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‘Scary dreams’ make thieves return idols stolen from temple | India News – Times of India

PRAYAGRAJ: Unidentified thieves have returned 14 of the 16 precious idols they stole from a 300-year-old temple of Lord Balaji in Taruha village, Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh, within six days of stealing them and left behind a “confession” letter saying they were haunted by nightmares ever since the theft and, therefore, were returning the idol. The letter also sought forgiveness, the police said. Karvi Kotwali inspector Rajiv Singh told TOI, “Mahant Ram Balak Das, the priest of Balaji temple, had lodged a complaint stating that 16 idols, including one made of ‘ashtadhatu’ and weighing around five kg, three idols of Lord Balaji made of copper and weighing around 10 kg, four idols of brass weighing around 15 kg, eight other idols and silver ornaments were stolen from the temple on ...
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Rajasthan sanctuary notified as India’s 52nd tiger reserve | India News – Times of India

JAIPUR: The Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary in Bundi, covering the tiger habitat between Ranthambore and Mukundra Hills in Rajasthan was on Monday notified as the country’s 52nd tiger reserve and Rajasthan fourth, after Ranthambore, Sariska and Mukundra. “The new reserve will conserve biodiversity and bring in ecotourism and development to the area. It will facilitate dispersal of tigers from Ranthambore,” tweeted Union environment minister Bhupender Yadav. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had given in-principle approval to make Ramgarh Vishdhari a tiger reserve on July 5 last year. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function(...
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PM Narendra Modi open to radical ideas: Nandan Nilekani | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sometimes, those coming to power undertake cumbersome legislative action or inaction to suppress previous regimes’ policies and achievements. ‘To the victor belong the spoils,’ goes the saying. This, however, was not so after Nandan Nilekani, contesting on a Congress ticket, lost the 2014 parliamentary election from South Bengaluru to BJP’s Ananth Kumar. The ‘Modi wave’ had delivered a monumental win for BJP, placing PM Narendra Modi at the helm of Indian politics. Nilekani was worried about speculations around the future of Aadhaar and its related schemes. He wanted to discuss the matter with Modi. In his essay for the newly released book, Modi@20:Dreams Meet Delivery, Nandan Nilekani writes, ‘Towards the end of June 2014, I was in New Delhi wrapping up my home to return per...
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Russia war dulls Gujarat diamond work | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Large diamond factories across Surat have curtailed the work week to three-four days while smaller ones have downed shutters for now as a shortage of raw diamonds from Russia’s mines has left little work for the polishing units. Nine out of 10 rough diamonds in India are polished in Surat. Russian raw diamonds, usually small, make up 40% of India’s diamond trade volume and about 30% in value. The war with Ukraine has now hit this $18-billion trade. India’s stock of Russian roughs shipped before the US sanctions is about to exhaust. Moreover, with the SWIFT alternative for rouble payment not set up, the diamond industry saw Alrosa, Russia’s mining giant, cancel orders of April 2022. SWIFT is a payment system that allows banks across the globe to communicate securely and instantly...
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CBI sends back its officer to parent cadre for assaulting policeman

Days after it dismissed four of its officers and arrested them after they were found trying to extort from a businessman in Chandigarh, CBI on Monday repatriated an inspector to his parent cadre of GST after he allegedly assaulted a policeman in Faridabad. Inspector Ashish Solanki had joined the agency from the GST office in Guwahati recently. According to CBI sources he was involved in an altercation in Faridabad following which police was called. However, he assaulted a policeman when the team tried to intervene. Following this Solanki was arrested by Faridabad Police. “There is zero tolerance for such transgressions in the agency. That is why the officer has been prematurely sent to his parent cadre of GST. We have also asked GST authorities to take appropriate departmental action ag...
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BJP to hold three-day high-level meet in Jaipur from May 19, PM Modi to address virtually | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to convene a high-level meeting of its office bearers from all across the country in Rajasthan's Jaipur from May 19 to May 21 to brainstorm over strengthening the organisation ahead of assembly polls in several states, informed party sources. In this meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the gathering virtually on May 20. On this day, the party's National Executive meeting will be held. BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda will reach Jaipur on May 19 to hold a meeting with all the General Secretaries. A senior source in party leadership told ANI on the condition of anonymity, "The agenda of the meeting will be primarily based on the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Rajasthan Assembly elections slated to be held next yea...
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Bengal governor Dhankhar seeks ‘comprehensive report’ from chief secretary on raid at Suvendu Adhikari’s office | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Dissatisfied with the information provided by chief secretary H K Dwivedi over an alleged raid by the police on leader of opposition Suvendu Adhikari's office in Nandigram, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday asked the top official to send a comprehensive report by Tuesday morning. The governor also said that action of the police, as per videos and inputs from Adhikari, "reflect continually noticed politicised role of police and administration". In an official communication to the state government, which he also uploaded on his official Twitter account, Dhankhar said, "Chief Secretary merely forwarded a report emanating from the DGP that did not in the least address the issues involved and flagged." Adhikari on Sunday claimed that state police officers barged into his official ...
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Dip in mercury, forecasts of rain bring relief in India amid scorching heat wave | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Dip in mercury and rainfall in different parts of India brought relief to its people on Monday, even as the country continued to reel under scorching heat wave. India has been witnessing heat wave conditions since March, and not just Monday's weather, but forecasts hinting at spells of rain, arrival of monsoon or further drop in temperatures also came as sigh of relief for the citizens. Maximum temperatures in Haryana and Punjab too came down by a few notches, even as they remained well above normal. Delhi, meanwhile, did not breach the 45-degree mark on Monday. Delhi sees partly cloudy skyDelhi-NCR got some respite on Monday with parts of the national capital witnessing partly cloudy skies. The maximum temperature at Safdarjung, Delhi's base station, was recorded at 42.4 deg...
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congress: Kumaraswamy hits back at Rahul for remark on regional parties, says Congress has phobia | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Congress is facing a phobia of regional parties, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said on Monday while taking a swipe at the grand old party leader Rahul Gandhi for his critical comments on those parties. In an apparent sarcastic note, he asked the former Congress president to elaborate to regional parties about ideological commitment, while saying that the national party has no presence in most parts of the country. He said the Congress toppled the I K Gujral-led United Front government, demanding that DMK be kept out of the Cabinet by citing the links of the Dravidian party with the LTTE in the backdrop of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination. But, the same Congress in the later years shared a cordial, political relationship with that party. "Is sharing power with ...
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oic: India slams OIC for ‘unwarranted’ comments on delimitation exercise in J&K | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday hit out at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for its "unwarranted" comments on the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir and asked the group to refrain from pursuing its "communal agenda" at the behest of one country, in an apparent reference to Pakistan. India's sharp reaction came shortly after the OIC criticised New Delhi over the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir. #OIC General Secretariat expresses deep concern over #India’s attempts to redraw the electoral boundaries of the… https://t.co/458FIn9Zt7— OIC (@OIC_OCI) 1652699277000"We are dismayed that the OIC secretariat has once again made unwarranted comments on the internal affairs of India. As in the past, the Government of India categorically rejects the assertions made by...
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mann: Punjab CM Mann launches ‘Lok Milni’ for redressal of grievances of people | India News – Times of India

Chandigarh, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann heard grievances of people and issued directions for their redressal in a first-of-its-kind public interaction programme, 'Lok Milni', which was launched here on Monday. The chief minister said this interactive programme is aimed at providing a single-window platform to the people for redressal of their complaints. People from different parts of the state came with several complaints regarding encroachment of panchayat land, land dispute, pending arrears of Shagun scheme and others. Those people were called who had submitted their complaints and grievances with the AAP-led government in the last two months. Mann, while launching 'Lok Milni' at Punjab Bhawan here, said, "This is a humble step of my government to make sure that we facilit...
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India’s GDP Growth Likely To Be In The Range Of 7.4% To 8.2% in FY23: Sanjiv Bajaj

New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) decision to hike key interest rates and a good monsoon will help in containing rising inflation, newly elected president of industry body CII Sanjiv Bajaj said on Monday. Bajaj, while addressing his maiden press conference after taking over as the CII chief, said several factors combined with the hope of a strong monsoon “should put us in a better place” by the second half of the year for policymakers to decide where inflation and interest rates move. "I do believe that we are now in an era of higher interest rates. This will help us in bringing down inflation, at least a part of that going forward," he said. The industry body estimates that India’s GDP growth, depending upon the global oil prices, to be in the range of 7.4...
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SC takes cognisance of delay by Allahabad HC in deciding appeal, issues notice | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Taking cognisance of inordinate delays on the part of Allahabad High Court in deciding criminal appeals which lead to convicts languishing in jail for years waiting for their appeal to be heard, the Supreme Court has sought response from the HC on various issues including the process followed by it in listing the criminal appeals and number of benches available to take up the pending appeals. A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat, P S Narasimha and Sudhanshu Dhulia issued notice to the Registrar General of the HC and directed him to respond on why appeals were not being decided expeditiously. It passed the order on an appeal filed by two convicts--one of them completed three-and-half years out of a seven year sentence and the other has undergone more than eight...
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ngt: Bodies floating on Ganga: NGT asks UP, Bihar governments to inform number of human corpses found in river | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar governments to inform it about the number of human corpses found floating in the river Ganga besides bodies buried on the river bed in the two states before the onset of Covid-19 till March 31 this year. A bench of Justices Arun Kumar Tyagi and expert member Dr.Afroz Ahmad directed the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) and Additional Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary (Health), Governments of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar respectively to submit factual verification reports on the issue. "How many dead bodies were documented/found to have been floating in river Ganga and (b) to have been buried on the river bed in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar before Covid-19 in the years 2018 and 2019 and after Covid 19 i...
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PM Modi may attend chief secretaries’ conclave in Dharamshala in June | India News – Times of India

SHIMLA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may attend a conclave of chief secretaries of states and union territories in Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh next month, an official spokesman said. PM Modi is also scheduled to address a public meeting at Ridge in Shimla on May 31 to mark the eighth anniversary of his dispensation. Himachal Pradesh is scheduled to go to polls in December. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur held a meeting with NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant on the conclave and the prime minister's proposed visit to Dharamshala in June, he added. Himachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh, Principal Secretary Devesh Kumar and NITI Aayog officials Yogesh Suri and Sanyukta Samaddar were present on the occasion. Thakur has requested Modi to attend the two-day co...
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BJP govt destroyed economy: Rahul | India News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of destroying the country's economy, which was "strengthened" by the former UPA government. At a rally in Rajasthan's Banswara district, he also charged that the BJP and Prime Minister Modi want to create two Hindustans, with one for the rich and select two-three industrialists and the other of Dalits, farmers, the poor and underprivileged. The Congress, he said, wants only one Hindustan. The Congress leader, who has been targeting the government over the state of the economy and issue of unemployment, said, "The BJP government has attacked our economy. PM did demonetisation, wrongly implemented GST due to which the economy got destroyed. The UPA worked to strengthen the economy but Narendra Modi cause...
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‘Shivling’ found in Gyanvapi well, claim Hindu lawyers | India News – Times of India

VARANASI: As the videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex was completed on Monday, the Hindu side advocates claimed that a 'shivling' had been found inside the well. Lawyer Vishnu Jain said he would go to the civil court to seek its protection. An advocate from the Hindu side, Madan Mohan Yadav, claimed that the shivling is Nandi faced. "The shivling is 12 feet by 8 inches in diameter," he added. Heavy security was deployed as the court-appointed committee reached the spot to conduct the survey on Monday. Nearly 65 per cent of the exercise was completed on Sunday. The advocate commissioners will submit their report to the court on Tuesday. On Sunday, the survey of the areas of the mosque which, according to lawyers Hari Shankar Jain and Vishnu Jain, used to be a part of the tem...
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Four-day SCO anti-terror meet begins in Delhi: Key points | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A four-day meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO's) Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) began in the national capital on Monday. The participants of all nine members of the SCO grouping took part in the meeting. Here are the key points:*Counter-terrorism experts from India, Pakistan and other member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) deliberated on boosting cooperation in combating various regional security challenges at the meeting. *A major focus of the discussions was to be on the situation in Afghanistan, especially in dealing with the threat from terrorist groups active in the Taliban-ruled country, people familiar with the meeting said. *Headed by a director-level official of the Pakistani foreign affairs ministry, this is the first...
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PM Modi arrives in Lumbini on Buddha Purnima; to hold talks with Nepal counterpart | India News – Times of India

LUMBINI (NEPAL): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Nepal for a brief visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, and also hold comprehensive talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba to expand bilateral cooperation in multiple areas, including in hydropower, development and connectivity. Modi, who is in the Himalayan nation at the invitation of Deuba, is paying a day-long visit to Lumbini on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. It is the prime minister's fifth visit to Nepal since 2014. Modi and his entourage arrived here on a special Indian Air Force helicopter from Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh. Landed in Nepal. Happy to be among the wonderful people of Nepal on the special occasion of Buddha Purnima. Looking… https://t.co/CZewQ9Uere— Narendra Modi (@narendr...
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Survey under way at Gyanvapi Masjid complex for third day: Key points | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A court-mandated videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex in Varanasi began for the third consecutive day on Monday amid tight security. The survey was stalled last week amid objections by the mosque committee which claimed that the advocate commissioner appointed by the court for the survey did not have the mandate to film inside the premises. Here are the key points:Complete inspection on final day of surveyThe survey team needs detailing of some parts including the basement already surveyed on Saturday and to complete inspection of other parts such as the pond area. According to officials, it will take about two hours to complete. "The court commission is conducting the Gyanvapi mosque survey on the third day. We have made adequate arrangements to manage the heavy...