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Day: February 20, 2021

Kiara Advani, Sushmita Sen, Vikrant Massey, Nora Fatehi and other celebs arrive at the red carpet event of Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards – Times of India
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Kiara Advani, Sushmita Sen, Vikrant Massey, Nora Fatehi and other celebs arrive at the red carpet event of Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards – Times of India

Glamorous award events are no less than star studded affairs. Amidst the new normal, Kiara Advani, Sushmita Sen, Vikrant Massey, Nora Fatehi, director Anurag Basu and other star personalities arrive at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards, taking place in Mumbai. The event was no less than a massive success, as the actors donned wide smiles making a noteworthy appearance at the red carpet. Have a look : Kiara Advani looked no less than a dream as she glistened in an all black ensemble. On the other hand Nora Fatehi looked elegant donning a shiny green saree. Sushmita Sen and Bobby Deol looked stylish in black, while Vikrant Massey and Radhika Madan looked classic in their respective attires. Meanwhile Kunal Kemmu looked handsome as he rocked a traditional ensem...
Disha says difference of opinion not sedition, judge questions police
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Disha says difference of opinion not sedition, judge questions police

A Delhi court Saturday reserved its order for February 23 on the bail application of activist Disha Ravi, arrested in connection with a toolkit on the farmer protests that was tweeted by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana questioned the Delhi Police on whether it had any evidence against Ravi or “are we required to draw inferences and conjectures”. With Additional Solicitor General SV Raju and Additional Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmad, who appeared for Delhi Police, opposing the bail application, Ravi’s lawyer Siddharth Agarwal told the court that “having a difference of opinion does not amount to sedition”, that his client sought Thunberg’s support for issues being raised by farmers, and “she did not tweet for Khalistan”. Questioning ...
Covid effect: Underfed animals, dip in herd size fuel surge in milk price
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Covid effect: Underfed animals, dip in herd size fuel surge in milk price

Milk prices generally rise during summers, when buffaloes and cows produce less, and ease during winter and spring when they calve and reach peak lactation. This natural cycle has, however, reversed in 2020-21. Sanjay Belhe today gets Rs 26/litre for cow milk with 3.5% fat and 8.5% SNF (solids-not-fat) content that he supplies to Shree Warana cooperative dairy in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district. In April-May last year, the dairy was paying him Rs 18/litre for the same milk. But Belhe isn’t quite happy. The reason: A year ago, this farmer from Sangli had 10 Holstein-Friesian crossbred cows. In March, before the nationwide Covid-induced lockdown came into effect, he was selling around 120 litres of milk daily at Rs 25/litre. After lockdown, those prices crashed to Rs 18/litre...
Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, MP, Chhattisgarh see Covid uptick
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Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, MP, Chhattisgarh see Covid uptick

While 18 states didn’t report any Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours and the national positivity rate — now at 5.22 per cent — has been showing a steady decline over the last 13 days, there is a spot of worry: five states have been reporting an upsurge in daily cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. The rise in the number of cases in Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh comes in the backdrop of five persons, who returned recently to India, being detected with the infectious Covid-19 variants found in South Africa and Brazil. Over the last 24 hours, Maharashtra contributed the highest number of daily new cases in the country — 6,112, almost twice the 3,611 cases it reported a week ago, on February 14. Amid the surge, neighbouring Karnat...
Children in Malkangiri village take charge, repair road to school
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Children in Malkangiri village take charge, repair road to school

Last week, a group of students from a village in Odisha’s Malkangiri district took it upon themselves to repair a road leading to their school. The children, mostly upper primary students of the Talakata government school, picked up shovels, heaved plastic tubs with soil and gravel onto their shoulders, and toiled all day to fill in the potholes on the nearly two-kilometre stretch from their village, Padalput, to Majhiguda village in Korukonda block of the district. “Villagers in Padalput use this road to commute to other villages, and children use it to get to their school in Talakata. Ever since I took charge as sarpanch three years ago, we had been including the construction of this road under our annual action plan, but the administration never approved it; they would c...
Enable vote, map skill, inter-state teams: First migrant policy draft
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Enable vote, map skill, inter-state teams: First migrant policy draft

Ensuring the political inclusion of migrant workers so they can demand their entitlements, setting up inter-state coordination mechanisms, embedding a migration wing in each state’s labour department, getting source states and destination states to work with each other. These are among a broad range of proposals in the first draft national policy on migrant labour prepared by NITI Aayog and a working sub-group as a response to the Covid fallout on migrants. Last year’s migrant crisis sent 10 million labourers home, according to numbers provided to Parliament by Santosh Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Labour and Employment. Responding to demands from a cross-section of states, experts and civil society, for a nationwide migrant workers policy, the Labour M...
Extending 18-month hold on farm laws to 24 may be way out, says Punjab CM, flags security threat
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Extending 18-month hold on farm laws to 24 may be way out, says Punjab CM, flags security threat

Extending the pause on the farm laws from 18 to 24 months could be one possible way out of the impasse as farmers have to return to their fields for the wheat harvest next month, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said here Saturday. In an interview to The Indian Express, Singh said a protracted standoff has serious security implications given the inflow of weapons into Punjab since the agitation began, an issue that he had flagged to Union Home Minister Amit Shah when they met last December. The Chief Minister said that while he had not intervened directly in the matter with Central leaders in New Delhi, his “sense” was that an extended period for putting the laws on hold continued to be in active discussions. “…From what I understand is that some of them (farmers) are agreeable to ...
PM asks states to focus on infra & exports, makes pitch for farmers
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PM asks states to focus on infra & exports, makes pitch for farmers

EXHORTING states to focus on exports and self-reliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said commodities such as edible oils that India imports in large quantities can be locally produced, and the gains must accrue to Indian farmers. Addressing the 6th meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, he said, “Our agriculture sector is full of opportunities but still there are some truths we need to accept. We may be called a krishi pradhan desh but despite that, we import edible oil worth Rs 65,000-70,000 crore. We can stop this, this money can go to our farmers. Our farmer is the claimant of this money. Our farmers can produce many such products, not only for our country but also supply to the world,” he said. With Cabinet colleagues and chief ministers of most state...
Pullback from Gogra, Hot Springs, Depsang on the table as India and China start talks
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Pullback from Gogra, Hot Springs, Depsang on the table as India and China start talks

Indian and Chinese commanders sat across the table Saturday to discuss pullback of troops from the friction points at Hot Springs, Gogra Post and Depsang Plains in Ladakh following completion of disengagement and restoration of status quo ante on the north and south banks of Pangong Tso. The Corps Commander-level talks began at 10 am Saturday at the Moldo border point facing Chushul. The talks, sources said, are expected to continue late into the night. The Indian delegation is being led by Lt General PGK Menon, Commander of the Leh-based XIV Corps, while South Xinjiang Military District Commander, Major General Liu Lin, is heading the PLA team. In Hot Springs and Gogra Post areas, Chinese and Indian troops are still in a faceoff, nine months after the military standoff be...
Amarinder Singh says agriculture a state subject, states should make laws: 10 key developments | India News – Times of India
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Amarinder Singh says agriculture a state subject, states should make laws: 10 key developments | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday asked the centre to allow the states to legislate in matters relating to agriculture which is a state subject. He also alleged that the centre’s three farm laws have caused disruptions in the agriculture sector in the state. He was speaking in the sixth Governing Council virtual meeting of Niti Aayog. Here are the day’s key developments: 1. Urging the centre to respect the 'annadaata' (the farmer), Amarinder Singh reiterated his government's stand that agriculture is a state subject and it should be left to be legislated upon by states in the true spirit of "cooperative federalism" enshrined in the Constitution. In his pre-recorded address for the sixth Governing Council virtual meeting of Niti Aayog, the Congress leader point...
Assam hikes daily wage of tea garden workers
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Assam hikes daily wage of tea garden workers

The Assam government on Saturday increased the wages of tea garden workers from Rs 167 to Rs 217, coming on the heels of a long standing demand of the community and political promises for the same. “For equal wages of small tea workers one man committee under Principal Secretary Dr JB Ekka will be formed. Wage of tea workers increased from Rs. 167 to Rs. 217,” a government statement on Saturday’s Cabinet decisions released in the evening said. Last Sunday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a rally in the state that the party will ensure a Rs 365 per day wage to tea garden workers of Assam if elected to power. Source link
How to style your basic white shirt like Deepika Padukone  | The Times of India
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How to style your basic white shirt like Deepika Padukone | The Times of India

If you are someone who always wishes to style your casual outfits, you might have experienced running out of ideas once in a while. But it doesn't seem to be the case for Deepika Padukone. This beautiful actress seems to have mastered the art of styling the simple, crisp white shirt in numerous ways. She always aces at giving us a brand new look every single time she dons a white shirt. Here are our favourite picks. Source link
Bhriguvanshi beats buzzer as India pip Iraq 81-78 to finish third in Asia Cup qualifiers | More sports News – Times of India
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Bhriguvanshi beats buzzer as India pip Iraq 81-78 to finish third in Asia Cup qualifiers | More sports News – Times of India

NAGPUR: When it mattered the most, India's best two guards Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and Amjyot Singh were always on duty. The deadly duo turned the tide for India in the final seconds of their must-win game against Iraq in the third window of men’s qualifiers for the FIBA Asia Cup basketball championship in Bahrain on Saturday. While Amjyot made a crucial steal with two seconds left for the hooter, skipper Vishesh fired a buzzer-beating three pointer to guide India past Iraq by three points (81-78) at the Khalifa Sport City arena in Manama. With this crucial win, India secured the third position in Group D and earned a berth in the final qualifying tournament for FIBA Asia Cup 2021. Two months after they failed to halt Bahrain’s shooting spree, India put up a fine display of grit and charac...
Can’t wait to share dressing room with the likes of Virat Kohli, says Rahul Tewatia | Cricket News – Times of India
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Can’t wait to share dressing room with the likes of Virat Kohli, says Rahul Tewatia | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Consistent showing for Haryana in domestic cricket and a brilliant Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen all-rounder Rahul Tewatia break into the national team as the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) announced the Indian squad for the T20I matches against England on Saturday. Tewatia might have stolen hearts with his showing in the 2020 edition of the IPL, but the spin-bowling all-rounder believes it is the challenge he faced while playing for Haryana that has made him a better cricketer. Speaking to ANI moments after being named in the Indian team, Tewatia said that breaking into the Haryana squad and cementing a place in the XI in the presence of quality performers made him mentally strong and helped his game. "Imagine fighting it out for a place in the team which has leg...
Pics of the Week: Kajal Aggarwal’s bronze makeup to Rakul Preet Singh’s bikini  | The Times of India
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Pics of the Week: Kajal Aggarwal’s bronze makeup to Rakul Preet Singh’s bikini | The Times of India

From celebrities to influencers, bronze makeup is the trend that is going viral among fashion circles. On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, Kajal Aggarwal took to Instagram and conveyed her wishes with a heartfelt note on self-love. In the pictures attached, she looked drop-dead gorgeous in a metallic sequin dress which is well complemented by shimmery brown makeup with filled brows, matte finish nude lips, highlighted cheeks and shimmery lids. Her wet hairdo upped the hotness quotient of the killer posture. Source link
9 held for robbing Rs 12 cr, police probe hawala angle
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9 held for robbing Rs 12 cr, police probe hawala angle

Nine persons have been arrested by Vile Parle police for allegedly robbing Rs 12 crore from two persons staying in a hotel in the western suburbs in a crime with an alleged hawala angle to it. The police said that the complainant in the case is a labour contractor named Anand Ingale, who provides contract workers to private companies. He is also involved in social work, the police added. According to the FIR, Ingale told the police that two persons who had come from outside Mumbai had been robbed of Rs 12 crore that they were trying to transfer outside the country through illegal means. “The two allegedly wanted to send their unaccounted cash to Canada through hawala channels regarding which there was a meeting going on in the room at the hotel. The meeting was between the ...
Maharashtra: Revenue crunch may hit water resources dept’s ongoing projects
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Maharashtra: Revenue crunch may hit water resources dept’s ongoing projects

The state water resources department’s demand for higher allocation in the 2021-22 Budget to expedite incomplete projects is likely to take a backseat as the ongoing pandemic and lockdown lead to revenue shortfall. The water resources department has pitched for Rs 15,234-crore Budget which is an increase of Rs 5,234 crore compared to the last one. However, considering the funds shortfall, the finance department may agree for an additional allocation between Rs 2,558 crore and Rs 3,000 crore, officials indicated. The Budget allocation for the water resources department in 2019-20 was Rs 10, 235 crore. The department feels the Budget after a year should be raised to Rs 15,000 crore, considering the requirement of huge funds to complete the ongoing projects. A senior officia...
India vs England: Suryakumar, Kishan, Tewatia earn maiden India call-up for T20Is against England; Pant, Bhuvneshwar back | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England: Suryakumar, Kishan, Tewatia earn maiden India call-up for T20Is against England; Pant, Bhuvneshwar back | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Rahul Tewatia on Saturday earned their maiden India call-up for next month's five-match T20 series against England as the selectors rewarded them for their stupendous performances in the IPL. Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, all-rounder Axar Patel and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also returned to a fresh-looking squad. The selectors named a 19-man squad for the series starting March 12 in Ahmedabad with an aim to try out new faces such as Kishan, Yadav and Tewatia in a World Cup year. All three had a stellar IPL though Yadav has formed the backbone of Mumbai Indians' batting over the years. Questions were raised when Suryakumar Yadav did not make the team for the series in Australia but his long wait has finally ended. Kishan too had a good IP...
Suryakumar, Kishan, Tewatia picked in Indian team for England T20Is | Cricket News – Times of India
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Suryakumar, Kishan, Tewatia picked in Indian team for England T20Is | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Young wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Rahul Tewatia were on Saturday named in India's 19-man squad for the five-match T20I series against England. Yadav finally breaks into the team after consistent performances for Mumbai in domestic cricket as well as Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Kishan, who also plays Mumbai Indians, has been in red hot form in white-ball cricket and has been rewarded and will be second stumper in the side along with Rishabh Pant. Haryana's Tewatia too made the cut after a memorable IPL. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and Manish Pandey have been dropped while pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been rested. The T20 series will be played in Ahmedabad from March 12. India's T20I squad:Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL R...
Biden approves major disaster declaration for Texas: FEMA – Times of India
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Biden approves major disaster declaration for Texas: FEMA – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Texas which has suffered widespread power blackouts and water shortages during a deadly deep freeze, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday. Millions of residents in the United States' biggest oil and gas producer have dealt with power outages, and nearly half of Texas' residents on Friday had to endure disrupted water service. Nearly two dozen deaths have been attributed to the storm and a frigid snap. The action makes federal funding available to individuals across the state, including assistance for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans. Biden is also weighing a trip to Texas to survey the federal response to the first new crisis to develop since he took office a month ago....