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A village in Uttarakhand dumps tradition, puts curbs on liquor
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A village in Uttarakhand dumps tradition, puts curbs on liquor

THIS NOVEMBER, as a gesture of thanks to local residents who had helped out during the wedding functions of his cousin sister and two daughters, primary school teacher Mahesh Singh of Ratir Kethi village in Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar district promised them liquor instead of money, as per a local tradition. Consequently, Singh recalls, at each of the three ceremonies, he ended up spending Rs 15,000 on liquor for the guests and all those who helped out — from door-to-door distribution of invitations to fetching wood for fuel, and arranging food and serving of meals. With labour hard to find in remote areas like Ratir Kethi, the village saw at least four other wedding ceremonies that month where the same promise was made. But on December 29, driven as much by the money spent on t...
Had asked police to give me intelligence updates on farmers protest: Amarinder Singh | India News – Times of India
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Had asked police to give me intelligence updates on farmers protest: Amarinder Singh | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Friday said he had “naturally asked” police to give him regular intelligence updates related to the farmers' protest in the national capital. He said this while rejecting the opposition claim that he deputed police officers to “negotiate” with farmers protesting against the Centre's farm laws at Delhi's borders. Dubbing the accusations as “completely baseless and malicious”, the CM in a statement said there was no question of deputing police officers to negotiate with farmers. The CM said he had made it categorically clear that the ball was in the Centre's court, with the Punjab government having no role to play in the negotiations. With farmer protests going on in his state since long before the agitation started at the Delhi border,...
Across farm commodities: Growth silver lining but food inflation may be dark cloud
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Across farm commodities: Growth silver lining but food inflation may be dark cloud

First, it was the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that, on December 4, revised downwards its GDP de-growth projection for 2020-21 from 9.5% to 7.5%. On Thursday, the National Statistical Office (NSO) pegged the current fiscal’s GDP growth at minus 7.7%. The figure was even better, at minus 7.2%, after netting out taxes and subsidies on products. These official estimates — along with data pertaining to the purchasing managers’ index, electricity and fuel consumption, goods and services tax collection, Google mobility index and other high-frequency indicators — confirm one thing: The extent of negative growth induced by Covid-19 and the lockdown hasn’t been as much as was initially feared. The NSO’s first advance estimates suggest that the Indian economy may even register a small...
US tweaks H1B visa rules again, higher wage is key factor now
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US tweaks H1B visa rules again, higher wage is key factor now

ABOUT A fortnight before its term ends, US President Donald Trump’s administration has once again amended its H-1B visa regime to give priority to higher wages and skills instead of the prevailing lottery system for selection of candidates looking to work in the country. The new rules will be effective 60 days after publication in the federal register Friday, making it likely that they will cover H-1B applicants for the new fiscal year starting April 1. According to the amended rules released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will first select registrations where the “proffered wage equals or exceeds” the prevailing level in that area of employment. “The proffered wage is the wage that the employer intends to pay t...
No headway, Govt wants us to go to SC or form panel: Farmer unions; next round of talks Jan 15
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No headway, Govt wants us to go to SC or form panel: Farmer unions; next round of talks Jan 15

Talks between the Centre and farmer unions opposed to the new agriculture laws failed to make headway Friday after the unions insisted on repeal of the laws, only to be told by the government to “suggest an alternative other than repeal”. While the two sides agreed to sit across the table again on January 15, all eyes are now on the Supreme Court where hearing on a clutch of petitions is scheduled January 11. Leaders of the unions claimed they were told by the government to go to the Supreme Court or form a committee with representatives of the two sides. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister of State Som Prakash, who along with Food Minister Piyush Goyal have been negotiating with the farmers, said reference to the Supreme Court hearing on January 11 did c...
Aurangzeb not secular, says Uddhav Thackeray, spars with Cong over Aurangabad
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Aurangzeb not secular, says Uddhav Thackeray, spars with Cong over Aurangabad

RULING ALLIES Shiv Sena and Congress sparred Friday over the name of Aurangabad, where civic polls are slated to be held this year, with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray continuing to refer to the city as Sambhaji Nagar and saying that while the coalition’s agenda adheres to secularism, Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb “does not fit into it”. Responding to the Congress’s objection to him referring to Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar to honour the Maratha ruler, Thackeray told reporters: “Aurangzeb was not a secular person. While our agenda has the word secular in it, a person like Aurangazeb does not fit into it.” Thackeray’s remarks assume significance with the Shiv Sena taking a different stance on secularism from its allies on this issue. When it was pointed out that he had referred ...
WHO urges rich countries to stop jumping vaccine queue – Times of India
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WHO urges rich countries to stop jumping vaccine queue – Times of India

GENEVA: The World Health Organization on Friday urged rich countries to stop jumping the queue and making bilateral deals for the first wave of Covid-19 vaccines. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that right from the outset, wealthier nations had snapped up the majority of the supply of multiple vaccines- potentially bumping up the price for everyone else battling the coronavirus pandemic. He called on states that have booked excess vaccine doses to release them and donate them to the globally-shared Covax programme, which aims to distribute vaccines equitably around the world. "I urge countries that have contracted more vaccines than they will need, and are controlling the global supply, to also donate and release them to Covax immediately, which is ready today to roll out quic...
Ananya Panday to Tara Sutaria wear grey in style  | The Times of India
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Ananya Panday to Tara Sutaria wear grey in style | The Times of India

Illuminating (yellow) and ultimate grey have been declared as the Pantone colour of 2021. This means everybody in the fashion world is going to showcase a lot of these two hues this year. Our Bollywood beauties already seem to have hopped on this combination unintentionally. But, grey is certainly dominating the wardrobes this year. B-town stunners have sported some beautiful grey outfits over the years that aren't just chic but all things crisp and stylish. Here are some of our favourite looks. Source link
Bhupesh Baghel to visit Bastar today, review work
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Bhupesh Baghel to visit Bastar today, review work

CHHATTISGARH CHIEF Minister Bhupesh Baghel is all set for a two-day tour of the state’s Bastar division starting Saturday. He will visit the Maoist-affected districts of Narayanpur and Bijapur for the first time in two years. Baghel recently toured the Sarguja and Bilaspur divisions. He has announced development projects worth several hundred crores in the past three weeks, since the Congress-led government finished two years. He said he was touring also to review work of departments in the district. Source link
ISL: Liston Colaco’s late goals power Hyderabad FC to win over NorthEast United | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: Liston Colaco’s late goals power Hyderabad FC to win over NorthEast United | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: Hyderabad FC piled further misery on NorthEast United, extending the Highlanders' winless run to six games with a thumping 4-2 victory in the Indian Super League on Friday. Hyderabad took the lead through goals from Aridane Santana (3') and Joel Chianese (36') before a penalty from Federico Gallego (45') and Benjamin Lambot's strike (45') helped NEUFC draw parity before the break. Hyderabad settled the tie in their favour in the second half through late goals from substitute Liston Colaco (85', 90'). The first half was a dramatic and open-ended contest with both sides creating ample chances. The Highlanders fashioned more opportunities and despite a two-goal deficit, fought their way back with two goals late in the opening half. It just took three minutes for Hyderabad to break t...
Forest staff in Maharashtra have ‘lathis’ to defend; in Karnataka they roam in ‘chappals’: SC | India News – Times of India
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Forest staff in Maharashtra have ‘lathis’ to defend; in Karnataka they roam in ‘chappals’: SC | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Forest staff in Maharashtra have ‘lathis' to defend themselves while in Karnataka they are seen roaming in ‘Chappals' (slippers), the Supreme Court said on Friday expressing concern over how such officials would protect the law and environment against heavily armed poachers. The top court wondered as to how forest rangers in Assam are well armed while in other states they are not even adequately dressed and said that it may pass orders to provide arms, bullet proof vests and helmets to officers above a certain rank to defend themselves from poachers. A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for ministry of environment and forests, amicus curiae ADN Rao and senior advocate Shyam Divan, appe...
Germany reports record Covid-19 deaths, concerns about new variant grow – Times of India
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Germany reports record Covid-19 deaths, concerns about new variant grow – Times of India

BERLIN: Germany reported a record 1,188 daily Covid-19 deaths on Friday, only days after further tightening a national lockdown amid fears that a more transmissible variant of the coronavirus may put additional strain on struggling hospitals. Europe's largest and most populous economy hopes to be able to limit the spread of the virus until enough of its population has been vaccinated against Covid-19 to achieve herd immunity. On Tuesday, chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers agreed to restrict non-essential travel for residents of hard-hit areas all over Germany for the first time, after a lockdown decreed in December failed to significantly reduce infection numbers. The death toll reported by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases on Friday surpassed a previous r...
India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja proving to be indispensable | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja proving to be indispensable | Cricket News – Times of India

If Ravindra Jadeja's growing reliability as a Test batsman came to the fore during the second Test in Melbourne, it was time to underscore his skills as an ever-dependable left-arm spinner on Day Two of the third Test in Sydney on Friday. And when he isn't batting or bowling, he scores direct hits from the deep to run out the opposition's best batsman! In essence, Jadeja has become as indispensable to the Test team as he is to the limited-overs teams with his all-round ability. On Friday, there was negligible assistance for the spinners on a slow surface at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Yet, he managed to take four wickets for 62 runs in 18 overs while getting excellent support from Jasprit Bumrah as Australia lost their last eight wickets for just 132 runs. With R Ashwin not managin...
India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 3 Live Cricket Score
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India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 3 Live Cricket Score

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 3rd Test Day 3 Live Cricket Score Updates: Captain Ajinkya Rahane starts Day 3 unbeaten on five with Cheteshwar Pujara on nine, trailing Australia by 242 runs with eight first-innings wickets remaining. Steve Smith scored Australia’s first century of the series to drive the hosts to 338 all out but India stood firm with 96 for two to leave the third test in the balance at the end of the second day on Friday. India made a good start to its innings reaching 70 without loss before Australia’s pace attack responded by removing both openers in the final session. The four-match Border-Gavaskar trophy series is level at 1-1. The holder India is hoping to secure it with a victory in Sydney and Australia needing to win the series to rec...
Mourinho calls on Premier League not to postpone Spurs games | Football News – Times of India
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Mourinho calls on Premier League not to postpone Spurs games | Football News – Times of India

Jose Mourinho called on the Premier League to avoid further postponements over COVID-19 concerns, with Tottenham Hotspur's game at Villa Park next week in doubt after 10 Aston Villa first-team players tested positive. Mourinho's side have already had one league game postponed, against Fulham after a rise in coronavirus cases among Scott Parker's squad, and the reverse fixture with their London rivals in April will be moved after Spurs reached the League Cup final. "It's the moment for the Premier League to show leadership, to make decisions. A club like us is trying everything every day to be ready to play, to follow the rules we have in our hands," Mourinho said before Sunday's FA Cup third round trip to eighth-tier Marine. "If we don't play against Aston Villa, that will be three matc...
Farm laws, GST on agenda of special Assembly session on Jan 27: TMC
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Farm laws, GST on agenda of special Assembly session on Jan 27: TMC

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) government has decided to convene a special Assembly session on January 27 to discuss the Centre’s farm laws that are being opposed by farmers camping on the Delhi border. State education and parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee on Friday said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would also be discussed at the special session. “A special session of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly will be held on January 27, issues such as farm laws and GST will be discussed,” said the senior TMC leader. Asked if all the parties other than the BJP would come together to pass a resolution against the farm laws, Chatterjee said he would send a letter to the Left and the Congress to seek their support for such a resolution. “I think they will support th...
Return public money you looted through scams, Cong tells TMC, BJP
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Return public money you looted through scams, Cong tells TMC, BJP

Leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha Adhir Chowdhury on Friday asked both TMC and the BJP to return the money looted from common man through Saradha, Narada and Rose Valley scams before asking people for votes. Led by Chowdhury, a rally was taken out by Congress workers and supporters from state Congress headquarters to Esplanade to demand return of money to the duped beneficiaries of multiple chit fund scams. A memorandum in this regard was submitted to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhawan. Addressing party workers at the rally, Chowdhury said, “Crores of money were looted through multiple vhut fund scams. There were scams to the tune of Rs 25,000 to 30,000 crores. The TMC and the BJP must return the money to the duped people before seeking their votes. Those w...
Junior Mridha murder case: To fill missing links, CBI questions techie’s parents
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Junior Mridha murder case: To fill missing links, CBI questions techie’s parents

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday questioned the parents of a software engineer who was found dead in 2011. The agency arrested a former girlfriend of Junior Mridha earlier this week. Sources said Mridha’s parents were questioned to fill in some of the missing links in the case. Sources said investigators would use their comments to corroborate the statement of Mridha’s ex-girlfriend Priyanka Chowdhury, who is the former daughter-in-law of Mohun Bagan football club vice-president Balaram Chowdhury. Mridha (26) was shot dead by unknown assailants on July 12, 2011, on the Belgharia Expressway. Initially, the death was believed to be the result of a motorbike accident. But, his family members could not find any mark of accidental injury on the body, except a ...
Denied their dues, each farmer in state will get Rs 18,000 in arrears if we win: BJP
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Denied their dues, each farmer in state will get Rs 18,000 in arrears if we win: BJP

BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Friday promised arrears for farmers of West Bengal who were “prevented by the TMC government in the state from receiving the benefits of the Centre’s PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.” Addressing party workers in East Midnapore’s Nandigram, Vijayvargiya said each farmer of the state would get Rs 18,000 in arrears if the BJP is voted to power in the state after the upcoming Assembly polls. The announcement from Vijayvargiya came days after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee indicated that her government was ready to implement the central scheme in Bengal under which farmers get Rs 6,000 a year in three equal installments. “Farmers of Bengal will get their due once the Mamata Banerjee government is removed and the BJP government ...
BCCI secretary Jay Shah visits Sikkim and Arunachal, assures help to northeastern states | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI secretary Jay Shah visits Sikkim and Arunachal, assures help to northeastern states | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Friday assured the northeastern states of all necessary help by the apex body for promotion and development of cricket in the region. Shah recently visited the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. "Humbled and honoured to visit both Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. Assured all North-Eastern states of @BCCI's support to enhance capacity building, cricketing infrastructure, NCA coaches and technical staff, training methodologies & medical facilities. We are in this together," Shah tweeted. Humbled and honoured to visit both Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. Assured all North-Eastern states of@BCCI’s suppor… https://t.co/9rMY3lOWBW— Jay Shah (@JayShah) 1610116576000In Arunachal Pradesh, he met the state's Chief Minister Pema Khandu along w...