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Petitions filed in Division Bench of HC against lifting of stay on recruitment
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Petitions filed in Division Bench of HC against lifting of stay on recruitment

Three days after a single-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court lifted a stay on the appointment process of 14,500 upper primary government teachers, petitions were filed in the High Court’s division bench on Monday challenging the lifting of the stay. The petitioners contended that there were discrepancies in the interview list of selected candidates published by the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC). The division bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar and Justice Sougata Bhattacharya is likely to hear the matter later this week, said sources. On July 9, the single bench of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay had lifted the stay on the appointment process and directed the WBSSC to hear the complaints of each and every candidate who failed to make it to the interview list ...
Fake CBI officer held on ex-wife’s tip-off, ‘duped several people’
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Fake CBI officer held on ex-wife’s tip-off, ‘duped several people’

A Howrah man, who “impersonated” as a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer, was arrested from Delhi on Sunday for allegedly cheating several people in many states on the pretext of government jobs. The case was lodged by accused Subhodip Banerjee’s former wife at Jagacha police station in Howrah on May 13. Absconding since then, Banerjee was finally arrested in a police raid at a five-star hotel in Delhi. The raid was led by a team of Jagacha police. This is the third such case in West Bengal wherein men posed as a government employee to defraud people. The Patiala court in Delhi on Monday sent the accused to a three-day transit remand. He would be brought to Howrah and produced in a court here within three days, said police. It is alleged that before his marriage ...
Three ‘JMB men’ sent to police custody, STF looking for 2 more
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Three ‘JMB men’ sent to police custody, STF looking for 2 more

A day after the Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force (STF) arrested three Bangladeshis suspected of being Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives in Haridevpur, the Bankshall court in Kolkata remanded them to 14-day police custody. The STF, meanwhile, is now looking for two more people whose names came up during the interrogation of those arrested. Sources said one of them was Selim Munshi, a suspected linkman for the JMB operatives. Munshi has lived in Haridevpur for about 20 years, and, according to officials, arranged the flat the three accused had rented. The police are also looking for Sheikh Shakil who allegedly made fake Aadhar cards for suspects. Sources said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was keeping an eye on the case, and was gathering more info...
Greater Oppn unity is top priority: Sudip Bandyopadhyay
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Greater Oppn unity is top priority: Sudip Bandyopadhyay

Trinamool Congress (TMC) Lok Sabha leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay on Monday called for greater unity among Opposition parties in Parliament to target the Central government on burning issues, and said it was not necessary that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would have to be the face of Opposition unity. After offering prayers at the Tarapith Kali temple in Birbhum district, Bandyopadhyay told reporters, “Parliament will commence from July 19. As I am a parliamentary party leader in the Opposition, I have huge responsibilities. It is our duty to put forward a united approach in Parliament to highlight several issues. We have been doing this since 2014. Later, there was a lack of coordination and unity amongst the Opposition parties. This time, we will give efforts to overcome th...
UK minister celebrates British apple exports to India for 1st time in 50 years – Times of India
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UK minister celebrates British apple exports to India for 1st time in 50 years – Times of India

LONDON: UK international trade secretary Liz Truss has hailed the export of apples from England to India, for the first time in 50 years, as a sign of the UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership in action. Truss took to Twitter over the weekend to point out that the export of apples from a farm in south-east England marks a first for the UK-India trade relationship in 50 years, in her response to a tweet by UK trade minister Ranil Jayawardena sharing details of his visit to the AC Goatham and Son apple farm in Kent. “Our apples are now on the way to India for the first time in 50 years thanks to the Enhanced Trade Partnership,” said Truss. The Enhanced Trade Partnership, seen as a precursor to a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA), was agreed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and...
Suspension of FCRA certificate: Delhi HC seeks Centre’s reply on CHRI plea
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Suspension of FCRA certificate: Delhi HC seeks Centre’s reply on CHRI plea

THE DELHI High Court on Monday directed the Centre to respond to the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative’s (CHRI) plea seeking permission for utilisation of 25 per cent of its foreign contribution and permission to receive donations from abroad. Last month, the Centre suspended the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) certificate of the civil society organisation. “You cannot ask these people to suffer in Covid times. We cannot have these people waiting without their salaries,” Justice Rekha Palli said, while listing the case for hearing on July 17. The court passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the CHRI against suspension of the FCRA certificate for 180 days, and the application seeking interim relief. In its suspension order of June 7, the Ministr...
Mamata’s election petition assigned to new high court judge | India News – Times of India
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Mamata’s election petition assigned to new high court judge | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's election petition before the Calcutta high court challenging BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari's victory from Nandigram constituency in the assembly elections has been assigned to the bench of Justice Shampa Sarkar, court sources said here on Monday. The matter is likely to be listed before the court of Justice Sarkar on Wednesday, the sources said. Justice Kausik Chanda had on July 7 recused from hearing the Trinamool Congress supremo's petition challenging the election of Adhikari from Nandigram, and imposed a cost of Rs five lakh on her for the manner in which the recusal was sought. Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal assigned the matter to the court of Justice Sarkar. Adhikari defeated Banerjee from the Nandigram constituency by 1,956 ...
1999 Senari massacre: SC agrees to hear plea against acquittals
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1999 Senari massacre: SC agrees to hear plea against acquittals

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine the Bihar government’s appeal against the acquittal of 14 people by the Patna High Court in the 1999 Senari massacre — in which 34 people were killed allegedly by Maoist outfits. A bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Krishna Murari issued notices to those acquitted on May 21. The state, in its appeal filed through Abhinav Mukerji, contended that the HC while reversing their conviction by the trial court did not consider the testimonies of witnesses and that the verdict was contrary to the evidence on record. The plea said that the prosecution case is supported by 23 witnesses “of which 13 are eyewitnesses who lost their near family in the mass carnage” and three witnesses who were injured in the incident. The state said “it is ...
US begins to ease Venezuela sanctions allowing propane deals
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US begins to ease Venezuela sanctions allowing propane deals

Caracas, July 13 (AP): The US government on Monday began to ease the crippling sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Venezuela by allowing companies to export propane to the troubled South American country, a step that could mitigate a shortage that has pushed people to cook on charcoal or wood grills. The long-awaited first policy reversal of the Biden administration toward Venezuela comes as the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro has begun to allow foreign aid into the country and taken other steps to signal it is willing to engage with Washington. The regulation from the US Department of the Treasury authorises non-US companies to export liquefied petroleum gas to Venezuela without risking sanctions. The authorisation is valid for one yea...
Battleground Mobile India: ‘PUBG craze’ back in India within one week of Battlegrounds Mobile India launch | – Times of India
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Battleground Mobile India: ‘PUBG craze’ back in India within one week of Battlegrounds Mobile India launch | – Times of India

One of the most popular mobile games, PUBG Mobile, got banned in India in 2020. But within a year, it is back in the form of Battlegrounds Mobile India. And it appears that the ban did little to reduce the ‘PUBG craze’ in India as Krafton revealed that Battlegrounds Mobile India has crossed 34 million players within a week of its launch. And the game is yet to make its way on the Apple App Store in India. The game was officially released on July 2, 2021 and it has already seen peaks of 16 million daily active users and 2.4 million concurrent players. It is already the most popular free game on Google Play as it is available only for Android smartphone users. PUBG Corporation, creator of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and subsidiary of South Korea’s Krafton Inc launched Battlegroun...
Arrest of Al-Qaeda operatives just the tip of the iceberg: DGP | India News – Times of India
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Arrest of Al-Qaeda operatives just the tip of the iceberg: DGP | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Director General of Police (DGP) Mukul Goel on Monday said the arrest of two al-Qaida operatives is a big catch by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh Police and information gathered so far suggests that the arrests are only the tip of the iceberg. “Investigators have so far acted on 30% of the actionable intelligence gathered on the case. Action is underway on the remaining 70% of the inputs,” the state police chief said in an exclusive interaction with the TOI on Monday. Describing the 2022 assembly elections as a major challenge at hand, the DGP said preparations had already begun to ensure free and fair elections. He said preparations were also on to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for Kanwar Yatra which would be taken out in compliance with pandemic protocols....
Trump lawyers might be penalized over Michigan election case – Times of India
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Trump lawyers might be penalized over Michigan election case – Times of India

DETROIT: A federal judge considering whether to order sanctions against some of former President Donald Trump's lawyers spent hours on Monday drilling into details about an unsuccessful lawsuit, that challenged Michigan's 2020 election results. The lawsuit alleging widespread fraud was eventually dropped after the judge found nothing but "speculation and conjecture'' that votes for Trump somehow were destroyed or switched to votes for Joe Biden, who won Michigan by two point eight percentage points. Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the city of Detroit now want the plaintiffs and a raft of attorneys, including Trump allies Sidney Powell and L Lin Wood, to face the consequences of pursuing what they call frivolous claims, the first effort to wrench fines or other penalties. "It wa...
New chief for Punjab PCC, Amarinder will stay CM, says Harish Rawat
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New chief for Punjab PCC, Amarinder will stay CM, says Harish Rawat

Congress general secretary and Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat said on Monday that the party would soon replace Pradesh Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, and subsequently rejig the Cabinet. The changes would be carried out “within 2-3 days”. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will, however, remain in the post, Rawat said. “Punjab will get a new PCC chief and a few new faces in the Cabinet of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh,” Rawat told The Indian Express by phone after being discharged from hospital where he was admitted briefly. “There will be no change in the CM. Nobody demanded any change at that level. People had a few issues. Those will be sorted out. Also, the party has to take many factors into consideration. It has to work out the right role for the right person,” ...
Delhi cracks lockdown whip, forces closure of markets flouting norms
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Delhi cracks lockdown whip, forces closure of markets flouting norms

As the Capital’s Covid count continues to dip — Delhi recorded 45 cases, the lowest in 15 months, on Monday — and with lockdown restrictions eased considerably, markets and public spaces across the city have drawn huge crowds, forcing authorities to crack down. Over the past two weeks, at least nine markets, including Lajpat Nagar, Gaffar Market, Sadar Bazar and Laxmi Nagar, were forced to shut down for flouting social distancing and other Covid protocol, though they were subsequently reopened after assurances from market associations and other stakeholders. While the government attempts to strike a balance between resuming economic activity and not risking another surge in cases, the caution is also linked to the fact that Delhi’s peaks have been far sharper than elsewhere...
60% districts with high positivity in Northeast, PM to meet CMs today
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60% districts with high positivity in Northeast, PM to meet CMs today

The Prime Minister will have a virtual meeting on Tuesday with the Chief Ministers of the eight Northeastern states to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the region. More than three out of every five districts that reported a test positivity rate of more than 10 per cent over the past week are in the Northeast. Data tracked by the Union Health Ministry show that of the 58 districts that reported a positivity rate higher than 10 per cent between July 5 and July 11, as many as 37 were from the Northeast. While absolute numbers in the Northeast are small compared to the larger Indian states, the overall weekly positivity in India was only 2.21 per cent as of Sunday. On July 6, the Health Ministry sent individual letters to the Northeastern states, flagging its concerns. During...
Indian Women cricketers fined for slow over rate | Cricket News – Times of India
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Indian Women cricketers fined for slow over rate | Cricket News – Times of India

HOVE: The Indian women's cricket team was on Monday fined 20 percent of its match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against England in the second Twenty20 International. India levelled the series with a narrow eight-run win. According to an ICC release, match referee Phil Whitticase imposed the sanction after Harmanpreet Kaur's side was ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration. "In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time," the ICC release said. Kaur pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there ...
Racial abuse, hooliganism, police probe: England lose Euro final, its fans the plot
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Racial abuse, hooliganism, police probe: England lose Euro final, its fans the plot

BEFORE COMING up short in the penalty shootout against Italy Sunday, Gareth Southgate and his men had won the hearts of their country during England’s run to the European Championship final. But what happened before, during and after the title clash — on the streets, in the stands, and online — bared the English game’s ugly underbelly. There was a time in the 1980s and 1990s when there was just one word to describe the average England football fan — hooligan. Incidents of rowdy behaviour came down in subsequent decades, but London on Sunday proved once again that frenzy for the game can often bring out the worst in football followers. It was England’s first major tournament final in 55 years, and tickets were limited. So, a large number of fans took matters into their hands...
FDA adds warning of rare reaction risk to J&J Covid vaccine
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FDA adds warning of rare reaction risk to J&J Covid vaccine

Washington, July 13 (AP): US regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine about links to a rare and potentially dangerous neurological reaction, but said it's not entirely clear the shot caused the problem. The Food and Drug Administration announced the new warning, flagging reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome, an immune system disorder that can causes muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis. Health officials described the side effect as a “small possible risk" for those getting the shot. The action comes after the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed reports of about 100 people developing the syndrome after receiving the one-dose vaccine. Almost all of them required hospitalization and one person ...
WHO says countries should not order Covid-19 boosters while others still need vaccines – Times of India
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WHO says countries should not order Covid-19 boosters while others still need vaccines – Times of India

GENEVA: Rich countries should not be ordering booster shots for their vaccinated populations while other countries have yet to receive Covid-19 vaccines, the World Health Organization said on Monday. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said deaths were again rising from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Delta variant was becoming dominant, and many countries had yet to receive enough vaccine doses to protect their health workers. "The Delta variant is ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in Covid-19 cases and death," Tedros told a briefing, noting that the highly contagious variant, first detected in India, had now been found in more than 104 countries. "The global gap in Covid-19 vaccine supply is hugely uneven and inequitable. Some countries and regio...