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‘Fake’ degree probe in Bihar: For 53,000 contract teachers, ‘last chance’ to prove degrees real
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‘Fake’ degree probe in Bihar: For 53,000 contract teachers, ‘last chance’ to prove degrees real

The Bihar government will soon ask 53,000 teachers to prove the authenticity of their education degrees against which they secured contract jobs between 2007 and 2015, according to government sources. The degrees of more than 1.10 lakh teachers have been under scrutiny of the Vigilance Investigation Bureau (VIB) since 2014 after a Patna High Court direction. But with the High Court’s deadline, January 12, approaching, a VIB source said, “As there has been little headway in getting degrees of all the teachers despite combined efforts of the bureau and the Education Department, we have now decided to put the onus on teachers to prove their degrees.” Earlier, district education officers had been asked to collect degree folders of the teachers in question. An education depa...
Devagudis in all Narayanpur panchayats: CM Bhupesh Baghel
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Devagudis in all Narayanpur panchayats: CM Bhupesh Baghel

On his first visit to Narayanpur district as the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday announced Rs 9 lakh each for construction and development of devagudis — sacred groves in tribal villages — in all 104 gram panchayats in the district, besides inaugurating developmental works of over Rs 84 crore. More than 70 per cent of the district’s population consists of Scheduled Tribes. Baghel’s visit comes in the wake of protests by tribals in the Maoist-affected district over demands to stop mining activity and shut down police camps near areas where mining is taking place. Addressing a gathering on Saturday, Baghel said the government is devoted to conserving and promoting tribal customs and traditions. “All 104 gram panchayats in the district will have well de...
Centre has encroached upon states’ rights by passing farm laws: P Chidambaram | India News – Times of India
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Centre has encroached upon states’ rights by passing farm laws: P Chidambaram | India News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: Slamming the BJP-led central government over the new farm laws, former Union home minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said the Centre has encroached upon the rights of a state by passing laws on a subject (agriculture) that are notified under the state list. Addressing a convention of the legal cell of Assam Congress in Guwahati via video conferencing, Chidambaram said the Centre has encroached upon state’s policy and amended the Constitution to take away a state’s powers. Delivering the inaugural speech on "Challenges and threats to democracy and the Constitution of India", the former union minister added, "The most recent and vicious encroachment of state’s subjects is the farm laws against which thousands farmers are protesting at the borders of Ne...
Mothers on floors above, 10 babies killed in hospital fire
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Mothers on floors above, 10 babies killed in hospital fire

IT WAS the first child for tribal couple Geeta, 20, and Vishwanath Behere, 22, of Bhojapur village adjacent to Bhandara city near Nagpur, born a year-and-a-half after their marriage. Weighing only 830 gm at birth, on November 10, their daughter never made it home, or got a name. She was among the 10 infants, aged between three days and two months, killed in a fire at the Bhandra District General Hospital’s Sick Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU) around 1.30 am on Saturday. The seven remaining newborns in the unit, all girls, were rescued. Tears pouring, Geeta, who last saw her daughter on Friday evening, sat among relatives too dazed to speak, or to respond to efforts to console her. Vishwanath, who had just one glimpse of his daughter, at birth, saw her for the second time lying de...
US lawmaker, charged with entering restricted Capitol area during riot, resigns
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US lawmaker, charged with entering restricted Capitol area during riot, resigns

A West Virginia state lawmaker resigned Saturday as he faces charges of entering a restricted area of the US Capitol after he livestreamed himself with rioters. In a letter, Republican Del. Derrick Evans notified Gov. Jim Justice he was stepping down, effective immediately. Evans, 35, appeared before a federal judge in Huntington, West Virginia, on Friday after being arrested. If convicted, he faces up to a year and a half in federal prison for two misdemeanor charges: entering a restricted area and disorderly conduct. Evans issued a statement Saturday that he takes full responsibility for his actions, adding he deemed it best for him to resign to “focus on my personal situation and those I love.” “I take full responsibility for my actions, and deeply regret any hurt, pain ...
Neonatal unit cleared without fire audit, appeal for equipment pending
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Neonatal unit cleared without fire audit, appeal for equipment pending

A Rs 1.52 crore proposal to install a new fire safety system at the Bhandara District General Hospital, where 10 babies died in a blaze early Saturday morning, has been pending with the state government for seven months. Meanwhile, set up in 2015, the Sick Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU) where the babies died had had only one mock fire drill, back in 2016-17, as per a district official. Bhandara district authorities were also yet to get a fire audit done at the hospital, despite a December 2020 order by Maharashtra National Health Mission Director N Ramaswamy to all districts to conduct such audits in government hospitals. Sources at the hospital and in the district administration told The Sunday Express that it lacked a comprehensive fire system, and while the SNCU section did h...
Power to Rail, Defence to Education — all gears move for vaccine rollout
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Power to Rail, Defence to Education — all gears move for vaccine rollout

As many as 20 Ministries, from Power to Railways, Defence and Labour to Civil Aviation and over two dozen state-level departments, from police to education: an unprecedented official machinery is being cranked up for the Centre’s Covid-19 vaccine distribution effort. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chief Ministers Monday to discuss the rollout, this pan-government mobilisation is comparable to the preparation ahead of a general election. The Union Power Ministry has been instructed to coordinate with state discoms to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply at vaccine storage points and session sites. The Railways, which is to conduct vaccination sessions at its hospitals, dispensaries and other premises, will do “vaccine branding” on railway tickets while the Labour M...
From an upstart to one of the most popular Android flagships: The journey of Samsung Galaxy S series – Times of India
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From an upstart to one of the most popular Android flagships: The journey of Samsung Galaxy S series – Times of India

The count down has started for the launch of Samsung's first big flagship of the year 2021 -- Galaxy S21. The company has sent invites for Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event, scheduled for January 14. Samsung has dubbed the virtual as 'Everyday Epic'. Over the years, Galaxy S series has emerged as one of the most-popular Android flagships. The series is known to introduce innovations to Android phones both in terms of design and functionality. Ahead of the launch of the newest additions to the Galaxy S family, here's a look back at the Samsung Galaxy S lineup over the years. Samsung Galaxy S (2010): Galaxy S was launched in 2010 with what is said to be the first 4-inch (10 cm) 480×800 pixel Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a PowerVR graphics processor, Wi-Fi connectivity, a 5-megapi...
Chinese soldier crosses LAC south of Pangong Tso, in Army custody
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Chinese soldier crosses LAC south of Pangong Tso, in Army custody

A Chinese soldier, who had crossed the Line of Actual Control south of Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, was apprehended by the Indian Army in the early hours of Friday. In a statement Saturday, the Army said the “PLA soldier had transgressed across the LAC and was taken into custody by Indian troops” deployed in the area. “Troops from either side are deployed along the LAC since friction erupted last year due to unprecedented mobilisation and forward concentration by Chinese troops. The PLA soldier is being dealt with as per laid down procedures, and the circumstances under which he had crossed the LAC are being investigated. Further details are awaited,” the Army said. South Pangong Tso is one of the areas where only a few hundred metres separate troops of the two countries....
SC hearing tomorrow: Punjab ready to challenge farm laws
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SC hearing tomorrow: Punjab ready to challenge farm laws

With talks between the Centre and farmer unions opposed to the new agriculture laws failing to make any headway, and the Supreme Court scheduled to hear Monday a clutch of petitions related to the matter, the Punjab government said Saturday it had finalised petitions to challenge the newly enacted laws. Also Saturday, the Consortium of Indian Farmers Associations (CIFA) approached the Supreme Court, seeking to be heard against the challenge to the new laws. It said “farm reforms are beneficial to enable increased income to farmers and growth of agriculture”. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said state Advocate General Atul Nanda had already prepared and finalised petitions to challenge the three central Acts. “Since these Acts impact the lives and future of our farmers...
Waheed Para gets bail, court says UAPA case not made out, ‘not a whisper on him’
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Waheed Para gets bail, court says UAPA case not made out, ‘not a whisper on him’

Nearly one-and-a-half month after his arrest by the NIA on charges of alleged terror links, PDP youth wing leader Waheed Ur Rehman Para was Saturday granted bail by Special Judge Sunit Gupta, holding that “offences, particularly falling under Unlawful Activities Act (UAPA), are not prima facie made out against the applicant/accused”. Highlighting various loopholes in the NIA case against Para, the judge said neither the original nor the supplementary chargesheet has a “reference of the present applicant”, and that he is even referred to as “suspected accused in the said case”. It also questioned the very basis of Para’s arrest, on the “so-called disclosure statement” of militant Syed Naveed Mushtaq Shah alias Naveed Baba, noting that its “legal value” was “seriously hit by ...
January 16 is Vaccination Day One, 3 crore health staff are first in line
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January 16 is Vaccination Day One, 3 crore health staff are first in line

The Union Health Ministry announced Saturday that the nationwide vaccination of priority groups will begin January 16 to secure them against Covid-19, which has so far infected more than 1 crore people and killed nearly 1.5 lakh. This announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting to review the status of preparedness for the vaccination. “After the detailed review, it was decided that in view of the forthcoming festivals including Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu, the Covid-19 vaccination will start from January 16, 2021,” the Ministry said. In the initial phase, priority will be given to an estimated 3 crore healthcare workers and frontline workers. This rollout date comes less than a week after the drug regulator granted accelerated approval ...
EXCLUSIVE! Tiger Shroff spotted playing cricket in Bandra – Times of India ►
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EXCLUSIVE! Tiger Shroff spotted playing cricket in Bandra – Times of India ►

There’s no doubt that Tiger Shroff is among the fittest men in Bollywood. While the actor is particular about hitting the gym, he also enjoys getting on the field with his buddies. We spotted Tiger playing cricket with his friends at a ground in Bandra. The ‘Baaghi 3’ actor tried his hand at batting and hit quite a few shots before calling it a day. Dressed in a black tracksuit, Tiger packed a punch on the field just like he does on the big screen. Check out these exclusive pictures that we clicked while he was at the crease: While this weekend he played cricket, last weekend we saw him get into athletic mode in the gym soon after he returned from his vacation in the Maldives. The actor, who is known to be extremely passionate about his fitness regime, had even set up a gym at his...
Covaxin volunteer dies in Bhopal, firm says no link to vaccine, placebo
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Covaxin volunteer dies in Bhopal, firm says no link to vaccine, placebo

A 45-year-old daily-wage worker, who participated in the Phase 3 trial for Bharat Biotech-ICMR’s Covaxin in Bhopal at the People’s Medical College and Hospital, died December 21, nine days after he got the first jab, according to hospital records. The postmortem report of Deepak Marawi, a father of three, suspected “poisoning” as a cause. Bharat Biotech, in a statement, said that the “serious adverse reaction” had been “thoroughly investigated” and was found “not related to vaccine or placebo”. A state government panel, too, ruled out any “lapses.” Bharat Biotech said it couldn’t confirm if Marawi received the vaccine or the placebo since it was a double-blind study. It added that the volunteer, at the time of enrolment, “had fulfilled all the inclusion and exclusion crite...
Your concern for farmers fake: TMC minister to Nadda
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Your concern for farmers fake: TMC minister to Nadda

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Saturday targeted the BJP over the farmers’ protest against farm laws enacted by the Centre as BJP national president J P Nadda visited Burdwan to launch two party campaigns aimed at wooing farmers in the state ahead of Assembly polls. Health Minister and senior TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya said the BJP was “insensitive” to farmers pointing out to the agitations near Delhi and highlighted the welfare initiatives undertaken by Chief Minister Mamata Banejee in the agricultural sector. “There are two ‘Ms’. One ‘M’ is insensitive to the plight of farmers. Everyone knows who is this M. Then there is another ‘M’. Mamata Banerjee who has worked for farmers with an honest heart. People of India have seen this,” Chandrima Bhattacharya told a pres...
Gurgaon Police crime: scarred victim, jobless family, kids out of school
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Gurgaon Police crime: scarred victim, jobless family, kids out of school

Over three years have passed since bus conductor Ashok Kumar, according to the CBI, was falsely implicated by the Gurgaon police in a schoolboy’s murder, but the scars — both physical and mental — are yet to heal. His family said that beaten up in police custody, he can no longer do any physical labour and has been unable to find a job. Recently, the CBI filed a supplementary chargesheet against four Gurgaon police officers for allegedly framing Kumar in the case. The family — Kumar, his wife, two children aged 12 and 9, and his elderly father — stay in Ghamroj village in Gurgaon. His mother died just days ago, on January 1. Kumar’s younger sister Sunita said, “He has not worked since his arrest. He was beaten so much that he can no longer lift heavy things or do manual wor...
Weight loss: “I cycled for 7 kilometres daily and lost 17 kilos”  | The Times of India
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Weight loss: “I cycled for 7 kilometres daily and lost 17 kilos” | The Times of India

I started by going for a 3 km walk in the mornings, followed by 30-45 minutes of cycling (7.5-9 km) and fat-burning yoga for 12 minutes daily. This way, I was able to lose around 4-5 kilos every month, i.e. 1.25 kilos per week.Fitness Secret unveiled:Eating homecooked food in the right proportion is the only key to be healthy and lose weight holistically. And yes, don't forget to eat your leafy greens. Minimize consumption of junk food. Instead, try and prepare delicacies at home only. You'll soon start to see the temptations and urges going away once you cook for yourself.Fitness-wise, I would suggest everyone invest in a good weighing scale-track your weight loss every morning after waking up, which really worked for me. Also, schedule nap times, but avoid sleeping right after your me...
Farm laws will set farmers free, too late for Bengal to implement PM-KISAN: Nadda
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Farm laws will set farmers free, too late for Bengal to implement PM-KISAN: Nadda

Launching the party’s new campaign in West Bengal aimed at wooing farmers amid the ongoing protests on Delhi border against the new farm laws enacted by the Modi government, BJP national president J P Nadda on Thursday claimed that the new farm laws “would set the farmers of the country free” as they would be able to decide their buyers and the prices of their produce. Nadda mocked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for agreeing to implement the PM Kisan Yojna, saying it was “too late” and claimed that the Trinamool Congress chief “belatedly” chose to implement the Central scheme after “realising that her party is fast losing ground among the farmers in the state”. “It is unfortunate that there are people who are misleading the farmers (on farm laws). Therefore, we have decided...
Queen, Prince Philip given Covid-19 jab as UK cases top 3 mn – Times of India
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Queen, Prince Philip given Covid-19 jab as UK cases top 3 mn – Times of India

LONDON: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip received Covid-19 vaccinations on Saturday, Buckingham Palace said, as the country surpassed three million cases since the pandemic began last year. A source told the domestic Press Association news agency that the 94-year-old queen and Philip, 99, were given the injections by a royal household doctor at Windsor Castle. "The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said, in a rare public comment on the private health matters of the long-serving monarch. It is understood the queen decided the information should be made public to prevent inaccuracies and speculation. No further details about the vaccinations were released. The queen and Philip have spent much...
Kejriwal responds to bird flu fears: Curbs on bird import, Ghazipur poultry market shut
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Kejriwal responds to bird flu fears: Curbs on bird import, Ghazipur poultry market shut

The Delhi government Saturday imposed a ban on the import of live birds in the city and ordered closure of the Ghazipur poultry market for the next 10 days, with the discovery of more dead crows and ducks setting off alarm bells of a possible bird flu outbreak. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a webcast, said samples from 104 dead birds have been sent for testing and reports are expected by January 11. However, there are no confirmed cases of bird flu in the city so far, he added. “As a precautionary measure, Delhi is taking several steps to control the spread of bird flu. The import of live birds is being completely banned from today. Second, the Ghazipur poultry market in Delhi will remain shut for the next 10 days. Along with this, adequate measures will be taken based...