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HC allows Bhim Army to hold meeting at ground near RSS HQ

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The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Friday allowed the Bhim Army to hold a meeting of its workers at Reshimbagh Ground here on February 22, but imposed certain conditions. A division bench of Justices Sunil Shukre and Madhav Jamdar said the petition of the Dalit outfit, seeking permission for the conclave, is allowed with conditions. Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad is scheduled to address the meeting. On Tuesday, the HC had issued notices to the Maharashtra government and the Nagpur police commissioner on the petition filed by a Bhim Army functionary. The sprawling ground is close to the headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Kotwali police had earlier denied permission for the gathering, citing law and order issues. After denial of permission, the Dalit group moved the high court here. The petition, filed by Bhim Army Nagpur district chief Praful Shende through his lawyer Firdos Mirza, said the outfit had got permission from the CP and..
                 

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Portals of Kedarnath to reopen on April 29

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The sacred portals of Kedarnath will thrown open to the devotees on April 29. The gates of the temple will be opened at 6:10 am, Badrinath-Kedarnath mandir samiti president Mohan Prasad Thapliyal said. The auspicious hour and date for the reopening of the famous Himalayan shrine in Uttarakhand was announced at a religious ceremony held on the occasion of Shivratriat the Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath where lord Kedar is worshipped during winter. The idol of lord Shiva will leave Ukhimath on April 26 in a palanquin adorned with flowers borne on the shoulders of devotees and priests after a pooja of Bhairavnath on April 25 and will reach Kedarnath on April 28 via Fata and Gaurikund. The gates of the temple will be reopened onApril 29amid chanting of Vedic hymns at 6:10 am on 'Mesh lagna', Thapliyal added...
                 

Nagaland Lokayukta orders preliminary inquiry against Dy CM

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The Nagaland Lokayukta has ordered a preliminary inquiry to be conducted by the chief minister into allegations that Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton was involved in the appointment of over 1,100 constables in the police department in violation of norms. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has been asked to submit his report in the form of an affidavit before the next date of hearing. The order was signed by the Lokayukta of Nagaland Justice Uma Nath Singh on Thursday while taking cognizance of a complaint filed by Vicca S Aye. Aye had lodged the complaint against Patton, who is in-charge of the home department, on Wednesday. The Lokayukta in the order directed the Coordinating Officer/Inspector under Nagaland Lokayukta Police Establishment to register a case of preliminary inquiry to be conducted by a higher authority, that is the chief minister. In his complaint, Aye had accused Patton of offering candidates, who had qualified the written examination of the Nagaland Public Service .....
                 

All 57 correctional homes in Bengal to have in-house radio

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In a bid to ensure that jail inmates have better living conditions, the state government has decided to launch in-house radio stations in all 57 correctional homes. According to Correctional Home department sources, the decision has been taken after the success of a pilot project at the Dum Dum Central Correctional Home recently. "The project has been a huge success at Dum Dum Central Jail. So it was decided that the project would be extended to other prisons of the state in a phased manner," State Correctional Home minister Ujjwal Biswas said. While elaborating about the project, Biswas said, the jail department with the help of an NGO is training inmates to work as radio jockeys. A room has been provided inside the jail premises with musical equipment. The radio jockeys would play the songs through loudspeakers placed outside cells of prisoners and their working area, Biswas said. "Although a decision has been taken to roll it out in a phased manner. But the issue of ....
                 

Woman who raised pro-Pak slogans had links with Naxals in the

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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday said the young woman who has been charged with sedition for raising pro-Pakistan slogans during an anti-CAA event here, had links with Naxals in the past. Amulya Leona had raised "Pakistan Zindabad" slogan thrice after the organisers of the event under the banner of "Save Constitution" invited her to address the gathering in the presence of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi. She was immediately taken into custody and subsequently produced before a judicial magistrate and sent to 14-day custody. A sedition case was also filed against her. "Importantly, the organisations that are behind people like Amulya and nurturing them, if we don't take action against such organisations, such things won't end. Prima facie it is clear that there is conspiracy going on to disturb law and order with such incidents," Yediyurappa said. Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, he said, "if organisations that are ...
                 

Delhi court takes cognisance of chargesheet against Deepak Talwar in FCRA violations case

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New Delhi [India], Feb 21 (ANI): A Delhi court has taken cognisance of the Enforcement Directorate's chargesheet in a case of alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) by an NGO linked to corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar.Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, while taking cognisance of the same on Wednesday, issued summons against all the accused for March 16 and observed that allegations in the chargesheet prima facie show that the arrayed accused were involved in the process of acquisition of proceeds of crime.From the allegations made in the chargesheet, the offences under Section 3 read with Section 70, punishable under Section 4 of Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002, are made out, the court observed.Corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar is currently in judicial custody in the matter.The ED case is based on an FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in November 2017 on a complaint of FCRA violations involving more than Rs 90 crore against .....
                 

3-member committee to probe Class 11 question paper leak

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A three-member committee has been set up to enquire into the alleged leakage of question paper Class 11 final examination conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM), officials said on Friday. The committee will be headed by the Director of Education (Schools) and will have additional director Education (Schools) and the deputy secretary in the Education department as the other two-members, a statement issued by the Education department said. The committee will find out the facts and circumstances leading to the leakage of the question papers. It will also probe whether there was any procedural lapses on the part of the COHSEM or any individual was involved in the question paper leak, the statement said. It will also suggest preventive measures to avoid such lapses in the near future. The COHSEM on Wednesday cancelled the Class 11 final examination which commenced on February 17 after question papers of at least five subjects - Physics, .....
                 

Studio gutted in fire in Mumbai; no casualty

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Coal supply by CIL to power sector declines 7 pc to 378 million tonnes

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State-owned CIL's coal supply to the power sector registered a decline of 6.8 per cent to 377.86 million tonnes (MT) in the the April-January period of the ongoing fiscal. The commodity despatch by Coal India (CIL) to the power sector in the year-ago period was 405.61 MT, according to official data. However, the coal despatch by CIL to the power sector in January registered an increase of 2.9 per cent to 43.20 MT, over 42 MT in the corresponding month of the previous fiscal, it said. The supply of dry-fuel by Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), a state-owned coal miner, in the April-January period also registered a decline of 2.6 per cent to 44.03 MT, over 45.22 MT in the year-ago period. Stating rain as the 'enemy of the coal sector', a government official had earlier blamed extended monsoon for the loss of coal output for a few months (from July) in the current fiscal. CIL saw its production decline by 3.9 per cent to 451.52 MT in April-January period, over 469.65 MT in the..
                 

Is there a fixed match between AIMIM, BJP for making communal remarks, questions Nawab Malik

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Referring to instances of alleged "hate speeches" by leaders of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and Bharatiya Janata party, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik on Friday asked whether there is a fixed match between AIMIM and BJP for making communal statements."The way AIMIM leader Waris Pathan spoke in Karnataka, we condemn this kind of statement. Earlier also Akbaruddin Owaisi made a similar kind of statement to flare up the situation. Is there a fixed match between AIMIM and BJP for making these kinds of statements?" questioned Malik while speaking to ANI.Recently, Union Minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh while addressing a gathering at UP's Saharanpur said, "I had once stated that Deoband is the Gangotri of terrorism. All the major terrorists from across the world have been born here."Pathan had said that 15 crore Muslims can dominate 100 crore Hindus."The time has now come for us to unite and achieve freedom. Remember we ....
                 

Noida Police invites suggestions from public to improve its services

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The Noida Police has launched a dedicated WhatsApp number, inviting suggestions from citizens for improving its services, officials said. The number -- 8800845816 -- should be used only for text messages and not phone calls, the police requested the public as it rolled out the service on Thursday. "People can use this helpline to inform the police about locations and spots where patrolling needs to be improved and make other suggestions like traffic issues also," the police said in a statement, hoping the feedback would help improve services. However, for emergency situations, the people should continue using the 112 number only, the police said. A team of officials has been constituted that would monitor WhatsApp messages and SMSes sent on this number and further action would be taken based on that, according to officials. The Uttar Pradesh government had on January 13 approved the commissionerate police system for Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) along with Lucknow, the first two cities ...
                 

Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Raj Kundra welcome baby girl

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Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra and her husband Raj Kundra on Friday announced that they have become parents to a baby girl, born through surrogacy. The couple welcomed their second child on February 15. "Our prayers have been answered with a miracle. With gratitude in our hearts we are thrilled to announce the arrival of our little Angel. Samisha Shetty Kundra. Born on 15th February 2020 Junior SSK in the house," Shilpa said. Shilpa and Raj got married in November 2009 and welcomed their first child together, son Viaan, in May 2012. On work front, Shilpa is making her comeback to films after a gap of 13 years with Sabbir Khan's "Nikamma". The film stars Abhimamyu Dassani and YouTube sensation Shirley Setia. It is set to release in June this year. She will also be seen in Priyadarshan's "Hungama 2"alongside Paresh Rawal, Meezan Jafferi and south actor Pranitha Subhash...
                 

Chhattisgarh: Denied procurement due to lack of gunny bags, farmers protest outside district collectorate office

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Vice President Naidu, PM Modi greet people on occasion of Maha Shivratri

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Probe into firing on anti-CAA protesters: Police officials to

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Police officials including the Mangaluru city Commissioner of Police P S Harsha would be summoned to appear before the panel conducting a magisterial probe into December 19, 2019 firing on anti-CAA protesters in the city which left two people dead. Notices would be served on 176 police officers and staff to appear for hearing, Udupi deputy commissioner G Jagadeesha, conducting the magisterial probe into the incident said here on Thursday. He told reporters that officials, including the city police commissioner Harsha, would be summoned to depose on the violence which led to police firing that killed two people. Mangaluru (North) Assistant Commissioner K U Belliappa, who is the nodal officer for the police department, has given a list of 176 policemen who are ready to adduce evidence in the hearing. The police officers would be summoned in phases. The next hearing is on February 25. He said so far, 203 members of the public have deposed before him on the incident. Former ....
                 

14-yr-old Gujarat boy creates sketch of PM Modi, US President Trump

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A 14-year old artist has made a sketch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump as a gesture of welcome for the US President who is scheduled on a two trip to India from February 24.The sketch will be presented to Trump in Ahmedabad by the district collector of Vadodara on the artist Mahir Patel's behalf."I have made a sketch of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I have depicted the chemistry and friendship between the two leaders in the sketch. I want to welcome the US President in a different way and gift the sketch to him," Mahir told ANI.Mahir is in the eighth standard and has been an artist since he was five years old. He has not taken any training for his art and has learnt to sketch by watching videos on Youtube. He has made sketches of many popular personalities till date like those of Mother Teresa and Robert Downey amongst others.The sketch of Trump and Modi took him 30 hours to complete...
                 

ECB in talks with BCCI over allowing Indian women cricketers for 'The Hundred'

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Some of the players of the Indian women's team may be seen in action in 'The Hundred' tournament in the United Kingdom if the ECB can convince the BCCI on their involvement in the inaugural 100-ball competition starting in July. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, England and Wales Cricket Board is currently engaged in a discussion with the BCCI about the participation of the Indian women cricketers in the tournament. Top Indian women players such as Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have earlier played in England's T20 Kia Super League, which has now been disbanded to make way for 'The Hundred', which also has a separate men's tournament. The BCCI had apparently expressed its willingness to allow the women players in the Hundred when it met its ECB counterparts last December but since then there has been no firm decision taken on that front. The meeting was attended by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah and treasurer Arun Dhumal, the report said. While discussion..
                 

Amulya, who raised 'Pakistan zindabad' slogan in Bengaluru, sent to judicial custody

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DCW Limited is the Biggest Beneficiary of the Recently Announced Anti-dumping Duty on Imported C-PVC

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/ -- DCW Limited ("DCW"), India's sole manufacturer of Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (C-PVC), stands out to be the biggest beneficiary of the Government of India's recently announced anti-dumping duty on cheap imports of C-PVC from countries such as China & South Korea. The Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced, on 19 February, 2020, anti-dumping duty (ADD) on imported C-PVC resin/compound from China and South Korea. This move is followed by provisional anti-dumping duty announced on 26th August, 2019. C-PVC is a thermoplastic produced by chlorination of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, which is significantly more flexible and can withstand higher temperatures than standard PVC. The biggest customers of C-PVC in India are the pipe manufacturers, as the applications of C-PVC include making of hot and cold water delivery pipes and industrial liquid handling. C-PVC is considered to be safe for the transport and use of potable water used for drinking, cooking, and .....
                 

25 feet tall 'shivling' decorated with pigeon peas on Maha Shivaratri in K'taka

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On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, a Brahma Kumaris center in Kalaburagi has decorated the shivling with the pigeon peas.The 25 feet tall shivling was covered in orange and brown colour of peas along with marigold flowers.'Shivling' has been decorated with around 300 kg pigeon peas. Toor Dal (Pigeon peas) crop is mainly grown in Karnataka's Kalaburagi.Not only that, a few chains of Rudrakha were also placed vertically on the shivling to make it more eye-catchy for the common masses.The festival of Maha Shivaratri celebrates the grand marriage of the lord of destruction, Shiva -- with the goddess of fertility, love, and beauty -- Parvati, who is also known as Shakti (power).The duo of Shiv and Shakti is considered to be the epitome of love, power and togetherness. The festival marking the initiation of their bond - 'Maha Shivaratri' - is celebrated with great fervour across India.Maha Shivaratri is an annual Hindu festival, which literally means 'the Great night of Shiva', is .....
                 

Chinook helicopters operationalised in high-altitude locations including Siachen glacier

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Indian Air Force's American-origin Chinook helicopters have started getting operationalised in the high-altitude locations including the Siachen glacier area in the Ladakh sector and are ferrying military equipment to higher reaches.The chopper was inducted into service in March last year.The Chinook choppers are now being used to ferry loads including heavy military equipment to high altitude areas along the borders with Pakistan and China in support of troops deployed there, IAF sources said."Chinook is a heavy lift, tandem rotor helicopter which serves armed forces of 19 countries. It is a multi-role platform and is used for the transport of troops and material among other roles. It will greatly enhance IAF's HADR capability," IAF said.The past year saw some big inductions such as Chinook and Apache choppers, testing of anti-satellite weapon, commissioning of stealth submarine and the modernisation of infantry...
                 

Best of BS Opinion: Rocky road for highways, India's census, and more

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Social worker Agus Indra Udayana visits photo museum of 'Indonesia's hero' Biju Patnaik

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Indonesian social worker and Padma Shri awardee Agus Indra Udayana on Thursday visited the photo museum of Biju Patnaik -- the former Chief Minister of Odisha, who played a role in the Indonesian freedom struggle.Speaking to media on his visit to the museum located in Odisha's capital city of Bhubaneswar, the social worker said that he found the exhibition -- showing the life and achievement of the eminent freedom fighter -- inspirational and is interesting in establishing a similar one in Bali.'Biju Patnaik is a hero for the people of Indonesia. I found the visit to this exhibition really inspirational. Soon we will make a small photo museum dedicated to Biju Patnaik in Bali," he said.Udayana, who was conferred Padma Shri earlier this year, thanked Photojournalist Aneel Prasad Mishra for establishing the museum dedicated to Patnaik in Bhubaneswar.Spread in an area of 600 sq. feet, the photo gallery has hundreds of photos of the former Chief Minister along with his chair, spectacles ....
                 

On Maha Shivratri, Odisha artist creates miniature of 'Shiva Linga'

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Renowned miniature artist L Eswar Rao has crafted a miniature model of 'Shiva Linga' on a pencil nib and on the stone inside a small bottle on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.Rao hails away Jatni village in Khurda district that is around 20 KM from the state capital Bhubaneswar.Speaking to ANI, Rao said: "On the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, I crafted smallest 0.5 inches stone-made 'Shiva Linga' inside a bottle and 0.5cm on a pencil nib. I took two days for stone made inside the smallest bottle and a day for work on pencil nib."It was very tough to fix four small pieces of soft stones inside a bottle to craft a 'Shiva Linga', he said.Rao had earlier carved the World Cup trophy on a pencil tip using tamarind seeds as a tribute to the Indian team. Ahead of Christmas last year, he created church inside a bottle...
                 

Sanjay Hedge urges Shaheen Bagh protesters to come up with creative solutions to traffic situation

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Supreme Court-appointed mediator Sanjay Hegde on Thursday said he has urged protesters at Shaheen Bagh to come up with creative solutions to the traffic situation."We urged protestors to come up with creative solutions to the traffic situation, while simultaneously protecting their right to protest," Hegde said after meeting the protesters today."We are happy that Delhi Police has cooperated with our suggestions and the usage of some roads may soon be restored, especially for commuters going towards Faridabad. We will continue to meet the protestors, hopefully in a more organised manner," he said.The Supreme Court had on Monday appointed senior lawyers Sanjay Hegde and Sadhna Ramachandran and former chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah to go and talk to protesters at Shaheen Bagh area to convince them to hold the agitation at an alternative site.The apex court has fixed the matter for further hearing on February 24.The Shaheen Bagh area of Delhi had lately gained .....
                 

Coronavirus impact: London offers to host Olympics if moved out of Tokyo

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AEPC identifies top 10 product lines to enhance apparel exports

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A day after Textiles Minister Smriti Irani called on textile exporters to move into spaces vacated by China, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has identified top 10 product lines in four countries/ regions with major Chinese exports.The top 10 Chinese products exported to the US, where India also has a presence include jerseys, pullovers, cardigans, waistcoats made of cotton/ man-made fibres (MMF), trousers, shorts made of cotton/ synthetic fibres, hosiery, T-shirts, singlet and tracksuits, an official release said.AEPC Chairman Dr A Sakthivel said that India has captured $237 million of the $2.4 billion apparel market vacated by China in the US.However, the Revealed Comparative Advantage shows India has a good potential in seven of the 10 product lines, he said."While there is no problem with the US market, we will need the support of the textile and commerce ministries to gain access to some of the countries. In the US, the deciding factors will be sheer competitiveness and .....
                 

JSP chief Pawan Kalyan donates Rs 1 cr for welfare of Army men

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Jana Sena Party (JSP) President Pawan Kalyan has called upon the people to extend support to the families of Army personnel, who were fighting restlessly for safeguarding the nation while handing over a donation of Rs 1 crore to Central Sainik Board.Speaking on the occasion, Kalyan said: "I felt it as great respect to visit Central Sainik Board. I am very much aware of the challenges the soldiers are facing from serving the nation until their retirement. The Sainik Board is serving them. It is my responsibility to extend support to the families of soldiers as a citizen of the country. I extend my gratitude to the Sainik Board for giving me this opportunity."Brigadier Mrigendra Kumar presented a special medal and a memento to the JSP chief on behalf of the Central Sainik Board."It gives immense pleasure as Sri Pawan Kalyan donated Rs 1 crore for Army men welfare. About 60,000 Army personnel are being superannuated every year, but the donations from people are very low. These donations ...
                 

Why India's census is in trouble

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Every penny counts as GST officers send demand notices to companies

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Taxing targets

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Govt rolls out 1% additional ad-hoc incentive for garments and made-ups

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Govt takes a call to save telecom firms, but no relaxation likely on AGR

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What Amulya said is wrong: Father of girl who raised 'Pakistan zindabad' slogan at anti-CAA rally

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"What Amulya said is wrong. She was joined by some Muslims and was not listening to me," said the father of Amulya, who raised 'Pakistan zindabad' slogan at the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally in Bengaluru.The police have registered a sedition case against the girl."We have registered a suo moto case under Section 124A (sedition), 153A and B (promoting enmity between different groups and imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration). Once formalities are completed, we will produce Amulya before judicial magistrate," B Ramesh, DCP Bengaluru (West) told reporters here.Karnataka Minister CT Ravi condemned the incident and said: "The 'deshdrohis' (anti-national) should not be pardoned. Sedition charges should be pressed against her."Amulya raised 'Pakistan zindabad' slogan at an anti-CAA rally organised by AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi here on Thursday.Officials said that the police will first interrogate Amulya and then she will be produced before a .....
                 

ETF flows show signs of revival in emerging markets, but India an outlier

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GST profiteering: Delhi HC comes to the rescue of Nestle, grants stay

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Pay as you go: Irdai initiave aims to attract low-mileage car user

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Maha govt transfers five senior IAS officers

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The Maharashtra government on Thursday transferred five senior bureaucrats, including Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) of Revenue, Registration and Stamp Duty, Manu Kumar Srivastava. Srivastava, a 1986-batch IAS officer, has now been made the Additional Chief Secretary of Revenue and Forest Department, a statement from the General Administration department (GAD) said. Nitin Kareer, a 1988-batch IAS officer, who was Additional Chief Secretary (1), Urban Development Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue, Registration and Stamp Duty), Revenue and Forest Department in Srivastava's place. I S Chahal, a 1989-batch officer, who was Principal Secretary (Water Resources), Water Resources Department, Mantralaya, has been posted as Principal Secretary (1), Urban Development Department. B Venugopal Reddy, a 1994-batch officer, who was Principal Secretary (Forest), Revenue and Forest Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai has been posted as .....
                 

JK ACB registers case in financial scam in public distribution system, carries out searches

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The Jammu and Kashmir Anti-Corruption Bureau on Thursday registered a case in a multi-crore scam in the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department in Udhampur and carried out searches at the premises of the accused, including government officials, across five districts in Jammu region. The case was registered on the basis of a complaint received by the then Vigilance Organisation regarding the allegations of misappropriation of Rs 260 crore on account of cost of wheat grains, transportation charges, labour charges and grinding charges drawn on the basis of fictitious and false bills, a spokesman of the ACB said. He said a verification conducted by the vigilance organisation, now known as ACB, for the period from May 2013 to April, 2014 has revealed that 157 vehicles that were shown to have been used for wheat transportation in the receipt statement of CAPD were found non-existent either in the records of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) or in the records of Food..
                 

Jamia violence: Students record statement before Delhi Police crime branch

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Some students of Jamia Millia Islamia, who had suffered injuries during an alleged police crackdown on the campus on December 15, recorded their statement before the Delhi Police crime branch probing the incident on Thursday, sources said. On Wednesday, the Delhi Police had served notices on 10 university students asking them to appear before it for questioning in connection with the December 15 violence during an anti-CAA protest and the subsequent police crackdown. A team of the Delhi Police Crime Branch visited the university campus on Wednesday and handed over the notices to the students. The students who have been called for questioning included some of those detained on the night of the incident, some identified through CCTV video clips that surfaced recently, and some of those suffering injuries on that day. Some more students are likely to be called for recording their statement, sources said. Two-three new CCTV videos purportedly of the December 15 incident surfaced on social..
                 

Southern Command felicitates 51 Army personnel

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The Southern Command of the Army on Thursday felicitated 51 Army personnel and six unit representatives. They were felicitated during the Southern Command investiture ceremony held here. Lieutenant General C P Mohanty, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, presented gallantry and distinguished awards to 51 Army personnel and 22 units for their outstanding contribution in various fields. On the occasion, he said, "Recognition of such acts of selfless service, motivates the rank and file in the Army. It also motivates them to draw inspiration and re-dedicate themselves to uphold the honour and dignity of our great nation in the best traditions of the Indian Army." A total of 12 Army personnel and six units presently serving or located in and around Pune were also felicitated during the ceremony...
                 

J & K Students Association demand arrest of Siddalinga Swami for 'provocative' statement

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Jammu and Kashmir Students Association in Dehradun have demanded immediate arrest of Siddalinga Swami, Secretary of Sri Ram Sena, for his statement that tongues of three Kashmiri students should be chopped off for saying "Pakistan Zindabad".In a statement issued by the spokesperson of Jammu and Kashmir Students Association, Nasir Khuehami has urged the Karnataka government to arrest Siddalinga Swami."We condemn it as whatever he said is not acceptable. We urged the government to lodge an FIR against him for issuing provocative statements and indulging in anti-student activities," read the statement."Such remarks only fuel alienation among the Kashmiri Students and add to the trust deficit," it added.Earlier, Siddalinga Swami had said that whoever chops off the tongue of the three Kashmiri students who chanted "Pakistan Zindabad" will be rewarded Rs 3 lakh.Nasir Khuehami urged Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa to provide a safe and peaceful atmosphere for the Kashmir students in..
                 

France's Groupe ADP to buy 49 pc stake in GMR airport biz for Rs 10,780 cr

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GMR Infrastructure on Thursday announced that France's Groupe ADP will acquire 49 per cent stake in its airport business for Rs 10,780 crore, a move that will help the group reduce debt burden. "The first tranche of Rs 5,248 crore will be received by GMR Group immediately. This money will help deleverage the group further and result in improved cash flows and profitability," the group said in a statement. Under a share purchase agreement, Groupe ADP would have 49 per cent stake in GMR Airports Ltd (GAL) for an equity consideration of Rs 10,780 crore. This values GAL at the base post money valuation of Rs 22,000 crore. Out of the total amount, Rs 9,780 crore would be towards secondary sale of shares by GMR group and Rs 1,000 crore would be equity infusion in GAL, as per the statement. "As part of the terms of transaction, GMR will retain management control over the Airports Business with Groupe ADP having the customary rights and Board representation at GAL & its key subsidiaries,"..
                 

France's Groupe ADP to buy 49% in GMR airport business for Rs 10,780 cr

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Budget 2020-21: Healthcare, investments, farmer welfare focus areas for Rajasthan govt

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A Rs 100-crore 'Nirogi Rajasthan' fund for healthcare, single-window approvals for investments and setting up of an authority to run campaign against adulteration are among the highlights of the Rajasthan budget, which did not propose any new taxes. Presenting the Budget 2020-21 on Thursday in the Rajasthan Assembly, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced a relief worth over Rs 130 crore by way of lowering stamp duty on land patta and exempting transfer of properties by sick MSMEs from the stamp duty. Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, also said it would be 'no-bag day' in all government schools on Saturdays. The budget estimated revenue receipts at Rs 1,73,404.42 crore for 2020-21 and expenditure at Rs 1,85,750.03 crore, showing a deficit of Rs 12,345.61 crore. The state's fiscal deficit for the next fiscal is pegged at Rs 33,922.77 crore, which is 2.99 per cent of the gross state domestic product. In his speech, Gehlot said the budget was prepared on seven resolutions, .....
                 

Sharjeel Imam sent to 4-day police remand

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Sharjeel Imam, who allegedly raised the 'cut-off Assam' slogan recently, was sent to 4-day police remand by a local court here on Thursday.He was brought here in the evening amid slogan. The slogans like "Desh Ke Gaddaron Ko Goli Maaron Saalon Ko" and "Sharjeel Imam Murdabaad" were raised by the protestors present at the platform.He was one of the key organisers of Shaheen Bagh protests in New Delhi.Police personnel accompanying him had to throw a cordon around Imam as several media persons and protestors crowded the platform.Sharjeel, a research scholar of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, had allegedly made certain seditious statements like "Assam should be cut off from rest of India" during the anti-CAA protests held at Shaheen Bagh.Taking cognizance of the comment and after verifying the authenticity of the audio clip, the Assam government had reportedly registered a case against him...
                 

Apple weighs letting users switch default iPhone apps to rival firms

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Ambani vs Chandra: Media convergence looks set for a new game of thrones

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Magisterial probe: Police officials to be summoned for hearing

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Notices would be served on 176 police officers and staff to appear for hearing on the December 19 firing on anti-CAA protestors in the city, Udupi deputy commissioner G Jagadeesha, conducting the magisterial probe into the incident, said on Thursday. Addressing reporters here, he said officials, including the city police commissioner P S Harsha, would be summoned to depose on the violence which led to police firing that killed two persons. Mangaluru (north) assistant commissioner K U Belliappa, who is the nodal officer for the police department, has given a list of 176 policemen who are ready to adduce evidence in the hearing. The police officers would be summoned in phases. The next hearing is on February 25. He said so far, 203 members of the public have deposed before him on the incident. Former city mayor K Ashraf, who is under treatment in hospital, has also provided a written statement. The remaining members of the public can provide evidenceduring next hearings, he ...
                 

Govt set to start Junior TOPS from this year

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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said the government is set to implement the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in the junior level from this year to encourage youngsters to take up sports. The TOPS scheme is a flagship program of the Sports Ministry for providing financial assistance to India's top athletes. "From this year we are going to start Junior TOPS. We will start funding the juniors in the age of 12,13, 14, 15," he said. "The parents need not worry about taking care of the child who is interested in sports. If we see potential the government will definitely take care of them," Rijiju said during the book launch of 'Dreams of a Billion - India and the Olympic Games co-written by Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta. "We have to change the way we look at sports, we have to change the way we take sports." The Sports Minister said Indians need to change their mindset if the country desires to become a sports powerhouse. "Sports is something which is reflected in your action. ...
                 

One-off All-Stars game to be held after IPL

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The one-off All-Stars game, which was supposed to take place ahead of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, will now be held after the conclusion of the lucrative tournament. According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the match was earlier scheduled to be held three days before the IPL, which begins on March 29, but due to operational reasons it is now set to be played after the tournament, which ends on May 24. The two teams will be decided on the basis of their performance in the IPL. However, the date and venue has not been finalised yet. "It will be after the tournament," IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel told the website. "We will see the performance of the players and on that basis, the two teams will be selected." According to the report, the decision to postpone the game was taken during the IPL governing council on January 27, in which a selection committee was formed to pick the two teams. The meeting was attended by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary ...
                 

JU students polls: pro-Left groups retain control, ABVP makes

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Pro-Left student bodies swept union elections in the Jadavpur University, even as the ABVP, which contested the polls at the institute for the first time, secured the second spot in one of the faculties. Left and ultra-Left student organisations retained their hold in all the three faculties of the university where elections were held on Wednesday after a gap of three years. After the results were announced on Thursday, a university official said the Democratic Students' Federation (DSF) won all the five central panel seats in Engineering faculty. The We The Independents (WTI), another ultra-Left student outfit, retained its control in the Science faculty securing all four central panel seats. The SFI, student wing of the CPI(M), won with massive leads in all the four central panel seats in Arts faculty. Each central panel has posts of a chairperson, a general secretary and two or three assistant general secretaries. In a significant development, the ABVP which contested..
                 

Axis Bank in talks to acquire significant stake in Max Life Insurance

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Marg ERP eyes Rs 250 cr revenue from PharmaNXT solution in 3 yrs

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Marg ERP Limited on Thursday said it aims to generate Rs 250 crore in revenue in the next three years from its PharmaNXT solution. PharmaNXT is a platform for pharmacists where they can get information about any drug or an item, its salt, the substitutes, and HSN code, a statement said. Chemists can also check the information of tax percentage, MRP, manufacturing company and other details, it added. The company is hoping to generate Rs 250 crore revenue in the next three years, and within the next three months, the platform aims to garner over 1 lakh registered users, the statement said. * * * * * realme paysa, ICICI Lombard partner for providing screen protection cover realme paysa on Thursday said it has formed a strategic partnership with ICICI Lombard to provide screen protection cover for realme smartphones. The policy, administered as a group policy, can be taken from the realme paysa mobile app and does not require any documentation, a statement said. Insurance is available for..
                 

Muslim man chosen to be pontiff of Lingayat mutt in Karnataka

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A Lingayat seminary in Gadag district of northern Karnataka is all set to get a Muslim man as its pontiff. Diwan Sharief, in his early 30s, would be anointed as the pontiff of the Murugharajendra Koraneshwara Shantidhama mutt in Asuti village on February 26, mutt sources said. The Lingayat community, which owes allegiance to the 12th century "social reform movement" initiated by Basaveshwara, is open to people of all caste and religion. Sharief and his father were said to be influenced by the teachings of Basaveshwara and had donated land to the mutt. Sharief, who has three daughters and a son, had taken Linga deeksha and has undergone training about the mutt traditions, they added. The mutt is reportedly associated with Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra mutt of Chitradurga and Koraneshwara Sansthan mutt in Khajuri village in Kalaburagi. Sri Murugharajendra Koraneshwar Shivayogi, the seer of Koraneshwara Sansthan mutt,has decided to make Sharief as the pontiff, sources said...
                 

Ajay Devgun ad for Dabur, HUL Rexona face ASCI flak

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Actor Ajay Devgun's ad for Dabur Babool Ayurvedic Paste and Hindustan Unilever's campaign for Rexona Whitening were among the marketing efforts found as "misleading" by ASCI, a self regulatory body of advertisers. The Dabur campaign on television and Youtube had a message in Hindi which alleges that ordinary white toothpastes are cheating consumers and the cheating will stop by using its toothpaste, the statement by Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) said. "The advertisement featuring celebrity Ajay Devgan was considered misleading," it said. In the case of HUL, an ad for Rexona Whitening Roll-On in Bengali claimed the product can help get rid of dark underarms in five days was " inadequately substantiated and misleading", the ASCI statement said. Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare campaign for 'Moov Advance Diclofenac Gel' with claims of being '#1 Doctor recommended active for acute pain relief' was also considered misleading, it said. Orient Electric's advertisement having .....
                 

India needs efficient supervision, simple regulation: Sanjeev Sanyal

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Municipal polls: Opposition demands ample time for campaigning, TMC scoffs at it

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Opposition parties in West Bengal demanded "ample time" on Thursday to campaign for the upcoming municipal polls, likely to be held in mid-April, as the state board exams will continue till March-end. This was scoffed at by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), which asked the opposition parties not to find "lame excuses, sensing an imminent defeat". The opposition parties -- CPI(M), Congress and BJP -- said they "sniffed a conspiracy" by the TMC to stop them from getting enough time to campaign and reach out to the voters. A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation met the state election commissioner on Thursday, demanding "ample time" to campaign for the municipal polls. The secondary exams of the state board, which started on February 18, will end on February 27. The higher secondary exams will be held from March 12 to March 27. Restrictions are in place on the use of loudspeakers due to the board exams. According to the state government and State Election Commission (SEC) sources, ....
                 

Rallies, public meetings act as safety valve, cops can''t deny

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Observing that rallies and public meetings act as a safety valve, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday said police cannot refuse permission for a public meeting simply on the ground that it would create a law and order problem. The bench, while hearing a petition filed by a Bhim Army functionary against police's refusal to grant them permission to hold a rally in Reshimbagh ground here on February 22, also said that fundamental rights should not be curtailed. The ground in which the public meeting is to be held is close to the headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad is scheduled to address the rally. However, the Kotwali police has denied permission citing law and order. A division bench of Justices Sunil Shukre and Madhav Jamdar on Thursday said, "Such rallies and public meetings act as a safety valve. Suppression is more dangerous." Police in their affidavit filed on Thursday stated that the .....
                 

Exclusive theatre command for J&K at 'ideation stage': Army chief

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An exclusive theatre command for Jammu and Kashmir is at an "ideation stage" and there will be detailed discussions before anything is finalised, Army chief Gen M M Naravane said on Thursday. Gen Naravane's remarks come days after Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat said there are plans to have a separate theatre command for Jammu and Kashmir which will include the IB (International Boundary) portion. "It (theatre command for J&K) is at the ideation stage. The broad contours have not been finalised. There will be detailed discussions before anything is finalised. We must make a roadmap," Gen Naravane told a select group of reporters. Rolling out big ticket military reforms, Gen Rawat on Monday had said India would have two to five theatre commands to deal with future security challenges along the western and northern borders and the first one is expected to be operational by 2022. The chief of defence staff had said the Western and the Eastern commands of the Indian Navy would..
                 

Uddhav Thackeray will meet PM Modi on Friday, says Sanjay Raut

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New twist to Gumnami Baba mystery!

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The mystery shrouding the identity of Gumnami Baba, who many claimed was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in hiding, has deepened further with CFSL, Kolkata, saying the electropherogram of the reclusive sadhu's teeth was not available with it. An electropherogram shows a sequence of data that is produced by an automated DNA sequencing machine and is used for deriving results from genealogical DNA testing. Replying to an RTI query by Sayak Sen, a Netaji enthusiast, B P Mishra, the chief public information officer of CFSL said, "The electropherogram report of this case is not available at CFSL Kolkata." In the reply dated February 4, 2020, he said,"The appeal, if any, may be made before director, appellate authority, CFSL-Kolkata in this regard within 30 days from the date of receipt of this letter." The Vishnu Sahai Commission looking into the mysterious death of Netaji had cited a report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CSFL), Kolkata, to claim that Gumnami Baba was..
                 

Sedition charges slapped on girl for shouting 'Pakistan Zindabad'

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Sedition charges were slapped on the girl -- Amulya -- who raised 'Pakistan zindabad' slogan at an anti-CAA rally organised by AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi here on Thursday.Police said that a case has been registered under Section 124A (Offence of sedition) of the Indian Penal Code against Amulya.The police will first interrogate her and then she will be produced before a court, officials said.Commotion marred the function of Owaisi here when the girl managed to reach the stage and started shouting slogans -- 'Hindustan Zindabad' and 'Pakistan Zindabad.'She wanted to differentiate between 'Pakistan Zindabad' and 'Hindustan Zindabad' but organisers and cops on duty whisked her away.Owaisi himself rushed to take the mike from her. He was having a one-on-one with the public here.Owaisi said: "I condemn this statement. The woman is not associated with us. Humare Liye Bharat Zindabad Tha, Zindabad Rahega...
                 

Power demand forecast cut, but govt won't acknowledge CEA survey

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Youth Cong, ABVP make common cause against Himachal's new liquor policy

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The RSS-affiliated ABVP and the Youth Congress on Thursday made a common cause against the BJP government's new excise policy in Himachal Pradesh which has reduced liquor rates and approved keeping bars open in star rated hotels till 2 am. Close on the heels of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad slamming the government excise policy on Thursday, Himachal's Youth Congress held a protest march against the new excise policy. The state cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday gave its approval to the new excise policy which extended operational timings of bars in all star rated hotels and bars in specified important tourist areas from noon to 2 am. The policy also approved reduction in the price of liquor. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, ABVP state secretary Rahul Rana flayed the BJP government for adopting double standards on the issue of eradicating of drugs from the state. On the one hand, the government claims to make the state drug-free, ...
                 

Does Surjewala's tirade suggest Rahul Gandhi's comeback as Congress chief?

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Economic activity remains weak: RBI rate setting panel minutes

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Economic activity remains weak and high frequency indicators do not point to "bottoming out" of the downturn, the RBI Monetary Policy Committee noted while keeping the key interest rate unchanged earlier this month. According to the minutes of the MPC released by the central bank on Thursday, member and RBI Deputy Governor Michael Debabrata Patra observed that economic activity remains weak. "... there are indications of the momentum of growth stabilising, with sector-specific upticks underlying this guarded optimism, but they are far from gaining economy-wide traction. In some sectors, the slowdown is deep, and activity is stalled by sizable slack in demand. "High frequency indicators are not offering definitive evidence yet that the downturn is bottoming out," he said during the meeting of the MPC that concluded on February 6. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, who heads the six-member panel, said "some green shoots are, however, visible". India's economic growth is estimated to have .....
                 

Fight corruption, join forces of growth: Naidu to youth

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday urged the youth to take a lead in fighting corruption, terrorism, extremism, religious fundamentalism and gender discrimination and join the forces of growth. Describing terrorism as the biggest threat to world peace and humanity, he said India always believed in peaceful co-existence with all nations while "one of the neighbours" was aiding, abetting and funding terror. He asserted that India would not tolerate any outside interference in its internal affairs. Addressing the 10th edition of 'Chhatra Sansad' (students' parliament) here, Naidu said corruption was eating into the vitals of Indian democracy and called upon the youth to be at the forefront in eliminating the scourge of graft and other ills plaguing society. Observing that India was the largest democracy, the Vice President said politics was a vehicle for serving the people, bringing about the desired socio-economic change, taking the country to new levels of development and .....
                 

Ex-branch manager of state-run bank jailed for 10 yrs, fined Rs 24L for graft

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A special CBI court has sentenced a former branch manager of Bank of Maharashtra to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and fined him Rs 24 lakh, and another person to three years imprisonment for fraudulently misappropriating over Rs 2.5 crore. Shaliwahan Solegaonkar, while posted in different capacities such as clerk, deputy manager and manager of different Bank of Maharashtra branches in Pune, conspired with Rakesh Jadhav and other unknown persons, and fraudulently misappropriated Rs 2,56,15,998 from the bank's funds, a CBI spokesperson said. The special judge for CBI cases, Pune, sentenced Solegaonkar to undergo 10 years rigorous imprisonment with a total fine of Rs 24 lakh, and Jadhav to three years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 10,000 under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC read with 409 of Prevention of Corruption Act, the official said. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a case on June 28, 2018 on the allegations that from 2009 to 2017, ...
                 

RBI monetary policy committee torn between growth concerns, inflation fears

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Ragpicker held for raping 8-year-old girl ?

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: A 30-year-old rag-picker was on Thursday arrested here for allegedly raping a eight-year- old girl after luring her with chocolates and 'pani puri', police said. The accused, staying in the neighbourhood of the girl, went to her hut on Wednesday and finding her alone lured her with chocolates and 'pani puri' and took her to a nearby park and allegedly raped her, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Panjagutta Division) Thirupathanna told PTI. The girl's parents, also rag-pickers, were not in the hut at the time of the incident. They later lodged a complaint with the police. Based on the complaint, a case under IPC section 376 (rape) and other sections besides relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been registered and the rag-picker arrested, the police official said...
                 

Bookie Sanjeev Chawla to be interrogated in Tihar jail only till Feb 28: HC

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday permitted the Delhi Police to interrogate Sanjeev Chawla, alleged bookie and key accused in one of cricket's biggest match-fixing scandals that involved former South African captain Hansie Cronje, in Tihar Jail only till February 28. Justice Anu Malhotra said Chawla, who was extradited from the UK on February 13, will remain lodged in Tihar Jail during the trial and conviction, if any, of the case, as per the assurance given by the Indian government to the foreign authorities. The court also said that the interrogation will be allowed only till February 28, after which the period of 15 days of his arrest would come to an end. It said after this period no further interrogation of Chawla in relation to this case can be granted. "Investigating agency in the matter is permitted to conduct the interrogation of the petitioner (Chawla) at the Tihar Jail complex only in terms of the timeline stipulated in terms of Section 167 (2) of the CrPC," the court said ....
                 

Letter to BS: Fix GST rate on services at 18% with no input tax credit

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Tecno rules out immediate price hike, confident of stronger position in offline mkt

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Chinese handset maker Tecno on Thursday said it is keeping a close watch on coronavirus outbreak and does not plan any price hikes as of now. The brand, which is a part of Transsion Holdings, is also working on further solidifying its position in the Indian market in the sub-Rs 10,000 category this year as it expands presence in offline retail stores and brings in new products. "India continues to be an important part of our story and we will continue to bring in innovative products. Our aim is to be among the top 5 players in the offline segment in under Rs 10,000 catgeory. We are at sixth position currently," Transsion India CEO Arijeet Talapatra told PTI. He added that the targeted segment sees shipment of about 70 million units annually. According to Counterpoint Research, Indian smartphone market registered shipment of 158 million units in 2019, up 7 per cent over the previous year. India is now the second largest smartphone market after China. Talapatra said the company is .....
                 

Cong leader links Odisha video to Trump''s Gujarat visit; held

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Police on Thursday arrested a Gujarat Congress leader from Patan district for allegedly circulating an old video of Odisha to claim poor vendors of Ahmedabad are being forcibly evicted by the BJP government ahead of US President DonaldTrump's visit, officials said. The accused, Vinod Thakor, is chairman of the Patan district Congress' social media cell, they said. He was arrested by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch from Shankheshwar town of Patan district, said Assistant Commissioner of Police B V Gohil. Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are scheduled to jointly address a gathering at the newly built cricket stadium at Motera here on February 24 after taking part in a 22km long road show in Ahmedabad. On February 9, a sub-inspector of city Crime Branch came across a Facebook post of Thakor, in which, he had shared a video and claimed the "BJP government is ruining the lives of poor people because US President Trump is coming to Ahmedabad". In the video, a JCB machine can ....
                 

Steel Minister directs SAIL to draw action plan to enhance production

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Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday directed Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) to draw an action plan to enhance production and ensure safety at its plants. The minister said this while interacting with officials of SAIL's Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, the PSU said in a statement. Pradhan was accompanied by SAIL Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary and other senior ministry officials. "During his interaction with the senior management of SAIL-BSP, Pradhan congratulated them for achieving highest ever production of rails in current fiscal year and exhorted senior officials to draw a detailed action plan for enhancing production, efficiency and ensuring a zero accident paradigm," the statement said. Later, the minister interacted with the representatives of SMEs and MSMEs, workers' unions and officers association in and around Bhilai. A discussion was held with them to promote steel ancillaries in the region by developing a supporting local .....
                 

Assam University impasse ends after 10 days

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The 10-day shutdown of the Assam University in the wake of an indefinite hunger strike by students demanding withdrawal of the rustication order of a research scholar has come to an end, officials said on Thursday. The Assam University Students' Union (AUSU) withdrew their strike on Wednesday night after the authorities "stayed" the rustication order. The decision was taken at a late night meeting between the agitating students and the varsity administration mediated by local BJP MP Rajdeep Roy. The authorities rusticated Das, a former president of the AUSU, for two years on February 8 charging him with attacking officials of the central university and other offences. The protesting students who started the strike on February 10 alleged that action was taken against Das because of his involvement in agitations exposing irregularities in the campus. Following the meeting, the rustication order served on the research scholar of the Ecology and Environmental Sciences .....