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MHA grants Rs 2.7K cr  Amphan relief to Bengal
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MHA grants Rs 2.7K cr Amphan relief to Bengal

By: Express News Service | Kolkata, New Delhi | November 14, 2020 5:23:06 am Cyclone Amphan caused widespread destruction in south Bengal districts in late May. (File)A high-level committee of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, headed by minister Amit Shah, on Friday approved the release of almost Rs 4,382 crore to six states, including West Bengal, as central assistance for natural calamities they have faced this year. The funds will be released to West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Sikkim as assistance for the damage caused by cyclones, floods, and landslides. West Bengal will receive Rs 2,707.77 crore for Cyclone Amphan...
Kolkata Police steps up vigil to enforce cracker ban
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Kolkata Police steps up vigil to enforce cracker ban

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | November 14, 2020 5:13:07 am The police are seizing firecrackers and making arrests daily, according to officials, while "naka checking" is also being conducted in some areas to prevent the transportation of firecrackers. (Representational)Kolkata Police has increased its vigil and will deploy more than 4,000 police personnel over the weekend to prevent any untoward incidents and prevent the use of firecrackers during Kali Puja and Diwali. The Calcutta High Court on November 5 ordered a complete ban on the use and sale of all kinds of crackers and fireworks during the upcoming festive period. The police are seizing ...
WHO lauds UP’s contact tracing measures for Covid-19 control | India News – Times of India
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WHO lauds UP’s contact tracing measures for Covid-19 control | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: UP’s strategy to control Covid-19 during the peak has been lauded by the World Health Organization. Profiling the state’s contact tracing mechanism in a special feature published on Thursday, the WHO noted that ‘early and systematic tracking of high-risk contacts helped Uttar Pradesh step up the fight against Covid-19’. “When the cases surged post lifting of curbs, as part of its surveillance response activities with support from WHO, the state government put in place a mechanism to evaluate the status and quality of contact tracing to guide policy level decision making for an informed public health response,” it said, noting that being the most populous state its fight against Covid-19 has been particularly challenging. Acknowledging that contact tracing was an essential publi...
Bengal: Active Covid cases dip further
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Bengal: Active Covid cases dip further

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | November 14, 2020 5:08:15 am As many as 860 persons tested positive in North 24 Parganas, 839 tested positive in Kolkata, 252 tested positive in Hooghly, 232 tested positive in South 24 Parganas and 187 tested positive in Howrah. (Representational)The total active Covid cases in the state decreased further on Friday as the recovery rate continued to grow, with the number of discharged persons also increasing steadily. This comes as a major relief for the state administration just before Diwali. In the last 24 hours, 4,468 persons were cured of the Covid-19 infection. Thus, the number of active cases decreased to 31,501. A total...
Police lack sensitivity: Calcutta High Court on Birbhum custodial death of minor
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Police lack sensitivity: Calcutta High Court on Birbhum custodial death of minor

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | November 14, 2020 5:02:12 am The division bench also asked Birbhum district superintendent of police to set up child-friendly corners in every police station under his jurisdiction.Concerned by “lack of sensitivity among police officers” in an alleged custodial death of a 15-year-old boy in Birbhum district, the Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed the state home secretary and the director general of police to submit by November 25 reports on CCTV cameras and child-friendly corners in police stations across the state. A division Bench headed by Justice Harish Tandon said, “The Home Secretary, Government of West Bengal, is d...
Cold response from insurance firms, PMC plan to give health cover to urban poor for Covid treatment in limbo
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Cold response from insurance firms, PMC plan to give health cover to urban poor for Covid treatment in limbo

Written by Ajay Jadhav | Pune | November 14, 2020 4:52:54 am With the election code coming into force, the plan is likely to get further delayed, she said,adding that the plan cannot be implemented without the approval of the standing committee. (Representational)The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s plan to provide health cover to the urban poor hospitalised for Covid-19 treatment is likely to get scuttled due to the poor response of insurance companies along with model code of conduct being in place for the state Legislative Council elections. Last month, the PMC had sought proposals from insurance companies for implementing the civic scheme, Covid S...
Ex-NC MLA stopped from flying to Dubai, govt to amend order
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Ex-NC MLA stopped from flying to Dubai, govt to amend order

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary , Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi, Srinagar | November 14, 2020 4:36:59 am Altaf Ahmad Wani. Former National Conference (NC) MLA Altaf Ahmad Wani alias Kalloo was on Thursday evening prevented from flying to Dubai from Delhi International Airport, with immigration officials reportedly informing him that politicians from Kashmir were not allowed to fly abroad.Following the episode, sources said, the blanket order — issued in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 — is being reviewed by the government. Henceforth, politicians from Kashmir would not be prevented from flying abroad unless there is any specific...
Duping poor minority students: Jharkhand HC to hear plea for SIT
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Duping poor minority students: Jharkhand HC to hear plea for SIT

Written by Abhishek Angad | Ranchi | November 14, 2020 4:32:36 am In Jharkhand, where Rs 61 crore was disbursed under the scholarship for 2019-20, the Dhanbad district administration filed FIRs against more than 105 people, including middlemen and local officials.THE JHARKHAND High Court has listed for hearing this month a petition urging it to take suo motu cognizance of the findings on an investigation by The Indian Express, which revealed how a nexus of middlemen, banking correspondents, school staff and government officials illegally diverted funds disbursed under the Centre’s pre-Matric scholarship for poor minority students. Submitted by Advocate ...
As owls face occult threat on Diwali, Uttarakhand officials step up vigil
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As owls face occult threat on Diwali, Uttarakhand officials step up vigil

Written by Lalmani Verma | Dehradun | Updated: November 14, 2020 7:28:21 am Uttarakhand forests are home to many owl species.It’s the vehicle of Goddess Lakshmi, whose blessings many Indians seek on Deepawali. Ironically, the festival of lights is also when the owl is the most threatened. Every year around Deepawali, these shy, mostly nocturnal birds of prey are trapped and hunted in large numbers as tantriks, sorcerers, and practitioners of black magic use them in occult sacrifice. In Uttarakhand, whose forests are home to many of the more than two dozen species of owl found in India, the Forest Department has sounded a statewide alert and officials h...
Centre announces Rs 269-cr cyclone relief to Maharashtra, govt says not enough
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Centre announces Rs 269-cr cyclone relief to Maharashtra, govt says not enough

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | November 14, 2020 4:23:35 am Maharashtra’s Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay WadettiwarThe Maharashtra government on Friday criticised the central government’s relief assistance package for losses suffered by the state due to Cyclone Nisarga in June this year. Earlier in the day, a high-level committee, headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, had approved a relief package of Rs 268.59 crore to the state for losses due to the cyclone. Maharashtra’s Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar, however, said this is not enough for a state that has suffered as much as Rs 6,048 crore owing to the calamity. Contending ...
Bombay HC refuses relief to medical course aspirant seeking state quota seat
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Bombay HC refuses relief to medical course aspirant seeking state quota seat

Written by Omkar Gokhale | Mumbai | November 14, 2020 4:15:29 am A division bench of Justice Sunil P Deshmukh and Justice Shrikant D Kulkarni was hearing the girl’s petition filed through senior counsel Rajendra Deshmukh and advocate Nirmal Dayama on November 11.The Bombay High Court’s Aurangabad bench recently refused to interfere and direct the government to change a legislative decision taken in 2016 related to admissions in medical courses. In doing so, the court refused relief to the undergraduate medical course aspirant, desirous of a state quota seat for academic year 2020-21. She had passed her Class X (SSC) examination in 2018 from ...
Dutch ban New Year fireworks over virus fears – Times of India
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Dutch ban New Year fireworks over virus fears – Times of India

THE HAGUE: The Dutch government on Friday outlawed traditional fireworks over New Year, saying the one-off ban would help hospital workers overburdened by the coronavirus pandemic. New Year's celebrations in the Netherlands are notoriously wild, with people setting off tens of millions of euros (dollars) worth of fireworks in back gardens and streets, often causing injuries. That threatens to clash with a second wave of Covid-19 infections, with more than half of the country's 609 intensive care beds currently occupied by coronavirus patients. "The sale and lighting of fireworks will face a one-off ban during the coming year-end," the Dutch cabinet said in a statement. "This is to avoid extra pressure on already over-burdened care workers and to maintain public order," it said. Anyone b...
Centre to hold further talks with Punjab farmers on new farm laws: Narendra Singh Tomar | India News – Times of India
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Centre to hold further talks with Punjab farmers on new farm laws: Narendra Singh Tomar | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said the Centre will hold another round of discussion with Punjab farmers protesting against new farm laws amid differences on certain issues. He also said that train services will resume after the state government and protesting farmer unions assure the safety of the tracks. Tomar and Union Food, Commerce and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal held a day-long meeting with representatives of various farmer unions at Vigyan Bhawan here. This meeting comes a month after the union agriculture secretary's discussion with Punjab farmers in the national capital remained inconclusive. Farmer bodies had staged a walk out demanding ministerial-level talks. It also comes ahead of another protest being planned under the banner of the...
Mumbai: Laddoos, chakli and special menus to bring Diwali cheer to Covid patients in hospitals
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Mumbai: Laddoos, chakli and special menus to bring Diwali cheer to Covid patients in hospitals

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Updated: November 14, 2020 12:09:38 pm Lanterns and fairy lights adorn an isolation ward at S L Raheja hospital. (Express Photo)Hospitals across Mumbai are recasting cherished Diwali rituals to bring in some much needed cheer among Covid-19 patients. For critical patients and those on oxygen support, hospitals are trying to wash away isolation blues by coming up with special Diwali menus or allowing their families to send sweets and food. Some hospitals have also deployed PPE-clad staffers to decorate isolation wards with marigold flowers. Over 5,700 Covid-19 patients are admitted in quarantine centres and ho...
Kenya’s Manangoi gets two-year ban for anti-doping violation: AIU | More sports News – Times of India
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Kenya’s Manangoi gets two-year ban for anti-doping violation: AIU | More sports News – Times of India

NAIROBI: Former 1,500 metres world champion Elijah Manangoi of Kenya has been handed a two-year ban after missing three tests under whereabouts rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday. Manangoi was provisionally suspended in July for the violations and the AIU said his ban will come into effect "on the date of the third Whereabouts Failure" from December 22 2019. The AIU has banned Kenyan middle-distance runner Elijah Motonei Manangoi for two years for Whereabouts Failures, a… https://t.co/shrkizaicA— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) 1605284109000The ruling means "disqualification of all competitive results obtained by the athlete since 22 December 2019 with all resulting consequences, including the forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points prizes and ap...
Following BMC ban, owners of firecracker shops claim 70 per cent decline in earnings
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Following BMC ban, owners of firecracker shops claim 70 per cent decline in earnings

Written by Abha Goradia | Mumbai | November 14, 2020 3:49:00 am Despite the ban, many buyers claim that fireworks are an integral part of Diwali celebrations. (Representational)The ban on firecrackers by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in public places — in addition to the pandemic scare — hasn’t quite kept residents of Mumbai from thronging Mohammed Ali road to buy their share during the festive season. People can be seen lining up outside shops, ignoring advisories on social distancing, eager to land the best bargains. However, according to shopkeepers, the proportion of customers has dwindled and their earnings have reduced by 70 percent...
Bombay HC stays Thane SDO order directing cop be evicted from mother’s flat
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Bombay HC stays Thane SDO order directing cop be evicted from mother’s flat

Written by Omkar Gokhale | Mumbai | Updated: November 14, 2020 7:28:26 am The HC noted that the petitioner has been asked to pay maintenance by the SDO in ignorance of his liabilities of repaying the loan taken from a welfare society to repair the flat and also providing for his wife and two children.The Bombay High Court recently restrained the mother of a police constable from executing an order passed by the Thane sub-divisional officer (SDO) under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, which directed that the son be evicted from a flat owned by the woman in Thane and also pay a maintenance of Rs 10,000 to her. The order, wh...
Maharashtra chief of Dalit Youth Panthers among 5 arrested for extortion
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Maharashtra chief of Dalit Youth Panthers among 5 arrested for extortion

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | November 14, 2020 3:30:10 am The accused allegedly threatened to create obstacles in the company's activities if the money was not provided.Mumbai Police on Thursday arrested five persons, including the Maharashtra chief of Dalit Youth Panthers, Bhaisaheb Jadhav, for allegedly demanding Rs 5 lakh as extortion money. As per police, the accused approached a representative of one Neeraj Cement company in Govandi and demanded Rs 5 lakh for ‘party work’. The accused allegedly threatened to create obstacles in the company’s activities if the money was not provided. The complainant then approached Govandi police and an FIR ...