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Day: February 19, 2021

Congress will overcome designs to topple govt: Puducherry CM | India News – Times of India
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Congress will overcome designs to topple govt: Puducherry CM | India News – Times of India

PUDUCHERRY: Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy on Friday accused the Centre of trying to topple his government with the help of opposition AINRC and AIADMK and asserted that the ruling Congress would overcome all such designs. A day after Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan directed him to prove his majority in the assembly on February 22, he also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging he was functioning like "an autocrat". Narayanasamy was talking to reporters after a joint meeting of leaders and representatives of the Congress-led Secular Democratic Alliance to discuss the current political situation in the union territory. Meanwhile, official sources said the assembly would meet at 10 am on Monday for taking up the trust vote. The chief minister alleged the BJP-led C...
After Uttarakhand flash flood SDRF installs early warning water-level sensor at Raini village
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After Uttarakhand flash flood SDRF installs early warning water-level sensor at Raini village

The Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has installed a siren-based early warning water-level sensor system at Raini village in Chamoli district to alert the villagers and disaster management authorities in case of sudden rise in the Rishi Ganga water level. The move comes after a flash flood on February 7 led to the death of 62 people, washed away the Rishi Ganga hydro-power project and damaged NTPC’s hydro power project downstream in Tapovan area. Search operations for missing people Raini village and Tapovan were ongoing as of Friday, and 142 people are still missing. SDRF commandant Navneet Bhullar said that one water-level sensor has been installed that will sound an alarm when the river’s water level rises above 3.5 metres. Bhullar said the alarm will be ...
Sri Lanka seeks Indian support ahead of key UNHRC sessions – Times of India
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Sri Lanka seeks Indian support ahead of key UNHRC sessions – Times of India

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has officially sought India's support ahead of next week's UNHRC sessions on the island nation's rights and accountability record, a top foreign ministry bureaucrat told a state-run channel here on Friday. Speaking to Hitu TV, Foreign Ministry permanent secretary Jayanath Colombage said India was the first country that Sri Lanka had turned to for support. During the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva next week, Sri Lanka's record in human rights and related accountability will be probed. "We sent a special communique to the Honourable Indian Prime Minister seeking his help... ," Colombage said. The senior foreign ministry official's comments came after the UNHRC Core Group on Sri Lanka, in a joint statement earlier in the day, said a resolution would be...
Surat: 81 crorepatis in fray for Surat civic body polls, 50 from BJP
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Surat: 81 crorepatis in fray for Surat civic body polls, 50 from BJP

As many as 81 candidates contesting in the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) elections are crorepatis, of which 50 are from the BJP, while the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have 13 and 12 such candidates, respectively, data shared by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Gujarat Election Watch (GEW) has revealed. The ADR and GEW have analysed data of 452 out of the total 484 candidates from the affidavit submitted to the election commission, including their educational qualification, assets owned by them and criminal cases registered them. BJP’s Dharmeshbhai Sarasiya, contesting from ward number 3 is the richest candidate with assets worth Rs 89 crore. Amita Patel, BJP candidate from ward number 100, has assets worth Rs 28 crore and Nilesh Patel, who is contes...
China’s admission: Officer, 3 soldiers died in Galwan
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China’s admission: Officer, 3 soldiers died in Galwan

In a rare acknowledgement of its troop casualties, the Chinese PLA announced Friday that four of its personnel, including a battalion commander, died in clashes with Indian troops in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh last year. It also said that another officer, of the rank of a Colonel, was “seriously injured in the skirmish”. This is the first admission by China that it suffered casualties in the June 15, 2020 clashes in Galwan Valley where 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel, lost their lives. The PLA made no mention of the number of personnel injured in the clashes. It made the announcement on the eve of the tenth round of talks between the two armies. On Twitter, Chinese handles, including that of the editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times, put out a video c...
In Australia PM Scott Morrison call to Modi, news Bill to rein in Big Tech firms
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In Australia PM Scott Morrison call to Modi, news Bill to rein in Big Tech firms

Australia has reached out to India among several countries, including Canada, France and the UK, in a move to stitch a global coalition against tech giants Google and Facebook amid a faceoff over compensation for sharing news content from media companies on their platforms. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, and later said that they “discussed the progress” on Australia’s “News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code Bill 2020”. Under the proposed law — News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code Bill 2020 — Australia seeks to mandate a bargaining code that aims to force Google and Facebook to compensate media companies for using their content. The legislation is being closely watched the...
Two top academies to Govt: new webinar rules could halt all scientific discussion
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Two top academies to Govt: new webinar rules could halt all scientific discussion

India’s two largest and oldest science academies have written to the Ministry of Education — and the third is considering joining in — to say that its recent order mandating institutions to seek Government clearance for all webinars could “lead to a complete halt of all topical scientific discussions” and “impede” the interest of science among the young. The Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India, together include more than 2,500 of India’s top scientists. The first two have sent separate letters to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal seeking withdrawal of these “blanket restrictions.” Sources said the third is considering supporting this petition. The order, issued on January 15 — in the wake o...
Disha Ravi case: Police must not prejudice probe, media should exercise restraint, says HC
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Disha Ravi case: Police must not prejudice probe, media should exercise restraint, says HC

Hearing a plea from climate activist Disha Ravi, who was arrested in connection with a toolkit on the farmers’ protest that was tweeted by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the Delhi High Court Friday directed police to abide by Home Ministry guidelines and not “rush to the press with half-baked, speculative or unconfirmed information about ongoing investigations”. It also directed editors of media houses to exercise “proper editorial control” over news content to ensure that investigation in the case is not hampered in any manner and that the content is not “offensive” and “scandalising”. The High Court was hearing arguments in a plea by Disha against the “leaking” of her WhatsApp chats, allegedly by police, to the media. A local court, meanwhile, sent Disha to three days ...
Ranveer Singh-starrer cricket drama ’83’ to release in June – Times of India
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Ranveer Singh-starrer cricket drama ’83’ to release in June – Times of India

Filmmaker Kabir Khan's much-awaited cricket drama "83", starring Ranveer Singh, is set to arrive in theatres on June 4, more than a year after it was originally scheduled to release. The film chronicles the Indian cricket team's first World Cup win under the captaincy of Kapil Dev in 1983 when they defeated the West Indies in the final to win the championship. '83' will release in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Singh, who plays Dev in the film, took to Instagram to share the news and a new poster of the movie. "June 4th, 2021 in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. See you in cinemas," the 35-year-old actor wrote. The film's poster revealed that it will also release in 3D. The big-budget, multi-starrer movie was one of the first projects which was pushed --...
How a football pipeline from Shillong feeds top Indian clubs
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How a football pipeline from Shillong feeds top Indian clubs

In 2009, Shillong Lajong became the first club from the Northeast to qualify for the country’s premier football competition, the I-League. A little more than a decade later, they are absent from the top two tiers of Indian football. Yet, their presence is unmistakable — because clubs across India continue to reap the benefits of the talent Shillong Lajong have churned out over all these years. From Mumbai City’s Bipin Singh, one of the standout performers in the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL) season, to Bengaluru FC youngster Wungngayam Muirang, the first Tangkhul Naga player to feature in the competition, and Goa’s Redeem Tlang, over 20 Shillong Lajong alumni have been snapped up by 10 out of the 11 teams in the top division. Graduates from academies set up by Tata, All...
Australian Open: Spunky Brady in way of fancied Osaka’s title bid | Tennis News – Times of India
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Australian Open: Spunky Brady in way of fancied Osaka’s title bid | Tennis News – Times of India

Naomi Osaka's record in Grand Slam finals is copious. Intimidating even. On Saturday, the 23-year-old plays her fourth major final, she has won her previous three, including one at Melbourne Park two years ago. Osaka equated finals to a big fight. The biggest. "I have this mentality that people don't remember the runner-up. You might, but the winner's name is the one that's engraved," the Japanese said. "I fight the hardest in finals. That's where you set yourself apart." Osaka, seeded three, will face first-time Slam finalist American Jennifer Brady, the world number 24, in what promises to be an explosive match-up. Osaka flaunted her metal in fighting off match points against the former No.1 Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round. Brady showcased her own steel in serving out her semifin...
K P Sharma Oli: Nepal PM Oli’s House dissolution move was unconstitutional; Amicus curiae to SC | World News – Times of India
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K P Sharma Oli: Nepal PM Oli’s House dissolution move was unconstitutional; Amicus curiae to SC | World News – Times of India

KATHMANDU: Members representing the amicus curiae in a case against Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli's dissolution of the House of Representatives have argued before the Supreme Court that his move was unconstitutional, according to a media report on Friday. Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after Oli, in a surprise move, dissolved the House of Representatives, amidst a tussle for power with his rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'. His move to dissolve the 275-member House sparked protests from a large section of the NCP led by Prachanda, also a co-chair of the ruling party. The hearings in the case, which were going on in the Supreme Court since December 23, were scheduled to conclude on Friday after the presentation of the last member of the amicus curiae, the K...
India vs England: Umesh Yadav’s fitness test in 2 days, India expect another turner | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England: Umesh Yadav’s fitness test in 2 days, India expect another turner | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Senior speedster Umesh Yadav's fitness test, which will be conducted in two days time, will determine if he can join Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma in a three-prong India pace attack for the upcoming Day/Night Test against England. The Test, which will be played with the pink ball, will start here on February 24. It is learnt that the Indian team management wants to play to its strength and there could be a turner on offer with Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel ready to exploit the conditions to the fullest. With Ashwin and Axar accounting for 15 of the 20 wickets in the second Test, India, keeping in mind the swinging pink ball under lights, might drop Kuldeep Yadav and include a third pacer. Bumrah automatically comes back after rest and the toss-up will be between Umesh...
Kisan rallies no longer needed in Haryana, Punjab, says Gurnam Singh Chaduni
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Kisan rallies no longer needed in Haryana, Punjab, says Gurnam Singh Chaduni

Signalling a major change in the strategy of farmer outfits, Haryana BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni Friday said that there was no need to hold more Kisan Mahanchayats in Haryana and Punjab as enough awareness had already been created among the farmers against the three controversial farm laws in these two states. Kisan Mahanchayats have been drawing massive turnouts in Haryana and Punjab during the past two weeks, but Chaduni now insists on holding such panchayats in other states while strengthening the attendance at dharnas at local level and Delhi borders. BKU leader Rakesh Tikait too had stated Thursday that “now, they will hold these panchayats in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bengal.” In a video message to farmers, Chaduni on F...
Opposition spreading false propaganda about farm laws: FM Sitharaman | India News – Times of India
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Opposition spreading false propaganda about farm laws: FM Sitharaman | India News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday accused the opposition parties of spreading false propaganda about the contentious farm laws and said they were protesting only to benefit middlemen. Addressing the traders' cell of Tamil Nadu BJP here, she also said those who were causing hindrance to the progress of the growth of Tamil Nadu were now criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government at the Centre. "How can one answer to a false propaganda that through the farmer's law a farmer could lose his land?", she asked, referring to the protests demanding repeal of the laws. She said that they were opposing the laws only to benefit middle men. In an apparent counter to the repeated attack by DMK that Tamil Nadu's interests had been neglected by the Centre, she said...
Chris Morris will play crucial role in supporting Jofra Archer, says Sangakkara | Cricket News – Times of India
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Chris Morris will play crucial role in supporting Jofra Archer, says Sangakkara | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: The Indian Premier League (IPL) for the first time in its 14-year history will be shorn of Sri Lankan cricketers after none of the franchises picked them in the auction concluded on Thursday. Rajasthan Royals director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara, who represented Sri Lanka in 134 Tests and 404 ODIs, blamed the country’s cricket board for complicating matters. Toe-crusher Lasith Malinga and left-arm pacer Isuru Udana were the only two Sri Lankan cricketers to be part of the IPL until last year. "I think there were some fantastic players there (in the Lanka Premier League) and in Sri Lanka currently. But I think the crucial thing is the unpredictability of the touring programme of SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) where it is very hard to predict for how long players can be available and if ...
Pandemic highlighted the need for simulation-based in medical education – Times of India
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Pandemic highlighted the need for simulation-based in medical education – Times of India

Covid-19 crisis has had a major impact on the medical sector. While the doctors were consistently involved in treating patients, the unprecedented situation took a toll on the medical education sector. “Very few patient visited the hospital when coronavirus was at a peak. The hospitals were only flooded with Covid-19 or emergency patients. This impacted the learning of final year students who needed to examine patients for the clinical experiment. The students were also deprived of guidance from senior doctors as they did not attend the hospitals during the period,” says Dr Gayathri Kamath, senior gynaecologist, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta road, Bangalore. Speaking to Education Times, Dr Amit Gupta, AIIMS, Rishikesh says the pandemic has highlighted the importance of simulation...
SSC CGL 2019 Tier II Result announced at ssc.nic.in, check cut-off here – Times of India
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SSC CGL 2019 Tier II Result announced at ssc.nic.in, check cut-off here – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Staff Selection Commission has released the result of Tier II Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2019 to shortlist candidates for evaluation of Tier-III, descriptive paper. Candidates, who appeared for the CGL Tier-II Computer Based Test 2019 was conducted from November 15, 2020 to November 18, 2020 while CGL Tier-III, Descriptive Paper was held on November 22, 2020 at different centres all over the country. The candidates who are not qualified in Tier-II will not be eligible for evaluation of Tier-III (Descriptive Paper) and they will not be considered for further selection process. Based on aggregate performance in Tier-I & Tier-II Examination, candidates have been shortlisted, category-wise, for evaluation of their Tier-III (Descriptive Paper). Separate cut-offs have...
Vivek Oberoi flouts traffic rules and violates prohibitory orders – Times of India
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Vivek Oberoi flouts traffic rules and violates prohibitory orders – Times of India

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi has been charged for violating the traffic rules after a video posted on social media showed him riding the bike without a helmet on the night of February 14. Taking cognizance, the Santacruz traffic police issued an e-challan to Oberoi for Rs500 for not wearing a helmet. The action was taken after the traffic police came across the video on social media. The e-challan was issued to the actor on Friday at around 7.02 pm by assistant inspector Nandkishore Jadhav from the Santacruz Traffic police division. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Western Traffic) Somnath Gharge confirmed the e-challan issued to the actor after the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) took cognizance of the matter. Meanwhile, the actor was also found in the video violating the...