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Day: March 22, 2021

Seizure worth Rs 231 crore in poll-bound Tamil Nadu so far, says CEO | India News – Times of India
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Seizure worth Rs 231 crore in poll-bound Tamil Nadu so far, says CEO | India News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Seizure of cash and kind valued at Rs 231.63 crore has been recovered by various enforcement agencies in poll-bound Tamil Nadu so far, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said on Monday. Sahoo, responding to reporters' queries on the sudden spurt in coronavirus cases in the state and if it will have a bearing on the polls, said "everything is going as per plan and we are in close touch with the health department." "And whatever standard operating procedures they are asking us to follow or asking the general public to follow ... is being done ... so election will be held (as planned)," he said. Listing out details of the seizure done by flying squads, static surveillance teams, IT personnel and others, Sahoo said cash constituted Rs 83.99 crore out of the Rs 231 crore recov...
Twitter boss Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sold for $2.9 million as an NFT – Times of India
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Twitter boss Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sold for $2.9 million as an NFT – Times of India

LONDON: Twitter boss Jack Dorsey sold his first tweet as an NFT for just over $2.9 million dollars on Monday. The tweet is in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT) - a kind of unique digital asset that has exploded in popularity so far in 2021. Each NFT has its own blockchain-based digital signature, which serves as a public ledger, allowing anyone to verify the asset's authenticity and ownership. The tweet - "just setting up my twttr" - was Dorsey's first tweet, made on March 21, 2006. The NFT was sold via auction on a platform called Valuables, which is owned by the U.S.-based company Cent. It was bought using the cryptocurrency Ether, for 1630.5825601 ETH, which was worth $2,915,835.47 at the time of sale, Cameron Hejazi, the CEO and co-founder of Cent confirmed. Cent confirmed the ...
Delhi rewrites liquor policy, cuts legal drinking age from 25 to 21
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Delhi rewrites liquor policy, cuts legal drinking age from 25 to 21

SIGNALLING KEY changes in the Delhi government’s liquor policy, AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Monday that the legal age for consumption of alcohol will be reduced to 21 years from 25 — “on a par”, he pointed out, with neighbouring BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh. Sisodia also announced “age gating”, a system in which those under the age of 21 will not be allowed to enter establishments, including restaurants, that serve alcohol unless they are “supervised”. Officials said rules “will be finalised soon to decide who, other than parents, will be allowed to supervise them. “The permissible age for liquor consumption in different states is different and this issue has been raised several times. It is higher in Delhi as compared to that in Uttar Pradesh. The ...
Sharad Pawar digs heels in: No need for Deshmukh to go, evidence backs him
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Sharad Pawar digs heels in: No need for Deshmukh to go, evidence backs him

WITH POLITICAL pressure rising over the corruption charges levelled against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar went on the offensive Monday by disputing key elements of the allegations against his party’s leader and firmly ruling out his resignation from the Cabinet. Pawar said he has evidence to prove that Deshmukh was ailing and in hospital at the time he was said to be discussing a Rs 100-crore extortion racket with police officers in February, as alleged by the former Police Commissioner in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. With the Opposition BJP questioning Pawar’s claim and issuing a video that showed Deshmukh “addressing a press conference” on February 15, Deshmukh issued a stateme...
15 days & counting in Telangana town: politics and distrust keep pot boiling
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15 days & counting in Telangana town: politics and distrust keep pot boiling

On Monday, as the weekly market at Bhainsa, a town in Nirmal district of Telangana, opened for the first time in 10 days, people rushed to replenish supplies. Yet, the air was still and heavy with tension. On the evening of March 7, a couple of skirmishes, first over a lost goat and then over a minor accident involving a motorcycle, had flared into rioting and arson in the town. While police managed to control the situation in a few hours, there was more to follow — on March 10, as anger over the rape of a three-year-old girl spilled over, the town saw more violence and arson. Twelve persons were injured and the administration imposed Section 144. Police have so far registered 28 FIRs related to separate incidents that occurred from March 7 to 10. In the rape case, police a...
Pakistani delegation arrives in India for annual Permanent Indus Commission meeting | India News – Times of India
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Pakistani delegation arrives in India for annual Permanent Indus Commission meeting | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A seven-member Pakistani delegation led by the country's Indus Commissioner Syed Muhammad Meher Ali Shah arrived here Monday for the annual Permanent Indus Commission meeting during which he will hold talks with his Indian counterpart, an official said. The Indus commissioners of the two countries will hold the annual dialogue on March 23-24. The Indian delegation will be led by PK Saxena who will be joined by his advisors from the Central Water Commission, the Central Electricity Authority and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation. The Indus Water Treaty (IWT) warrants the two commissioners to meet at least once a year, alternately in India and Pakistan. However, last year's meeting scheduled to be held in New Delhi in March was cancelled, a first since the Treaty cam...
Rohingya Refugee Camp Fire: Several dead, thousands of homes burn as fire sweeps Rohingya camp | World News – Times of India
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Rohingya Refugee Camp Fire: Several dead, thousands of homes burn as fire sweeps Rohingya camp | World News – Times of India

DHAKA: A huge fire swept through a Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Monday, destroying thousands of homes and killing several people, officials and witnesses said, in the worst blaze to hit the settlement in recent years. Video and photographs showed a blaze ripping through the Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar. Black smoke billowed over burning shanties and tents as people scrambled to recover their possessions. "Fire services, rescue and response teams and volunteers are at the scene to try to control the fire and prevent it spreading further," said Louise Donovan, spokesperson for UN refugee agency UNHCR in Cox's Bazar. Mohammed Shamsud Douza, the deputy Bangladesh government official in charge of refugees, said authorities were trying to control the blaze. Rohingya refuge...
Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief seeks President’s rule in state
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Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief seeks President’s rule in state

Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) president Prakash Ambedkar on Monday met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and demanded the President’s rule to be imposed in Maharashtra. Ambedkar said, “Home Minister Anil Deshmukh cannot issue an order to the police force to collect Rs 100 crore. If such a huge amount is raised, it has to be a collective decision of the party or the cabinet. The issue needs to be probed thoroughly. To ensure an unbiased investigation, you cannot let the present government run the state. It will have to be dissolved and the President’s rule imposed.” The VBA is, however, against dissolving the State Legislative Assembly. Source link
7 test positive outside Dadar station
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7 test positive outside Dadar station

Seven people tested positive at Senapati Bapat Marg outside Dadar Station on Monday. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Monday began random Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) at crowded places like malls, railway stations, state transport bus depots, tourist places and markets. As per officials from the G/North ward (Dadar, Dharavi and Mahim), 68 people including hawkers and those without masks outside the station were randomly tested. Of who seven tested positive and were shifted to the nearby quarantine facilities. The civic body has set a target of testing 47,800 people daily at these places. In a circular issued on Saturday, while visitors at malls will have to pay charges themselves for the tests, in other places, the BMC will conduct free tests. Officials said a refus...
Two new Covid care centres to open in Dharavi as cases rise
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Two new Covid care centres to open in Dharavi as cases rise

Dharavi has re-emerged as a point of concern, with its single 250-bed Covid care centre (CCC) in Vanita Samaj hall now full. On Monday G-North Ward officials decided to start two more CCCs to increase bed capacity to quarantine the local population, if cases increase exponentially. Across Mumbai, there are 36,159 vacant beds in CCC facilities. Mumbai’s active case load has risen four-fold from 5,600 cases at the start of February, when local trains resumed operations, to over 22,000 cases. While most cases were limited to residential societies until February-end, March saw Dharavi registering a slow uptick. The slum saw less than a dozen active cases in February, which have risen to 180 now. Daily cases have risen ten-fold from 1-3 to over 30 in the slum, forcing the ward t...
As Nepal PM moves against party rebels, Chinese envoy meets top leaders
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As Nepal PM moves against party rebels, Chinese envoy meets top leaders

China’s ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi, renewed her active diplomacy as Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli moved decisively towards expelling prominent rebels in his Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist Leninist (UML). Hou met two former prime ministers — Madhav Kumar Nepal, Oli’s arch rival in the UML, and Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda — at their residences separately. The move is thought to be an attempt to keep the Left forces together. Her meeting with Madhav Nepal coincided with Oli’s decision to issue showcause notices to four prominent leaders of the UML, including Nepal, Bhim Rawal, Surendra Pandey and Ghanshyam Bhushal. The notices were seen as a preliminary step to expel them from the party on disciplinary grounds. A letter signed by UML secreta...
Astronauts For India’s Gaganyaan Mission Complete Training In Russia
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Astronauts For India’s Gaganyaan Mission Complete Training In Russia

The Gaganyaan mission is aimed at sending astronauts to space in an orbital spacecraftMoscow: Indian officers, selected to become astronauts to crew the Gaganyaan into orbit, have completed their one-year training course in Russia's Zvyozdny gorodok city near Moscow.The Gaganyaan mission is aimed at sending astronauts to space in an orbital spacecraft."In the evening we met with Indian Gaganauts who had completed their training at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. We also discussed with the (Indian) ambassador the future bilateral space projects," Rogozin said on his Telegram channel, as quoted by Russian news agency Sputnik.The contract for the training of Indian officers was signed between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Russian launch service provider Glavcosmos in...
Exclusive! Nitesh Tiwari on ‘Chhichhore’ winning National Award: Sushant Singh Rajput not with us makes it a mixed feeling – Times of India
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Exclusive! Nitesh Tiwari on ‘Chhichhore’ winning National Award: Sushant Singh Rajput not with us makes it a mixed feeling – Times of India

Nitesh Tiwari was shooting for a commercial and it was pretty late that he came to know that his last film 'Chhichhore' had won the National Award for the Best Film in the Hindi Film category, which was announced this evening. "It was only when my wife (Ashwiny Iyer) told me on the set that I came to know. It had happened at least an hour before that and we didn't know as our shoot was going on." Reveals Tiwari, "The first call I made was to the film's producer Sajid Nadiadwala. He was elated. You can understand the feeling when one's work gets this kind of recognition. We are very grateful to the jury. Seriously, it hadn't even crossed my mind that 'Chhichhore' would be under consideration for a National Award. Nadiadwala sent us a text through his spokesperson, which read as follows...
India, Pakistan set to return to dialogue table with Indus water meet today
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India, Pakistan set to return to dialogue table with Indus water meet today

Less than a month after India and Pakistan agreed to “strict observance of all agreements, understanding and ceasefire along the Line of Control and all other sectors,” both countries are again set to return to dialogue table, with the annual meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) scheduled to begin in New Delhi. The two-day annual meeting of the Indus Commissioners of India and Pakistan starts Tuesday. The meeting is being held after a gap of more than two-and-a-half years, a period that witnessed Pulwama attack (February 14, 2019), Balakot air strike (February 26, 2019) and abrogation of the special provisions under Article 370 that gave special status to J&K. According to sources, during the latest round of PIC meetings, a discussion on Pakistan’s objections...
Sena MP threatened in Lok Sabha: MP Navneet Rana
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Sena MP threatened in Lok Sabha: MP Navneet Rana

Navneet Rana, an Independent MP from Amravati, on Monday wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, alleging that Shiv Sena MP from South Mumbai Arvind Sawant threatened her in the Lok Sabha lobby after she mentioned about suspended police officer Sachin Waze, arrested in the alleged murder of Mansukh Hiran, and raised the issue of corruption charges levelled against Home Minister Anil Deshmukh by IPS officer Param Bir Singh. Sawant, however, called her allegations “baseless”. In her complaint to Birla, Rana alleged that since several questions are being raised about the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government following the Sachin Waze-Mansukh Hiran-Param Bir Singh-Anil Deshmukh controversy, she spoke in the Lok Sabha about the state’s “deteriorating” law and order situation....
McLaren F1 sign 13-year-old American karter Ugo Ugochukwu | Racing News – Times of India
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McLaren F1 sign 13-year-old American karter Ugo Ugochukwu | Racing News – Times of India

LONDON: McLaren have signed a long-term agreement with 13-year-old American karter Ugo Ugochukwu to support him through the junior categories of motorsport, the Formula One team announced on Monday. New York-born Ugochukwu won last year's European FIA OKJ European kart championship after taking a string of titles in the United States. "We’ve been watching Ugo’s progress with interest, so when the opportunity to sign an agreement with him became available, we had no hesitation moving on it," said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown in a statement. "Now we’ll focus on giving Ugo the right support when he needs it to help him fulfil his potential." McLaren's most famous junior signing was Britain's Lewis Hamilton, now a seven times world champion, who was backed by the Woking team and Mercedes fr...
Mamata Banerjee Accuses BJP Of Making False Promises Before Elections
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Mamata Banerjee Accuses BJP Of Making False Promises Before Elections

Mamata Banerjee referred to work done by her government in Bengal's Bankura (File)Bankura (West Bengal): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has accused the BJP of making false promises to people before the upcoming state elections.Addressing a public meeting in Bengal's Bankura, she accused the Centre of being eager to sell off its stakes in several public sector undertakings."Those who cast vote last time, I want to ask you: Did BJP transfer Rs 15 lakh to each account? At the time of the election they come and take away your vote by making false promises that they will give you rice and dal (pulses)," she said.She referred to work done by her government in Bankura to provide tap water supply to people.Referring to the BJP promise of reservation for women in government jobs, she...
Cases rising more rapidly during 2nd wave; Maharashtra, Kerala report maximum cases | India News – Times of India
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Cases rising more rapidly during 2nd wave; Maharashtra, Kerala report maximum cases | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After a brief lull, the number of daily coronavirus cases is once again rising, signalling the arrival of the second wave. On Sunday, India reported 46,951 cases — the highest since November 1. The current figures are relatively low when compared to the first wave of coronavirus in September when the daily number of cases crossed the 97,000 mark. However, a look at the chart would reveal that the recent surge is more consistent and rapid. A majority of the cases during the current wave were reported from Maharashtra and Kerala. Maharashtra was the largest contributor of cases during the first wave as well. During the first wave, the western Indian state contributed nearly a quarter of the total cases reported in the country. In the last month, the state has witnessed a mass...
IPL 2021: Bangladesh Cricket Board reconsidering giving Shakib Al Hasan NOC | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Bangladesh Cricket Board reconsidering giving Shakib Al Hasan NOC | Cricket News – Times of India

DHAKA: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has said that it is reconsidering giving No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. This comes after Shakib had openly slammed BCB for misinterpreting his letter when he asked the board for allowance to play in the IPL and not take part in the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. Akram Khan, BCB's cricket operations chairman, has now said that if Shakib wants to play the Test matches, then it will be considered in the coming days. "I heard that he said that I didn't read his letter. Perhaps I misunderstood his letter. He wants to play Tests, from what he has said. In the next couple of days, we will discuss his NOC. If he has an interest, he will play Tests in Sri Lanka. W...