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Day: March 30, 2021

NCP-UML leaders call on party workers to oppose ‘dictator’ Oli
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NCP-UML leaders call on party workers to oppose ‘dictator’ Oli

Eleven prominent leaders of the ruling NCP-UML party have called Prime Minister K P Oli a “dictator” and appealed to the party rank and file to actively oppose him. The joint statement by the leaders ― all members of the party’s powerful standing committee, including former PMs Jhala Nath Khanal and Madhav Kumar Nepal ― comes in wake of Oli assuming sweeping powers to seek clarification and suspend any leader for “indiscipline”. Oli also suspended Madhav Nepal and Bhim Rawal from the primary membership of the party for six months, warning this was their “last chance” at redemption. In their statement, the NCP-UML leaders said Oli was “making every attempt to impose dictatorship” by misusing state power and converting the “official residence (of the Prime Minister) into the ...
Bolly Buzz: Akshay Kumar unveils his ‘Ram Setu’ look; Ajay Devgn to drop ‘RRR’ first look on April 2 – Times of India ►
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Bolly Buzz: Akshay Kumar unveils his ‘Ram Setu’ look; Ajay Devgn to drop ‘RRR’ first look on April 2 – Times of India ►

Bolly Bee has saved up some of the best headlines that we know you are going to love! From Akshay Kumar commencing work on ‘Ram Setu’ to Ajay Devgn picking a release date of his RRR first look, SRK left floored by the US Navy band’s performance and more... here are all the buzz-worthy headlines of the day. At a time when most Bollywood stars are struggling to wrap up work on their films, Akshay Kumar has moved on to yet another project! After wrapping up work on 'Atrangi Re', Akki has officially begun work on his next film ‘Ram Setu’. Sharing a picture of his archaeologist character and announcing the commencement of this “special film” he said, “Would love to hear your thoughts on the look? It always matters to me...’ Talking about first looks, you know Ajay Devgn will hit the ball ou...
India hands over consignment of a lakh ‘Made-in-India’ Covishield doses | India News – Times of India
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India hands over consignment of a lakh ‘Made-in-India’ Covishield doses | India News – Times of India

India handed over a consignment of 100,000 doses of Made in India Covishield (AstraZeneca) vaccines to Fiji Tuesday. These vaccines are supplied by India through grant assistance as a special gesture of friendship and solidarity with the people of Fiji. "This is in keeping with India’s stated commitment to use India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity to help partner countries in the fight against COVID pandemic," said the government in a statement. India has, so far, provided over 63 million doses of vaccines to 76 countries and to UN health peacekeepers and workers, as part of its Vaccine Maitri initiative, as gifts and on commercial basis as well as through GAVI’s COVAX facility. "India and Fiji share longstanding partnership based on mutual respect, cooperation and cultural t...
Thackeray memorial: CM to conduct groundbreaking ceremony today
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Thackeray memorial: CM to conduct groundbreaking ceremony today

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will conduct the ground-breaking ceremony for the Balasaheb Thackeray National Memorial at Dadar on Wednesday. Sources said the event would be organised with limited guests, and others would attend it online due to COVID-19 norms. The memorial, which will cost Rs 400 crore, is being set up at the former official mayoral bungalow, a sea-facing property BMC owned and transferred to the trust, at Shivaji Park in Dadar. In the first phase of the memorial project, the architecture, electrical, interior and exterior decoration of the building, construction of parking lot, gardening and rainwater harvesting will be taken up. The second phase consists of the technological part that includes laser show, digital mapping, films, audio-visual, virtual re...
Dreams Mall fire: Audit found inoperative fire-fighting systems at hospital after it got provisional OC
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Dreams Mall fire: Audit found inoperative fire-fighting systems at hospital after it got provisional OC

Right after Sunrise hospital, located on the third floor of Dreams Mall in Bhandup West, was issued a provisional occupational certificate (OC) to run a Covid-19 centre, an audit of the mall conducted last May by the Mumbai Fire Brigade had found that the mall and the hospital had inoperative fire-fighting systems. Eleven Covid-19 patients had died last week after a fire had broken out at the mall. While Mumbai Fire Brigade had granted the hospital a fire safety compliance report on July 22, 2020, its May audit report had said that fire-fighting systems like wet riser, sprinkler pumps, booster pumps and pumps were non-functional at the hospital. The audit was done in the backdrop of a condition mentioned in the provisional OC granted to the hospital. The audit report was se...
Satish Kaushik shares photo with daughter, says they are recovering from COVID – Times of India
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Satish Kaushik shares photo with daughter, says they are recovering from COVID – Times of India

Actor-filmmaker Satish Kaushik, who tested Covid positive a while back, shared a photograph with daughter Vanshika from the hospital on Tuesday. He added that both of them were recovering. "Father-Daughter hoping for COVID free world.. Thanks is a very small word to say but has big gratitude & emotions and compassion when u say it to ur dearest friends who stand by you in hard times. Thanking his doctors, friends and well wishers, the actor-filmmaker added: "Friends & Well Wishers I m recovering at home and Vanshika is feeling better today morning by wishes of god & u all .. THANKS," he wrote. Satish Kaushik had informed about his health in an Instagram post on March 17. "Attention please!! I have been tested Covid positive. I would request everyone to get tested, who ca...
Biden Picks Black Women, First Muslim For Federal Judgeships
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Biden Picks Black Women, First Muslim For Federal Judgeships

Joe Biden nominated two other African-American women to federal appeals court vacancies.Washington, United States: President Joe Biden nominated several Black women, an Asian American and the first Muslim ever to federal judgeships Tuesday in a push for diversity in the US court system.Breaking with predecessor Donald Trump's four-year effort to staff federal courts with largely white male conservatives, Biden unveiled his first 11 picks for judges, with only two of them men, neither of them white.At the top of his list was nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is African-American, to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which is known to handle major cases.If confirmed by the Senate, Jackson, 50, would replace Merrick Garland -- who is now Biden's attorne...
Mumbai reports 4,758 Covid-19 cases: Longer wait time, queues at test centres
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Mumbai reports 4,758 Covid-19 cases: Longer wait time, queues at test centres

In a grim indicator of the worsening Covid-19 situation, queues at RT-PCR testing centres in Mumbai have increased, with a waiting time that ranges between 3 to 4 hours for swab collection. The test reports now take up to 48 hours to arrive. On Tuesday, Mumbai reported 4,758 cases. The figure was lower than the preceding days as testing had halved on Holi. Several hospitals and jumbo centres in Mumbai now have Covid-19 patients waitlisted for admission. There is a shortage of beds as most patients, despite being asymptomatic or having mild symptoms, need hospital beds for isolation, as they do not have space for the same at home. The city is diagnosing 6,000 to 7,000 cases a day, with 80 per cent of the patients asymptomatic. For patients who live in chawls and slums, self-...
Myanmar Protests: Myanmar crackdown death toll passes 520 | World News – Times of India
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Myanmar Protests: Myanmar crackdown death toll passes 520 | World News – Times of India

YANGON: The civilian death toll in the Myanmar military's crackdown on protesters passed 520 as armed rebel groups on Tuesday threatened the junta with retaliation if the bloodshed does not stop. World powers have ramped up their condemnation of the military's campaign against the anti-coup movement that is demanding the restoration of the elected government and the release of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Washington suspended a trade pact with Myanmar and UN chief Antonio Guterres called for a united global front to pressure the junta after more than 100 protesters were killed in a bloody weekend. Adding to that pressure campaign, a trio of ethnic rebel groups on Tuesday condemned the crackdown and threatened to fight alongside protesters unless the military reined in its violence....
Restaurants, Shops To Mention Meat Is  “Halal”  Or  “Jhatka” : North Delhi Civic Body
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Restaurants, Shops To Mention Meat Is “Halal” Or “Jhatka” : North Delhi Civic Body

North Delhi has a number of restaurants selling or serving non-vegetarian food items. (Representational)New Delhi: Restaurants and shops in north Delhi will now have to "mandatorily" display whether the meat being sold or served is halal or jhatka as the BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Tuesday cleared a proposal in this regard, its mayor said.The proposal was recently moved by the Standing Committee of the NDMC.North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash said the House "cleared the proposal in its meeting today"."So, restaurants and shops in north Delhi will now have to mandatorily display whether the meat being sold or served is halal or jhatka," he said."Jhatka'' method is one in which an animal is slaughtered in one go, while in the ''halal'' method, an animal is allowed to die after ...
Pakistan govt meets today on reviving trade with India
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Pakistan govt meets today on reviving trade with India

In what could be a first major step by Islamabad to attempt revival of relations with New Delhi, the Pakistan government is going to consider Wednesday the resumption of trade ties with India, sources told The Indian Express Tuesday. Pakistan’s cabinet committee on economic affairs, sources said, is going to decide on importing sugar and cotton from India. The committee meeting is scheduled 11.30 am Pakistan time. Pakistan snapped ties with India following the August 2019 abrogation of Article 370 in J&K and the division of the state into two new Union Territories. Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter wishing him on Pakistan’s National Day, said his country wants peace with its neighbours, including India, fo...
For 8 months, a father in J&K has been digging for missing son’s body
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For 8 months, a father in J&K has been digging for missing son’s body

A SHOVEL and a spade in hand, he sets out from his two-storeyed house. Depending on what he last heard, he chooses a spot and starts digging. Manzoor Ahmad Wagay has been digging the earth for the past eight months now. What he hopes to find one day is his son’s body — the son who would have been 25 years old in a few days. On August 2 last year, Territorial Army soldier Rifleman Shakir Manzoor was travelling between the Balpora and Bahibagh army camps in Shopian area. Since it was Eid day, he stopped to have lunch with his family on the way back and left home at 5 pm. “That is the last time I saw him,” says his father, 56. The last time anyone heard from Shakir was about half-an- hour later, when he called the family and said he had run into some friends and that they shou...
Caught in crosshairs of Chhattisgarh’s police-Naxal war, 14 who surrendered
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Caught in crosshairs of Chhattisgarh’s police-Naxal war, 14 who surrendered

ON JANUARY 6, 28-year old Nanda Midiyami, one of the 14 tribals who the police recorded as a Naxal, was restless, and scared. The next day, they had to present themselves at the SP’s office in Dantewada, and put their thumb impressions on a surrender document. Gumiyapal is a village 45 km from the district headquarters in Dantewada. It is difficult to access the village, with the nearest road at least 25 km away. The 14 men, aged 25-40 years, are subsistence farmers and grow paddy in small plots of land around their village, for personal consumption. They had gathered on the outskirts of the village along with their gaayta (the tribal head), siyaan (the elders), women and children, to speak with The Indian Express. Besides the police, the dozen-plus men also feared retribut...
Karnataka CD case: Jarkiholi faces arrest after woman records statement in court
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Karnataka CD case: Jarkiholi faces arrest after woman records statement in court

BJP MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi, who had to step down as Karnataka Water Resources Minister earlier this month after TV channels played a video CD allegedly featuring him and a young woman, faces the prospect of arrest. The woman, who accused him of sexual assault and harassment, recorded a statement Tuesday before a magistrate in Bengaluru. The woman, untraceable since March 2, the day the video CD was played by TV channels, appeared before a magistrate Tuesday afternoon after being brought to the court by her lawyers. On March 26, the Bengaluru police, acting on a complaint sent to them by the woman through her advocates, had registered a complaint of assault and sexual intercourse by an official in authority under IPC sections 354 and 376 (c) against Jarkiholi. In her complaint...
Voting tomorrow: High-octane campaigns by Mamata, Shah draw battlelines in Nandigram
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Voting tomorrow: High-octane campaigns by Mamata, Shah draw battlelines in Nandigram

Road shows, public meetings, fiery speeches Tuesday in Nandigram, from where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is seeking a third term in office, marked the end of the high-octane campaign by the ruling TMC and rival BJP for the second phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal. The two parties, led on the ground by Banerjee and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, went all out Tuesday, firming battlelines for the vote Thursday. Around 1.30 pm, following a 2.5-km road show in Nandigram for BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari, Shah, on his way to a Shiva temple in Reyapara, stopped to buy cucumbers. As security personnel tried to push back the crowds, Shah walked up to Parulbala Mal’s shop and sought the octogenarian’s blessings before accepting the cucumbers. That spot is barely 500 met...
Situation going from bad to worse, vaccinate all 45-plus in surge districts in 2 weeks: Centre
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Situation going from bad to worse, vaccinate all 45-plus in surge districts in 2 weeks: Centre

With several parts of the country reporting a second wave of Covid-19 cases, the Centre Tuesday warned that the situation is going from “bad to worse” and urged states to achieve 100 per cent vaccination coverage of those above the age of 45 years in surge districts within the next two weeks. The Government will roll out the third phase of its vaccination drive from April 1 to cover all those above the age of 45. On Saturday, during a meeting with 46 districts that reported 70 per cent of the total cases over the last month, the Centre conveyed that 90 per cent of Covid-linked deaths in the country continue to be in the category of those aged above 45. “All districts with high caseload and fast growth of cases must ensure 100 per cent saturation vaccination of the priority...
Bayern’s Lewandowski ruled out for four weeks with knee injury | Football News – Times of India
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Bayern’s Lewandowski ruled out for four weeks with knee injury | Football News – Times of India

Bayern Munich's Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has been ruled out for four weeks after suffering a sprained ligament in his right knee, the German champions said on Tuesday. Lewandowski sustained the injury in Poland's World Cup qualifying win over Andorra on Sunday, ruling him out of their match against England on Wednesday, and had scans on Monday. His injury is a big blow to Bundesliga leaders Bayern who travel to second-placed RB Leipzig on Saturday. The injury will also rule him out of the reigning European champions' two Champions League quarter-final legs against last year's runners-up Paris St Germain, scheduled for April 7 and April 13. Bayern also look set to miss his services when they play third-placed VfL Wolfsburg in the league (April 17) and top-four chasing Bayer Leve...
Dabholkar-Pansare murder cases: Ready for trial while probe will continue, CBI and SIT tell HC
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Dabholkar-Pansare murder cases: Ready for trial while probe will continue, CBI and SIT tell HC

After being pulled up during the last hearing for delaying investigations in the cases pertaining to the murders of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar (2013) and activist and CPI leader Govind Pansare (2015), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Special Investigation Team (SIT) of state police on Tuesday informed the Bombay High Court that they were agreeable to commencement of trial in both the cases even though investigation was still under way. The agencies also informed the court that they had withdrawn the application that sought a stay on commencement of the trial. Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune on August 20, 2013, while Pansare was shot on February 16, 2015, near his house in Kolhapur in western Maharashtra. He died four days later. The CBI is investigating the...
Anil Deshmukh: Former judge to probe corruption allegations against Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh | India News – Times of India
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Anil Deshmukh: Former judge to probe corruption allegations against Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday appointed former Bombay high court judge Kailash Chandiwal to probe corruption allegations against home minister Anil Deshmukh. Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh had levelled serious corruption charges against Deshmukh, alleging that the latter gave cops, including suspended police officer Sachin Waze, a target to accumulate Rs 100 crore per month in bribes. Singh had revealed this in a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. He later moved the Bombay high court, demanding CBI probe against Deshmukh. Deshmukh has denied all charges against him. The NIA is probing the alleged role of Waze, who was arrested on March 13, in parking an explosives-laden vehicle outside the Mumbai residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani on F...
SV Sunil ignored for Argentina sojourn as India return to action in FIH Pro League | Hockey News – Times of India
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SV Sunil ignored for Argentina sojourn as India return to action in FIH Pro League | Hockey News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Indian men's hockey team will begin its journey in the FIH Pro League, following a 13-month pandemic-induced break, with the Argentina leg of the League, slated on April 10 and 11. This is also the beginning of an uncertain yet crucial phase for the team. India are scheduled to face Great Britain, Spain and Germany in away contests before heading home to Bhubaneswar for the last leg against New Zealand on May 29 and 30. But with the surge in Covid-19 cases across the world, they will have to take one leg of the schedule at a time. In this background and with less than four months left for the Tokyo Olympics, there are more questions than answers surrounding the team. Among the primary queries are the future of ace striker SV Sunil and the return of players who had tested ...