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On the road with Covid: Auto-rickshaws and bike taxis recover faster, cabs behind
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On the road with Covid: Auto-rickshaws and bike taxis recover faster, cabs behind

THERE WAS a time when people using e-mobility apps preferred cabs to bike taxis and autos. It seems to be the other way now, according to data available on transportation in the time of Covid. They show that even as usage of public transportation continues to climb toward pre-Covid levels, modes such as bike taxis and auto-rickshaws have recovered faster than cabs. Stakeholders say this is mainly driven by the perception that passengers have a lower risk of contracting the virus in bike taxis and auto-rickshaws than inside cabs. “With fewer physical touchpoints, better air circulation and social distancing measures in place, autos are largely being perceived as comparatively safer modes of transport,” taxi-hailing firm Uber said. In terms of gross bookings, it said, the num...
ETimes Paparazzi Diaries: Tiger Shroff – Disha Patani enjoy a dinner date; John Abraham shoots for Mohit Suri’s ‘Ek Villain Returns’ in the city – Times of India
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ETimes Paparazzi Diaries: Tiger Shroff – Disha Patani enjoy a dinner date; John Abraham shoots for Mohit Suri’s ‘Ek Villain Returns’ in the city – Times of India

Bollywood stars kick-started their Monday on a busy note. Celebs were out and about town, from getting in their workouts to jetting off away from the city. And our photographers trailed them everywhere they went to update you with their whereabouts. Check out all that happened today with ETimes Paparazzi Diaries: Airport spotting: Team 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2' including Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, Anees Bazme and others returned to Mumbai after completing their Manali schedule. Apart from them, singer Shaan, Aparshakti Khurana, Rakul Preet Singh and Mouni Roy were also snapped by the paparazzi in the casual attires at the airport. Photos: Nilesh Wairkar, Yogen Shah Fitness goals:Vicky Kaushal, Kangana Ranaut, Malaika Arora, Janhvi Kapoor and Pooja Hegde had their quick workout sessio...
MP lawyer in jail after judge says his birthday message ‘indecent’
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MP lawyer in jail after judge says his birthday message ‘indecent’

AN ADVOCATE in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam has been lodged in jail since February 9 on various charges, including under the IT Act, for allegedly sending birthday greetings to a Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) in the district through an email at 1.11 am on January 28 and speed post later. The FIR in the case states that the accused Vijay Singh Yadav, 37, allegedly downloaded a profile picture of the JMFC from her Facebook account without her consent and sent it to her as part of the greeting with an “indecent message”. The FIR was registered at the Station Road police station on February 8 based on a complaint from Mahendra Singh Chouhan, System Officer, Ratlam District Court, and includes charges of cheating, forgery and forgery for the purpose of harming reputation, an...
Half-baked, useless piece of paper: Delhi HC pulls up police on report
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Half-baked, useless piece of paper: Delhi HC pulls up police on report

IN A scathing indictment of the vigilance inquiry conducted by police into the alleged leak of an accused’s “confession statement” in the conspiracy case related to the Northeast Delhi riots, the Delhi High Court Monday described the probe report submitted before it as “half-baked”, “a useless piece of paper”, and “worse than…what they do in an ordinary theft case”. The court also asked the Special Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) to appear before it Friday. It said that such leaks need to be controlled for “fairness” to the accused and for “purity of investigation”. Hearing a petition filed by Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha against the alleged leak, Justice Mukta Gupta said: “Do you want me to comment on this vigilance inquiry? I will say this is a useless...
CERT-In had alerted grid controllers about China-backed cyberattacks in November | India News – Times of India
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CERT-In had alerted grid controllers about China-backed cyberattacks in November | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A stitch in time saved India a major power outage and disruption in economic activities. Government insiders said additional safeguards were deployed as early as November to protect the national power grid from hacking, possibly by Chinese state-backed hackers. A New York Times report on Sunday cited a study by Recorded Future, a Massachusettes-based outfit that studies the use of the internet by state actors, to raise doubt Chinese state-backed hackers may have caused the October 12 power outage in Mumbai as a warning against strong Indian pushback against PLA’s border transgressions in Ladakh. The report, however, said the study did not have sufficient evidence to substantiate this doubt. Government insiders said India’s cybersecurity agency CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergen...
Maharashtra minister suggests foreign hack in Mumbai outage
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Maharashtra minister suggests foreign hack in Mumbai outage

India’s nodal agency to safeguard critical computer resources had informed the government about attempted intrusions by a Chinese state-sponsored group into segments of the country’s power infrastructure early last month, the Power Ministry said on Monday. The Ministry’s statement followed a report by a cybersecurity company based in Massachusetts, United States, which noted a “steep rise” in the use of malware by a Chinese group called Red Echo to target India’s power sector organisations in 2020, when tensions between the two countries were high. The contents of the study by Recorded Future were reported by The New York Times on Sunday. The report said the findings suggested a link between the Galwan clash of June 2020, and the grid disturbance that led to a massive power...
RBI says banks reluctant to lend to big business
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RBI says banks reluctant to lend to big business

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has expressed concern over the contraction in credit offtake by large industries and infrastructure and pointed out that there’s reluctance on the part of bankers to lend to large industries. The central bank also raised concern over the sharp deceleration in credit growth in the home loan segment and the adverse effect it may have on sectors like steel, cement and construction. The recent decline in credit growth was mainly due to large industries, the central bank said in its study on ‘Sectoral deployment of bank credit’. “Owing to the stressed assets in large industries, there was a general reluctance on the part of bankers to lend to these industries, with the problem getting compounded by the pandemic,” the RBI said. “Contraction in cred...
Phase 2, Day 1: 1.46 lakh from priority groups get first shot, 25 lakh register
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Phase 2, Day 1: 1.46 lakh from priority groups get first shot, 25 lakh register

As the second phase of Covid-19 vaccination saw a nationwide rollout on Monday — for those above 60 years of age and those above 45 with specified co-morbid conditions — around 25 lakh potential beneficiaries registered on the Co-WIN portal on Day 1. According to provisional figures late Monday evening, around 1.46 lakh people from the two priority groups got their first doses of the vaccine. This is the first time the general population is being vaccinated; in the first phase, 1.43 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines were administered to healthcare and frontline workers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine — he got his first dose of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin at AIIMS, New Delhi, early Monday morning. In a tweet, the P...
Man accused of raping relative when she was minor, CJI-led bench asks: will you marry her?
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Man accused of raping relative when she was minor, CJI-led bench asks: will you marry her?

A SUPREME Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde Monday asked a state government employee, who is facing charges of raping a relative when she was a minor, if he intended to marry her now. “Will you marry her?” the CJI asked while hearing a petition against an order of the Bombay High Court setting aside a sessions court order granting anticipatory bail to the accused. “We are not forcing you to marry. Let us know if you will. Otherwise, you will say we are forcing you to marry her,” the bench said. When the accused, a Maharashtra government employee represented by Advocate Anand Dilip Langde, replied that he had wanted to do so earlier but was married to someone else now, the apex court rejected his appeal. But the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopann...
Anand Sharma attacks Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on alliance with Bengal cleric, he hits back
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Anand Sharma attacks Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on alliance with Bengal cleric, he hits back

A day after senior Congress leaders shared the stage with an influential Muslim cleric at an election rally in Kolkata, Anand Sharma, a prominent member of the party’s dissident “G-23 group”, said such association flew in the face of the core ideology of the Congress. The alliance with the Indian Secular Front (ISF), a party formed in January by Abbas Siddiqui of the Furfura Sharif shrine in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, needed to be endorsed by the Congress Working Committee, the highest policymaking body of the party, Sharma said on Monday. Late in the evening, Congress leader in Lok Sabha and West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury hit back at Sharma, saying his criticism was “only serving the polarising agenda of BJP”. Siddiqui, who had earlier been in t...
India vs England: ‘Cricket fan’ Leach wants Test matches to last longer than two days | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England: ‘Cricket fan’ Leach wants Test matches to last longer than two days | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Amid the debates over the nature of the pitch that was prepared for the pink-ball Test, England spinner Jack Leach asserted that he would have liked the third Test against India to go longer than two days. The third Test match got over within two days after the visitors crumbled in front of the India spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel. Leach said a Test match should last longer than two days but admitted that the hosts outplayed England on Ahmedabad wicket. "I think that is right. One thing I will say as a cricket fan if I was watching a Test match, I would want it to go longer than two days, that is my only kind of viewing being a cricket fan.... Test match should go on longer than two days, whether that is to the pitch or skill, for me, I am fully concentrating ...
Bayern, not Manchester City, are best club in Europe: Guardiola | Football News – Times of India
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Bayern, not Manchester City, are best club in Europe: Guardiola | Football News – Times of India

Manchester City are on a 20-game winning streak in all competitions but manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed suggestions that his club are the best in Europe. David Moyes anointed Guardiola's team as the continent's most dominant force after watching his West Ham side lose 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The result allowed City to open up a 12-point gap at the top of the Premier League but Guardiola said it was Champions League holders Bayern Munich and reigning English champions Liverpool who were still the continent's two leading sides. "The crown, if you want to take it, you have to win. In March, nobody is champions," Guardiola told a news conference on Monday. "The best team in Europe, in the world, are Bayern Munich because they won everything. In England the champions are L...
Motera pitch was tough to play, 200 plus in first innings could have given different result: Jeetan Patel | Cricket News – Times of India
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Motera pitch was tough to play, 200 plus in first innings could have given different result: Jeetan Patel | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: England did not expect the third Test pitch in Motera to spin so early but despite that the outcome of the match could have been different had the visitors scored more than 200 in their first innings, new spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel said on Monday. England scored 112 and 81 in the two innings after opting to bat and they fell to the guile of Indian spinners, led by Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, who took 19 England wickets among them, to lose the first Test by 10 wickets inside two days. "Look, it is India, it is Asia. We expect to get spinning surfaces, maybe we did not expect to take spin as early as it did and hence the line-up we picked. It was a tough pitch to play on and we got on the wrong side of it," Patel said in a virtual media conference. "In the first in...
MILMA Recruitment 2021: Apply online for 99 posts – Times of India
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MILMA Recruitment 2021: Apply online for 99 posts – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Malabar Regional Co-Operative Milk Producers’ Union (MRCMPU) Ltd, Kozhikode has released a notification for the recruitment of Junior Assistant, Plant Assistant, Technician Grade-II & other vacancies on its official website.Interested and eligible candidates can apply online through the official website - https://www.milma.com/ - up to 5 pm on March 25, 2021. MILMA Recruitment 2021: Vacancy DetailsPost General SC/ST PH Total Junior Assistant 23 3 3 29 Technician Grade II (Electrician) 5 1 0 6 Technician Grade II (Electronics) 3 0 0 3 Technician Grade II (MRAC) 6 0 0 6 Plant Assistant Grade III 47 5 3 55 Total 84 9 6 99 MILMA Recruitment 2021: Application Fee S. No. Category Fee 1 For General/ OBC/ Ex-servicemen Rs 500/- 2 For SC/ ST candidates Rs 250/- MILMA Recruitment ...
Weight loss story: “I had eggs and chicken for breakfast and shifted from size 3XL to L”  | The Times of India
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Weight loss story: “I had eggs and chicken for breakfast and shifted from size 3XL to L” | The Times of India

When fitness becomes a part of your routine, you don't really rely on external motivation to do the job. Trust me, do it for yourself to become the best version of yourself. Dedication and commitment will take you ahead. Chart out your goals, give it your blood, sweat and tears. The results will motivate you far more than anything can. For me, dropping from a size 3XL to L and from a 46" to 32" waist was the greatest accomplishment.Also, find a role model for yourself, someone to look upto. I would watch Hrithik Roshan's Kabir and beyond transformation video, Arnold Schwarzenegger's six rules of success, Aamir Khan's Dangal transformation and Igor Voitenko's next workout. My family and particularly my best friend, Siddhant were always supportive of my endeavours. How do you ensure you d...
Process smooth at most hospitals, some see long lines, initial hiccups over glitches in server
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Process smooth at most hospitals, some see long lines, initial hiccups over glitches in server

Several senior citizens turned up at private hospitals to get the Covid shot on Monday — the first day of Phase II of the mass immunisation drive, which is covering those over 60 and those between 45 and 59 years with co-morbidities. While the process was smooth at several places, glitches with the CO-WIN portal server slowed the process at others. At Max Hospital, Saket, there were two queues: one for those who had pre-registered on the portal and one for those who opted for on-site registration. Once they showed their documents, beneficiaries were given a token for payment. They were seated in the waiting area, and token numbers were called out. After they paid Rs 250, they were called to the vaccination room. There was some confusion regarding who was to stand in which q...
Turnout higher than expected in NCR cities
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Turnout higher than expected in NCR cities

Written by Sakshi Dayal , Amil Bhatnagar | Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida | March 2, 2021 3:16:38 am Phase 2 of the Covid-19 vaccination drive kicked off in Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad on Monday, with vaccines being administered to people above the age of 60 and those between 45 and 59 who have co-morbidities such as heart disease and cancer. According to Gurgaon health department officials, of the 33 centres, while 10 were private hospitals, the remaining were government hospitals or health centres. “We have set a target of 40 vaccines per centre for those included in phase 2 of the vaccination. Another 60 vaccines will also be administered at each of the centres, but these will be the second doses of the vaccine that...
5,000 senior citizens get first Covid shot
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5,000 senior citizens get first Covid shot

As many as 15,521 beneficiaries — including people above 60 years and those aged 45 and above with co-morbidities — received the Covid-19 vaccine in the capital under the second phase on Monday. This includes 5,176 people above 60 years, 1,009 between 45 years and 59 years, as well as 4,296 frontline workers and 1,954 healthcare workers who got their first dose. The immunisation programme was carried at 192 sites where 308 centres have been set up by the Delhi government. On the first day, the general public was allowed to register on the COWIN portal from 12 pm to 3 pm and the vaccination drive was carried out till 5 pm. “There are about two-three centres in a single hospital. There are around 300 vaccination centres across 192 hospitals. Of the 192 hospitals prepared in D...
Arbitration award: US court issues temporary restraint, bars Devas-Antrix settlement deal
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Arbitration award: US court issues temporary restraint, bars Devas-Antrix settlement deal

A US federal court has issued a temporary restraining order barring start-up firm Devas Multimedia from entering any agreement with Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (OSRO), for settlement of a $1.2 billion arbitration award confirmed by the US court over a failed 2005 satellite deal. The US federal court of the Western District of Washington at Seattle passed the restraining order last week after three foreign investors in Devas Multimedia, and a US subsidiary – Devas Multimedia America Inc – expressed fears of Devas Multimedia entering into an agreement with Antrix on compensation payment in the wake of the ISRO unit moving to liquidate the Bengaluru-headquartered Devas Multimedia through a petition in NCLT. On February 24, t...