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PM inaugurates major fertiliser plant, AIIMS in UP

BEFORE 2014, the country was known for importing urea, and the shortage of fertilisers used to make headlines, but the situation has improved now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday as he inaugurated a fertiliser plant here. Addressing a rally, Modi said his Government stopped misuse of urea, and issued soil health cards to farmers so that they know which type of fertiliser is needed. The Prime Minister said his Government also took steps to hike urea production by reviving closed fertiliser ..

48 killed in tribal conflict in Darfur

AT LEAST 48 people were killed in a tribal conflict in Sudan’s West Darfur State, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) said in a statement. “Initial reports indicated that there have been 48 deaths from live ammunition and a large number of injuries, some critical, as a result of the bloody conflict in Kirainik area in West Darfur State,” Xinhua news agency quoted the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors as saying in the statement. In a separate report, the General Coordination for Refugees and ..

Nanoparticles-powered food packaging materials developed

RESEARCHERS from Andhra Pradesh’s National Institute of Technology have demonstrated how the nanotechnology can be used to develop food packaging materials which enhance the shelf-life, maintain quality, retain flavour and colour of packed food materials. The findings by researchers in collaboration with Mizoram University have been published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal of European Food research and Technology. “The research emphasises the role of nanoparticles to provide mechanical stability ..

DRDO successfully test-fires short range surface-to-air missile

INDIA on Tuesday successfully test-fired the Vertically Launched-Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) off the coast of Odisha, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said on Tuesday. The air defence system, which can engage targets at around 15 km, is being developed by DRDO for naval warships and the test was done in the presence of senior navy officers...

Drugs worth over Rs 508 cr seized in Manipur, one Myanmarese held

IN THE biggest ever drug haul in North-East India, the Assam Rifles and the police in Manipur have seized over 154 kg ‘methamphetamine’ tablets and more than 54 kg heroin worth over Rs 508 crore and arrested one Myanmar national, officials said on Tuesday. Vikramjit Singh, District Superintendent of Police, Tengnoupal, said that the Assam Rifles and the police in a joint operation seized heroin powder weighing 54.141 kg and methamphetamine tablets weighing 154.314 kg from a house at Sunrise Ground ..

RLD announces alliance with Samajwadi Party

RASHTRIYA Lok Dal (RLD) President Jayant Chaudhary on Tuesday formally announced his party’s alliance with the Samajwadi Party and said if they come to power in Uttar Pradesh next year, the first work will be to build a memorial for “martyrs” of the farmers’ protest. Slamming the BJP Government in the State for the recent leak of a Government competitive examination question paper and subsequent cancellation of the test, Chaudhary said because of such incidents youngsters are not getting appointments, ..

Full statehood for J&K among 7 resolutions passed by NC

A DEMAND for the restoration of full statehood of Jammu and Kashmir along with the provisions of Articles 370 and 35-A of the constitution were among the seven resolutions passed by the National Conference on Tuesday in a meeting here chaired by party President Farooq Abdullah. Its other demands included restoration of the ‘darbar move’ practice, special package..

Be ready to tackle biological warfare: CDS

AMID the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday warned that this may be developing into biological warfare and in such case, the nations need to be prepared to counter it. At the curtain raiser event of the disaster management exercise involving BIMSTEC member countries, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane also warned about the emergence of new variants and resurgence of cases which suggests that COVID is far from over. Countries including ..

NASA picks Anil Menon among 10 new Moon mission astronauts

INDIAN-ORIGIN Anil Menon, a Lieutenant Colonel with the US Air Force and SpaceX’s first flight surgeon, has been selected by NASA among the 10 new astronauts who could fly to the Moon someday. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Menon helped launch the Elon Musk-run SpaceX’s first humans to space during the ‘Demo-2’ mission and built a medical organisation to support the human system during future missions. He also spent a year in India as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to study and support ..

Army made no attempt to identify civilians before Mon shooting: Police report

THE Army made no attempt to ascertain the identity of the civilians returning from work on a pick-up truck before shooting them in Nagaland’s Mon district on Saturday, a joint report by the State’s Director General of Police (DGP) T John Longkumer and Commissioner Rovilatuo Mor has said. Quoting eyewitnesses, the two top officials have said villagers found the Army’s special forces trying to “hide” the bodies of six people by wrapping and loading them on a pick-up van with the intention of taking ..

Farmers to meet today; may end protest

THE Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of over 40 farm unions, on Tuesday said it has replied to the Government’s proposal seeking an end to its protest demanding clarification on certain points, including on the precondition set for withdrawal of “fake” cases against farmers. Farmer leaders said they will hold another meeting at 2 pm on Wednesday on the issue. The Government sent a proposal, it was discussed and presented before all members of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), farmer leader Balbir ..

ED summons Jacqueline again in PMLA case

THE Enforcement Directorate has summoned Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez in connection with a case of prevention of money laundering involving multi millionaire conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. She was asked to appear before the ED team in Delhi. Earlier also, the ED on two occasions have recorded the statement of the actress. On Sunday, Jacqueline Fernandez was stopped at the Mumbai Airport when she was about to catch a flight for Delhi. Her LOC (look out circular) was recently opened at the ..

Over 55 pc Jan Dhan account holders are women: Govt

OF THE nearly 44 crore Jan Dhan bank account holders in the country, more than 55 per cent are women account holders, the Finance Ministry informed Parliament on Monday. There are as many as 43.90 crore beneficiaries of the PMJDY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana) account holders in the country as of November 17, 2021, Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat Karad said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. Of these, as many as 24.42 crore are female beneficiaries as informed by the banks, Karad said. , ..

Bhima-Koregaon case: NIA seeks urgent hearing of plea against bail to Bharadwaj

THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday sought urgent listing of its plea before the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court’s order of granting default bail to advocate-activist Sudha Bharadwaj, who was arrested and had been in jail for over two years in the Bhima-Koregaon case. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for NIA, mentioned the plea before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana to list the case tomorrow for hearing. CJI said he would see into listing ..

India has 4th largest foreign exchange reserves in world: MoS Finance

INDIA currently has the fourth largest foreign exchange reserves in the world, Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary told Lok Sabha on Monday. As on November 19, 2021, he said the forex reserve stood at USD 640.4 billion. Replying to another question, he said the details of the holders of P-Notes/ offshore derivative instruments (ODIs) as well as beneficial owners of holders of ODIs, identified in terms of Rule 9 of the Prevention of Money laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005, ..

SC stays OBC quota in Mah local body polls

THE Supreme Court on Monday stayed till further orders the local body election in Maharashtra on 27 per cent seats reserved for the Other Backward Classes (OBC). The apex court made clear that election process for the other seats would continue. The top court passed the order while hearing two pleas, including the one assailing the provisions inserted /amended through an Ordinance permitting reservation for the category of backward class of citizens up to 27 per cent uniformly throughout Maharashtra ..

India, Russia ink four defence pacts; resolve to expand military ties

INDIA and Russia on Monday inked an agreement for joint production of over six lakh AK-203 assault rifles at a manufacturing facility in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi besides firming up another pact on military cooperation for 10 years. The rifles will be manufactured for the Indian armed forces at a cost of around Rs 5000 crore. The agreements were signed at the 20th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-M&MTC). The meeting, co-chaired ..

All eyes on pristine wedding venue of Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif

AHEAD of the proposed wedding between Bollywood stars Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif on Thursday, all eyes are set on the pristine venue ‘The Six Senses Hotel’, which is also known as Barwara Fort. The fort chosen for the big fat celebrity wedding is located in Chauth ka Barwara town of Sawai Madhopur district. The fort, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel, has a confluence of antiquity and modernity. The history of this fort is quite interesting, says Sayeed Ahmed, adding: “The Barwara ..

Putin describes India as a great power, friendly nation and a time-tested friend

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin on Monday described India as a great power, a friendly nation and a time-tested friend and echoed common concerns over terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime as he held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Putin also expressed concern over the developments in Afghanistan and said India and Russia will continue to coordinate on major challenges facing the region. “We perceive India as a great power, a friendly nation and a time-tested friend. ..

Nagaland firing incident case of mistaken identity: Shah in LS

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday addressed both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on the Nagaland firing incident and said that the case was of the mistaken identity as Army had received information on the movement of extremists in Oting, in Mon district and on suspicion of the vehicle carrying extremists, it was fired upon. Shah said, “Army had received information on the movement of extremists in Oting, in Mon district. On that basis, 21 commandos laid an ambush in the area. A vehicle reached there, ..

Omicron more contagious, less dangerous than Delta: Israeli scientist

THE Omicron variant, with more than 30 mutations on its spike protein, may not be as dangerous as the Delta and Alpha and other variants of coronavirus, which has so far claimed more than five millions lives across the world. However, the variant appears to be more contagious, said a scientist from Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Israel. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Omicron has spread to nearly 38 countries, but no deaths have yet been reported. “We have to say this ..

No Opposition alliance sans Congress possible at national level: Baghel

DAYS after Mamata Banerjee’s “no UPA” jibe, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday attacked the TMC chief, saying she must clarify whether she wants to make TMC the main Opposition party by fighting those in power or by taking on fellow Opposition parties. He also said no Opposition alliance is possible at the national level without the Congress which has to be the main pillar of the bloc taking on the BJP. In an interview with PTI, Baghel said a decision on who would be the face of ..

IIT-Madras faculty founded 94 start-ups valued at Rs 1400 cr

FROM a start-up aiming to make hybrid aerial vehicles to the ones working on converting waste to crude oil and efficient water transport solutions, faculty members at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras founded at least 94 enterprises having a combined valuation of over Rs 1,400 crore. According to officials, the IIT faculty members have founded, mentored or advised over 240 start-ups in the past decade which today have a combined valuation of Rs 11,500 crore...

ED stops Jacqueline from flying abroad

THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Sunday stopped actor Jacqueline Fernandez from flying abroad as she may be required to join an ongoing money laundering investigation against alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekar, officials said. The 36-year-old actor was stopped by the immigration authorities at the Mumbai airport on the basis of a Look Out Circular (LoC) issued by the federal probe agency, they said. Agency sleuths later reached the Mumbai airport and disallowed her travel asking her to remain ..

Disha case: SC panel visits encounter site near H’bad

THE Supreme Court-appointed inquiry commission probing the alleged encounter killing of four suspects in the gangrape and murder of a woman veterinarian, on Sunday inspected Chatanpally where the accused were gunned down by police two years ago. The three-member judicial commission, whose probe is said to be in the final stage, visited Chatanpally near Shadnagar town, about 50 km from Hyderabad. V S Sirpurkar Commission chairman and members Justice Rekha P Sondur Baldota and Dr D R Kaarthikeyan ..

Navy’s ‘Killers’ used in 1971 war to get President’s Standard

THE Indian Navy’s 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron, that bombed the Karachi Port and sunk Pakistan Navy’s vessels in the 1971 war, will receive the President’s Standard, a rare honour for its distinguished service, from President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday, the Navy said. This year also marks 50 years of inception of the Missile Vessel Squadron, also known as the ‘Killers’, which over the past five decades has maintained the capability of delivering a credible offensive punch from the sea, a Navy official ..

14 civilians gunned down in Nagaland by forces in case of mistaken identity

SECURITY forces opened fire on civilians killing 14 and injuring 11 more in Nagaland’s Mon district in three consecutive incidents of firing the first of which was possibly a case of mistaken identity, police said on Sunday. One soldier also died in rioting which followed. The first firing which killed six civilians, occurred when army personnel mistook coal mine workers returning home in a pick-up van singing songs on Saturday evening, to be insurgents belonging to the Yung Aung faction of the banned ..

‘Over 50 pc of India’s adult population fully vaccinated’

OVER 50 per cent of India’s eligible adult population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Sunday as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 127.61 crore. According to Union Health Ministry officials, over 84.8 per cent of the adult population in India has been administered the first dose. “Congratulations India...

Putin to discuss with PM Modi initiatives on further developing Russian-Indian partnership

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has said that he intends to discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi new “large-scale” initiatives on further developing “specially privileged” Russian-Indian relations. “This partnership brings real mutual benefit to both States. Bilateral trade shows good dynamics; ties are actively developing in the energy sector, innovation, space, and the production of coronavirus vaccines and medicines,” said Putin during the ceremony of receiving credentials from foreign ambassadors ..

Provide quick and easy credit to MSMEs: Vaishnaw to bankers

IT MINISTER Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday exhorted the banking industry to create an innovative digital platform -- as powerful, seamless and robust as UPI -- for providing quick and easy credit to MSMEs, small businessmen, and those at the bottom of pyramid. The building blocks required to create such a platform are already available, given the strong ecosystem of Aadhaar, mobile phones, UPI platform and digilocker, he said asking the banking industry to come up with innovative idea and solutions in ..

Over 3 cr I-T Returns filed for FY21: Finance Ministry

THE Finance Ministry on Sunday said over three crore Income Tax Returns have been filed for the financial year 2020-21 so far and advised taxpayers who are yet to file their return to do so at the earliest. The number of ITRs filed per day is over four lakh and increasing everyday as the extended due date of December 31 is approaching, an official statement said...

Over 4,500 women work as mobile banks in J’khand

ABOUT 4,500 women from Jharkhand’s villages have changed the banking scenario in the State. These women, working as ‘Banking Correspondent Sakhi’ (BC Sakhi), are making transactions worth Rs 120 crore every month and with their efforts the banking services are reaching the doorsteps of people even in the remote villages. Now the elderly do not have to stand in long queues after travelling 10-20 km for pension. Be it the farmers, who save money by working in the fields, or the students, who get benefits ..

New CEO Parag Agrawal begins restructuring Twitter

NEW Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has begun restructuring the company and two senior executives have already stepped down as part of the reorganisation plan. According to a report in The Washington Post citing an internal email, Twitter’s Chief Design Officer Dantley Davis, who joined the company in 2019, and Head of Engineering Michael Montano, who joined in 2011, have quit. “Dantley’s departure is singularly focused around shifting our organisational model around a structure that has one lead manager ..

Manoj Bajpayee, Naseeruddin Shah, Hansal Mehta win big at Asian Academy Creative Awards 2021

ACTORS Manoj Bajpayee, Naseeruddin Shah, Konkana Sen Sharma and filmmaker Hansal Mehta have bagged the top honours at the Asian Academy Creative Awards 2021. The awards gala, held on Thursday and Friday in Singapore, honoured people in the creative field working across various platforms from different countries of the Asia-Pacific region. From India, Bajpayee bagged the best actor award for his nuanced performance of Srikant Tiwari in Amazon Prime Video series “The Family Man 2”. Sen Sharma won ..

Cyclone ‘Jawad’ spares India’s East coast havoc

India’s East coast is unlikely to face the fury of cyclonic storm ‘Jawad’ which has weakened into a deep depression before reaching the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast but thousands of people living along the sea have been evacuated as a precautionary measure, officials said on Saturday. However, a teenager was killed in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh after a tree came crashing down on him in heavy rain under the influence of the tempest. People of Odisha, already battered by cyclone ‘Gulab’ and ..

Pakistan hacker attacked Government computer in India to steal credentials

A PAKISTANI threat actor successfully socially engineered a number of ministries in Afghanistan and shared Government computer in India to steal sensitive Google, Twitter, and Facebook credentials from its targets and stealthily obtained access to Government portals, The Hacker News reported. Malwarebytes’ latest findings go into detail about the new tactics and tools adopted by the APT group known as SideCopy, which is so-called because of its attempts to ..

PAC ensures administrative accountability of executive towards legislature, says President

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday stressed the importance of Parliamentary Committees in general and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), saying the committee ensures “administrative accountability of the executive towards the legislature”...

Explore mediation, courts should be last resort: CJI

CHIEF Justice of India N V Ramana on Saturday said the business community should explore the alternate dispute resolution mechanism like mediation, conciliation, and arbitration to resolve disputes, rather than going to courts, which should be the last resort. Justice Ramana was speaking at the ‘Stakeholders’ Conclave’ at the International Arbitration and Mediation Centre, Hyderabad. He said in business, differences of opinions should be initially sorted through a dialogue and if this doesn’t work ..

We believe in empowering people: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi gifted development projects worth more than Rs 18,000 crore to poll-bound Uttarakhand on Saturday and said his Government believes in the development of all and not in serving a particular community, caste or religion and using them as a “vote bank”. The Prime Minister alleged that the ten years of rule by the Congress-led UPA were a “waste” for Uttarakhand and the country, and said his Government is making up for the lost time by doubling the speed of infrastructure and ..

Veteran scribe Vinod Dua passes away

VETERAN journalist Vinod Dua, who started his career with Doordarshan in the black and white era and went on to make his mark in the digital space in the decades that followed, died in Delhi’s Apollo hospital on Saturday. He was 67. The last rites of the pioneering television journalist, who was hospitalised with COVID earlier this year and lost his wife, radiologist Padmavati ‘Chinna’ Dua, to the virus in June, will be performed at the Lodhi crematorium here on Sunday, his daughter and actor-comic ..

Govt nod to manufacture over 5 lakh AK-203 assault rifles

THE Central Government has approved a plan to produce over five lakh AK-203 assault rifles at Korwa in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi, in what official sources described as an endeavour to provide a big boost to self-reliance in defence manufacturing. Uttar Pradesh is on way to become a defence manufacturing hub of India, they said. A source said “It reflects the ever increasing paradigm shift in defence acquisition from buy (global) to Make in India. This endeavour will be done in partnership with Russia ..

Many from deprived sections not aware of their rights, Govt’s welfare initiatives: President

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said Constitutional provisions provide the state to develop educational and economic interests of the SCs and STs, but a lot remains to be done by the country and society. The President said this while inaugurating the fifth international Ambedkar conclave organised by the forum of SC and ST legislators and parliamentarians and Dr Ambedkar Chamber of Commerce here. Kovind said many people from the deprived sections are not aware of their rights and Government’s ..

India and China likely to hold 14th round of corps commander-level talks soon

IN A bid to resolve the ongoing stand-off on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India and China are likely to hold the 14th round of corps commander talks in the second half of December. “The invitation for the 14th round of talks has to come from the Chinese side. It is likely that the talks would be held in the second half of December,” Government sources told ANI. The sources said the timing would be suitable for India as the armed force would be busy with the celebrations as it is the golden jubilee ..

What’s sauce for goose is sauce for gander: SC reminds TMC of its 2018 order on rural polls

THE Supreme Court on Thursday reminded the Trinamool Congress its 2018 order, where it put on hold the Calcutta High Court order, directing the State Election Commission (SEC) to permit online filing of nominations by candidates for the rural polls in West Bengal, while hearing its pleas alleging violence in recently-concluded Tripura civic polls. The Trinamool claimed hundreds of seats in the Tripura polls were uncontested and cited various incidents of violence. In August 2018, the top court, amid ..

Cyclone alert in north coastal Andhra region

THE Andhra Pradesh Government on Thursday sounded an alert in view of the cyclone threat to north coastal Andhra region. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the cyclonic storm is likely to form over central Bay of Bengal on December 3. The cyclonic storm likely to move Northwestwards, intensify further and reach near north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts around December 4 morning. It has forecast light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy rainfall at isolated places ..

2 cases of Omicron variant detected in Karnataka: Govt

TWO cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected in Karnataka, the Union Government said on Thursday while asking people not to panic but follow COVID-appropriate behaviour and get vaccinated without delay. Both the patients are men aged 66 years and 46 years with mild symptoms. Severe symptoms have not been noted, an official said during a press conference. One of the infected people has already recovered, while the other is in under hotel quarantine in Bengaluru. The BBMP has ..

Venkaiah urges members to resolve impasse

AMID continued disruption in the Rajya Sabha over the suspension of 12 MPs, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said “disapproval of undemocratic conduct in the House cannot be decried as undemocratic”, and urged the ruling and Opposition benches to resolve the impasse. Twelve Opposition MPs were suspended from the Rajya Sabha on Monday for the Winter Session of Parliament for their “unruly” conduct in the previous session. The Opposition has described the suspension as “undemocratic and in violation ..

Mah Govt suspends Param Bir Singh, initiates disciplinary proceedings

MAHARASHTRA Government on Thursday suspended IPS officer Param Bir Singh and a Deputy Commissioner of police-rank officer against whom FIRs were registered in connection with charges of extortion. The order to suspend Singh (59), a 1988-batch IPS officer and former Mumbai Police Commissioner, was approved the day Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was discharged from a private hospital here after undergoing a spine surgery on November 12. The suspension order also mentioned that the Government has initiated ..

Prashant Kishor says, Cong leadership not divine right of individual, Cong hits back

THE space represented by the Congress is vital but its leadership is not the “divine right of an individual” particularly when it has lost 90 per cent elections in the last 10 years, poll strategist Prashant Kishor said on Thursday in an apparent swipe at Rahul Gandhi. A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s comment that there was no UPA anymore, Kishor, who has earlier been political advisor to various parties, also called for democratically electing the opposition leadership. His ..

Indian legend Anju wins Woman of Year Award from World Athletics

LEGENDARY Indian long jumper Anju Bobby George has been bestowed with the Woman of the Year Award by World Athletics for grooming talent in the country and advocating gender equality. The 44-year-old Anju, the only Indian to have won a medal in the World Championships with a long jump bronze in the 2003 edition, was named for the award in the world body’s annual awards night held virtually on Wednesday. She is the first Indian to be honoured by the sport’s world body during its annual awards function. ..

India achieves target of 40 per cent power generation capacity from non-fossil fuel

INDIA has achieved the target of 40 per cent of its installed electricity generation capacity being from non-fossil energy sources, an official statement said on Thursday. “At COP 21, as part of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), India had committed to achieving 40 per cent of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil energy sources by 2030. “The country has achieved this target in November 2021 itself,” the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said. According to the statement, ..

Serum Institute seeks DCGI’s nod for Covishield as booster dose

SERUM Institute of India has sought from India’s drug regulator approval for Covishield as a booster dose citing adequate stock of the vaccine in the country and a demand for a booster shot due to the emergence of new coronavirus variants, official sources said. In an application to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), Prakash Kumar Singh, the Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at Serum Institute of India (SII) cited that the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ..

Mystery of J C Bose’s vault remains unsolved for over eight decades

THE secret of the locked vault of one of the India’s greatest scientists Jagdish Chandra Bose in his house in Jharkhand’s Giridhi still remains to be unravelled even 84 years after he passed away on November 23, 1937. The content of the vault has been a matter of speculation among the locals as well as intellectuals and leading scientists. Several discussions were held at the district administration level to open the vault, even a plan was made to invite former President of India A P J Abdul Kalam ..

Govt decides not to resume intl flights from Dec 15

THE Government on Wednesday decided not to resume scheduled international flights from December 15, less than a week after announcing the decision in the wake of rising concerns over the COVID variant Omicron. Aviation watchdog DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) said, the effective date for resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services will be notified in due course. Scheduled international flights remain suspended since March 23, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic...

JeM’s IED expert, another ultra killed in encounter

THE Army secured a major breakthrough on Wednesday when it killed Yasir Parray, an IED expert of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, and a foreign militant in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said. The nerve-wracking operation began at Parray’s home village, Qasabyar, at 11 pm on Tuesday after the Army received an input from police about presence of terrorists in the locality. Colonel A K Singh, Commanding Officer of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles, led the operation and ensured that there ..

I-T raids at Jaipur jewellery group, Rs 500 cr black income detected

THE Income Tax Department has detected undisclosed income of more than Rs 500 crore after it recently raided a Jaipur-based group engaged in manufacturing and export of jewellery and coloured gem stones, the CBDT said on Wednesday. Around fifty premises were searched by the department during raids launched on November 23. The Tax Department also seized Rs 4 crore cash and jewellery valued at Rs 9 crore during the action against the unidentified group...

No UPA left now, says Mamata

TAKING a broad swipe at the Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that there is no UPA left now but called upon all the like-minded Opposition parties to unitedly fight the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. At her much-anticipated meeting with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar, Banerjee discussed the strategy for all Opposition parties to take on the BJP unitedly in the next elections. Pawar, who met Banerjee along with ..

Suspended RS MPs to stage sit-in daily in Parliament complex

TWELVE suspended Rajya Sabha MPs of the Opposition parties holding day-long protests in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue inside the Parliament complex will continue to do so every day till their suspension is revoked. The leaders termed the suspension order “autocratic” and asserted that they will not apologise for “raising people’s issues”. “Our protest will go on until this illegal suspension is revoked. Our MPs have been protesting in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. “Every day from 10 am to 11 am ..

Twitter CEO Agrawal to get $1mn annual salary

PARAG Agrawal, who has recently been named as the CEO of microblogging platform Twitter, will receive an annual salary of USD 1 million along with other perks and bonuses. The India-born executive - who succeeds Jack Dorsey in this role - served as Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer since 2017, and has been responsible for the company’s technical strategy...

No record of farmers dying during agitation: Centre

THE Centre on Wednesday said it has no record of farmers who died during the agitation against the farm laws. In its response to a question on whether it proposes to provide financial assistance to the kin of farmers who died during the agitation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare replied in the Parliament that it has “no record in the matter and hence the question does not arise of compensation.” On the third day of the Winter Session, the Leader of Congress Party in Lok Sabha Adhir ..

No decision on nationwide NRC yet: Govt informs LS

THE Government has not taken any decision yet to prepare a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also said that The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) was notified on December 12, 2019 and had come into force on January 10, 2020 and the people covered under the CAA may apply for citizenship after the rules are notified...

CET for UG, PG courses likely via NTA from next year: UGC

THE Common Entrance Test (CET) for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in central universities may be conducted from the academic session 2022-2023 through the National Testing Agency (NTA), according to the UGC. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has also said that for admission in PhD programme NET score shall be used, wherever feasible. “Accordingly, all central universities are advised to take appropriate measures for the Common Entrance Test from the academic session 2022-2023. These tests ..

GDP grows at 8.4 pc in Q2; India maintains status as fastest growing economy

THE Indian economy remained on track to post the fastest growth among major economies this year as its GDP expanded by a better-than-expected 8.4 per cent in the July-September quarter to cross pre-pandemic levels. The GDP growth in the second quarter of the current fiscal (2021-22) was slower than the 20.1 per cent expansion in the previous quarter -- which largely reflected a bounce back from last year’s crash -- but was better than the contraction of 7.4 per cent in July-September 2020, official ..

Mumbai court cancels NBW against Param Bir

A MAGISTRATE court here on Tuesday cancelled a non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in connection with an extortion case registered at the Marine Drive police station. The case was registered following a complaint filed by real estate developer Shyamsunder Agrawal on July 22 this year. The Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is conducting a probe into the case, had earlier sought a non-bailable warrant against the senior ..

Admiral Hari Kumar takes charge as new Navy chief

ADMIRAL R Hari Kumar on Tuesday took charge as the new chief of the Indian Navy after incumbent Admiral Karambir Singh retired from service. Admiral Kumar was serving as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command before taking the reins of the force. Born on April 12, 1962, Admiral Kumar was commissioned on January 1, 1983, into the executive branch of the Indian Navy. During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 39 years, the Admiral has served in a variety of ..

Venkaiah rejects demand to revoke suspension of 12 MPs, Oppn walks out of RS

MEMBERS of Congress and other Opposition party on Tuesday staged a walkout from Rajya Sabha after Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu justified the suspension of 12 MPs for the entire Winter Session of Parliament, saying they haven’t shown any remorse for their act of sacrilege of the House in the previous session in August. “Motion (for suspension of the 12 Opposition MPs) was moved, it was approved, action is taken, it is final,” Naidu said as he rejected an appeal by the Leader of the Opposition and senior ..

PM holds meeting with top ministers to discuss strategy for Winter Session

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a meeting with top ministers in Parliament to discuss strategy for the ongoing Winter Session. The meeting was joined by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Minister for Commerce and Industry..

Govt’s excise mop-up from petrol, diesel doubles to Rs 3.7 lakh crore in FY21

THE Central Government’s mop-up from excise duty levied on petrol and diesel more than doubled to Rs 3.72 lakh crore in the pandemic year 2020-21, out of which States were given less than Rs 20,000 crore, according to a reply by the Government in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary stated that collection from ..

CA exams: We are not here to regulate everything, says SC

THE Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain an application which had raised issues about a notification by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) regarding CA exams scheduled next month, saying “we are not here to regulate everything.” A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar also questioned the applicant as to why he has filed a miscellaneous application (MA) in a writ petition which was disposed of earlier by the apex court. “We decline to entertain this application. ..

‘Will not leave protest site before discussion on MSP, other issues’

BHARATIYA Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday said farmers will not leave the protest site unless a discussion on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and other issues are held. “The Government wants that there should be no protests in the country but we will not leave the protest site before any discussion on MSP including other issues,” Tikait told media. Asked about the passing of the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 in LS, the BKU leader said, “It is a tribute to all 750 farmers who lost their ..

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana extended till March 2022, says Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that in a bid to bring relief to over 80 crore people during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government is running Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to provide free grains and the scheme has been extended till March 2022. “We are running the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to provide free grains to more than 80 crore people of the country so that they don’t face more problems...

Param Bir Singh appears before CID over its probe into 2 extortion cases

FORMER Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh on Monday appeared before the commission probing corruption allegations against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh for the first time and told the panel that he couldn’t present himself earlier due to his “ill health”. Taking note of Singh’s application, the Justice K U Chandiwal Commission cancelled the bailable warrant issued earlier against the former Mumbai Police Commissioner. The panel directed Singh to deposit Rs 15,000 in the Chief ..

Innovators from IIT, AIIMS Jodhpur develop ‘Talking Gloves’ for differently-abled people

RESEARCHERS from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur and the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Jodhpur have developed low-cost “talking gloves” for people with speech disability. The patented device costs less than Rs 5,000 and it uses principles of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to automatically generate speech that will be language-independent and facilitate communication between mute people and non-disabled people. The device can help individuals ..

Govt health expenditure share in GDP increases from 1.15 pc to 1.35 pc

THE share of the Government’s health expenditure in the total GDP of the country has increased from 1.15 per cent (2013-14) to 1.35 per cent (2017-18), according to the National Health Accounts Estimates for India released on Monday. According to the report, per capita out-of-pocket expenditure has declined from Rs 2,336 to Rs 2,097 from 2013-14 to 2017-18. The share of the Government’s health expenditure in the total health expenditure has increased to 40.8 per cent (2017-18) from 28.6 per cent (2013-14), ..

Indian-origin executive Parag Agrawal is new Twitter CEO

INDIAN-ORIGIN technology executive Parag Agrawal has been appointed as the new CEO of Twitter after the social media giant’s co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down on Monday. In a message posted on Twitter, Dorsey said: “After almost 16 years of having a role at our company… from co-founder to CEO to Chair to Exec Chair to interim-CEO to CEO… I decided it’s finally time for me to leave. Why? “There’s a lot of talk about the importance of a company being “founder-led”. “Ultimately, I believe that’s ..

Parliament passes bill to repeal the three farm laws

PARLIAMENT passed a bill to repeal the three agri laws, which had triggered an agitation by farmer unions, on the first day of the Winter Session on Monday with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha approving it without any debate within minutes of taking it up amid protests by Opposition members who were demanding a discussion. The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 now awaits the assent of President Ram Nath Kovind for the formal withdrawal of the three contentious laws against which farmers have been protesting for ..

12 Opposition members suspended from Rajya Sabha for Winter Session

TWELVE Opposition members in Rajya Sabha, including Congress MP Chhaya Verma, Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi and TMC’s Dola Sen were on Monday suspended for the remaining part of the Winter Session for their misconduct and unruly behaviour during the last session. Among the suspended members, six are from the Congress, two each from the TMC and Shiv Sena and one each from the CPM and the CPI. The Upper House had witnessed ugly scenes when the Opposition members were protesting against the three farm ..

Net direct tax revenue rises 68% to Rs 6.92 lakh crore till Nov 23

THE net direct tax collection grew nearly 68 per cent during April 1 to November 23 to more than Rs 6.92 lakh crore, Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary said on Monday. “The Net Direct Tax Collection figures for the FY- 2021-22 as on 23.11.2021 are at Rs 6,92,833.6 crores showing a growth of 67.93 per cent and 27.29 per cent over the net collection figures for the corresponding period FY2020-21 and FY 2019-20,” he said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. The net collection between April ..

Omicron variant shows need for global accord on pandemics: WHO

THE World Health Organisation on Monday is pushing for an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics amid the emergence of a worrying new omicron COVID-19 variant. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said many uncertainties remain about just how transmissible and severe infection by the highly mutated omicron might be. Tedros joined leaders like outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera for a long-planned and largely virtual ..

Kejriwal writes to PM to stop flights from countries affected by new Covid variant

DELHI Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop flights coming to India from countries affected by a new variant of coronavirus with immediate effect. “Our country has fought a tough fight against corona for the last one and half years. With great difficulty and due to the selfless service of millions of our COVID warriors, our country has recovered from coronavirus,” he wrote in the letter. In view of the new COVID variant, a number of countries, including ..

Huge cache of arms, ammunition seized in Manipur

AN RPG launcher and shell, an M-16 UBGL and various AK variants were among a huge cache of arms and ammunition seized in Manipur’s Imphal East district on Sunday, police said. A UNLF militant and two others were arrested for allegedly concealing the weapons inside a 500-litre water tank buried underneath a cowshed, a police officer said. Acting on a tip-off, police commandos conducted a door-to-door search in Huikap Awang Leikai Chonga Loukol in Andro police station area in the afternoon, when one ..

India leading the world in field of start-ups: PM

ASSERTING that this is an era of start-ups, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India is leading the world in this field with more than 70 start-ups having crossed the valuation of USD 1 billion. In his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast, the Prime Minister also said that he wants to be in service of people and not be “in power”. “I am not in power even today and I don’t want to be in power in future also. I only want to be in service; for me this post, this prime ministership, all these ..

93 MSRTC staffers suspended, 1,525 daily wage workers dismissed

THE stir-hit Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) on Sunday suspended 93 staffers, taking the total number of employees who have faced this action so far to 6,497, while the services of 1,525 daily wage workers were terminated. An MSRTC spokesperson said operations resumed at 50 out of 250 bus depots in the State, comprising 20 depots in Mumbai, 22 in Pune, three each in Aurangabad and Nashik and two in Nagpur. He added that, as on Sunday evening, not a single depot out of the 33 located ..

Govt convenes all-party meet ahead of Winter Session

AN ALL-PARTY meeting convened by the Government ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament started on Sunday with most Opposition parties demanding a discussion on the Pegasus snooping row, price rise and unemployment. Sources aware of the deliberations at the meet said Opposition leaders also raised the issue of extended jurisdiction of the Border Security Force in some States, including West Bengal. Trinamool Congress leaders Sudip Bandopadhyay and Derek O’Brien are learnt to have raised the issue ..

NDA leaders chalk out strategy to counter Oppn in Winter Session of Parlt

NATIONAL Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders held a meeting on Sunday before the beginning of the Winter Session of Parliament on Monday and chalked out the strategy to pass the 26 bills listed for this session and counter Opposition in both Houses of Parliament. Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Culture, Arjun Ram Meghwal said, “Government is ready to discuss on all issues in the Parliament and the allies of NDA stand united.” National People’s Party’s Agatha Sangma Lok Sabha ..

MVA Govt turned crisis into opportunity: Mah CM on completing 2 years in office

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said most part of his Government’s two-year tenure was spent on COVID-19 management and that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) succeeded in turning the crisis into an opportunity. In a statement to mark the completion of his two years in office, Thackeray (61), who is recuperating in a private hospital after a spine surgery, thanked the people for supporting his Government in all its endeavours and said it is the ‘‘people’s Government’’. “We did not ..

‘Nearly all terrorists involved in civilian killings in J&K last month neutralised’

NEARLY all the terrorists involved in the killings of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir last month have been neutralised and the Armed Forces are now focussing on Intelligence-based “surgical operations” involving smaller teams to deal with terror activities in the Union Territory, sources in the security establishment said on Sunday. They said a “refined” approach to deal with terrorism has been put in place under a more nuanced framework of better coordination among the Jammu and Kashmir police, the ..

Govt lists measures to be followed in view of new COVID variant

IN VIEW of the possible threat that the new COVID-19 variant can pose to the nation, the Centre has asked all States and UTs to focus on intensive containment, active surveillance, enhanced testing, monitoring of hotspots, increased coverage of vaccination and augmentation of health infrastructure. Listing a series of measures which States and UTs should undertake, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan also stressed on rigorous surveillance of international passengers, ensuring prompt dispatch..

BJP wins 329 of 334 seats in Tripura civic polls

TRIPURA’S ruling BJP pulverised Mamata Banerjee’s TMC and the Left on Sunday, capturing with surprising ease the Agartala Municipal Corporation and 13 other civic bodies where it now has 329 of the 334 seats. Contesting its first civic polls after it stormed to power in the Northeastern State in 2018, the BJP steamrollered a feeble challenge from the Opposition after a vitriol-filled campaign marked by communal tension, clashes and court battles that forced the Supreme Court to intervene and order ..

SP, Cong instigated riots, played caste politics under their rule: Yogi

LAUNCHING a scathing attack on the Opposition parties, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday exhorted people to not fall for their promises as they keep changing their statements. He claimed that there had been no riot, farmer suicides, or deaths due to starvation after BJP came to power in the State. The CM said this while laying the foundation stone of an ethanol plant, to be set up on 65.61 acres of land at Balrampur Sugar Mills Complex, Maijapur, at a cost of Rs 450 crore. He ..

Centre to invest 64,000 cr in health sector over next 5 years, says Mansukh Mandaviya

UNION Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday said that about Rs 64,000 crore will be invested by the Centre in creating health infrastructure in the country over the next five years. The Union Minister, who was on a day-long tour to Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh, while interacting with healthcare workers at Khandro Drowa Zangmo District Hospital, said that the Central Government is working to provide health security to all through various health welfare schemes...

Cannot be in situation where it is difficult to implement laws: Rijiju

ONE cannot be in a situation where it becomes difficult to implement laws passed by the legislature and verdicts delivered by the judiciary, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said here on Saturday. At times, in a bid to seek their rights, people forget about the rights of others as well as their own duties, he said, addressing the concluding session of the two-day Constitution Day programme organised by the Supreme Court. There is a need to find a balance between fundamental rights and fundamental duties, ..

World scurries to contain new COVID variant

WITH each passing hour, new restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa as the world scurried on Saturday to contain a new variant of the coronavirus that has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines. A host of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada Iran, Japan, Thailand and the United States,..

J&K Assembly elections likely before 2022 Amarnath Yatra

WITH the assembly elections likely to be held by May-June next year, various political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have started increasing their footfall on the ground first time after August 5, 2019 when article 370 was scrapped. Top sources indicate that the delimitation commission has completed its draft report of new and re-alignment of some old assembly seats in J&K. The commission is headed by retired Supreme Court judge, Ranjana Desai. “The draft report is ready. It will now be shared with ..

Mah CID summons Param Bir Singh over probe into extortion cases against him

THE Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Maharashtra has asked former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh to appear before it next week to record his statement in connection with two extortion cases registered against him and being probed by it, an official said on Saturday. The CID has issued a notice to the senior IPS officer asking him to appear before it, he said. Singh is most likely to appear before the CID at its office in Navi Mumbai’s Belapur on Monday and Tuesday, the official ..

President calls upon judges to ‘exercise utmost discretion’ in statements

IT IS incumbent upon judges to exercise utmost discretion in utterances inside courtrooms, President Ram Nath Kovind said here on Saturday. Addressing the valedictory function of the Constitution Day programme organised by the Supreme Court, Kovind said that in Indian tradition, judges are imagined as a model of rectitude and detachment more akin to ‘sthitpragya’ (a person of steady wisdom). “We have a rich history of legions of such judges known for their utterances full of sagacity and conduct beyond ..

Govt to introduce bill in LS on Monday to repeal farm laws

TO repeal the three contentious farm laws, the Government on Monday will introduce in Lok Sabha a new bill, which states that though “only a small group of farmers are protesting” against these legislations, the need of the hour is to take along everyone for inclusive growth. ..

IS establishes Hind Province, calls for ‘jihad in Hind’

“OBJECTS in the mirror are closer than they appear,” is the common warning on rear-view mirrors on vehicles. The global terrorist outfit Islamic State (IS) had set up IS-Khorasan Province some years ago, and it was already posing a threat to India. However, now, highly placed sources told ‘The Hitavada’, the danger of the IS is more clear and present one with the terrorist organisation forming ‘Hind Province’. The use of the term ‘Khorasan’ or ‘Khurasan’ refers to a historical region covering parts ..

‘Centre agrees to farmers’ demand of decriminalising stubble burning’

APPEALING protesting farmers to end their agitation, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Saturday said the Centre has agreed to their demand of decriminalising stubble burning. Tomar, in an official statement, said the other demand of farmers was to have a discussion on the minimum support price (MSP) and crop diversification. This demand will also be fulfilled with the setting up of a panel as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 19 on the day of Gurupurab. “The farmers’ ..

People need to be more cautious in the light of new Covid variant: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi was on Saturday briefed about the new ‘Omicron’ variant of the coronavirus, and he asked officials to review the plans to ease international travel restrictions in light of the “emerging new evidence”. At a meeting to review the COVID situation, Modi was briefed about the global trends on coronavirus cases and officials highlighted that countries across the world have experienced multiple COVID-19 surges since the onset of the pandemic, a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) ..