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Day: March 8, 2021

Mumbai City beat FC Goa 6-5 in tie-breaker to reach maiden ISL final | Football News – Times of India
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Mumbai City beat FC Goa 6-5 in tie-breaker to reach maiden ISL final | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Mumbai City FC edged past FC Goa 6-5 in a tie-breaker to reach their maiden Indian Super League final on Monday. They will meet the winners of the match between ATK Mohun Bagan and NorthEast United. The match was the first ever sudden death of the tournament. Goa brought on reserve goalkeeper Naveen Kumar while Mumbai raised some eyebrows when they decided to field Phurba Lachenpa in place of skipper and one of the best goalkeepers of the season Amrinder Singh. But, as it turned out to be, the Sikkimese custodian survived the battle of nerves, helping the Islanders book a place in the final for the first time. With all to fight for in the second leg, this contest was always going down to the wire. FC Goa remained in the ascendance with Mumbai failing to register a single shot ...
Russia kept India out, US brings Delhi to talks table for Afghan peace plan
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Russia kept India out, US brings Delhi to talks table for Afghan peace plan

India is finally at the table with five other countries to decide on the roadmap for peace in Afghanistan after six months of hectic behind-the-scenes diplomacy, sources told The Indian Express. This mechanism has been suggested by Washington even as Moscow is learnt to have suggested a plan that kept New Delhi out. Sources said that Russian interlocutors — amid growing proximity between Moscow and Beijing — suggested that Russia, China, US, Pakistan and Iran should be at the table. This, officials said, was apparently done at the behest of Pakistan which has never wanted India to be part of any roadmap for the region. But New Delhi, for long on the sidelines, reached out to all key players in Afghanistan and other countries to make its way to the negotiating table. “Our i...
Journalism to research: curbs on OCI were on paper, now they are legal
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Journalism to research: curbs on OCI were on paper, now they are legal

THE GOVERNMENT’S gazette notification last week imposing restrictions on Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) from practising journalism or research, and engaging in Tabligh or missionary activities, has effectively granted legal sanction to what was earlier only a set of guidelines in an official brochure. During an informal briefing Friday, the Ministry of Home Affairs had claimed that the rights and restrictions mentioned in the notification were merely a “consolidated list” of its notifications issued in 2005, 2007 and 2009 “with more clarifications”. However, a review of these notifications available on the website of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) shows they did not impose any of these restrictions. In fact, these restrictions make their first appearance only in a...
Centre’s move on direct payment to farmers is ‘another provocation’, says Punjab CM | India News – Times of India
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Centre’s move on direct payment to farmers is ‘another provocation’, says Punjab CM | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Monday dubbed the Centre's move on direct payment to farmers for crop procurement as "another provocation", saying it will further aggravate the current crisis over the farm laws. He further said the “apathetic” attitude of the government of India would not help resolve the situation. By seeking land records for making e-payment to the farmers directly from the Food Corporation of India (FCI), the situation would worsen, he said. Notably, the FCI has written to the state government for land records to make direct payment to farmers for crop procurement. Instead of amicably resolving the farmers' issue, the central government was fuelling further angst among them, Singh alleged in a statement here. Punjab had a time-tested system in pl...
Disquiet in Uttarakhand BJP, CM Rawat reaches Delhi, meets party chief
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Disquiet in Uttarakhand BJP, CM Rawat reaches Delhi, meets party chief

SIMMERING DISQUIET within the ruling BJP in Uttarakhand has surfaced once again with Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat cancelling his scheduled programmes for Monday and leaving for Delhi to meet top party leaders, triggering speculation of a change in state leadership. BJP sources told The Indian Express that Rawat was called to meet J P Nadda at his residence in the evening after the BJP president held two rounds of meetings with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the party’s national general secretary (organisation) B L Santosh and general secretary in charge of Uttarakhand Dushyant Gautam. “Currently, the names in the race to replace Rawat are Ajay Bhatt, Dhan Singh Rawat and Anil Baluni. But a final decision on replacing Rawat will be taken by Prime Minister Narendra Mo...
NIA takes over Ambani terror scare case; move seems fishy, says Uddhav Thackeray
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NIA takes over Ambani terror scare case; move seems fishy, says Uddhav Thackeray

THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday took over the investigation into the February 25 incident outside the South Mumbai residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, where a vehicle was found parked with gelatin sticks and a threat letter inside. Two related cases — that of the theft of the vehicle, a Mahindra Scorpio SUV, from Vikhroli on February 17; and the mysterious death of its owner, 46-year-old Thane resident Mansukh Hiren, remain with the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray described the Centre’s decision to ask the NIA to take over the case as “fishy”. He also questioned the Centre’s silence on the suicide of Mohan Delkar, the seven-term MP from Dadra and Nagar Haveli. In a statement, the NIA said it had...
Its Director hemmed in, IIM-C puts out ad for her successor
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Its Director hemmed in, IIM-C puts out ad for her successor

Its current director Anju Seth at the centre of a controversy, her powers clipped by the Board of Governors and her functioning criticised by a significant section of the faculty in a letter to the Government, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Calcutta has initiated its search for her successor. The Board advertised the Director’s post last week with almost a year left in Seth’s term. Board chairman Shrikrishna Kulkarni is learned to have written to chairpersons of other IIMs, too, seeking nominations of suitable candidates for the post. The IIM Act 2017 states that an institute’s Board should initiate a new director’s appointment nine months ahead of the post falling vacant. Seth turns 65 in February 2022 and completes her term at the end of the same month. The sear...
Should judgment on 50% quota cap be referred to larger Bench? SC to decide
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Should judgment on 50% quota cap be referred to larger Bench? SC to decide

Nearly three decades after it capped reservations at 50 per cent in the Mandal Commission case, the Supreme Court on Monday decided to examine whether that historic verdict by a nine-judge Constitution Bench needed to be referred to a larger Bench in view of the changes that have since taken place in law and society. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, which was hearing petitions on a Maharashtra law providing quotas for Marathas in jobs and admissions in the state, issued notice to all states seeking their views. “Whether judgment in case of Indra Sawhney v. Union of India (the 1992 judgment popularly known as the Mandal judgment) needs to be referred to larger Bench or requires re-look by the larger Bench in the light of subsequent Constitutio...
Varun Dhawan shares pictures with his wife Natasha Dalal, mother and sister-in-law: Real job will be done when we make our country safe for women – Times of India
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Varun Dhawan shares pictures with his wife Natasha Dalal, mother and sister-in-law: Real job will be done when we make our country safe for women – Times of India

While it is okay to celebrate International Womens' Day by posting pictures on social media, respect for women can be actually shown by making our country a safer place for them, feels actor Varun Dhawan. Varun took to Instagram on Monday evening to share photographs with wife Natasha Dalal, his mother and sister-in-law. In one of the photos, Varun can be seen lying on his chest on a bed with his wife Natasha climbing on his back. "Happy women's day. Bharatiya naari sab pe bhaari. It's great that we all post pictures on social media and make this day special but the real job will be done when we actually make our country safe for women because each woman is someone's wife, mother or sister," Varun wrote in the post. The actor is currently shooting in Arunachal Pradesh for his upcoming...
Tamil Nadu: Palaniswami promises Rs 1,500 monthly allowance for housewives
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Tamil Nadu: Palaniswami promises Rs 1,500 monthly allowance for housewives

Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami promised that the AIADMK will give a monthly allowance of Rs 1,500 to all housewives and six free gas cylinders annually to each family if it was returned to power after the upcoming Assembly elections. The statement comes a day after DMK chief M K Stalin announced a monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 for housewives if his party was voted to power. Extending his greetings on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Palaniswami said the announcement was a gift for the women of the state. Asked whether his party was following the DMK’s idea, Palaniswami said the decision was a part of their party’s manifesto, discussions regarding which have been taking place over the past 10 days. “The DMK might have made their announcement in advance after...
Delhi: Across sectors, tax collection in red
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Delhi: Across sectors, tax collection in red

Annual tax collection of the Delhi government had slipped into the red zone even before the pandemic, registering a dip of 0.16% in 2019-20 as compared to the previous year, in a first since the AAP took office. Fiscal deficit, which refers to expenditure over earnings, grew during the period, rising to Rs 3,227.79 crore in 2019-20 (provisional) as compared to Rs 1,489.38 crore in 2018-19, as per the economic survey report. In his 2019-20 budget, Finance Minister Manish Sisodia had proposed to collect Rs 42,500 crore as tax revenue. However, the economic survey presented by him Monday showed that the government could collect Rs 36,565 crore, as compared to Rs 36,624 crore in 2018-19. Until then, records show, tax collections never entered the red zone under the AAP, which t...
New York City high school students to return to classroom on March 22 – Times of India
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New York City high school students to return to classroom on March 22 – Times of India

NEW YORK: High schools in New York City will welcome students back for in-person instruction on March 22, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday, the latest step by the United States' largest school system to open classrooms shuttered due to Covid-19. "We have all the pieces we need to bring high school back and bring it back strong, and, of course, bring it back safely," de Blasio told a news conference. "We are bringing our schools back fully in September, period." The mayor has made restarting in-person instruction a priority, even as many students in Los Angeles, Chicago and other major cities have been shut out of the classroom for longer due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Reopening the city's high schools will serve as the first major test for incoming schools chan...
Delhi education department achieved 75% target in 2020-21 – Times of India
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Delhi education department achieved 75% target in 2020-21 – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government presented its fourth consecutive Outcome Budget for 2020-21 on Monday. While presenting the outcome Budget on the very first day of Delhi Assembly session, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that education, health, Public Work Department (PWD) and environment departments were the top performers. Sisodia said that 2020-21 started in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic and the esuing restrictions which led to the shortfall of revenue, affecting the progress of the target for the Outcome Budget for 2020-21. Sisodia said the education department was the top performer as 84 per cent of education indicators were on track. "During the lockdown, the Delhi government initiated a scheme - 'Parenting in the time of Corona' - in as...
Phil Mickelson out of Top 100 for first time in 28 years | Golf News – Times of India
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Phil Mickelson out of Top 100 for first time in 28 years | Golf News – Times of India

Phil Mickelson has fallen outside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in 28 years. In the new rankings released Monday, Mickelson was ranked No. 101, ending his record streak at 1,425 weeks. Additionally, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who was ranked No. 1 early in June 2020, fell out of the top 10, replaced by Bryson DeChambeau, winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday. McIlroy is outside the top 10 for the first time in three years. Mickelson, 50, first appeared in the top 100 in August 1993 after winning The International. In November 2019, Mickelson fell outside the top 50 for the first time since November 1993. In 2021, Mickelson has played in three PGA Tour events, missing the cut twice and finishing tied for 53rd at the Farmers Insurance...
As Delhi diverted resources to virus fight, hospital construction slowed
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As Delhi diverted resources to virus fight, hospital construction slowed

Construction and remodeling work at several Delhi government hospitals was hit last year as labourers headed home amid the Covid-induced lockdown. Work at 11 government hospitals, remodeling of 94 Delhi government dispensaries and setting up of Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics (AAMC) was delayed as a result, stated the outcome budget report presented by Finance Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday. The report shows that the education department was the top performer as 84% of the indicators were ‘on track’. The other top performing departments were health (80%), environment (79%), power (75%), PWD (73%). “The Delhi government has ensured timely augmentation of hospital infrastructure by rapidly increasing Covid beds in response to the rising number of cases and to reduce mortality. T...
Oprah Winfrey: Queen did not make racist comments, confirms Oprah Winfrey | World News – Times of India
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Oprah Winfrey: Queen did not make racist comments, confirms Oprah Winfrey | World News – Times of India

LONDON: It was neither Queen Elizabeth II nor her husband, Prince Philip, who were being referenced by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when they revealed that members within the royal ranks had expressed concerns about their first-born son Archie's skin colour, American chat show host Oprah Winfrey confirmed on Monday. As the woman who conducted the explosive CBS interview, which aired in the US on Sunday and is set to be broadcast in the UK later on Monday, Winfrey stressed that Harry was categorical that it was neither his grandmother, the Queen, nor his grandfather, who were behind comments about Archie's mixed-race heritage from his mother's side, which are being perceived as racist. "He did not share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure I knew, and if I had an opportunity...
JEE Main result: Six candidates score 100 percentile – Times of India
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JEE Main result: Six candidates score 100 percentile – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Six candidates scored 100 percentile (100 NTA score) at the JEE (Main) February examination, which include two from Delhi, and one each from Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Three candidates who appeared in Indian languages scored 99 and above percentile. The results for paper 1 for admission to engineering programmes were announced on Monday night. A total of 6.5 lakh candidates registered for the exam for February of which 6.2 lakh appeared. With the announcement of the results of the February cycle, the National Testing Agency has reopened the registration window till Tuesday 9 pm for correction and registration for the subsequent cycles of March, April and May. Pravar Kataria and Ranjim Prabal Das from Delhi, Saket Jha from Rajasthan, Guramrit Singh from C...
In Delhi, most live in homes that are too small, areas that are sub-standard
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In Delhi, most live in homes that are too small, areas that are sub-standard

More than 60% of households in Delhi are one- or two-room dwelling units, as per the Delhi economic survey released Monday. The United Nations describes the average household size in a city to be two and a half rooms to be above congestion level. The survey also highlighted that about one-third of Delhi lives in substandard housing, which includes 675 slum and JJ clusters, 1,797 unauthorised colonies, old dilapidated areas and 362 villages. These areas often lack safe, adequate housing and basic services. As per projections, Delhi needs 24 lakh new housing units by 2021; of these, 54% are required for EWS (economically weaker sections) and LIG (lower income group). About 42% housing units (about 10 lakh) are to be provided by densification and redevelopment of existing resi...
Delhi: Cash to students for study material took a hit amid lockdown
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Delhi: Cash to students for study material took a hit amid lockdown

Distribution of cash to students for purchase of writing material and textbooks took a hit in the pandemic year, Delhi’s outcome budget status report shows. The target for 2020-2021 was to distribute cash for learning material to 7.86 lakh students of class I-VIII by March 31. However, the report shows that it reached 3.63 lakh children till December 2020. Similarly, it targeted giving cash in lieu of textbooks to 7.70 lakh class IX-XII students by March 31 but had reached 2.87 lakh students up to December 2020. The report also showed that the Delhi government reported an engagement of over 80% in its various remote teaching-learning activities and efforts during the course of the pandemic. The 2020-2021 academic session had begun remotely during the national lockdown, and ...
Indian men’s hockey team beats Great Britain 3-2 to end Europe tour unbeaten | Hockey News – Times of India
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Indian men’s hockey team beats Great Britain 3-2 to end Europe tour unbeaten | Hockey News – Times of India

ANTWERP (Belgium): Striker Mandeep Singh struck a brace as the Indian men's hockey team eked out a close 3-2 win over Great Britain to end their Europe tour on an unbeaten note on Monday. Harmanpreet Singh's strike in the very first minute and two goals by Mandeep in the 28th and 59th minutes helped India remain undefeated on the tour. For Great Britain, James Gall (20th) and striker Adam Forsyth (55th) were the goal scorers. In their previous match, India's Simranjeet Singh had scored a late goal to hold Great Britain to a 1-1 draw and against Germany, the PR Sreejesh-led side had secured a 6-1 win and a 1-1 draw respectively. On Monday, India started off aggressively and earned themselves a penalty corner in the very first minute of the game. The opportunity was duly converted by Indi...