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Azad returns Modi praise, calls PM a man ‘true to his self’ | India News – Times of India
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Azad returns Modi praise, calls PM a man ‘true to his self’ | India News – Times of India

JAMMU: Three weeks after PM Narendra Modi's teary-eyed farewell speech for him in the Rajya Sabha, Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday returned the compliment by lavishing praise on the former as someone who "doesn't hide his true self" and remains proud of his humble antecedents. "I am from a village and feel proud about it. Even our PM hails from a village and very proudly says that he was a nobody — that he used to wash utensils and sell tea. We are political rivals, but I appreciate the fact that he is true to his roots. I like a lot of things about many leaders and he is one of them," Azad, a former chief minister of the erstwhile state of J&K, said at an event in Jammu. "Those who hide their true selves are living in a bubble," he said. Since exiting as leader of the o...
Against environmental clearances: Green tribunal cited delay in filing as reason to dismiss every second plea
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Against environmental clearances: Green tribunal cited delay in filing as reason to dismiss every second plea

In 2020, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) dismissed a total of 22 appeals, mostly by local residents against green clearances issued to 20 projects. As many as 11, half of these dismissals, an analysis by The Indian Express of the orders shows, were on the technical ground that appellants did not approach the Tribunal in time. Under the NGT Act, 2010, a clearance can be challenged by an affected party within 30 days while the Tribunal has the authority to condone another 60 days’ delay given “sufficient cause”. This time limit applies from the day of communication as both regulators and developers are legally required to place every project clearance in the public domain. The NGT’s move raises questions of due process for two key reasons: One, of the 11 dismissals because ...
PSLV lifts off with 600-kg Brazilian satellite, 18 others
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PSLV lifts off with 600-kg Brazilian satellite, 18 others

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s workhorse rocket system, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), delivered its 53rd successful mission on Sunday by launching Amazonia-1, a 637-kg commercial remote sensing satellite for the Brazilian space research agency INPE, and 18 co-passenger satellites. ISRO chairman K Sivan described the launch of the Amazonia-1 satellite on the PSLV-C51 and its insertion into a sun synchronous orbit as being “precise” at the end of a 17.23-minute launch sequence at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday morning. Former Brazilian astronaut and Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Marcos Cesar Pontes, who was present at the launch with scientists from INPE, said the successful launch marks a “n...
Eleven days after he was shot at, son of J&K eatery owner dies
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Eleven days after he was shot at, son of J&K eatery owner dies

Eleven days after he was shot at by suspected militants, Akash Mehra, the 22-year-old son of the owner of a popular eatery in Srinagar, died in hospital on Sunday. On the evening of February 17, the dhaba was filled to capacity when two masked men barged in with pistols. They went straight to the cash counter, where Akash was sitting, and shot him from point-blank range. Akash was hit in the abdomen. The dhaba and a few others in the highly guarded Sonawar neighbourhood of Srinagar have been shut since the attack. “His (Akash’s) condition worsened on Thursday and he was put on life support,” said a doctor at Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital, where Akash had been admitted. A day after the attack, police arrested three men, who, they said, had been instructed by a...
Twist in IIM-C turf war: Board divests Director of key powers
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Twist in IIM-C turf war: Board divests Director of key powers

In a move that has implications on managing accountability and responsibility in a top Central institution, the Board of Governors (BoG) at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, has divested the institute’s director, Anju Seth, of her powers to make appointments and initiate disciplinary action. This unprecedented decision, taken at a meeting Saturday, comes amid a turf war between the director and the Board, days after the latter passed a resolution against Seth. As first reported by The Indian Express on February 27, the Board, in a special meeting February 20, passed a resolution against her for writing directly to the government against Board Chairman Shri Krishna Kulkarni and for her alleged inability to collaborate with the faculty, among other charges. Earlie...
For 60+ population, 45+ with co-morbidities: Next round of vaccination begins today, slots can be booked online
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For 60+ population, 45+ with co-morbidities: Next round of vaccination begins today, slots can be booked online

For the first time since India began its vaccination programme against Covid-19 on January 16, the general population will be eligible for the vaccine when the next phase begins on Monday — for those above 60 years of age and those above 45 with co-morbidities. In the first phase, 1.43 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines were administered to two priority groups: healthcare and frontline workers. While the second phase of vaccination comes at a time when India’s active Covid cases are under control, eight states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh — have been a cause of concern, reporting an uptick in daily cases in the last two weeks. Ahead of the Monday rollout of phase 2 of the vaccination dr...
Day after Cong-23 raised pitch, Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM: Doesn’t hide his true self
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Day after Cong-23 raised pitch, Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM: Doesn’t hide his true self

A day after some of the senior Congress leaders who have been demanding reforms in the party reiterated their call for change, one of them, Ghulam Nabi Azad, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi as someone who “does not hide his true self”. Speaking at a function organised by the Gujjar Desh Chartiable Trust in Jammu on Sunday, Azad drew parallels between himself and the Prime Minister, saying that like him, Modi too hailed from a village and has not forgotten his roots. “I like a lot of things about many leaders. There are many big leaders. Even our Prime Minister comes from a village and he used to sell tea. We are political rivals, but I appreciate the fact that he does not hide his true self,’’ he said, adding that one should be proud of oneself. “I am also from a villa...
ISL: Mumbai City beat Mohun Bagan 2-0, book AFC Champions League spot | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: Mumbai City beat Mohun Bagan 2-0, book AFC Champions League spot | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Mumbai City FC beat ATK Mohun Bagan 2-0 in the final league encounter of the Indian Super League on Sunday to book a place in the coveted AFC Champions League next season. Sergio Lobera's side comfortably won after first-half goals from Mourtada Fall (7th minute) and Bartholomew Ogbeche (39th). Despite losing the top spot to Mumbai, ATK Mohun Bagan will still harbour hopes of salvaging their season with a second successive Hero ISL title. Being the team with the most goals from set-pieces this season, Mumbai drew the first blood in a similar fashion, scoring with their first shot on target. Congratulations, @MumbaiCityFC 🛡️🙌#HeroISL #LetsFootball https://t.co/bJBOheIfBO— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) 1614527874000Ahmed Jahouh's free-kick fell to an unmarked Fall, whose...
Mukul Rohatgi: In Disha Ravi case, sedition charge wrong… To curb dissent with such tactics not authorised by Constitution
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Mukul Rohatgi: In Disha Ravi case, sedition charge wrong… To curb dissent with such tactics not authorised by Constitution

Rohatgi asserts contempt proceedings should not be initiated in “insignificant instances”, believes the debate over post-retirement jobs for judges is a “legitimate” one, and says issue of same-sex marriages should be debated in Parliament first. The session was moderated by Assistant Editor Apurva Vishwanath. APURVA VISHWANATH: Many cases of contempt have come up in the courts recently. How would you distinguish between criticism and contempt of court? It is not a very clear, simple line… Contempt is where you create an atmosphere where it is impossible for a court to function neutrally and independently. If such a situation comes up, either by your actions, in writing or otherwise, or by creating an atmosphere where people lose faith in the institution, that would be cont...
Israel to vaccinate Palestinian labourers against Covid-19 – Times of India
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Israel to vaccinate Palestinian labourers against Covid-19 – Times of India

JERUSALEM: Israel will administer Covid-19 vaccines to Palestinians who work in Israel or in its settlements in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli liaison office COGAT said on Sunday. The vaccination campaign, which could apply to around 130,000 Palestinians, will begin within days, COGAT said. Shaher Saad, secretary-general of the Palestinian Workers' Union, said thousands of Palestinians who work in the Israeli service and industrial sectors had already been vaccinated privately by their employers inside Israel. He said that under the new Israeli programme, Palestinian medical teams would be stationed at checkpoints to administer shots. Moderna Inc's vaccine will be used, COGAT said. Israel has given at least one dose of Pfizer Inc's Covid-19 vaccine to more than half of its 9.3 mill...
Don’t bully Riyadh, Saudi columnists tell Biden administration – Times of India
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Don’t bully Riyadh, Saudi columnists tell Biden administration – Times of India

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's sovereignty is a red line, Saudi columnists said on Sunday, ramping up rhetoric in defence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after a US intelligence report implicated him in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Prince Mohammed, de facto ruler of the US-allied Gulf powerhouse, has denied any involvement in the 2018 murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The US administration on Friday imposed sanctions on some of those involved, but spared the prince. Washington released an intelligence report saying the crown prince had approved an operation to capture or kill Khashoggi. "America does not have the right to bully a strategic regional ally and it is not in its interest to let domestic differences harm its regional interests and those of its p...
5th Planet Filmfare Marathi Awards 2020: Complete winners’ list – Times of India
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5th Planet Filmfare Marathi Awards 2020: Complete winners’ list – Times of India

It was a celebration night for Marathi biggies of the best works from the year 2020. The celebs from the Marathi industry gathered to toast its achievements in the year 2020 at the 5th edition of Planet Marathi presents Filmfare Awards Marathi 2020, held on March 28 at St. Andrews, Bandra, Mumbai. The starry night was hosted by actors Amey Wagh and Siddharth Jadhav and was filled with exciting performances and emotional moments as the prestigious Black Lady found its rightful winners. Here is the complete list of those who won big at the 5th edition of Planet Filmfare Marathi Awards 2020: Best Debut ( Female) : Shivani Surve - Triple Seat Best Debut Director: Saleel Kulkarni - Wedding Cha Shinema Best Film: Anandi Gopal Best Film Critics: Baba Excellence in Marathi cinema: Mahesh Kotha...
Don’t just complete formalities, take road safety campaign as a mission, Gadkari to government departments | India News – Times of India
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Don’t just complete formalities, take road safety campaign as a mission, Gadkari to government departments | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday urged the government agencies not to treat road safety campaigns as an “event” to complete “formalities”. He also said everyone should always remember that someone is waiting for him or her at home, which will help bring behavioural change for making the roads safe as he urged government officials to take it up as a mission. Addressing students, NGOs, and government officials at an event organised by Indian Road Safety Campaign (IRSC) Gadkari said, “For government departments, they simply want to complete the formality to organise a campaign...we need to work positively and involve people from all sections of the society. It’s a big task considering that we are losing more lives in road accidents every year than the number...
EPL: Bale double helps Tottenham crush Burnley | Football News – Times of India
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EPL: Bale double helps Tottenham crush Burnley | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Gareth Bale produced his most impressive performance since returning on loan to Tottenham Hotspur with two goals in his side's 4-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday. The Welshman continued his recent resurgence by marking only his third league start of the season with the opening goal after only two minutes, prodding in from close range. He then set up Harry Kane for Tottenham's second after 15 minutes before Lucas Moura made it 3-0 before halftime. Bale then claimed his second of the game with a clinical finish after 55 minutes as Tottenham returned to form in the league having lost five of their previous six games. The impressive win left Tottenham in eighth spot with 39 points from 25 games and revived their hopes of finishing in the top four. Burnley are 15th ...
On PWD facelift list: Jama Masjid area, Netaji Subhash Marg
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On PWD facelift list: Jama Masjid area, Netaji Subhash Marg

As the Chandni Chowk redevelopment project nears completion, officials from the Public Works Department (PWD) said Netaji Subhash Marg, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg and the area around Jama Masjid stand next in line for redevelopment. “The process for redeveloping Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg has started. A combined tender will probably be floated for consultation work of Netaji Subhash Marg, Jama Masjid area and Phase II of Chandni Chowk,” said an official from the PWD, which is tasked with implementing the projects. Officials who are involved in the upcoming projects said the aim is to restore the heritage areas and revive the “Mughal aesthetic” in these areas. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg will be redeveloped as heritage corridors. Officials said t...
Delhi: Panel to preserve Ridge gets two new members
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Delhi: Panel to preserve Ridge gets two new members

The Delhi government has appointed two new independent members to the Ridge Management Board (RMB), two years after the term of its previous members ended. The appointment of the new members — Vivek Menon, the chief executive officer of Wildlife Trust of India, and Sohail Madan, the Delhi centre manager of the Bombay Natural History Society — was approved by Environment Minister Gopal Rai last week, Delhi government officials said. The new independent members will take over from Sunita Narain, the director general of the Centre for Science and Environment, and Vimlendu Jha, founder of environmental NGO Swechha, whose term had expired in March 2019. The eight-member RMB is headed by the Delhi Chief Secretary and was formed in 1995 on directions of the Supreme Court to preser...
India make impressive return to international hockey, beat Germany 6-1 | Hockey News – Times of India
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India make impressive return to international hockey, beat Germany 6-1 | Hockey News – Times of India

KREFELD (Germany): Young Vivek Sagar Prasad scored a brace as the Indian men's hockey team outclassed Germany 6-1 in its Europe tour opener to make an impressive return to international circuit following coronavirus-forced break. Vivek (27th, 28th minutes), Nilakanta Sharma (13th), Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (41st), Akashdeep Singh (42nd) and Harmanpreet Singh (47th) were the goal scorers for India. Hungry to perform, India played with an intent to win. They went on an attacking mode right from the start, putting pressure on the German line-up. After creating potential opportunities in the striking circle, India earned a penalty corner in the 13th minute of the first quarter, which saw midfielder Nilakanta breaking the deadlock for the visitors. However, in the next minute, forward Constantin...
Delhi: Contactless e-ticket trials in cluster buses from today
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Delhi: Contactless e-ticket trials in cluster buses from today

Trials for e-ticketing will begin on buses under the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) in the city on Monday. The contactless e-ticketing system was set up in DTC buses in the city in August last year, in the midst of the pandemic. The work on the facility was scaled up because of social distancing norms in the city. There are 2,990 DIMTS buses in the city and form the city’s orange fleet. E-ticketing services will be available on all buses in the trial phase. The trial in the 3,760 DTC buses has already been extended till March 31. It is being conducted by a special task force constituted by the Transport Minister and comprises members from the Transport Department, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), DIMTS, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology...
50.86% turnout for MCD bypolls in Delhi, results on March 3
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50.86% turnout for MCD bypolls in Delhi, results on March 3

Around 50.86% voters turned out to vote in the MCD bypolls for five wards in the capital on Sunday. Special arrangements had been made for Covid positive voters, however, none turned up, said Delhi Election Commissioner S K Srivastava. Voting was held in two wards — Rohini-C and Shalimar Bagh (North) — in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and three wards — Trilokpuri, Kalyanpuri and Chauhan Banger — in the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). While Shalimar Bagh (North) is reserved for women, Trilokpuri and Kalyanpuri are reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category. Results will be declared on March 3. Delhi will see elections to all 272 MCD wards in 2022. Amid the pandemic, thermal guns were used to measure temperature of all voters, and masks and sanitis...
Wondering what the pitch would be like for 4th Test: Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India
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Wondering what the pitch would be like for 4th Test: Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: India batsman Rohit Sharma on Sunday took a cheeky dig at the pitch critics, saying he is also wondering about what the 22 yards would be like in the upcoming fourth Test against England. Rohit posted a photo of himself on Instagram in which he is lying on the ground and he captioned the post as: "Wondering what the pitch would be like for 4th Test." India had managed to defeat England by ten wickets within two days in the pink-ball Test. The match saw both India and England batsmen failing to shine and getting out to balls that did not turn and skidded through from the spinners. But critics have looked to blame the pitch for the failure of the batsmen. After the match, Rohit had clarified that he did not think the pitch had any demons. Even skipper Virat Kohli was vocal abou...