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Rajasthan: Cong wins 48 of 90 urban local bodies
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Rajasthan: Cong wins 48 of 90 urban local bodies

Riding on support from Independent candidates, the Congress formed a Board in 48 out of the 90 urban local bodies (ULBs) across 20 districts in Rajasthan. The BJP had to stay content with 37 Chairpersons. On January 31, in the results declared for 3,034 out of 3,035 wards, the Congress won 1,197 wards while BJP won 1,141 wards, followed by Independents on 633 wards. The Congress had a clear majority in 19 ULBs, and BJP had a majority in about two dozen ULBs. By Sunday, however, the Congress managed to win 48 while BJP won 37. Apart from them, NCP and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party won one ULB. Congress state president Govind Singh Dotasra said, “The elections to 90 ULBs in the state have shown good results. Out of a total of 90, 50 have been formed by Congress and with the supp...
Biden says US won’t lift sanctions to bring Iran to talks – Times of India
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Biden says US won’t lift sanctions to bring Iran to talks – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden said he won't lift sanctions against Iran as long as the Islamic republic is not adhering to its nuclear deal commitments. Asked whether he would halt sanctions to convince Iran to return to the bargaining table, Biden offered a clear reply in a CBS interview aired Sunday: "No." The journalist then asked if the Iranians would first have to stop enriching uranium, which drew an affirmative nod from Biden. The 2015 landmark deal has been hanging by a thread since Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from it in 2018 and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Tehran a year later suspended its compliance with most key nuclear commitments to the deal. The Biden administration has expressed willingness to return to the deal, but insisted that Tehran first resume full c...
Exclusive! Adah Sharma reminisces her ‘pleasant and peaceful’ shooting days as she celebrates 7 Years of ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ – Times of India
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Exclusive! Adah Sharma reminisces her ‘pleasant and peaceful’ shooting days as she celebrates 7 Years of ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ – Times of India

7 years ago, Bollywood introduced us to three unique characters Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra), Meeta ({Parineeti Chopra) and Karishma (Adah Sharma) who allowed us to enter into their lives with a beautifully crafted film 'Hasee Toh Phasee’. Directed by Vinyl Mathew, the movie was a fresh take on romantic comedy with an unconventional storyline about life, love and relationships. As the movie clocks 7 years today, ETimes got in touch with Adah Sharma who took a trip down the memory lane to share her fond memories associated with the film. How did you come on board with the film ? I did acting auditions : 6 to 7 rounds in a span of 3 months...got shortlisted... I was in the final 20 then 10 then 5 to finally 2 and then I did a couple of eyebrow look tests because my eyebrows are very dense...
NTPC hydel project may be all but gone in Uttarakhand glacier burst | India News – Times of India
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NTPC hydel project may be all but gone in Uttarakhand glacier burst | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: State-run NTPC’s 520-MW Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project on Dhauliganga river in Uttarakhand may be all but gone in Sunday’s flash flood in Rishiganaga river triggered by a glacier burst in the state’s Chamoli district. Preliminary reports said the flash flood has washed away the dam and office, accounting for about 60% of the completed construction work. Initial estimates put the cost of the dam and the office at Rs 450 crore. Company executives said chairman Gurdeep Singh left for the project site with a team of executives to co-ordinate rescue and relief operations with government agencies and take stock of the damage. The executives said about 70% of the project work had been completed. The reports suggest at least 60-70% of the construction may have been lost. This is the...
Like mother, like daughter: Family of record holders aims higher and higher
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Like mother, like daughter: Family of record holders aims higher and higher

To 15-year-old high jumper Pavana Nagaraj, stadiums are second home. Since the time she was four, she has accompanied her parents, both former national-level athletes, to top track-and-field meets around the country, and has seen them break records. On Saturday, the 5-foot 8-inch teenager continued the family tradition, rewriting the under-16 national high jump record at the junior nationals in Guwahati by clearing the bar at 1.73 metres. Back in 2012, Pavana’s mother Sahana Kumari had jumped 1.92 m, a record that no Indian woman has broken till date. Her father B G Nagaraj has been an acclaimed sprinter — he was crowned the fastest man in India in 2010, when he won the 100 m sprint at the inter-state meet. His best has been 10.50 seconds, recorded at the Asian Games trials...
Ensure democracy norms: US Congress members tell India
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Ensure democracy norms: US Congress members tell India

For the first time since the farmers’ protests began late last year, top US Congress members in the India Caucus have asked the Indian government to ensure that norms of democracy are maintained and the protesters are allowed to demonstrate peacefully with access to the Internet. US Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman, Co-Chair of the Congressional India Caucus, said that he convened a meeting with his Republican Co-Chair, Congressman Steve Chabot, and Vice-Chair Congressman Ro Khanna to speak with India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, regarding farmers’ demonstrations in India. This was the first meeting of the India Caucus, the largest country-specific caucus in the US House of Representatives, on the issue. “I urged the Indian government to make sure t...
Farmer suicide at Tikri border: Note blames govt
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Farmer suicide at Tikri border: Note blames govt

WITH THE farmers’ agitation against the Centre’s new agriculture laws in its third month with no sign of a solution, a 52-year-old farmer from Haryana’s Jind, who was among protesters at the Tikri border to Delhi, was found dead near his tent early Sunday morning. Police said they suspect it to be a case of suicide. According to police, Karambeer Singh was found hanging from a tree in a park, a few metres from the tent that he shared along with eight others from his district. Police have recovered a purported handwritten suicide note in which Karambeer criticised the Government for the delay in addressing the farmers’ demands. “There are no indications of foul play in the investigation so far,” said Inspector Sunil Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO) of the Bahadurgarh City ...
Uttarakhand: In terrain dotted with hydro projects, flood hits several
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Uttarakhand: In terrain dotted with hydro projects, flood hits several

At least two under-construction hydro power projects in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district were severely impacted by Sunday’s flash flood, with fatalities reported among personnel deployed at these sites. Several other projects on the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi river basins in northwestern Uttarakhand have also been impacted by the flood. Seven bodies had been recovered by late evening, and over 150 workers were reported missing. Around a dozen workers at the two sites on the upper reaches of the Dhauliganga river had been rescued. The flooding, which occurred in the vicinity of Joshimath, swept away the barrage used to divert water at NTPC Ltd’s under-construction 520 MW-capacity Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower project on the Dhauliganga, it is learnt. A 30,000-cumec (cubic metre...
TMC reacts to Modi’s barb, tells him to show ‘Mamta’ to farmers | India News – Times of India
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TMC reacts to Modi’s barb, tells him to show ‘Mamta’ to farmers | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: The ruling TMC in West Bengal on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his hard-hitting comments against chief minister Mamata Banerjee and urged him to soften his stand on the ongoing stir against farm laws and show some "Mamta" (compassion) towards agitating farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a scathing attack during the day at the TMC government, saying it has "criminalised politics, institutionalised corruption and politicised the police" and said the people of the state expected 'Mamta' from Mamata Banerjee but got 'nirmamta' (cruelty) instead in the last ten years. Reacting to Modi's barb, senior TMC MP and spokesperson Saugata Roy said the people of Bengal would show the BJP "Red card during the elections". "Instead of blaming Chief Minister Mamata Bane...
Glacial lake burst or avalanche? Scientists to leave for Uttarakhand disaster site today
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Glacial lake burst or avalanche? Scientists to leave for Uttarakhand disaster site today

A glacial lake burst, a cloud burst or an avalanche, the impact of climate change or “development” — scientists are not sure what triggered the sudden surge of water near Chamoli in Uttarakhand Sunday morning that briefly raised fears of a repeat of the 2013 disaster in the state. By evening, the prospect of largescale flooding and destruction had receded. And, as scientists prepared to travel to the site in the high mountains north of Chamoli to ascertain the cause of the incident, the scenario being most talked about was what glaciologists like to call a GLOF, or glacial lake outburst flood. It is a reference to flooding caused downstream due to a breach in a glacial lake. Retreating glaciers, like several in the Himalayas, usually result in the formation of lakes at th...
International conspiracy to defame India, PM alleges in Bengal, Assam
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International conspiracy to defame India, PM alleges in Bengal, Assam

In two speeches in election-bound Assam and West Bengal on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged there was an “international conspiracy” to “defame India and spoil its image”, and that these conspirators were targeting tea garden workers and denigrating yoga. “You would have seen in the news, the kind of international conspiracies that are coming to light these days. Ab toh iss baat ki planning ki ja rahi hai ki kaise Bharat ko badnaam karna hai, kaise Bharat ki chhavi ko bigaadna hai,” the Prime Minister said at a meeting of party workers in Haldia in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district. “…Bharat ko badnaam karne ke liye wo chai se judi Bharat ki pehchaan par hamla karne ki baat kar rahe hain. Tea workers ki kadi mehnat par hamla karne ka shadyantra kiya ja raha...
Biden says Xi doesn’t have a ‘democratic bone in his body’ – Times of India
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Biden says Xi doesn’t have a ‘democratic bone in his body’ – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden anticipates the US rivalry with China will take the form of "extreme competition" rather than conflict between the two world powers. Biden said in an excerpt of a CBS interview aired Sunday that he has not spoken with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping since he became US president. "He's very tough. He doesn't have -- and I don't mean it as a criticism, just the reality -- he doesn't have a democratic, small D, bone in his body," Biden said. "I've said to him all along, that we need not have a conflict. But there's going to be extreme competition," Biden said. "I'm not going to do it the way (Donald) Trump did. We're going to focus on international rules of the road." China is considered in Washington as the United States' number one strategic adversary, and ...
Now, Kolkata can apply online for birth certificate
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Now, Kolkata can apply online for birth certificate

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has launched an online system for the application of birth certificates at http://birthcertificate.kmcgov.in. “People will now be able to apply for birth certificates online. They can also submit the documents online. The certificates can be collected physically from KMC. Hospitals and nursing homes can also log in and enlist a child’s birth records in the new system,” KMC Board of Administrators chairperson Firhad Hakim said on Sunday. Officials said this would not only ease the birth certification process for the residents of Kolkata but also for those living in other cities. In the previous system, there was no online option, making it necessary for people to visit the civic body’s offices to submit documents and apply for the cert...
Modi should have cancelled meetings after Uttarakhand flood news: TMC
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Modi should have cancelled meetings after Uttarakhand flood news: TMC

The Trinamool Congress on Sunday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not cancelling his scheduled programmes in West Bengal following news of the Uttarakhand flood in which over a hundred people are reported missing and at least 50 are feared dead. “After this incident, the prime minister should have cancelled the pre-scheduled programmes. He only talked about the West Bengal government. Nothing said about country and the burning issues. We have all the answers, but today we decided not to respond to any allegation. We will give all answers tomorrow,” TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray told reporters following Modi’s speech. He added, “We are ready to answer every allegation made by the prime minister. But, today is not the right day. Today, an unfortunate incident happened...
Alia Bhatt makes happy memories with girlfriends Akansha Ranjan Kapoor and Anushka Ranjan Kapoor in her Maldives getaway – Times of India
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Alia Bhatt makes happy memories with girlfriends Akansha Ranjan Kapoor and Anushka Ranjan Kapoor in her Maldives getaway – Times of India

Amidst the new normal the azure waters of Maldives have been attracting every Bollywood celebrity to explore and spend some time across the island. Having said that, recently Alia Bhatt was seen jetting off to Maldives for a fun getaway with sister Shaheen Bhatt, and girlfriends Akansha Ranjan Kapoor and Anushka Ranjan Kapoor. A while ago, Akansha took to her Instagram handle to share breathtaking pictures of herself donning a wide smiles with Alia. Have a look : The picture was accompanied by a little note which read, ‘So the whole world knows my love for you is so big 🌈’ The three girls look extremely stunning adorning stylish bikinis. Alia looked pretty in pink, while the Ranjan sisters looked cute in shades of purple and green. On the work front, Alia was last seen in Mahesh Bhat...
Mamata will be shown Ram card for fouls: PM in West Bengal
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Mamata will be shown Ram card for fouls: PM in West Bengal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a no-holds-barred attack against the Mamata Banerjee government over corruption charges and accused it of thwarting the development of the state by opposing the Centre’s policies and schemes. Modi used a football analogy to say that once elections are over, the people of the state will show the Ram card (red card) to the TMC for committing several fouls, including misgovernance, violence, corruption and attacks on beliefs. Addressing party workers in East Midnapore’s Haldia, “Bengal is a football-loving state. I want to say in the language of football that the TMC has made many several fouls, including misgovernance, violence, corruption and attacks on beliefs. People of Bengal are watching and soon they are going to show the ...
‘One of the greatest chases’: Cricketers praise WI’s ‘sensational’ win against Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘One of the greatest chases’: Cricketers praise WI’s ‘sensational’ win against Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After West Indies defeated Bangladesh by pulling off the fifth-highest successful fourth-innings chase in Test history, cricketers, from past and present, praised the team's efforts, especially debutant Kyle Mayers' sublime performance. West Indies chased down a target of 395 on the final day in Chattogram to win the match by three wickets and secure a 1-0 lead against Bangladesh here on Sunday. The chase was made possible by Mayers' unbeaten knock of 210. "West Indies win. Kyle Mayers' incredible 210* guides the visitors to a three-wicket victory over Bangladesh. This is the fifth-highest successful fourth-innings chase in Test history," the International Cricket Council (ICC) tweeted. Kyle Mayers' splendid double ton guides West Indies to a historic win.#BANvWI first Test r...
Next stop Mars: 3 spacecraft arriving in quick succession – Times of India
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Next stop Mars: 3 spacecraft arriving in quick succession – Times of India

CAPE CANAVERAL: After hurtling hundreds of millions of miles through space since last summer, three robotic explorers are ready to hit the brakes at Mars. The stakes - and anxiety - are sky high. The United Arab Emirates' orbiter reaches Mars on Tuesday, followed less than 24 hours later by China's orbiter-rover combo. NASA's rover, the cosmic caboose, will arrive on the scene a week later, on Feb. 18, to collect rocks for return to Earth - a key step in determining whether life ever existed at Mars. Both the UAE and China are newcomers at Mars, where more than half of Earth's emissaries have failed. China's first Mars mission, a joint effort with Russia in 2011, never made it past Earth's orbit. “We are quite excited as engineers and scientists, at the same time quite stressed and happ...
Hamid Ansari: Debate in House ensures different views… Why not let that happen?… Must allow process of scrutiny
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Hamid Ansari: Debate in House ensures different views… Why not let that happen?… Must allow process of scrutiny

The former vice president reflects on his interactions with PM Modi, proposes de-escalation of conflict between India and Pakistan though “soft power”, believes India must move from tolerance to acceptance of minorities, and talks about his love for cricket. The session was moderated by Senior Associate Editor Amrith Lal AMRITH LAL: At one point in the book you write, “The NDA, on the other hand, felt that its majority in the Lok Sabha gave it the ‘moral’ right to prevail over procedural impediments in the Rajya Sabha.” You then go on to recall how once the Prime Minister came to your Rajya Sabha office and said that there are expectations of higher responsibilities for you, “but you are not helping me. Why are Bills not being passed in the din?” How do you look back on your relationshi...
First batch of Covid-19 vaccine from India arrives in Afghanistan – Times of India
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First batch of Covid-19 vaccine from India arrives in Afghanistan – Times of India

KABUL: India on Sunday handed over half a million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Afghan officials as its gift to the people of the war-torn nation, a goodwill gesture described by Afghanistan as "a strong sign of generosity and sincere cooperation" of New Delhi with Kabul. "1st Batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Afghanistan. A consignment of half a million dose of Covid vaccine gifted by India to the people of Afghanistan arrived in Kabul today," the Indian Embassy in Kabul tweeted. India's Chargé d'Affaires Raghuram S handed over the consignment of vaccines to Wahid Majrooh, Acting Minister of Public Health, it said. "My profound gratitude to my friend @DrSJaishankar, the government & people of India for assisting 500k dozes of “Made in India” vaccines to address #Covid spread in...