City News Delhi

Costly fuel pushed up cost of veggies & fruits

New Delhi [India]: Prices of vegetables and fruits in Delhi’s wholesale and retail markets have gone up as surging fuel prices continue to push up transportation costs, traders said on Monday. In the national capital, petrol is selling at Rs 107.59 per litre on Monday, while diesel is priced at Rs 96.32 per litre.A vegetable vendor in Delhi’s Ghazipur Mandi said that the price of onion stands between Rs 40-48 per kg, while tomatoes cost between Rs 40-50 per kg. “Petrol, diesel prices have increased transportation costs, and so have the rains. There is reduced supply in the market,” he said. “Vegetable prices have gone up due to increase in transportation costs and toll charges. We are paying between Rs 200-400 per ‘dhadi’ (5 kg). Rates of leafy vegetables, tomatoes, onions, potatoes have gone up,” another vendor from Okhla Mandi said. Petrol and diesel…

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Asaduddin Owaisi slams Delhi CM for not building hospital in Okhla

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday slammed the Delhi government for not constructing any government hospital in the Okhla area. New Delhi [India] : Citing a media report about the “non-existence” government-run hospital in the Okhla area, Owaisi in a series of tweets said, “AAP’s deshbhakti syllabus: no hospital for Okhla, but weekly Sundar Kand. When Kejriwal’s minions say that they’ve made schools and hospitals ‘regardless of religion’, show them this non-existent hospital in Okhla.” He further slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for “not condemning the call for Muslim genocide” at Jantar Mantar.“Overwhelming majority of Delhi Muslims voted for AAP. Forget hospitals, CM did not even condemn calls for Muslim genocide at Jantar Mantar,” he added.Earlier in August, Delhi Police arrested six people- Ashwani Upadhyay, Vinod Sharma, Deepak Singh, Vineet Bajpai, Preet Singh, Deepak Kumar in connection with inflammatory…

Chennai City News

Chennai to get heavy showers from today

The last ten days of September are expected to provide good showers in Chennai and the districts surrounding it, including Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu, according to the IMD officials. Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, September 19 : The India Meteorological Department Regional office in Chennai has predicted intense showers in Chennai and adjoining districts like Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu in the next few days commencing from Sunday. The IMD has predicted thunderstorms with rain for the next 48 hours with maximum and minimum temperatures between 36 degrees Celsius and 26 degrees Celsius. The atmosphere, according to meteorologists, will be partly cloudy. On Friday, Meenambakkam Weather station Areceived 8.6 mm and the meteorologists are of the opinion that this may be the beginning of rainfall in Chennai and other surrounding districts. The IMD has forecast rainfall with thunderstorms for the next few days and the intensity and frequency…

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Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate Emergency Landing Facility at NH-925A in Rajasthan on Thursday

New Delhi [India], September 8: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate Emergency Landing Facility on Satta-Gandhav stretch of National Highway (NH) 925A in Rajasthan’s Barmer, on Thursday, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways informed on Wednesday.This is the first time that the National Highway will be used for emergency landing of aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF). According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had developed a three kilometers section of the Satta-Gandhav stretch of NH-925A from Km. 41/430 to Km. 44/430 as an Emergency Landing Facility (ELF) for the Indian Air Force, which is part of the newly developed two-lane paved shoulder of Gagariya-Bakhasar and Satta-Gandhav Section having a total length of 196.97 kilometers and costing of Rs 765.52 crores under Bharatmala Pariyojana.“This…

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NSA Doval to meet Russian counterpart Patrushev, discuss Afghanistan’s political, security, humanitarian situation

New Delhi [India], September 8: Amid a volatile situation in Afghanistan, Taliban takeover and the formation of a new “Islamic Emirate” government in the war-torn country, the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will meet his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev on Wednesday in New Delhi.This comes after the Taliban announced its new caretaker government on Tuesday, consisting of hardliners, devoid of any women in the decision-making process. As per sources, Patrushev will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.They will discuss the political, security and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, said sources.The high-level India-Russia inter-governmental consultations on Afghanistan will be led by the two NSA’s that will include representatives of the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence and security agencies.These consultations will reflect an entirely new situation in Afghanistan created by the withdrawal of US forces. Both countries…

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Afghanistan crisis hits Ludhiana’s sewing machine industry

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], September 8: The sewing machine industry in Ludhiana is fearing heavy losses due to the ongoing Afghanistan crisis and regime change.While speaking to ANI on Wednesday, Jagjit Singh Sokhi, the president of Sewing Machines Industries, Ludhiana, expressed fears of impending losses due to the Afghanistan crisis. He said that every year, 1.5 lakh sewing machines, 5-6 lakhs spare parts were sent to Afghanistan and Rs. 150-200 crores were earned annually from the business. But now, the industry was set to lose out due to the change in regime. “The Afghanistan crisis is a huge blow to us, especially after Covid. Afghanistan takes a lot of our machines, they are supplied in bulk to Afghanistan. We expect a 40 per cent downfall in our trade. This is done either through Pakistan, Dubai or directly to Afghanistan. The crisis in Afghanistan has further…

City News Kolkata

WB Governor condemns bomb explosion incident outside MP Arjun Singh’s residence

West Bengal [India], September 8: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday condemned the bomb explosion incident which took place outside MP Arjun Singh’s residence in the wee hours of Wednesday.He also said that the ‘wanton violence’ in West Bengal shows no sign of abating. Taking to Twitter, he said, “Wanton violence in WB shows no sign of abating. Bomb explosions as this morning outside residence of Member Parliament @ArjunsinghWB is worrisome on law and order.”Dhankhar demanded prompt action from the West Bengal police over the bomb explosion incident.“Expect prompt action @WBPolice. As regards his security the issue has been earlier been flagged @MamataOfficial,” his tweet read further.Crude bombs were hurled outside the house of BJP MP Arjun Singh in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, despite security presence.While speaking to ANI, a local resident said, “Three bombs were hurled outside Arjun Singh’s residence around…

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Kolkata: 16 held in connection with bank fraud case

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 2: Detective Department of Kolkata Police on Thursday arrested 16 persons in connection with an alleged bank fraud case in the city.Officials conducted raids across multiple locations and recovered fake sim cards, mobiles and laptops from them. The accused were operating from Kolkata, Jamtara, Giridih and Dhanbad. More details are awaited. 

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Allahabad HC seeks UP govt’s reply on state funding of religious institutions, madrasas

Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) [India], September 2: The Allahabad High Court has sought details on state funding of madrasas and other religious institutions, from the Uttar Pradesh government.The court asked the state government whether the policy to provide financial aid to madrasas and other religious institutions is consistent with the Indian Constitution’s secular scheme. The court also asked whether aided madrasas also admit girl students. The order was given by Justice Ajay Bhanot while hearing a writ petition filed by Madrasa Anjuman Islamia Faizul Uloom and another.The court asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file the reply within a period of four weeks and fixed October 6 as the next date of hearing.The court passed the directives on August 19.

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Infiltration bid foiled, one terrorist killed along LoC in Poonch

Jammu, Aug 30: Indian Army early morning on Monday foiled an infiltration bid and neutralised one terrorist along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu based defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand here said that in the early hours, terrorist from across the Line of Control made an attempt to infiltrate in the Poonch Sector. “Alert Army troops detected the infiltration bid by effective use of the integrated surveillance grid,” he said. On being challenged by the Army troops, there ensued a fierce firefight with the terrorists in which one terrorist was neutralised, the spokesman said. Later his body along with an AK-47 rifle recovered. “The operation is still in progress in the area,” he added and said that the action by alert Army troops displays the resolve of the Indian Army to thwart any misadventure along the Line…

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HP Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur for Equality

UDAIPUR(LAHAUL AND SPITI), August 30: HP Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur said on Monday that the state government was all set for equal and balanced development of all parts of the state and efforts were in the making in this direction. While addressing the people at Udaipur in Lahaul and Spiti during his day-long tour, he said that Lahaul and Spiti district was also getting its major share in the field of development and it was evident from the fact that projects worth 66.50 crore rupees were inaugurated today by him. He said that the State Government has made a budget provisions of Rs 136 crores during the current financial year for Lahaul-Spiti district under Tribal Area Development Programme out of which Rs 72 crores was being spent in Lahaul area and Rs 64 crore in the Spiti area. The Chief Minister said that…

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Successive govts have worked to strengthen democratic institutions: LS Speaker

New Delhi, Aug 28: Democratic institutions including those who are working at the grass roots level should work collectively to make our democracy more vibrant and stronger, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said. “Our democratic institutions have strengthened over the period of time and successive elected governments have played their role in this regard,” noted Birla while addressing office bearers and members of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh at the Assembly Hall of Council Secretariat. On his visit to the newly-carved Union Territory (UT) for the ‘Outreach Programme for empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions of the Union Territory of Ladakh’, the Lok Sabha Speaker stated that people are at the centre of our Constitution. “India has travelled a long journey on the path of development but unlike several countries, India has never witnessed instability in transfer of power from one elected…

Bengaluru City News

Bommai lays foundation stone for setting up UHT milk packing unit in Haveri district

Bengaluru, Aug 28: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Saturday laid the foundation stone for setting up a one lakh litre capacity milk processing dairy and ultra heat treatment packing unit at Jangamankoppa village in Haveri assembly constituency. The project will create jobs for unemployed youths from the district and provide better prices for the milk they produce, he said. The project will give a boost to milk production in the district in coming years and costs about Rs 90 crore, Bommai said. Daily milk production from the district is one lakh litres, Bommai said. For now, Haveri district comes under the jurisdiction of Dharwad Milk Union and it has 22,000 milk producers in Haveri district. There are 45,000 milk producers registered under Dharwad Milk Union. The daily milk production from Haveri district is one lakh litres. A Cabinet nod was given to the project this…

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India’s talent has influenced the world: President

Gorakhpur, Aug 28: President Ram Nath Kovind said that our scientists, doctors and teachers have continuously influenced the world with their intellect and dedication. “They have instilled in all of us confidence that our students are capable of carrying forward our ancient tradition of knowledge, he said. President inaugurated the Mahayogi Gorakhnath Vishwavidyalaya here on Saturday in presence of Governor Anandiben Patel and chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that India has a glorious history in higher education. From the world’s first university at Taxila to the universities of Nalanda, Udantapuri, Vikramshila and Vallabhi, the tradition had faded for some time. But, now now it has again gained its peak. He expressed confidence that the Mahayogi Gorakhnath University would prepare such knowledgeable students who would contribute in building a self-reliant, strong and healthy India. The President noted that this…

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Average Jan-Dhan account deposit swells 2.7 times to Rs 3,398 in 7 years, indicates saving habit in rural India

New Delhi, Aug 28: Average deposit per Jan-Dhan account has increased 2.7 times in the last seven years of financial inclusion drive to Rs 3,398 indicating higher usage of the no-frills account and also saving habit among account-holders.As per official data, average deposit per Jan-Dhan account in August 2015 was Rs 1,279. Growing steadily since then, it reached Rs 3,398 in August, 2021.Presently, there are 43.04 crore Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) accounts out of which 36.86 crore (86%) are operative. While 55% of the Jan-Dhan account holders are women, 67% Jan Dhan accounts are in rural and semi-urban areas.Only 8.2% PMJDY accounts are zero balance accounts.The total deposit balances under PMJDY Accounts stand at Rs 1,46,230 crore, up 6.38 times since August, 2015.The government has been working to ensure coverage of PMJDY account holders under micro insurance schemes which comprise of Pradhan Mantri…

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Mah: Marathwada registers 220 Covid cases

Aurangabad, Aug 28: The Marathwada region of Maharashtra recorded 220 fresh Covid-19 cases and no deaths during the past 24 hours, health authorities informed on Saturday. According to a report, of the eight districts, Beed was the worst-affected with 121 cases, followed by Osmanabad– 51, Latur–23 cases, Aurangabad– 22, Parbhani– two cases and single case in Nanded. Jalna and Hingoli districts did not record any fresh infection, it said. Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, 4,654 fresh cases were recorded across Maharashtra, taking the total number of infections to 64,47,412. The state also registered 170 fatalities during the same period, taking the death toll to 1,36,900. Meanwhile, 3,301 patients recovered in the state, pushing the total number of recoveries to 62,55,451. The recovery rate currently stands at 97.02 per cent while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent. Currently, there are 51,574 active cases…

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Tetra Med Sciences starts its R&B operations to work on new molecule development

Hyderabad, Aug 27: Tetra Med Sciences Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of US-based Tetra Global, on Friday announced it has started its R and D center operations at Hyderabad.The company is engaged in the new molecule development and building a portfolio of molecules required in the coming 5 to 10 years.Tetra Med Sciences founded by Rama S Eyunni and Ms. Lathaa Subramanian with a vision to enhance access to affordable healthcare with new molecule development to help humanity to lead healthy lives.Tetra Med Sciences started with a small team of 10 technical people with rich R and D experience and its initial focus will be on developing molecules with their intermediates for APIs and going off-patent now and in coming 5 -10 years; and after getting drug license – work on finished API doses also, the company said in a release here.The company aims to…

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Taxmen unearth Rs 300 crore alleged black money from Rajkot-based builder

New Delhi, Aug 27: In a search and seizure operations covering 40 premises of a Rajkot-based builder, the Income Tax (I-T) Department has discovered that the company allegedly concealed income in excess of Rs 300 crore.The taxmen have also found Rs 6.40 crore of unaccounted cash and jewellery worth Rs 1.70 crore from various premises.As many as 25 lockers were found during the search operations and they have been put under prohibitory orders.An official spokesperson of the I-T department said that substantial evidence of transactions outside the regular books of accounts, unaccounted cash expenses, cash advances received and interest paid in cash, has been found.Evidence of on-money payments in real estate projects-flats, shops and land deals has also been found.“Total unaccounted cash receipts in various projects of approximately Rs 350 crore have been unearthed along with corroborative evidence. Further, evidence related to land purchase…

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No clarity about any entity forming govt in Kabul: India

New Delhi, Aug 27: India said on Friday that the situation on the ground in Afghanistan is very uncertain, and there is no clarity about any entity forming a government in Kabul. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, answering queries at a media briefing, said that the situation in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover on August 15 is very fluid. “The situation on the ground is uncertain, as you all know. The prime concern is the security and safety of the people.” Asked if India is prepared to recognise a Taliban regime in Afghanistan, he said: “Currently there is lack of clarity or no clarity about any entity forming a government in Kabul… So I think we are jumping the gun here regarding recognition.” “We of course continue to monitor the situation very carefully; this is an evolving situation, and we are in…

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UP: Four killed, 31 injured in road accident

Etawah, Aug 27: At least four passengers including a woman and an infant were killed and 31 others were injured when a UP Roadways bus hit a stationary truck on Kanpur- Agra highway in Bakewar area near Bijauli village on early Friday morning. ASP ( Rural) Omveer Singh said here that the accident occurred at around 0200 hours when an Agra depot government bus hit a stationary truck while going towards Kanpur. After the accident, the bus driver escaped leaving his vehicle. The bus was carrying around 50 passengers. Several of the passengers were reported to be in critical condition. The deceased were identified as Ms Gitesh(22), Aditya(one), Nirpat(42) and Amar Mugdhul(62).

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Puducherry reports 80 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours

Puducherry, Aug 27: The Union Territory of Puducherry reported 80 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending at 10 AM on Friday taking the tally of infection to 1,23,231. No deaths were reported during the period and thus the death toll remained at 1809. 73 new cases were reported here on Thursday. According to the status report of COVID-19 released by the health department, of the 2,991 swab tests taken on Thursday, 80 people tested positive for the virus. 48 new cases were reported in Puducherry region,14 in Karaikal, three in Yanam and 15 in Mahe regions. 79 persons were discharged in the last 24 hours, 36 of them were from Puducherry region, four from Karaikal, 5 from Yanam and 34 from Mahe regions. Presently, 116 people are being treated in Puducherry region, 21 each in Karaikal and Mahe region and two…

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Pondy assembly condoles the death of Ex-MLAs

Puducherry, Aug 27: The Puducherry Legislative assembly on Friday condoled the death of Dr Shantha, chairperson of the Adyar Cancer Institute. The house also condoled the death of former Puducherry legislators Jayamurthi, Rajaram and S Arul Raj. The members observed a two minutes silence as a mark of respect for the departed souls.

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Girls are leaving behind boys when they get opportunity: President

Lucknow, Aug 26: President Ram Nath Kovind said on Thursday that our aim of achieving excellence in the field of modern science and technology, by drawing inspiration from cultural and ethical values, will be accomplished only when all students and teachers work with full devotion. He made special mention about the girls and claimed that they are the pride of the country. Addressing the 9th convocation of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University here on Thursday, the President also laid the foundation stone of Savitribai Phule Women’s Hostel. Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were also present on the occasion. The President said that today I feel proud to lay the foundation stone of Savitribai Phule Women’s Hostel. He said that the revolutionary steps taken by Savitribai Phule 175 years ago for the education of the girls. It is relevant even today. Especially after…

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No figure given on Indians stuck in Afghanistan, Oppn says after meet

New Delhi, Aug 26: As External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar briefed leaders on the Afghanistan situation, Opposition leaders said the government did not share any figures on how many Indians are stuck in Afghanistan, sources said. Opposition Congress also questioned why Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not brief them, mentioning that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had done so twice after the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. As the government said it is in “wait and watch” mode over Afghanistan, Opposition leaders asked questions about the evacuation efforts, and whether the government was going to hold talks with Taliban for evacuating Indians. Even as all party leaders lauded the government efforts in evacuation, questions were raised about the future course of action. “How is the government going to evacuate Indians if they do not know how many are stuck there,” an Opposition…

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AJSU to hold meetings simultaneously across all panchayats: Sudesh

Ranchi, Aug 26: The AJSU party has decided to hold meetings simultaneously across all the panchayats of the state to strengthen the party at local level and also raise the issues concerning the people.Chairing a meeting with eight district units and 102 block unit chiefs of the party on Thursday hesaid that the party organisation should be expanded at the ground level.He said that the party workers should should link themselves with common people in the villages.Sudesh said that roots of the party should strengthen in every village as each area has its own identity and tradition and all should be taken together.He said that inspired by the policies and ideologies of the party people are continuing to join inas the party stands with the people even after elections.Sudesh said that the party has decided to provide training to workers of all the 260…

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Punjab Police registers FIR against famous Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan

Nakodar, Aug 26: To pressurise the cops to book renowned Punjabi singer and Dera Murad Shah chairman Gurdas Maan for his controversial statement, hundreds of Sikh activists headed by Satkar Committee on Thursday assembled in a Gurdwara here and later proceeded to Jalandhar to block vehicular traffic to raise the demand of registration of a case against the famous singer. To maintain peace and communal harmony, the Nakodar Police registered a case under section 295A of IPC on the charges of hurting religious sentiments of Sikh community by Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan.Confirming this to UNI here Thursday, SSP (Rural) Navden Singla told that FIR was registered in City Police Station Nakodar on the complaint of Satkar Committee member Paramjit Singh.When contacted Nakodar SDM Poonam Singh said all required preventive steps are being taken to maintain communal harmony and peace in the Nakodar Sub Division.Notably,…

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Himachal achieved 97 pc of COVID vaccination target: CM

Hamirpur/Mandi (HP), Aug 26: Himachal Pradesh has achieved about 97 per cent of its Covid vaccination target, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said here on Thursday.He said the credit goes to the doctors and paramedical staff as well as the active cooperation provided by the people of the state. While addressing a public meeting at Baldwara in Mandi district, he said that the state government ensured that no one in the state was deprived of medical treatment due to non-availability of beds and oxygen in hospitals.There were only two oxygen plants in the state when this pandemic spread in the country, but today about 28 oxygen plants were coming up in the state, out of which 12 oxygen plants have been made functional. The Chief Minister was speaking while inaugurating 12 developmental projects worth about Rs 140 crore in Sarkaghat Assembly Constituency of Mandi…

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Mah: Thane reports 193 new cases

Thane, Aug 26: As many as 193 new COVID-19 cases and eight death cases were recorded in the last 24 hours in the district, the official said on Thursday. With this, the total number of cases have spiked to 5,50,098 and fatalities have reached 11,264. The mortality rate stood at 2.04 per cent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,34,341 while the death toll is 3,285, he said.

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Nagaland records 49 new COVID positive cases

Kohima, Aug 26: The new cases of COVID-19 in Nagaland increased to 49 new cases, which increased the total number of corona virus-infected cases rose to 29, 718 and with one more death, the toll remained at 612. According to a Nagaland Health Department bulletin today, among the 49 fresh COVID cases yesterday, the new cases were detected from seven districts of Nagaland with 24 cases in Dimapur, 11 cases in Mokokchung, nine in Kohima, two in Longleng, one in Mon, one in Wokha and one in Zunheboto, taking the total caseload to 29718. A total of 49 cases were detected out of 2,423 tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagaland on August 25, indicating a sample positivity rate of 2.02%. On the recovery of COVID-19 patients in the State, A total of 62 new recoveries were reported throughout the state, 24 recoveries from Dimapur,…

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SAD demands citizenship for Afghan evacuees

New Delhi, Aug 25: Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa has sought citizenship for evacuated members of Sikh and Hindu community from war-torn Afghanistan after the collapse of Afghan government. In a letter to the Home Ministry on Tuesday, Mr Sirsa said, “Their religions and lives were under a constant threat in the regime of Taliban. As there is no scope for them to return to their own country, they and their children have to face many challenges to resettle in India until citizenship is granted to them.” “I requested to make necessary amendments and provisions on the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA Law) so that Afghan Sikh and Hindu who have taken refuge in India in the year of 2020 and 2021 may also get benefited,” he said. He also requested the government to amend the CAA and extend the cut -off date from…

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Haryana: CM window proving to be very effective

Chandigarh, Aug 25: The CM Window launched by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for speedy disposal of the grievances of the people in the state is proving to be very effective.On one hand, instead of coming to Chandigarh, people are sending direct complaints to the Chief Minister from their respective districts, while regular monitoring is done at the headquarter level also. Even the complainant is informed via mobile about the status of his complaint.According to OSD to the Chief Minister, Bhupeshwar Dayal, who is monitoring the CM window, one Dulichand, a resident of village Ghoshgarh, Farukhnagar, Ward No. 7 of Gurugram, had lodged a complaint that on September 26, 1996, his brother-in-law Deshraj died in a Haryana transport bus accident. Even after deducting NOC, his death certificate was not received for 25 years. He lodged a complaint at CM Window regarding the same.Mr…

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Kolhapur reports over 100 COVID cases

Kolhapur, Aug 25: Kolhapur on Wednesday reported 159 new cases of COVID-19 while two people also lost their lives due to the virus, the authorities said in a health bulletin.The fresh addition took the district tally to 203040 while the death toll soared to 5679. As many as 215 people were cured and discharged during the day, taking the recovery count to 195769.The district is currently having 1592 active cases.

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CRPF jawan injured in grenade attack by militants in Srinagar

Srinagar, Aug 23: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan was injured in a grenade attack by militants in the summer capital, Srinagar. Official sources said that militants lobbed a grenade at a CRPF camp located at Safa Kadal in downtown Srinagar on Monday evening. “A CRPF jawan was injured in the attack,” they said, adding the wounded was rushed to a hospital where his health condition is stated to be stable. They said the militants managed to escape from the spot during to the chaos created due to the blast, adding additional security forces have been rushed to the area and a search operation has been launched to nab the attackers.

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COVID: Aurangabad, Bajaj Group join hands to give free vaccines

Aurangabad (Maharashtra), Aug 23: Union Minister of State for Finance Dr Bhagwat Karad on Monday appealed to the citizens for duly adhering to the COVID norms. The MoS was speaking after the Aurangabad administration and the Bajaj Group signed an MoU of providing free vaccines. He said, “The Bajaj Group helped the government a lot during the Covid period. It is commendable that six lakh covid vaccines have been made available to the state free of cost. It is imperative that every citizen be vaccinated to avoid the risk of coronavirus.” “The largest vaccination campaign in the world is being carried out in India. About 33 lakh citizens in the district are to be vaccinated,” he added. MLA Prashant Bomb and Collector Sunil Chavan were present among other district officials.

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Paytm and HDFC Bank announce strategic partnership for delivering financial solutions to end consumers and merchants across India

Kolkata, Aug 23: India’s leading digital ecosystem for consumers and merchants, Paytm, and India’s largest private sector bank, HDFC Bank, today announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership. This brings together two market leaders who will drive innovative digital solutions for financial transformation in the country by combining their strengths in the banking, lending, and digital payments space. The fusion of HDFC Bank’s network, products and credit appraisal capabilities and Patym’s technological platform will accelerate digital transformation in semi-urban and rural India while bringing more people into formal banking channels. Paytm is India’s largest payments platform with 333 million users and 21 million merchants onboard. With over 50 million card customers (both credit and debit cards) HDFC Bank is a strong player in the payments ecosystem with leadership in both credit card issuing and acquiring businesses. It has a footprint of over…

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Financial aid for free textbooks approved: Haryana Minister

Chandigarh, Aug 23: Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal informed that under the component ‘Free Text Books/Workbooks’, an amount of Rs 250 per student from class I to V and Rs 400 per student from class VI to VIII has been approved. This amount will soon be transferred to the accounts of the students through the DBT system. For this, the process of verification of the bank accounts of students has been completed. Responding to a Calling Attention Motion brought during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Vidhan Sabha on Monday, the Education Minister said that in the meeting of the High Powered Purchase Committee (HPPC) chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held on June 12, 2021, it was decided that the amount for books per student should be transferred in the respective accounts of the students from class I to VIII. It is pertinent…

City News Hyderabad

Thunderstorm with lightning likely in Telangana in next 5 days: Met

Hyderabad, Aug 23: Thunderstorms accompanied with lightning are likely to occur at isolated places in few districts of Telangana during the next five days, Meteorological Centre said on Monday. In a bulletin here, it said that Southwest Monsoon has been Normal in Telangana during the last 24 hours. Heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in Warangal-Rural and Warangal-Urban districts of Telangana during the same period. Rain occurred at a few places in Telangana during the last 24 hours, the bulletin said. Meanwhile, in a Special bulletin , Met said Yesterday’s trough from cyclonic circulation over north east Rajasthan to Telangana across west Madhya Pradesh & Vidharbha has become less marked. Mainly low level South Westerlies prevail over the state, the bulletin added.

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Happy to learn that Jipmer is one among 100 best medical colleges in the world: Ramadass

Puducherry, Aug 23: Former Lok Sabha member from Puducherry Prof M Ramadass on Monday said that it is heartening to learn that JIPMER has been chosen as one among 100 best medical colleges of the world. In a statement here, Ramadass said CEO World Magazine has reported that based on Global Ranking criteria 100 best medical colleges of the world have been selected for the year 2021 among which six Indian medical colleges also find an honourable place.JIPMER, securing 78.86 credit, occupies 59th position in the 100 best medical colleges of the world. AIIMS Delhi, Armed Forces Medical College Pune, CMC Vellore, Medical College Chennai and IMS BHU Varanasi are the other best colleges chosen from India. JIPMER occupies 4th position among the six colleges of India.Undoubtedly, this unique feat of JIPMER is in recognition of the relentless pursuit of highest standards of quality…

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Kalyan Singh to be cremated today in Bulandshahr

Aligarh, Aug 23: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, who passed away on August 21, will be cremated at the Bansighat on the banks of holy Ganga river in Narora in Bulandshahr district on Monday.The 89-year-old senior BJP leader and the architect of Ram Janambhoomi movement, died at the SGPGIMS due to sepsis and multi organ failure after 48 days of hospitalization.Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Pushkar Singh Dhami will be present during the last rites, today. Senior BJP leader Uma Bharati along with UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also pay their last respects.At 1000 hrs, the Kalyan Singh’s body would be taken to Atrauli PWD guest house where the family members and people of his Madhauli village will pay their last respect. Atrauli is around 26 Km…

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Kalyan Singh’s condition critical: Yogi rushes to see him at SGPGIMS

Lucknow, Aug 21: The health of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh who is undergoing treatment at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS ) turned very critical on Saturday. According to the doctors attending him his BP has gone out of control and his other body parameters are not functioning well either. He was also given dialysis on Saturday evening. On receiving this information UP Cheif Minister Yogi Adityanath reached SGPGI to see the former CM. He inquired about his health from Director Dr RK Dhiman and other doctors. State Medical Education Minister Suresh Khanna was also present along with CM Yogi. The Chief Minister also spoke to the family members of Kalyan Singh and wished the former CM a healthy and long life. Yogi Adityanath had visited Kalyan Singh on Friday too. SGPGI Director Dr R K Dhiman said…

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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu family members visits world heritage site ‘Hampi’

Hosepte (karnataka), Aug 21: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu visited the world heritage web site of Hampi in Karnataka on Saturday.Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and his family were garlanded by a temple elephant during their visit to Virupaksha Temple in Hampi The Vice President along with his family also fed the elephant with bananas.He was accompanied by his relatives. He was taken across the web site by native officers, together with information of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).Hampi is situated in Vijayanagara district. It was the capital of the Vijayanagar empire. The ruins of the Vijayanagar empire attracts vacationers from everywhere in the world. The centerpiece is the Vitthala temple, whose options embody musical pillars.The Vice President has proven the superb pillars and the magic they’re able to.Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu takes a close look at the famed musical pillars, in…

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NGO writes to PM, seeks permission to adopt Afghani students

Pune, Aug 21: Pune-based Sarhad, an NGO, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking permission and co-operation for adopting distressed Afghani students for their education.The NGO has been striving for peace in India’s bordering states since last thirty years. “We, though on small scale, have worked for Afghani students for providing them higher education since 2008,” it said.“The present situation occurred in Afghanistan worries us and hence we have decided to extend our helping hand to the students stranded in India and to the refugees with help of ‘Sri Guru Tegbahadur ji 400th Prakash Purab-2021’ committee established to celebrate Guru Tegbahadur’s martyrdom, who had sacrificed his life for the rehabilitation and safety of Kashmiri pundits,” it stated.Sarhad wishes and have capacity to adopt 1,00 Afghani students and refugees to take care of their education and livelihood till the situation improves back their home,…

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Delhi: Two sisters donate ‘half of their livers’ to save their brother, all three recuperating and leading a normal life

New Delhi, August 21: A 14-year-old underwent a dual lobe liver transplant. However, what makes it rare and the country’s first case is the involvement of sisters by giving half of their livers to save their brother’s life.This unique surgery was carried out at Medanta Hospital, Gurugram. The family belongs from Budaun in Uttar Pradesh. Akshat, the patient was fighting for his life over a month ago and was terminally ill with a liver failure resulting in deep jaundice. He was in a pre-coma state.The case was made even more complex since the patient was overweight, weighing around 92 kilograms. While two of his sisters were eligible donors, they were both much lighter.Also, one of the sisters was put up in Italy when the operation had to take place.Dr Arvinder Soin, Chairperson, Medanta Liver Transplant Institute and Chief Surgeon in the case told ANI,…

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Punjab Police foils major drug smuggling bid, seizes 40 kg heroin worth Rs 200 cr from India-Pakistan border

Amritsar (Punjab) [India], August 21: In an intelligence-led operation based on specific inputs, the Amritsar Rural Police foiled a major drug smuggling bid by Pakistan-based smugglers on Saturday and recovered 39 packets of heroin, weighing 40.81 kg in the Panjgraian Border Outpost (BOP), worth approximately Rs 200 crores.The operation was supported by the Border Security Force (BSF) and it was carried out in the border area under the control of the BSF. Dinkar Gupta, Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab, said “Following an input, Nirmal Singh (Sonu Mayer), a notorious smuggler of Gharinda area, was attempting to smuggle heroin through the Indo-Pak Border.”Gulneet Singh Khurana, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Amritsar (Rural) immediately shared the pin-pointed inputs with the BSF. He added that in the meanwhile, a police team comprising of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) investigation Gurinderpal Singh and DSP Ajnala…

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Prez, V-P, PM greet people on Onam

New Delhi, Aug 21: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended their greetings to the people on the occasion of Onam. “Onam greetings to all our fellow citizens! This festival is a celebration of the new harvest. It highlights the tireless work of farmers. It is an occasion to express gratitude to mother nature. I wish progress and prosperity for all fellow citizens,” the President wrote on Twitter. Mr Naidu in his greetings said Onam marks the beginning of harvest season in various parts of our country. “My warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Onam today…Onam also honours the memory of great King Mahabali of Kerala, who is celebrated for his nobility & generosity,” he posted. The Prime Minister, in a message in Malayalam language, prayed for everyone’s good health and wellbeing. “Best wishes…

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Police seize tent pitched outside slain HM militant’s house in Pulwama

Srinagar, Aug 21: Jammu and Kashmir police has seized a tent pitched outside the residence of a slain Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant Musaib Ahmad Bhat who was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama on Friday.Musaib, a resident of Khrew Pampore, and Muzamil Ahmad Rather, resident of Chakoora Pulwama were killed in an encounter with security forces at Khrew Pampore in Pulwama on Friday. Musaib was a member of HM hit squad responsible for killing of civilians in south Kashmir, including a peon of a government school Javid Ahmad Malik at Lurgan in Tral.A police spokesman said on Saturday that a tent was pitched outside the residence of Musaib at Khrew, where people had gathered in violation of COVID Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). He said the tent along with carpets were seized by the police.A case FIR has been registered, he said…

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Desperate opposition getting personal, says Meghalaya CM

Shillong, Aug 20: A ‘desperate’ opposition Congress, which has been fishing in troubled waters in Meghalaya of late by openly revealing its desire to form an alternative ruling dispensation by getting in touch with coalition partners in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government was slammedby Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who said it was making “personal attacks”.“The desperation level has gone to such a level where personal attacks have been made and words have been used which we don’t expect from senior people and people at that stature,” the ChiefMinister said in an obvious reference to his predecessor Mukul Sangma, who is now leader of opposition.Sangma stated that in his political career he has never seen “so much of desperation from the opposition”.He said it was sad to see the kind of extreme sense of desperation that is prevailing right now in the leadership…

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State moving towards ‘Jungle Raj’ under Hemant Rule: Deepak Prakash

Ranchi, Aug 20: State BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Deepak Prakash on Friday claimed that law and order has collapsed in the state and Jharkhand is moving towards Jungle Raj. Addressing a press conference at the state BJP headquarters here he said that incidents of murder, rape, women atrocities, killing of tribals and maoists related activities are increasing in the state where as development is at zero. He said that the present government in its 19 month rule has not even constructed a kilometer of road, neither has been able to install even 19 electricity poles or transformers have been put up but on the other hand loot of mineral wealth was rapidly happening in the state. Therefore to make the state government wake up from its sleep the party will form human chain at 267 spots in the state on Saturday and…

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Defence Minister approves proposal to publish relevant details of planned procurements

New Delhi, Aug 20: In a bid to provide more transparency in capital acquisition process, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal mandating the Service Headquarters to publish the details on the website within a week of receipt of approvals. However, the details shared will be subject to sensitivities keeping the security aspect in mind, a Defence Ministry release said on Friday. It said the defence industry has regularly pitched for providing greater access to the details of procurements planned by the Ministry especially with regard to cost, quantity, offsets, trials and transfer of technology which are being envisaged at the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) stage. The release said the Minister gave the approval to promote ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and provide more transparency in capital acquisition process, aligning with the aspirations of industry. The relevant details should be published on the Service…

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1127 facilities set up by Haryana govt to provide appropriate treatment to Covid patients: Dr Banwari Lal

Chandigarh, Aug 20: With the onset of COVID, Haryana Government has set up 1,127 facilities (DCH, DCHC,DCCC) to provide appropriate treatment to COVID patients, including 68 Dedicated COVID Hospitals, (DCH), 564 Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHC) and 495 Dedicated COVID Care Centres (DCCC).This was shared by Cooperation Minister Dr Banwari Lal while answering the questions during the Monsoon Session of the Vidhan Sabha on Friday in the absence of Health Minister Anil Vij.He said that there is sufficient availability of beds, oxygen, equipment etc in the State. He elaborated that the State presently has 61,096 Isolation Beds, 4,040 Isolation beds for Paediatric patients, 14,362 Oxygen supported beds, 3,286 Oxygen Isolation Beds for paediatric patients, 5,069 ICU Beds and 1535 ICU Paediatric Beds, 708 Neonatal ICU Beds, 827 Paediatric ICU Beds, 2,058 Ventilators and 426 Paediatric Ventilators.Regarding financial assistance for families, the Minister said that…

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Mamata pays homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary

Kolkata, Aug 20: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday paid heartfelt homage to former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary. Taking to her social media page, Ms Banerjee said, “Heartfelt homage to former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary.” Born on this day in 1944, Rajiv Gandhi served as the sixth prime minister of India, from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian prime minister at the age of 40. In 1991, the central government posthumously awarded Gandhi the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award. At the India Leadership Conclave in 2009, the Revolutionary Leader of Modern India award was conferred posthumously on Gandhi. He was assassinated by the LTTE during an election campaign in 1991

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Pondy Police dept constitutes Minority cell

Puducherry, Aug 20: Puducherry Police Department has constituted a minority cell, to comply with the recommendation of the National Commission for Minorities that a Minority Cell in the state police headquarters, in all police stations and in all the districts has to be set up.An order from the police department on Friday said, the minority cell comprises of six police personnel –three each from Police unit and Puducherry Armed police.The Minority Cell will function under the direct supervision of SSP (headquarters) and will have its jurisdiction across the UT of Puducherry.

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Tej Pratap threatens not to attend party activities if action is not taken against Jagadanand

Patna, Aug 19: Apparently losing cool after his close confidant Akash Yadav was removed as president of students wing of RJD by state president of the party Jagadanand Singh on, Wednesday Tej Pratap Yadav today threatened not to attend any party activity if action was not taken against Mr Singh. Mr Yadav told media persons here that Mr Singh was not so committed and dedicated to RJD as he had been projecting himself so far. The way Mr Singh removed Akash Yadav from the post of president of students wing of RJD, was blatant violation of constitutional provision of the party, he added. ” As per article 33 of the party constitution, anyone should be served notice before removal from party post but Mr Singh did not serve any notice to Aakash before removing him”, Mr Yadav said that such action of Mr Singh…

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NK Singh succeeds former PM Manmohan Singh as IEG President

New Delhi, Aug 19: A member of core group of advisors and strategists during India’s economic reforms of 1991 and Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission NK Singh has succeeded former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh as President of the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) Society, a premier applied economics research institution. The IEG General body on August 16, 2021 elected NK Singh after the former PM desired to step down citing advanced age and indifferent health. He proposed the name of NK Singh as his successor. Dr Singh had been at the helm of IEG as President since 1992. “…..in the light of my advanced age and indifferent health I am having to withdraw from several active duties. I am afraid I will have to ask you to continue your journey with another leader. With this in mind, I would propose the name…

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IndiGo bags 3 awards at Future of Contact Center Summit and Awards 2021

Bengaluru, Aug 19: India’s leading carrier, IndiGo, has been honoured with three awards at Future of Contact Center Summit and Awards 2021.According to a statement issued here on Thursday said the airline won the awards for Contact Centre Unique Innovations & Transformation and Customer Experience Excellence in Aviation. Priyaah Sundaraam, Associate Vice President – Customer Relations, IndiGo was announced as the winner of the Disruption Management Leader Award, for a swift response to disruptions in business continuity and thinking out of the box to handle situations.IndiGo has always been committed for being a leader in the global competitive environment, offering a hassle-free customer experience. Over the last year, the airline introduced various technology integrations including, Voice bot, Chat bot-Dottie, and AI-enabled WhatsApp service, which could successfully cater to handling huge volumes of interactions. Despite increased interaction volumes, the average service level was maintained above…

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4 held for dangling MBBS seats in Pak to Kashmiris , using money to fund militancy

Srinagar, Aug 18: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday said it has arrested four separatist leaders for ‘selling’ MBBS seats in Pakistan to Kashmiri students and using the money to fund militancy. An official spokesperson said the arrested persons have been identified as Mohammed Akbar Bhat alias Zafar Bhat, who is chairman of the salvation movement, Fatima Shah, Mohammed Abdullah Shah, and Shabzar Ahmed Sheikh. “Brother of Shah went to Pakistan in 90s and is working as a facilitator of Hurriyat,” he said. The Counter Intelligence (Kashmir), a branch of CID Department of J&K Police, had registered a case in July 2020 after receiving information that several unscrupulous persons, including some Hurriyat Conference leaders, were in collusion with some educational consultancies selling MBBS and other professional course seats in different colleges and universities in Pakistan to Kashmiri students. He said the investigation revealed…

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Establish 11,000 SHGs by September 30 in J&K, CS to JKRLM

Srinagar, Aug 16: Union Territory (UT) Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta on Monday directed J&K Rural Livelihood Mission (JKRLM) to establish 11,000 Self Help Groups (SHGs) by September 30. Dr Mehra chaired a meeting to review the progress achieved under the centrally sponsored scheme ‘UMEED’ in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, an official spokesman said. Principal Secretary, Rural Development Department and Mission Director, J&K Rural Livelihood Mission along with concerned officers of the Department participated in the meeting. The meeting was informed that J&KRLM has so far established 46,000 SHGs and linked them to financial institutions, besides releasing Rs 15.82 crore in favour of 3,955 SHGs. During the current financial year, two additional blocks have been brought under the fold of J&K Rural Livelihood Mission. Asserting that self help groups have huge potential in Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Mehta directed the JKRLM to…

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Puri local residents visit Sri Jagannath temple, offer prayers to the lords

Puri, Aug 16: Hundreds of local devotees belonging to 8 wards of Puri civic body on Monday had darshan of the presiding deities of Sri Jagannath temple. The local devotees visited the temple in three sessions from 6 AM to 7PM today. The temple remained closed for devotees since April 24 last due to covid pandemic and opened for locals after a gap of about four months. After temple servitor families had their darshan of the deities for three days from August 12 to14, the temple administration allowed devotees living within 32 wards of the Puri municipal area for darshan in a phased manner for five days beginning from today till August 20. The Administration has issued 1.5 lakh tokens to the local devoteest have darshan of the lords in five days. As per the standard operating procedure released by the administration everyday till…

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We will wait for appointment with PM before taking decision on caste census’ : Nitish

Patna, Aug 16: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that he would wait for appointment with Prime Minister to discuss the issue of caste census before taking decision on whether state government would conduct caste census on its own. Mr Kumar, after ” Janata Ke Darbar Mein Mukhya Mantri ” programme organised at CM secretariat premises, told media persons that he had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his appointment to discuss on the issue of caste census. The letter written by him was received in Prime Minister Office (PMO) on August 4 and he had been communicated by PMO about receipt of the letter on August 13, indicating that PM could give appointment for a discussion on the issue of caste census, he added. ” We will wait for appointment with PM for a discussion on the issue…

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Goa reports 62 new cases of Covid 19, 5 deaths

Panaji, Aug 16: Goa reported 62 new cases of Covid 19 and five deaths during the last 24 hours.According to a daily bulletin issued by the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), with the new cases, the number of total confirmed cases in the state increased to 1,72,568 while the number of total deaths remained at 3176.There were 96 recoveries during the last 24 hours which took the number of total recoveries in the state to 1,68,519.Recovery rate in the state stood at 97.65 per cent.On Monday, 55 patients were sent for home isolation, seven were admitted to hospitals while four were discharged.As many as 4225 new samples were tested on Monday taking the number of total samples tested so far to 11,32,949.The number of active cases in the state stood at 873.

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Sharad Pawar terms Centre’s OBC quota amendments as ‘pure fraud’

Mumbai, Aug 16: NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Monday fired verbal salvoes at the Centre as he reacted to the latter’s amendments to the OBC reservation. Addressing a press conference at the party office here, he said, ‘Two years ago, the central government stripped the state of its powers. Now, the parliament has amended the constitution to give states the right to make OBC lists. Therefore, many felt that the Center had taken an important step, but it was a pure fraud.’ He continued, ‘In 1992, a nine-judge bench passed a landmark judgment in the case of Indra Sawhney against the Government of India. It was decided that no more than 50 per cent reservation can be given.’ ‘In the meantime, another amendment was made to increase it by 10 per cent. The state governments were told that they could make reservations and give…

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COVID: Sikkim reports 152 new cases

Gangtok, Aug 16: Sikkim reported 152 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections to 28706, State Health Department said. Currently, the state houses 2195 active cases. Out of 28706 total cases 25871 have been discharged after recovering from the virus. The state death toll stands at 361. No fresh death was recorded in the past 24 hours, said Sonam Bhutia, Information, Education and Communication Officer, Health Department.On Sunday, the state saw 129 cases and 1 death.

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Won’t tolerate aggression will teach Pak a lesson if it indulges in misadventure vows Punjab CM

Amritsar, Aug 15: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on the historic 75th Independence Day of the country, on Sunday vowed to protect the border state against the nefarious designs of Pakistan, even as he pledged to continue fighting with the farmers for the repeal of the Centre’s black Farm Laws. Calling for extreme vigil against Pakistan, which continued to try to foment trouble even 75 years after independence, the Chief Minister asserted that while “we want Punjab, but will not tolerate any aggression or attack on our territory.” Addressing the people of Punjab after unfurling the national flag, the Chief Minister declared “we will teach them (Pakistan) the lesson of their lifetime if they try to be adventurous.” Pointing to the use of drones by the neighbouring country to smuggle arms and drugs into the state, Captain Amarinder warned that Pakistan would not…

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Pondy CM distributes awards at Independence Day function

Puducherry, Aug 15: Puducherry chief minister N Rangasamy presented the Union Home Minister’s Police medal for Excellence in Police Training to Muthu Sandrasegaran, Special grade Assistant Sub-Inspector of police and woman police constable Francis Jenifer at the Independence Day celebrations here on Sunday.The chief minister also presented the Chief Minister’s police medal for very good service to Govindasamy Murugan, Sub-Inpsctor of Police (MTS), Pnakajakshan S I of Police (SIGMA), Harikrishnan Dhanalakshmi, Woman ASI of Police, Calaiselvy, and Woman Head Constable (Control room).Mr Rangasamy also presented the Rajiv Gandhi Meritorious Police Medal to 20 police personnel on the occasion.Sub-Inspectors of police Raghupathy (MTS), Bhoopathy(SIGMA) and Tamilarasan (Orleanpet police station) were selected for the President’s police medal for meritorious service this year which will be presented at the Republic Day function next year.

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Action plan to be prepared to avoid floods in Kolhapur in future: minister

Kolhapur, Aug 14: District Guardian Minister Satej Patil on Saturday said that the local administration will prepare an action plan to avoid the repeat of floods in the district in future. After a visit to flood affected areas of Karveer and Hatkanangale tehsils in the district, he said that the state government was trying to resolve difficulties of flood-affected people but at present the government’s first priority is to complete ‘panchanama’ of damages caused by recent floods and also to permanently rehabilitate the affected people, he informed. Mr Patil said that the action plan would be prepared by taking into account various remidial measures such as fixing of flood line, widening of riverbeds, removal of encroachments alongside river bank and others to avoid repeat of severe floods in the district in future.

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Use technology to improve power supply across J&K, Kansal to PDD

Srinagar, Aug 14: Reviewing progress of implementation of IT related projects in Power Development Department (PDD) Principal Secretary PDD Rohit Kansal impressed upon officers to use technology to improve power supply across Jammu and Kashmir. An official spokesman said this evening that chaired a meeting here today to review the progress of several projects being carried out for strengthening IT and Communications Divisions of J&K PDD for the augmentation of power sector. The meeting was attended by Managing Director Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL), Basharat Qayoom; Secretary (Technical) PDD, Bashir Ahmad Dar; Chief Engineer (Distribution) KPDCL, Ajaz Ahmad; Executive Engineer IT Division (PDD), Surjeel Ghani and other concerned. The meeting in detail discussed various aspects and other issues related to implementation of Information Technology in PDD, status and progress achieved for various ongoing projects under RAPDRP-A, TPIEA-IT Verification, SCADA/DMS project, RT-DAS,IT-Phase-II, smart metering,…

Corona Updates

Kerala reports 19,451 new COVID cases, 19,104 recoveries

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 14: Covid-19 was newly detected in 19,451 persons in Kerala on Friday while 19,104 patients have recovered from the disease, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.In a press release here this evening, the CM said, “1,39,223 samples were tested during the last 24 hours and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) is 13.97per cent. A total of 2,93,34,981 samples have been sent for testing till this day.”Meanwhile, 105 recent deaths were confirmed today as due to Covid taking the death toll in the state to 18,499.Weekly Infection Population Ratio (WIPR) is above 8 at 634 wards under 87 Local Self Governments (LSGs) where strict restrictions are being imposed.In the last 24 hours, Covid was not detected in any person who recently came to Kerala from the UK. So far, 11 people who came from the UK were diagnosed with the genetically modified virus.

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Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine renamed as Directorate of AYUSH

Srinagar, Aug 14: The Administrative Council (AC) on Saturday approved the change of nomenclature of Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine as Directorate of AYUSH. An official spokesperson said that the AC made the name change during a meeting chaired Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha here on Saturday. “Correspondingly, renaming of various designations in the Directorate has also been approved,” he said. He said the decision is aimed at raising public awareness on the traditional medical sciences based on Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. Further, the Government is also working towards establishment of AYUSH based ancillary industry in the Union territory and enhancement of herbal and medicinal plantations to optimally tap employment potential in Jammu and Kashmir.

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14 Haryana cops to get Police Medals on Independence Day

Chandigarh, Aug 14: On the eve of Independence Day, 14 Haryana police officers and personnel have been selected to receive Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG), President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (PPMDS) and Police Medals for Meritorious Service (PMMS).Stating this here, a Haryana Police spokesperson informed that the medals were announced by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday.While two Haryana police officials will be conferred with Police Medal for Gallantry, one has been selected to be decorated with the prestigious President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 11 other cops are to be awarded with Police Medal for Meritorious Service.Two police personnel who will be honoured with Police Medals for Gallantry include ASI Rakesh Kumar and Constable Pawan Kumar.Besides, Dr C S Rao, ADGP, Director Haryana Police Academy Madhuban has been selected to be awarded with the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished…

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AC directs preservation, protection of Migrant Property in Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 14: The Administrative Council on Saturday issued instructions for preservation and protection of migrant’s immovable property and remove encroachments.An official spokesman said this evening that with a view to provide relief to the Kashmiri migrants, the Administrative Council which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, on Saturday issued instructions for preservation and protection of migrant’s immovable property, and removal of encroachments.To streamline the preservation and protection efforts, the Administrative Council also approved the proposal of Revenue Department to confer powers of Commissioners upon the Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division under the Agrarian Reforms Act.Further, the Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction was directed to develop an online portal for facilitating migrants to apply for correction of records, demarcation and removal of encroachments, and alienation by way of fraud or distress. The disposal of such applicants has also…

City News Hyderabad

692 students graduated at the combined virtual Graduation Ceremony at ISB

Hyderabad, Aug 13: A graduation ceremony for 692 students of its Hyderabad (481) and Mohali (211) campuses was organized here on Friday by the Indian School of Business (ISB).Students of PGP (class of 2021), FPM (Fellow Programme in Management) and founding class of EFPM (Executive Fellow Programme in Management) took part in the E-Graduation Ceremony.Congratulating the graduates at the 20th graduation ceremony, Chief Guest Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran said, “I believe that the new India that emerges in the coming decade can be the global leader in R&D, science and technology, AI, advanced manufacturing and next generation products and services.We have the right human capital. We have the scale. We just need to make the right investments. And for that, we need to start with the fundamentals”, underlined Chandrasekaran.Earlier, addressing his first graduation ceremony as the Dean of the ISB, Professor Madan Pillutla…

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Kerala likely to reduce number of candidates in PS rank lists

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 13: Kerala Government is planning to reduce the number of candidates included in the rank lists of Public Service Commission to avoid unrealistic expectations of job aspirants.This was told by Minister for Local Self Governments MV Govindan in the State Legislative Assembly on Friday.The existing practice is to include in the rank list five times more candidates than the number of vacancies. The Government is yet to receive a report from KK Dineeshan Commission appointed by the Left Government in 2019 to study the issue, he added.The Minister said this on behalf of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in his absence in the Assembly.

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Goa CM expresses confidence of forming govt in 2022 as well

Panaji, Aug 13: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday expressed confidence that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be able to form government after 2022 assembly elections as well.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a programme in the city, he said,”BJP is strengthening organisation before elections. Party president has started touring different constituencies in the state. Yesterday he visited Sankhali and Quepem constituencies. I too have started visiting constituencies. Various projects are being inaugurated. As a party we are getting very good response. I am confident that we will come back to power post 2022 assembly elections.”Assembly election in Goa are scheduled to be held yearly next year. The party has started preparing itself for the elections. Various leaders of the party, including BJP National President J P Nadda, had visited the state recently.The BJP had been able to form government in 2017…

City News Hyderabad

GMR divests its entire 51 pc stake in Kakinada SEZ Limited

Hyderabad/New Delhi, Aug 13: GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL) on Friday announced the receipt of total First Tranche Consideration towards the sale of equity owned by its wholly owned subsidiary GMR SEZ and Port Holdings Limited (GSPHL) of its entire 51 percent stake in Kakinada SEZ Limited (KSEZ) to Aurobindo Realty and Infrastructure Private Limited (ARIPL).As part of the said transfer of stake of KSEZ and in terms of regulatory requirements, the 74 percent equity stake of Kakinada Gateway Port Limited (“KGPL”) held by KSEZ is also being transferred to Aurobindo Realty.The total revised Consideration for the sale of equity stake as well as the sub-debt in KSEZ is Rs. 2,719 crore and in which Rs. 1692 crore (“First Tranche Consideration”) is received while the balance Rs. 1,027 crore would be received in next 2 to 3 years which is contingent upon certain agreed milestones,…

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Meghalaya records five COVID-19 related deaths, 429 fresh cases

Shillong, Aug 12: Five fatalities due to COVID-19 related complications increased the number of deaths due to the viral infection to 1,200 and 429 new cases of infection added up to 4,539 active cases, even as 381 more recoveries surged the number of recovered cases to 64,922 on Thursday in Meghalaya, which has so far registered 70,661 confirmed cases.Four of the five fatalities recorded today were of those who were not vaccinated against COVID-19, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said, adding that four deaths due to the virulent infection occurred in East Khasi Hills district and one death was recorded in Ri-Bhoi district.Out of the 429 fresh COVID-19 cases, the senior medical official said, 153 were detected in East Khasi Hills district, 80 in West Khasi Hills district, 71 in Ri-Bhoi district, 46 in West Garo Hills district,43 in South West…

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UP govt making all efforts to provide relief to people in flood-affected areas

Lucknow, Aug 12: Amid continuous downpour, the Uttar Pradesh government has expedited its relief and rescue operations on a war footing to prevent any loss of life and damage to property in flood-affected areas in the state. The government has been making elaborate arrangements to provide relief to people affected by the floods. The work of transferring the people in flood affected areas to other places as well as of providing dry ration is being done at a rapid pace. As many as 951 flood shelters in compliance with Covid-19 protocol have been set up for the people trapped in the flood affected areas of the state. In the flood relief camps, facilities like drinking water, toilets, clothes, utensils and bedding among others are being provided, officials here on Thursday claimed. On the instructions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, as many as 70050 lunch…

Bengaluru City News

Covid meeting: CM Bommai loses cool, shouts at DC, DHO

Mangaluru/Bengaluru, Aug 12: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday took to task the top local administrators over the shortage of gloves and masks for health officers. “Don’t you have common sense? How can you ignore the employees’ health. They have not been provided with masks and other safety medical equipment. How will they work without these safety equipment amid the Covid pandemic? Enough funds have been provided. Buy the required safety equipment immediately,” he gave a piece of his mind to Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner KV Rajendra. He also lambasted District Health Officer Dr Kishore Kumar on the same issue. “Why can’t you boldly ask the deputy commissioner about the requirements? Were you sleeping? Why didn’t you tell me about the shortage of masks? Actually, you do not have interest in working,” he said. Bommai took a dig at the officers after Congress…

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Ranjit Sagar Lake crash: Army presses ROV technology to trace missing pilots

Jammu, Aug 12: Army on Thursday pressed the Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) technology into service to locate the two pilots, who went missing after their helicopter crashed on August 3 into deep waters of the Ranjit Sagar Lake in Basholi tehsil of Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir.“As per reports some parts of wreckage of the crashed helicopter have been found but efforts are still on to locate the missing pilots,” defence sources said.They said that remotely operated special equipment, ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle), had been pressed into service on Thursday to locate them.Earlier, special divers of the army and the navy could not find anything even after diving 50 meters deep into the water due to mud and silt.“We hope that the missing pilots will be found soon,” they said.Remote Operated Vehicle is a modern underwater machine operated remotely and is especially used…

Bengaluru City News

K’taka: Anand Singh relents after CM assures him of taking portfolio matter with senior leaders

Bengaluru, Aug 11: The disgruntled Tourism Minister Anand Singh at last has relented from taking any extreme step after Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai assured him of taking up the matter of changing his portfolio with senior leaders.He also agreed to unfurl the tricolor on Independence Day celebrations on August 15 in Vijayanagara.“It is true that he (Anand Singh) had requested for a good ministry, but I explained to him about the present situation. He came and met me the day before yesterday. I had informed our meeting to B S Yediyurappa. Also he had met Yediyurappa. I also told him that I will talk with our senior leaders about the issue. Keeping all this in view, he has agreed,” Bommai told reporters here.Bommai said Singh had understood the circumstances under which he had expanded the cabinet and distributed the portfolios.“In politics, everything does…

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Nine Hindu properties restored in Kashmir since abrogation of Art 370: Union Home Ministry

New Delhi, Aug 11: Hindus who migrated out of Kashmir and are returning post abrogation of Article 370 can approach District Magistrate for restoration of their ancestral property if it has been encroached and nine properties have been restored so far, Union Home Ministry said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. In a question to Rajya Sabha, Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai asked the government to tell whether it is taking steps to restore ancestral property of Hindus who had to run away from Kashmir in the wake of terrorist violence there. Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai replied in affirmative, and said after abrogation of Article 370, a total of 520 migrants have returned to Kashmir for taking up the jobs under the Prime Minister’s Development Package-2015. He added that nine properties have been restored to their rightful owners so far,…

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Amarinder meets PM, seeks repeal of farm laws

New Delhi, Aug 11: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately initiate steps for the repeal of the controversial farm Laws, and amendment to the relevant law for including farmers in free legal aid category. The Chief Minister, who called on the Prime Minister here late Wednesday evening and submitted two separate letters, called for immediate review and revocation of the three Farm Laws that had triggered widespread resentment among farmers of Punjab and other states, who had been protesting at the Delhi borders since November 26 last year. Pointing to the prolonged agitation, which had cost the lives of more than 400 farmers and farm workers, Capt Amarinder said the stir had the potential of posing security threats for Punjab and the country with Pak-backed anti-India forces looking to exploit the farmers’ disgruntlement with the…

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Arunachal Governor takes additional charge of Mizoram

Itanagar, Aug 11: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra was on Wednesdaysworn in as the Governor of Mizoram.Mishra, who was administered the oath of office by Gauhati High Court Judge, Justice Michael Zothankhuma at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan in Aizawl, Mizoram, will continue as ArunachalPradesh Governor with additional charge of Mizoram.The Governor will discharge the functions of Mizoram Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati inaddition to his own duties, during the latter’s absence on leave, a Raj Bhavan communique saidhere.Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, Deputy Chief Minister Tawnluia, Assembly SpeakerLalrinliana Sailo, Council of ministers and leaders of political parties were present in theswearing-in ceremony, the release said.Among others, Mizoram Chief Secretary, Director General of Police (DGP) and other seniorofficials were also present, it added.

Bengaluru City News

Tourism minister Anand Singh creates political ripples in Karnataka again

Bengaluru, Aug 11: The taking down of the name board of Tourism Minister Anand Singh at his legislator’s residence-cum-office at Vijayanagara city has created political ripples in the state. A video depicting the same has also gone viral on Twitter. Yet another video has also gone viral which depicts the deserted look of his office. The office staff has informed the people of the minister’s unavailability to receive their pleas and grievances. Asked about the taking down of the name board, Singh said: “I do not want to comment on this. I have told the Chief Minister what I have to say.” In all these past days, he has not even once visited the Vidhana Sabha and he is yet to occupy his chamber. Sources say Singh is demanding energy or public works portfolios. Energy ministry has been allocated to Sunil Kumar. Amidst these…

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Launching pads, terrorist training camps intact across border: DGP

Jammu, Aug 10: Asserting that police and security forces have strengthened the anti-infiltration grid both at the Line of Control and hinterland to foil all attempts, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh on Tuesday said that launching pads are intact across the border where 250 to 300 terrorists are being trained and they are ready for infiltration. “Launching pads across the border with the support of ISI and associated agencies are still active and around 250 to 300 terrorists are getting trained in the camps and attempts are being made to push them to this side,” the J&K Police Chief said while speaking to journalists during his visit to bordering Rajouri district to review the internal and border security arrangements. The DGP also said that Pakistan had established Gazwat force to disturb the communal harmony in J&K and added that with…

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Nitish asks officials to place achievements of Health sector on Social Media

Patna, Aug 10: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said there has been vast improvement in health sector in the last 15 years and achievements of the government on this front should be placed on social media to make aware people what was the condition before the year 2005 and what was now following sustained efforts of the government to effect a qualitative change. Mr Kumar, while addressing a function organised to mark online launching and laying of foundation stones of various projects of Health department here, said that treatment facilities in government hospitals was dismal in Bihar before his government was voted to power in the year 2005. Following sustained efforts of the government, scenario had improved considerably in last 15 years, he added. Chief Minister said that achievement of the government in health sector should be placed on social media to…

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Hundreds of youth gather in Morhabadi over jobs, policemen & RAF deployed

Ranchi, Aug 10: Hundreds of youths represented different outfits and organisations gatheredat the Morhabadi grounds of the state capital on Tuesday over demands of jobs.The agitators wanted to reach the Chief Minister’s house or the Raj Bhawan to highlight theirissues however they were stopped at the grounds by the policemen. To prevent their any further movement the entire Morhabadi ground was filled with police personnel.The protesters who had gathered the grounds were protesting under the banner of 6th JPSC, successful candidates of JAP exams, panchayat sevaks etc. All of them were demanded that thestate government should announce the domicile policy, give jobs to five lakhs youth and alsoprovide unemployment allowance.Since the Ranchi Police was in no mood to take any risk therefore as soon as the protestersstarted gathering apart from the policemen, vehicles of fire brigade, riot control etc was positionedat the venue.Apart from…

Cricket

BCCI invites applications for NCA head

Mumbai, Aug 10: The BCCI has advertised for the role of head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.The position was till now held by former India captain Rahul Dravid, whose two-year term has come to an end.According to Cricbuzz report, the position will again be for two years and the appointed individual will have to report to the BCCI secretary.Dravid can apply again should he be interested in getting an extension.The notification is a routine advertisement for the role but it adds to the noise around Dravid’s future and his potential elevation to the Indian team after good tour of Sri Lanka as head coach.Notably, the current coach, Ravi Shastri, and his team of B Arun, R Sridhar and Vikram Rahour, end their term with the T20 World Cup later this year.The head of cricket at the NCA is responsible…

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HP: Oppn walks out over handling of unclaimed Covid victims’ bodies

Shimla, Aug 10: Members of the Opposition Congress walked out of the Assembly on Tuesday over the handling of bodies of Covid-19 victims that are still lying in various hospitals of the state.Health Minister Dr Rajeev Sehjal while replying to a discussion under rule 62 brought by members of the assembly, said, “There are several unclaimed remains of Covid victims who died in the hospital while undergoing treatment and were cremated by the administration”.Unsatisfied over the reply of the minister, Opposition members alleged the issues raised by them were not addressed which they had raised during the discussion and walked out of the assembly and did not turn up in the house.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur condemning the opposition walkout stated that in his absence from the house, opposition members should not walk out from the assembly and at least hear the entire speech…

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Goa CM joins Koo App

Panaji, Aug 10: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has joined India’s leading micro-blogging and social networking platform – Koo. Using the handle @DrPramodPSawant, Dr Sawant recently shared information on the ‘Know Your Schemes Service’ launched on the Goaonline.com platform with the citizens of Goa and said “The Know Your Schemes Service will bring accessibility of various government schemes through a single point source.” Dr Pramod Sawant, 45, is an Ayurveda practitioner by profession and an MLA from Sanqulim Constituency in North Goa. His presence on Koo will allow him to communicate with the people of Goa in English, Hindi and Marathi. Welcoming Dr Pramod Sawant on to Koo, Aprameya Radhakrishna, Founder and CEO, Koo, said, “Koo is happy to extend a warm welcome to the Hon’ble CM of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawant. Dr. Sawant’s presence on the platform will help people not just in Goa,…

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Marathwada registers 312 COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

Aurangabad, Aug 10: Marathwada region of Maharashtra recorded 312 new Covid-19 cases and 5 fatalities during the past 24 hours, health authorities informed. Details from all the district headquarters collected by UNI show that out of the eight districts of the region, Beed district was the worst-affected as it recorded 167 new cases and 3 deaths, followed by Latur which had 14 cases and single death, Aurangabad had 13 cases and single death, Osmanabad had 94 cases,Jalna had 14 new cases, Nanded recorded 9 cases, Hingoli had only single case and Parbhani nil. Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, 4,505 fresh cases of COVID-19 were recorded across the state, taking the total number of infections to 63,57,833. The state also registered 68 more deaths, taking the death toll to 1,34,068. Meanwhile, the highest 7,568 patients also recovered in the state, pushing the total number…

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Cyberabad police felicitates 14 Good Samaritans, who saved accident victims

Hyderabad, Aug 9: As many 14 Good Samaritans, who had come forward to save accident victims, were felicitated by Cyberabad Commissioner of Police VC Sajjanar, here on Monday.The samaritans included six Doctors who served road accident victims free of cost, 5 SCSC traffic Volunteers, 32 Police personal, six members of RTAM cell, who all were felicitated for shifting road accident victims, by Sajjanar in the presence of Cyberabad Traffic DCP SM Vijay Kumar, In-charge Jeevandan Programme Dr. G. Swarnalatha and SCSC General Secretary Krishna Yedula and others at Cyberabad Commissionerate Office.While appreciating the Good Samaritans on the occasion, Sajjanar said that they are the role model for everyone in the society and the Traffic Police Co-ordinators coordinated timely with the hospitals and saved road accident victims.2000 traffic volunteers are working under the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate, in this 500 traffic volunteers are working actively and…

Corona Updates

UT records 79 COVID-19 fresh cases, no fatalities in past 24 hours

Puducherry, Aug 8: The new Coronavirus cases dropped to 79 against 102 registered on Saturday while there was no deaths, since the last 24 hours, ending at 10 AM on Sunday. One death had been recorded yesterday. With this, the infection tally has risen to 1,21,602 and the death toll remained at 1,800. According to COVID-19 status released by the health department here, of the 5,490 swab sample tests conducted, 79 persons tested positive. As many as 47 new cases were reported in Puducherry region, 10 in Karaikal region, two in Yanam region and 20 in Mahe region. About 112 persons were discharged in the last 24 hours. Of them, 72 were from Puducherry region, 25 from Karaikal region, six from Yanam region and nine from Mahe region. Presently, 104 patients are being treated in hospitals in Puducherry region, 20 in Karaikal region, six…

City News

No stone will be left unturned to promote welfare of Kunbi community: CM

Panaji, Aug 7: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that his government will leave no stone unturned to promote the welfare of Kunbi community, one of the oldest ethnic community of the coastal state.In a tweet, he said,”Kunbi is one of Goa’s oldest ethnic community which has preserved it’s culture and originality for centuries. Kunbi Saree and Kunbi Dance have been associated with Goa’s identity for a very long time. My Govt will leave no stone unturned to promote the welfare of the Community and preserve their Identity.”

Bengaluru City News

K’taka: No official word on portfolio allocation yet

Bengaluru, Aug 7: Though Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had announced that the allocation of portfolios would be allocated to the new inductees yesterday itself, there has been no official word on it so far. Speaking to media persons, Bommai had said, “Surely, the allocation of portfolios would be done on August 6 itself.” He had also claimed that he has been given free hand by the central leadership to allocate portfolios to the inductees, who were sworn in as ministers on Wednesday by Karnataka Governor Thawarchand Gehlot. He also had said there was no pressure from the incumbent ministers to allocate them portfolios of their choice. However, the delay in officially declaring the portfolio allocations has only fuelled speculations that Bommai is finding this exercise a tricky affair. Bommai is walking a tightrope and finding it difficult to keep the central leadership and…

City News

Marathwada registers 392 Covid-19 cases, 7 deaths

Aurangabad, Aug 6: Marathwada region of Maharashtra recorded 327 new Covid-19 cases and 8 fatalities during the past 24 hours, health authorities informed.Details from all the district headquarters collected by UNI show that out of the eight districts of the region, Beed district was the worst-affected as it recorded 212 new cases and 4 deaths, followed by Aurangabad which had 30 cases and 2 deaths, Nanded had 7 cases and single death, Osmanabad had 99 new cases, Latur recorded 23 cases, Jalna had 17 cases and Hingoli and Parbhani recorded two cases each.Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, 5,539 fresh cases of COVID-19 were recorded across the state, taking the total number of infections to 63,41,759.The state also registered 187 more deaths, taking the death toll to 1,33,717.Meanwhile, 5,869 patients also recovered in the state, pushing the total number of recoveries to 61,30,137.The state’s…

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Social media should not spread fallacious information: Yogi

Lucknow, Aug 6: Calling out the opposition for spreading negativity, lies and hate on social media for their petty political gains, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that social media is a powerful tool which must be used to spread awareness and positivity rather than spreading fallacious information. “Social media has become a powerful instrument of democracy. It must be used as a weapon to counter fake news and statements immediately in order to avoid conflicts that are made up to satisfy selfish motives,” the Chief Minister said while addressing a workshop of BJP IT and Social Media Cell in the state capital on Friday. Emphasizing on the importance of social media for good governance, the Chief Minister said that as social media is the fastest growing form of media which is also the fourth pillar of a democratic nation, it should be…

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RPF, Mysuru nabs e-ticket tout

Mysuru, Aug 6: Officials of Railway Protection Force, Mysuru division, arrested a person involved in unauthorised procurement and selling of railway e- tickets. The arrested was identified as Imran, aged 37 years, an official statement said on Friday. A total of 120 e-tickets of valued Rs 1,08,361/-, 1 live ticket of valued Rs 205/-, 119 used e-tickets of valued Rs 1,08,156/-, computer and its accessories and one samsung mobile phone with sim were seized from his possession. Investigation is on.

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Ex Minister Mahadev Naik joins AAP

Panaji, Aug 6: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Industries Minister Mahadev Naik joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi on Friday. Mr Naik joined AAP in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Power Minister Satyender Jain, AAP leader Atishi, among others. Mr Naik, a two time MLA, is another important leader to join the party recently. Early this year, Goa Mahila Congress President Pratima Cutinho had joined AAP. Welcoming Mr Naik into the party, Goa AAP Convenor Rahul Mhambre said,’ Warm welcome to Shri Mahadev Naik, former minister in BJP Govt and ex MLA of Shiroda to AAP. His joining the party will further strengthen AAP’s resolve to serve the people of Goa.’ In 2019, Mr Naik had joined Congress after quitting BJP. Mr Naik had served as a minister in the cabinet of Manohar Parrikar and Laxmikant…

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Civil Surgeons to ensure COVID-19 surveillance in schools: Balbir Sidhu

Chandigarh, Aug 5: Keeping in view of re-opening of schools after the second wave of COVID-19, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Thursday directed all the Civil Surgeons to ensure surveillance in schools as per SOPs recommended by the committee of experts.The Minister said that to prevent any major outbreak of COVID-19 among children in schools, instructions have been issued to all the Civil Surgeons to prepare a micro-plan which provides data of suspected cases and COVID tests to be conducted in their respective districts.He said that it is responsibility of schools management to educate their teachers, staff and students on COVID-19 prevention measures. He said that schools must develop a schedule for daily cleaning and disinfection of the school environment, facilities and frequently touched surfaces, and ensure availability of hand hygiene.Mr Sidhu said that schools should enforce the policy of “staying home…

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