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NRC body lodges FIR against Assam ex-coordinator Hajela | India News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: The National Register of Citizens (NRC) updating authority in Assam has lodged an FIR with Assam Police CID charging former state coordinator of NRC and IAS officer Prateek Hajela, who had led the updating and publication of the controversial document under the supervision of the Supreme Court, with ‘antinational act’ for facilitating entry of names of ineligible persons as Indian nationals in the document. The NRC authority works under the Register General of India, and the Assam office has filed an affidavit in Supreme Court seeking a comprehensive and time-bound re-verification of the published NRC on the ground that “major irregularities” have been committed while preparing the document. The BJP-led government in the state also wants a re-verification — 20% of the data in ...
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Deport Bangladeshi TMC neta, HC to tell EC | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: The Calcutta HC has dismissed a petition by TMC candidate Alo Rani Sarkar challenging the election of BJP’s Swapan Majumdar from Bongaon Dakshin in 2021 Bengal assembly polls. It also admonished TMC for fielding a candidate who was a “Bangladesh national” and initiated suo motu proceedings against Sarkar for “misleading” the court. It will write to the EC to take appropriate action against the “Bangladesh national” and deport her. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function() { (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { ...
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EC in austerity mode, curtails its own perks and privileges

The Election Commission has decided to let go of certain perks and privileges available to the Chief Election Commissioner  (CEC)  and Election Commissioners (ECs). The decision was taken after CEC Rajiv Kumar held his first meeting on Friday along with fellow EC Anup Chandra Pandey. “Among other things, the commission reviewed the perks and privileges available to the CEC and ECs, including the income tax exemptions given to them on sumptuary allowance. CEC and ECs draw salary perks and perquisites as per Section 3 of the Election Commission (Conditions of Service of Election Commissioners and Transaction of Business) Act, 1991,” the EC said in a statement. The CEC and ECs are currently entitled to a monthly sumptuary allowance of Rs 34,000. “The commission felt the need of observing a...
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Contacts of 1st BA.4 case isolated, tested | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A day after India’s first case of BA.4 subvariant of Omicron was reported from Hyderabad, it has now emerged that the South African national who tested positive had enrolled himself under a corporate educational exchange programme in a city business school a week ago. According to sources, the educational exchange programme lasted three days and those who came in contact with the him have been isolated. Four more samples have also been collected from asymptotic people following contact tracing on Thursday. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function() { (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { ...
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‘For the first time, AIMPLB has decided to reach out to leaders of all non-Muslim organisations’

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Executive Member Qasim Rasool Ilyas spoke to ESHA ROY over the controversy surrounding the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi and the ongoing case in a court. Excerpts from an interview: What is the AIMPLB’s stand on the Gyanvapi mosque controversy? We have a very clear stand on the matter. Once the Places of Worship Act came into being in 1991, there is simply no space for controversy regarding any place of worship. It had been unanimously decided and passed in Parliament, with even the support of the BJP, that after Babri Masjid, such matters would be put to rest… it is extremely disheartening that the lower court gave permission for the survey… Starting with Gyanvapi, now other mosques in the country seem to be embroiled in a similar controve...
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3-member panel to probe tunnel collapse | India News – Times of India

JAMMU/ SRINAGAR/ NEW DELHI: The Centre has set up a three-member expert panel to probe the collapse of an under-construction tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district in which one person has been killed. The inquiry panel comprises an IIT-Delhi professor, chief engineer from Border Roads Organisation and an expert from the private sector to investigate the collapse. Three workers were rescued while nine remain trapped. The panel will submit the report in 10 days. Officials said based on the findings of the probe panel, safety measures will be taken for continuing the work. NHAI sources said the work on an adit — entrance to carry out the tunnel construction — had started on Thursday after carrying out the first blast on a very “slippery” zone. “The mishap happened...
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Don’t feel guilty about inflation, Rajnath Singh to cadre | India News – Times of India

PUNE/ NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said several developed countries, including the US, have been hit by a spike in inflation in recent months, and advised party workers to not have any “guilty conscience” about it. Singh said the Russia-Ukraine “crisis” had severely impaired global supply chains, affecting trade. “In this situation, it is obvious that it will have impact on any country. You will be surprised to know that in US, which is the richest country, inflation is highest in the last 40 years. At least, India is better off. We should not have a guilty conscience,” he said. “During the pandemic, the economy was at a standstill. But PM Modi didn’t let the economy deteriorate,” he said. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = wind...
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Don’t fall into opposition trap and get diverted from main issues: PM Narendra Modi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: PM Modi asked BJP leaders not to “fall in the trap” of some political parties which have an “ecosystem” to divert the country’s attention from main matters. “For own benefit, these political parties try to poison the society on issues... they try to instigate in the name of caste and religion. We should never fall in the trap of such parties,” he said in a virtual address at the BJP national officer-bearers’ meeting in Jaipur. PM Modi also used the occasion to speak indirectly about the recent controversies over language issues, saying, “Prioritising local languages in the new National Education Policy reflects our commitment to each regional language. BJP considers Indian languages to be the soul of Indianness and a link to a better future for the nation.” He said the 2014 v...
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Genome network confirms two cases of Omicron sub-variant BA.4

India’s Covid-19 genome sequencing network INSACOG has confirmed at least two cases of BA.4 sub-variant of Omicron — one from Hyderabad and the other from Chennai — according to officials. These would be the first two cases of the variant in the country. The sample from Chennai was from early May and belonged to a young woman, as per sources. BA.4 is one of the two sub-variants of Omicron that led to the fifth wave of Covid-19 in South Africa. The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention declared the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron as “variants of concern”, anticipating a surge after the variant was detected in several European countries. Buy Now | Our best subscription plan now has a special price In India, the third wave was driven by the BA.1 and BA.2 sub-variants and...
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Telangana encounter of 4 rape accused fake: Probe panel | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI/HYDERABAD: The Supreme Court-appointed inquiry commission, headed by Justice V S Sirpurkar, has found the 2019 encounter killing of four arrested accused in the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Telangana fake and fastened murder charges against all 10 policemen involved in the act. Of the four suspects — Mohd Arif, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen and Chintakunta Chennakesavulu — three were minors, the panel further concluded. All 10 police officers — V Surender, K Narasimha Reddy, Shaik Lal Madhar, Mohammed Sirajuddin, Kocherla Ravi, K Venkateshwarulu, S Arvind Goud, D Janakiram, R Balu Rathod and D Srikanth — are to be tried for the offences under Section 302 read with 34 IPC, 201 read with 302 IPC and 34 IPC, as the analysis of evidence would show that the different acts commi...
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IPL 2022: Ashwin Stars As Rajasthan Royals Beat CSK To Finish Second In IPL League Phase

Mumbai: Ravichandran Ashwin, once again, proved his utility with the bat when his team needed it the most as Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings by five wickets to finish the IPL league phase in Top-2 here on Friday. Ashwin remained unbeaten on 40 off 23 balls as RR completed the chase of 151 with two balls to go, grabbing the second place to set up a blockbuster clash with Gujarat Titans in the first play-off next Tuesday.Moeen Ali top-scored for CSK with a 57-ball 93 before RR staged a remarkable comeback to restrict the yellow brigade to 150 for six in the allotted 20 overs.Young Yashasvi Jaiswal (59 off 44 balls) got RR off to a brisk start with back-to-back boundaries off Mukesh Choudhary in the innings' first over.In fact, by the time the first over of t...
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At London talk, Rahul accused BJP, RSS of polarising India | India News – Times of India

LONDON: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday attacked the ruling BJP and RSS for “polarising” the country, saying the party has "doused the country in kerosene”, all it needs is “one spark and we will be in big trouble". “India is not a good place,” he said while addressing a conference of business people, MPs and academics in London on Friday. “The BJP has doused the country in kerosene - you need one spark and we will be in big trouble,” he said in a special address at the ‘Ideas for India’ conference organised by UK think tank Bridge India. He added it was the responsibility of the Opposition and Congress to bring religions, states and communities together and cool the temperature down to avoid the “uncontrolled mass upset seen in Sri Lanka.” “We are sitting on an India that is pri...
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Upper-caste students at Uttarakhand govt school again refuse to eat Dalit cook’s food

The Uttarakhand government school where a number of upper-caste students had boycotted mid-day meals prepared by a Dalit cook is seeing a rerun of the same controversy just a few months later. The principal of the school in Champawat district, Prem Singh, said Friday that around 7-8 students have again refused to eat the food cooked by Sunita Devi — who had been sacked in the aftermath of the row in December, before being reappointed. Mid-day meals resumed in the school from the end of March. Buy Now | Our best subscription plan now has a special price After the latest episode, the Champawat District Magistrate (DM), Narender Singh Bhandari, Friday held a meeting with the parents of these students and asked them to ensure that the children eat the meals. “Today, the DM and a few police ...
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Justice L Nageswara Rao’s retirement huge loss for Bench: CJI N V Ramana

Chief Justice of India N V Ramana Friday said Justice L Nageswara Rao’s retirement is a huge loss for the Bench and his keen analytical skills and passion for the cause of justice will be thoroughly missed by all. Justice Rao is the seventh in the history of the apex court who was elevated directly from the Bar and will retire as an apex court judge on June 7. Speaking at the farewell function of Justice Rao organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association, Justice Ramana said he has played a vital role in expounding the law and interpreting the constitution. The CJI said Justice Rao’s journey from an agricultural family in Andhra Pradesh to the top court in the country without any godfather in the profession will inspire many young lawyers and judges. “When he started his practice in Del...
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Apex court relaxes its 2011 order: Operators can sell directly already mined iron ore in Karnataka, says SC

Easing restrictions on sale of iron ore mined in Karnataka, the Supreme Court on Friday allowed the “already excavated stock” to be sold directly without resorting to e-auction as ordered by it in 2011, and also permitted their export. Allowing the request by mine operators to modify its September 23, 2011, order, a three-judge presided by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said, “We are in broad agreement with the stand taken by the Ministry of Steel, Union of India and Ministry of Mines that it is necessary to create a level-playing field for the mines situated in the districts of Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur with others situated in the rest of the country.” The bench, also comprising Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli, agreed with the opinion of the court-appointed Central Empo...
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Monkeypox: Health officials at airports, borders asked to keep close watch on symptomatic travellers from Africa

With countries like United Kingdom and United States detecting the tropical monkey pox virus cases, the union health ministry on Friday directed public health officials at ports, airports and land borders to keep a close watch on symptomatic international travellers from Africa arriving in India. Top health ministry officials told the Indian Express the public health officials have been directed to isolate symptomatic international travellers arriving from Africa —— and that the samples should be sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune. Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease that occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and is occasionally exported to other regions. According to the WHO, Monkeypox typically presents clinically with fever, rash and sw...
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Keep watch, send sick passengers’ samples from Monkeypox-affected nations for test: Govt to officials | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Amid Monkeypox cases being reported from some countries, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya has directed the National Centre for Disease Control and the ICMR to keep a close watch on the situation, official sources said Friday. The Union health ministry has also directed airport and port health officers to be vigilant, they said. "They have been instructed that any sick passenger with a travel history to Monkeypox-affected countries be isolated and samples sent to the BSL4 facility of the National Institute of Virology in Pune for an investigation," an official source said. He added, "The Union Health Minister on Thursday directed the National Centre for Disease Control and the ICMR to keep a close watch and monitor the situation in India." Cases of Monkeypox have been r...
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Viral Video: Johnny Depp Interacts With Fans In Jack Sparrow’s Voice After Trial Session

New Delhi: Amidst Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's legal battle, a video has gone viral on the internet. In the video that has been shared on Twitter, we see Johnny Depp waving to fans from his car who had been waiting for him. When someone called out that Johnny will always be Captain Jack Sparrow ( the famous character from 'Pirates of The Caribbean'), Johnny responded with Jack Sparrow's voice. Fans began to hoot and cheer for Johnny as he did that and then his car drove away. The video was shared on microblogging site Twitter with a caption that read, "a fan tells johnny depp he will always be captain jack sparrow and he responds with jack's voice 😭." The video which was shared on Thursday has already been liked by more than 40,000 people and has been retweeted more th...
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Mining lease allotment: EC learnt to have asked Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren to appear before it

The Election Commission is learnt to have asked Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren to appear before it in person or through his counsel on May 31, after going through his response on the mining lease allotment matter. The poll panel gave a notice to Soren seeking his stand on the charge that he issued a mining lease in the state in his favour, after it had received a representation from the state governor. Sources aware of the development said that after going through Soren’s reply, the poll panel has asked him to appear before it either personally or through his counsel on May 31. The commission would hear him or his lawyers before taking the next step. In other words, the EC would turn into a quasi-judicial body and hear the case. The EC will send its opinion to the governor. Secti...