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Day: March 19, 2021

Janhvi Kapoor announces wrap-up for ‘Good Luck Jerry’ – Times of India
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Janhvi Kapoor announces wrap-up for ‘Good Luck Jerry’ – Times of India

Bollywood actor Janhvi Kapoor on Friday announced the wrap-up of her upcoming movie 'Good Luck jerry', for which she had been shooting in Punjab. The 'Roohi' actor took to her Instagram handle and announced the same by sharing pictures from the sets and thanking her team. She captioned the post as "I can't believe it's a film wrap. So many things have happened, changed, evolved, been learnt and unlearnt during the course of and because of this shoot." She added, "But through all of it I used to be so excited to come to set and see all these faces and trouble them and laugh with them and work tirelessly and unitedly to create something that was exciting all of us. I'll miss all of you - is a massive understatement. And thank you for everything." The pictures, which were shared by Janhv...
Swabhimani Sanghatana holds protest seeking farmers’ power tariff waiver
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Swabhimani Sanghatana holds protest seeking farmers’ power tariff waiver

THE Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) on Friday threatened to disconnect power supply to the residences of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and several other ministers if the state government did not waive off farmers’ power tariffs incurred during the nationwide lockdown last year. Across Maharashtra, SSS activists under the leadership of Raju Shetti held demonstrations, stalling the traffic on important state and national highways. The SSS, which has its base in Western Maharashtra, staged protests in Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and Baramati. Members of the farmer rights organisation shouted slogans against the “forcible recovery of power tariff dues from farmers”. Power supply was disconnected after several farmers failed to pay their electricity bills during the lockdo...
Will vehicles not having FASTag be deemed illegal, not allowed to ply, Bombay High Court asks Centre
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Will vehicles not having FASTag be deemed illegal, not allowed to ply, Bombay High Court asks Centre

THE BOMBAY High Court on Friday sought to know from the Central government whether the vehicles not having FASTag will be deemed as illegal and not allowed to ply on the roads. The court also asked the Centre to state its position on the fine imposed on non-FASTag vehicles for entering FASTag lanes. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish S Kulkarni was on Friday hearing a PIL filed by Arjun Khanapure, a businessman from Pune, challenging the February 12 and February 14 circulars that made FASTag mandatory and also doubled the fee for a single journey as penalty for vehicles not having FASTag. Advocate Uday Warunjikar, appearing for the petitioner, said the provision of FASTag is creating problems for those not comfortable with technology, and ...
Fight against farm laws will continue in entire country: Rakesh Tikait | India News – Times of India
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Fight against farm laws will continue in entire country: Rakesh Tikait | India News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday attended a ‘Chasi Mahapanchayat’ at Chandikhole in Jajpur district and said the fight against farm laws will continue in the entire country. He said Panchayats and Mahapanchayats are being conducted in different states and it will be held across the country. "The Centre will definitely face the heat of our movement. The government has to come up with a law to guarantee the minimum support price (MSP) of agricultural produces. It has to withdraw the three farm laws," he added. While referring to the BJP-led government at the Centre, Tikait said it is the government of looters and it has to go. "If the government comes up with a law on MSP, nobody can purchase the agricultural produces below the MSP. Farmers of Odisha will get benefit out...
Bombay High Court deliberates restrictions in its premises due to surge in cases
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Bombay High Court deliberates restrictions in its premises due to surge in cases

With a surge in Covid-19 cases across the state, the Bombay High Court, which had resumed physical hearings since last December, on Friday decided to impose restrictions in its premises as a temporary measure to avoid overcrowding and observe physical distancing protocols. Sources said that in a meeting on Friday, the administrative judges of the HC, along with the representatives of the state and central governments as well as various bar associations, decided to avoid overcrowding in court premises by restricting entry of litigants, unless specifically called for by the court, for at least two weeks. It was also decided to allow individual judges at the principal seat in Mumbai to decide on whether they want to conduct hearings in the video conference mode instead of ph...
Road Safety World Series: Nuwan Kulasekara’s five-for helps Sri Lanka Legends enter final, to meet India | Cricket News – Times of India
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Road Safety World Series: Nuwan Kulasekara’s five-for helps Sri Lanka Legends enter final, to meet India | Cricket News – Times of India

RAIPUR: Sri Lanka Legends set up a final with India Legends in the Road Safety World Series T20 after Tillakratne Dilshan's outfit defeated Jonty Rhodes-led South Africa Legends by eight wickets here on Friday. Sri Lankans romped home to a comfortable win chasing down a 126-run target with 16 balls to spare. Riding No.4 batsman Chinthaka Jayasinghe's 47 not out (25b, 8x4, 1x6) and southpaw Upul Tharanga's unbeaten 39 (44b, 5x4), Sri Lanka finished at 129/2 in 17.2 overs. Captain Dilshan scored 18 and Sanath Jayasuriya, too, got as many runs. Earlier, Dilshan won the toss and elected to field and the Lankans bowled out South Africans for a paltry 125. Seamer Nuwan Kulasekara was the wrecker-in-chief for the Sri Lankans as he returned figures of 5/25. For South Africa, opener Morne van Wy...
Dharavi set to get BMC vaccine centre : Capacity to vaccinate 1,000 people a day
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Dharavi set to get BMC vaccine centre : Capacity to vaccinate 1,000 people a day

With the capacity to vaccinate 1,000 people a day, BMC has set up a vaccination centre close to the slum pockets of Dharavi in Mumbai. The centre with five booths has been set up at an urban health centre, popularly known as “Chhota Sion Hospital”, to inoculate senior citizens and those aged above 45 years with comorbidities from Dharavi. Currently, the closest government-run centre for Dharavi residents is the Bandra-Kurla-Complex jumbo facility. “The vaccination centre will start commissioning on Monday. The idea is to bring a vaccination centre close to the Dharavi residents,” said Kiran Dighavkar, G North assistant municipal commissioner. As per the BMC’s data, of 6.5 lakh residents of Dharavi, 1.7 lakhs are senior citizens. Civic officials said the number of people t...
CBI Files Chargesheet Against Own Officers In Bribe-For-Relief Case
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CBI Files Chargesheet Against Own Officers In Bribe-For-Relief Case

The CBI has a zero tolerance policy towards corruption, an official saidNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Friday filed a charge sheet against four of its officials in a bribe-for-relief case involving the investigation against Frost International for allegedly committing a bank fraud of over Rs 4,300 crore, officials said.The agency has also arrested accused Sameer Kumar, its stenographer, in the case, who has been sent to judicial custody, they said.The CBI has charged its deputy superintendents of police - RK Rishi and RK Sangwan - and Inspector Kapil Dhankad along with an advocate in connection with an alleged bribery ring run by them within the agency to help companies accused of siphoning off bank loan funds, officials had said Wednesday.All three of them were ar...
In Mumbai, random antigen tests at malls, bus stations and railway stations.
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In Mumbai, random antigen tests at malls, bus stations and railway stations.

In light of the increase in Covid-19 cases in Mumbai, the BMC on Friday decided to conduct random rapid antigen tests at all crowded public places such as malls, markets, shopping complexes, bus stations and railway stations. Senior BMC officials said that antigen testing centres will be set up outside malls and a team of healthcare workers will be deployed at crowded areas, including markets and railway stations. Rapid antigen detection tests are quicker and take up to 30 minutes as compared to RT-PCR tests that typically take at least 24 hours to give results. As per ICMR guidelines, symptomatic persons who test negative for Covid-19 in the rapid antigen tests should go for RT-PCR test as well. The new directions come after Mumbai on Friday recorded 3,062 new cases – th...
England stick with struggling Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan | Cricket News – Times of India
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England stick with struggling Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: England are keeping the faith with Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan despite their struggles on the tour of India, assistant coach Paul Collingwood said Friday. England head into the final Twenty20 clash on Saturday level with India after Thursday's loss in the fourth game. But they also have their eye on this year's T20 World Cup, said Collingwood, who led the England side that won the 2010 title. "It's a huge game," said Collingwood of Saturday's match. There are worries however about Malan, who leads the T20 international batting rankings, but has struggled to score quickly in making 80 runs from four innings in this series. The 33-year-old averaged 55 in his previous 14 matches. "He hasn't quite found his rhythm on this tour but you've got to remember where he is in the world ...
GATE 2021 result announced; 17.82% qualify, check here – Times of India
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GATE 2021 result announced; 17.82% qualify, check here – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Bombay has declared the result of GATE 2021 on its official website today, i.e., March 19. The candidates who have appeared for the GATE 2021 can visit the official website of GATE — gate.iitb.ac.in — to check and download their result. The total count of candidates who appeared for GATE 2021 examination was 711542. Of these, a total of 126813 candidates qualified, i.e., about 17.82%. IIT Bombay conducted the GATE exam 2021 on February 6, 7, 13, and 14 at various centres across the country. Issuing a notice on Friday, Falguni Banerjee Naha, Public Relations Officer, IIT Bombay said ,“A total of 913275 Admit cards were issued to the candidates to appear for GATE 2021 examination, which was conducted on 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th February 2...
Exclusive! Doomsday for Movie Business as COVID test gets mandatory to enter malls – Times of India
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Exclusive! Doomsday for Movie Business as COVID test gets mandatory to enter malls – Times of India

No two opinions about the fact that even more restrictions and harsh rules are required to stop the big surge in the COVID cases in Maharashtra and some other states which is largely due to the people's 'dekha jayega' and 'I care a damn' attitude. But one look inside the multiplexes' offices and you will see long faces with loads of uncertainty on them. The Maharashtra government's rule to get a Rapid Antigen test done before entering the malls (to be brought into effect from March 22) has dealt a crushing blow to the plex lobby and film industry. If you are going to spend Rs 250 on a Rapid Antigen Test (accuracy reportedly not 100 per cent) to enter a mall which houses a plex because you want to see a movie, you are most unlikely to agree to bear that big hole in your pocket which wo...
WhatsApp privacy policy violates IT Rules, restrain its implementation, Centre tells HC
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WhatsApp privacy policy violates IT Rules, restrain its implementation, Centre tells HC

The Centre on Friday told Delhi High Court that the new privacy policy announced by WhatsApp in January violates the 2011 IT Rules on five counts, and urged it to restrain the messaging app from implementing it pending adjudication of the case by the court. WhatsApp put the policy on hold after widespread criticism, but plans to implement it from May. In its written response to a petition challenging the privacy policy, the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology told the court that the policy fails to specify which types of sensitive personal data was being collected, notify the details of personal information collected to the user, provide an option to review or amend information and withdraw consent retrospectively, and guarantee further non-disclosure by th...
PM Modi, US Defence Secy stress strategic partnership and Indo-Pacific stability
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PM Modi, US Defence Secy stress strategic partnership and Indo-Pacific stability

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J Austin, who arrived in New Delhi on Friday, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and conveyed Washington’s “strong desire” to further enhance the strategic partnership for peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. He also conveyed the Biden administration’s “commitment towards strengthening the bilateral defence relations between the two countries”. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, Modi “outlined his vision for the strategic partnership between the two countries and emphasized the important role of bilateral defence cooperation in India-US ties”. Pleasure to meet U.S. @SecDef Lloyd Austin today. Conveyed my best wishes to @POTUS @JoeBiden. India and US are committed to our strategic partners...
Cutting across party lines, House panel tells govt to give effect to 1 of 3 farm laws
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Cutting across party lines, House panel tells govt to give effect to 1 of 3 farm laws

The Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, which has members from 13 parties including BJP, Congress, TMC, AAP, NCP and Shiv Sena, has asked the government to implement the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 in “letter and spirit.” The Act is one of the three contentious farm laws against which farmers are protesting. The stated position of most of these parties is against all three laws; the Congress wants them repealed. In its report tabled in Lok Sabha on Friday, the committee, which is headed by the TMC’s Sudip Bandyopadhyay, said it “hope[s] and expect[s] that the recently enacted ‘The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020’ which was aimed at addressing the issue will become a catalyst for unlocking vast untapped resources ...
S Jaishankar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi may meet on Afghan talks sidelines this month
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S Jaishankar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi may meet on Afghan talks sidelines this month

A day after Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa signalled a potentially radical shift by asking New Delhi to just create a “conducive environment” in Kashmir for the resumption of a dialogue towards peace between the two countries, it is learnt that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be heading to Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe towards the end of the month where, at a meeting on Afghanistan, he is expected to come face-to-face with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The two ministers will be participating at the Heart of Asia conference in Dushanbe on March 30, sources said. While they will be there at the conference to discuss the future of Afghanistan, they could meet on the sidelines. The Indian Express has learnt that diplomatic moves ha...
3 months of MP ‘love jihad’ law: 21 cases,  couple knew each other in over half
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3 months of MP ‘love jihad’ law: 21 cases, couple knew each other in over half

Within just three months of BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh clearing an anti-conversion ordinance modelled on a legislation in Uttar Pradesh to check what it calls “love jihad”, the state police have registered 21 cases against 47 people with 25 arrests recorded so far. Police records investigated by The Indian Express show that in at least 11 of the 21 cases, the women who registered complaints under the Freedom to Religion Act 2021 knew the accused — they were friends, in a relationship, and in one case, married for over five years. Records show that in at least four cases, the couple had eloped and returned before the women involved approached the police. Three other cases were lodged after the intervention of Hindutva groups. The remaining six cases were recorded against those...
The Maharashtra government on Friday issued new orders putting restrictions: Private offices to function at 50% capacity
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The Maharashtra government on Friday issued new orders putting restrictions: Private offices to function at 50% capacity

Amid the rising Covid cases, the Maharashtra government on Friday issued new orders putting restrictions on the capacity of private offices, drama theatres and auditoriums till March 31. The order said that private offices, except for health and essential services, should function at 50 per cent capacity while government and semi-government offices have been asked to decide on staggering office timings or work from home.The order also said that that all drama theatres and auditoriums should operate at 50% capacity with restrictions such as no entry without masks, adequate hand sanitisers, temperature measuring devices. The government has also put a ban on using drama halls/auditoriums for any religious/ social/ political/ cultural gatherings. The new order comes a day after...
How a farmer’s son in Gujarat became fugitive nabbed in London
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How a farmer’s son in Gujarat became fugitive nabbed in London

In the end, it was WhatsApp that got him. First, an FIR was lodged against him last October under Gujarat’s stringent anti-terror law that allows “interceptions and confessions before a police officer” to be accepted as evidence in a court of law. Then, data related to “IP addresses that he used to make the extortion calls from, via WhatsApp”, were obtained while tracking money being moved through illegal channels like the “hawala” network. Finally this week, Jamnagar police and central agencies were able to close in on Jayesh Ranpariya, the alleged gangster, part-time politician, land shark, extortionist and murder accused. They found the 41-year-old in Croydon in London where he is believed to have been hiding since 2018. Wanted for the murder of Kirit Joshi, a well-known...
Disagreement over coup refugees from Myanmar: Mizoram wants to help but Centre says stop, deport
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Disagreement over coup refugees from Myanmar: Mizoram wants to help but Centre says stop, deport

The coup in Myanmar has led to an unusual schism across the border in Mizoram. The state government of Mizo National Front, which has extended issue-based support to the NDA, is in favour of allowing refugees from the neighbouring country, even laying down a policy to assist them. But the Centre has asked all bordering states and the force guarding the border to prevent the influx and deport those who have come in since the coup, mainly police personnel. Top sources told The Indian Express that Assam Rifles, which guards the 510-km India-Myanmar Border (IMB) in Mizoram, informed the Centre in early March that the state is “supporting the movement” of refugees and has “promulgated an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) to manage” them. The SOP has since been withdrawn. Assam ...