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Day: January 11, 2021

Citing law and order situation, Centre moves SC against tractor march on R-day
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Citing law and order situation, Centre moves SC against tractor march on R-day

The Centre on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking an injunction against the “proposed” tractor march by those protesting against the new farm laws saying it was an effort to “disrupt the august gathering and celebrations of the nation on Republic Day”. “It has come to the knowledge of the security agencies through various sources that the small group of protesting individuals/organisations have planned to carry out a tractor/trolley/vehicle march on Republic Day” and that the “proposed march is slated to disturb and disrupt the august celebrations of nation on Republic Day and would be bound to create a massive law and order situation”, the Centre’s application said, seeking directions from the court. The Centre said that the Republic day function “has its own Constituti...
In Kolkata, protesting teachers & cops clash
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In Kolkata, protesting teachers & cops clash

A day after the Calcutta High Court granted permission to an organisation of para teachers to organise a sit-in near Shahid Minar in the heart of Kolkata from January 11 to 13, the protesters were involved in a scuffle with the police on Monday afternoon. Sources in the police said the scuffle occurred when the demonstrators, who gathered at the protest site under the banner of Teachers Unity Muktamancha to demand an increase in their salaries, attempted to march towards state secretariat Nabanna in Howrah around 1.30 pm. Initially, the police tried to stop the procession near Shahid Minar by putting up barricades. However, the demonstrators broke through them and tried to proceed from Mayo Road to Lady Dufferin Road. Several policemen were seen trying to stop them without ...
Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif and others shower love as Priyanka Chopra reminisces about her 17-year-old self with a throwback picture – Times of India
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Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif and others shower love as Priyanka Chopra reminisces about her 17-year-old self with a throwback picture – Times of India

Global star Priyanka Chopra Jonas treated fans with a gorgeous throwback picture of herself on Monday. Walking down the memory lane, the 'Fashion' star took to Instagram and shared a throwback picture of her teenage. In the picture, Chopra flaunts her lean body while posing effortlessly for the camera. She is captured wearing black hipsters teamed up with a white and golden patterned crop top inside a black over the jacket. Open hair and no makeup look complemented her look. While showcasing her toned collar bones, Chopra is clicked flaunting her radiant smile. The picture that accumulated more than six lakh likes within a few minutes of being posted, the 'Agneepath' star wrote, "Lean, mean and all of 17!!!#Unfinished." Celebrity followers including Katrina Kaif, Dia Mirza, Rajkummar...
Sovan at roadshow: Mamata forced me to tell a bunch of lies
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Sovan at roadshow: Mamata forced me to tell a bunch of lies

Former Kolkata mayor and state minister Sovan Chatterjee on Monday led a BJP roadshow in south Kolkata, ending his political hibernation more than a year after joining the saffron party. At the public meeting, he targeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of forcing him to lie when he was in the ruling party. While Chatterjee was accompanied by his close aide Baisakhi Banerjee, no prominent BJP leader attended the roadshow from Golpark to Selimpur. The event was organised after both the leaders did not turn up for a similar programme here on January 4. At the end of the roadshow, Chatterjee slammed the Trinamool Congress (TMC), saying it was no more the same as before. “The TMC supremo forced me to tell a bunch of lies. Once it [the party] asked me to say in the ...
Ironic that BJP is talking about Vivekananda: TMC
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Ironic that BJP is talking about Vivekananda: TMC

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday lashed out at the BJP, accusing it of trying to use iconic figures from Bengal’s history for votes, even as it listed the work it had done to promote Swami Vivekananda. State minister Bratya Basu claimed that the BJP talking about Vivekananda was ironic since it “does not believe in his teachings”. The Opposition party’s vision does not match Vivekananda’s ideals, he added. The remarks came a day before the BJP is set to organise a “padayatra [foot march]” here to mark the religious leader’s birth anniversary. “The BJP talking about them is nothing short of irony as the party does not believe in Ramakrishna’s way of thinking. Even Swami Vivekananda said ‘those who love humanity serve god’,” Basu said at a press conference, adding, “Ram...
Students use ‘experts’ for GRE from home: Govt, US alerted
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Students use ‘experts’ for GRE from home: Govt, US alerted

CHEATING BY STUDENTS taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) online from their homes, following the Covid-19 outbreak, has been red-flagged by the largest Indian franchise of US-based The Princeton Review. The GRE, owned and administered by the US-headquartered Educational Testing Service (ETS), is a standardised test required for admissions to graduate schools in the US and Canada. In India, 85,050 candidates took the GRE in 2019 compared with 90,146 in China and 3.95 lakh in the US, according to the ETS. Besides informing the ETS about the rise in fraudulent activities, the Indian franchisee has written to the Ministry of Education and Niti Aayog highlighting the ‘moral’ aspect of using unfair means and its impact on student’ quality. The Indian Express spoke to seve...
Farmers Nadda visited turn up at TMC office
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Farmers Nadda visited turn up at TMC office

The farmers from whose house BJP national president JP Nadda collected rice during his visit to Burdwan on Saturday turned up at the TMC party office on Sunday evening, after which TMC leaders claimed they (the farmers) were supporters of the ruling party in West Bengal. On Saturday, Nadda collected rice from the houses of five farmers – Nitai Mandal, Panchkari Mandal, Sanat Mandal, Uttam Mandal and Mathura Mandal. They are residents of Musthuli village in East Burdwan district. On Sunday evening, the five farmers were seen at the office of TMC MLA Rabindranath Chattopadhyay in Katwa. “These five families are TMC supporters for a long time. We will never give them money and ask them to work for our party. But J P Nadda went to their houses to seek votes. Today, they have co...
I will live, work and die for people: Mamata Banerjee | India News – Times of India
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I will live, work and die for people: Mamata Banerjee | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said, without naming anyone, that she will not allow the country to be divided, and will live, work and die for people. Speaking at the inauguration of the rest camp of Gangasagar pilgrims at Babughat area of Kolkata, she said that great leaders treat all people equally. Since Independence, the country faced many problems but the country has not been divided, said Banerjee who is also the Trinamool Congress supremo. "I will not allow the country to be broken up, to be divided. I will live, work and even die for the common people," she said. The country has seen many great leaders such as Swami Vivekananda, Netaji Subhas Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, Birsa Munda, Kaji Nazrul Islam, Babasaheb Ambedkar and Vallabhbhai Patel, she sa...
Like Trump, BJP doesn’t know how to accept defeat: Mamata
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Like Trump, BJP doesn’t know how to accept defeat: Mamata

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday lashed out at the BJP, calling it a “junk party” and equating it with outgoing US President Donald Trump. “The BJP is like Donald Trump. Are you not seeing Donald Trump, the way he is refusing to accept defeat? The BJP is exactly the same. The BJP will keep on saying it has won even after defeat. They are two sides of the same coin,” the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson said at a rally in Ranaghat in Nadia district. Drawing parallels between BJP workers and the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol last week, Banerjee said, “The day the BJP loses elections, its cadre and supporters will behave like that.” The chief minister tore into former TMC leaders now in the saffron camp, saying the BJP was a “junk party” and a “dustbin p...
Slamming Centre over protests and process, SC suggests stay on farm laws, panel for talks
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Slamming Centre over protests and process, SC suggests stay on farm laws, panel for talks

IN one of its rare outbursts against the Government in recent times, a Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief JusticeS A Bobde, questioned the process behind the enactment of the farm laws and expressed deep “disappointment” over the Centre’s handling of the farm protests. Scheduling its order for tomorrow, the court indicated that it could even stay the implementation of the new farm laws to ostensibly “facilitate” a solution. CJI Bobde minced few words: “We do not think the Centre is handling the issue correctly. We don’t think you are being effective.” Suggesting that the court would appoint a committee that “will tell us if the laws are in public interest,” CJI Bobde said: “We propose to form a committee and if the government does not, then we will stay the implementation...
Mamata asks PM to outline vaccine procurement roadmap
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Mamata asks PM to outline vaccine procurement roadmap

WEST BENGAL Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during a virtual meeting of CMs with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, asked what the “procurement roadmap” of Covid vaccine for the state governments would be. She was informed that a procurement policy would be firmed up at a later stage. She also requested the Centre to include transport workers in the category of frontline workers. The CM announced on Sunday that the state government was taking steps to arrange the vaccine for free for the entire population of the state. After the meeting, the Bengal government issued a press release that said that in the meeting, Banerjee asserted that the state was “fully prepared” for the vaccination drive. The release said, “The Honourable Chief Minister wondered whether adequate sci...
Staying the law: courts have been very cautious
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Staying the law: courts have been very cautious

HOW the Supreme Court operationalises its suggestion to stay the operation of the three farm laws and open fresh talks via a committee will be evident in its order Tuesday. However, a line of precedents shows that courts have been very cautious while passing interim orders to stay laws passed by the Legislature. “In matters involving the constitutionality of any legislation enacted by the legislature and rules, courts should be extremely loath to pass an interim order,” a two-judge Supreme Court bench had said in a 2013 ruling on the validity of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Regulation Act, 2003. “At the time of final adjudication, the court can strike down the statute if found ultra vires of the Constitution. However, operation of the statute cannot be stultif...
Bird flu triggers fresh fears, prices of chicken, eggs crash
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Bird flu triggers fresh fears, prices of chicken, eggs crash

Winter for the poultry industry is like summer for ice-cream makers. The winter months are when consumption of chicken and eggs peaks, with those rearing broiler and layer birds also realising better rates. But this time it is different, thanks to the outbreak of avian influenza, now confirmed in 10 states — Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, and Delhi. Since last Wednesday, when reports of deaths of birds from the disease started coming in, farmgate prices of broiler chicken have crashed from around Rs 82 to Rs 58 per kg in Maharashtra, Rs 94 to Rs 65 in Gujarat, and Rs 80 to Rs 70 in Tamil Nadu. Over the same period, egg prices have fallen from Rs 5.10 to Rs 4.20 per piece in Namakkal (Tamil Nad...
Farmers thank SC but draw line: no panel, no stay, only repeal
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Farmers thank SC but draw line: no panel, no stay, only repeal

While welcoming the Supreme Court’s outburst against the Centre, unions representing protesting farmers turned down the idea of a committee to resolve the issue and reiterated their demand for a repeal of the farm laws, not merely a stay on them. On Monday, the apex court indicated that it could stay the implementation of the new laws and proposed the setting up of a committee. Hours after the court proceedings, the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, a joint forum of farm unions, issued a statement that read, “…we informed (our lawyers) that we are unanimously not agreeable to go before any committee that may be appointed by the SC due to stubborn attitude of the government.” The statement also reiterated that “all the farmers’ organisations who are spearheading the fight against the fa...
India take it on the chest, in the ribs, for greatest of comebacks
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India take it on the chest, in the ribs, for greatest of comebacks

AFTER THE biggest loss in Adelaide and the grandest win in Melbourne, this Test series of extremes threw up the greatest draw in Sydney. In the end, India’s pride was left scarless despite a broken hand, a bruised elbow, a sore hamstring, and a few dents on the chest as they hung on to finish the final day at 334 for five, leaving the four-game series at 1-1, with one more Test to go. This was the longest fourth innings by India in 41 years, after the draw against England in 1979. On Monday, they batted 131 overs with four batsmen — Cheteshwar Pujara (77), Rishabh Pant (97), Hanuma Vihari (23 not out) and Ravi Ashwin (39 not out) — playing over 100 deliveries each. And although the Australians perspired to conjure a result in their favour, they were left cursing in the shad...
Kolkata International Film Festival: Soumitra in frames and on screens
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Kolkata International Film Festival: Soumitra in frames and on screens

An exhibition on the life and works of legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who died last November at the age of 85, is drawing his admirers and fans to the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). Titled “Soumitra Chatterjee — The Journey of a Legend”, the exhibition opened for the public on January 10 and will continue till January 15. The exhibition features several photographs of the actor from his six-decade-long career. A video collage of his film and stage performances is being screened on a giant LED screen for visitors. Costumes worn by Chatterjee in his famous plays have been put on display. Paintings by the actor have also been made available for public viewing for the first time. Chatterjee’s daughter Poulomi Basu said, “The organisers have taken...
India vs Australia: Pant had to shed 10 kgs, worked on off-side game in last 4 months | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs Australia: Pant had to shed 10 kgs, worked on off-side game in last 4 months | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rishabh Pant's onslaught on Nathan Lyon brought back memories of his first-class debut against Bengal at the Feroz Shah Kotla in 2015. On a fourth day pitch, a carefree and happy 18-year-old took apart a seasoned left-arm spinner in Pragyan Ojha who bowled with a long-off, long-on, a straightish deep mid-wicket and deep square-leg. He kept running down to Ojha and deposited him over the straight boundaries. "If I feel I can hit a certain delivery for a six, I will go for it irrespective of the number of fielders placed at the boundary," he had claimed days after that knock. The journey to regaining his innate carefree approach on Monday has been rough. He had to walk a path with a sword dangling over his neck and every shot being scrutinized. In September, India's batting coa...
Injured Jadeja ruled out of India’s fourth Test in Australia | Cricket News – Times of India
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Injured Jadeja ruled out of India’s fourth Test in Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane after injuring his thumb in the third Test in Sydney, the country's cricket board (BCCI) said on Monday. Jadeja suffered a blow to his left thumb and dislocated it when he was batting on the third day of the drawn Test, adding to India's long injury list. "He later went for scans and the results have shown that he has dislocated his thumb," the BCCI said in a statement. "The all-rounder will now consult a hand specialist in Sydney before he returns to India. He will then head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for further management of his injury." Middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari is also a doubt after he pulled his hamstring but continued to bat in the middle in or...
SC seeks reply from Punjab govt over UP’s plea for Mukhtar Ansari’s custody
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SC seeks reply from Punjab govt over UP’s plea for Mukhtar Ansari’s custody

The Supreme Court on Monday sought a reply from the Punjab government and also gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari on a plea filed by the Uttar Pradesh government seeking his custody in connection with the cases pending against him in the state. A Bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice M R Shah gave the Punjab government and Ansari two weeks time to respond. The court also sought a report of Ansari’s medical condition. Ansari was brought to Punjab from a jail in Uttar Pradesh on production warrant in early 2019 in connection with an extortion case filed in Mohali. Since then, Ansari has been lodged in the Ropar jail. In Uttar Pradesh, Ansari is a history-sheeter and has 38 cases of heinous crime lodged against him in the state. ...
Astrologer claiming political links dupes ex-HC judge of Rs 8 crore
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Astrologer claiming political links dupes ex-HC judge of Rs 8 crore

A self-styled astrologer, who claimed access to top political leaders, has been arrested by Bengaluru police crime branch for allegedly cheating a retired high court judge of over Rs 8 crore with the promise of a “high position” through his connections. Yuvaraj Ramadas, 52, who has a history of cheating cases, was arrested last month for allegedly duping retired judge Indrakala B S, 68. The arrest was based on a complaint filed by the former judge at the Wilson Garden police station alleging that Yuvaraj had cheated her between June 2018 and November 2019 of Rs 8.27 crore by promising her a “high position” in the country’s administration. Following the arrest, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said that an FIR was registered on the complaint that Yuvaraj “f...