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Day: March 9, 2021

Our staff members carried out initial evacuation: Rlys
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Our staff members carried out initial evacuation: Rlys

The Eastern Railway on Tuesday issued a statement claiming that Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel and Railway staff were the ones to carry out the initial evacuation. Four railway employees were among the nine killed in the fire. “In an unfortunate incident, a fire broke out on the 13th floor. RPF and other Railway staff immediately rushed to the 13th floor and evacuated most of the staff present there. At the same time, fire brigade was also informed about the incident. The fire brigade reached the incident site at around 6.30 pm and started operation to control the fire,” read the Eastern Railway’s statement. The rail division said its officials were present at the spot for “better coordination with the fire brigade and state officials”. It added, “Staff and offi...
9 Killed in Eastern Railway Headquarters Fire: ‘Both Railways and state govt are at fault… Will my son come back?’
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9 Killed in Eastern Railway Headquarters Fire: ‘Both Railways and state govt are at fault… Will my son come back?’

“He was very hardworking. Throughout the day, he would remain active,” Debjit Chatterjee, the officer in charge of Hare Street Police Station, said as he recalled colleague Amit Bhawal who was one of the nine people killed in the fire at Eastern Railway headquarters on Strand Road in Kolkata on Monday night. As police personnel gathered at Lalbazar on Tuesday afternoon to pay their last respect to the departed Assistant Sub-Inspector, everyone stood shocked. “He was posted at Hare Street Police Station for the past three years. People in the area knew him,” Bhawal’s another colleague, who had trained with him, said. On Monday evening, after receiving the news of the fire in the multi-storied building, Bhawal was one of the first people to reach the spot. “The situation was ...
Mamata: Fought alone in Nandigram, don’t teach a Brahmin to be Hindu
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Mamata: Fought alone in Nandigram, don’t teach a Brahmin to be Hindu

SHE identified herself as a “Hindu Brahmin” and chanted verses from the Chandi Path, said she need not be told about Bengal by “people coming from Rajasthan and Gujarat”, made tea at a roadside stall, cited the work done by her in her previous constituency Bhabanipur, and declared, “Bhulte pari nijer naam, bhulbo nako Nandigram (I can forget my name, but never forget Nandigram).” With Nandigram set to be the most high-voltage contest of the coming Assembly election, between Mamata Banerjee and her former close aide Suvendu Adhikari, the Trinamool chief on Tuesday held her first meeting in the constituency after the declaration of the polls. Addressing booth-level workers, she said she would be filing her nomination from Nandigram on Wednesday. Telling the BJP not to teach h...
Tribes India portal sees visitor count jump to 30,000 from 2,200 after PM’s purchases on International Women’s Day | India News – Times of India
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Tribes India portal sees visitor count jump to 30,000 from 2,200 after PM’s purchases on International Women’s Day | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to buy products made by tribal women and self-help groups to mark International Women's Day, the Tribes India portal saw the daily average visitor count of 2,200 shoots up to over 30,000 and orders worth almost Rs 1.50 lakh received during the course of the day on Monday. This e-commerce portal dedicated to tribal products was launched around October last year. It sought to create an online market and address the concerns of artisans affected due to conditions arising out of the pandemic. Tribal Co-operative Marketing Federation of India (TRIFED), under the ministry of tribal affairs, steers the ‘Tribes India’ portal and 130 stores across states in the country. They were in for a surprise on Monday, when store attendants in-charge of p...
Being a judge gives tremendous satisfaction: SC bench
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Being a judge gives tremendous satisfaction: SC bench

WHAT ARE the perks of being a judge? Not earnings but “tremendous satisfaction”, said a Supreme Court bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah, as the hearing of a matter concerning Permanent Commission for women in the Army veered towards a discussion on the takeaways of judgeship on Tuesday. Justice Chandrachud started it stating that “there is a tremendous amount of satisfaction in being a judge”. He added that “providing permanent commission to more than 300 women is something that provides great satisfaction to a judge”. The reference apparently was to the top court’s February 2020 decision when a bench headed by Justice Chandrachud asked the government to consider all serving women officers on Short Service Commission for grant of Permanent Commission, irrespect...
Behind Trivendra Singh Rawat exit: concentration of power, rule of officials, growing anti-incumbency
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Behind Trivendra Singh Rawat exit: concentration of power, rule of officials, growing anti-incumbency

From centralisation of power to composition of his Cabinet, high-handedness of the bureaucracy to growing anti-incumbency — these were among the factors that led to BJP’s Trivendra Singh Rawat resigning as Uttarakhand Chief Minister on Tuesday, with the party likely to announce a replacement soon. Sources in the BJP said that while the party had been aware of the growing dissent against Rawat’s leadership for a while, the decision to drop him was firmed up after the visit of BJP vice president Raman Singh and Rajya Sabha MP Dushyant Gautam to the state on March 7, where they met MLAs, RSS leaders and the Chief Minister. They told The Indian Express that the decision to remove Rawat had “almost certainly” been taken even before Singh and Gautam were sent to Dehradun. A sourc...
One month later, DDCs in J&K stand up to protest: have no status or power
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One month later, DDCs in J&K stand up to protest: have no status or power

LEAVING THE Centre and the J&K administration red-faced, members of the newly elected District Development Councils from all parties, including the BJP, boycotted a two-day training and workshop programme in Jammu Tuesday and jointly staged a demonstration seeking better status and facilities. The immediate trigger for the protest was the revised warrant of precedence issued Monday that placed DDC chairpersons on par with administrative secretaries or divisional commissioners, vice-chairpersons with vice-chancellors of universities and members with district magistrates. But the agitation captured the growing anxiety among members, who were elected two-and-a-half months ago, about “lack of powers” in the councils that are being showcased by the Centre as the first step f...
‘Trust deficit’ hampering seamless movement of goods between India, Bangladesh: World Bank
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‘Trust deficit’ hampering seamless movement of goods between India, Bangladesh: World Bank

Seamless movement of vehicles between the two neighbouring countries for trade could raise India’s national income by eight per cent and Bangladesh’s by 17 per cent; provide faster and cheaper access to products from Northeast and boost real income in states such as West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, a World Bank report has said. Commenting that a “broad trust deficit throughout the region” was a major reason behind lack of seamless transport between the two countries, the report found that it is about 15-20 per cent less expensive for a company in India to trade with a company in Brazil or Germany, than with a company in Bangladesh, despite the two neighbours being party to an international motor vehicles agreement. Daily briefing | The stories you need to start y...
It’s surreal: Adarsh Gourav on bagging leading actor BAFTA nod – Times of India
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It’s surreal: Adarsh Gourav on bagging leading actor BAFTA nod – Times of India

It is a "surreal" moment for Adarsh Gourav, who has landed the leading actor BAFTA nomination for his performance in 'The White Tiger', but he has his eyes set on the series of auditions due this month. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old actor was announced as one of the nominees in the category alongside seasoned names like Riz Ahmed ('Sound Of Metal'), late Chadwick Boseman ('Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'), Mads Mikkelsen ('Another Round'), Anthony Hopkins ('The Father') and Tahar Rahim ('The Mauritanian'). "This is unbelievable. It is surreal... I was at the gym. I just found out about the nomination," Gourav, whose previous credits include 'My Name is Khan' and 'Mom', told. Based on Aravind Adiga's Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, 'The White Tiger' chronicles the extraordinary j...
Mohun Bagan pip NorthEast United 2-1 to set up ISL final against Mumbai City | Football News – Times of India
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Mohun Bagan pip NorthEast United 2-1 to set up ISL final against Mumbai City | Football News – Times of India

MARGAO: ATK Mohun Bagan, in its first year as a joint entity, reached the Indian Super League final with a 2-1 victory over NorthEast United in the second leg of the play-offs on Tuesday. With this win, the Mariners have set up a blockbuster title clash against League Shield Winners Mumbai City FC. The green and maroon brigade won the two-leg play-offs by 3-2 aggregate. The result also means that Bagan have qualified for the AFC Cup Group Stages after finishing second in the league and qualifying for the final. Their opponents in the final, Mumbai City FC, have sealed the Asian Champions League spot. David Williams (38') continued his fine form in the play-offs by scoring yet again while Manvir Singh (68') added the second before VP Suhair (74') pulled a goal back for the Highlanders. B...
BTS ‘nervous’ about 1st Grammy Award nomination; say “It’s hard to express in words” – Times of India
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BTS ‘nervous’ about 1st Grammy Award nomination; say “It’s hard to express in words” – Times of India

Stuck at home during the pandemic, BTS created 'Dynamite' and released the song to their isolated fans as a gift. Now, the gift has returned to them - in the form of their first Grammy nomination. "A lot of people were sad and down and out because of the COVID situation and it was sort of our suggestion to pick (everyone) up," Jin said in an interview this week with The Associated Press. "We were supposed to do the whole stadium tour all over the world. There was no plan to release a single like 'Dynamite,'" RM explained. "'Dynamite' gave us huge success in Korea, of course, a Grammy nomination, a performance, so you know, life is really interesting." "Dynamite" became BTS' first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was released last year. After years of logging Top 40 hi...
CSK players led by MS Dhoni hit nets | Cricket News – Times of India
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CSK players led by MS Dhoni hit nets | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Chennai Super Kings players including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni began preparations for the forthcoming IPL, having cleared their RT-PCR tests during the stipulated quarantine period. Apart from the legendary Dhoni, senior batsman Ambati Rayudu, Ruturaj Gaikwad and a few others are part of the camp that got underway on Monday. Tamil Nadu's N Jagadeesan, R Sai Kishore and C Hari Nishaanth, who was picked up during last month's auction, trained with the likes of Dhoni and Rayudu. Also present was medium-pacer Harishankar Reddy, another new recruit. "The CSK players completed their quarantine requirements and began practice yesterday. Gradually, the others will join the camp after a period of quarantine," he said. A few others like leg-spinner Karn Sharma and Bhagath Varma, who ...
Weight loss story: “I lost 22 kilos without going to the gym and my secret is early dinners!”  | The Times of India
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Weight loss story: “I lost 22 kilos without going to the gym and my secret is early dinners!” | The Times of India

My breakfast: I start my day by having a glass of lukewarm lemon water (had within 30 minutes post waking up). My breakfast usually consists of either oatmeal with skimmed milk+ fruits (apples/ blueberries/ banana) or besan chilla/ jowar/ bajra roti with any curry made in less oil.My lunch: Lunch is usually brown rice with dal/ vegetable curry/fish curry. I also love eating traditional Assamese dishes such as Khar which is an alkaline dish. Alkaline food substances and acidic foods help maintain a healthy balance in the body.My dinner: I try to wrap up my dinner latest by 730 or 8 pm which would usually consist of some form of protein (chicken/egg/fish). An early dinner always promotes weight loss.Pre-workout meal: A cup of black coffee/green tea with a handful of nuts such as almond, f...
Option of skipping IPL was never on table; can’t ignore financial advantages: Jos Buttler | Cricket News – Times of India
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Option of skipping IPL was never on table; can’t ignore financial advantages: Jos Buttler | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: The huge financial windfall that comes with an IPL contract can't be ignored, admitted Jos Buttler as the England cricketer on Tuesday asserted that the ECB never gave him the option of skipping the popular T20 League to be available for the Test series against New Zealand. Buttler has been in the eye of storm for going home after the first Test against India. He is now back in the country for three months to compete in the white ball series and will stay till the end of Rajasthan Royals' IPL campaign. The British media grilled Buttler on players in all likelihood skipping the Test series against New Zealand starting June 2 if their franchises get to the play-offs starting in the last week of May. "No nothing of that sort (was discussed with me) and I don't know about other p...
Prince Charles declines to comment on Meghan and Harry’s interview – Times of India
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Prince Charles declines to comment on Meghan and Harry’s interview – Times of India

LONDON: British heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles declined to comment on Tuesday after he was asked about what he thought of Meghan and his son Prince Harry's Oprah Winfrey interview. As he left a vaccination centre in London, Charles was asked what he thought of the interview in which she said a member of the royal family had made a racist comment and she had been pushed to the point of considering suicide. Charles stopped and looked up, but then turned and walked off. Source link
Delhi govt to introduce virtual model of education; CM says ‘dream project’ – Times of India
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Delhi govt to introduce virtual model of education; CM says ‘dream project’ – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday announced the government's plans to introduce a first-of-its-kind “virtual model of education”. The initiative is an outcome of education going online over the last year in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. Sisodia, who presented the budget for the year, said the “unique experiment” would make education accessible to students in any part of the country, or even globe. “The Delhi government has decided to introduce a new category of schools in Delhi, the Virtual Delhi Model School, that is, a school that will not have four walls or a building, but there would be children, teachers, learning, examinations and assessments, and studies shall be completed. “It will be a unique experiment in itself, and will probably be the firs...
Seven must techniques to follow for 2021 Board examinations – Times of India
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Seven must techniques to follow for 2021 Board examinations – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Board examinations are around the corner and students as well as their parents are under pressure. While that ideally should not be the case, but nevertheless it happens with every student. The CBSE, ICSE, and ISC Board examinations 2021 will take place in the next few months. This means that it is high time for students to do their best and focus on the examination. While school teachers and classes would have completed the curriculum and given the right guidance, here are7fundamental techniques that every student should master. Once you get the basic techniques right, the chances of anything going wrong decrease significantly. So, let us look at these techniques that will help you in scoring well in the 2021 board examinations. Stick to The Reduced Syllabus While this is...
In LS, ministers on offensive against Oppn amid uproar over fuel prices
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In LS, ministers on offensive against Oppn amid uproar over fuel prices

Amid an uproar over the rise in fuel prices, Union ministers took on the Opposition in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday with Piyush Goyal criticising the Punjab government over its stand on farm laws and Giriraj Singh attacking Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remarks on fisheries ministry. When the House took up the question on the norms for procurement of food grains, BJD’s Bhartruhari Mehtab pointed out that even if the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) continues to exist and MSP is declared, it would not be effective if the Food Corporation of India begins to limit its procurement. “This would result in a fall in demand for produce and so prices would drop. This fear is real because FCI has come under criticism for overstocking wheat and rice,” he said. However...
Delhi govt allocates Rs 16,377 crore for education in 2021-22 budget – Times of India
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Delhi govt allocates Rs 16,377 crore for education in 2021-22 budget – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has allocated Rs 16,377 crore for education in its 2021-22 Budget, with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia saying the focus areas will be introducing a "deshbhakti pathyakram", setting up Delhi's own education board, creating a virtual model school and a teachers' university. In the last budget, the city government had allocated Rs 15,601 crore for the education sector. Presenting the 2021-22 budget in the Assembly on Tuesday, Sisodia said that like the previous six budgets, education this time too got almost "25 per cent" of the Rs 69,000-crore outlay. Keeping in line with the theme of "patriotism" for the new budget, Sisodia said that the Delhi schools will introduce a "deshbhakti pathyakram" (patriotic curriculum) to instil a sense of nationalism a...
Can gold smuggling be termed as ‘terrorist activity’: SC to examine | India News – Times of India
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Can gold smuggling be termed as ‘terrorist activity’: SC to examine | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a question whether the offence of gold smuggling can be termed as “terrorist activity” under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). A bench of Justices R F Nariman and B R Gavai issued notice to Centre and National Investigating Agency (NIA) on a plea against an order of Rajasthan high court, which had declined to quash the FIR registered by the probe agency under the offences of UAPA. "Issue notice", the bench said in its order passed on Monday. The petitioner, Mohammad Aslam, who was caught smuggling over 1.5kg gold at Jaipur International Airport has sought stay of arrest, investigation and proceedings in the FIR lodged by the NIA under provisions of UAPA. The plea filed by advocate Aditya Jain said that after...