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Assembly elections: Heavyweights fall back on home turfs to pack in a stronger punch | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: With SP chief Akhilesh Yadav set to contest from party pocket borough Karhal in Mainpuri, the upcoming UP assembly election is witnessing a marked trend of heavyweights heading back to their political backyards not just to win a seat, but also use it as a vantage point to influence a bigger constituency in the region. This became evident in case of BJP and SP, which have turned the elections into a bipolar contest amidst BSP chief Mayawati making it clear that she would not contest and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi maintaining a discreet silence on joining the poll fray. The trend caught up with BJP announcing the candidature of CM Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur (urban) and deputy CM Keshav Maurya from Sirathu (Kaushambi) more than a week ago. While Yogi had been a...
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bjp: Assembly elections: BJP leaves out Parrikar’s son, 2 ministers in Goa first list | India News – Times of India

PANAJI: BJP on Thursday announced its first list of 34 candidates for Goa, dropping three sitting MLAs including two ministers but retaining a former minister who had quit over allegations of sex scandal. The party also refused to give the Panaji ticket to former chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal, which his father held from 1994 till his demise in March 2019. Instead, BJP went with Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate, the sitting MLA and one of the 10 Congress defectors who joined the Pramod Sawant government in July 2019. Sawant has been declared as a candidate from Sankhli, a constituency that he has been representing since 2012. “Utpal Parrikar or Manohar Parrikar’s family is our family. They are very close to us. We had given two other options to Utpal from where he could contest...
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Delhi CM Kejriwal Writes To L-G To End Weekend Curfew, Suggests To Remove Odd-Even System

New Delhi: A day after Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the peak of the third wave is likely over in the national capital, now Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal has sent a recommendation to Lt Gov to end the weekend curfew.  In the proposal, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also asked to remove the odd-even system in the markets & to allow private offices to operate at 50% capacity. On Thursday, Satyendar Jain interacted with the reporters and told that it seems that the peak of the third COVID-19 wave has gone past in the national capital, even as he cautioned that the city is not out of the danger zone yet.Jain said Delhi saw a record surge in the number of daily Covid cases recently with over 28,000 cases registered in a day and the positivity rate too had gone b...
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2.5k farm suicides in 11 months of 2021 in Maharashtra: RTI reply | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Distress among farmers in the state pushed 2,498 of them to end their lives in the 11-month period from January to November 2021. In 2020, 2,547 debt-ridden farmers had committed suicide. Data from the state revenue department shows that despite loan waiver schemes of the government, farmers continue to commit suicide for inability to repay loans. Region-wise Aurangabad saw 804 suicides in the 11-month period in 2021 and Nagpur division reported 309 cases. Konkan division had no suicides in the last two years. “Even after several loan waivers and multiple other schemes for farmers, the suicide rate has seen no major reduction as 2,547 farmers committed suicide in 2020 while 2,498 ended their lives in 11 months from Jan to Nov 2021,” said Jeetendra Ghadge, RTI activist who sought...
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Uttarakhand Election 2022: Congress CEC Meet Today, Candidates’ List For Polls To Be Finalised

New Delhi: The Central Election Committee (CEC) of the Congress party is scheduled to meet today at 4 pm via video conferencing to select candidates for Uttarakhand assembly elections 2022. Congress is yet to announce even its first list of candidates for the Uttarakhand assembly election 2022, despite the screening committee holding discussions for around a week.  The hill state will go for polls in a single phase on February 14 with the last date for nomination of candidates fixed for January 28. Meanwhile, yesterday the BJP had released a list of 59 candidates for the upcoming polls. It was announced that Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami will contest the election from Khatima constituency, while former CM Trivendra Singh Rawat offered not to contest the polls. Wh...
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US charges Belarus officials with aircraft piracy over diverted Ryanair flight

Four Belarusian government officials have been charged in the United States with aircraft piracy for diverting a Ryanair flight last May to arrest a dissident Belarusian journalist who was on board, US prosecutors said on Thursday. The charges announced by the US Department of Justice escalate the global uproar over the May 23, 2021, forced landing in Minsk of the Ryanair flight and detention of the journalist Roman Protasevich and his Russian girlfriend. Belarus already has faced a wave of sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, from the United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada over the diverted flight, which US authorities said was targeted by a false bomb threat. Four US citizens were among the approximately 132 passengers and crew members aboard the flight, ...
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Tendency to tarnish India’s image must be shunned: PM Narendra Modi | India News – Times of India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday targeted naysayers saying there is a tendency to tarnish India’s image, both within the country and internationally, and exhorted non-state actors to make an effort to change this "perception-building" while conveying the correct picture of the country to the world. Launching the "Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ke Ore" at a gathering of Brahma Kumaris, the PM said: “We cannot get away from this by saying that this is just politics. This is not politics, this is the question of our country. Today, when we are celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, it is also our responsibility that the world should know India properly.” The PM said organisations like the Brahma Kumaris, which have international presence, should convey the correct pictur...
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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Delhi Gym Owners Protest Outside CM House, Demand Reopening

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Hello and welcome to ABP Live blog! Follow the space to get all the latest information and news from in and around the world on Covid-19. In the latest development, the Centre issued fresh covid-19 guidelines for children on the basis of 'Revised Comprehensive Guidelines for Management of COVID-19 in Children and Adolescents (below 18 years)'. As per the new guidelines, the use of antivirals or monoclonal antibodies is not recommended for those less than 18 years of age, even if the severity of Covid infection is higher. The Health Ministry also said that if steroids are been given to children they should be tapered over 10 to 14 days. The guidelines were revised after a meeting of a group of experts in view of the current surge that is mainly attribute...
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covid: Europe considers new Covid-19 strategy: Accepting the virus – Times of India

MADRID: When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Spaniards were ordered to stay home for more than three months. For weeks, they were not allowed outside even for exercise. Children were banned from playgrounds, and the economy virtually stopped. But officials credited the draconian measures with preventing a full collapse of the health system. Lives were saved, they argued. Now, almost two years later, Spain is preparing to adopt a different COVID-19 playbook. With one of Europe's highest vaccination rates and its most pandemic-battered economies, the government is laying the groundwork to treat the next infection surge not as an emergency but an illness that is here to stay. Similar steps are under consideration in neighboring Portugal and in Britain. The idea is to move f...
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floyd: Jury selection begins in US trial of officers involved in Floyd arrest – Times of India

SAINT PAUL: Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin is serving 22 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American. Now the other three ex-police officers on the scene are going on trial for their actions that day -- or rather their failure to take action. Jury selection began Thursday in the federal trial of Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, accused of violating Floyd's civil rights. Chauvin was convicted of murder in a state trial and pleaded guilty last month to federal charges of using excessive force during Floyd's May 25, 2020. arrest for allegedly using a fake $20 to buy a pack of cigarettes. Floyd's death, which was filmed by a bystander on a cellphone, set off months of protests in the United States against racial injustice and po...
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Development partnership key pillar of India-Mauritius ties: PM Narendra Modi

Jointly inaugurating multiple development projects in Mauritius, along with the country’s Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Mauritius is “integral” to India’s approach to the Indian Ocean, and that the development partnership is a key pillar of the close ties between the two nations. Speaking at a virtual event, Modi said, “India and Mauritius are united by history, ancestry, culture, language and the shared waters of the Indian Ocean. Today, our robust development partnership has emerged as a key pillar of our close ties.” Mauritius, Modi said, “is a prime example of India’s approach to development partnership which is based on the needs and priorities of our partners and respects their sovereignty.” He highlighted several aspect...
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US lawmakers seek litigation at WTO against India on wheat subsidy

Top American lawmakers have urged the Joe Biden administration to initiate a litigation process at the World Trade Organisation against India subsidising its farmers over half of the value of production for wheat. US Wheat Associates, which has been aggressively pushing for such a move by the administration, has welcomed the letters by members of the Congress and Senate. A group of 28 members of the US Congress, in a letter, said, “American commodity producers are operating at a clear disadvantage to their competitors, primarily from India, where the government is subsidising more than half of the value of production for rice and wheat, instead of the 10 per cent allowable under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.” “We ask that you swiftly take action to reverse the trend of non-c...
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Centre plans Covid vaccine trial on lions, leopards | India News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: With novel coronavirus claiming the lives of two lions in a Chennai zoo, the Centre has decided to give a vaccine developed by ICAR-National Research Centre on Equines (NRCE) in Hisar, Haryana, a shot. And, Sakkarbaug in Junagadh is one of the six zoos in the country where clinical trials will be conducted on lions and leopards. Sakkarbaug zoo, a nodal facility for lion breeding, houses more than 70 lions and 50 leopards. The trial will be conducted on 15 animals. The vaccine will be administered in two doses with a gap of 28 days. The animals will be observed for antibodies for nearly two months after the second dose. Zoo director Abhishek Kumar said the trials would begin once the Centre grants the final approval. Officials said the Centre directed ICAR-NRCE to develop a va...
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‘They’re innocent people’: Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage-taker

A British man who held four people hostage in a Texas synagogue ranted against Jews and American wars in countries like Afghanistan as his brother pleaded with him to give up and free the captives, a recording of the conversation shows. In the expletive-filled recording posted on the website of The Jewish Chronicle, 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram said he was “bombed up” and equipped with “every ammunition” as he talked to his brother Saturday from inside Congregation Beth Israel in the Dallas suburb of Colleyville. Gulbar Akram urged his brother to lay down his weapons and return to his children alive. “You don’t need to do this. Why are you doing this?” he said. “Just pack it in. You’ll do a bit of time, and then you’ll get out.” “These guys you’ve got there, they’re innocent peopl...
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IMD Predicts Light Rainfall In Delhi, Parts Of North India From Today; Temperatures To Rise

New Delhi: The IMD has predicted light rainfall and shallow fog in Delhi and its adjoining areas on Friday. "There will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of light rain or drizzle towards evening on Friday. There will be shallow fog in the morning," the IMD bulletin said. Minimum temperatures are also likely to rise by 2-4 degrees Celsius over northwest India during the next three to four days. READ | North India May Receive Rainfall From January 21-23, Delhi Likely To Get Respite From Cold Wave: IMD Cold weather conditions is likely to prevail over some parts of north Madhya Pradesh during the next two days.  In Delhi and other northern states, cold weather conditions will prevail during the next 24 hours and abate thereafter, the IMD predicted. From January 21, the...
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Stampede at Liberia church gathering kills 29 – Times of India

MONROVIA: A stampede at a church gathering in Liberia's capital Monrovia killed 29 people overnight, the deputy information minister told state radio on Thursday. The incident occurred during an all-night Christian worship event at New Kru Town, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the capital, Jalawah Tonpo said. "The doctors said 29 persons died and some are on the critical list," Tonpo said, calling into state radio from a nearby hospital. "This is a sad day for the country." Exodus Morias, a resident who attended the event, told Reuters the stampede began after a group of armed men rushed the crowd in an attempt to stage a robbery. "We saw a group of men with cutlasses and other weapons coming toward the crowd," Morias said. "While running, some people dropped and others fell on ...
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‘Women are the original migrants; they have to migrate to a new family after marriage’

Women are the original migrants; they have to migrate to a new family after marriage, to a new city if the family moves or alone for employment, Renana Jhabvala, Chair of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA-Bharat) remarked at the seventh edition of the eight-part webinar series Thinc Migration by The Indian Express. “But we don’t often talk about the women who are left behind after their husbands migrate,” said Jhabvala. This session of the Thinc Migration series looks at how Covid-induced disruptions impacted migrant women and children, who are often overlooked when it comes to policy-implementation. Presented by Omidyar Network India, and moderated by Udit Misra, Deputy Associate Editor, The Indian Express, the panel discussion included Sonalde Desai (Professor and Centre Dir...
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Apple gives you 8 reasons to switch from Android to iPhone | Gadgets Now

The iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones in the world. Apple recently became the number one smartphone brand yet in India it is Android phones that dominate the landscape. Apple has made inroads but still has a long way to go. In a move to get people to switch to iPhone, Apple is highlighting some reasons or features to make a case for its flagship product. Here are some of the reasons.18iPhones are more secure and privateApple says that the “iPhone is built from the ground up to protect your personal information.” Be it features like facial or fingerprint authentication or stopping apps from tracking your activity online, the iPhone does it better. Not to forget iMessages and FaceTime video calls are encrypted end-to-end.28The iPhone cameras are more ‘advanced’Apple says that ...
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Railways’ earning from freight movement sees 24% increase | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The revenue of Indian Railways from freight transport has increased by 24% during the current financial year compared to the same period last year and it’s all set to be the highest ever by March end. Till Wednesday, the revenue from freight movement was close to Rs 1.12 lakh crore and going by the trend the total revenue from this segment is likely to touch Rs 1.4 lakh crore by March. During the 2020-21, the total revenue from freight movement was Rs 1.17 lakh crore. “We hope to end the year registering about 25% increase in revenue and the total freight movement by rail is likely to be around 1,300 million tonnes,” said a source. The increase in freight revenue is crucial for railways as this cross subsidises the passenger movement, which is loss making for the national tra...
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No evidence so far of foreign responsibility for Havana Syndrome: CIA official – Times of India

WASHINGTON/BERLIN: The CIA has found that it is unlikely that Russia or another "foreign actor" caused most of the anomalous health incidents that have afflicted US diplomats and intelligence officers worldwide for years, an official with the spy agency said on Thursday. The official, describing the conclusions of an interim report on so-called Havana Syndrome, said a majority of 1,000 cases "can be reasonably explained by medical conditions or environmental and technical factors, including previously undiagnosed illnesses." "We have so far not found evidence of state actor involvement in any incidents," the official continued. "The finding does not call into question the fact that our officers are reporting real experiences and are suffering real symptoms." The CIA is continuing to inv...