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Special team of UP Police leaves for Ropar to bring back Mukhtar Ansari
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Special team of UP Police leaves for Ropar to bring back Mukhtar Ansari

A team of the Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday left for Punjab to bring back gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who faces trial in over a dozen cases in the state, officials said on Monday. The Punjab Home Department has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to take custody of the jailed BSP MLA by April 8. “A police team has left for Punjab today to bring Mukhtar Ansari. The team will take all the security measures required in bringing him,” Superintendent of Police (Banda) Siddharth Shankar Meena said. Senior police officials refused to divulge the details like how many police personnel were going to bring Ansari. Ansari, a history-sheeter in the UP Police records, is currently lodged in Ropar jail in connection with an extortion case. The Punjab Police had brought him...
TMC worker and three BJP workers injured
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TMC worker and three BJP workers injured

A TMC worker and three BJP workers were injured in separate incidents of violence on Sunday, two days before the third phase of the ongoing Assembly elections. TMC worker Barik Mollah was injured in firing at his home in Minakhan in North 24 Parganas district’s Basirhat area on Sunday night. He was shot in the leg and ribs, and was admitted to NRS Hospital in Kolkata. The TMC blamed the Indian Secular Front (ISF) for the attack. But the front dismissed the allegation and claimed the incident was the result of factionalism. The police have arrested three people, said to be ISF workers. According to local sources, Barik returned home two days ago after spending several days away. On Sunday night, the gunmen fired three rounds at his house, injuring him. The police said the T...
India Likely To Make Available Less Number Of Vaccines Globally: Gavi
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India Likely To Make Available Less Number Of Vaccines Globally: Gavi

India Likely To Make Available Less Number Of Vaccines Globally: GaviWashington: India, which is experiencing a sudden rise in number of COVID-19 cases, is now likely to make available a smaller number of vaccines to the rest of the world, the head of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation has said."India is, by volume, the largest supplier of vaccines for the developing world. Because of the new wave of outbreaks in India right now, the Indian government has stepped up their vaccination programmes, and that has meant that they've required more doses, which means that they've made less doses available for the rest of the world," Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi told CBS News in an interview."We had expected, in March and April, about 90 million doses, and we suspect we'll get much, ...
PM Modi to meet CMs over steps to contain Covid spread | India News – Times of India
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PM Modi to meet CMs over steps to contain Covid spread | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Concerned over the surge in daily cases of Covid-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a meeting with chief ministers and UT administrators on April 8 to discuss the issues and take concrete steps to contain the spread of the infection as well as measures to immediately lower deaths due to it, official sources said. On Tuesday, health minister Harsh Vardhan will also meet his counterparts from 11 “states of grave concern” reporting maximum surge in cases and fatalities from Covid-19. Vardhan will take stock of the situation and set the agenda for Thursday's meeting. Officials are concerned over the rapid rise on cases that resulted in over 1 lakh cases even on Sunday with positivity rate over 11%, breaching the previous peak of 99,181 seen in a single day during the...
Hand pump buried in sand, temple without deity: Seven villages start vanishing from Odisha map
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Hand pump buried in sand, temple without deity: Seven villages start vanishing from Odisha map

THIS 17-KM stretch along the coast in Odisha’s Kendrapara district, which was once home for nearly 700 families, now stands in solitude, a vast expanse covered in sand as far as the eye can see, peppered with palm trees and abandoned cattle. Close to the shore, there are some remnants of the past: a hand pump half-buried in the sand, cattle left unattended and an old temple without a deity. The temple was once a bustling weekend spot for many of those families. Today, it has only one regular visitor, Prafulla Lenka. This, in short, is the story of Satabhaya, a cluster of seven villages, which has almost disappeared from the map due to coastal erosion, taking with it a way of life and livelihood. The six-member family of Lenka was among the 571 that were rehabilitated by the...
Russian foreign minister Lavrov arrives in India for two-day visit | India News – Times of India
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Russian foreign minister Lavrov arrives in India for two-day visit | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday arrived in New Delhi for a two-day visit to India. "Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov arrives in New Delhi for his official visit," the External Affairs Ministry (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi wrote in a tweet. He is scheduled to meet external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday. Later in the day, the two ministers will address a joint press conference. According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the visit will be a unique opportunity to discuss important aspects of bilateral ties, also to review preparations for the next India Russia annual summit and also perhaps discuss regional and international issues of mutual interest. Jaishankar and Lavrov will exchange views on vital i...
Detention despite bail: Why District Magistrates love the NSA
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Detention despite bail: Why District Magistrates love the NSA

A close scrutiny of the orders by District Magistrates invoking the National Security Act shows why the draconian law is so readily invoked. For, the NSA empowers the state to detain a person without a formal charge and without trial. Under the NSA, a person is taken into custody to prevent him or her from acting in any manner prejudicial to “the security of the state” or for “maintenance of the public order.” It is an administrative order passed either by the Divisional Commissioner or the District Magistrate — and not detention ordered by police based on specific allegations or for a specific violation of the law. Even if a person is in police custody, the DM can slap NSA against him. Or, if a person has been granted bail by a trial court, he can be immediately detained u...
Arrested in Agusta case, middleman named in deal to make Rafale models
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Arrested in Agusta case, middleman named in deal to make Rafale models

Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of French combat jet Rafale, paid at least Euros 508,925 against an invoice for Euro 1 million raised by an Indian firm controlled by a middleman — Sushen Gupta — already under investigation in the AgustaWestland case, French online investigative journal Mediapart reported Monday. This alleged payment came to light during a scheduled audit of Dassault’s 2017 accounts by French anti-corruption agency AFA. While Dassault claimed the money was used to pay Defsys Solutions for manufacturing 50 large replica models of Rafale jets soon after the signing of the Indo-French contract in 2016, according to Mediapart, the company could not furnish any proof to AFA that these models were indeed made. “Yet against all apparent logic, the AFA decided ...
#MeToo: Harvey Weinstein appeals sexual assault conviction, seeks new trial – Times of India
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#MeToo: Harvey Weinstein appeals sexual assault conviction, seeks new trial – Times of India

Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is seeking a new trial, arguing that a New York judge denied him an impartial jury when he was convicted last year of sexual assault and rape, according to a Monday court filing. Weinstein, 69, was sentenced in March 2020 by Justice James Burke of Manhattan criminal court to 23 years in prison for assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping former aspiring actress Jessica Mann. Weinstein's court filing says he was denied a presumption of innocence when Burke allowed the jury to hear testimony from women who alleged Weinstein assaulted them even though their allegations did not result in a criminal charge. Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sexual encounters. Source link
94 out of 120 orders quashed: Allahabad High Court calls out abuse of NSA in Uttar Pradesh
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94 out of 120 orders quashed: Allahabad High Court calls out abuse of NSA in Uttar Pradesh

Police FIRs that cut and paste key details across different locations; detention orders signed by District Magistrates that show “non-application of mind”; denial of due process to the accused; repeated use of the law to block bail — in case after case, the Allahabad High Court has red-flagged the way the UP government has used the draconian National Security Act (NSA) which gives the state powers to arrest without formal charge or trial. An investigation by The Indian Express of police and court records reveals a telling pattern. Between January 2018 and December 2020, the Allahabad High Court ruled in 120 habeas corpus petitions challenging preventive detention under the NSA. In 94 detentions, it quashed orders of DMs in as many as 32 districts and ordered the release of ...
Weekend lockdowns don’t work, Centre told Maharashtra
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Weekend lockdowns don’t work, Centre told Maharashtra

ON SUNDAY, Maharashtra imposed full lockdown on weekends and fresh restrictions to last through April, but just two days before, it kept silent about any such plans during the high-level review meeting chaired by the Cabinet Secretary on Friday. Senior government officials told The Indian Express that the silence was probably explained by the fact that unlike in the initial phase, the Centre had made it clear to Maharashtra almost two weeks back that weekend lockdowns have limited impact on containing and suppressing the chain of transmission. “The Chief Secretary, Maharashtra, received the largest chunk of time during the Cabinet Secretary meeting. However, no one discussed any imposition of a weekend lockdown,” a top government source who was part of the high-level meetin...
Vladimir Putin signs law that could keep him in Kremlin until 2036 – Times of India
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Vladimir Putin signs law that could keep him in Kremlin until 2036 – Times of India

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that could keep him in office in the Kremlin until 2036, the government said on Monday. The legislation allows him to run for two more six-year terms once his current stint ends in 2024. It follows changes to the constitution last year. Those changes were backed in a public vote last summer and could allow Putin, 68, to potentially remain in power until the age of 83. He is currently serving his second consecutive term as president and his fourth in total. The reform, which critics cast as a constitutional coup, was packaged with an array of other amendments that were expected to garner popular support, such as one bolstering pension protections. The law signed by Putin limits any future president to two terms in office, but rese...
More than 1,800 prisoners escape after attack on Nigeria jail – Times of India
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More than 1,800 prisoners escape after attack on Nigeria jail – Times of India

ABUJA (NIGERIA): More than 1,800 inmates have escaped after heavily armed men attacked a prison in southern Nigeria using explosives, prison authorities said Monday, in one of the country's largest jailbreaks. The attackers blasted their way into the Owerri prison in Imo state, engaging guards in a gun battle, the national corrections authority said in a statement. "I can confirm that the Imo State command of the Nigerian Correctional Service was attacked by unknown gunmen in Owerri," Imo state corrections service spokesman James Madugba told AFP, adding that the number of escaped inmates was yet to be confirmed. "The situation is under control," he said. The assailants arrived in pickup trucks and buses before storming the facility, the correction authority said. President Muhammadu Bu...
Chhattisgarh: Maoists suspected to have abducted CRPF man missing after attack
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Chhattisgarh: Maoists suspected to have abducted CRPF man missing after attack

The CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) jawan who is missing after the ambush on the Sukma-Bijapur border on Saturday is allegedly being held captive by the Maoists. In the aftermath of the ambush in Teklagudam on Saturday, bodies of 22 security personnel had been recovered. In a statement on Sunday, Bastar Inspector General of Police P Sundarraj had said that one constable, Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, of the elite CoBRA unit of the CRPF, was missing. Manhas is originally a resident of Jammu. When asked if the CoBRA jawan was being held captive by the Maoists, Bijapur SP Kamlochan Kashyap told The Indian Express on Monday, “We have received information that he is alive and was taken by them (Maoists). We are investigating further,” he said. Sources told The Indian E...
Reinstate our CIC, Lalchand Rajput urges MCA Ombudsman | Cricket News – Times of India
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Reinstate our CIC, Lalchand Rajput urges MCA Ombudsman | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former India opener Lalchand Rajput on Monday filed a petition against the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to the cricket body’s newly-appointed Ethics Officer-cum-Ombudsman Justice Vijaya Tahilramani regarding the dissolution of the MCA’s previous Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) on Conflict of Interest grounds. Rajput was the chairman of the CIC, which included former India players Sameer Dighe and Raju Kulkarni. Before its removal, the previous CIC was at loggerheads with the office-bearers of the MCA on the issue of appointment of the coach of the Mumbai team. Requesting “for immediate interim actions till the matter is fairly heard and resolved, Rajput has urged Tahilramani to “reinstate the CIC which was dissolved on February 18, 2021 till the upcoming AGM, declare the...
Athletes opt for self-vaccination; efforts to get Covid jabs for Olympic-bound contingent making no headway | More sports News – Times of India
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Athletes opt for self-vaccination; efforts to get Covid jabs for Olympic-bound contingent making no headway | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: On March 18, an unexpected news trickled in from Haryana’s Sonepat. It was revealed that wrestler Bajrang Punia has got himself vaccinated with the first dose of Covid-19. He wasn’t eligible for the vaccine shot at that time as it was intended for people in the age group of 60+ and 45-59 with comorbidities. However, Bajrang jumped the queue and the state health officials obliged. The grappler had become frustrated with constant RT-PCR testing he was being subjected to in the USA and Italy in the absence of vaccine shots. “I thought it to be the best to get myself vaccinated. This way I can feel safe and travel for training and competitions with a free mind, without bothering about contracting the virus,” he said. Bajrang’s fear was genuine. With the country’s vaccination driv...
IAF chopper joins ops to douse Uttarakhand forest fire
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IAF chopper joins ops to douse Uttarakhand forest fire

A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured of providing helicopters and personnel to douse the raging forest fires in Uttarakhand, an MI-17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) joined the fire-fighting operation in Narendra Nagar forest division in Tehri Garhwal district on Monday. The IAF chopper managed to douse fire in some parts but the operation was stopped after two-and-a-half hours following adverse weather conditions. Officials said that the operation will resume on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, 85 new forest fire incidents were reported across the state in the past 24 hours and over 165 hectares of forest area was affected, the forest department said. Officials said the MI-17 helicopter started operation at 10 am on Monday with two rounds of recce in fire-...
IPL: Extra responsibility of captaincy will sit well with Pant, feels Ponting | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL: Extra responsibility of captaincy will sit well with Pant, feels Ponting | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting feels swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will enjoy the extra responsibility of leading the side in the Indian Premier League this season. Pant was named the captain of Delhi Capitals for the upcoming IPL after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the tournament following a left shoulder injury he sustained during the recently-concluded England's tour of India. "I think extra responsibility is going to sit really well with him. He's that sort of a person that likes the responsibility, wants to be the main man and wants to be the leader, so I am really excited to see how he goes. "We'll help him through, but honestly, I don't think he's going to need much help at all," Ponting was quoted as saying in a media release. T...
Sikkim Earthquake: 5.4 magnitude quake jolts Sikkim, tremors also felt in Bihar, Assam, Bengal | India News – Times of India
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Sikkim Earthquake: 5.4 magnitude quake jolts Sikkim, tremors also felt in Bihar, Assam, Bengal | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 struck near the Sikkim-Bhutan border, about 25km East-Southeast of capital Gangtok at 8:50pm on Monday. The quake occurred at a depth of about 10km. Tremors were felt in several eastern states including Assam, Bihar and West Bengal, apart from Sikkim. There was panic with people rushing out of their homes as the quake struck. There is no report of damage to life and property. Further details are awaited. Source link
Maharashtra: Service sector demands rollback of curbs, fears ‘irreversible damage’
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Maharashtra: Service sector demands rollback of curbs, fears ‘irreversible damage’

With new restrictions imposed in the state, the service sector has warned that the guidelines will leave them devastated and could lead to job losses. The hospitality, restaurant and retail industries have demanded a roll-back of the guidelines, fearing it would irreversably damage the industry. On Sunday, Maharashtra government issued new guidelines under ‘Break the Chain’ to curb the surge in daily Covid-19 cases. Under new guidelines, from Monday, shops selling essential items will be allowed to remain open. People’s movements have been restricted only essential activities are allowed between 8pm to 7am everyday. The guidelines will be in force till April 30. Retailers Association of India (RAI) CEO Kumar Rajagopalan said, “The retail industry will again start experienci...