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modi: PM Modi tears into SP before UP polls, calls it ‘parivarwadi’ | India News – Times of India

KUSHINAGAR: Ahead of the UP assembly polls early next year, PM Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the previous Samajwadi Party government on Wednesday, saying the earlier regime associated itself with scams and crimes. “People of UP know that their (previous regime’s) identity is not of ‘samajwadi’ (socialist) but of ‘parivarwadi’ (dynasts). These people …

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sibal: Top advocates spar in SC over resumption of physical hearing | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Senior advocates sparred on Wednesday over the efficacy of the SC’s decision to resume full physical hearing two days a week with Kapil Sibal, supported by solicitor general Tushar Mehta, saying the court shouldn’t force advocates to appear physically, which was stoutly opposed by SC bar association president Vikas Singh. Sibal told Chief …

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Furlough not prisoner’s right, says SC in Asaram son’s case | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Reversing a Gujarat high court order granting relief to Asaram’s son Narayan Sai, both of whom have been convicted for rape and unnatural sex, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that prisoners having put sufficient time behind bars could be released on furlough without any specific reason, but they cannot claim this relief …

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Video of Punjab MLA ‘slapping’ youth stirs row | India News – Times of India

AMRITSAR: After a video of Congress MLA from Bhoa assembly in Pathankot, Punjab, purportedly thrashing a young Scheduled Caste youth for asking a question about the legislator’s performance went viral, his family members as well as opposition parties have sought action against the MLA. In the video, a person clad in a white kurta-pyjama can …

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arun: Dalit held for theft in thana dies in custody, five cops suspended | India News – Times of India

AGRA: A 30-year-old Dalit sanitation worker, Arun Valmiki, died in police custody on Tuesday, a day after he was nabbed by the Agra police in connection with theft of Rs 25 lakh from Jagdishpura police station. His relatives have accused policemen of torturing him during interrogation. A case of murder has been registered against “unidentified …

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imd: Onset of winter monsoon on Oct 26, says IMD | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday said the onset of winter (northeast) monsoon in peninsular India is likely to start around October 26. It also noted that withdrawal of summer (southwest) monsoon from the entire country may also happen simultaneously around the same date. The southwest monsoon had commenced its withdrawal from …

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epfo: EPFO adds 15L net subscribers in August, rise of 12.6% over July’s | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The provisional payroll data of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) released on Wednesday showed that the retirement fund body added around 14.81 lakh net subscribers in August, reflecting a growing trend in net payroll for the first five months of this financial year. For the month of August, the net subscriber addition …

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tesla: Tesla hits record profit despite parts shortage, ship delays – Times of India

DETROIT: Record electric vehicle sales last summer amid a shortage of computer chips and other materials propelled Tesla Inc. to the biggest quarterly net earnings in its history. The company said Wednesday that it made $1.62 billion in the third quarter, beating the old record of $1.14 billion set in the second quarter of this …

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Kisan rail roko hit 2 lakh tonne of coal supplies to power plants | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The six-hour rail roko by some farmers’ organisations on Monday impacted goods trains carrying coal to different parts of the country. At least 46 railway rakes carrying 2 lakh tonnes of coal to power plants were stuck due to the agitation and blockade of rail tracks, official sources said. They added the quantity …

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nainital: Uttarakhand rain deaths hit 52, tourists leave in hordes | India News – Times of India

DEHRADUN/NAINITAL: The death toll in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand touched 52 on Wednesday while at least five people are still missing, the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) has said. Union home minister Amit Shah is scheduled to reach the state capital of Dehradun on Wednesday night to take stock of the situation. He will be conducting an …

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2 kids swept away, tourists stranded as rains lash North Bengal | India News – Times of India

SILIGURI/KALIMPONG/JALPAIGURI: Heavy rain pounded North Bengal on Wednesday after a low pressure over Bihar intensified into a cyclonic circulation, triggering multiple landslides and a sudden rise in river water level. At least a couple of bridges were damaged and several roads caved in across North Bengal. Two children were swept away by the raging water …

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gautam: Open to alliance with Capt Amarinder Singh: BJP | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: BJP’s Punjab in-charge Dushyant Gautam on Wednesday responded positively to Amarinder Singh’s remarks on a tie-up for the assembly polls, saying his party was open to alliances with those for whom national interest was top priority. “Amarinder Singh talked about farmers’ issues. We are committed to working for farmers’ welfare and open to …

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CBI charges two for ‘murder’ of Dhanbad judge | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The CBI has filed a chargesheet against two accused — autorickshaw driver Lakhan Verma and his accomplice Rahul Verma — in the alleged murder of Dhanbad judge Uttam Anand, officials said on Wednesday. Both are in judicial custody. CCTV footage showed that the judge was jogging on one side of a fairly wide …

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Geo-economics of two Quads: The East and West Asian groupings can multiply India’s trade possibilities via land and sea

India’s civilisational and economic footprints across Asia have, through history, stretched from the Mediterranean to the Pacific, from the Indian Ocean littoral to Central Asia. If the arrival of European powers into the region 300 years ago, and their maritime dominance in the Indo-Pacific, disrupted the East-West links, the Partition of India, the geopolitics of …

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Term extension for outgoing CBI chief or interim one? SC to rule | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to examine a plea for extending the tenure of the CBI director in emergency situations when the name of his successor is not finalised, instead of appointing an interim chief of the agency, a practice followed by the Centre. A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and …

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Can’t let off rape accused even if survivor is of ‘easy virtue’: HC | India News – Times of India

KOCHI: An accused in a rape case cannot be let off for the reason that the survivor is habituated to sexual intercourse or is of easy virtue, the Kerala HC has said. Upholding the conviction of a man accused of raping his 16-year-old daughter and impregnating her, Justice R Narayana Pisharadi said credibility of the …

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Cat to the rescue: Govts, insurers must issue catastrophe bonds for citizens’ financial protection from weather events

The devastation wrought by incessant rainfall in Kerala and Uttarakhand has forcefully brought home the heightened risks arising out of climate change. Extreme weather, events that are dissimilar to 90-95% of weather events, is one of the symptoms of climate change. India is vulnerable to it as NDMA estimates that 27 states and Union territories …

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123 of vaccination: States must boost 2nd dose coverage. GoI should allow 3rd dose for those medically advised

While 75% adults have received first vaccine doses, state health officials are worried about low offtake of second doses. CoWin indicates that India has crossed 80 lakh daily doses only on two days in October unlike 10 such occasions in September. On October 4, first and second dose coverage reached 70.1% and 26.3% of the …

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Woman Hacked To Death In Rajasthan, Legs Cut Off To Steal Anklets

According to the police, the woman also had deep wounds on her head and neck (Representational) Jaipur: A 55-year-old woman was hacked to death in a rural area of Jaipur district in Rajasthan on Tuesday. The unidentified attackers also cut off her legs to steal her silver anklets, the police said. A special police team …

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Himalayan vulnerabilities: Don’t worsen them – Three ways to mitigate the freak weather events that are predicted to increase in Uttarakhand

The extreme rainfall event in Nainital and adjoining districts in eastern Uttarakhand has broken all the records. In Mukteshwar, for example, 340.8 mm of rainfall was registered during October 18-19, the highest in a 24-hour period since a weather station was set up here in 1897. IMD data shows Uttarakhand got 485% more average rain …