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India

BJP’s JP Nadda To Visit North Bengal On Monday, Address Party Workers

BJP President JP Nadda will interact with booth- and district- level leaders, on the occasion. (File)Kolkata: BJP national president JP Nadda will visit Siliguri in North Bengal on Monday to take stock of organisational matters, ahead of 2021 Assembly elections, party sources said.Both Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Mr Nadda have addressed several virtual rallies and party programmes in Bengal over the past few months. This will be the saffron party president's first visit to the state, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the sources said on Sunday.Mr Nadda, along with senior party leaders such as national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, vice- president Mukul Roy, will interact with booth- and district- level leaders, on the occasion."There are no public pro...
India

Top Court Refuses To Intervene In Uttarakhand Order On Harassment Inquiry

The Supreme Court bench said that it will not interfere with the inquiry (File)New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused to interfere with the Uttarakhand High Court's interim order dismissing a senior judicial officer's plea for changing the inquiry officer, who was examining charges of sexual harassment against him, over alleged bias.A bench of justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi rejected the plea of the additional district judge, saying that he can raise the ground of bias even after the inquiry against him gets over."We are not inclined to interfere with the order passed by the high court. The Special Leave Petition is, accordingly, dismissed. Pending application(s), if any, stands disposed of accordingly."However, the high court is requested to finally dispose of...
India

Kamal Nath’s “Item” Dig At BJP Woman Candidate Triggers Outrage

Kamal Nath was addressing a campaign meeting in Madhya Pradesh's Dabra (File)Bhopal: A video of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath using the word "item" seemingly for a former woman colleague who switched over to the BJP has created a furore amid campaigning for next month's assembly by-elections.Addressing a campaign meeting in Dabra, where the Congress is up against Imarti Devi of the BJP, Mr Nath said his party candidate was a "simple person" unlike his opponent who is an "item"."Why should I take the name (of the opposing candidate)? You all know that person better than me. What an item," Mr Nath said amid cheers from the crowd which kept shouting "Imarti Devi" as the remarks were being made.Hitting back, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took to Twitt...
India

Punjab Farmers Block Congress MP’s Car, Ask Him To Join Protest

Mohammad Siddiq tried to pacify the agitating farmers and but had to leave amid sloganeering.Chandigarh: Ahead of a two-day special assembly session to counter the Union government's farm laws, protests continued in Punjab today with farmers from Sangrur district surrounding a Congress MP and demanding his resignation from the Lok Sabha in solidarity with the protesters.Faridkot MP and Punjabi singer Mohammad Siddiq's car was passing through a protest site in Sangrur when some farmers started shouting slogans and blocked the vehicle around noon on Sunday.They gheraoed the MP sitting inside the car and started asking him questions.The protest was live-streamed on Facebook.In the video, the parliamentarian is asked by the protesters to resign from Lok Sabha against the farm bills. "Why do...
India

Nationalist Congress Party To Contest On 145 Seats In Bihar; Sharad Pawar Will Be Star Campaigner

NCP president Sharad Pawar will be the party's key star campaigner for the polls (File)Patna: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Bihar State Working President Rahat Quadri on Sunday said that his party will contest on 145 seats in the Bihar Assembly polls."We will emerge as the third front as an alternative to National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Mahagathbandhan," Quadri told reporters at a press conference here. Quadri further took a swipe at Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan, terming it the "B-team" of BJP."LJP is the "B-team" of BJP and has been proposed by the latter. On the one hand, LJP says that it is part of the NDA and on the other hand it attacks Nitish Kumar who is also a part of NDA. This means that BJP wants to destroy Nitish Kumar as the people of Bihar have r...
World

China Extends Emergency Use Of Its Covid Vaccines To Three More Cities

All the 11 vaccines in China are in various stages of trials and await final approval.Beijing: Days after joining the World Health Organisation's (WHO) COVAX alliance to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines across the world, China has stepped up the usage of its coronavirus vaccines to three more cities for urgent use.Three more cities in East China's Zhejiang Province are stepping up efforts to offer COVID-19 vaccines for urgent use, with priority being given to key groups in need before they can be rolled out to the general public, official media reports here said.The cities of Yiwu, Ningbo and Shaoxing are targeting key groups with urgent need for vaccinations against COVID-19 following the city of Jiaxing, state-run Global Times quoted another daily, The Paper, as reporting on Sat...
Health and Lifestyle

Hina Khan’s denim one-shoulder jumpsuit is sexy yet cute – Times of India

She's one of Indian television's hottest stars and Hina Khan does not cease to impress us. The pretty actress is currently setting the Bigg Boss house on fire on the pretext of mentoring this season's inmates, and we can't forget to mention that she is slaying one look after the other. Right now, we are crushing on her latest look - a sexy jumpsuit. Hina wore a denim one shoulder jumpsuit with studs in black-grey hue and she rocked it to perfection. The one shoulder long jumpsuit from Mellowdrama featured a flared bottom, contrast tape detailing with studded embellishment at neckline and left side. It also featured balloon sleeves and zipper opening at left side. The pretty jumpsuit is a strange mix of sexy and cute, and if you are looking for a comfy outfit, for a casual day out wi...
India

Dalit Woman Gang Raped At Gunpoint In UP

A case has been registered under relevant sections in the matter, SP Choudhary said.Kanpur: A Dalit woman was allegedly raped at gunpoint by two men, including a former village head, in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Sunday."The incident took place a week back, but the police were informed about the alleged gang rape on Sunday," Superintendent of Police (Kanpur Dehat) Keshav Kumar Choudhary said.According to a complaint filed by the victim's parents, the accused duo barged into their house when the 22-year-old woman was alone and raped her one by one at gunpoint. They then left after threatening her of dire consequences if she dared to speak about the incident to anyone.A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes ...
India

Assam, Mizoram Chief Ministers Talk After Border Clash, Centre Calls Meet

Assam and Mizoram gave deployed a security personnel in large numbers to maintain peace.Guwahati: The governments of Assam and Mizoram dialled the centre on Sunday to discuss the situation at the states' border after a violent clash in which several people were injured. The situation is now under control in the area, which is in Kolasib district of Mizoram and Cachar district of Assam, both sides said.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office and the Union Home Ministry. He also spoke to Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on the phone and stressed on joint efforts to address the border issues and settling disputes amicably, the Assam government said in a statement. Mr Zoramthanga assured Mr Sonowal of efforts to maintain peace at the inter-sta...
India

“Finger In Every Pie Of Governance”: Bengal Governor Slams State Police

Jagdeep Dhankhar also urged the chief minister to address the issues flagged by him on a priority basisKolkata: Flagging the "custodial death" of a man whom the BJP has claimed to be its worker, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday alleged that the state "politicised" police has "finger in every pie" of governance.In a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mr Dhankhar said the death of Madan Ghorai of Kanakpur village in East Midnapore district is yet another instance of "dehumanising torture, assault and death" in custody and asserted that such incidents, dotting the state, have assumed "horrendous proportions, impeaching the credibility of rule of law"."It is an open secret that politicised police has 'finger in every pie' of governance, a facet of police state," Mr Dha...