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HC asks CBI to probe land grab charge against exAssam DGP

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first_imgGuwahati: The Gauhati High Court has directed the CBI to probe an alleged case of land grabbing by former Director General of Police of Assam, Khagen Sarmah. Justice S K Medhi in an order on Thursday observed that the investigation into the matter was conducted in an “unfair, partial and unethical manner by the police” and as such the CBI is ordered to conduct the probe. The order was given on two writ petitions filed by family members of late Magni Devi Jain. It was alleged in the petitions that a plot of land owned by Jain was sold in 2009 to Bandana Sarmah, wife of Khagen Sarma by fraudulent means by suspected land mafias.last_img

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Congress seeks probe into HPSC exam

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Saturday sought an inquiry into the conduct of an exam for the posts of assistant professor by the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC).Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tagged a media report in a tweet, stating that 57 persons, who had cleared the mathematics exam for the posts, were sitting close to each other. “Though people of Haryana have no expectation from the Khattar government and the counting for BJP’s farewell has begun, the case should be immediately investigated and the culprits should be punished. The public service examination should be cancelled and conducted again,” the Congress leader said. He accused the Manohar Lal Khattar government of playing with youngsters’ future, saying it had “created a world record of corruption during examinations”. Twelve candidates, who appeared for the examination, have complained to the commission, the media report said.last_img read more

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Sonowal meets Shah Rajnath discusses Assam situation

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first_imgNew Delhi: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Friday met Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed with them various issues concerning the state. During the 15-minute meeting with the home minister, the chief minister briefed him about the prevailing situation in Assam, where the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be published on July 31. “It was a courtesy call and I have congratulated him on behalf of the people for being chosen as the home minister of the country. I have also briefed him about the prevailing law and order situation in Assam,” he told reporters after the meeting with Shah. Sonowal is also believed to have discussed with Shah about the situation which may arise after the publication of the final list of the NRC. During his meeting with the defence minister, the chief minister discussed with him certain issues concerning Assam. Sonowal also met Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank during the day.last_img read more

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EOW arrests man for duping buyers

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police on Friday said that they have arrested a person for duping buyers of their money. Police identified the accused as Rajneesh Nagar. “In the case, it has been alleged by the complainant Ramkes Basist that being the director of the private company, Rajneesh Naagar duped the crores of rupees of innocent buyers by siphoning of funds to his parallel companies,” police said. The FIR in the case reads that the company had launched a residential flats project at group housing plot in Greater Noida West where the company is constructing 807 flats. “All projects since the beginning were managed and executed solely by Rajnish Nagar,” FIR reads. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAccording to the FIR, Nagar misused his positions and criminally breached the trust of other directors of the company as well as buyers of flats in the project and the banks by way of collecting huge money from buyers as well as from different banks in the name of the project. Amount around Rs 250-300 crores was collected and despite this the project is incomplete. During the course of internal enquiry it has come to light that more 90 flats out 160 have been sold to multiple buyers in connivance with associates of accused persons, FIR reads.last_img read more

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From merger govt now looks to demerge 3 PSU insurers then look

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first_imgNew Delhi: With its plans on consolidation in the insurance sector hitting several hurdles, the government has started exploring different options including de-merging three of its big-size general insurance companies into smaller units and then look at strategic sale of few operations to the private sector. The Finance Ministry earlier considered merging three public sector general insurance firms – National Insurance Company, United India Insurance Company and Oriental India Insurance Company barring New India Assurance – to create one large and strong entity. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Official sources said that de-merger plan has now been brought to the table after a series of stakeholders meetings and this has now become one of the options before the Finance Ministry to make state-owned entities more focused on the task of increasing insurance penetration in the country. “The idea to merge PSU insurers is fraught with problems as one giant entity would be difficult to administer and manage. Moreover, this might lead to branch rationalization/closure and major job losses in the sector,” said an official source. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs “De-merger of big-size PSUs into smaller units, on the other hand, would enable ease in administration and further increase in reach of these to the masses with improved and more effective focus and management,” the source added. Post de-merger, a fresh assessment could be made about privatising some of the insurance operations by offering them to strategic investors. It is believed that strategic sale of smaller units may be easier to undertake and can get better valuations. Moreover, smaller units would also help to scale up regional branches and improve insurance penetration. The government had announced merger of three public sector general insurance firms in the Budget 2018. The move was billed as the biggest-ever merger in the insurance sector with the new entity having a valuation exceeding Rs 1 lakh crore. It intended to complete the exercise in FY19 itself. But since then, the merger proposal has moved at a snail’s pace and has encountered several hurdles. Earlier this year the merger plan hit a roadblock when the Department of Financial Services (DFS), which oversees the operations of state-owned insurance firms, wrote to DIPAM not to proceed with the merger plan in haste and examine the proposal afresh and untangle complex operational issues first. One of the issues in merger is also poor financial health of two out of three insurance entities that continues to remain in losses. In the quarter ended September last year, the three insurers had posted a combined loss of around Rs 1,800 crore. Moreover, a few of the insurance firms have also lost market share. In fact, PSUs insurers’ market share has fallen from a level of 56 per cent in FY13 to 51 per cent in FY18. As part of strengthening exercise, government has also directed the firms to undertake monetising their assets including real estate to raise revenues. It is expected that capital support to the tune of Rs 4,000 may also come from the Centre for these insurance firms. The general insurance market in the country comprises 27 companies including the four major PSU entities, 23 private players and six are stand alone health insurers. The insurance density in India (ratio of premium to total population) is $73 compared with average world insurance density of $650. Insurance penetration in India is at 3.69 per cent compared with world average of 6.13 per cent. The penetration in general insurance sector is still less than 1 per cent.last_img read more

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Govt has no business to be in business divest mining firms NMDC

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first_imgNew Delhi: Anil Agarwal, the scrap metal dealer turned billionaire metals tycoon, has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Centre should privatise five mining firms including NMDC to save some of the $400 billion that India spends annually on imports, saying the government has no business to be in the business. The Vedanta Resources chairman, who was one of the three industrialists invited for a pre-Budget meeting that Modi had with over 40 economists and sectoral experts Saturday, also said privatisation without job loss can help boost the economy by bringing in efficiency and raising domestic output. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe other two corporate honchos invited to the interaction were Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran, who gave recommendations on manufacturing and services sectors, and ITC Chairman Sanjiv Puri, who spoke on value addition in the economy. Agarwal gave suggestions on mining and natural resources. “I was honoured to be part of the interaction organised by Niti Aayog on Saturday and in my humble submission I told the Prime Minister that the government has no business to be in the business. It should divest its stake in at least five PSUs such as Hindustan Zinc, Hindustan Copper, Kolar Gold, Uranium Corporation, Shipping Corporation of India and NMDC,” he said in an interview. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsPrivatisation without job loss is good, he said. “When we bought majority stake in Hindustan Zinc Ltd, it had 5,000 employees. Today it has 25,000 employees,” he added. Vedanta had acquired 64.9 per cent government stake in Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) during 2002-2003. The government continues to hold 29.5 per cent stake in HZL, which the company wants to buy. Agarwal said India’s import bill of $400 billion will soon be $1 trillion if it does not ramp up production of oil and gas, minerals and metals such as gold. “If we can double the oil production and raise gold output to 300 tonnes, the entire current account deficit (CAD) will be wiped out,” he said. His other suggestions included giving autonomy to public sector companies and banks by bringing down government holding to 50 per cent and making them board-run just like Petronet LNG Ltd, the nation’s biggest natural gas importer. Mining in 200 blocks should be approved immediately and big blocks of coal, bauxite, copper and iron ore should be auctioned, he said, adding there should be no production cap such as ones existing in Goa and Karnataka on iron ore. Increased mining can add $500 billion to the economy and create two crore jobs, he emphasised. Existing oil block contracts should be extended on the same terms and no retrospective tax should be imposed. Also, all forest and environment clearances should come in 60 days and corporate tax should be reduced to 20 per cent from current 30 per cent, Agarwal said. Natural resources and electronics hold massive potential to create jobs, he said, adding India should focus on sustainable exploitation of underground resources. Agarwal, the founder and majority-owner of Vedanta Resources, said the government should make public sector companies and banks independent by making them board-run just like British Airways and GE. “All PSUs and PSBs can perform three times better if autonomy is given to them,” he said. “PSUs have huge potential and immense talent pool. But the executives are afraid to take decisions because of fear of inquiries. They should be empowered to take decisions.” Agarwal, whose journey from scrap metal dealer to metals tycoon started in 1979 when he bought a company, said the government should trust entrepreneurs and support their spirit to boost the economy and create jobs. Characterised by rapid growth and bold deal-making, Agarwal is one of India’s most prominent self-made industrialists with his group having interests in sectors ranging from iron ore and copper to oil and gas, with operations across Australia and Zambia, as well as his home country. In the meeting on Saturday, experts shared their views, in five distinct groups, on the themes of macro-economy and employment, agriculture and water resources, exports, education, and health. The meeting came in the backdrop of India’s economic growth slowing to a five-year low on a dip in industrial and manufacturing output numbers, falling automobiles sales and reduced domestic oil consumption. Agrarian crisis and unemployment are some other challenges that the government is widely expected to confront through policy initiatives in the Budget to be presented on July 5.last_img read more

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Militant killed in JK gunfight

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first_imgSrinagar: One militant was killed on Sunday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam district, police said. The gunfight started after the militants fired at the security forces who were carrying out a search and cordon operation in Bugam village of Chadoora area. “The identity of the slain militant is being ascertained. The operation is still going on,” police sources said. As a precautionary measure, authorities have suspended mobile Internet services in Badgam district.last_img

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Harris says busing should be considered not mandated

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first_imgWest Des Moines(US): Sen Kamala Harris said Wednesday that busing students should be considered by school districts trying to desegregate their locations not the federal mandate she appeared to support in pointedly criticising rival Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last week. Harris had a breakthrough moment at the candidates’ first debate when she criticized Biden for his opposition to mandatory school busing when he was a senator in the 1970s. Harris said she benefited from busing as an elementary school student in Berkley, California, in the early 1970s. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ “That’s where the federal government must step in,” Harris said, looking at Biden and winning a burst of applause from the auditorium in Miami. On Wednesday, though, Harris characterized busing as a choice local school districts have, not the responsibility of the federal government. Busing, while not central to the Democratic primary, has become a proxy issue for the debate between Biden and Harris over race as well as broader questions about the 76-year-old former vice president is out of step with his party. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping After a Democratic Party picnic Wednesday in West Des Moines, Harris was asked by reporters whether she supports federally mandated busing. “I think of busing as being in the toolbox of what is available and what can be used for the goal of desegregating America’s schools,” she responded. Asked to clarify whether she supports federally mandated busing, she replied, “I believe that any tool that is in the toolbox should be considered by a school district.” In a tweet Wednesday, Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield knocked Harris for her response, writing, “It’s disappointing that Senator Harris chose to distort Vice President Biden’s position on busing particularly now that she is tying herself in knots trying not to answer the very question she posed to him!” Harris’ comments Wednesday were far from the indictment she delivered during the debate last week. Under attack on the debate stage, Biden appeared stunned and dismissed Harris’ comments as a mischaracterization of his positions. He has notably begun his remarks to fundraisers by talking about how civil rights spurred his entry into public life more than 45 years ago. To be sure, Biden’s record on busing is complicated. Biden has insisted he only opposed busing ordered by the federal Education Department, and said allowing local governments and school districts to implement busing was “one of the things I argued for” at the time. During an appearance at a conference last week in Chicago, Biden told the audience he “never, never, never, ever opposed voluntary busing.” But Biden was an outspoken opponent of federally mandated busing in the 1970s and ’80s, sponsoring a congressional measure that would have limited funding for federal busing efforts. The issue spilled into Iowa as Harris and Biden returned Wednesday for the first time since the debate. Both will need some success in Iowa’s leadoff nominating caucuses to build momentum heading into South Carolina, the first Southern primary, where they are vying aggressively for a robust African American voting bloc. Biden and Harris also have been aggressively courting members of the Congressional Black Caucus, with Harris edging Biden in endorsements, picking up support from Reps. Bobby Rush of Illinois and Frederica Wilson of Florida. Biden last week landed the support of popular Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. In Iowa, where African Americans are a small minority, endorsements from black leaders are magnified. Harris got the backing of two popular black ministers after her debate performance last week. Appearing Wednesday evening in Waterloo, Iowa’s most densely African American city, Biden received the backing of one of that city’s most influential black ministers.last_img read more

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Former Malaysian PMs stepson to be charged with money laundering

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first_imgKuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s anti-graft agency said Thursday it has detained Riza Aziz, the stepson of former Prime Minister Najib Razak and a Hollywood film producer, and will charge him with money laundering. Anti-Corruption Commission chief Latheefa Koya said Riza was picked up Thursday but has been released on bail. “He has to appear before the court tomorrow to face charges under AMLA,” she said, referring to the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001. She declined to give details. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Riza was quizzed last July by the agency over alleged theft and money laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund. US investigators say Riza’s company, Red Granite Pictures Inc., used money stolen from 1MDB to finance Hollywood films including the Martin Scorsese-directed “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Red Granite has paid the US government 60 million to settle claims it benefited from the 1MDB scandal. Alleged corruption at the 1MDB fund helped bring on the unexpected defeat of Najib’s coalition in May 9 polls last year. The new government reopened investigations that were stifled while Najib was in office. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingNajib is currently on trial for alleged criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering linked to 1MDB. He denies the charges. His wife, Rosmah Mansor, also has pleaded not guilty to money laundering and tax evasion related to 1MDB but her trial date has not been set. Najib’s daughter, Nooryana Najwa, slammed the legal action against her brother. “Despite the settlement in the U.S. and the fact that alleged wrongdoings occurred entirely outside of Malaysia, the MACC decides to press charges after a whole year of leaving this case in cold storage. He is not a criminal,” she wrote on Instagram.last_img read more

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First outdoor statue of Sister Nivedita installed in England

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first_imgKolkata: The first outdoor statue of Sister Nivedita in England has been installed at the Great Torrington family cemetery on July 4. Incidentally, July 4 is the death anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The statue will be officially unveiled by Swami Girishanandaji on July 27. Sister Nivedita died at Roy Villa in Darjeeling on October 11, 1911. She had gone there with Jagadish Chandra Bose and his wife Abala. Nivedita was cremated in Darjeeling. Her ashes were sent to England, which was received by her brother Richmond Noble. In the family cemetery, Sister’s father, brother and her ashes have been buried. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersRamakrishna Mission (RKM) in collaboration with the state government has installed a bronze statue of Sister Nivedita. The 4-feet statue of Sister Nivedita up to the knee has been built by sculptor Nirjan Dey under the supervision of Swami Vishyamayananda. The state government has borne the cost of the statue. The statue was installed by J. Short and Sons, monumental masons whose firm was set up in 1895. The installation of the statue has become possible due to the initiative taken by Swami Suviranandaji, general secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that Banerjee had gone to Wimbledon in 2017 where a blue plaque was installed in the house where Sister Nivedita had opened her school. Swami Vivekananda had visited the school in 1895. Swami Suhitanandaji, the vice-president of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, was also present at the event. The pedestal of the statue has Benediction inscribed on it, which is a poem written by Swamiji ,on one side along with a biographical sketch of Sister Nivedita on the other side facing a path and the name of the donor, on the third side, which also faces another path. Sarada Sarkar, a school teacher settled in the UK, got in touch with the descendents of Sister Nivdita. Selendra Margot Giardin, great granddaughter of Richmond Noble came to Kolkata in 2017. Sarkar, along with some Indians, set up the Sister Nivedita Celebrations Committee in UK and started raising funds for the statue and approached the RKM in this regard. Swami Suviranandaji in turn took up the matter with Mamata Banerjee and following their initiative the first statue of Sister at a public place has been installed. Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had acquired Roy Villa and handed it over to the RKM, which has set up a centre there. She acquired the house of Sister at Bosepara Lane and handed it over to Ramakrishna Sarada Mission.last_img read more

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Cracks develop in piers of Ultadanga flyover police bar traffic movement

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first_imgKolkata: A section of the Ultadanga flyover, which had collapsed six years ago, has developed cracks, and has been closed for traffic.According to Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) officials, the cracks in pier cap of the flyover were found during a routine check on Tuesday. Urging people not to panic, an official of the KMDA said, “The trouble point has been identified, and will be repaired. Till the repair work is completed, traffic police have shut the flyover for vehicular movement.” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers “Both the flanks of Ultadanga New Flyover are closed for all vehicular traffic due to some urgent maintenance work as informed by the KMDA Authority. During the closure of the flyover, vehicles availing Ultadanga New Flyover are requested to avail other routes to avoid inconvenience in and around HUDCO crossing,” a Kolkata Traffic Police tweeted on Wednesday. Sources in the city traffic police said that experts have advised them to keep the flyover shut for three days. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) officials, the cracks in pier cap of the flyover were found during a routine check on Tuesday. With the shutdown of the arterial flyover that connect Eastern Metropolitan Bypass and Salt Lake City to VIP Road of the city, commuters had a tough time on Wednesday due to slow traffic movement. “Airport bound vehicles of EM Bypass are requested to take Chingrighata Flyover-New Town road. Airport bound vehicles may avail AJC Bose Road-APC Roy Road-Shyambazar point-RG Kar Road- Jessore Road. City bound vehicles coming from airport are requested to avail Newtown- Chingrighata-EM Bypass,” the Kolkata Traffic Police tweeted. A portion of the flyover had collapsed in 2013. There was no report of casualty as the incident had taken during wee hours (4:30am) of a Sunday morning six years ago. Since the installation of the collapsed section of the flyover, heavy vehicles were barred from using the flyover. An expert on construction of bridges, who inspected Ultadanga flyover on Wednesday, said, “Unlike other bridges, here the issue is not lack of maintenance. It’s not just a crack that has raised an alarm. I feel the construction quality couldn’t match the standard that it should have. We cannot forget that this bridge has already collapsed once, now it’s giving an indication that the entire bridge needs a proper health audit.” After Majerhat bridge collapsed last September, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had set up a bridge inspection and monitoring cell to carry out regular inspections of the bridges in the state. At the same time, the Public Works Department, Irrigation Department and Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority were instructed to have separate Inspection and Monitoring Cells. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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FinMin to study if 20 tax on listed cos share buybacks is

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Finance Ministry Friday said that it will look into the applicability of 20 per cent tax proposed in the 2019-20 Budget on the current share buybacks by listed companies. Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, speaking at a CII event, said the proposed tax on listed companies is aimed at discouraging share buybacks and encouraging investments. Asked if the government would consider grandfathering those share buybacks which are already underway from the proposed levy, Garg said: “I am not in a position to say whether that (grandfathering) can work or not, but will discuss with revenue department”.last_img

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Lakhs pull chariots on Ulto Rath Yatra in Bengal

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first_imgKolkata/Myapur: Lakhs of devotees across Bengal participated in as Ulto Rath Yatra or the return chariot journey of lord Jagananth and his two siblings on Friday. After their nine-day stay in Gundicha temple, believed to be aunt’s place, according to Hindu rituals, Lord Jagananth, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra returned home during the day. In Mayapur, after spending nine days at the ISKCON Chandradaya temple, the three grand chariots were opulently decorated with variety of colourful flowers. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers A In a rhythmic style, the deities of Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra moved forward step by step, known as Pahandi Vijay, from the Gundicha temple to their respective carts. The accompaniment of beating of ‘ghantas’ and ‘khol’ and blowing of conch shells added to the grandeur of the celebration. Devotees from close to 70 countries like Australia, France, Russia, Peru, Britain, America, China, Brazil, Spain danced and sang ecstatically as they bid adieu to the Lord from Gundicha temple. Beside, more than 50,000 people witnessed the Ulto Rath Yatra at the headquarter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness in Mayapur of Nadia district. In Kolkata, ISKCON’s Ulta Rath Yatra attracted a huge crowd.last_img read more

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Shubhankar Sharma stages dramatic comeback at Scottish Open

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first_imgNorth Berwick (Scotland): Ace Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma shrugged off an average first round score to make a dramatic comeback in the second round of the Aberdeen Investments Scottish Open. Sharma made the cut with a score of 66 (5-under par) in the second round after a par score i.e. 71 on Day 1. On the other hand, S.S.P Chawrasia and Gaganjeet Bhullar couldn’t make the cut and ended the day at T-124 and T-154 respectively. England’s Lee Slattery was the leader as he sat at the top, tied with South African Erik Van Rooyen and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger at the score of (14-under par) after Day 2. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Sharma started the round in style with three birdies on the first nine holes. Things seemed even better when a birdie on the 11th hole finally gave him the belief that he could make the cut on a very tough day. From 12-17 holes, Sharma was able to keep the projected cut score within touching distance and finally a birdie on the 18th, which was an amazing 45 feet putt, ensured that he will be going through to the final two days of the tournament. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Sharma had a bogey free round 2 ending with an overall score of 137 (5-under par) after day 2 of the event making a jump of 54 places to keep the Indian challenge alive. Sharma’s scores are 71 (par) and 66 (5-under par) after round 1 and 2 respectively. The day though belonged to Wiesberger. The Austrian bettered his first round score and scored 61 (10-under par) with the help of 11 birdies in second round. Wiesberger made a huge jump of 28 places to end at the top of the standings. Slattery shared the first spot as he ended with an overall score of 128 (14-under par) after two rounds. Slattery picked up from where he had left and ended round 2 with seven birdies and a score of 64 (7-under par) same as his round 1 score. Erik Van Rooyen also ended with a score of 64 (7-under par) in each of the two rounds to be tied at 1st position alongside Slattery and Wiesberger. The European Tour event will be brought live and exclusive to the Indian audiences by DSPORT on Day 4 from 7.30 p.m. onwards.last_img read more

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Govt to give ownership rights to 7K families allotted land under scheme

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first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party government has decided to grant ownership rights to around 7,200 families that got agricultural land in the mid-70s under a programme for landless people. Under the “20-point programme”, launched during former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s tenure in 1975-76, around 12,500 landless families in Delhi got land for cultivation, according to officials.”At that time, there were around 360 villages in Delhi. Around 12,500 families from these villages got plots measuring an acre or less,” Delhi’s Social Justice Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said. Recognised as “Asamis” or tenants, these families were required to apply for land ownership with the revenue department. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsSome of them found a way around the bureaucratic process and secured ownership rights to their land, while the others, mainly from Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes, could not “because they couldn’t afford to bribe officers,” an official claimed. “Left in the lurch, these families still don’t have land rights. Considering the rapid rate of urbanisation in the national capital, new housing and infrastructure projects will be undertaken. Therefore, they face a serious threat of eviction,” Gautam said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPeople with ownership rights receive good compensation when the agencies acquire their land for government projects. They have access to economic opportunities, while these 7,200 families in 89 villages of Delhi are vulnerable to displacement without any compensation, the minister said. “These families have been moving from pillar to post for the last 40 years. The Delhi government had even convened a special session on the issue around one and half years ago. Still, not much has been achieved… the files keep oscillating between the Centre and the city government,” he alleged. Land rights have been granted under the 20-point programme across the country. Only Delhi is lagging behind, Gautam claimed. Recently, at a meeting convened by the minister and Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, district magistrates, divisional commissioners and the principal secretary (revenue) were directed to dispose of the pending cases at the earliest. An official said district magistrates have started meeting such families and the cases will be disposed of soon.last_img read more

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Railways to hire retired army personnel to protect its properties

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first_imgNew Delhi: Railways will hire retired army personnel for security of its properties across the country, an official order has said. Earlier, the Railway Board had empowered general managers of its zones to engage government security agencies like home guards, Maharashtra Industrial Security Force in core areas of railway security to the extent of vacancy in the Railway Protection Force to secure its premises. Now, the order has been modified to include former army men through the Sainik Kalayan Boards. The fresh order was issued by the Railway Board on July 18. These men can be hired by the general managers during summer rush or festival seasons or whenever required. According to official data, 76,563 C and D-level RPF and RPSF (railway protection special force) personnel are working with the railways. This is 15 per cent less than the sanctioned strength.last_img read more

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Sand artist Sudarsan wins Peoples Choice award in US

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first_imgRenowned sand artist from Odisha, Sudarsan Pattnaik, has won the People’s Choice Prize at International Sand Sculpting Championship 2019 held in Boston city of the US. Pattnaik sculpted a sand art on plastic pollution with a message ‘Save the Ocean’, which brought him the achievement. The festival started on July 26 and concluded on July 28. Including India, there were 15 sculptors from around the world who participated in this festival. Belgium got sculptor’s choice and Canada got the jury’s choice prize. “I have created sculpture on ‘Stop Plastic Pollution’ with the message “Save the Ocean”. Happy to see lots of people voted for my sculpture,” said Pattnaik. Pattnaik, who is known for his sand sculptures on social awareness, has participated in more than 60 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won many awards. He is a Padma Shri recipient and Guinness World Records holder.last_img read more

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Real Madrids preseason struggles continue with loss to Tottenham

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first_imgMunich: Real Madrid’s disastrous pre-season continued as they lost 1-0 to Tottenham in Munich. “Our defeat was well deserved,” Real midfielder Tony Kroos told German TV after the match on Tuesday. It’s true that we’re not quite in good shape.” In the second match of the evening, Bayern Munich thrashed Fenerbahce 6-1. Champions League runners up Tottenham will play Bayern in Wednesday’s final. Real will have a chance to find winning form run against a Turkish side that finished their game against the host in disarray. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhFor Spurs, Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game with a deft finish after pouncing on a disastrous pass by Marcello, who was trying to prevent a throw in, after 22 minutes. Humiliated 7-3 last week by Atletico Madrid, Real could thank goalkeeper Keylor Navas, starting in place of injured Thibaut Courtois, for preventing a heavier against an enterprising and more aggressive Spurs team. Madrid survived some goalmouth scares in the first half. After the break, Dele Alli went close twice and 17-year-old Troy Parrott hit the inside of the post. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterZinedine Zidane’s team have conceded 13 goals and lost three of their four warm-up games. “We started off very badly, the opponent took advantage of our mistakes,” said Kroos. With Gareth Bale, the source of turmoil in recent weeks, left out of the squad for the trip to Munich and James Rodriguez yet to start after returning from Bayern, Real rarely threatened. Star summer recruit Eden Hazard was invisible. Both teams will be in action again tomorrow. Tottenham play the winner of the Tuesday’s second match, between Bayern and Fenerbahce. Real will have the opportunity to make amends tomorrow against the loser. Zidane’s men then travel to Austria to face Salzburg on August 6, then to Italy for a match against AS Rome, the last friendly before the starting the Spanish league away to Celta Vigo on August 17. In the late game, Bayern scored five in the first half with two goals from Thomas Muller and one each from Renato Sanches, Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman. “We played well from the beginning,” said Mueller who completed his hat-trick in the second half. “Fenerbahce made mistakes with our pressing. When you come into the dressing room at half-time five goals ahead, you necessarily feel good.” Fenerbahce’s German international attacker Max Kruse scored a late consolation goal.last_img read more

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BJP lived up to its electoral promise not constitutional promise says Owaisi

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first_imgNew Delhi: A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah diluted the special status to Jammu and Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution without scrapping the provision, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government moved the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha. The Bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature similar to Delhi or Puducherry, and Ladakh without one like Chandigarh, was passed with a two-thirds majority in Rajya Sabha. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In Lok Sabha, besides the bifurcation Bill, the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 will also be considered for passing. Other bills include the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019. While in Rajya Sabha, the Consumer Protection Bill, 2019 and the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019, are scheduled to be taken up for consideration.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Two held for robbery and murder of elderly woman

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first_imgNew Delhi: Two persons involved in robbery-cum-murder of an elderly lady at Sarita Vihar were arrested by Delhi Police. The accused were identified as Mazid (22) and Govindpal (39).Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that last year on November, a body of an elderly lady was found in the bushes near Sarita Vihar Flyover. She was later identified Roop Lata (72 ). A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed by Kumar Gyanesh Additional DCP (South East) which arrested the accused. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, Mazid disclosed that on the day of incident the victim boarded his auto from Vayusenabad Bus Stand, M B Road to reach her house at Taimoor Nagar, NFC. On the way, the intentions of the accused Mazid went wrong and he planned to rob the jewellery of the old lady. Accused went through Sarita Vihar subway and took the victim to a deserted place near Sarita Vihar Flyover. When the victim raised alarm, the accused Mazid strangulated her and took her jewellery, mobile phone and other belongings. Afterwards, the accused dumped the body in the bushes and fled from the spot. Later, accused Mazid disclosed the incident to his close friend Govindpal who advised Mazid to throw the mobile phone in order to mislead the police.last_img read more

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