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GU suspends exams slated to begin from April 12
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GU suspends exams slated to begin from April 12

AMID RISING Covid-19 cases, University of Gujarat, the state’s largest university, has suspended its all examinations till further orders. “Keeping in view the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, all the exams starting from April 12 and on April 23, as well as those to be conducted thereafter, have been suspended till further announcement,” a circular issued by the GU stated Tuesday. “The options and revised exam dates will be announced within a week,” GU vice chancellor Himanshu Pandya said. While the university has completed exams for postgraduate courses for over 26,000 students, undergraduate exams for both first and second semesters of nearly 50,000 students were scheduled this month. First year, first semester exams were to be held from April 12 and second semester from Apr...
Forces Fought With 750 Trained Maoists, Killed Around 30, Says CRPF Chief
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Forces Fought With 750 Trained Maoists, Killed Around 30, Says CRPF Chief

Forces Fought With 750 Trained Maoists, Killed Around 30, Says CRPF Chief. (FILE)New Delhi: Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Kuldiep Singh on Tuesday said that security forces fought with 700-750 most trained Maoists, broke the ambush and neutralised more than 28-30 Maoists, secured weapons and rescued injured jawans.He also said that there were absolutely no lapses on the part of coordination, intelligence, operational, reinforcement or rescue.Speaking to ANI, Mr Singh said, "We had reports that there was heavy presence of Naxals in a village in Bijapur. We planned a joint operation of Cobra battalion, DRG, Bastariya Battalion and STF Chattisgarh. There were a total of 450 people in the operation," DG said."It was a search and destroy operation. The forces went t...
Chhattisgarh: In village of ambush, locals ‘beaten’ by cops; I-G to look in
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Chhattisgarh: In village of ambush, locals ‘beaten’ by cops; I-G to look in

Written by Gargi Verma | Teklagudam (chhattisgarh) | April 7, 2021 4:44:51 am ON TUESDAY, Mangdu Barse, 20, lay on a cot in the awning of his hut with bruised lips; he pulled the lower lip down, slowly, to expose four missing teeth. In Teklagudam village, the epicenter of the gunbattle between Maoists and security forces on Saturday, Barse was one of the few who stayed back till late, and was allegedly beaten up by police personnel, an allegation the police chief said he would look into. “When we saw the police personnel approach, we locked ourselves in our houses. Those who didn’t got beaten up. After a few hours, we heard the noise of heavy firing and we fled,” said Bhima Korsa, 29, another resident of Teklagudam. Bastar ...
Express Investigation: Citing lack of due process & glaring gaps in FIRs, Allahabad HC struck down 20 of 20 orders
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Express Investigation: Citing lack of due process & glaring gaps in FIRs, Allahabad HC struck down 20 of 20 orders

Taken together, cow slaughter cases and communal incidents account for over half of all cases adjudicated by the Allahabad High Court in which the Uttar Pradesh administration invoked the draconian National Security Act (NSA) over the last three years — 61 of 120. In as many as 50 of these habeas corpus cases it ruled in — almost 80% — the High Court struck down the orders and ordered the release of the detainees. But when it comes to communal incidents alone, this went up to 100% — between January 2018 and December 2020, this is the only category where the court has struck down all NSA detention orders it adjudicated on: 20 out of 20, all on habeas corpus petitions. All the accused were from the minority community — and in at least four cases, the court took on record subm...
Express Investigation: Citing lack of due process & glaring gaps in FIRs, Allahabad HC struck down 20 of 20 orders
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Express Investigation: Citing lack of due process & glaring gaps in FIRs, Allahabad HC struck down 20 of 20 orders

TAKEN together, cow slaughter cases and communal incidents account for over half of all cases adjudicated by the Allahabad High Court in which the Uttar Pradesh administration invoked the draconian National Security Act (NSA) over the last three years — 61 of 120. In as many as 50 of these habeas corpus cases it ruled in — almost 80% — the High Court struck down the orders and ordered the release of the detainees. But when it comes to communal incidents alone, this went up to 100% — between January 2018 and December 2020, this is the only category where the court has struck down all NSA detention orders it adjudicated on: 20 out of 20, all on habeas corpus petitions. All the accused were from the minority community — and in at least four cases, the court took on record subm...
Chhattisgarh Maoist ambush: Viral audioclips recount valour of troops, wait for help | India News – Times of India
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Chhattisgarh Maoist ambush: Viral audioclips recount valour of troops, wait for help | India News – Times of India

RAIPUR: Four days after the Tekulguda ambush, at least eight audio clips went viral on Tuesday where a purported CoBRA commando recounts the valiant firefight and how the trapped troops kept waiting for help to arrive. None of the senior police officers would comment on the authenticity of the audios or the sequence of events they describe. “The operation is being analyzed and such audios and videos often do the rounds after a major Naxal attack,” said an officer. The speaker recounts how he used a captured Maoist as a human shield to protect his section, and handed him over to police after they returned to base. Police haven’t confirmed or denied this claim. “We were trapped and kept asking for chopper over satellite (phone). Since morning 11 to 1pm, the headquarters kept assuring that...
As CBI begins probe on HC orders, Maharashtra govt, Deshmukh move separate pleas in SC
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As CBI begins probe on HC orders, Maharashtra govt, Deshmukh move separate pleas in SC

ON A day that the Maharashtra government and its former home minister, Anil Deshmukh, moved the Supreme Court separately, challenging the Bombay High Court’s direction to the CBI to probe the allegations levelled against him by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, the CBI on Tuesday formally initiated a preliminary enquiry. Deshmukh resigned as Home Minister on Monday, hours after the Bombay High Court directed the CBI to probe the allegations against him. Calling the case “unprecedented,” the High Court had asked the CBI to complete the probe “preferably within 15 days”, after which it said the CBI director was at liberty to take “further course of action”. The state government, in its petition, said the pleas seeking an independent probe into the allegations ...
On Kerala voting day, Sabarimala in focus, CM says ‘Gods with LDF’
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On Kerala voting day, Sabarimala in focus, CM says ‘Gods with LDF’

The Sabarimala temple issue, which had become a flashpoint in Kerala during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, took centrestage again on voting day for the Assembly elections Tuesday, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s remark that the “legion of Devas (Gods)” is with the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF, drawing a heated response from Congress and BJP leaders. Responding to a comment from a top functionary of the Nair Service Society (NSS), a prominent outfit representing upper-caste Nairs, that “a government that protects faith” should be elected, Vijayan told reporters: “The people of Kerala will bestow a historic verdict on the LDF. The Government had stood with the people in crisis. It is believed that those people will support the LDF.” Referring to the Sabarimala issue, Vijayan said ...
Next 4 weeks critical… Covid-19 vaccine first to those who need it, not want it: Centre
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Next 4 weeks critical… Covid-19 vaccine first to those who need it, not want it: Centre

AMID DEMANDS from some sections to open up Covid-19 vaccination in view of rising cases, the Centre said on Tuesday that the aim was to protect the vulnerable population and to vaccinate “those who require it”, not those who “want it”. Stating that the cases were “spreading faster than last time”, Dr V K Paul, who heads India’s Covid-19 task force, said the next four weeks will be “critical”. With 96,982 new cases reported across the country in the last 24 hours, the total active caseload is now 7,88,223. Addressing a press briefing, Dr Paul said: “The intensity of the pandemic has increased and it is spreading faster than last time. In some states, it (the condition) is worse than others but the upswing (in cases) can be observed across the country.” “People’s participati...
Chhattisgarh: Maoists ask govt to name interlocutors for release of abducted CoBRA constable
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Chhattisgarh: Maoists ask govt to name interlocutors for release of abducted CoBRA constable

Three days since a CRPF jawan from its elite CoBRA unit went missing after a gun battle on Saturday on the Sukma-Bijapur border, Maoists on Tuesday asked the government to name interlocutors for the release of the jawan from their custody. In a press note issued on Tuesday, Vikalp, spokesperson of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DSZC) of the banned organisation CPI (Maoists), said, “The government must declare the names of interlocutors. After that, we will release the policeman in our custody. Till then, he will be safe under our security.” The police had Sunday said Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, a constable with CoBRA unit of the CRPF, was missing. Subsequently, a senior CRPF officer also met the family of Manhas in Jammu, and assured his relatives the government was ...
J&K: Her son killed 16 years ago, 74-yr-old fights a lonely battle
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J&K: Her son killed 16 years ago, 74-yr-old fights a lonely battle

Like her kuchha room that collapsed a year ago, the chances of her getting justice in the case of the killing of her only son over 15 years ago are also waning. But despite finding it difficult to walk and her poor eyesight, Santosh Kumari, 74, is not the one to give up, or lose hope. Now staying with her nephew Subash Sharma, what brings Santosh Kumari back to the rubble of this room is the possibility of a reply from the Rajouri Deputy Commissioner to her application requesting the police to re-investigate her son’s killing. What’s most intriguing to her is that the Jammu and Kashmir Police did not register an FIR into the killing of Surinder Kumar, who was allegedly shot dead by an Army sentry on October 1, 2005. Instead, it preferred to initiate inquest proceedings unde...
Moscow plays down Beijing, pledges deeper Delhi ties: S-400 to Afghanistan
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Moscow plays down Beijing, pledges deeper Delhi ties: S-400 to Afghanistan

In a bid to iron out divergences and build on the common “resilient” ground ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit later this year, Indian and Russian Foreign Ministers Tuesday sought to address each other’s concerns on a wide range of issues — from defence supplies to the S-400 air defence system, India’s role in Afghanistan and Taliban’s involvement in power-sharing to cooperation on Covid vaccines and Delhi’s participation in the Quad grouping. Less than a month after the first ever Quad leaders’ virtual summit, visiting Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov Tuesday, with External Affairs minister S Jaishankar by his side, sought to downplay the growing ties with Beijing saying Russia-China relations are at their “highest ever,” but these aren’t aimed at a “m...
Italy says fans can be present at Euro 2020 games | Football News – Times of India
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Italy says fans can be present at Euro 2020 games | Football News – Times of India

ROME: Italy's government has decided that Rome's Olympic stadium can be re-opened to the public for European Championship matches, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said in a statement on Tuesday. The Euro 2020 tournament was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and UEFA, European soccer's governing body, had asked the 12 host nations to submit plans for allowing fans inside stadiums by early April. "Health Minister Roberto Speranza has told us that the government scientific advisers will identify the best solutions to allow the public to be at the Olympic Stadium in Rome for the European Championships," FIGC President Gabriele Gravina said. "We will cooperate in synergy with sport sub-secretary Valentina Vezzali who is accompanying us down this path. We received a stro...
In second year of pandemic, resident docs on Covid duty rue academic loss
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In second year of pandemic, resident docs on Covid duty rue academic loss

As the pandemic enters the second year, the surge steeper this time, over 4,500 resident doctors across Maharashtra government medical colleges (GMC), who have been drafted in the fight against Covid-19, have started complaining about losing out on academics. Resident doctors at T N Topiwala medical college in Mumbai went on mass leave on Tuesday to protest against the conversion of the hospital into a dedicated Covid-19 facility. Except in intensive care units, the doctors did not report for work. On Monday, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) had written to the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), warning that doctors who are not on Covid-19 duty would go on strike across the state if demands of those on pandemic duty are not met. The d...
Former editor Fatma Zakaria dies at 85
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Former editor Fatma Zakaria dies at 85

Fatma Zakaria, former editor and wife of late politician Rafiq Zakaria, died on Tuesday of a heart attack. She was 85. She was hospitalised after contracting Covid-19 in Aurangabad. Fatma began her career in journalism as Aunty Wendy, a children’s column in The Illustrated Weekly of India. When Khushwant Singh took charge of the magazine, Fatma became the assistant editor. “She was Singh’s right hand and persuaded political heavies to contribute to the paper because of her connections as Rafiq Zakaria’s wife,” journalist Bachi Karkaria said. Fatma joined The Times of India in 1970. Film critic Khalid Mohamed described her as “a powerhouse”. “I couldn’t have been a film critic without her. She saw a spark in me even while I was a trainee,” he said. Fatma later became the edi...
Dreams Mall Hospital Fire: Mall administrator in HC to quash FIR, seeks protection from coercive action
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Dreams Mall Hospital Fire: Mall administrator in HC to quash FIR, seeks protection from coercive action

THE ADMINISTRATOR of Dreams Mall, Bhandup (West), appointed by National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), has moved the Bombay High Court seeking to quash the FIR pertaining to the fire incident at Sunrise Hospital, a Covid-19 facility inside the mall, which resulted in at least 10 deaths. Apprehending arrest as police sought his presence for the interrogation, he also sought interim protection from coercive action pending hearing. A division bench of Justice S S Shinde and Justice Manish Pitale was hearing a plea by Rahul Sahasrabuddhe, the administrator appointed by NCLT. At least 10 patients under treatment at Sunrise Hospital were killed after a fire broke out in the mall on March 25. It started operations in October 2020. The FIR was lodged against owners of Dreams Mall and...
Polling day in TMC stronghold: ‘On days like today, it’s all about who has stronger men’
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Polling day in TMC stronghold: ‘On days like today, it’s all about who has stronger men’

In the BJP’s office at Canning town in South 24 Parganas, it is close to noon, and two men behind a desk, with pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi everywhere, are working the phones constantly. Sunil Kumar Nayak dials the police observer and looks at the scribbled notes in front of him. “Sir, the TMC fellows are stopping our voters near the Kalibari area. Please go there,” he says. There is a pause as he listens to the response. “But what can I do, Sir? I keep calling because I keep getting information. Please look into it,” he says. The South 24 Parganas district, bordering Kolkata, is a TMC bastion, with the party sweeping the area in the 2016 Assembly elections, and holding on to Assembly segments and seats even as the BJP rose in 2019. On polling day, it is also cl...
Covid-19 second wave: Delhi govt imposes night curfew till April 30
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Covid-19 second wave: Delhi govt imposes night curfew till April 30

THE DELHI government Tuesday imposed night curfew, from 10 pm to 5 am, till April 30 in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in the national capital. The city reported 5,100 new cases in the last 24 hours — the highest single-day spike since November 27 (5,482 cases). Healthcare workers and government officials on essential and emergency duties will be exempt, as will those travelling to and from airports, railway stations and interstate bus terminals. Those travelling inter-state by private vehicles will not be exempt, except in the case of a medical emergency. Since Delhi has started round-the-clock vaccination, those heading to vaccination centres will be allowed with an e-pass. Delivery personnel and those working in grocery stores or shops that sell food, medicines and me...
Hima, Dutee named in 4x100m relay team for World Athletics Relays | More sports News – Times of India
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Hima, Dutee named in 4x100m relay team for World Athletics Relays | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star sprinter Hima Das and national record holder Dutee Chand were on Tuesday named in the Indian women's 4x100m team for the World Athletics Relays, an Olympic qualification event, to be held in Poland on May 1 and 2. S Dhanalakshmi, who had beaten Dutee in the final of women's 100m sprint in the Federation Cup last month, was also named in the team, along with Archana Suseendran, Himashree Roy and AT Daneshwari. India will also field teams in the men's 4x400m and women's 4x400m relays in Chorzow, Silesia, in Poland. The top eight teams from the World Athletics Relays will automatically qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The Indian mixed 4x400m relay team has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after reaching the final during the 2019 World Championships in Doha. The AFI n...
Delhi: Elderly couple ‘run over by 28-year-old’
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Delhi: Elderly couple ‘run over by 28-year-old’

A 79-year-old man and his 62-year-old wife were run over by a car allegedly driven by a 28-year-old woman, after she lost control of the vehicle in Dwarka. Police said the couple were out for an evening walk on Sunday. The woman, Deepakshi Choudhary, was arrested after an FIR was registered, and she was released on bail. DCP (Dwarka) Santosh Kumar Meena said the couple were identified as Shanti Swroop Arora, a retired doctor, and his wife Anjana. “Both were residents of APPU Enclave at Dwarka’s Sector 11. Their children are in the US,” said Meena. Police said the incident was caught on camera. In the video, a Baleno hits the couple and runs over them. Choudhary comes out of the car, goes to the rear side of the vehicle and later calls somebody after taking her mobile phone ...