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Day: January 12, 2021

India

Land Monetisation Policy On Hold Due To Price Drop After Covid: Army Chief

MM Naravane addressed a press conference ahead of Army Day on January 15.New Delhi: The Army has held back implementation of land monetisation policy as land prices have come down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane said on Tuesday.Addressing a press conference ahead of Army Day on January 15, he said the process to implement the monetisation of land for equal value infrastructure will be taken forward once the situation improves.Gen Naravane welcomed the government's land monetisation policy saying it will help the three services in overcoming budgetary constraints.Under the land monetisation framework, government agencies and departments were allowed to use their land holdings to generate revenue or create infrastructure without burdening the state...
Sports

AUS vs IND: Steve Smith Denies Scuffing Rishabh Pant’s Gaurd Mark, Says Controversy Overshadowing India’s Great Batting Display | Cricket News

AUS vs IND: Steve Smith during the third Test match against India.© AFP Australia's premier batsman Steve Smith is "shocked and disappointed" at the controversy created by the allegations levelled against him for a purported video where he is seen scuffing up the guard mark of Indian batsman Rishabh Pant on the fifth day of the third Test. A video footage showed Smith scuffing up the batsman's guard during dr...
Sports

Bangladesh vs West Indies: West Indies Youngsters Have Chance To Shine On Bangladesh Tour: Phil Simmons | Cricket News

West Indies coach Phil Simmons urged the young members of his squad to grab their chances in the forthcoming three one-day internationals and two-Test series against Bangladesh. "My rule and message to all the players here is that you are not here to fill in," Simmons told reporters in the team's first press conference in Dhaka, held online on Tuesday. "You are here to give yourself a chance. You have a chance now to seal your place in the team. "If you do well here, it augurs well for you moving forward. "You come here and do well in the three ODIs and two Tests, you are putting yourself in a place from where nobody can move you. Only you have the ...
India

Four More COVID-19 Vaccines Being Developed: Health Ministry

India will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16 (Representational)New Delhi: Four more COVID-19 vaccines are being developed and their manufacturers may approach the drug controller for emergency use authorisation, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said Zydus Cadila, Sputnik V, Biological E and Gennova are other vaccines that are currently in an advanced clinical trials stage in India."In the coming days you may see some of these vaccines too approaching the drug controller for emergency use authorisation," Mr Bhushan said.Elaborating further, Mr Bhushan said Zydus Cadilla completed Phase 2 clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine in December and has been granted approval for Phase 3.Similarly, Phase...
World

US Courts Block Execution Of Only Woman On Federal Death Row

Convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery pictured at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Fort Worth.A federal judge in Indiana blocked Tuesday's scheduled execution of convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row in the United States, to allow a hearing on whether she is too mentally ill to be put to death.It is one of three executions the U.S. Department of Justice had scheduled for the final full week of Republican President Donald Trump's administration. Democratic President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20, and he says he will seek to abolish the federal death penalty.The Justice Department has appealed the Indiana ruling, which came down late on Monday evening, to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.Separately, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
World

Pakistan Court Jails Three For Vandalising Gurdwara Nankana Sahib

Prime accused Imran Chishti has been jailed for 2 years and fined 10,000 Pakistani RupeesLahore: Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday sentenced up to two years imprisonment to three convicts involved in vandalizing Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in the country's Punjab province.Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, also known as Gurdwara Janam Asthan, is a site near Lahore where the first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak, was born.In January 2020, a violent mob had attacked the Gurdwara and thrown stones and threatened to destroy the minorities worship place (Gurdwara Janamasthan) to build "Ghulaman-e-Mustafa" shrine there. However, police had controlled the situation."On Tuesday a Lahore's ATC handed down two years jail term to prime accused Imran Chishti and imposed a fine of 10,000 Pakistani Rupees. ...
Career and Education

Course cursor: Why India needs skilled Geodesy experts – Times of India

Geodesy, a part of metrology is the science of measurement of earth. The subject helps us to understand the shape and size of the earth. “From designing a town to constructing the roads, the application of Geodesy is needed everywhere,” says Balaji Devaraju, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur. The course, recently introduced at IIT Kanpur will create a skilled workforce to serve the growing geospatial sector in India, which is estimated to grow 13.8% and is worth US $1.1 billion. The Civil Engineering Department of IIT Kanpur has launched a one-year diploma in Geodesy. The course will have three major areas – Geodesy, Navigation and Mapping, and Remote Sensing and geographic information system (GIS). The diploma programme is aimed to serve working profess...
India

Actor Sonu Sood A Habitual Offender Of Illegal Construction: High Court Told

Sonu Sood in his plea had claimed that he had not carried out any illegal construction (File)Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sonu Sood is a "habitual offender" who keeps carrying out unauthorised construction work in a residential building in suburban Juhu despite demolition action initiated on two occasions in the past, the Mumbai civic body stated in its affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.The affidavit was filed in response to the petition filed by Mr Sood last week challenging a notice issued against him by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in October last year and an order passed by a civil court in December 2020 dismissing his suit against the notice.In its notice, the BMC had alleged that Mr Sood carried out structural changes in the six-storey residential buil...
Sports

ISL: NorthEast United, Bengaluru FC Play Out A Draw To Continue Winless Streaks | Football News

NorthEast United and Bengaluru FC saw their winless streaks continue as they played out a drab 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League, on Tuesday. Luis Machado (27') opened the scoring for the Highlanders but Rahul Bheke (49') cancelled out his goal after the break to help the Blues salvage a point. The result meant Gerard Nus' side are now winless in seven games, while Bengaluru saw their four-game losing streak end but with a draw at the Tilak Maidan Stadium. NEUFC and Bengaluru both made three changes each to their eleven. However, the Highlanders were forced to make a late change before the whistle with Lalengmawia replacing the injured Lalrempuia ...
Sports

Dakar Rally: CS Santosh Cleared To Be Flown Back To India After Horror Crash | Other Sports News

Renowned off-road motorcycle racer CS Santosh continues to be "under observation" but has been cleared to fly back to India, his team Hero MotoSports said on Tuesday, days after he suffered a crash at the ongoing Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. The 37-year-old Santosh, who was representing the two-wheeler manufacturing giant in one of the world's biggest rallies, suffered the crash last Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital in Jeddah. "Santosh is stable and continues to be under observation. Based on scans and assessments, he has been cleared to be flown back to India, where he will be attended by the local doctors," Hero MotoSports Team Rally said ...