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To beat Internet ban, khaps turn to temple loudspeakers in Haryana
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To beat Internet ban, khaps turn to temple loudspeakers in Haryana

As Haryana government extended the mobile internet suspension in state’s 17 districts for another day “to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order”, the farmers protesting against the agri laws hit upon an ingenious idea to bypass the ban. They have decided to use temple loudspeakers to make their voice heard and make messages reach all the villagers. During a panchayat, leaders of 17 khaps of Jind district decided to form committees in each of the 306 villages in which they have influence to ensure quick reaction in case government makes any effort to forcibly remove protesters from dharna sites. The panchayat was held at Khatkar toll plaza on Jind-Patiala highway in which a large number of women too participated. The new strategy was formulated after the authorit...
When BTS singer Jimin revealed his favourite Bollywood movie – Times of India
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When BTS singer Jimin revealed his favourite Bollywood movie – Times of India

Looks like Bollywood rules millions of hearts worldwide, but when it rules the hearts of the Bangtan boys, it’s a different emotion. During one of the live sessions conducted by Jimin last year, he opened up about his love for Bollywood movies and revealed to watch ‘3 Idiots’. Jimin yesterday mentioned in his vlive that he watched '3 idiots'.AN- 3 idiots is very popular in Korea.#BTS… https://t.co/KBVvLPAkXQ— BANGTAN INDIA ⁷ (@BangtanINDIA) 1585295236000 Reportedly, the live chat session was hosted as compensation for the BTS Army after the boys had to cancel their US tour due to the Covid-19 pandemic pandemic. On the work front, BTS hasn't revealed its plans for this year. Fans are hopeful about a successful year for the boy band. During a recent live chat with the ARMY, B...
Bomb used military grade explosive; Israel envoy says probing with India
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Bomb used military grade explosive; Israel envoy says probing with India

A day after a low intensity explosion took place near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, Israel’s ambassador Ron Malka said Indian and Israeli agencies were working together “to find out what happened, who is standing behind this”. The Sunday Express has learned that investigators have found clues which point to a sophisticated attempt at launching a coordinated international attack with the aim of sending a message. Sources in the security establishment said preliminary forensic examination of the site and the bomb have revealed that the explosive used was PETN. A military grade explosive, PETN is not easily available and has been used in the past by groups such as Al Qaeda for making bombs. Investigators have also found remains of a “Hi-Watt” 9 volt battery “for transistor...
Five identified at Red Fort have criminal records in Punjab: probe
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Five identified at Red Fort have criminal records in Punjab: probe

Initial investigation by the Delhi Police into the vandalism at Red Fort by a section of farm protesters who veered off the designated route on Republic Day has indicated that at least five of those identified have criminal records in Punjab and were picked up by state police earlier, sources told The Sunday Express. Raids are on to arrest them, sources said. An estimated 1,000 people, on 30-40 tractors and around 150 motorcycles and cars, had forcibly entered Red Fort premises, where they chased and assaulted policemen, looted their anti-riot gear, held some hostage inside a public toilet and vandalised the ticket counter, according to an FIR based on a complaint by SHO (Kotwali) Rituraj. Sources said that after scanning footage from several CCTV cameras, police have ide...
Top Trump donor funded rally that preceded US Capitol riot: Report – Times of India
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Top Trump donor funded rally that preceded US Capitol riot: Report – Times of India

WASHINGTON: An heiress to the Publix Super Markets chain donated about $300,000 to fund a rally that preceded the deadly storming of the US Capitol this month by supporters of former President Donald Trump, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. The Journal said the funding from Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a prominent donor to Trump's 2020 campaign, was facilitated by far-right show host Alex Jones. It said her money paid for the lion's share of the roughly $500,000 rally at the Ellipse park where Trump spoke and urged his supporters to "to fight." More than 135 people have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as Congress met to certify Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the November election. Five people including a Capitol Police officer died. According to...
Rakesh Tikait video effect: Govt snaps internet at all three protest sites
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Rakesh Tikait video effect: Govt snaps internet at all three protest sites

SHORTLY after a video of a weeping Rakesh Tikait went viral on social media galvanising more farmers from Haryana and western UP to join the protests, the Ministry of Home Affairs Saturday extended the suspension of the internet in the capital’s border areas to include all protest sites: Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri and their adjoining localities. The ban, ostensibly to “maintain public safety and avert emergency,” will be until 11 pm on January 31. On January 26, internet services here had been suspended from 12 noon to midnight. Telecom service providers are bound by their licence agreements to comply with such government orders. The January 26 ban had been extended until January 27. Following this, the internet speed had been significantly reduced in these areas. But after th...
PM at all-party meet: Offer to pause farm laws still on table, Agri Minister just phone call away
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PM at all-party meet: Offer to pause farm laws still on table, Agri Minister just phone call away

WITH the Budget session of Parliament getting under way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday chaired an all-party meeting where he said the Government’s offer to keep the implementation of the three farm laws on hold for 18 months is still on the table. And that Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is just a phone call away for taking forward talks with protesting farmer unions. This assurance came after almost the entire Opposition, which had boycotted the President’s address yesterday, raised the farm protests issue. Many, including the Congress, demanded the repeal of the laws and a discussion in Parliament. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad flagged FIRs being filed against farm union leaders in connection with the Republic Day violence in Delhi...
Roads blocked but Ghazipur numbers swell, many show up with rations, water
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Roads blocked but Ghazipur numbers swell, many show up with rations, water

A day after they attended the Muzaffarnagar mahapanchayat to rally behind BKU leader Rakesh Tikait, hundreds of farmers from villages in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana showed up at the Ghazipur protest site Saturday — on tractors and trucks loaded with rations and water bottles. Subodh Kumar, a farmer from Khanjarpur who came to the Delhi-UP border with three friends, bought tarps and wires along the way and set up a tent near the flyover at the border. “We are here to stay. My wife and children are taking care of the farm now. She also wept when she saw Tikait weeping on TV. Police can’t arrest him, he didn’t do anything wrong. I have some vegetables and rice with me… I will cook or donate it at the langar. We will also help farmers with the seva by cleaning roads,” he said. ...
Chirag Paswan invited for NDA meet, skips citing ‘health’ after JD(U) protests
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Chirag Paswan invited for NDA meet, skips citing ‘health’ after JD(U) protests

PUTTING the ruling BJP in a spot, its Bihar ally Janata Dal (United) objected to its move to invite Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) to Saturday’s NDA meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sources said that on Friday, the BJP had to request LJP president Chirag Paswan, son of the late Ram Vilas Paswan, not to attend the meeting after JD(U) made it clear it would stay away if Paswan was present. On January 20, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi sent a letter to Paswan requesting him to attend the NDA meeting to discuss “important issues and business for the ensuing Budget session of the Parliament.” On Saturday, after he skipped the meeting, Paswan told The Sunday Express: “I could not attend the meeting due to my health. I was feeling unwell so I have kept mys...
Relief for SII as court rejects trademark-violation plea over ‘Covishield’ | India News – Times of India
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Relief for SII as court rejects trademark-violation plea over ‘Covishield’ | India News – Times of India

PUNE: A local court has rejected an application seeking injunction against the use of 'Covishield' as brandname by the vaccine-maker Serum Institute of India (SII), the company said on Saturday. SII is producing a coronavirus vaccine named Covishield, co-developed by the University of Oxford and British-Swedish company AstraZeneca. The Indian government has purchased 11 million doses of Covishield vaccine. While the court order was not available immediately, the lawyer of Cutis-Biotech, which had filed the suit, said it would file an appeal in the high court. On January 4, Cutis-Biotech, a pharmaceutical firm, filed a suit in the civil court claiming it was a prior user of the brandname Covishield, and sought to restrain SII from using the name. SII had told the court that the two compa...
POCSO verdict: SC collegium set to withhold promotion of Bombay HC judge
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POCSO verdict: SC collegium set to withhold promotion of Bombay HC judge

The Supreme Court Collegium is set to withdraw its recommendation to appoint additional judge of the Bombay High Court Justice Pushpa V Ganediwala as a permanent judge of the court after a close scrutiny of two of her recent verdicts for their controversial interpretation of sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) Act. Sources told The Sunday Express that the collegium is weighing its options to either send the judge back to the district judiciary from where she was elevated in February 2019 or extend her probation by a couple of years — and added that it is more likely to take the latter option. In the past, the Supreme Court’s unique in-house mechanism of appointing judges has made indirect interventions — from tacit request...
In bamboo clone crash barriers, a cost-effective road safety solution
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In bamboo clone crash barriers, a cost-effective road safety solution

What could be an inexpensive yet effective alternative to steel barriers to help reduce accident deaths on highways? Maybe bamboo and coir. Crash barriers made of Beema bamboo and coir are being developed as a low-cost solution as the Centre looks for innovative, newer ways to bring down fatalities and mishaps on roads. Experts from the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur, are working on the design using Beema bamboo — the local product of mainly Karnataka and adjoining areas. “We have recently given the task to VNIT to work on it. I want farmers to grow the Beema bamboo, and the road sector will use it. Right now they cost around Rs 4,000 per ton. There will be five feet fencing of the bamboo installed deep into concrete slabs and held together by...
Day after quitting TMC, ex-minister flies to Delhi with rebels to join BJP
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Day after quitting TMC, ex-minister flies to Delhi with rebels to join BJP

Intensifying the turf war between the ruling TMC and the BJP ahead of the assembly elections in West Bengal, former state minister Rajib Banerjee, who quit the TMC Friday, reached Delhi along with some rebel MLAs and leaders on a special flight Saturday. They met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and will be formally inducted into the party at a Howrah event Sunday. MLAs Prabir Ghosal and Baishali Dalmiya, former Howrah Mayor Rathin Chakraborty, former TMC MLA Parthasarathi Chattopadhyay and actor Rudranil Ghosh accompanied Banerjee to Delhi. BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is the party in-charge for West Bengal, confirmed the meeting of the leaders with Shah and said they would join the party Sunday. Earlier, before leaving for Delhi, Banerjee said: “After ...
Internet suspended at Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur: Disconnected
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Internet suspended at Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur: Disconnected

The Union Home Ministry’s decision to suspend internet at the three main protest sites at the capital’s borders — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur — has created several hurdles for protesting farmers, already suffering from a patchy network over the past few days. From connecting to their families, staying updated on the news or sharing videos and photos on social media about the protest, many aspects of their day-to-day life have been hit, they say. Singhu, epicentre of all Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) activities, had no mobile network on Saturday. Harinder from the SKM’s media team said that despite installing broadband internet in their room, information sharing was becoming a problem. “Earlier, volunteers here would do live streams and upload from different spots using their o...
BJP hand in Red Fort violence, claims AAP’s Sanjay Singh
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BJP hand in Red Fort violence, claims AAP’s Sanjay Singh

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh Saturday alleged that the storming of Red Fort during the kisan rally was a “planned event of BJP”, for which its leaders should be “booked for sedition”. Addressing a news conference, Singh also alleged that actor Deep Sidhu, who has been named in an FIR in connection with the Red Fort incident, is “close to the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and BJP MP Sunny Deol”. “I want to tell you with full responsibility that the Red Fort incident was done by BJP people. BJP agents and goons were behind the shameful incident…. They infiltrated certain routes and instigated violence. BJP leaders should be booked for sedition. We believe that BJP did this to malign the image of farmers. People who hold a very good relationship with the PM and the Ho...
Drop FIRs, scrap sedition law: journalist associations
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Drop FIRs, scrap sedition law: journalist associations

Several journalist associations came together on Saturday to hold a protest meeting over the FIRs filed against several journalists and editors, including under the charges of sedition, for their reporting and tweets about the death of a farmer during the tractor rally and violence on January 26. They demanded that the government scrap the sedition law, calling it anti-democratic. They passed a resolution, demanding that cases filed against journalists on January 28 and “in recent years”, be withdrawn, otherwise a campaign will be launched. The protest meet was organised by the Press Club of India, The Editors Guild of India, Press Association, the Indian Women’s Press Corps, the Delhi Union of Journalists, and Indian Journalists Union. Source link
Day after violence, farmers take matters into their own hands: ‘Can’t rely on police anymore’
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Day after violence, farmers take matters into their own hands: ‘Can’t rely on police anymore’

In the aftermath of violence at Singhu border, farmers have stepped up “internal security” — from increased vigils to checkpoints — to prevent any untoward incident and ensure “political agents” do not get a chance to incite violence again. A group of 200 men had got past three layers of security barricades on Friday, claimed that the farmers’ agitation had affected their livelihood, and damaged tents and shelters while clashing with farm protesters. Farmers alleged that the crowd had gathered at the behest of the BJP. Said Rupinder Singh, president, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, “We have created a security room near the main stage, 10 people are present there at all times. We are also monitoring the situation on the ground through volunteers. Fewer people are being allowed near t...
ISL: NorthEast United do a double against mighty Mumbai City with 2-1 victory | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: NorthEast United do a double against mighty Mumbai City with 2-1 victory | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: NorthEast United got the better of Mumbai City yet again, doing a double over the Islanders with a 2-1 win in the Hero Indian Super League here on Saturday. The win also ended Mumbai's chances of creating history with a record 13th straight unbeaten game. Interestingly, NorthEast is the only side who have managed to win against the might of the table-toppers. Interim coach Khalid Jamil also maintained his perfect run since taking charge of NorthEast and has now recorded his third straight win, taking his side back into the top four with 21 points. Deshorn Brown's first-half double was enough to see Mumbai off, despite Adam Le Fondre pulling back a late goal. There were a couple of changes for both teams. Mandar Rao Dessai returned to the starting XI for Mumbai while Jackichand...
EPL: Man City extend lead as Jesus goal sinks Sheffield United | Football News – Times of India
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EPL: Man City extend lead as Jesus goal sinks Sheffield United | Football News – Times of India

MANCHESTER: A ninth-minute goal from Brazilian Gabriel Jesus gave Manchester City a 1-0 win over bottom club Sheffield United on Saturday as Pep Guardiola's side extended their lead at the top of the table to four points. City have 44 points from 20 games with Manchester United, who are at Arsenal later on Saturday, on 40 points from the same number of games. City have now won 12 straight games in all competitions -- a club record run of victories. Jesus slotted home from close range after Ferran Torres took advantage of poor defending to wriggle free of two players and pick out his unmarked team mate. Sheffield United had arrived at the Etihad on the back off their shock 2-1 win at Old Trafford against Manchester United and delivered another solid and organised display. City had over 7...
From Bahadurgarh, hundreds set out to ‘stand guard’ at Singhu
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From Bahadurgarh, hundreds set out to ‘stand guard’ at Singhu

Written by Ananya Tiwari | Bahadurgarh, New Delhi | January 31, 2021 3:59:24 am Hundreds of men from Pakora Chowk in Bahadurgarh, part of the Tikri border protest, left for Singhu on directions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) to “protect” farmers there, a day after stone pelting and violence broke out when a group of 200 men entered the site. Hundreds of farmers from Haryana, meanwhile, made their way to the Tikri protest site in tractors on Saturday, saying they are joining “for the long haul”. On Friday, a group of people, claiming to be local residents, had gotten past three layers of security barricades to reach the protest site at Singhu border where violence broke out. Hardeep Singh (40) from ...