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UP govt officials among six named in memorial ‘scam’ chargesheet
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UP govt officials among six named in memorial ‘scam’ chargesheet

Written by Avaneesh Mishra | Lucknow | October 20, 2020 1:16:49 am Statues of Mayawati and Kanshi Ram. (File/Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)The Uttar Pradesh Vigilance Department has named six people, including at least two state government officials, in its first chargesheet in connection with alleged financial irregularities into construction of memorials undertaken by the BSP government between 2007 and 2012. The chargesheet was submitted to a special Lucknow court for Members of Parliament, and Members of Legislative Assembly and Council. The investigation was ordered by the SP government in 2014. The six people named in the FIR were then Geology...
Greece finalises plan to build wall on border with Turkey
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Greece finalises plan to build wall on border with Turkey

By: AP | Athens | Updated: October 19, 2020 10:14:08 pm Men are shown trying to loosen the border fence on the Turkish side on March 7 at the Turkish-Greek border in Pazarkule, Turkey. (Felipe Dana/The Associated Press)Greece’s government says it has finalised plans to extend a wall along its northeast border with Turkey, over concerns that migrants may try to stage mass crossings into the European Union country. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Monday that 26 kilometers (16 miles) of wall would be added to an existing 10-kilometer (six-mile) section in a 63-million-euro (USD 74 million) project due to be completed by the end of April. A stand...
Mumbai: Two labourers, repairing water pipeline, electrocuted
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Mumbai: Two labourers, repairing water pipeline, electrocuted

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | October 19, 2020 10:11:52 pm The labourers were fixing a leakage in a water pipeline at Suman Nagar behind Traffic Chowki in Kurla east around 8 am.(Representational)Two labourers died of electrocution while repairing a water pipeline in Kurla on Monday. Five others were injured. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has ordered an inquiry with additional municipal commissioner P Velarsu, who is in-charge of hydraulic department, seeking a report within 15 days. The labourers were fixing a leakage in a water pipeline at Suman Nagar behind Traffic Chowki in Kurla east around 8 am. All seven labourers were rushe...
DBT selects Pune as clinical sample collection site for GenomeIndia project, to tap four Maharashtrian sub-groups
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DBT selects Pune as clinical sample collection site for GenomeIndia project, to tap four Maharashtrian sub-groups

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | October 19, 2020 9:07:15 pm In a country of 1.3 billion people, there are approximately 4,500 well-defined ethnic groups. (Source: Pixabay)THE DEPARTMENT of Biotechnology (DBT) has identified Pune as a key centre in Maharashtra under the landmark ‘GenomeIndia’ project. Under this project, scientists will identify genetic variation leading to different traits in Indians. A total of 10,000 genetic samples have to be collected across India in the next two years and, in Pune, scientists are looking at four major Maharashtrian sub-groups to be recruited for the research project. “This is the first large effort in the ...
Jamia Hamdard further extends application submission date for UG, PG admissions
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Jamia Hamdard further extends application submission date for UG, PG admissions

By: Education Desk | New Delhi | October 19, 2020 7:53:38 pm Apply at jamiahamdard.edu till October 25. Image source: Jamia HamdardJamia Hamdard University has extended the application submission deadline for admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The last date to fill the application form has been extended to October 25, which was scheduled to be closed on September 20. The candidates can apply through the website- jamiahamdard.edu. According to the varsity, the date has been extended considering the problems many students are facing. “We have extended the last date to apply for PG courses so that students get ample time. The whole admi...
Gujarat: 3 teachers booked for ‘alcohol, non-veg food party’ inside school, on the run
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Gujarat: 3 teachers booked for ‘alcohol, non-veg food party’ inside school, on the run

By: Express News Service | Vadodara | October 19, 2020 7:09:50 pm According to the FIR, 'a foreign brand of whiskey' was found in one teacher's chamber. (Photo: Getty Images/Thinkstock) Three primary school teachers in Gujarat’s Chhota Udepur district are on the run after being booked in a Prohibition case on Saturday, following viral videos that purportedly showed them in an inebriated state, partying inside a classroom of the Gunder primary school in Sankheda. The FIR, based on the complaint of the Taluka Education Officer, refers to the alleged incident as ‘Kaifi pina tatha, masaharni mejbani nu ayojan kari, masaharni mehfil’ (Consumption of alcohol and a sprea...
TRP scam case: HC directs Mumbai Police to submit progress report by Nov 4
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TRP scam case: HC directs Mumbai Police to submit progress report by Nov 4

Written by Omkar Gokhale | Mumbai | October 19, 2020 5:31:07 pm The petition filed before the Supreme Court was withdrawn on October 22 after the apex court said that the High Court should first be approached.The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Mumbai Police to submit the progress report pertaining to the investigation into charges of TRP fudging by November 4. In view of the plea seeking interim protection from arrest of Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, the HC noted that he was not an accused in the case so far. The HC directed the Mumbai Police to issue summons to Goswami in the first instance if he is proposed to be added as an acc...
Kareena Kapoor Khan gives major maternity fashion goals in this Hemant and Nandita outfit
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Kareena Kapoor Khan gives major maternity fashion goals in this Hemant and Nandita outfit

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 19, 2020 6:22:33 pm What do you think of her look? (Source: RealKareenaKapoor/Instagram | Designed by Gargi Singh)Kareena Kapoor Khan has been up and about and recently wrapped up the shooting of her film, Lal Singh Chaddha. In the midst of all this, she was also spotted shooting for commercials. In one such instance, the actor was seen in a floral printed dress from designer duo Hemant and Nandita. The mother-to-be looked radiant in the voluminous outfit with a neat bow. She completed the look with hair pulled back in a neat knot and winged eyeliner. The Veere Di Wedding actor recently informed abo...
Rahul Gandhi attends COVID-19 review meeting at Malappuram
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Rahul Gandhi attends COVID-19 review meeting at Malappuram

By: PTI | Malappuram | Updated: October 19, 2020 4:07:04 pm Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attends COVID-19 review meeting at Malappuram collectorate, during his three-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Wayanad. (PTI)Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday participated in a COVID-19 review meeting at Malappuram, which has been witnessing a spurt in positive cases of late. In the past three days, Malappuram recorded the highest number of cases in the state– 1,399 on Sunday, 1,519 on Saturday and 1,025 cases on Friday.  The meeting was held at the district collectorate. The Wayanad MP reached on Monday on a three-day visit to his constituency, spr...
US envoy warns new violence threatens Afghan peace process
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US envoy warns new violence threatens Afghan peace process

By: AP | Kabul | Updated: October 19, 2020 3:34:45 pm Zalmay Khalilzad The US special envoy to Afghanistan warned on Monday that distressingly high levels of violence threaten to derail the ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Zalmay Khalilzad’s comments come as renewed fighting for days has plagued Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, a longtime Taliban stronghold. The Taliban this Friday agreed to halt its attacks on condition of the US stopping its airstrikes in the area. But then came a suicide car bombing Sunday that killed at least 13 people and wounded around 120 others in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province. T...
Efforts are made to make India a global hub for higher education: PM Modi
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Efforts are made to make India a global hub for higher education: PM Modi

By: Education Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 19, 2020 1:22:42 pm PM Narendra Modi addresses the centenary convocation of the University of Mysore today. FileCongratulating the graduates in Kannada, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in his address at the centenary convocation of the University of Mysore said, “Now you are going out of a formal university campus to the large campus of the real-life university. It will be a campus where, along with the degree, your ability and the applicability of the knowledge you have acquired will work.” Modi also advised the fresh graduates to think about the implications of their knowledge. “When we talk about...
In journey through India, artist hopes to paint with most marginalised
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In journey through India, artist hopes to paint with most marginalised

Written by Vandana Kalra | New Delhi | October 19, 2020 9:13:57 am Assisting her, meanwhile, are Dalit and Muslim women working with Chintan, an environmental research and action group. (Representational Image)When most of India was confined at home, artist Shilo Shiv Suleman was planning a road trip across the country to raise awareness on how street art could bring social change and draw attention to the communities most marginalised during the lockdown. On August 24, she embarked on the trip in a red jeep from her hometown Bengaluru to Lucknow. When the 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gangraped in UP’s Hathras by upper caste men, Suleman was co...
Covid-19: No explanation, but panel experts indicate reasons for both hope and caution
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Covid-19: No explanation, but panel experts indicate reasons for both hope and caution

Written by Amitabh Sinha | Gaya | Updated: October 19, 2020 4:59:33 am The government-appointed scientific committee has not spelt out the possible reasons for the decline in coronavirus numbers. But two of its members offered insights into what could be happening.The reasons for the continuous decline in coronavirus infection numbers since last month have not been clear. The numbers have fallen sharply – even though travel restrictions have eased, economic and other activities have resumed and, to a large extent, normalcy has returned. There has also been no reduction in the number of tests, nor has the disease prevalence in the population reached a s...
Redeem your constitutional oath: Governor tells Mamata Banerjee
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Redeem your constitutional oath: Governor tells Mamata Banerjee

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: October 19, 2020 7:48:58 am Dhankhar also urged IAS and IPS officials to be "politically neutral", saying there could be consequences for being "in breach of conduct". (File photo)West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has said it is “high time” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee kept her “constitutional oath”. In a letter to the CM on Sunday over the alleged custodial death of a BJP worker, Dhankhar said, “Madam Chief Minister, high time you redeem your constitutional oath and enforce rule of law, ensure democratic governance in the state, make police and administration politically neutral and accountable.” The Governor’s...
Grocery store, restaurant, fans: Indian shuttlers play safe in Denmark bubble
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Grocery store, restaurant, fans: Indian shuttlers play safe in Denmark bubble

Written by Shivani Naik | Mumbai | October 19, 2020 4:14:19 am The shuttlecock feeder at Denmark Open. BadmintonPhoto.comTHIS BIO-BUBBLE allowed shuttlers in Odense for the Denmark Open to step out to a grocery store or a restaurant — and up to 500 spectators inside the competition hall. The unique arrangement was what four Indians — Kidambi Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram, Lakshya Sen and Subhankar Dey — settled into last week as badminton cagily rebooted into action. And while it took a few days for them to adjust to this new abnormal, some changes served as constant reminders of the pandemic. For one, India’s support staff struggled to draw up game dossiers o...
Harsh Vardhan says India should learn from Onam surge in Kerala
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Harsh Vardhan says India should learn from Onam surge in Kerala

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M , Shaju Philip | New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 19, 2020 8:00:00 am Dr Harsh Vardhan Sunday pointed to Kerala, which had controlled the spread of Covid initially but then “paid the price for its gross negligence” during the week-long festivities to mark Onam in the end of August.Reiterating that people should avoid large gatherings during the festival season that is coming up, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan Sunday pointed to Kerala, which had controlled the spread of Covid initially to be tagged as a model state but then “paid the price for its gross negligence” during the week-long festiv...
Delhi: Counsellors to reach out to homeless addicts
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Delhi: Counsellors to reach out to homeless addicts

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | October 19, 2020 2:47:41 am Experts from IHBAS, AIIMS and the Regional Resource Training Centre should be utilised for capacity building, it added.Delhi’s campaign against drug and substance abuse will see counsellors reach out to homeless addicts where they stay. AIIMS Professor Atul Ambekar introduced the project during the launch of the campaign by Delhi Women and Child Development Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam Sunday. The new project aims to enhance treatment and rehabilitation services for underprivileged homeless people who have been affected by drugs. Services for de-addiction and counselling will be provide...
Classes under trees; lessons on WhatsApp, TV as schools go on in MP
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Classes under trees; lessons on WhatsApp, TV as schools go on in MP

Written by Iram Siddique | Sehore | October 19, 2020 1:59:09 am ‘Mohalla’ class under a neem tree in Sehore’s Ambdo village. (Express photo by Iram Siddique)UNDER A neem tree in Ambdo village in Sehore district about 90 km from Bhopal, 25 children sat on a bright red tarpaulin sheet spread on the ground on a recent Saturday, as 51-year-old primary school teacher Kamla Gaur hooked her cell phone up to a loudspeaker – which crackled to life with ‘Ek chatur kauwe ki kahani’. From a rope tied above the children’s heads, hung drawings of the chatur kauwa – the cunning crow. “These stories are my favourite,” said nine-year-old Deepika Korku, busily sketching ...