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Day: July 15, 2021

US Senate confirms Indian-American Seema Nanda as solicitor for labour dept
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US Senate confirms Indian-American Seema Nanda as solicitor for labour dept

Washington, Jul 16 (PTI): The United States Senate has confirmed Indian-American Seema Nanda as the solicitor for the Department of Labour.A former CEO of the Democratic National Committee who also served in the Department of Labour during the Obama Administration, Nanda was confirmed by the Senate with 53-46 votes on Wednesday.Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus chair Judy Chu applauded the Senate vote.“I am thrilled to congratulate Seema Nanda on her confirmation to serve as Solicitor for the Department of Labour. Whether it’s risks from coronavirus, rising temperatures from climate change, or unscrupulous employers, workers continue to face difficult challenges every day,” she said. This is why it’s so significant that President Joe Biden chose somebody wi...
Israel embassy case: Bail to 4 Kargil students, court says blemish-free
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Israel embassy case: Bail to 4 Kargil students, court says blemish-free

Four Kargil-based students, arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell for alleged conspiracy in a case relating to a low-intensity explosion near the Israeli embassy in the Capital on January 29, were granted bail Thursday by a city court which noted that nothing incriminating had been found against them, and that they were students with blemish-free antecedents. Granting bail to Nazir Hussain, Zulfikar Ali, Ajaz Hussain and Muzammil Hussain, all in their 20s, Metropolitan Magistrate Dr Pankaj Sharma said nothing incriminating had been put forth by the investigating officer (IO) to suggest that they were linked to any terrorist organisation or constituted a threat to society. “Considering the age, antecedents and the fact that all the accused persons are students having roo...
West Bengal post-poll violence: NHRC says ‘law of ruler’, names TMC leaders; minister threatens legal action
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West Bengal post-poll violence: NHRC says ‘law of ruler’, names TMC leaders; minister threatens legal action

SAYING West Bengal has “law of ruler” rather than “rule of law”, a committee of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has slammed the Mamata Banerjee government, accusing it of subjecting “thousands of its citizens… to murder, rape, displacement and intimidation, etc. in the last couple of months” following the Assembly results, and recommended deployment of Central forces in the state. In its final report on the alleged post-poll violence, submitted to the Calcutta High Court on July 13, the NHRC has said that the serious incidents should be investigated by the CBI and tried outside the state, in fast-track courts. It also called for a court-monitored Special Investigation Team to follow up on the investigations. Naming 123 political leaders among accused and suspect...
Court summons Ram Temple trust secretary over purchase of 350-yr-old temple along Ramjanmabhoomi | India News – Times of India
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Court summons Ram Temple trust secretary over purchase of 350-yr-old temple along Ramjanmabhoomi | India News – Times of India

AYODHYA: A civil suit has been filed against Ram Temple Trust secretary Champat Rai in Faizabad district court by Kashi seer, Shankaracharya Avi Mukteshwaranand, and Shiv Sena leader Santosh Dubey, seeking scrapping of the sale deed of 30,830sqft of the 350-year-old Fakire Ram Mandir, adjacent to Ramjanmabhoomi, citing ownership of the deity. The land in question was bought by the Ram Temple Trust for Rs 3.71crore on March 27, a day after mutation was ordered in favour of Mahant Raghuvar Sharan by sub-district magistrate, Sadar tehsil. On Thursday, Faizabad civil judge, senior division, Sanjeev Tripathi, issued notices to Champat Rai, Mahant Raghuvar Sharan, who sold the temple premises to the Trust, priest Kripa Shankar Das and patron Ram Kishor Singh. The court summoned all parties, i...
Uttarakhand to watch roads, borders as UP  says won’t stop kanwar yatra
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Uttarakhand to watch roads, borders as UP says won’t stop kanwar yatra

WITH neighbouring Uttar Pradesh among others saying it will not stop the kanwar yatra, a cautious Uttarakhand is drafting a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to handle pilgrims who might enter the state despite the government suspending the procession within its boundaries. DGP Ashok Kumar, who held a meeting with police officers on the issue Thursday, said forces will be deployed on Uttarakhand borders, for which assessment of the number of police personnel required had been done, and kanwar enforcement teams constituted in every district. The yatra begins around the last week of July. Any kanwariya spotted anywhere would be “respectfully” taken off the road and dropped back to the state borders, the officer said. If found near one of the holy sites, a kanwariya would be ...
23 shot at, 5 dead: New Assam govt’s ‘extreme action against criminals’
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23 shot at, 5 dead: New Assam govt’s ‘extreme action against criminals’

INCIDENTS ranging from Assam’s northeast tip to its west, and a script that is common — of apprehended criminals “trying to escape” from custody the same day as they were arrested, “attempting to snatch weapons” and police opening fire. Since Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took over on May 10, at least 23 people have been shot at while in police custody, with five dead. They had been held for crimes such as cattle-smuggling, rape, murder, drug-peddling, dacoity. This is apart from deaths of 10 militants in encounters in the past two months. As the Opposition raises alarm over the “trigger happy” government and the Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) takes up the matter suo motu, Sarma has said he stands by the new approach. On Wednesday and Thursday, he told the Assemb...
Vidisha News: Over 25 villagers fall into well as wall collapses, rescue ops on | Bhopal News – Times of India
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Vidisha News: Over 25 villagers fall into well as wall collapses, rescue ops on | Bhopal News – Times of India

BHOPAL: In a tragic incident, more than 25 people fell into a well in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday night after its wall caved in. The wall collapsed due to the weight of a massive crowd which had gathered around to rescue a child, who had also fallen into the well. Villagers had crammed at the spot to observe the child's rescue. The incident was reported from the Lalpathar area around 7:30pm. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's statement on the incident: #Vidisha https://t.co/9jPz9heoR9— TOI Bhopal (@TOIBhopalNews) 1626370398000It is unclear as to whether there are any casualties. Around 12 people have been rescued by the NDRF and SDRF teams with the help of locals. DGP Vivek Johri said that the exact number of people who might have fallen inside is not clear yet. C...
Chhagan Bhujbal meets Devendra Fadnavis, discusses ways to get empirical data on OBCs
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Chhagan Bhujbal meets Devendra Fadnavis, discusses ways to get empirical data on OBCs

Senior NCP Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Thursday met Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis, at his Mumbai residence to discuss restoration of OBC reservation in local bodies after it was scrapped by the Supreme Court. Speaking to mediapersons, the minister for food and civil supplies said: “It is my endeavour to bring all political parties together to make OBC reservation a common cause… I met Fadnavis to discuss the matter. I believe that through collective leadership and support from all parties, we can restore OBC reservation.” Describing the meeting as “satisfactory”, Bhujbal added: “We discussed ways to get empirical data on the OBCs (which the Supreme Court has sought). If Fadnavis takes the lead (in getting the data from the Union government), ...
Kusal Perera ruled out of India series due to injury: Report | Cricket News – Times of India
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Kusal Perera ruled out of India series due to injury: Report | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Former captain and Sri Lankan batting's mainstay Kusal Perera will be missing the six-match series against India starting July 18 due to an unspecified injury. Perera was the captain of the Sri Lankan team in England but since the central contract dispute between players and cricket board, Dasun Shanaka has been appointed captain at his expense. "Kusal Perera is almost certain to be out of Sri Lanka's series against India, after picking up a shoulder injury. The team has not divulged the exact nature of the injury, nor withdrawn him officially, but a team doctor says he's likely to be out for six weeks," ESPN Cricinfo reported. Perera was one of Sri Lanka's three half-centurions in the ODI series against England. The 30-year-old Perera has scored 3071 runs in 107 ODIs along wit...
Biden: US will protect Haiti embassy, won’t send troops
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Biden: US will protect Haiti embassy, won’t send troops

Washington, Jul 16 (AP): Joe Biden has said that the US will bolster security at its embassy in Haiti following last week's assassination of that country's president, but sending American troops to stabilise the country was “not on the agenda.” Haiti's interim government last week asked the US and the United Nations to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure following President Jovenel Moïse's assassination. Biden signaled he was not open to the request, which comes as he is drawing down US forces in Afghanistan this summer.“We're only sending American Marines to our embassy,” Biden said on Thursday.“The idea of sending American forces to Haiti is not on the agenda,” he added.Mathias Pierre, Haiti's elections minister, defended the government's request for mili...
Maharashtra: Hotelier commits suicide in Virar
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Maharashtra: Hotelier commits suicide in Virar

A 48-YEAR-OLD hotelier allegedly died by suicide at his hotel in the Virar area of Palghar district in Maharashtra on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Karunakaran B Putran, who ran a hotel with a restaurant and bar attached in the Virar area in a partnership with some others. According to the police, the incident took place around 9 am on Thursday. The victim was found hanging from a ceiling fan in one of the hotel rooms. Police said they found a suicide note in which he mentioned his dire financial situation arising from the Covid-19 induced lockdowns. However, Putran’s wife alleged that he was being pressured to pay up the pending rent for the property out of which he ran the hotel. The Arnala police in Virar under have registered an accidental death report in th...
‘Sessions judge competent to extend custody’: Govt opposes Sudha Bharadwaj’s default bail application
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‘Sessions judge competent to extend custody’: Govt opposes Sudha Bharadwaj’s default bail application

Opposing the default bail plea filed by Elgaar Parishad case accused Sudha Bharadwaj, the Maharashtra government on Thursday said that the 90-day extension granted to the Pune Police in 2018 by the additional sessions judge of a trial court to file a chargesheet in the case was as per law. The state was responding to claims made by Bharadwaj’s lawyers, who while referring to responses filed under the referring to Right to Information (RTI) Act availed from the HC Registry, alleged that Additional Sessions Judge K D Vadane of the trial court in Pune was not designated to hear matters regarding scheduled offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). They have also alleged that the judge was not authorised as a “special judge” to take cognisance of the supple...
Mumbai: Cop transferred after birthday video with ‘criminal’ surfaces online
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Mumbai: Cop transferred after birthday video with ‘criminal’ surfaces online

A senior Mumbai Police inspector was transferred to the control room hours after a purported video of him celebrating the birthday party of a man, with a prior criminal record, surfaced on social media on Thursday. In the purported video, Mahendra Nerlekar — who was posted at Jogeshwari police station — is seen feeding birthday cake to Danish Sheikh, booked in a rioting and attempt to murder case. The video is a few weeks old and was purportedly taken at a housing society in Jogeshwari (West) where Sheikh was celebrating his birthday with local residents. Nerlekar did not respond to calls. Soon after the purported video reached senior officers of Mumbai Police, Nerlekar was transferred to the police control room. The divisional assistant commissioner of police has been al...
Azarenka joins list of Olympic Games tennis exits | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Azarenka joins list of Olympic Games tennis exits | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

PARIS: Former world number one and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Victoria Azarenka on Thursday became the latest Grand Slam winner to withdraw from the Tokyo Games, citing "challenges from the pandemic." Azarenka, who won mixed doubles gold alongside Max Mirnyi in 2012, as well as a bronze in singles, joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Dominic Thiem and Angelique Kerber in pulling out. "I would like to inform everyone that I have made the very difficult decision to not play in the Tokyo Olympics," the 31-year-old Belarusian wrote on Twitter. https://t.co/56c1qccqvA— victoria azarenka (@vika7) 1626361458000"I have many amazing memories winning the gold while competing and representing Belarus in previous Games. "But with all the challenges we are facing as it relates to th...
Biden, Merkel meet at White House to advance ‘strong’ US-German ties
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Biden, Merkel meet at White House to advance ‘strong’ US-German ties

Washington, Jul 16 (PTI): US President Joe Biden met German Chancellor Angela Merkel to further advance the “strong” bilateral ties between the two countries. “Today, we're talking about further advancing US-German relationship which has been strong and is getting stronger,” Biden told reporters at the Oval Office on Thursday as he welcomed Merkel for her maiden bilateral visit during his over six months old administration. “I consider her a personal friend as well as a great friend to the United States. We saw each other at the G7 and then we saw each other again at the NATO meeting,” he added. “One of the things that I want to talk about is the enduring friendship that the chancellor has been so responsible for nailing down and making sure it continues. And we're r...
England’s Saka urges social media companies to step up fight against abuse | Football News – Times of India
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England’s Saka urges social media companies to step up fight against abuse | Football News – Times of India

England's Bukayo Saka said popular social media platforms are not doing enough to prevent online racist abuse after he was on the receiving end following his missed penalty in Sunday's European Championship final against Italy. Substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Saka all missed spot kicks in the 3-2 shootout loss to Italy and Saka - who was reduced to tears after the final - penned an apology to the fans as the country's 55-year trophy drought was extended. Saka, 19, thanked those who sent him messages of support and campaigned on his behalf, saying: "Love always wins," but vowed to stand strong against the hateful messages he received online. "My reaction post-match said it all, I was hurting so much and I felt like I'd let you all and my England family down, but I can promi...
Delhi confidential: Coconut Offer
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Delhi confidential: Coconut Offer

AN INFORMAL chat between Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ahead of the official discussions at the former’s office on Wednesday triggered curiosity among officials from the state as well as Ministry of Transport and Highways. As Vijayan and his team arrived, Gadkari asked the officials from both sides to leave him, the CM and CPM Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas alone in his room. The chat went on for a long time. Sources said Gadkari and Vijayan exchanged health tips on Covid. Gadkari said a herbal medicine expert from Nagpur has advised Covid patients to drink a mix of orange juice and tender coconut water for speedy recovery. When he said he too has started having tender coconut water twice a day, the Kerala leaders offered to have fresh...
OPSC Recruitment 2021: Process begins for recruitment of 320 associate professors in state universities – Times of India
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OPSC Recruitment 2021: Process begins for recruitment of 320 associate professors in state universities – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) has issued advertisement for recruitment to the posts of associate professors in the state public universities functioning under the higher education department. As many as 320 associated professors will be appointed this time. This is a breather for these universities which are facing a lot of problems due to shortage of faculty members. Starting from teaching to research works and guiding PhD scholars, a smaller number of teachers remains a major issue in the universities. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view resultEligible candidates can apply for these posts in 11 universities between July 23 and August 23. Submission of registered online applications can be done in the OPSC website by August 3...
US Surgeon General says he lost 10 family members to Covid
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US Surgeon General says he lost 10 family members to Covid

Washington, Jul 16 (PTI): US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy, an Indian American, on Thursday said he lost as many as 10 family members both here and in India to the COVID-19 pandemic. Murthy, who is occupying the position for the second time, said this at a White House briefing making a strong case for people to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the deadly virus. “On a personal note, it's painful for me to know that nearly every death we are seeing now from COVID-19 could have been prevented. I say that as someone who has lost 10 family members to COVID-19 and who wishes each and every day that they had had the opportunity to get vaccinated,” Murthy said. “I see that also as a concerned father of two young children who aren't yet eligible for the vaccine, bu...