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8 Dead In Dynamite Blast At Railway Crusher Site In Karnataka’s Shivamogga, PM Modi Expresses Condolences
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8 Dead In Dynamite Blast At Railway Crusher Site In Karnataka’s Shivamogga, PM Modi Expresses Condolences

Shivamogga: At least eight persons were killed in a dynamite blast at a railway crusher site in Karnataka’s Hunasodu village in the Shivamogga district on Friday, district collector KB Shivakumar told news agency ANI. The possibility of subsequent explosions at the quarry at Hunasondi near village Abbalagere has not been ruled out by the police since some dynamite sticks are still live, the police said. A bomb disposal squad has been called in and the entire area has been sealed.The massive explosion took place near gravel and boulder crushing facility around 10.30 pm, sending shockwaves not only in Shivamogga, but also in neighbouring Chikkamagaluru and Davangere districts, according to news agency PTI. An eye witness said the blast was so strong that window panes shattered while many ...
Only widow, not dad, has right to dead man’s sperm: Calcutta high court | India News – Times of India
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Only widow, not dad, has right to dead man’s sperm: Calcutta high court | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Only a widow has the right to her dead husband’s sperm, the Calcutta high court has ruled, turning down an appeal by a father to be given his only son’s sperm, which lies preserved in a Delhi sperm bank. The father had moved the high court in March 2020 saying their daughter-in-law has not only refused to give them her assent to get the sperm but has also refused to acknowledge their pleas. The father feared that if the sperm was destroyed, or unused during the period of agreement with the hospital sperm bank, his family would “lose their clan”. The HC said the sperm preserved at the Delhi hospital “belonged to the deceased” and, since he was married when he died, “the only other person, apart from the deceased, having any right to it is his wife”. The court added that the “fat...
Cancer cases needing surgery to rise by 5 million by 2040 globally — Lancet Oncology study
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Cancer cases needing surgery to rise by 5 million by 2040 globally — Lancet Oncology study

A blood test (representative image) | Pixabay Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Low- and middle-income countries need to improve cancer care and surgery provisions in the next few years to tackle rise in cases and mortality, two new Lancet studies have revealed. A modelling study, published in The Lancet Oncology journal, noted that the number of cancer cases that will require surgery is set to increase by 5 million procedures between 2018 and 2040 across the world. The greatest relative increase, however, will be seen in 34 low-income countries where the researchers also found widest gaps in the healthcare workforce. Meanwhile, an observational study in The Lancet, highlighted that patients in low- and middle-inc...
Photos: Kartik Aaryan arrives at Karan Johar’s residence in Mumbai – Times of India
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Photos: Kartik Aaryan arrives at Karan Johar’s residence in Mumbai – Times of India

Kartik Aaryan stepped out of his house on Thursday to meet filmmaker Karan Johar at his residence. The looked cool in a blue shirt while he waved at the paparazzi. Well, without any doubt, Kartik's stubble and long hair look has received all the love from his fans. Check out the photos here: Meanwhile, on the work front, the actor was supposed to start shooting for 'Dostana 2' in London, however, due to lockdown in the UK, the film team is scouting for new locations. The final call will be taken by the end of the month. Apart from Kartik, the film stars Janhvi Kapoor and Lakshya. Backed by Karan Johar, the film will is being helmed by Colin D'Cunha. Meanwhile, Kartik will also feature in 'Dhamaka' and 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2'. Source link
Kunal Shah invests in OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new venture – Times of India
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Kunal Shah invests in OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new venture – Times of India

Cred founder Kunal Shah has made an undisclosed seed investment in OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei's upcoming hardware venture. Pei announced his new venture in December 2020. “Carl is working on a new consumer electronics company that I am sure will be a disruptor in the tech industry. I am excited to be part of this journey,” said Shah. Carl had already raised $7 million in seed financing round for his new venture from friends and private investors including Tony Fadell (Principal at Future Shape & Inventor of the iPod), Casey Neistat (YouTuber), Kevin Lin (Cofounder of Twitch), Steve Huffman (CEO of Reddit), Liam Casey (Founder and CEO, PCH), Paddy Cosgrave (Founder of Web Summit) and Josh Buckley (CEO of Product Hunt). “Kunal is one of the sharpest people I know. I am proud and glad...
Milk prices defy seasonal trend as supply pressures build
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Milk prices defy seasonal trend as supply pressures build

Vegetable prices have cooled with the usual winter-time increase in supplies of carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, radish, capsicum and peas. Even onions and tomatoes aren’t on fire like they were only a couple of months ago. That isn’t happening though in milk, whose production also tends to rise during winters when calvings by buffaloes peak. Dairies are now paying more for milk during the current “flush” season (October-March), even as prices of dairy products have firmed up. And if international market trends are any indication, they look set to climb further. On Tuesday, skim milk powder (SMP) prices at Global Dairy Trade (GDT), the fortnightly auction platform of New Zealand’s Fonterra Cooperative, averaged $3,243 per tonne, the highest since the $3,264 of August 5, 2014....
Possible contest between Mamata Banerjee and Suvendu Adhikari puts Nandigram in dilemma | India News – Times of India
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Possible contest between Mamata Banerjee and Suvendu Adhikari puts Nandigram in dilemma | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A possible contest between West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee and her former confidante-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigarm has put the people of the constituency in a grave dilemma. It has become difficult for the voters to choose between the two popular leaders in the forthcoming state elections. Suvendu Adhikari was the TMC MLA from Nandigram from 2016 till he resigned on December 16 last year and joined the BJP after he fell apart with Mamata Banerjee. He enjoys considerable sway among the people of Nandigram. He was the face of the agitation against acquisition of land of the local people by the Left Front government in 2007. While Mamata Banerjee guided the movement, Adhikari was leading from the front, holding protest...
SC issues notice on petition against web series ‘Mirzapur’
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SC issues notice on petition against web series ‘Mirzapur’

THE SUPREME Court on Thursday issued a notice to Amazon Prime Video and Excel Entertainment, the makers of ‘Mirzapur’, on a plea seeking a ban on the second season of the web series on the ground that it “has completely tarnished the historical and cultural image of the city/district”. The petition also sought setting up of a pre-screening committee for programmes directly launched on online platforms. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde also sought the response of the central government on the petition filed by Sujeet Kumar Singh, a 38-year-old farmer from a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur. Rudra Vikram Singh, the petitioner’s lawyer and younger brother, said he had not moved against ‘Mirzapur 1’ as it had already been released. The petition was filed o...
Guru Randhawa: 2020 has been a year of transformation for me; I worked on myself and lost close to 15 kilos – Times of India
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Guru Randhawa: 2020 has been a year of transformation for me; I worked on myself and lost close to 15 kilos – Times of India

This year, singer Guru Randhawa has been busy with his private performances and shooting for the music video of a new single at the moment. And 2020 was just as exciting for him - more on a personal level. In an interaction with Bombay Times, the 'Lahore' singer revealed that he had dedicated the year that's gone by in self-improvement and personality grooming. "2020 has been challenging for a lot of us. In the beginning of the year, we were all ready to take over but it all came to a stop due to the pandemic. Having said that, I worked on new original music, worked on myself and lost close to 15 kgs, plus we started our own merchandise brand. 2020 has been a year for transformation for me, and I hope I take all the learning ahead in 2021. I hope everything gets back to normal and we as...
Three BJP workers held for ‘goli maro’ slogan in Hooghly
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Three BJP workers held for ‘goli maro’ slogan in Hooghly

The Hooghly BJP youth wing chief and two other party workers were arrested on Thursday for allegedly raising “Desh ke gaddaro ko goli maaro…” (shoot the traitors) slogans at a party rally in Chandannagar on Wednesday. “Three BJP activists, including Hooghly district youth wing chief Suresh Sahu, have been arrested,” said an officer from Chandannagar police. The other two arrested workers have been identified as Prabhat Gupta, president of the Bandel Mandal Youth Front, and Robin Ghosh, the convener of the BJP’s health cell. The arrested workers had allegedly shouted the provocative slogan in the rally led by party leader Suvendu Adhikari. In a counter rally, the TMC had taken out a peace march from Tollygunge to Hazra where its workers also allegedly mouthed “Bengal ke gadd...
Abhishek Banerjee sends legal notice to Suvendu for graft allegation
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Abhishek Banerjee sends legal notice to Suvendu for graft allegation

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee has sent a legal notice to BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari and sought an unconditional apology from him within 36 hours for levelling corruption allegations against him. Adhikari had made “vile, uncouth, false, malicious, and defamatory” statements against the Diamond Harbour MP during a BJP meeting at Khejuri on Tuesday, read the notice. “Engulfed in egotism and arrogance, you seem to have forgotten about your many crimes committed against the public,” the notice read referring to the Saradha chit fund scam and the Narada sting probe. “In the event you fail to comply with the same, my client shall be constrained to initiate appropriate proceedings against you, both civil and/or criminal, in accordance with law, without any further notice...
Five killed in Serum Institute fire, Covishield production unaffected
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Five killed in Serum Institute fire, Covishield production unaffected

Five people were killed after a major fire engulfed the three upper floors of a newly- constructed six-storey building inside one of the campuses of Serum Institute of India (SII), which is a key player in the global supplies of vaccines against the novel coronavirus disease. SII CEO Adar Poonawalla told The Indian Express that the fire had caused “lots of damage”. Poonawalla, who is currently abroad, had earlier said the fire had not impacted the production of Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine that Serum is manufacturing under licence. “I would like to reassure all governments and the public that there would be no loss of Covishield production due to multiple production buildings that I had kept in reserve to deal with such contingencies…,” Poonawalla sa...
Serum Institute fire: Migrant worker from UP raised alarm, among dead
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Serum Institute fire: Migrant worker from UP raised alarm, among dead

BIPIN SAROJ, who was working on the fourth floor, was among the first to notice the fire. “Bhaago, aag lagi hai (Run, there is a fire), we heard him shout. We ran out to save our lives. Later, we realised that Bipin himself could not make it,” said Sudhanshu, one of the survivors in Thursday’s fire at Serum Institute of India’s campus in Pune. Saroj, a migrant worker from UP, was among the five who died in the blaze. The other four have been identified as Rama Shankar from UP, Sushil Kumar Pandey from Bihar, and Mahendra Ingle and Pratik Pashte, both residents of Pune district. Police are still collecting key details of those killed as their families are yet to reach the hospital. All of them were working for Suvidha Engineers, the firm carrying out air-conditioning work at...
Vivo Republic Day sale: Extended warranty, cashback and more on Vivo V20 and 3 other phones – Times of India
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Vivo Republic Day sale: Extended warranty, cashback and more on Vivo V20 and 3 other phones – Times of India

Vivo has announced offers as part of its Republic Day for four newly launched phones like Vivo V20, V20 SE, Y51A and Y30. The offers will be available across retail stores and on the vivo India online store. Mainline offers are available starting January 21 till January 26, 2021 across retail partners. Online offers start from January 21 till January 25, 2021 on vivo India E-store. If you buy any of these phones from retails then you will eligible for the following offers: -Up to Rs 2000 HDFC Bank cashback on Credit Card regular and Credit/Debit Card EMI transactions -Zero down payment Zero Processing Fees & Zero Interest EMI scheme from Bajaj Finance -Zero down payment Zero Interest EMI scheme from Home Credit, HDB, IDFC First bank, TVS credit, HDFC bank & ICICI Bank 12 months ...
Farmers draw hard line, reject Centre’s offer to stay laws
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Farmers draw hard line, reject Centre’s offer to stay laws

Drawing the hard line to press for the repeal of the new agriculture laws, farmer unions Thursday rejected the Centre’s offer to keep the laws in abeyance for 18 months and form a joint committee to address grievances. The unions, scheduled to return to the talks table Friday,were virtually split down the middle at a meeting to discuss the Centre’s offer. Sources told The Indian Express that of the 32 unions from Punjab, more than a dozen were in favour of accepting the offer, but the majority vote carried the resolution to reject the offer. A statement on behalf of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the umbrella body of organisations spearheading the protest, released by Darshan Pal of Krantikari Kisan Union, stated: “In a full general body meeting of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha today...
Pause or repeal farm laws: Govt may have to go back to SC or Parliament
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Pause or repeal farm laws: Govt may have to go back to SC or Parliament

As farmers reject the government’s proposal to keep the three contentious farm laws in abeyance for 18 months, experts have raised questions over the legislative options the Government has going forward. The laws, passed by Parliament in September last year, were notified in the official gazette on September 27 after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent. While Parliament can repeal the law, there is no vocabulary in the Constitution or Parliamentary procedure for keeping a law in abeyance. Speaking to The Indian Express, a Union Minister said that one option was to issue a notification cancelling the earlier gazette notification. “We are waiting for the response from the farm unions to decide on our next step,” he said. “Once the notification of a law is already done, ...
For cricket stars, new test: 2 km in 8.30 minutes
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For cricket stars, new test: 2 km in 8.30 minutes

CITING THE “growing physical demands of international cricket”, the Indian cricket board has introduced mandatory 2-km time trials to measure speed and endurance levels in its training programme for top players, The Indian Express has learnt. It will now be mandatory for the BCCI’s contracted players and those vying for a place in the Indian team to clear this trial, apart from the yo-yo test, to be picked in the squad. “The Board felt that the  current fitness standard played a huge role in getting our fitness to the next level. It is important to take our fitness level to another level now. The time trial exercise will help us to compete even better. The Board will keep updating the standards every year,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express. According to the new norm,...
Farmer unions reject government proposal to put laws on hold, insist on repeal of laws as condition to end protest | India News – Times of India
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Farmer unions reject government proposal to put laws on hold, insist on repeal of laws as condition to end protest | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Farmer unions opposed to the central farm laws on Thursday rejected the government’s proposal to put implementation of the legislations on hold and decided to stick to their demand of “repeal of laws” as a condition to end their protests. The farmers are expected to convey this to the government during the 11th round of talks on Friday. During the 10th round of talks on Wednesday, the government offered to suspend the implementation of the contentious farm laws for up to 18 months and form a joint committee with farmer unions. It proposed that discussions would continue during this period so that a final solution could be worked out on all demands, such as repeal of the laws and legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP). In order to assure the unions that it would no...
50,000 & still counting: liquidity pushes markets, all eyes on Budget now
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50,000 & still counting: liquidity pushes markets, all eyes on Budget now

The benchmark Sensex Thursday breached the 50,000-mark for the first time before retreating to close at 49,624, a fall of 167 points or 0.34 per cent over Wednesday’s closing. The rise and rise of markets over the last few months has been driven by a combination of external factors: global liquidity, vaccine hopes, US election outcome, alongside the growing strength in the domestic recovery. But market experts said that the factors shaping its future momentum will be the nature of the government’s spending programme to be unveiled in the Budget, the duration of RBI’s monetary stimulus and the check on inflation. The Sensex, which surged to a high of 50,184, finally closed the day at 49,624.76, a loss of 560 points from the day’s high level. If the near 70-per-cent rise in m...
WhatsApp officials appear before House panel over privacy policy change
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WhatsApp officials appear before House panel over privacy policy change

THE PARLIAMENTARY panel on Information Technology on Thursday questioned representatives of WhatsApp over proposed its changes in privacy policy and raised concerns of Indian citizens, sources said. The WhatsApp representatives who appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology said the proposed changes are aimed at bringing in more transparency and the chat and calls on messaging platform still remain end-to-end encrypted, it is learned. According to the sources, the representatives of WhatsApp said that there was no change in the privacy policy of 2016 and in fact it has become more transparent. A source said the representatives answered all the questions raised by the panel members and assured them that they would give in writing the respo...