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BJP needs yogya government not Yogi government: Akhilesh

BJP needs yogya government not Yogi government: Akhilesh

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Lucknow, October 17 Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday attacked the BJP dispensation, saying the state needs a 'yogya' (competent) government and not a Yogi government. Speaking to reporters at the party's headquarters here, he further alleged the BJP "has no work to do" aside from changing names. "It believes in filling pockets instead of potholes. Uttar Pradesh needs a 'yogya' (competent) government and not a Yogi government," he said. He was speaking after former Uttar Pradesh chief of Bahujan Samaj Party RS Kushwaha and former MP Kadir Rana joined the SP. Yadav reiterated his party's demand for a caste census, and said that when the Congress was in power at the Centre, Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav), RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav...
Abetment of suicide case against Brigadier-rank officer after woman colleague found hanging at MINTSD

Abetment of suicide case against Brigadier-rank officer after woman colleague found hanging at MINTSD

India
Pune, October 17 Days after a 43-year-old woman officer of the Indian Army was found hanging at her official accommodation in the premises of the Military Intelligence Training School and Depot (MINTSD) here in Maharashtra, police have registered a case of abetment of suicide against a Brigadier-rank officer. The Lieutenant Colonel-rank officer was found hanging at her official accommodation on Wednesday with a dupatta around her neck, police had said. "Following a complaint from her husband, we have registered an abetment of suicide case against a fellow officer of the rank of Brigadier. Further investigation is on," said Namrata Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone 5), on Sunday. The incident came to light on Wednesday morning when the staff had gone to serve tea to the woman o...
Govt will decide on Covid vaccination of children, adolescents on ‘scientific rationale’, supply situation: V K Paul

Govt will decide on Covid vaccination of children, adolescents on ‘scientific rationale’, supply situation: V K Paul

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New Delhi, October 17 The government will take a final decision on vaccinating children and adolescents against coronavirus on the basis of overall scientific rationale as well as the supply situation of vaccines available for those below 18 years old, Covid Task Force chief V K Paul said on Sunday. Paul, who has been playing a key role in the government's efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, also cautioned that even though infections are coming down and the second wave is subsiding, it will not be fair now to say that the worst is over since many countries have seen more than two waves. Currently, three vaccines—Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V—being administered in the country are only for those above 18 years of age. All of them are two-dose vaccines. Zydus Cadila...
‘Government killings’ have replaced ‘contract killings’ with the help of Central agencies: Sanjay Raut

‘Government killings’ have replaced ‘contract killings’ with the help of Central agencies: Sanjay Raut

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Mumbai, October 17 Launching a stinging attack on the BJP and the Centre over the alleged misuse of investigative agencies, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday alleged that "contract killings" are now replaced by "government killings" to finish off political rivals in Maharashtra. With some ministers in the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), income tax, and at least one of them facing a CBI inquiry, Raut said that Central investigating agencies are working as "contract killers for the party in power in Delhi". "Is there a rule of law or (a rule of) raids in Maharashtra? This is the question which comes to one's mind considering the record-break raids being conducted through Central investigating agencies," Raut wrote in...
Govt yet to decide on 12 names reiterated by SC Collegium for appointment as judges

Govt yet to decide on 12 names reiterated by SC Collegium for appointment as judges

India
New Delhi, October 17 The government is yet to decide on 12 names reiterated by the Supreme Court collegium between March and September this year for appointment as judges in four high courts, sources aware of the procedure of appointment in the higher judiciary have said. On different occasions, the government had returned these names to the Supreme Court Collegium with a request to reconsider its recommendations to elevate these people as judges of high courts. While five names are for the Calcutta High Court, three are for the Jammu and Kashmir HC. Two names each are for Karnataka and Allahabad high courts. Between March and September this year, the Supreme Court Collegium had reiterated to the government its recommendations to appoint these 12 candidates as high court judges, the s...
8 die in rain fury in Kerala as search for missing continues

8 die in rain fury in Kerala as search for missing continues

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Kottayam/Idukki, October 17 The death toll from heavy rain and catastrophic landslide in Kerala rose to eight on Sunday with hard-hit areas of Kottayam and Idukki districts reeling from the devastation. The Army, NDRF, police and the Fire Force along with the locals began rescue operations on Sunday morning at Koottickal and Kokkayar panchayats where over a dozen people are listed to be missing due to numerous landslides accompanied by heavy downpour since Saturday. Officials said rescue operators on Sunday morning recovered four more bodies from Koottickal panchayat taking the toll to eight. They have not been identified yet, they said. Bodies of two women and a child were recovered from Koottickal on Saturday. In a separate rain-related incident on Saturday, a man and a woman—both...
Cop among 4 injured after speeding car rams into Durga procession in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal

Cop among 4 injured after speeding car rams into Durga procession in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal

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Bhopal, October 17 A speeding car rammed into a Durga procession in the Madhya Pradesh capital, leaving four persons, including a head constable, injured, police said on Sunday. The incident occurred on the road outside the Bhopal railway station on late Saturday night when the procession was moving forward, Bajaria police station in-charge Umesh Yadav told PTI. Three persons were injured and one of them sustained serious injuries and undergoing treatment at a hospital, he said. The car also hit an on-duty police head constable, who sustained minor injuries to his leg, he said. Yadav said the car rammed into the procession and when the people started shouting to catch the car driver, the latter panicked and fled by reversing the car speedily. He said a case was registered and efforts...
Cop among 4 injured after speeding car rams into Durga procession in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal; driver held

Cop among 4 injured after speeding car rams into Durga procession in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal; driver held

India
Bhopal, October 17 A speeding car rammed into a Durga idol immersion procession in the Madhya Pradesh capital, leaving four persons, including a head constable, injured, police said on Sunday. Police have arrested the driver and seized the car, a senior officer said. The incident occurred on the road outside the Bhopal railway station on late Saturday night when the procession was moving forward, Bajaria police station in-charge Umesh Yadav told PTI. Three persons were injured and one of them sustained serious injuries and undergoing treatment at a hospital, he said. The car also hit an on-duty police head constable, who sustained minor injuries to his leg, he said. Yadav said after the car rammed into the procession people started shouting to get hold of the car driver, who panicked...
India records 14,146 new Covid-19 cases, 144 deaths in a day

India records 14,146 new Covid-19 cases, 144 deaths in a day

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New Delhi, October 17 India recorded 14,146 fresh COVID-19 infections in a day taking the cumulative cases to 3,40,67,719 while the death toll climbed to 4,52,124 with 144 more fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry's data on Sunday. Active cases have declined to 1,95,846 and comprise 0.57 per cent of the total infections. The national Covid recovery rate was recorded at 98.10 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed. In a day, the active caseload declined by 5,786. A total of 11,00,123 tests were conducted on Saturday, taking the cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 59,09,35,381. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,34,19,749, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 per cent, the ministr...
I-T raids against importer in Haryana, Delhi, Bengal

I-T raids against importer in Haryana, Delhi, Bengal

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New Delhi, October 16 The Central Board of Direct taxes (CBDT) today said income tax sleuths have detected cases of "large-scale" under-invoicing of imports following raids on the premises of a trader of laptops and phones in Delhi, Haryana and Bengal on October 10. The CBDT said, "The evidence seized during the search revealed that the payments for such under-invoiced goods to foreign consigners were made through hawala channels and the entire business has been found to be run through such modus operandi." Rs 2.75 crore cash was seized. The taxmen found the modus operandi of the group involved import of goods in the name of shell entities at under-valued and/or wrongful declaration of description of goods imported, with an intent to evade customs duty, the CBDT said. —TNS