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Obama mentions Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in his memoir | India News – Times of India
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Obama mentions Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in his memoir | India News – Times of India

NEW YORK: Former US president Barack Obama says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has a "nervous, unformed quality" about him like a student eager to impress the teacher but lacking aptitude and passion to "master the subject." The New York Times reviewed Obama's memoir 'A Promised Land', in which among other issues, the first Black American President has talked about political leaders from around the world. On Gandhi, Obama says he has "a nervous, unformed quality about him, as if he were a student who'd done the coursework and was eager to impress the teacher but deep down lacked either the aptitude or the passion to master the subject," according to The New York Times review. Gandhi's mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi also appears to find mention in the memoir. The NYT review sai...
Champion Tsitsipas in Nadal’s group at ATP Finals | Tennis News – Times of India
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Champion Tsitsipas in Nadal’s group at ATP Finals | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas was placed in the same round-robin group as Rafael Nadal when the draw for the ATP Finals was made in London on Thursday. The Greek will also face Austria's US Open champion Dominic Thiem, who he beat in last year's final, and Russian debutant Andrey Rublev in the London group. World number one Novak Djokovic, bidding for a record-equalling sixth title at the event, is in the Tokyo group with Russian Daniil Medvedev, Germany's Alexander Zverev and Argentine first-time Diego Schwartzman. The ATP's elite year-ender, celebrating its 50th edition, is being staged at London's O2 Arena for the final time having moved there in 2009. Next year it will move to Turin. The draw was broadcast on BBC Radio Five Live and included American great Stan Smith...
Govt notifies new rules, makes it tougher for NGOs to get foreign funds
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Govt notifies new rules, makes it tougher for NGOs to get foreign funds

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | November 13, 2020 4:35:45 am The Centre has further tightened rules for organisations seeking foreign funding. The new rules, notified on Wednesday, state that any organisation seeking registration under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) must have operated for at least three years and spent “a minimum amount of Rs 15 lakh on its core activities for the benefit of society during the last three financial years”. Any organisation seeking prior permission for receiving a “specific amount from a specific donor for carrying out specific activities or projects” shall “submit a specific commitm...
BCCI tells IPL franchises to wait till December for auction update | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI tells IPL franchises to wait till December for auction update | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has informed the IPL franchises that thy will have to wait till December to know if there is going to be a mega auction for the next season. There are talks that the BCCI could induct a new team for the next season. “Few IPL franchises approached the BCCI to seek clarity on the issue. They were told that they will be get a much clearer idea in the second half December,” a BCCI official told TOI. TOI has learnt that the franchises are divided over the idea of having a mega auction for the next season which is barely four months away. The reports of adding a ninth team has got them worried. “Most of the teams have formed a core. They want to build on it. For most part of this IPL, there was a consensus that a major auction was not needed. However...
Last push before Budget? Key theme: spur demand rather than cash in hand
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Last push before Budget? Key theme: spur demand rather than cash in hand

Written by P Vaidyanathan Iyer | New Delhi | November 13, 2020 4:30:33 am Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference in New Delhi on November 12, 2020. (Twitter/@FinMinIndia)Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 may well be Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s last relief package ahead of Budget 2021-22, but there is a discernible pattern to the four major announcements made over the last seven months. It reinforces the ‘fiscal conservatism’ ideology of the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi — rather than large cash transfers, the growth philosophy centres around creating an ecosystem that aids domestic demand, incentivises comp...
Pak court strikes down graft case against PM Khan’s confidant, family of PML-N’s Shahbaz – Times of India
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Pak court strikes down graft case against PM Khan’s confidant, family of PML-N’s Shahbaz – Times of India

LAHORE: A Pakistani court on Thursday stopped the Federal Investigation Agency from taking action against Prime Minister Imran Khan's friend Jehangir Tareen and the family of PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif in a sugar scam worth over Rs 400 billion. A division bench comprising Justice Shahid Karim and Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi of Lahore High Court struck down the case filed by the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan against JDW Sugar Mills and Farooqi Pulp Mills of Tareen and Al-Arabia Sugar Mills of Shahbaz's family on the basis of “procedural unfairness and for being a dictated exercise”. “SECP can initiate proceeding afresh according to law,” the bench said. Tareen and Shahbaz had approached the LHC against multiple actions of the SECP and FIA in the sugar scam. The court o...
Russia warns: India-China faceoff may be misused
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Russia warns: India-China faceoff may be misused

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | November 13, 2020 4:25:09 am Soldiers on a highway leading to Ladakh. (Reuters/File)In what is being seen as a veiled reference to the US, Russia said Thursday that any escalation in the border tension between India and China amid global turbulence and unpredictability would further trigger regional instability in Eurasia, and the friction can be “misused by other players in their geopolitical purpose”. At an online media briefing, Roman Babushkin, Deputy Chief of Mission in the Russian Embassy, said that his country is “naturally concerned” over tensions between India and China, and that it is “very im...
Sitharaman unveils Atmanirbhar 3.0: Incentives for hiring, real-estate; more credit for stressed sectors
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Sitharaman unveils Atmanirbhar 3.0: Incentives for hiring, real-estate; more credit for stressed sectors

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | November 13, 2020 4:20:24 am Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State Anurag Thakur during a news conference in New Delhi, Thursday, Nov 12, 2020. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore) (PTI12-11-2020_000062A)To support the economic recovery process, the government Thursday announced a fresh set of measures, worth around Rs 1.2 lakh crore, to boost job creation, provide liquidity support to stressed sectors and encourage economic activity in housing and infrastructure areas. An additional outlay of Rs 65,000 crore is being provided as a fertiliser subsidy to support increasing demand on the back of a good monsoon and...
EC counters Tejashwi’s claims: norms followed, recount in 1 seat as per process
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EC counters Tejashwi’s claims: norms followed, recount in 1 seat as per process

Written by Ritika Chopra , Harikishan Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2020 8:09:14 am Voters undergo thermal screening at a polling station as they arrive to cast their votes for the second phase of Bihar Assembly Elections, in Muzaffarpur district, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (PTI Photo)While RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav claimed on Thursday that rejected postal ballots might have made the difference between victory and defeat for the Mahagathbandhan, Election Commission records show that in only one Assembly constituency in Bihar, Hilsa, the winning margin was less than the number of invalid postal ballots. And, following the RJD candidate...
Rs 65,000 crore booster for fertiliser industry, to help clear subsidy dues
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Rs 65,000 crore booster for fertiliser industry, to help clear subsidy dues

Written by Harish Damodaran | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2020 9:12:15 am Given the subsidy provision of just Rs 71,309 crore, it would have meant a further increase in arrears to Rs 56,000-62,000 crore, to be carried forward to 2021-22. (Representational Image/File)The fertiliser industry has landed an unexpected pre-Diwali bonanza, with the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Thursday, announcing an additional Rs 65,000 crore subsidy, over and above the Rs 71,309 crore already provided in the Union Budget for 2020-21. Fertiliser companies were owed around Rs 48,000 crore subsidy dues at the start of the current fiscal. The subsidy requireme...
Narrow margin seats: Tejashwi wants postal ballot recount
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Narrow margin seats: Tejashwi wants postal ballot recount

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: November 13, 2020 8:09:03 am Tejashwi Yadav addressing party MLAs in Patna Thursday. (ANI)Tejashwi Yadav Thursday said the RJD might move court if the Election Commission is not able to satisfactorily answer queries of 20 Mahagathbandhan candidates who lost by very narrow margins, and demanded that the postal ballots in these constituencies be recounted and a detailed break-up of valid and invalid votes provided. However, he didn’t specify which 20 seats he was talking about. Addressing a joint press conference, also attended by Congress campaign committee chief Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Tejashwi said: “We firml...
HC lifts stay, 80% ICU beds in 33 Delhi hospitals  for Covid
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HC lifts stay, 80% ICU beds in 33 Delhi hospitals for Covid

Written by Sofi Ahsan | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2020 5:18:01 am As per the data presented before the court, 89% of 1,238 Covid ICU beds in the 33 hospitals remained occupied as on Wednesday morning. (Representational Image)With  surging in the national capital, the Delhi High Court Thursday permitted the Delhi government to enforce its order asking 33 major private hospitals to reserve 80% ICU beds for coronavirus patients. It vacated a stay order on the matter passed by a single bench last month, on a petition filed by a group of healthcare providers, noting that the ground reality had “radically changed” since then. Calling the situation dy...
Booted out over kiss, cadet alleges bias: He got away lightly
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Booted out over kiss, cadet alleges bias: He got away lightly

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh | Updated: November 13, 2020 7:38:39 am The woman cadet was undergoing training at the Indian Naval Academy in Ezhimala, Kerala, in 2019-20.A woman trainee officer cadet (pilot), withdrawn from the Indian Naval Academy in Ezhimala in Kerala after being charged with physical intimacy with a fellow cadet, has gone to the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), alleging discriminatory treatment since the male cadet has been handed a lighter punishment. She says there are past instances of lesser punishment being awarded for a similar offence. AFT proceedings note that a show-cause notice (SCN) was issued to the woman cad...
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra to offer support for S Pen, claims tipster – Times of India
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra to offer support for S Pen, claims tipster – Times of India

It appears that the Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone series is going to include a smartphone that — for the first time — offers support for S Pen. According to a tweet by popular tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy S21 Ultra — which is going to be the top-end smartphone for the Galaxy S21 series — is going to offer support for a stylus. Till now, Samsung has offered the support for S Pen for its other flagship series — Galaxy Note — and it remains to be seen how Samsung will establish the distinction between the two series if both start shipping with S Pen support. While Samsung hasn’t said anything about the alleged Galaxy S21 series smartphones yet, known Apple tipster Jon Prosser has claimed that the South Korean tech giant is going to launch three handsets — Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 ...
Futuristic Jetsons house banking on bold Melbourne buyers – realestate.com.au
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Futuristic Jetsons house banking on bold Melbourne buyers – realestate.com.au

The Jetsons House at 1 Beech Lane, Casuarina. THE vendor of a futuristic space age-style NSW Tweed Coast house hopes to capitalise on interstate appreciation for progressive architecture to secure a buyer for his unique property. The beachfront Casuarina residence appears to defy gravity, with the 80-tonne top level cantilevered on the ground floor structure in a dramatic design reminiscent of The Jetsons TV animation. The cantilever design makes the top floor appear to be suspended in mid-air. The Jetsons House could be the closest thing to living inside a space ship. Expressions of interest are being called for the five-bedroom, three-bathroom house on 849 sqm at 1 Beech Lane where features include a 25m heated lap pool, a soccer pitch and in-ground trampoline. It’s the second attempt...
Rohit Sharma hails BCCI’s efforts for ‘smooth and safe’ conduct of IPL | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rohit Sharma hails BCCI’s efforts for ‘smooth and safe’ conduct of IPL | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) concluded, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma hailed the efforts of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the "smooth and safe" conduct of the tournament. The tournament came to an end on Tuesday as Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals in the final to lift the title. Mumbai defeated Delhi by five wickets at the Dubai International Stadium. Initially, the tournament was scheduled to commence in March but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. With several guidelines in place, the competition began on September 19 in the UAE. "Have to admire the commitment & discipline shown by @ipl and @BCCI crew for the smooth and safe conduct of the #IPL2020. Also a big hand to all 8 franchise for creatin...
Nokia 6300 4G and Nokia 8000 4G launched in Europe: Price, specs and more – Times of India
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Nokia 6300 4G and Nokia 8000 4G launched in Europe: Price, specs and more – Times of India

HMD Global, the company that owns the right to sell and manufacture Nokia branded handsets, has launched revamped versions of two classic phones — Nokia 6300 4G and Nokia 8000 4G. Nokia 6300 4G price and specsThe Nokia 6300 4G comes in three colour options -- Cyan Green, Light Charcoal and Powder White and is priced at euros 49. In terms of specs, the Nokia 6300 4G offers a 2.4-inch QVGA display and packs a 1500mAh battery. It runs on the KaiOS operating system and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB storage. The model offers a VGA camera with flash. The device offers 4G connectivity and FM Radio and MP3 player. The device is said to last 27.2 days. Nokia 8000 4G price and specsThe Nokia 8000 4G comes in three colour options —Onyx, Opal, Citrine and To...
At least 74 migrants dead in shipwreck off Libya coast, IOM says – Times of India
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At least 74 migrants dead in shipwreck off Libya coast, IOM says – Times of India

TUNIS: At least 74 migrants died in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya on Thursday, the United Nations' migration agency said, with 47 survivors brought to shore by coastguards and fishermen. Libya, which has had no stable central government since a NATO-backed uprising in 2011, is a major transit point for mainly African migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe. At least 900 have already drowned this year attempting the crossing, according to the agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Another 11,000 have been stopped at sea and returned to Libya, where migrants are often detained, exploited or abused. IOM and the UN refugee agency UNHCR have both said that Libya should not be considered a safe port of return, and that migrants rescued or stopped...
Appeals court clears Harvard of racial bias in admissions – Times of India
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Appeals court clears Harvard of racial bias in admissions – Times of India

BOSTON: A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a ruling clearing Harvard University of discrimination against Asian American applicants. Two judges on the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston rejected claims from an anti-affirmative action group that accuses the Ivy League University of imposing a "racial penalty'' on Asian Americans. The decision delivers a blow to the group, Students for Fair Admissions, and moves the case a step closer to a possible review by the US Supreme Court. Some legal scholars believe the court will take up the case, and both sides have been preparing for that outcome. Edward Blum, president of Students for Fair Admissions, said he was disappointed but that "our hope is not lost." "This lawsuit is now on track to go up to the US Supreme Court where we...