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Security forces rescue 10 people stranded due to heavy snowfall | India News – Times of India
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Security forces rescue 10 people stranded due to heavy snowfall | India News – Times of India

JAMMU: In a joint rescue operation, a team of Army and Jammu & Kashmir Police personnel on Monday rescued 10 people, including two women and a child, trapped in heavy snowfall at the high-altitude Sinthan pass in Kishtwar district. Sharing details of the rescue operation, Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said, “The rescue operation was carried out late Sunday night after information was received about a group of civilians stranded at Sinthan pass that connects Kishtwar district of Jammu region with Anantnag district of Kashmir division." Acting swiftly, the rescue team comprising Army and police personnel walked for five hours along National Highway-244 in zero visibility conditions during the night. “The team brought back the stranded people to Sinthan ground ...
Nitish sworn in, BJP picks two Dy CMs in NDA social balancing
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Nitish sworn in, BJP picks two Dy CMs in NDA social balancing

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | November 17, 2020 5:01:15 am Nitish with deputy CMs Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi, after swearing-in, in Patna Monday. PTI Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the seventh time on Monday with two Deputy Chief Ministers from the BJP — four-time Katihar MLA Tarkishore Prasad and four-time Bettiah MLA Renu Devi. A total of 15 ministers were administered the oath of office by Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan — seven from the BJP, including Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi; six from the JD(U), including Nitish; and one each from the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular). ALSO READ | R...
Govt incentives across sectors but bitter reality check for sugar
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Govt incentives across sectors but bitter reality check for sugar

Written by Harish Damodaran | New Delhi | November 17, 2020 4:58:17 am In Uttar Pradesh, where crushing operations for 2020-21 have already commenced, mills are yet to pay farmers Rs 5,800 crore-plus out of the total Rs 35,898.15 crore value of cane that they bought in the previous season.Even as the Centre has announced production-linked incentives worth some Rs 2 lakh crore for a host of sectors to boost manufacturing investments, the sugar industry is complaining of huge non-payments against schemes notified more than a year ago. The Narendra Modi government had, last year, provided an incentive of Rs 10,448 per tonne for mills to export sugar during...
Will Walker finally stay put? Answer key to tiger roadmap
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Will Walker finally stay put? Answer key to tiger roadmap

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | November 17, 2020 4:50:15 am Officials point to two forest stretches that can provide a larger area for a tiger population to move about: the 74-sq km Katepurna Sanctuary in Akola and the 18-sq km Karanja Sohol Sanctuary in Washim.In March, a radio-collared tiger in India grabbed global attention by traversing a circuitous forest route from Yavatmal in Maharashtra through Telangana before re-entering the state to finally settle down in Buldana — an estimated distance of 3,000 km covered in nine months. They called him Walker. Today, Walker, now over three years old, is at the centre of a conservation challenge to fi...
BJP’s challenge: Wider RJD base, Left revival, its own new faces
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BJP’s challenge: Wider RJD base, Left revival, its own new faces

Written by Ravish Tiwari | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2020 7:41:49 am That the RJD polled a higher vote share (over 23%) this time as compared to 2010 (19%) when RJD had contested more seats also shows its widening popular support.In terms of power politics, retaining the government in Bihar is an achievement the BJP has been talking up since the results came in. But the shuffling in its ranks with the swearing-in of the new government Monday underlined how the party is bracing for what it sees as the challenges of its 2020 mandate. The choice of two — not one — Deputy Chief Ministers, Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi, reflects how the BJP is add...
Bail pleas of journalist, another: SC says why not go to HC
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Bail pleas of journalist, another: SC says why not go to HC

Written by Apurva Vishwanath | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2020 8:03:48 am Siddique Kappan (with cap), secretary of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists, and three others who were held with him were produced before a court in Mathura. (PTI)Observing that it is “trying to discourage” individuals from filing petitions under Article 32 of the Constitution — which grants individuals the right to approach the top court seeking enforcement of fundamental rights — a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde sought responses from the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government in a plea seeking the release of Kerala-based journalist S...
Moderna says Covid vaccine 95% effective; may be promising option in India
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Moderna says Covid vaccine 95% effective; may be promising option in India

Written by Prabha Raghavan | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2020 1:10:14 pm While Moderna does not yet have an arrangement to supply its vaccine in India — where 8.8 million have been infected with the coronavirus and 1,30,000 have died so far — vaccine experts said on Monday evening that it could potentially have an edge over Pfizer’s mRNA candidateThe American biotechnology company Moderna announced on Monday that early results of its large ongoing late-stage trials of a vaccine candidate against the novel had showed an efficacy of 94.5 per cent — an outcome that surpassed the expectations of researchers. The Moderna results offer strong hope that...
Agusta Westland Deal: Statement of key accused mentions Kamal Nath’s son, Khurshid, Patel, web of offshore firms
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Agusta Westland Deal: Statement of key accused mentions Kamal Nath’s son, Khurshid, Patel, web of offshore firms

Written by Ritu Sarin | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2020 8:22:41 am Saxena’s statement, running into over 1,000 pages (including supporting documents) was accessed by The Indian Express along with copies of banking statements, records of offshore companies, and email correspondence between key players.Not just former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s nephew Ratul Puri but his son Bakul Nath, too, along with Congress leaders Salman Khurshid and Ahmed Patel, finds mention in the interrogation statements of Rajiv Saxena, chartered accountant and key accused in the Rs 3,000-crore Augusta Westland VVIP chopper deal case. Saxena, currently on ...
‘Central agencies should not dance to the tune of a few defective minds’:Kerala CM | India News – Times of India
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‘Central agencies should not dance to the tune of a few defective minds’:Kerala CM | India News – Times of India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday hit out at the central agencies probing various cases in the state, including the Life Mission and K-Fon projects, and said they should not dance to the tune of a "few defective minds." Vijayan, who met the media through video conference after the Covid-19 evaluation meet here, slammed the probe agencies which have sought the details of various developmental projects and the CAG report on KIIFB. Recently, in a draft report, the CAG had allegedly said the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) was raising loans "unconstitutionally". Various central probe agencies are investigating different projects of the state government including its ambitious K-Fon project aimed at providing free and quality internet to...
Study on benefits, costs helped govt firm up RCEP stand
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Study on benefits, costs helped govt firm up RCEP stand

Written by Anil Sasi , Prabha Raghavan | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2020 10:50:10 am An official said that India was not averse to trade pacts, given that negotiations for some 20 trade pacts with countries and groups of countries have been initiated by it. However, the government has objections to joining RCEP “in its current form”.An internal assessment of India’s bilateral free trade agreements with nine countries, including five signatories of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), played a pivotal role in the government firming its position against joining the mega trade pact. The assessment showed a “moderate uti...
Ireland’s Doherty, McClean test positive for virus ahead of Bulgaria game | Football News – Times of India
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Ireland’s Doherty, McClean test positive for virus ahead of Bulgaria game | Football News – Times of India

DUBLIN: Ireland's Matt Doherty and James McClean are set to miss the Republic's final Nations League fixture at home to Bulgaria on Wednesday after testing positive for the coronavirus. The duo started Sunday's 1-0 defeat by Wales in Cardiff but have now been isolated from the rest of the group, which flew back to Dublin on Monday. "The Football Association of Ireland can confirm Ireland defender Matt Doherty and forward James McClean have tested positive for Covid-19," said an FAI statement. "The players have been isolated from the group as per Covid-19 protocols, and the HSE (Ireland's Health Services Executive) have been informed of this development. "The rest of the staff and squad tested negative ahead of the flight back to Dublin this morning before the UEFA Nations League match a...
ITBP’s Covid care centre to get 1,000 oxygen beds, more doctors to fly in
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ITBP’s Covid care centre to get 1,000 oxygen beds, more doctors to fly in

Written by Ashna Butani | New Delhi | November 17, 2020 3:38:54 am The Covid care centre has been linked to Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Madan Mohan Malviya hospitals, while its referral tertiary-care hospitals are Lok Nayak Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital — all run by the Delhi government.With the Centre stepping in to help manage the sudden increase in the number of cases in Delhi, the Covid Care Centre at Chhatarpur, which is run by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), will convert 1,000 beds into those with oxygen support. The Centre has 10,000 beds, out of which 600 are occupied at present. The area is sealed off for everyone, exce...
ICC Chairman’s election might feature 3 rounds of voting: Report | Cricket News – Times of India
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ICC Chairman’s election might feature 3 rounds of voting: Report | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: The ICC's Board of Directors could be involved in a three-round voting process to elect the next independent chairman between Greg Barclay and Imran Khwaja in case the magic figure of 11 is not reached at the first count. The ICC's annual quarterly meeting began on Monday and the electronic voting process will involve the 16 board of directors -- 12 from full member (Test playing nations), three associate countries and one independent female director (Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo). Barclay of New Zealand or Khwaja of Singapore will need at least 11 votes (2/3rd majority) to win the elections but with a fractured mandate, it will be difficult for either to get a two-third majority. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, there will be three rounds of voting. "If neither candidate gets th...
99 deaths on Monday: Delhi past third peak, no chance of another lockdown, says Satyendra Jain
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99 deaths on Monday: Delhi past third peak, no chance of another lockdown, says Satyendra Jain

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2020 3:04:59 am Delhi recorded a positivity rate of 15.33 per cent amid the festive season and rising pollution in the city, according to the bulletin issued by the health department. Amid rising Covid cases in the capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain Monday said there is “no chance” of another lockdown as the third wave has already peaked. “The virus cannot be contained through lockdown, people should protect themselves by wearing face masks. I can tell you that the peak of the third wave is gone,” he said. Monday saw 3,797 new cases and 99 deaths, taking the total count to 4,89,202 and fatali...
Imperious Novak Djokovic sweeps aside Diego Schwartzman at ATP Finals | Tennis News – Times of India
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Imperious Novak Djokovic sweeps aside Diego Schwartzman at ATP Finals | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Novak Djokovic produced a masterclass against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman on Monday as he embarked on his campaign for a record-equalling sixth title at the ATP Finals in London. The world number one wobbled at the start of the match against the diminutive eighth seed, making his debut at the elite eight-man event but recovered to win 6-3, 6-2. Djokovic, who has already sealed the year-end number one spot for a record-equalling sixth time, is aiming to match Roger Federer, who holds the record of six ATP Finals wins. The Serbian, 33, has enjoyed another sparkling season despite the coronavirus interruption, winning four titles including the Australian Open. Schwartzman started impressively, breaking Djokovic in the third game but double-faulted in the following game to gift hi...
Delhi: 10 teams to visit private hospitals to check if affairs are in order
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Delhi: 10 teams to visit private hospitals to check if affairs are in order

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | November 17, 2020 2:48:11 am The order comes a day after Home Minister Amit Shah held a high-level meeting Sunday on the capital’s Covid situation.In the wake of rising Covid cases in Delhi, the Centre has created 10 multi-disciplinary teams to check if private hospitals are following all guidelines issued by the state government and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for treatment. In an order issued Monday by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the government said the teams will visit all private hospitals in “National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi to check the status of compliance of various directions” iss...
BJP minister Bisahulal demands MP assembly speaker be appointed from Vindhya region | India News – Times of India
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BJP minister Bisahulal demands MP assembly speaker be appointed from Vindhya region | India News – Times of India

BHOPAL: Amid speculations over probable names for the post of speaker in Madhya Pradesh assembly, food and civil supplies minister Bisahulal Singh has joined the chorus demanding appointment of Speaker from Vindhya region. After BJP's victory in the recent bypolls, there is an intense lobbying for the post of Speaker in the saffron party. The pro tem Speaker, Rameshwar Sharma has made a record by staying for over four months in the office and the BJP leaders were demanding to elect the new Speaker from Vindhya or Mahakaushal region. "Every person loves his region. People of Vidhya want that an able person from their region should be elected as Speaker of the assembly. I also support their demand. A full-time Speaker will be elected in the winter session of the assembly," Bisahulal told ...
Laadli Scheme: Delhi govt’s plan for girl child takes hit, far fewer takers than previous years
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Laadli Scheme: Delhi govt’s plan for girl child takes hit, far fewer takers than previous years

Written by Sukrita Baruah | New Delhi | November 17, 2020 2:32:28 am Under the scheme, financial aid is provided — Rs 11,000 if born in hospital or Rs 10,000 if born at home; and Rs 5,000 each in further five milestones — Class I, VI, IX, XI and XII.One of the Delhi government’s major schemes for the benefit of girl children — the Laadli scheme — is reeling under the effect of the Covid lockdown, with a significant slowdown in the number of enrollments so far this year, which experts say could impact the number of girl children joining and staying in school. Under the Laadli scheme, financial assistance is sanctioned for beneficiary girls starting at th...
Citing existing inventory, Delhi govt drops slum relocation project for 3,000 families
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Citing existing inventory, Delhi govt drops slum relocation project for 3,000 families

Written by Sourav Roy Barman | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2020 12:02:15 pm The government has decided to float fresh tenders for the Dev Nagar project, where 203 families affected by the construction of the National War Museum at Princess Park near India Gate will be shifted.Three years after it was announced, the Delhi government has shelved a project to construct 3,780 flats to relocate over 3,000 families living in slums of Jahangirpuri and Wazirpur near their sources of livelihood. As per documents, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) took the decision in its 29th board meeting chaired by CM Arvind Kejriwal on September 26. “It...
Vulture numbers ‘stabilising’, MoEF launches action plan to increase population
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Vulture numbers ‘stabilising’, MoEF launches action plan to increase population

Written by Esha Roy | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2020 2:08:09 am Crisis: A massive dip in vulture populations came into limelight in the mid-90s, and in 2004 the cause of the crash was established as diclofenac, a veterinary nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar Monday launched a Vulture Action Plan 2020-25 for the conservation of vultures in the country. Vulture numbers saw a steep slide — as much as 90 per cent in some species — in India since the 1990s in one of the most drastic declines in bird populations in the world. While the ministry has been carrying out a cons...