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Environment society sends notice to Mohali admin for non-compliance of NGT orders
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Environment society sends notice to Mohali admin for non-compliance of NGT orders

A Mohali-based environment society issued a notice against the Mohali Administration for not complying the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for the past one year. The notice was issued against Commissioner of the Mohali civic body, Chief Engineer, Chief Administrator and GMADA, among others. The notice was issued under the sections 26 (1) and 28 (1) of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010. Earlier, the Environment Protection Society had moved the NGT against the Mohali district administration on the issue of de-concretisation and protection of trees in the district. The NGT had issued orders in favor of the environment society, directing the concerned authorities to remove concrete paver blocks and cement tiles around the trees and not install them around trees ...
At Tikri, tensions rise as protesters manage to reach stage, farmers say bid to instigate, won’t fall for trap
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At Tikri, tensions rise as protesters manage to reach stage, farmers say bid to instigate, won’t fall for trap

Around 100 protesters gathered in front of the Tikri border protest site on Friday demanding that the farmer protests end, with things becoming tense after they made their way to the main site from inside Tikri village. Among them was Dalbir Singh Mathur who, according to the outer Delhi BJP district president Bajrang Shukla, is his district general secretary. Chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Khali Karo’, the men, many of whom claimed to be from nearby villages in and around Tikri and Mundka, also carried placards that read: “Tirange ka apman nahi sahega Hindustan, Tikri border khali karo.” Mathur, whose social media profile also indicates his work with the BJP, said, “These people are desh virodhi. Tirange ka apmaan kar rahe hain, hum isliye aaye hain (t...
Rakesh Tikait call rallies not just farmers but students too
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Rakesh Tikait call rallies not just farmers but students too

Protesters at the Ghazipur border Friday appeared infused with fresh energy as they vowed to “pay back” for tears shed by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait. In the crowd were not just farmers but hundreds of students from colleges and universities in Western Uttar Pradesh, moved to arrive at the protest site by Tikait’s emotional appeal on Thursday night. Unlike the almost celebratory atmosphere at the Singhu protest site over the past two months — which too has become more sombre since the Republic Day violence — the crowd at Ghazipur on Friday was more on edge, seething at what they perceived as an insult to their leader. Calls and messages were sent out on Thursday asking those from Western UP to boost the crowd at the thinning protest at Ghazipur, which t...
Minor blast near Israel Embassy, note on spot suggests an Iranian ‘link’
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Minor blast near Israel Embassy, note on spot suggests an Iranian ‘link’

A crude bomb went off near the Embassy of Israel on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road in New Delhi on Friday evening, shattering the windscreens of three cars on the road, police said. No one was injured in the explosion, which took place on the 29th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Israel. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke to his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi soon after the incident and assured him of “fullest protection” to Israel’s mission and its diplomats in India. The bomb appeared to have been planted in a flower pot on the road divider, police said. A letter in an envelope addressed “to Israel Embassy ambassador” has been found at the spot, police sources said. The letter contains a threat, and describes the explosion ...
Day after in Ghazipur: as convoys roll in, protest gets fresh impetus
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Day after in Ghazipur: as convoys roll in, protest gets fresh impetus

NAKUL CHAUDHARY parked his tractor near the Ghazipur protest site’s main stage, whipped out a phone from his pocket and went live on Facebook: “Nand Kishor Gurjar, please pay us a visit today. We want to meet you since we couldn’t meet last evening. The youth of Baghpat are eager to talk to you.” Gurjar, BJP’s Loni MLA, had turned up at the protest site Thursday evening with a number of party workers and allegedly threatened the protesters, asking them to clear the area. And Nakul, a resident of Amrala village in Ghaziabad district, was struggling to control his anger. “Now I regret returning home after the Republic Day kisan march. This time, we are not going back. They will have to pay the price of hooliganism,” he said. That, in a nutshell, was Ghazipur Friday. Young, lo...
President: SC has put farm laws on hold, Govt to abide
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President: SC has put farm laws on hold, Govt to abide

Underlining that the government is “continuously making efforts to dispel the misunderstanding” over the new agriculture laws, at the centre of farmer protests that have rocked the Capital, President Ram Nath Kovind told Parliament Friday that the Supreme Court has stayed implementation of the laws for the present and the government “respects the decision of the apex court and shall abide by it”. Addressing the joint sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha at the start of the Budget session of Parliament — Opposition parties boycotted the address to show solidarity with farmers protesting against the new laws — President Kovind also referred to the storming of the Red Fort and vandalism on Republic Day. “My government has always respected freedom of expression and holding of p...
BJP chorus in west UP: Ghazipur mishandled, can boost movement
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BJP chorus in west UP: Ghazipur mishandled, can boost movement

The move by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh to get the farm protest site at Ghazipur vacated has the potential to revitalise the agitation against the Centre’s new agriculture laws after the violence at Red Fort during Republic Day appeared to have dented its credibility, according to the ruling party’s senior leaders in western UP and Haryana. Speaking to The Indian Express, the leaders, including several MPs, said that Thursday’s order from the Ghaziabad administration and the heavy police deployment to evict the protesters led by BKU leader Rakesh Tikait have inflamed the sentiments of farmers, especially those from the Jat community which carries significant political weight in western UP, Haryana and parts of Rajasthan. The massive crowd at the mahapanchayat in Muz...
Violence erupts first time in Singhu: cops watching, ‘locals’ target farmers
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Violence erupts first time in Singhu: cops watching, ‘locals’ target farmers

For the first time since November 26, when the sit-in started there, violence erupted at the farm protest site in Singhu. In full view of police who kept watching, an estimated group of 200 got past three layers of security barricades Friday, claimed that the farmers’ agitation had affected their livelihood, and damaged tents and shelters while clashing with farm protesters. The farmers alleged that they were attacked at the behest of the BJP to disrupt the protest against the Centre’s new farm laws. One of those in the group that reached the site said he was the husband of a BJP councillor from a village nearby. With both sides throwing stones at each other, Delhi Police later said that 44 people, including a 22-year-old man who allegedly attacked a sub-inspector with a sw...
Locals have no issue, stone pelters sent by BJP, claim unions
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Locals have no issue, stone pelters sent by BJP, claim unions

Farmer leaders protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws have called for a hunger strike from 9 am to 5 pm on January 30. “The Samyukta Kisan Morcha is overwhelmed by the love of the farmers reaching the Ghazipur border… A fast will be observed from 9am to 5pm at borders and protest sites across India tomorrow, on the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi ji, and the day will be marked as ‘Sadbhavana Diwas’,” said Darshan Pal, a farmer leader. With people claiming to be locals turning up at Singhu and Tikri protest sites and on Friday pelting stones at farmers, farm union leaders said locals have no issues with the protesters, and claimed these anti-farmer protests were being orchestrated by the BJP. They said that areas in the vicinity are in fact sending food to protest sit...
BJP against promotion of theatre: Bratya Basu
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BJP against promotion of theatre: Bratya Basu

State minister and theatre personality Bratya Basu tore into the BJP on Friday, accusing it of “not believing in the culture of theatre” and stopping all grants for its promotion across India, especially in West Bengal. Basu said the Opposition party, which is in power at the Centre, was essentially “anti-theatre” and views it with suspicion. At a press conference at the TMC headquarters here, Basu said, “The BJP can bring singers and filmstars from Mumbai, but no theatre personalities. It is against the promotion of theatre. It is trying to promote a different type of culture in the state. The theatre personalities will take to the streets to protest against this.” Several theatre personalities joined the ruling party on Friday. The minister pointed out theatre’s connecti...
Baroda beat Punjab by 25 runs to enter Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final | Cricket News – Times of India
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Baroda beat Punjab by 25 runs to enter Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Baroda rode on skipper Kedar Devdhar’s fighting 64 and bowlers' impressive show to beat Punjab by 25 runs and enter the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Friday. Baroda will now take on Tamil Nadu in the summit clash on Sunday. Put into bat at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Baroda posted a competitive 160 for 3 and then restricted Punjab to 135 for 8. Half centuries from skipper Devdhar (64 off 49 balls) and two-down Kartik Kakade (53 not out off 41 balls) laid the foundation for Baroda's total. Baroda lost opener Ninad Rathva (15) early as he was cleaned up by experienced pacer Siddharth Kaul (1/31). Then in-form Vishnu Solanki (12) and Devdhar joined hands and fetched 14 runs off the sixth over as Baroda ended the powerplay at 44 for 1. When it looked like the two would ta...
Maharashtra: Govt appoints music stalwarts on committee to design courses for proposed music university
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Maharashtra: Govt appoints music stalwarts on committee to design courses for proposed music university

Four months after state Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant announced a plan to set up the first government-run music college in Mumbai, to be named after legendary musician Deenanath Mangeshkar, the minister on Friday announced that a study committee has been appointed under the chairmanship of renowned music director Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar. The state government had announced its plan to set up the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar International Music University last year, on the 91st birthday of veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar, after whose father the music school will be named. On Friday, at a press conference held at the YB Chavan auditorium near Mantralaya, Samant announced the committee also includes singers Usha Mangeshkar and Adinath Mangeshkar and sta...
To assess equity, Economic Survey introduces a bare necessities index
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To assess equity, Economic Survey introduces a bare necessities index

Inequalities in access to bare necessities like drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and housing conditions continue to exist between urban and rural India despite “widespread” improvements in each of these aspects, the Economic Survey for 2020-21 has shown, using a newly constructed “Bare Necessities Index” (BNI). The BNI builds on the idea of Thalinomics in the Economic Survey for 2019-20, through which it had sought to examine the access to food in the country. The BNI summarises 26 indicators on five dimensions — water, sanitation, housing, micro-environment, and other facilities — and has been created for all states for 2012 and 2018 using NSO data. The index classifies areas on three levels of access — high, medium, low — to bare necessities. The Survey has underlined...
Bhim Army chief meets farmer leader Rakesh Tikait at Ghazipur, offers help to strengthen protest | India News – Times of India
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Bhim Army chief meets farmer leader Rakesh Tikait at Ghazipur, offers help to strengthen protest | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday met farmer leader Rakesh Tikait at Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border and said the Dalit group will provide all help to strengthen the agitation against the new farm laws. This comes a day after the Ghaziabad administration gave an ultimatum to the agitating farmers to vacate the UP Gate protest site in Ghazipur by Thursday night, even as farmer leader Rakesh Tikait remained adamant saying he would commit suicide but not end the stir Azad reached UP Gate around 6:30 PM with nearly 100 members of the Bhim Army. The Dalit leader said Tikait is the "pride of western Uttar Pradesh" and he would fight shoulder-to-shoulder with the farmer leader. "We stand firm with our farmers and will provide all help needed to strengthen thei...
From Alia Bhatt to Ananya Panday, here are some Bollywood actresses who impressed us in choicest of pinks – Times of India
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From Alia Bhatt to Ananya Panday, here are some Bollywood actresses who impressed us in choicest of pinks – Times of India

Pink is the kind of colour that will take the heat a notch up without letting affecting the playful cuteness and chirpy cheerfulness vibe. Oftentimes, it is regarded as a feminine colour that has the ability to complement all skin tones. Maybe that's one reason why we love taking some fashion inspiration from our Bollywood beauties who never fail to impress us all stepping out in pinks. Here are some that we absolutely love. - Alia Bhatt: This millennial sensation was spotted in a Burberry pink silk dress that featured doodles all over along with a necktie. She matched her outfit with pink pumps and let her hair alone with a subtle makeup look to complete the look. Her pink glossy lips and wind in her hair did all the magic for a glamorous photo for the 'gram! - Katrina Kaif: The stu...
Hold civic polls at the earliest: HC tells govt
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Hold civic polls at the earliest: HC tells govt

The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the state government to conduct municipal elections at the earliest. The court did not pass any order related to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) polls, observing that the matter is pending adjudication in the Supreme Court. The Mamata Banerjee government has said the polls could not be organised because of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic last year. “It is to be borne in mind that the term of the councillors of the municipal bodies in question has long expired, and that all steps should be taken to convene and hold the municipal election as early as it is feasible,” the court said. The order was passed by a Division Bench of justices Indraprasanna Mukhopadhyay and Mohammad Nizamuddin after hearing a PIL plea for imm...
Police stopped water tankers, removed langar at Singhu, says Chadha as Kejriwal speaks against cases on farmers
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Police stopped water tankers, removed langar at Singhu, says Chadha as Kejriwal speaks against cases on farmers

Delhi Jal Board Vice Chairman and Rajinder Nagar MLA Raghav Chadha Friday said the Delhi government was prevented from bringing water tankers for farmers in Singhu by the Delhi Police, and that the farmers were being “deprived of food, water, sanitation and clean toilets”. The AAP leader also said that the langar the government had set up was packed up by the police on the night of January 26, and that there was a clear distinction between “lumpen elements” at the Red Fort and farmers raising legitimate demands. This came on a day Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Rakesh ji, we are fully with farmers. Your demands are justified. Defaming farmers’ agitation, calling them anti-national, and filing false cases against farmers who are protesting peace...
Govt’s job complete, now over to party for election win: Mamata
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Govt’s job complete, now over to party for election win: Mamata

Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday called on party leaders, including MPs, to hit the campaign trail keeping in mind the Bengali culture and said it was now up to the party to ensure its victory in the upcoming Assembly polls. Addressing party leaders at a closed-door meeting at her residence here, she asked TMC’s core committee members and MPs to chalk out a campaign strategy. “The government has already done what it could do for the people. Now, the party has to ensure its victory in the election,” a TMC leader, who was part of the meeting, quoted Banerjee as saying. In an hour-long meeting, she directed TMC MPs to concentrate on the election instead of the Budget Session on February 1. Two MPs each in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha have been asked to...
A night at the protest site: How Ghazipur, facing ultimatum, came out of Singhu shadow overnight
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A night at the protest site: How Ghazipur, facing ultimatum, came out of Singhu shadow overnight

Since the initial days of the farm protests, Ghazipur had been a pale shadow of the largest protest at Singhu and another stir at Tikri, where the majority of farmers who came from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana had gathered. That changed on Thursday night. Under the shadow of heavy police deployment, the Ghazipur protest site grew overnight — hours after the Uttar Pradesh administration issued an official order to vacate the protest site, deploying more than a thousand policemen nearby. But scenes of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait breaking down in an address to the media, stating that the agitation would continue, threw a spanner in the administration’s plans. Soon after, phones at the protest site started buzzing, as volunteers and farmers began receiving cal...