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Pakistan intruder caught along international border in Jammu | India News – Times of India
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Pakistan intruder caught along international border in Jammu | India News – Times of India

JAMMU: Alert troops of Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday shot at and detained a Pakistani intruder trying to enter the Indian territory from across the international border in Jammu’s R S Pura sector. He was later hospitalized for a bullet injury. A BSF spokesperson said that security personnel observed suspicious movement of the Pakistani national near border post number 942 as the man was making desperate attempts to cross the fence. “The intruder was warned to stop but he did not pay attention. He was subsequently fired upon, due to which he got a minor injury,” the spokesperson said. BSF troops later apprehended him and handed him over to the police and was hospitalized. During preliminary questioning, the intruder disclosed his identity as Shabbir (40). Earlier on March 21, BS...
No moral conviction in absence of legal evidence: Bombay HC | India News – Times of India
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No moral conviction in absence of legal evidence: Bombay HC | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: "In the absence of legally admissible evidence there cannot be moral conviction," said the Bombay high court as it set aside a 2012 murder conviction and life sentence of three people, including a man whose wife had died due to asphyxiation from hanging. A bench of Justice Sadhana Jadhav and Justice N R Borkar recently ruled in a 2010 "cruelty to wife" case that there was evidence for conviction under section 498A of IPC. “In cases like the present one, just because the wife has died in her matrimonial house within two months of marriage, the entire family cannot be stigmatized as having committed offences as serious as (murder)," the HC said. It acquitted the family of all charges, including the ones under the Dowry Prohibition Act and dowry death. The victim, a postgraduate in...
West Bengal Reports Highest 1-Day Spike Of 4,817 Covid-19 Cases, 20 Deaths
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West Bengal Reports Highest 1-Day Spike Of 4,817 Covid-19 Cases, 20 Deaths

West Bengal Tuesday recorded the highest single-day spike of 4,817 coronavirus cases.Kolkata: West Bengal on Tuesday recorded the highest single-day spike of 4,817 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, pushing the tally to 6,24,224, the health department said in a bulletin.The death count also rose to 10,434 after 20 fresh fatalities were registered in the state.Kolkata too registered a record one-day spike of 1,271 coronavirus cases, while North 24 Parganas district reported 1,134 cases, the bulletin added.At least 2,278 patients recovered from the disease during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured people to 5,84,740.The state now has 29,050 active cases. Eleven fresh fatalities were reported from Kolkata, followed by four from North 24 Parganas, two each from Hooghly...
NIA probes encounter angle in passport found at Sachin Waze house
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NIA probes encounter angle in passport found at Sachin Waze house

A PASSPORT found by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at the home of arrested Mumbai policeman Sachin Waze is one of the key pieces in the Antilia security scare puzzle that investigators are trying to solve. The Indian Express has learnt that one of the theories the agency is working on is that Waze, known as an “encounter specialist”, allegedly intended to eliminate the holder of that passport and another man. The plan, they suspect, was to pin the SUV containing the gelatin sticks that was found on February 25 outside Mukesh Ambani’s house on these two men, gun them down the same day, and claim to have “solved” the case. The two men had a criminal record and were known to Waze, officials familiar with the line of investigation said. The passport was found during a ...
Most non-official members in new MSME Board have BJP links
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Most non-official members in new MSME Board have BJP links

The newly announced 46-member Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Board, tasked to play an important role in policy review, has 26 official members and 20 representing a range of industry voices. Politics seems to dominate the choice of the latter — the list includes several BJP office-bearers, ex-party MLAs and members of RSS affiliate Laghu Udyog Bharati. According to Section 3 of the MSME Development Act Act — under which the Board is constituted by the Centre — these 20 members are meant to “represent the associations of micro, small and medium enterprises, including not less than three persons representing associations of women’s enterprises and not less than three persons representing associations of micro enterprises, to be appointed by the Central Government.” A scru...
‘Major’ announcement planned in student’s 1996 disappearance – Times of India
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‘Major’ announcement planned in student’s 1996 disappearance – Times of India

LOS ANGELES: A sheriff on California's Central Coast plans to make a major announcement Tuesday in the nearly 25-year mystery of the disappearance of college student Kristin Smart. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson scheduled a news conference at 2pm at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where Smart was a student, to discuss "major developments in the investigation" into her disappearance. The news comes about a month after the sheriff named former student Paul Flores as the "prime suspect" in the case and investigators searched his father's home and property in the city of Arroyo Grande, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of the university, using ground-penetrating radar and cadaver dogs. Smart, 19, of Stockton, California, vanished in May 1996 whil...
Remote Covid ward in Chhattisgarh tells new story of death, despair
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Remote Covid ward in Chhattisgarh tells new story of death, despair

In October last year, when the Covid caseload was peaking across the country, Bemetara in Chhattisgarh recorded 1,000 cases. On April 1 this year, the district’s log of active cases showed 6,300. By April 12, it had surged to 9,700. Bemetara’s numbers capture in a nutshell the impact of the second wave of the pandemic in the state. And its lone Covid ICU facility — 8 beds at the district hospital — the damage and despair that it has caused. Two of those ICU beds are vacant now. But that’s because the occupants succumbed to the virus on Monday. Chhattisgarh currently has 98,856 active cases. “In Bemetara, we are getting more than 200 cases in a day. They are coming from everywhere,” says a district health official. “The patients have all shown a similar pattern. Because of ...
Georgia lawmaker’s legal work targeted again over voting law – Times of India
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Georgia lawmaker’s legal work targeted again over voting law – Times of India

WASHINGTON: Protesters are trying to get a Georgia state representative fired by cities and counties that pay him to be their attorney, citing his role in pushing through a voting law that adds restrictions. The Washington City Council voted 4-2 to ask Rep. Barry Fleming to resign Monday, WJBF-TV reports. It's not clear if the city can immediately fire the Republican from Harlem because Washington has a contract with Fleming's law firm. "We want to make sure that every vote counts and we want to make sure that every person is heard," said Wilkes County Democratic Party chair Kimberly Rainey, among protesters demanding Fleming's resignation. "These kinds of bills are voter suppression. There's no other way to say it and it hurts people that are disenfranchised already." Fleming earlier s...
Door for global vaccines opens but pricing strategy could be key to entry
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Door for global vaccines opens but pricing strategy could be key to entry

THE Centre may have opened the regulatory door to a set of vaccines from overseas but how it works its pricing and procurement strategy could be key to their entry and rollout. For most nations, the vaccine rollout adheres to one simple maxim: countries that invested “at risk” before the products cleared regulatory scrutiny ended up extracting a better pricing deal from manufacturers in the end. So far, India, with the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturing base, seems to be the only exception. The NDA government is learnt to have negotiated the cost of Covishield — Serum Institute of India’s (SII) version of the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine — to Rs 150 plus GST, or around $2.02, per dose. This is lower than the $2.15 at which AZ is supplying to the European Unio...
US troops to exit Afghanistan by September 11, 20 years after 9/11 – Times of India
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US troops to exit Afghanistan by September 11, 20 years after 9/11 – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US troops will pack up fully from Afghanistan by September 11, 20 years after the world's biggest terrorist attack on 9/11. President Biden will make the announcement on Wednesday, bringing an end to the longest war the U.S was drawn into, surpassing the 19 years it was bogged down in Vietnam. The new timeline, which will go beyond the May 1 exit deadline that the Trump administration negotiated last year with the Taliban, will still leave the violence-wracked country open to depredations from Pakistan, which has long used it for "strategic depth" in its unending confrontation with India. The withdrawal is effectively a triumph for the Pakistani military, which has long nurtured Taliban and allied proxies and terrorists in its irregular warfare aimed at the west and India. T...
Biden proposes summit with Putin after Russia calls US ‘adversary’ over Ukraine – Times of India
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Biden proposes summit with Putin after Russia calls US ‘adversary’ over Ukraine – Times of India

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW: US President Joe Biden called on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to reduce tensions stirred by a Russian military build-up on Ukraine's border and proposed a summit of the estranged leaders to tackle a raft of disputes. The White House and the Kremlin reported only the second conversation between the two since Biden took office in January, after Western officials urged Moscow to end the build-up and Russia, in words recalling the Cold War, said its "adversary" should keep U.S. warships well away from the Crimea region. Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and fighting has increased in recent weeks in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have battled Russian-backed separatists in a seven-year conflict that Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people. In a s...
Man arrested for morphing Rupani video: ‘Would see him sitting for hours with mobile, but sure my son is innocent’
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Man arrested for morphing Rupani video: ‘Would see him sitting for hours with mobile, but sure my son is innocent’

KISHAN RUPANI would spend hours on his cellphone, posting and commenting on social media. The 28-year-old’s family did not think much of it until Monday, when police came looking for him. Hours later, Kishan was arrested for allegedly morphing a video of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani using Taylor Swift’s song, ‘I knew you were trouble’, and circulating it on social media. He was let out on bail later after his statement was recorded. “We have never seen a police station nor have the police come home in my entire life. This is the first time, because of my son, that the police have come to my home,” Arvindbhai Rupani, Kishan’s father, told The Indian Express on Tuesday. “We would see my son sitting for hours with his mobile phone, but I am sure my son is innocent and he has no...
Soon, a 24/7 digital window to file cases from anywhere | India News – Times of India
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Soon, a 24/7 digital window to file cases from anywhere | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Limiting the role of registry in prioritising cases, the phase-III of the e-Courts project, currently in draft stage, has proposed a 24/7 digital window to litigants and lawyers to file cases from anywhere, anytime with provision of scheduling digital hearings in an open court, ensuring compliance of timelines by both judges and litigants. Use of artificial intelligence (AI) has been proposed to “intelligently recommend schedules for hearing by optimising and coordinating the schedules and time of different actors (judges, lawyers and litigants).” The Centre’s ambitious eCourts project, initiated in 2005, has completed two phases so far. At a cost of Rs 2,300 crore, it has computerised almost all 19,000 functional district and subordinate courts with broadband connectivity an...
Covid-19 has pushed half of India’s poor away from nutritious food: report
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Covid-19 has pushed half of India’s poor away from nutritious food: report

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that followed has resulted in half of India’s poor people being deprived of nutritious food. In its 2021 Global Food Policy Report, the International Food Policy Research Institute has warned of severe and long lasting consequences due to the contraction in diet quality. India was one of the first countries to implement a complete lockdown when cases and deaths due to the pandemic were relatively low. The lockdown, the report said, caught policymakers off guard as evident by the large number of migrants who took to the roads to reach their home states – this, the report said, had led to a surge in infections across the country. Temporary and migrant workers were worst hit by the pandemic as the lockdown brought with...
UP CM Yogi Adityanath self-isolates as staff members test positive | India News – Times of India
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UP CM Yogi Adityanath self-isolates as staff members test positive | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday self-isolated himself as a precautionary measure after some officials in his office tested positive for coronavirus. "Some officers in my office have been infected with Corona. These officers have been in contact with me, so I have taken a precaution as a precaution and am starting all the work virtually," tweeted Yogi Adityanath. मेरे कार्यालय के कुछ अधिकारी कोरोना से संक्रमित हुए हैं।यह अधिकारी मेरे संपर्क में रहे हैं, अतः मैंने एहतियातन अप… https://t.co/ijSFds36I5— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) 1618320912000Uttar Pradesh reported its highest ever one-day spike of over 18,000 new cases on Tuesday. Source link ...
IPL 2021: KKR Were Cruising Before Bumrah And Co Staged A Bollywood Style Comeback | Match Summary
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IPL 2021: KKR Were Cruising Before Bumrah And Co Staged A Bollywood Style Comeback | Match Summary

IPL 2021, KKR vs MI: The last three overs changed the scenario for KKR in the match against Mumbai Indians. After scoring 152 in the first innings, a few would have said that MI would manage to secure a victory, and rightly so. Even up until the end of 17 overs, Kolkata were heading towards an easy victory.Nitish Rana played a steady innings of 57 (47). It was an ideal innings, given the circumstances. He scored an opening partnership of 72 runs with Shubman Gill. But once the opening partnership was broken by brilliant bowling from Rahul Chahar, there was no stopping Mumbai. Rahul Chahar picked 4-27 and also received the man of the match award for his performance.Krunal Pandya also bowled some tight overs. He bowled at an economy of 3.2 rpo. At that stage, he was responsible for bringi...
Covid-19: Pakistanis forced to opt for expensive jabs from private markets amid slow govt vaccination drive – Times of India
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Covid-19: Pakistanis forced to opt for expensive jabs from private markets amid slow govt vaccination drive – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government is facing double trouble as hospital beds are filling up amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country and the vaccination program is progressing at a slow rate due to delayed deliveries and limited supplies. Pakistan, which began its vaccination drive against Covid-19 in February, has failed to smoothly run the exercise as only one million people have been vaccinated so far. A huge percentage of the country's 238 million residents are still left waiting for the vaccine, according to official figures. The country has so far reported 7,30,000 Covid-19 cases and 15,619 related deaths. The government has received 2.56 million doses of vaccines, all from China, according to local reports citing the health ministry, as per CNN. Pakistan has only approved a...
No question of Prashant Kishor deciding on tickets for 2022 assembly polls, says Amarinder Singh | India News – Times of India
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No question of Prashant Kishor deciding on tickets for 2022 assembly polls, says Amarinder Singh | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Putting to rest all media speculation, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ruled out any role of newly-appointed principal advisor Prashant Kishor in the finalisation of Congress tickets in the 2022 assembly elections. "There is no question of it. Kishor has no say in the matter," said the chief minister amid reports of resentment brewing in the Punjab Congress over Kishor deciding on the tickets. An official statement citing the chief minister said there are set norms and patterns for ticket allocation in the Congress, which are followed in all elections in all states and that Punjab was no exception. "There is a state election committee set up by the high command ahead of any assembly poll, which considers all the names and decides on the final candida...
UP CM Yogi Adityanath In Self-Isolation After Officials Test Positive For Coronavirus
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UP CM Yogi Adityanath In Self-Isolation After Officials Test Positive For Coronavirus

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday informed that he has isolated himself as a precautionary measure after some officials at his office tested positive for the Coronavirus. While making the announcement on Twitter, Adityanath wrote: "Some officials of my office have tested positive for Covid-19. As a precautionary measure, I have isolated myself and carrying on with my work virtually."As per reports, some officials at Adityanath's office, including his OSD, tested positive for Coronavirus. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday reported the highest-ever single-day spike of 18,021 coronavirus cases and 85 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the UP's caseload now stands at 7,23,582 and the death toll at 9,309.Earlier in the day, UP Health Department informed ...
Kumbh Mela and Nizamuddin Markaz shouldn’t be compared: Uttarakhand CM
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Kumbh Mela and Nizamuddin Markaz shouldn’t be compared: Uttarakhand CM

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Tuesday said the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar should not be compared with the Nizamuddin Markaz which was held in a closed space and attended even by foreigners. “There should be no comparison between Kumbh and Markaz. The Markaz was held in a closed space, in a Kothi like structure whereas the Kumbh is being held in the open on the sprawling ghats of the Ganga,” Rawat said on a weekly talk show organised by the Hindustan Times. The chief minister was replying to a question as to why the two religious events should not be equated (Nizamuddin Markaz and Kumbh) as Kumbh also draws crowds and could strengthen the second wave of the coronavirus infection.Citing other differences between the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and Nizamuddin...