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India

CBI Files Chargesheet Against 60 Accused In Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam Scam Case

Multiple criminal cases related to scam have been filed in different parts of state. (Representational)Gwalior: The CBI on Thursday filed a charge-sheet in a special court here against 60 accused in a case related to the multi-crore Vyapam admission and recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh, the prosecution said.The document, running into more than 4,000 pages, relates to alleged rigging of Pre-Medical Test (PMT) conducted by the state's examination board board in 2011.Special CBI court for Vyapam cases, presided over by Additional Sessions Judge Surendra Kumar Shrivastava, will start hearing the case from January 28 following a direction from the top court that five accused should be tried at a time, prosecution lawyer Bharat Bhushan Sharma said.He said the accused have been booked under...
India

Gujarat Asks Centre To Allow Offline COVID-19 Vaccination In Remote Areas

The Gujarat administration is fully prepared for the vaccination roll-out, the health minister said.Ahmedabad: Ahead of the highly anticipated roll-out of coronavirus vaccine in the country, the Gujarat government on Thursday requested the Centre to allow an offline system of sharing information for remote places in the state where internet connectivity is an issue.The request was made by Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel during his virtual discussion with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, said a state government release."There are issues of internet connectivity in remote as well as hilly areas of the state. In such a situation, the administration faces difficulty in sharing information about the vaccine with the beneficiaries," it said,"Thus, I request you to consider allowing an o...
India

Centre Brings Ordinance To Merge J&K Officers With Union Territory Cadre

J&K cadre of IPS, IAS and Indian Forest Service merged with the AGMUTNew Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir cadre of Indian Police Service, Indian Administrative Service and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) was merged with the AGMUT cadre on Thursday and its officers will now be posted by the central government.According to a notification signed by President Ram Nath Kovind and issued by the Law and Justice Ministry, the members of IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service for the existing cadre of Jammu and Kashmir will now become part of AGMUT or Arunachal, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories cadre.Now, the officers of the former Jammu and Kashmir cadre can be posted to Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and any Union Territory."Centre has now ended J&K cadre for all-India service officers, now th...
Career and Education

JEE Advanced 2021 exam for admissions to IITs to be held on July 3 – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The JEE-Advanced test for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology will be conducted on July 3, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' announced on Thursday. The relaxation in admission requirement of 75 per cent marks in class 12 which was announced last year in view of Covid-19 pandemic will be offered this year as well, he said. "Like last year, this year too we have removed the minimum 75% marks (aggregate in XII class) criteria for appearing in the JEE Advanced examination, as it will allow more candidates to take the test. This year the IIT-Kharagpur will conduct the test on July 3, 2021", education minister Pokhriyal announced on Twitter. Earlier, a general category student should have secured 75% aggregate marks in the class XII or equivalent exam...
World

UK Prime Minister “Unreservedly Condemns” Trump For Capitol Unrest

Johnson was the first European leader to speak to Biden after his win. (File)London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday denounced erstwhile ally Donald Trump after the president's supporters stormed Congress in response to his incendiary rejection of the US election result."All my life America has stood for some very important things: an idea of freedom and an idea of democracy," the New York-born Johnson told a news conference devoted to Britain's coronavirus crisis."In so far as he encouraged people to storm the Capitol and in so far as the president consistently has cast doubt on the outcome of a free and fair election, I believe that was completely wrong," he said."And I unreservedly condemn encouraging people to behave in the disgraceful way that they did in the Capit...
India

Trinamool MP Calls BJP’s Dilip Ghosh “Goon”, Kailash Vijayvargiya “Outsider”

"Our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee never thinks about the power," Abhishek Banerjee said (File)South Dinajpur: Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP and nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday termed state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh "goon" (hooligan) and party's Central Observer for West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya an "outsider".Addressing a public meeting at Gangarampur in South Dinajpur, Mr Banerjee said: "If anyone can prove I'm "tolabaj bhaipo" (extortionist nephew), you don't need to send Enforcement Directorate (ED) or Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Just make gallows, I will hang myself. Kailash Vijayvargiya is an outsider, his son Akash Vijaiwargia is a goonda. Dilip Ghosh is a goonda."The TMC youth wing chief alleged that if BJP wants to do any developmental ...
Business

Economy likely to contract 7.7% in 2020-21: Government data – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian economy is estimated to contract 7.7 per cent in 2020-21 compared to 4.2 per cent growth in the previous fiscal, mainly on account of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. As per the first advanced estimates of the national income released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on Thursday, there was contraction in almost all sectors with the exception of agriculture. "Real GDP or GDP at Constant Prices (2011-12) in the year 2020-21 is likely to attain a level of Rs 134.40 lakh crore, as against the Provisional Estimate of GDP for the year 2019-20 of Rs 145.66 lakh crore... The growth in real GDP during 2020-21 is estimated at -7.7 per cent as compared to the growth rate of 4.2 per cent in 2019-20," it said. Many private economists have upwardly revised their forecast...
Career and Education

Delhi govt-run medical colleges to re-open; students to join in phased manner – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Amid an improvement in the Covid-19 situation here, medical colleges under the Delhi government have been ordered to reopen, but physical classes will resume in a phased manner for different academic batches, officials said on Thursday. These institutions, which include the Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) attached to the LNJP Hospital and the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) linked to the GTB Hospital, are closed since March in view of the coronavirus pandemic. "Consequent upon the reduction in the number of Covid-19 cases reported in the NCT of Delhi and after assessing the current situation, the re-opening of the medical colleges under GNCT of Delhi are hereby ordered with immediate effect by observing distancing and SOPs (standard operating procedures) i...
India

Air Traffic To Kashmir Restored After 4-Day Gap Due To Heavy Snowfall

Air traffic between Srinagar airport and rest of country was suspended on SundaySrinagar: Air traffic between Kashmir and the rest of the country was restored on Thursday after four days, but lack of snow clearance reroute Srinagar airport led to massive traffic jams, forcing many passengers to walk several kilometres, officials said."As many as 26 flights arrived at Srinagar international airport on Thursday while 24 flights departed to destinations outside the valley. The flight operations resumed after a gap of four days," an official in Srinagar said.The air traffic between Srinagar airport, the only civilian airport in Kashmir, and rest of the country was suspended on Sunday due to snowfall which continued till Wednesday.The first flight landed at Srinagar International Airport tod...
India

Centre Ready To Pay For First Phase Vaccination In Maharashtra: Minister

Maharashtra will join the nationwide dry run on January 8. (Representational)Mumbai: Maharashtra public health minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday said the Centre has agreed to bear the cost of coronavirus vaccination in the first phase where some eight lakh health workers in the state will be inoculated."I had a video conference with union public health minister Harsh Vardhan where I demanded that the Centre bear the cost of vaccination including operational expenses," Mr Tope said in a video message.Mr Vardhan assured that the Centre will foot the bill for the vaccination in the first phase but did not say anything specific about later phases, Mr Tope said."We are going to set up vaccination centres at state and civic-run hospitals. If we could set up 100 such centres with each catering ...