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Ashok Chavan among 11 absent Cong MLAs: ‘We got stuck in traffic’

THE FAILURE of 11 Congress MLAs, including former CM Ashok Chavan, to cast their vote in the floor test held on Monday led to raised eyebrows within the party with senior leaders raising concern and questioning their “recklessness” and “casual behaviour”. While the MVA had polled 107 votes on Sunday during the Speaker’s election, the alliance’s tally fell to 99 on Monday. Other than Chavan, those who did not cast their vote include Pranati Shinde, Jitesh Antapurkar, Vijay Waddetiwar, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Dheeraj Deshmukh, Kunal Patil, Raju Awale, Mohan Hambarde, Shirish Chaudhari and Madhavrao Javalgaonkar. Even as their absence triggered a buzz that some of them might be “in touch with other parties”, a senior Congress leader in Maharashtra said: “The casual behaviour by this group of MLA...
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In Maharashtra political drama, cameo by a 30-year-old from Haryana makes people sit up

It’s a long way from Petwar in Hisar to Mumbai. However, twice now, as drama has swirled around the Maharashtra government’s survival, one of the characters at the heart of it has been a politician from this Haryana village, Sonia Doohan. On Saturday, the 30-year-old national president of the NCP students’ wing was held along with an aide for allegedly using fake identification documents to check into Hotel Taj Resort and Convention Centre in Dona Paula, Goa, where Shiv Sena MLAs who had rebelled against Uddhav Thackeray were staying. The two got bail on Sunday. It was Doohan who was at the fore in November 2019 too when the BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis had tried to form the government with the NCP’s Ajit Pawar, after the Assembly poll results threw up a split verdict. Doohan was credited wi...
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Chhattisgarh searches: I-T says tax evasion worth crores; CM Baghel says misuse of agencies

The Income Tax Department has seized Rs 14 crore worth of undisclosed cash and jewellery from searches conducted last week covering more than 30 residential and business premises of a business group and a government official in Chhattisgarh, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement Monday. In Koriya, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said Monday, “After the change of guard in Maharashtra, the central agencies like ED, I-T and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will now turn towards Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and southern states.” The Chief Minister said the Central government was “misusing central agencies like the ED, CBI and I-T department”. “Has there been any such activity in BJP-ruled states in the past eight years? By unleashing ED, I-T,...
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IIM Trichy allows 40 youths to defer admissions by 1 year | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: When Trishla Sundar received her admit to IIM-Trichy this year, it came with a choice: an option to step in right away or defer her admission and return the next year. That is not necessarily a discretion given to all by premier management institutes. This year, though, a total of 40 candidates have decided to postpone their joining at this institute. In 2022, the flagship two-year post-graduate programme in management at IIM Trichy saw many more acceptances than seats, thus requiring the institute to offer candidates a one-time route to return in 2023. While some will continue to work, others will try their luck again at the CAT next year, hoping to better their scores for probably a higher-ranked management institute, while their seat would remain booked at IIM-Trichy, perchan...
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NIA chief briefs Shah on Udaipur, Amravati probes | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The chief of the anti-terror probe agency NIA on Monday met Union home minister Amit Shah and is understood to have briefed him about the progress in the ongoing investigations in the killings of two persons in Rajasthan's Udaipur and Maharashtra's Amravati, officials said. Both the cases were handed over to the NIA by the home ministry. Director general of the National Investigation Agency Dinkar Gupta had a 40-minute meeting with the home minister Amit Shah at his North Block office, where the former is said to have apprised him about the probe into the two cases. As many as five accused were arrested for Lal's murder. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; ...
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Uddhav camp in SC against recognition to rebel faction | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the new Maharashtra speaker Rahul Narwekar's decision to recognise CM Eknath Shinde as Sena legislative party leader and rebel MLA Bharat Gogawale as the chief whip of the party. Petitioner Sunil Prabhu, who was the chief whip of Shiv Sena before the post went to Gogawale, accused BJP of nursing a wound ever since Sena parted ways with it to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in coalition with Congress and NCP. He said BJP engineered the rebellion and usurped power through illegal means despite knowing fully well that all rebel MLAs, including Shinde, faced disqualification under the provisions of the Tenth Schedule. Senior advocate A M Singhvi requested a bench of Indira Banerjee an...
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History of freedom struggle not about a few people: PM Modi | India News – Times of India

BHIMAVARAM: Calling Andhra Pradesh "the land of warriors", PM Narendra Modi on Monday said besides revolutionary icons like Alluri Sitarama Raju, the state has also produced great patriots and freedom fighters, like Pingali Venkaiah, Kanneganti Hanumanthu, Kandukuri Veeresalingam and Vuyyalavada Narasimha Reddy. He said the history of the country's freedom struggle was not about a few years or some people, as he called for building a New India that reflected the dreams of the freedom fighters and one that ensured equal opportunities to all sections, news agency PTI reported. "The fight for freedom is not the history of a few years, a few regions or some people. This is the history of every nook and corner of the country, the history of sacrifices and martyrdom of people of all corners,"...
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Can BCG boosters check TB’s spread? ICMR to find out | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a move that can be crucial in tuberculosis elimination, ICMR's apex TB research institute plans to start a BCG booster trial among kids and adolescents of 6-18 years to check whether re-vaccination can help prevent tuberculosis spread in household contacts of TB patients. The health ministry is likely to discuss funding proposal for the study on Tuesday. "This is to assess whether re-vaccination with BCG vaccine can protect someone from developing TB when they are exposed to the disease. The study will be conducted in multiple sites in around eight centres with around 9,000 participants," National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis director Dr Padmapriyadarsini C said. The particpants of the trial will be monitored for around two years, she added. While the scientific a...
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Eknath Shinde govt wins trust vote, says disqualify 15 Sena MLAs | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The new Eknath Shinde government in Maharashtra sailed through the trust vote in the state assembly on Monday, with 164 MLAs voting in its favour and 99 MLAs siding with the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA). The MVA received eight votes less than it had in the election for the state assembly speaker a day earlier. In a blow to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, one more MLA, Santosh Bangar from Marathwada, switched to the Shinde camp in the morning, reducing their numbers to 15. Besides, several opposition MLAs, including Congress veterans Ashok Chavan and Vijay Wadettiwar, did not reach on time and could not cast their vote. A total of 263 votes were polled in the trust vote, 25 short of the strength of the House. Twenty MLAs were absent from the assembly. Of these, 11 were from the Co...
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Eknath Shinde govt unethical & undemocratic, will fall soon: Mamata | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday described the new Maharashtra government led by Eknath Shinde as "unethical and undemocratic" and claimed it will fall soon as it has "failed to win people's hearts". Taking a dig at BJP, she alleged it has misused the power of money and muscle, and central agencies to topple an elected government in Maharashtra. The Trinamool Congress supremo alleged that the Shiv Sena MLAs were flown to Assam and "supplied not only money but also many other things". She, however, did not elaborate on her accusations. "I believe this (Maharashtra) government will not continue as the BJP has misused its power. It's an unethical and undemocratic government. They might have formed the government, but they have not won the hearts of the people,"...
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5 Killed In Shooting At A Fourth Of July Parade In US’ Illinois: Report

New Delhi: Five people were killed and several others were wounded after a gunman started firing during a parade in the northern Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois Monday morning, as per the City of Highland Park's website. "We are assisting Highland Park Police with a shooting in the area of the Independence Day parade route," Lake County Sheriff, Illinois, US said. As per local reports, a gunman began firing from the roof of a retail store into the parade below. We are assisting Highland Park Police with a shooting in the area of the Independence Day parade route. STAY OUT OF THE AREA - allow law-enforcement and first responders to do their work. pic.twitter.com/PTut6CGZAe — Lake County Sheriff (@LakeCoILSheriff) July 4, 2022 A video going viral on ...
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US: 5 dead, 19 hospitalized in shooting at July 4 parade – Times of India

Police are responding to a likely live shooter scenario at a parade in Highland Park, Illinois (Reuters)CHICAGO: At least five people are dead and 19 were taken to hospitals after a shooting at a July Fourth parade in a Chicago suburb, police said. The shooting in Highland Park disrupted the annual parade just after it began at 10 am. Highland Park Police said in a statement that five people were killed and 19 people were taken to hospitals. It was unclear if the five dead were among the 19 hospitalized. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the parade began around 10am but was suddenly halted 10 minutes later after shots were fired. Hundreds of parade-goers — some visibly bloodied — fled the parade route, leaving behind chairs, baby strollers and blankets. Video shot by a Sun-Times journ...
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Take steps to remove criminals from politics: HC to Parliament, poll panel | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad high court has asked Parliament and the Election Commission of India to take effective measures to remove criminals from politics and break the unholy nexus among them, politicians and bureaucrats. The court said it is the responsibility of Parliament to show its collective will to restrain criminals from entering politics or legislature to save democracy and the country governed on democratic principles and the rule of law. A Bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh made the observations while rejecting the bail plea of BSP MP Atul Kumar Singh, alias Atul Rai. Considering the criminal history of 23 cases against Rai, might of the accused, evidence on record and the possibility tampering with the evidence, the Bench said it did not find any ground ...
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Five killed in shooting at July 4 parade in Chicago suburb of Highland Park

Five people were killed and several more were injured in a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park on Monday, officials said, as panicked spectators fled the scene. The city of Highland Park reported on its website that five people were dead and 16 transferred to hospital. “Numerous law enforcement officers are responding and have secured a perimeter around downtown Highland Park,” the statement said. The shooting comes with gun violence fresh on the minds of many Americans, after a massacre on May 24 killed 19 school children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and the May 14 attack that killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. Witness Amarani Garcia, who was at the parade with her young daughter, told t...
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Rusting Eiffel Tower in need of full repairs, reports say – Times of India

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower is riddled with rust and in need of full repairs, but instead it is being given a cosmetic 60 million euro paint job ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, according to confidential reports cited by French magazine Marianne. The wrought-iron 324-metre (1,063 -ft) high tower, built by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century, is among the most visited tourist sites in the world, welcoming about six million visitors each year. However confidential reports by experts cited by Marianne suggest the monument is in a poor state and riddled with rust. "It is simple, if Gustave Eiffel visited the place he would have a heart attack," one unnamed manager at the tower told Marianne. The company that oversees the tower, Societe d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), c...
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Big Ben’s bongs will soon ring out again across London

For five years, the most famous clock tower in Britain was hidden behind an ugly fortress of scaffolding, and its hourly bong was rendered mute. But the restoration work is done, and this summer, a sound familiar to Londoners for more than 1 1/2 centuries will again ring out across the British capital — Big Ben is back. The clock tower — officially known as the Elizabeth Tower since 2012 when it was renamed in honor of the queen’s diamond jubilee — stands tall over the Palace of Westminster, which houses the British Parliament and is one of the world’s most instantly recognized constructions. But it is the nickname of the biggest bell in the belfry that draws the most name recognition: Big Ben. Indeed, when Parliament is in session, there is a special illumination above the dials, whi...
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MP: Woman Thrashed, Paraded In Village With Husband On Her Shoulders Over Suspected Affair

New Delhi: A tribal woman was thrashed by a group of villagers in Madhya Pradesh's Dewas district for allegedly having an extra-marital affair. The woman was also paraded after being made to carry her husband on her shoulders, police said on Monday. The incident came to light after a video went viral on social media in which a group of men was seen thrashing the woman. According to the police, the woman's husband was seen beating her mercilessly in front of the villagers and later the woman was forced to lift the husband on her shoulders. The villagers were also seen putting garlands of shoes on her. The woman (30) was punished for her alleged relationship with another man. Police said the woman was missing for three-four days and was later found with a male friend. Thi...
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Did You Know Laal Singh Chaddha & Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Naa Are Related? Read To Find Out How

New Delhi: As Aamir Khan gears for the release of 'Laal Singh Chaddha', there is an interesting connection that fans should know about the film which is related to Aamir Khan's prodcution film 'Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Naa'. Precisely on July 4, 2008 during the premiere of the cult classic ‘Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Naa’, Aamir Khan, and Atul Kulkarni a candid discussion where the two talked about their love for cinema and how fascinated they were by the cinematic wonder - of Forrest Gump. Both the actors agreed that the film should travel places and reach people. Post this conversation, Atul Kulkarni felt inspired to write ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ which is now slated to release on 11th Aug 2022.  It's been 14 years since the film ‘Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Naa’ was released and it's exac...
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‘Knew How To Evade Nakabandi, Locate Phone Towers’: CM Shinde On How He Sneaked Out Of Mumbai

Divulging the behind-the-scenes activities that went on before the formation of the new government, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday said he used to leave the hotel where he was camping in Guwahati at midnight when all MLAs were asleep and used to return early morning, PTI reported. The first signs of a looming political crisis in Maharashtra came when Shinde and a group of Shiv Sena MLAs left Mumbai on the night of June 20 and moved to a hotel in Gujarat's Surat. The rebel MLAs then moved to Guwahati on a chartered flight. Referring to how he sneaked out of Mumbai, Shinde said there was nakabandi (security blockade) by the police. "I know how to locate mobile phone towers and track a person. I also know how to evade nakabandi," PTI quoted Shinde as sa...
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Delhi Weather: Moderate To Heavy Rainfall For Next 2 Days. IMD Issues Yellow & Orange Alert

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for Tuesday and an orange alert for Wednesday, indicating that moderate to heavy rain or thundershowers are expected, news agency PTI reported. On Monday, the national capital witnessed sultry weather, with the highest temperature reaching 36.8 degrees Celsius, which is common for this time of year. Also Read: 'Does She Want Tea?' Rahul Gandhi's Warm Gesture To Elderly Woman In Kerala | WATCH The minimum temperature was 27.4 degrees Celsius, which is average for this time of year, while humidity levels ranged between 62% and 89%. For weather alerts, the IMD employs four colour codes: green (no action required), yellow (watch and remain informed), orange (be prepared), and red (take action). The outlook ...