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Daily toll never went beyond 25… Kerala’s achievement has been limiting deaths: Health Minister KK Shailaja
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Daily toll never went beyond 25… Kerala’s achievement has been limiting deaths: Health Minister KK Shailaja

Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja speaks to The Indian Express on why the state government is not worried about the high number of active cases being reported from the state. Kerala has the highest number of active cases, it is reporting the maximum number of cases every day, almost one fourth of the national tally. Why are the numbers not coming down? Kerala has been making a systematic effort to control the pandemic. In a pandemic, there will be a peak, no matter how we try to control it. Otherwise, there should be a complete lockdown and when there is no total lockdown, the Covid pandemic will have one peak season. And our strategy has been delaying the peak, to avoid a sudden peak which would lead to crisis in hospitalisation and a rise in the number of deaths. With o...
Ahead of minister’s India visit, Oli says issues should be settled by dialogue
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Ahead of minister’s India visit, Oli says issues should be settled by dialogue

Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli on Sunday said the country is determined to bring back the 370 sq-km area of Kalapani-Limpiadhura-Lipulek at the trijunction of Nepal-India and China (Tibet) under its possession through dialogue with India. Addressing the Rastriya Sabha, the Upper House of Nepal Parliament, Oli said the issue would be raised during the Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali’s visit to India starting January 14 and hoped that the issue will be resolved peacefully through negotiation. He said the area that has been “under possession of India during the last 58 years belongs to Nepal”. “It was under Nepal’s possession during the previous 146 years,” he said. “Some people blame me for the downslide in Nepal-India relations. Do I have to seal my lips and mai...
Taking steps to give free Covid vaccine to all in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee
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Taking steps to give free Covid vaccine to all in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday announced her government was making arrangements to provide free Covid-19 vaccine to the people in the state. The Opposition BJP accused Banerjee of trying to take credit for the Centre’s efforts. In an open letter, Banerjee said that “Covid warriors” or frontline workers such as police personnel, home guards, civil defence volunteers, and correctional home and disaster management employees would be administered the vaccine on a priority basis. “I am happy to inform that our government is making arrangements for reaching the vaccine to all people of the state free of any charge,” the chief minister wrote in the letter addressed to the frontline workers. Banerjee also expressed her gratitude for all such workers for their selfless ser...
Taking steps to give free Covid vaccine to all in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee
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Taking steps to give free Covid vaccine to all in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday announced her government was making arrangements to provide free Covid-19 vaccine to the people in the state. The Opposition BJP accused Banerjee of trying to take credit for the Centre’s efforts. In an open letter, Banerjee said that “Covid warriors” or frontline workers such as police personnel, home guards, civil defence volunteers, and correctional home and disaster management employees would be administered the vaccine on a priority basis. “I am happy to inform that our government is making arrangements for reaching the vaccine to all people of the state free of any charge,” the chief minister wrote in the letter addressed to the frontline workers. Banerjee also expressed her gratitude for all such workers for their selfless ser...
Looking for lithium toehold, India finds a small deposit in Karnataka
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Looking for lithium toehold, India finds a small deposit in Karnataka

Alongside a move to tap into the global lithium value chain, India has initiated a concerted domestic exploration push for the alkali metal, a vital ingredient of the lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs), laptops and mobile phones. Preliminary surveys by the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), an arm of the Department of Atomic Energy, are learnt to have shown the presence of 1,600 tonnes of lithium resources in the igneous rocks of the Marlagalla-Allapatna region of Karnataka’s Mandya district. A government official said the AMD is carrying out surface and sub-surface exploration for lithium in potential geological domains of the country. The find in Mandya is extremely small in quantitative terms, but it marks s...
Former MLA Umesh Kushwaha appointed Bihar JD(U) president
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Former MLA Umesh Kushwaha appointed Bihar JD(U) president

BARELY A fortnight after Rajya Sabha member R C P Singh was made the national president of the JD(U), the party on Sunday picked former MLA Umesh Kushwaha as its new state president, replacing the ailing Bashistha Narayan Singh. The elevation of low-profile Vaishali leader to the post of the state president has come as a surprise to many as he was not counted among even second-rung JD(U) leaders. With R C P Singh, an OBC Kurmi leader, as the party national president and Kushwaha, an OBC Koeri leader, as the party’s state president, the JD(U) appears to be trying to cater to its core Luv-Kush support base, as the combination of the two caste groups has come to be known in state political circles. JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar told The Indian Express: “Umesh Kushwaha has be...
From Lahore to London to New York via India: Ved Mehta’s unflinching gaze — and prose
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From Lahore to London to New York via India: Ved Mehta’s unflinching gaze — and prose

IN THE beginning, arguably, was Ved Mehta. Long before writers such as Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh and Vikram Seth would become the ambassadors of Indian English writing to the West, a young man born in pre-Independent India found a voice and space in the New York literary scene in the 1960s. Mehta died in New York at the age of 86. “We are extremely sorry to learn about the passing of Ved Mehta. He was a master of the autobiographical genre and a pioneer of Indian writing in English. We will remember him for his keen insight into Indian society and what it means to bridge the gap between the east and the West,” said Meru Gokhale, publisher, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House India. Mehta leaves behind a remarkable legacy as a memoirist, and essayist for The New Yorker — ...
Covid curve doesn’t bend in Kerala but why state isn’t overly worried yet
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Covid curve doesn’t bend in Kerala but why state isn’t overly worried yet

In the last four months, Kerala has recorded more than 7 lakh coronavirus infections, more than any other state in India. For the last 45 days, it has consistently been the top contributor of new cases. The state now has the highest number of active cases in the country, comprising almost 30 per cent of India’s total. But while Kerala is the worst hotspot of the epidemic in the country now, what is remarkable is that the rise in cases has not resulted in a similar increase in the number of deaths. In fact, Kerala has one of the lowest death counts among the major states. With more than 8 lakh confirmed infections so far, Kerala has the fifth highest caseload in the country. But there are 11 states that have recorded more deaths than Kerala, including states like Chhattisgar...
Khattar hits back: only amendments, Government won’t repeal farm laws
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Khattar hits back: only amendments, Government won’t repeal farm laws

FORCED TO scrap his visit to Karnal Sunday after farm protesters took over the venue, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar accused Opposition parties and state BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chadhuni of inciting people to disrupt law and order, and insisted that the Centre will not repeal its new agriculture laws. Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh after his visit to the venue of a BJP “kisan panchayat” in Karnal’s Kaimla village was cancelled, Khattar said: “The Government is not going to repeal these laws. It is certain. Even if state governments are to be exempted, there will only be amendments. A resolution can be reached after discussion on certain points. But I don’t think the Government is going to withdraw these laws. I am hopeful that discussions are going ...
Government looks at ‘expenditure’ budget to aid higher growth
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Government looks at ‘expenditure’ budget to aid higher growth

WITH THE uptick in the economy better than what most economists estimated post easing of lockdown restrictions, the Union Finance Ministry is of the view that higher spending at this stage of recovery — rather than earlier — will give a bigger push to growth. According to sources, the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, Niti Aayog and the Chief Economic Advisor’s office, have pushed for an expansionary budget to reinforce the nascent recovery. All have advocated the Keynes mantra to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during pre-Budget consultations. British economist John Maynard Keynes had argued that free markets cannot be relied upon to fuel GDP growth when there is a recession, of the kind India and the world, has witnessed in 2020 following the Covid-19 pande...
Protesters disrupt BJP event in Karnal, force ML Khattar to cancel visit
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Protesters disrupt BJP event in Karnal, force ML Khattar to cancel visit

AROUND 1,000 farm protesters stormed the venue of a high-profile “kisan panchayat” organised by the ruling BJP in Haryana Sunday, forcing Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to cancel his visit to the site on the outskirts of Kaimla village in Karnal district. The incident also saw clashes between supporters of the BJP event and opponents of the Centre’s new agriculture laws, with leaders on both sides saying that several persons suffered injuries during the confrontation. On Monday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a clutch of petitions related to the laws, with talks between the Centre and farmer unions failing to make any headway despite protesters camping on Delhi’s outskirts for over a month. The panchayat in Kaimla, organised by local BJP MLA Harvinder Kalyan, w...
BCCI, CA to take action against offenders to send out message against racism | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI, CA to take action against offenders to send out message against racism | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia have agreed that action needs to be taken against the offenders to send out a "strong message" that racism does not have a place in cricket, BCCI Treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal said on Sunday. "The BCCI has taken up the matter strongly with the concerned authority. BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah, spoke to Cricket Australia Chairman Earl Eddings and expressed his concern over the incidents and both agreed that action needs to be taken against the offenders to send out a strong message that racism and discrimination do not have a place in our great sport and in any walk of society," Dhumal said in a statement. Earlier, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had informed, via Twitter, that Cricket Australia has ensured him of strict...
Racism stops play in Sydney as India draw hard line on abuse
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Racism stops play in Sydney as India draw hard line on abuse

RACISM STOPPED play at the Sydney Cricket Ground Sunday. In line with the recent global trend, where sportspersons are starting to draw the line between banter and racist abuse from the stands, the Indian cricket team put their foot down and ensured that the Test against Australia in Sydney was halted for 10 minutes Sunday till a group of unruly spectators were evicted. The break in play followed an incident on Saturday when Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj said racist comments were directed at them as they fielded on the boundary line. “We had decided Saturday evening that if something like this happens again, we will immediately identify them,” an Indian team management official told The Indian Express. On Sunday, Day 4 of the Test, as Bumrah was about to s...
Maharashtra downgrades Raj Thackeray, Fadnavis security
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Maharashtra downgrades Raj Thackeray, Fadnavis security

Two former CMs, a former Governor, two serving Union ministers and the Maharashtra BJP president were among those whose security cover was either withdrawn or downgraded by Maharashtra government on Sunday, inviting criticism from the Opposition. While the security cover of CM Uddhav Thackeray’s predecessor and current Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis was downgraded, the ‘Y+’ cover enjoyed by former CM Narayan Rane was withdrawn following a threat perception review exercise carried out by state Home department. As per the government order, Fadnavis, who was earlier enjoying ‘Z+’ security, will now be getting only ‘Y+’ security with an escort. Sources said that a bullet proof vehicle that was a part of his convoy will now be withdrawn. The government also downgraded t...
States detail preparations for first phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive | India News – Times of India
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States detail preparations for first phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the nationwide roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine from January 16, several states on Sunday said they have made all necessary preparations for the first phase of the exercise including identification vaccination sites and registration of healthcare and other frontline workers. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said her government is making arrangements to provide free Covid vaccines to all the people of the state. In an open letter to the frontline workers, Banerjee said the COVID warriors, including police, home guards, civil defence volunteers, correctional home and disaster management employees, will be administered the vaccine on a priority basis. "I am happy to inform that our government is making arrangements for reaching the vaccine to all people of the sta...
Gujarat: Ministers, MLAs to welcome students in schools, colleges
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Gujarat: Ministers, MLAs to welcome students in schools, colleges

Keeping board exams in mind, Class 10 and 12 in schools, along with final year undergraduate and postgraduate courses in colleges will reopen in Gujarat from Monday after more than nine months. State ministers as well as members of the legislative assembly welcome students in schools and colleges on Monday. Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama will welcome students at a school and college in Kalol in Gandhinagar, while others are scheduled to be in other districts across the state. In a message on Sunday, Chudasama said, “The state government decided to reopen schools and colleges after a long break imposed due to Covid. In the first phase, Class 10 and 12, and colleges will resume keeping in mind the SOPs and Covid guidelines.” Assuring parents and students that all...
‘Vengeful’: Academics want VBU professor’s suspension revoked
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‘Vengeful’: Academics want VBU professor’s suspension revoked

More than 500 academics have condemned Visva-Bharati University’s (VBU) decision to suspend economics professor Sudipta Bhattacharyya, and urged the institution to revoke the suspension. Bhattacharya was suspended on January 7 for alleging irregularities in the appointment of the principal of Patha Bhavana, one of the university’s institutions. The economics professor is the president of the Visva-Bharati University Faculty Association and recently found himself in the middle of a controversy involving the university’s vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. On December 9, Chakraborty reportedly claimed at a meeting with over 350 faculty members that the renowned economist had introduced himself as “Bharat Ratna Amartya Sen” in a phone call and ur...
ISL: 10-man Kerala Blasters ride on Murray’s late brace to stun Jamshedpur FC | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: 10-man Kerala Blasters ride on Murray’s late brace to stun Jamshedpur FC | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: Kerala Blasters put up an inspired show to beat Jamshedpur FC 3-2 for their second win of the Indian Super League season here on Sunday. Kerala Blasters took the lead through Costa Nhamoinesu (22nd) but his goal was neutralised by Nerijus Valskis (36th) before the half-time break. Jordan Murray then scored a brace (79th and 82nd) to hand Kerala three points. Valskis pulled one back for Jamshedpur in the 84th minute. Jamshedpur started strong and should have bagged the lead as early as the 4th minute after some delightful build-up play. Valskis did well to hold the ball and found Mobashir Rahman, whose cross found Jadhav but the youngster's effort deflected off the post. Seven minutes later, Kerala got a gilt-edged opportunity which was the best chance of the opening half. Gary Ho...
Soon after bail, police pick up Waheed Para in another terror case
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Soon after bail, police pick up Waheed Para in another terror case

Soon after he was granted bail by the NIA court in a case of terror funding, PDP youth wing leader Waheed-ur-Rehman Para was detained again for questioning in a separate terror-related case. The Counter Intelligence wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police detained Para immediately after his release from District Jail, Ambphalla, on Saturday evening. “We had received a message from Counter Intelligence Kashmir (CIK) to collect Para from jail as he was wanted by them for questioning in connection with FIR No. 31 registered with them in Srinagar,” a senior jail official said. The official expressed ignorance about the details of the FIR. While the police’s counter intelligence wing remained silent, sources said the FIR pertains to a terror funding case. “It is an open FIR and Waheed’...