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Jharkhand decides to pull out of tripartite agreement on power with Centre, RBI | India News – Times of India
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Jharkhand decides to pull out of tripartite agreement on power with Centre, RBI | India News – Times of India

RANCHI: The Jharkhand government on Wednesday decided to exit a tripartite agreement on power with the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). A decision to this effect was taken during a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren. The decision was taken in view of the manner in which Jharkhand's pending power dues to the Damodar Valley Corporation were deducted from the state's account in the RBI without taking the state government into confidence, Soren told reporters. The cabinet decided to pull out of the agreement as it is not in the best interest of the state, he said. The Centre's decisions like these affect the federal structure of the country, Soren said. The Centre had on October 16 instructed the RBI to deduct the first instalment of Rs 1,417.5 crores from Jha...
Barring Kerala, all Covid hotspots see daily cases fall
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Barring Kerala, all Covid hotspots see daily cases fall

On most days in the last week, Delhi has reported less than 500 new cases of coronavirus infections, something that has not happened since May last year. The numbers in Delhi have declined steadily for the last two months, beginning the second week November when the national capital had recorded the highest single day rise in coronavirus cases for any city. The result is that Delhi now has less than 5,000 active cases. It does not even figure in the top 10 cities with highest number of active cases. But Delhi is not alone. All the major urban centres which were the epicentres of the coronavirus pandemic in the country — Pune, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai — are showing similar trends, and reporting a fraction of the cases that they used to do at their peaks. Pune, which during...
Emotions to earthquakes, Einstein waves: A govt body’s cattle class
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Emotions to earthquakes, Einstein waves: A govt body’s cattle class

ANNOUNCED in the 2019-20 interim Budget, the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog lists organisation of animal husbandry “on modern and scientific lines” among its prime objectives. Now, taking upon itself the mission “to infuse curiosity… about the importance of cows”, it has announced an online nationwide exam where participants will be tested on, among other things, knowledge of Indian cows’ “superiority” over foreign breeds, including in showing “emotions”; cow dung benefits, including in ensuring people were “not affected” during the Bhopal gas tragedy; the “link” between cow slaughter and earthquakes because of animals generating “Einsteinian Pain Waves”; and how India became a leading beef exporter under “a cow-eating leader”. On Tuesday, the Aayog uploaded on its website a 54-p...
Roads closed, fuel rationed as snow shuts Kashmir Valley
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Roads closed, fuel rationed as snow shuts Kashmir Valley

Widespread snowfall over the last three days has cut off the Kashmir Valley and led to blocked roads and power outages and, for the first time in decades, rationing of fuel. The snow has led to closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, and suspension of passenger flights. While over 12 inches of snow has been recorded in north Kashmir’s plains, south Kashmir has seen up to 5 feet of snow. The Jammu & Kashmir administration has ordered rationing of automobile and cooking fuels in the Valley. Two-wheelers can get up to 3 litres of fuel, private cars can get 10 litres, and commercial vehicles 20 litres. “LPG cylinder shall be issued to the consumer only after 21 days against proper acknowledgment and receipt”, says a government order. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir...
Woman gangraped, killed in Badaun, police look for priest
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Woman gangraped, killed in Badaun, police look for priest

TWO men have been arrested while the police are looking for a priest after a 50-year-old woman was gangraped and died of injuries in Badaun on Sunday night. The police said she was visiting the local temple when the priest, Satyanand, and two helpers, Vedram and Yashpal, attacked her. An SHO has been suspended for not taking prompt action in the matter. A postmortem has confirmed injuries to her private parts and death due to injuries and excessive bleeding, SP, Rural Badaun, Raghvendra Singh said. Following an examination of the crime site and a report by the Chief Medical Officer, they were treating it as a case of gangrape, he said. The woman had also suffered a fracture. An FIR has been filed under Sections 376 D (gangrape) and 302 (murder) against the three accused. A ...
East of Delhi, the other protest: UP’s sugarcane farmers awaiting dues
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East of Delhi, the other protest: UP’s sugarcane farmers awaiting dues

The farmers’ agitation, until now, has been about Punjab and Haryana, wheat and paddy, and concerns over the future of minimum support price (MSP)-based procurement and agricultural produce market committee mandis. But there’s one elephant in the room: Sugarcane. It is a crop grown more in Uttar Pradesh, not sold in mandis and, moreover, has a state advised price (SAP) that is statutory. Unlike MSP, sugar mills are legally bound to pay it. Most farmers protesting at Ghazipur on the Delhi-UP border — as against those camping at Singhu and Tikri bordering Haryana — are sugarcane growers. But not withstanding the legal requirement for mills to pay SAP within 14 days of cane delivery, many haven’t received money even for the crop they supplied in the 2019-20 sugar season (Octob...
UP, Uttarakhand ‘love jihad’ laws challenged, SC issues notice
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UP, Uttarakhand ‘love jihad’ laws challenged, SC issues notice

Declining to grant any immediate stay on the anti-conversion laws of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the Supreme Court issued notice Wednesday on two petitions challenging the laws which have provisions that prohibit religious conversion for the purpose of marriage. The bench of Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said it will hear the petitions — one by advocates Vishal Thakre and Abhay Singh Yadav and law researcher Pranvesh, and another by NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) — against The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition Of Unlawful Conversion Of Religion Ordinance, 2020 and The Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018. The bench said it will have to hear the other side as well. Notice was issued after lawyers for petitioners made s...
Fresh extension to panel on sub-categorisation of OBCs | India News – Times of India
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Fresh extension to panel on sub-categorisation of OBCs | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday granted a fresh extension of six months to a panel on sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes, sources said. The sources aware of the development said the earlier extension was ending on January 31 and a fresh one was required for the panel to complete its task amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Commission, headed by Justice G Rohini (retd), commenced functioning on October 11, 2017 and was also looking into the issue of communities that were not getting the benefits of reservation. Source link
Abhishek Banerjee’s notice to Babul Supriyo: Apologise or face legal action
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Abhishek Banerjee’s notice to Babul Supriyo: Apologise or face legal action

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee’s lawyer has sent a notice to Union minister Babul Supriyo alleging he violated a court order by making defamatory statements about his client. Banerjee has asked the BJP MP to apologise within 72 hours or face legal action. The notice sent by Banerjee’s lawyer Sanjay Basu reads, “Being aggrieved with your defamatory and false statements, my client had instituted a suit for defamation and injunction before the Learned 3rd Bench, City Civil Court at Calcutta when the Learned Court was pleased to grant an ad-interim order of injunction on December 8, 2017, restraining you from making any derogatory comment or defamatory statement against our client.” It adds, “On 30 November 2017, you had made false and defamatory statements in a ...
Imams slam Owaisi, say won’t allow division of Muslim votes in Bengal
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Imams slam Owaisi, say won’t allow division of Muslim votes in Bengal

Days after AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi met Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui — an influential Muslim cleric of Furfura Sharif — the Bengal Imams’ Association on Wednesday said that their community needs no Muslim leader from outside the state. Condemning the politics revolving around the Muslims of the state, the chairman of the organisation, Mohammed Yahiya, said they do not support communal politics in West Bengal. “We strongly condemn the politics which has been playing over the Muslims in the state. We do not subscribe to religious and caste-based politics. We cannot tolerate religious fanaticism,” Yahiya said. Accusing the Hyderabad-based outfit of “working with a communal agenda”, Yahiya said, “We do not subscribe to communal agenda. If needed, we will float our own party and t...
Meeting lasted for 10 minutes: Mamata meets Governor hours after he slams Trinamool’s ‘outsider’ digs at BJP
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Meeting lasted for 10 minutes: Mamata meets Governor hours after he slams Trinamool’s ‘outsider’ digs at BJP

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at the Raj Bhavan on Wednesday evening, almost a year after their last meeting at the Governor House. The meeting, which lasted for 10 minutes, came hours after Dhankhar slammed Banerjee’s party Trinamool Congress (TMC) for labelling BJP leaders visiting Bengal for election campaign as “outsiders”. While neither side said anything about the meeting, the governor tweeted a photo of the meeting and wrote, “Myself and Mrs Sudesh Dhankhar greeted Hon’ble Chief Minister @MamataOfficial when she visited Raj Bhawan today.” The meeting came about a week after the TMC petitioned President Ram Nath Kovind to remove Dhankhar from the post, accusing him of “transgressing constitutional limits”. The governor has accused Mamata...
UK reports highest daily Covid-19 deaths since April – Times of India
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UK reports highest daily Covid-19 deaths since April – Times of India

LONDON: The United Kingdom has recorded more than 1,000 Covid-19 daily deaths for the first time since April as the government struggles to deal with a new, more infectious variant of the coronavirus. The four nations of the United Kingdom recorded 1,041 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the virus on Wednesday and a further 62,322 new Covid-19 cases, according to official data. The figures were another stark reminder of the severity of the crisis as England and Scotland started new Covid-19 lockdowns this week, with citizens under orders to stay at home. Tuesday’s data had shown 60,916 new coronavirus infections and 830 deaths. Britain has been among the countries worst-hit by Covid-19, with the highest death toll in Europe. Source link
Run-up to Bengal Assembly Polls: Howrah headache of TMC worsens with minister’s resignation
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Run-up to Bengal Assembly Polls: Howrah headache of TMC worsens with minister’s resignation

Trinamool Congress leader Laxmi Ratan Shukla’s resignation from the Cabinet and TMC’s Howrah Sadar district president post on Tuesday has triggered a domino effect with more and more leaders coming out against the party’s leadership in the district. Though Trinamool Congress (TMC) president and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had played down Shukla’s resignation on Tuesday, saying that the 39-year-old former cricketer was “still the party MLA”, and wanted to stay away from politics for now to “concentrate on sports”, things don’t look that simple. The trouble in TMC’s Howrah district unit had come to the fore in July last year when the tussle between two ministers — Rajib Banerjee and Arup Roy — over allegations of corruption against some local functionaries became an embarr...
Modi earned, achieved Prime Ministership, Pranab wrote in his memoir
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Modi earned, achieved Prime Ministership, Pranab wrote in his memoir

DESPITE BEING a Congressman all his life, Pranab Mukherjee as President enjoyed “very cordial relations” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tenure. So much so that Mukherjee used to have discussions with the Prime Minister before he embarked on a foreign visit and the Prime Minister would send him a note detailing the core points of relations with that country, the late President revealed in his memoir. “He would send me a letter in which the core points of our bilateral relations were mentioned. It was a practice initiated by PM Modi,” Mukherjee wrote in his book – The Presidential Years. He disclosed that ahead of his visit to Russia in 2015, “I was advised by PM Modi to have detailed discussions with (President Vladimir) Putin on aspects ranging from civil nucl...
TMC worker gunned down, 3 held
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TMC worker gunned down, 3 held

A Trinamool Congress (TMC) worker has been shot dead in Birbhum district’s Rampurhat area. Babar Sheikh was gunned down on Tuesday night while he was standing outside a graveyard near Chowk. Three people have been arrested by the police. As Sheikh collapsed, people rushed to catch the gunmen, who managed to flee. Sheikh, the brother of local TMC leader Badu Sheikh, was found lying in a pool of blood. He was rushed to Rampurhat Medical College and Hospital, but was declared on arrival. TMC’s Rampurhat No 1 block president Anwar Hossain said, “The incident is very sad. We can see the hands of BJP-backed miscreants in this murder. Badu Sheikh is the deputy head of Barshal gram panchayat. His brother Babar Sheikh was our worker.” TMC workers and leaders demanded a proper invest...
Probe ordered after girl ‘tortured’ at Howrah govt shelter home
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Probe ordered after girl ‘tortured’ at Howrah govt shelter home

A Class VIII student girl was allegedly tortured by her inmates of a government-run shelter home in Liluah, Howrah. According to sources, the girl had left her home in Hooghly district on December 15 after she had an argument with her parents and reached Howrah. When police found her, she was sent to a government home in Liluah. After 20 days, she was sent back her home when her parents found bruises on her hands. She told her parents that she was forced to write her name on her hand using safety-pin by the inmates of the shelter home. The family has now demanded action against the inmates. Ananya Chakraborty, the chairperson of West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, who visited the shelter home, on Wednesday said that a probe has been initiated into t...
Metro scenario will change Kolkata in the next two years: Railways official
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Metro scenario will change Kolkata in the next two years: Railways official

Eastern Railway General Manager Manoj Joshi on Thursday said the Metro scenario would change the city in next two years. The Noapara-Dakshineswar route in the North-South corridor was receiving final touches, he added. “In the next two weeks, all works will be done and we will request the Commissioner for Railway Safety to come and inspect. Once we get the authorisation, the operation will hopefully begin in March,” he said. Joshi said tunneling work had been completed up to Sealdah in the East-West Metro project. The work would be complete in three to four months, he added. Asked about the Noapara-Bimanbandar (Airport) route, the railway official said, “Once the work is done, the Bimanbandar underground station will be the biggest underground station in India. We have sort...
Delhi govt to set up cell to monitor tree transplanting
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Delhi govt to set up cell to monitor tree transplanting

The Delhi government will set up a dedicated Tree Transplantation Cell to help agencies with the process, after it passed the Tree Transplantation Policy. Under the new policy, 80 per cent of all trees to be affected by a development project will have to be mandatorily transplanted. The process, however, is complex, with several transplanted trees either not surviving beyond two years and others achieving only stunted growth. Environment minister Manish Sisodia met officials of the Environment and Forest Department Wednesday and passed directions to initiate work on setting up the Cell and build technical know-how of the transplantation process. He also directed the Forest Department to initiate the process of empanelment of agencies that have the experience of tree transpl...