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Day: April 8, 2021

UP panchayat poll: BJP nominates Sengar’s wife
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UP panchayat poll: BJP nominates Sengar’s wife

In five more districts, the BJP on Thursday declared its list of panchayat poll candidates that included the name of Sangeeta Sengar, wife of former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar who was convicted in a rape case. Sengar’s Assembly membership was cancelled after his conviction. Sangeeta, who is the outgoing Zila Panchayat Chairperson of Unnao, has been given a ticket from Fatehpur Chaurasi Tritaya seat for the Zila Panchayat member. Names of 51 candidates were released for different Zila Panchayat wards in Unnao. Sangeeta had become the Zila Panchayat chairman from Unnao district in 2016. At that time, panchayat elections were not contested on political party symbol. But this time, political parties, including BJP, have decided to officially declare its candidates so that the...
Amarinder urges Modi to clear Rs 937 crore-worth projects for 400th anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur | India News – Times of India
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Amarinder urges Modi to clear Rs 937 crore-worth projects for 400th anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clear the state government’s proposal for launching various projects worth Rs 937 crores, including the development of Anandpur Sahib as smart city, to pay tributes to Guru Tegh Bahadur, whose 400th Prakash Purab will be celebrated this year. Participating virtually in the high-level national committee meeting, convened by Modi to finalise plans for celebration of the 400th Prakash Purab, Amarinder said, “I urge Modi ji to ensure that this historic event is commemorated not only at national but at a global level”. Briefing the Prime Minister on the memorandum sent to the Centre in this regard, Amarinder said his government plans to duly recognise the towns and villages associated with the...
Day after EC notice Why no EC complaint against those who talk Hindu, Muslim: Mamata
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Day after EC notice Why no EC complaint against those who talk Hindu, Muslim: Mamata

A day after the Election Commission served her a notice for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) with her appeal last week to minority voters not to divide their votes between different political parties, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she would continue to raise her voice against any attempt to divide voters on communal lines. She said the Election Commission may serve 10 show-cause notices on her but that won’t change her stance. The TMC supremo, who addressed four back-to-back rallies during the day, sought to know why no complaint has been registered against BJP star campaigner and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he often makes references to Hindu and Muslim vote banks while delivering speeches. “You (EC) can issue...
IIM-Calcutta faculty face new code of conduct: no criticism, no protests, no petitions
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IIM-Calcutta faculty face new code of conduct: no criticism, no protests, no petitions

NO criticising the institute or the government, no joining protest demonstrations that hurt “public order” or “decency,” curbs on going to the court or the press, no politics, no signing joint petitions for redressal — these are among the key provisions of a new code of conduct for faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. The draft code, circulated late February by former director Anju Seth on behalf of the Board, has met strong resistance from the faculty. In a response signed by over 60 teachers, they have argued that the code, borrowing heavily from the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, goes against the understanding of an academic institution that is expected to promote critical thinking and academic freedom. It also infringes on their Constitution...
Despite protests, CJI calls collegium meet, it ends in deadlock
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Despite protests, CJI calls collegium meet, it ends in deadlock

Despite reservations by at least two of his colleagues, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde called a meeting of the Supreme Court collegium Thursday to discuss appointments to the top court. That meeting, however, ended in a deadlock with “no consensus” on the future course of action, sources told The Indian Express. Earlier in the day, Court No. 2, headed by Chief Justice of India-designate N V Ramana did not sit. However, Justice Ramana attended the collegium meeting although he did not attend court. If a consensus had emerged on a name in the five-member panel, it would have been the first recommendation made to the government in CJI Bobde’s 14-month-long tenure. The Collegium to recommend judges to the Supreme Court consists of five judges. Apart from CJI Bobde and Justice...
Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs or bad heart – Times of India
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Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs or bad heart – Times of India

MINNEAPOLIS: George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck, a medical expert testified at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial on Thursday, emphatically rejecting the defense theory that Floyd's drug use and underlying health problems were what killed him. "A healthy person subjected to what Mr. Floyd was subjected to would have died as a result of what he was subjected to," said prosecution witness Dr. Martin Tobin, a lung and critical care specialist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola University's medical school in Chicago. Using easy-to-understand language to explain a host of medical concepts, Tobin told the jury that Floyd's breathing was too shallow to take in enough oxygen while Chauvin and other officers pinned...
Tollyganj: From box office to ballot box, where stars cross paths
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Tollyganj: From box office to ballot box, where stars cross paths

THE political battlefield in West Bengal is a star-studded affair this time, with names from its film and television industries arrayed on both sides of the divide. Now the rift is also playing out in the very home of Tollywood — the Tollyganj Assembly constituency in South Kolkata that votes on April 10. The TMC, which has assiduously courted stars in its climb to power, counts Tollyganj as among its strongholds, having won the seat since 2001. For the last three elections, it has been won by the party’s Aroop Biswas, the West Bengal PWD Minister. However, in the BJP corner this time is a name with as much star power — MP, Union minister and popular singer Babul Supriyo, counted by some as among BJP chief minister candidates. The Sanyukta Morcha’s candidate is a name as at...
John Kerry says net-zero not US message, welcomes activism like Disha Ravi’s
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John Kerry says net-zero not US message, welcomes activism like Disha Ravi’s

India pledging net zero carbon emissions is not an “absolute requirement” and that was not his message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said on Thursday. India, he added, was already doing all the things to get there. “Do I think it (a net-zero target) could be? Yes. Am I sitting here saying that’s what India surely has to do? No, that’s not my message in my meeting with the Prime Minister,” Kerry said in a media interaction, a day after his meeting with Modi. He added that Modi understood the challenge of climate change, and “that’s better than a lot of nations”. Asked about the role of young climate activists and how governments can safeguard their rights or encourage them — in the context of the case of Dish...
Kashi Vishwanath vs Gyanvapi Mosque: Court orders ASI to survey disputed site
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Kashi Vishwanath vs Gyanvapi Mosque: Court orders ASI to survey disputed site

Stating that “the matter in dispute pertains to have connection with our deep history”, a Varanasi court Thursday ordered the Director General of Archaeological Survey of India to “get a comprehensive archaeological physical survey” done of the disputed Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque complex and “find out as to whether the religious structure standing at present at the disputed site is a superimposition, alteration or addition or there is a structural overlapping of any kind, with or over, any religious structure”. Fast Track Court Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ashutosh Tiwari’s order came less than a month after the Supreme Court sought the Centre’s response on a PIL challenging the constitutional validity of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 wh...
PM Modi at Covid review meet: Keep focus on test and trace, let’s not jump the gun on vaccines
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PM Modi at Covid review meet: Keep focus on test and trace, let’s not jump the gun on vaccines

EMPHASISING THAT vaccination is a long-term and continuous strategy in the fight against the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday directed all states to immediately focus on aggressive testing and micro-containment to break the chain of transmission of the second Covid wave. The Prime Minister also appealed to states to achieve 100 per cent vaccination of the 45-plus population in high-focus districts and called for a “vaccination utsav” between the birth anniversaries of icons Jyotiba Phule (April 11) and B R Ambedkar (April 14). “What we have done is that we jumped to vaccination (as a strategy) and have forgotten testing. As the vaccines are being produced, they will be delivered…earlier, we won the fight without the vaccine. We won the fight when we didn’t ev...
What Centre note blaming Opposition states missed: Surge cuts across party lines
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What Centre note blaming Opposition states missed: Surge cuts across party lines

On Wednesday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan singled out non-BJP ruled states, particularly Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, for “politicising” the pandemic, and berated them for not doing enough to control the spread of coronavirus cases. While the Opposition-ruled states are indeed among the worst affected — Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Chhattisgarh stand out — data shows that there is hardly any state that can claim to be in a comfortable situation. The spread of the disease has been politics-agnostic. Karnataka, a BJP-ruled state, has the third-highest caseload in the country. It also reported the third-highest number of deaths, after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Incidentally, the BJP is AIADMK’s ally which rules Tamil Nadu. Relatives of Covid infected patients acr...
Johnson & Johnson set to begin India trial of its single-shot vaccine soon
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Johnson & Johnson set to begin India trial of its single-shot vaccine soon

In a significant development that could ramp up the availability of vaccines in India, US pharma giant Johnson & Johnson, the only manufacturer with a single-dose Covid-19 vaccine, has communicated to the Indian regulator that it will soon begin bridging clinical trials in the country. Top government sources told The Indian Express that J&J will soon conduct the trials, which could pave the way for its vaccine to be marketed in India. “Johnson & Johnson has sent a letter to the CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation) that they will very shortly apply for permission to conduct clinical bridging trials in India,” the sources said. India is looking to ramp up its vaccine doses amidst high demand due to the second surge of coronavirus in the country, wi...
Singapore’s designated future leader Heng Swee Keat steps aside – Times of India
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Singapore’s designated future leader Heng Swee Keat steps aside – Times of India

SINGAPORE: Singapore's designated future leader, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, has taken himself out of the running in a surprise decision, saying in a letter released Thursday that a younger person with a "longer runway" should become the next prime minister. The announcement sets back the country's succession plans for after the retirement of current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Lee, 69, had planned to retire at age 70 but has indicated he may stay on until the coronavirus crisis is over. Singapore has been led by the People's Action Party since its independence in 1965, and succession is usually planned years in advance. In his letter, posted on the prime minister's office website, Heng, who turns 60 this year, said the pandemic is likely to be prolonged, and "I would b...
Probe Agency Files Chargesheet Against Ex-UP Minister In Money Laundering Case
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Probe Agency Files Chargesheet Against Ex-UP Minister In Money Laundering Case

The agency had raided a number premises linked to Prajapati in Lucknow last year. (File)New Delhi/Lucknow: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed its first chargesheet against former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati on Thursday even as it attached 60 assets and over 50 bank accounts of his and his family members worth over Rs 55 crore, officials said.The central agency is probing the former legislator, who held the mining portfolio in the Samajwadi Party government led by Akhilesh Yadav, on money laundering charges in a case linked to alleged possession of disproportionate assets."A total of 57 bank accounts with a total balance of Rs 3.5 crore and 60 immovable properties worth Rs 33.45 crore have been provisionally attached. The total market value of such properties as on date ...
Multiple people hurt in shooting in Bryan, Texas: Police
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Multiple people hurt in shooting in Bryan, Texas: Police

Multiple people were hurt in a shooting at a business in Bryan, Texas, police said, and the shooter was not in custody. Bryan Police Lt. Jason James said several people were wounded on Thursday. It was unclear whether anyone was killed. Employees of the business were being interviewed, James said, and witnesses had identified a suspect. Bryan is about 160 kilometers northwest of Houston. Source link
Samsung’s new offers on Galaxy S21 series will get buyers Galaxy Watch Active 2 or Galaxy Buds Pro at Rs 990 – Times of India
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Samsung’s new offers on Galaxy S21 series will get buyers Galaxy Watch Active 2 or Galaxy Buds Pro at Rs 990 – Times of India

Samsung’s new offers on Galaxy S21 series includes Galaxy Watch Active 2 or Galaxy Buds Pro at Rs 990 South Korean tech giant Samsung has announced a new flashback offer on the Galaxy S21+ smartphone. Starting today, interested buyers will be able to get a cash back of Rs 5,000 on the device. Further, if they also opt for the upgrade bonus plan, they will further get Rs 7,000 off making its price Rs 69,999. HDFC Bank customers will be eligible for a cashback of Rs 7,000 using debit and credit cards with easy EMI options. As additional offers, Samsung will allow anyone buying the Galaxy S21+ to get Galaxy Watch Active 2 or Galaxy Buds Pro at Rs 990. For the buyers of Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S21, the Upgrade Bonus amount is at Rs 10,00a and Rs 5,000.. Alternatively, these devices also...
Gujarat sees 4,021 cases in highest 1-day spike till date
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Gujarat sees 4,021 cases in highest 1-day spike till date

Gujarat on Thursday reported 4,021 cases of Covid-19, the highest single-day spike since the pandemic struck the state, with Ahmedabad and Surat districts bearing nearly 50 per cent of the state’s caseload, with the city of Ahmedabad adding nearly 500 active cases in a single day taking the total cases up to 951. Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel on Thursday announced addition of another 900 beds for Ahmedabad city over “four to five days”, declaring such an infrastructural scale-up for the second second consecutive day, on a tour of the state’s largest Covid 19 hospital. The state also saw 35 people dying of Covid 19, the highest in the last nine months in a single day. Even as the cases continued to surge at a rapid pace, Gujarat saw a slow down in vaccinations since Wedn...
At Jharkhand train flag-off, BJP MP vs Cong MLA over arrangement for seats
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At Jharkhand train flag-off, BJP MP vs Cong MLA over arrangement for seats

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey and Congress MLA Pradeep Yadav nearly came to blows Thursday after a seating argument during the flagging-off of a special train from Jharkhand’s Godda Railway Station. Over 200 people, including the supporters of both leaders, had gathered at the newly-constructed station for the event. Poreyahat MLA Yadav told The Indian Express: “I went to the spot with around 25 people… Due to Covid-19, the administration had planned that only people who had train tickets would go to the platform. Dubey’s supporters had prior information and they had booked their tickets… inside we saw outsiders seated on our designated chairs. I objected. Suddenly, Dubey confronted me and appeared bent on a scuffle. I retaliated verbally. The administration controlled the situati...
Karnataka imposes corona curfew from 10pm to 5am in 8 cities from April 10 | India News – Times of India
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Karnataka imposes corona curfew from 10pm to 5am in 8 cities from April 10 | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Minutes after PM Narendra Modi suggested to state governments the option of imposing a "Corona Curfew" to remind people of the continued danger lurking due to the pandemic, chief minister B S Yediyurappa announced the same in 10 cities across the state. Announcing the curfew, Yediyurappa said: “In order to bring the rising number of Covid-19 cases under control, the government is imposing Corona Curfew in 8 cities between 10 pm to 5 am. The curfew will be in place for a period of 10 days, starting from April 10. It will end on April 20.” The cities which will be under curfew will include Bengaluru, Mysuru, Tumakuru, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Mangaluru, Udupi and Manipal. Yediyurappa reminded the people that the curfew was being run on a “trial basis” and it will be expanded to the e...
India Contributes $500,000 To UN Trust Fund For Counter-Terrorism
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India Contributes $500,000 To UN Trust Fund For Counter-Terrorism

With this amount, India's total contribution to it so far is $1.05 million.United Nations: India has contributed an additional $500,000 to the United Nations Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism, taking the country's donation to the UN office set up to combat terrorism to over $1 million.India said it was keen to continue working with the UN office to further the common objective of combatting terrorism."India is proud to contribute USD 500,000 to the UN Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism," the Permanent Mission of India to the UN tweeted.With this amount, India's total contribution to it so far is $1.05 million."Keen to continue our work with @UN_OCT on specific programs/projects to further our common objective to combat terrorism," the Mission said, referring to the United Nations Office of...