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#MeToo: Ramani ignited flame to harm his reputation, Akbar tells court | India News – Times of India
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#MeToo: Ramani ignited flame to harm his reputation, Akbar tells court | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Union minister M J Akbar told a Delhi court on Monday that harm to his reputation was done by journalist Priya Ramani as she instigated and ignited the flame first when she accused him of sexual misconduct that allegedly took place decades ago. Akbar was replying to Ramani's argument that she was not alone but many women journalists have accused him of sexual miscount but he filed a defamation complaint only against her. Akbar made the submission before additional chief metropolitan magistrate Ravindra Kumar through senior advocate Geeta Luthra during the final hearing in a criminal complaint filed by him against Ramani for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct, when he was a journalist more than 20 years ago. Ramani had made allegation of sexual ...
Work underway on over 1,000 km metro network in 27 cities: PM Modi | India News – Times of India
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Work underway on over 1,000 km metro network in 27 cities: PM Modi | India News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Work is in progress on over 1,000 km long metro rail network in 27 cities in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. He was speaking after performing the ground breaking ceremony of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail Project via video conferencing. "There was a time when there was no modern thinking and policy on metro in our country. The result was that there was a different (type of) metro in each city," Modi said. Stating that the metro network in Ahmedabad and Surat will further strengthen the connectivity in the two major business centres of the country, Modi said the government is developing an integrated urban transport system. Today is a landmark day for two of Gujarat’s leading urban centres. The Bhoomi Poojan of Surat Metro an...
India reports 13,788 new Covid-19 cases, 145 deaths in last 24 hours | India News – Times of India
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India reports 13,788 new Covid-19 cases, 145 deaths in last 24 hours | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India reported 13,788 new Covid-19 cases and 145 deaths in last 24 hours, as per the Union health ministry on Monday. The daily new cases have been below 20,000 for the past 11 days. The cumulative caseload in the country reached 1,05,71,773 including 2,08,012 active cases. With 14,457 new recoveries, the number of recovered patients climbed to 1,02,11,342. The deaths in India due to Covid-19 mounted to 1,52,419. Kerala has the highest number of active coronavirus cases (69,209), Maharashtra follows with 53,852 active infections. According to the India Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 18,70,93,036 samples were tested for Covid-19 till January 17, of which 5,48,168 samples were tested yesterday. The Union health ministry on Sunday informed that India's share of a...
MP hooch tragedy: Kingpin held, house razed | India News – Times of India
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MP hooch tragedy: Kingpin held, house razed | India News – Times of India

BHOPAL: Mukesh Kirar, prime accused in the Morena hooch tragedy that claimed 24 lives and blinded three persons, was arrested in Chennai on Sunday. Police were looking for him for the past five days and had announced a reward of Rs 10,000 for his arrest. DGP Vivek Johri confirmed the arrest and said Kirar was nabbed by MP police with assistance from Chennai cops. On the same day, the Madhya Pradesh government razed Kirar’s house in Chera village, the epicentre of the hooch tragedy. “Villagers undergoing treatment in hospital have said that they had got the liquor from three persons. When the trio was questioned, they named Mukesh Kirar as the main supplier,” said Kailaras subdivisional police officer Sashi Bushan Raghuvanshi. The other three suspects are in custody. The deadly liquor af...
Rioting in Kutch as rally to raise funds for Ayodhya Ram temple turns violent | India News – Times of India
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Rioting in Kutch as rally to raise funds for Ayodhya Ram temple turns violent | India News – Times of India

RAJKOT: Rioting broke out between mobs of two communities in villages close to Gandhidham in Kutch, as a rally brought out to collect funds for building the grand Ram temple at Ayodhya turned violent on Sunday. While the situation first turned tense in Sadau village, the ripples swept to Kidana village adjoining Gandhidham where mobs turned violent and resorted to arson. Official sources said the rally was organised by VHP and that altercation over fund collection suddenly snowballed into rioting. A curfew-like situation prevailed in Kidana village where prohibitory orders were clamped under Section 144 of the IPC due to heavy rioting. Sources said some miscreants attacked people in the rally, which led to escalation of violation. “A huge mob had gathered during the rath yatra and there...
Congress is misleading people on safety of indigenous vaccine, says Amit Shah | India News – Times of India
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Congress is misleading people on safety of indigenous vaccine, says Amit Shah | India News – Times of India

BELAGAVI/BAGALKOT: Union home minister Amit Shah has once again hit back at Congress for raising concerns about the safety of indigenously-produced Covid-19 vaccines and said the party is trying to mislead people, even as the whole world is waiting for India to manufacture more vaccines. “I appeal to people to get vaccinated and not to heed the claims of Congress as vaccines are very safe,” he said on Sunday. After inaugurating an ethanol plant, set up in Bagalkot by the MRN Group headed by Murugesh Nirani who was inducted last week into the cabinet, he told a gathering that the Union government is promoting ethanol to decrease oil imports from Arab nations and cut fuel prices. Shah spoke at Bagalkot and Belagavi, highlighting the achievements of the Modi government and its commitment t...
TMC appeases Satabdi with post of Bengal unit vice-president | India News – Times of India
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TMC appeases Satabdi with post of Bengal unit vice-president | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Actor-turned-TMC MP Satabdi Roy was on Sunday given a greater say in the party’s affairs after she was made its Bengal unit vice-president. The appointment was made within 48 hours of Roy’s meeting with party MP Abhishek Banerjee on Friday when she alleged that she was being “left out of party programmes” and “finding it difficult to work”. Two other TMC members — Moazeem Hossain and Shankar Chakraborty — were also appointed vice-presidents. Hossain was recently removed from the post of Malda Trinamool district chairman. Chakraborty from South Dinajpur is a former PWD minister. Source link
64% vaccine turnout after 2 days, government expects footfall to rise | India News – Times of India
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64% vaccine turnout after 2 days, government expects footfall to rise | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Around 64% of 3,16,375 planned beneficiaries were vaccinated on the first two days of the immunisation drive against Covid-19 that was rolled out on Saturday, preliminary data from states, subject to further correction, compiled by the Centre till Sunday evening showed. Four states — Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Tripura and Puducherry — recorded low turnout of beneficiaries in the range of 22-34%, whereas other states reported more than 50% attendance of those who were scheduled for vaccination on January 16 and 17. Assam, Delhi and J&K reported 54% footfall. TOI has exclusively reviewed the data. Experts said the numbers will pick up gradually as is common with any public health programme, especially of the scale of the anti-Covid vaccinations. The all-India number added up to 2,...
India unlikely to hold boundary talks with Nepal until map issue resolved | India News – Times of India
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India unlikely to hold boundary talks with Nepal until map issue resolved | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India is unlikely to hold boundary talks with Nepal until Nepal amends the unilateral step by the Oli government of changing its map to include areas which India claims as its own. This was a message given to Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali during his meetings with the Indian government this week. "Nepal wants the bilateral relationship to go on as if nothing has happened. That cannot happen," said government sources. India would engage Nepal on development, connectivity, trade and other issues, but it would not be business as usual, they said. However, Gyawali’s visit was an indication that the bilateral relationship was back on track after last year’s turmoil. India took a much more accommodative stance on Covid vaccines, promising to send the first lot in a matte...
Parliamentary panel on IT summons Facebook and Twitter officials on Jan 21 | India News – Times of India
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Parliamentary panel on IT summons Facebook and Twitter officials on Jan 21 | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The parliamentary standing committee on Information Technology (IT) has summoned officials of social media companies Facebook and Twitter on January 21 in connection with the prevention of misuse of social media. According to Lok Sabha Secretariat notice, the agenda of the next sittings of the panel will be "Evidence of representatives of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and to hear the views of the representatives of Facebook and Twitter on the subject 'Safeguarding citizens' rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space." The sitting will be held from 4pm onwards on January 21. The 31-member parliamentary standing committee on IT is headed by Shashi Tharoor, Lok Sabha...
When are schools reopening in various states of India | India News – Times of India
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When are schools reopening in various states of India | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Schools in the national capital are all set to open outside containment zones from Monday onwards after remaining shut for over 10 months following the outbreak of coronavirus. Several states have already opened schools for some of the classes with restrictions after reporting a fall in coronavirus cases. A majority of the states have opened physical classes for 10 and 12. However, there are some states where schools have been opened for junior students as well. Schools have adopted several measures to prevent the spread of the virus — staggered timing, reduced attendance in classes, CCTV cameras to monitor social distancing and sanitisation of classrooms. Schools campuses across the country were ordered shut in March last year and students were asked to take online classes. ...
Ready to protest till May 2024, assert farmers; give up stubborn stand, says govt | India News – Times of India
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Ready to protest till May 2024, assert farmers; give up stubborn stand, says govt | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the tenth round of talks scheduled on January 19, both the Centre and farmers remained firm on their position regarding the three new agriculture laws. Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday again urged the protesting farm leaders to give up their "stubborn" stand on the new farm laws and come for a clause by clause discussion. However, the farmers are stuck on their demand of repealing the new laws and said they are prepared to protest "till May 2024". The next Lok Sabha elections in the country will be due around April-May 2024. Addressing reporters in Madhya Pradesh, Tomar today said the farmers should stop being stubborn since the Supreme Court has stayed the implementation of the three laws. "The government wants farmer leaders to come for cla...
Cong accuses BJP workers of attacking Tripura party president’s vehicle | India News – Times of India
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Cong accuses BJP workers of attacking Tripura party president’s vehicle | India News – Times of India

SIPAHIJALA: Tripura Congress president Pijush Kanti Biswas admitted to hospital after his vehicle was attacked on Sunday morning. Congress leader Ripun Bora accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers of the attack. "BJP unleashes its goons to carry out a murderous attack on Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Pijush Biswas. Around 100 goons attacked his car with iron rods in presence of police. He was rushed to the hospital," he tweeted. "Can opposition not even walk safely in the country now?" he added. Congress has called for a 12-hour Bandh in the state on Monday to protest against the attack. Source link
Tractor rally on Republic Day not finalised yet: Kisan Sangharsh Samiti | India News – Times of India
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Tractor rally on Republic Day not finalised yet: Kisan Sangharsh Samiti | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Kisan Sangharsh Samiti on Sunday stated that allegations that farmers would roll out tractors in the national capital on Republic Day are baseless and clarified that no such programme has been finalised by the samiti yet. Mandip Nathwan, Convener, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti of Haryana said, "It is being said that farmers would unfurl tri-colour at Red Fort and tractors and tanks would roll together on January 26. However, no such programme has been finalised by the samiti yet. Such statements are not in the interests of farmers." "At the behest of the Centre, some people want to turn this agitation violent. This agitation is against the policies of the Centre and not against Delhi. We will implement strategies finalised by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha and will continue to protest peacefu...
Pakistan continues to instigate youth from Kashmir into terrorism: GOC Chinar Corps | India News – Times of India
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Pakistan continues to instigate youth from Kashmir into terrorism: GOC Chinar Corps | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: Lieutenant General BS Raju, General Officer Commander (GOC), Chinar Corps, on Sunday said that Pakistan continues to instigate youth from Kashmir Valley into terrorism by various means, indoctrinates and sends them back across Line of Control (LoC). Speaking exclusive to ANI, he added that terrorists from the neighbouring country also continue to target our security forces and civilians in crowded areas, expecting forces to react and cause more civilian casualties. "Pakistan remains the key instigator to push youth towards terrorism by various means. It has attracted many youths for studies. But along the way, a few have been indoctrinated. Some of them have trained and sent back through the Line of Control (LoC) as part of infiltrating columns as well as through the internati...
Covid-19: India records 15,144 new cases | India News – Times of India
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Covid-19: India records 15,144 new cases | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's Covid-19 tally of cases climbed to 1,05,57,985 with 15,144 new cases in a day, while 1,01,96,885 people have recuperated so far pushing the national recovery rate to 96.58 per cent, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Sunday. There are 2,08,826 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 1.98 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 1,05,57,985 and the death toll climbed to 1,52,274 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 181 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed. The Covid-19 case fatality rate stood at 1.44 per cent. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 18,65,44,868 samples have been tested up to January 16 with 7,79,377 samples ...
PM Modi thanks Sri Lankan counterpart for appreciation on Covid-19 vaccine drive | India News – Times of India
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PM Modi thanks Sri Lankan counterpart for appreciation on Covid-19 vaccine drive | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa for appreciation on launching the world's largest Covid-19 vaccination drive. "Thank you @PresRajapaksa. The tireless efforts of our scientists and frontline workers have played a crucial role in the fight against this pandemic. The fast development of vaccine and its launch is an important landmark in our joint endeavour for a healthy and disease-free world," tweeted PM Modi. The vaccine shots of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines were administered at various medical centres all across India on Saturday. Thank you @PresRajapaksa. The tireless efforts of our scientists and frontline workers have played a crucial role i… https://t.co/4GGNl0Ki5w— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1610851734000E...
89 get bail in Palghar lynching case | India News – Times of India
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89 get bail in Palghar lynching case | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Thane special court on Saturday granted bail to 89 people accused in April 2020 Palghar lynching case, in which two seers and their driver were killed by a mob in a village in Kasa, Palghar. Arguments on their bail applications were heard by district Judge SB Bahalkar on January 6. They were released on a bail of Rs 15,000 each and surety. Special public prosecutor Satish Maneshinde had then told the court that the accused seeking bail were present at the crime scene on April 16, 2020, but had played no active role in the crime. The Kasa police had filed a case of murder and other sections against a mob of over 500 unidentified people from the tribal villages in Kasa. Of the 246 accused, 115 are already out on bail. Source link
‘I’m proud to have brought this amrut’ | India News – Times of India
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‘I’m proud to have brought this amrut’ | India News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Vridha Ram, the driver of a government vaccine van in Rajasthan’s Barmer, has been transporting vaccines to villages in the district bordering Pakistan for the last 19 years. Hence, when he got the opportunity to ferry life-saving Covid vaccines from Jaipur, the challenge of covering 1,100km in 24 hours didn’t deter the 50-year-old. Elated that he was chosen to carry out the arduous task, travelling from Barmer to Jaipur and back, Ram said, “Because of its location and topography, things take time to reach Barmer. I can’t help but feel proud to have brought this ‘amrut’ (elixir of life) home for my people.” Ram was accompanied by another driver, Bhika Ram, in the journey. “We knew we wouldn’t get time to rest during our travel as we had to transport the vaccines without wasting ...
Pay and skip quarantine: Cops bust scam at Mumbai airport | India News – Times of India
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Pay and skip quarantine: Cops bust scam at Mumbai airport | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Police on Friday arrested a 35-year-old sub-engineer and two accomplices in Mumbai’s Sahar for their alleged role in collecting Rs 4,000 from each flyer arriving at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) who wanted to skip mandatory institutional quarantine. Police seized Rs 1.4 lakh cash, 200 Saudi riyals, a fake rubber stamp of home quarantine, few letterheads with stamp and signatures of doctors from some top private hospitals in the bag of Dinesh Gawande (35), who was posted by BMC at the airport since December 23 and had to check flyers from Dubai, Kuwait and US at P6 on Friday. Police are probing if officials helped Gawande to get the bribes and the number of flyers he cleared with fake documents. If found guilty he can be imprisoned for seven years. Gawande’s lu...