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UP: FIR against Muslim man from Karnataka after teen goes missing
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UP: FIR against Muslim man from Karnataka after teen goes missing

Gorakhpur police has registered an FIR against a Muslim man from Karnataka for allegedly kidnapping a 19-year-old woman from the district and forcing her to convert. The FIR has been lodged under sections 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc) and 363 (kidnapping) of the IPC and under the new anti-conversion law in Uttar Pradesh. The FIR was registered a week after the woman’s father lodged a missing person report when she did not return from college. Police officers said one Mehboob has been named in the FIR on the basis of the woman’s call records and that they are not sure about the identity of the accused. A number in the call record was traced to Karnataka and a police team from Chiluatal police station in Gorakhpur has now left f...
Court extends Munawar Faruqui remand by two weeks
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Court extends Munawar Faruqui remand by two weeks

AFTER A Sessions Court rejected his bail plea, a Judicial Magistrate First Class on Wednesday extended the judicial custody of comedian Munawar Faruqui by two weeks. Faruqui has now been under arrest since January 1, and may stay behind bars till January 27. An application for bail is expected to come up for hearing at the High Court Friday. Faruqui, 28, was arrested along with four others for alleged objectionable remarks against Hindu deities and for “hurting religious sentiments” at a show in Indore, on a complaint by Eklavya Gaud, the son of BJP MLA Malini Gaud. The next day, Sadakat Khan was held when he came to meet Faruqui, a friend, in court. There is no video evidence of Faruqui having made the alleged remarks at the show. The bail applications have been rejected s...
CES 2021: TCL expands portfolio with new TVs, soundbar and smart home appliances – Times of India
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CES 2021: TCL expands portfolio with new TVs, soundbar and smart home appliances – Times of India

TCL Electronics introduced its latest TCL Mini-LED, QLED and 4K HDR TVs, audio, and home appliances at CES 2021 treadeshow. The launches are part of its its AIxIoT strategy. Premium mini-LED, QLED and 4K HDR TVsTCL unveiled three Mini-LED, QLED and 4K HDR TVs -- TCL 4K Mini-LED TV C825, TCL 4K QLED TV C725, TCL 4K HDR TV P725. SoundbarTCL TS8132 soundbar is a Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar using a 3.1.2 channel configuration with a maximum audio power of 350W. It has Chromecast built-in and also works with voice assistants including Google Assistant, Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa. Air conditionerTCL Ocarina can connect to a smart TV, phone and any compatible devices via the TCL Home App or Google Assistant. Users can activate and control their AC remotely, making it easy to turn it on and o...
Maharashtra: Among 484 medical facilities audited, 90% don’t have NOC from fire dept
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Maharashtra: Among 484 medical facilities audited, 90% don’t have NOC from fire dept

In an assessment carried out across 484 government hospitals and other medical facilities in Maharashtra after a fire in Bhandara district general hospital killed 10 newborns, officials have found that except for a small handful, none of these facilities possess a no objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department. More than 80 per cent had never been through a fire safety audit and less than half had conducted a mock fire drill in the past. In the last five years, Maharashtra has recorded 17 fire mishaps in government hospitals across 11 districts. This includes the latest incident in the sick newborn care unit of the Bhandara hospital on January 9, when 10 newborns – the oldest just a month old – died due to burn injuries and smoke inhalation. The ongoing assessment,...
Govt misleading country, Supreme Court on farms laws: Congress | India News – Times of India
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Govt misleading country, Supreme Court on farms laws: Congress | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday accused the government of misleading the country and the Supreme Court by claiming that pre-legislative consultations were held prior to the passage of the three farm laws and claimed this amounted to contempt of court. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi at a press conference alleged that the government changed its stand from "having no information" on pre-legislative consultations to suddenly claiming the laws were a result of two decades of deliberations. He said while the government has now claimed two-decades of consultations, in response to an RTI on the issue on December 22, 2020, it was stated that "this CPIO does not hold any record in this matter". "This is a serious example of the central government misleading the apex court and misrepr...
First rice, now wheat: India rides on global grain trade bandwagon
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First rice, now wheat: India rides on global grain trade bandwagon

After rice, India is set to turn a major exporter of wheat as well – thanks to surging international prices from Chinese stockpiling and ultra-low interest rate money increasingly finding its way into agri-commodity markets. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday upped its forecast of Indian wheat exports for 2020-21 (July-June) to 1.8 million tonnes (mt), as against its earlier estimate of one mt. That would be the highest ever in the last six years (see chart). The trebling of shipments this year is mainly on the back of rising global prices. Wheat future contracts for March delivery at the Chicago Board of Trade exchange are currently at $244.35 per tonne, 18.3% higher than the $206.59 a year ago. This opens up possibilities for Indian exports to nearby mark...
One protest, one venue, two dates: Cong’s communication gap comes to the fore again
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One protest, one venue, two dates: Cong’s communication gap comes to the fore again

In another indication of a communication gap within the Congress, the party ended up announcing two dates for staging protests against the Union government’s farm laws in Mumbai. While Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), headed by Balasaheb Thorat, issued a release on Tuesday evening announcing plans to ‘Gherao Raj Bhavan’ over the contentious farm laws and price rise on January 16, the party’s Mumbai unit – led by MLC Ashok (Bhai) Jagtap – issued another release declaring that the same protest will be held on January 15. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) had earlier issued instructions to all state units, asking them to organise simultaneous protests in this regard on January 15. Since the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) functions as an independe...
30-day notice period not mandatory under Special Marriage Act: Allahabad High Court
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30-day notice period not mandatory under Special Marriage Act: Allahabad High Court

In a judgment removing hindrances to inter-faith marriages, and likely to have a bearing on the set of laws enacted by BJP-ruled states including Uttar Pradesh that prohibit religious conversion for marriage, the Allahabad High Court has ruled that couples seeking to solemnise their marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 can choose not to publish the mandatory 30-day notice of their intention to marry. Section 5 of the Special Marriage Act, the legislation that allows solemnisation of marriages irrespective of the religion of the couple, requires parties to give a 30-day public notice of their intention to marry. The public notice is displayed at the office of the marriage officer, inviting potential objections to the marriage. In his order Tuesday, Justice Vivek Cha...
Maharashtra rural polls: Panchayat seats for sale, EC scraps 2 ‘auction elections’
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Maharashtra rural polls: Panchayat seats for sale, EC scraps 2 ‘auction elections’

In many pockets of Maharashtra, where elections to gram panchayats are scheduled to be held on January 15, democracy is up for sale — to the highest bidder. Complaints and videos of auctions for panchayat seats prompted the Election Commission on Wednesday to cancel elections to two gram panchayats — in Umrane village of Nashik and Kondamali of Nandurbar, where the auctions reportedly fetched Rs 2 crore and Rs 42 lakh respectively. The Indian Express visited three gram panchayats in Khed taluka of Pune district — Moi, Kuruli and Kude Budruk — and found that all the panchayat members had been elected unopposed. A gram panchayat usually has nine to 18 members, depending on the size and population of the villages. Also, in all three gram panchayats, the villagers admitted to w...
Make-in-India mega deal: 83 Tejas fighters cleared for Air Force
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Make-in-India mega deal: 83 Tejas fighters cleared for Air Force

Approving the largest indigenous defence procurement as part of measures to strengthen the armed forces amid a standoff with China on the Line of Actual Control and tensions with Pakistan over its terror infrastructure, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared Wednesday a deal worth nearly Rs 48,000 crore for the acquisition of 83 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft for the Indian Air Force. Designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency under the Department of Defence Research and Development, the Tejas Mk-1A multirole light fighters will be manufactured by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It will be an improvement over the Mk-1 version. The IAF acquired 40 of the earlier variant in two deals — 20 were Initial Operational Clearance standard aircraft (16 fig...
UK court rejects Vijay Mallya’s appeal to dismiss bankruptcy proceedings | India News – Times of India
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UK court rejects Vijay Mallya’s appeal to dismiss bankruptcy proceedings | India News – Times of India

LONDON: The UK High Court today refused an appeal by the fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to dismiss the bankruptcy petition brought by a consortium of banks. The banks are attempting to recover the debts owed by Mallya's now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines in lieu of the loans granted to the airline. In a major setback for the 65-year-old Mallya, Justice Birss of the Insolvency and Companies division of the UK High Court upheld an earlier ruling that the bankruptcy proceedings be halted in just the latest appeal by Mallya against the proceedings. The consortium of banks is led by the State Bank of India (SBI) and includes Bank of Baroda, Corporation Bank, Federal Bank Ltd, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, State Bank of Mysore, United Bank of India and other financial institutions that lent money t...
Court allows Sudha Bharadwaj access to five books a month
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Court allows Sudha Bharadwaj access to five books a month

The special NIA court on Tuesday allowed access to five books a month to law professor Sudha Bharadwaj, who is lodged in Byculla women’s jail in Mumbai in connection to the Elgaar Parishad case. Bharadwaj had filed a plea before the court last month stating that prison authorities were not permitting her access to books sent by her family or lawyers. “The superintendent shall carefully examine the books and if they contain objectionable material, which preaches violence, vulgar, obscene, pornographic or the material propagating the banned organisation namely Revolutionary Democratic Front or CPI (Maoist), in that case she shall not allow the applicant to accept such books,” the court said in its order. Source link
Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Azharuddeen smashes 37-ball century as Kerala beat Mumbai by 8 wickets | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Azharuddeen smashes 37-ball century as Kerala beat Mumbai by 8 wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Kerala rode on opener Mohammed Azharuddeen's whirlwind unbeaten 137 off 54 balls to beat Mumbai by 8 wickets as they comfortably chased a stiff target of 197 in just 15.5 overs in an evening Group E game in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Wednesday. Azharuddeen hammered nine fours and eleven sixes, and completed his 100 in 37 balls. He tore apart an experienced Mumbai attack at the Wankhede stadium and got able support from Robin Uthappa (33) and one-down Sanju Samson (22). 2 wins on the bounce for Kerala! 👏Mohammed Azharuddeen's breathtaking 1⃣3⃣7⃣* powers Kerala to an eight-wicket wi… https://t.co/TvG6MJp1uE— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) 1610558199000Put into bat, Mumbai posted 196/7 with valuable contributions from Aditya Tare (42), Yashasvi Jaiswal (40) and Suryakumar Yadav ...
Citing bird flu, Delhi civic bodies ban sale of chicken
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Citing bird flu, Delhi civic bodies ban sale of chicken

EVEN AS both the Centre and Delhi government have said that it is safe to consume “properly cooked poultry products” and “Avian Influenza is not transmitted through cooked food”, all three municipal corporations of Delhi on Wednesday ordered a ban on the sale and storage of “poultry, processed or packaged chicken meat”. While the written orders did not specify if sale of eggs was also banned, senior officials in the North and South MCDs said eggs were also prohibited. In addition, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation also ordered restaurants not to serve “poultry meat, poultry product and egg-based dishes”. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation, however, refrained from issuing any orders to restaurants. Asked about this, a senior offici...
Anand Teltumbde bail plea says he is critical of Maoist ideology
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Anand Teltumbde bail plea says he is critical of Maoist ideology

Former IIT professor and academic Anand Teltumbde, arrested in the Elgaar Parishad case, has said in his bail application filed before the court that he himself is critical of the Maoist ideology and being accused of being a member of the banned CPI (Maoist) is “wholly untrue”. Denying that he was a convener of the Elgaar Parishad event held in Pune in 2017, Teltumbde added that he did not participate in it due to the differences he had. Teltumbde was arrested on April 14, last year, after he surrendered before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Mumbai as per orders of the Supreme Court. The NIA filed a supplementary chargesheet against him and seven others last October alleging that he had been acting to further the Maoist agenda. Teltumbde, in his bail plea filed ...
Being nice to everybody isn’t foreign policy… have to make strategic choices: Fareed Zakaria
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Being nice to everybody isn’t foreign policy… have to make strategic choices: Fareed Zakaria

WHEN it comes to engaging with India, United States is an open door. “You (India) can push on that door and the answer will be yes, most probably. But what does India want? And in order for India to decide what it wants, it needs to have a strategic conception of its place in the world, its place in Asia, and it doesn’t right now,” said Fareed Zakaria, international affairs columnist, CNN news host and author, in response to a question on whether India has come to enjoy bipartisan support in the US as a strategic political ally. “Prime Minister Modi says his policy is multinational — I can’t remember the exact phrase he used — but, you know, I am going to be nice to everybody. But that is the opposite of having a foreign policy. Foreign policy is making choices. You have to...
Ajit Doval goes to Afghanistan, focus on terror
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Ajit Doval goes to Afghanistan, focus on terror

IN A trip that was kept under wraps before it got underway, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Wednesday visited Afghanistan for talks on strategic issues with the leadership in Kabul. The Afghan government said the conversations were about “synchronising efforts to combat terrorism and build peace”. This is the first visit by a senior Indian official after the Afghan political stakeholders and the Taliban started their reconciliation process last year. India attended the US-brokered peace pact signing in Doha in February last year. An Indian delegation also attended the inaugural ceremony of the intra-Afghan negotiations in September last year, while External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressed the gathering via video-conference. The Afghan National Security Counc...
Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya to sit out Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India
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Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya to sit out Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MADRID: Rafael Nadal will try to overtake Roger Federer's Grand Slam record without his coach Carlos Moya, who said on Wednesday he will not attend the Australian Open due to coronavirus travel restrictions. Nadal is aiming to clinch a 21st major title in Melbourne, which would put him ahead of Federer's 20 as the most successful men's player of all time. After speaking with Rafa,we have decided that I won’t travel to Australia with the team.I will follow the tournamen… https://t.co/RIIPavGr8v— Carlos Moya (@Charlymoya) 1610544672000But the world number two will be without Moya, who has been on Nadal's coaching team since 2016. "After speaking with Rafa, we have decided that I won't travel to Australia with the team," Moya announced. "My intention was to be with the team from the beginn...
Climate activist Greta Thunberg to feature on Swedish stamps – Times of India
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Climate activist Greta Thunberg to feature on Swedish stamps – Times of India

STOCKHOLM: Climate activist Greta Thunberg is to feature on a set of stamps issued by Sweden's postal service. She will join a hall of fame of Swedish personalities, from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Greta Garbo, who have been depicted on the country's postage stamps. The stamps go on sale from PostNord on Thursday and show Thunberg in her familiar yellow raincoat standing on a rocky coast looking out at a flock of birds. "We hope that, as a big company, we can shine a light on the very important climate question, with the help of a little stamp," said Kristina Olofsdotter, head of PostNord's stamp division. Several million of the stamps will be issued, Olofsdotter said, adding: "There will be a lot of Gretas flying around." Thunberg rose to global fame in 2018 after she began skipping school ...
Money laundering case: Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik ‘aide’ Amit Chandole planned to bribe MMRDA officials
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Money laundering case: Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik ‘aide’ Amit Chandole planned to bribe MMRDA officials

A money laundering probe into the alleged cheating of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) of Rs 175 crore by Topsgrup Services and Solutions Limited has found that Amit Chandole, an alleged close associate of Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, not only coordinated the contract with the authority for the security firm but later also planned to bribe MMRDA officials to clear some of the payments under the contract, as MMRDA had blacklisted Topsgrup due to non-payment of Goods and Services Tax (GST). Sources said the agency has found phone recordings of Chandole with M Sashidharan, former MD of Topsgrup, speaking of bribing MMRDA officials for releasing some pending payments and removing Topsgrup from the authority’s blacklist. Both Chandole and Sasidharan ...