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Day: March 5, 2021

4 arrested for jewellery thefts in Ghaziabad
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4 arrested for jewellery thefts in Ghaziabad

Four persons, including a woman, were arrested by Ghaziabad Police for allegedly carrying out jewellery thefts across multiple states. According to police, the thefts were planned by main accused Tanveer and his wife, who would conspire with locals in the region where the theft was to take place. 📣 JOIN NOW 📣: The Express Explained Telegram Channel Police are tracing Tanveer’s location. “The main accused and others will be arrested soon,” said Iran Raja, SP Rural, Ghaziabad. ens Source link
Government department to auction gunny bags used in food relief during lockdown, asks school principals for details
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Government department to auction gunny bags used in food relief during lockdown, asks school principals for details

The Delhi food department has directed principals of MCD and Delhi government schools, which had doubled up as food distribution centres during the lockdown, to compile lists of empty gunny bags lying inside the premises of the institutions. The gunny bags, which contained foodgrains that were distributed to the needy, will be auctioned off by the department, according to an official order. The Delhi government had begun the distribution of dry ration to non-PDS beneficiaries in Delhi during the lockdown in April. Around 30 lakh people were given 4 kg of wheat and 1 kg of rice each through an e-coupon system. As per a letter written by the Department of Food and Civil Supplies (Sultanpuri Majra) on March 1, principals of MCD and other schools of the area were directed to pr...
Will campaign to defeat BJP, people will decide best alternative: CPI(ML) gen secy
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Will campaign to defeat BJP, people will decide best alternative: CPI(ML) gen secy

Even as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said she was thankful to the CPI(ML) for extending support to TMC, senior leaders of CPI (ML) said there was no “support” as such and that they would campaign against the BJP in a majority of seats and leave it to the people to decide who the best opponent against them is. For many months now, CPI(ML) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya has maintained, in a stance that differs from the other Left parties, that the primary objective should be to combat the growth of the BJP in Bengal. On Friday, as TMC announced its candidates for 291 seats, Banerjee named several leaders from other parties who had backed her. Among them, she thanked Bhattacharya for “extending support”. Speaking about the position of the C...
19-yr-old gets bail in Republic Day violence case
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19-yr-old gets bail in Republic Day violence case

A Delhi court said that the “right to protest means the right to peaceful protest and not to resort to violence of any kind, even on provocation”, while granting bail to a 19-year-old youth in a case related to the violence on Republic Day during the farmers’ tractor parade. Additional Sessions Judge Samar Vishal granted bail to Sumit on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 25,000 with one surety of a like amount in the case of violence in Nangloi area. The court noted that out of the 20 accused persons arrested in the case, 19 have already been released on bail. “Facts portrayed by the prosecution shows that acts of protesters/rioters cannot be condoned. However, guilt or innocence of the applicant (Sumit) is a matter of trial and nothing can be said about it at this stage,” it sa...
Farmers line up activities as protest at Singhu border touches 100 days
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Farmers line up activities as protest at Singhu border touches 100 days

From a ‘chakka jam’ on KMP Expressway to mark 100 days of the farmers’ protest to celebrating International Women’s Day — Singhu border was abuzz with activity Friday as protesters geared up for programmes planned for the next few days. For 55-year-old protester Dr Hardeep Singh, however, there was another reason to celebrate — as the protest completes 100 days on March 6, so too will he. Singh, who has been at the site since the protest started, said: “It has not been easy… I have seen seasons change, clashes break out, and have been disconnected from my family for weeks. But I have not moved from here because I think about future generations and how the farm laws will impact them.” His sons are in the UK while his wife is in Amritsar. He talks to his family over the phone...
JustDial co-founder Ramani Iyer builds smartphone power bank rental network – Times of India
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JustDial co-founder Ramani Iyer builds smartphone power bank rental network – Times of India

Justdial’s co-founder Ramani Iyer has launched his latest venture ‘Spykke’, a smartphone power bank rental service. In 6 months, Spykke claims to have achieved the widest smartphone power bank rental network in India, and is currently live across 8,000 locations in 11 cities throughout India. Spykke is live across Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Jaipur, and Pune. Its deployments are majorly in high-footfall regions such as metro stations, cinemas, cafes, malls, airports, railway stations, corporate offices, tech parks, hotels, and hospitals. People can simply walk to any Spykke partner outlet and rent a power bank by scanning the QR code on it. Once used, the power banks can then be returned to the nearest Spykke station. “I am...
After rickshaw-puller, writer, Byapari gears up for new role
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After rickshaw-puller, writer, Byapari gears up for new role

In his late 20s, disenchanted with the Naxalite politics that had once appealed to him, when Manoranjan Byapari decided to start life afresh, the only work that he could find was that of a rickshaw puller. “Every day, I would follow my passengers’ directions and ferry them to their destinations, while keeping an eye out for potholes on the road or for traffic. You could say, I followed their instructions but tempered it with my intuition. That is what I intend to do this time, too,” says the Dalit writer, who will contest the upcoming elections as a TMC candidate from Balagarh in Hooghly district in West Bengal. Fittingly, soon after his candidature was declared, the first campaign poster of the 70-year-old chairperson of Dalit Sahitya Academy in Bengal featured the slogan ...
‘Illegal construction’: NDMC asks hotel to stop activities
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‘Illegal construction’: NDMC asks hotel to stop activities

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), citing “unauthorised construction”, has rejected five-star Le Meridien hotel’s application for renewal of its health and trade licences and directed it to suspend all trade activities within seven days, as per a show cause notice issued on March 1. As per an NDMC letter dated January 20, “there exists unauthorised constructions in the premises for which health licence is sought to be renewed. NDMC has already passed a demolition order dated 18.02.2019 pertaining to the premises”. It directed the hotel to stop all trade activities as per Section 333 of the NDMC Act, under which the chairperson can suspend the licence of any hotel, restaurant, theatre, etc if it is operating “without a licence or otherwise than in conformity with the te...
Ambani security scare: Owner of stolen vehicle found dead in Mumbai
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Ambani security scare: Owner of stolen vehicle found dead in Mumbai

THE owner of the vehicle that was found parked outside the south Mumbai home of industrialist Mukesh Ambani last month, was found dead on Friday. On Thursday night, the family of Mansukh Hiren, 47, had lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Thane police. An officer said that on Friday morning, the Mumbra Police in Thane was informed about a body floating in the Kalwa creek which was later identified as Hiren’s. The local police have registered an accidental death report. The Indian Express has learnt from police sources that while the cloth mask around his mouth was found intact, his mouth was stuffed with pieces of cloth. Police said Hiren’s son told them that his father went missing after he left his shop at Crawford Market around 8 pm on Thursday after receiving a ...
AAP to kick off year-long ‘deshbhakti’ festival, funds to find place in Budget
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AAP to kick off year-long ‘deshbhakti’ festival, funds to find place in Budget

Having announced its plan to contest polls in five BJP-ruled states in 2022, the AAP will kickstart a year of ‘deshbhakti’ festivities on March 12 to celebrate the 75th year of India’s independence, with its government in Delhi financing the events. AAP government sources said Friday that the upcoming Delhi budget, slated to be tabled on March 9, will have a special ‘deshbhakti’ (patriotism) segment on allocation made for the planned celebrations. Events will also be held outside the national capital, sources said. The AAP has announced that it will contest assembly polls in BJP-ruled Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Congress-ruled Punjab, where it is the principal opposition, in 2022. A government official also said the size of the budget will...
Kerala CM-link in smuggling case: Swapna made no such claim before NIA, agency also did not charge Vijayan’s former aide
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Kerala CM-link in smuggling case: Swapna made no such claim before NIA, agency also did not charge Vijayan’s former aide

While the Customs has claimed that smuggling by Swapna Suresh was done at the behest of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, has not found any evidence to suggest the same. Sources said Swapna, arrested by NIA in the gold smuggling case last October, was questioned at length. “At least in our examination, no such thing has come forth. Swapna Suresh has not made any such claim to us. But we cannot comment on any other agency’s probe,” sources said. In its chargesheet filed in January this year, the NIA also did not charge M Sivasankar, former principal secretary to the CM. Sivasankar’s name had come up in the case for his alleged links to Swapna and he was e...
After TMC complaint, EC says remove PM’s photo from Covid jab certificate
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After TMC complaint, EC says remove PM’s photo from Covid jab certificate

The Election Commission (EC) has asked the Union government to stop using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture on Covid-19 vaccination certificates in states headed to Assembly elections. The EC’s order came on a complaint by the Trinamool Congress this week. Sources said the EC wrote to the Health Ministry on Friday reiterating its standing instructions gainst promoting the party in power through government means when the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was in force. ExplainedModel Code of ConductThe EC has stopped the use of PM’s pictures in posters and websites of government welfare schemes during earlier elections as well. In 2017, when Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and UP were headed to polls, it had ordered the removal of Modi's picture from the PMAY site. The M...
Over 10,000 new cases in Maharashtra
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Over 10,000 new cases in Maharashtra

Maharashtra recorded 10,216 fresh Covid-19 cases on Friday after managing to keep the count below this mark for four months. The state had last crossed 10,000 cases on October 19, last year. With 21.98 lakh cases, Maharashtra accounts for 20 per cent of India’s Covid-19 burden. The active case load stands at 88,838 – the cases doubling in a matter of just two weeks. Until February 18, there were over 40,000 active infections. Despite rising cases, the number of deaths have halved from what the state was recording until last October, indicative of a declining fatality rate. On Friday, 53 people died due to Covid-19, with the toll reaching 52,393 in the state. Amravati is accounting for maximum daily deaths, with eight fatalities reported on Friday. The district has reported ...
Leaders from all walks in PM-led panel to mark 75 years of freedom
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Leaders from all walks in PM-led panel to mark 75 years of freedom

The government issued a gazette notification late on Friday evening, announcing a high-level national committee to commemorate 75 years of Independence, to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 259-member committee, which includes Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, and eminent citizens from all walks of life, “will provide policy direction and guidelines for formulation of programmes for the commemoration of 75th anniversary of Indian Independence at national and international levels”, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement. On the committee are former President Pratibha Patil, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, more than a dozen Ministers including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Sing...
IT rules have no teeth, can’t control OTT without law, says SC
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IT rules have no teeth, can’t control OTT without law, says SC

The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it would consider bringing in a law or regulations to control OTT platforms, after the apex court said that the recently notified guidelines in respect of these platforms “lacked teeth” to act against violators. Before granting interim protection from arrest to Amazon Prime Video’s head of India Originals, Aparna Purohit, in connection with an FIR against her over the Tandav web series, a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy asked the Centre for a copy of The Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The Rules were notified by the government on February 25 for regulating content on these platforms. After going through the Rules, the bench said, “…there is...
Abetment to suicide case: High Court grants Arnab Goswami exemption from personal appearance till April 16
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Abetment to suicide case: High Court grants Arnab Goswami exemption from personal appearance till April 16

The Bombay High Court on Friday granted interim protection to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, exempting him from personally appearing before the Alibaug magistrate in interior designer Anvay Naik abetment to suicide case till April 16. Goswami was earlier asked to appear before the court on March 10. Goswami and two others, Feroze Shaikh and Nitish Sarda, were arrested on November 4, last year, after the police reopened a case involving the death Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik at their home in Alibaug in May 2018. According to the police, the Naiks died by suicide over alleged non-payment of dues by Goswami’s channel and the companies of Shaikh and Sarda. The Supreme Court had on November 11, last year, ordered the release of Goswami and other co-accused on...
‘Will see you on battlefield’: Suvendu Adhikari welcomes Mamata’s decision to contest from Nandigram | India News – Times of India
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‘Will see you on battlefield’: Suvendu Adhikari welcomes Mamata’s decision to contest from Nandigram | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Friday "welcomed" West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's decision to contest the upcoming elections from his home turf of Nandigram and asserted that the TMC supremo will "lose and leave" on May 2 when the results are declared. Earlier today, Mamata released the list of 291 TMC candidates for the elections and announced her decision to contest from Nandigram instead of her current constituency of Bhawanipore. Mamata's decision is likely to pave way for a title clash with Adhikari, her former aide who had switched over to the BJP just days before the elections. Welcoming Mamata's move, Adhikari said that he will see the TMC chief on the battlefield and claimed that come May 2, she will "lose" the elections and "leave". "Honourable CM will c...
Sindhu, Srikanth in Swiss Open semifinals | Badminton News – Times of India
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Sindhu, Srikanth in Swiss Open semifinals | Badminton News – Times of India

PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth sailed into the semifinals of the Swiss Open BWF Super-300 tournament in Basel. While Sindhu downed Busanan Ongamrungphan of Thailand 21-16, 23-21, Srikanth registered a straight-game victory against Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-19, 21-15. In the semifinals, Srikanth will face top seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark. Axelsen had it easy against seventh seed Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia 21-17, 21-12. Axelsen defeated Srikanth five times in eight matches Earlier on Friday, Sai Praneeth, Ajay Jayaram and the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy- Ashwini Ponnappa were knocked out. In the quarterfinals, fifth seed Sai lost to second seed Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia 14-21, 17-21, Jayaram stumbled against eighth seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand...
Sindhu in Swiss Open semifinals | Badminton News – Times of India
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Sindhu in Swiss Open semifinals | Badminton News – Times of India

PV Sindhu saved the blushes for India with a 21-16, 23-21 victory against Busanan Ongamrungphan of Thailand to sail into the semifinals of the Swiss Open BWF Super-300 tournament in Basel. Earlier on Friday, Sai Praneeth, Ajay Jayaram and the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa were knocked out of the tournament. In the quarterfinals, fifth seed Sai lost to second seed Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia 14-21, 17-21, Jayaram stumbled against eighth seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand 9-21, 6-21 and Satwik-Ashwini worked hard before losing to fifth seeds Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia 17-21, 21-16, 18-21. The Indian mixed doubles pair rallied after losing the first game to win the second. However, they ran out of gas in the third. From 11-11, the Malaysian...
Uptake of vehicles dips substantially
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Uptake of vehicles dips substantially

The uptake of vehicles has reduced substantially across the state as well in Mumbai over the last year in view of the lockdown. The Economic Survey report of 2020-21 stated that the total number of vehicles in Maharashtra stand at 3.86 crore – an increase of 2.3 per cent over last year. The total number of vehicles as per the previous year’s report had increased by 6.6 per cent. Mumbai has also witnessed a slowdown in the growth of vehicles with a measly 2.7 per cent increase compared to an increase of 7.2 per cent in the previous report. Maharashtra’s vehicular population as of January 2021 stands at 3.86 crore – a 2.3 per cent increase over 3.77 crore vehicles reported in January 2020. Of these, two-wheelers represent the largest chunk with a total of 28.34 lakh vehicles ...