror, chaos, and disrupt law and order.” Therefore, it would no longer be treated as a petty crime, but a stringent law formulated to check it, the CM said. The move comes after two cases of stone-pelting on rallies by Hindu right-wing organisations in Ujjain and Indore districts seeking donations for the Ram temple, a...
Bharat Biotech vaccine more likely to work against newer strains like UK variant: Vardhan | India News – Times of India
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Bharat Biotech vaccine more likely to work against newer strains like UK variant: Vardhan | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With some Congress leaders raising concerns over the grant of approval to Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan asserted on Sunday that Covaxin is more likely to work against newer variants of the virus, including the UK variant, and asked politicians not to "discredit well laid out science-backed protocols" followed for approving the jab. Some Congress leaders, including Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor and Jairam Ramesh, on Sunday raised serious concerns over the grant of approval to Covaxin for restricted use, saying it is "premature" and can prove dangerous. COVAXIN approval is ‘Monitored Approval’ with strict follow-up & rolling reviewThis approval ensures India has an… https://t.co/GMg6eCHQqi— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) 160969015...