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Day: March 3, 2021

TMC goes to poll panel against Modi, Vijayvargiya
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TMC goes to poll panel against Modi, Vijayvargiya

The TMC on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission (EC), alleging violation of the model code of conduct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP’s Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya. “Yesterday, I saw that Kailash Vijayvargiya went to an event and announced stipend. How can someone make such an announcement? We have raised this before the EC. We hope the EC will not be influenced by the BJP,” TMC leader Firhad Hakim said after meeting the Chief Electoral Officer. At a conference of kirtan singers at Kolkata’s Shahid Minar ground on Tuesday, Vijayvargiya had announced that if the BJP came to power in Bengal, his party would arrange pension for Kirtan singers. “The BJP government will arrange pension for you, and all of you will be able to conduct kirtans...
Army investigates 3 jawans for Northern Command Hq data breach, Pak drug racket under scanner
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Army investigates 3 jawans for Northern Command Hq data breach, Pak drug racket under scanner

A drug racket linked to Pakistani intelligence agencies has surfaced as the Army probes the alleged breach of sensitive operational data from its Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur. A preliminary investigation is said to have revealed the alleged involvement of three jawans. Sources told The Indian Express that while one of the jawans was based in Udhampur and allegedly had access to operational data at the headquarters, the two other jawans were from different battalions, and were posted elsewhere. But all three are said to have been in contact with each other, sources said. It is learnt that the alleged involvement of at least two jawans in the drug trade as users or sellers has been probed by the intelligence agencies because it was via the drug route that Pakista...
Interim final-phase data is in: Bharat Biotech’s Covid shot is 81% effective
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Interim final-phase data is in: Bharat Biotech’s Covid shot is 81% effective

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech said on Wednesday that its vaccine against Covid-19 had demonstrated 81 per cent interim efficacy in phase 3 clinical trials in protecting participants without prior infection after the second dose. The vaccine candidate, Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech along with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), received regulatory approval for emergency use in “clinical trial mode” — in which beneficiaries have to sign a consent form before being vaccinated — at the beginning of January. Since January 16, when India’s vaccination programme was rolled out, more than a million doses of Covaxin, the country’s first indigenous vaccine against the novel coronavirus, have been administered to the priority group of healthcare and frontline worker...
Swiss Open: Sindhu, Srikanth advance; Lakshya, Prannoy lose | Badminton News – Times of India
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Swiss Open: Sindhu, Srikanth advance; Lakshya, Prannoy lose | Badminton News – Times of India

Indian shuttlers had a good day at the Swiss Open BWF Super-300 tournament in Basel on Wednesday. PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram, Sourabh Verma and the men's doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy won their first round matches. However, HS Prannoy lost 19-21, 21-9, 17-21 to Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands. A little while later, Lakshya Sen lost to Victor Svendsen of Denmark 16-21, 21-12. While Sindu defeated Neslihan Yigit of Turkey 21-16, 21-19, Srikanth recovered after losing the first game to beat his practice partner Sameer Verma 18-21, 21-18, 21-11. Srikanth will face Thomas Rouxel of France in the second round on Thursday. Second seed Sindhu will face world No.40 Iris Wang of USA in the secon...
Sex CD shakes up poll-bound BJP, BSY govt, minister Ramesh Jarkiholi quits
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Sex CD shakes up poll-bound BJP, BSY govt, minister Ramesh Jarkiholi quits

AN INFLUENTIAL MINISTER in the BJP government Ramesh Jarkiholi submitted his resignation to Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday, a day after a video CD allegedly involving him and a young unidentified woman was played by local television channels. Dinesh Kalahalli, a social activist, who claimed to have been authorised by the woman’s family, had later filed a complaint with the Bengaluru police alleging coercion and “sexual harassment” by Jarkiholi. On Wednesday, Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi denied any wrongdoing. Although he was initially adamant he wouldn’t quit, he submitted his resignation later on “moral grounds” through his brother and BJP MLA Balachandra Jarkiholi. “The allegations against me are far from the truth. An investigation is ...
Dissent against the Govt not seditious, says SC dismissing plea against Farooq Abdullah
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Dissent against the Govt not seditious, says SC dismissing plea against Farooq Abdullah

The Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking sedition charges under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah over some of his reported remarks after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution stating that “the expression of a view which is a dissent from a decision taken by the Central government itself cannot be said to be seditious”. A bench of Justices S K Kaul and Hemant Gupta said “there is nothing in the statement which we find so offensive as to give a cause of action for a court to initiate proceedings.” It added that “the petitioners have nothing to do with the subject matter and this is clearly a case of publicity interest litigation for the petitioners only to get their names in press”. “...
PSL 6: PCB to offer players and officials COVID-19 vaccine shots | Cricket News – Times of India
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PSL 6: PCB to offer players and officials COVID-19 vaccine shots | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday said it has decided to offer coronavirus vaccine doses to all participants of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 6. "Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to offer SARS-Coronavirus Vaccine doses to all participants of the Pakistan Super League 6, becoming the first cricket board to use the vaccine that produces protection against the Covid-19 virus," PCB said in a statement. "The decision has been made in the line with the PCB's duty of care policy and to ensure all participants of the league remain safe and healthy during the event, which concludes on 22 March," it added. PCB said the vaccine doses will be administered on Thursday and will be offered to all those inside the bio-secure bubble. However, it will solely be the players' and offic...
As BJP wants her in ADMK, Sasikala stuns: ‘withdrawing from politics’
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As BJP wants her in ADMK, Sasikala stuns: ‘withdrawing from politics’

With just a month to go for Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala, who was released from a Bengaluru prison on January 27, issued a statement Wednesday that she has decided to “step aside” from politics and that she will pray for Amma’s (Jayalalithaa’s) “golden rule”. A two-page letter, signed by her, and released first on Jaya TV, appealed to Amma’s followers to work hard to ensure her rule. “As Amma used to say, defeating the evil force DMK should be the main aim of all obedient cadre of Amma’s party,” Sasikala wrote, thanking all who showered her with love. While Sasikala’s surprise and sudden decision is expected to help the ruling AIADMK and avoid splitting of votes, it comes as a jolt to her nephew TTV Dhinakaran, who was ousted from AI...
Global freedom watchdog report downgrades India from ‘free’ to ‘partly free’
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Global freedom watchdog report downgrades India from ‘free’ to ‘partly free’

Washington-based noted think tank Freedom House has demoted India’s freedom score from “free” to “partly free”, saying rights and civil liberties “have been eroding since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in 2014”, specifically referring to attacks on Muslims, use of the sedition law, and the government’s coronavirus response including the lockdown. India’s score decreased from 71 to 67, with 100 being the ranking for the most free country, and its rank fell from 83 to 88 out of 211 countries. In its annual report, Freedom House said, “His (Modi’s) Hindu nationalist government has presided over increased pressure on human rights organizations, rising intimidation of academics and journalists, and a spate of bigoted attacks — including lynchings — aimed at Muslims. The dec...
ED case against Kerala govt body officials, Pinarayi Vijayan complains to EC
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ED case against Kerala govt body officials, Pinarayi Vijayan complains to EC

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a case against top executives of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB), the state government’s flagship entity for mobilising funds for infrastructure projects, in connection with alleged violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). ED sources said a case has been registered and notices have been served to KIIFB CEO Dr K M Abraham, a former chief secretary of the state, and KIIFB deputy managing director Vikramjit Singh, a serving IPS officer of the Kerala cadre. “The issue is related to FEMA violations in connection with KIIFB raising Rs 2,150 crore masala bonds listed on the London Stock Exchange. Prima facie, there are violations of FEMA,” an ED official said. No decision has been taken yet on...
Gundecha case: Gurukul may shut for a while, suspend Akhilesh
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Gundecha case: Gurukul may shut for a while, suspend Akhilesh

Over five months after The Indian Express reported allegations of sexual harassment against Ramakant and Akhilesh Gundecha, notable names in the musical tradition of dhrupad, a few disciplinary measures may be in process. Sources said one of the measures being considered is closing down Dhrupad Sansthan, the residential gurukul run by the Gundecha family in Bhopal, for a while. Akhilesh Gundecha could also be suspended from teaching and mentoring students at the institute for a year, after which he may come back to teaching but under observation. Students of Dhrupad Sansthan, including those who have accused Akhilesh of harassment and those who have left, have also demanded therapy for Akhilesh. According to sources, that demand is being considered. Akhilesh, who withdrew h...
Alek Minassian: Toronto van attacker found guilty of killing 10, injuring 16 | World News – Times of India
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Alek Minassian: Toronto van attacker found guilty of killing 10, injuring 16 | World News – Times of India

TORONTO: A 28-year-old Canadian who plowed a van into pedestrians in a deadly attack three years ago in Toronto was found guilty Wednesday of murdering 10 people and trying to kill 16 others. Ontario Superior Court Judge Anne Molloy rejected defense arguments that Alek Minassian's autism spectrum disorder (ASD) made him incapable of discerning right from wrong in what she termed a "horrific" crime. Minassian, 28, faces a minimum life term of 25 years in prison. A sentencing hearing will be set mid-March in a case that is considered one of Canada's most horrific attacks. "His attack on these 26 victims that day was an act of a reasoning mind, notwithstanding its horrific nature and notwithstanding that he has no remorse for it and no empathy for his victims," Molloy said in her ruling. "...
I-T knocks on doors of Anurag Kashyap, Taapsee Pannu; because they spoke up, says Opp
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I-T knocks on doors of Anurag Kashyap, Taapsee Pannu; because they spoke up, says Opp

The Income Tax (IT) Department Wednesday conducted searches in at least 30 locations in Mumbai and Pune connected with actor Taapsee Pannu and film-maker Anurag Kashyap as well as his partners linked to production house Phantom Films Pvt Ltd. The raids elicited a strong response from the Maharashtra state government which called it an attempt by the Centre using agencies to intimidate those who spoke out against the BJP government. Those whose premises were searched include current Phantom directors Madhu Mantena and Sibhashish Sarkar who is also CEO of Reliance Entertainment; Kashyap’s associates and film directors Vikas Bahl and Vikramaditya Motwane. Also searched were senior executives of two talent management firms Kwan Entertainment and Exceed Entertainment.Officials c...
Pujara fit to open, Gill/Rohit at No. 3: Surinder Amarnath | Cricket News – Times of India
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Pujara fit to open, Gill/Rohit at No. 3: Surinder Amarnath | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Surinder Amaranth, the oldest of the three Amaranth brothers and son of former India captain Lala Amarnath, feels cricket has changed considerably from his playing days. The 72-year-old former dashing left-hander, who represented India in 10 Tests, is settled in Ahmedabad with his family, away from what he calls the "hustle-bustle" of Delhi, a team that he represented for the majority of his 22-year first-class career. Amarnath, who scored a century on Test debut in Auckland in 1976, spoke to IANS on a variety of issues related to modern-day cricket. Excerpts:You batted No.3 for India. You were quite aggressive. Do you think that aggression is key for a No.3 batsman?Back in our days, most of the No.3 batsmen were attacking, especially in top teams like West Indies, Australia....
5 times Alia Bhatt made a stunning appearance in a designer sari – Times of India
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5 times Alia Bhatt made a stunning appearance in a designer sari – Times of India

Bollywood actress, Alia Bhatt surely has a soft heart for summer dresses and big hoops. But she never underestimates the power of an elegant drape when it comes to occasion wear. From Sabyasachi to Manish Malhotra, this lady has a phenomenal collection of designer drapes in her closet. Over the years, Alia has given her fans some noteworthy traditional looks, experimenting with something new every single time. Here's looking at some classic designer saris that we absolutely love on the actress. - The ruffled sari: If you're on the lookout for a lightweight yet vibrant sari, you can take cues from Alia's green and yellow paisley printed number. Designed by Sabyasachi, Alia paired it with an interesting backless, off-shoulder blouse. She even buckled a belt to cinch in her waist and fini...
Use of PM’s photo on petrol pump hoardings violates poll code, should be removed: ECI official | India News – Times of India
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Use of PM’s photo on petrol pump hoardings violates poll code, should be removed: ECI official | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission of India has directed petrol pump dealers and other agencies in poll-bound states to remove hoardings carrying photographs of PM Modi within 72 hours, according to an official."The use of the prime minister's photograph in such hoardings violates the Model Code of Conduct (MCC)," the official of the West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said.Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and state minister Firhad Hakim had earlier today petitioned the EC against use of PM's photo in hoardings and also on Covid vaccination certificates.The ruling party in West Bengal had called it a "blatant misuse of official machinery". "Prime Minister Narendra Modi happens to be the star campaigner of the BJP in this assembly elections. As a politician, he is seeking support fo...
Sara Ali Khan treats fans with mesmerising bikini pictures from the Maldives, calls it a ‘daily dose of vitamin C’ – Times of India
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Sara Ali Khan treats fans with mesmerising bikini pictures from the Maldives, calls it a ‘daily dose of vitamin C’ – Times of India

Sara Ali Khan has been blessing the cyberworld with one after another mesmerising pictures from her recent trip to the Maldives. Today she once again took a walk down the memory lane as she revealed some more pictures of herself living up the island life. In the pictures, the actress is seen donning a bright orange bikini, topped with an ivory crochet cover-up as she posed intensely for the camera against the backdrop of crystal blue water. She further captioned them, “Your daily dose of Vitamin C🍊🍊🍊#vitaminc #vitaminsea 🌊🌊🌊.” Have a look: The actress recently took up a tour with her mother Amrita Singh and their close friends in Jaipur. She was spotted sharing several glimpses of the pink city on social media that went viral in no time. On the work front, Sara Ali Khan will be nex...
Gujarat: New scheme to streamline Sanskrit education system
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Gujarat: New scheme to streamline Sanskrit education system

IN LINE with the Centre’s thrust on Sanskrit education and red flagging of the declining number of ‘Sanskrit Gurukuls’ in the state by the newly formed Gujarat Sanskrit Education Board, the Gujarat government has planned to mainstream Sanskrit in the schools as well as streamline the existing Sanskrit education system in the state under a new scheme ‘Mission Gurukul Yojana’. The government, in the Budget, has made a provision of Rs 10 crore for the scheme. This will strengthen 37 Sanskrit pathashalas to encourage interested students to join Sanskrit education”, the state government’s brief on education states. “Compared to other states, the number of Sanskrit gurukuls in Gujarat is declining speedily. With the push from the sangathan, the scheme for protection and revival o...
Education gets big push: Rs 764-crore increase in allocation
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Education gets big push: Rs 764-crore increase in allocation

WITH AN increase of Rs 764 crore in the annual budget allocation on the education sector, the state government announced a provision of Rs 32,719 crore for education sector. In 2020-21, the BJP government had made an allocation of Rs 31,955 crore for the same. The state government has announced two new universities-Service Sector University and Gujarat Biotechnology University. The ‘Service Sector University’ claimed to be the first such university in the country is slated to ‘impart higher level training and education to the youth to create more employment in the service sector’. Though the budget allocation has not been revealed in the budget statement released by the state government the reason attributed is ‘along with the industrial development of the state, developmen...
No decision yet on extending RTE benefits, Delhi HC pulls up govt
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No decision yet on extending RTE benefits, Delhi HC pulls up govt

THE DELHI High Court on Wednesday pulled up the Centre for not taking any decision regarding extension of free education under the RTE Act beyond class VIII for children belonging to disadvantaged and economically weaker sections. It also issued a notice to the Secretary of Department of School Education & Literacy under the HRD Ministry in a contempt petition seeking action against the officer for a “deliberate and intentional” disobedience of a judgment passed by the court in December 2019. “So you will look over the children’s rights for two years. What is the meaning of active consideration? A decision is a decision. Why does it take so long,” asked Justice Najmi Waziri. “You are looking at children’s future.” In 2019, the Centre had said before a division bench tha...