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Day: January 15, 2021

$680 million project afoot to redevelop New Delhi station, Railways woos global investors
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$680 million project afoot to redevelop New Delhi station, Railways woos global investors

The work for the redevelopment of New Delhi railway station is in full swing with the Railway Land Development Authority organising virtual roadshows for global stakeholders to engage them in various aspects of the project. Infrastructure majors such as Adani, GMR, JKB Infra, France’s SNCF, Arabian Construction Company and Anchorage had taken part in the project’s pre-bid meeting held in September 2020. As per the estimate by Railways, the project is going to involve a $680 million investment and is slated to be completed in four years after the work is awarded. The roadshows are being held between January 14 and 19 and prospective investors and developers from various countries and cities such as Singapore, Australia, Dubai and Spain will be engaged in discussions about th...
Sara Ali Khan and Ananya Panday are smiles as they pose for selfies with Manish Malhotra at a party! – Times of India
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Sara Ali Khan and Ananya Panday are smiles as they pose for selfies with Manish Malhotra at a party! – Times of India

Sara Ali Khan and Ananya Panday are having a great weekend while partying together in Mumbai. Designer Manish Malhotra who is also at the party shared pictures on his Instagram as he posed with Ananya and Sara. The young starlets looked pretty as they were all smiles for the selfies. For the occasion, Sara wore a loose orange top with shorts while Ananya was in a white tank top and baggy denim with white shoes. Manish captioned the post, "#friday #fabulousness with @saraalikhan95 @ananyapanday 💞💞 #selfietime" Check out the photos here: On the work front, Sara will next feature in 'Atrangi Re' with Akshay Kumar and Dhanush. She recently shot for the film in Agra and Delhi with Akshay. On the other hand, Ananya will star in 'Fighter' co-starring Vijay Devarakonda and Shakun Batra's unt...
31,700 health workers to be inoculated today: UP Minister
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31,700 health workers to be inoculated today: UP Minister

UP Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh on Friday said 31,700 health workers would be administered Covid-19 vaccines on Saturday as the government begins its inoculation drive. The shots will be administered at 311 centres across the state’s 75 districts on the first day. The government has set up 1,500 such centres to vaccinate around nine lakh health workers in the first phase. Health officials said the state had received about 10.75 lakh vaccine doses. According to Jai Pratap Singh, 10.55 lakh of those are “Covishield” doses, while the rest are “Covaxin”. According to the guidelines, all government and non-government health workers will be vaccinated first. While nine lakh health workers are scheduled to receive the shots in the first three days, those who do not get it for ...
To avoid jams, Haryana farmers say will start for Delhi on Jan 20
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To avoid jams, Haryana farmers say will start for Delhi on Jan 20

To avoid long jams on roads, a large number of farmers plan to move to Delhi borders as early as January 20 to participate in the “tractor parade” planned for Republic Day. Farm outfit leaders estimate the participation of almost one lakh tractors from Haryana alone, with as many as 7,000 villages despatching several vehicles. The number of protesters at Delhi borders has been increasing over the past few days, with more tractors from Punjab and Haryana joining every day. “The number of those moving to Delhi borders daily has doubled now, ahead of the ‘tractor parade’,” said Suresh Koth, a farmer leader from Hisar, who has been camping at Singhu border for 50 days. “The big movement of tractors to Delhi borders from Haryana villages will start from January 23. We hope at le...
UP: In Phase 1, govt to build five industrial parks along expressways
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UP: In Phase 1, govt to build five industrial parks along expressways

The UP government has identified five spots for the development of industrial parks along the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, and the Bundelkhand Expressway and the Purvanchal Expressway that are under construction. The government has also decided to develop land banks along different expressways in the state, with sources saying on Friday that officials had been directed to create more land banks along the highways. In the first phase, the industrial parks will be built in Agra’s Buhana village, which is located at the intersection of the Yamuna Expressway and the Agra-Lucknow Expressway; Hargaon village in Firozabad along the Agra-Lucknow Expressway; and Mohabbatpur in Mainpuri district along the same highway. The other two places identified are Bara village in Barabanki, along ...
Comedian Munawar Faruqui stays in jail, co-accused include brother, friend, organiser
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Comedian Munawar Faruqui stays in jail, co-accused include brother, friend, organiser

The Indore police says it has no evidence regarding the allegations against Munawar Faruqui, and on Friday failed to produce a case diary before the Indore Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court at his bail hearing. Still, the case against the comedian, held for alleged objectionable remarks against Hindu deities, now has six youngsters behind bars for more than a fortnight. Of the six, one is the brother of the show’s organiser who was in the audience, another a friend of Faruqui’s who had nothing to do with the event, and a third whose only family is a minor brother running around for him now. An Indore Sessions Court has rejected all the bail petitions it has heard so far. After the adjournment Friday due to “non-availability” of police case diary, the High Court will ta...
NIA summons farm union leader for questioning, he says bid to derail protest
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NIA summons farm union leader for questioning, he says bid to derail protest

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned Baldev Singh Sirsa, the president of Lok Bhalai Insaf Welfare Society (LBIWS) which is one of the unions participating in talks with the Government over the new farm laws, in connection with a case registered against a leader of the outlawed outfit, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). Sirsa has been asked to appear at the NIA headquarters in New Delhi on January 17 for questioning in the case against SFJ’s Gurpatwant Singh Pannu for an alleged conspiracy to create an “atmosphere of fear and lawlessness and to cause disaffection in people and to incite them towards rising in rebellion against the Government of India”. On Friday, LBIWS was represented by Puran Singh in the ninth round of talks with the Government. Speaking to The Indi...
Delhi: Construction of new Parliament building begins
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Delhi: Construction of new Parliament building begins

The construction of the new Parliament building commenced Thursday, with labourers beginning excavation work, said officials. The new building is being constructed by Tata Projects Ltd and is estimated to cost Rs 971 crore. The construction is expected to be completed by 2022, in time for the 75th Independence Day. Earlier this week, a 14-member heritage panel gave its approval to the new Parliament building while also giving the go-ahead to the Central Vista redevelopment project. The Supreme Court had asked the Centre to seek prior approval from the panel and other relevant authorities before starting construction of the new building. A senior official from Tata Projects said that despite the delay in starting, they will complete the project on time. “A plan of action is ...
Kovind gives Rs 5 lakh, Governors & chief ministers too donate for Ram Temple
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Kovind gives Rs 5 lakh, Governors & chief ministers too donate for Ram Temple

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday donated Rs 5,00,100 for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, as the Ramjanmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust began a nationwide campaign to collect donations. “A delegation of four people had gone to receive the good wishes of the Hon’ble President. The President along with his family donated a cheque of five lakh and one hundred rupees for the construction of the temple. We are happy that this national movement for temple construction has begun with his hands,” VHP spokesperson Vinod Bansal said. The President’s office did not issue an official statement in this regard. VHP sources said the President made the donation in his personal capacity. The delegation that visited Kovind included former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minist...
On farmers, SC flagged no consultation, let it hear us on J&K: Omar Abdullah
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On farmers, SC flagged no consultation, let it hear us on J&K: Omar Abdullah

FORMER CHIEF Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and vice-president of J&K National Conference Omar Abdullah Friday said the Supreme Court needs to immediately step in to hear and decide the petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A on the lines of its recent intervention on the farm laws. “It is not like the Supreme Court is not working at all. We have seen the Supreme Court take cognizance of what is happening with the farmer protests and step into those. If the farmer protests can invite the attention of the Supreme Court and their observations can include words that ‘this did not seem to include any consultation’ … then there were no consultations with J&K before what happened on 5th of August, 2019. By that same yardstick of consultation, ...
Delhi: Contractor arrested for ‘abducting’ DGCA staff
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Delhi: Contractor arrested for ‘abducting’ DGCA staff

Delhi Police arrested a 24-year-old man and a taxi driver for allegedly abducting an official from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation office and snatching his phone and ID card. Police said the accused, Vaibhav Chaturvedi, a contractor, was allegedly angry after staffers of a plane did not allow him to use the washroom when the plane was landing. The taxi driver, Kuwar Singh (37), has told police that he simply followed Chaturvedi’s instructions as he thought the latter was a senior officer. On January 8, Chaturvedi went to the DGCA office to file a complaint. A senior police officer said, “He (Chaturvedi) told us that he found two-three officials in an inebriated state and had an altercation with them. He posed as a senior police officer and abducted a Junior Secret...
Form own group to discuss laws: Govt to farmer unions
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Form own group to discuss laws: Govt to farmer unions

Failing to make any headway in talks with farmer unions demanding the repeal of the new agriculture laws, the Centre suggested Friday that the unions constitute their own informal group which could list expectations and make a proposal that could be discussed. The unions, spearheading the protests at the gates of Delhi since November 26, said there was no point in forming an informal group when even now, only a few among them speak on behalf of the farmers during the talks.Leaders of the unions said they told the ministers — Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash — that “we are farmers, not your political rivals”. The unions also objected to the filing of FIRs against farmers particip...
Several beneficiaries surrender RUDA flats, many houses unsold
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Several beneficiaries surrender RUDA flats, many houses unsold

Chetankumar Kandoliya, a civil engineer, was allotted a home by the Rajkot Urban Development Authority (RUDA) in August 2020 but he surrendered it days later as he lost his job and could do little private practice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Altaf Jivarani, an autorickshaw driver, was overjoyed after proving lucky to land a one-bedroom-hall-kitchen (1BHK) flat being constructed by RUDA the same day but surrendered it later after he went without any earning for around three months and was left with no savings to pay for his dream home. Dipak Modi, a stationery wholesaler, dreamt of having his own flat after getting married but he, too, surrendered his 3BHK flat, after his business took a hit due to Covid. Kandoliya, Jivarani and Modi are among scores of home aspirants who ...
8-yr-old, man who tried to rescue him dead in Delhi market fire
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8-yr-old, man who tried to rescue him dead in Delhi market fire

Three people, including an eight-year-old and a bystander who tried to rescue him, died in a fire that broke out in a building at the furniture market in Kirti Nagar Thursday night. Delhi Fire Services chief Atul Garg said, “We got a call around 11 pm that a fire had broken out at a godown at the Kamala Nehru camp, where fires usually spread very quickly. Above the shop was a cluster of rooms with many tenants. The building had collapsed completely. Search operations for survivors went on till morning.” He said that the cause of the fire has not been determined so far. The victims were identified as Rohit (20), Sanjay (32) and Rajesh (8). Two of them were among the families which lived in the eight rooms above the shop at the furniture market. Rajesh’s mother Manorama (25),...
Mumbai Police cite WhatsApp chats between Arnab and ex-BARC chief
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Mumbai Police cite WhatsApp chats between Arnab and ex-BARC chief

A supplementary chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police on January 11 in the TRP scam case contains over 200 pages of purported WhatsApp conversations between Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami and then CEO of BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) Partho Dasgupta, who is now in custody, showing their alleged proximity, with Goswami more than once offering to mediate on Dasgupta’s behalf with the political leadership, including the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), and claiming at one point, “All ministers are with us”. In one of the chats, which go back to July 2017, ‘Dasgupta’ sends ‘Goswami’ exclusive TRP (Television Ratings Point) data. The police have alleged that Goswami paid Dasgupta money so as to show the highest TRPs in the news segment for the two Republic channels. While they ...
Delhi: 3 civil volunteers held for issuing fake Covid challans, pocketing cash
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Delhi: 3 civil volunteers held for issuing fake Covid challans, pocketing cash

Three civil defence volunteers have been arrested from North Avenue for allegedly issuing fake Covid-19 challans and obtaining penalty amounts in their Paytm accounts. DCP (New Delhi) Dr Eish Singhal said the accused — Sunny (19), Yashwant Rathi (21) and Lucky (20) — are posted in the office of SDM (New Delhi), Jamnagar House. “They used to issue fake Covid-19 challans to people visiting Talkatora Garden. The matter came to notice on December 31, when a Shakarpur resident was issued a fake challan by the accused,” he said. In his complaint, the victim said he was sitting in Talkatora Garden with a friend, when three civil defence volunteers allegedly fined them Rs 2,000 each for not wearing masks. As the complainant did not have Rs 4,000 cash, he paid them via Paytm, police...
‘Aise hi Covid khatam hoga’: Over 8,000 to get vaccine in capital today
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‘Aise hi Covid khatam hoga’: Over 8,000 to get vaccine in capital today

From nursing orderlies to top doctors, a total 8,100 healthcare workers who have for months fought the Covid-19 pandemic from the front in Delhi, will receive doses of the vaccine on Saturday, the first day of India’s mass inoculation drive. “Public ko dikhana hai, aise hi Covid khatam hoga (We have to show the public, this is how Covid-19 will end),” said 28-year-old Pavitra Chaturvedi, a nursing orderly at the capital’s Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital. Chaturvedi, who has been posted in the Covid ward of the Delhi government-run hospital since the beginning of the pandemic, was elated and emotional to be among those who will receive the first shots of the vaccine. “Last year was a critical time for all of us. Bhagwan se maangte hain ki aisa time fir kabhi na aaye. ...
Vaccination against Covid-19 begins in India: First shot at recovery today
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Vaccination against Covid-19 begins in India: First shot at recovery today

On Saturday, India begins the world’s largest immunisation exercise against Covid-19, which has so far infected more than a crore people and killed more than 1.5 lakh in the country. On Day 1, at 3,006 session sites, around 100 beneficiaries each from the 3 crore priority group comprising healthcare and frontline workers will be given the first shots of Covid-19 vaccines, after the rollout is launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Detailed backend preparations up to the block level have gone into the immunisation drive, taking into account both the experience from India’s Universal Immunisation Programme and the booth strategy during elections. A technical support team based in Delhi will operate 24X7 to address any issues related to the flagship Co-WIN platform, which w...