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Day: January 23, 2021

IIT grads, ex-Google execs ready to roll out ad-free search engine
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IIT grads, ex-Google execs ready to roll out ad-free search engine

“At scale, an ad-supported product serves the company that shows you ads, it does not serve you.” With this thought, Sridhar Ramaswamy and Vivek Raghunathan, IIT alumni and former Google executives, are ready to roll out Neeva, an ad-free, private search product, which, by the middle of this year, hopes to offer a customer-paid and customer-first alternative, at a time of growing concerns over the control wielded by tech megaliths. “The ad model has been great for bringing search to everyone on the planet, but over time there is more and more pressure to show more ads and not really what the user wants. Our thesis is that we can create a much better search product, focusing solely on what a customer needs,” says Ramaswamy, the CEO of Neeva, speaking on a video call from his...
Info security biggest challenge to national security: Army chief | India News – Times of India
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Info security biggest challenge to national security: Army chief | India News – Times of India

NAGPUR: Army chief General M M Naravane on Saturday said information security is the biggest challenge to national security in the present scenario "which can give a strong shock to the economy and can handicap government machinery also". In his virtual address on the topic of "India's National Security Scenario- Past, Present and Future" at a function organised by a college here in Maharashtra, General Naravane said national security was not limited to armed security only but is based on six other important foundations. Speaking about non-traditional threats to national security, General Naravane said, "Information security is the biggest challenge to national security in the present scenario". "Cyber warfare is one of the non-traditional threats. It is not the only threat to our infor...
A bridge in Bastar — why a district, security men are counting on it
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A bridge in Bastar — why a district, security men are counting on it

Chintavaagu, or the stream of worry, is an important line for the security forces in Chhattisgarh. One of several streams lying on a 44-odd-km axis between Pamed and Basaguda in Bijapur district, on the state’s southernmost edge — across a rugged terrain secured by around 2,000 security personnel, including the elite CoBRA unit — Chintavaagu controls access to the Maoist heartland of Bastar, particularly the home of dreaded Naxal commander Hidma. Three years after the security forces managed to reach Pamed, gradually laying an 11-km road between 2017 and 2019, they hope to finally finish the last 5-odd km to Chintavaagu, and build a bridge over it. The foundation was laid by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel earlier this month. Standing near the stream armed with an automatic r...
Indian, Chinese military commanders are back at the LAC talks table today
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Indian, Chinese military commanders are back at the LAC talks table today

More than two-and-a-half months after they last met, Indian and Chinese military commanders will sit across the table Sunday to try and make headway in talks over the situation along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh where thousands of troops have been in a faceoff since May 2020. XIV Corps commander Lt General PGK Menon and South Xinjiang Military Region commander Major General Liu Lin are to meet Sunday morning at the Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) point in Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC near Chushul. Sources said the meeting has been scheduled following word from China on a memo that India sent. With 50,000 troops of each army deployed in the region for an indefinite period and no dialogue at the senior level, the two sides have been working the hotlines and oth...
Du Plessis says bubble life is not sustainable for players | Cricket News – Times of India
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Du Plessis says bubble life is not sustainable for players | Cricket News – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: South African cricketer Faf du Plessis believes spending months in a bio-secure bubble could soon become a major challenge for players. "We understand that this is a very tough season and a tough challenge for a lot of people out there, but if it's back-to-back-to back bubble life, things would become a big challenge," du Plessis said during a virtual news conference on Saturday. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, cricketers have to adhere to strict procedures for an international series. In countries like Pakistan, international games are being played in empty stadiums and players' movement confined to just their hotel and stadiums. Du Plessis is one of those South African cricketers, along with captain Quinton de Kock, to have experienced life in a bubble over the last few mo...
Bengal CM pitches for four national capitals
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Bengal CM pitches for four national capitals

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday pitched for four national capitals, including Kolkata, on a rotation basis and Parliament sessions at “different places”. “I believe that India must have four rotating capitals. Why should Delhi decide all things? We should have four different capitals at the four corners of the country. And Parliament sessions should be held in different places in the country,” Banerjee told a gathering after a rally to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Kolkata. To buttress her point, she said Kolkata was the national capital under the British rule and said it should be declared the “National Capital of Bengal”. Banerjee attacked the Central government for its delay in declaring January 23 a nationa...
Farmers can enter Delhi for R-day tractor rally, to stay near borders
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Farmers can enter Delhi for R-day tractor rally, to stay near borders

Having failed to convince farmers to stay outside the borders of Delhi despite talks for the past week, the Delhi Police Saturday granted them permission to carry out a tractor parade on Republic Day inside the Capital, but with modifications in their planned route and on the condition that they will start only after the completion of the official parade on Rajpath. As per the agreement, the farmers will enter Delhi from all the three borders where thousands of them have been protesting for the past two months, but stay in the adjoining areas and not venture towards Central Delhi. Thousands of tractors are headed for Delhi from Punjab and Haryana to participate in the parade. Kulwant Singh Sandhu, general secretary of the Punjab Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, said. “Around 2.5-3 l...
In Biden team, a cousin of man held in J&K under PSA post-August 5
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In Biden team, a cousin of man held in J&K under PSA post-August 5

Sameera Fazili, one of the 20 Indian-Americans who will be part of the Joe Biden Administration, has a unique India connect: her cousin Mubeen Shah was among those held under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in the Valley clampdown coinciding with the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Shah’s mother and Fazili’s father are siblings, and the family had tapped into their Washington and Delhi connections to help secure his release. Fazili was picked by the new US President as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council (NEC), a policy body that is part of the White House. She had been a senior advisor in the NEC during the Obama Administration. Shah was released in December 2019, and his is a rare case in which the J&K administration withdrew the PSA. Fa...
Unease in Punjab BJP: ‘PM could solve row in a day if he wants’
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Unease in Punjab BJP: ‘PM could solve row in a day if he wants’

With no quick end in sight to the farmer agitation and talks with the government stalled, there is growing disquiet within the ranks of the Punjab BJP. Veteran leader and former BJP national vice-president Laxmi Kanta Chawla said Saturday that the agitation should not have been allowed to fester for so long, and that the Prime Minister could solve the situation “in a day” if he wanted. Many other party leaders expressed apprehension that the protests could take a violent turn, even as they dread the civic polls scheduled next month. Chawla said the farmers had “set an example for the world” by ensuring peace despite the protest going on for so long. “Kisan is not 100 per cent wrong and neither are the farm laws. (File) A former minister, Chawla, 78, told The Sunday Express...
In the pipeline: Flagship scheme to take tap water to all cities, towns
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In the pipeline: Flagship scheme to take tap water to all cities, towns

IN THE Budget, the Centre is likely to announce a new flagship programme — Jal Jeevan Mission-Urban (JJM-Urban) — to provide tap water connections to all statutory towns, and, separately, sewer connections to all cities with a population of over 1 lakh, by 2026. Government sources said the Expenditure Finance Committee approved the Rs 2,79,500-crore five-year programme on December 17, and the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has submitted the proposal to the Cabinet Secretariat. “There was a demand from states that cities not covered under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) should also be provided support for water and sewage,” a source told The Sunday Express. “More than 3,500 cities are not supported by any structured scheme… so the...
Looking to breach 90m-mark this year, Neeraj Chopra says he’s working on technique and strength part, not on covering javelin distance | More sports News – Times of India
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Looking to breach 90m-mark this year, Neeraj Chopra says he’s working on technique and strength part, not on covering javelin distance | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India’s star javelin thrower and a leading medal prospect at the Tokyo Games, Neeraj Chopra, has revealed that he’s been concentrating on improving his technique and footwork at the national camp in Odisha rather than focusing solely on covering distance as part of his Olympic preparations, even as the reigning CWG and Asiad gold medallist has set his eyes on breaching the coveted 90m-mark by the end of this year. Neeraj, in an exclusive interview with TOI on Saturday, informed about his tentative plans to travel to Finland, Germany or, may be, Antalya in Turkey in Summers to prepare for the Olympics. The 23-year-old athlete, who’s presently training at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, informed that he would look to return to the competition mode with the Indian Grand Prix...
At Netaji event, Mamata refuses to speak after slogans in PM’s presence
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At Netaji event, Mamata refuses to speak after slogans in PM’s presence

With West Bengal headed to assembly elections, rivals TMC and BJP sparred Saturday during celebrations in Kolkata to mark the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Her speech interrupted by BJP supporters who raised ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, sharing a dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Victoria Memorial, refused to speak, saying they had no right to “humiliate a person after extending an invitation”. Upset by the slogans, Banerjee told the gathering: “I feel a government programme should have some dignity. This is a government programme, not the programme of a political party… This is a public programme. I thank the Prime Minister and the Culture Ministry for organising the programme in Kolkata. But it doesn’t behove you to hu...
From talent spotters to coaches: All that went into making of India’s winning XI in Australia
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From talent spotters to coaches: All that went into making of India’s winning XI in Australia

Indian cricket’s tryst with history in Australia didn’t happen overnight. The Indian Express on all that went into the making of this Winning XI — from talent-spotters turning up at nets to coaches and selectors exchanging notes, parents and mentors to self-motivated players, some dreams, and a lot of foresight If need be, I will call Rahul. He will tell me what I need to know about these two.” Ravi Shastri was sitting on the long, wooden, beer-soaked bench of an 800-year-old pub carved into the rocks of Nottingham Castle, pondering over a selection dilemma. It was in the middle of the 2018 series in England, and Shastri wanted to know whether to pick Hanuma Vihari or Prithvi Shaw, two untested batsmen drafted into the Test squad. Dravid was then head coach of the India A a...
I was all ready, padded up, had taken injection as well: Jadeja | Cricket News – Times of India
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I was all ready, padded up, had taken injection as well: Jadeja | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Saturday said he was mentally prepared to bat for 10-15 overs despite a fractured thumb, having taken a painkiller injection during the drawn third Test against Australia at Sydney. Jadeja had sustained a thumb injury while batting in the first innings of the Sydney Test and was eventually ruled out for six weeks. He will miss the four-Test England series beginning on February 5. "I was all ready, padded up. Had taken the injection as well. I was just thinking that I would bat for 10-15 overs at least and mentally planning how the innings would pan out, which shots to play because it wasn't possible for me to play all kinds of shots with the pain from the fracture," he told Sports Today. "I was also calculating how to tackle the deliv...
Several injured as TMC and BJP workers clash in Howrah, six arrested
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Several injured as TMC and BJP workers clash in Howrah, six arrested

A day after Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) Bally MLA Baishali Dalmiya was expelled by the ruling party for criticising its leadership, BJP and TMC workers clashed in the area on Saturday morning. Several people were injured in the violence for which six people were arrested by the police. The BJP alleged that a party member was shot at, while some were beaten with rods and sticks. Crude bombs were also allegedly hurled during the street fight, triggering panic in the area. A few bikes and a police vehicle were vandalised, said police officials. “We have arrested six persons in connection with the violence. Policemen have been posted in the area to prevent any further flare-up,” said a senior police officer in Howrah. The BJP claimed that some of its workers were strolling in Lil...
In foreign policy reset, Biden to review Taliban deal – Times of India
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In foreign policy reset, Biden to review Taliban deal – Times of India

WASHINGTON: The Biden administration will review the Trump dispensation's "peace deal" with the Taliban to determine whether the insurgent group has reduced attacks in Afghanistan in keeping with its side of the agreement, the White House said on Friday. The announcement was among several steps that returned Washington to a traditionalist foreign policy stance and normal business, starting with a Biden phone call to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, both US neighbours and allies that had been lacerated during the Trump years. White House officials said President Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with his Afghan counterpart Hamdullah Mohib and "made clear the US' intention to review" the deal, specifically if Ta...
Seven more states to administer Covaxin from next week: Health ministry | India News – Times of India
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Seven more states to administer Covaxin from next week: Health ministry | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Seven more states will be administering the indigenously-developed Covaxin from next week, the health ministry said on Saturday. The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had earlier this month approved Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country, paving the way for a massive inoculation drive. Addressing a media briefing, additional secretary in the Union health ministry Manohar Agnani said that as on January 23, a total of 15,37,190 beneficiaries have been vaccinated for Covid-19 in 27,776 sessions. The inoculation drive was launched on January 16 with over three crore healthcare and frontline workers prioritised to get the jabs initially...
MP: Clashes at Cong farm protest; 110 detained
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MP: Clashes at Cong farm protest; 110 detained

More than 50 Congress workers and five policemen were injured in a clash which broke out during a protest march against the Centre’s new farm laws in Bhopal on Saturday, police said. Around 110 partymen, including former chief minister and Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh, were detained during the clash but were released later in the day, they added The march was part of a two-week programme of the state Congress to show support for the farmers camping at Delhi’s borders. Police said about 2,000 Congress workers were part of Tuesday’s protest. Aside from Singh, those detained included former state minister PC Sharma, MLA Jaivardhan Singh and Kunal Choudhary. A case was registered at TT Nagar police station under relevant IPC sections against several Congress workers for c...
Selfie booths to badges, hospitals go all in to boost vaccination numbers
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Selfie booths to badges, hospitals go all in to boost vaccination numbers

From selfie booths to special badges, hospitals in the city are going the extra mile to ensure more healthcare workers come forward to get the Covid vaccine. In Delhi, 25,762 healthcare workers have been administered the vaccine in five days, with 6,967 getting the shot on Saturday — while the turnout was slow on the first three days, it picked up pace on Thursday and Saturday after several hospitals allowed out-of-turn shots for healthcare workers. 24 people reported AEFI (adverse event following immunisation). Dr Ajeet Jain, nodal officer of Covid-19 at Delhi government’s Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, said the administration has been counselling healthcare workers daily to motivate them to come forward for the vaccination. The hospital, which is also the sole st...
‘Choose – I kill you or rape you’: abuse accusations surge in Ethiopia’s war – Times of India
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‘Choose – I kill you or rape you’: abuse accusations surge in Ethiopia’s war – Times of India

HAMDAYET (SUDAN) - The young coffee seller said she was split from family and friends by an Ethiopian soldier at the Tekeze river, taken down a path, and given a harrowing choice. "He said: 'Choose, either I kill you or rape you'," the 25-year-old told Reuters at the Hamdayet refugee camp in Sudan where she had fled from conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region. The doctor who treated her when she arrived at the camp in December, Tewadrous Tefera Limeuh, confirmed to Reuters that he provided pills to stop pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases, and guided her to a psychotherapist. "The soldier ... forced a gun on her and raped her," Limeuh, who was volunteering with the Sudanese Red Crescent, said the woman told him. "She asked him if he had a condom and he said 'why would I need a con...