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Missing books at CVS: Delhi college probe panel points to ‘irregularities’
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Missing books at CVS: Delhi college probe panel points to ‘irregularities’

Retired Delhi HC Judge Justice S N Dhingra, who was inquiring into ‘missing’ books at the College of Vocational Studies (CVS) which were paid for but never landed in the library, has found “irregularities” in the process of purchasing these books. He also indicted the principal for hushing up the matter. The Indian Express had reported last September that the college purchased 180 books worth Rs 1 lakh from 2015-18 that never reached the library. A one-man committee comprising the then Convenor of the Verification Committee, S K Bhatia, was set up in 2019 to look into the matter. Bhatia’s report said 180 books were “not obtained/procured/received from suppliers”. He laid the blame squarely on the SPA (semi-professional assistant) who, he said, “kept receiving lesser number ...
Bengal Crime Investigation Department To Probe “Attack” On Chief Minister In Nandigram
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Bengal Crime Investigation Department To Probe “Attack” On Chief Minister In Nandigram

Mamata Banerjee had sustained several injuries in the "attack" in Nandigram (File)Kolkata: The West Bengal Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Saturday took over the investigation into the Nandigram incident in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was injured during her election campaign, a senior officer of the agency said.A team of CID officers will soon be visiting the spot in the Purba Medinipur district and record statements of the witnesses, he said.A case has already been lodged at the Nandigram police station on the basis of a complaint filed by Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Shiekh Sufiyan over the incident, which happened on March 10, the officer said.The case has been filed under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for "punishment for wrongful restraint" and "puni...
Vehicle-free trial at Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazar sees backlash from shopkeepers: ‘Business will be hit’
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Vehicle-free trial at Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazar sees backlash from shopkeepers: ‘Business will be hit’

The week-long pedestrianisation trial that began in Sadar Bazar Saturday saw heavy backlash as shopkeepers closed their shutters in protest and demanded the trial be rolled back. As part of the trial, the 600-metre-long Sadar Bazar Market Street and a school zone have been cordoned off and entry of vehicles barred, in an effort to make the streets “more welcoming” to pedestrians. Although officials from the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram said a “parking management and mobility plan” has been prepared, with designated parking for two-wheelers and four-wheelers “100 metres” from the market, shopkeepers fear this will not be enough to keep customers coming. “We closed our shops to express our displeasure against this trial. It will cause big losses for us at a time when we ...
Building temple will energise Bharat: RSS at annual meeting
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Building temple will energise Bharat: RSS at annual meeting

THE process of construction of the Ram Mandir following the Supreme Court order on the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute will stimulate the internal strength of the country, the Rashtriya Swayamsevek Sangh stated in one of the two resolutions passed at its annual meeting of key representatives, the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha. The move to construct the temple which began on August 5, 2020 with a religious programme attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a “manifestation of the inner strength of Bharat,” the resolution said. “The ABPS is of the considered opinion that through the aforesaid program the intrinsic strength of Bharat has been invigorated and these programs became the unique symbol of spiritual awakening, national integration, social harmony, goodwill and dedicat...
Latest News Live Updates: India Recorded Highest Single-Day Rise In Covid Cases This Year On Saturday
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Latest News Live Updates: India Recorded Highest Single-Day Rise In Covid Cases This Year On Saturday

On November 29, 2020, 41,810 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours (File)New Delhi: India reported 40,953 new coronavirus infections in a day on Saturday, the highest single-day rise recorded in 111 days, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,15,55,284, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.Registering an increase for the tenth day in a row, the total active caseload has reached 2,88,394, which now comprises 2.49 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 96.12 per cent, the data stated.The daily rise in infections (40,953) was the highest recorded in 111 days, while the death count increased to 1,59,558 with 188 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am Saturday showed.On November 29, 41,810 new infections were...
Delhi: Fake call centre busted, 34 held for duping foreign nationals of Rs 10 cr
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Delhi: Fake call centre busted, 34 held for duping foreign nationals of Rs 10 cr

The Delhi Police Cyber Crime Unit has arrested 34 people for allegedly duping foreign nationals in the name of Apple and McAfee technical support. Police said the accused own two call centres in Uttam Nagar. Police said the accused cheated more than 7,000-8,000 US and Canadians nationals of Rs 10 crore in the last three years. DCP (Cyber Crime Unit) Anyesh Roy said the accused posed as officials from law enforcement agencies and other government agencies. “They would call foreign nationals and tell them their bank accounts were used in illegal transactions made to drug cartels in Mexico and they would be arrested. Fearing arrest, the victims would put their money into Bitcoin or Google gift cards. This was done on instructions of the accused. The money was then transferred ...
Delhi: Govt staffer among 4 arrested for leaking entrance exam papers
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Delhi: Govt staffer among 4 arrested for leaking entrance exam papers

A 26-year-old government servant and her three associates have been arrested for allegedly running an inter-state gang that leaked entrance exam papers for government job aspirants. Police said the main accused, Vaishali, works as an account assistant at National Fertilisers, Noida. She and her associates allegedly “planted” candidates at private exam centres across Delhi and leaked papers and answer keys to clients. The accused were arrested after police found a man cheating at a centre in Naraina. “On March 4, a team led by SHO (Naraina) Sameer Srivastava got information about illegal practices at the exam centre. A raid was conducted and we arrested a man, Rohit. He was using a phone to solve his online paper for Forest Guard,” said a senior officer. Rohit’s phone was se...
Delhi: 250 univ students to mentor over 1,000 girls in class XI, XII
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Delhi: 250 univ students to mentor over 1,000 girls in class XI, XII

Launching its ‘Youth for Education’ initiative, the Delhi government announced that 250 students of Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University of Women (IGDTUW) will be mentoring over 1,000 girl students of schools run by them and helping them work towards careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The initiative had been announced by Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in his budget speech. He had stated that this is part of making education a “mass movement” and that the government would “prepare lakhs of successful, educated youth to help those students who are struggling in reading, writing due to lack of resources or information”. The programme is being kicked off with 250 B.Tech, M.Tech, Ph.D and MBA students of IGDTUW, each of whom will look after five gi...
In BJP Bengal list, 36 joined the party over last six months
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In BJP Bengal list, 36 joined the party over last six months

OF THE 282 candidates announced by the BJP so far for Assembly polls in West Bengal, 46 are those who joined the saffron party less than two years ago after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A bulk of them — 34 candidates — are from the Trinamool Congress, six from the CPM, four from Congress and one each from Forward Bloc and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). The selection of candidates has led to large-scale protests across the state in almost every district, and the anger that has manifested itself in the streets is not just for having given tickets to those who joined the BJP recently. Infighting within the BJP has also sparked protests after the release of the list. Of the 46 candidates who have joined the party over the last two years, 36 joined the BJP in just the last six m...
India vs England: India outplay England in high-scoring 5th T20I to seal series 3-2 | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England: India outplay England in high-scoring 5th T20I to seal series 3-2 | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Dishing out a dominating all-round show, India toppled England in the high-scoring fifth Twenty20 International to not only claim the series 3-2 but also prove that their preparations for the T20 World Cup are moving in the right direction. Rohit Sharma's sensational 64 off 34 balls and skipper Virat Kohli's unbeaten 80 off 52 balls powered India to a massive 224 for two, their best ever total against England, after the visitors won the toss for the fourth time in the series and opted to field on Saturday. SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENEDIn the run chase, Jos Buttler (52 off 34) and Dawid Malan (68 off 46) kept India on the edge with a threatening 130-run stand but England's challenged fizzled with the fall of the wicketkeeper-batsman in the 13th over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. E...
70 years after big cat’s extinction, India prepares to welcome cheetahs from Africa
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70 years after big cat’s extinction, India prepares to welcome cheetahs from Africa

Nearly 70 years after the cheetah was declared locally extinct or extirpated, India will receive its first batch of the large cats from Africa by the end of this year. Within a week’s time, two expert teams — one from Namibia and the other from South Africa — the two countries with the highest cheetah populations in the world, will arrive to train Indian forest officers and wildlife experts on handling, breeding, rehabilitation, medical treatment and conservation of the animals. This is the first time in the world that a large carnivore will be relocated from one continent to another. The animal is believed to have disappeared from the country when Maharaja Ramanuj Pratap Singh Deo of Koriya hunted and shot the last three recorded Asiatic cheetahs in India in 1947. It was d...
Gujarat confidential : All is not lost
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Gujarat confidential : All is not lost

AMONG THE events that Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia attended during his visit to Vadodara on Friday was a stage programme organised by the city police department to hand over “lost and found” items belonging to residents of the city. Bhatia handed over a total of 82 lost items worth Rs 10.55 lakh, found by the Vadodara Crime Branch to the respective owners. This included five gold ornaments, one silver item, 36 motorcycles and 37 mobile phones, one sedan and two auto rickshaws. Bhatia handed over the keys of the vehicles to their respective owners in a ceremony, in the company of Commissioner of Police Shamsher Singh. DCP Jaydeepsinh Jadeja said, “The idea is to bridge the gap between the citizens and the police.” Covid woes for BJPA WEEK after several top BJP leaders joined...
Hosabale, veteran of ABVP, is new RSS general secretary
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Hosabale, veteran of ABVP, is new RSS general secretary

The reshuffle in the top echelons of the RSS at the annual Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha in Bengaluru Saturday infuses new voices in influential positions and signals deepening of the political connect between the Sangh and the BJP. As the new general secretary or sarkaryawah and the effective No. 2, Dattatreya Hosabale, 67, who joined the RSS in 1968, is the first in the post who has worked for almost three decades in any frontal organisation – in his case, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). Since ABVP contests elections, Hosabale’s experience attunes him with the electoral imperatives of the BJP.Also, as sarkaryawah – he is the second from Karnataka in this post since H V Seshadri – he can tap into his extensive ABVP network of senior BJP leaders across the...
Parliament panel endorses EC Act, opposition members say they dissented | India News – Times of India
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Parliament panel endorses EC Act, opposition members say they dissented | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A parliamentary panel has endorsed the new Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act - one of three farm bills opposed mainly by farm unions from Punjab, Haryana and west UP - “in letter and spirit” and “without let or hindrances” to enable farmers and other stakeholders get benefits of the law. Three members of the panel, including one who said he was not present when the report was adopted, said that they do not support the recommendation which comes as a shot in the arm for the government. A section of farm experts have argued that the relaxation of the stock limits benefits farmers as it will encourage setting up of storage and cold chains reducing the dependence on immediate sale after harvest. Interestingly, the panel is headed by Trinamool Congress MP, Sudip Bandopadhyay w...
January 26 violence in Delhi was ‘govt plan’: Naresh Tikait | India News – Times of India
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January 26 violence in Delhi was ‘govt plan’: Naresh Tikait | India News – Times of India

SHAHJAHANPUR: Bharatiya Kisan Union chairman Naresh Tikait on Saturday alleged the BJP government was behind the January 26 violence in Delhi, and it is "insulting" farmers. Addressing a mahapanchayat at Puwaya, Tikait said, "The BJP government itself engineered the violence in Delhi, and insulted the farmers. "The BJP government is the biggest enemy of the farmers. There still is time for all farmers to unite, otherwise they will reach to the brink of destruction." He also claimed that whatever happened in Delhi during farmers' tractor march on January 26, "was a plan of the government, and the accused were also people of the government”. "The farmers have been called terrorists, Khalistanis, members of tukde-tukde gang and parasites. But we are anti-government, we are against the poli...
Injured Mandhana doubtful starter for 2nd T20I on Sunday | Cricket News – Times of India
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Injured Mandhana doubtful starter for 2nd T20I on Sunday | Cricket News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Star India opener Smriti Mandhana was on Saturday rendered a doubtful starter for the second Twenty20 against South Africa after suffering an injury during the series-opening match on Saturday. Mandhana fell down with twisted legs while backing up a Shafali Verma throw after SA captain Sune Luus had scampered for a run in the sixth over. Mandhana was in pain and she limped off the field with the help of the support staff. She returned in the South African run chase but it was apparent that she was not comfortable while fielding. "I have to see how it goes overnight, at the moment it looks better though. Let's see what is the status (on Sunday)," said Mandhana at the post-match presentation after India lost by eight wickets to trail 0-1 in the three-match series. Vice-captain Ma...
Need To Make A “Delhi” In Bengaluru, Gherao City: Farmer Leader In Karnataka
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Need To Make A “Delhi” In Bengaluru, Gherao City: Farmer Leader In Karnataka

Rakesh Tikait said farmers need to protest against privatisation of Public Sector Undertakings (File)Shivamogga (Karnataka): Amid the protest by farmers at the borders of Delhi against the three central farm laws, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait urged farmers in Karnataka to organise a protest in the state similar to the one in the national capital and gherao Bengaluru from all sides.Addressing a farmers' meeting in Karnataka's Shivamogga on Saturday, Rakesh Tikait said a strategy has been made to snatch land away from farmers in the state."There are lakhs of people gheraoing Delhi. This fight will go on for long. We need to start such protest in every city until these three black laws are taken back and a law is not brought on the Minimum Support Price (MSP). You need ...
Shunted, Ex-Mumbai Police Chief Parambir Singh writes to CM, alleges corruption charges against Anil Deshmukh
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Shunted, Ex-Mumbai Police Chief Parambir Singh writes to CM, alleges corruption charges against Anil Deshmukh

Three days after he was removed as Mumbai Police Commissioner and posted to the Home Guards in the wake of the Ambani house bomb scare case, Param Bir Singh Saturday wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, alleging that state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had asked Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Waze, later arrested by the NIA in the bomb scare case, to collect Rs 100 crore every month, including Rs 40-50 crore from some 1750 bars and restaurants in Mumbai. The explosive contents of the eight-page letter to the Chief Minister, in which Singh attacks Deshmukh, are not linked to the Antilia security case, but he suggests at the end of the letter that he had to pay the price for resisting the Home Minister’s “interference” in the work of the Mumbai police force....
Congress Releases List Of 39 Candidates For Upcoming Bengal Assembly Polls
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Congress Releases List Of 39 Candidates For Upcoming Bengal Assembly Polls

Congress is fighting the Bengal polls on 92 seats in alliance with the Left parties (Representational)New Delhi: Congress on Saturday released a list of 39 candidates for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls, fielding Neajuddin Sk in Murshidabad, Silvi Saha in Krishnanagar Uttar (north) and Dharmendra Shaw in Bhatpara.Md Shadab Khan will be contesting from Bhawanipur while Md Mukhtar is the party's candidate in Kolkata Port.Ashutosh Chatterjee got the party ticket to contest from the Rashbehari seat whereas the party fielded Santosh Kumar Pathak in Chowringhee. Janab Ajmal Khan is the party's candidate from Jorasanko.The candidates declared are for the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth phases of the Assembly polls.The Congress is fighting the polls in Bengal on 92 seats in alliance w...
1st T20I: All-round Anneke stars in crushing South Africa Women victory | Cricket News – Times of India
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1st T20I: All-round Anneke stars in crushing South Africa Women victory | Cricket News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: All-rounder Anneke Bosch first pegged the Indian women with a couple of wickets and then smashed an unbeaten 66 off 48 balls to ensure an easy eight wicket victory for South Africa in the first T20 International on Saturday. Harleen Deol's (52) confident maiden international fifty was the only silver lining for an otherwise lacklustre display by the Indians who posted a modest 130 for 6 after being invited to bat. The South Africans chased down the target easily with five balls to spare with opener Bosch (66 not out) and captain Sune Luus (43 off 49 balls) sharing 90 runs for the second wicket. SA reached to 133 for 2 in 19.1 overs. India scored just 26 runs from the last five overs and that's where they again lost the match with distinct lack of power hitters. The Indian bowle...