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Day: March 14, 2021

Alia Bhatt arrives at the bay and makes way to Karan Johar’s house for her birthday bash; Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora join – Times of India
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Alia Bhatt arrives at the bay and makes way to Karan Johar’s house for her birthday bash; Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora join – Times of India

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt is all set to turn a year older tomorrow. As the actress returned to the bay after attending her friend’s wedding in Jaipur, the diva was spotted outside Karan Johar’s house ahead of her birthday celebrations. Love birds Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor were also seen making an appearance. Deepika Padukone was also seen making a glamorous presence for Alia’s birthday. Our cameramen have got it all covered for you ! Director Ayan Mukerji, Shakun Batra, film producer Arti Shetty were also seen arriving outside his house. Aditya Roy Kapoor was also seen arriving at the filmmaker’s house. Earlier, Alia shared a silhouette image of her character ‘Sita’ from the movie ‘RRR’. She also assured that the her look will be unveiled tomorrow as she wrote, “coming tom...
Dutch police break up anti-government protest on election eve – Times of India
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Dutch police break up anti-government protest on election eve – Times of India

THE HAGUE: Dutch police used water cannon and horses to clear anti-government protesters in The Hague Sunday, the day before three days of voting starts in national elections. Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in a park in the centre of the city against Prime Minister Mark Rutte, with some also criticising the coronavirus restrictions his government has put in place. Police arrested several people, Dutch media reported. Riot officers with a dog pinned one man to the ground before detaining him, an AFP photographer saw. "Today it's mainly because we have elections next week and we don't want the same government again," Elsvis Vanheenst, 32, who is unemployed, told AFP. "Because they are lying about everything and they are only working for themselves, and not for the people. So that's mai...
Rajiv Kumar: Unsustainable to fiscally support middle class… Our take is infrastructure spending to create more sustainable demand
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Rajiv Kumar: Unsustainable to fiscally support middle class… Our take is infrastructure spending to create more sustainable demand

Kumar talks about govt efforts to create space for private sector, says ball is in the other court on farm laws, clarifies that while NFSA coverage needs review, no decision yet, and says govt’s focus is on drivers of employment, not part-time jobs. The session was moderated by Senior Assistant Editor Sunny Verma. SUNNY VERMA: The Niti Aayog will play a key role in the government’s privatisation push. Going forward, what are some of the challenges that you see in the process? I’m so glad that you and I are both using the word privatisation, because it seemed to have been banned for a few decades from our nomenclature. The Prime Minister has made it very clear that it is back on the agenda… Offloading government equity in public sector units, including public sector banks, i...
F1: ‘Different animal’ Verstappen tops F1 testing as Tsunoda makes mark | Racing News – Times of India
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F1: ‘Different animal’ Verstappen tops F1 testing as Tsunoda makes mark | Racing News – Times of India

SAKHIR: World champion Lewis Hamilton saw Max Verstappen top the times in Formula One testing on Sunday and predicted the Dutch star's Red Bull team will be "a different animal" when the season starts in two weeks' time. Verstappen, who was third behind Hamilton and the Briton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the 2020 championship, timed a best lap of 1:28.960 on Sunday. That proved to be the fastest time of the three-day session. However, rookie Yuki Tsunoda, the first Japanese driver to compete in Formula One since Kamui Kobayashi in 2014, also laid down a marker. His time on Sunday of 1:29.053 in his AlphaTauri was the second best overall of the week. Verstappen had also topped the charts on Friday on the opening day at the dusty Sakhir circuit which will also stage the season ...
Assembly elections 2021: 4 MPs and several ex-TMC leaders in BJP Bengal list; Sreedharan in Kerala
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Assembly elections 2021: 4 MPs and several ex-TMC leaders in BJP Bengal list; Sreedharan in Kerala

The BJP on Sunday released its list of candidates for the third and fourth phases of the Assembly elections in West Bengal, giving tickets to several of its sitting MPs and recent entrants from the Trinamool Congress. Besides 63 names in West Bengal — for 27 seats out of 31 voting in the third phase on April 6 and 36 out of 44 voting in the fourth phase on April 10 – the party also announced candidates for 112 seats in Kerala, and 17 seats each in Tamil Nadu and Assam. Among the BJP candidates in Bengal are Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta and former Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India Ashok Lahiri, who will contest the Tarakeswar and Alipurduars seats respectively. In Kerala, the party has given tickets to the former head of Delhi Metro E Sreedharan, and forme...
Govt to shed AAI stake in Delhi, Mumbai airports
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Govt to shed AAI stake in Delhi, Mumbai airports

HAVING EMBARKED on an ambitious asset monetisation drive to raise additional resources, and hoping to raise Rs 20,000 crore through sale of assets under the Ministry of Civil Aviation in 2021-22, the Government is looking to divest the remaining equity stake held by Airports Authority of India (AAI) in the Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports. The Indian Express has learnt that in the meeting of Core Group of Secretaries for Asset Monetisation (CGAM) held on February 8, an update was provided that the Ministry of Civil Aviation has identified 13 AAI airports to be monetised through the OMDA (Operation, Management, Development Agreement) model and that a transaction advisor has been appointed. While it was proposed to explore the clubbing of profitable and non-pro...
Sukhbir Badal: Will contest from Jalalabad in 2022 Punjab polls
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Sukhbir Badal: Will contest from Jalalabad in 2022 Punjab polls

IN A first of a series of rallies named ‘Punjab Mangda Jawaab’ (Punjab seeks answers), SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday declared himself as a candidate from Jalalabad for 2022 Assembly polls. Addressing a rally at Jalalabad, Sukhbir concluded his 30-minute speech by asking the audience whom they wanted as a candidate from the constituency. When people shouted his name, he said, “Today at the first rally of Punjab Mangda Jawaab, I declare first candidate of SAD — Sukhbir Singh Badal from Jalalabad. But you have to fight this battle and I have to fight the battle of Punjab.” Many SAD leaders such as Prem Singh Valecha and Ashok Aneja addressed him as the “future CM of Punjab”. “Let us make Sukhbir Singh Badal win from Jalalabad by not less than 50,000 votes and mak...
How Manchester played key role in Mumbai club’s first football title
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How Manchester played key role in Mumbai club’s first football title

ON SATURDAY, as Mumbai City won their maiden Indian Super League (ISL) title, the celebrations went far beyond the Fatorda Stadium in Goa. After all, this was a Mumbai win made in Manchester. From the appointment of a manager to the signing of players and every pass made and each goal scored, a team of specialists at Manchester-based City Football Group (CFG) played a key role behind the scenes as Mumbai City transformed from being a mid-table team to becoming champions in a few months. “The feeling is impossible to describe…It is very special,” manager Sergio Lobera said after his side’s 2-1 win over ATK Mohun Bagan in Saturday’s final. For Lobera, the win felt special not just because it was his, and the team’s, first-ever ISL triumph but it is seen as a new beginning for...
Months after political crisis, Gehlot govt admits to phone taps
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Months after political crisis, Gehlot govt admits to phone taps

Eight months after “leaked” phone conversations between a Union Minister and Congress leaders in Rajasthan triggered a political crisis in the state and gave rise to allegations of illegal phone taps, the government of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has confirmed that phones were indeed “intercepted”. The confirmation, posted on the website of the Rajasthan Assembly in reply to a question asked of the government during the House session of August 2020, flies in the face of earlier assertions both by the government and by the Chief Minister personally. BJP MLA Kalicharan Saraf, who was Health Minister in the government of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, had asked: “Is it true that phone tapping cases have come up in the last days? If yes, under which law and on whose orders? Pl...
Ambani bomb scare case: Vaze team’s vehicle trailed bomb scare SUV
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Ambani bomb scare case: Vaze team’s vehicle trailed bomb scare SUV

Written by Mohamed Thaver , Sadaf Modak , Jayprakash Naidu | Mumbai, Thane | Updated: March 15, 2021 7:58:13 am A WHITE vehicle seen trailing the SUV that was found outside Mukesh Ambani’s residence with gelatin sticks and a threat note on February 25 was allegedly being used by Mumbai Police’s Crime Investigation Unit (CIU) led at the time by Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze, sources in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) told The Indian Express. The NIA took custody of the white Innova vehicle from the Motor Transport department of Mumbai Police in Nagpada late Saturday night, around the time the agency arrested Vaze in connection with the bomb scare case, the sources said. On Sunday, a special NIA cour...
India vs England, 2nd T20I: Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan power India to seven-wicket win against England | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England, 2nd T20I: Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan power India to seven-wicket win against England | Cricket News – Times of India

The last three months have been such for Indian cricket that the safest move seems to be throwing an untested rookie in the deep end and the results are almost certain to follow. Sunday was one such night for debutant Ishan Kishan. 23 years old, high on a successful IPL and groomed by the caretakers of Indian cricket for five years, Ishan was like a pro-surfer playing with the high tides to set up a series-levelling seven-wicket win in the second T20I against England in front of 67000-strong crowd in Ahmedabad. SCORECARD | HIGHLIGHTS The target of 165 on a seemingly two-paced pitch looked challenging enough when India lost KL Rahul in the first over of the chase. There was captain Virat Kohli, in search of form, joining Ishan. Well, Ishan took it on himself to ease his captain into some...
Days after she was released into wild, Avni’s cub dies of injuries
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Days after she was released into wild, Avni’s cub dies of injuries

BARELY A week after she was released into the wild at the Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Maharashtra following two years of “rewilding lessons”, a three-year-old tigress that was better known as “cub of Avni” succumbed to injuries that officials said were sustained during a territorial clash with another tigress. The tigress was injured shortly after being released from a 5.44-hectare enclosure in PTR where she had spent most of the last two years learning to hunt natural prey and “with no human imprint”. Tagged in Pench as PTRF_84, she was captured in December 2018 from Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district after her mother T1, or Avni, was declared a man-eater and shot dead in November that year. Within a couple of days after her release this month, she clashed with another ti...
Jaishankar on global democracy downgrade: ‘Custodians can’t stomach we don’t want their approval’
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Jaishankar on global democracy downgrade: ‘Custodians can’t stomach we don’t want their approval’

DAYS AFTER reports by two international organisations criticised India over freedom and democracy, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar slammed them for their “hypocrisy” and called them “self-appointed custodians of the world who find it very difficult to stomach that somebody in India is not looking for their approval”. Citing the supply of Covid vaccines to more than 70 countries by India’s “nationalist” government, he asked about the contribution of “internationalist countries” in this regard. On India-China ties, he indicated that if China extends a hand, then India will do as well — but if it points a gun, then India’s response would be similar. Jaishankar’s unusually candid remarks came during an interview at the India Today Conclave Saturday. On the recent report...
West Bengal elections: Election Commission acts against SP, DM for Nandigram incident
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West Bengal elections: Election Commission acts against SP, DM for Nandigram incident

Acting on its observers’ recommendation, the Election Commission (EC) on Sunday suspended a police officer for the security lapse that led to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s injury during her election campaign in Nandigram this week. The Commission also suspended the East Midnapore Superintendent of Police (SP), Pravin Prakash, and transferred District Magistrate Vibhu Goyal to a non-election post. The EC has ordered that charges should be framed against Vivek Sahay, IPS, Director Security, for failing to discharge his duty of protecting a Z+ protectee, and against Prakash for “major failure of bandobast”. While the state Chief Secretary has been authorised to find Sahay’s replacement, IPS officer Sunil Kumar of the 2009 batch will replace Prakash. Smita Pandey...
Man tied to pole, beaten to death on theft suspicion in Jharkhand
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Man tied to pole, beaten to death on theft suspicion in Jharkhand

A 26-year-old man was tied to a pole and beaten to death for allegedly stealing a motorcycle tyre in Ranchi district in the early hours of Sunday. The incident occurred in Maheshpur village of Sirka Panchayat of the district at around 1 am. Police identified the deceased as Mubarak Khan. This is the second incident in Jharkhand’s capital within a week. Earlier, a 22-year-old man was beaten by a group of labourers in Upper Bazar area on suspicion of theft. Police have registered an FIR into Mubarak’s death based on a complaint filed by his brother Tabarak Khan at Angara police station. So far, the police are yet to confirm any arrest officially. Sources, however, said 12 villagers who were part of the mob, have been arrested. DGP Niraj Sinha told The Indian Express, “Accordi...
Delhi: Covid cases hover over 400, officials to track clusters with over 3 cases
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Delhi: Covid cases hover over 400, officials to track clusters with over 3 cases

With Delhi seeing an uptick in the daily number of Covid cases, state health officials are tracking areas from where three or more cases of the disease are being reported. A total of 1,666 fresh cases have come up in the last four days, as per data shared by the Delhi government. For the fourth day in a row on Sunday, new cases crossed the 400 mark – 407 cases reported from 68,223 tests, a positivity rate of 0.60%. The death toll climbed to 10,941, with two more fatalities. According to sources, along with the rise in daily cases, the number of clusters with three or more cases is also increasing. “Till Monday, there were three clusters from where three or more cases were reported. This has now increased to seven. We are continuously keeping track of such areas as it can le...
Delhi: SDMC readies 18 e-charging stations
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Delhi: SDMC readies 18 e-charging stations

The process of setting up electric charging stations has been started by South Delhi Municipal Corporation, with 18 such stations being readied in Greater Kailash, Aurobindo Place, Nehru Place and South Extension Part II. Around 180 more such stations are coming up in other areas of South Delhi. Prem Shankar Jha, Deputy Commissioner, SDMC, said the target is to set up the charging stations by August 15. They are being set up by public sector firms such as Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL), both Government of India enterprises, he said. “EESL is setting up stations at 43 places, out of which 18 have been readied, and BECIL will put up 20 stations. Telecommunications Consultants India Limited is looking to se...
At Kirari, Delhi CM reiterates free visit to Ram temple promise
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At Kirari, Delhi CM reiterates free visit to Ram temple promise

Inaugurating work to lay a sewage network in West Delhi’s Kirari and Mundka constituencies Sunday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reiterated the promise of a free pilgrimage to Ram temple in Ayodhya once it is built. Addressing a large gathering in a congested locality in Kirari, where a stage was set up in the middle of a road that was sealed, Kejriwal said the Supreme Court had ordered constructing a Ram temple in Ayodhya 1.5 years ago. “Construction has begun and will be completed in the next two years. We have planned to provide free pilgrimage to the Ram temple in Ayodhya for all elderly people in Delhi. The cost of everything, including their travel, shelter, food, will be covered by the Delhi government,” he said. “I do not care what the opposition says about me. As ...
Iheanacho scores hat-trick as Leicester crush Sheffield United 5-0 | Football News – Times of India
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Iheanacho scores hat-trick as Leicester crush Sheffield United 5-0 | Football News – Times of India

LEICESTER (England): Kelechi Iheanacho scored a superb hat-trick as Leicester City crushed bottom side Sheffield United 5-0 on Sunday to move second in the Premier League table. Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder left the club late on Saturday and coach Paul Heckingbottom, who will take charge until the end of the season, had no time to fix the team's defensive frailty and toothless attack. Leicester went ahead in the 39th minute when Jamie Vardy latched on to a clever pass and his perfect centre left Iheanacho with the simple tap-in. Ayoze Perez added the second in the 64th minute with a low shot, Vardy again assisted Iheanacho for another simple finish and the Nigerian saved the best for last, firing home a powerful left-foot shot in the 78th minute to complete his first Premier Le...