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.

Bengali film actress Payel Sarkar joins BJP

KOLKATA:Star wars continue in poll-bound West Bengal as the Mamata Banerjee-led ruling Trinamool Congress and its arch rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are busy roping in film stars and actors in their respective political folds ahead of the forthcoming state Assembly elections.

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.

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.

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.

Dushyant Chautala re-elected TTFI president, Arun Banerjee is new Secretary general

PANCHKULA: Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala retained as president of the Table Tennis Federation of India in the general body meeting held here today. He is the youngest president of any National Sports Federation (NSF) in the country.

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.

AFSPA extended for 6 months in Assam

GUWAHATI: Months before the Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Assam on Wednesday extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA), in the state for six more months beyond February 27, an official said.

Kapurthala got two major projects worth Rs.39.16 crore as Chief Minister made online foundation stone

KAPURTHALA: Kapurthala district today got two major projects of Rs. 39.16 crore as the chief Minister Captain Amarinder singh laid the foundation stone online which would boost the employment opportunities for youth as well as facilitate to reduce the pollution level by vehicles. Both these institutes are to be set up at village Jhal Thikeiwala .

Jakhar chairs first meeting of high-powered committee to finalise office bearers for nagar panchyats, councils and corporations

CHANDIGARH:The first meeting of the high-powered committee appointed after the local bodies polls by Congress to finalise office bearers for those was held here today under the chairmanship of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Sunil Jakhar.

Punjab CM announces open-ended mini bus permit policy for rural youth, with no deadline for applying

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced an ‘Open-Ended Mini Bus Permit Policy’, with no deadline for rural youth to apply for such a permit, while laying foundation stones of Rs 55.16 crore worth of high-tech State Transport Department institutes, including home delivery of driving licences.

Rahul calls his day out with fishers in Kollam 'a dream'

KOLLAM(Kerala) : It was "a dream come true" said Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday after spending an hour in the sea on a boat with fishermen off the coast here in Kerala.

AAP enters Modi's stronghold in Gujarat, wins 27 seats in MC polls

CHANDIGARH: Gaining momentum and receiving an overwhelming response from the people in various states, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now entered the stronghold of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat. The AAP had won 27 seats in the local bodies' polls held in Gujarat on Tuesday. In a statement, the Aam Aadmi Party said that Gujarat used to be a state where the BJP held the bastion and no other party stood any chance to contest with the BJP and its leaders. However, the AAP has changed that and has made its inroads in Gujarat. "By winning 27 seats, the AAP now stands second in Surat Municipal Corporation," it added.

World risks new pandemics, warns UN Environment Assembly

 NAIROBI: Ministers of environment and other leaders from more than 150 nations concluded a two-day online meeting of the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) in which the Assembly warned that the world risks new pandemics "if we don't change how we safeguard nature".

Rahul Gandhi has a habit of dividing people: Nadda

NEW DELHI: Taking a dig at former Congree chief Rahul Gandhi, BJP national President J.P. Nadda said on Tuesday that the Congress leader has a habit of dividing people.

Delhi violence accused Sidhana addresses rally, dares police

CHANDIGARH: Delhi violence accused and gangster-activist Lakha Sidhana on Tuesday dared police to arrest him as he addressed a public rally he called in Punjab's Bathinda as a show of strength and to express solidarity with those facing police action for supporting the cause of the protesting farmers.

Himachal to conduct municipal polls on party symbols

SHIMLA: he Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday decided to carry out amendments for conducting elections to the municipal corporations on party symbols, to provide reservation and making provision for disqualification on grounds of defection.

Kerala's deep sea fishing project against Biodiversity Act

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The MoU signed between the Kerala government's KSIDC and a private company EMCC International India (Pvt. Ltd.), for the promotion and upgradation of the deep sea fishing industry in the state with an investment of Rs 5,000 crore is against the Indian Biodiversity Act of 2002 enacted by Parliament and implemented in the country, said an expert.

Sonam Wangchuk makes mobile solar-powered tent for Indian Army

NEW DELHI: Ladakh-based engineer Sonam Wangchuk, who inspired the character of 'Phunsukh Wangdu' in Bollywood blockbuster "Three Idiots", has developed a mobile solar-powered tent, accommodating 10 soldiers, for use by the Indian Army in high-altitude locations.

20 lawmakers skip meeting called by Imran Khan in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: 20 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including two former ministers who were recently expelled from the cabinet, missed the meeting called by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Modi's communal mindset exposed in not giving permission to Sikh Jatha to visit Nankana Sahib: Jakhar

CHANDIGARH:  State Congress President Sunil Jakhar on Monday congratulated the party's state candidate selection committee and district party observors for their hard work, dedication and stupendous role in ensuring landslide victory for Congress in local bodies polls, resulted for which were announced last week. On the occasion, Congress state in-charge Harish Rawat was also present who lauded party cadre for their resolve while urging them to keep working hard for next year's assembly elections.

Capt Amarinder to lead Congress in 2022 Punjab polls, says Jakhar

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President, Sunil Jakhar, on Monday said that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh would lead the party in the 2022 assembly polls, as the people of the state had reposed their faith in his leadership with their landslide verdict in Congress’ favour in the recent civic polls.

WB: Modi to flag off metro service extension to Dakshineswar

KOLKATA: Ahead of the high-voltage state Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit West Bengal on Monday to inaugurate a bouquet of railways projects including the first metro service in Noapara and Dakshineswar section.

Puducherry CM resigns as Cong-led govt falls ahead of floor test

PUDUCHERRY: Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy on Monday resigned after his Congress-led government collapsed just before facing the floor test in the Assembly.

ULFA 'defers' action on Quippo employees

GUWAHATI: The separatist United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) says it has 'deferred action' against two employees of hydrocarbon company Quippo Oil & Gas Infrastructure Ltd who were kidnapped in December by their armed cadres.

Shivpal-Owaisi pact on the cards in UP

LUCKNOW: Even as Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav dilly-dallies over his pact with his estranged uncle Shivpal Yadav's Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL), the latter is wasting no time in making new friends in politics.

Majority of Indians cutting expenses to cope with high fuel prices: Survey

NEW DELHI: As petrol and diesel prices soar to record high levels, and petrol nearing the Rs 100 mark across metro cities, around 51 per cent Indians are cutting on their other expenses to manage their spending on fuel prices, showed a survey by LocalCircles.

Congress needs to win states to be relevant in Parliament

NEW DELHI: The Congress is trying hard to win elections in Assam and Kerala where it is directly pitched against its opponents with senior party leader Rahul Gandhi initiating campaign in all the poll-bound states barring West Bengal.

AAP leaders address booth workers conference at Trilokpuri

NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders addressed the Booth Workers Conference at Ward 02E in Trilokpuri assembly constituency on Saturday while convening a padyatra for the upcoming MCD bypolls.

Sankrail freight terminal in WB will provide quick freight movement from industrial area: Goyal

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said that Sankrail freight terminal which has eight full electrified lines will provide the facility of quick freight movement from industrial areas in West Bengal.

BJP's ally IPFT in Tripura forges alliance with others

AGARTALA: Antagonising the ruling BJP, its junior ally IPFT on Friday night forged an alliance with another smaller tribal based parties to fight the upcoming polls to the tribal autonomous body.

US return to 2015 Paris Agreement becomes official

NEW DELHI: The US return to the 2015 Paris Agreement became official on Friday, paving the way for climate actions through its domestic and international policies while creating millions of "green" jobs.

Govt keen to utilise more technologies in farming sector: Tomar

GUWAHATI: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said that the government is keen to use more technology in farming so that the farmers can get more price from their produce.

CM leads Punjab Cabinet to thank people for peaceful civic polls & endorsement of State Govt policies

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday led the Council of Ministers in thanking the people of the state for the resounding verdict in favour of the Congress and validation of the state government’s pro-people and pro-farmer policies in the recently concluded civic elections.

Punjab cabinet paves way for deemed approval of regulatory clearance and auto renewal for Ind projects

CHANDIGARH: To facilitate new industrial projects to take off expeditiously without delay, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday gave the nod to amend the Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion Act, 2016 for incorporating provisions for automated deemed approval of various regulatory clearances.

ECI embarks upon the use of mobile technology to streamline electoral services

CHANDIGARH: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has undertaken various Information Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives with a view to streamline and simplify the electoral services offered to citizens. A video conference was held yesterday with Chief Electoral Officers of all states and UTs of the country to apprise about the mobile applications developed for enabling a culture of avid electoral engagement among the citizens of the country.

Stage set for private self-financed Amity university to become operational in Mohali this year

CHANDIGARH: The stage is set for tabling, for enactment in the forthcoming budget session of the Vidhan Sabha, the Bill for establishment of a private self-financed Amity University, which is set to become functional at IT City, Mohali, from this year.

Coal scam case: CBI searches 13 locations in poll-bound Bengal

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Several teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday launched search operations at 13 locations in poll-bound West Bengal, including the premises of coal mafia Jaidev Mondal in an ongoing probe into the coal scam case involving the coal mafia Anup Majhi, who is still on the run, sources said.

Bhim Army chief in TIME's emerging leaders list

NEW DELHI: Five Indian-origin personalities, including Chandra Shekhar Aazad of the Bhim Army are part of the TIME magazines annual list of 100 "emerging leaders who are shaping the future".

India-Australia partnership to play important role in post-Covid world: Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that a strong India-Australia partnership will play an important role in shaping the post-Covid world.