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Airports Authority of India encouraging local artisans through AVSAR scheme | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: With an aim to promote India's rich culture, art and crafts, the Airport Authority of India has taken the initiative to allot space to self-help groups at its airports for selling and showcasing the locally produced goods.This step has been taken in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to encourage the talent of women artisans and craftsmen and provide them with the right opportunities. The name of this scheme is - "AVSAR", Airport as a Venue for Skilled Artisans of the Region.Several operational airports have set aside 100-200 square feet for the stalls where Self Help Groups get access for up to 15 days.Domestic and international passengers are supporting regional handicrafts men, artisans, and women by purchasing local goods right at the airports. About 27 ai...
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Won’t Say ‘Christian Nationalist’ In America Or Europe: Jaishankar Slams Foreign Newspapers

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday slammed foreign newspapers for using adjectives like "Hindu nationalist" for the Indian government. The minister said that foreign newspapers use words like Hindu nationalist government, but they won’t say Christian nationalist for America or Europe.  "If you read foreign newspapers, they use words like Hindu Nationalist Government. In America or Europe, they won't say Christian Nationalist... these adjectives are reserved for us. They don't understand that this country is ready to do more with the world and not less with the world," Jaishankar said.  The minister, however, said that he is proud of it and doesn't think there is anything to be apologetic about.  "If you look at the last 9 years, there is no d...
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‘Why not Christian nationalist?’ EAM takes dig at foreign media | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Saturday reprimanded foreign newspapers for reserving adjectives like "Hindu nationalist" for the Indian government."If you read foreign newspapers, they use words like Hindu nationalist government. In America or Europe, they won't say Christian nationalist... these adjectives are reserved for us. They don't understand that this country is ready to do more with the world and not less with the world," the minister said."If you look at the last nine years, there is no doubt that government and politics of the day are more nationalistic...I don't think there is anything to be apologetic about it. The same nationalist people have helped countries abroad and moved forward in disaster situations in other countries," he further said. ANI!(fu...
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Indian space industry body ties up with US consulate, IIT to set up Indo-Pacific working group | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: To promote international collaboration and scientific research innovation in space technology, Indian Space Association (ISpA), a premier industry body of space companies, has partnered with IIT Madras and US Consulate General, Chennai, to announce the formation of a working group of associations of India, the US, Japan and Australia.The working group, which has been named Association of Space Entrepreneurs in the Indo-Pacific (ASEIP), will include one leading association from the four countries where ISpA will be the founding member from India. The ASEIP will be responsible to bring together stakeholders and associations in the space technology sector to mentor and support emerging entrants to the industry internationally. It will also explore ways to optimize business oppor...
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Appropriate age for motherhood is 22 to 30 years, says Assam CM | India News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday urged women to attain motherhood at the "appropriate age" of 22 to 30 years, and vowed to arrest "thousands of men" who married young girls and had physical relationships with their wives before the latter attained the age of 14.Police on Friday arrested four people, including a 25-year-old groom, two of his family members and an Imam, in connection with a child marriage in lower Assam's Barpeta district. This was the first such arrest after the state cabinet gave its nod to police to act against men who have married girls below 14 years and arrest them under the Pocso Act. Those found marrying girls in the 14-18 age group will be booked under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006.Sarma asserted that his government would deal firm...
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Educated youth leading use of e-cigarettes, finds study | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Educated youth are driving the vaping habit in the country more than two years after e-cigarettes were banned here, according to a newly published medical study.The study, published in the 'Journal of Preventive Medicine', was conducted by the George Institute for Global Health, Delhi, after interviewing more than 800 Indians. "Despite a ban in the country, educated youth are among those who most used e-cigarettes," said a release from the institute.E-cigarettes are available through online stores and even some local vendors, said a doctor from Mumbai. E-cigarettes essentially contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance found in tobacco cigarettes as well. Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, a cancer surgeon from Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, who has worked towards the ban, said,...
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BJP names 48 for Tripura seats, keeps ally IPFT | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Tripura's governing BJP on Saturday named candidates for 48 out of the 60 assembly seats, including junior Union minister Pratima Bhoumik, and decided to retain present ally IPFT that will contest in five of the remaining 12 seats.The announcement about IPFT, made in Agartala late on Saturday by CM Manik Saha, dealt a blow to TIPRA Motha, the other tribal-based party led by royal scion Pradyot Debbarman. Motha had earlier approached IPFT for a merger. Both parties want a separate state for the native tribes of the state. Nominations for the February 16 polls must be filed by January 30."We formed an alliance with IPFT in 2018 through a common minimum programme, won and formed the government. During the five years of the coalition government, IPFT-BJP jointly worked for the de...
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Cops lodge FIR over religious slogan raised in AMU on R-Day | India News – Times of India

AGRA: Police in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday registered an FIR over a religious slogan allegedly raised inside the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus during a Republic Day event on Thursday. The slogan was allegedly raised by a student dressed in a National Cadet Corps (NCC) uniform soon after the national flag was unfurled. Taking cognisance of a purported video of the event, the varsity's administration after conducting an inquiry, suspended a BA first-year student on Friday.SP (Aligarh city), Kuldeep Singh Gunawat, said, "A case has been registered under sections 153-B (remarks likely to cause disharmony, or feeling of enmity or hatred or ill-will) and 505 (mischief) of the Indian Penal Code on Saturday. The video clip in question has been sent for forensic tests. Further action wil...
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Centre set to integrate forensic probe with justice system: Shah | India News – Times of India

DHARWAD: Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the Centre will integrate forensic science-based investigation with the justice system to increase the conviction rate which is around 50% currently."The criminal world is changing at a rapid pace, whether it's related to fake currency, hawala transactions, border infiltration, narcotics, cybercrime, or crime against women, and criminals have moved far ahead of police. Unless forensic science is the basis of investigation, we will not be able to punish all culprits in court,'' he said after laying the foundation stone for the ninth off-campus facility of the National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU).Shah said the conviction rate in Canada is 62%, Israel 93%, UK 80% and the US 90%. "We cannot lag behind in this. If we have to set...
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India land of opportunities, PM says in BJP’s Rajasthan outreach | India News – Times of India

BHILWARA India is a land of opportunities, PM Narendra Modi said Saturday in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district and reassured the state's farmers and the Gujjar community at large of his government's support.Speaking at a public event organised to mark the 1,111th birth anniversary of Gujjar deity Bhagwan Devnarayan in Malaseri Doongri village near Asind, the PM urged people to stay united and make nation stronger because "the entire world is looking at us with high hopes.""The manner in which India has shown its might and capabilities to the world has brought pride to this land. India airs its views on the world platform fearlessly and we are reducing our dependence on other nations," he told a large gathering of Gujjar community members from Rajasthan, MP and Gujarat.The PM said his govern...
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Beware of attempts to divide India: PM Modi at NCC rally | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Warning that attempts were being made to divide the country on one pretext or the other, PM Modi on Saturday exhorted the youth to be vigilant against such fissiparous activities with 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' as their guiding ideal.Addressing the NCC Republic Day rally here, the PM said the 'mantra of unity' is the only way for India to achieve great heights, while asserting that divisive efforts will never succeed.The ongoing era is not just 'amrit kaal' for India but for all the youth in the country who represent the 'amrit generation', and when 100 years of Independence are celebrated in 2047, it will be they who will be at the summit of success and create a developed and self-reliant India, PM Modi said in his address at the annual NCC Republic Day rally here. "Severa...
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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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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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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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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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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...
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Pakistan raking up Indus Waters Treaty violation without any reason: Union minister Jitendra Singh | India News – Times of India

KATHUA/JAMMU: Union minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said Pakistan is habitual of making unnecessary noises alleging violations of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), even though there has been none and India has always stood by its end of the pact.The statement of the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office comes on the heels of India issuing a notice to Pakistan seeking a review and modification of the IWT in view of Islamabad's "intransigence" in complying with the dispute redressal mechanism of the pact that was inked over six decades ago for sharing of waters of cross-border rivers.The step comes around 10 months after the World Bank announced appointing a neutral expert and a chair of the Court of Arbitration under two separate processes to resolve the differences over the ...
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Adani stock fall: LIC, SBI ‘lost over Rs 78,000cr’ in market cap, FM still on ‘mute mode’, says Congress | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Congress Saturday questioned the "silence" of the Union finance minister and probe agencies after LIC and SBI "lost over Rs 78,000 crore" in market capitalisation of their shares due to exposure in Adani Group.LIC and SBI continue to invest in the Adani group even after the Hindenburg research report alleged share price manipulation and financial misappropriation by the group, Congress general secretary Randeep Surjewala claimed."LIC is public money! Post Hindenburg Report, the value of LIC investment in Adani Group shares have fallen from Rs 77,000 Crore to Rs 53,000 crore -- loss of Rs 23,500 crore."Also, LIC shares have lost Rs 22,442 crore. Why is LIC still investing Rs 300 crore in Adani Group," Surjewala asked.The Congress leader claimed that after the publication o...
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‘Deafening sound, balls of fire’: Eyewitnesses recount tragic Sukhoi-Mirage crash in Madhya Pradesh | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a tragic midair collision, two Indian Air Force fighter jets crashed into each other in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, leaving one pilot dead and two others injured.The two jets — a Sukhoi 30MKI and a Mirage-2000 aircraft — collided midair during a routine training mission in the morning.While the two pilots of the Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft managed to eject safely, the pilot of the Mirage-2000 sustained fatal injuries.Recounting the horrific crash, eyewitnesses in MP's Morena said they heard a deafening sound and saw balls of fire descending to the ground after the collision, PTI reported. This was followed by the two pilots in uniform parachuting into the thicket nearby.The debris of the two aircraft fell in Pahargarh area in MP, 75 kilometres from the district headquarters, whi...
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India holds key to world peace and prosperity: Japanese ambassador | India News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: India holds the key to securing peace and prosperity for the entire world, Ambassador of Japan to India Hiroshi Suzuki said here on Saturday.He also said the "close synergy" between the two countries is more important than ever" in view of India holding the presidency of G20 and Japan being the chair of G7 for this year."India holds the key to securing peace and prosperity for the entire world. India this year holds the presidency of G20. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over the G20 summit in September. (Japanese) Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is the chair of G7. So, the close synergy between India and Japan is more important than ever," Suzuki said.Speaking after inaugurating the 11th Japan Festival at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA), Suzuki stressed the need...