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PM Holds Discussions with 2 Kerala Based Syrian Church Groups to Resolve Century-old Dispute

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held discussions with representatives of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church in New Delhi in a bid to resolve the century old dispute between two Kerala based Syrian church groups. He met three senior priests of the church at his office, a day after discussions with representatives of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church there. The ...

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93% of total 6,500 flights under Vande Bharat was Air India’s

The Air India Group operated 93% of the total 6,500 flights under Vande Bharat and ferried more than 10 lakh passengers, according to government data. The total passengers accounted for nearly 25% of the total stranded Indians brought back through various modes of transport, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Puri said. However, to a specific question on how ...

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Six months on, airlines still have to sell at govt fares

‘We will monitor the situation, and then decide whether they will stay or not. Everyone is happy,’ says Puri More than six months after the government barred airlines from pricing their key product, i.e passenger seats, and mandated them to follow fare bands fixed by the it as a temporary measure during COVID-19, there is no sign of a return ...

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Covaxin Can Work Against Mutated Coronavirus, Says Bharat Biotech Chairman

Covaxin, a vaccine candidate being developed by Bharat Biotech for COVID-19, can offer protection against mutations of coronavirus, Chairman and Managing Director of the city-based vaccine maker Krishna Ella said on Tuesday. He also said the company has approached regulatory authorities seeking approval for an emergency license to use the vaccine, developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical ...

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Food and drug adulteration to attract life sentence in Madhya Pradesh

The law was among 12 ordinances, one of them on religious freedom, which were approved by the Cabinet. The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday approved an ordinance that has a provision for life sentence for those found guilty of food and drug adulteration in the State, an official said. A separate section has been introduced in the Indian Penal Code ...

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Many Maoist sympathisers surrender to police in Bhadrachalam Agency in 2020

Two key Maoists were killed in ‘exchange of fire’ in the year that passed; police focus on improving infrastructure As many as 39 Maoist militia and village committee members surrendered before the district police this year as against four Maoists, who gave themselves up before the police last year. In May this year, six members of the Revolutionary People’s Committee ...

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First Trans Beauty Pageant Finalist Makes History In Nepal

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Angel Lama sashays down the catwalk in the Miss Universe Nepal finals on Wednesday she will make history as the first transgender woman to be a finalist in the Himalayan nation’s most glamorous annual event. Nepal ranks among fewer than a dozen countries in the world that accept trans contestants in their national pageants ...

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Hours After Being Forced by ‘Panchayat’ to Lick His Spittle Man Hangs Self in Bihar

A young man was found hanging from the ceiling of his home in Bihar hours after being forced to lick his own spittle by a kangaroo court that accused him of harassing a girl he was supposedly in love with, a senior police official said on Tuesday. The incident took place in Chainpur police station area of this west Bihar ...

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Assam Accord Clause 6 panel’s report not examined yet

The Assam government has not examined the report of a panel formed for recommending measures for the implementation of Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord that had ended a six-year agitation against illegal immigration. The clause seeks to guarantee constitutional safeguards for the Assamese people. Assam’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said the process of engaging legal experts ...

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Farmers write to Centre, take hard line on agendas for December 30 talks

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha said the discussion will be only on modalities for the repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee on MSP. Protesting farmer unions on Tuesday wrote to the Centre on the talks scheduled between the two sides on Wednesday, saying the discussion will only be on the modalities of repealing the three legislations and giving ...

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Five Hurt in Stone Pelting at Indore Rally on Ram Temple Construction; Five Detained

Several persons were injured when miscreants pelted stones on a vehicle rally taken out near here on Tuesday to raise awareness on the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, officials said. Indore Collector Manish Singh said five persons were detained in connection with the incident which took place at Chaandankhedi village, about 50km from the district headquarters, when the rally ...

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United to seek ST tag for the community, say Kuruba leaders

A convention of Kuruba leaders held here on Tuesday resolved to sink their political differences and affiliations to secure ST status for the community. It was attended by Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development K.S. Eshwarappa, A.H.Vishwanath, MLC, religious leaders representing the community and others. But former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was conspicuous by his absence and had even questioned ...

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Munnar’s tourism to go green

On the lines of the Vazhikattan Wagamon project, a green tourism project will be implemented in Munnar by the district administration in association with the Haritha Keralam Mission. The heavy tourist inflow puts a lot of stress on Munnar and it is hoped that once the project is implemented, the environmentally sensitive spot could emerge as a major responsible tourism ...

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Sanjay Raut’s wife skips ED questioning yet again, seeks more time

The ED wants to question Varsha Raut with regard to a transaction of about ₹55 lakh with the wife of a person who is accused in the PMC Bank alleged fraud case. Varsha Raut, wife of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, on Tuesday skipped questioning by the Enforcement Directorate in the over ₹4,300-crore PMC Bank money laundering case, official sources ...

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Will not raise white flag: Mehbooba

Her statement comes just days after PM’s remarks that PDP’s refusal to hold DDC polls resulted in BJP deciding to end coalition with PDP Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said the PDP-BJP alliance fell apart in 2018 “because she refused to accept the demands that slain militants’ bodies would not be handed over to the families ...

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Recharge pits blamed for landslide in Talacauvery

Scientists from Geological Survey of India issue advisory against sinking new recharge pits in Brahmagiri hill range Experts from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) have blamed recharge pits for landslides in Brahmagiri hill range in Kodagu in August this year. A GSI team, which inspected the site of a major landslide at Gajagiri Hills in Talacauvery on Monday, advised ...

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Two-Day Dry Run for Covid-19 Vaccination Drive Successfully Conducted in 4 States: Health Ministry

A two-day dry run to assess the readiness of the mechanism laid out for the COVID-19 immunisation drive, which is expected to begin soon, was successfully conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab and Assam, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The end-to-end exercise was undertaken in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, Rajkot and Gandhinagar of Gujarat, Ludhiana and Shaheed ...

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Red sanders logs seized – The Hindu

The Andhra Pradesh State Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force (APSRSATF) patrol party in the early hours of Tuesday seized 18 red sanders logs, 16 axes, medicines and some provisions near Haritha Colony close to Karakambadi road in Tirupati. In the pre-dawn strike, two constables of the task force were injured while in a bid to nab the fleeing smuggling operatives. ...

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There have been certain shortcomings in discharging the duties of leader of opposition by Congress: Sitaram Yechury

The division between the Left and the Congress meant that the BJP appeared to be the only alternative. It has got a lot to do with media hype too, says Sitaram Yechury Attributing the Left’s recent electoral victories in Kerala and Kashmir to the party’s consistent support of people’s interests, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury underlined the need for ...

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Spices’ exports cross 7 lakh tonnes in first half of current fiscal

Export of spices from India looked up during the pandemic with the country crossing the 7 lakh tonnes mark in the period between April and September 2020. A statement from the Spices Board said export of spices, which had fetched ₹12,273.81 crore in the first half of the current fiscal between April and September, had grown by 19 per cent ...

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Farmer Leader Appeal Against Vandalism after 1,500 Telecom Towers Found Damaged in Punjab

Farmer leader protesting on the Delhi border in an appeal on Tuesday said mobile phone towers should not be damaged after 1,500 mobile towers were vandalised in Punjab amid protests over the three agri laws. Denying any role in the damaging the telecom towers, farmer leaders, in their appeal from the Singhu border said the mobile towers and infrastructure should ...

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West Bengal Dear Bangalakshmi Torsha Lottery Results Declared at lotterysambadresult.in; How to Check

The results of the West Bengal Dear Bangalakshmi Torsha lottery have been declared. Those who bought the Dear Bangalakshmi Torsha lottery tickets can check their results by visiting the website of Lottery Sambad at lotterysambadresult.in. The first prize winner will receive Rs 50 lakh, while those who win second prize will get Rs 9,000. The third, fourth and fifth prize winners ...

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There have been certain shortcomings in discharging the duties of leader of opposition by Congress: Sitaram Yechury

The division between the Left and the Congress meant that the BJP appeared to be the only alternative. It has got a lot to do with media hype too, says Sitaram Yechury Attributing the Left’s recent electoral victories in Kerala and Kashmir to the party’s consistent support of people’s interests, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury underlined the need for ...

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Delhi HC Shocked No FIR Lodged by Police Despite Senior Citizen Missing for More Than 3 Years

File photo of Delhi High Court A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rajnish Bhatnagar said the nonregistration of an FIR in the matter till now was also contrary to the standing orders of the Delhi Police. PTI New Delhi Last Updated: December 29, 2020, 18:29 IST FOLLOW US ON: Shocked by lack of an FIR regarding a missing senior ...

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INCOIS launches ‘Digital Ocean’ – The Hindu

Union Minister for Science and Technology Harshvardhan on Monday launched the ‘Digital Ocean’ platform of Indian National Centre for Oceanic Information Services (INCOIS) here as a one stop-solution for all data related needs of a wide range of users, including research institutions, operational agencies, strategic users, academic community, maritime industry, and the public. “Digital Ocean (www.do.incois.gov.in) is expected to bring ...

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Visva-Bharati plunging into mindless discourse: Tagore kin

This undermines everything that founder Rabindranath stood for, says Sudripta Tagore Visva-Bharati is being dragged into a mindless discourse that undermines everything that founder Rabindranath Tagore stood for, according to a poet’s family member who runs an institution for children in Santiniketan, where the university is located. “What Rabindranath Tagore and Visva-Bharati stand for might be subjective, but the Visva-Bharati ...

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Duck deaths in Kuttanad: samples to be sent to Bhopal

With ducks dying in large numbers in Kuttanad and upper Kuttanad, samples of affected birds will be sent to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal, for analysis. According to authorities, around 22,000 ducks died in the past week or so. Majority of the dead ducks belonged to two farmers in Thalavady and Pallippad grama panchayats. The decision ...

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COVID-19 dry run | ‘Beneficiaries’ undergo dummy vaccination in Gujarat

According to a WHO official, the dry run was vital and was being conducted as per the training protocol related to actual vaccination. Identified ”beneficiaries” are undergoing dummy vaccination at various centres in Gandhinagar and Rajkot districts of Gujarat on the second day of the COVID-19 vaccination dry run on Tuesday, officials said. The two-day end-to-end dry run was being ...

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47-year-old UK Returnee Tests Positive for New Covid-19 Strain in Andhra Pradesh, Govt Says No Need to Panic

For representation: A person wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carries luggage at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi. (Reuters) Of the 12 UK returned passengers who tested positive for COVID19, only the woman had the new strain, state Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar said, citing a report of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad. PTI Amaravati ...

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Ahead of Talks with Govt, Protesting Farmers Defer Proposed Tractor March

Protesting farmer unions have deferred to Thursday their proposed tractor march against the contentious agriculture laws, so that the rally does not clash with their talks with the government on Wednesday. The unions have agreed to hold the next round of talks with the Central government on Wednesday, but insist the agenda of the meeting should include discussing modalities for ...

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Govt Says Current Vaccines Good Enough to Fight New Covid Strains; Rajinikanth Ends Political Bid and Other Top Stories

Vaccines Being Produced Good Enough to Fight New Strains, Says Govt As the new strain of coronavirus has been found in India, the Centre on Tuesday assured that the vaccines in the pipeline in India and across the globe will protect people against the mutations in SARS-CoV-2 found in the UK and South Africa. Principal scientific advisor to the government, ...

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Government bulldozed three farm laws, agriculture can’t be run sitting in Delhi: Sharad Pawar

The NCP supremo said the Centre has passed farm bills on the basis of their own strength in Parliament, didn’t consult the States and that’s why all the problems started NCP supremo and former agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Tuesday accused the Centre of bulldozing three new farm laws without consulting States and asserted that agriculture cannot be run “sitting ...

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Demolition of Illegal Farmhouses on Aravallis to Begin Soon, Says Forest Department Official

The work on demolition of illegal farmhouses on forested Aravalli Hills region will start as soon as a duty of magistrate is appointed, said an official. The operation will be carried out in January. The Forest Department has demanded the district administration to appoint a Duty Magistrate. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued an order to demolish all the ...

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No mutation in virus reported in Kerala: Minister

Health Minister K.K. Shylaja has said that no genetic mutation has been reported in the COVID-19 virus in Kerala. Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, the Minister said that the detailed report was expected on the day and the State was prepared to deal with any mutations. Those coming from abroad would be monitored and there was nothing to worry ...

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Kerala Couple Die After Accidentally Immolating Themselves, Video of Kids Pleading Over Burial Sparks Stir

The death of a poor couple, who succumbed to burns after accidentally immolating themselves to stop an eviction drive here, has triggered a widespread row in Kerala, with opposition parties blaming police for the incident, following which the state government extended a helping hand to their orphaned children on Tuesday. The couple-Rajan (47) and his wife Ambili (40), natives of ...

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Services of fully reserved special trains extended

Hinting at further delay in restoring normal train services in the railway network, the Railways have extended fully reserved special trains, including the four daily specials to and from Mysuru and Bengaluru. The extended trains include weekly and bi-weekly festival special trains. Some of the bi-weekly festival special trains were shifted to Kochuveli. Daily Specials Train 06316 Kochuveli–Mysuru Daily Festival ...

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PM Narendra Modi to Lay Foundation Stone of AIIMS Rajkot on Thursday

AIIMS Rajkot will have 125 MBBS and 60 nursing seats in due course of time Over 201 acres of land has been allotted for the institute, which will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 1,195 crore and is expected to be completed by mid2022, the Prime Minister’s Office said. PTI New Delhi Last Updated: December 29, 2020, 17:21 ...

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Delhi Court Sets Aside Order Awarding 7-day Jail Term to Former AAP MLA

A Delhi court has set aside an order awarding 7-day jail term to former Aam Aadmi Party MLA Manoj Kumar for allegedly assaulting a woman in 2014. Special Judge Geetanjli Goel on December 22 set aside an order of a magisterial court while deciding an appeal filed by the lawmaker against the judgement. The present appeal is allowed and the ...

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37 UK Returnees Test Covid-19 Positive in Goa, Placed Under Institutional Quarantine

Thirty-seven passengers out of 979, who travelled from the UK from December 9 till the midnight of December 22, have tested positive for Covid-19 in Goa. The state government awaits reports from Pune’s National Institute of Virology for confirmation of the mutant strain among the Covid-19 positive passengers. A senior official attached to the Directorate of Health Services said all ...

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No Approval Given for Cultivation of Marijuana in Goa, Says CM Pramod Sawant

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant (File photo/PTI) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said a proposal has been moved before the state government to allow cultivation of marijuana, but no approval has been granted in the matter. PTI Panaji Last Updated: December 29, 2020, 17:12 IST FOLLOW US ON: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said a proposal has been ...

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Highest Number of Ceasefire Violations by Pakistan in 2020 Since 2003 Truce Came into Effect, Say Officials

There were 5,100 instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in 2020 in Jammu and Kashmir, the highest in nearly 18 years, that claimed 36 lives and left more than 130 people injured, according to security officials. They said the “very heavy” shelling and firing by Pakistani troops virtually made the 2003 India-Pakistan border truce ...

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Why Do We Take New Year Resolutions? All Your Questions About the Tradition Answered Here

With New Year 2021 just a few days away, people are waiting for the catastrophic year 2020, where we faced Covid-19, to end. Those who consider New Year as a life altering event also believe strongly in making resolutions for the New Year. But have you ever wondered how and why this tradition started? The decision to declare January 1 ...

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Basmati not registered as local product but Pak challenges India claim at EU

Laws require that before applying for registration of any product in the international market it has to be protected under the geographical indication (GI) laws of that country. While Pakistan is fighting a case in the European Union against the Indian move to get Basmati rice registered as its product, the commodity is still not registered as a local product ...

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India Seeks Comment On Proposal To Make Airbags Mandatory For Car Front Passengers

MUMBAI: India on Tuesday sought public comment on a proposal to make airbags mandatory for the front passenger in all cars from next year, in a move that could raise costs for automakers slowly seeing a revival in demand. Carmakers are required to provide an airbag only for the driver, though Indian officials have been talking about the need to ...

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Demonstrators Against New Farm Laws Baton-Charged in Patna, Several Injured

Police baton charge on All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee activists during their Raj Bhawan march against Centre’s farm reform laws, in . Patna on Tuesday. (PTI) Traffic was thrown out of gear as thousands of protestors, comprising members of various farmers organizations and pro-Left outfits, marched through Frazer Road before they were thwarted at the Dak Bungalow crossing. PTI Patna ...

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How Delhi Suffered and Battled Pandemic of the Century

The COVID-19 pandemic left Delhi bruised and battered in 2020 but the city fought back with an army of ‘corona warriors’ and strategic decisions in the war against the faceless enemy. The first case of COVID-19 in Delhi was reported on March 1 when a businessman from east Delhi, who had returned from Italy, tested positive. On April 11, the ...

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Foresee slight extension of suspension of UK flights: Aviation Minister Puri

“In the next day or two, we will find out if any additional steps need to be taken.” Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Tuesday said he foresees a slight extension of temporary suspension of passenger flights between India and the UK, where a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected. The Civil Aviation Ministry had last week suspended all ...

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Kerala FM Thomas Isaac Appears Before Assembly Privilege and Ethics Panel

File photo of Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac. Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac was summoned in connection with the alleged leakage of a CAG audit report on Kerala Infrastructure and Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). PTI Thiruvananthapuram Last Updated: December 29, 2020, 16:05 IST FOLLOW US ON: Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac on Tuesday appeared before the assembly privilege and ethics ...

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Tagore’s land will never allow hate politics to overpower secularism: Mamata Banerjee

During a rally in Bolpur, the Chief Minister of Bengal branded Visva-Bharati Vice-Chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty as a “BJP man” and said he plans on destroying the rich heritage of the hallowed institution by “importing divisive and communal politics inside its campus”. Iterating that the BJP is a “party of outsiders”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asserted that ...

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Third Wave of Covid-19 Was Brought Under Control in Delhi, Prepared to Face New Virus Strain: Kejriwal

File photo of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Delhi recorded 564 fresh coronavirus cases, the lowest in seven months (on May 26, 412 fresh cases were reported), and 21 more fatalities due to the disease on Monday, even as the positivity rate stood at 0.98 per cent, according to the Health Department’s data. PTI New Delhi Last Updated: December 29, 2020, ...

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2 expelled Assam Congress MLAs join BJP

Ajanta Neog is from eastern Assam’s Golaghat while Rajdeep Goala is from southern Assam’s Lakhipur Two Assam MLAs expelled by the Congress joined the BJP on Tuesday, about five months ahead of Assembly elections. Ajanta Neog, who represents the Golaghat Assembly constituency, is a three-time former minister, while Lakhipur MLA Rajdeep Goala is an influential “Tea Tribes” leader in southern ...

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Mumbai Police Files ‘C Summary’ Report in Court Case Against Woman Who ‘Held Free Kashmir’ Poster at Protest

Image used for representation. A C summary report is issued by the police in a matter when the criminal case was filed due to mistake of facts or the offence complained about is of a civil nature. PTI Mumbai Last Updated: December 29, 2020, 15:02 IST FOLLOW US ON: Mumbai Police have submitted a C summary report before a metropolitan ...

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4 Pakistanis Killed in Exchange of Firing Between Groups in Land Dispute: Police

At least four persons were killed in an exchange of fire between two groups over a land dispute in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal district on Tuesday, the police said. The incident took place in North Waziristan tribal district. All the four deceased are close relatives, the police said, adding that one person was injured in the incident. The police rushed to ...

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Bharuch MP Mansukh Vasava quits BJP

Former Union Minister seeks withdrawal of a MoEFCC notification declaring 121 villages of Narmada district as ‘eco-sensitive zone’ in his constituency, Bharuch, that would ‘affect farmers and local tribals’ Gujarat BJP’s most senior parliamentarian and former Union Minister Mansukh Vasava on Tuesday resigned from the party against a MoEFCC (Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change) notification declaring 121 villages ...

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Dense Fog Disrupts Flight Operations in Jammu After Snowfall

Four flights to and from the Jammu airport were cancelled and seven more delayed as dense fog engulfed the region on Tuesday, a day after high-altitude areas, including the Vaishno Devi shrine, received the season’s first heavy snowfall, officials said. Jammu Airport Director Pravat Ranjan Beuria said flight operations were yet to begin due to “poor visibility” caused by foggy ...

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Ammonia Levels in Yamuna Spike Again; Raghav Chadha Urges Pollution Control Board to Intervene

AAP MLA Raghav Chadha. (File photo/ANI) Ammonia concentration in the river at the Wazirabad barrage has increased to 7 ppm (parts per million) against the permissible limit of 0.8 ppm which is likely to affect the water supply, he said. PTI Last Updated: December 29, 2020, 14:44 IST FOLLOW US ON: New Delhi: Haryana has not stopped discharging industrial pollutants ...

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Central team inspects damaged boats, paddy crops in Pamban

A member of the Central team said, based on the reports from the State government, the quantum of compensation would be assessed and recommended to the Centre An eight-member committee from the Central government inspected the damaged boats, paddy and chilly crops in and around Pamban near Rameswaram here on Tuesday. Following Cyclone Burevi, which hit the coastal stretches in ...

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Kerala Sthree Sakthi SS-242 Lottery Results to be Declared at 3pm Today; First Prize Winner to Get Rs 75 Lakh

Kerala Sthree Sakthi SS-242 Lottery results will be announced today by the Kerala State Lottery Department at 3 pm. The result of the Sthree Sakthi Lottery SS-242 can be checked at keralalotteryresult.net. Winner of the first prize of the Kerala Sthree Sakthi SS-242 Lottery will receive Rs 75 lakh. The second and third prizes of the lottery are worth Rs ...

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SC में याचिका भारत भर में उपभोक्ता आयोगों में रिक्त पदों को भरने के लिए दिशा निर्देश देती है

याचिका में दावा किया गया कि खाली पदों को भरने में अधिकारियों की निष्क्रियता के कारण “मामलों के त्वरित निपटान के अधिकार का उल्लंघन” हुआ है। सर्वोच्च न्यायालय में एक याचिका दायर की गई है जिसमें केंद्र, राज्यों और केंद्रशासित प्रदेशों के अध्यक्षों और उपभोक्ता आयोगों के सदस्यों के रिक्त पदों को भरने के लिए निर्देश देने की मांग की ...

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Glenmark launches fixed dose combination drug for diabetes in India

The company has launched the product under two brand names — Remo V and Remozen V Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday said it has launched a fixed-dose combination drug for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes in the country. It has introduced a fixed-dose combination of Remogliflozin Etabonate and Vildagliptin in India for the management of Type 2 diabetes, the Mumbai-based ...

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Ramadoss hails Kerala’s reservation policy, asks others States to follow

The PMK leader said the reservation system was the reason social justice was ensured to all caste groups in Kerala PMK founder S. Ramadoss on Tuesday hailed the reservation system in Kerala and termed it a paradise of social justice and urged other States to learn and adopt it. In a Facebook post titled ‘For those who don’t understand the ...

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MP ‘Love Jihad’ Ordinance Sent to Guv for Approval After Cabinet’s Nod

The Madhya Pradesh ‘love jihad’ ordinance was on Tuesday sent for governor Anandiben Patel’s approval after getting nod from the cabinet, making MP the second state to bring a law that deals with religious conversion for the sake of marriage. The ‘Freedom of Religion Bill 2020’ was approved by the cabinet in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh ...

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Beheaded Carcass of Three-month-old Puppy Found in Mumbai

The beheaded carcass of a three-month-old puppy has been found in suburban Dahisar here, police said on Tuesday. The carcass was found lying near Jari Mari garden in Anand Nagar locality of the suburb on Sunday by a person who feeds strays, an official said. Police have registered an FIR against unknown persons.Prima facie, some sharp weapon seemed to have ...

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Truck Rams into Rail Gate, Disrupts Train Services on Kalyani-Sealdah Route

Train services on the Kalyani- Sealdah section of Eastern Railway were partially disrupted during peak office hours on Tuesday morning, after a power line snapped when a truck rammed into a rail gate, an official said. “Around 9.18 am, the truck smashed into Kalyani rail gate when it was being lowered to allow a train to cross. Due to the ...

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Kerala on high alert, no reports of new coronavirus variant: Health Minister

Speaking to reporters here, the Minister said a detailed report was expected later today and the State was prepared to deal with cases involving the new variant. Health Minister K.K. Shylaja said that no samples collected in the State was found to be positive with a variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus reported from the U.K. Speaking to reporters here, the Minister ...

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PM Modi Attacks Previous Govts for Delaying Work on Dedicated Freight Corridor Project

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Monday that his government has undertaken historic reforms in the farm sector to boost agriculture and strengthen farmers. PM Modi said that on coming to power, he personally monitored the project and held a dialogue with the stakeholders and got new technology as a result of which about 1100 km work will ...

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Delhi Govt Will Provide Dry Rations to Its Students Under Mid-day Meal Scheme for 6 Months: Kejriwal

File photo of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal The move comes in view of continued closure of schools since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PTI Last Updated: December 29, 2020, 13:51 IST FOLLOW US ON: New Delhi: The Delhi government will provide students of its schools dry rations under the mid-day meal scheme for six months, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ...

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PM Modi Inaugurates New Bhaupur-New Khurja Section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Monday that his government has undertaken historic reforms in the farm sector to boost agriculture and strengthen farmers. The prime minister also inaugurated the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor’s (EDFC) operation control centre at Prayagraj. PTI Last Updated: December 29, 2020, 13:45 IST FOLLOW US ON: Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday ...

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India’s economy could prove to be “most resilient” in subregion over long term: UN

India’s fast-growing telecom and digital space, in particular, could see a faster rebound, the UN report said. India’s economy could prove to be the “most resilient” in the subregion of South and South-West Asia over the long term, according to a report by the UN, which says a positive but lower economic growth post COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s large ...

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Paine Tees Off At DRS After Contentious Dismissal

MELBOURNE: Australia captain Tim Paine was left frustrated with the Decision Review System (DRS) during their second test defeat to India in Melbourne, saying his contentious day three dismissal was wrong and might have cost his team the match. Paine was caught behind for one off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja, with the third umpire Paul Wilson judging he had ...

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Plea in SC Seeks Direction for Filling Up Vacant Posts in Consumer Commissions Across India

New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre, states and Union Territories to fill up vacant posts of presidents and members of consumer commissions, saying “inaction” in making appointments was causing pendency of cases. The petition, which has alleged that directions passed by various high courts regarding filling up of vacancies in ...

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Sample of U.K. returnee, who had tested positive for COVID-19 in T.N., has new virus variant: Health Secretary

A resident of Chennai, the patient is among the six U.K. returnees whose samples tested positive for the new variant following genomic analysis. The sample of a U.K. returnee to Tamil Nadu, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was isolating in a hospital, was found to contain the new variant of coronavirus, Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said on December ...

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पीएम मोदी ने पूर्वी समर्पित फ्रेट कॉरिडोर के 315 किलोमीटर के खंड पर पहली ट्रेन को हरी झंडी दिखाई

नरेंद्र मोदी कहते हैं, ” बुनियादी ढांचे के विकास को राजनीति से दूर रखा जाना चाहिए प्रधान मंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने मंगलवार को पूर्वी डेडिकेटेड फ्रेट कॉरिडोर (EDFC) के 351 किलोमीटर के न्यू भूपुर-न्यू खुर्जा खंड (दोनों उत्तर प्रदेश) में चलने वाली पहली ट्रेन को हरी झंडी दिखाकर रवाना किया, और EDFC के लिए ऑपरेशन कंट्रोल सेंटर का भी उद्घाटन ...

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Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey Tests Positive for Covid-19

Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey has said that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under home isolation. In a tweet, Choubey informed on Monday thatheunderwent a testafter showing initial symptoms of coronavirus infection. He urged everyone who came in contact with him recently to get tested for the disease. “On getting the initial symptoms ...

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Rajinikanth opts out of political entry citing health, COVID

Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday announced that he will not be starting a political party and entering the electoral fray as his health condition does not permit him to engage in full-scale political activity in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The actor was recently admitted to Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad due to severe fluctuations in his blood pressure ...

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Cong. leader shot at by bike-borne assailants in U.P.

Vinod Tomar, a practising lawyer, was hit in front of the Kalra Guest House in Bijnor when he was returning home on his scooter. A local Congress leader and ward member was injured when he was allegedly shot at by unidentified assailants in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday night, police said. Vinod Tomar was returning home when two bike-borne unidentified ...

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What Happens if You Miss Your Tax Return Date?

If you are still thinking about filing your Income Tax Returns (ITR), then hurry, as the last date is fast approaching. And if you are hoping to get lucky again, it is highly unlikely the due date will be extended any further. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the deadlines to file tax returns for the financial year 2019-20 were ...

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Pamban new bridge work progressing slower than schedule

Construction of new Pamban rail bridge has been progressing at a slower pace than its schedule. Only 18% of the sea bridge work has been completed even as more than 65% of the planned time has elapsed. Out of the 333 pile foundations that need to be erected for the 2,078-metre-long bridge, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited has completed only 57 ...

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Have You Filed Your Income Tax Return Yet?

The extended Income Tax Return (ITR) deadline has been the only breather in this pandemic-struck year. The dates to file the tax returns for the financial year 2019-20 were extended to ease the burden on people keeping in mind the novel coronavirus. The taxpayers can now file their IT returns by the end of December instead of the original date ...

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New Virus Strain Found in 6 UK Returnees; K’taka Upper House Dy Chairman SL Dharme Gowda Dies by Suicide and Other Stories

New Virus Strain Found in India as 6 UK Returnees Test Positive for Britain Variant The new strain of coronavirus has been found in India with samples of six UK returnees testing positive for the Britain variant — three samples in Bengaluru’s NIMHANS, two in Hyderabad’s CCMB and one in Pune’s NIV. In a statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs ...

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Dikshithars relent, cars taken out of Sri Natarajar temple

The committee of Pothu Dikshithars had earlier taken the stand that they would not bring the cars out of the temple to register their protest against the district administration for making online passes mandatory for devotees The temple cars of Sabapathy temple popularly known as Sri Natarajar temple in Chidambaram were taken out through the four Mada Streets on Tuesday ...

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Common Diabetes Drug May Trigger Rare Complications for Covid-19 Patients, Say Scientists

Diabetes patients on a particular class of glucose-lowering drugs called SGLT2i may be at an increased risk for a potentially lethal condition when they contract COVID-19, warns a new study. According to researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US, the condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), can arise when illness prevents cells from receiving enough glucose to fuel ...

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Haryana, Punjab Shiver Under Cold Wave; Zero Degree Celsius Min Temperature at Hisar

Cold wave conditions sweeping most parts of Haryana and Punjab for the past few days further intensified on Tuesday, with the minimum in Hisar settling at zero degrees Celsius. It was the season’s coldest night so far at many places including Hisar, Narnaul, Amritsar and Chandigarh. The minimum in Hisar in Haryana dropped by six notches below normal, while Amritsar ...

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Two samples genome sequenced at CCMB

All their samples were sent to CCMB for genome sequencing to know if they are carrying new variant of coronavirus. Out of six samples collected from United Kingdom (UK) returnees which have been found positive for new variant of SAR-COV-2, genome sequencing of two samples was conducted at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad. Of the two, one ...

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Stalin spreading false information on Pongal gift, TN CM says

Only to ensure that people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic celebrate Pongal happily, has the government announced a cash gift, the CM said Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Tuesday said the Pongal cash gift scheme has received overwhelming response from the people and hence, DMK president M.K. Stalin is spreading false information saying that AIADMK party men are involved ...

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Two new species of ginger found from northeast

Discovery by Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute of Plant Sciences researchers The Mahabharatha epic describes Bhima, the second among the five pandava brothers, going in search of the Kalyanasaugandhika, a flower with a heavenly fragrance, to satisfy Panchali’s desire. Scientists have deduced that the mythological plant described by Vyasa is Hedychium coronarium, also known as white ginger lily. Now researchers ...

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Sabarimala temple to open on December 30 for Makaravilakku

The mandatory virtual queue booking has started for pilgrims visiting the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple for the Makaravilakku festival that begins on December 31. Devotees undertaking the pilgrimage can book online at sabarimalaonline.org. The temple will be opened on December 30 at 5 p.m. for Makaravilakku. The entry to the temple will be allowed for pilgrims from December 31 morning. After ...

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Rupee Rises 11 Paise to 73.38 Against Dollar in Early Trade

The rupee added another 11 paise to trade at 73.38 against the US dollar in opening session on Tuesday in line with stronger Asian peers and positive domestic equities. The sustained foreign fund inflows also supported the rupee, traders said. At the interbank forex market, the domestic unit opened at 73.42 against the US dollar, then inched higher to 73.38 ...

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Row over denial of certification to Malayalam film

The denial of certification to Malayalam film Varthamanam by the regional office of the Central Board of Film Certification and a tweet by a member of the board citing reasons for the same has kicked up a row. The film, directed by Sidhartha Siva and written by Congress leader Aryadan Shoukath, stars Parvathy as a researcher in Jawaharlal Nehru University ...

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Amid New Virus Strain Scare, MP Cop Tests Positive for Covid-19 3rd Time in 5 Months

A police constable in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur district has tested positive for COVID-19 third time after recovering from the infection twice in five months. Posted in Vijay Nagar police station, the constable tested positive for the fatal virus on December 26. His samples were taken on December 24 after he reported fever. He was suffering from breathing issues for the ...

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Samples of seven U.K. returnees positive for new coronavirus variant in Bengaluru

Highly placed sources from the Union Health Ministry told The Hindu that four more samples from Bengaluru, in addition to the three announced, had tested positive for the new variant. Samples of seven U.K. returnees were found positive for the new variant of coronavirus in Bengaluru. While a release from PIB confirmed that three persons, including a 34-year-old woman and ...

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SSC CGL 2020 Notification Released; Apply from Dec 29 to Jan 31, 2021 at ssc.nic.in

SSC CGL 2020 application process started today. Candidates can submit SSC CGL 2020 applications till January 31, 2021. The last date to make SSC CGL 2020 online fee payment is February 2, 2021. The deadline for generation of offline challan is February 4, 2021 and payment through challan is February 6, 2021. Those who want to apply for SSC CGL 2020 ...

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Six UK Returnees Test Positive for New Strain of Coronavirus in India, Patients Isolated

Six persons who returned to India from the United Kingdom have tested positive for the new UK variant genome of SARS-CoV2, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. It said the mutated UK strain was detected in samples in NIMHANS, Bengaluru, in CCMB, Hyderabad and one in NIV, Pune. All these persons have been kept in single room isolation at ...

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Striped hyena, wild dog give birth to young ones at Pilikula

Earlier, the park had got four wild dogs under the animal exchange programme from Visakhapatnam zoo. A striped hyena at the Pilikula Biological Park has given birth to two cubs, for the first time in the park, according to H. Jayaprakash Bhandary, director of the park. Striped hyenas under captivity conceiving and giving birth to cubs is very rare, he ...

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‘Shah Must Clarify Stand on CAA, Says Bengal BJP MP as He Eyes Matua Votes Ahead of Polls

Kolkata: Shantanu Thakur, BJP MP from Bengal’s Bongaon, has asked Union Home Minister Amit Shah to clarify Centre’s stand on the implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the state. Thakur, who won the Bongaon seat while riding the wave of ‘BJP’s citizenship promise’ to the Matua community, is now in an odd situation over the delay in the implementation ...

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At 16k, India Sees Lowest New Covid-19 Cases in 6 Months, 252 People Succumb to the Disease

The daily new coronavirus infections in India dipped below 20,000 for the third time this month taking the COVID-19 caseload to1,02,24,303, while the recoveries crossed 98 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. A total of 16,432 new infections were reported in a span of 24 hours, the lowest in little over six months, while the ...

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Telangana Man Tested with Coronavirus Strain in Warangal, State Govt Prepares to Tackle Spread

The new strain of coronavirus has been found in a 49-year-old man, who arrived from the UK on December 10, in Telangana’s Warangal. The health department has already shared the information with the state and the Central Government. The new strain of coronavirus has been found in India with samples of six UK returnees testing positive for the Britain variant ...

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Delhi Shivers Under Cold Wave, Minimum Temperature Drops to 3.6 Degree Celsius

Delhi reeled under a cold wave on Tuesday as icy winds sweeping through the city brought the minimum temperature down to 3.6 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded a low of 3.6 degrees Celsius as against 5.6 degrees Celsius on Monday. The weather stations at Ayanagar and ...

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Coronavirus live updates: Health, Home departments to track those who have arrived from U.K. in Karnataka

A total of 6 samples of 6 U.K.-returnees have been found to be positive with the variant of SARS- CoV-2 virus reported from U.K. “3 inNIMHANS, Bengaluru, 2 in CCMB, Hyderabad and 1 in NIV, Pune,” said information released by the Health Ministry. It added that all these persons have been kept in single room isolation indesignated Health Care facilities ...

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Six U.K. returnees test positive for new coronavirus variant

From November 25 to December 23, 2020 midnight, about 33,000 passengers disembarked at various Indian airports from the U.K. A total of six samples of U.K. returnees have been found to be positive with a variant of SARS- CoV-2 virus reported from the U.K. “3 in NIMHANS, Bengaluru, 2 in CCMB, Hyderabad, and 1 in NIV, Pune,” said information released ...

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Autorickshaw Driver Arrested for Raping Tourist from Chhattisgarh in Maharashtra

An activist with her face covered as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus holds a placard during a protest against the rape. (AP) The victim hailed from Jashpur in Chhattisgarh who was on tour of Mumbai and neighbouring areas, as per preliminary investigation. PTI Last Updated: December 29, 2020, 10:14 IST FOLLOW US ON: Thane,Dec 29: A 26-year-old autorickshaw driver ...

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Kashmir-born Aisha Shah Bags Senior Position in Joe Biden’s White House Digital Team

US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced the members of his White House Office of Digital Strategy, where Kashmir-born Aisha Shah has bagged a senior position. Shah has been named as Partnerships Manager at the White House Office of Digital Strategy, which would be headed by Rob Flaherty, Director of Digital Strategy, according to an announcement by the Biden transition ...

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India, Myanmar officials to meet on Jan. 5 to discuss border trade

‘Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was suspended from April and trade between the two countries was slashed by 40%,’ says Manipur MP A high-level meeting of the government officials of India and Myanmar will be held on January 5, 2021 at Yangon, Myanmar, to take stock of the business situation at Moreh, India’s border town. The meeting will hammer ...

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Former Himachal Pradesh CM Shanta Kumar’s Wife Dies of Covid-19, He Too Tests Positive

File photo of former Himachal Pradesh CM Shanta Kumar In a Facebook post, the minister prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the family members to bear the irreparable loss. Santosh Shailza was admitted to the hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 a few days ago. PTI Last Updated: December 29, 2020, 08:47 IST FOLLOW US ON: ...

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Pandemic Severe, But ‘Not Necessarily the Big One’, Says WHO

The novel coronavirus has had a devastating impact around the globe, but the World Health Organization warned Monday that worse pandemics could lie ahead, urging the world to get “serious” about preparedness. “This is a wakeup call,” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan told reporters at a briefing marking a year since the UN agency first learned of the new virus ...

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Dharme Gowda Was Upset Over Being Pulled Down from Chairman’s Seat During Council Session, Claims JDS MLC

Breaking News LIVE Updates: The death of Karnataka Vidhana Parishad Dy Chairman SL Dharme Gowda has sent shock waves in the state with chief minister BS Yediyurappa saying that he still can’t believe the news. “I pray that the Lord grant the power to his family to bear this pain,” he said. Former CM Siddaramaiah said that Karnataka has lost ...

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SL Dharme Gowda Had Been Upset Ever Since He Was Pulled Down from Chairman’s Seat During Legislative Council Session, Claims JDS MLC

Breaking News LIVE Updates: The death of Karnataka Vidhana Parishad Dy Chairman SL Dharme Gowda has sent shock waves in the state with chief minister BS Yediyurappa saying that he still can’t believe the news. “I pray that the Lord grant the power to his family to bear this pain,” he said. Former CM Siddaramaiah said that Karnataka has lost ...

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Deputy Chairman of Karnataka Legislative Council found dead

Deputy Chairman of Legislative Council S.L. Dharme Gowda was found dead on a railway track near Gunasagar in Kadur taluk late in the night on Monday. He is suspected to have died by suicide. He was 65. He reached his house around 7 p.m. and sent back his personal escort and gunman. Later he took his personal vehicle and drove ...

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पत्र में राज्यों को सुप्रीम कोर्ट द्वारा COVID-19 दिशानिर्देशों के कड़ाई से अनुपालन और अन्य चीजों के लिए सभाओं के नियमन का निर्देश देते हुए 18 दिसंबर के आदेश का पालन करने के लिए भी कहा गया है। दो दिवसीय एंड-टू-एंड ड्राई रन आंध्र प्रदेश, राजकोट और गुजरात के गांधीनगर, लुधियाना और पंजाब में शहीद भगत सिंह नगर (नवांशहर) और ...

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As Global Cases Surge with New Strain, Centre’s Guidelines for New Year Celebrations, Winter Season

Two-thirds of the participants will receive the vaccine and one-third a placebo. None of them will know, for the duration of the trial, what was in the injection they received. “The launch of this study — the fifth investigational COVID-19 vaccine candidate to be tested in a Phase 3 trial in the United States — demonstrates our resolve to end ...

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News18 Daybreak | India Tests Vaccine Delivery Systems and Other Stories You Need to Watch out for

India Tests Vaccine Delivery Systems as 4-5 Crore Doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Jab Stockpiled Before Rollout The Serum Institute of India, which is manufacturing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, has already stockpiled 40-50 million dosages of the Covid-19 vaccine, CEO Adar Poonawalla said on Monday, adding that the firm will be able to produce around 300 million doses by July next year. The ...

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SL Dharme Gowda, Karnataka Upper House Dy Chairman, Dies by Suicide; Body Found on Railway Track

In a shocking late night development, Karnataka Vidhana Parishat Dy Chairman SL Dharme Gowda has allegedly died by suicide. The JDS legislator was found dead on a Railway track near Chickmagalur, his home town in the hills of central Karnataka. Confirming the news to News18, top sources said that they are probing the case for more details. According to them, ...

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Coronavirus Variant From South Africa Found In Japan

TOKYO: Japan on Monday detected a coronavirus variant found in South Africa, the government said, the first such discovery in a nation that has already identified more than a dozen cases of another variant that is spreading rapidly in Britain. A woman in her 30s who arrived in Japan on Dec. 19 was found to be infected with the new ...

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Coronavirus Variant From South Africa Found In Japan

TOKYO: Japan on Monday detected a coronavirus variant found in South Africa, the government said, the first such discovery in a nation that has already identified more than a dozen cases of another variant that is spreading rapidly in Britain. A woman in her 30s who arrived in Japan on Dec. 19 was found to be infected with the new ...

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Agitators from Western UP at Delhi-Noida Border Submit Detailed Demands to PM Modi through DM

Farmers demonstrating against the Centre’s new agri laws on Monday performed yoga on the Delhi-Noida Link Road at the Chilla border where they have been camping for 28 days now. The road remained closed for Noida to Delhi movement but was open for commuters travelling from Delhi to Noida, according to a police official. At the Dalit Prerna Sthal, farmers ...

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Anna Hazare to Launch Protest in Delhi for Farmers in Jan

Social activist Anna Hazare on Monday said he will launch an agitation in New Delhi in January on issues concerning farmers if the Centre did not take a firm decision on his demands. In a press release issued in his native village Ralegan Siddhi in adjoining Ahmednagar district, the veteran anti-corruption crusader said he has decided to “resume” his protest ...

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Aries: Professions like medicine or psychology that can make a human connection will attract you today. There will be opportunities coming your way if you keep your eyes and ears open. Taurus: You will be experiencing some irresistible desires today and you need some planning to get what you want. People will rely on you for their needs and you ...

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Ohio Officer Fired In Fatal Shooting Of Black Man: Union

Columbus (AP) A white Ohio police officer was fired after bodycam footage showed him fatally shooting 47-year-old Andre Hill, a Black man holding a cellphone, and refusing to administer first aid for several minutes. Columbus police officer Adam Coy hours was fired hours after a hearing was held to determine his employment, Brian Steel, the vice president of the local ...

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Mumbai’s sexpert Dr. Mahinder Watsa dead

Mumbai’s most popular sexpert Dr. Mahinder Watsa died here on Monday at 96, his family said. Through his Ask the Sexpert column published in Mumbai Mirror for the last 15 years, Watsa educated and entertained his readers with witty replies. “Dad was a man of many dimensions. He lived a glorious life and on his terms,” read a statement by ...

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7-month-old undergoes liver transplant – The Hindu

A seven-month-old baby with a congenital disorder recently underwent a liver transplant at Dr. Rela Institute and Medical Centre. Mahira Ahmed from Kuwait, who had a rare biliary genetic disorder, was advised a liver transplant by doctors in that country. The baby, whose family hails from Uttar Pradesh, arrived in Delhi at May-end with her mother and grandmother, with the ...

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Street vendors want permission to do business around Koyambedu market

Members of Tamil Nadu Street Vending Workers’ Federation have demanded that street vendors be allowed to resume sales around Koyambedu wholesale market complex. They submitted a petition on Monday at the Koyambedu Management Market Committee office in the city. Federation’s State general secretary V. Mageshvaran said nearly 1,500 vendors were out of business for nearly nine months now after the ...

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After nine months, Tasmac bars to open across State

The govt. decided to open bars to generate more revenue, a source said After nearly nine months, bars attached to Tasmac shops across the State will resume operations following standard operating procedures (SOPs). A directive sent from the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Tasmac) headquarters to all senior regional managers and district managers said all bars would be allowed to ...

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The challenges facing AIADMK ahead of Assembly election

BJP’s ‘pressure tactics’, DMK’s charges, Sasikala’s release will be weighing on it The ruling AIADMK, which launched its campaign for the 2021 Assembly elections on Sunday, is facing several challenges in the run-up to its bid for an electoral hat-trick. It has to contend with the “pressure tactics” by its allies, primarily the BJP; the possible fallout of the DMK’s ...

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‘Mouth cancer prevalence high among Thanjavur women’

The Tamil Nadu Cancer Registry Project (TNCRP) has found that the Age Standardised Rate (ASR) of mouth cancer among women in Thanjavur district — 9.2 per 1,00,000 women — was the highest in the world. “We suspect it to be due to rampant tobacco chewing among women. Use of chewable tobacco is high among women in districts such as Thanjavur, ...

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Ten year imprisonment in Pocso case

A POCSO Special court in Vellore, on Monday, sentenced a 46-year-old man to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl in 2017. He was slapped with a fine of ₹6,000. Police said that when the incident happened, the victim was six-years old. In April 2017, Settu sexually assaulted the girl, living in his locality, and even threatened ...

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Painting everything in saffron to suit views not good for society: Alagiri

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president K.S. Alagiri on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of pouring saffron paint on statues at night to create disharmony in the State. The Congress could pour black paint on the BJP’s State headquarters in daylight, but would not do that, he added. Addressing presspersons after hoisting the Congress flag on its 136th ...

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Sexual harassment: Loyola ordered to pay ₹64.3 lakh

The Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women has directed Loyola College, Chennai, to immediately pay ₹64.3 lakh, with interest, to a senior woman faculty member, who was allegedly harassed by a Jesuit Father and verbally terminated from service. The amount includes back wages, damages for mental agony and “unkind words of sexual harassment” and compensation for a false complaint. “The ...

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‘Free patta melas an eyewash’

DMK president M.K. Stalin on Monday claimed that Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami had instructed Collectors to conduct ‘patta issuing melas’ ahead of the Assembly election, after having put the DMK’s free patta scheme in cold storage for 10 years. Mr. Stalin said the Chief Minister was indulging in an eyewash ahead of the election, and wondered if the government ...

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AIADMK-BJP front continues: Murugan – The Hindu

State BJP president L. Murugan on Monday said the party’s alliance with the AIADMK continues and that it is strong. “Your question is about the alliance continuing. Our only answer is that the alliance continues. You will get an answer for everything very soon,” Mr. Murugan told reporters after meeting Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and submitting 50 lakh signatures ...

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Theatres urge State to increase seating capacity

With big-budget films in the pipeline, the Tamil Nadu Film Exhibitors Association (TNFEA) has requested the State government to increase the seating capacity in theatres to the pre-COVID-19 levels. Now, theatres have been permitted to allow patrons up to 50% of their capacity. Popular actor Vijay, whose Master is scheduled for release on Pongal, called on Chief Minister Edappadi K. ...

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Coronavirus | Tamil Nadu records 1,005 fresh cases

No cases reported among U.K. returnees; overall case load mounts to 8,15,175 A total of 1,005 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu on Monday, taking its tally to 8,15,175 cases. Chennai recorded 285 fresh cases, while Coimbatore had 93 cases and Chengalpattu 65. In Tiruvallur, 44 persons tested positive, while 41 persons tested positive in Tiruppur. While Perambalur ...

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Forest Department considers direct approach to treat injured elephant

Forest officials are considering a more direct approach to treat an injured elephant that has been roaming around Bokkapuram in the buffer zone of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve for the last two weeks. The elephant, an adult tusker, was first noticed around Bokkpuram on December 12, with an injury on its back. The forest officials decided to treat the animal ...

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Suspect In Bowling Alley Shooting Served In Afghanistan

Chicago (AP) A US Army special forces sergeant arrested in an apparently random shooting at an Illinois bowling that left three people dead and three others injured had four deployments to Afghanistan, the most recent ending in July, according to Army service information. Duke Webb, 37, was scheduled to appear in court on Monday afternoon on three counts of murder ...

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Labs ask customers to pay more to get RT-PCR test results faster

They say the tests are in demand among passengers who are travelling from other States or countries While the State government capped the rates for the COVID-19 RT-PCR tests at ₹800 earlier this month, many laboratories and hospitals are charging three to six times the amount if people want the test results faster. Enquiries made by The Hindu at several ...

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Over 190,000 Ceiling Fans Recalled After Blades Fly Off

The court sought the law ministry’s response after going through a statement by the World Health Organisation, which has declared virginity testing as unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable. New York (AP) More than 1,90,000 ceiling fans sold at Home Depot are being recalled after reports that the blades fell off while spinning, hitting people and causing property damage. The Hampton ...

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653 new COVID-19 cases – The Hindu

As many as 653 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Karnataka on Monday, taking the total number of positive cases to 9.16 lakh. While this is the lowest number of cases reported in recent times, the number of COVID-19 tests conducted on Sunday stood at 67,742 – much lower than the daily target of 1 lakh tests. Meanwhile, 1,178 patients ...

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Arogya Soudha inaugurated – The Hindu

Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa inaugurated Arogya Soudha, the newly-constructed Administrative Building Complex of the Health and Family Welfare Department at Magadi Road in Bengaluru. K. Sudhakar, Minister for Health and Medical Education said Arogya Soudha will facilitate better integration within the Health Department by bringing 53 offices under one roof including NHM and SAST. According to an official release, Dr. ...

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Health, Home departments to track those who have arrived from U.K.

State govt. has made it compulsory for U.K. returnees to undergo RT-PCR test The Department of Health and Family Welfare has sought the assistance of the Home Department to track passengers who have returned from the United Kingdom (U.K.). Over the last few days, the Health Department is trying to trace all passengers who have arrived from the U.K. in ...

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South Africa Tightens Curbs, President Bans Alcohol Sales

Johannesburg: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has intensified restrictions in the country and reimposed a ban on the sale of liquor amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in the past one week. Not wearing masks in public will now be a criminal offence with the risk of arrest and up to six months in prison if convicted. “(We) have decided ...

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Villupuram police searching for man behind fake video

It claimed the road between Vikravandi and Ulundurpet toll plazas was prone to highway robberies The Villupuram district police have launched a hunt to trace a social media user who deliberately shared a fake video claiming that the four-lane stretch between Vikravandi and Ulundurpet toll plazas was vulnerable to attack by highway robbers. The video shows two motorcycle-borne men wearing ...

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Crop-raiding monkeys haunt farmers in Malnad districts

Growers of banana, areca, maize, coconut, and ginger suffering losses owing to the menace; indigenous techniques to combat the problem have failed to yield results Srinivasa Murthy, a farmer with four acres of land at Mundagodu near Sringeri in Chikkamagaluru district, wants his schoolgoing son to take up some job after he completes his studies. The losses Mr. Murthy has ...

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Activists prevent police from removing flagpole erected without approval

Amid high drama, the police failed to remove a pole with Kannada flag that was erected by Kannada activists without due clearance from the government in front of the city corporation building in Belagavi on Monday. Efforts by the police to remove the pole failed with the activists offering resistance. The police took some activists into custody but another group ...

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WB Labour Min Escorted Out Of Meeting Venue By Police

Kolkata, Dec 28: Police had to escort West Bengal Labour Minister Malay ghatak out of Netaji Indoor Stadium, the venue of a meeting of a body working for the welfare of workers on Monday, when several contractual labourers demonstrated in front of him, threw chairs and tore off posters of senior leaders as issues raised by them were not addressed. ...

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‘Declaring Amartya Sen an illegal occupant is abuse of power’

CPI leader asks PM to intervene and ensure Nobel laureate is treated with respect, dignity Declaring Amartya Sen as illegal occupant in Santiniketan is an abuse of the powers vested in the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Leader of CPI Parliamentary Party, Binoy Viswam, said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. He urged Mr. Modi to immediately ...

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Instead of BJP, angry villagers want Dushyant to stand with farmers

From former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala to his grandson and Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, Karsindhu, a village in Jind’s Uchana Assembly segment, has voted overwhelmingly for the Chautalas for decades. Dushyant took the highest lead from this village both in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections last year. But a lot seems to have changed since, and more ...

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160 COVID cases in Wayanad

A total of 160 people, including seven health workers, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in Wayanad district on Monday, taking the total number of active cases to 2,504. All the persons were infected through local contacts. As many as 72 people recovered on the day. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. Subscription Benefits Include Today’s Paper Find ...

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Former teachers continue protest in Tripura, demand direct employment

Government school teachers whose services have been terminated said on Monday that their sit-in demonstration here would continue until the Tripura government announced their direct employment. The agitation, which began outside the City Centre on December 7, entered its 22nd day. The forums representing the former teachers called the protest amid cold weather to press their demand for direct employment ...

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V.M. Muneer elected chairman of Kasaragod

In Kasaragod Municipality, UDF councillor V.M. Muneer was elected as the Chairperson on Monday. He won as the councillor from the 24 ward of Khasilane. In the election of the Chairperson, which was conducted in the presence of returning officer K Sajith Kumar, three of the 38 council members abstained from voting. While Mr. Muneer got 21 votes, the BJP ...

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LDF retains power in Iritty Municipality

The LDF came back to power in the Iritty municipality, where none of the political parties had an absolute majority, on Monday. The LDF came to power after the BJP and SDPI members abstained from voting. K Sreelatha, who won from Vikas Nagar ward, got 14 votes and was elected as the Chairperson of the Iritty municipality. The LDF is ...

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New chairpersons take charge in Wayanad

New chairpersons and vice chairpersons took charge in three municipalities in Wayanad district on Monday following elections within the councils. Mujeeb Keyemthody of the Indian Union Muslim League was elected chairman for Kalpetta municipality, while K. Ajitha of the Congress was elected vice chairperson. Both won 15 votes in the 28-member council. CPI(M) councillor T.K. Ramesh was elected chairman of ...

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World ”never Going To Forget Me”

Nashville (US), Dec 28 (AP) The man authorities believe was responsible for setting off a Christmas Day bomb that injured three people and damaged dozens of buildings in downtown Nashville told a neighbour days before the explosion that Nashville and the world is never going to forget me. Rick Laude said he saw Anthony Quinn Warner standing at his mailbox ...

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Kerala HC ruling comes as relief to senior citizens

Much to the relief of senior citizens, the Kerala High Court has held that maintenance tribunals presided over by district magistrates under the Kerala Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Rule, 2009 have the power to order eviction of son/daughter from senior citizen’s residential building to ensure his/her normal living with security and dignity. The court made the ...

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Testing dips, but test positivity stays up

Kerala reported 3,047 new COVID-19 cases on Monday when 32,869 samples were tested in the past 24 hours. Testing has dipped by nearly half of that normally done on week days but the test positivity rate has remained at 9.27%. The cumulative case burden of the State has risen to 7,43,563 cases. The active case pool of the State now ...

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Sabarimala temple to open on Dec. 30 for Makaravilakku

The mandatory virtual queue booking has started for pilgrims visiting the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple for the Makaravilakku festival that begins on December 31. Devotees undertaking the pilgrimage can book online at sabarimalaonline.org. The temple will be opened on December 30 at 5 p.m. for Makaravilakku. The entry to the temple will be allowed for pilgrims from December 31 morning. After ...

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Orthodox faction meets PM – The Hindu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a discussion with representatives of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in Delhi on Monday, in an attempt to mediate the raging dispute between the Orthodox and Jacobite factions of the Malankara Church. According to an official spokesperson of the Church, the meeting that lasted nearly an hour, was also attended by Mizoram Governor P.S. Sreedharan ...

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UDF chairpersons in nine Malappuram municipalities

Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) members were elected chairpersons in nine of the 12 municipalities in Malappuram district on Monday. The CPI(M)-led LDF has three municipalities. When the LDF got Ponnani, Perinthalmanna and Nilambur Municipalities, the UDF captured Malappuram, Kottakkal, Manjeri, Tirurangadi, Kondotty, Parappanangadi, Tirur, Tanur and Valanchery muncipalities. Muslim Youth League (MYL) State secretary Mujeeb Kaderi was elected chairperson ...

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Jazzing up motor vehicles may invite hefty penalty

Zipping around in heavily altered motorcycles fitted with high decibel horns generating ear-splitting noise may soon attract penal measures beyond the Motor Vehicles Act. They may soon get the attention of the police as well and end up with far severe penalties, including imprisonment, under the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000. “A couple of years back the National ...

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AICC backs State leadership for now

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Monday appeared to have backed the party’s State leadership for now amid raucous demands for drastic changes at the helm. AICC general secretary in charge of Kerala, Tariq Anwar, gave the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) a backhanded compliment by remarking that the party had fared better in the recent local body polls ...

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T.O. Mohanan elected Kannur Mayor

United Democratic Front (UDF) nominee T.O. Mohanan was elected Mayor of the Kannur Municipal Corporation on Monday. The election was conducted at the corporation hall in the presence of District Collector T.V. Subhash. The Collector later administered the oath of office to Mr. Mohanan. Mr. Mohanan defeated N. Sukanya of the Left Democratic Front by bagging 33 votes. Congress rebel ...

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Karnataka legislature session likely from January 18

The State legislature session is likely to be convened from January 18 and will be opened by Governor Vajubhai Vala’s address to a joint session of both Houses. Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J.C. Madhuswamy said this was a tentative decision and the dates would be finalised at the next Cabinet meeting. Briefing reporters on Cabinet decisions, he said it ...

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80% polling in phase 2 of GP elections in Karnataka

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 80.71% of the eligible voters exercised their franchise in the second phase of the gram panchayat elections, which were held on Sunday. The poll percentage in the first phase was 82.13%. The highest polling — 91.86% — was recorded in Bengaluru Rural district, while the lowest — 67.48% — was in Bengaluru Urban. The polling recorded ...

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I like eating beef: Siddaramaiah

On the day the Karnataka Cabinet decided to promulgate an Ordinance to impose a blanket ban on slaughter of cows in the State, Leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said his party leaders lacked the courage to oppose the anti-cow slaughter Bill. Speaking on the 36th foundation day of the Congress here on Monday, he said party ...

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Over 80 % polling in Dharwad, Gadag and Haveri districts

Voting did not take place at two booths in Katnur village and four in Amaragol village owing to technical issues pertaining to voter list An average of over 80 % voters from the districts of Dharwad, Gadag and Haveri exercised their franchise during the second phase of the gram panchayat elections on Sunday. On Sunday, in the elections to 71 ...

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Five killed in two road accidents

Three persons died in a road accident in Umarani village near Chikkodi in Belagavi district on Monday. Parappa Kamble (50), Santosh Bagewadi (30) and an unidentified person died when a van collided with a sugarcane-laden tractor. A case has been registered by the Chikkodi Police. In the other road accident, a private company employee and his daughter were killed near ...

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Cinematographer Ishwar Bidri passes away in Belagavi

Ishwar Bidri, veteran cinematographer who worked in the Hindi film industry for over 40 years, died in Belagavi on Sunday. He was 88. He was an associate of industry greats Gurudatt, V. Shantaram and V.K. Murthy, veteran cinematographer. He died at KLE Society’s Prabhakar Kore Hospital. He was brought in after he collapsed following a heart attack during a marriage ...

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Two arrested for shooting at deer

Forest personnel arrested two men who are said to be poachers and who had shot at a deer in the Kittur forest in Belagavi district on Monday. Rajendra Nayak and Yalloji Pingate had shot at the deer in Golihalli range. The wild animal was hurt but escaped. Forest officers, who came to know about the offence, arrested the poachers. They ...

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Karnataka Cabinet nod for Ordinance to prohibit cow slaughter

The State Cabinet has decided to promulgate an Ordinance for banning cow slaughter. The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020, passed in the Legislative Assembly during the winter session of the legislature, was not cleared by the Council. Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J.C. Madhuswamy said on Monday that the new law would prohibit the slaughter ...

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2.5 cm tumour removed from woman’s bladder

In what is claimed to be a first-of-its-kind surgery in the Kalyana Karnataka region, urologist Ravindra Patil with his team of doctors at V.L. Patil Super Specialty Hospital in Kalaburagi performed a rare surgery on a 35-year-old woman who was diagnosed with a mature teratoma (Dermoid tumour) in her bladder. The patient consulted the doctor recently for acute pain in ...

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Reduced KKRDB funds may hit development works

The State government has reduced grants to the Kalyana Karnataka Regional Development Board by 25 % for the 2020-2021 financial year. Though the Yediyurappa-led government recently promised to increase the special grants for the region from ₹ 1,500 crore to ₹ 2,000 crore, it has approved of only ₹ 1,134 crore against the ₹ 1,500 crore annual allocation for KKRDB. ...

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Bidar student chosen for ParliaMentors Leadership Programme

Adhish R. Wali, a resident of Bidar district, has made the city proud with his selection for participation in the UN award-winning ParliaMentors Leadership Programme for the 2020-21 academic year. Wali, a final year undergraduate student of Britain’s Coventry University, is one among the five students who got an opportunity to participate in the programme. He has gone beyond the ...

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Assam Reports One More COVID Death, 58 Fresh Cases

Guwahati, Dec 28: One more person succumbed to COVID-19 in Assam on Monday taking the state’s death toll to 1,038, while 58 new infections pushed the tally to 2,15,997, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. He said that 90 people were discharged from hospitals during the day following their recovery from the disease. The total number of people who have ...

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Kalpwasis Will Have To Undergo COVID-19 Test At Magh Mela: UP Govt

Lucknow, Dec 28: All the “kalpwasis” visiting Magh Mela 2021 in Prayagraj will have to undergo COVID-19 test, the Uttar Pradesh government said on Monday. Chairing a review meeting regarding the preparations of Magh Mela 2021, state Chief Secretary RK Tiwari said all the “kalpwasis” coming to the event will have to mandatorily undergo the RT-PCR test. He said the ...

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As South Africa’s Virus Spikes, Doctors Urge Alcohol Ban

Johannesburg, Dec 28 (AP) With a new surge pushing South Africa’s cumulative virus cases above 1 million, the country’s doctors are urging the government to return to tighter restrictions on social gatherings and the sales of alcohol to slow the spread of the disease. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has held an emergency meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council ...

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Do not use party cadres to givePongal gift tokens: Stalin to CM

DMK president M.K. Stalin on Monday accused the AIADMK of using its cadres to distribute tokens for the Pongal gift scheme. He demanded that Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami ensure that the scheme is delivered only through employees of fair price shops. The cash meant for rice ration card holders belonged to the Treasury and not to the AIADMK, he ...

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Kamal releases ‘rate card of bribery’

Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan alleged on Monday that bribery had been systematised in Tamil Nadu. To drive home his charge, he released a “rate card” of bribes that the people “are forced to shell out for availing themselves of various government services right from the cradle to the grave”. This list included “bribes” which he said people had ...

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CPI(M) seeks justice to LG Polymers victims

‘Govt. failed to keep promises made to them’ The CPI(M) has appealed to the Chief Secretary to do justice to the victims of the styrene vapour leak at LG Polymers India Limited in Visakhapatnam. In a memorandum to the Chief Secretary at Amaravati on Monday, party leaders Ch. Narasinga Rao B. Ganga Rao recalled the tragedy, which had claimed 13 ...

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Row over denial of certification to film

The denial of certification to Malayalam film Varthamanam by the regional office of the Central Board of Film Certification and a tweet by a member of the board citing reasons for the same has kicked up a row. The film, directed by Sidhartha Siva and written by Congress leader Aryadan Shoukath, stars Parvathy as a researcher in Jawaharlal Nehru University ...

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Dabholkar Memorial Award for DK chief

The Dr. Narendra Dabholkar Memorial Award for this year has been conferred upon Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani. The award was instituted in the memory of the Maharashtra-based rationalist Dabholkar, who was killed some years ago. The U.S.-based Maharashtra Foundation had instituted the award in his memory, a release issued by the Dravidar Kazhagam said on Monday. The award includes ...

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Differently abled couples tie knot at mass wedding

Eleven differently abled and underprivileged couples, who tied the nuptial knot at a mass wedding ceremony in Udaipur, took a pledge to wear face masks and generate awareness until they get the COVID-19 vaccine. The ceremony was attended only by the relatives of the couples on Sunday with adherence to guidelines for containing the epidemic. Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS), a ...

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Don’t approve selection of SHRC chairperson: VCK

VCK founder Thol. Thirumavalavan has written to Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit urging for transparency in the appointment of the Chairman, State Human Rights Commission, and not to approve the name proposed by the State government. Opposition leader M.K. Stalin boycotted the selection committee meeting on December 26 since an “illegal attempt” was being made to appoint a person not ...

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Online passes must to witness Arudra Darshan in Chidambaram

Devotees who wish to visit Sabanayagar temple, popularly known as Sri Natarajar temple in Chidambaram, during the Arudra Darshan festivities on December 29 and 30 have to make advance bookings online. According to an official, only devotees with online passes would be allowed inside the temple complex to participate in the chariot procession on Tuesday and the festivities on Wednesday. ...

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CDS lauds Odisha police for tackling LWE challenges

Force is pioneer of security: Gen. Rawat Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of India General Bipin Rawat on Monday commended the Odisha police by applauding the force’s efforts in successfully tackling the challenges of the Left-Wing Extremists (LWE) with the help of Central paramilitary forces. Delivering the keynote address in virtual mode at the ongoing 62nd Senior Odisha Police Officers’ ...

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I am with farmers, says Hooda

Former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda reached the sit-in site at Makdouli toll on Monday to support the agitating farmers. Mr. Hooda said he had not seen such a democratic, peaceful and disciplined movement in his political life. ‘Demands justified’ Addressing the farmers, Mr. Hooda said he had been supporting the farmers’ agitation as their ...

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Activists upset with new Food Commission

Govt. officers would sit in judgment on their own acts, say Roy, Mander The much awaited formation of the Food Commission in Rajasthan, with the appointment of government officers as its ex-officio chairperson and members, has left the social activists disappointed. Activists said this would result in the officers sitting in judgment on their own acts against which the complaints ...

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‘Amma Vodi’ scheme to be launched on January 9

The government on Monday issued a G.O. MS No. 63, permitting the Director of School Education to launch the ‘Jagananna Amma Vodi’ scheme on January 9, for the 2020-21 academic year. The order issued by Principal Secretary (School Education) B. Rajasekhar said that a financial assistance of ₹15,000 per annum would be provided to each mother or a recognised guardian ...

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Lokesh demands ₹50,000 per ha. aid for loss of commercial crops

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national general secretary Nara Lokesh on Monday interacted with the family members of the farmers who allegedly ended their lives, unable to bear the severe losses and mounting debts incurred owing to the heavy rains and cyclone, as part of the ‘Rythu Kosam’ programme being organised by the party in Krishna district. He demanded that the ...

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Mayors, Deputy Mayors elected in 6 Corporations

Amid jubilation by party workers, notwithstanding the threat of COVID-19, the new councils in the six municipal Corporations in the State elected nominees to the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor on Monday. The newly elected Mayors were sworn in by the respective District Collectors as party workers cheered, danced, burst crackers and distributed sweets. Left Democratic Front nominees were ...

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Village, ward secretariats to get remote learning centres in Andhra Pradesh

‘They will broadcast contents on academics and technology, apart from offering online courses’ Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) Chairman K. Hemachandra Reddy on Monday said that the State government would set up ‘Remote Learning Centres’ (RLC) at the village and ward Secretariats, which would broadcast content on academics and technology, apart from offering online courses. Speaking at ...

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Single-use plastic posing a major environmental hazard: Venkaiah

Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu stressed the need for curbing environmental pollution being caused by single-use plastic, while highlighting the indispensability of plastic material for its durability. Addressing the faculty and students at the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) at Surampalli in Krishna district on Monday, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said that the positive dimension was the wide-ranging applications ...

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Modi praises Vizag man in ‘Mann Ki Baat’

Venkata Murali Prasad, in his letter to PM, suggested a chart to achieve ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ goals Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on Sunday mentioned Venkata Murali Prasad from Visakhapatnam, who came up with an innovative idea of an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Chart (ABC)-2021’ in a letter to him. Mr. Modi praised the ‘ABC chart’, in which ...

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BJP using Enforcement Directorate to destabilise MVA govt., claims Sanjay Raut

A day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut’s wife, the party on Monday said it was part of a political move to destabilise the tripartite Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. This will be dealt politically, the party added. Addressing a press conference at Sena Bhavan in central Mumbai, Mr. Raut said, “Leaders of ...

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Curtains down on a political impasse

Governor gives assent for emergency Assembly session on Dec. 31 Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Monday accorded sanction to the government to convoke the Assembly on December 31 for a one-day emergency session to discuss the national-level farmer’s agitation and its implications for the State’s food security. Mr. Khan had triggered a political impasse when he sought more clarification on ...

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TS records 205 new COVID cases

Telangana recorded 205 COVID-19 cases on Sunday as only 27,244 people were tested. This is the lowest number of cases detected in a day since July. The last time such low number of cases were recorded in June. In November, comparatively more cases were detected when less than 27,244 samples had been tested. On Nov. 15, when 17,296 people were ...

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Madhya Pradesh to Take Ordinance Route to Enforce Anti-conversion Law, Says Shivraj Singh Chouhan

The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh will take the ordinance route to enforce from Tuesday the proposed law on religious conversion that stipulates jail term of up to 10 years for violators, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Monday. The decision comes in the wake of the postponement of the winter session of the state assembly due to the ...

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ED Files Preliminary Chargesheet Against Bineesh Kodiyeri, 3 Others in Money Laundering Case

File photo of Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of CPI(M) leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. The ED, in its 500 page chargesheet submitted to a special PMLA court here on Saturday, said one of the four accused in the case, Mohammed Anoop was a benami holder for Bineesh. PTI Bengaluru Last Updated: December 28, 2020, 23:43 IST FOLLOW US ON: The Enforcement Directorate has ...

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Ban orders to be in force in Bengaluru on New Year’s Eve

Like all other celebrations in a pandemic-hit year, ushering in the New Year will also be a muted affair as the City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant announced imposition of prohibitory orders from 6 p.m. of December 31 to 6 a.m. of January 1 in the wake of fresh threat of a new strain of the coronavirus. Mr. Pant held a ...

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IndiGo resumes Mysuru-Hyderabad flight – The Hindu

IndiGo Airlines resumed its flight from Mysuru to Hyderabad on Monday which it had discontinued during the lockdown. The resumption also signals the gradual return to normality in the economy which suffered a blow due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown. The IndiGo flight 6E 7955 will depart from Hyderabad at 8.35 a.m. and reach Mysuru at 10.25 a.m. The return ...

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Uproar in CPI(M) over chairperson

The displeasure in the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI (M)] over the party’s choice of Alappuzha municipal chairperson came out in open with a section of the party workers staging a protest march in Alappuzha town on Monday. Earlier, the CPI (M) district committee put forward Eravukadu councillor Soumya Raj’s (Indu) name to the post of chairperson of the ...

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Reshma sets a youngest chairperson record

At 21, Reshma Mariam Roy is getting the kind of attention that many politicians could only dream of, even after years in office. But this is quite understandable. After becoming the youngest candidate to contest in the recently local body elections, this BBA undergraduate is now also set to become the youngest to lead any local body in the State. ...

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Prohibitory Orders in Bengaluru from Dec 31 to Jan 1

Prohibitory orders will be force in Bengaluru from December 31 to January 1 2021, along with certain restrictions, in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation and the emergence of a new strain of virus from abroad, the city police commissioner said on Monday. The order will be in force from 6pm on December 31 to 6am on January 1, Police ...

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LDF seizes power in Thodupuzha

In an unexpected turn of events on Monday, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) seized power in Thodupuzha municipality after the United Democratic Front (UDF)’s informal arrangement with the UDF rebels on Sunday to share power collapsed. In the 35 member council, UDF has 13 seats, LDF 12, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) eight and there are two Congress rebels. On Monday, ...

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LDF bags 2 municipalities in Pathanamthitta

Riding on the momentum it attained during the local body polls, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) has captured power in two out of the four municipalities in Pathanamthitta district. The United Democratic Front, with support from the SDPI, is set to lead the Thiruvalla municipality while the BJP-led National Development Alliance, which won a simple majority in Pandalam, has taken ...

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TS gets third instalment of GST shortfall of ₹818 cr. from Centre

The State government has received the third instalment of the ₹818.36 crore under the Atmanirbhar Abhiyan scheme announced by the Centre to meet the shortfall in the revenue on account of implementation of the Goods and Services Tax. The Union Finance Ministry has announced the release of the third instalment on Monday. The release to the State forms part of ...

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241 test positive in Kottayam district

As many as 241 persons tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in Kottayam on Monday. Of the fresh cases, all contracted the virus through local contact. The fresh cases also included 21 children and 77 persons aged above 50. With 47 cases, Kottayam municipality led the tally, followed by Changanassery with 18 cases. Kangazha reported 14 cases while Kadaplamattom witnessed 11 cases. ...

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UDF gets five municipalities in Kottayam

The United Democratic Front (UDF) on Monday managed to take control in five out of six municipalities in Kottayam. Kottayam Although unable to win the minimum numbers in any of the municipalities, the coalition rode on luck and the support of Independents to win the floor tests in five municipalities. The most dramatic among these was the election at the ...

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Heads of four municipalities sworn in

A. Shaju, P. Sreeja, Kottayil Raju and Nimmy Abraham take charge Heads of four municipalities in the district including Kottarakara, Paravur, Karunagapplly and Punalur,took oath of office at separate functions held here on Monday. Kottarakara A.Shaju of Kerala Congress (B) and Anitha Gopakumar of Communist Party of India (Marxist) were elected as the chairperson and deputy chairperson of Kottarakara municipality ...

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SC Announces New Roster; CJI, Seven Senior Judges to Hear PILs from Jan 4

The Supreme Court came out with a new roster on Monday determining allocation of cases to its different benches, which would come into effect from January 4 next year post the winter break. According to the new roster, public interest litigation (PIL) petitions, letter petitions and social justice matters would now be heard by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA ...

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Prasanna Earnest elected Kollam Mayor

Prasanna Earnest of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) will preside over Kollam Corporation as she was elected the Mayor in an open ballot on Monday. A councillor representing Thamarakkulam division, this is for the second time she is donning the Mayor’s garb after a stint from 2000 to 2004. She was sworn in by District Collector B. Abdul Nasar. ...

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Assam introduces Bill to convert madrasas into general schools

The State is also converting Sanskrit learning centres into study centres of Indian history and culture The Assam government on Monday introduced a Bill in the 126-member Assembly to convert the State-run madrasas into general educational institutes from the next fiscal. The Assam Repealing Bill, 2020 seeks to repeal the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialization) Act, 1995 and the Assam Madrassa ...

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87.24% voter turnout – The Hindu

The voter turnout in the two-phase Gram Panchayat elections, concluded in Hassan district on Sunday, has been recorded at 87.24%. Of the total 9,88,790 voters in the district, 8,62,656 cast their votes. Channarayapatna taluk recorded the highest turnout of 90.61%. The voters’ turnout in other taluks: Hassan – 84.48%, Arakalgud – 86.31%, Sakleshpur – 83.06%, Arsikere – 89.07%, Belur – ...

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Tourists banned near waterbodies in Mandya

The district administration in Mandya has clamped prohibitory orders in places of tourist interest on December 31 and January 1, 2021, to prevent the congregation of New Year revellers. This follows a surge in the number of people accidentally drowning in water bodies close to places of tourist interest. There were reports of such deaths in Balamuri, Yedamuri, KRS backwaters ...

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Cabinet nod for water project

The State Cabinet, on Monday, gave its consent for the project to carry Yagachi water from Ranaghatta pick-up point to tanks in parts of Halebid, Madihalli hoblis of Hassan district and Lakhya hobli in Chikkamagaluru taluk. Former Minister and Chikkamagaluru MLA C.T. Ravi, in a press release issued on Monday, said the Cabinet gave clearance to the project to be ...

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Setting the record straight – The Hindu

State govt. sets the ball rolling for land resurvey covering 1.26 lakh sq km in a bid to clean up and update old records, starting with agricultural fields The Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to do a comprehensive resurvey of lands assumes significance as the last such exercise dates back to almost a century. The present target is to map lands ...

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Renowned Car Designer Dilip Chhabria Held in Mumbai in Cheating case, Car Siezed

The Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) of Mumbai Crime Branch on Monday arrested renowned car designer Dilip Chhabria in a cheating and forgery case, police said. The development was confirmed by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Milind Bharambe but he refused to give more details. A car modified by Chhabria’s DC Designs firm has also been seized as part of a ...

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Renowned Car Designer Dilip Chhabria Held in Mumbai in Cheating case, Car Siezed

The Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) of Mumbai Crime Branch on Monday arrested renowned car designer Dilip Chhabria in a cheating and forgery case, police said. The development was confirmed by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Milind Bharambe but he refused to give more details. A car modified by Chhabria’s DC Designs firm has also been seized as part of a ...

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Hi-tech initiative to end land disputes

The comprehensive resurvey of lands in Andhra Pradesh, launched by the State government, under the YSR Jagananna Saswatha Bhu Hakku – Bhu Raksha scheme on December 21, 2020, is a major exercise intended to provide ‘conclusive title’ to the rightful owners after a scientific resurvey of lands. Maps would be prepared giving complete details of lands. The digitised property register ...

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Three-phase task will be a tough job, say officials

‘It will clear confusion over land ownership by providing title certificates’ The much-publicised land resurvey project (YSR Jagananna Saswatha Bhoomi Hakku – Bhoomi Rakshana) is quite ambiguous to a majority of people, while some sections among intellectuals hail it as ‘essential’ and ‘need of the hour.’ Coming up with a sea of technical jargon and software, after a hiatus of ...

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Gen Naravane Begins Rare Visit to South Korea amid Tense India-China Ties, Holds Talks with Top Military Brass

Army Chief Gen MM Naravane on Monday held extensive talks with the top military brass of South Korea as he began a three-day rare visit to the East Asian country to further deepen strategic ties amid mounting concerns over China’s military muscle-flexing in the region. In Seoul, Gen Naravane interacted with Minister of National Defence Suh Wook, Chairman of the ...

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Teenager Gang Raped in Presence of Younger Sibling in Bihar’s Rohtas District

A 16-year-old girl, returning from a household chore, was allegedly waylaid and gang raped by three known persons in Bihar’s Rohtas district, police said on Monday. The crime was committed in Rohtas’ Dehri-on-Sone locality on December 23 but was reported to police only on Friday, Dehri SDPO Sanjay Kumar said. “We have registered an FIR under Section 376 D (gang ...

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Central Vista | Environment Ministry panel asks CPWD to submit demolition plans

An expert committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forest has asked the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to submit detailed plans for the demolition of existing government buildings for its proposed redevelopment of the Central Vista, with a focus on “instant demolition” techniques to reduce pollution. At a meeting on December 17, the MoEF Expert Appraisal Committee agreed to ...

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T.N. CM rules out coalition government

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday ruled out the possibility of the AIADMK heading a coalition government after the 2021 Assembly election in Tamil Nadu. He made it clear that the AIADMK would lead the alliance (of NDA constituents) in the election. His comments came a day after the party’s deputy coordinator K.P. Munusamy delivered a similar message to ...

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Punjab police hand in glove with disruptive forces: BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday alleged that the Punjab police were hand in glove with disruptive forces targeting the party offices and its workers in the past few days. A party delegation led by former Punjab Cabinet Minister Madan Mohan Mittal met Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta here and expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation ...

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राष्ट्रपति कोविंद ने दीव समुद्र तट पर वीडियो जॉगिंग पोस्ट की

राष्ट्रपति राम नाथ कोविंद ने सोमवार को एक वीडियो साझा किया, जिसमें वह दीव के घोघला बीच पर टहलते हुए दिखाई दे रहे हैं। राष्ट्रपति, जो केंद्र शासित प्रदेश की चार दिवसीय यात्रा पर हैं, ने सफेद कुर्ता पजामा और स्नीकर्स पहने हुए समुद्र तट के किनारे जॉगिंग करते हुए खुद को फिट रखने का संदेश दिया। “आज सुबह दीव ...

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SriVani devotees to have darshan from nearer point

The TTD has ordered restoration of status for SriVani ticket holders in the darshan of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala. The decision comes in the wake of the episode on Vaikunta Dwadasi when a section of devotees who had purchased the ₹11,000 SriVani tickets questioned the propriety of the management in overlooking the darshan protocols meant for them. Though it was ...

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‘Blue Flag’ hoisted at Rushikonda Beach

Rushikonda Beach in the city has become the first in Andhra Pradesh and among eight beaches in India to be awarded the Blue Flag, the prestigious eco-label which places it in the league of world-class beaches. Tourism Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao hoisted the flag at Rushikonda on Monday. Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar hoisted the ...

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Farmers Raise Slogans Against Sukhbir Singh Badal, Try to Gherao Him in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal visited Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday. (Image: Twitter/ @Akali_Dal_) The farmers protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws also waved black flags at Badal. The police, however, secured an alternative route for Badal’s motorcade to leave the area. PTI Fatehgarh Sahib Last Updated: December 28, 2020, 22:50 IST FOLLOW US ON: A group of ...

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Five Killed, 7 Injured as SUV Overturns in Rajasthan

Five people were killed and seven injured after a car in which they were travelling overturned and fell into an agriculture field along the road on a highway here Monday, police said. The 12 people, all aged between 25 and 30, were travelling to their home in Kaithun town from Baran by an SUV when one of its tiers busted ...

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Onion exports to resume from January 1

The Centre has lifted the ban on exports of all varieties of onions, with effect from January 1. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade issued a notification lifting the prohibition on Monday. The permission to export the kitchen staple again, after a three and a half month ban, would “increase farmers’ income”, tweeted Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal. The ...

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COVID vaccine dry run held at five session sites

The two-day dry run for COVID-19 vaccine administration began in the district at five Session Sites, including public and private medical institutions, on Monday. The entire proceedings of the dry run, which was aimed at evaluating the Co-Win computer application and other arrangements in place for conducting vaccination drive when the vaccines are made available, were recorded. The footage will ...

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Congress demands Smriti Irani’s resignation

The Congress on Monday said Union Minister Smriti Irani should step down and a “judicial inquiry” should be ordered over bribery allegations levelled by international shooter Vartika Singh against the Minister and her two aides. Last week, Ms. Singh alleged that the two “close aides” of Ms. Irani, who handles the Ministry of Women and Child Development besides the Textile ...

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1,561 mobile towers vandalised so far in Punjab in farmers’ protests

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday directed the police to take strict action against those resorting to vandalisation of mobile towers and disruption of telecom services in the State. The Chief Minister’s warning came as the total number of mobile towers impacted in the State went up to 1,561, of which 25 had been physically damaged, allegedly by some ...

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140 Newly Elected DDC Members Take Oath Across 10 Districts in Jammu Division

Newly elected members of the 10 District Development Councils in Jammu division took oath of office on Monday, marking the establishment of the three-tier panchayati raj system. According to a government spokesperson, the members took oath in their respective district headquarters. The 140 members were elected in the eight-phase elections between November 28 and December 19, the first democratic exercise ...

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