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Earning members among 24 dead at crematorium in UP, families left destitute
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Earning members among 24 dead at crematorium in UP, families left destitute

“HUM TOOT chuke hain (We are totally broken),” cried Mamata Khatri, 35, whose husband Pramod and a nephew died in the roof collapse at a crematorium in Muradnagar, Ghaziabad district, on Sunday, leaving the family without any earning member. A day after, as the toll in the roof collapse rose by one more to 24, there were several families like Mamata’s wondering what would happen to them now. Pramod, 36, and Robin Singh, 23, had gone to the crematorium for the last rites of Pramod’s uncle Jai Ram, a vegetable seller. Now all that are left in her extended family, Mamata said, are herself, her mother-in-law, her two children and Robin’s mother. “My husband was a graphic designer and had a studio. Robin had joined a job at a private company just two days back. Robin’s father, m...
38 UK variant cases now; strain isolated, NIV to test vaccines
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38 UK variant cases now; strain isolated, NIV to test vaccines

The number of samples detected with the the new, more contagious strain of the novel coronavirus — the UK “variant under investigation” VUI-202012/01 — is now 38, the government said on Monday. “All these persons (detected with the UK strain of the virus) have been kept in single room isolation in designated Health Care facilities by respective State Governments. Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine. Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others. Genome sequencing on other specimens is going on,” the Union Health Ministry said in a statement issued on Monday. This variant of SARS-CoV-2, first detected in Kent, England, has now reached over 30 countries around the world. The Ministry said that six labs have...
UP: Dalit girl found dead, family says couldn’t pay school fees
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UP: Dalit girl found dead, family says couldn’t pay school fees

A Dalit schoolgirl was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her home in Banda district’s Baberu police station area early on Monday morning. Sanjana Devi’s family told the police that she died by suicide because she was depressed after her school did not allow her to sit for a half-yearly examination on December 21. The school allegedly barred her from the exam since her family had not paid fees since April 2020. No suicide note was found, said the police. Police started an inquiry after the girl’s father filed a complaint. Investigators are now collecting the call details of her cell phone. “Girl’s father Anant Kumar, a Dalit, has held the school manager responsible in his complaint. An inquiry is on and so far no FIR has been lodged in the matter. In her complaint, fat...
Day after clashes, road-widening leaves homes demolished in Indore village
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Day after clashes, road-widening leaves homes demolished in Indore village

In what has deepened anxieties in the wake of the communal tension during rallies by right-wing organisations in few districts in Madhya Pradesh, the local administration in Indore partially demolished 13 houses in the minority-dominated Chandan Khedi village last Wednesday, stating these were illegal encroachments on government land. The demolition happened a day after clashes were reported last Tuesday during a Ayodhya Ram Mandir fund-raising rally which passed through the street where these houses were located in Chandan Khedi. There were also reports of stone-pelting by the residents with several injured on both the sides. When contacted, Pratul Sinha, Sub Divisional Magistrate of Depalpur Tehsil, which covers Chandan Khedi, told The Indian Express, the initial plan was...
India vs Australia: Mayank Agarwal’s altered stance causes run drought, may cost him spot in XI | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs Australia: Mayank Agarwal’s altered stance causes run drought, may cost him spot in XI | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mayank Agarwal, who gave India strong starts with a couple of 70s two years back in Australia during the first two Tests of his career, has cut a sorry figure during this series. His altered stance is being blamed by his childhood coach and also by batting legend Sunil Gavaskar. Agarwal has been bowled once, caught behind twice and out leg-before once while aggregating just 31 in four Test innings in Australia in this series. That he has faced 101 balls in these four innings proves that the Aussies have got his measure. His struggles may force the Indian team management to replace him most probably with KL Rahul, or with Rohit Sharma for the third Test. Former India captain Gavaskar had recently analysed his batting failure on an Australian TV network, and blamed his stance. ...
Acid attack: Man convicted after 8-year trial, sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment | India News – Times of India
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Acid attack: Man convicted after 8-year trial, sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment | India News – Times of India

JAMMU: Eight years after carrying out an acid attack, a man was sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 10,000 by Udhampur additional sessions court on Monday. The convict, Rajinder Kumar from Radyal village in Samba district, threw acid on cosmetic shopowner Sohan Singh and his brothers near Ashram Morh at Ramnagar railway station on February 17, 2012, resulting in serious injuries. A case was registered and Kumar was arrested on February 23, 2012. He was later released on bail on March 3, 2016. The period of detention already undergone shall be deducted from the 10-year sentence, judge S R Gandhi ruled. During the eight-year-long trial, the prosecution examined 17 witnesses. “For the commission of offence under Section 324 RPC, the convict shall undergo ...
Covaxin to protect against mutants, data in a week: Bharat Biotech
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Covaxin to protect against mutants, data in a week: Bharat Biotech

The head of Bharat Biotech expressed confidence at a press conference on Monday that Covaxin, the vaccine candidate developed by the company, will be effective on mutant strains of the novel coronavirus — a major reason why the candidate has been granted approval for restricted use. The company will be able to establish the “hypothesis” of the candidate’s ability to protect against mutations in a week, chairman and managing director Dr Krishna Ella said. “It’s only a hypothesis right now…but just give me one week’s time (and) I’ll give confirmatory data,” Dr Ella said. He was responding to a question on whether there were data to show Covaxin is effective against the mutant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that was first detected in the United Kingdom and has since been found...
Delhi: Woman stabs husband to death, attempts suicide
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Delhi: Woman stabs husband to death, attempts suicide

“I killed my husband Chiraag Sharma and now I am killing myself too” — minutes after allegedly stabbing her husband to death at their home on Saturday afternoon, 36-year-old Renuka posted this message on Facebook. DCP (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said that after allegedly killing her husband, the woman attempted to kill herself. “Both were rushed to a hospital. Chiraag was declared dead on arrival and Renuka is undergoing treatment. She is stable but unfit to give a statement now. A case of murder has been registered,” he said. The couple got married over eight years ago, and had been living in South Delhi’s Chhattarpur Extension since 2013. They worked for an insurance firm. A senior police officer said Chiraag suffered more than five stab wounds. “The accused tried to cut he...
Eye on civic body polls, AAP and BJP sparring escalates on temple, pollution
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Eye on civic body polls, AAP and BJP sparring escalates on temple, pollution

AAP and BJP Monday sparred over the demolition of a Hanuman temple in Chandni Chowk, and the issue of air pollution in the city. The Hanuman temple was demolished as part of the Chandni Chowk redevelopment project, after a court battle that lasted over five years. Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta said CM Arvind Kejriwal has shown “anti-Hindu temples mentality” and demanded that the Delhi government come up with a modified redevelopment project in Chandni Chowk and rebuild the temple. “Kejriwal portrays himself as a Hanuman devotee but when it came to saving the Prachin Hanuman temple, he stepped back,” Gupta said. AAP MCD in-charge, Durgesh Pathak, however, said BJP was only trying to divert attention: “The BJP-ruled MCD demolished the temple. Now to divert attention of peop...
Congress forms panel to hold seat-sharing talks with Left parties for Bengal polls | India News – Times of India
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Congress forms panel to hold seat-sharing talks with Left parties for Bengal polls | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday set up a panel headed by senior party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to hold talks with the Left parties regarding seat sharing and joint programmes for the upcoming West Bengal assembly polls. The committee has Congress state president Chowdhury, Congress Legislature Party leader Abdul Mannan, former state chief Pradeep Bhattacharya and Nepal Mahato. "The committee will hold talks with the Left parties regarding seat sharing and joint programmes for the West Bengal polls," a statement from Congress' state in-charge Jitin Prasada said. The Congress last month formally approved its electoral alliance with the Left parties for the assembly elections in West Bengal. The West Bengal PCC had earlier recommended an alliance in favour of the Left parties. The L...
Umar Khalid questions ‘chargesheet leak, vicious media campaign’
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Umar Khalid questions ‘chargesheet leak, vicious media campaign’

Former JNU student Umar Khalid and his lawyers Monday moved an application in court on the “vicious media campaign” against him for his alleged role in the Delhi riots. Appearing before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Dinesh Kumar through video conferencing from Tihar jail, Khalid asked how chargesheets were repeatedly leaked to the media before the accused got access to them, and alleged the “media trial” was affecting his right to a “free and fair trial”. News18 had recently run a report on the basis of a supplementary chargesheet on the Khajuri Khas violence case, stating Khalid had “admitted” he “conspired to fuel riots”. While police had submitted the chargesheet on December 26, Khalid and his counsel had not received it till Monday. Khalid said, “I’m noting with ...
‘Daughters of farmers’ on tractors headed for Delhi
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‘Daughters of farmers’ on tractors headed for Delhi

AS farmers threaten a “tractor parade” to New Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day if their demands against the new agricultural laws are not met, joining them would be women from Haryana villages. At several places across the state, women are receiving training to drive tractors, with one such session held for those belonging to Jind district, at Khatkar Toll Plaza on Jind-Patiala National Highway, on Monday. Women have been present in large numbers at the protests being held by farmers at Delhi borders, now into their second month. By having women ride into the Capital on January 26 now, while riding tractors, a startling change for patriarchal Haryana, farm unions don’t just hope to attract eyeballs but also send a message that their families stand behind them in the a...
Talks inconclusive: Farmers insist on repeal, Govt for clause-wise discussion
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Talks inconclusive: Farmers insist on repeal, Govt for clause-wise discussion

Talks between the Centre and farmer unions opposed to the new agriculture laws remained inconclusive Monday over two key demands — repeal of the newly enacted laws and provision of legal guarantee on the minimum support price — with the two sides drawing the hard line on their respective positions. The talks will resume on January 8 when the two sides sit across the table for what will be the eight round of negotiations ever since the protests that brought farmers from Punjab and Haryana to the gates of Delhi on November 26. Meanwhile, two Punjab BJP leaders, Surjeet Kumar Jyani and Harjeet Singh Grewal, who have been in mediation with the farmers, will be meeting the Prime Minister Tuesday evening. Jyani said: “Grewal and I had sought time from the PM. He has called us to...
Yechury: Key to counter both TMC, BJP in Bengal
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Yechury: Key to counter both TMC, BJP in Bengal

The CPI(M) on Monday said that countering both the BJP and the TMC was important in Bengal even though the Left’s primary objective was to defeat the saffron party. “Our primary objective is to defeat the BJP. But in West Bengal, anti-incumbency and anti-TMC anger are deep-rooted. Here, if we stand in a coalition against the BJP, then all the anti-TMC votes will swing towards the BJP. So, we have to counter both the BJP and the TMC here. Otherwise, the BJP will benefit. We should also be alert to ensure anti-incumbency votes do not go to the BJP,” CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury told reporters after a meeting of the party’s state committee. Source link
BJP: Our worker’s father killed, 3 men injured in TMC attacks
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BJP: Our worker’s father killed, 3 men injured in TMC attacks

The BJP has alleged that the father of one of its workers was killed and three were injured in attacks by the TMC across the state since Saturday. The ruling party has dismissed the allegations. On Saturday, a BJP worker’s father died in Patashpur in Purba Medinipur district while allegedly trying to save his son who was being assaulted by suspected Trinamool supporters. According to sources, 80-year-old Amulya Mondal’s son Shankar is a BJP worker. He was being beaten by the suspected TMC supporters when Amulya tried to intervene. The octogenarian was allegedly pushed to the ground, and he collapsed unconscious. Amulya was declared dead in a hospital. TMC leader Piyush Panda claimed Amulya was bed-ridden and died before the alleged incident. Police saida probe was on. The s...
Agri-export body drops ‘halal’ from meat manual: no role for govt
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Agri-export body drops ‘halal’ from meat manual: no role for govt

Amidst a social media campaign by Hindu right-wing groups and Sikh organisations against halal certification for products in the country, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has removed the word from its ‘Red Meat Manual’. The APEDA also clarified that there was no condition on the part of the Indian government regarding halal meat. “It is a requirement by a majority of the importing countries/Importers. Halal Certification agencies are accredited directly by respective importing countries. No government agency has any role in this,” it said. While the earlier Red Meat Manual of the APEDA, which handles agri-exports under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, said “animals are slaughtered strictly according to halal method to m...
100 dead in attacks on two western Niger villages – Times of India
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100 dead in attacks on two western Niger villages – Times of India

NIAMEY: "Terrorists" killed around 100 people in two villages in western Niger, the latest in a string of civilian massacres that have rocked the jihadist-plagued Tillaberi region, a local mayor said Sunday. The attacks on the villages of Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadareye occurred on Saturday just as first-round presidential results were announced. They were waged by "terrorists who came riding about 100 motorcycles," said Almou Hassane, the mayor of the Tondikiwindi commune that administers both villages. "There were up to 70 dead in Tchoma Bangou and 30 dead in Zaroumadareye," he told AFP, adding he had just returned from the scene of the attacks. The two villages are 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of the capital Niamey. "There have also been 75 wounded, some of whom have been evacuate...
Uruguayan players’ union brands English FA ‘racist’ for Cavani ban | Football News – Times of India
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Uruguayan players’ union brands English FA ‘racist’ for Cavani ban | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: The Uruguayan Football Players' Association (AFU) launched a scathing attack on the English Football Association (FA) on Monday for banning Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani over a social media post the governing body ruled was in breach of anti-racism rules. Cavani posted a message on Instagram shortly after scoring twice in United's 3-2 win over Southampton where he thanked a friend for his congratulations using the commonly used Spanish term "negrito" (small black person). The former Paris Saint-Germain striker swiftly deleted the post and issued an apology after being made aware of the connotations in English, with the player releasing an apologetic statement saying he was "completely opposed to racism". That did not stop the FA imposing a three-match ban and a £100,0...
CM Mamata Banerjee to Centre: Declare Netaji’s birth anniversary national holiday
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CM Mamata Banerjee to Centre: Declare Netaji’s birth anniversary national holiday

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said she had written to the Centre, asking it to declare Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary a national holiday. She had earlier raised the demand in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November. “I personally feel we have not done anything important for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose after independence. I have written a letter to the Centre to declare January 23, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a national holiday. It is my demand,” Banerjee told mediapersons. The chief minister claimed Bose has been neglected for a long time, and criticised the Centre for not declassifying files related to the freedom fighter, who disappeared  mysteriously in 1945. “We have made public all files related to Net...