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Germany has two more African swine fever case in farm pigs: Ministry – Times of India

HAMBURG: Two more case of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in farm pigs in Germany, Germany's federal agriculture ministry said. One was in the western state of Lower Saxony which was previously free of the disease and one in the eastern state of Brandenburg where the disease has been found before. !(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() { n.callMethod ? n.callMethod(...arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments); }; if ...
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Famous Assamese actor Kishor Das succumbs to cancer – Times of India

Popular Assamese actor Kishor Das breathed his last on July 3 after battling cancer for the past year or so. The 30-year-old actor, who appeared in so many music videos, passed away at a Chennai hospital where he had been receiving treatment since March this year. According to reports, the popular actor from Kamrup, Assam was down with COVID-19 also at the time of his death. His last rites had to be performed in Chennai on Saturday evening as because of the pandemic protocols his mortal remains couldn’t be sent to his hometown. Das, who mostly worked in the Assamese entertainment industry, earned appreciation over the years for his performances in a number of hit Assamese television shows like Bidhata, Bandhun and Nedekha Fagun telecast on regional entertainment channels. The talente...
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Accepting Deputy CM’s Post Must Be A ‘Real Shocker’ For Fadnavis, Says Shiv Sena

New Delhi: The Shiv Sena has targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party and Eknath Shinde after the latter turned rebel and was successful in toppling the Maha Vikas Aghadi government and becoming Maharashtra Chief Minister himself. In an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party mocked Fadnavis for not being appointed as the chief minister of Maharashtra.  The editorial loosely translates that Eknath Shinde has been made the Chief Minister and Fadnavis has been given a post in the cabinet which came as a "real shocker" for the latter. It was further written that Uddhav Thackeray became free after resigning from the post of chief minister and legislator. The Maha Vikas Aghadi government that was established for five years came to an end in two and a ...
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India reports 16,103 Covid cases, 31 deaths in last 24 hours | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India reported 16,103 new coronavirus infections and 31 Covid-related deaths across the country in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry data on Sunday morning. India's total tally of Covid-19 infections from the beginning of the pandemic reached 4,35,02,429. With an increase of 2,143 cases from the previous day, India's active caseload reached 1,11,711 on Sunday, according to the Union health ministry. The active cases comprise 0.26 per cent of the total infections. The country's overall death toll since the beginning of the pandemic reached 5,25,199 including 1,47,934 from Maharashtra, 70,037 from Kerala, 40,119 from Karnataka, 38,026 from Tamil Nadu, 26,266 from Delhi, 23,540 from Uttar Pradesh and 21,222 from West Bengal. The 31 new fatalities incl...
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Shinde-Led Sena Faction Issues Whip, Directs MLAs To Vote For BJP’s Rahul Narwekar As Speaker

New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has issued a whip directing Shiv Sena MLAs to support Rahul Narvekar, the BJP candidate proposed for the Assembly Speaker's post. This move can be seen as Shinde indirectly staking his claim on Shiv Sena once again. It comes as Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi on Saturday filed his nomination as the Maha Vikas Aghadi's (MVA) candidate for the post of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Speaker. On Friday, first-time BJP legislator Rahul Narvekar filed his nomination for the post. The election for the Speaker post will be held today. CM Eknath Shinde and MLAs of his faction arrived at the State Assembly in Mumbai for the poll. BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar shared a response over the matter saying, "Candidate Rahul Narvekar's na...
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Harris links abortion and voting rights, says fight must go on

Vice President Kamala Harris drew a link between states moving to outlaw abortion and those limiting voting rights, telling an audience mostly of Black women that the overturning of Roe v. Wade “requires all of us to speak up.” “At least 11 states are doing both at the same time,” Harris said at the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans on Saturday. “No surprise there.” Voting rights legislation is stalled in Congress as Democrats lack Republican support to pass it in the evenly split Senate. It remains a key issue for Black voters, 87% of whom backed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. “We must be vigilant and we must remember we are always going to have to fight to maintain these rights,” Harris said. President Biden has said he would support blocking the Senate’s filibuster...
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North Korea slams US-South Korea-Japan military cooperation – Times of India

SEOUL: North Korea on Sunday slammed the United States, South Korea and Japan for pushing to boost their trilateral military cooperation targeting the North, warning that the move is prompting urgent calls for the country to reinforce its military capability. North Korea has long cited what it calls hostility by the United States and its allies as a reason to pursue a nuclear programme. Sunday's statement comes as North Korea's neighbours say the country is ready for its first nuclear test in five years as part of its provocative run of weapons tests this year. "The prevailing situation more urgently calls for building up the country's defence to actively cope with the rapid aggravation of the security environment of the Korean Peninsula and the rest of the world," the North Korean Fore...
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BJP National Executive Meeting: PM’s Address, Political Resolution To Be Highlights Of Day 2

New Delhi: With Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national executive meeting moving to its second day on Sunday, all eyes are on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech and the party's political resolution to be passed later in the day. This executive meeting is taking place in Hyderabad after a gap of at least two years due to the COVID-induced restrictions. The BJP national executive meeting, which is to take place every three months, last took place in November 2021 in the national capital in a hybrid manner with leaders joining both physically as well as through virtually.  The biggest highlight of the entire BJP national executive meeting is expected to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech to his party cadres. PM Modi is likely to give suggestions to party workers o...
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India vs England, 5th Test: India’s MVP Ravindra Jadeja underlines his value again | Cricket News – Times of India

Jadeja's ton justifies team's decision in selecting him over AshwinThe last four months have been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Ravindra Jadeja. He came back in style after missing the tour of South Africa to score 175 vs Sri Lanka and pick nine wickets in the Test at Mohali to cap one of the great solo all-round performances by an Indian player in a Test. Then, he was elevated as captain of Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, an episode that ended in chaos, as the franchise was forced to reinstate MS Dhoni as skipper after a horrendous start, leading the allrounder to claim he was injured and miss the second half of the IPL. 'Jaddu', as he is affectionately called, even stopped following the franchise on social media, leading to speculation about his future with the decorated team in ...
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Amravati Murder Case: NIA Probe Begins. 7 Accused, Including ‘Mastermind’, Arrested | Updates

New Delhi: The crime branch of Amravati city police arrested on Saturday arrested the alleged mastermind behind the killing of a chemist in eastern Maharashtra's Amravati city. This was the seventh arrest in the case. According to the police, the killing was related to social media posts supporting suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma. The arrests were made while the case was handed over to the National Investigation Agency, as per the Ministry of Home Affairs' decision. Key Updates: The crime branch of Amravati city police arrested Irfan Khan (32), a local resident, from Nagpur in the evening, news agency PTI reported. City police commissioner Dr Aarti Singh said that Irfan had allegedly hatched the conspiracy to murder Umesh Prahladrao Kolhe (54), who ran a medical shop ...
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No parent will allege kid has been abused sans reason: HC | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: No parent will without any rhyme or reason register a complaint that her child has been sexually abused, the Karnataka high court observed in a recent order while refusing to quash proceedings against a physical education teacher from NR Pura in Chikkamagaluru. The petitioner had challenged FIRs registered against him for offences under Section 354A of the Indian Penal Code and under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 for inappropriately touching girl students. Challenging these FIRs, the petitioner contended that all cases were about asingle incident. He claimed that out of spite or ill-will by people inimical to him in the institution had instigated complaints by parents. Justice M Nagaprasan-na termed as preposterous the spite/ ill-will...
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Coronavirus Live Updates: Ministry of health releases vaccine data, Over 8 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours

Mumbai city reported 811 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, while 1.909 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. The total number of active cases in the city stands at 8,610. India reported 17,092 new Covid-19 cases and 29 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Saturday, data from the Union health ministry said. The total number of active cases in the country now stands at 1,09,568. New Covid cases in Mumbai dropped further to 978 on Friday, a day after the city registered 1,265 cases. Mumbai’s daily caseload plunged by 22.6 per cent in the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate (TPR) — the number of positive cases out of the total tests conducted — stood at 7.8 per cent in the city with 12,452 tests conducted on Friday. The city also witnessed two Covid-related deaths. A nine-year...
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Congress says Rahul Gandhi video doctored, slams JP Nadda | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A major controversy broke out on Saturday when Congress demanded that BJP president JP Nadda apologise on behalf of his party members amplifying a doctored video that portrays Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on forgiving his Kerala office attackers. The doctored video, however, says that Rahul's remarks are addressed to the Udaipur beheading accused. Congress warned that it would initiate legal proceedings against BJP if Nadda did not issue an apology within a day. The video pertains to a report shown by a news channel (Zee) in which two different comments by Rahul about the SFI attack on his Wayanad office and BJP instigating communalism were spliced together, giving the perception that he was asking people to forgive the Udaipur killers. आज अपने कार्यक्रम में ZeeNews ने श्री राहुल ग...
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Breaking News LIVE | PM Modi To Attend BJP’s National Executive Meet In Hyderabad Today

Breaking News HIGHLIGHTS: Hello and welcome to the ABP News LIVE Blog. Follow this space to get the latest developments and breaking news from India, including PM Modi Hyderabad visit, Udaipur tailor murder case, Covid's latest update, Monkeypox, and other developing stories across the country and abroad. PM Modi To Address National Executive Meet Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Hyderabad on Saturday to attend two-day national executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). PM Modi is likely to address the national executive on the second day. After the conclusion of the national executive, he along with other top leaders will address a public meeting being organised by the party at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad on Sunday evening. After the public meeting, Modi wil...
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FCRA compoundable offences up from 7 to 12: Parties to judges to media can now get funds from kin abroad without fear of prosecution

With the Ministry of Home Affairs effecting changes in the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and its rules through two gazette notifications Friday night, political parties, legislature members, election candidates, judges, government servants, journalists and media houses among others — all barred from receiving foreign contribution – will no longer be prosecuted if they receive foreign contribution from relatives abroad and fail to intimate the government within 90 days. The amended rule makes this a compoundable offence, and the recipient will be required to pay 5% of the foreign contribution received — earlier, such an offence would entail prosecution in a court of law. The new notifications have increased the number of compoundable offences under the Act from 7 to 12 and...
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4 of those held worked with NGO run by prime accused

POLICE HAVE identified Irfan Khan, 35, who was arrested from Nagpur on Saturday, as the “mastermind” behind the killing of the chemist in Amravati last month. According to police, Irfan is the common link between at least four of the five arrested earlier. While Irfan is the convenor of a registered NGO that runs a helpline called “Rahebar” — its Facebook page says it works to rehabilitate the differently-abled — four others who have been arrested, including the alleged killer, also volunteered with the NGO. The four have been identified as Muddassir Shaikh, 22; Abdul Taufiq Taslim, 24; Shahrukh Khan, 25; and Shoaib Khan, 22. Shoaib is alleged to have stabbed the chemist. The fifth person arrested earlier has been identified as Atib Rashid, 22. Irfan is a resident of Kamela area, a cha...
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A Muslim Pandit who devotes his time to bridging chasms of society | India News – Times of India

Pandit Mustafa Arif regrets his 'labour of love' Ishwar Prerna or God's Inspiration, a work consisting of 10,000 verses in 18 volumes, never reached the two misguided men before they beheaded a tailor in Udaipur. Had they given even a cursory glance at this 'magnum opus' in Hindi inspired by the holy Quran, claims Pandit Arif, they could have changed their mind and not perpetrated the heinous crime. Working tirelessly for nine years, Pandit Arif, 72, has penned these verses in simple Hindi which upholds God's universal message of love, compassion and enshrined in the Quran. He has written it in the format of hamd or God's praise. "The duo who brutally killed the tailor had either not heard of the Quranic verse which talks about God's dislike for those who create turmoil on the earth or ...
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50,000 ‘Amrit Sarovars’ to help store rainwater, supply soil for infra projects | India News – Times of India

India's first Amrit Sarovar prepared in Uttar Pradesh's RampurNEW DELHI: The government is targeting to address two concerns - catching the run-off rainwater and meeting the scarcity of soil for infrastructure projects - by fast-tracking the construction of over 50,000 Amrit Sarovars (ponds), each with a size of over one acre. Each such pond will be of at least one acre with a water holding capacity of 10,000 cubic metres. According to the minutes of the last Pragati meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi, he has asked all agencies working in the infrastructure sector, such as roads and railways, to map their projects with the water bodies being developed under the Amrit Sarovar scheme, to meet their requirement. "This would be a win-win situation as the material dug out for the Amrit Saro...
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Sent to judicial custody for 14 days, Teesta appeals for security in jail | India News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: A metropolitan court here on Saturday sent social activist Teesta Setalvad and former Gujarat DGP RB Sreekumar to 14-day judicial custody after their custodial interrogation ended and the newly constituted special investigation team (SIT) did not seek further remand. While heading to Sabarmati Central Jail, Setalvad raised an issue of her security in prison and her advocate Somnath Vats submitted an application to the court, stating that there were many people who were convicted for their roles in the post-Godhra riots because of the efforts of Setalvad's NGO. Some of them are women convicts too, Vats said and urged the court to issue directions for her security in prison. To this, public prosecutor Mitesh Amin objected and argued that she is not an extraordinary criminal or ...
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As inflation rises, Pradhan says crisis not limited to India | India News – Times of India

Last month, the government had announced the Agnipath scheme, under which youth between 17-and-a-half and 21 years would be inducted into the armed forces for a four-year tenure, with a quarter to be subsequently inducted into regular service. Several state governments have announced a special drive to recruit the ‘Agniveers’, while the ministry of home affairs has announced its plan to give priority to those who have completed four years under the ‘Agnipath’ scheme in the recruitment of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles. Pradhan said that the resolution on the economy and “garib kalyan sankalp” (resolve for the welfare of the poor) has endorsed the welfare initiatives of the central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s work in this regard has become a “g...