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Day: November 22, 2020

Dhankhar slams police after accountant held in graft case
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Dhankhar slams police after accountant held in graft case

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | November 23, 2020 5:27:21 am Jagddep Dhankar. (File)West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday accused the Kolkata Police of conducting a “politically inspired operation” to arrest a chartered accountant to impede a team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Income Tax Department investigating the coal mafia and cow smugglers. His comments came a day after a Kolkata Police team arrested a person identified as Gopal Aggarwal. Aggarwal was arrested in a corruption case in which a tax department official has also been named. The police, however, said Aggarwal was not a chartered accountant. “He was named in the...
Rajkiran Rai Interview: ‘Restructuring requests quite low … not much traction in retail, seen some in MSMEs’
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Rajkiran Rai Interview: ‘Restructuring requests quite low … not much traction in retail, seen some in MSMEs’

Written by George Mathew | Updated: November 23, 2020 6:03:44 am Rajkiran Rai.Union Bank of India MD and CEO RAJKIRAN RAI says the loan restructuring scheme has evoked a very low response and it may attract only 2-3 per cent, or even lower, of the loan book. In an interview to GEORGE MATHEW, Rai — also the Chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) — said, “we’re not seeing much stress building up.” Edited excerpts: What’s the status of loan restructuring plan approved by the RBI? What has been the response from corporates and retail borrowers? On the corporate side, we are not seeing much traction. We were initially expecting that five to six per cen...
Astra air combat missile to be soon tested from Tejas fighter | India News – Times of India
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Astra air combat missile to be soon tested from Tejas fighter | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India’s first indigenous air-to-air missile Astra will soon be tested from the first home-grown fighter Tejas, in yet another major step towards making the weapon the mainstay of the country’s combat fleet against hostile jets in the years ahead. The integration of the Astra beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), which flies over four times the speed of sound at Mach 4.5, on the Tejas and the “initial ground trials” are virtually complete now. “The flight trials of the indigenous missile on the indigenous fighter will begin within the next few months,” said a source on Thursday. The all-weather day and night capable Astra, which currently has a strike range of around 100-km, will eventually replace the expensive Russian, French and Israeli BVRAAMs that are currently...
Second straight runner-up finish for Prajnesh following final defeat in Orlando | Tennis News – Times of India
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Second straight runner-up finish for Prajnesh following final defeat in Orlando | Tennis News – Times of India

ORLANDO: Early breaks pegging him back in both the sets, Prajnesh Gunneswaran ended runner-up at the Orlando Open, losing the summit clash of the ATP Challenger event to American Brandon Nakashima on Sunday. Prajnesh did not have the required power in his strokes to hurt the American, losing 3-6, 4-6 in the USD 52,080 hard court tournament. The Indian left-hander could convert none of the eight break chances that came his way in an hour and 28 minute contest. It is Prajnesh's second straight runner-up finish. He had reached the final at the Cary Challenger last week. The result will help Prajnesh move up to 128 from 137. He has already locked the India number one rank with his Orlando show. Serving at 2-3, 30-all, Prajnesh buried a forehand to the net to be down a break point but saved ...
Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic end debut season with ATP Finals doubles crown | Tennis News – Times of India
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Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic end debut season with ATP Finals doubles crown | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic beat Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 to claim the ATP Finals doubles trophy at the end of their first season together in London on Sunday. It was a case of third time lucky for the Dutch-Croatian fifth seeds, who lost their first two finals, in Marseille and at the US Open, earlier in the year. One of the key features of Koolhof and Mektic's campaign at the O2 Arena was the consistent success they had with their returns. The pair, who joined forces in January, continued that trend in the opening game of Sunday's final as Mektic ripped a forehand return winner down the line to break serve. Koolhof and Mektic fired low returns at 3-1 to earn a double-break advantage and clinched the set with a love service hold. Austrian-Fre...
His 3-yr search for missing wife prompts HC alarm & a human trafficking probe in Shirdi
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His 3-yr search for missing wife prompts HC alarm & a human trafficking probe in Shirdi

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | Mumbai | November 23, 2020 4:42:57 am From the family album: Manoj Soni and his wife. Deepti, a nursing assistant, went missing from Shirdi on Aug 10, 2017IT WAS a 15-day holiday Manoj Soni had planned for his family in August 2017, and visiting Shirdi was not a part of that. But then, the date on the train tickets he booked from Ahmedabad to Vaishnodevi was July 9, instead of a month later. “I realised this on August 9 after we had visited Somnath, Dwarka and Nageshwar Jyotirling temples in Gujarat. We could not have travelled such a long distance in the unreserved compartment with our two children. That’s when my wife and...
Unease in CPM over ordinance, BJP and Congress call it bid to gag free speech
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Unease in CPM over ordinance, BJP and Congress call it bid to gag free speech

Written by Shaju Philip , Manoj C G | New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: November 23, 2020 11:18:13 am Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (File)In the face of widespread criticism and outrage over the Kerala government move to amend the law to mandate a jail term for any “offensive” social media post, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan claimed it would not be used against “free speech” or “impartial journalism”. Few were buying this, with Opposition parties slamming the CPM-led ruling LDF for the “harsh and draconian” move to “gag the media”. Sources in Vijayan’s own party said the Chief Minister’s clarification came after intervention...
Unease in CPM over ordinance, BJP and Cong call it bid to gag free speech
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Unease in CPM over ordinance, BJP and Cong call it bid to gag free speech

Written by Shaju Philip , Manoj C G | New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: November 23, 2020 4:50:48 am Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (File)IN THE face of widespread criticism and outrage over the Kerala government move to amend the law to mandate a jail term for any “offensive” social media post, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan claimed it would not be used against “free speech” or “impartial journalism”. Few were buying this, with Opposition parties slamming the CPM-led ruling LDF for the “harsh and draconian” move to “gag the media”. Sources in Vijayan’s own party said the Chief Minister’s clarification came after intervention ...
Mumbai: TBM stuck in tunnel for over a yr in Powai, water project stalled
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Mumbai: TBM stuck in tunnel for over a yr in Powai, water project stalled

Written by Laxman Singh | Mumbai | November 23, 2020 4:40:08 am The stuck TBM in the tunnel. (Express photo)In a one-of-its-kind incident, a tunnel boring machine (TBM) drilling for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ambitious Veravali-Powai-Ghatkopar water supply project, has been stuck in its own partially-dug tunnel near Powai for over a year, with no respite in sight. The BMC is constructing a 6.6-km water supply tunnel from Veravali to Ghatkopar to improve Mumbai’s old supply network, in order to prevent water theft and provide relief to residents dealing with low pressure water supply. The TBM is of German make – Herrenknecht. Accordin...
New worry as states with fewer cases see Covid spurt, big jump in Rajasthan
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New worry as states with fewer cases see Covid spurt, big jump in Rajasthan

Written by Amitabh Sinha | Pune | November 23, 2020 4:37:04 am Ahmedabad city is under “complete curfew” from Friday night till Monday morning with only shops selling milk and medicines remaining open, in view of the steep surge in Covid-19 cases after Diwali. In pic: Empty roads in Ahmedabad as Curfew imposed for weekend. (Express photo: Nirmal Harindran)Even as states with relatively smaller caseloads have been reporting a spurt in Covid cases, the Centre has dispatched high-level teams to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to help them tackle the spread of the disease. While fresh cases of coronavirus infections continue to decline — or remai...
Tunnel used by four Jaish men killed in Nagrota found
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Tunnel used by four Jaish men killed in Nagrota found

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | November 23, 2020 4:36:58 am Cement bags with Pak markings found in tunnel: Police. ANIIN A key breakthrough, the Border Security Force (BSF) and police have detected a cross-border tunnel in the Regal area of Jammu’s Samba district that was used by four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists to enter J&K before they were gunned down by security forces in an encounter at Nagrota three days ago. “The tunnel is 15-20 ft deep and nearly 150 m long…It originates from inside Pakistan…It was used by the four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants who were killed recently,” said J&K Police DGP Dilbagh Singh after visiting the site Sunday alon...
Ghulam Nabi Azad underlines again: Congress needs revamp, leaders have no connect
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Ghulam Nabi Azad underlines again: Congress needs revamp, leaders have no connect

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2020 8:36:46 am Azad hit out at the “five-star culture” in the party during elections. (File)THE TURMOIL in the Congress that resurfaced after the party’s poor performance in the Bihar elections and bypolls is showing no signs of abating. On Sunday, Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of the 23 senior leaders who wrote the unprecedented letter to Sonia Gandhi demanding sweeping changes in the party, said the Congress’s organisational “system has collapsed” and its position will not improve unless reforms are carried out. Talking to The Indian Express, Azad, leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, said the sit...
Mumbai-based event manager molested, raped, two arrested
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Mumbai-based event manager molested, raped, two arrested

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | November 23, 2020 4:33:11 am According to officials, the body that was cremated by Banerjee’s son Sanjib was that of 75-year-old Mohinimohan Mukherjee. (File)Two Sonepat-based eatery owners have been arrested for allegedly raping and molesting a freelance event manager at a five-star hotel in Aerocity. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport) Rajeev Ranjan said they have arrested Sandeep Mehta (57), alias Mickey, for rape (IPC section 376) and Naveen Dawar (47) on charges of molestation (IPC section 354). Both the accused were produced before a Delhi court and sent to judicial custody for 14 days. According to poli...
BCCI’s IPL card: Revenue Rs 4,000 cr, TV viewership up, 30,000 Covid tests
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BCCI’s IPL card: Revenue Rs 4,000 cr, TV viewership up, 30,000 Covid tests

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: November 23, 2020 8:26:35 am With stringent Covid curbs in India, the IPL was held from September 19 to November 10 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.The Indian cricket board earned “Rs 4,000 crore” in revenue from the IPL in the UAE, TV viewership was “about 25 per cent more than last year”, and over 30,000 RT-PCR Covid tests were conducted for a total of 1,800 individuals without any of the 60 matches being affected by the pandemic. This, according to BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal, is the report card at the end of the high-profile T20 league. This year’s IPL was also India’s first major sporting tournament si...
Covid-19: AAP workers distribute free masks
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Covid-19: AAP workers distribute free masks

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2020 9:33:46 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.Aam Aadmi Party members, including MLAs and councillors, distributed free masks across Delhi on Sunday as part of its awareness campaign on coronavirus. Rajinder Nagar MLA Raghav Chadha, meanwhile, kicked off RT-PCR testing using mobile vans in his constituency. As many as 170 people, including Chadha, were tested during the day. The results will be shared with people on their phones. Several legislators went to m...
At 6.9°C, Delhi sees coldest November morning in 17 years
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At 6.9°C, Delhi sees coldest November morning in 17 years

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2020 9:40:37 am Maximum temperature in the city on Sunday was 24.2 degrees Celsius, about two degrees below normal. (File)Mercury dropped further in the early hours of Sunday as Delhi recorded its lowest minimum temperature so far for this winter season at 6.9 degrees Celsius. Data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) shows this was four degrees below normal temperature for this time of the year. It also marked the coldest November morning in Delhi in 17 years. The last time minimum temperature dropped below this mark at the IMD Safdarjung observatory, which is representative of the city, was ...
Delhi: ASI among 5 held for ‘trying to extort Rs 2 crore’ from builder
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Delhi: ASI among 5 held for ‘trying to extort Rs 2 crore’ from builder

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2020 9:39:21 am ASI Rajbir Singh.An assistant sub-inspector from Delhi Police, who had won a police medal for meritorious service in 2019, has been arrested for allegedly trying to extort Rs 2 crore from a builder. The accused, ASI Rajbir Singh is currently posted with the PCR unit. Police have also arrested four other men involved in the case. An FIR was registered at South Delhi’s Hauz Khas police station. According to police, the builder said that on June 28 this year, his father received a call from a person who introduced himself as gangster Kala and asked him to pay Rs 2 crore. The complainant all...
Fishermen’s nightmare: 80-90% daily catch in Maharashtra is jellyfish
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Fishermen’s nightmare: 80-90% daily catch in Maharashtra is jellyfish

Written by Sanjana Bhalerao | Mumbai | November 23, 2020 4:20:46 am Jellyfish can survive increasing temperature, pollution levels.For the past one month, jellyfish have created a havoc for fishermen in the state. Fishermen from Palghar to Sindhudurg have raised complaints that nearly 80-90 per cent of their daily catch is clogged with the crown or purple-striped jellyfish or orange jellyfish. “The rise in the occurrence of jellyfish indicates rising ocean water temperature. Presence of jellyfish in the area indicates the reduction in the fish population. In addition to reduced fish catch, the jellyfish bulk also damage the fishing nets. In last one mon...
Lawyer making debut, veteran bracing for fight in J&K poll fray
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Lawyer making debut, veteran bracing for fight in J&K poll fray

Written by Naveed Iqbal , Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: November 23, 2020 8:30:55 am The Abdullahs, Mufti after a meeting on Saturday. (PTI Photo)An advocate, a former journalist, a businessman, and a career politician are among the candidates for the upcoming District Development Council polls. The first-ever elections to the DDCs are set to begin on November 28 and will be conducted in eight phases through December 19. On one side is a seven-party alliance — the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), which includes mainstream Kashmir parties National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party — while on the other are can...
Maharashtra: Rise in corruption cases after slump during lockdown, Oct sees 11% jump from last year
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Maharashtra: Rise in corruption cases after slump during lockdown, Oct sees 11% jump from last year

Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Updated: November 23, 2020 9:45:05 am As per the statistics, a total of 61 cases were registered in October this year as compared to 55 cases in the month last year. (File)After months of seeing a slump in corruption cases across the state, the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has registered more cases in October this year than the previous year. Due to the nationwide lockdown in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, there was a steep fall in the number of corruption cases as offices were shut. However in October, the number of cases registered has seen an 11 per cent jump from last year. Officers in the ACB see th...