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Day: October 21, 2020

It was a late call to ask Siraj to open the bowling: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India
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It was a late call to ask Siraj to open the bowling: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Mohammed Siraj's furious spell upfront tore apart the Kolkata Knight Riders' batting line up but RCB skipper Virat Kohli revealed that the seamer initially did not figure in their plans for opening the attack. Siraj, who replaced Shahbaz Ahmed in RCB's playing XI on Wednesday, took three wickets in rare two wicket-maiden overs to decisively turn the match in his team's favour. IPL 2020 League Stage Schedule | Points TableHe returned astonishing figures of 4-2-8-3 and was an easy choice for Man-of-the-match award. "It was a late call to be honest (to give Siraj the new ball). It was a good toss to lose because we would have batted first. The plan was to bowl Washy (Washington Sundar) and Morry (Chris Morris), but then we thought let's go Morris and Siraj," Kohli said at the po...
Bangladesh woman cricketer Sanjida Islam’s wedding photoshoot on pitch bowls out social media | Cricket News – Times of India
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Bangladesh woman cricketer Sanjida Islam’s wedding photoshoot on pitch bowls out social media | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bangladesh woman cricketer Sanjida Islam has taken social media by storm after posting her wedding photoshoot on a cricket pitch in a strikingly orange saree with proper 'maang tika', 'chur' (heavy bangles) and ornaments made of flowers. Sanjida recently got married to Mim Mosaddeak, a first-class cricketer from Rangpur. Sanjida can be seen playing a cover drive and a pull shot and giving all cricket-lovers couple goals. Coming out with an out of the box idea, the 24-year-old gave the International Cricket Council (ICC) the opportunity to tweet the pictures: "Dress, jewellery, cricketer bat. Wedding photoshoots for cricketers be like," . Dress ✅ Jewellery ✅ Cricket bat ✅ Wedding photoshoots for cricketers be like ... 👌 📸 🇧🇩 Sanjida Islam https://t.co/57NSY6vRgU— ICC (@ICC) 16...
Monetisation of idle land: Railways, Defence, BSNL in line
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Monetisation of idle land: Railways, Defence, BSNL in line

Written by Sunny Verma | New Delhi | October 22, 2020 4:46:47 am For state-owned BSNL and MTNL, discussions had been held earlier for monetisation of idle assets -- BSNL's plans are expected to fructify this year.The centre is at an advanced stage of monetising “idle land assets” of key ministries and departments, including Railways, Telecommunications and Defence, and plans to use the resources generated to create infrastructure assets across the country, The Indian Express has learnt. Sources said that after a detailed assessment of surplus land assets, various ministries are now ready to go ahead with monetisation of idle parcels for commercial devel...
Nigeria unrest spreads after shooting of protesters – Times of India
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Nigeria unrest spreads after shooting of protesters – Times of India

LAGOS: Buildings in Nigeria's main city of Lagos were torched on Wednesday and sporadic clashes erupted after the shooting of peaceful protesters by security forces sparked international outrage. Witnesses said gunmen opened fire on a crowd of over 1,000 people on Tuesday evening after a curfew was imposed to end spiralling protests over police brutality and deep-rooted social grievances. "We were all sitting down, peacefully, and they shut down the lights and the billboards, everyone started screaming," a protester called Toye told AFP, asking that her full name not be used. "They came to us, but I don't know who it was. They were shooting, and everyone was running for his life." Pictures and videos showing scenes of chaos in the aftermath of the shooting were widely shared on social m...
Congress and BJP, dirt flies in MP: Rakhail, item, bangles…
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Congress and BJP, dirt flies in MP: Rakhail, item, bangles…

Written by Iram Siddique | Bhopal | Updated: October 22, 2020 7:29:54 am Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Shivraj Singh Chouhan.Campaigning for by-elections to 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh has descended to a new low with leaders of the Congress and BJP using highly derogatory and offensive remarks for each other — from “item” to “rakhail” to “bangles” — as they try to woo voters. After Congress leader and former Chief Minister Kamal Nath described state minister and BJP’s Dabra candidate Imarti Devi as an “item” — the Election Commission issued him a notice Wednesday for alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct and sought an expl...
Cabinet clears decks for district councils in J&K
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Cabinet clears decks for district councils in J&K

Written by Krishn Kaushik | New Delhi | October 22, 2020 4:40:37 am Since the confirmation of DNA match, they have demanded that the bodies of the three cousins be returned to them. (File)Clearing the decks for introduction of a three-tier system of local body governance in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, the Union Cabinet Wednesday approved an amendment to the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989. The amendment to the law, effected by the Ministry of Home Affairs on October 16, will lead to the establishment of District Development Councils (DDC), members of which will be directly elected by voters of the Union Territory. The DDCs wil...
Thai protesters give PM three days to quit – Times of India
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Thai protesters give PM three days to quit – Times of India

BANGKOK: Thai protesters on Wednesday gave Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha a three day deadline to step down or face more demonstrations, but the leader who made the announcement was arrested within two hours. Prayuth had earlier said he was ready to lift emergency measures he imposed last week to stop the protests as a move to "de-escalate" the situation. Tens of thousands of people marched to his offices at Government House. The protesters have been demonstrating for months against Prayuth and to demand curbs to King Maha Vajiralongkorn's powers. They claimed success after handing a mock resignation letter for Prayuth to an official outside. "Our fight isn't over as long as he doesn't resign. If within three days he doesn't resign, he will face the people again," protest leader Patsa...
Kerala plans tougher laws on online abuse
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Kerala plans tougher laws on online abuse

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 22, 2020 7:39:22 am The cabinet noted that the central government had not so far brought in legislation to replace the revoked sections, which had left the police hamstrung in effectively dealing with social media abuse and cybercrime.The Kerala government has decided to amend the Kerala Police Act to check increasing abuse on social media and cybercrime. The cabinet on Wednesday decided to recommend to the Governor to issue an Ordinance to incorporate a new Section 118(A) into the Act to punish any person who creates or sends any information that is offensive or is intended to...
After Sushant, TRP case: Maharashtra stalls CBI moves, scraps consent to probe cases
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After Sushant, TRP case: Maharashtra stalls CBI moves, scraps consent to probe cases

Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Updated: October 22, 2020 4:55:30 am General consent is given by states so that the CBI can seamlessly conduct its investigation and not seek the state government nod for every case -- unlike the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has jurisdiction across the country.A day after the CBI took over a case registered by UP Police against “unknown” channels and persons over alleged fudging of TRPs, the Maharashtra government Wednesday withdrew “general consent” given to the agency to probe cases in the state. Official sources told The Indian Express that the move follows “apprehension” in the state government tha...
KKR vs RCB: Siraj stars as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets | Cricket News – Times of India
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KKR vs RCB: Siraj stars as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

Mohammed Siraj strengthened his case to get into the flight with the Indian side for the tour of Australia next month with a superb show at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer, returning to the side in place of Shahbaz Ahmed, rattled the Kolkata Knight Riders top order picking up three wickets in his first three overs. KKR skipper Eoin Morgan opting to bat first on winning the toss, backfired as the side fell like a pack of cards to end up with a paltry 84 for eight in their 20 overs. KKR thus touched a new low of putting up the lowest-ever IPL score by a side without being dismissed. Scorecard | Points TableRCB, who thrashed KKR by 82 runs in their first meeting last week, humiliated them further recording an easy eight-wicket win w...
Exclusive: Dev Patel shifts ‘Monkey Man’ from India to Indonesia – Times of India
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Exclusive: Dev Patel shifts ‘Monkey Man’ from India to Indonesia – Times of India

So yeah, a few months ago, Dev Patel (of 'Slumdog Millionaire' fame) was in India to fix the locales for his directorial debut, a revenge thriller titled 'Monkey Man'. A report in January 2020 had revealed that Patel stayed in Mumbai for 10 days and also met producers for future collaborations. But the plans have changed. ETimes has it that Dev will shoot the film in Indonesia. The decision stems from the fact the corona numbers in India are still very high. Whether Patel will have an important scene or two later in India remains to be seen, but for now, it's decided that the entire film will be completed in Indonesia. While Dev remained unavailable for comment, we spoke to his mother, who confirmed and said, "Yes, that's right. But I cannot say anything more than that." 'Monkey Ma...
The Block 2021: Hampton tipped to be the series’ next location – realestate.com.au
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The Block 2021: Hampton tipped to be the series’ next location – realestate.com.au

The Block hosts Shelley Craft and Scott Cam could be headed for Hampton. Picture: Channel 9 A national spotlight is set to be shone on a “hidden gem” Melbourne suburb reported to be the next site of The Block — and property experts say the reno show has chosen well. The Herald Sun reported on the weekend that executive producer Julian Cress had snapped up five properties in Hampton cul-de-sac Bronte Court to feature on the 16th season of the hit show. Cress declined to comment on The Block’s next shooting location. The Nine Network has announced the upcoming series would be in a cul-de-sac, without specifying where. RELATED: The Block: Melbourne location for next series revealed The Block’s most heartwarming moment The Block 2020 listings: Asking prices revealed as houses hit market B...
Brazil’s Bolsonaro rejects plan to buy China’s Sinovac vaccine; health minister tests positive – Times of India
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Brazil’s Bolsonaro rejects plan to buy China’s Sinovac vaccine; health minister tests positive – Times of India

BRASILIA: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and a high-ranking health official said on Wednesday the federal government will not buy a Covid-19 vaccine from China's Sinovac, one day after the health minister said it would be included in the nation's immunization program. The apparent about-face, following anti-China social media commentary by some of Bolsonaro's supporters, thrust into the open a simmering debate over vaccine policy between the president and key governors, who have been exploring alternatives to the AstraZeneca vaccine the federal government has prioritized. On Tuesday, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said in a meeting with state governors that the ministry would buy the Sinovac vaccine to include in the immunization program, along with AstraZeneca's vaccine developed ...
Maharashtra: Crop damage crosses 10 lakh hectares in flood-hit areas, soaring food prices stoke concerns of stagflation
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Maharashtra: Crop damage crosses 10 lakh hectares in flood-hit areas, soaring food prices stoke concerns of stagflation

Written by Sandeep A Ashar | Mumbai | October 22, 2020 3:49:28 am Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in Osmanabad on Wednesday. (Express Photo)Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray may have assured farmers of speedy compensation for crop damages in floods triggered by last week’s incessant rain but the state’s fiscal managers are also staring at other economic concerns. Food prices, which account for close to half of the inflation basket, are expected to rise sharply with the heavy rainfall damaging harvest-ready crops and causing a spurt in prices of onions, tomatoes and other vegetables. “Food inflation had already been soaring during the lockdown due to suppl...
Uddhav okays disciplinary probe against IAS officer for using ‘foul language’ against senior colleagues
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Uddhav okays disciplinary probe against IAS officer for using ‘foul language’ against senior colleagues

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 22, 2020 9:38:14 am When contacted, Kumar confirmed to have received the show-cause notice, while saying that he didn’t wish to comment on the matter in the media. (Twitter@atiwary1)CHIEF MINISTER Uddhav Thackeray has ordered Wednesday a disciplinary inquiry against a 1985-batch IAS officer Arvind Kumar over alleged use of foul language and levelling allegations on WhatsApp against senior colleagues. Kumar has also been relieved as the additional chief secretary (ACS) in the state Rural Development department. On Wednesday, the Thackeray-led General Administration department issued Kumar a show-cause notice on ...
Maharashtra withdraws ‘general consent’ to CBI | India News – Times of India
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Maharashtra withdraws ‘general consent’ to CBI | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday withdrew the "general consent" to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to carry out probe into cases in the state. The CBI and all other agencies under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 will now have to take permission from the state government for investigations on case to case basis. The state home department has issued a order to this effect. The Maharashtra government move assumes significance as there have been calls to hand over the probe into the TRP manipulation scam by Mumbai Police to the central agency. The Uttar Pradesh government recently handed over the probe into TRP manipulation scam in the state to the CBI. Several opposition-ruled states have in the past withdrawn general consent to the CBI. Sou...
England’s white-ball tour of South Africa to go ahead amid SA government threat | Cricket News – Times of India
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England’s white-ball tour of South Africa to go ahead amid SA government threat | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England's limited overs tour of South Africa will go ahead despite the administrative chaos engulfing South African cricket. The England and Wales Cricket Board said Wednesday that three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals will take place behind closed doors in Cape Town and Paarl starting in November. Both the ECB and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have agreed to bio-security and travel plans for what will be the first international tour by an England cricket team since the COVID-19 pandemic. The future of the tour was in question when South Africa's sports minister threatened to intervene directly in the affairs of Cricket South Africa following concerns over a lack of unrestricted access to a forensic report which led to the dismissal of chief executive Thabang Moroe in Au...
7 new COVID cases in NSW
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7 new COVID cases in NSW

There have been seven new cases of coronavirus in NSW up to 8pm on Wednesday. Of those, only one was locally acquired and has been linked to an existing case. The other six cases were from returned travellers in hotel quarantine.Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Thursday morning testing numbers had risen to more than 15,000 overnight, but there was more work to be done.Both Ms Berejiklian and Transport Minister Andrew Constance said there were ongoing concerns about complacency on public transport, especially as cases continue to be uncovered throughout the community.Mr Constance revealed mask use on Sydney’s public transport system had dropped to about 50 per cent – a worrying statistic as more and more workers head back to the office.He pleaded with commuters to put their masks back ...
Seats running out, expect slight dip in 3rd DU cut-off
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Seats running out, expect slight dip in 3rd DU cut-off

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | October 22, 2020 2:56:15 am In Economics, where its cut-off stayed stable at 99%, the number of approved admissions increased from 83 to 135, against a total of 155 seats.Going by the shuffling between colleges through withdrawals and new applications, aspirants for admissions to Delhi University colleges can expect minor reduction in cut-off percentages for multiple courses in the third list. Applications for admissions against DU’s second cut-off list closed on Wednesday. Even as the final number of admissions under the second list is yet to be arrived at as fee payments will continue till Friday night, a few college princi...
Bombay HC allows dining halls in Jain temples to open with restrictions during nine-day Ayambil Oli
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Bombay HC allows dining halls in Jain temples to open with restrictions during nine-day Ayambil Oli

Written by Omkar Gokhale | Mumbai | October 22, 2020 2:55:14 am A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and V G Bisht passed the order. (File)The Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed Jain temples to reopen dining halls during Ayambil Oli Tap, a nine-day fasting festival observed by the community, from October 23. Temples will have to follow standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the state government for restaurants during the pandemic, the court said. They will, however, not be opened for devotees to offer prayers, the court has clarified. A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and V G Bisht passed the order while hearing an interim pl...