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Hike compensation to kin of Covid deceased to Rs 4 lakh: Congress
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Hike compensation to kin of Covid deceased to Rs 4 lakh: Congress

THE CONGRESS state unit demanded a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the kin of those, who died due to Covid-19. Congress legislative party leader and revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat have sent a letter to the CM Uddhav Thackeray in this regard. On September 11, 2021, the Central government submitted a detailed affidavit in the Supreme Court mentioning that it will pay only Rs 50,000 as ex-gratia to the families of those affected by the pandemic through the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). Under the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) the compensation amount is shared by the centre and state in 75 per cent-25 per cent ratio respectively, the Congress leader said.  Congress said that Rs 50,000 is inadequate and the compensation amount should be hiked to Rs 4 lakh...
PM asks chief secretaries to focus on speeding up land acquisitions to cut cost, time overruns of infra projects | India News – Times of India
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PM asks chief secretaries to focus on speeding up land acquisitions to cut cost, time overruns of infra projects | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the state chief secretaries to take keen interest in land acquisition while flagging the delays in the process impacting time and cost overrun of infrastructure projects. He also directed the forest and environment ministry to expedite the clearances for projects so that these get completed within the set time frame, sources said. While chairing a PRAGATI meeting, the web-based review of delayed projects and central schemes across sectors, with all secretaries in the central government and state chief secretaries, the PM also directed the top bureaucrats to implement the flagship Poshan Abhiyan in mission mode in each state with a whole of government approach. Sources said the PM mentioned “which parent doesn’t want nutrition fo...
congress:   12 Meghalaya Cong MLAs, including Mukul Sangma, join Trinamool Congress, say party sources | India News – Times of India
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congress: 12 Meghalaya Cong MLAs, including Mukul Sangma, join Trinamool Congress, say party sources | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday said 12 of the 18 Congress MLAs in Meghalaya, including former chief minister Mukul Sangma, have joined the party. Sangma, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, was reportedly unhappy with the Congress's top leadership. A senior leader of the TMC said with the new MLAs, the Trinamool Congress has become the principal opposition party in the state. Sources said that with an eye on the Meghalaya polls in 2023, team members of poll strategist Prashant Kishor are in Shillong to weigh in TMC's options in the state. In 2012, the Meghalaya Pradesh Trinamool Congress was formally launched with an intention to contest from 35 of the state's 60 seats. Source link
Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers rules himself out of Manchester United job | Football News – Times of India
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Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers rules himself out of Manchester United job | Football News – Times of India

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers sought to put an end to speculation linking him with a potential switch to Manchester United, saying on Wednesday that he was committed to developing his team at the King Power Stadium. Rodgers had been linked with the vacant role at United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked over the weekend. United said former player and coach Michael Carrick will be in charge until they appoint an interim manager. "It's not real. There's always gossip and that will be there until they appoint a full-time manager," Rodgers told reporters ahead of Thursday's Europa League group game against Legia Warsaw. "My commitment is to here. The culture here is about the development of the players and that's where I see it, even more so in this period. "I respect you guys ...
India A reach 125/1 on Day 2, trail by 384 runs in unofficial Test against South Africa A | Cricket News – Times of India
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India A reach 125/1 on Day 2, trail by 384 runs in unofficial Test against South Africa A | Cricket News – Times of India

BLOEMFONTEIN: India A made a cautious reply to South Africa A's mammoth 509 for seven declared as they ended day 2 of the opening unofficial Test at 125 for one here on Wednesday. Captain Priyank Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran were batting on 45 and 27 respectively at the draw of stumps. Opener Prithvi Shaw (48 off 45 balls) was looking ominous before he was out in the 14th over of India A's first innings. He hit nine fours during his knock. India, who faced 33 overs on Wednesday, trail by 384 runs in the four-day match. Earlier, South Africa A batsmen continued to dominate the India A bowlers as the home side added 166 runs from 45.3 overs before declaring their first innings at 509 for seven from 135.3 overs. Resuming at 343 for three, South Africa A captain Pieter Malan could add jus...
Regional skew: DU sets up panel to study Board-wise intake
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Regional skew: DU sets up panel to study Board-wise intake

Amidst a debate on regional skew in the university’s intake, Delhi University (DU) has set up a nine-member committee to examine the Board-wise distribution of students admitted this year and excess admissions against the sanctioned intake of programmes. The panel, headed by Dean (Examinations) D S Rawat, was constituted last month after the new Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh took charge. It has been tasked with suggesting “alternative strategy for optimal admissions in undergraduate courses”. According to a senior university officer, the committee’s report will be placed before a meeting of the Academic Council next month. “We want to take a call on next year’s admission process by the end of December,” the officer said on the condition of anonymity.The question of a regional skew in the...
Fighting parents, police and party, woman gets her son back after 13 months in Kerala
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Fighting parents, police and party, woman gets her son back after 13 months in Kerala

JUST over 13 months after she gave birth to him, Anupama S Chandran on Wednesday walked out of a family court here holding her son close, draped in a shawl, and protected by an umbrella against the rain. A family court earlier handed over the infant, given up for adoption against the will of the former leader of the CPM students’ wing SFI and her partner, Ajith Kumar. A DNA test confirmed that the baby was the child of Chandran and Kumar, thus ending the 23-year-old mother’s long search for him — against resistance put up by her own parents, police and the ruling CPM. Chandran’s parents, both CPM leaders, are alleged to have given up the baby for adoption soon after he was born, keeping her in the dark. They were opposed to her relationship with Kumar, a former member of the CPM youth w...
Anaemia rises in women, children; obesity seen in nearly quarter of adults
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Anaemia rises in women, children; obesity seen in nearly quarter of adults

Anaemia among children and women is a cause of concern, according to the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey (2019-20). Data indicates that 57 per cent of all women of reproductive age are anaemic — up from 53.1 per cent in 2015-16.Obesity, on the other hand, too has risen among men and women. The percentage of women who are obese, according to NFHS-5 data, increased to 24 per cent from 20.6 per cent. Among men, obesity has risen to 22.9 per cent from 18.9 per cent. The number of anaemic children under five, data shows, has risen to 67.1 per cent from 58.6 per cent in the last survey. The percentage of anaemic teenage girls (15-19) rose from 54.1 per cent to 59.1 per cent. There has also been a rise in the number of anaemic men — from 22.7 per cent to 25 per cent. The perce...
Devendra Fadnavis faces downsizing as his rivals get a leg-up in Maharashtra BJP unit
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Devendra Fadnavis faces downsizing as his rivals get a leg-up in Maharashtra BJP unit

A series of decisions by the Bharatiya Janata Party central leadership in recent days has left former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis looking isolated and weakened in a party that once projected him as Maharashtra’s fresh-face, savvy, Gen Next Hindutva leader, with potential for elevation to the national stage. Over the last three days, the promotion of Vinod Tawde as BJP general secretary from the position of national secretary, and the nomination of Chandrashekhar Bawankule for the Maharashtra Legislative Council polls, both bete noire of Fadnavis, are being seen as sure signs that the central leadership is clipping the wings of its former poster boy, making his future as the face of the party going into the 2024 elections uncertain. Through his term in office, Fadnavis ...
Devendra Fadnavis faces downsizing as his rivals get a leg-up in Maharashtra BJP unit
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Devendra Fadnavis faces downsizing as his rivals get a leg-up in Maharashtra BJP unit

A series of decisions by the Bharatiya Janata Party central leadership in recent days has left former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis looking isolated and weakened in a party that once projected him as Maharashtra’s fresh-face, savvy, Gen Next Hindutva leader, with potential for elevation to the national stage. Over the last three days, the promotion of Vinod Tawde as BJP general secretary from the position of national secretary, and the nomination of Chandrashekhar Bawankule for the Maharashtra Legislative Council polls, both bete noire of Fadnavis, are being seen as sure signs that the central leadership is clipping the wings of its former poster boy, making his future as the face of the party going into the 2024 elections uncertain. Through his term in office, Fadnavis had sidelined...
Ex-CM Mukul Sangma among 12 of 17 Cong MLAs set to join TMC in Meghalaya
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Ex-CM Mukul Sangma among 12 of 17 Cong MLAs set to join TMC in Meghalaya

The Congress is headed for a major setback in Meghalaya with the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday claiming that 12 of the 17 MLAs of the principal Opposition party are set to join its camp. This comes less than a week after former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma met the AICC leadership in Delhi. The development will come as a boost for the TMC in the Northeast. When contacted, Sangma told The Indian Express that he will share some “happy developments and news” on Thursday. In the 2018 polls, Congress had emerged as the single largest party with 21 seats in the 60-member state Assembly. The National People’s Party (NPP), led by Conrad Sangma, had bagged 19 seats and the BJP won two. But the NPP managed to cobble together a ruling alliance as part of the BJP-backed North...
Crypto on Govt table, top global investors put in $500 million this year
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Crypto on Govt table, top global investors put in $500 million this year

INCREASED LIQUIDITY in global financial markets and the Supreme Court order early last year allowing use of banking infrastructure by cryptocurrency platforms has led to top investment firms, such as Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, B Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, pumping in over half-a-billion dollars in India’s cryptocurrency and blockchain technology space in 2021 so far. This is nearly eight times the investment raised by companies in this segment cumulatively in the preceding four years. The trend assumes added significance in the wake of the Government signalling Tuesday its intent to bring a Bill prohibiting “all private cryptocurrencies in India”, with “certain exceptions”. The single biggest chunk of fund-raising by a cryptocurrency platform in India was announced...
Fertility rate falls to below replacement level, signals population is stabilising
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Fertility rate falls to below replacement level, signals population is stabilising

COMING ON the back of a sustained family planning programme spanning decades, the Total Fertility Rate (TFR), or the average number of children per woman, has declined further from 2.2 reported in 2015-16 to 2.0 at the all-India level, according to the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS) released by the Union Health Ministry Wednesday. According to the United Nations’ population division, countries experiencing below-replacement fertility — lower than 2.1 children per woman — indicates that a generation is not producing enough children to replace itself, eventually leading to an outright reduction in population. The data in NFHS 2019-21, the fifth in the survey series, shows the fertility rate at 1.6 per cent in urban areas and 2.1 in rural India. Dr K S James, dire...
Taliban welcome Indian aid as Pakistan conveys decision to India | India News – Times of India
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Taliban welcome Indian aid as Pakistan conveys decision to India | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Taliban have welcomed Pakistan's decision to allow India to send wheat to Afghanistan through the land route and expressed readiness again to have Indian diplomats back in the country. This followed Pakistan's announcement earlier in the day that it had formally conveyed to India its decision to allow, as a goodwill gesture, transportation of Indian wheat to Afghanistan via the Attari-Wagah border. "I appreciate Pakistan’s announcement to facilitate wheat delivery by India to Afghanistan. We welcome decision by any country to reopen its embassy in Kabul and we categorically assure them of their diplomats' security," Taliban's ambassador-designate to UN Suhail Shaheen told TOI, responding to a query on Taliban's stated willingness to have diplomatic ties with India. Signif...
Sanjay’s hat-trick goes in vain as France stun title holders India 5-4 in Junior Hockey World Cup | Hockey News – Times of India
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Sanjay’s hat-trick goes in vain as France stun title holders India 5-4 in Junior Hockey World Cup | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Vice-captain Sanjay scored a hat-trick but it was not enough as underdogs France stunned defending champions India 5-4 in their opening Pool B match of the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup here on Wednesday. Skipper Timothee Clement (1st, 23rd and 32nd minute) scored a hat-trick, while Benjamin Marque (7th) and Corentin Sellier (48th) were the other goal scorers for world no. 26 France. Sanjay (15th, 57th, 58th) converted three penalty corners for India while Uttam Singh (10th) scored the other goal for the hosts in the losing cause. France stunned India in the first minute of the match when a lazy defence of the hosts was caught off guard by Clement. The brave Frenchmen punched above their weight and continued to attack the Indian citadel, which resulted in a second goal throug...
Health survey shows anaemia a concern across age groups in children, women
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Health survey shows anaemia a concern across age groups in children, women

THE LATEST National Family Health Survey (NFHS) released by the Union Health Ministry has flagged a worrying trend: an increase in anaemia across age groups, particularly among children and women. The data in NFHS 2019-21, the fifth in the series, show that among all age groups, the highest spike in anaemia was reported among children aged 6-59 months (see box) — 67.1 per cent (NFHS-5) from 58.6 per cent (NFHS-4, 2015-16). The data show that the number was higher in rural India (68.3 per cent) compared to urban India (64.2 per cent). This is followed by anaemia in females aged 15-19 years — 59.1 per cent (NFHS-5) from 54.1 per cent (NFHS-4). In this group, too, the number was higher in rural areas (58.7 per cent) compared to urban India (54.1 per cent). Among pregnant women aged 15-49 y...
Tikait warns, MoS Ajay Mishra skips Lakhimpur events
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Tikait warns, MoS Ajay Mishra skips Lakhimpur events

TWO DAYS after Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait threatened an agitation if Union MoS (Home) Ajay Mishra took part in the inauguration of two cooperative sugar mills in Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday, the minister skipped the event. Invitation cards had been sent out with Mishra as the chief guest at both the sugar mills — in Belrayan and Sampurna Nagar in the district — which held events on Wednesday to mark the beginning of crushing season for 2021-22. Mishra had also skipped the final day of the annual conference of DGPs and IGs in Lucknow on Sunday. Mishra’s son Ashish is accused of murder in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident of October 3, when a convoy of vehicles, including one owned by the minister, ploughed into a group of protesting farmers, killing four of them....
Dhanbad judge’s death probe: CBI claims ‘thief’ & accomplice hit him, does not detail ‘plan’
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Dhanbad judge’s death probe: CBI claims ‘thief’ & accomplice hit him, does not detail ‘plan’

Probing the death of Dhanbad Additional Sessions Judge Uttam Anand, the CBI has sought the prosecution of two men who it claims knocked him down with an autorickshaw while he was on a morning walk in July this year. The CBI, which filed a chargesheet in a Dhanbad court on October 20, claimed that one of the two accused, “Rahul Kumar Verma is a professional thief who keeps looking for vulnerable targets”, that he and his alleged accomplice Lakhan Verma had been “looking for a chance to execute the plan”. But it is silent on “the plan”. Nor does it spell out any motive for the crime. The CBI — cognizance has been taken after the filing of the chargesheet — stated that “deliberate” and “intentional” “ramming” caused “severe bodily injuries” which were “sufficient” in the “ordi...
Satyameva Jayate 2 Movie Review: John Abraham’s SMJ2 is a tribute to 80s masala fare
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Satyameva Jayate 2 Movie Review: John Abraham’s SMJ2 is a tribute to 80s masala fare

STORY: Satya Azad (John Abraham), an upright Home Minister wants to cleanse the country of corruption with his Anti-Corruption Bill. However, it fails to get enough ‘Ayes’, not only from his allies, but also from his wife Vidya (Divya Khosla Kumar) a member of the Opposition, who votes ‘Nay’ in the Vidhan Sabha. When a couple of gruesome killings take place in the city, ACP Jay Azad (John Abraham again) is brought in to nab the murderer, never mind his motive. So, if you thought this story revolves around brother against brother, no, there is more to it. REVIEW: The only way Satyameva Jayate 2 (SMJ2) takes ahead from its prequel Satyameva Jayate (SMJ) is by tackling corruption and greed for power. At the onset, writer-director Milap Zaveri and the film’s team have maintained that it’s a...