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Custodial death not acceptable, is crime against society: Supreme Court | India News – Times of India
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Custodial death not acceptable, is crime against society: Supreme Court | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that death due to custodial violence is abhorrent and not acceptable in a civilised society. A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and Ajay Rastogi said: "The custodial violence on the deceased which led to the death is abhorrent and not acceptable in the civilised society. The offence committed by the accused is a crime not against the deceased alone but was against humanity and clear violations of rights guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution." The observation was made by the top court, as it declined to compound the 1988 offence of two Odisha policemen, accused of assaulting a man, who later succumbed to injuries. Criticising custodial torture, the bench said the beating of a person in the police station is the concern for al...
Testing gaps: Bihar to probe, Jharkhand calls for data check
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Testing gaps: Bihar to probe, Jharkhand calls for data check

THE BIHAR government Thursday ordered an inquiry into the findings of the investigation by The Indian Express, which tracked 885 entries in Covid testing records from three districts and found several cases of fudged mobile numbers, fake names and dodgy details. The Opposition RJD said it will raise the issue in Parliament Friday. Health Minister Mangal Pandey said “legal action will be taken against those found responsible for the anomalies”. Bihar’s Principal Secretary (Health) Pratyaya Amrit called a meeting of the civil surgeons in charge of Jamui and Sheikhpura “to discuss course correction”. The Indian Express investigation focused on these two districts, and Patna. Taking note of the findings, meanwhile, neighbouring Jharkhand issued a letter to all Deputy Commission...
Testing gaps in Bihar: 0000000000 is also the cellphone number of those tested for Covid in Bihar
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Testing gaps in Bihar: 0000000000 is also the cellphone number of those tested for Covid in Bihar

TEN ZEROES in a sequence don’t add up to anything. In databases, they are used to denote missing entries. But in lists of those tested for Covid in districts of Bihar, they keep popping up against names. Consider: * In Jamui’s Barhat Primary Health Centre, 0000000000 has been entered in records as the “mobile number” of 28 of 48 people who were shown as tested for Covid on January 16. * It is the number for 46 of 83 people tested on January 25. * The same set of zeroes has been used for 73 of 150 entries on January 16 at Jamui Sadar, another PHC in the district. An investigation by The Indian Express of 885 entries for Covid tests in January from six PHCs in Jamui, Sheikhpura and Patna has found that this is just one of the several ways in which mobile numbers — a key tool ...
Phoolan Devi, Nirbhay Gujjar: In Chambal, a police museum on dacoits
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Phoolan Devi, Nirbhay Gujjar: In Chambal, a police museum on dacoits

The gun used by Phoolan Devi, a tape recorder that belonged to Nirbhay Gujjar, letters with ransom demands, chains used to tie captives — and stills from the making of Chambal ke Daaku, a Bollywood movie. There will be all of these and more at a museum that is coming up at Bhind in Madhya Pradesh’s Chambal belt, once the home of some of the country’s most dreaded dacoits. But what’s really unique about this venture is the force behind it — Bhind Police. According to Bhind SP Manoj Kumar Singh, the idea is not to eulogise those who once held sway over Chambal but to place their crimes in perspective and “highlight the sacrifices made by the police” to rein them in. “There will be at least 2,000 digitised police records and material compiled over the past five decades chronic...
Day after, Trudeau office says he spoke to Modi on ‘recent protests’
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Day after, Trudeau office says he spoke to Modi on ‘recent protests’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that he held a “good discussion” with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on many important issues, including on the “two nations’ commitment to democratic principles, recent protests, and the importance of resolving issues through dialogue”, a statement from the Canadian government said. This reference to “recent protests” was not part of the Indian government’s readout of the telephone conversation held between Prime Minister Modi and Trudeau on Wednesday. “I had a good discussion with Prime Minister @NarendraModi on many important issues, and we’ve agreed to stay in touch,” Trudeau tweeted. “The leaders discussed Canada and India’s commitment to democratic principles, recent protests, and the importance of resolving issues...
China pulls BBC World News off air for content ‘violation’ – Times of India
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China pulls BBC World News off air for content ‘violation’ – Times of India

BEIJING: China's broadcasting regulator announced Thursday it has pulled BBC World News from the air, saying the channel's content had "seriously" violated guidelines for reporting in the country. In a statement, China's State Film, TV and Radio Administration said BBC World News reports about China were found to "seriously violate" broadcast guidelines, including "the requirement that news should be truthful and fair" and not "harm China's national interests." "The State Film, TV and Radio Administration does not permit the BBC to continue broadcasting in China, and does not accept its new annual application for broadcast," it said. Source link
‘Better communication’ with Govt: Twitter to ‘restructure’ India team
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‘Better communication’ with Govt: Twitter to ‘restructure’ India team

Twitter has extended a commitment to “restructure” its India team and assign more senior executives to its local offices so that it can better handle legal compliance-related issues, senior government officials told The Indian Express. Executives from Twitter agreed to some structural changes at a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Wednesday, sources said. The ministry pushed for these changes as part of its effort to “better manage communications” between the Government of India and the global team of Twitter. Asked specifically whether Twitter had agreed to the said structural changes in its top management in India, a spokesperson told The Indian Express that the company had “no comment to share”. On Wednesday, Twitt...
BCI to SC: Rules scrapping 1-year LL.M programme effective from 2022-2023
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BCI to SC: Rules scrapping 1-year LL.M programme effective from 2022-2023

By: Express News Service Written by EXPRESS NEWS | New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2021 6:10:33 am RULES SCRAPPING the one-year LL.M programme will be brought into force only from the 2022-2023 academic session, the Bar Council of India (BCI) on Thursday told the Supreme Court, which is hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the changes. Appearing for the BCI, Senior Advocate Vivek Tankha conveyed this to a bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde which recorded this in its order. “Vivek Tankha, senior counsel on instructions from Manan Kumar Mishra, Chairman of the Bar Council of India who is present before us, states that the impugned rules are proposed to be brought into force from the academic sessi...
1st T20I: Rizwan’s hundred helps Pakistan outlast South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India
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1st T20I: Rizwan’s hundred helps Pakistan outlast South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE (Pakistan): In-form wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan hit a maiden hundred as Pakistan edged out South Africa by three runs in a thrilling last over finish to first Twenty20 international in Lahore on Thursday. Needing 19 to win off the last over, Bjorn Fortuin (17 not out) and Dwaine Pretorius (15 not out) managed 15 as pacer Faheem Ashraf held his nerves to keep South Africa down to 166-6 in 20 overs. Rizwan's cracking 64-ball 104 not out had six boundaries and seven sixes -- most sixes by a Pakistan batsman in a Twenty20 international -- to lift the hosts to 169-6. He then ran out the tourists' top-scorer Reeza Hendricks (54) in the 18th over to anchor the win. Hendricks and Janneman Malan (44) had given the visitors a solid 53-run start by the seventh over before leg-spinn...
Uttarakhand flash flood: Fresh scare, officials say can’t give time frame on rescue
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Uttarakhand flash flood: Fresh scare, officials say can’t give time frame on rescue

THERE was fresh scare at the Rishi Ganga and Dhauli Ganga rivers, the sites of Sunday’s flash flood disaster in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, following a rise in their water levels on Thursday — leading to a temporary halt in rescue operations. Even as the toll climbed to 36, with two more bodies recovered, more than 160 people are still missing, and the authorities admitted that they could give no time frame on when they would be able to reach 34 of them believed to be stuck inside a tunnel at NTPC’s hydro power project site in Tapovan area of Chamoli district. On Thursday, a fresh attempt to reach the trapped men by drilling into an underground tunnel, located 12 metres below the tunnel where the authorities had been looking, failed. Government officials and NTPC author...
NewsClick raids: Under ED scanner, Rs 30.51-crore foreign ‘remittances’
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NewsClick raids: Under ED scanner, Rs 30.51-crore foreign ‘remittances’

THE RAIDS on the office of online news platform NewsClick and residences of its directors by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which continued for the third straight day Thursday, are linked to foreign remittances allegedly totalling Rs 30.51 crore, The Indian Express has learnt. This includes a remittance classified as FDI of Rs 9.59 crore from April 2018, and another of Rs 20.92 crore, which has been shown as receipts for “export of services”, senior ED officials said. The FDI, they said, has been shown as subscription of shares of PPK Newsclick Studio at a premium from a defunct company called Worldwide Media Holdings LLC, Delaware. Also under scrutiny are alleged remittances from a clutch of entities: Justice & Education Fund Inc; Tricontinental Ltd Inc, USA; G Spa...
India vs England: Axar Patel available for selection, Washington up against Kuldeep for third spinner’s slot | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England: Axar Patel available for selection, Washington up against Kuldeep for third spinner’s slot | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India all-rounder Washington Sundar may have his nose ahead but he will get stiff competition from wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav for the third spinner's slot even as the BCCI on Thursday said slow left-arm bowler Axar Patel is available for selection for the second Test against England. Axar has "recovered completely and is now available for selection for the 2nd Paytm Test in Chennai against England to be played from Saturday", the BCCI said in a statement. The all-rounder had complained of pain in his left knee and was ruled out of the first Test. The board said that Shahbaz Nadeem and Rahul Chahar have been withdrawn from the main squad and added the duo back to the group of standby players. #TeamIndia gear up for the second @Paytm #INDvENG Test at Chepauk! 💪👍 https://t.co/O...
Pangong disengagement: Delhi cautious, points to work in progress; military, diplomatic moves shaped result
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Pangong disengagement: Delhi cautious, points to work in progress; military, diplomatic moves shaped result

While the start of the disengagement process at Pangong Tso is a significant breakthrough in the nine-month military standoff with China, New Delhi wants to avoid any chest thumping, its tone measured as it treads carefully to achieve its objective of returning to the pre-standoff situation on the ground. “This is a work in progress. Chest thumping is not desirable in these situations. This is just one step towards the April 2020 situation. One has to tread cautiously as there are several unresolved issues,” a government source said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s measured tone in Parliament Thursday underscored the need to avoid any kind of chest thumping from the ruling establishment pending the resolution of unresolved issues. While armoured units south of Pangong Tso...
‘Hum Do, Humare Do’ running country, monopolising agriculture and destroying rural economy, says Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha | India News – Times of India
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‘Hum Do, Humare Do’ running country, monopolising agriculture and destroying rural economy, says Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes on Thursday evening as Congress MP Rahul Gandhi sought to respond to PM Modi’s jibe a day earlier that the opposition was commenting on the colour of the three farm laws but not their “content and intent”, saying the laws were only intended to help the government's "corporate friends". In a 15-minute address amid strident protests by the treasury benches who insisted he should speak on the budget, Rahul alleged the Modi government was following the decades old “Hum Do, Humare Do” slogan popularised during the national family planning programme to promote “two corporate friends” who are steadily taking control of India’s Rs 40 lakh crore agriculture business and rendering farmers, small traders and labourers jobless. The farm laws had been...
IPL Auction: Harbhajan, Kedar, Maxwell and Smith in Rs 2 crore bracket | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL Auction: Harbhajan, Kedar, Maxwell and Smith in Rs 2 crore bracket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Senior spinner Harbhajan Singh and middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav, along with Australians Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, have been bracketed in the Rs 2 crore highest base price category for the upcoming IPL auction in Chennai on February 18. There will be 292 players, who will go under the hammer, with 61 slots in eight franchises up for grabs. The IPL governing council has pruned the list of players. A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players and three from associate nations have been enlisted for the auctions. Royal Challengers Bangalore have the highest number of 13 slots available while Sunrisers have only three vacancies. Kings XI Punjab go into the auction with the highest purse (Rs 53.2 crore) while Sunrisers can spend a little less than 11 crore (10.75 cr...
Here’s how OnePlus is trying to hide the selfie camera in future phones – Times of India
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Here’s how OnePlus is trying to hide the selfie camera in future phones – Times of India

The next big design aspect in smartphones could be hiding the selfie camera. We have already seen pop-up camera and punch hole displays but OnePlus is now trying to do things differently. If a report by LetsGoDigital is to be believed, OnePlus is looking at introducing a new design in which the selfie camera would be hidden in the top thin bezel with a transparent cover. As per the report, OnePlus has already filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) for the same. “The Chinese manufacturer wants to process the front camera in the narrow screen edge, so that an extra large screen-to-body ratio can be realized,” as per the report. We have already looked at under display selfie cameras but this would be a bit different. It would be interesting to see how OnePlus fit...
SC to Centre: Ensure proper guidelines to facilitate exam candidates with disabilities
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SC to Centre: Ensure proper guidelines to facilitate exam candidates with disabilities

Furthering efforts to ensure equal opportunity to persons with disabilities, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to ensure framing of proper guidelines within three months to regulate and facilitate the grant of scribe facility to candidates whose nature of disability imposes a barrier to writing an exam. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna said this while holding that a civil services candidate with writer’s cramp – dysgraphia – was entitled to a scribe. The court overruled the UPSC stand that scribe can be provided only if there was “benchmark disability” as set by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment guidelines under The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. During the hearing, the ministry took the stand t...
JEE Main 2021 admit card released at jeemain.nta.nic.in, here’s direct link – Times of India
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JEE Main 2021 admit card released at jeemain.nta.nic.in, here’s direct link – Times of India

NEW DELHI: JEE Main 2021 admit card released today for February examination. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has uploaded the admit cards of the candidates who have successfully registered and paid application fee for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2021 February examination. Candidates who have applied for the JEE Main February 2021 examination are advised to visit the official website of the examination to check and download their admit card. The direct link to download the JEE Main February 2021 admit card is also provided below for the reference of the candidates: Direct Link: Click here to download JEE Main 2021 Admit Card Link 1 Link 2 Link 3 How to download JEE Main 2021 Admit Card? Candidates can follow the steps provided below to check and download the JEE Main 20...
Elgaar Parishad case: Accused have questioned authenticity of ‘evidence’ seized from electronic devices since 2019
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Elgaar Parishad case: Accused have questioned authenticity of ‘evidence’ seized from electronic devices since 2019

The report of an American digital forensics company questioning the authenticity of the “incriminating evidence” that the Pune police claim to have found in Rona Wilson’s computer is not the first time that any of the accused in the Elgaar Parishad case have said that their computers and other electronic devices had been tampered by investigators to plant evidence. In applications filed before a Pune court in 2019, the accused had claimed that the Pune police had not provided them with hash values of the devices seized from them and hence it has no evidentiary value. A hash value is a numeric value which uniquely identifies data, a sort of fingerprint for files. The investigating agency would be required to provide the hash value at the time of a seizure of an electronic de...