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AIADMK will contest on its own in Erode (East), says Sengottaiyan

K.A. Sengottaiyan. File photo The AIADMK will contest on its own in the by-election to the Erode (East) Assembly constituency. Party interim general secretary Edappadi K. Palaniswami will soon announce the parties in the alliance, former AIADMK Minister K.A. Sengottaiyan said on Saturday. Addressing the media here, he said Tamils across the world were waiting for the results of the bypoll. “Just like the byelection to the Dindigul Lok Sabha constituency was a turning point for former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran, the AIADMK’s massive victory in the Erode bypoll would be a turning point for Mr. Palaniswami,” he said.Mr. Sengottaiyan said the party would contest on its own, and Mr. Palaniswami would soon announce the names of the parties in the AIADMK-led alliance. Many talked ab...
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Kharge flags ‘security lapses’ in Rahul yatra’s J&K leg, seeks Shah’s ‘personal intervention’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Expressing concern over "unfortunate security lapse" during 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' in Kashmir, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday wrote to home minister Amit Shah urging his personal intervention to ensure proper arrangements for Rahul Gandhi's security.Kharge told Shah, "We are expecting a huge gathering to join the yatra over the next two days and also the function that will be held on 30th January at Srinagar. Many senior Congress leaders and leaders of other political parties are attending the culmination function."He added, "I shall be grateful if you could personally intervene in matter and advise officials concerned to provide adequate security till the culmination of the yatra and the function on 30th January at Srinagar."The senior leader told Shah that c...
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So far, no talks about Prakash Ambedkar’s VBA: Sharad Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar. File photo | Photo Credit: PTI  Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said that so far, no talks were held among the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) constituents — NCP, Congress and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena — about taking Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) onboard. He said the MVA constituents will contest the upcoming by-elections together.“No talks were held regarding Prakash Ambedkar’s VBA ahead of the elections. We do not know what is going on between the two parties (Shiv Sena and VBA). We will not discuss anything over it,” Mr. Pawar said in Kolhapur.  The NCP didn’t hold any talks with Mr. Ambedkar.  “There is no such proposal before us,” he said.His comments came days after the Uddhav Thacke...
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No change in FPO price, schedule: Adani Group – Times of India

MUMBAI: Amid speculation that Adani Enterprises may be forced to amend its Rs 20,000-crore follow-on public offer after a plunge in its stock price, the Ahmedabad-based company clarified that its FPO remains on schedule at the set issue price.The flagship of the Adani Group had fixed the FPO at Rs 3,112-Rs 3,276 per share. However, on Friday, the first day of retail bidding for the FPO, the stock closed at Rs 2,762 on BSE. This led to speculation that it may revise the issue size or sale period.Clarifying that there is "no change in either the schedule or the issue price" of its Rs 20,000-crore follow-on offering, the Adani Group said on Saturday, "All our stakeholders including bankers and investors have full faith in the FPO. We are extremely confident about its success." The clarific...
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India begins work on 135km Ladakh road to link key locations | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India has started building a strategic road along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh that will, in the most part, trace the Indus and mirror a blacktop surface link on the Chinese side. The road will plug a vital gap in connectivity between the strategically important Chushul south of Pangong Tso and Demchok in eastern Ladakh, a distance of about 135km along the LAC. It will provide rapid access to the Tibetan refugee settlement of Dungti overlooking ITBP’s Hena post, and the advance landing ground at Fukche. Border Roads Organisation kicked off the groundwork on Republic Day and expects to complete the project in two years.Plans for replacing the present iron bridge across Indus at Loma with a concrete bridge in the vicinity will allow easy movement of heavy ...
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Palestinian teen injures two in a new gun attack in east Jerusalem

A 13-year-old Palestinian opened fire in east Jerusalem on Saturday, January 28, 2023, wounding two Israelis, officials said, a day after another attacker killed seven outside a synagogue in the deadliest attack in the city since 2008.The shooting in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem, near the historic Old City, wounded a father and son, ages 47 and 23, paramedics said. Both were fully conscious and in moderate to serious condition in the hospital, the medics added. As police rushed to the scene, two passers-by with licensed weapons shot and overpowered the 13-year-old attacker, police said. Police confiscated his handgun and took the wounded teen to a hospital. Video showed police escorting a wounded teen, wearing nothing but underwear, away from the scene and o...
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Homosexuality Not A Crime, Those Criminalising It Are Wrong, Says Pope Francis

New Delhi: People who criminalise homosexuality are "wrong", Pope Francis said in a letter published on Saturday, news agency AFP reported. In an interview that was published earlier on Wednesday, the pope had said being homosexual was "not a crime ... but it’s a sin". In the letter written to a Jesuit priest, Pope Francis said he had wanted in the interview "to clarify that it (homosexuality) is not a crime, in order to stress that criminalisation is neither good nor just". "When I said it is a sin, I was simply referring to Catholic moral teaching, which says that every sexual act outside of marriage is a sin," he wrote. Notably, the pope's comments on homosexuality comes ahead of a trip to Africa next week, where criminalisation of homosexuality is common. The Pope ...
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Just as Pandavas could not choose their relatives, India can’t choose its neighbours: Jaishankar on Pakistan | India News – Times of India

PUNE: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said that just as the Pandavas could not choose their relatives, India cannot choose its geographical neighbours."It is a reality to us....Pandavas could not choose relatives, we can't choose our neighbours. Naturally, we hope good sense prevails" said EAM Jaishankar when asked if "a neighbour and rogue nation (Pakistan), who happens to be nuclear power, will be an asset or a liability."Jaishankar was in Pune for the release of his English book "The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World," which has been translated into Marathi as 'Bharat Marg'.The Marathi version of Jaishankar's book was released by Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis.When asked about the economic situation in Pakistan, Jaishankar said t...
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In Tripura Seat-Sharing, BJP To Contest 55 Constituencies, Ally IPFT 5

New Delhi: Ahead of the Tripura assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has finalised the seat-sharing deal with old ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) giving it five constituencies, four less than 2018 polls, news agency PTI reported. Chief Minister Manik Saha made the announcement and added the BJP will contest in 55 constituencies. Notably, the saffron party had contested the previous state election together with IPFT and the alliance partners fielded candidates in 48 and 12 seats respectively. The BJP-IPFT alliance swept to power in Tripura, replacing the 25-year-old Left Front regime, winning 43 seats in the 60-member assembly. The BJP had got 35 seats and the IPFT eight. Pratima Bhoumik lost the 2018 polls to four-time Chief Minister Ma...
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New gun attack in east Jerusalem after synagogue shooting – Times of India

JERUSALEM: A 13-year-old Palestinian boy shot at and wounded an Israeli father-son duo in east Jerusalem Saturday, hours after a gunman killed seven outside a synagogue, raising fears of escalation despite international calls for calm. Following the deadliest spate of attacks in years, Israeli security chiefs were set to meet to consider tougher measures in response to the violence. The Saturday morning gun attack was in Silwan, just outside the walled Old City of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. An Israeli father, 47, and his 23-year-old army officer son sustained gunshot wounds to their upper bodies and were rushed to hospital, along with the attacker who was shot and injured at the scene, police and medics said. Police had earlier announced 42 arrests in connection with Friday's shoo...
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BCCI Invites Bids For Women’s Premier League Title Sponsorship Rights For 2023-2027

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday invited bids for the title sponsorship rights of the Women's Premier League (WPL) for five years from 2023 to 2027.The development comes three days after the board announced the successful bidders to acquire the right to own and operate five franchises in the WPL.Adani Group, through Adani Sportsline Pvt. Ltd got the Ahmedabad franchise with the highest bid of INR 1289 crore, while Indiawin Sports Pvt. Ltd acquired the Mumbai franchise with a bid of INR 912.99 crore. Royal Challengers Sports Pvt. Ltd, JSW GMR Cricket Pvt. Ltd and Capri Global Holdings Pvt. Ltd won the rights to operate Bangalore, Delhi and Lucknow teams for INR 901 crore, 810 crore and 757 crore respectively."The BCCI invites bids from repute...
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Russia accuses Ukraine of killing 14 in ‘deliberate’ strike on hospital – Times of India

Russia accused the Ukrainian military of deliberately striking a hospital in a Russian-held area of eastern Ukraine on Saturday in what it said was a war crime that killed 14 people and wounded 24 patients and medical staff wounded.There was no immediate response to the allegations from Ukraine. Reuters was not able to independently verify the report.The alleged strike hit a hospital in the Russian-held settlement of Novoaidar and was carried out using a U.S.-supplied HIMARS rocket launch system, the Russian defence ministry said in a statement."A deliberate missile strike against a known functioning civilian medical facility is without doubt a serious war crime by the Kyiv regime," the defence ministry said."All those involved in the planning and execution of this crime will be found a...
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Ukraine denies report it intends to get 24 jets from allies – Times of India

Ukraine's air force on Saturday denied a newspaper report saying it intended to get 24 fighter jets from allies, saying talks about potential deliveries were still continuing, a domestic media outlet said.Spain's El Pais newspaper, citing air force spokesperson Yuri Ihnat, said Ukraine initially wanted two squadrons of 12 planes each, preferably Boeing F-16 jets.But in a statement provided to Ukraine's Babel outlet on Saturday, Ihnat said his comments to a media briefing on Friday had been misinterpreted."Ukraine is only at the stage of negotiations regarding aircraft. Aircraft models and their number are currently being determined," he said.Ihnat told the Friday briefing that F-16s might be the best option for a multi-role fighter to replace the country's current fleet of ageing Soviet...
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No Opposition Alliance Is Relevant Or Meaningful Without Congress: Jairam Ramesh

The Congress must serve as the "fulcrum" of any opposition coalition formed to challenge the BJP in the general elections of 2024 because it is the only political force with a nationwide presence, senior party leader Jairam Ramesh said on Saturday. The Congress general secretary further said that the Congress should be preparing to fight on its own in every state in the 2024 general elections. According to Jairam Ramesh, any opposition platform to defeat the BJP must be based on two realities. "One, Congress must be the fulcrum of any opposition alliance. Without Congress, no opposition alliance is relevant or meaningful," he was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.  Any opposition platform to defeat the BJP must be based on two realities. One, Congress must ...
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Ladakhi innovator Sonam Wangchuk on 5-day hunger-strike; claims he was placed under house arrest, police deny | India News – Times of India

LEH: Sonam Wangchuk, a prominent engineer whose life inspired a character in Bollywood blockbuster "3 Idiots", has claimed that he placed under house arrest at his institute here, a charge denied by the police which said he was only prevented from observing a five-day-long fast at Khardung La top.The Ladakh-based innovator had announced a five-day long hunger strike at 18,380 feet high Khardung La from January 26 to invite attention of the BJP-led Centre to the demands of the people of Ladakh, including extension of sixth schedule of the Constitution and environmental protection form unchecked industrial and commercial expansion.Barring BJP, almost all major political parties, social and religious groups and student organisations have come together in both Leh and Kargil districts in su...
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Exclusive! I was in a state of trauma inside the Bigg Boss house, says Tina Datta post her eviction – Times of India

Out of the Bigg Boss 16 house, Tina Datta says she has taken a sigh of relief. Even though the Uttaran actress has missed being a finalist in the reality show, she says she is quite happy. "Believe you me, I am really happy to have come out of the house!" shares Tina.Telling us about the stay inside the house, she adds, "It was a rocky ride for me as I had good and bad experiences. I never thought that I could be a part of a show like Bigg Boss and so I was scared and skeptical both at the same time when I said yes to this show this season. The kind of situations I have faced inside the house, I wasn't even sure if I will be able to keep up with it or will be able to survive it for so long. But eventually, I used to tell myself that I am a survivor. I survived the loss of my baby when I...
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‘It Is A Reality To Us…:’ Jaishankar When Asked Whether Neighbouring Pak Is Asset Or Liabilit

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated on Saturday that Pakistan is a reality for us. "In life, you have what you have. Pandavas could not choose their relatives, we can't choose our neighbours. Naturally, we hope good sense prevails, that our past practises are not repeated, and that in diplomacy, it is important to be hopeful," he stated. His statement was in response to a reporter's question about whether a neighbour like Pakistan is an asset or a liability to us. #WATCH | It is a reality to us. In life, you have what you have. Pandavas could not choose their relatives, we can't choose our neighbours. Naturally, we hope good sense prevails...: EAM Dr Jaishankar when asked if Pakistan, as our neighbour will be an asset or a liability to us pic.twitter.co...
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Startup20 Is India’s Innovation To G20 Movement, Says Amitabh Kant

G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant on Friday said that Startup20 is India's innovation to the G20 movement. It will be launched in Hyderabad for the first time ever. Kant said, "The Startup20 is India's innovation to the G20 movement. That is because of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi's belief that the world needs digitisation. It needs young energy and dynamism. It needs technological leap-frogging," reported news agency ANI. The first meet of Startup20 will be held in Hyderabad on Saturday and Sunday, reported ANI. According to Startup20 PRO's official release, Startup20's aim is to develop a global narrative for supporting startups and facilitating synergies among startups, corporations, investors, innovation agencies, and other key ecosystem stakeholders. Kant while talking ...
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Food samples taken after students complained of vomiting; Minister and MP visit them in the hospital

Forty-three NCC cadets who complained of vomiting and fainted on Friday soon after taking food were convalescing at the Nagercoil Government Hospital and they were being closely observed, doctors said on Saturday.The students were cleaning the Kanniyakumari beach, when they were given food packets. Many of them vomited after eating and some among them fainted. Immediately, they were taken to the hospital. After medical observation, 30 among them recovered while the rest 13 students were shifted to Asaripallam Government Medical College Hospital.Doctors, who were attending on the students, said that they were recovering well since last night. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu IT Minister Mano Thangaraj and MP Vijay Vasanth visited the students at the hospital and enquired about their health with the...
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Congress announces 17 candidates for Tripura assembly polls | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Saturday announced 17 candidates for the upcoming Tripura Assembly polls. Lone MLA of the party, Sudip Roy Barman, will contest from Agartala seat.The Congress is contesting the Tripura Assembly elections in alliance with CPI-M.The Left Front had earlier declared that it will contest 47 seats and had left 13 seats for Congress.Of these 47, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) will contest 43 seats and CPI, RSP, Forward Bloc will field one candidate each. Congress declaring 17 seats means there will be "friendly contest" between alliance partners on four seats.Elections to the 60-member Tripura assembly will be held on February 16.The Congress also released the list of star campaigners for Tripura elections. The star campaigners include Congress chief Mallika...