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Day: January 28, 2021

Deployment up at Singhu, farmers stand ground
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Deployment up at Singhu, farmers stand ground

Police presence has been heightened at the Singhu border since Wednesday, with deployment doubled and more barricades in place. More than five companies of police and security personnel held a joint training exercise on Thursday while senior officers visited the site and spoke to personnel. This comes in the wake of violence during the tractor march in the capital on Republic Day. Said a senior police officer: “Farmers attacked our personnel two days ago. Some of the agitated protesters are still trying to protest near the barricades. We have to be ready. This is our law and order arrangement for this area. Hundreds of police personnel come here every day, we want them to be safe.” In the wake of FIRs and lookout notices being issued against union leaders and protesters, fa...
Govt trying to divide and intimidate farmers protesting against agri laws: Congress | India News – Times of India
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Govt trying to divide and intimidate farmers protesting against agri laws: Congress | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday alleged that the government is trying to divide and intimidate the farmers to break their protest against the three agri laws with former party chief Rahul Gandhi saying that it was time to "choose a side" and he was with the peaceful movement of the tillers. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra claimed that on Wednesday night, there was an attempt to finish the farmers' protest by force and on Thursday farmers were being threatened at Gazipur and Singhu borders. "This is against every rule of democracy. The Congress will stand by farmers in this struggle. Farmers are the country's interest. Those who want to break them are anti-national," she said in a tweet in Hindi. There should be strong action against violent elements, but those farmers who are pr...
Exemptions list in new tax regime may get longer
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Exemptions list in new tax regime may get longer

With an aim to incentivise the new optional income tax regime introduced in the last Budget, the government proposes to tweak the list of eligible rebates and exemptions to allow some more categories of financial savings instruments for taxpayers. The emerging view in the discussions in the run-up to the Union Budget is in favour of reducing the tax burden to push more demand by ensuring more disposable income. This is aimed to be done through tax proposals to incentivise the new tax regime rather than any major overhaul in the income tax slabs in the earlier regime, two officials involved in the exercise said. “The new income tax regime did not pick up the way it was anticipated. So there is a consideration to include more exemptions like provident fund in the new income t...
Pokémon Go game maker Niantic hiring in India to boost local growth – Times of India
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Pokémon Go game maker Niantic hiring in India to boost local growth – Times of India

Pokémon Go game maker Niantic is hiring for contractual positions in Mumbai and Hyderabad as it wants to expand its footprint in India. The software development company based in San Francisco is looking for “Local Growth Scout” as per a LinkedIn job post (first spotted by IGN India). It’s a junior level role and Niantic wants someone with over three years of experience in the mobile or gaming industry. It is needless to say that the role requires the candidate to be familiar with the Pokémon Go community. The job description posted by Alan Mandujano, Growth and Business Development Manager for Niantic Emerging Markets reads, “Niantic's Emerging Markets team is seeking a Local Growth Scout in India to work alongside Niantic's business leaders responsible for generating momentum and engag...
Conspiracy is hatched in secret, says court, dismisses Natasha bail plea
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Conspiracy is hatched in secret, says court, dismisses Natasha bail plea

A Delhi court Thursday dismissed the bail plea of Pinjra Tod member Natasha Narwal, booked under the UAPA in a Northeast Delhi riots case, and noted that “not having a video was not so vital as generally conspiracy, by its very nature, is hatched in secrecy”. Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat in his order said, “… not having videos of such a conspiracy was obvious rather than doubtful.” The court said that in a case of conspiracy, even the presence of an accused at a site was not sine qua non (essential condition) for establishing his or her role. “In the present case, the presence of accused is established over a period of time. Thus, on perusal of chargesheet and accompanying documents, for the limited purpose of bail, I am of the opinion that allegations against ac...
No bail for Munawar, HC points to evidence of ‘disparaging’ remarks
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No bail for Munawar, HC points to evidence of ‘disparaging’ remarks

The Madhya Pradesh High Court Thursday rejected the bail application of comedian Munawar Faruqui while observing that the evidence suggests he made “scurrilous, disparaging utterances… outraging religious feelings of a class of citizens of India with deliberate” intention “under the garb of stand-up comedy”. Faruqui was arrested in Indore on January 1 following a complaint by Eklavya Singh Gaur, the son of BJP MLA Malini Singh Gaur and convenor of local outfit Hindu Rakshak, that the comedian allegedly hurt Hindu religious sentiments during a comedy show at a popular cafe that day. The order was passed by a single-judge bench, of Justice Rohit Arya of the Indore bench of the High Court, which had reserved judgment Monday on the bail pleas of Mumbai-based Faruqui and co-accu...
Relatives of new AAP members can get tickets
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Relatives of new AAP members can get tickets

The AAP’s national council Thursday approved allowing more than one member from a family to contest polls on a party ticket, but only in the case of people who join the party now. Senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said the change will apply only to those who joined the party now. The council also ratified the leadership’s decision to contest polls in UP, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Gujarat. AAP members have also been barred to discuss issues related to the party and its leadership outside its forums. Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said the changes in the party’s constitution have been brought to help it expand smoothly. “Based on the experience of the last 9 years, we realised some clauses are creating practical ...
Japan Olympic chief writes to IOA, assures Tokyo Games will go ahead as scheduled | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Japan Olympic chief writes to IOA, assures Tokyo Games will go ahead as scheduled | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Japan's Olympic committee president, Yasuhiro Yamashita, has written to the presidents of all National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including Indian Olympic Association chief Narinder Batra, dismissing reports of the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics scheduled from July 23-August 8 this year, while reassuring the NOC members world over that the Games' Organising Committee (OC) will deliver a successful edition which will showcase an "unprecedented symbol of human solidarity." Yamashita said that the Tokyo OC is placing the athletes on top of everything while preparing meticulous and comprehensive countermeasures that reassures us as the host NOC. "Some of you (NOC members) may know that the State of Emergency has been once again declared in Japan on January 7th. I understand t...
Some goons shamed us, don’t use it to negate pain of farmers: Amarinder Singh
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Some goons shamed us, don’t use it to negate pain of farmers: Amarinder Singh

It would be unfortunate if the Centre uses the Red Fort incident as an “excuse” to close the door on farmers, said Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Thursday while strongly condemning the violence and calling for an independent probe to identify the “real culprits.” Excerpts from an interview to The Indian Express: Has the Red Fort incident on January 26 hurt the farmer protests? The incident was a shame on all of us, an insult to our nation. That the symbol of Independent India should be damaged and sullied in this manner is not something any proud Indian can sanctify. It is a disrespect also to our revered Nishan Sahib, which was used by some goons (they could not have been farmers) to undermine a peaceful protest. As a Punjabi, I feel insulted on behalf of my communi...
India push for self-reliance will boost global supply chains: PM Modi
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India push for self-reliance will boost global supply chains: PM Modi

India’s push to strengthen its economy and self-reliance during the pandemic will help in strengthening global supply chains, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Davos Dialogue virtually, Modi also pitched for multinational firms to participate in the $26-billion worth of Production Linked Incentive (PLI) schemes that the Government had announced after the Covid lockdown last year. “Even during the (pandemic), India had upheld economic activity by starting trillions of dollars worth of infrastructure projects (and) running special schemes for employment. At that time, we had stressed on saving every single life. Now, every single life has come together for the development of the country,” he said. “Now, India has taken an...
Suspend proposal to hike councillor funds, Delhi govt tells North MCD
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Suspend proposal to hike councillor funds, Delhi govt tells North MCD

The Delhi government has written to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to suspend its proposal to increase councilllor development funds from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 1.5 crore until the economic situation return to normal. The letter written by the Department of Urban Development (Directorate of Local Bodies) to the commissioner North MCD said, “At a time when the MP and MLA Development Funds have been suspended due to unprecedented economic crises being faced by the country because of Covid-19 pandemic, it is beyond imagination that such a proposal is being mooted by North MCD. Moreover, all three MCDs are not making payment of salary to staff on time taking the plea that they are facing financial crunch.” “Accordingly, the directions of Honourable minister, (UD) is hereby con...
Tense night in Ghazipur: police, farmers face off, protests swell
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Tense night in Ghazipur: police, farmers face off, protests swell

Tensions rose at Delhi’s Ghazipur border Thursday after the administration in neighbouring UP’s Ghaziabad district issued orders for protesting farmers to vacate the site by night. By evening, as police in anti-riot gear started spreading out at the site, the protesters camped there and their leaders, including BKU’s Rakesh Tikait, said they would not leave. Tikait also issued an emotional appeal on stage at the site where he said that the agitation would continue. As videos of the farm leader breaking down started doing the rounds, farmers in Haryana blocked the Chandigarh national highway near Kandela village of Jind district. Late Thursday, more farmers started arriving in Ghazipur even as several appeals were made by leaders in western UP asking others to join Friday. ...
Protesters attacked cops with swords, looted anti-riot gear: Red Fort FIR
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Protesters attacked cops with swords, looted anti-riot gear: Red Fort FIR

Close to 1,200 people on 30-40 tractors and around 150 motorcycles and cars allegedly stormed Red Fort, where they chased down and assaulted policemen, looted their anti-riot gear, held some of them hostage inside a public toilet and vandalised the ticket counter, according to an FIR filed in connection with the January 26 chaos at Red Fort. The FIR, one of the 33 registered in connection with the violence during the tractor march, also states that the protesters allegedly tried to snatch MP5 guns and SLRs from policemen, but only snatched 40 live cartridges. On Thursday, police said they were making a list of around 200 tractors along with their registration numbers. “We will find the owners with the help of the transport department and summon  them for questioning. We wi...
ETimes Papparazi Diaries: Kartik Aaryan buzzes around town; Khushi Kapoor hits the gym in style – Times of India
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ETimes Papparazi Diaries: Kartik Aaryan buzzes around town; Khushi Kapoor hits the gym in style – Times of India

It was just another busy day at the B'Town. Right from Dharmendra and Emraan Hashmi making rare appearances in the city to catching a sneaky glimpse of Hardik Pandya shooting for an ad, here’s how our cameras brought your favourite stars closer to you! Tiger Shroff We wonder what’s keeping Tiger Shroff busy, as we get to see him so less around the town. Hence, our day just got better when we saw Tiger Shroff at a dubbing studio in Juhu. Photo: Jayesh GhotkarDia Mirza On the other hand, Dia surely knows to look fresh as daisy always whenever our shutterbugs get capture her. The gorgeous lady was seen donning a free-flowing floral attire with elegance! Photo: Gaurav KolgeParineeti Chopra Well, we just caught hold of the other PC in town! Yess...Parineeti Chopra all decked up in white,...
21 communal violence cases withdrawn after Karnataka govt order
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21 communal violence cases withdrawn after Karnataka govt order

As many as 21 cases involving communal violence and violence in the course of cow protection were dropped by courts in Karnataka between October and December last year, based on an August 31, 2020 order by the BJP government. The beneficiaries were the BJP MP from Mysuru Prathap Simha, 206 members of Hindu groups, and 106 Muslims. The criminal cases were dropped ahead of a December 21, 2020 order of the Karnataka High Court, asking the state government not to stop prosecution of the cases. The order came on a petition filed by the human rights body People’s Union for Civil Liberties. “…No further steps shall be taken on the basis of the order dated 31st August 2020”, the High Court said in its December 21 order. However, court records for the 21 cases involving communal inc...
Injured Manoj Tiwary to miss Bengal camp | Cricket News – Times of India
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Injured Manoj Tiwary to miss Bengal camp | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Seasoned Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary will miss the side’s pre-season camp beginning in Kolkata from Friday due to an injury. The former Bengal skipper is nursing a knee injury that forced him to sit out for the time being. “I have a cartilage injury on my left knee from the beginning of the season that has aggravated. I have been advised to rest and will be back as soon as my rehab is complete,” Tiwary said. The middle-order batsman did not find runs in the recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 meet that saw Bengal being knocked out in the group stage. However, Bengal will hope for his speedy recovery as he remains the team’s mainstay in the upcoming other domestic matches. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) meanwhile named a list of probables who will attend a camp unde...
CM inaugurates heritage tours of BMC headquarters, to begin this weekend
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CM inaugurates heritage tours of BMC headquarters, to begin this weekend

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday inaugurated heritage tours of Mumbai’s iconic BMC headquarters. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), in collaboration with BMC, will begin the heritage tours this weekend. The MTDC will be responsible for booking the tours. Last week, the MTDC had appointed local tourism agency Khaki Tours to curate heritage tours of the BMC building. The tours, each of which is expected to last around an hour, will be conducted on the weekends. Thackeray, along with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Aaditya Thackeray, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar and BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal toured the headquarters on Thursday. The tour will begin from gate 2 of the municipal headquarters. The tour...
State ranks first among 18 in survey tracking criminal justice system
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State ranks first among 18 in survey tracking criminal justice system

Maharashtra was ranked topmost among 18 states for the second time in a row in a survey titled ‘India Justice Report’, which tracks the criminal justice system through police, prisons, judiciary and legal aid. For the report, an analysis was conducted of available budgets, vacancies in different departments, representation of women, members of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, among other parameters. Maharashtra scored an overall 5.77 points out of 10, marginally lower than last year’s 5.92. The state, however, retained the top rank ahead of Tamil Nadu and Telangana. The state ranked first in legal aid, improved from fifth last year, with being one of the states with the most number of settled cases and most number of women among lawyers on the legal aid panel. When it c...
Long list of countries to receive India’s gift of Covid vaccines | India News – Times of India
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Long list of countries to receive India’s gift of Covid vaccines | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India rolled out a long list of countries around the world who would be getting vaccines from New Delhi, some as grants and some as commercial exports. MEA announced over the next few days, India plans to gift 100000 vaccine doses to Oman, 500000 doses to Caricom countries, 200000 doses to Nicaragua and 200000 doses to the Pacific Island states. On Thursday, India gifted 100000 doses of vaccines to Bahrain, the first Gulf country to receive it from India. MEA spokesperson said, “We will continue to supply vaccines to partner countries over the coming weeks and months in a phased manner. Decisions on these supplies will, of course, be calibrated against the requirements of the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine at home.” This comes after India completed the first round of vaccin...
Sitabai Tadvi, activist at forefront of tribal and farmer protests, dies
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Sitabai Tadvi, activist at forefront of tribal and farmer protests, dies

Sitabai Tadvi, 56, who took part in the protests against the new farm laws at Shahjahanpur border died on Wednesday in Jaipur. A tribal and marginal farmer from Maharashtra’s tribal-dominated Nandurbar district, Tadvi was associated with Lok Sangharsh Morcha (LSM) for the past 25 years and was active in various protests for tribals and farmer rights. “She was in Delhi at Shahjahanpur border since January 16 and even took part in January 26 Republic Day parade by farmers. When I last spoke to her on Tuesday evening, she said she was fine. However, on Wednesday, she complained that she was feeling cold and things deteriorated suddenly. She died even as she was being moved to a hospital in Jaipur,” said Pratibha Shinde, leader of Lok Sangharsha Morcha. The LSM has worked for t...