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Day: February 4, 2021

India

No Annual Report From Lokpal Laid In Parliament, Says Government

Lokpal is required to present to the President and Parliament an annual report on work doneNew Delhi: Anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal, which came into being in 2019, is required to present to President and Parliament an annual report on the work done by it but no such report has been laid in the two Houses, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.On March 23, 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as chairperson of Lokpal, the top body to inquire and investigate allegations of corruption against public functionaries.Lokpal is an independent statutory body established under Section 3 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. In terms of Section 48 of the said Act, the Lokpal is required to present annually to the President a report...
India

Supreme Court Takes Strong Note Of Delay By Centre In Filing Appeals

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday took strong note of delay in filing appeals by the Centre and said its counselling through orders to the government departments to set their house in order appears to be "falling on deaf ears" despite fines being imposed in several such cases.Referring to the delay of 6616 days in filing an appeal from the date of original order passed by the Delhi High Court, the top court said, "The approach of the Union of India in the manner it has filed the present special leave petition exasperates us as all earlier counsel appears to have been thrown in the dustbin!"."We have repeatedly being counselling through our orders various Government departments, State Governments and other public authorities that they must learn to file appeals in time and set the...
India

Salman Khan, Asked About Farmers’ Protest, Said This

Salman Khan was asked about the farmers protest at an event in Mumbai. (File)New Delhi: Bollywood star Salman Khan walked delicately on Thursday when faced with a question about the farmers' protests, a day after many of his colleagues led a government-backed pushback against international criticism of authorities in India trying to snuff out the two-month-long movement."The right thing should be done. The most correct thing should be done. The most noble thing should be done," Salman Khan said briefly, responding to a question at the launch of a music show in Mumbai.The diplomatic statement was the first from any of the three big Khans of Bollywood who have faced growing calls to weigh in on the subject. Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan have not spoken out on the issue yet.Since late Nove...
India

India’s Vaccine Productivity Will Serve Needs Of All: PM To Cyril Ramaphosa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday told South African President Cyril Ramaphosa that India's considerable productive capacity for pharmaceuticals and vaccines would continue to serve the needs of all countries, including those in Africa.PM Modi and Cyril Ramaphosa, during a telephonic conversation, discussed the continuing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in this context, the vaccination campaigns being undertaken in their respective countries, a Prime Minister's Office (PMO) statement said."Spoke to President @CyrilRamaphosa about the measures India and South Africa are taking to fight the COVID-19 pandemic domestically and internationally. India's capacity to produce medi...
India

This State Decides To Check Social Media Behaviour Of Passport Applicants

Uttarakhand Police said it will scrutinise social media behaviour of passport applicantsDehradun: The Uttarakhand Police has decided to scrutinise social media behaviour before giving their clearance for people applying for passports.Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said on Thursday that online behaviour of passport applicants needs to be scrutinised to stop growing misuse of social media platforms.Uttarakhand Police had decided to make examination of social media behaviour of passport applicants a part of the verification process at a meeting chaired by the Director General of Police (top police officer of the state).Justifying the decision, Mr Kumar said the measure is needed to stop growing misuse of social media platforms to foment trouble. However, the DGP denied he had introduced anyth...
India

Delhi Government Withdraws 360 Buses Given To Police, Paramilitary: Official

The move comes a day after Delhi government decided to withdraw all buses under special hire.New Delhi: Over 350 buses provided to the police and the para military personnel were taken back by the DTC on Thursday, officials said.The move comes a day after the Delhi government decided to withdraw all the buses under special hire.The decision was taken in the backdrop of heavy deployment of police and para military personnel on Delhi's border points in view of the farmers agitation against Centre's farm laws.The low-floor DTC buses have been extensively used for movement of police and paramilitary personnel for deployment in various parts of the city. The departments concerned have been asked to relieve the buses, officials had said on Wednesday."As per direction of the authorities, 360 o...
Career and Education

RRB NTPC exam notification for 4th phase out; admit cards from Feb 11 – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Railway Recruitment Boards (RRB) on Thursday released notification for the 4th phase NTPC exam on its official website. According to the notice, the 4th phase exam will be held from February 15 to March 3. Around 15 lakh candidates will appear for the 4th phase of 1st stage computer-based test. The notification says "The 4th phase of 1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT-1) will be held from 15.02.2021 to 03.03.2021 for approx. 15 lakh candidates." The link viewing exam city and city will be made available on the RRB website on February 5. The notice further reads “For the candidates scheduled in this phase, the LINK for viewing the Exam City & Date and downloading of Free Travelling Authority for SC/ST candidates will be made available on all RRB websites on 05.02.2021 a...
Sports

ISL: Federico Gallego Runs The Show As NorthEast United FC Battle Back To Hold FC Goa | Football News

Federico Gallego stole the show yet again as he helped NorthEast United FC hold FC Goa to a 2-2 draw at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, in the ongoing seventh season of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Thursday. Goa opened the scoring through Alexander Romario Jesuraj (21') before NEUFC netted the equaliser after a penalty from Gallego (41'). The Gaurs took the lead again through an own goal from Gurjinder Kumar (80') before Gallego scored from the spot again in the 83rd minute to stretch NEUFC's unbeaten run to five games. Goa started bright and broke the deadlock in the 21st minute. Jorge Ortiz got to the byline after making a brilliant run and his cutb...
India

Chinese Authorities Allow Crew Change For Stranded Indian Sailors On Cargo Vessel

China has given clearance for crew change for 16 stranded Indian sailors.New Delhi: India on Thursday said authorities in China have given clearance for crew change for 16 stranded Indian sailors on board a cargo vessel that has been on an anchorage near the Chinese port of Caofeidian since September.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, at a media briefing, said he was hopeful that the crew change can be effected at the earliest."After sustained follow up by our embassy in Beijing, the Chinese central authorities have conveyed their clearance to the local foreign office in Tangshan and port authorities for the transfer of crew of MV Anastasia," he said.Mr Srivastava said this information has also been shared with the shipping company concerned."The shipping company'...
India

Centre To Give Rs 1 Lakh Crore Additional Income To Farmers, Oil Minister Tells Parliament

Centre to provide Rs 1 lakh crore income to farmers generated by converting waste to energy, he saidNew Delhi: The government will provide Rs 1 lakh crore additional income to farmers that will be generated by converting waste into energy, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told Rajya Sabha on Thursday.He said the heap of waste at Ghazipur will also be cleaned soon to create energy."We have started the Gobar Dhan scheme. Cow dung, agriculture waste, city waste, forest waste, the carbon in biomass, everything will be converted into energy. In a few days, the heap of waste at Ghazipur will be cleaned up. The energy that we will make from that we are going to give additional income of Rs 1 lakh crore in the accounts of farmers. Income of farmers will double from th...