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DGCA probes GoAir incident at Bengaluru airport; summons pilots

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Aviation watchdog DGCA has summoned two GoAir pilots regarding its probe into an incident at Bengaluru airport where a plane coming from Nagpur apparently veered off the runway in bad weather conditions, according to a senior official. The incident happened on November 11. A source said the Airbus plane had touched the unpaved surface outside the runway after landing and the pilot took off again. The aircraft was diverted to Hyderabad. There were around 170 passengers in the plane, the source added. "We are investigating. We have grounded the flight crew and have called them tomorrow for further investigation," a senior DGCA official told PTI. Another source said the flight was operated by an expat pilot. A GoAir spokesperson said its flight G8 811 from Nagpur to Bengaluru had carried out go around at Bengaluru airport and then was diverted to Hyderabad. "All the passengers, crew and aircraft landed safely at Hyderabad. This reportable incident was reported immediately to the DGCA," ....
                 

CCI approves Adani's 23.5 pc stake-buy in Mumbai International Airport

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Fair trade regulator CCI on Thursday approved Adani Properties' acquisition of 23.5 per cent stake in the country's second busiest aerodrome Mumbai International Airport. Adani Properties has acquired the shares from Mauritius based Bid Services Division and ACSA Global Ltd. As per the combination notice filed with CCI, the transaction involves acquisition of shares through two separate share purchase agreements. While Adani is buying 13.5 per cent stake in Mumbai International Airport from Bid Services Division, the rest 10 per cent has been acquired from ACSA, as per the notice said. In a separate tweet, Competition Commission of India (CCI) said it "approves merger of the BNP Paribas Mutual Fund and the Baroda Mutual Fund". Bank of Baroda and BNP Paribas Asset Management in a joint statement in October had said they entered into binding agreements. The strategic alliance would allow both companies to leverage each other's strengths to offer products specially designed for retail .....
                 

Cong to finalise second list of seven candidates on Friday

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The Congress in Karnataka on Thursday said its second list of seven candidates for December 5 bypolls in 15 constituencies of the state will be finalised on November 15. While the Congress has already declared candidates for eight seats, BJP and JD(S) have announced candidates for 14 and 10 constituencies respectively. "The list (second) will be finalised and released tomorrow," Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah said. Speaking to reporters here, he said the state president will speak to the high command and after getting the approval, it will be announced. Bypolls to 15 of 17 seats represented by disqualified MLAs, whose resignation and absence from the trust vote led to the fall of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, and made way for the BJP to come to power, will be held on December 5. The Supreme Court on Wednesday had upheld the disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka by the then Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar but paved the way .....
                 

Sabarimala verdict opens new avenues for protection of customs, say lawyers for review petitioners

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Lawyers who appeared on behalf of review petitioners in the Sabarimala case have called the Supreme Court's decision on Thursday to refer the matter to a larger bench as "absolutely right" and said it would open new avenues for the litigants who argued for protection and preservation of customs. In a 3:2 majority verdict, the apex court referred to a larger seven-judge bench the pleas seeking review of its historic 2018 judgement allowing women and girls of all ages to enter Kerala's Sabarimala temple, set to open on November 17, along with other contentious issues of alleged discrimination against Muslim and Parsi women. Senior advocate Kailashnath Pillai, who had appeared for Akhil Bhartiya Malayalai Sangh, among other review petitioners, said rather than leaving the matter to the government, the court should appoint a committee to collect empirical data and then decide the matter. "It is a larger question of law, question of faith. Under the constitution, can faith be subjected to ...
                 

Raids on BMC contractors unearths Rs 735-cr financial irregularities: I-T dept

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The Income Tax Department has detected alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs 735 crore after it conducted searches on civil contractors who work for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the CBDT said on Thursday. The search and survey operation was started at 44 locations in Mumbai and Surat on November 6, on entry providers and beneficiaries who have been engaged in execution of civil contracts mainly in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), it said. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is the policy-making body for the tax department. "There were reports that certain contractors had taken entries in the form of loans among others from entry providers and also inflated expenses in the books of accounts to suppress income. "Incriminating evidences showing large scale tax evasion and money laundering have been found," it said. So far, it said, detection on account of above mentioned issues is to the tune of Rs 735 crore and extent of accommodation entries is being ....
                 

Walmart logs $290 mn impairment for Jabong, sees strong growth from Flipkart, PhonePe

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Walmart took a non-cash impairment charge of USD 290 million for the value of the 'Jabong' trade name in the third quarter, even as the US retail giant continues to bet on the "significant opportunity for growth" presented by the Indian market. The Bentonville-based company logged 2.5 per cent rise in revenue at USD 128 billion for the third quarter, even as its operating income fell by 5.4 per cent to USD 4.7 billion. Its net sales from international operations grew 1.3 per cent to USD 29.2 billion in the said quarter. "Excluding the impairment charge related to Jabong, third quarter international operating income was better than plan, but declined 16 per cent year-over-year in constant currency and 21 per cent on a reported basis due primarily to the expected dilution from Flipkart as well as the overall gross margin..." Walmart Inc EVP and CFO Brett Biggs said in a statement. Biggs said earlier this year, the company had decided to consolidate back office functions for Myntra and ...
                 

Rafale: SC allows govt plea for correction in para relating to CAG report, PAC reference

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The Supreme Court Thursday allowed the Centre's plea seeking correction in Rafale fighter jet case judgement of last year where a reference was made about the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report and Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC). A day after that verdict, the Centre had filed an application saying "misinterpretation" of its note has "resulted in a controversy in the public domain". The application was taken for adjudication along with the petitions seeking review of the December 14, 2018 judgement. In the Thursday's judgement on the pleas seeking review of the earlier verdict, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi first dealt with the aspect of the CAG report. The bench noted that the Centre has filed an application seeking correction of what they claim to be an error, in two sentences in para 25 of the judgement delivered on December 14, 2018. Further, it was taken on record that the error was stated to be on account of a misinterpretation of some .....
                 

U'khand: Guv asks GB Pant University to probe student's complaint

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Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya on Thursday directed a probe into the complaint of a student of G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology against her hostel warden who asked her to cook for him as his wife was away. The governor asked the VC to conduct a speedy probe into the matter and take stern action against the warden if he was found guilty, a Rajbhawan official said. The student, who lives in the university campus hostel, had complained to authorities that the warden contacted her late night asking whether she could cook for him as his wife was away. She complained to the vice chancellor about the incident but allegedly no action was taken in the matter for 10 days, after which she approached the varsity's disciplinary committee. Maurya also sought a report from the VC on the management of girls' hostels at the university campus and asked him to ensure a safe environment for them, he said...
                 

Letter to BS: Maharashtra politics has warnings for regional parties

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Filling up the lacuna in corporate lending

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Druva to hire over 300 people globally next fiscal, strengthen Pune R&D operations

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Cloud data protection and management firm Druva is looking to hire about 300 people next fiscal, including in India, to take its total headcount to about 1,300 employees by the end of 2020-21. The company, which had in June this year announced a USD 130 million (over Rs 900 crore) funding round led by Viking Global Investors, has a research and development (R&D) unit in Pune. "We are seeing strong growth in our business in the US and in the APAC region. We have expanded to Australia and are focussing on growing that...we have about over 800 people and are hiring aggressively," Druva founder and CEO Jaspreet Singh told PTI on the sidelines of TiE Global Summit 4. By March next year, Druva's headcount is expected to touch 1,000 people and go up to 1,300 by end of 2020-21, he added. Singh said the team expansion will also include its India team that will see an addition of at least 100 people. "We have over 400 people, and by end of next fiscal, we should be at 500-520 people in .....
                 

PIL in SC against emerging post poll alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP & Congress in Maharashtra

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A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking declaration of the post poll alliance among Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in Maharashtra as "fraud" on the electorate for gaining power. The plea, likely to be listed for hearing in next few days, alleged that the change in the stand of Shiv Sena, which had fought the Assembly polls along with BJP, was "nothing but betrayal of people trust reposed in the NDA". President's rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sent a report to the Centre, stating that formation of a stable government was impossible in the current situation despite all his efforts. The PIL filed by Pramod Pandit Joshi also sought a direction to the Centre and the state asking them to refrain from appointing a chief minister from the emerging post poll alliance of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress. "The act of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are unethical and contrary to the constitutional scheme for staking claim to .....
                 

JNU to file complaint against students who vandalised admin block: VC

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Huawei likely to launch Kirin A1-powered Watch GT 2 in India next month

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J-K Police faced challenge of terrorism very boldly: Lt guv

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Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Girish Chandra Murmu on Thursday said the J&K Police has faced the challenge of terrorism very boldly. Referring to the recent snowfall and inclement weather conditions, the Lt governor said the cooperation of police force is very important for relief and rescue operations. He said all the people have the responsibility of developing the Union Territory by implementing the welfare schemes and programmes with utmost devotion and dedication in an accelerated manner. "The passing out jawans should serve the public with utmost devotion and dedication. The Jammu and Kashmir Police faced the challenge of terrorism very boldly and gave huge sacrifices," Murmu said. He was speaking at the Attestation-cum-Passing out Parade of the 14th batch of constables, held in the Talwara area of Reasi district. In his speech, J-K DGP Dilbag Singh said the Jammu and Kashmir Police has fought a war against terrorism and because of the sacrifices, the terrorism is..
                 

Indian experts to train aspiring umpires from Maldives

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Two "umpire educators" from India will impart "umpiring skills" to emerging talents from Maldives during a one-week programme later this month. The BCCI has entrusted the responsibility of this training programme, scheduled to be held from November 19-25 to "umpire educators" Rajiv Risodkar and Shahvir Tarapore. Confirming the development to PTI on Thursday, Risodkar said he and Tarapore will train around 25 participants under the "Level 2 Umpire Course" in Maldives. During this programme, the participants will be taught about umpiring in competitive cricket as per criteria set by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Risodkar said. The participants will also learn about new ICC rules regarding tests, ODIs and T20s. According to Risodkar, participants will also have to appear for an examination at the end of training. Risodkar, included in the BCCI umpiring trainers' panel, has taught over 500 people across India during the last decade and a half. "Maldives is one of .....
                 

Lessons from RCEP negotiations

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Pawar visits rain-affected areas in Nagpur district

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Alagiri throws weight behind Rajini, says he will fill

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Coming out in support of superstar Rajinikanth, DMK chief Stalin's estranged brother M K Alagiri on Thursday said there is a political vacuum in Tamil Nadu and the top actor will fill it by foraying into politics. Alagiri, the elder brother of the Dravidian party president, however, declined to answer if he will join hands with the top actor if he launched a political party. "What he says is true, that is all and what more can I say," Alagiri told reporters at the airport here when asked to comment on Rajinikanth's recent remark that there was a leadership vacuum in Tamil Nadu. A perception is prevalent among some that a vacuum exists in politics after AIADMK stalwart J Jayalalithaa and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi died in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Seeking to turn the tables on the top actor, Chief Minister K Palaniswami had days ago said he was only an actor and no political leader had aired such a view. On who will fill the political vacuum, Alagiri, who was expelled ...
                 

AP launches Rs 12,000-cr scheme to introduce English medium in govt schools

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Thursday launched the 'Nadu-Nedu' programme to introduce English medium from classes 1 to 6 in state-run schools and said there will be "some difficulties" in implementing the scheme, but these will be overcome. He also announced that the government will introduce another scheme called 'Amma Vodi' in January 2020 to give incentives to mothers who send their children to school and continue their education till class 12. In the first phase, the 'Nadu-Nedu' programme will be implemented in 15,715 schools. It will cover all schools in three years under a budget of Rs 12,000 crores. For the first year in the initial phase, Rs 3,500 crores will be spent for infrastructure development, according to an official statement. "Despite criticism from detractors, we will go ahead with English medium schools as we have to prepare the students to boldly face and stand up to the requirements of the technology-driven world," Reddy said after .....
                 

District official nabbed in bribery case

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Will pay farmers' dues even if defaulter sugar mills have to be sold: UP CM

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Ayodhya priest detained for few hours for comments against Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chief

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Paramhans Das, priest of Tapaswi Chawni temple in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya, was detained on Thursday for his comments against Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas president Nritya Gopal Das on a TV channel, police said. He was detained after supporters of Nritya Gopal Das protested outside the Tapaswi Chawni temple, following broadcast of the "objectionable" comments, and demanded his arrest. However, he was released in the evening as police said the Choti Chawni temple, where Nritya Gopal Das is a priest, refused to lodge any complaint against him. "We took Paramhans in custody, but later the Choti Chawni temple refused to lodge any complaint against him so we released him," Ashish Tiwari, Senior Superintendent of Police of Ayodhya, told PTI. After his release, Paramhans Das refused to comment on the matter. "I will be leaving Ayodhya for some time and will be in Banaras for a few days," he told PTI. Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas was formed by the members of the VHP on December 18, 1985 with the aim of .....
                 

CGF has taken serious note of our concern: Rijiju

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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has taken a serious note of India's concern over shooting's exclusion from the 2022 CWG and has agreed to work towards finding a solution. Rijiju, along with Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra and secretary general Rajeev Mehta, met CGF chief Louise Martin and CEO David Grevemberg in the capital and discussed several issues, including the exclusion of shooting from the Birmingham Games. "We understand that shooting is an optional sport at the Commonwealth Games, but we had expressed our concern on the sport being excluded and the issue has been well received by the Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin," Rijiju said. "We had a fruitful discussion today and I appreciate that the CGF has taken serious note of the issue. We will need a few more rounds of discussions, but I am happy with the fact that we have made a positive start," the optimistic minister .....
                 

IOA says 2022 CWG boycott proposal still stands, but gives hints of rethink

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The Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra on Thursday said that its proposal to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games in protest against shooting's exclusion still stands, but gave hints that there can be a rethink on the decision. Following a meeting with the visiting Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin and CEO David Grevemberg, Batra said a decision on the boycott proposal made in July will be taken by the IOA Executive Committee and the General Assembly which is expected to meet next month. "The term boycott I had used was not appropriate. It should have been withdrawal. It was a successful and fruitful meeting (with the CGF delegation) but the proposal of withdrawal from 2022 CWG still stands," Batra said in a press conference, addressed along with Martin, Gevemberg and IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta. "We made the proposal nearly six months back. Now, we will take into consideration the discussions we had today with the CGF officials. We will go ....
                 

Taufel urges cricket administrators to support umpires

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Retired Australian umpire Simon Taufel on Thursday urged cricket administrators across the globe to lend support to umpires, just like the players, by having people in administration as well as logistics, who can solely look after umpiring. Taufel, who has penned a book 'Finding the Gaps' was interacting with a group of local umpires here, whom he gave tips on umpiring. The interaction was organised by Global Cricket School. "Sourav Ganguly, when he became the (BCCI) president, he was talking about how important it is to have a strong domestic system. And there are umpires, who are part of domestic system. "And I encourage every country, not just India, to have an umpire's manager, to have an umpire's coach, to have an umpire's trainer, to have people in administration and logistics to solely look after umpiring and refereeing," Taufel said here. "I see far too many examples in the world where a first-class team has more support, management and more resources dedicated..
                 

AGR hit: Vodafone Idea Q2 loss at Rs 50,921 cr

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President, PM condole mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh's demise

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday condoled the demise of renowned mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh who passed away earlier today and said he was a scholar of great repute."Sad to hear of the passing of Dr Vashishtha Narayan Singh, a mathematics genius and a scholar of great repute. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues," a tweet from the President of India said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the country has lost one of its unique talents."The news of the demise of mathematician Dr Vasistha Narayan Singh Ji is sad. With his departure, the country has lost one of its unique talents in the field of science. Heartfelt tributes!" he tweeted in Hindi.Earlier today, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar paid tribute to the legendary mathematician."I pay tribute to Vashishtha Narayan Singh. He not only made his name in the academic arena but also brought fame to Bihar. Today he is no more which is sad," the Chief Minister told reporters here.Born on April 2, 1942, in..
                 

75% employees happy with job, but not with salary, says Monster report

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3-yr-old dies after swallowing toy that came with snack packet

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A three-year-old boy lost his life after choking on a toy found inside the packet of a local snack brand in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh. The incident, which took place at Kenpuria village on November 3, prompted the authorities to seize a large number of packets of the snack and destroy them. Rohit, the victim, apparently found a whistle packed inside as a freebie when he opened the snack packet, said district Food Security and Drug Control Officer Sanjeev Mishra. The child chewed the whistle and tried to swallow it but it got stuck in the throat. He was rushed to a hospital but the doctors could not save it, Mishra said. On his father's complaint, the factory which manufactured the snack was raided and 1,800 packets were destroyed by setting them on fire, he said. "We have also collected samples of other popular brands of snacks by seizing some 5,000 packets for testing," the official said, adding that further probe was on...
                 

SC Sabarimala verdict: Focus shifts to Left govt in Kerala

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Ahead of the pilgrimage season at the Lord Ayyappa shrine commencing on November 17, the focus has now shifted to the LDF government in Kerala over allowing women in the 10-50 age group to offer prayers as the Supreme Court has decided to keep pending the pleas seeking review of its verdict. The left government would consult legal experts to get more clarity on the Supreme Court's Sabarimala verdict but it seems that the earlier order on allowing entry of women of all age groups still stands, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Vijayan, who met the media here to explain the government stand in the backdrop of the apex court's decision to refer the case to a larger bench, said the state government was always ready to implement the court order, whatsoever it may be. The top court has decided to set up a larger bench to re-examine religious issues including those arising out of its earlier verdict that lifted a centuries-old ban on women of menstruating age visiting the ...
                 

Das asks Rahul to apologise for 'lying' over Rafale deal

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das Thursday demanded Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to apologise to the people for "lying" over Rafael issue during Lok Sabha polls, hours after the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to Narendra Modi government on purchase of Rafale fighter jets. Accusing the Congress of indulging in several scams since the independence of the country, Das said the people of the country had rejected the grand old party's lies in the Lok Sabha elections and "now the people of Jharkhand will reject the Congress in the state assembly elections as Rahul Gandhis lies have been exposed". "Rahul Gandhi made the Rafale an issue in the Lok Sabha polls on the basis of lies. Supreme Court ne Rafale ke upar aaj dudh ka dudh, pani ka pani kiya hai (the SC made the matter as different as chalk and cheese). Rahul Gandhi should apologise to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and people of the country for his lies," Das said at a press conference here. The Supreme Court earlier ....
                 

MSME plays key role in becoming USD 5 trillion economy- Union

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Union Minister Pratap Chandra Sarangi on Thursday said the MSME sector plays a crucial role in achieving the Centre's target of making the country a USD five trillion economy. Speaking at the presentation of the Achievers Award 2019 atthe National Institute for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises here, the Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises said the MSME sector is the largest employment generator after agriculture in the country. He said earlier Indian companies used to export material and import finished goods due to lack of technology availability. Though it enhanced the trade, the model did not help generate jobs in the country. However, after industrialisation, the situation, the country witnessed ample employment generation. Meanwhile, the Minister of state for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said the MSME sector is the backbone of Indian economy and the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is the reason behind Skill India as his contributions towards the..
                 

Glenmark Pharma net declines 38% to Rs 255.54 cr in September quarter

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Toxic gas leak: 7 factory officials arrested, probe underway

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Seven officials of a seafood processing plant in Odisha's Balasore district were arrested on Thursday, a day after over 100 people fell ill following the leakage of toxic fumes at the factory. The state government has also ordered a probe into the incident at the facility located in Khantapada area. The seven officials, who had earlier been detained for interrogation, were arrested in connection with the mishap, Balasore Superintendent of Police, B Jugal Kishor, said. A case has been registered in Khantapada police station and a special forensic team sent to assist in the investigation, Director General of Police (DGP), B K Sharma, said. A six-member team of forensic experts will assist in the probe, Odisha Labour Minister Susant Singh said, adding, the processing unit was sealed. Singh, who visited the hospital to see the affected people, said the labour commissioner has been asked to investigate the incident and find out whether children were engaged in the .....
                 

RPower Q2 net profit down 69 pc to Rs 45 cr

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Reliance Power (RPower) Ltd on Thursday reported a 69.38 per cent decline in consolidated net profit at Rs 45 crore for the quarter ended September 30. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 147 crore in the July-September period of the previous year, RPower said in a BSE filing. Its total income during the quarter under review was at Rs 2,239.10 crore as against Rs 2,295.55 crore in the year-ago period. Total expenses in July-September period stood at Rs 2,162.13 crore as compared to Rs 2,295.55 crore in the year-ago quarter. Reliance Power, a part of Reliance Group, is India's leading private sector power generation and coal resources company. The company has one of the largest portfolio of power projects in the private sector, based on coal, gas, hydro and renewable energy, with an operating portfolio of 5,945 megawatts...
                 

People living on India-China border are strategic assets: Rajnath Singh

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that people living on the India-China border were strategic assets and their relations with the forces were strong and deep."I do not consider people living on Indo- Chinese border areas as ordinary citizens but as our strategic assets. I still remember when AN-32 aircraft had crashed, it is with the help of locals that we got information about the crash site," he said during his address at the 11th Maitree Diwas Celebrations at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.The minister expressed happiness at the cordial and brotherly relations between the armed forces and the civilian population."People here are patriotic and relations between civilians and forces are deep. Arunachal and the entire Northeast is important for India strategically," he said."The brave soldiers deployed here are staying away from their families. The friendship between forces and people give them a feeling of a bigger family. Serving the country is our goal and when goals are..
                 

AJKPC puts J&K govt on legal notice over 'Rs 1,000 cr' MGNREGA liabilities

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The All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC), a body of elected Panchayat members, has sent a legal notice to government officials over non-payment of wages under the MGNREGA rural employment guarantee scheme. The outfit alleged that liabilities on the J&K government under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) have gone up to Rs 1,000 crore over the past four years. "On behalf of the AJKPC, a legal notice to senior officers of J&K government has been drafted and served by Gagan Oswal, Advocate J&K High Court, with regard to liabilities of MGNREGA", AJKPC president Anil Sharma told reporters here. He said the AJKPC served the legal notice to the Chief Secretary of the Union Territory of J&K, Secretary Rural Development Department, Additional Secretary RDD, Member Secretary (MGNREGA) J&K government and other officials concerned. The outfit has asked them to clear the pending wages and dues under MGNREGA within 15 days from the..
                 

SC verdict on Rafale: No amount of selective, convenient nitpicking will help Rahul, says BJP

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After Rahul Gandhi picked out an observation of a Supreme Court judge to seek a probe into the Rafale deal, the BJP on Thursday said no amount of "selective and convenient nitpicking" would help the Congress leader as the verdict of the apex court was a "comprehensive indictment" of his "lies". "No amount of hair splitting or selective & convenient nitpicking will help you. You have been shamed for disgraceful conduct & distasteful comments. The judgment is a comprehensive indictment of your lies. Clutching at straws won't help redeem your condemnation," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said in a tweet. The Supreme Court gave a clean chit to the Modi government on Thursday on the purchase of 36 fully-loaded Rafale fighter jets from French firm Dassault Aviation, rejecting the plea for registration of an FIR by the CBI for alleged commission of cognisable offence in the deal. However, Gandhi referred to Justice K M Joseph's observation that the .....
                 

Train ticket examiner gets 4 yrs jail for pocketing penalty

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A special court here on Thursday sentenced a head ticket examiner of the Western Railway to four years of imprisonment for pocketing funds collected as penalty from ticketless travellers at suburban Dadar station here. Special CBI court judge A S Sayed awarded the sentence to Nitin Dahate after convicting him under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence). The prosecution said that the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) unit of the CBI had received information that Dahate was collecting penalty from the passengers and not depositing the amount with the railway authorities. Based on the information, a surprise check was conducted by ACB sleuths, along with the vigilance officers of railways on October 2, 2016, the prosecution said. During the inspection, Dahate was found checking the tickets of passengers alighting from suburban trains and collecting fine from ticketless travellers without issuing .....
                 

Maha govt sanctions Rs 110 cr for CCTVs at police stations

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The Maharashtra government has increased the budget for the installation of CCTV cameras inside police stations across the state from Rs 72.60 crore to Rs 110 crore, an official said on Thursday. The decision was taken by a high-power committee on Wednesday and the state home department issued a government resolution in this regard on Thursday, he added. To prevent custodial deaths, the Bombay High Court in August 2014 had directed the state government to install CCTV cameras inside police stations, he said. The order was issued in light of a case filed by Leonard Valdaris, whose son Agnelo died in custody on April 18, 2014 at Wadala Railway police station and death of Akash Kharade at Samta Nagar police station. To prevent such untoward incidents, the Maharashtra government had initially decided to install CCTV cameras at 25 police stations in Mumbai, he said. In the next stage, the court had ordered installation of CCTVs at all police stations in Maharashtra. The high ....
                 

Liquidity crunch: Small realtors being forced to bank on bigger cousins

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Registration of properties in unauthorised colonies will begin in Nov-end: Delhi BJP chief

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Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari claimed on Wednesday that registration of properties in the unauthorised colonies in the city will begin in the last week of November. The Modi government will table a bill to provide ownership rights to the residents of 1,731 unauthorised colonies in Delhi in the first week of the winter session of Parliament, which is scheduled to commence from November 18, he said. "I want to tell those living in unauthorised colonies to be ready to get their properties registered for a nominal fee in the last week of November," Tiwari said at a press conference. He assailed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has termed the BJP's claims of providing ownership rights in these colonies an "election stunt" and planned to observe "Dhoka Divas" (betrayal day) on Saturday. "Those who betray others see betrayal in everything," Tiwari said. The issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies is fast emerging as a hot topic for both the BJP and the AAP as the Delhi Assembly .....
                 

BJP's Sambit Patra takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi after SC upbraids Congress leader

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BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra on Thursday took a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, against whom the Supreme Court closed a contempt case with a warning.Referring to Rahul Gandhi's tweet following the apex court's verdict on review pleas in the Rafale case, Patra posted on his Twitter account in Hindi: "Despite the scolding of the Supreme Court on Children's day...an example of ignorance by an ignorant prince."Gandhi had earlier posted a picture of a document of Justice K M Joseph related to the Rafale case."Justice Joseph of the Supreme Court has opened a huge door into the investigation of the RAFALE scam. An investigation must now begin in full earnest. A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) must also be set up to probe this scam. #BJPLiesonRafale," Gandhi tweeted.Earlier today, the Supreme Court closed a contempt case against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his "chowkidar chor hai" remark with a "word of caution" to him and observed that no court should be dragged into political..
                 

Satyarthi urges PM to amend Air Act 1981, develop five-yr plan to tackle pollution

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Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, requesting him to amend the Air Act 1981 and come up with a five-year national action plan to ensure clean air as the pollution levels in the city rose to the 'severe' category. Satyarthi, on the occasion of Children's Day, was to participate in an event, which was cancelled due to alarming levels of pollution in the national capital. In the letter, the Nobel laureate wrote, "Standing with you, I call upon the Honourable Prime Minister of India, to demonstrate his visionary leadership by amending the Air Act 1981 and come up with a five-year national action plan to ensure clear air." He further said that there is a need to "clean up our intentions and actions". "All of us, the policy makers, businesses, consumers, common people have to step up to take urgent and drastic steps to ensure that air, water and land remain clean and sustainable for the future," Satyarthi said. "We need new action. We must .....
                 

HC order on Chidambaram's bail plea in INX Media case likely on Friday

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The Delhi High Court is likely to pronounce on Friday its order on the bail plea of former Union minister P Chidambaram, who is lodged in Tihar Jail, in the INX Media money laundering case. Justice Suresh Kait had reserved the order on November 8 on the bail petition after hearing the arguments of counsels for Chidambaram and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). While the 74-year-old senior Congress leader has sought bail saying as the evidence is documentary and in the custody of probe agencies, he cannot tamper them, the ED has opposed his plea on the ground that he has tried to influence and threaten witnesses. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the ED, had contended that the set of evidence in the money laundering case and the CBI corruption case is different and the PMLA case is more heinous and "much, much, much more serious than it meets the eyes". "It is the gravest of grave offence as it is an economic offence which is a standalone offence," he had argued. Senior .....
                 

Regulatory overhang may dent Aurobindo Pharma earnings estimate by 15-20%

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HP Cong leaders creating rifts within party may face expulsion: Rajni Patil

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Himachal Pradesh Congress leaders indulging in infighting may face expulsion from the party, Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and HPCC in-charge Rajni Patil said on Thursday. Addressing a state level rally of the Congress against "anti-public policies" of the Centre, Patil said here the party does not need those who create rifts within the organisation. "The party has given due respect to all leaders. Now, even then if they try to create rifts they may be expelled from the party," she said, without naming anyone. Her statement comes in the backdrop of Congress leader Vijay Inder Karan, who lost in the Dharamshala bypoll recently, accusing ex-minister and AICC secretary Sudhir Sharma of 'conniving' with the ruling BJP to ensure his defeat. Karan has sought Sharma's "immediate expulsion" from the party and has already sent a report to All India Congress Committee (AICC). Flaying the Centre over the issues of unemployment and a "deteriorating" economy, Patil said, "It is time of ....
                 

Man jailed for seven years for raping woman in UP's Muzaffarnagar

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K'taka bypolls: BJP announces M Sharavana as candidate from Shivajinagar constituency

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The BJP on Thursday announced M Sharavana as its candidate for the Shivajinagar Assembly constituency for the upcoming by-polls in the state.Sharavana's name was announced by the BJP in its second list.Earlier a staunch Congress supporter, Sharavana's wife was an independent corporator. He was given the ticket from BJP soon after his joining the party today.By giving the ticket to Sharavana, the party has denied the ticket to R Roshan Baig, a disqualified Congress leader, who was not inducted into the BJP reportedly due to the IMA Ponzi scam and allegations against him in RSS worker Rudresh's murder case.Meanwhile, according to reports, Roshan Baig is likely to fight the election from the Shivajinagar seat as an independent candidate after being denied tickets by the BJP.Earlier today, the BJP had announced 13 candidates, including the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs, in its first list for the by-polls scheduled to be held on December 5.15 of the 17 disqualified MLAs from Congress and JD(S)..
                 

Does Rahul have courage to apologize to PM after SC verdict on Rafale: Fadnavis

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Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday questioned whether Rahul Gandhi has the courage to apologize to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court dismissed the review petitions challenging its verdict in the Rafale case."Now, after the #RafaleVerdict by the Supreme Court, everything is crystal clear and it smashes every lie being spread during Lok Sabha 2019 elections by INC. Does Rahul Gandhi have the magnanimity to accept the truth and apologise PM @narendramodi Ji & entire Nation?" Fadnavis tweeted from his official handle.The Supreme Court, earlier today dismissed the review petitions challenging its verdict in the Rafale case passed on December 14, 2018, upholding the 36 Rafale jets deal.A three-judge bench presided by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph passed the order on a batch of petitions seeking review of its December 14, 2018 verdict which had upheld purchase of 36 Rafale jets by .....
                 

Kapur & Co lead India's charge in Day 1 of Panasonic Open

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Indian golfers Shiv Kapur, Arjun Prasad, M Dharma and Shankar Das shot identical scores of five-under-67 to be tied third behind leader Thai Itthipat Buranatanyarat on day one of the USD 400,000 Panasonic Open India 2019 here on Thursday. The clubhouse lead was held by Itthipat, who fired a breathtaking eight-under-64. The round began at 11 am, four hours and 10 minutes behind schedule, due to poor visibility and weather conditions. The 60 golfers in the first session of play completed their rounds while the 66 golfers in the second session will play their first round on Friday. Kapur, the 2017 champion, started the week in high spirits as he delivered a bogey-free 67. Kapur, who teed off from the 15th, enjoyed a hot start as he birdied three of his first four holes. He added two more birdies to his card on the sixth and 10th. "I started off playing really well, Thought I played quite solid all day but I did not take advantage of the par 5s as I should have which was disappointing. .....
                 

Truck drivers to get healthcare services under Ayushman Bharat scheme

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The National Health Authority on Thursday signed an MoU with the All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) to provide healthcare services to truck drivers under 'Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana' (PM-JAY) scheme. Under this partnership, the NHA and AITWA will work together to identify 10 million truck drivers and employees at transport companies who could be eligible beneficiaries for the scheme. The Common Service Centre (CSC) will facilitate the verification of drivers using NHA's Beneficiary Identification System (BIS), a statement said. A tripartite MoU was signed by Rohit Deo Jha, general manager of the NHA, Mahendra Arya, president of AITWA and a representative from the CSC, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. "Through this collaboration, thousands of eligible families will be able to access in-patient care for serious illnesses at a country-wide network of 19,002 government and private hospitals empanelled under the scheme," the .....
                 

India has to be self-sufficient in high grade steel: Pradhan to industry

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Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stressed on the need to make India self-sufficient in high grade steel and sought collective efforts of the industry to make the sector future-ready. Metals, including steel, continue to play a vital role in building India a modern economy, the minister said, adding that there is a strong positive correlation between steel usage and a nation's economic growth. "He has appealed to the delegates to embrace challenge of producing high grade steel for greater self-sufficiency. Steel sector must be future-ready to embrace the change and leverage innovation. Professionals from the metallurgical fraternity will have an important role to play in achieving this quantum leap and creating green pathways to make the Indian steel sector future-ready," a statement quoted Pradhan as saying. The National Steel Policy 2017 was formulated to create a more self-sufficient and globally competitive steel industry with a crude steel capacity of 300 million tonnes by ...
                 

Delhi court allows Shashi Tharoor to travel abroad

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A Delhi court Thursday allowed Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, accused in the death case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, to travel abroad. Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar granted permission to Tharoor to visit Dubai from November 14 to 18. Tharoor had told the court that he was invited there to attend a meeting of Sir Bani Yas Forum. Judge Kuhar directed him to furnish a fixed deposit of Rs 2 lakh, which shall be returned to him after he returns back to India. "Tharoor shall not tamper with the evidence nor try to influence any witness in any manner and will not use the permission granted to him contrary to the rules... Before leaving India, accused shall also furnish the complete itinerary stating the place, which he intends to visit and the period of his stay as also the contact addresses to the court on each occasion where he would be staying and his contact numbers," the court said. The court noted that he was granted permission in the past as well to visit abroad. The Delhi Police .....
                 

Kochi Maker Village only successful harware startup by Centre:

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Hailing the Maker Village, Union Minister Sanjay Dhotre on Thursday saidthe hardware incubator was a role model fit for application in a wide range of fields including high-tech and deep-tech to agriculture, healthcare, environment, automation, business and industry. The Union Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology, Communications and HRD noted that the Maker Village, Kochi was the only successful hardware startup venture by the Union Government in association with a state. He said during a visit to Maker Village that the four- year-old establishment has made progress that are usually achieved in a quarter century. "I'd say this is a startup of startups," Dhotre said, after addressing representatives from Industry firms such as Bosch, BPCL, Cochin Shipyard, NPOL, V-Guard, SFO, Brinc, GAIL, Altair and Qualcomm. Describing the Industries' relation with Maker Village as "symbiotic," the Minister said such tie-ups can help the country develop .....
                 

Sebi categorises modifications in contract specifications for Commex

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In order to streamline the process, markets regulator Sebi on Thursday categorised modifications in futures contract specification pertaining to quality parameters for commodity derivatives. The decision has been taken in consultation with the exchanges, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said in a circular. Sebi, in 2016, allowed commodity exchanges to modify futures contract specifications pertaining to quality parameters, a move aimed at ensuring that bourses are enabled to respond to market requirements quickly. In the circular, Sebi said it has decided to categorise the modifications in contract specification parameters in three categories. The first one is non-material modifications which can be made at the exchange level in yet to be launched and running contracts. In this category, the specification parameters related to ticker symbol, maximum order size, initial margin, extreme loss margin and 10 days advance notice needs to be given. The second pertained to .....
                 

School students vist Naval ships

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More than 1,000 students from various schoolson Thursday visited Naval ships here. The visit was organised as a part of the Navy Week 2019 activities by the Southern Naval Command (SNC), a Defence spokesman said here. The students along with teachers visited ships Sunayna, Shardul, Nireekshak and Jamuna and were explained about the role of the Indian Navy in defending the nation's maritime interests as well as about various equipment, weapons and sensors fitted onboard, he said in a release. Their visit to naval air station INS Garuda provided them with the unique opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse of various fixed wing aircraft and helicopters of the Navy as well as its flying operations demonstration. A Continuity Drill by a platoon from "INS Dronacharya" for the children, in which a series of precise drill movements were executed in synchronisation, without a single word of command being given, was the highpoint of the visit, the release added...
                 

We need to be mentally strong to face this kind of pace attack: Mominul

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Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque on Thursday admitted his team lacked the mental strength required to counter India's formidable pace attack on the first day of the opening Test here. Bangladesh were all out for 150 after opting to bat with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav sharing seven wickets between them. More importantly, Bangladesh's lower-order batsmen looked scared to face the Indian pacers. "The wicket wasn't unplayable at all or else myself or Mushfiqur (Rahim) wouldn't have scored the runs that we scored. The problem is that when you are playing the world's No. 1 Test team, you have to be mentally far more stronger," Mominul said at the end of the day's play. When asked about his decision to bat first on a bouncy track, the skipper tried to defend it. "If we had started well, the question wouldn't have been asked in first place," he replied. When questions were asked about whether the preparation for the Test series against India was an ideal one in the backdrop..
                 

Sebi allows exchanges to modify commodity derivatives contracts

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Mandaviya inaugurates Maritime University's new headquarters

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: Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday unveiled the new headquarters of the Indian Maritime University spread over 300 acres, 40 km from here. The Minister of State for Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilisers unveiled a plaque commemorating the occasion at the University situated in Semmencherry. The university offers diploma, degree, post graduate diploma and post graduate degree courses in nautical science, marine engineering, naval architecture, among other disciplines. The minister also released a placement brochure of the School of Management at the University. Mandaviya also visited an engine room simulator room and other facilities in the university premises. According to the University, November 14 is celebrated as Maritime University Day every year. IMU has regional campuses in Mumbai, Kolkata, Vishakapatnam and Cochin, the institute's website said...
                 

16 disqualified Cong-JDS MLAs join BJP, 13 get bypoll ticket

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BJP on Thursday fielded 13 disqualified Congress-JD(S) legislators as its candidates for the December 5 assembly byelections in Karnataka hours after the rebels joined the ruling party in the state. The party aiming to win a majority of the 15seats that will go for the bypolls announced a list of 14 candidates with the nominee for Ranebennur constituency yet to be named. A day after the Supreme Court paved the way for themto contest the bypolls, as many as 16disqualified MLAs on Thursday joined the BJP at the party office here. The disqualified MLAs, whose rebellion led to the fall of the Kumaraswamy government and the return of the BJP to power in July, were inducted in the presence of Chief Minister B SYediyurappa, state BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel and NationalGeneral Secretary in charge of Karnataka P Muralidhar Raoamong others. The Supreme Court on Wednesday had upheld the disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka by then Assembly Speaker K R .....
                 

Family of Mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh alleges hospital made them wait for ambulance

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Family of the renowned mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh who passed away at a hospital here on Thursday after a prolonged illness has alleged that they were kept waiting by hospital authorities for an ambulance to take his body home.Singh, who had been ailing for quite some time, died at the Patna Medical College and Hospital(PMCH) here."What could I say? No ambulance or vehicle was given to take the body to our home. He died early in the morning at around 8 am," the brother of Vashishtha Narayan Singh said.Hospital authorities, however, said the delay was due to formalities being completed and the ambulance was provided soon after.Vashishta's body has been taken to his native place for a funeral which will be accorded with full state honours.Earlier today, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar paid tribute to the legendary mathematician."I pay tribute to Vashishtha Narayan Singh. He not only made his name in the academic arena but also brought fame to Bihar. Today he is no more .....
                 

Rs 3-trillion metro rail projects proposed for the next five years

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HUL future-proofing itself through precision skilling: CMD Sanjiv Mehta

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We are trying to take AYUSH to every home: Shripad Naik

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Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Naik, on Thursday said that they are trying to take AYUSH treatment to every home in India."We are trying to take AYUSH to every home. Our doctors are helping out people with AYUSH schemes in every health centre, at district community hospitals too," Shripad Naik said."I can say today that people are getting more and more interested in AYUSH. We have started an All India Institute of Ayurveda in Delhi in 2016. People's interest has increased. Nearly 2000 people visit the OPD every year. Our doctors are serving them. The infrastructure that we have today is not enough. Therefore we have started a process of starting a district hospital in every district. Work on at least 100 hospitals has started and is in completion stage," he added.The Minister thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying under AYUSHMAN Bharat, he has sanctioned 12500 wellness centres."These wellness centres will have all facilities and technologies and doctors will be able ....
                 

WCD Ministry and NITI Aayog planning to rank states on basis of implementation of schemes

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The Women and Child Development Ministry, in collaboration with NITI Aayog, is planning to rank states on the basis of their performance in implementing various schemes related to women and children, officials said. The WCD Ministry has suggested the move to improve the performance of states in implementing the programmes of the Centre, officials said. A senior official said that ranking of child care institutions will also be done in the states and union territories to improve their performance. "We are in talks with NITI Aayog to develop a protocol for evaluating the performance of states and union territories in implementing various schemes related to women and children," the official said. Sources say that the performance of states has not been up to the mark with respect to policies related to women and children and the Centre wants to increase the participation and that is why they are planning the move. "We hope that by developing a healthy competitive spirit the performance of..
                 

India slams Pakistan's 'juvenile propaganda' on Ayodhya and Kashmir

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US-China trade war provides huge opportunities for leather exports: CLE

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The ongoing US-China trade war provides huge opportunities to leather exporters to increase their shipments to America, CLE said on Thursday. Council for Leather Exports (CLE) Chairman P R Aqeel Ahmed said the sector's exports grew about seven per cent to the US in the past four months. "The trade war gives huge opportunities to the sector to further explore the US market," he said here at the National Export Excellence Awards here. He said leather exports have recorded dip in growth in value terms but in volume terms, it is increasing. "This is the sector which provides the highest employment to women and we are taking several steps to promote exports," he said. According to him, this labour-intensive sector has huge potential to earn foreign exchange for the country and create jobs for the youth. The commerce minister has already announced a Rs 2,600-crore package for the leather sector to boost exports, Ahmed said. "Despite the global economic slowdown, production and employment in..
                 

Air pollution claimed over 5 lakh lives in India, of which 97K died due to coal burning: Report

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More than five lakh people died prematurely in India in 2016 due to dangerous levels of outdoor air pollution and over 97,000 of the them died after being exposed to pollutants from coal burning, a new report revealed on Thursday. The Lancet Countdown 2019 on health and climate change also cautioned that the impact of air pollution in India will worsen if the country does not shift from coal-based energy. It emphasised on rapidly decreasing coal use to zero, saying it was crucial to meeting the commitments of the Paris Agreement. "Total energy supply from coal increased by 11 per cent in India from 2016 to 2018 and out of over 5.29 lakh premature deaths in 2016 due to dangerous levels of outdoor fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5), over 97,400 deaths were from coal. "The energy landscape will have to change drastically, and nothing short of a 7.4 per cent year-on-year cut in fossil carbon dioxide emissions from 2019 to 2050 will limit global warming to the more ambitious goal of .....
                 

Man found dead near municipal garden in Sakinaka

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Dera Baba Nanak railway station leading to Kartarpur Sahib gets free Wi-Fi connection

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Pilgrims on their way to Kartarpur Sahib through Dera Baba Nanak railway station will now be able to avail free Wi-Fi services introduced by RailTel. The station, not far from the new international checkpost on the Indian side of the border, leads to Kartarpur Sahib. The free Wi-Fi can be used inside the railway station premises by anyone who has a smart phone with a working connection for KYC consideration. Sultanpur Lodhi station, which sees a rush of pilgrims visiting Dera Baba Nanak, has also been provided with Wi-Fi. "RailTel, a Miniratna PSU of Indian Railways, has provided Railwire Wi-Fi at the historic Dera Baba Nanak Railway station, Punjab, to enable the pilgrims to use fast Wi-Fi services as an amenity. The Kartarpur Corridor Project was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 9, 2019. This has caused more people to use the station for commuting. Free Wi-Fi at this station is proving to be a boon for the passengers," a statement from RailTel said. This is .....
                 

Ayodhya temple workshop becomes tourist attraction, brick donations pour in

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One committee working to study failures of Chandrayaan-2 mission: ISRO Spokesperson

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One committee has been working to study the issues of Chandrayaan-2 and the reason behind its hard landing. Many institutions, organisations and senior scientists are included in the team, said Vivek Singh, ISRO Spokesperson."One committee has already been working to study the issues related to Chandrayaan-2 and the reason behind its hard landing. Some institutions and organisations were also included to study the failures of the Chandrayaan-2," said Singh."I will also give suggestions and the reports on Chandrayaan-3 mission which has a deadline of 2020," he added.ISRO on Wednesday released new three-dimensional images from the moon's surface captured by the Chandrayaan -2.The images of a crater from the lunar surface was captured by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 aboard Chandrayaan-2."Have a look at 3D view of a crater imaged by TMC-2 of #Chandrayaan2. TMC-2 provides images at 5m spatial resolution & stereo triplets (fore, nadir and aft views) for preparing DEM of the complete ....
                 

Congress seeks JPC on Rafale deal, says SC verdict not clean chit to government

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Congress on Thursday said the Supreme Court's verdict in the Rafale case was not a "clean chit" to the government and again raised its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the issue.In a statement party leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and Jaiveer Shergill said that judgment has paved the way for a "comprehensive criminal investigation"."The Supreme Court judgment is not a 'clean chit' but paves the way for 'full investigation'. The layers of corruption in the Rafale scam can be answered only through a fact-finding impartial JPC investigation," the statement said.It said the Supreme Court judgment has also re-affirmed the Congress stance that the court has 'limited jurisdiction under Article 32 of the Constitution' and it is not an appropriate forum to decide "issues of contractual corruption, malicious bungling in prices, altered specifications, crony capitalism and violation of the mandatory provisions of the Defence Procurement Procedure".Referring to the .....
                 

Court stays bailable warrant against Shashi Tharoor for 'scorpion' remark on PM Modi

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A Delhi court on Thursday stayed the bailable warrant issued against Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor in connection with a defamation case pertaining to his alleged "scorpion sitting on Shivling" remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Naveen Kumar Kashyap had, on Monday, issued a bailable warrant against him after he failed to appear before it. The lawmaker had not moved an exemption application for the same.The court had also directed the complainant, BJP leader Rajiv Babbar, to pay a sum of Rs 500 for not appearing before the court.In October 2018, Tharoor had stoked a controversy by invoking a news article where an unnamed RSS leader had compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a "scorpion sitting on a Shivling"."There is an extraordinarily striking metaphor expressed by an unnamed RSS source to a journalist, who expressed their frustration to curb Modi -- 'Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a shivling. You can't remove him with your hand .....
                 

Union Bank Q2 net loss at Rs 1,194 cr on higher provisioning for bad loans

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Air Chief flies sortie in HTT-40 trainer aircraft

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Showing strong support for indigenisation, IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Thursday flew in the under development HTT-40 trainer aircraft."ACM RKS Bhadauria, CAS flew HTT40, tested its flying capabilities for one hour. First serving Air Chief to fly in prototype as Chief of Air Force," Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) said in a tweet.HAL also tweeted some pictures and videos from the incident.The plane is still under development by the HAL. The IAF chief has been associated with the indigenous trainer aircraft project for a long period now as he had assured full support to it since he was the deputy chief of air staff.The Air Force is also planning to order a sizeable number of these planes from the HAL for its training fleet which is using the Swiss Pilatus planes at the moment.Now with a ban on dealing with the Swiss aircraft firm due to the corruption allegations against it, the future of the indigenous aircraft in the Air Force would be brighter...
                 

Screening process for selection of crew for Gaganyaan being

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Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauri, on Thursday said the screening process for the selection of crew for ISRO's proposed humanspace flight programme-Gaganyaan-is being done professionally. "The screening process is well underway and I thinkit is being done very professionally. And increasingly, the interaction with ISRO is leading to greater understanding of the screening itself," he said. The Air Chief Marshal was speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day 58th Indian annual conference of the Indian Society for Aerospace Medicine (ISAM) here. Speaking about the role of IAF, Bhadauria said theteam coordinating with the Indian Space Research Organisation can look into the design aspect of the spacecraft such as the life support system, thedesign of the capsule and the contribution of this aviationmedicine division to make sure ISRO achieves the challenge it has taken up. Addressing the gathering, Air Marshal M S Butola, director-general medical ....
                 

Man booked for posing as govt officer, trying to extort money

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A 31-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly trying to extort money by posing as an officer from Mantralaya (state secretariat) in suburban Mulund area, the police said on Thursday. Suresh Sampat Ingole, the accused, moved around in a car with a sticker with national emblem to suggest that he was a government official, the police said. On Wednesday morning he visited a shop on Mulund- Goregaon road, and allegedly told its owner, Anand Rao, that it was an illegal structure and Rao should pay him to settle the matter as he worked at Mantralaya. Rao called up other shop owners, and when they asked Ingole to produce his ID card, he could not do so, a police official said. After realising that he was lying, he was taken to the police station and an FIR was registered against him under IPC sections 385 (extortion) and 177 (furnishing false information). Further probe was on...
                 

Rupee logs 1st gain in 6 days; recuperates 13 paise

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The Indian rupee on Thursday clocked its first gain after five sessions, closing 13 paise higher at 71.96 against the US dollar in line with domestic equities. A day after plunging below the psychological 72-level in over two months, the domestic currency opened on a positive note. As forex market participants weighed a range of macroeconomic factors posing challenges, the Indian currency turned volatile traded in the range of 71.85 to 72.24 to the US dollar. It finally settled at 72.93 -- showing a gain of 15 paise over its previous close. Meanwhile, stronger US currency against its key rivals and surging crude oil prices capped the rupee's gains to some extent. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose by 0.01 per cent to 98.38. Global crude oil benchmark Brent Futures surged 1.17 per cent to trade at USD 63.10 per barrel. Investors fretted over a host of negative factors like higher retail inflation print, weak IIP data and .....
                 

'First-of-its-kind' clinic to provide comprehensive treatment to cleft patients opened at AIIMS

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A "first-of-its-kind" clinic to provide comprehensive treatment to people with facial deformities like cleft lip was thrown open for public at the AIIMS on Thursday. Cleft lip or cleft palate is a condition when the two sides of the lip, developing in an unborn baby, do not completely fuse, thereby adversely affecting feeding, speech, facial aesthetics and leading to chest infections and ear problems. The 'Interdisciplinary Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic' equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment and facilities has been set up at the Centre for Dental Education and Research (CDER) of AIIMS. Children born with clefts require interdisciplinary management owing to compromised feeding, speaking, facial aesthetics and psychosocial components, Dr O P Kharbanda, chief of CDER, said. "However, timely management is a critical factor in providing high quality care to cleft patients. Approximately 35,000 new cleft patients are born every year in India. Children with clefts require a .....
                 

9 people dead, over 15 lakh hectares of farmland damaged due to 'Bulbul': Mamata

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Nine people have lost their lives while more than 15 lakh hectares of agricultural land and five lakh houses have been destroyed due to cyclone Bulbul that caused widespread damage to West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday."More than 15 lakh hectares of agricultural land has been destroyed. Standing crops have been destroyed. Six lakh families have been affected due to the cyclone. Five lakh houses have been destroyed. There is water-logging in several places. The free movement of the people has been affected," Banerjee told reporters at state secretariat 'Nabanna' after chairing a high-level meeting to assess the damage caused by Bulbul.Before the onset of the cyclone, we rescued nearly 15 lakh people. So far, nine people have died. Out of nine people, five casualties were reported in North 24 Parganas, three casualties in South 24 Parganas and one person died in Midnapore. We are working to restore normalcy in the affected areas," she added.The Chief Minister ....