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PM Modi speaks to US President Joe Biden, says ‘committed to rules-based international order’ | India News – Times of India
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PM Modi speaks to US President Joe Biden, says ‘committed to rules-based international order’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to US President Joe Biden and said that both the leaders are committed to a rules-based international order. The Prime Minister said on Twitter that he spoke to Biden and conveyed his best wishes for the President's success. President @JoeBiden and I are committed to a rules-based international order. We look forward to consolidating our… https://t.co/eYuZmJdPSv— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1612805609000Spoke to @POTUS @JoeBiden and conveyed my best wishes for his success. We discussed regional issues and our shared… https://t.co/57qZ30MwvW— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1612805608000"We discussed regional issues and our shared priorities. We also agreed to further our co-operation against climate change," Modi said. The Prime Mi...
Director wins big with film on sister, toddler’s long walk
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Director wins big with film on sister, toddler’s long walk

Sometime in 2015, the mother of a two-year-old was beaten up and thrown out of the house by her alcoholic husband in the middle of the night, in a village near Melur in Madurai. She walked 13 km to her parents’ home carrying the child. On Sunday, a film inspired by her story won the Tiger Award, the top honour at the recently concluded 50th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2021. The director of the film Koozhangal (Pebbles) is the woman’s elder brother, P S Vinothraj. She has a cameo, appearing in a hazy dream sequence. While the two lost their father at the age of nine, their mother is a street-vendor in Madurai town. Pebbles became the first Tamil film and only the second Indian film, after Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S Durga, to get the Tiger Award, with...
Govt looks for cyber volunteers to report ‘anti-national activities’
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Govt looks for cyber volunteers to report ‘anti-national activities’

IN A controversial move, the cybercrime cell of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has started a new programme under which citizens can participate as volunteers to identify, flag and report to the Government illegal and unlawful content, including child pornography, rape, terrorism, radicalisation and anti-national activities. Sources told The Indian Express that the programme will be piloted on a trial basis in Jammu and Kashmir, and Tripura, and that its scale would be calibrated depending on feedback. ExplainedQuestion of powers, limitsTHE plan may end up granting extraordinary powers to volunteers to flag any content or person as promoting radicalisation or being “anti-national” without any onus or accountability. The Government must first constitute a clear legal f...
PM Modi says reforms here to stay, can fix loose ends: ‘MSP was, is, will be’
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PM Modi says reforms here to stay, can fix loose ends: ‘MSP was, is, will be’

EMPHASISING that his government is not going to withdraw the three contentious farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday asked political parties and the protesting farmers to give “reforms” a chance. He urged the farmers to call off the agitation and come to the discussion table, assuring them that if there are any shortcomings and loose ends in the laws, these can be addressed. Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s Address, the Prime Minister also promised that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism “was there, is there and will remain”. He signalled that procurement of food grains too will go on, saying that rations which are being given to 80 crore people at lower rates will continue. Emphatically stating that the time for reforms in ...
PM quotes Manmohan, slams ‘andolanjeevi, using foreign ideas’
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PM quotes Manmohan, slams ‘andolanjeevi, using foreign ideas’

As the farmer protest continues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday singled out the Congress, Left and Trinamool, accusing them of standing in the way of agricultural reforms. Citing former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Modi said the Congress has taken a U-turn after advocating reforms and argued that the country should be cautious of a new community of people, whom he called “andolanjeevi”, with “FDI (Foreign Destructive Ideology)”. Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha, Modi also reached out to the Sikh community, saying “some people are trying to mislead” them. “This country is proud of every Sikh. What have they not done for the country? Whatever respect we give them will ...
Two BJP leaders meet Mamata, say discussed ‘development issues’
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Two BJP leaders meet Mamata, say discussed ‘development issues’

Two leaders, who are now with BJP and were earlier with BJP, held a private meeting with Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee at the state Assembly on Monday. Bishwajit Das from Bongaon Uttar and Sunil Singh from Noapara had left the TMC and crossed over to the BJP in June, 2019. The meeting triggered speculation over whether these two MLAs would return to their former party with just months left for the Bengal polls. However, both the MLAs and the Chief Minister later said the meeting was held to discuss disbursement of MLA funds. The legislators met the Chief Minister at her chamber in the Assembly. The MLAs said the meeting was held over “development issues” in their constituencies. On June 17, 2019, Noapara MLA Sunil Singh, along with the 15 TMC councillors and another C...
Ashwin’s rare feat: First spinner in over 100 years to get a wicket off first ball of an innings | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ashwin’s rare feat: First spinner in over 100 years to get a wicket off first ball of an innings | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Veteran India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday became the first spinner in over 100 years of Test cricket to earn the distinction of dismissing a batsman off the very first ball of an innings. On day four of the first Test against England, Ashwin sent back England opener Rory Burns off the very first ball of the second innings, caught by Ajinkya Rahane in the slips, to become only the third spinner in the 134 year history of the game to earn that rare distinction. The last time it happened was when South African leg spinner Bert Vogler dismissed England's Tom Hayward in a Test match at the Oval in 1907. It was the first ball of the match. The first spinner to achieve the feat was Yorkshire left-arm spinner Bobby Peel during an Ashes Test match in 1888. "First innings b...
Fleeting mobile network, bars to hang from helped the 12 stuck in tunnel
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Fleeting mobile network, bars to hang from helped the 12 stuck in tunnel

For hours until help arrived, they stayed that way – hanging on to iron bars protruding from the roof of the dark tunnel, hauling themselves up to stay above the icy cold water that had gushed in on Sunday morning. The 12 people who were rescued from the under-construction output tunnel at the Tapovan-Vishnugad NTPC Hydel Power Project say they had no hope that they would survive, but a mobile phone proved a godsend. “There is usually no mobile network in the tunnel but on Sunday, we got it for two minutes, enough to make a call to one of our officers,” said Basant Bahadur, 26, one of the 12 rescued from the tunnel Sunday afternoon who are now recovering at the ITBP Hospital in Joshimath. Site of the Tapovan hydel project as rescue works underway, a day after a glacier br...
Halo game:  A new Halo game may be in the works – Times of India
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Halo game: A new Halo game may be in the works – Times of India

343 Industries, the makers of the Halo franchise, are seriously considering adding another game to the Halo universe. The developer has put up a job listing on the careers.microsoft.com website with the post being that of a Producer. The need for a Producer is “to help develop a new project in the Halo universe.” The job role requires the Producer to “work directly with the Lead Producer and project leads to establish and maintain the vision, scope, schedule, budget, and resource plan.” As to what the new project is going to be is not clear yet, except that it is something set in the Halo universe. Is it a spinoff title or the continuation of Halo Infinite? Or is it going to be some sort of a prequel? Not much has been divulged yet. It could also be the continuation of the Halo Wars ser...
Mundra ‘custodial death’: Second man cremated
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Mundra ‘custodial death’: Second man cremated

The second man allegedly tortured to death by Mundra police in Kutch district was cremated in his village after the police assured the family of protecting witnesses in the case and land claimed by the victim’s family, even as a bandh was observed in Mundra taluka of Kutch on Monday. The family claimed the body of Harjog Gadhvi, 26, and performed his last rites at Samaghogha in Mundra in the afternoon. Gadhvi, a casual labourer, died on Saturday at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital while undergoing treatment for injuries allegedly caused by police torture. His family initially refused to claim his body, demanding action against the accused policemen and others but changed their stance after assurances from officers of Kutch (west) police. “We demanded that witnesses, including S...
Uttarakhand flash flood: Rescue ops centre on a 1.9-km tunnel with 35 trapped, families losing hope
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Uttarakhand flash flood: Rescue ops centre on a 1.9-km tunnel with 35 trapped, families losing hope

Over 24 hours since a flash flood struck Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, rescue operations continued well into the night on Monday as personnel of the ITBP, NDRF and Army worked to locate around 170 people, mostly labourers working at two power projects, who are still reported missing. According to the State Emergency Control Room, 26 bodies have been recovered so far from the project sites of NTPC’s Tapovan Vishnugad Hydro Power Project and the privately owned Rishiganga power project. Officials said rescue operations are centred around a 1,900-metre-long tunnel at NTPC’s Tapovan site, where at least 35 people are believed to be trapped. A barrage at the project site had been washed away in the flood that saw water rise up to 70 feet, leading to debris blocking the 20-fee...
Padma Bhushan Darshan Lal Jain passes away at 94 | India News – Times of India
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Padma Bhushan Darshan Lal Jain passes away at 94 | India News – Times of India

YAMUNAGAR: Padma Bhushan and senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) worker Darshan Lal Jain of Jain Nagar, Jagadhri in Yamunanagar district, passed away at the age of about 94 years on Monday. The cremation of Darshan Lal Jain was conducted with full state honours and guard of honours was done for him at Dwarka Das cremation ground on Buria road in Jagadhri. Haryana chief minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Om Prakash Dhankar, state legislative assembly speaker Gian Chand Gupta, state education, forest and tourism minister Kanwar Pal, Yamunanagar MLA Ghanshyam Dass Arora and other dignitaries offered their condolences to the family and attended the cremation of the deceased personality. Yamunanagar superintendent of police (SP) Kamaldeep Goy...
Weight loss: “I start my day with warm lemon water, nuts and seeds to lose weight”  | The Times of India
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Weight loss: “I start my day with warm lemon water, nuts and seeds to lose weight” | The Times of India

Morning meal:As soon I wake up, my day starts with a glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon. It is good for detoxification and is in alkaline in nature. Post this, I eat 5 overnight soaked Munakka, 7 almonds, 2 dates and 1 walnut.For breakfast, I opt for Chilla/oats/parantha. I have a cup of coffee and roasted peanuts as my mid-morning snack.My Lunch: 2 medium-sized chapatis/ serving of rice with usual subzi/ daal along with a bowl of curd.After my lunch, I have my homemade kadha (prepared using tulsi, ginger, cumin seeds, carom seeds, turmeric and black pepper) with a spoon of chawanprash.Dinner: I take dinner very early, at or before 7 pm. It comprises of simple veg food like lunch only (chapati/rice, sabzi,daal)Pre-workout meal: NothingPost-workout meal: Overnight soaked alm...
UP: Residential schools to reopen for Classes 9-12 from Feb 9 – Times of India
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UP: Residential schools to reopen for Classes 9-12 from Feb 9 – Times of India

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday directed all residential schools to reopen for Classes 9-12 from February 9. The residential schools include Jawahar Navodaya vidyalayas, Sainik schools, Rajkiye Ashram Padhati vidyalayas and other schools. Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said the decision has been taken to regularise the academic session, hit by the coronavirus pandemic, in the interest of the students as well as in view of the upcoming board examinations. He said strict coronavirus protocol should be maintained by school authorities while resuming classes in their institutions. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; i...
Tweet tit for tat: Now Maharashtra probes posts by Indian celebs
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Tweet tit for tat: Now Maharashtra probes posts by Indian celebs

MAHARASHTRA HOME Minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday ordered the State Intelligence Department (SID) to conduct an inquiry into whether some celebrities in the country were under pressure to tweet at the behest of the central government on the farmers’ protest. The government’s order is in response to a complaint by the Congress alleging that some of the tweets put out by celebrities such as Akshay Kumar and Saina Nehwal were identical and may have been under duress and that words like ‘amicable’ were used in most tweets indicating they were provided a script by the BJP. It also sought that “protection be provided to these celebrities from the BJP if the need arises”. Last week, in the wake of tweets by foreign celebrities such as singer Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thun...
Schools in Odisha reopen for class 9 and 11 – Times of India
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Schools in Odisha reopen for class 9 and 11 – Times of India

BHUBANESHWAR: Schools were reopened in Odisha for students of Class 9 and Class 11 on Monday, around ten months after educational institutions in the state were forced to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to ANI, Headmistress of Government High School, Unit one Bhubaneshwar said that 60 per cent of students in Classes 9 and 11 have attended the classes. She said that the turn out will reach up to 80 per cent in the coming days. She added that all Covid-19 guidelines of the government are being followed in the school including hand sanitisation being done after every period. "Classrooms were sanitised in the morning and thermal scanning is done in the school as per guidelines. School provided masks to the students," said another teacher of the school. A class 9 studen...
Schools reopen for students of classes 6 to 8 in Bihar – Times of India
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Schools reopen for students of classes 6 to 8 in Bihar – Times of India

MUZAFFARPUR: Schools were reopened in Bihar for students of classes 6,7 and 8 on Monday after educational institutions in the state remained shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic for nearly ten months. Speaking to ANI, a teacher from Millia Convent English school in Muzaffarpur said that initially, some parents were reluctant to send their kids to school. They sent their children to school after the teachers convinced them of the safety protocols followed there. "Though we tried our maximum to give the best coaching via online, It's always better to teach and study physically than online because of internet connectivity issues. Parents have been assured of strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols,", said the teacher. "No two students are allowed to sit on one bench, Only one student...
Schools reopen for classes 1 to 8 in summer zone areas of Jammu – Times of India
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Schools reopen for classes 1 to 8 in summer zone areas of Jammu – Times of India

JAMMU: A week after educational institutions reopened for higher classes, most of the schools in summer zone areas of Jammu resumed class work for the students of classes 1 to 8 amid strict Covid-19 protocol. However, parents of many students complained of hardships in dropping and picking up their wards in the absence of school transport. In the revised guidelines on Covid containment measures issued last month, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had allowed schools, colleges, higher educational institutions, technical or skill development institutions to reopen from February 1. While the senior classes in the summer zone areas of Jammu division started functioning from February 1, the junior classes resumed functioning from February 8 in accordance with the government order. Howe...
Serena makes a statement, breezes past Siegemund at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India
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Serena makes a statement, breezes past Siegemund at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

The opening day of the Australian Open had a range. The whole rainbow. From Serena Williams’ one-leg catsuit to Bianca Andreescu’s happy tears. From Nick Kyrgios showboating a tweener drop-shot winner no less, to the 19-year-old Jannik Sinner giving the 21-year-old Denis Shapovalov a scare. A five-set battle that refused to fade into the night until the 11th seed punctuated the encounter with a winner. As if Serena’s pink, black and orange ensemble, that spelt iconic, needed company, the 39-year-old produced jaw-dropping fare to notch up her 100th Australian Open match win for the loss of two games, one in each set against Laura Siegemund. Serena said her outfit was inspired by the late track queen Florence Griffith Joyner, who made the one-leg bodysuit right leg extending to the ankle ...