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Day: October 12, 2020

India

Tribal Rights Activist Stan Swamy’s Arrest Unfortunate: Pinarayi Vijayan

There are allegations that the arrest was a move to muzzle the voices of dissent, Mr Vijayan said (File)Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday termed as "unfortunate" the arrest of tribal rights activist and Jesuit priest Fr Stan Swamy for his alleged involvement in inciting a mob to violence in Bhima Koregaon near Pune on January 1, 2018.Mr Vijayan said the arrest of Mr Swamy, who has been supporting the Tribal agitations for land and their rights inside the forest, was a move to muzzle the dissenting voices."It's unfortunate that Tribal rights activist and Jesuit priest Fr Stan Swamy was arrested and jailed. He has been working among the Tribals for decades. It's against the principles of Indian Constitution to arrest those who raise their voice against t...
India

Sharad Yadav’s Party LJD To Contest 51 Seats In Bihar Polls

Patna: Ignored by the RJD as well as the Congress to make him part of Grand Alliance, former union minister Sharad Yadav-led Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) Monday announced that it will contest 51 out of total 243 assembly seats in Bihar on its own.The party has decided to contest the lone seat of Kurtha in the first phase and 50 seats in the second and third phases, party's national general secretary Arun Srivastava told reporters here."The decision to contest assembly elections has been delayed because Sharad Yadav jee has not been keeping well and hence we could not take decision in time to field our candidates in the first phase," Mr Srivastava said."We are contesting elections to protect Sharad Yadav's legacy (virasat) in politics," he asserted.Though a native of Madhya Pradesh, Mr Ya...
Sports

Indian Premier League 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders: AB De Villiers Masterclass Leads To Demolition Job On KKR | Cricket News

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) romped to a massive 82-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday in Sharjah on the back of an AB de Villiers masterclass of 73 not out from just 33 balls. His partnership with RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who remained unbeaten on 33 off 28, for the third wicket that was worth 100 runs in just 7.4 overs took RCB from a steady start to an imposing total of 194/2. KKR, in reply, capitulated quite early in their chase, losing key wickets of Shubman Gill, Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell in the space of two overs, and were restricted to 112/9. De Villiers came in with RCB 94/2 in 12.2 overs and a platform set for t...
India

Assam BJP Leader Protests, Says No Beef For Tigers At Guwahati Zoo

The anti-beef protesters did not want beef to be served to tigers at Guwahati ZooGuwahati: Hardline Assam BJP leader Satya Ranjan Borah has a problem with serving beef - not just to people, but also to carnivorous animals in zoos, specifically tigers.On Monday a small group of protesters led by Mr Borah - claiming to be anti-beef activists - attempted to block the main gate at Guwahati Zoo as vehicles carrying beef for tigers were trying to pass. Zoo authorities managed to disperse them with help from the police, official sources said.The protesters shouted slogans demanding a carpet ban on cow slaughter."In Hindu society we give importance to protection of cow, but it is the staple food for carnivores in the zoo and part of government supply. Our objection is - why serve beef? Why not ...
India

One More Arrested In Fake Ratings Scam From Uttar Pradesh: Mumbai Police

Hansa is one of BARCs vendors on engagement with panel homes or people's meters. (Representational)Mumbai: The Mumbai police on Monday arrested one more person in connection with the TRP manipulation racket, taking the number of those in custody in the case to five, official said.Vinay Tripathi, a former employee of Hansa Research agency, was arrested from Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh by the Mumbai police's Crime Branch, they said.He earlier worked as a relationship manager at Hansa Research, they said.Meanwhile, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hansa Pravin Nizara and the company's deputy manager Nitin Deokar were questioned on Monday by the Crime Branch in Mumbai in connection with the alleged scam, the officials said.Chief Financial officer (CFO) of Republic TV Shivam Sundaram is likely...
Career and Education

RBI Assistant Main Exam 2019 to be held on November 22 – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced the Main Online Examination date for the Recruitment for the post of RBI Assistant 2019. The RBI released Assistant Recruitment Mains Exam date on Monday, October 12, 2020, on the official portal - rbi.org.in. As per the notification available on - rbi.org.in - the RBI Assistant Main Exam 2020 will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2020. In view of the requests received from the candidates for change in centre for the Main Examination due to the lockdown restrictions, the Bank has decided to give an opportunity to the candidates to change the centre of Main Examination. A link for the centre change will be made available shortly on RBI's website. The Bank had conducted the RBI Assistant Recruitment Online Preliminary examination o...
India

Covid+ Soumitra Chatterjee Still Drowsy, Jittery, Confused, Say Doctors

Soumitra Chatterjee, a star of 14 Satyajit Ray films, contracted Covid 12 days ago.Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee, 85, admitted to a Kolkata hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19, is not keeping very well, doctors have said. "He is barely arousable, drowsy, very jittery and confused," read a medical bulletin released by the hospital this evening. The problem could be the result of Covid-related encephalopathy, which set in on Friday, forcing doctors to move him to intensive care.He may need ventilation if the neurological conditions don't improve, doctors have said, so that his airways are protected.A CT scan of the brain last week was followed by an MRI today, which did not reveal any "structural damage".   The bulletin says the doctors are still hopeful, because apart from...
Business

Govt’s steps may have modest impact on economic activity, boost short term consumer sentiment: Economists – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The fiscal cost and the impact on economic activity of the measures unveiled by the government on Monday to spur consumer demand and capital spending appear to be ‘fairly modest’ but may help trigger sentiment in the short term, economists said. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced steps to boost consumer demand and push capital spending by the Centre and states. The FM announced two schemes for government employees including a festival advance plan to shore up consumer demand and a special interest free 50-year loan to states for capital expenditure for Rs. 12,000 crores. She also said that Rs. 25,000 crores additional budget will be provided capital expenditure on roads, defence infrastructure, water supply, urban development, and domestically produced ca...
Business

Retail inflation spikes to 7.34% in September from 6.69% in August – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Retail inflation based on consumer price index (CPI) accelerated to 7.34 per cent in the month of September as against 6.69 per cent in August mainly on account of rising food prices, government data released on Monday showed. Inflation figures in September remained above the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI's) comfort level for the sixth consecutive month. The monetary policy committee (MPC) has been tasked by the government to tame retail inflation based on CPI at 4 per cent (+,-2 per cent). The rate of price rise in the food basket was 10.68 per cent in September compared to 9.05 per cent in August, as per the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO). Although the government has eased some lockdown restrictions to help revive the economy, supply chain disruptions...
India

Delhi Assembly Panel Examines Witnesses On Complaints Against Facebook

The witnesses stressed the need for "more transparency" in Facebook operations. (File)New Delhi: Delhi Assembly's Peace and Harmony Committee examined two witnesses on complaints against Facebook, and both stressed the need for "more transparency" in the operation, functioning as well as grievance redressal system of the social media giant, a statement of the panel said.The Committee examined witnesses Prabir Purkaystha, editor of online news portal NewsClick and Pratik Sinha, co-founder of Alt News during the hearing, it said."In continuation of the previous proceedings, the Committee under the chairmanship of Raghav Chadha has examined some further witnesses in light of the allegations and issues of grave concern raised in the complaints against the social media platform Facebook," sa...