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TMC’s ‘outsider’ digs may land Bengalis in trouble: BJP
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TMC’s ‘outsider’ digs may land Bengalis in trouble: BJP

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: November 22, 2020 10:58:05 am West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh (File photo)State BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Saturday said Trinamool Congress’s “outsider jibes at the Opposition party may land Bengalis in other states in trouble. Trinamool Congress leaders have targeted the BJP since the party deputed central leaders to the state in the run-up to next year’s Assembly polls. “Gandhi ji was from outside Bengal, he was from Gujarat. Freedom fighters of Bengal never fought for only Bengal’s independence but of that of the country. Those who have lost the faith of people here are talking about outsiders. Is the prime...
Gujarat: Speaker takes stock of preparations for two-day officers’ meet in Kevadia
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Gujarat: Speaker takes stock of preparations for two-day officers’ meet in Kevadia

By: Express News Service | Vadodara | November 22, 2020 4:58:05 am Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra TrivediWith preparations on in full swing for the two-day 80th All India Presiding Officers Conference (AIPOC) to be held at the Statue of Unity Tent City in Kevadia in Narmada district on November 25 and 26, Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi, on Saturday, took stock of the arrangements. Trivedi, who chaired a meeting with the district administration to review the preparations said that the conference would discuss the harmonious coordination between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. Thanking the Speaker of the Lok Sabha for choo...
5-year jail term for ‘offensive’ post: Kerala’s chilling law
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5-year jail term for ‘offensive’ post: Kerala’s chilling law

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: November 22, 2020 7:54:34 am A lot has been said about the screen-addiction of our generation, and how social media is isolating us.Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has given his approval to a draconian ordinance by the LDF government amending the Kerala Police Act that provides for jail term for any social media or cyber post that is deemed “offensive” or threatening. Khan’s office Saturday confirmed that he had signed the ordinance that incorporates a new Section, 118 (A), in the Kerala Police Act. Accordingly, any person who creates or sends any information that is offensive or is intended to...
Rail operation may resume in Punjab from Tuesday | India News – Times of India
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Rail operation may resume in Punjab from Tuesday | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The rail operation in Punjab may resume from Tuesday, railway ministry source said. Hours after Punjab chief minister announced that agitating farmers have agreed to allow operation of all passenger and freight trains from Monday, the railway ministry officially said it will take steps towards restoration of train services at the earliest after undertaking necessary maintenance checks and completing other laid down protocols. “Railways has received communication from Government of Punjab for the resumption of both goods and passenger train services. It has been informed that tracks are now clear for train operations,” the ministry said. It tweeted, “Railways will take steps towards restoration of train services in Punjab at the earliest after undertaking necessary maintenance...
DDC polls: India tells Pak ready for all steps on terror
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DDC polls: India tells Pak ready for all steps on terror

Written by Shubhajit Roy , Arun Sharma | Jammu, New Delhi | November 22, 2020 4:28:42 am Security personnel inspect the site of encounter at Nagrota Ban toll plaza in Jammu (PTI)Expressing serious concern over “continued terror attacks” by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, New Delhi warned Islamabad Saturday that it is “firmly and resolutely committed to take all necessary measures to safeguard its national security in the fight against terrorism”. The Ministry of External Affairs, which summoned Pakistan’s acting envoy, lodged a protest after the latest Jaish bid to carry out terror strikes in J&K ahead of the District Development Council e...
Thiem beats Djokovic in thriller to reach title match at ATP Finals | Tennis News – Times of India
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Thiem beats Djokovic in thriller to reach title match at ATP Finals | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Dominic Thiem recovered from squandering four match points in a dramatic second-set tie-break to beat Novak Djokovic in the last four at the ATP Finals on Saturday. The US Open champion won 7-5, 6-7 (10/12), 7-6 (7/5) and will face either Rafael Nadal or Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's final at the elite eight-man event. The world's top four players all made it through to the semi-finals for the first time at London's O2 Arena, which is hosting the season-ending event for the 12th and final year. Thiem forced the only break to take a tight first set 7-5 but neither player could make the breakthrough in the second set, which went to a tie-break. Thiem had four match points but agonisingly watched them all slip away as 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic levelled. It was a similar st...
From lack of beds to rise in poverty, House panel flags Covid concerns
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From lack of beds to rise in poverty, House panel flags Covid concerns

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2020 11:12:13 am The Delhi government has increased the fine from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 for not wearing mask. Delhi is witnessing a fresh of coronavirus. Unexpected spending on health after being hit by Covid-19 may have pushed many families below the poverty line, a Committee of Parliament has observed. Delivery of healthcare services was severely impacted after outpatient departments (OPDs) in hospitals were shut during the lockdown, and women bore the brunt of the disruption, the panel has said in its report. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare assessed the r...
Premier League: Brighton snap winless streak with 2-1 triumph at Villa | Football News – Times of India
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Premier League: Brighton snap winless streak with 2-1 triumph at Villa | Football News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: Brighton & Hove Albion celebrated their first Premier League victory since September after Danny Welbeck helped them to a 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Saturday with his first goal for the club. Solly March also netted a fine goal for the visitors to cancel out Ezri Konsa's equaliser as Brighton moved clear of the relegation zone with nine points from as many games. Sixth-placed Villa suffered their third successive home defeat. The pulsating clash had a dramatic climax as Brighton's Tariq Lamptey was sent off in stoppage time moments before referee Michael Oliver rescinded a penalty he awarded to Villa after a VAR check. Villa missed a string of chances in the first half and were punished as Welbeck raced clear from inside his own half in the 12th minute and beat goalkeeper...
Thane: Jupiter Hospital performs India’s first intestine transplant
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Thane: Jupiter Hospital performs India’s first intestine transplant

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | November 22, 2020 4:09:54 am According to the hospital management, the boy was referred to Jupiter Hospital in Thane after removal of his intestine. (Representational)Jupiter Hospital in Thane has successfully conducted India’s first pediatric living donor small intestinal transplant on a Covid-19 patient whose intestine had been affected by the viral infection. The transplant was performed on nine-year-old Om after his intestines were found to be affected by thrombosis and gangrene. According to the hospital management, the boy was referred to Jupiter Hospital in Thane after removal of his intestine. An antibodies test and a bo...
Root, Tom Curran shine in England warm-up match | Cricket News – Times of India
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Root, Tom Curran shine in England warm-up match | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: Joe Root hit 77 and Tom Curran produced a good all-round performance as the England touring party warmed up for its white ball matches against South Africa with an intra-squad match at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. Root was the top scorer with 77 as Team Buttler defeated Team Morgan by 50 runs in a 40-overs-a-side contest. Curran took four for 25 for England captain Eoin Morgan's side before making second-highest score of 31 for the losers. The match was a warm-up ahead of three Twenty20 internationals and three one-day internationals against South Africa, starting with a T20 international at Newlands on Friday. England will play two T20 intra-squad matches in Paarl on Monday. Four of the six tour matches will be at Newlands and two at Paarl. South Africa cancelled a pla...
Maharashtra: Activist seeks 15% reservation for minorities in new housing policy
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Maharashtra: Activist seeks 15% reservation for minorities in new housing policy

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | November 22, 2020 4:03:24 am Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra AwhadActivist and former vice-chairman of the Minorities Commission, Dr Abraham Mathai, on Friday wrote a letter to Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad, seeking 15 per cent reservation for minorities in the state’s new housing policy. Mathai, president of the Harmony Foundation, said, “It should be noted that the country today is on the edge of… losing its secular character as well as its global standing of being the world’s largest democracy. The rapacious cancer of communalism… and radicalism… is devastating the fabric of nationhood, which h...
No breakthrough as Pompeo meets Taliban, Kabul negotiators in Doha – Times of India
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No breakthrough as Pompeo meets Taliban, Kabul negotiators in Doha – Times of India

DOHA: US secretary of state Mike Pompeo met Afghan government and Taliban negotiators in Doha Saturday, but there was no announcement of any breakthrough as Washington accelerates its military withdrawal. Pompeo's visit came in the wake of a rocket attack which struck densely populated areas of Kabul, killing at least eight people in the latest outbreak of violence in the Afghan capital. The Taliban denied responsibility and the Islamic State group claimed the deadly strike. Pompeo met separately with the Afghan government and Taliban negotiation teams in a luxury hotel in the Qatari capital with his encounter with the radical Islamist insurgents lasting over an hour. "I would be most interested in getting your thoughts on how we can increase the probability of a successful outcome", Po...
Maharashtra: Father, son killed in road accident on Western Express Highway
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Maharashtra: Father, son killed in road accident on Western Express Highway

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: November 22, 2020 9:54:56 am Police said that as the victims were riding on a bridge in Vakola in Santacruz East at 6 am, a pickup truck ahead of them suddenly halted without warning.A man and his elderly father were killed on the Western Express Highway in Santacruz East, on early Saturday morning, after their motorcycle collided with a truck. The deceased, Ravi Mali (31) and Shrimani Mali (80), were residents of Ram Pyare Yadav Chawl in Malad East. They had set out from their home early in the morning to purchase flowers at the market outside Dadar railway station. Police said that as the victims were rid...
Covid-19: Gurgaon, Faridabad to test at borders
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Covid-19: Gurgaon, Faridabad to test at borders

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | November 22, 2020 3:46:22 am Following a surge in Covid cases in Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad have started testing people at its borders, said officials. Earlier this week, authorities had started random testing at the Delhi-Noida border. In addition to two existing camps on the roads, six new camps have been set up in Gurgaon, said Dr Virender Yadav, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Gurgaon. “It is not compulsory, but people are encouraged to get tested as cases are rising. Testing began in these six camps on Friday,” said Yadav, adding that in case of a positive result, the person will be advised home isolation or b...
SVAMITVA Scheme: Over a month later, first property card holder in Maharashtra waits for loan
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SVAMITVA Scheme: Over a month later, first property card holder in Maharashtra waits for loan

Written by Abha Goradia | Mumbai | Updated: November 22, 2020 9:56:09 am Vishwanath Majumale has been trying to avail loan using the property card to renovate his hotel.It has been around 40 days since Vishwanath Mujumale (58) became one of the first five farmers in India to be given property cards under the SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme. Mujumale, a resident of Kondanpur village (where a majority of residents go by the same surname), located in Pune district’s Haveli taluka, recalls fondly how Prime Minister Narendra Modi had complimented him for getting his sanad (deed) framed just in tim...
Public gatherings at Noida, Ghaziabad capped at 100; hotels, halls stare at losses
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Public gatherings at Noida, Ghaziabad capped at 100; hotels, halls stare at losses

Written by Amil Bhatnagar | Noida | Updated: November 22, 2020 8:20:13 am People throng a fruit seller’s cart in Noida on Thursday night as the process of unlock geared pace in the state. Noida reported 110 Covid cases and one death in the past 24 hours. APPublic gatherings in Noida and Ghaziabad will be capped at 100 persons in the wake of rising Covid cases. The orders were issued Saturday by the state administration after a review meeting of UP’s Covid situation by CM Yogi Adityanath. The change in guidelines, however, has left hotel and banquet owners in the lurch. A similar decision was taken by Delhi earlier this week, capping the number of guest...
Change in strategy: More sealed areas but fewer people in containment zones
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Change in strategy: More sealed areas but fewer people in containment zones

Written by Sourav Roy Barman | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2020 8:53:33 am The fine for not wearing a face mask has been increased to Rs 2,000 from Rs 500 following the national capital reporting record number of Covid-19 cases and deaths. (Express photo: Amit Mehra)Over the months, there has been a major dip in the population under strict containment in Delhi — from over 4 lakh in July to 1.6 lakh in November — a period during which the number of sealed areas rose from 700 to over 4,500. A district-wise break-up shows that 71,213 or 44.16% of the population that remains contained in Delhi is in the South district alone. The remaining 90,040 are ...
Major’s wife completes training, set to join Army two years after his death
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Major’s wife completes training, set to join Army two years after his death

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | November 22, 2020 3:32:47 am Kanika Kaustubh RaneOver two years after Major Kaustubh Rane (29) was killed in Kashmir, his wife, Kanika Kaustubh Rane, completed her training at the Indian Army’s Officers Training Academy in Chennai, and will now be joining the Indian Army. Rane, whose family lived on Mira Road, was killed in August 2018 with three other Indian soldiers — rifleman Hameer Singh (28), rifleman Mandeep Singh (26), both from Uttarakhand, and Vikramjeet Singh (25) from Haryana. They died in an attempt to foil an infiltration bid near the Line of Control near Gurez Sector in Bandipora district, about 125 km from Srinaga...
For Central Vista revamp, IGNCA to get a new home — Janpath Hotel
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For Central Vista revamp, IGNCA to get a new home — Janpath Hotel

Written by Ananya Tiwari | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2020 8:34:29 am The Janpath Hotel under renovation, SaturdayThe Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) on the Rajpath area, which will be demolished as part of the Central Vista Redevelopment project, will be temporarily shifted to the now unoccupied The Janpath Hotel. Renovations at the hotel will wrap up by February-March next year. The Janpath Hotel was an India Tourism Development Corporation-owned enterprise before it became office for the ministry of tourism. It was handed over to the ministry of housing and urban affairs in late 2017. On January 23 this year, the Central Pu...
Many schools in rural areas of Maharashtra set to reopen on November 23
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Many schools in rural areas of Maharashtra set to reopen on November 23

Written by Abha Goradia | Mumbai | Updated: November 22, 2020 10:18:52 am According to sources in the department, a virtual meeting of divisional deputy directors, principals and education officers was held on Saturday with Minister Varsha Gaikwad. While Mumbai, Pune and Thane have decided to keep schools shut till December 31, a majority of schools in the state, especially in rural areas, will re-open on Monday, November 23. “We are yet to have clarity on the exact number of districts that will allow reopening of schools, but we know rural areas will see a good number re-opening on Monday. Urban areas may take some time,” an official of the state Scho...