Friday, February 26, 2021


5 states/UT to go to polls from Mar 27-Apr 29, counting on May 2

NEW DELHI: Assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry will be held from March 27 to April 29, while the counting of votes will be held on May 2, the Election Commission of India said on Friday.

Yuva Kisan Divas lauds youth's role in farmers' movement

NEW DELHI: With the farmers agitation at Delhi's borders completing more than 90 days, newer strategies are being adopted to keep the movement going. One such strategy by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha was organising the Yuva Kisan Divas (Young Farmer Day) on Friday in which youngsters managed the stage at the Ghazipur border.

PM Modi trying to curtail voices of democracy with new social media regulations: Bhagwant Mann

CHANDIGARH: Reacting to the announcement made by Union Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad about new norms for social media in the country that any content that is flagged off by the authorities need to be taken down within 36 hours by the social media sites, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state president and MP Bhagwant Mann said this was another way by which Prime Minister Narendra Modi government want to curtail the voices of democracy. He said that vver the last few days the Modi government had been shaken to the core with the immense response that the farmers' protest had been getting.

Deep Sidhu withdraws 'security' plea from court

NEW DELHI: Punjabi actor-turned singer Deep Sidhu, an accused in the Republic Day violence case, has withdrawn an application seeking security in the jail premises after he was shifted to a separate cell.

AIMPLB to hold online series on legal issues

LUCKNOW: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) will hold an online interactive series to explain its stand on various court cases pertaining to the personal law to the people.

Rain lashes J&K, to continue for 24 hrs

SRINAGAR: Moderate rain lashed Jammu and Kashmir on Friday as the meteorological (MET) department said same weather conditions will continue during the next 24 hours.

Social media platforms need to remove offending content within 36 hrs of govt order

MUMBAI: As the Union government on Thursday notified the new rules for social media intermediaries, the platforms will have to remove offending content within 36 hours after a government directive or a legal order.

Bihar government should rethink liquor ban: BJP legislator

PATNA: With the Bihar government facing criticism for "ineffective" implementation of the liquor ban, BJP Legislative Councillor Sanjay Paswan on Thursday said that the state government should reconsider it to avoid smuggling and attacks on security forces.

Om Prakash Chouhan and Manu Gandas joint third round leaders

AHMEDABAD: Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow produced a super eight-under-64 while Manu Gandas of the DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurugram, shot a determined five-under-67, as the duo held the joint third round lead at 12-under-132, three shots head of the rest, at the Glade One Masters 2021 being played at the Glade One Golf Resort in Ahmedabad.

SUV with 20 gelatin sticks found dumped near Mukesh Ambani's house

MUMBAI: In a shocking development, an SUV filled with at least 20 gelatin sticks was found abandoned outside Antilia, the lavish multi-storied home of billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani, here on Thursday evening, officials said.

Bag with Rs 1 lakh cash forgotten at Red Fort Metro Station

NEW DELHI: A bag containing Rs 1 lakh cash, found at the Red Fort Metro Station on Wednesday, remained unclaimed for some hours before its anxious owner came looking for it, officials said on Thursday.

Money was offered to topple Cong government in Puducherry: Independent MLA

PUDUCHERRY: Independent MLA of Mahe assembly Constituency of Puducherry state, Dr V Ramachandran, has revealed that big money was offered to him for development of his constituency as well as personally for extending support to topple the Congress government of Puducherry. Dr Ramachandran was speaking to IANS over telephone.

Decks cleared for Nirav Modi's extradition

NEW DELHI: In a major setback to fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, a UK court on Thursday ordered his extradition in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case.

No thinning of troops along LoC: Army

NEW DELHI: There is no proposal of thinning of troops along Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir as Pakistan has not stopped terrorism, Indian Army said on Thursday.

Youth Akali Dal to 'gherao' Delhi Police

CHANDIGARH: The Youth Akali Dal will 'gherao' Delhi Police personnel for singling out Punjabi youths for arrest by allegedly registering "false cases" against them in connection with the January 26 violence in the national capital.

India, Pak agree for strict observance of all LoC agreements

NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan reviewed the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, and agreed for strict observance of all agreements, and understandings, Indian Army said on Thursday.

No fundamental right of same-sex marriage: Centre to HC

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that there is no fundamental right to seek recognition for same-sex marriage.

Indian Govt comes up with stricter norms for social media, OTT

NEW DELHI: The Union Government on Thursday came up with new stringent guidelines for social media platforms along with code of ethics for over-the-top (OTT) platforms and digital media.

40% vegetables, fruits get wasted in India: IARI Director

NEW DELHI: The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), which helps to increase the production of agricultural produce in the country through its research, is now working on preservation of these products too. The institute has made a refrigerator - Pusa Farm Sun Fridge - which can preserve up to two tons of fruits and vegetables.

BJP slams Andhra Jyothy media house, dubs it 'TDP pamphlet'

AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP has boycotted Telugu news channel ABN Andhra Jyothy and its vernacular sister daily Andhra Jyothy, alleging that these two are working as a "Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pamphlet".

Farmers angry over govt notices, closure of roads

NEW DELHI: The anger of the protesting farmers has started to boil over after three months of the agitation as they are upset with the government and the police over closure of the main roads at Ghazipur border and notices sent to several protesters.

Go for BEST, reject Cong's feudal culture: PM in Puducherry

PUDUCHERRY: Virtually launching BJP's campaign for upcoming Assembly elections in Puducherry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged people to vote for NDA's good governance agenda and reject anti-development forces.

BJP slams Andhra Jyothy media house, dubs it 'TDP pamphlet'

AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP has boycotted Telugu news channel ABN Andhra Jyothy and its vernacular sister daily Andhra Jyothy, alleging that these two are working as a "Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pamphlet".

Delhi riots: HC to hear pleas on March 26

NEW DELHI:The Delhi High Court on Thursday listed for March 26 a batch of petitions related to last year's violence in the national capital.

Notified holidays will be maintained during assembly session: Goa CM

PANAJI: State assembly proceedings will not be conducted on notified government holidays during the upcoming budget session of the assembly, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Thursday.

No proposal to cut taxes on petrol, diesel in UP

LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has said that there is no proposal to reduce tax on petrol and diesel as revenue is needed to ensure betterment of health services and other development works due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Surge in Covid cases in MP, but lockdown not to be imposed

BHOPAL: With the surge in daily Covid cases in Madhya Pradesh, the state government has implemented strict measures like making wearing masks compulsory, restrictions on holding any function etc. but ruled out the possibility of a complete lockdown in the state.

Farmers angry over govt notices, closure of roads

NEW DELHI:The anger of the protesting farmers has started to boil over after three months of the agitation as they are upset with the government and the police over closure of the main roads at Ghazipur border and notices sent to several protesters.

Mamata Banerjee rides e-scooter to protest petrol price hike

KOLKATA: Staging an unprecedented protest against the price hike of petroleum products, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday rode an electric scooter to reach her office in the state secretariat Nabanno building in Kolkata's adjoining Howrah district.

Priyanka Gandhi attacks govt on LPG hike

NEW DELHI: With fuel prices on the rise after LPG price was hiked by Rs 25 on Thursday, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed the Modi government.

PM launches key projects in Puducherry

PUDUCHERRY: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched several key projects in Puducherry on Thursday, just days after a Congress government collapsed in the state.

Unnao girls were given herbicide in water, says FSL report

KANPUR: (Uttar Pradesh): The water given to the three Unnao girls, which led to the death of two of them, had been mixed with Sulfosulfuron, a herbicide, police said on Thursday.

Nadda on 2-day visit to Varanasi form Feb 28

VARANASI: Bharatiya Janata Party president J.P. Nadda will arrive in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a two-day visit from February 28.

Monitor room to trace DTC buses at ISBT

NEW DELHI: Delhi transport department's newly setup command room to control and monitor Delhi Transport Corporation's all low-floor and Cluster buses plying across the city will be made operational soon. The transport department has set up a centralised command room fitted with advanced facilities at ISBT Kashmiri Gate.

Sasikala asks Amma's followers to unite for Assembly polls

CHENNAI: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J. Jayalalithaa's close aide and expelled AIADMK leader, V.K. Sasikala on Wednesday renewed her call to the 'cadres of Amma (ex-Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa)' to come together to win the Assembly elections.

Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela to kick off on Thursday

NEW DELHI: The Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2021, a three-day event of ICAR-IARI, will be inaugurated by chief guest and Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday.

Rukmini Made Gowda of JD(S) elected as Mysuru Mayor

MYSURU: Rukmini Made Gowda, JD(S) corporator from Ward No. 36, was on Wednesday elected the Mayor of the Mysuru City Corporation after she defeated BJP candidate Sunanda Palanetra. The post was previously held by JD(S) corporator Tasneem, who was the first woman Mayor of Mysuru.

Amit Shah in Assam on Thursday, to address two rallies

GUWAHATI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit poll-bound Assam on Thursday to attend two religious events and address public gatherings in Nagaon and Karbi Anglong districts.

Delhi Traffic Police launches special anti-congestion drive

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Traffic Police has launched efforts to address congestion due to improperly-parked vehicles on the road and other temporary encroachments like roadside vendor carts, rickshaw, etc, with special joint drives being carried out on various identified stretches in south Delhi.

Fate worse than Trump awaits PM Modi: Mamata

KOLKATA: Two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public meeting in Hooghly district's Sahaganj near Dunlop, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday launched an all-out attack of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that the saffron brigade won't be able to score even a single goal in the forthcoming state Assembly elections.