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Muthoot Group chairman George Muthoot fell to death from 4th floor of home, say police
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Muthoot Group chairman George Muthoot fell to death from 4th floor of home, say police

Muthoot Group chairman George Muthoot fell to death from the fourth floor of his house in Delhi’s East of Kailash, police said on Saturday. “We received information at Amar Colony police station on Friday night at 9.21 pm that George, aged 72, fell from the fourth floor of his house,” R P Meena, DCP (Southeast), said. Police have collected the medico-legal report and inspected the spot. Police said an enquiry is being conducted in the matter and statements of his family and witnesses have been recorded. CCTVs near the house are also being checked. DCP Meena said George was taken to Fortis Escorts Hospital, where he died. A post-mortem examination was conducted at AIIMS on Saturday morning. Police said no foul play is suspected so far and inquest proceedings have been initia...
AAP Belongs To Dalits, Poor, Oppressed: Arvind Kejriwal
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AAP Belongs To Dalits, Poor, Oppressed: Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) belongs to Dalits, Mr Kejriwal said.New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) belongs to Dalits and all those who have no one to fall back upon, party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said at an event on Saturday.Inaugurating the premises of the Rashtriya Shoshit Parishad at Tughlaqabad Institutional Area, he alleged it was a "conspiracy" of political parties to deprive the financially weak of education in the last 70 years so that the Dalits remain poor and the rich become richer."In the last six years, we have brought about a revolution in the education sector in Delhi. We have worked to fulfil the dream of Baba Saheb Ambedkar who always said that education is the key for the Dalit community to equate with the rest of society," the Chief Minister said...
J&K: LeT operative held, arms cache seized in Reasi dist after years
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J&K: LeT operative held, arms cache seized in Reasi dist after years

Jammu and Kashmir Police and security forces arrested an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba associate in Reasi district’s Mahore town in a joint operation and claimed to have seized a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, including Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG) and mortars, among others. Arms haul at such a level comes in the district after six years. The development comes just before the three-day Shiv Khori mela, held on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, beginning March 10. The police identified the arrested person as Reyaz Ahmed, 21 – he was arrested on Friday. According to police, during questioning in the presence of an executive magistrate, Reyaz disclosed that he had hidden the arms and ammunition at a hideout between Makhidhar and Upper Shikari ridge of Mahore tehsil. A search ...
BJP first list: Suvendu vs Mamata in Nandigram; Modi rally today
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BJP first list: Suvendu vs Mamata in Nandigram; Modi rally today

AHEAD of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first rally in West Bengal after declaration of the poll schedule, at the historic Brigade Parade Ground, the BJP Saturday threw down another gauntlet in the high-voltage battle for the state. It announced that it will be fielding Suvendu Adhikari, the Trinamool leader who recently crossed over to the BJP, from Nandigram against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Mamata had catapulted to power in 2011 on the strength of the anti-land acquisition protest in Nandigram, with her then protege Adhikari the face of the agitation on the ground — making Nandigram the most prestigious contest in the Assembly elections starting March 27. Adhikari had won from the Nandigram seat last time, while Mamata announced earlier that she would be contesting...
‘Raped’ at 14, woman files case 27 years later as son seeks answers
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‘Raped’ at 14, woman files case 27 years later as son seeks answers

THE Shahjahanpur police, Uttar Pradesh, Friday booked two brothers for an alleged gangrape 27 years ago, following which the victim, then 14, delivered a boy. The case was lodged by the woman, who is now in her 40s and lives in Lucknow, on court direction. In her petition to the court, the woman has sought DNA test of the two accused to determine the biological father of her son. She said she had not approached police earlier because of social stigma but was doing so now as her son, whom she had given up for adoption, wanted to know about his father. She also said her husband had separated from her after coming to know she had a son before their marriage. “We have registered a gangrape case against the two brothers, who run a business. We are preparing for a DNA test,” Circ...
Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill – Times of India
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Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill – Times of India

WASHINGTON: An exhausted Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill Saturday as President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies notched a victory they called crucial for hoisting the country out of the pandemic and economic doldrums. After laboring through the night on a mountain of amendments — nearly all from Republicans and rejected — bleary-eyed senators approved the sprawling package on a 50-49 party-line vote. That sets up final congressional approval by the House next week so lawmakers can send it to Biden for his signature. “We tell the American people, help is on the way," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY Citing the country's desire to resume normalcy, he added, “Our job right now is to help our country get from this stormy present to that hopefu...
Social messages, Covid protocol: Street art makes a resurgence in Delhi
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Social messages, Covid protocol: Street art makes a resurgence in Delhi

When founder of Delhi Street Art, Yogesh Saini, arrived at a spot near Rajendra Place Metro station to paint a filthy wall recently, not only did the team attract immediate attention of children living close by, but also their willing participation. The wall, titled ‘Wall of Kindness’, is now painted in bright hues and motifs from folk art — from a parakeet to a peacock. “They would come every day to ask what was to be done, keen to get involved. We felt this way they would also feel more of a sense of ownership of the space once it’s clean and it might help to keep it that way,” said Saini. Another wall, at Jhandewalan, “represents the energy chakras of life, and the cycle of birth-death-rebirth”. The projects undertaken in partnership with the North MCD are among severa...
168 Rohingya refugees moved to ‘holding centres’ in J&K
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168 Rohingya refugees moved to ‘holding centres’ in J&K

A day after it set up “holding centres” under the Foreigners Act in the Hiranagar sub-jail in Kathua, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday rounded up 168 Rohingya refugees, including women and children, from Jammu and placed them there. The holding centres with a capacity to hold 250 people were set up by a Home Department notification on Friday under Section 3(2)e of Foreigners Act. “These immigrants were not holding valid passports required in terms of Section (3) of the Passports Act,” a senior government official said, adding that they were in the process of identifying more such immigrants. “After sending them to the holding centres, nationality verification will be done as per the prescribed process,” the official added, saying that on the basis of this, t...
First high-level visit by Biden administration: US defence secy plans India trip this month
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First high-level visit by Biden administration: US defence secy plans India trip this month

In what could turn out to be the first high-level visit from the US administration under President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin is likely to visit India later this month, sources have told The Sunday Express. The dates being explored are between March 15 and 25. One source indicated Saturday that it is likely to be around March 20. This will be the first Cabinet-rank official visit from the US, since the Biden administration assumed office on January 20. Within days of being confirmed, Austin had called up Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on January 27 and had emphasised Pentagon’s commitment to the US-India Major Defence Partnership, observing that it is built upon “shared values” and a “common interest in ensuring the Indo-Pacific region remains free and o...
Early summer, lack of rain spark fires at reserve, Odisha on edge
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Early summer, lack of rain spark fires at reserve, Odisha on edge

IT’S A race against time in one of the largest biosphere reserves of the country as early onset of summer plus lack of precipitation mean forest fires have now been sparking for more than a fortnight, with incidents reported continuously since March 1. The Simlipal National Park and Tiger Reserve in northern Odisha last saw a major fire in 2015. On Friday afternoon, a 10-member patrol team of the Odisha Fire Services approached smoke billowing out of a hill near Podagada village only to discover flames across a small hillock — their third spotting for the day. They got to work armed with a blower and a machine carrying 20 litres of water, spraying over the fire for nearly 3 km. With such fires usually seen till at least May, the Fire Department is looking at a long summer. ...
After colleague quits over CD, six Karnataka ministers get media gag order
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After colleague quits over CD, six Karnataka ministers get media gag order

A Bengaluru court Saturday granted a temporary media gag order in favour of six ministers of the BJP government in Karnataka after they expressed apprehension of being defamed, days after TV channels played a video CD allegedly featuring Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi and an unidentified young woman, leading to his resignation. The court of the 26th additional civil and sessions judge granted the temporary injunction on media broadcast of any CD or other material that is likely to defame the six ministers after they moved court Friday, naming 68 media, social media outlets and a social activist, Rajashekhar Mulali, as respondents. The six ministers — Shivaram Hebbar, B C Patil, S T Somashekar, K Sudhakar, K C Narayana Gowda and Byrathi Basavaraj — were part of a ...
104-year-old retd IFS officer among 33k to get vaccine
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104-year-old retd IFS officer among 33k to get vaccine

Among the 475 people who came to take the Covid vaccine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Saturday were a 104-year-old retired Indian Foreign Service officer and his 71-year-old son. Born in 1917, Tulsi Das Chawla lives in East Patel Nagar with his son, Ashok, an architect, and a caretaker. The centenarian retired from the IFS in 1975. Chawla was administered Covishield after he willingly wished to take it, said his son. He did not report any side effects. Ashok said his father has always been an active even in his old age: “He reads the newspapers keeps up with the happenings of the world, and watches television. He does not have any comorbidities, and isn’t on any medication.” “It was my father who was pushing for the vaccine. He is a forward-thinking man,” added Ashok. For ...
Delhi reels under water crisis as Yamuna level dips, rain falls short
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Delhi reels under water crisis as Yamuna level dips, rain falls short

Water level in the Yamuna has reduced significantly since a week due to poor rainfall and beginning of the crop season in Haryana, which has severely impacted the water supply in parts of the capital. Reduction in water levels is also increasing the concentration of pollutants, as a result of which two water treatment plants which cater to central, north and Delhi Cantonment areas have curtailed their water production by around 30%, senior officials of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) told The Indian Express. The seasonal water flow of around 5 lakh cusec, which Delhi receives from Haryana at this time of the year through the river, has been cut to 2.5 lakh cusec, officials said. “The river looks very dry in certain areas and this is mainly because we had poor rainfall in Septem...
Series done and dusted, Team India make it to Lord’s final
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Series done and dusted, Team India make it to Lord’s final

As soon as he lifted the trophy after India’s resounding triumph over England in Ahmedabad to clinch the series 3-1 and qualify for the world Test championship final, Virat Kohli rushed to hand it over to Axar Patel. It said much more than the obvious symbolism. It said that home or away, pink or red ball, Gabba or Motera, Kohli or Rahane as captain, Bumrah or Natarjan, Jadeja or Axar, spin or seam, it doesn’t really matter to this team, and that they will always find a way to claw back from any adversity. “This hasn’t come overnight. To be at the top of the table, it’s two-and-half-years of work. For that, it took six years prior to that,” a delighted coach Ravi Shastri told the broadcast cameras. “They got 520 points and deserve to be top of that table and play in that (T...
Boxer Manish Kaushik strikes gold at Boxam International | Boxing News – Times of India
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Boxer Manish Kaushik strikes gold at Boxam International | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Olympic-bound Indian boxer Manish Kaushik (63kg) struck gold in his first competitive outing in a year even as five others signed off with silver medals in the 35th Boxam International Tournament in Castellon, Spain. Manish defeated Denmark's Nikolai Terteryan in a split decision Vikas krishan against Youba Sissokho of Spain. However, Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg) ended with silver medals among men. Hussamuddin gave a walkover to Jean Paul Rivera of Puerto Rico, which was struck by a positive COVID-19 case. The reasons for the Indian's pullout were not immediately not known. Vikas Krishan (69kg), however, lost a gruelling final to Spain's Youba Sissokho, a bout in which the Indian was left with a cut above his right eye. Among women, Simranjit Kaur (60k...
Covid-19 surge in some states, Centre says step up vaccination
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Covid-19 surge in some states, Centre says step up vaccination

With six states and two Union territories reporting an increase in daily Covid cases, the Centre Saturday urged them to make optimal use of vaccine doses in critical districts, step up vaccination of priority groups, tie up with private hospitals for opening up vaccination time-table for at least 15 days, and to increase contact-tracing to at least 20 people for every positive case. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and NITI Aayog member Dr V K Paul, who heads the national task force on Covid-19, held a detailed video-conference with officials of Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the Union Territories of Delhi and Chandigarh. Nine districts in Delhi, 15 in Haryana, 10 in Andhra Pradesh, 10 in Odisha, nine in Himachal Pradesh, seven ...
Medvedev confirmed to break ‘Big Four’ 15-year rankings grip | Tennis News – Times of India
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Medvedev confirmed to break ‘Big Four’ 15-year rankings grip | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Russia's Daniil Medvedev will take the world number two ranking on March 15, the ATP said Saturday, and become the first man outside the sport's 'Big Four' to occupy the spot in almost 16 years. The 25-year-old Russian will replace Rafael Nadal as the number two behind Novak Djokovic who on Monday will set a record himself for total weeks in the top spot with 311. Since July 25, 2005, only Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have made the top two. "With the release of next week's @atptour draws, @DaniilMedwed is confirmed to become World No. 2 on 15 March," the ATP tweeted. With the release of next week's @ATPTour draws, @DaniilMedwed is confirmed to become World No. 2 in @FedEx ATP Rank… https://t.co/xBAi2WRa6Y— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) 1615043340000"Medvedev wi...
Sunil Gavaskar is an icon and inspiration for generations to come: Viv Richards | Cricket News – Times of India
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Sunil Gavaskar is an icon and inspiration for generations to come: Viv Richards | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: West Indies great Vivian Richards on Saturday termed former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar an "icon and inspiration" for the generations to come. Gavaskar, the former India skipper, on Saturday celebrated the 50th anniversary of his Test debut. Richards congratulated the former Indian cricketer on a "spectacular career". "Congratulations to Sunil on his 50th anniversary of a spectacular career debut. The man is an icon & an inspiration for generations to come. Thankful to have had the opportunity to dismiss him on my debut. Important catches mean a lot in making good results you know," Richards tweeted. Congratulations to Sunil on his 50th anniversary of a spectacular career debut. The man is an icon & an inspiration… https://t.co/sllSOhUblF— Sir Vivian Richards (@iviv...
Gujarat govt earned Rs 2054 cr through NA nod in 2 years
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Gujarat govt earned Rs 2054 cr through NA nod in 2 years

In the two calendar years between 2019 and 2020, the Gujarat government earned a phenomenal Rs 2,054 crore by permitting agricultural land to be used for non-agricultural (NA) purposes, the state legislature was informed on Saturday. This amount was earned as premium for providing non-agricultural or NA permissions in the state during this period. During this two-year period, the government received 56,566 applications from agricultural land owners seeking permission to convert the status of their land, the government said in written replies provided to various questions on the same subject asked by different MLAs. The maximum applications have been recorded in Ahmedabad (9075 applications), Gandhinagar (6891) and Surat (5360). In the past two years, over 30.28 crore squar...