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Day: March 17, 2021

Budget allocation for minorities gone down by Rs 32 crore: Congress MLA
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Budget allocation for minorities gone down by Rs 32 crore: Congress MLA

Congress MLA from Dariapur Gyasuddin Shaikh on Wednesday said that the Gujarat government has allocated only Rs 71.61 crore for the minority communities in its Budget for the year 2021-22 which is less by Rs 32 crore if compared to the Budget of 2020-21. With this, Shaikh also demanded that budget should be allocated to minorities on the basis of their population in the state. Shaikh was speaking in the state Assembly while participating in the budgetary demands of Social Justice & Empowerment department. Shaikh said that while the size of the state Budget has been increasing every year along with its population, the allocation for minority communities should also be increased. However, he added, the allocation is decreasing year by year and even the allocated amount ...
Congress writes to MHA, demands termination of state law secretary from IAS cadre | India News – Times of India
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Congress writes to MHA, demands termination of state law secretary from IAS cadre | India News – Times of India

PANAJI: The Congress party on Wednesday wrote to the Union home ministry seeking that the IAS officer Chokha Ram Garg should be terminated for not upholding the Constitution as law secretary in Goa. The party, which alleges that Garg was biased in favour of the BJP, has also sought an investigation into the officer's sources of income. The Congress party has also appealed to chief secretary Parimal Rai urging him to relieve Garg as law secretary. “We have demanded from the union ministry of home affairs to suspend Chokha Ram Garg because he is found to be indulging in corruption and an inquiry should be held against him to see if he has disproportionate assets,” said state Congress party president Girish Chodankar. Garg, a 2008 batch IAS officer was appointed as law secretary and subseq...
Ambani home bomb scare, Waze mess fallout: Mumbai Police Commissioner is shunted out
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Ambani home bomb scare, Waze mess fallout: Mumbai Police Commissioner is shunted out

In a major fallout of the case where a Scorpio with 20 gelatin sticks was found parked outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s South Mumbai residence ‘Antilia’ on February 25, the Maharashtra government Wednesday removed 1988 batch IPS officer Param Bir Singh as the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, and posted him as Director General, Home Guards. Singh was replaced by Hemant Nagrale, a 1987 batch IPS who was holding charge as Director General of Police, Maharashtra, in addition to being the DG, Legal and Technical. Rajneesh Seth, a 1988 batch IPS officer and DG, Anti Corruption Bureau has been posted as the DGP of the state. The reshuffle came three days after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Waze in connection with the Ambani ...
I want to go past 8.40m mark now, says long jumper Sreeshankar after qualifying for Tokyo Olympics | More sports News – Times of India
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I want to go past 8.40m mark now, says long jumper Sreeshankar after qualifying for Tokyo Olympics | More sports News – Times of India

KOCHI: After he bettered his own long jump national record to earn an Olympic berth on Tuesday, Sreeshankar Murali is chuffed but grounded. He knows there is still plenty of work to be done before boarding the flight to Tokyo. On the way back to his hometown Palakkad from Patiala after registering a new national record mark of 8.26 metres, the 21-year-old athlete opened up about his journey. "I had wanted to ensure qualification in the Indian GP last month but I was not in any rhythm at that time. But now I feel really happy to have set a new record and qualified," said Sreeshankar who went past his previous mark of 8.20m and the Olympic qualifying standard of 8.22m with his fifth and final jump in Patiala the other day. "My rhythm was very good yesterday and there was a good flow. I co...
150% surge in 70 districts, PM Modi calls for quick, decisive steps
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150% surge in 70 districts, PM Modi calls for quick, decisive steps

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged states to take “quick and decisive steps” to stop the emerging “second peak” of the Covid-19 pandemic, including increasing the number of vaccination centres, taking corrective steps to reduce vaccine wastage, and augmenting RT PCR tests with special focus on smaller cities that are witnessing a surge. As many as 70 districts have reported a 150 per cent increase in the number of cases over the past few weeks, the Prime Minister told a virtual meeting of Chief Ministers. “After showing a reduction in cases, some states are now reporting a sudden surge in cases… We are also seeing Maharashtra and MP reporting very high test positivity rate. Even those districts, which had protected themselves until now and were safe zones, are...
Sharp rise in Delhi’s jobless, women worst hit, says survey
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Sharp rise in Delhi’s jobless, women worst hit, says survey

With a slow easing of lockdown measures, the unemployment rate in Delhi six months post-pandemic, rose to 28.5 per cent in October-November 2020 compared with 11.1 per cent in January-February, according to a Delhi government-commissioned survey accessed by The Indian Express. The survey observed that 89 per cent of the unemployed respondents, of whom 56 per cent are jobless for over six months, continue to look for work, necessitating a “job guarantee scheme to revive the economy of the city”. As many as 30 per cent of the job seekers said they were unable to find work due to economic slump, 29.3 per cent cited “closure of business”. Among those employed, seven per cent were earning less than Rs 5,000 a month in January-February. Their share rose to 13 per cent by October ...
All England Open: PV Sindhu, Ashwini Ponnappa-Sikki Reddy, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty win; Kidambi Srikanth shocked | Badminton News – Times of India
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All England Open: PV Sindhu, Ashwini Ponnappa-Sikki Reddy, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty win; Kidambi Srikanth shocked | Badminton News – Times of India

PV Sindhu, women's doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy and men's doubles team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty gave a winning start to the Indian campaign at the All England Championships in Birmingham on Wednesday. However, eight seed Kidambi Srikanth suffered a shock loss against world No.57 Nhat Nguyen of Ireland 11-21, 21-15, 12-21 while Parupalli Kashyap lost to Kento Momota after giving a tough time to the world No.1 Japanese shuttler in the second game 13-21, 20-22. Kashyap saved three match points before losing the second game. The Indian doubles teams faced no such issues as they warmed with dominant victories. While Ashwini-Sikki defeated Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard 21-14, 21-12 in just 30 minutes, Satwik-Chirag took only 19 minutes to outla...
On PM Modi Bangladesh itinerary: Bangabandhu memorial, Matua shrine, Satipith temple
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On PM Modi Bangladesh itinerary: Bangabandhu memorial, Matua shrine, Satipith temple

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes to Bangladesh next week, he is likely to visit Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s memorial in Tungipara in Gopalganj district, a sacred shrine of the Matua community in Orakandi and a Satipith temple in Shikarpur. All these places are more than 200 km off Dhaka. Along with the memorial, he is likely to visit the shrine for the community and the temple on March 27 — the day of the first phase of eight-phase elections in West Bengal. Though he arrives on March 26, he will fly off to Orakandi on March 27 and pay respect to Harichand Thakur, the founder of the Matua sect, who was born there on March 11, 1812. Matuas are a Hindu sect, the Namasudras, a scheduled caste group, and are spread across the districts of North 24 Parganas, ...
Vaccinate all above 45 yrs, says Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
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Vaccinate all above 45 yrs, says Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

Calling for relaxation of the vaccination age limit, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow all people over the age of 45, with or without comorbidities, to get vaccinated.Thackeray made the demand during the virtual meeting that chief ministers had with the PM on a day Maharashtra reported 23,179 new Covid-19 cases. “Considering that a large number of youngsters are infected with coronavirus, all aged 45 years and above, with or without comorbidities, should be vaccinated,” Thackeray said during the interaction.Maintaining that more vaccination centres should be allowed to come up, Thackeray sought that state-run Haffkine Bio-Pharmaceutical Corporation be allowed to produce vaccines. “The centres or hospit...
Mark Wood gearing up for T20 World Cup with slow yorker | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mark Wood gearing up for T20 World Cup with slow yorker | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Mark Wood already possesses the ability to intimidate batsmen with his express pace but the England speedster on Wednesday revealed that he is working behind the scenes to develop a slow yorker that would be handy when the T20 World Cup action unfolds on Indian pitches later this year. Wood said he realised the importance of having a slow ball while competing on Indian pitches when he played with India pacer Shardul Thakur in the IPL, where they play for Chennai Super Kings. With just seven months to go for the T20 World Cup in India, Woods is making a conscious effort to add ammunition to his arsenal. "Watching their bowlers... I played with Shradul Thakur at Chennai (Super Kings). And he's got a new slower ball. So just looking at that and how well that's worked here, it's ...
Virat Kohli, Vikram Rathour throw their weight behind KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India
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Virat Kohli, Vikram Rathour throw their weight behind KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India

When a flamboyant yet classic top order batsman hits a rough patch, it sparks consternation and despair along with some surprise and intrigue. KL Rahul has spawned all of that. In the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League in the UAE, the Punjab Kings skipper scored 670 runs in 14 matches, which included a century and five half-centuries. It earned him the Orange cap for the highest run-getter. The same batsman has managed a solitary run in three matches in the T20 series against England. That one run came in the opening fixture and just when one thought he couldn't fare worse he produced a couple of noughts in the next two matches. To say that his current form has come under scrutiny is perhaps an understatement, especially with India firming up the team for the T20 World Cup at hom...
Tanzania’s ‘Bulldozer’ president and Covid-19 sceptic dies at 61
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Tanzania’s ‘Bulldozer’ president and Covid-19 sceptic dies at 61

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, admired by followers for his hostility to corruption and waste but regarded by foes as an irascible authoritarian intolerant of dissent and sceptical about COVID-19, has died aged 61. He was nicknamed “The Bulldozer” for his fondness for massive public works and a reputation for pushing through policies despite opposition – a hard-charging leadership style that won support from many Tanzanians. But he also attracted criticism at home and abroad for what opponents saw as his eccentric handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Wednesday he had died of heart illness, days after officials denied he had fallen ill amid rumours that he had contracted COVID-19. Mangufuli decried lockdowns, was sceptical of...
Yogi Adityanath attacks Congress in Assam, blames it for state’s lack of development | India News – Times of India
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Yogi Adityanath attacks Congress in Assam, blames it for state’s lack of development | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With the Congress-led mahajoth (grand alliance) emerging as the BJP’s main rival in Assam, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday came down heavily on the party and heaped praises on the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. Chanting “Jai Shri Ram”, he said no work in the country could be done without the name of Lord Ram. Addressing an election rally in Hojai, the UP chief minister accused the Congress responsible for lack of development and illegal influx in the Northeast and rise of militancy in Kashmir in its quest for power. Adityanath charged the Congress with ignoring the people's welfare and development of the region. He said the Northeast looked for development under the successive Congress governments. "But no development took place as progress ...
Why Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh had to go
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Why Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh had to go

After Sachin Waze’s arrest by the NIA in the Ambani security scare case, Param Bir Singh’s removal as Mumbai Police commissioner seemed a foregone conclusion. Unusual for an assistant police inspector (API), a junior rank in the force, Waze was involved in the investigation of every sensitive case in Mumbai since his reinstatement in 2020. In the force, it was an open secret that he was reporting directly to Singh. “When such incidents happen and the entire credibility of a force is at stake, such changes become necessary,” said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. Earlier, Raut had defended Waze and questioned NIA’s taking over of the probe into the case. On Wednesday, he said: “An API-rank officer cannot run the Mumbai Police force. He is not the head of Mumbai Police. If because ...
4th T20I: India need to effectively counter England’s rampaging speedsters to draw level | Cricket News – Times of India
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4th T20I: India need to effectively counter England’s rampaging speedsters to draw level | Cricket News – Times of India

The Indian top-order's aggression vs England's raw pace. This face-off in the ongoing T20 series has been enchanting, with the latter holding sway more than the former. This will again be the focal point when India, down 1-2, look to level the series in the fourth T20I in Ahmedabad on Thursday night. The injury-plagued Mark Wood, who missed the second match, and Jofra Archer have been India's bugbears, with some assistance from Chris Jordan. With their reliance on pace and the ability to hit the deck constantly at upwards of 140 kmph, they have deconstructed India's top batsmen with clinical efficiency. In the process, they also seem to have shown the rest of the world what it takes to shackle Indian batsmen during Power Play, offering another option beyond swing to get the job done. In...
HC refuses to intervene in plea seeking physical civic body meets
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HC refuses to intervene in plea seeking physical civic body meets

Amid a surge in Covid cases in the state, the Bombay HC Tuesday refused to interfere in a plea filed by Thane Municipal Corporation councillors seeking directions that the civic body’s general body meetings be conducted physically instead of via videoconferences. The court also expressed hope that as and when the situation improved, the authorities should revisit its decision and resume physical meetings as per circumstances and protocols. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish S Kulkarni was hearing two writ pleas filed by councillors Vikrant Chavan and Ashraf Pathan, seeking directions to the civic body and the state government to conduct general body meetings in the physical presence of all councillors. On Tuesday, Government Pleader Priya...
Bright chance for Indians to get Olympic TT berths | More sports News – Times of India
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Bright chance for Indians to get Olympic TT berths | More sports News – Times of India

KOLKATA: It will be a fight among teammates as India are expected to book at least two Olympics table tennis berths from the Asian qualification meet, which is starting in Doha on Thursday. Six players each in the men’s and women’s singles categories will make the cut from this event where the players are divided into groups based on geographical regions of Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia. Players of West Asia will not compete, having already qualified for Tokyo. The winner of each group, played in round-robin format, will make the Olympics. With five group winners (including West Asia) getting a spot, the sixth and final spot will go to the highest-ranked player on the reserves list. However, unlike the World Singles Qualification Tournament that concluded earlie...
Disturbed by ‘misappropriation’ in minority scholarship schemes, says House panel
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Disturbed by ‘misappropriation’ in minority scholarship schemes, says House panel

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment, in its report tabled Tuesday, said it is “quite disturbed” by cases reported on the “alleged misappropriation” of funds under three scholarship schemes meant for children from “underprivileged minorities” category. The report has assessed demands for grants for 2021-22 pertaining to the Ministry of Minority Affairs. The committee also recommended that the ministry counsel state governments to try to reach out to a sample size of beneficiary minority students directly to ascertain that they are not being duped. The report has come amid an ongoing investigation by the CBI and Vigilance Bureau of Jharkhand after The Indian Express in a series of reports last November unearthed pre-matric scholarship scam d...
Jofra Archer keeps pressure on, forces teams to attack other bowlers: Mark Wood | Cricket News – Times of India
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Jofra Archer keeps pressure on, forces teams to attack other bowlers: Mark Wood | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: England pacer Mark Wood on Wednesday said that his partner-in-crime Jofra Archer always keeps the pressure on the opposition and as a result, the batsmen are forced to go after the other bowlers in the team, leading to dismissals. Wood had rattled India in the third T20I as he dismissed the likes of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Shreyas Iyer as England registered an emphatic eight-wicket win to go 2-1 up in the five-match series. "Jofra starts a lot of the times, because he keeps the pressure on, it forces the teams to take risks against the other bowlers. He keeps it tight, when I started well and I got the wicket, they had a new batsman and we could get a few dot balls in to build pressure. It is just about bowling in tandem and keeping the pressure on for each other. Just tr...
Bihar D.El.Ed entrance exam date announced, check schedule here – Times of India
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Bihar D.El.Ed entrance exam date announced, check schedule here – Times of India

PATNA: Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Wednesday released the schedule for conducting the Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) special exam 2020. Board chairman Anand Kishor informed that the D.El.Ed special exam would be held between April 6 and April 10 in two sittings at various exam centres in Patna district. The first sitting will be held from 10am to 1pm while the second sitting will be from 2pm to 5pm. The admit card for the exam will be released on March 24 on — secondary.biharboardonline.com. BSEB conducts the D.El.Ed special exam for students of affiliated private training colleges. Earlier the exam was scheduled to be conducted between March 17 and March 21, however, it was postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. Candidates can check the Bihar D.El.Ed ex...