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Latest News LIVE Updates: 6 States See Surge In Covid, Account For 79.5% Of Cases, Says Centre
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Latest News LIVE Updates: 6 States See Surge In Covid, Account For 79.5% Of Cases, Says Centre

Latest News LIVE Updates: India's total active cases have reached 4,52,647 (File)New Delhi: Six states - Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh - continue to report a high surge in daily COVID-19 cases and account for 79.57 per cent of the new infections reported in a span of 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.India's total active cases have reached 4,52,647 and currently comprise 3.8 per cent of the country's total infections, it said.The country saw 62,258 new cases being registered in the last 24 hours, the highest single day rise so far this year, according to the ministry.Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 36,902 followed by Punjab (3,122) and Chhattisgarh (2,665), the ministry said.Ten states are displaying an upwa...
Bombay fire: Civic body denied nod to hospital thrice in 10 yrs; granted due to Covid
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Bombay fire: Civic body denied nod to hospital thrice in 10 yrs; granted due to Covid

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which had granted a provisional occupancy certificate (OC) to Sunrise Hospital in April last year, citing Covid-19 pandemic and “exceptional circumstances”, had rejected a similar proposal by the hospital three times in the last 10 years. The proposals were rejected in view of the violations noticed by the BMC in Dreams Malls, where the hospital was to be set up on the third floor. HDIL which built Dreams Mall in March 2011, had received approval from the BMC to construct the hospital on the third floor of the mall. IN 2011 and 2016, HDIL had sought an occupancy certificate for the hospital. Dr Nikita Trehan of M/s Privilege Health Care Services Private Limited, which is now running the hospital, had approached the BMC twice, in...
India, Bangladesh to recognise December 6 as ‘Maitri Diwas’ | India News – Times of India
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India, Bangladesh to recognise December 6 as ‘Maitri Diwas’ | India News – Times of India

DHAKA: India and Bangladesh have decided to celebrate December 6, the day on which India formally recognized Bangladesh, as 'Maitri Diwas', a joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Saturday stated. According to the joint statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Prime Minister Modi highlighted that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, one of the greatest leaders of modern times, will be remembered for his courage and indelible contribution to Bangladesh's emergence as a sovereign country. MEA stated that PM Modi he also recalled the contribution of Bangabandhu in nurturing peace, security and development in the region. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thanked India for conferring Gandhi Peac...
Nearly 80% turnout in West Bengal, over 72% in Assam till 5pm: EC | India News – Times of India
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Nearly 80% turnout in West Bengal, over 72% in Assam till 5pm: EC | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A voter turnout of 79.79 % was recorded in West Bengal and 72.14 % in Assam till 5 PM on Saturday in the first phase of assembly elections in these states, the Election Commission said. Voting was held in 30 assembly constituencies in West Bengal and 47 seats in Assam in this phase with a total of 21,825 polling stations. During the polls, 10288 each of Ballot Units (BUs), Control Units (CUs) and VVPATs were used in West Bengal and 11,537 each of BUs, CUs and 37 VVPATs were used in Assam. One control unit, on VVPAT and at least one ballot unit make an EVM. "Non-functioning rate during the poll is lesser than experienced in last few polls," an EC statement said without elaborating. On Saturday, a total of 167 cases of Model Code of Conduct violations were reported through the ...
Delhi Court appoints a local commissioner to seal Mehmood Pracha’s computer
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Delhi Court appoints a local commissioner to seal Mehmood Pracha’s computer

A Delhi court on Saturday appointed a local commissioner (LC) and directed police to coordinate with her a visit to advocate Mehmood Pracha’s office to seal his computer, in a case of alleged tutoring of a witness in connection with the Delhi riots. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana stayed the magistrate court’s order, directing a search warrant against Pracha to be executed, till the next date of hearing on April 28.The ASJ issued the directions after Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad did not object to Pracha’s proposal to appoint an LC. ASJ Rana appointed the youngest lawyer present in the court room, Avneet Kaur, as the LC and fixed her fee for a sum of Rs 25,000. The court directed the investigating officer (IO) to go to Pracha’s office on Saturday and seiz...
Gangster who escaped from Delhi’s GTB hospital shot dead
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Gangster who escaped from Delhi’s GTB hospital shot dead

Three days after gangster Kuldeep Maan alias Fajja escaped from police custody following a shootout at GTB Hospital, he was killed in an encounter late Saturday night during exchange of fire with a Delhi Police Special Cell team at Tulsi apartments in Rohini’s sector 14. On Thursday afternoon, Fajja, a close aide of jailed gangster Jitender Maan alias Gogi, was brought to the hospital for treatment, when around 10 armed assailants attacked police personnel and overpowered them. “They threw chilli powder at the police team. Over 20 rounds were fired by both sides. One of the assailants, Ankesh, was shot in the back and fell while another accused, Ravi (35), sustained two bullet injuries in the chest and died,” a senior police officer said. Several teams of special cell and c...
TMC-BJP khela begins, 80% vote in Bengal  Phase 1; 77% in Assam
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TMC-BJP khela begins, 80% vote in Bengal Phase 1; 77% in Assam

THE FIRST PHASE of polling in 30 Assembly constituencies spread across five districts in West Bengal on Saturday was marred by sporadic incidents of violence, complaints of rigging, and snags in Electronic Voting Machines. The state recorded almost 80 per cent (79.79 per cent) voting. Assam, meanwhile, registered 76.89 per cent polling in the first phase covering 47 of the state’s total 126 Assembly constituencies. The first phase will decide the fate of several political heavyweights including incumbent Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state Congress chief Ripun Bora and jailed activist Akhil Gogoi. In West Bengal, four out of five eligible voters cast their ballot in each of the five districts: Purba Medinipur (82.51%), Jhargram (80.55%), Paschim Medinipur (80.12%), Ban...
Payments from CM funds to family, party: ED probes diaries of Mehbooba aide
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Payments from CM funds to family, party: ED probes diaries of Mehbooba aide

Two hand-written diaries maintained by an aide of former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and recovered from his Srinagar residence during searches conducted on December 23, 2020, are the focus of an investigation by the Enforcement Directorate, sources told The Sunday Express. The former Chief Minister and president of the Peoples Democratic Party was questioned by the agency two days ago. Officials said she was shown copies of pages from a diary which lists alleged monthly payments made out of the CM’s discretionary funds to several individuals including her relatives; as payment for party activities and to meet “personal” expenses. The fund, according to officials familiar with the on-going probe into the alleged money laundering case, was to the tune of...
Yusuf Pathan tests positive for COVID-19 | Cricket News – Times of India
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Yusuf Pathan tests positive for COVID-19 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan on Saturday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in home isolation. Yusuf, who last month announced retirement from all formats of the game, confirmed the news on his Twitter handle. "I've tested positive for COVID-19 today with mild symptoms. Post the confirmation, I have quarantined myself at home and taking all the necessary precautions and medication required," Yusuf tweeted. "I would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest," he added in his tweet. I've tested positive for COVID-19 today with mild symptoms. Post the confirmation, I have quarantined myself at hom… https://t.co/XSA3k8AmZd— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) 1616857764000Earlier in the day, the legendary Sachin ...
Teachers, head of school from the Delhi government’s education department among four awarded for  Covid relief efforts
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Teachers, head of school from the Delhi government’s education department among four awarded for Covid relief efforts

In the past year, teachers, principals and administrators from the Delhi government’s education department taught themselves to teach online, run Covid testing and food distribution centres, administer the movement of migrants out of the capital, and also deal with the loss of colleagues to the virus. Among those who had received the State Teachers Awards from the government on Friday were four who were recognised for their efforts in the face of the pandemic. Usha Gupta, SKV, Hari Nagar A science teacher for classes VI to X, Gupta had to go through an entirely new learning journey last year, after 28 years of teaching, to engage her students. “ Since I’m not very tech-savvy, I had to ask my children — both in their 20s — to teach me how to use PowerPoint better and make vi...
Teachers, head of school from the Delhi government’s education department among four awarded for  Covid relief efforts
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Teachers, head of school from the Delhi government’s education department among four awarded for Covid relief efforts

In the past year, teachers, principals and administrators from the Delhi government’s education department taught themselves to teach online, run Covid testing and food distribution centres, administer the movement of migrants out of the capital, and also deal with the loss of colleagues to the virus. Among those who had received the State Teachers Awards from the government on Friday were four who were recognised for their efforts in the face of the pandemic. Usha Gupta, SKV, Hari Nagar A science teacher for classes VI to X, Gupta had to go through an entirely new learning journey last year, after 28 years of teaching, to engage her students. “ Since I’m not very tech-savvy, I had to ask my children — both in their 20s — to teach me how to use PowerPoint better and make vi...
Murder of democracy, says Gehlot on Delhi Bill
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Murder of democracy, says Gehlot on Delhi Bill

PUBLICLY lending his weight to the Aam Aadmi Party-led protests that the new law undermines its elected Delhi government, Rajasthan Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Ashok Gehlot Saturday said the passage of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 by Parliament last week was a “murder of democracy” and that, in the future, the Narendra Modi government could bring such laws in states where it loses electorally. Speaking to The Sunday Express, Gehlot also said that India’s image has taken a hit globally, and that people who matter are opting to make calls on WhatsApp or FaceTime because they fear their phones could be tapped by the Centre. In a series of tweets earlier in the day, he wrote, “The GNCTD Act passed by Modi government...
BJP leader is assaulted by protesters in Punjab, farmer leaders booked
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BJP leader is assaulted by protesters in Punjab, farmer leaders booked

As the farmer protests in Delhi entered the fourth month on Friday, BJP representatives in Punjab were at the receiving end, with at least two leaders gheraoed and one of them assaulted on Saturday. While BJP state vice-president Parveen Bansal was gheraoed allegedly by farmers in Barnala, forcing him to stay inside the circuit house for some time, the party’s Abohar MLA Arun Narang was roughed up and his clothes ripped off by protesters carrying flags of farmer unions at Malout in Muktsar district. MLA Narang had gone to the BJP office in Malout around 11 am on Saturday to address a press conference on the Congress government’s performance in Punjab when protesters, who had been sitting on a dharna, surrounded his car and poured black oil on the vehicle. As Narang stepped ...
Mamata called to seek support in Nandigram, claims Suvendu confidant
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Mamata called to seek support in Nandigram, claims Suvendu confidant

As 30 Assembly seats in West Bengal went to the polls on Saturday in the first phase, the BJP released an audio clip in which a person that the party claims is Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is heard seeking help from a former Trinamool Congress (TMC) worker now with the BJP. The caller is heard asking the BJP leader to support her in Nandigram. The TMC said the tape was not verified but added that if true there was nothing wrong with Banerjee approaching a former party man. The Indian Express did not independently verify the content of the audio clip and could not confirm its authenticity. Banerjee is contesting the election from the seat in Purba Medinipur district against her former associate Suvendu Adhikari, who joined the BJP last December. The BJP’s Nandigram vice-p...
IPL 2021: No ‘soft signal’ this year, third umpire can fix ‘short run’ error | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: No ‘soft signal’ this year, third umpire can fix ‘short run’ error | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India skipper Virat Kohli had recently spoken about the need to remove the soft signals when referring to a decision to the third-umpire and this point has been discussed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as they have done away with soft signals for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). In its updated playing conditions for this year's IPL, accessed by ANI, the BCCI has clearly stated that the on-field officials would not be allowed to give soft signals when referring a decision to the third umpire. When one looks at Appendix D -Clause 2.2.2 of the playing conditions before IPL 2020 and now before IPL 2021, there is one clear change and it pertains to the usage of the soft signal. "Soft Signal: Onfield Umpire giving Soft Signal while referring the decisi...
TMC alleges nexus between EC & BJP to influence polls
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TMC alleges nexus between EC & BJP to influence polls

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Saturday shared an audio clip of a purported conversation between BJP leaders Mukul Roy and Shishir Bajoria in which Roy is heard asking Bajoria to urge the Election Commission (EC) to change the rule on appointing polling agents as the party does not have enough agents in the state. Sources said the EC relaxed the rule last week. TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh shared the clip at a press conference in Kolkata, and accused the BJP of intimidating the EC to suit its interests. The ruling party claimed that the tape revealed “a clear nexus between the BJP and the EC to influence the election”. Mukul Roy refuted the allegation and said the audio clip was fake. “This is fake. They are making everything up,” he added. The Sunday Express could not in...
F1: Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole at season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix | Racing News – Times of India
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F1: Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole at season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix | Racing News – Times of India

SAKHIR (Bahrain): Max Verstappen claimed pole position for Sunday's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix with a flawless final lap in a tense qualifying session on Saturday, beating defending champion Lewis Hamilton by three-tenths of a second. The Dutchman grabbed the fourth pole position of his career for Red Bull with an emphatic demonstration of speed to deliver a front row start alongside seven-time champion Hamilton in his Mercedes. Verstappen clocked a best lap in one minute and 28.997 seconds to outpace Hamilton by 0.338 seconds with Valtteri Bottas third in the second Mercedes. Charles Leclerc was fourth for Ferrari ahead of Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri and the McLarens of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris. Carlos Sainz was eighth in the second Ferrari ahead of two-time champion Fer...
Kolkata: Three injured in Nandigram clash, TMC blames BJP
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Kolkata: Three injured in Nandigram clash, TMC blames BJP

At least three persons were seriously injured on Saturday in a clash between BJP and Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers in Purba Medinipur’s Nandigram constituency. The police said the incident occurred around 2 pm in Nandigram’s Boyal area. The TMC said those injured were its workers, and accused the Opposition party of carrying out the attack. One of the three injured was admitted to SSKM Hospital in Kolkata. The other two are in a Nandigram super speciality hospital. TMC leader Sheikh Sufian and Abu Taher led party workers in a gherao of the Nandigram police station following the incident. “This is nothing new. ‘Mir Jafar [traitor]’ Adhikari and his associates organised this attack as they realised the people of Nandigram will vote to defeat them,” said Sufian, who is the...
India’s Credit Line For Bangladesh Covers Nuclear Projects, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant: Foreign Secretary
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India’s Credit Line For Bangladesh Covers Nuclear Projects, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant: Foreign Secretary

Both sides are interested in expanding cooperation in the Space sector: Harsh Vardhan Shringla (File)Dhaka: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Saturday that New Delhi would be involved in the development of the transmission lines for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh as part of its credit line for the neighbouring country."A significant part of our third line of credit will go to civil nuclear cooperation. Transmission lines of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will be developed by Indian companies under the line of credit. Value of these transmission lines will be worth over USD 1 billion," Mr Shringla said at a briefing following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina.He added, "Both sides (India and Bangladesh) ar...
Manu Sawhney gives ICC disciplinary panel hearing a miss | Cricket News – Times of India
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Manu Sawhney gives ICC disciplinary panel hearing a miss | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The under-fire ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney did not appear for his scheduled in-house disciplinary hearing on allegations of "abrasive behaviour". Sawhney, whose position in the global body has become untenable after a Price WaterHouse Coopers internal audit found him at fault with regards to how he ran the organisation. "Manu hasn't appeared for his hearing before the disciplinary committee of ICC. He is within his legal rights and has exercised that. The board will now decide his fate. But, yes he has little or no support in that board room," a senior official of the ICC member board told PTI on the condition of anonymity. Sawhney has been sent on indefinite leave after a majority of the ICC staff, headquartered in Dubai, found his behaviour "unacceptable" and gave thei...