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Farm unions meet today: one Punjab outfit set to go, another to skip
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Farm unions meet today: one Punjab outfit set to go, another to skip

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | October 13, 2020 5:23:19 am Farmers during a protest against the Farm laws at Mini Secratariat in Bathinda, Punjab (Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh/File)A DAY before the scheduled meeting of 29 farmer unions in Punjab to take a call on attending the October 14 meeting with the Centre over farm laws, a major farmer union in the state has announced that it will attend the Delhi meeting, while another significant outfit said it will skip it. BKU (Ugrahan), one of the largest farmer unions in Punjab, has announced that it will attend the meeting called by the Union Ministry of Agriculture. However, Kisan Mazdoor...
US election roundup: Trump holds rally in Florida; TV networks aim for credibility | India News – Times of India
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US election roundup: Trump holds rally in Florida; TV networks aim for credibility | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: President Donald Trump will try to put his bout with Covid-19 behind him when he returns to the campaign trail on Monday. Meanwhile, the TV networks in the US are facing greater pressure than ever to report election results accurately and without unwarranted speculation. Here is a look at the top developments —Federal judge upholds Minnesota's extended ballot countingA federal judge has upheld a Minnesota state court agreement that allows counting of absentee ballots received up to seven days after Election Day as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day Republicans had asked US district judge Nancy Brasel to block the seven-day extension that Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon agreed to in state court after a citizens' rights group cited concerns about vo...
RCB vs KKR: Explosive De Villiers helps Royal Challengers Bangalore thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs | Cricket News – Times of India
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RCB vs KKR: Explosive De Villiers helps Royal Challengers Bangalore thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: At a venue, which is supposed to be a bowlers' graveyard, RCB bowlers cranked up the heat which sent Kolkata Knight Riders’ hope of their third win on the trot up in smoke. At the halfway stage of their Indian Premier League campaign, Virat Kohli’s men, powered by a red-hot AB de Villiers, first fired with the bat before spin duo Washington Sundar (2/20) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/12) strangled the former champions with guile and control. The pacers didn’t disappoint either. Chasing 195 for victory, the power-packed KKR batting line-up failed to stand up to the count and mustered 112/9 as the fiery Bengaluru team cruised to an 82- run victory in Sharjah to collect two points. SCORECARDSundar and Chahal ensured the boundaries dried up and put pressure on the batsmen, who played i...
Top Bollywood producers move HC for curbs on 2 news channels
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Top Bollywood producers move HC for curbs on 2 news channels

Written by Sofi Ahsan | New Delhi | October 13, 2020 4:52:06 am The production houses moved Delhi High Court against Republic TV and Times Now and their senior editors.Thirty-eight leading cinema associations and production houses, including Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Ajay Devgn Films, and those owned by Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, on Monday moved the Delhi High Court against Republic TV and Times Now and their senior editors, seeking “perpetual and permanent” injunction against them from making or publishing “irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks” against the film industry and those part of it. The civil suit, filed vi...
In pandemic, Centre waved red flag on trafficking, but key states yet to take action
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In pandemic, Centre waved red flag on trafficking, but key states yet to take action

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2020 8:06:21 am 1.92 lakh interventions by rescuers and law agencies between March and August. In those six months, the helpline logged 27 lakh distress calls.Three months ago, the Ministry of Home Affairs sent an advisory to all states laying down several markers to combat human trafficking — especially of children from families left in the lurch by the economic distress triggered by the lockdown. The key, it said, was the creation of Anti Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) in every district on a “most urgent basis”. But official records investigated by The Indian Express show that eight states...
Cremation against our wishes, Hathras victim’s family to Allahabad HC
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Cremation against our wishes, Hathras victim’s family to Allahabad HC

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: October 13, 2020 7:24:59 am The 19-year-old was attacked, allegedly by four upper caste men on September 14, and admitted to a hospital in Aligarh. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastava)THE FAMILY members of the 19-year-old Dalit woman, who died after being assaulted and allegedly gangraped by four upper-caste men in Hathras, told the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday that the district administration carried out her cremation “against their wishes”. “Her family told the court that the cremation was done by the Hathras district administration against their wishes,” said senior advocate Jaideep ...
Measures to boost consumption: Bid to put money in hand, then tying it too
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Measures to boost consumption: Bid to put money in hand, then tying it too

Written by P Vaidyanathan Iyer | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2020 6:59:36 am Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman addresses a press conference in New Delhi on October 12, 2020. (Express Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)Just three days ago, a consumer confidence survey by the Reserve Bank of India said discretionary spending was expected to remain low in the near future even though people expected an improvement not just in economic situation but also in employment conditions and income scenario. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement on measures to boost consumer spending is clearly an acknowledgement that people going out and spending is key to...
Covid-time demand helps whittle down FCI grain stocks
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Covid-time demand helps whittle down FCI grain stocks

Written by Harish Damodaran | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2020 7:59:56 am As against an overall grain offtake of 65.91 mt from public godowns in 2018-19 and 62.19 mt in 2019-20, the Modi government has made an aggregate allocation of 94.72 mt for this fiscal. (Representational image)Covid-19 may have unleashed all-round economic devastation, but has also turned into an opportunity for whittling down the Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) massive grain mountain. At 68.49 million tonnes (mt), the total wheat and rice stocks in the Central pool as on October 1 stood way below the record 97.27 mt at the start of June. The gap between the current and ye...
GST deadlock on, Centre says can enable borrowing for Option 1 states
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GST deadlock on, Centre says can enable borrowing for Option 1 states

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2020 8:09:54 am Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (File photo)THE STANDOFF between Opposition-ruled states and the Centre over compensation shortfall in Goods and Services Tax continued at the GST Council meeting Monday with both sides failing to arrive at a consensus on the borrowing options made available. The Centre stated its intent to facilitate borrowing under Option 1 — Rs 1.1 lakh crore through a special window facilitated by the RBI and Finance Ministry — for the 21 states that agreed to this route while the other states termed the process as illegal. Stating that borrowing by the Centre will ...
Govt targets Rs 1 lakh crore spend by March-end, announces new LTC voucher, festival advance
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Govt targets Rs 1 lakh crore spend by March-end, announces new LTC voucher, festival advance

Written by Sunny Verma , Aanchal Magazine | New Delhi | October 13, 2020 4:30:48 am Sitharaman in New Delhi on Monday. (Express Photo: Prem Nath Pandey) To stimulate growth in the economy, the government on Monday announced a twin set of measures to boost consumption demand and capital expenditure, which along with participation of the private sector, are estimated to result in quick spending of more than Rs 1 lakh crore by March-end. Through the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) voucher scheme, which can be availed by private sector employees as well, and a festival advance for government employees, the Finance Ministry has tried to advance consum...
Kerala 1st in country with high-tech classrooms in govt, aided schools: CM Pinarayi Vijayan
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Kerala 1st in country with high-tech classrooms in govt, aided schools: CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | October 13, 2020 4:07:42 am Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (File)Kerala has become the first state in the country to have high-tech classrooms or high-tech labs in all government-run and aided schools, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday. Under the state government’s high-tech classroom scheme, 16,027 schools from primary to higher secondary level have been equipped with 3.74 lakh digital gadgets, according to the project document. As part of this flagship project of the LDF government, high-tech labs have been set up in primary and upper primary schools and 40,000 classrooms in high sch...
Shameful aftermath of Lakers’ title
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Shameful aftermath of Lakers’ title

Nearly 80 people were arrested and eight police officers were injured overnight in downtown Los Angeles after Lakers fans went on a rampage following the team’s 17th NBA championship, police said.“What started out as a largely peaceful celebration of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship in downtown Los Angeles, turned into confrontational, violent and destructive behaviour late last night,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.It said that some 1000 revellers gathered around the Staples Centre, the Lakers’ home arena, after the team dominated the Miami Heat 106-93 to win a record-equalling championship.“Unruly individuals mixed within the crowd began throwing glass bottles, rocks, and other projectiles at officers,” the statement said.“That is when an unlawful assemb...
‘What counts is victory’, says peerless Nadal | Tennis News – Times of India
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‘What counts is victory’, says peerless Nadal | Tennis News – Times of India

When Rafael Nadal beat the Argentinian Mariano Puerta in four sets to win his first major title at the French Open back in 2005, no one had any idea that it was the start of one of the most remarkable winning sequences in any sport. Since then, Nadal has won 100 matches at Roland Garros and lost just two. His straight-sets domination of Novak Djokovic on Sunday gave the Spaniard an extraordinary 13th French Open title. Wanted to share a nice picture with you 😉 @rolandgarros 👉🏻 #Paris #13 #Vamos 💪🏻😘 https://t.co/SNgy5YYWCa— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) 1602509952000Aged 34 and a long-term sufferer of knee tendinitis and a number of other ailments from foot to wrist to shoulder, Nadal might be forgiven for packing it all in and taking life easy in his native Majorca. The bad news for his cha...
Disturbed Areas Act amendment in Gujarat gets Presidential assent: Pradeepsinh Jadeja
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Disturbed Areas Act amendment in Gujarat gets Presidential assent: Pradeepsinh Jadeja

By: Express News Service | Gandhinagar | October 13, 2020 3:45:58 am Pradeepsinh JadejaPresident Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Bill amending the Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Property and Provisions of Tenants from Eviction from Premises in Disturbed Areas Act, passed by the Gujarat Assembly in 2019, stated an official release from Minister of State for Home, Pradeepsinh Jadeja, on Monday. The amended Act will help prohibit the transfer of immovable property in disturbed areas and protect tenants from vacating the properties, the release added. A Bill amending the Act was passed in the Gujarat Assembly by a majority last year. The ruli...
Premier League reform plan under fire from UK PM Johnson | Football News – Times of India
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Premier League reform plan under fire from UK PM Johnson | Football News – Times of India

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed his deep concern over a radical plan by Liverpool and Manchester United to revamp English football, saying it "undermines trust in football governance". The controversial "Project Big Picture" would deliver a much-needed cash injection for struggling English Football League (EFL) clubs, but it has proved divisive as it concentrates power in the hands of a smaller number of teams. Under the proposals, the number of Premier League clubs would be reduced from 20 to 18 and the League Cup and Community Shield would be abolished. The club finishing 16th in the top flight would join the Championship play-offs, while there would be greater voting rights for the nine longest-serving Premier League clubs. The EFL would immediately benefit to the ...
among us:  Among Us on Android and iOS may get these new features – Times of India
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among us: Among Us on Android and iOS may get these new features – Times of India

Among Us, the social deduction game that has become quite popular these days, has got some new features on PC and Steam platform in beta, as per a report by Attack Of The Fanboy. While the game on PC platforms is expected to get the new features in future, they may also be added to the game on Android and iOS platforms. While there have been no official patch notes yet, there have been several in-game changes, as per the report. Here are the additional features. Anonymous votes, Taskbar options and Colorblind supportThere is an anonymous voting feature that’s been added. This means that no one would be able to see who voted against them which adds another layer of mystery to the gameplay. You’ll have three options for Taskbar: Always, Meetings or Never. The default setting is set to “Al...
Delhi CM suggests SAD fooling the people on farm bills
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Delhi CM suggests SAD fooling the people on farm bills

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | October 13, 2020 3:28:42 am Kejriwal said the BJP, which had promised to implement the MS Swaminathan Commission report on hiking MSP, has "ended MSP altogether". (File Photo)The AAP Monday staged a protest against the farm law at Jantar Mantar, where Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), accusing it of “fooling” the people in the name of opposing the policy “which it helped draft as part of the Union Cabinet”. Demanding the withdrawal of the new policy, enforced through a set of three bills passed in both Houses of the Parliament, Kejriwal said the BJP, which had promised to implement the M...
Gurgaon: 33 years after armed robbery, tip-off leads police to 3 accused
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Gurgaon: 33 years after armed robbery, tip-off leads police to 3 accused

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Updated: October 13, 2020 9:07:07 am As per the NCRB, criminal proceedings against 156 juveniles were pending since 2018 and 208 juveniles were apprehended in 2019.Thirty-three years after a group of 20-25 men held a family in Nuh hostage and looted their home of all valuables, and shot dead one person who tried to put up a fight, police have arrested three of the men involved in the crime. According to police, the incident took place on the night of August 30, 1987, in Pinangwan block of Nuh, when 20-25 men, armed with sticks and guns, barged into the home of moneylender Swamiram and held eight members of his family...
HC orders CBI probe into Roshni land scam in J&K | India News – Times of India
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HC orders CBI probe into Roshni land scam in J&K | India News – Times of India

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday ordered a CBI probe into an alleged scam in the Roshni land scheme. A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal ordered the CBI probe into irregularities in the scheme. The high court has asked the CBI to take over the probe and file a status report every eight weeks. Petitioner Ankur Sharma of IkkJutt Jammu organisation alleged that an estimated loss of Rs 25,000 crore was cased to the state exchequer in the scam. The Jammu and Kashmir administration had in 2018 repealed the J& K State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, commonly known as the Roshni scheme. The administration had also ordered a probe by the anti-corruption bureau into alleged instances of cornering high-value prime la...
BCB postpones Bangladesh Premier League due to COVID-19 | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCB postpones Bangladesh Premier League due to COVID-19 | Cricket News – Times of India

DHAKA (BANGLADESH): The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has postponed the 2020-21 season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as coronavirus continues to rage in the country. According to BCB president Nazmul Hassan, the board's main issue is hosting overseas players and broadcast personnel in an environment that is currently deemed dangerous. "Everything depends on the conditions and circumstances but we are not holding the BPL this year," ESPNcricinfo quoted Hassan as saying. "We are looking at next year, but we also don't want to give up on any tournaments. With BPL comes the need for foreign players and production people [to travel to Bangladesh]. I don't know if we can handle so many people in a tournament as large as the BPL," he added. The apex body of cricket in Bangladesh has ...