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Day: February 13, 2021

Farmers would have died even while staying back home: Haryana minister | India News – Times of India
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Farmers would have died even while staying back home: Haryana minister | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: In a controversial remark over farmers' death at various protest sites, Haryana agriculture minister J P Dalal on Saturday said they would have died even if they had stayed back home. Dalal made the remark in Bhiwani in response to a reporter's query over the “death of 200 farmers”. “Had they been at their homes, they would have died there also,” Dalal said. “Listen to me, out of one to two lakh, do not 200 people die in six months?” he asked in response. “Someone is dying of a heart attack and someone after falling ill,” he added. Several Punjab and Haryana farmers, participating in farmers' agitation against the Centre's three farm laws at various Delhi border points, have died of different reasons including cardiac arrest. Hours after making the statement, the Haryana agr...
FM underlines role of pvt sector; says bending Covid curve, Budget will help sustain revival
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FM underlines role of pvt sector; says bending Covid curve, Budget will help sustain revival

PURSUING WITH the process of consensus building on politically difficult reforms such as privatisation, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday said the BJP government has laid out well-thought-out reforms to support Indian entrepreneurs, wealth creators and MSMEs while respecting honest taxpayers and citizens. The Budget, she said, had a blend of stimulus measures and reforms aimed at putting the economy on a steady growth path in the years to come. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasising the importance of the private sector in creating wealth and generating jobs two days ago in the Lok Sabha, she underscored the importance of private enterprises and said that “unless wealth creators create wealth”, there will be nothing to distribute in the economy. Defending the...
Doomsday Man, says things demeaning India: Nirmala targets Rahul
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Doomsday Man, says things demeaning India: Nirmala targets Rahul

Making a pointed attack Saturday on Rahul Gandhi who has been repeatedly targeting the government and the Prime Minister over issues ranging from the farm laws to the disengagement at Pangong Tso, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman called the Congress leader the “Doomsday Man for India” and said he has been “continuously insulting Constitutionally elected authorities”, saying “things which will demean India” and has been building “fake narratives”. Replying to the debate in Lok Sabha on the Union Budget, Sitharaman, responding to Gandhi’s remarks accusing the BJP-led government of crony capitalism and for following a ‘Hum Do, Hamare Do’ policy, Sitharaman hit back, saying the “cronies are hiding behind the party that was rejected by the people” and for the BJP government, ...
Cong (LS) vs Cong (RS): Page from past that also betrays current divides
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Cong (LS) vs Cong (RS): Page from past that also betrays current divides

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at the Congress Wednesday saying its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha wings are pulling in different directions, he touched a few raw nerves in the party. For, this evokes a debate from the past but is also linked to the present state of the party — and the dissension within. Modi’s jibe, of course, was in the context of the smooth debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha. His reply was uninterrupted after the Government and the Opposition agreed to extend the duration of the debate in the Upper House from 10 to 15 hours so that members could speak on the farmers’ issue. The Opposition dropped its demand for a separate discussion. In the Lok Sabha, however, the Congress-led Opposition insisted on ...
Massive fire engulfs customs post on Iran-Afghanistan border, dozens hurt – Times of India
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Massive fire engulfs customs post on Iran-Afghanistan border, dozens hurt – Times of India

KABUL/HERAT: A massive blaze engulfed a customs post in Afghanistan on Saturday after fuel trucks caught alight, injuring at least 60 people and prompting authorities across the nearby Iranian border to send fire engines and ambulances, officials said. Scores of local residents battled to control the blaze in the border town of Islam Qala, which initial reports said had started after a gas tanker exploded. Officials said later that the cause was not immediately clear. Waheed Qatali, governor of the western province of Herat, said Iranian authorities and NATO-led personnel in Afghanistan had been asked for urgent assistance to contain the fire, which damaged electricity infrastructure, leaving much of Herat's capital city without power. Thick plumes of black smoke and flames rose high in...
2nd T20I: South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 wickets to level series 1-1 | Cricket News – Times of India
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2nd T20I: South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 wickets to level series 1-1 | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE: Fast bowler Dwaine Pretorius recorded the best figures for South Africa in the shortest format to help his team beat Pakistan by six wickets in the second Twenty20 international in Lahore on Saturday. The 31-year-old grabbed 5-17 to keep Pakistan down to 144-7 in 20 overs before Pite van Biljon (42) and Reeza Hendricks (42) took South Africa past the modest target in 16.2 overs. It was a canny performance by Pretorius who marginally improved on the previous best figures by a South African, 5-19 by medium pacer Ryan McLaren against the West Indies at North Sound in 2010. SCORECARDMohammad Rizwan top-scored for Pakistan with a 41-ball 51 laced with six boundaries and a six while Faheem Ashraf hit two boundaries and as many sixes in his 12-ball 30 not out. Pakistan's lanky paceman ...
Don’t scratch J&K wounds… statehood  at an apt time: Shah
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Don’t scratch J&K wounds… statehood at an apt time: Shah

Targeting the Congress and “three families which trampled development” in Jammu and Kashmir for years, Union Home Minister Amit Shah told Lok Sabha Saturday that J&K is a “sensitive part of the country” which has been “wounded many times” and it is the “duty of this House to apply balm on it, and not scratch it”. He also said J&K will be granted statehood at an “appropriate time (upayukta samay)”. Replying to the debate on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Shah said: “Many members have said that bringing this Bill means that Jammu and Kashmir will not get statehood. I am piloting the Bill, I brought it. I have clarified the intention. Nowhere is it written that statehood will not be granted. Where do you draw this (conclusion) from?”. ...
Upsets later, DDC tally: BJP 6 in Jammu, Gupkar 5 in Kashmir
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Upsets later, DDC tally: BJP 6 in Jammu, Gupkar 5 in Kashmir

As the process of elections to key positions in the District Development Councils in Kashmir concluded Saturday, the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) that had won the maximum seats in the Valley in the polls that concluded on December 22 had secured control of only five of the 10 councils in as many districts. The coalition of J&K’s mainstream parties that contested the elections together — the National Conference, PDP, JK People’s Movement and CPM (with the People’s Conference having exited the group) — has not got a single council in Jammu so far, with polls to three DDCs put off Saturday due to lack of quorum. Baramulla and Bandipore DDCs in Kashmir elected their chairpersons and vice-chairpersons Saturday. Independent candidate Safeena Beigh, wife of ...
Bihar sets up 10 teams to check testing data in all 38 districts
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Bihar sets up 10 teams to check testing data in all 38 districts

The Bihar Health Department Saturday announced the setting up of 10 teams to randomly verify Covid testing data from across all the state’s 38 districts in the wake of The Indian Express investigation that found glaring gaps in testing records. Probes began in 26 districts and show-cause notices have been sent to medical officers in charge of Primary Health Centres in Araria, Forbesganj and the Purnaiah PHC of Sheohar. As part of its investigation, The Indian Express visited six PHCs in Jamui, Sheikhpura and Patna, and accessed their testing records for January 16, 18 and 25. It tracked down 885 entries at these PHCs, and spoke to several staffers to find that basic data protocol was bypassed in a scramble to meet the daily target — from fudged mobile numbers to fake names ...
NewsClick: 10 premises raided in 5 days; editor, author confined to home
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NewsClick: 10 premises raided in 5 days; editor, author confined to home

Searches by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at premises associated with NewsClick, an online news portal, continued for the fifth day Saturday with agency officials camping at the residence of the portal’s editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha and author Githa Haraharan, who is a shareholder of the company that runs the portal. ED officials finally completed their search and left Purkayastha House late on Saturday night. Usually, ED searches get over within a couple of days. Officials claimed the raid continued because of “technical issues” related to “procuring a data dump” of electronic devices owned by Purkayastha and Hariharan. However, this has meant the editor and the author being virtually locked in their house with ED sleuths since their presence is essential during a...
Haryana: 5 deaths at akhara in cold blood, shooter held, town is torn
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Haryana: 5 deaths at akhara in cold blood, shooter held, town is torn

METRES away from an akhara here where hundreds of aspiring wrestlers flock to from across the country, Sundar Singh Malik Saturday waited for his son’s body and prayed for his four-year-old grandson’s life. A pall of sadness hung over the town, used to stories of wrestling accolades at its akharas than the bloody shootout that ended the life of five at Jaat College’s wrestling academy on Friday evening. Among them was Malik’s son Manoj, a wrestler-turned-coach who headed the academy, and daughter-in-law Sakshi, a former wrestler who held a sports quota job in the Railways. The accused, a National Institute of Sports-certified wrestling coach from Sonipat, Sukhwinder Singh, was held on Saturday from Delhi. Family members of deceased wrestling coach Manoj and his wife Sakshi...
Govt to build flats on 400 plots for its staff
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Govt to build flats on 400 plots for its staff

THE state government on Friday decided to handover 400 plots at Newtown action area II and III in Kolkata to government employees, including police personnel. The housing project will have middle and high income group (MIG, HIG) flats and will be undertaken by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). The flats will be given by lottery with a 99-year lease agreement. The project will begin after the Cabinet Committee of the Industrial Infrastructure gives its approval in the next meeting. According to sources, each building will have eight flats and a co-operative society to which the flats will handed over. For high-income buildings, the land area will be six cottah (1 cottah = 720 square feet) and five to four cottah for middle income. Government employe...
Ban on new hydel projects in Uttarakhand: 2 yrs ago, PMO set tough green rules but Rawat saw red
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Ban on new hydel projects in Uttarakhand: 2 yrs ago, PMO set tough green rules but Rawat saw red

At least two power projects hit by the glacial flood burst in Uttarakhand last Sunday — in which over 150 workers are still feared missing or trapped — were in a list of 13 flagged at a meeting in the Prime Minister’s Office exactly two years ago. That meeting, records show, ordered a permanent ban on any new hydro-electric project on the Ganga or its tributaries in Uttarakhand; froze those where construction had not reached the halfway mark and came up with strong recommendations against sand mining and boulder crushing. However, these decisions have been in cold storage as the Uttarakhand government, led by CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, in an affidavit to the Supreme Court in August 2020, sought “re-commencement of hydro power development.” The apex court had imposed a ban s...
A slice of European history, along the Hooghly River
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A slice of European history, along the Hooghly River

THE WEST Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) on Saturday launched a boat ride – named European Settlements Boat Ride (ESBR) – from Kolkata to Serampore and Chandernagore and back that will be offered every weekend from February 14. Officials said the route of the ride Millenium Park to Serampore to Chandannagore to Millenium Park. The ride will be organised by the WBTC in collaboration with Danish Cultural Institute and Oxford Bookstores. The ride will start at 10 am from Millenium Park each weekend. The first stop will be around 1pm at Serampore. The second halt will be around 3:30 pm at Chandernagore. The ride will end at Millenium Park around 9 pm, officials said. History shows that the Danes had settled in Serampore. The French did the same in then Chandernagore. While ...
Double-engine talk will lose steam against CM: Abhishek Banerjee
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Double-engine talk will lose steam against CM: Abhishek Banerjee

Upping the ante against the BJP, TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday tore into the party over a gamut of issues: from its double-engine government narrative, implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), state BJP chief’s remarks on Goddess Durga to Dinesh Trivedi’s surprise resignation. He said the BJP’s proposed double-engine government would fail before the single-engine power of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Abhishek slammed the BJP for sending 500 of its leaders for campaigning in the state against Mamata and reiterated that his party would win over 250 seats in the Assembly polls due in April-May. He attacked Union Home Minister Amit Shah for misleading the Matua community by allegedly delaying the implementation of the CAA. Addressing a public meeting at ...
PM likely to visit state on February 22, says BJP
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PM likely to visit state on February 22, says BJP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Bengal again on February 22, a state BJP leader said on Saturday. Modi will hold a public meeting in Hooghly district and is likely to attend government programmes afterwards. On February 19, Modi is scheduled to virtually attend the convocation of Visva-Bharati University (VBU). State BJP vice-president Pratap Banerjee, who inspected the venue of the PM’s proposed rally in Hooghly district, said, “We have inspected several grounds today for the rally. The PM will come to Bengal on February 22. Besides attending government functions, Modi ji will attend political programmes. Besides him, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party’s national president JP Nadda will also visit the state again.” According to him, Shah will come to B...
Deadlier than pandemic: Gadkari calls for reducing road accident deaths
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Deadlier than pandemic: Gadkari calls for reducing road accident deaths

The road accident scenario in India is more dangerous than the pandemic, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said Saturday as he pointed to potential savings of Rs 90 lakh per person if such deaths are prevented. Releasing a World Bank report on traffic crash injuries Saturday, Gadkari said: “For the government, each life is precious, whether poor or rich, urban or rural, male or female. The situation is alarming… there are more deaths than in Covid-19… It is more dangerous than Covid-19.” He termed the World Bank report an eye-opener. India accounts for the highest number of road accidents globally, with 1.5 lakh people being killed and more than 4.5 lakh being disabled annually in 4.5 lakh road accidents. The losses amount to 3.14 per cent of the GDP. “In India, the cost per...
Congress MP gives notice for privilege motion against finance minister for ‘Doomsday man’ remark | India News – Times of India
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Congress MP gives notice for privilege motion against finance minister for ‘Doomsday man’ remark | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress MP Prathapan gave a notice for privilege motion in Lok Sabha against finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman for her "Doomsday man of India" remark against Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi during her response to the budget debate on Saturday in Lok Sabha. Speaking on the matter, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said Sitharaman should not indulge in such unparliamentary activity inside the House. "I objected to the comments (against Rahul Gandhi) made by the finance minister in the House. She should not indulge in such unparliamentary activity inside the House. Immediately, we took serious action to the comment made by her," he said. Sitharaman in her reply to the Budget session on Saturday had also accused Gandhi of creating "fake" narratives on various issues and said that he...
Trump acquitted of inciting insurrection, even as bipartisan majority votes ‘guilty’
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Trump acquitted of inciting insurrection, even as bipartisan majority votes ‘guilty’

Written by Nicholas Fandos A Senate still bruised from the most violent attack on the Capitol in two centuries acquitted former President Donald Trump on Saturday in his second impeachment trial, as all but a few Republicans locked arms to reject a case that he incited the Jan. 6 rampage in a last-ditch attempt to cling to power. Under the watch of National Guard troops still patrolling the historic building, a bipartisan majority voted to find Trump guilty of the House’s single charge of incitement of insurrection. They included seven Republicans, more members of a president’s party than have ever returned an adverse verdict in an impeachment trial. But with most of Trump’s party coalescing around him, the 57-43 tally fell 10 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed ...
Mumbai: Coastal zone authority gives nod to Balasaheb Thackeray Memorial
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Mumbai: Coastal zone authority gives nod to Balasaheb Thackeray Memorial

The Mumbai Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has given its nod to the Balasaheb Thackeray Memorial, that will include the erstwhile Mayor’s bungalow. In a meeting held on December 28 last year, the MCZMA approved the memorial plan and laid down nine conditions. The proposed memorial complex will be spread over 1,19,130 sq feet and will have three new buildings and the existing Mayor’s bungalow. The bungalow is a Grade II-B heritage structure, which means major alterations cannot be made to it. As per the MCZMA conditions, the BMC has to ensure that the bungalow is retained. “MCGM to ensure that the mayor bungalow should be retained and no construction is allowed towards the sea-ward side of the original plinth,” read one of the nine conditions by the MCZMA. Located...