Wednesday, January 20, 2021


CBI arrests its own DSP, Inspector in corruption case

NEW DELHI:  The CBI has arrested its own DSP RK Rishi, Inspector Kapil Dhankad and advocate Manohar Malik in connection with a corruption case, an official said on Wednesday.

Tripura CPI(M) MLAs protest against 'Jungle Raj in BJP rule'

AGARTALA: The opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLAs on Wednesday staged a protest for the first time after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in Tripura in 2018. The left party staged the protest against the attacks on opposition parties, MLAs, MPs and other leaders.

Union government should withdraw new agriculture laws without any delay: Tript Bajwa & Sarkaria

'Not proper': CJI irked at Dave's absence in farm laws hearing

NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde on Wednesday expressed his dissatisfaction at the absence of senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing eight farmer unions protesting against the farm laws, from the hearing in connection with the laws last week.

SC declines to entertain plea to stop tractor rally on R-Day

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to entertain an application by Centre through Delhi Police to stop protesting farmer unions from carrying out tractor rally into the Capital on Republic Day.

Election Commission of India to launch e-EPIC on January 25

CHANDIGARH: In a historic and landmark initiative, the e-EPIC (electronic Electoral Photo Identity Card) programme will be formally launched by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on January 25, 2021, marking the occasion of National Voters’ Day. Voters can now view and print the digital voter card on their registered mobile. Aimed at creating convenience for voters, ECI explained the modalities of e-EPIC to Chief Electoral Officers of all the states through a video conference held on January 19, 2020.

14 killed in Bengal road accident

KOLKATA: Fourteen people lost their lives in a road accident in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district as a boulder-loaded truck coming from the opposite direction collided head-on with a multi-purpose vehicle.

10th round of Govt-farmer talks begins seeking a solution

NEW DELHI: The 10th round of dialogue between the government and farmers' representatives began on Wednesday here in the national capital amid expectations of a solution to end the deadlock as the protest by the farmers on the Delhi borders continued for the 56th day.

Leaking classified info act of 'treason': Cong on Arnab chat

NEW DELHI: Upping the ante against the government over journalist Arnab Goswami's purported social media chat leak, the Congress on Wednesday described it as an act of "treason" and demanded an immediate inquiry over leaking of such classified information about the Balakot air strikes.

'Contract for airport parking could be reason behind IndiGo staffer's murder'

PATNA: Bihar DGP S.K. Singhal said on Tuesday that contract for airport parking lot could be the reason behind the murder of IndiGo state head Rupesh Kumar Singh, who was allegedly shot dead by criminals near the Shastri Nagar police station area in Patna on Januray 12.

Three 'farmers' from Punjab arrested in Shimla

SHIMLA: Three people, believed to be farmers from Punjab, were arrested here on Tuesday on charges of holding a protest meeting against the three contentious Central farm laws at the historic Ridge in violation of prohibitory orders.

Shah hails Delhi Police work in Covid times

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah hailed the Delhi Police for its effective handling of the coronavirus situation and said that despite many of the personnel themselves suffering from the virus, the force meticulously faced all challenges that came its way in 2020.

BJP's new strategy: Sushil Modi's exit, Shahnawaz's entry in Bihar

PATNA: After the recent Bihar Assembly election, the BJP - a major constituent of the ruling NDA in the state - has been constantly rebooting its political strategy in the state.Now the latest move by the saffron party has sprung a surprise as it declared Union minister Shahnawaz Hussain as its candidate for the Bihar Legislative Council. There are now indications of far-reaching preparations over this move by the BJP.

Telangana Congress leaders detained during protest over farm laws

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad police detained leaders and workers of opposition Congress party as they tried to march towards Raj Bhavan on Tuesday to protest against the new farm laws enacted by the Centre and the hike in petrol and diesel prices.

Bird flu: Goa bans transportation of birds from Maharashtra, Karnataka

PANAJI: The Goa administration on Tuesday banned transportation and entry of birds and eggs from neighbouring Maharashtra and Karnataka in wake of the bird flu scare.
The orders issued by the North and South Goa District Magistrates come into force with "immediate effect".

Andhra CM expected to meet Amit Shah in Delhi

AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is scheduled to visit Delhi on Tuesday, his third visit to the national capital in the last four months.

Eluru-like mysterious illness cases emerge in AP's Pulla village

PULLA(Andhra Pradesh): Bringing back memories of December's mysterious illness in Andhra Pradesh's Eluru in West Godavari district, Pulla village has seen 24 such cases of convulsions till 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Atmanirbhar Bharat' does not mean isolated India: Prasad

NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said that 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' does not mean an isolated India.

Delhi students excited to be back in schools

NEW DELHI: Delhi schools which have been closed for the past 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, reopened on Monday and there is great enthusiasm among the students who say they prefer normal classes in school to online classes.

Who is he? Is he my professor: Rahul Gandhi on JP Nadda

NEW DELHI: Former Congress chief on Tuesday slammed BJP national president J.P. Nadda after he taunted him for misleading and provoking farmers, saying who is he and why should he answer him.

Leaking national secret to journalist is a criminal act: Rahul

NEW DELHI: New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that leaking sensitive information related to the national secret of a planned attack to a journalist is a "criminal act" and persons behind this should be put in prison.

I'm a clean person, not scared of PM Modi: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said he was not scared of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he was a "clean person" and he would continue to fight alone even if no one sided with him.

CJI: Person on panel can express views, can't be disqualified

NEW DELHI: Chief Justice S.A. Bobde on Tuesday orally observed that if a person on a panel has expressed views on the matter, it should not become ground for disqualification from a committee.

Don't deny the right of farmers' to hold march: Akali Dal

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday appealed the government not to deny the constitutional right for a peaceful march in Delhi to law abiding farmers of the country on January 26.

Talks between govt, farmer leaders postponed to Jan 20

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on Monday said that the meeting between a group of ministers and farmer unions scheduled for January 19 has been postponed to January 20.

14 migrant labourers crushed under speeding truck in Gujarat

GANDHINAGAR: At least 14 migrant labourers from Rajasthan, including a child sleeping near a road were crushed to death and six others injured on Tuesday morning by a speeding dumper truck in Gujarat's Surat, police said.

Renowned oncologist V.Shanta of Adyar Cancer Institute no more

CHENNAI: Veteran oncologist V. Shanta who headed the Cancer Institute (WIA) here, popularly known as Adyar Cancer Institute died at a private hospital on Tuesday early morning.

UP court orders Cong, BSP leaders properties to be attached

LUCKNOW: A special MP/MLA court has ordered for the attachment of properties of Congress leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Ram Achal Rajbhar for evading arrest in a criminal case.

Netaji's birthday to be marked as 'Parakram Diwas' every year: Govt

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Culture on Tuesday said that the government has decided to celebrate the birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose that falls on January 23 as 'Parakram Diwas' from now on every year.

RSS set to see changes, new face may replace Bhaiyyaji Joshi

NEW DELHI: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is set to witness a major organisational change after its crucial meeting in March.
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the RSS' highest decision-making body, is scheduled to meet on March 19 and 20 in Bengaluru.

Indians invited to join Commonwealth Youth Council

NEW DELHI: Young people from India too are invited to join the Commonwealth Youth Council, one of the world's largest representing Commonwealth's 1.4 billion young people, an official statement said on Tuesday.

ADGP AS Rai releases Munish Jindal’s “The Punjab Review” book on current affairs

CHANDIGARH:  Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) NRI Affairs Amardeep Singh Rai on Monday, released a book on current affairs of Punjab “The Punjab Review” written by Munish Jindal.

Is friction increasing between Scindia and Tomar in Madhya Pradesh?

GWALIOR: Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia played a major role in the BJP coming back to power in Madhya Pradesh, but due to the increasing activity of Scindia in the Gwalior-Chambal region it is fast turning into a political storm. There are also indications that the relationship between Scindia and Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has turned sour.

Cong's 12-hour shutdown call evokes partial response in Tripura

AGARTALA: The 12-hour shutdown called by the opposition Congress in Tripura on Monday to protest against the alleged attack on the state's party president Pijush Biswas by "BJP goons", evoked a partial response.

Mamata to contest from Suvendu's 'home turf' Nandigram

KOLKATA: In an open challenge to her once confidante and ex-minister Suvendu Adhikari, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that she will contest the upcoming state Assembly elections from the Nandigram seat.

Maha CM's tweet on border dispute: K'taka CM warns not to politicise issue

BENGALURU: Leaders cutting across political lines in Karnataka, including Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, on Monday came down heavily on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's tweet on "incorporating Marathi-speaking areas" in Karnataka into Maharashtra.

We will not quarrel, but celebrate R-Day: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait

GHAZIPUR: The farmers protesting against the new Central farm laws have announced a 'Tractor March' on Republic Day. On Monday, the Supreme Court heard the petition of the Delhi Police on the issue. The apex court said it is for the Delhi Police to decide whether it would allow the farmers to enter Delhi or not.

Jaishankar raised Mallya's extradition, UK not giving details: Centre to SC

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that Vijay Mallya's extradition has been raised at the highest political level, but the UK government has refused to share the details of the confidential proceedings delaying his extradition.

Previous govts worked without Metro policy, lacked modern vision: PM Modi

GANDHINAGAR: While carrying out the the virtual ground breaking ceremonies of the the Surat Metro project and the second phase of Ahmedabad Metro project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that due to lack of modern vision and any metro policy in previous governments, works of only 225 kilometre Metro network were operational, while the present government's modern vision had helped complete more than 450 km of Metro line and work was in progress in more than 1000 km in 27 cities.

CRPF's 'Rakshita' for insurgency-hit areas

NEW DELHI: From Monday onwards, 'Rakshita' -- a bike ambulance developed indigenously -- will save lives of injured CRPF personnel deputed in remote and inhospitable areas like the Maoist-hit states or insurgency affected Northeast regions of the country.