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Day: November 19, 2020

3 who shot dead Gurgaon woman held
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3 who shot dead Gurgaon woman held

By: Express News Service | November 20, 2020 5:14:45 am Police said a PCR call was made from Sarai Pipal Thala in Azadpur on November 17, saying a man had fallen off a four-storey building.Two weeks after a 26-year-old woman died following a gunshot to the head by three men in a case of attempted loot near Gurgaon’s Golf Course Extension road, police arrested the accused near Bhondsi Wednesday night. The victim, Pooja Sharma, worked at Wipro in Gurgaon and was heading home with her colleague Sagar Manchanda (30) when the incident took place on November 3. According to police, the men — Gurgaon residents Irshad, Hariom and Jitender — returned to the crime scene aft...
Haryana: 55.07 LMT paddy procured till date, says Dushyant Chautala
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Haryana: 55.07 LMT paddy procured till date, says Dushyant Chautala

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | November 20, 2020 4:55:16 am Haryana government has procured 55.07 lakh metric tonne (LMT) paddy at 200 grain markets and procurement centres till November 18. (Express photo by Anju Agnihotri Chaba)Haryana government has procured 55.07 lakh metric tonne (LMT) paddy at 200 grain markets and procurement centres till November 18 out of which 53.65 LMT has been delivered to warehouses and mills, said Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala. “State government has procured the Kharif crops of the farmers at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and curbed the paddy crop brought from other states being sold illegally. Paddy of most of t...
Need to reform banking, be watchful on trade protectionism: N K Singh
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Need to reform banking, be watchful on trade protectionism: N K Singh

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | November 20, 2020 4:46:47 am At the e-Adda, Singh was in conversation with Shankar Acharya, economist and former Chief Economic Adviser; Anant Goenka, Executive Director, The Indian Express; and P Vaidyanathan Iyer, Executive Editor (National Affairs), The Indian Express.India needs to be watchful of the “transient” tendencies of trade protectionism emerging globally and the geopolitics surrounding the recent trade groupings, while keeping in mind that trade continues to remain an important engine of growth, said N K Singh, Chairman, Fifteenth Finance Commission. The future of trade policy should become clear from January onwa...
To stop manual scavenging, Govt to amend law, make mechanised cleaning must
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To stop manual scavenging, Govt to amend law, make mechanised cleaning must

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2020 7:04:24 am Official records show that manual scavenging has led to 376 deaths over the past five years, including 110 in 2019 alone — a jump of 61 per cent from 2018. AMEND THE Manual Scavenging Act to make mechanised cleaning of sewers and septic tanks mandatory, replace the word “manhole” with “machine-hole” in official usage, set up a national 24×7 helpline to report violations. These are some of the key measures that are being implemented by the Government with an aim to eliminate manual scavenging across the country by August 2021, according to senior officials. On Thursday, as...
Could seek govt nod for limited use of ‘Covishield’ in December, may cost Rs 500-600: Serum CEO
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Could seek govt nod for limited use of ‘Covishield’ in December, may cost Rs 500-600: Serum CEO

Written by Prabha Raghavan | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2020 8:24:42 am The candidate, which is being manufactured by SII under an agreement with Oxford-AstraZeneca, is the frontrunner in India’s own race to find a vaccine to defeat the novel coronavirus. (Fie Photo)Serum Institute of India (SII) will likely apply to India’s top drug regulator next month for emergency approval for limited use of ‘Covishield’ on frontline workers and the elderly, the CEO of the Pune-headquartered vaccine manufacturer said at a media summit on Thursday. Covishield is the name in India of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford and Astr...
China sees rising India as rival, wants to constrain ties with US: State Dept
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China sees rising India as rival, wants to constrain ties with US: State Dept

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2020 10:34:36 am Joe Biden with Xi Jinping in Beijing, 2013.China perceives a “rising India as a rival” and wants to constrain its strategic partnership with the US, its allies and other democracies, the US State Department has said in a report. It has underlined that China intends to displace the US as the world’s foremost power. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the report said, recently provoked skirmishes along its disputed border with India, which killed dozens on both sides, and remains in a tense standoff with India’s military. The State Department’s report comes under the leadership of Secre...
Cases up, Delhi reserves 80% pvt ICU beds, hikes fine to Rs 2,000 for no masks
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Cases up, Delhi reserves 80% pvt ICU beds, hikes fine to Rs 2,000 for no masks

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2020 8:26:45 am While announcing the hike in mask penalty, Kejriwal said the decision was taken because “many people” were venturing out without wearing them, putting lives at risk.Facing a sharp surge in Covid cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Thursday that all private hospitals in the capital will have to reserve 80 per cent of their ICU beds and up to 60 per cent of normal beds for coronavirus patients, and defer non-critical surgeries. Kejriwal also said that the penalty for not wearing masks has been increased four-fold, from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000. Hours after the announcement, the Heal...
New phase 2 trial results of Oxford vaccine show success in older people
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New phase 2 trial results of Oxford vaccine show success in older people

The Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine candidate has triggered a robust immune response in older adults in phase 2 clinical trials, demonstrating its potential usefulness in protecting a section of the population that is among the most at risk of illness from the novel coronavirus. Preliminary findings published in The Lancet medical  journal show ChAdOx1 nCov-2019 – technical name for the vaccine candidate developed by scientists at the University of Oxford and the British-Swedish pharma giant AstraZeneca – has been found to be safe, well-tolerated, and to produce a similar immune response across age groups after a boost vaccination. Importantly, “ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 appears to be better tolerated in older adults than in younger adults…,” the study said – “and has similar immunogeni...
Samantha Akkineni wore the hottest blue printed lehenga and you can’t miss it – Times of India
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Samantha Akkineni wore the hottest blue printed lehenga and you can’t miss it – Times of India

She is the hottest actor down south and her unique sartorial picks have a huge role to play in making her a household name. Besides being a talented actor, Samantha Akkineni is also a rising fashionista and she continues to slay one look at a time. We are currently crushing on her latest lehenga look, which is trendy and hot at the same time. Last week, the actress was completely in a festive mood and shared a lot of pretty ethnic looks and one look that we totally loved was a printed lehenga worn by her. Samantha stunned in a bright blue printed floral lehenga. The chiffon lehenga was courtesy designer, Mrunalini Rao and one of the prettiest printed ensembles that we have seen in a while. Styled by Preetham Jukalker, Samantha finished her lehenga with a royal blue sleeveless choli. T...
Bihar: BJP frowns, ‘tainted’ JDU leader out 3 days after swearing-in
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Bihar: BJP frowns, ‘tainted’ JDU leader out 3 days after swearing-in

Written by Santosh Singh , Liz Mathew | New Delhi, Patna | November 20, 2020 4:20:54 am Under attack from opposition parties over corruption allegations against him, JD(U) leader Mewalal Choudhary on Thursday resigned as Bihar Education Minister within an hour of taking charge. Choudhary is facing charges regarding alleged discrepancy in the appointment of assistants and scientists during his tenure as Bihar Agriculture University, Sabaur, Vice-Chancellor between 2010 and 2015. Booked by the police, he had gone absconding till he got bail. Sources said the BJP expressed reservations over continuance of Choudhary in the Cabinet. The JD(U), howev...
Australia topple India as ICC announces altered points system for World Test Championship | Cricket News – Times of India
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Australia topple India as ICC announces altered points system for World Test Championship | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India on Thursday slipped to the second position in the standings of the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) after the ICC decided to rank teams "in order of percentage of points earned" from the contested matches. Australia (296 points from 3 series) toppled India (360 points from 4 series) in the standing after the revision with a percentage of 82.22 compared to the latter's 75 per cent. With the global COVID-19 pandemic disrupting cricket, "just under half of the World Test Championship matches have been played, with that estimated to rise to more than 85% by the end of the competition window." According to current regulations, incomplete matches are treated as draw but after due deliberation, the ICC Cricket Committee, headed by Anil Kumble, recommended that the final WTC s...
ICC postpones women’s T20 World Cup from 2022 to 2023 | Cricket News – Times of India
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ICC postpones women’s T20 World Cup from 2022 to 2023 | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: The South African edition of the Women's T20 World Cup was on Thursday postponed by three months to February 2023 to avoid a cluster of big-ticket events in 2022 and manage players' workload, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday. The tournament was scheduled in November 2022 but will now be held in February 2023. In August this year, the ICC had postponed the 50 over Women's World Cup slated in New Zealand from 2021 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and women's T20 cricket is also set to make its debut in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.. "The Board confirmed that the ICC Women's T20 World Cup will move from its current slot at the end of 2022 to 9-26 February 2023," ICC said in a statement. If not postponed, the year would have "three major events ...
Pvt Push: IN-SPACe Board likely in about a month | India News – Times of India
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Pvt Push: IN-SPACe Board likely in about a month | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: In the first step towards formalising the Centre’s decision to open up the space sector to private companies, the formation of Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) is taking shape and its board is likely to be operational in about a month. Just last week, the Centre approved the manpower requirements for IN-SPACe, paving the way for creation of the board which will both hand-hold and regulate the activities of private industry in the space sector. “The board will have a combination of human resources pooled in from various sectors. The government has approved manpower, which aside from the members on the proposed Board, is also for the various directorates, engineers, legal experts, various deputy directors and so on that IN-SPACe will have,” K ...
Weight loss: I gave up my biggest addiction ‘Maggi’ and lost 20 kilos in 5 months with diet control and workout!  | The Times of India
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Weight loss: I gave up my biggest addiction ‘Maggi’ and lost 20 kilos in 5 months with diet control and workout! | The Times of India

When I look at myself now, it gives a sense of accomplishment.I am not saying I don't feel the need to skip exercises and give excuses, but when I feel even a bit negative, or lazy, I recall all the efforts it took me to get to this point. There's no going back post that.Also, motivation to me is not when you avoid greasy junk food when it's not around, it's about looking at it in front of you and still deciding to eat that portion of steamed Idlis.How do you ensure you don’t lose focus?Before, for me, the problem always was the lack of time due to the busy work commitments or not having the neccessary equipment to workout. This time, I challenged myself to give it my best and not give up without trying. Now, fitness is such an important part of my life, I try and exercise, be it even d...
It is a concern that MCG’s drop-in pitches have not been tested: MCC CEO Stuart Fox | Cricket News – Times of India
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It is a concern that MCG’s drop-in pitches have not been tested: MCC CEO Stuart Fox | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: The drop-in pitches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which will host the second Test between India and Australia have not been tested and it is a cause of concern, says Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) chief executive Stuart Fox. "It is a concern for me because I would like to give them every opportunity to trial the pitches ...," Fox was quoted as saying by 'Sydney Morning Herald'. "... we (were to have had) a Test event the other day and Cricket Victoria were supporting us, we were meant to have players and a two-day game and we had the pitch ready to go but the game got cancelled the night before and that was really, ultimately, the result of the situation in South Australia." The opening round matches of Sheffield Shield were held in Adelaide instead of MCG due to the CO...
Instagram influencer held for ‘robbing’ man
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Instagram influencer held for ‘robbing’ man

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | November 20, 2020 3:27:25 am During inspection, police also found a suicide note, which blamed four people for his suicide, and also gave their phone numbers, from his possession. The note was written in Hindi.Delhi Police has arrested a professional poker player and her friend in Goa for allegedly robbing USD 3,300 from a man in Delhi. Police said the accused, Amrita Sethi (27), is a social media influencer with over 80,000 followers on Instagram. Sethi was caught at a five-star hotel in Goa with her friend Akshat Jhamb. Police said the two came to Goa after the robbery and were using the money for hotel stay and...
New Gurgaon Metro may ‘face loss over inflated ridership data’; senior IAS officer writes to CM
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New Gurgaon Metro may ‘face loss over inflated ridership data’; senior IAS officer writes to CM

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | November 20, 2020 3:18:47 am The proposed 28-km Gurgaon Metro is likely to result in huge losses and be financially non-viable, primarily because of “exaggerated daily ridership figures” projected in the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) purportedly to seek hefty bank credits, documents show. The Gurugram Metro (HUDA City Centre – Subhash Chowk – Palam Vihar – Sector 22 – Cyber City with a spur to Dwarka Expressway) is estimated to come up at a cost Rs 6,821 crore, with the Council of Ministers led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar approving the DPR in August. As per the report, the daily ridership figure is p...
Central Vista Redevelopment: In new Parliament complex, 120 office spaces spread over four floors
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Central Vista Redevelopment: In new Parliament complex, 120 office spaces spread over four floors

Written by Ananya Tiwari | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2020 3:11:31 pm The Rajya Sabha will have an area of 3,220 sqm, as against the current 1,232 sqm in the old building. It will have 384 seats more than the present 245.As many as 120 office spaces, “open-to-all” public galleries with museum-grade features, six entrances — these are among a few upgrades in the new Parliament complex, construction for which will begin in December. Tata Projects has been awarded the contract to construct the new Parliament building which is expected to be completed by 2022, in time for India’s 75th Independence Day celebrations. According to officials of HCP Desi...
Dominic Thiem slumps as Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas prepare for ATP Finals showdown | Tennis News – Times of India
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Dominic Thiem slumps as Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas prepare for ATP Finals showdown | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Dominic Thiem slumped to defeat against Andrey Rublev in a dead rubber at the ATP Finals on Thursday as reigning champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal prepared for a shootout to reach the semi-finals. Austria's Thiem, who beat Tsitsipas and Nadal earlier in the week to win Group London 2020, was well below his best at London's empty O2 Arena in a 6-2, 7-5 defeat. Rublev, 23, broke the third seed twice to race into a 3-0 lead at the start of the round-robin match. Thiem stopped the rot and started holding his serve but could not make inroads into the Russian's serve and the set was over in just 25 minutes. US Open champion Thiem, playing significantly below par, tried to dig deep against Rublev, who has had a breakthrough season, winning five titles. But the Russian, who w...
Meet for Kalita & Narwal sees parents exchange notes
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Meet for Kalita & Narwal sees parents exchange notes

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | November 20, 2020 3:03:54 am Arrested under UAPA for their alleged role in the Delhi riots, Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita (right), Natasha Narwal have been in prison for 6 monthsSix months have passed since Pinjra Tod activists Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita were jailed under UAPA for their alleged role in the Delhi riots, but their families, who met Thursday virtually during a public meeting organised by the collective, had only smiles to exchange. Determined to continue the “resistance”, they said they were inspired by their daughters. Narwal’s father and brother and Devangana’s parents and brother ...