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India sets target of record grain output, focus on oilseeds to reduce import bills | India News – Times of India
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India sets target of record grain output, focus on oilseeds to reduce import bills | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Banking on huge acreage of Kharif (summer) crops amidst good monsoon and adequate water storage for Rabi (winter) season, the Centre on Monday revised India’s food-grains production target for 2020-21 to an all-time record of 301 million tonnes (MT) - 4 MT more than the output of 2019-20 – and decided to put focus on pulses and oilseeds. Accordingly, it raised the production target of the main oilseed, mustard, from 9.2 MT to 12.5 MT, syncing it with ongoing efforts to reduce the country’s import bills, and gave a hike of 5.1% to the minimum support price (MSP) for procuring mustard in the next marketing season compared to 2019-20 season. Only lentils (popular pulses) attracted a bigger hike than mustard among the six crops whose MSPs were approved by the Union cabinet on Mon...
‘Provide food to sex workers during lockdown’: SC tells Centre, states
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‘Provide food to sex workers during lockdown’: SC tells Centre, states

Moved by the plight of lakhs of sex workers rendered jobless and without an alternate source of livelihood following the Covid-19 lockdown, the Supreme Court gave a week’s time to the states to respond on providing them free ration and asked Centre if something could be immediately provided to them in the exercise of its powers under the National Disaster Management Act.The bench of Justices LN Rao and Hemant Gupta said, “This is a human problem. People are not getting ration for want of ration cards. They are under severe distress.” An application filed by Darbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee before the top court said, “After the nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24, 2020, there was no work and no income. During April and May, sex workers scrimped through their meag...
NYPD officer is accused of spying on Tibetans for China
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NYPD officer is accused of spying on Tibetans for China

By: New York Times | New York | September 22, 2020 11:50:23 am Federal prosecutors Monday charged a New York City police officer with acting as an illegal agent of the Chinese government, accusing him of providing intelligence about Tibetans living in the United States to officials at the Chinese consulate. (AP/File)Federal prosecutors Monday charged a New York City police officer with acting as an illegal agent of the Chinese government, accusing him of providing intelligence about Tibetans living in the United States to officials at the Chinese consulate. The officer, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was taken into custody Monday, officials said. He has served as a patro...
Vande Bharat train bid only for desi companies – Times of India
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Vande Bharat train bid only for desi companies – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways will procure 44 Vande Bharat train sets for Rs 2,000 crore through reverse auction, which officials said is perhaps the biggest such bid. In this “domestic tender”, the qualified bidders will quote their prices online and it will be live. The bidder quoting the lowest price will get the order to produce these train sets. The revised tender floated on Monday is being termed as “domestic” for two reasons. First, the products will have minimum 75% local content compared to 50% in the earlier bid and second, only companies registered in India will be allowed to bid. “These provisions have been made to promote domestic manufacturing and Make in India under the Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme and this is the biggest tender since the launch of the self-reliant India in...
How Sydney 2000 Olympics kickstarted a housing revolution – realestate.com.au
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How Sydney 2000 Olympics kickstarted a housing revolution – realestate.com.au

The Athletes Village at Newington in September 2000. It was a triumph of human spirit and athletic prowess but the 2000 Sydney Olympics also kickstarted a revolution in the way we live. Twenty years on, the Olympic Park area and former athlete’s village have become a blueprint for the modern Aussie housing development, launching innovations widely used today. But it is also one of the Sydney regions that’s undergone some of the biggest changes. High-rise apartments now tower over the sporting complexes and surrounding suburbs such as Rhodes and Wentworth Point are among the most densely populated in the country. MORE: Cate Blanchett sells $12m unit in the Astor Worst house on best streets sells $2m over reserve The suburb of Newi...
Provide food, aid to starving 1.2 lakh sex workers: SC to govts | India News – Times of India
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Provide food, aid to starving 1.2 lakh sex workers: SC to govts | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Saddened by the plight of sex workers rendered jobless across the country because of the lockdown and exodus of migrant workers, the Supreme Court on Monday told the Centre and states to urgently consider providing them relief in the form of dry rations, monetary assistance as well as masks, soaps and sanitisers. “Without waiting for our orders, see if you can do something,” a bench of Justices L N Rao and Hemant Gupta told additional solicitor general Rupinder Singh Suri and counsel for states after NGO ‘Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee’, an organisation run by sex workers, narrated the pitiable condition of their co-workers across the country. Appearing for the NGO, senior advocate Anand Grover told the bench that a survey among 1.2 lakh sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, Karn...
Sasikala ‘set for release’ — AIADMK says inconsequential but some leaders wary of poll impact
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Sasikala ‘set for release’ — AIADMK says inconsequential but some leaders wary of poll impact

File photograph of Sasikala | Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images Text Size: A- A+ Bengaluru: The likely release of V.K. Sasikala, trusted aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalaithaa, looks set to cause a churn in the state’s politics but also raises questions about her political future. Having served four years in prison in a Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case, Sasikala, according to an RTI reply, could be released by 27 January next year if her release conditions, which includes a Rs 10 crore fine, are met. Her lawyer has, however, claimed that she could be released by the end of this month on grounds of good behaviour.   The development has caused a stir in Tamil Nadu, due for polls in 2021, e...
Trump could face tax fraud probe, Manhattan prosecutor says – Times of India
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Trump could face tax fraud probe, Manhattan prosecutor says – Times of India

NEW YORK: Manhattan's district attorney said on Monday he might have grounds to investigate President Donald Trump and his businesses for tax fraud, as he seeks to persuade a federal appeals court to let him obtain Trump's tax returns. Lawyers for District Attorney Cyrus Vance made the assertion in a filing with the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, four days before it considers Trump's request to block Vance's August 2019 subpoena for the tax returns. The lawyers said the "mountainous" public allegations of misconduct, including misstatements about business properties, could justify a grand jury probe into possible tax fraud, insurance fraud and falsifying business records. "Even if the grand jury were testing the truth of public allegations alone, such reports, taken toget...
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman to observe one-day fast
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Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman to observe one-day fast

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh to observe a one-day fast against the unruly behaviour with him in the House by Opposition MPs during the passing of agriculture Bills on 20th September.Earlier, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh brought tea for the Rajya Sabha MPs who are protesting at Gandhi statue against their suspension from the House. Source link
IPL 2020: Rashid Khan Knocked Down In Nasty Collision, Mitchell Marsh Twists Ankle During RCB Vs SRH Match On Monday
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IPL 2020: Rashid Khan Knocked Down In Nasty Collision, Mitchell Marsh Twists Ankle During RCB Vs SRH Match On Monday

IPL 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad Team quite literally suffered some major blows the match in their IPL opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday in Dubai, after Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan were injured. The team had a 10-run loss to RCB.28 year old Marsh suffered a major injury to the ankle while bowling during his side. He had bowled only four deliveries. He was seen hobbling and the over was then completed by Vijay Shankar. Marsh has had a history of injuries in the past and he has even missed number of editions of IPL due to thisALSO READ| IPL 2020, RCB vs SRH Highlights: SRH's Back To Back Fall Of Wickets Leads Team Virat To Victory By 10 RunsAfter his injury, he did not come  back to the field during the rest of t...
Coronavirus pandemic: Dengue may provide some immunity against Covid-19
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Coronavirus pandemic: Dengue may provide some immunity against Covid-19

A new study that analyzed the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil has found a link between the spread of the virus and past outbreaks of dengue fever that suggests exposure to the mosquito-transmitted illness may provide some level of immunity against Covid-19. The not yet published study led by Miguel Nicolelis, a professor at Duke University, and shared exclusively with Reuters, compared the geographic distribution of coronavirus cases with the spread of dengue in 2019 and 2020. Places with lower coronavirus infection rates and slower case growth were locations that had suffered intense dengue outbreaks this year or last, Nicolelis found. “This striking finding raises the intriguing possibility of an immunological cross-reactivity between dengue’s Flavivirus serotypes and SAR...
Biden, Trump campaign in US Midwest as Supreme Court fight looms
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Biden, Trump campaign in US Midwest as Supreme Court fight looms

Donald Trump and his rival for the White House, Joe Biden, were campaigning on Monday in two US battleground states that could decide the November election as they sparred over the president’s plan to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat.A Republican seeking re-election on Nov. 3, Trump will hold campaign events in Ohio, a state some Democrats once saw as a lock for Trump, while Biden, the Democratic former vice president, makes his second trip of the month to Wisconsin.Each is reckoning with a presidential contest that was upended by Friday’s death of the liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Trump’s intention to appoint a replacement before the election, which would cement a 6-3 conservative majority, has angered Democrats and shifted the campaign’s focus away from the corona...
Devdutt Padikkal may secure place in Indian Cricket Team soon, says Neha Tanwar
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Devdutt Padikkal may secure place in Indian Cricket Team soon, says Neha Tanwar

Former Cricketer, Neha Tanwar, was talking about the debut 50 scored by 20-year-old batsman Devdutt Padikkal. She said that the young lad did not feel pressurised under the situation and played his natural game. She added that if he continued to play like that then he would surely secure a place in the Indian Cricket Team.Take a look. Source link
Without comprehensive reforms, UN faces ‘crisis of confidence’: PM Modi | India News – Times of India
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Without comprehensive reforms, UN faces ‘crisis of confidence’: PM Modi | India News – Times of India

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations faces a "crisis of confidence” without comprehensive reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, asserting that the world needs a reformed multilateralism that reflects today's realities, gives voice to all stakeholders, addresses contemporary challenges and focuses on human welfare. Prime Minister Modi's call for reformed multilateralism assumes special significance as it comes on the eve of India taking a seat at the powerful UN Security Council as an elected non-permanent member for a two year term beginning January 1, 2021. "We cannot fight today's challenges with outdated structures. Without comprehensive reforms, the UN faces a crisis of confidence,” Modi said on Monday in his video address to the High-Level meeting of the General Assembly to...
New cases drop by 20% as Covid-19 testing dips | India News – Times of India
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New cases drop by 20% as Covid-19 testing dips | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India’s daily Covid-19 case tally dropped by nearly 20% on Monday as sharply reduced testing on Sunday resulted in lower detection of infections. Monday’s count of 73,279 cases across the country was the lowest daily tally in September even as deaths reported on the day remained relatively high at 1,047. Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh had the highest growth rate of Covid-19 infections last week (September 14-20), with cases in the state having risen by 35% over the previous week. It was followed by Uttarakhand, with a 28% growth in infections, Himachal Pradesh (27%), Kerala (25%) and Punjab (23%), as per data collated by TOI from state governments. Overall, India’s cases grew by 13% last week. In absolute terms, Maharashtra had by far the highest number of new cases during the week ...
Parliament Live Updates: Eight suspended Rajya Sabha MPs stage overnight protest
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Parliament Live Updates: Eight suspended Rajya Sabha MPs stage overnight protest

TMC MP Derek O'Brien attempts to tear the rule book as ruckus erupts in the Rajya Sabha over agriculture related bills, during the ongoing Monsoon Session, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Sunday. (Photo: Screengrab @ RSTV via PTI) Parliament Live Updates: News from Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha The Lok Sabha on Monday passed bills amending the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act even as Rajya Sabha saw stormy scenes after eight Opposition MLAs were suspended for the rest of the monsoon session over their “unruly” conduct in the Upper House when the contentious farm bills were passed. The Lok Sabha also passed the The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and The Epidemic Dise...
Maharashtra Government Will Know How State Is Collapsing If They Stop Being Obsessed With Me: Kangana Ranaut
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Maharashtra Government Will Know How State Is Collapsing If They Stop Being Obsessed With Me: Kangana Ranaut

Days after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolished actor Kangana Ranaut's Mumbai office, the actor on Monday said that "if they (Maharashtra government) stop being obsessed with me, they will know how the entire state is collapsing".A Twitter user shared an article reporting the collapse of a three-storey building in Bhiwandi, while also tagging Ranaut's team, and said, "Painful scenes! Happens when Maharashtra govt has only the time to dismantle @KanganaTeam's office! #Maharashtra #Bhiwandi."To which, the 'Queen' actor responded on the micro-blogging site, saying: "Meanwhile Maharashtra government k-k-k-k-kNgnaa ..... if they stop being obsessed with me they will know how the entire state is collapsing."Meanwhile Maharashtra government क-क-क-क-कंगना ...
Bollywood biggies to meet CM Yogi today, discuss UP film city project
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Bollywood biggies to meet CM Yogi today, discuss UP film city project

Several leading Bollywood filmmakers are expected in Lucknow on Tuesday for a meeting with chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the likely contours of the film city project announced by the chief minister on Friday.The filmmakers include Subhash Ghai, Om Raut of Tanhaji fame, Saundarya, daughter of superstar Rajnikanth, besides leading playback singers like Kailash Kher, Udit Narayan along with many others. This comes as the government intends to fast track its film city project whose location is yet to be decided. The meeting is expected at the CM’s official 5 Kalidas Marg residence in the afternoon. Earlier, on Sunday, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar had met the chief minister and praised the announcement over the film city.During a meeting to review development works in Meer...
Crescent Head property has a private nine-hole golf course and 6km beach – realestate.com.au
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Crescent Head property has a private nine-hole golf course and 6km beach – realestate.com.au

The property at 1126 Point Plomer Rd, Crescent Head, is expected to sell for around $5m. With a nine-hole golf course, tennis court, private waterway and 6km of beachfront — this property might just be the ultimate iso-retreat in NSW. Located on 48.5ha of land at Crescent Head on the Mid-North Coast, the sprawling estate also has an outdoor multimedia room, function space and native animals such as koalas. MORE: Inside Karl Stefanovic’s new waterfront mansion Epic home has insane mini-golf course and cinema Hot pink Versace palace has quirky ‘zebra room’ No. 1126 Point Plomer Road is on the market for the first time in 10 years with expectations that it will sell for around $5m. There are eight bedroo...
Horoscope Today: Astrological prediction for September 22, what’s in store for Aries, Leo, Libra, Scorpio and other zodiac signs
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Horoscope Today: Astrological prediction for September 22, what’s in store for Aries, Leo, Libra, Scorpio and other zodiac signs

All zodiac signs have distinct characteristics and traits which define a person. Wouldn’t it be helpful if you started your day by already knowing about what’s going to come your way? Read on to find out whether the odds will be in your favour today. *Aries (March 21-April 20): Limited capital will not prove an obstacle in putting a project on the road. Support of family members is assured in whatever you undertake.There is every likelihood of bagging a prized job for those associated with the management field. Connoisseurs of good food can come across some more gastronomic delights! You are likely to get within reach of whatever you are trying to achieve on the academic front. Prepare thoroughly for a long journey to avoid hassles. Some of you may plan to buy a house or a...