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Rajasthan: NGO head held over ‘threat’ to public servants, family says framed
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Rajasthan: NGO head held over ‘threat’ to public servants, family says framed

Police in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district have arrested a 62-year-old man, state president of an NGO called ‘Public Against Corruption Society Rajasthan’, for charges including allegedly threatening public servants, misbehaving with women healthcare workers and disobedience of order of a public servant. Family members of 62-year-old Devendra Singh Faujdar allege that he has been ‘framed’ in a false case owing to the fact that he raised issues pertaining to public interest and highlighted shortcomings in the public healthcare system in Bharatpur. “My father has been framed in a false case because he has been constantly raising issues of public interest and exposed shortcomings in the local healthcare system. This is a wrongful and prejudiced attempt to incarcerate and intimid...
UP cops summon head of Twitter in India over video of ‘attack’ in Loni
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UP cops summon head of Twitter in India over video of ‘attack’ in Loni

DAYS AFTER filing an FIR against Twitter Inc, Twitter Communications India, some Congress leaders and journalists for tweets regarding a purported video clip of a 72-year-old man, Abdul Samad Saifi, being assaulted, the Ghaziabad police department has told Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari to “report to the Loni Border Police Station within seven days”. “Some people used Twitter as a platform to spread animosity and hatred among people. Twitter did not take cognizance of such messages that sought to spread enmity and affect harmony among communities in the country/ states. Such messages were also allowed to go viral. The case is being investigated and your participation is mandatory. Report to the Loni Border police within seven days after receiving this let...
Centre plans Bill to order censors to re-examine a cleared film
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Centre plans Bill to order censors to re-examine a cleared film

THE CENTRE on Friday sought public comments on its draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which proposes to bring back its “revisionary powers” over the Central Board of Film Certification. This would empower the Centre to order “re-examination” of an already certified film, following receipt of complaints. In November 2000, the Supreme Court had upheld a Karnataka High Court order which struck down the Centre’s “revisional powers in respect of films that are already certified by the Board”. The draft Bill also includes provisions to penalise film piracy with jail term and fine, and introduce age-based certification. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said it wanted to add a provision “for granting revisionary powers to the government on account of violat...
Since split, first key political move: Centre calls all-party meet on J&K delimitation
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Since split, first key political move: Centre calls all-party meet on J&K delimitation

In what could be a renewed — and more substantive — push to the political process in Jammu and Kashmir after the District Development Council (DDC) elections, the Central government has reached out to mainstream parties in the Valley for a meeting next week to discuss the delimitation exercise or the process of redrawing constituencies in the Union Territory. This could mark the first step towards conducting Assembly elections. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti Friday confirmed to The Indian Express that she had received a call to join a meeting with the “top leadership” in New Delhi on June 24. But it was not confirmed if all members of the mainstream coalition — the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) — would join the meeting, she said. ...
Suvendu petitions Speaker to remove Mukul as MLA
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Suvendu petitions Speaker to remove Mukul as MLA

Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP on Friday petitioned Speaker Biman Banerjee to disqualify Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy from the legislature under the anti-defection law. Roy, who won from Krishnanagar Uttar on a BJP ticket switched over to the ruling party over a week ago. BJP’s chief whip Manoj Tigga said, “After getting an absolute majority, the ruling party has the tradition of buying Opposition MLAs. We are trying to stop this practice. We already appealed to the speaker, and if Assembly does not react we will take action accordingly.” Sources in the BJP said the leadership had consulted its lawyers and could even move court. TMC Rajya Sabha deputy leader Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said that the BJP had formed government in o...
INDWvENGW: Shafali Verma leads India fightback after England enforce follow-on
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INDWvENGW: Shafali Verma leads India fightback after England enforce follow-on

Shafali Verma continued to amaze the cricketing world with her audacious strokeplay as she became only the fourth player in the history of women’s Tests to two half centuries on debut, taking India to 83 for 1 at stumps on the third day of the one-off Test against England. The teenage prodigy was batting on 55 not out off 68 balls in the Indian second innings when the day’s play ended after the third session was washed out by rains. Rain plays spoilsport as the final session in Bristol is washed out 🙁 India will start day four on 83/1, with Shafali Verma and Deepti Sharma at the crease. #ENGvIND | https://t.co/S6aaY05DMD pic.twitter.com/1sx1aZhgWx — ICC (@ICC) June 18, 2021 Another debutant Deepti Sharma, who was promoted to number 3 after her resolute 29 not out in the fi...
Doctors join IMA’s nationwide protest over violence against healthcare professionals
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Doctors join IMA’s nationwide protest over violence against healthcare professionals

A nationwide protest called by the Indian Medical Association over recent incidents of violence against healthcare professionals and demanding a central law to curb such cases, was held on Friday. The Indian Medical Association (IMA), in a statement, said as many as 3.5 lakh doctors, with proper Covid protocol, participated in the agitation. “All across the country, in every state, in different hospitals, the doctors and healthcare professionals wore black badges, ribbons and black shirts, and raised slogans ‘Save the Saviours’ and uploaded their photographs on social media,” the statement said. As many as 3.5 lakh doctors, individually and in groups, with proper Covid protocol, participated in this, it said. The IMA said medical professionals from other speciality organis...
Sherni promotions: Vidya Balan’s latest jumpsuit look is a letdown
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Sherni promotions: Vidya Balan’s latest jumpsuit look is a letdown

Vidya Balan’s Sherni drops today and the actor is busy with her promotional looks. While she did she up her game in the last set of looks, we are not too sure what to think of her latest photos. In them, she kept to the jungle theme but we are sorry to report that it went awry this time. Styled by Who Wore What When, she was seen in a “golden eagel” jumpsuit from the brand The House of Inoa. The prints and the cut did not work at all. It was cinched with a belt at the waist. The hairdo was sleek but could not salvage the look. In comparison to this, the second look — a teak brown sari R O U K A by Sreejith Jeevan — stood out better. The blouse really worked well and was accessorised with a tiger brooch from ABHILASHA Jewelry Collection. She completed the look with ...
Palestinians clash with Israel police at Jerusalem holy site
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Palestinians clash with Israel police at Jerusalem holy site

Palestinians protested after Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem and briefly clashed with Israeli police, leaving three demonstrators wounded. A series of far more violent clashes at the site in April and May helped ignite last month’s 11-day Gaza war. The site is the third holiest in Islam and the holiest for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount because it was the location of the biblical temples. Palestinian protester hurl stones at Israeli forces during clashes at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City June 18, 2021. (Reuters) It has frequently been the scene of Israeli-Palestinian violence. This time, the police refrained from entering the compound and...
Americans can pack bags for Europe, as EU lifts travel curbs
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Americans can pack bags for Europe, as EU lifts travel curbs

The European Union lifted travel restrictions for U.S. residents, in the latest step toward a return to normal flying despite concerns over the spread of potentially dangerous coronavirus variants. Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macau, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Taiwan were also added to a so-called “white list” of countries from which non-essential travel is allowed. The new rules will take effect within days, as soon as they are published in the Official Journal of the EU. Some EU member states already allow vaccinated Americans to visit. Inclusion in the white list means restrictions on fully inoculated U.S. residents will now be lifted across the bloc. Countries also have leeway to grant entry to unvaccinated visitors from those places without requiring a quarantine. T...
West Bengal Madhyamik, HS evaluation criteria released
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West Bengal Madhyamik, HS evaluation criteria released

The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) today announced the evaluation criteria for Madhyamik, Uchhmadhyamik result.  As per reports by ANI, class 10 students will be evaluated based on performance in class 9 and 10 where 50 per cent weightage will be provided to class 9 marks and 50 percentage to internal assessments of class 10. For class 12, 40 per cent weightage will be given to the marks in the best of 4 subjects in class 10 and 60 per cent marks will be evaluated based on class 11 theory, class 12 theory and practicals. The President of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education Mahua Das in a press meet said that the highest marks in four of the seven subjects the candidate secured in the 2019 Madhyamik (Class 10) examination will be giv...
Footprints of last dinasours to walk on UK soil discovered in Kent
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Footprints of last dinasours to walk on UK soil discovered in Kent

Footprints of at least six different species of dinosaurs have been discovered in Kent, United Kingdom by researchers, who believe they are of the very last dinosaurs to walk on UK soil some 110 million years ago. The footprints were discovered on the cliffs and on the foreshore of the port town, Folkestone in Kent, where stormy conditions are constantly revealing new fossils. “This is the first time dinosaur footprints have been found in strata known as the ‘Folkestone Formation’ and it’s quite an extraordinary discovery because these dinosaurs would have been the last to roam in this country before becoming extinct,” Professor of Palaeobiology, David Martill, said. The footprints are believed to be from a variety of dinosaurs, indicating a high diversity of dinosaurs in s...
In pics: Revisiting Neena Gupta’s timeless style
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In pics: Revisiting Neena Gupta’s timeless style

Actor Neena Gupta's autobiography, Sach Kahun Toh, launched recently. And while she is enjoying the love and praise for her book, here's looking at her timeless style, which deserves equal mention. (Source: Neena Gupta/Instagram | Designed by Abhishek Mitra) Source link
LSAC Global announces results of LSAT-India 2021
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LSAC Global announces results of LSAT-India 2021

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has announced the successful completion of the administration of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)-India 2021 today along with the scores of test-takers. This has marked as a new exemplar for law college entrance examinations in India by administering two separate sessions of the LSAT, 2021. The first administration of the LSAT-India held on March 25 and the results for it were declared in April 2021. The second administration of the test was taken between May 29 to June 5, 2021. It was earlier announced that the results for the second administration will be announced in the third week of June. A total of 21 students who topped the exam across both March and May administration. It has made it possible for aspirants to go on for the...
Nepal House dissolution case: President Bhandari says Supreme Court cannot overturn her decision
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Nepal House dissolution case: President Bhandari says Supreme Court cannot overturn her decision

Asserting that the House of Representatives was dissolved as per the constitutional provisions, Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari has told the Supreme Court that it cannot overturn her decision on the matter or subject it to a judicial review. President Bhandari, at the recommendation of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, dissolved the lower house for the second time in five months on May 22 and announced snap elections on November 12 and November 19. Prime Minister Oli is currently heading a minority government after losing a trust vote in the House. President Bhandari, Prime Minister Oli and Speaker Agni Sapkota separately presented their clarifications in writing to the apex court on the government’s May 21 decision, The Khadmandu Post reported. The Constitutional Bench ...
Chhattisgarh: Woman Naxal killed in encounter; AK-47 rifle, two pistols seized
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Chhattisgarh: Woman Naxal killed in encounter; AK-47 rifle, two pistols seized

A woman Naxal was killed in a gun-battle with security forces inside a forest in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh on Friday, a senior police officer said. Three weapons and a huge cache of Maoist camping material were recovered from the encounter site, he said. The gunfight took place around 8 am in the forest of Chandameta-Pyarbhat villages when joint teams of security forces were out on an anti-Naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI. The operation was launched based on the inputs about the presence of some members belonging to Maoists’ Darbha division, which has been instrumental in carrying out several deadly attacks in Bastar, along the borders of Bastar and Surkma districts, around 350 kms away from capital Raipur, he said. Per...
Things are now clearer for large chunk of students: DU VC on CBSE class 12 evaluation policy
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Things are now clearer for large chunk of students: DU VC on CBSE class 12 evaluation policy

With the CBSE notifying its policy for the evaluation of Class 12 students, Delhi University’s acting vice-chancellor (VC), PC Joshi on Thursday said things have now become clearer for a large chunk of students looking to start college this year. He said while the Education Ministry is yet to take a call on adopting a Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET), DU is likely to start the admission registration process from mid-July, 2021. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) earlier on Thursday notified its policy for the evaluation of Class 12 students which will be based on a combination of marks scored in classes 10 and 11 and pre-board exams. It said the results will be declared by July 31. Read | CBSE Class 12 Result: Marks of Classes 10 and 11 will co...
What is the Covid-19 ‘Delta variant’?
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What is the Covid-19 ‘Delta variant’?

Of the various mutations that the Covid virus has presented thus far, the Delta variant is the latest one to have got doctors and scientists worried. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified the Delta, a highly transmissible Covid-19 variant first identified in India, as a “variant of concern”. Dr Chandrashekhar T, chief intensivist at Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, says this variant is believed to be “60 per cent more transmissible than the B.1.1.7 variant (or alpha variant) and may be associated with an increased disease severity, such as hospitalisation risk”. What is it? According to the WHO and CDC, while different mutant variants are prevalent in the US, Europe, South America, and a part of Africa as well as in the Asian region, the ...
Largest Boeing 737 MAX model set for maiden flight -source
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Largest Boeing 737 MAX model set for maiden flight -source

Boeing Co was readying the largest member of its 737 MAX family for its maiden flight on Friday, a person familiar with the matter said, as the planemaker tries to close a sales gap with a competing Airbus jet. The first voyage of the 737 MAX 10, expected around 10 a.m. local time from the Seattle area, the person said, heralds months of testing and certification before it enters service in 2023. In an unusual departure from the PR buzz surrounding first flights, the event was expected to be kept low-key as Boeing tries to recover from overlapping crises caused by the 20-month safety grounding of the MAX and the global pandemic. Boeing’s 230-seat 737-10 is designed to close the gap between its 178-to-220-seat 737-9, and the 185-to-240-seat A321neo, which dominates the top e...