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Day: January 18, 2021

NIA casts net wide: A writer, journalists, traders and activists
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NIA casts net wide: A writer, journalists, traders and activists

Among those summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a case of alleged terror funding by the pro-Khalistan organisation Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) are farmers, shopkeepers, activists, and journalists from Punjab and Haryana. The NIA, which is investigating multiple cases against SFJ, registered a fresh case against the proscribed organisation on December 15, 2020. The FIR said SFJ was sending foreign funds through NGOs to “pro-Khalistani” elements for “on-ground campaign and propaganda against Government of India”. All those summoned by the NIA in the case are united by their association, in some way or the other, with the farmers’ protest against the three farm laws at the borders of Delhi. The agency questioned five people on Monday, officials said. Among those...
Brexit carnage: shellfish trucks protest in London over export chaos
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Brexit carnage: shellfish trucks protest in London over export chaos

More than 20 shellfish trucks parked on roads near the British parliament and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street residence on Monday to protest against post-Brexit bureaucracy that has throttled exports to the European Union. Many fishermen have been unable to export to the EU since catch certificates, health checks and customs declarations were introduced at the start of this year, delaying their deliveries and prompting European buyers to reject them. Trucks with slogans such as “Brexit carnage” and “incompetent government destroying shellfish industry” parked metres from Johnson’s 10 Downing Street office in central London. Police were asking the lorry drivers for details.”We strongly feel the system could potentially collapse,” said Gary Hodgson, a director ...
Tamil Nadu shows way in reducing road deaths by nearly 54% in 4 years | India News – Times of India
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Tamil Nadu shows way in reducing road deaths by nearly 54% in 4 years | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Tamil Nadu has set an example among states by registering nearly 54% fall in road deaths per year in four years - from 15,855 fatalities in 2016 (till November) to 7,287 till the same month in 2020 - at a time when the Centre has set the target to reduce total fatalities in the country by 50% in the next nine years. Though the overall number of people killed in road crashes reduced significantly in 2020 due to Covid-induced lockdown, Tamil Nadu has been recording a continuous decline in fatalities since 2016. Now the road transport ministry and World Bank will propagate the TN model of identifying the exact cause of fatalities, ambulance reaching site within 13 minutes, rectifying crash spots and smooth coordination among various agencies, which others can adopt to check the ...
11 girls test positive for Covid at school in Junagadh
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11 girls test positive for Covid at school in Junagadh

AS MANY as 11 girl students of KA Vanpariya Vinay Mandir boarding school in Keshod town of Junagadh district tested positive for Covid-19 during a mass testing drive at the school, on Monday, even as authorities said that the school will remain open to rest of the students as per routine. The girls’ school had resumed classroom teaching on January 11, following the state government’s orders to open schools to physical attendance for students of classes 10 and 12. The school has a students’ hostel as well. “On January 11, only 50 students attended the school. However, the number increased to 122, including 72resident students, on Monday. So, trustees of our school thought it would be better to get every student and the 19 staff members tested for Covid-19. During the rapid a...
Pre-Matric scholarship scam: Jharkhand cracks down, key official suspended
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Pre-Matric scholarship scam: Jharkhand cracks down, key official suspended

STEPPING UP its crackdown, the Jharkhand government has suspended a key district welfare official in Dhanbad for not following due process and accepting applications without verification for the Centre’s pre-Matric scholarships for poor minority students. This is the first punitive step taken by the state against any of its officials after it launched a probe into the illegal diversion of the scholarship, by a nexus of middlemen, school authorities, banking correspondents and government staff, based on the findings of an investigation by The Indian Express. Separately, the Jharkhand State Co-operative Bank has frozen the accounts of two banking correspondents in Ranchi for their alleged involvement in the scam. Last week, the state government issued an order placing Dhanbad...
His father’s dream comes to life on the biggest stage of them all
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His father’s dream comes to life on the biggest stage of them all

AFTER THE handshakes and high-fives, Mohammed Siraj broke away from his ecstatic teammates and took a moment for himself. In the greatest moment of his young career, and his life, he missed his father Mohammed Ghouse, who had passed away just a few weeks before Siraj made his Test debut in Melbourne. An autorickshaw driver, Ghouse always managed to spare cash to fuel his son’s ambitious cricketing dream — even though that journey from Tolichowki in Hyderabad to the Indian Test team was uncharted and beyond his means. Today, Siraj is living that dream. And after Day 4 of the Test, when his maiden five-for in Test cricket played a major role in giving India an outside chance of chasing 328 or managing a draw to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the 26-year-old was hiding tea...
Mushtaq Ali T20: Tamil Nadu march into quarterfinals | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mushtaq Ali T20: Tamil Nadu march into quarterfinals | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu marched into the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 quarterfinals with an 8-wicket win over Bengal in their last league clash at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday. Opener N Jagadeesan’s (71 n.o., 6x4, 4x6) dream run continued as he notched up his fourth successive half-century in the tournament. Jagadeesan’s unfinished 110-run stand for the third wicket with skipper Dinesh Karthik (47 n.o., 7x4) helped TN chase down Bengal’s target of 164. The top performance from the hosts came from Kaif Ahmed who led the batting charts with an unbeaten 63. TN’s comprehensive victory helped them top the Group B table with 20 points from 5 games. The winning run continues! 👏👏The @DineshKarthik-led Tamil Nadu seal their fifth win in a row after beating Bengal… https://t.co/p34ohBp2go— BCCI Dome...
Dad backed Siraj, even when he’d miss exams, says brother | Cricket News – Times of India
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Dad backed Siraj, even when he’d miss exams, says brother | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mohammed Siraj and his elder brother Ismail are grateful to their late father because he wouldn't erupt in anger when exam results would reveal that the pace bowler was skipping them to play cricket matches. He would instead encourage him to play good cricket. "Siraj used to skip exams to play cricket. We never knew about it. When results would come, there used to be absent marked against his name. Then only we would find out that he had skipped exams and gone to play cricket. In fact, every time exams used to happen, he would skip them and go to play cricket - even at the intermediate level. He used to focus more on cricket than studies. That was his priority," recalls Mohammed Ismail, who was more inclined towards academics and went on to become an engineer in computer scie...
BS Chandrasekhar stable, to be shifted out of ICU | Cricket News – Times of India
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BS Chandrasekhar stable, to be shifted out of ICU | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Former India leg-spinner BS Chandrasekhar, who was admitted to hospital on Monday after complaining of fatigue and slurred speech, is stable. "He is stable and likely to be shifted from Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to ward shortly," said a spokesperson of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). The former leg-spinner was admitted to a private hospital. Earlier, his wife had said that he was recovering. "Chandra is recovering very well, and he will be back home in two days," his wife Sandhya Chandrasekhar Bhagwath stated in a release to the media. She added that Chandrasekhar was fine and was watching the Australia-India Test match when he suddenly complained of fatigue and slurring in speech. "So we took him to the hospital," she said. According to her, the 75-year-old compl...
SC: Intervention misunderstood, police must take tractor rally call
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SC: Intervention misunderstood, police must take tractor rally call

EVEN AS the Government postponed the tenth round of talks with protesting farmers by a day, the Supreme Court observed Monday that its intervention on the new farm laws has been “misunderstood”, and that the question of who should be allowed into Delhi to hold protests is a law and order issue that has to be handled by the police and not the court. As the Centre’s plea, seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor rally by farmers in Delhi on Republic Day, came up before the bench, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde remarked: “The question of entry into Delhi is a law and order situation that is to be determined by the police.” Later in the day, the Government said that the latest round of talks, which was scheduled to be held Tuesday, will now be held Wednesday. In a l...
Covid vaccines cross 3 lakh; 2 deaths but no link: Ministry
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Covid vaccines cross 3 lakh; 2 deaths but no link: Ministry

At the end of three days of a nationwide vaccination programme against Covid-19, the Union Health Ministry on Monday said that while no case of severe adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) can be attributed to the vaccines, two persons, who got their doses on January 16, reportedly died due to cardiopulmonary disease not linked to the vaccine. In the first of the two cases, Mahipal Singh, a 52-year-old who worked as a wardboy in a government hospital in Moradabad, died on Sunday, a day after he was vaccinated. “The post-mortem by a board of three doctors revealed death due to cardiopulmonary disease. There were pockets of pus in the lungs and an enlarged heart. The death is not related to the vaccination,” said Dr Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Hea...
Sushant Singh Rajput Coverage: Republic, Times Now ran vicious campaig coverage contemptuous, says Bombay HC
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Sushant Singh Rajput Coverage: Republic, Times Now ran vicious campaig coverage contemptuous, says Bombay HC

Ruling that “trial by media” of cases under investigation is an “interference with administration of criminal justice,” the Bombay High Court Monday said the reportage of Republic Television and Times Now in the Sushant Singh Rajput case was “prima facie contemptuous”, with both channels running a “vicious campaign” playing the roles of “the investigator, the prosecutor as well as the judge”. Ruling on PILs filed by former police officers from Maharashtra, as well as activists, lawyers and NGOs, seeking restraining orders against a “media trial” in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, the bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish S Kulkarni was scathing in its indictment. “In an attempt to out-smart each other (for reasons which we need not discuss here), the...
UP Law Student Arrested For Allegedly Putting Up Vulgar Post Against PM Modi, Yogi Adityanath
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UP Law Student Arrested For Allegedly Putting Up Vulgar Post Against PM Modi, Yogi Adityanath

A disciplinary committee has been constituted against the student. (Representational)Gorakhpur: A law student of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University has been arrested for allegedly putting up a vulgar post against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media, the police said.The student was arrested on Sunday after which the university authorities also suspended him from the institution."The youth was arrested and jailed on Sunday under Section 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc), 469 (whoever commits forgery, intending that the document or electronic record 1 forged shall harm the reputation of any party) IPC and also under Section 66 of IT Act (Puni...
Messi facing lengthy suspension for hitting opponent | Football News – Times of India
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Messi facing lengthy suspension for hitting opponent | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: After losing the Spanish Super Cup final, Barcelona is also in danger of losing Lionel Messi for an extended period after he hit an opponent toward the end of the match. Messi could be suspended for up to 12 games for the red card he received in the final minutes of his team's 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao in Seville on Sunday. After passing the ball out to the left flank, Messi swung his right arm toward the head of Athletic forward Asier Villalibre as they ran forward toward the box. Villalibre immediately fell to the ground and Messi was given his first red card in 753 appearances for Barcelona. Referee Gil Manzano said in his match report that Messi hit his opponent with "excessive force" while the ball was not near him. The Spanish soccer federation's competitions committee w...
China dubs Pompeo as ‘Mr. Liar’; dismisses US charge against Wuhan’s bio-lab as ‘conspiracy’ – Times of India
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China dubs Pompeo as ‘Mr. Liar’; dismisses US charge against Wuhan’s bio-lab as ‘conspiracy’ – Times of India

BEIJING: China on Monday vented out its anger against outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling him "Mr. Liar" and dismissed as "conspiracies and lies" the allegations by the State Department that the Covid-19 may have emerged from Wuhan's bio-lab and had links to the Chinese military. China, which faced global criticism after the virus became a pandemic claiming over two million lives, has been vehemently asserting that the coronavirus has emerged in several places in the world, while it only reported it first. But Beijing is more resentful of outgoing US President Donald Trump and Pompeo for alleging that the virus may have emerged from the premier Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which researches Zoonotic diseases. A latest document issued by the US State department reinfo...
Mumbai: City doctor suffers ‘adverse reaction’ after vaccine shot
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Mumbai: City doctor suffers ‘adverse reaction’ after vaccine shot

A city doctor was admitted in the intensive care unit of the V N Desai Hospital on Sunday after he suffered dizziness, lose motions, fever, dehydration and weakness following vaccination against Covid-19. Dr Jairaj Acharya, attached with the V N Desai Hospital, had taken his vaccine shot in the hospital itself on January 16 in the first round of immunisation rollout. VN Desai is one of the 10 designated centres for vaccination in Mumbai. Within 24 hours, Acharya suffered an adverse event, following immunisation. He complained of fever and dizziness and was rushed to the VN Desai Hospital, where he remains in ICU care. A source from the hospital said “he was quite unwell” when admitted. Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani said Acharya was admitted in the ICU as ...
BMC demolishes 40 chimneys emitting toxic fumes in south Mumbai areas, residents say action not enough
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BMC demolishes 40 chimneys emitting toxic fumes in south Mumbai areas, residents say action not enough

Since December last year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has demolished 40 chimneys, which had been emitting toxic fumes, from the smelting and gold polishing units located in Bhuleshwar, Kalbadevi and Zaveri Bazar areas in South Mumbai. Local residents, who have been spearheading a fight against gold polishing and melting units in the locality for nearly two decades, are, however, skeptical about the action taken by the civic body. “These units start their work after 6 pm and work through the night to escape the demolition action by the BMC. Even if we raise a complaint, the civic body team comes in only the following day. By that time, all the units are shut. Even if BMC staff demolishes the chimneys, these are back once the drive fizzles out. They need to d...
Gorakhpur: Woman says she willingly went with youth booked under anti-conversion law
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Gorakhpur: Woman says she willingly went with youth booked under anti-conversion law

A woman from Gorakhpur whose father had filed an abduction complaint against a 22-year-old Muslim man from Karnataka after she went away with him has told the police that she was not kidnapped or forced to change her religion. The 19-year-old woman and the youth from Karnataka, identified as Mehboob Chapparband, were brought back to the state on Sunday, days after the police registered a case against the 22-year-old under the anti-conversion law. He was accused of abducting the woman and forcing her to convert to Islam before marrying her. The police claimed to have found the two staying near the railway station in Karnataka’s Bijapur district. “The woman told the police that she had gone on her own to Karnataka in search of a job. She denied the allegation that she had be...