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Day: March 7, 2021

‘Because of our small efforts, lives could be saved’: AMC’s women staff work tirelessly
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‘Because of our small efforts, lives could be saved’: AMC’s women staff work tirelessly

Foramben Patel, 33, an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM), working at Nikol Urban Health Centre (UHC) run by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), has been working tirelessly for a year. She is among over 14 per cent of the over 2,500 women health workers of the AMC infected with Covid-19 in the line of duty. As per the data accessed by The Indian Express, of over 2,900 medical staff at AMC’s urban health centres, over 2,500 are women health staff, including medical officers, physicians, surgeons, radiologists, pharmacists, lab technicians, staff nurses, X-ray technicians ASHA and ANM workers. Among them, more than 360 were infected with coronavirus. An ANM for the past three years, Foramben was on Covid duty even before the first case was reported in Gujarat. Initiall...
Gujarat: 2 arrested for ‘opposing sister’s inter-caste marriage’ after father files case
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Gujarat: 2 arrested for ‘opposing sister’s inter-caste marriage’ after father files case

After they allegedly objected to their sister’s proposed marriage with a man from outside their caste, a builder and an assistant professor were arrested by Amreli town police on Saturday. They were later released on bail. Builder Pruthviraj Manjariya and Bhagirath Manjariya, an assistant professor with Saurashtra University, were arrested after their father, Nankubhai Manjariya filed a complaint against them. In his complaint, Nankubhai, who retired as a senior police inspector (PI) in 2004, stated that his daughter Uma (35), the youngest of his three children, has decided to marry a man from another caste. “She holds degrees in English literature, law and civil engineering… The level of education among the Kathi community is negligible and highly-educated boys are a rari...
14-day quarantine, events cancelled: New virus outbreak in Europe strands Indian rider, his horse
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14-day quarantine, events cancelled: New virus outbreak in Europe strands Indian rider, his horse

TEST, TRACE and isolate is the strategy. There’s a 14-day quarantine, frequent thermal scanning too. But this time, it’s the outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) among horses in Europe that is the reason. And caught in the middle of it are Tokyo Olympics-bound Indian horseman Fouaad Mirza and his mare, Dajara 4. “It is serious. The virus is spreading like wildfire. It is very contagious and there have been casualties, many of them at competition venues,” Mirza, who is set to become the first Indian rider to compete at the Games since Sydney 2000, told The Indian Express. The International Equestrian Federation, which goes by the abbreviation FEI, said on its website that the virus originated in Spain’s Valencia in the third week of February. Since then, it has infected c...
India-Pak thaw faces early test: visas for T20 World Cup
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India-Pak thaw faces early test: visas for T20 World Cup

AMONG THE first tests of whether the latest thaw along the Line of Control (LoC) will lead to wider easing of tensions between India and Pakistan will be in another arena where the two remain bitter rivals: cricket. An official source in Pakistan told The Indian Express that the country’s cricket board wants a “guarantee” from the BCCI that the Government will grant visas to Pakistani fans to watch the T20 World Cup to be played in India later this year. Official sources in India said that if there are no “incidents” that would upset or bring the ceasefire agreement at the LoC to an end, there are plans to open up cricket and other sporting ties between the two countries. Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani has already written to the International Cricket ...
Farmer kills himself at Tikri, eighth suicide since protest began
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Farmer kills himself at Tikri, eighth suicide since protest began

The body of a 48-year-old farmer from Hisar, Rajbir Singh, was found hanging from a tree near the Tikri border on Sunday morning. Police said it appeared that the farmer had committed suicide, and an inquiry was under way. Rajbir is the eighth person to have allegedly killed himself at the borders of the capital, demanding that the three farm laws be repealed. A suicide note was found in the pocket of Rajbir’s kurta, other farmers protesting at the site said. Inspector Sunil Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO) of Bahadurgarh City police station, said, “We received information from other farmers regarding the matter. The deceased was found hanging from a tree near the bypass. In a suicide note that was found, he has stated he was taking the extreme step due to frustration reg...
Internet imperialism by select few is unacceptable: Ravi Shankar Prasad
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Internet imperialism by select few is unacceptable: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Government will no longer accept “Internet imperialism” by a “select few” technology companies of the world and will ensure that they respect local ideas, culture, traditions, and sentiments, Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told The Indian Express. The comments by Prasad, also the Law Minister, come in the backdrop of new guidelines for social media intermediaries announced by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). “Any kind of Internet imperialism by a select few is plainly unacceptable. If the internet is a global phenomenon, it has become so because it has empowered people across. It has crossed boundaries of the physical world. There is an extraordinary evolution of internet democracy. There is a need to respect it...
Days before Quad, Beijing to Delhi: Not rivals…don’t undercut each other
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Days before Quad, Beijing to Delhi: Not rivals…don’t undercut each other

As New Delhi prepares to participate in the first ever meeting of the leaders of the Quadrilateral grouping likely on March 12, Beijing Sunday said that China and India should stop “undercutting” each other, shed mutual “suspicion” and create “enabling conditions” by expanding bilateral cooperation to resolve the border issue. Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made these remarks at his annual press conference in Beijing —seen as a signal to New Delhi as it plans to join the Quad meeting this week between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Japan PM Yoshihide Suga and Australian PM Scott Morrison. Wang was speaking on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, China’s Parliament. Beijing views the Quad with s...
Ujjwala to jumla…who can be bigger syndicate than Modi-Shah: Mamata
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Ujjwala to jumla…who can be bigger syndicate than Modi-Shah: Mamata

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked Mamata Banerjee and her government at his first campaign rally in West Bengal, the Chief Minister countered him with her own huge rally in Siliguri, calling him a “liar” and demanding an explanation for the high prices of auto fuels and cooking gas. “Prime Minister will have to answer why the prices of LPG, petrol and diesel are being increased. Otherwise, you have to leave,” she said. After riding an electric scooter in Kolkata on February 25 – a protest that Modi mocked in his speech at Brigade Parade Ground – Mamata walked with a cardboard cutout of a cooking gas cylinder on Sunday. The padayatra, which began from Siliguri’s Darjeeling More around the time Modi started to speak in Kolkata, ended at Venus More about 3.5 km away. Ma...
Delhi police personnel who helped with childbirth to be honoured by top cop
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Delhi police personnel who helped with childbirth to be honoured by top cop

On March 5 last year, Pooja (35), who was nine months pregnant, waited for half an hour for an ambulance to take her to the hospital but said she received no response. Following the death of her husband two months earlier, she and her three minor children were alone at their Palam home. She said she called her relatives but no one came to help her. At 7.48 am, her neighbour Ashok finally called the police control room and asked for an ambulance. “We thought she would lose the baby… She was experiencing labour pain and was crying. In 10-15 minutes, a PCR van arrived,” he said. Head constable Shiv Kumar and constable Ravinder found that Pooja was about to deliver the baby. “We called a woman from a nearby shop to check her condition and found she was halfway through labour. S...
His Brigade tune: win-win with Didi once, Sonar Bangla a constant
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His Brigade tune: win-win with Didi once, Sonar Bangla a constant

The Prime Minister, who predicted on Sunday that the game was over (“khela shesh”) for the Trinamool Congress, had in 2014 invited voters to choose a win-win of Narendra Modi in Delhi and Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. “Aapke dono haath mein laddu,” he told an election rally at the same Brigade Parade Ground in 2014. By the time the West Bengal Assembly elections came round two years later, Modi was targeting Mamata over the Saradha scam and attacking the “syndicate culture” in the state. And as he talked of Pulwama-Balakot during his re-election campaign in 2019, the Prime Minister accused “Didi and her friends” of “speaking against the nation”. The promise of development and of bringing back a “Sonar Bangla” (Bengal of gold) has remained a constant theme in Modi’s speeches f...
China has been ‘very aggressive’ in the region, says US defence secretary Austin – Times of India
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China has been ‘very aggressive’ in the region, says US defence secretary Austin – Times of India

WASHINGTON: China has been "very aggressive" in the region and in some cases, they have been "coercive", US defence secretary Lloyd Austin said on Sunday. "China has been busy modernising its military and developing capabilities and trying to close the competitive edge that we have always enjoyed," Austin told ABC News during a talk show. "They have also been very aggressive in the region. In some cases, they have been coercive. And some of that coercion has been directed against our allies. And our allies are very important to us," he said, referring to Beijing's disputes with its neighbours. China moved over 60,000 well-armed troops who were mobilised for annual exercises, to contentious areas like Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh in May last year, prompting India to match the People's L...
Modi targets Mamata: TMC game of corruption over, time for real change
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Modi targets Mamata: TMC game of corruption over, time for real change

For over an hour at a massive election rally in Kolkata on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her nephew’s alleged corruption, her government’s policies, and her party’s slogans. The BJP will rejuvenate Bengal and bring jobs and investment, he said. “This time they (TMC) are saying ‘Khela Hobe (Let us play)’. They are indeed very experienced players, and know how to play,” the Prime Minister said. “People of Bengal have been looted through corruption and scams. Even cyclone Amphan relief funds were looted. You (TMC) have indulged in tolabazi (extortion), syndicates, and commission-cuts. You have done so many scams that an Olympic Games on corruption can be organised,” he said. “You have played with the hard-earned money of the ...
Veteran Indian athlete Ishar Singh Deol dies at 91 | More sports News – Times of India
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Veteran Indian athlete Ishar Singh Deol dies at 91 | More sports News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Veteran Indian athlete Ishar Singh Deol, a recipient of the Dhyan Chand National Sports Award, has died at the age of 91. The mortal remains of Deol, who passed away on Saturday evening, were consigned to fire at Jalandhar on Sunday, a Punjab government release said. Punjab sports minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi condoled the demise of Deol and shared his heartfelt sympathy with the bereaved family, relatives and friends. Deol had won many medals for the country and the state since 1951 and was awarded the Dhyan Chand National Award in 2009 for his lifelong contribution towards sports. "The passing away of Deol has created a huge void in the sports world," said the minister was quoted as saying in the release. "Deol was General Secretary of the Punjab Athletes Association fo...
Gunmen ambush Pakistan Navy vehicle, killing 1, wounding 2 – Times of India
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Gunmen ambush Pakistan Navy vehicle, killing 1, wounding 2 – Times of India

QUETTA: Gunmen ambushed a vehicle transporting security forces killing a sailor and wounding two others in the coastal town of Jewni in southwest Pakistan, officials said Sunday. The Pakistan Navy vehicle came under attack Saturday evening while traveling from Jewni to the Ganz area, said Zahoor Buledi, a Baluchistan provincial minister. The insurgent group Baluchistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack. Two intelligence officials confirmed the minister's account, saying unidentified attackers opened fire with automatic weapons on the vehicle, which was also carrying Quick Response Force troops. The attack came a day after five laborers were killed and five others, including two security personnel, were wounded when a roadside bomb went off between the towns of Sibi a...
Haryana cut Delhi water supply, says Chadha, asks Centre’s help
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Haryana cut Delhi water supply, says Chadha, asks Centre’s help

Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Raghav Chadha Sunday sought Central water minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat’s intervention in directing the Haryana government to release Delhi’s share of water in the Yamuna. In a series of tweets, Chadha said the Haryana government has reduced raw water supply to Delhi, as a result of which the capital is facing a shortage. The move comes after The Indian Express reported Sunday that the flow in the river has reduced from 5 lakh cusec to 2.5 lakh cusec since a week due to poor rainfall and beginning of crop season in Haryana, impacting water supply in parts of the capital. Chadha said water supplied through two canals to Delhi from Haryana has also reduced — in addition to reduction in river flow — with CLC canal carrying 549 cusec against th...
West Delhi school shut after student is Covid positive
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West Delhi school shut after student is Covid positive

A prominent private school in West Delhi temporarily discontinued offline classes after a student reportedly tested positive. Parents of children studying at Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar, received a message from the school informing them that offline classes were being discontinued immediately. The message stated that the student, who had tested positive, had only reported to the school on one day, March 2. “… the school discontinued offline classes immediately. All contacts of that child have been identified and individually informed. No other case, except this one, has been reported from the school. In addition to regular sanitation, the school has ensured deep medical sanitation of the entire campus. All guidelines issued by health agencies and the government...
DPCC slaps Rs 52 lakh in fines over dust control
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DPCC slaps Rs 52 lakh in fines over dust control

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has inspected 447 construction and demolition sites in a month in the capital, out of which 106 were found not complying with dust control measures. Environmental compensation fines totalling Rs 52 lakh were imposed on these sites that were inspected between December 24 and January 21. Following recording of the violations, at least 44 sites were asked to stop their work until all dust control measures were put in place. The DPCC had released guidelines for small and large construction sites to control suspension of dust, which contributes to air pollution in the city. The guidelines recommend measures including keeping building materials covered, paving vehicle tracks and working area with concrete, among other things. ...
PM Modi to inaugurate ‘Maitri Setu’ between India and Bangladesh on March 9 | India News – Times of India
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PM Modi to inaugurate ‘Maitri Setu’ between India and Bangladesh on March 9 | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate ‘Maitri Setu’ between India and Bangladesh on March 9, Tuesday at 12 noon via video conferencing. The bridge ‘Maitri Setu' has been built over the Feni river which flows between the Indian boundary in Tripura and Bangladesh. The name ‘Maitri Setu’ symbolizes growing bilateral relations and friendly ties between India and Bangladesh. The construction was taken up by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd at a project cost of Rs. 133 Crores. The 1.9 Km long bridge joins Sabroom in India with Ramgarh in Bangladesh. It is poised to herald a new chapter for trade and people-to-people movement between India and Bangladesh. With this inauguration, Tripura is set to become the ‘Gateway of North East’ with acce...
Thousands of women expected to be at all 3 protest sites in Delhi today
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Thousands of women expected to be at all 3 protest sites in Delhi today

Tikri border saw a steady stream of tractors and cars ferrying women from Punjab and Haryana all through Sunday, a day before International Women’s Day. By Monday, thousands of women farmers are expected to be present at the three protest sites. Jasveer Kaur (55), who reached the Tikri protest site with six other women in a Bolero from Bathinda, said: “This is our first time at the protests… We are looking forward to the women’s day programme. We have not come here to perform or speak on stage but to listen to other women speak. We think we have a lot to learn from those who have been at this protest for many days.” Her companion, Karamjeet Kaur (50), said they left their hometown at 8.30 am and reached the border at 3 pm. “Women have been coming and going in turns. We got ...
Anchor accused of rape denied transit anticipatory bail
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Anchor accused of rape denied transit anticipatory bail

The Bombay High Court rejected the transit anticipatory bail to Mumbai-based TV news anchor Varun Hiremath, who was booked for raping a woman in the national capital. A bench of Justice Prakash D Naik on March 1 heard Hiremath’s plea filed through senior counsel Aabad Ponda seeking transitory pre-arrest bail in connection with a case registered at Chanakyapuri police station in Delhi. The woman in her complaint and her statement before a magistrate has alleged she was raped by Hiremath, who works with ET Now, at a five-star hotel in Chanakyapuri on February 20. As reported by The Indian Express, Delhi Police has issued a lookout circular against him, barring him from leaving the country. According to police, Hiremath has been on the run since February 23 when the FIR was r...