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BMC issues fresh guidelines as cases rise in Mumbai
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BMC issues fresh guidelines as cases rise in Mumbai

Amid a rising number of daily Covid-19 cases in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday issued fresh guidelines to make implementation of Covid norms more stringent, including limited gathering during marriages, fines for face mask violations, hand-stamps on home-quarantine patients, and sealing of buildings where five or more cases are found. The reinforced guidelines are also a precaution to prevent what several districts in Vidarbha are witnessing — a sudden rise in infectivity. On Thursday, Mumbai recorded 736 cases, the highest since the year began. The last time Mumbai’s daily case load crossed 700 was 49 days ago on December 31. Mumbai’s positively rate stands at 5.4 per cent, up from less than 4 per cent until a month ago. The only indicati...
5 firms paid Rs 7.5 lakh fines for not displaying ‘country of origin’ on products | India News – Times of India
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5 firms paid Rs 7.5 lakh fines for not displaying ‘country of origin’ on products | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Five companies including a major e-payment firm, a reputed online retail store and an FMCG firm have paid Rs 6.7 lakh fine to the government for not mentioning the “Country of Origin” on the packaged products sold by them. So far the government has issued 123 notices to different companies for such violations. “The companies have compounded their offences by paying the fine and more cases are being processed. The intention is not to collect fine, but to ensure that the companies are complying with the Packaged Commodity Rules. The law empowers the consumers to know the country of origin of any product he is considering to buy,” said a consumer affairs ministry official. The consumer affairs ministry also said since the establishment of the Central Consumer Protection Authorit...
Unnao deaths: Police say no injuries in post-mortem report, poisoning suspected
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Unnao deaths: Police say no injuries in post-mortem report, poisoning suspected

A day after bodies of two Dalit girls, aged 13 and 16, were found in the family’s fields in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, along with a 17-year-old in a serious condition, the police Thursday said that the post-mortem report had not found any injuries and was inconclusive on the cause of death. The eldest girl, who continues to be critical, is being treated for poisoning. An FIR was lodged Thursday under IPC Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) against unidentified persons, based on the family’s complaint. Senior police officers said no evidence had been found of sexual assault and they were probing all angles, including of honour killing and suicide pact. An officer said they were examining why the family did not call the police on discovering the girl...
China on mind, Quad ministers want respect for territorial integrity
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China on mind, Quad ministers want respect for territorial integrity

SIGNALLING A closer alignment with other partners, India Thursday officially used the term “Quad” for the first time to describe its grouping with the US, Australia and Japan, which is increasingly being seen as a possible counterweight to China’s aggressive moves in the region. India’s reference to “Quad” came in its official statement after a video conference of the group’s Foreign Ministers where New Delhi underlined its “commitment to upholding a rules-based international order, underpinned by respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation in the international seas and peaceful resolution of disputes” — a line seen as a reference to China’s moves. While the US and Australia have always termed the grouping as “Quad”, t...
Day after lawyer couple killed, TRS leader detained; father points to ‘illegal’ land deals
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Day after lawyer couple killed, TRS leader detained; father points to ‘illegal’ land deals

FIVE MONTHS before they were hacked to death on a busy highway in Peddapalli district of Telangana on Wednesday afternoon, lawyer couple G Vaman Rao (52) and G Nagamani (48) had sought protection from the high court, alleging police harassment over their PIL which sought a probe into an alleged custodial death. This was just one of the many cases that Rao and Nagamani — who practiced in the Telangana High Court and were known for their activism — had taken up. According to a friend of the couple, they had also filed several police complaints against some local political leaders over “suspicious” land deals. On Wednesday, between 2:15 and 2:30 pm, Rao and Nagamani, parents of a teenaged son, were pulled out of their vehicle and hacked to death. Scores of people witnessed the...
In cricket’s box office, this Shahrukh Khan is already a hit
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In cricket’s box office, this Shahrukh Khan is already a hit

PUNJAB KINGS owner Preity Zinta leaned back in her chair, looked at the Kolkata Knight Riders table, and gave a triumphant shout: “We’ve got Shahrukh”. On the KKR table was Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan. On Thursday, Zinta’s team pocketed Tamil Nadu’s swashbuckling middle-order batsman M Shahrukh Khan for Rs 5.25 crore. And that became the story of the IPL 2021 auction, once again triggering Bollywood meets cricket, and Veer meets Zara, references on social media. Meanwhile, far from the auction venue in Chennai, Shahrukh Khan, the cricketer, was on a bus in Indore with his Tamil Nadu teammates, following the auction on phone. Dinesh Karthik, KKR star and TN captain, would later tweet a video that captured the excitement of the bid that skyrocketed from Rs ...
Once a two-country race, Mars missions now on radar of multiple nations – Times of India
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Once a two-country race, Mars missions now on radar of multiple nations – Times of India

NEW DELHI: From flybys to orbiters and landers, more than 40 missions have been launched to Mars to explore different aspects of the red planet which has long tickled the imagination of astronomers and space explorers. The recent detection of plumes of methane in the northern hemisphere of Mars is of great interest because of its potential biological origin, though other explanations may also be possible. This is what generates a lot of interest in the planet. Methane (CH4) is an organic molecule present in gaseous form in the Earth's atmosphere. More than 90 per cent of methane on the Earth is produced by living organisms. February has been an important month with regard to Mars as missions to the planet from the US, China and UAE this month are at different stages. As NASA gears up fo...
Covid-19 cases up, ‘partial lockdown’, curbs in 5 Vidarbha districts
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Covid-19 cases up, ‘partial lockdown’, curbs in 5 Vidarbha districts

WITH the Covid-19 positivity graph shooting up sharply in Maharashtra’s Amravati division, the authorities have reimposed strict restrictions in all its five districts — Amravati, Akola, Yavatmal, Buldana and Washim — with a “partial lockdown” in two of them. The five districts, of the 11 in the Vidarbha region, saw 1,188 new cases on Thursday, with Amravati leading the chart with 597, followed by Yavatmal (237), Akola (179), Buldana (134) and Washim (41). Yavatmal’s tally more than doubled, to 237 new cases, from 109 on Wednesday. Amravati district’s active caseload stood at 3,468 on Wednesday, up from 423 a month ago. Officials said daily deaths due to Covid-19 in the district were up from one-two deaths a month ago to three-four a day now. Amravati Divisional Commissione...
Speak up on fuel prices, PCC chief warns Akshay and Bachchan
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Speak up on fuel prices, PCC chief warns Akshay and Bachchan

NEWLY appointed Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole Thursday threatened to stop shooting of films starring Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar if they didn’t clarify their position on the rising fuel prices, later saying he meant only to stage protests against them. Addressing mediapersons at Bhandara, Patole said, “Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar issued tweets against the hike in petrol and diesel prices during the government of Manmohan Singh. They should also explain their position now on the unjust fuel price hikes by the Modi government. Else we will see to it that their films and shooting for their films are not allowed.” The life of common people had been badly affected due to the hike in petrol, diesel and cooking gas prices, Patole said. “We pay to watch Am...
Covidiplomacy pitch by PM Modi: Visa for medics, air ambulance
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Covidiplomacy pitch by PM Modi: Visa for medics, air ambulance

Applauding the “spirit of collaboration” among South Asian and Indian Ocean island countries as “a valuable takeaway from this pandemic”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested Thursday the creation of a regional platform for collating and studying data on the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccines, a special visa scheme for doctors and nurses to travel within the region during health emergencies, and a regional air ambulance agreement for medical contingencies. Official sources later said “all countries, including Pakistan, supported the PM’s proposals”. They sought a structured discussion for regional cooperation on these proposals to take them forward, sources said. Addressing a workshop on ‘Covid-19 Management: Experience, Good Practices and Way Forward’ — it is being a...
Farmers’ protest effect: Jio saw dip in subscribers in Punjab & Haryana
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Farmers’ protest effect: Jio saw dip in subscribers in Punjab & Haryana

India’s largest telecom operator Reliance Jio’s wireless subscriber base in the states of Punjab and Haryana recorded a slide in December 2020, in what is being seen as a potential outcome of the backlash its parent company Reliance Industries Ltd faced from the ongoing protests against farm laws. Data for December 2020 released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India showed that Punjab and Haryana were the only two states in which Reliance Jio lost subscribers during the month. Also, during December, Jio was the only major operator to have lost subscribers in these two states. In Punjab, Jio had 1.25 crore subscribers as of end-December, the lowest in the preceding 18 months, falling from 1.40 crore as of November 2020. This was only the second time Jio lost subscribe...
PK Team in IPL 2021: Complete list of players in Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India
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PK Team in IPL 2021: Complete list of players in Punjab Kings | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The newly christened Punjab Kings, the formerly Kings XI Punjab, had the biggest purse going into the 2021 IPL player auction with Rs 53.20 crore and they used them to their advantage to fill in their available nine slots. Punjab shelled out a whopping Rs 22 crore to buy two pacers -- Australia's Jhye Richardson - Rs 14 crore, and Riley Meredith (Rs 8 crore). They paid uncapped Indian all-rounder Shahrukh Khan Rs 5.25 crore, while spending Rs 4.2 crore for the services of Moises Henriques. Other players bought in the auction are: Saurabh Kumar, Fabian Allen, Utkarsh Singh, Jalaj Saxena, Dawid Malan. In total, the KL Rahul led side spent Rs 34.6 crore on their new signings. Full Squad: KL Rahul, Ishan Porel, Sarfaraz Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Mohammed...
DYFI man’s death: Left and Congress block rail tracks at ‘56 places’
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DYFI man’s death: Left and Congress block rail tracks at ‘56 places’

Left and Congress workers on Thursday blocked railway tracks at “56 locations” in the state against the death of DYFI worker Maidul Islam Midya and the three farm laws. Four days after being injured in a police clash during the ‘Nabanna Abhijan’ rally by the Left and Congress, Midya on February 15 succumbed to his injuries. Left parties had called the incident a “murder” while CM Mamata Banerjee had promised job and financial support to his family. Left and Congress activists blocked the railway tracks at Amta in rural Howrah, Burdwan and other parts of the state between noon and 4 pm. The nationwide four-hour ‘Rail Roko’ campaign was called by farmer union leaders protesting at the Delhi border. They have been demanding the repeal of the three farm laws enacted by the Cen...
Who will be the next mayor of Mohali? Cong faces a problem of plenty
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Who will be the next mayor of Mohali? Cong faces a problem of plenty

AFTER WINNING in 37 wards out of 50 in the municipal corporation, the Congress now has a ‘problem of plenty’. Though Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu’s younger brother Amarjeet Singh Jeeti Sidhu is the frontrunner for the mayoral post, the party could also consider the names of some senior councillors, keeping in view the next year’s state Assembly elections. Apart from Jeeti Sidhu, other councillors who could be frontrunners for the mayoral post include three-time councillor Amrik Somal, former president of the council Rajinder Singh Rana, three-time councillor and former senior deputy mayor Rishab Jain. A party source said that keeping in mind the 2022 state Assembly elections, Sidhu will play carefully and can give the mayoral post to someone who is his close co...
KKR Team in IPL 2021: Complete list of players in Kolkata Knight Riders | Cricket News – Times of India
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KKR Team in IPL 2021: Complete list of players in Kolkata Knight Riders | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders brought back some old players who had represented them in the past during the IPL 2021 player auction. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is back in the team, and so is Sheldon Jackson. KKR also brought veteran Harbhajan Singh and India international Karun Nair. Ben Cutting was their second overseas player bought in the auction. Other Indian players joining the team are Pawan Negi, Venkatesh Iyer and Vaibhav Arora. The Eoin Morgan led side spent a total of Rs 7.75 crore for their latest eight recruits. Full Squad: Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Rinku Singh, Rahul ...
Amit Shah speech interrupted in Kolkata as women show black flags
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Amit Shah speech interrupted in Kolkata as women show black flags

Union Home Minister Amit Shah was shown black flags during a public meeting at Namkhana in South 24 Parganas district on Thursday. When Shah who was about to begin his speech, a few women showed black flags to him, leading to a brief disruption. The women breached the barricades and demonstrated in front of Shah after getting atop a bamboo pole. Security personnel quickly removed the protesters from the venue, following which Shah resumed his speech. The Union home minister urged the protesters to maintain decency. “This has been ordered by Mamata Banerjee. She has put women at the forefront to create chaos. Don’t do any harm to them. Let them leave with respect. Don’t worry. This is Mamata Banerjee’s tactics,” said Shah. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s recent public meeti...
Mamata calls bomb attack ‘plot’, Dhankhar demands NIA probe
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Mamata calls bomb attack ‘plot’, Dhankhar demands NIA probe

A day after West Bengal Minister Jakir Hossain and his supporters were injured in a crude bomb attack in Murshidabad, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday termed it a “big conspiracy” and alleged that he was being “pressured” to join another party. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar demanded an investigation by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) into the blast. Banerjee announced a Rs 5-lakh compensation for the seriously injured and Rs 1 lakh for those who suffered minor injuries. Banerjee said 26 people were injured in the blast while 14 of them, sources said, were seriously injured. Hossain and his supporters were injured while they were waiting to board a train to Kolkata from Nimtita railway in Murshidabad on Wednesday night. The minister of state for labour suffered...
Jolt to LJP in Bihar as its 200 leaders and workers join JD(U) | India News – Times of India
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Jolt to LJP in Bihar as its 200 leaders and workers join JD(U) | India News – Times of India

PATNA: Chirag Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Thursday received a major jolt in Bihar as its around 200 senior leaders and workers, led by its former state general secretary Keshav Singh, quit the party and joined the ruling JD(U). The disgruntled LJP leaders joined the ruling JD(U) in presence of its national president and Rajya Sabha member RCP Singh. The joining event took place at the JD(U) state office here. Earlier on Wednesday, LJP’s senior leader Rameshwar Chourasia who contested the 2020 assembly polls from Sasaram constituency, left the party. Chourasia, a former MLA, was earlier with the BJP and had won Nokha assembly seat thrice on the BJP ticket. He had joined the LJP before the last assembly polls after the BJP denied him the party symbol to contest the election. &...
DC Team in IPL 2021: Complete list of players in Delhi Capitals | Cricket News – Times of India
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DC Team in IPL 2021: Complete list of players in Delhi Capitals | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Delhi Capitals recruited some big names for their three available overseas slots during the 2021 IPL player auction, spending a total of Rs 9.45 crore on Tom Curran, Steve Smith and Sam Billings. The English all-rounder Curran was bought for Rs 5.25 crore, while former Rajasthan Royals skipper Smith and Billings came with a price tag of Rs 2.2 crore and Rs 2 crore respectively. For their Indian slots, Delhi brought in Umesh Yadav, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddharth, Vishnu Vinod and Ripal Patel. The Shreyar Iyer led side spent a total of Rs 11.25 crore for the eight players. Full Squad:Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Praveen Dubey, Lalit Yadav, Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Ravichandran As...