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Chhattisgarh: Naxals torch two under-construction mobile towers in Narayanpur | India News – Times of India

NARAYANPUR: Naxalites set fire to two under-construction mobile towers in Gaurdand and Chameli villages on Monday.The villages come under the Chhotedongar PS area in Narayanpur.A search operation is underway by the district police and ITBP.On May 25, two Naxalites were killed in an encounter with security forces in the forest of Jappemarka and Kamkanar in Bijapur.Bijapur Superintendent of Police, Jitendra Yadav said, "Weapons, wireless sets, Maoist uniforms, medicines, propaganda materials of the banned Maoist organization, literature and other daily use materials were recovered from the spot of the incident."Earlier, 29 Naxals were killed and three security personnel sustained injuries in an encounter that broke out in Chhattisgarh's Kanker, which lies in the Bastar region.!(function(f...
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Excise policy case: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal moves SC; seeks 7-day interim bail extension | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday filed a fresh petition in the Supreme Court, seeking an extension of his interim bail by 7 days on heath grounds.The Aam Aadmi Party said that Kejriwal was due to undergo PET-CT scan and other tests, as a result of which a seven day extension of interim bail has been requested.On May 10, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was granted an interim bail by the Supreme Court for election campaigning."Kejriwal lost 7 kg weight after arrest. Kejriwal's ketone level very high and there may be symptoms of some serious disease," the AAP said in a statement.In March this year, the Delhi CM was arrested in connection with a money laundering case related to the AAP government's now scrapped liquor excise policy. Former Delhi deputy CM and K...
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Cyclonic storm ‘Remal’ crosses Bangladesh and West Bengal coasts, set to weaken | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cyclonic Storm Remal, which moved nearly northwards at a speed of 13 kmph over the past six hours, has crossed the Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal coasts. The storm, which lay centered at 01:30 hrs IST on May 27, 2024, near latitude 21.9°N and longitude 89.2°E, caused significant concern with wind speeds ranging from 110 to 120 kmph, gusting up to 135 kmph.The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that Remal crossed the coasts between Sagar Islands and Khepupara, close to the southwest of Mongla, between 22:30 hrs IST on May 26 to 00:30 hrs IST on May 27.The storm's position was approximately 115 km east of Sagar Islands in West Bengal, 105 km west-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh, 70 km southeast of Canning in West Bengal, and 50 km south-southwest of Mong...
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US: Tornadoes rip through Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas; at least 15 dead

Houston, May 27 (PTI): At least 15 people, including two kids, have died as powerful storms ravaged the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas in the central US, destroying homes and plunging thousands into darkness amid rising temperatures over the Memorial Day weekend.Seven fatalities were reported in Cooke County, Texas, near the Oklahoma border, where a tornado Saturday night ripped through a rural area near a mobile home park, officials said.Storms also caused damage in Oklahoma, where guests at an outdoor wedding were injured."It's just a trail of debris left. The devastation is pretty severe," Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington said.The dead included two children, aged 2 and 5, and three members of a family, the sheriff said.A tornado tore apart ...
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Severe cyclone ‘Remal’ leaves devastation in its wake as it makes landfall in coastal West Bengal | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: With winds gusting up to 135 kilometres per hour, severe cyclonic storm 'Remal' made landfall between the coasts of Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal, bringing heavy rains that flooded homes and farmland, and leaving a trail of destruction. The landfall process began at 8:30 pm on Sunday over the adjacent coasts of West Bengal and Bangladesh between Sagar Island and Khepupara, near the southwest of Mongla in the neighbouring country. 'Remal' flattened fragile dwellings, uprooted trees and knocked down electric poles. One person was injured after being hit by debris in the Gosaba area of the Sundarbans. More than one lakh people were evacuated from vulnerable areas in West Bengal before the cyclone struck. "Severe cyclonic storm Remal made landfall between Sagar Island in Wes...
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EC files FIR against UP man for false VVPAT | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: The Election Commission has lodged an FIR against a man in UP's Azamgarh for falsely claiming that his VVPAT slip was different from the party he had voted for in Saturday's polls. The action followed a video-graphed "test vote" that debunked the claim.Poll officials initially told Arvind Rajbhar (25) that he had a misunderstanding, but he stuck to his stand. "The test vote was then conducted in front of all agents and VVPAT remained the same. The entire procedure was recorded as evidence," UP chief electoral officer Navdeep Rinwa said.Rajbhar was later handed over to police, followed by an FIR under IPC Section 177. This pertains to furnishing false information to a public servant. In earlier poll phases, at least three voters in UP's Kheri and Mohanlalganj alleged in videos t...
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If voted to office, will fill up 30 lakh vacancies: Rahul Gandhi | India News – Times of India

KULLU/SHIMLA: Congress-led INDIA bloc has set itself "a realistic target" of filling 30 lakh job vacancies as soon as it comes to office, unlike PM Modi's "false promise" of providing employment to two crore people, Rahul Gandhi said in Himachal on Sunday.He declared Congress would also waive crippling farm loans and scrap the allegedly ill-conceived Agnipath scheme for recruitment to the armed forces.Rahul said PM Modi had been "openly saying" the Congress govt in Himachal would be toppled, but he said the party was made of sterner stuff. "BJP toppled the Goa, Arunachal and MP govts by giving bribes in crores of rupees. But you won't be able to do the same in Himachal because people of this state know you too well," he said in Una.Modi had said in Mandi, where BJP has fielded actor Kan...
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‘Mann govt won’t last long beyond June 4’ | India News – Times of India

Home minister Amit Shah predicted on Sunday the end of the Bhagwant Mann govt in Punjab after June 4, saying it was a mystery to him whether the latter wanted to govern the state or be AAP convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's "personal pilot"."He (Mann) accompanies Kejriwal in a helicopter. The saving grace is that he did not go with Kejriwal to jail," Shah said in Ludhiana, where he was campaigning for BJP candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu."Mann should have been controlling corruption in Punjab. But Kejriwal has to fight his case and needs to pay (legal) fees. He gets it from 'Punjab ATM', his den of corruption. He uses the 'Mann credit card' and takes the money to Delhi," Shah said. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaig...
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NDA-3 will implement UCC in next 5 yrs: Amit Shah | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Home minister Amit Shah, confident of a third term for the Narendra Modi-led govt, has asserted that Uniform Civil Code will be implemented across the country in the next five years and justified the PM's strident opposition to Muslim quota by saying that if opposing it was religion-based campaign, then BJP would continue doing so.In an interview with PTI, Shah claimed BJP had not engaged in religion-based campaign.He accused Congress of misleading people on Muslim reservations, asserting that BJP's stance was consistent with its policies in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.Shah defended Modi's criticism of Congress's religious quotas and wealth redistribution promises, questioning the practicality and sincerity of such commitments. "If they divide the truth into pieces to mislea...
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Weight loss drugs up abdominal paralysis risk: Study | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Medications like Wegovy and Ozempic, effective for rapid weight reduction, may come with the risk of uncommon yet serious side effects, including abdominal paralysis, a condition characterised by delayed stomach emptying, a new US study has suggested.Abdominal paralysis can cause unintended weight loss, malnutrition and other complications that may require medical or surgical intervention.The study, results of which has been published only in abstract form, found people who took Wegovy and Ozempic, also referred to as GLP-1 agonist drugs, were 30% more at risk of developing abdominal paralysis compared to those who did not. Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs), also known as GLP-1 agonists, are a class of medications used to treat Type 2 diabetes and obesity.T...
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9 die in 24 hours in Telangana rains; May toll hits 32 | India News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Telangana reported 9 rain-related deaths on Sunday, raising the toll to 32 in May so far, weeks before the onset of monsoon.On May 8, a two-hour spell of torrential rainfall resulted in the death of 20 people across the state, followed by another three deaths due to lightning. On Sunday, 2 people died in Hyderabad's Miyapur area. Four construction workers died when the asbestos sheet along with a newly constructed wall collapsed on them in Nagarkurnool on Sunday.In another accident, a person died after a stone kept atop the asbestos sheet of a house flew off and hit their car's windshield. In another incident, two people riding a bike from Bommalaramaram to Shamirpet died after a huge tree fell on them at Thimmaipalli in Keesara. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { functi...
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As mercury soars, bodies pile up in Rajasthan morgue beyond capacity of 40 | India News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Bodies in Jaipur's state-run SMS Hospital's mortuary have piled up in the past two weeks and overshot its capacity after several were picked up from roadsides amid Rajasthan's searing summer, fuelling fears many could be suspected heat-stroke victims.On Sunday, Rajasthan confirmed its first heat casualty this year, 40-year-old Moti Singh of Sarana village in Ajmer.The granite worker fell ill Saturday while loading stones on a tractor trolley. He died on the way from a rural health centre to the district hospital. Until now, the govt denied any heat deaths, though the mercury's march to 50 degrees Celsius in some districts led to claims about fatalities and grave illnesses.The numbers at SMS Hospital's mortuary - which has a capacity of 40 - are telling. The bodies have almost do...
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Government to notify mandatory norms for speed radar & breath analyser | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a move that will largely address the growing instances of commuters challenging speed violations and drunk driving challans, the government will soon notify norms mandating the verification and calibration of microwave doppler radar equipment used to measure vehicle speed and breath analyser.The legal metrology wing of the consumer affairs department has issued draft rules for speed guns and it will soon come out with the proposed norms for breath analysers.Breathalyser calibration is the process of checking and adjusting the sensor within the equipment to ensure it displays an accurate reading. A random study by Delhi-based Institute for Road Traffic Education a few years back had found that 30 out of 40 samples of breath analysers were found faulty.As per the draft norm ...
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Intense heat wave sweeps Haryana, Punjab; Mahendragarh sizzles at 47 degrees | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Haryana and Punjab continued to remain in the grip of intense heat wave conditions, with maximum temperatures hovering above normal limits on Sunday. Mahendragarh in Haryana sizzled, recording the maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. Rohtak and Hisar sweltered recording maximum temperatures of 46.7 degrees and 46 degrees Celsius, respectively.Ambala recorded a high of 44.8 degrees, Karnal 43.7 degrees, Sirsa 46.8 degrees while sizzling heat wave swept Gurugram at 45.8 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Department.Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, was also under the influence of intense hot weather conditions. The maximum temperature here settled at 44.5 degrees Celsius.In Punjab, Amritsar recorded the maximum temperature of 45.2 degrees Ce...
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Nitish’s helicopter runs out of fuel during election campaign | India News – Times of India

PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's helicopter ran out of fuel during election campaigning on Sunday, a close aide said. After addressing a public meeting in Masaurhi, on the outskirts of Patna, alongside senior party leader and JD(U)'s Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Kumar Jha, the CM was informed by the pilot that the helicopter couldn't take off as it had run out of fuel.Consequently, Kumar, along with his party MP and entourage, proceeded to their next destination by road for another poll-related engagement. The CM had gone to Masaurhi to address a public meeting in favour of NDA nominee Ram Kripal Yadav. Talking to PTI, JD (U) MP Sanjay Jha, who was accompanying the CM, confirmed the incident, stating that the helicopter required more fuel to fly. "The pilot told us that refuelling w...
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India, Bangladesh brace for cyclone Remal: PM Modi reviews readiness, flights suspended, navy on standby; Key points | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cyclone Remal, the first storm of the year, landed on the Bangladesh coast on Sunday evening. The cyclone was expected to make landfall overnight between India and Bangladesh, with wind speeds reaching up to 120 kmh (75 mph), according to the weather department. India has taken precautionary measures, deploying its disaster relief force in West Bengal.Flights have been suspended at Kolkata, a major metropolitan city in the state. Some parts of West Bengal are already experiencing moderate rainfall.The Indian Navy said that it has "kept ships, aircraft, divers and medical supplies on standby for deployment if required." The low-lying coastal regions of Bangladesh and India have been hit by severe storms in recent years, with Cyclone Yaas in 2021 leaving more than 50,000 people...
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Delhi hospital fire: ‘License expired, no fire extinguishers…’, cops find 5 major lapses that led to blaze killing 7 newborns | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on Sunday said it has uncovered major lapses that led to the death of 7 newborns in a blaze that gutted a hospital in Vivek Vihar.Among several oversights, the police discovered that the hospital did not have adequate fire safety measures in place, and was overcapacity which ultimately resulted in the tragedy.The police have launched a thorough inquiry into the incident to determine the exact cause of the fire and to hold those responsible for the lapses accountable.The hospital management is also under scrutiny for negligence in ensuring the safety of its patients and staff.The five major lapses discovered by Delhi Police:The license issued to the Baby Care New Born Child Hospital expired on March 31.The license was allowed for 5 beds only, but at the time o...
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PM Modi, Shah and Fadnavis worked to defeat Gadkari: Raut | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: In a column which has created a stir, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut claimed on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Amit Shah and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had united to defeat Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in the Lok Sabha polls from Nagpur. He also said that the BJP stands to lose 30 seats in UP because word was out that if Shah returned to power, then Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath would be removed.Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had worked towards ensuring that none of NCP leader Ajit Pawar’s candidates are elected, Raut alleged. He also claimed that Shinde had spent Rs 25-30 crores in each constituency for the Lok Sabha polls. In response, Shinde told the media, “The Mahayuti alliance is strong. On June 4, everything will be cl...
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‘May Narendra Modi become …’: Nitish Kumar’s slip of tongue at Patna rally | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday accidentally, in a slip of tongue, said that he wishes for Narendra Modi to become the chief minister again, instead of saying Prime Minister. Kumar was campaigning in Patna for the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA)."Humaari ichha hai ki hum deshbhar me 400 se bhi zyaada seat jeeta, aur adarniya Narendra Modi ji fir mukhya mantri bane.Desh ka vikas ho, Bihar ka vikas ho, sab kuch ho (We wish to win over 400 seats across India and respected Narendra Modi should become chief minister again. Then India will develop, Bihar will develop, everything will happen)," Nitish Kumar said.Upon realizing his mistake, the 73-year-old leader was promptly corrected by other leaders on stage. He then clarified his statement, emphasizing that ...
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Centre issues directions for blocking incoming international spoofed calls displaying Indian mobile numbers | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Noting increased instances of fraudsters making international spoofed calls displaying Indian mobile numbers to Indian citizens and committing cyber-crime and financial frauds, the Centre on Sunday said it has devised a system to identify and block such calls."These calls appear to be originating within India but are being made by the cybercriminals from abroad by manipulating the calling line identity (CLI).Such international spoofed calls have been misused in recent cases of fake digital arrests, FedEx scams, drugs/narcotics in courier, impersonation as Govt and police officials, disconnections of mobile numbers by DoT/TRAI officials, etc," the ministry of communications said in a statement.It added that the government has taken several steps to ensure that incoming interna...
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Owner of Delhi children’s hospital arrested after 7 newborns killed in fire | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on Sunday arrested the owner of children's hospital Naveen Kichi after seven newborn babies were killed in fire.In a tragic incident, a massive fire engulfed a private children's hospital in east Delhi's Vivek Vihar late Saturday night, claiming the lives of seven newborns. The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) officials said that the blaze started at around 11:30 pm at the Baby Care New Born Hospital and quickly spread to two adjacent buildings.Despite the efforts of 16 fire tenders, the fire could not be contained before it took a heavy toll.The two-storey building housing the hospital was equipped with oxygen cylinders, which exploded due to the intense heat, causing damage to the adjacent structures. According to another fire official, the fire also affected two ...
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PM Modi’s ‘mazboot’ govt replaced ‘majboor’ UPA: JP Nadda | India News – Times of India

ARRAH/JEHANABAD: BJP president JP Nadda on Sunday credited his party with providing a "mazboot" (strong) government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was capable of penetrating Pakistan's borders to destroy terrorist hideouts. In contrast, the former Union minister charged, the Congress-led UPA government that got voted out in 2014 was "majboor, kamzor aur apang" (helpless, weak and crippled). Addressing back-to-back election rallies in Bihar's Arrah and Jehanabad constituencies, Nadda mocked the UPA for having sent "dossiers to Pakistan when the nation was rattled by terrorist attacks sponsored from across the border". "When Modi took over, and Uri and Pulwama happened, our troops penetrated Pakistan's borders to conduct surgical strikes and Balakot air strikes and beat the te...
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Bombay HC allows demolition for Mithi river widening project to proceed unhindered | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court vacation bench on Saturday allowed ongoing demolition work to proceed for widening of Mithi River in Mumbai to proceed and found no case made out by occupants of residential and commercial structures, to stay it or delay the developmental project, on a plea made by encroachers. The HC vacation bench of Justices N R Borkar and Somasekhar Sundaresan however granted liberty to a set of petitioners to approach the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to reconsider their ineligibility and others already eligible to opt for either alternate accommodate or compensation.Three petitions were moved urgently overnight for a Saturday, holiday hearing citing scheduled weekend demolition by the BMC.Since permanent demolition of premises, whether of a residence or a p...
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Severe heat wave in Rajasthan to continue for next 2-3 days: Met Department | India News – Times of India

JAIPUR: The severe heat wave in Rajasthan will continue for next two to three days, said India Meteorological Department on Sunday.Maximum temperature of 50 degrees celsius has reached for the first time in this summer season in Rajasthan. The 50 degrees celsius was recorded in Phalodi in the last 24 hours."Maximum temperature has reached 50 degrees celsius for the first time in this summer season in Rajasthan.The highest temperature of 50 degrees was recorded in Phalodi in the last 24 hours," Radheshyam Sharma, Director, Jaipur Meteorological Centre told ANI.He said that temperature is likely to fall by about 2-3 degrees from 28-29 May.The scorching heat continues in most parts of Rajasthan and the average humidity level in most parts of the state has been recorded between 15 and 30 pe...
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Massive fish deaths in Periyar river tributary due to ammonia, hydrogen sulphide, unidentified toxins: Report | India News – Times of India

ERNAKULAM: Massive fish deaths in a Periyar river tributary were due to dangerous levels of ammonia, hydrogen sulphide and unidentified toxins in the water, said a report from the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (Kufos), which investigated the issue.Massive fish death happened in a tributary of the Periyar near Pathalam in Ernakulam district. According to the report, detailed chemical test results are required to know how and from where such a large quantity of chemicals reached the water in Periyar.The authorities have informed that the preliminary investigation report has been submitted and further investigation is required.Apart from the presence of chemicals, the committee also found that the oxygen level in the water was not very low. Official sources said that the...
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Heard of work from home, first time hearing about work from jail: Rajnath Singh in dig at Arvind Kejriwal | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh took a swipe at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, sparking controversy with his "work from jail" remark.Addressing the crowd gathered in support of BJP's Fatehgarh Sahib candidate Gejja Ram Valmiki, Singh didn't mince words as he targeted the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, citing Kejriwal's recent brush with the law in a money-laundering case related to the alleged excise policy scam.Singh took a swipe at Kejriwal's decision to continue holding office despite facing legal troubles, asserting that leaders should exhibit moral courage by resigning from their positions if faced with allegations until they are cleared of charges.Referring to Kejriwal's temporary relief from jail, granted by the Supreme Court until the end of the Lok Sabha electio...