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Himanta: Cong electoral ‘tsunami’ can come only in Bangladesh, not in riverine Assam
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Himanta: Cong electoral ‘tsunami’ can come only in Bangladesh, not in riverine Assam

Responding to a recent comment by Assam Congress president Ripun Bora – that the ruling BJP will be swept away in the upcoming Assembly elections – state minister and BJP’s key leader in the Northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Tuesday said that an electoral “tsunami” by the Congress can occur only in Bangladesh. Sarma’s comments comes days after he said that the Congress can win 100 seats “only in Bangladesh”. On Monday, Bora had said that the BJP will be “swept away by the tsunami caused by the Congress and its allies”. In response, Sarma on Tuesday said, “Ripun Bora should know that tsunami comes in the sea. It does not come in a river. We (Assam) live on the banks of the Brahmaputra. Tsunami comes in a sea and Bangladesh is next to a sea. Therefore, Ripun Bora’s tsunami c...
Galaxy M02 specs:  Samsung launches Galaxy M02 smartphone with 5000mAh battery, 6.5-inch display; price starts at Rs 6,999 – Times of India
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Galaxy M02 specs: Samsung launches Galaxy M02 smartphone with 5000mAh battery, 6.5-inch display; price starts at Rs 6,999 – Times of India

Samsung Galaxy M02 expands the company’s entry-level smartphone lineup in India. The new Galaxy M-series device is “designed to cater to accelerating digital needs of consumers, be it work, play or content streaming,” claims Samsung. Samsung Galaxy M02 smartphone boasts of big battery and dual rear camera setup. Samsung Galaxy M02: Price and availabilitySamsung Galaxy M02 will be available in two variants -- 2GB + 32GB and 3GB + 32GB. The former is priced at Rs 6,999, while the latter costs Rs 7,499. The smartphone will be available in both online and offline retail stores including Amazon India website, Samung.com and other retail channels. As an introductory offer, consumers can avail a special discount of Rs 200 on Amazon.in for limited time. Samsung Galaxy M02: Specifications and fe...
Schools in Bengal to reopen on Feb 12
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Schools in Bengal to reopen on Feb 12

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday announced that students in classes 9 to 12 would be back in schools from February 12, almost 11 months after the schools were closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. Several other states have also announced the reopening of schools this month. The minister said the consent of parents would be mandatory for attending physical classes. However, he added that students’ attendance might not be compulsory. Chatterjee said school administrations would be scrutinised to see how effectively they implement the Standard Operating Procedure. Schools, which closed on March 16 last year, were being thoroughly sanitised at regular intervals, he added. The minister claimed that students and teachers were not at risk...
Allahabad HC to Sitapur admin: Do not go against principles of natural justice
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Allahabad HC to Sitapur admin: Do not go against principles of natural justice

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday instructed the Sitapur district administration to “be cautious” in proceedings in which people are asked to furnish bonds and sureties. The court told the administration that its “conduct should not be such which reflects arbitrariness and against the principles of natural justice”. On January 25, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) plea in which activist Arundhati Dhuru alleged that farmers who own tractors faced financial hardship after the district administration demanded “exorbitant personal bonds”, the High Court sought a response from Sitapur administration. According to the litigant, the district administration had demanded personal bonds ranging between Rs 50,000 and Rs 10 lakh, plus sureties, fro...
BJP appoints in-charges for poll-bound Assam, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry | India News – Times of India
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BJP appoints in-charges for poll-bound Assam, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Tuesday appointed Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, G Kishan Reddy and Pralhad Joshi its assembly election in-charges for Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively, the party said on Tuesday. Arjun Ram Meghwal has been appointed in-charge for the assembly polls in Puducherry, the party added. Union ministers Jitendra Singh and V K Singh will be co-incharges for the assembly polls in Assam and Tamil Nadu respectively, the statement added. Karnataka deputy chief minister C N Ashwathnarayan and Rajeev Chandrasekhar will be co-incharges for Kerala and Puducherry polls respectively, the BJP said. Assembly polls are slated in these states in April-May. Source link
Illegal coal mining: CBI team and ECL officials inspect south Bengal mines
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Illegal coal mining: CBI team and ECL officials inspect south Bengal mines

A special 30-member team led by Central Bureau of Investigation’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Akhilesh Singh and Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL) officials jointly inspected coal mines in south Bengal on Tuesday in connection with an ongoing probe into illegal coal mining in the Bengal and Jharkhand border areas. The team inspected mines in Raniganj, Jamuria and Asansol, said sources. They said the team was trying to gather information about how coal was illegally smuggled all these years. According to sources, with the help of experts, the team calculated the amount of coal illegally extracted in Jamuria. It is suspected that some influential people, including ECL officials, were on the payroll of the racketeers, the sources added. A CBI Anti-Corruption Bureau team led b...
Alexei Navalny: Russian court sentences Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to three and half years in jail | World News – Times of India
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Alexei Navalny: Russian court sentences Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to three and half years in jail | World News – Times of India

MOSCOW: A Russian court sentenced Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to three and a half years in jail on Tuesday after ruling he had violated the terms of his parole, but said that his prison term would be shortened for time he had served earlier under house arrest. Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critics, was arrested at the Russian border on Jan. 17 after returning from Germany where he had been recovering from being poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent. Navalny's allies called on their supporters to immediately protest against the ruling in central Moscow. Navalny's lawyer said the opposition politician would appeal against the ruling. Source link
India is ‘toughest challenge’ for a wicket-keeper: Matt Prior | Cricket News – Times of India
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India is ‘toughest challenge’ for a wicket-keeper: Matt Prior | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Ahead of the four-match Test series, former England cricketer Matt Prior has said playing in India and that too in the longest format of the game can be mentally draining for the wicket-keepers. India and England are set to lock horns in four Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is. The first two games of the Test series will be played in Chennai before the cricketers move to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth Test. Prior, who is a former wicket-keeper batsman, said the players need to prepare for the tough tour in a "very humid" environment. "Playing Test cricket in India is about attrition. From a wicket keeping perspective, in the first over of the day, with Jimmy Anderson bowling in the high-80s [mph/140kph], I was standing literally four yards back. It's obviously very hot and ve...
Metal spikes on road, barricades hit farmers’ access to water, toilets
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Metal spikes on road, barricades hit farmers’ access to water, toilets

From toilets to water to sanitation — farmers at the three protest sites at Delhi’s borders are feeling the squeeze with police stepping up barricading over the past few days. All three sites have seen the addition of more barricades and cement slabs since the January 26 violence. Concertina wires have been used to cover vast stretches, and at Tikri and Ghazipur, police have also put metal spikes on the roads leading to the protest sites. At Singhu, which has emerged as the largest protest site over the last two months, the barricading has cut off access for farmers to roughly 100 portable toilets. A few metres from the toilets, police are now erecting a tent for a makeshift kitchen. Harbhajan Singh from Gurdaspur, who has been at the protest for over a month, said the bloc...
Amarinder cites Op Blue Star, threat from Pak to call for early resolution to farmers’ agitation
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Amarinder cites Op Blue Star, threat from Pak to call for early resolution to farmers’ agitation

PRESSING for a speedy resolution of the farmers’ agitation, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh invoked the state’s troubled past to remind an all-party meeting here Tuesday that prolonged negotiations that time too over a list of demands led to Operation Blue Star in 1984, the Centre’s military action in the Golden Temple. “Underlining the need for early resolution of the crisis,” said a government statement after the meeting, “the Chief Minister warned and said the threat from Pakistan could not be undermined… We have to work to resolve this issue before things go out of hand, he said, adding that he knew how many drones, arms and ammunition were being smuggled into the state from across the border.” Recalling how, soon after two-month negotiations on an earlier Punjab ...
Bail for Mandeep Punia, court points to 7-hour delay in FIR
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Bail for Mandeep Punia, court points to 7-hour delay in FIR

POINTING TO the nearly seven-hour delay in registering an FIR, and ruling out any possibility of the accused influencing the complainant, victims and witnesses in the case since they are all policemen, a Delhi court granted bail to freelance journalist Mandeep Punia who was picked up from the farm protest site at the Singhu border on Saturday. Punia, 25, was accused of allegedly obstructing police from doing their duty and causing injuries to their personnel at the site. Granting bail on a bond of Rs 25,000, the order Tuesday stated that it is “a well settled legal principle of law that ‘bail is a rule and jail is an exception’”, and that further judicial custody in this case “would not serve any cogent purpose”. In his order, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Rohini court) Sa...
Facing protests, Lanka scraps India port deal, offers another project
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Facing protests, Lanka scraps India port deal, offers another project

IN A SETBACK for India, the Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka, which is facing the threat of nationwide agitations against port privatisation, has cancelled an agreement signed by the previous regime in 2019 for India and Japan to develop the strategic East Container Terminal (ECT) at Colombo port with Adani Group as an investor. In a reconciliatory move, Sri Lanka has offered India another undertaking to develop the West Container Terminal (WCT) at the same facility on a Public Private Partnership model along with Japan. However, official sources in the Sri Lankan government acknowledged that India is not keen on an alternate arrangement and views the decision as “unilateral”. The Indian High Commission in Colombo has called on “all sides” to “abide by the existing underst...
Ram temple: Rajasthan frees land for sandstone mining
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Ram temple: Rajasthan frees land for sandstone mining

The standing committee of the Rajasthan wildlife board, headed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, cleared a proposal last Friday to shift Bharatpur’s Bandh Baretha wildlife sanctuary “southwestward” to exclude three forest blocks “damaged irreparably” by “rampant mining”. This loss of 7 sq km will be compensated by adding 198 sq km of territorial forest to the sanctuary. The boundary reorganisation will allow mining of the unique pink Bansi Paharpur sandstone named after the area — it has been in demand for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The mining department, it is learned, has been advised to apply for fresh leases to mine these blocks once the reorganisation is completed. Although on paper no mining was allowed after 2016, illegal operations continued and th...
Five months to frame CAA rules, no NRC plan for now: Government to House
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Five months to frame CAA rules, no NRC plan for now: Government to House

Delayed for over a year, the rules for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) may take five more months to be framed, the government told Parliament on Tuesday. The Ministry of Home Affairs told the Lok Sabha that the rules were still being framed, and an extension had been approved by the Committees on Subordinate Legislation for both Houses of Parliament. While the Lok Sabha committee has granted the government time till April 9, the Rajya Sabha panel has extended the deadline till July 9, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in reply to a question on when the rules would be framed. Notified on December 12, 2019, the Act had come into force on January 10, 2020. The government also clarified in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday that no decision has been taken on a nationwide...
ISL: Bengaluru FC revive play-off hopes with win over East Bengal | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: Bengaluru FC revive play-off hopes with win over East Bengal | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: Bengaluru FC snapped a winless streak of eight matches with a clinical display to beat SC East Bengal 2-0 in the Indian Super League on Tuesday. Both strikes for Bengaluru came in the first half through Cleiton Silva (12') and a Debjit Majumder own goal (45'), sealing their fourth win of the season to jump to the 6th spot on the points table. Bengaluru went into the break with a comfortable two-goal cushion and looked livelier than their opponents. The possession stats were in favour of SCEB in the opening half but they lacked efficiency in the final third, failing to register a single shot on target. HustleEnergyResilience One-of-a-kindWatch @chetrisunil11's brilliant performance from #SCEBBFC here 📺… https://t.co/CIURBEgDTm— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) 1612285117000SC...
Janhvi Kapoor channels love for India in her latest post; shares stunning pictures – Times of India
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Janhvi Kapoor channels love for India in her latest post; shares stunning pictures – Times of India

Professing her love for India, Bollywood actor Janhvi Kapoor treated fans with her happy pictures from a fort on Tuesday. Kapoor posted multiple photos on her Instagram and shared about the affection for her motherland. In the series of pictures shared by the 23-year-old star, she is seen roaming in a fort and adoring its heritage. With the post that garnered more than two lakh likes within a few hours, the actor said that she has ventured to the far corners of the world, however, it is India that takes her leap with euphoria. The photos see Kapoor sporting a cozy chic winter style where she donned a pullover with grey-blue warm trousers. She completed her look by accessorizing it with reflective sunglasses and teaming the outfit with a bright blue woollen muffler and mustard colou...
It’s exciting to play WTC final as it adds context to Test cricket: Kane Williamson | Cricket News – Times of India
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It’s exciting to play WTC final as it adds context to Test cricket: Kane Williamson | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is excited to play in the inaugural World Test Championship final as the tournament has added context to the traditional format of the game. New Zealand, led by one of the finest batsmen in modern times, have qualified for the final with 70 percentage points after Australia decided to indefinitely postpone their away series against South Africa in the wake of a fresh surge of COVID-19 cases there. "It's exciting to play in the final of the first (World) Test Championship. Adding the Test Championship has added context to Test cricket and it has been a really interesting move," Williamson, who has been in sublime form during all of New Zealand's home series wins, told Youtube channel 'Sports Today'. "I think we have seen that more so in rece...
Capt. Tom Moore, UK veteran who walked for NHS, dies at 100 – Times of India
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Capt. Tom Moore, UK veteran who walked for NHS, dies at 100 – Times of India

LONDON: Capt. Tom Moore, the World War II veteran who walked into the hearts of a nation in lockdown as he shuffled up and down his garden to raise money for healthcare workers has died after testing positive for Covid-19. He was 100. His family announced his death on Twitter, posting a picture of him behind his walker in a happy moment, ready for an adventure. "The last year of our father's life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he'd only ever dreamed of," the family's statement said. "Whilst he'd been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever." Captain Tom, as he became known in newspaper headlines and TV interviews, set out to raise 1,000 pounds for Britai...
Maharashtra govt issues guidelines for foreign tours by officials
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Maharashtra govt issues guidelines for foreign tours by officials

THE CASH-STRAPPED Maharashtra government has issued fresh guidelines for the foreign travels of bureaucrats and officials asking them to avoid unnecessary travels and limiting their travels in a year. The General Administration Department (GAD) led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray issued the guidelines on Monday for IAS officers and state officials for their foreign tours. The guidelines say that the officials will be permitted to make three foreign travels with a maximum of 15 days in a year. The guidelines also say that the officials should check whether the information to be obtained from foreign tours can be obtained through other means. The proposals of foreign tours that are beneficial to the state government or that can’t be avoided should be taken up for considera...
Weight loss story: “I start my meal with a til ka laddu and try out different grains and millets in main course”  | The Times of India
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Weight loss story: “I start my meal with a til ka laddu and try out different grains and millets in main course” | The Times of India

I follow intermittent fasting of at least 14:10 or 15:9 on a regular basis. I have my first meal around 10 am and my last meal around 7 am. I also make sure I have a lot of seasonal, regional and traditional recipes, eat a little less than I am hungry (80%). I also keep sipping on a lot of warm water throughout the day.My breakfast: Stewed Apples (I have a glass of warm water soon after waking up)My lunch: All my meals are traditionally prepared at home and adhere to the Ayurvedic principles of nutrition and weight loss. So, I would start my meals by having a til ka laddoo (sesame seeds laddoo) and then proceed to have a wholesome meal of dal, subzi and chapati. I always alternate between different seasonal grains, millets and vegetables. Pearl millet is my current favourite.My dinner: ...