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Day: March 2, 2021

Farmers to campaign against BJP in 5 poll-bound states: Key developments | India News – Times of India
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Farmers to campaign against BJP in 5 poll-bound states: Key developments | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Farmers protesting against the three central farm laws decided on Tuesday to campaign against the BJP in the four states and one Union Territory going to elections from this month onwards. They have also announced a calendar of events to protest against the agri-marketing laws legislated by the BJP-led NDA government at the centre in September last year. Here are the key developments of the day: 1. Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading anti-farm law protests in Delhi, will send its leaders to poll-bound states to appeal to farmers there to defeat the BJP in assembly elections, leaders of the outfit said. The protesting farmers will also block the KMP (Western Peripheral) Expressway on March 6 as the anti-farm law protest at Delhi borders completes 100 days. The ex...
BJP vs SP in UP as man on bail for molestation kills victim’s father
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BJP vs SP in UP as man on bail for molestation kills victim’s father

A 50-YEAR-OLD man was shot dead in Hathras Monday, allegedly by a man accused of molesting his daughter two years ago. Police said the accused, Gaurav Sharma, had allegedly molested the victim’s daughter in 2018, following which a rivalry had ensued between the two families. On Monday evening, the accused, along with five others, opened fire at her father inside their village in Hathras district, police said. The man was rushed to the nearest hospital where he was declared brought dead, they said. The murder triggered a political firestorm in Uttar Pradesh with leaders of the ruling BJP claiming that the accused is a Samajwadi Party leader. The SP, however, denied the claim and criticised the government forthe law and order situation in the state. “Police teams including se...
New rules for digital media: Imphal district admin takes back notice to site after Centre rap
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New rules for digital media: Imphal district admin takes back notice to site after Centre rap

A day after the district authorities in Imphal issued a notice to news website The Frontier Manipur, asking it to “furnish relevant documents” showing “compliance” with the government’s new rules for digital media, the Centre informed the Manipur government on Tuesday that the implementation of the new Digital Media Ethics Code was not within the state’s purview. The notice was withdrawn by Tuesday evening. The March 1 notice, signed by Naorem Praveen Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Imphal West, was addressed to the “publisher/ intermediary” of “Khanasi Neinasi”, a weekly online discussion programme hosted on The Frontier Manipur’s Facebook page. Paojel Chaoba, Executive Editor of The Frontier Manipur, said a police team delivered the notice at his residence on Monday morning. ...
Unfinished room, wedding cards await missing BRO engineer
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Unfinished room, wedding cards await missing BRO engineer

THERE IS an unfinished room on the first floor. There are 700 wedding cards lying in a corner. There’s a father, a mother, a brother, and three sisters. All they want is closure — dead or alive. On June 22 last year, Subhan Ali, a 27-year-old Indian Engineering Services (IES) officer with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), went missing after the vehicle in which he was travelling with a driver fell into the Drass river from the Zozila-Kargil-Leh road. His family in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur is still waiting to know what happened to him. They have been to the site of the accident twice. They have been told by officials that the driver’s body was recovered a few kilometres from the spot. Last month, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wrote to Amroha MP Kunwar Danish Ali, who is...
Never play for turn on turning pitches, rotate strike: Gaekwad | Cricket News – Times of India
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Never play for turn on turning pitches, rotate strike: Gaekwad | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Former India batsman Anshuman Gaekwad was considered a 'wall' during his playing days for his ability to bat with patience and determination, be at Sabina Park in Jamaica against a furious West Indies pace attack, or against Pakistan on a Jallandhar pitch where batting was difficult. Gaekwad, also a former India coach and chief selector, spoke to IANS on the second and third India-England Tests, played in Chennai and Motera, in which batsmen struggled. It came as no surprise that a lack of patience -- a quality that Gaekwad oozed at the crease -- disappointed him. Excerpts:How do you play on pitches like the one in Motera, Ahmedabad?Never play for turn on such wickets. On a good wicket, you can pick a line and put your bat there, the ball will come and hit your bat straight. ...
Battlelines in Nandigram between communities, Suvendu Adhikari vs Mamata Banerjee
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Battlelines in Nandigram between communities, Suvendu Adhikari vs Mamata Banerjee

Nandigram in Purbo Medinipur district once catapulted Mamata Banerjee to power. Fourteen years later, Nandigram defines her battle to return to power for the third time. However, therein ends the similarity. The land acquisition agitation of 2007 is old news, Nandigram is now reverberating with the sharp polarisation that marks the bitter Trinamool-BJP battle for Bengal. Mamata has upped the stakes by declaring her candidature from the seat, thus pitting herself directly against Suvendu Adhikari, one of the BJP’s biggest acquisitions from the Trinamool. Adhikari was not just the face of the Trinamool in Nandigram, he was also the face of the party’s land protest on the ground. Mamata looms over Nandigram in graffiti, cutouts and hoardings declaring ‘Bangla Nijer Meyeke Chai...
PhD thesis: Subramanian Swamy raises objection, Govt asks for a copy, IIM-A pushes back
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PhD thesis: Subramanian Swamy raises objection, Govt asks for a copy, IIM-A pushes back

One incident officially flagged in the government’s justification for a bigger say in the functioning of the IIMs last year was a case involving a PhD thesis at IIM-Ahmedabad in which the Institute’s director, Erol D’Souza, had put his foot down. This was a dissertation with three essays on electoral democracy approved for the award of PhD degree at a seminar chaired by D’Souza in March 2020. The Ministry of Education (MoE) had asked the Institute for a copy of the thesis in April 2020 after Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy sent a letter to the Prime Minister alleging that the thesis said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party were “ethnically constituted” parties. And that the BJP is a “a pro-Hindu upper caste party.” In his letter, Swamy said the PM ...
Centre extends reach of vaccination: longer sessions, all private hospitals can be roped in
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Centre extends reach of vaccination: longer sessions, all private hospitals can be roped in

With over 50 lakh beneficiaries registering for Covid-19 vaccination since the second phase of the inoculation drive began on Monday, and with overcrowding being reported in several parts of the country, the Centre on Tuesday directed states to utilise all private hospitals, including those that are not empanelled under government health insurance schemes, for the vaccination exercise. The Centre has also said that hospitals can, in consultation with state governments, extend their vaccination sessions, and that it is not mandatory to limit the session to 5 pm. Besides, states and hospitals have been told “to open the vaccination slots for 15 days to a month”. Currently, beneficiaries applying on the Co-WIN portal can only find slots for a week. Daily briefing | The stories...
Archer Jyothi Surekha sets new national record | More sports News – Times of India
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Archer Jyothi Surekha sets new national record | More sports News – Times of India

VIJAYAWADA (Andhra Pradesh): International archer from the city Vennam Jyothi Surekha, who is representing Petroleum Sports Promotion Board, has been selected for the Indian team in the compound women's category for World Cup which begins from April. The Archery Association of India has conducted the selection trials at the Sports Authority Of India (SAI), Sonepat, Haryana for the last three days. Surekha has set a new national record in the ranking round by scoring 710/720 by breaking her own national record of 709/720 which she set last year. She secured the first rank in the ranking round by scoring total points of 2808/2880. She won all the seven matches in the round-robin round held for the top eight archers and got selected in the first place. Last week, Indian compound archers di...
ETimes Papparazi Diaries: Tiger Shroff celebrates his birthday with media; Hrithik Roshan shoots for an ad in the city – Times of India
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ETimes Papparazi Diaries: Tiger Shroff celebrates his birthday with media; Hrithik Roshan shoots for an ad in the city – Times of India

It’s just the second day of the week, and it does look like BTown has been in full swing. Right from birthday celebrations, to gymming sessions, from shoots to casual outings, scroll through our Papparazi diary to know what transpired through the day! Malaika Arora Malaika Arora looked fit and fabulous as she gets spotted at the pilates class. Photo: Gaurav Kolge Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani Birthday boy Tiger Shroff looked dashing in an all-grey ensemble. He was seen with rumoured girlfriend Disha Patani in the city. Photo: Gaurav Kolge Esha Deol and Bobby Deol Esha Deol made a visit to a dental clinic in the city. The diva was seen donning a black sweatshirt teamed with track pants of the same shade. Meanwhile, Bobby Deol was seen exiting a dental clinic in the city. Photo:...
BJP sweeps Gujarat local bodies, Congress loses even bastions
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BJP sweeps Gujarat local bodies, Congress loses even bastions

Days after its impressive win in elections to six municipal corporations in Gujarat, the BJP Tuesday swept the elections to district panchayats, taluka panchayats and municipalities, routing the Congress. Such was the mandate for the BJP – it claimed victory in all 31 district panchayats, around 200 of 231 taluka panchayats and 75 of 81 municipalities which went to polls — that the Congress, which had made significant gains in 2015 when elections to these local bodies were held in the backdrop of the Patidar quota agitation, was washed out even in its bastions. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Amit Chavda and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Paresh Dhanani resigned from their posts, taking responsibility for the debacle. It has set off alarm bells in the part...
Fresh trouble for BSY govt, Ramesh Jarkiholi caught in a sex CD scandal
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Fresh trouble for BSY govt, Ramesh Jarkiholi caught in a sex CD scandal

The ruling BJP in Karnataka found itself mired in a controversy Tuesday with a video CD allegedly featuring Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi and a young unidentified woman, and audio conversations between the two, being played on television channels. A social activist, Dinesh Kalahalli, who claimed he was authorised by the woman’s family, later filed a complaint with the Cubbon Park police in Bengaluru alleging that the woman in the video clips was enticed by the minister with the offer of a government job. The police are yet to register a formal case and are verifying the legitimacy of the complaint, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) M N Anucheth said. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa held a meeting with party colleagues, and sources in the governmen...
Nepal Constitution’s lacunae helps Oli retain power
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Nepal Constitution’s lacunae helps Oli retain power

When Nepal’s Constitution was promulgated in September 2015, leaders cutting across party lines praised it, calling it the “best in the world” with “all inclusive features”. However, with the country plunging into a political and constitutional crisis less than six years later after Prime Minister K P Oli dissolving Parliament mid-term– a move overturned by the Supreme Court — the Constitution seems inadequate, with its ambiguities appearing heavily loaded to favour incumbency. With the court passing its verdict, the reinstated House is set to meet on Sunday, which is well within the 13-day deadline stipulated in the judgement. However, Oli now claims that he has become more powerful after the court declared his move to dissolve Parliament null and void. “If they remove me ...
Fading art of playing spin: Missing the Gavaskar template of 1987 | Cricket News – Times of India
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Fading art of playing spin: Missing the Gavaskar template of 1987 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Lalit Modi wouldn't agree if someone pointed out that lately, and specifically since 2008, the year he launched the path-breaking T20 Indian Premier League (IPL), batsmen have forgotten the art of playing spin adroitly. Raised on a heavy dose of 20-over cricket, youngsters and many batsmen representing their countries -- these days don't know how to graft for runs, particularly on pitches that assist turn. A sample of this disappearing trait was there for all to watch with dismay during the third India-England Ahmedabad Test on an untested pitch. Although India won the match handsomely in the end with three days to spare, even several home team batsmen disappointed. A majority of them were out to balls that went straight. On the other side of the spectrum, Sunil Gavaskar graf...
BJP returns to Saurashtra-Kutch winning all 12 district panchayats
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BJP returns to Saurashtra-Kutch winning all 12 district panchayats

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept all the 12 district panchayats, 71 out of 89 taluka panchayats and 31 out of 33 municipalities in Saurashtra-Kutch region in the elections to the local bodies, results of which were announced Tuesday. The BJP regained the ground it had lost in 2015 local body elections fought in the backdrop of Patidar quota agitation. The BJP won district panchayats of Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad, Surendranagar, Morbi and Kutch with handsome margins on Tuesday. This is a huge comeback for the saffron party which had lost nine of these district panchayats, except Kutch and Porbandar, to Congress in 2015. The BJP had managed to win only two out of 34 seats in Rajkot district panchayat in ...
Weight loss story: “I started having fruits for dinner and lost 17+ kilos fast”  | The Times of India
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Weight loss story: “I started having fruits for dinner and lost 17+ kilos fast” | The Times of India

My breakfast: I used to extensively follow Intermittent Fasting during the lockdown period. I started by following the 12:12 routine and switched to the 16:8 pattern. So, during the mornings, I usually don't have anything to eat. I just ensure that I stay hydrated and have plenty of water.My lunch: Serving of plain rice with some vegetarian/ non-vegetarian curry made in very less oil and masala. Salads, curd is also had with my meal and I generally avoid having rotis/chapatis.My dinner: Normally, I have my last meal of the day by 7:30-8 p.m and it is usually something like a big bowl of salad or seasonal fruits. Mostly, I prefer eating papayas.Pre-workout meal: Sometimes, 2 slices of brown bread with peanut butter/ half-boiled eggs with a minimum of 500ml-1 litre of water. It all depend...
All private hospitals permitted to give Covid vaccine, Centre tells states | India News – Times of India
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All private hospitals permitted to give Covid vaccine, Centre tells states | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Private hospitals not empanelled under the central government schemehave been allowed to give Covid-19 vaccine, Union health ministry said on Tuesday. The centre have urged states and Union terrotoris to utilise 100% capacities of private hospitals functioning as Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs). "Private hospitals not empanelled under Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), central government health scheme (CGHS), and State Health Insurance Schemes have also been permitted to operate as CVCs if they have adequate number of vaccinators, adequate space for observation of the vaccinated, adequate cold chain arrangement and adequate arrangement for management of AEFI," health ministry said in a statement. "States/UTs can proactively make efforts to use thes...
If its same pitch, red ball may be easier to play: Zak Crawley | Cricket News – Times of India
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If its same pitch, red ball may be easier to play: Zak Crawley | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: If India do dish out a similar raging turner as was on show for the third Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in the fourth and Test that kicks off on Thursday, the million-dollar question is: Will the traditional red ball be slightly easier for the batsmen? After the last game folded up in merely two days, England skipper Joe Root felt that the fact that the pink ball skidded faster off the surface made things difficult for the batsmen. In a virtual presser on Tuesday, his team's opener Zak Crawley made a similar assertion, while outlining that this week, the batsmen may breathe slightly more easily even if the pitch turns out to be as vicious as the one for the last Test. "It depends on the pitch obviously, but I think if it's the same pitch, I do think that it'...
Prince Philip Health Update: UK’s Prince Philip moved to new hospital to treat infection, pre-existing heart condition | World News – Times of India
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Prince Philip Health Update: UK’s Prince Philip moved to new hospital to treat infection, pre-existing heart condition | World News – Times of India

LONDON: UK's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been moved to another hospital for treatment of an infection and observation of a pre-existing heart condition, the Buckingham Palace informed on Monday. According to CNN, the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on February 17 after feeling unwell. The palace later confirmed that he was being treated for an infection. It further said that Philip spent two weeks in London's private King Edward VII hospital and now he has been moved to St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, where doctors will continue to treat him for the infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition. The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to...
Govt re-employs R A Rajeev as MMRDA chief
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Govt re-employs R A Rajeev as MMRDA chief

The state government on Tuesday issued orders re-employing IAS officer R A Rajeev as the metropolitan commissioner of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on a contractual basis for three months. Rajeev, a 1987-batch IAS officer, had attained the age of superannuation on Sunday. He has been heading the MMRDA as its metropolitan commissioner since May, 2018. Now, he has been reappointed as the MMRDA chief till May, 2021. Officials said that ambitious projects such as the Mumbai Metro corridors, Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Project and others were being executed by the MMRDA. “Considering his experience and capability, Rajeev has been appointed for three months to complete the projects,” said an official. Metro lines 7 (Dahisar East to Andheri East) and 2...