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Maharashtra: Court takes cognisance of ED’s chargesheet against Anil Deshmukh, sons

Maharashtra: Court takes cognisance of ED’s chargesheet against Anil Deshmukh, sons

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Mumbai, January 27 A special court here on Friday took cognisance of chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh and his two sons in connection with a money laundering case. Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court judge, R N Rokade, issued a process against the accused after taking cognisance of the charge sheet. In December last year, the ED had filed the 7,000-page supplementary charge sheet in connection with the case. Besides Deshmukh, it had named named his two sons as accused in the case. Prior to that, the probe agency had filed a charge sheet against 14 accused, including Deshmukh's private secretary (an additional collector-rank officer) Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde. Deshm...
India permits clinical trial for nasal Covid booster shot

India permits clinical trial for nasal Covid booster shot

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Aditi TandonNew Delhi, January 28 India on Friday cleared Bharat Biotech's intranasal Covid vaccine candidate for clinical trials as Covid booster dose. The central licensing authority (Drug Controller General of India) granted the permission for the world's first nasal Covid shot as a booster. Once approved, this could be a game changer, sources said, citing the ease of vaccine delivery. The permission to conduct clinical trials has been given for nine sites across India, including Pt BD Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), UHS, Rothak, Haryana, AIIMS New Delhi and AIIMS Patna. The candidate cleared for trials is Chimpanzee Adenovirus Vectored Covid Vaccine (BBV154).
Army trainer aircraft crashes near Gaya; both pilots safe

Army trainer aircraft crashes near Gaya; both pilots safe

India
Gaya, January 28 An aircraft of the Indian Army's Officers' Training Academy here, with two trainee pilots on board, crashed on Friday shortly after take-off, a senior official said. According to Bangajeet Saha, the Director of Gaya International Airport, both pilots are safe. He said the crash took place in the fields adjoining a village under Bodh Gaya block, when the pilots tried to make an emergency landing. Villagers noticed the trainer aircraft falling down, rushed to the spot and pulled the cadets out. They were taken away by Army personnel who arrived soon afterwards. Debris of the crashed plane was also collected by them. "The nature of the technical fault that might have caused the crash will be known only upon examination by experts," the airport director said.
India gets first-ever export order for BrahMos missiles; Philippines signs USD 374 million contract

India gets first-ever export order for BrahMos missiles; Philippines signs USD 374 million contract

India
New Delhi, January 28 India got its first-ever export order for BrahMos missiles on Friday when the Philippines' Defence Ministry signed USD 374 million contract with the BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (BAPL) to supply undisclosed number of missiles, military officials stated. The BAPL, an India-Russian joint venture, produces the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms. The USD 374 million contract is to supply shore-based anti-ship BrahMos missiles to the Philippines' Navy, the military officials noted. In a statement, the Defence Ministry said: "The BAPL signed a contract with the Department of National Defence of the Republic of Philippines on January 28, 2022, for supply of shore-based anti-ship missile system to t...
No one can stop nation whose youth works with spirit of nation first: PM at NCC rally

No one can stop nation whose youth works with spirit of nation first: PM at NCC rally

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New Delhi, January 28 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lauded the strength of India's young population in fields ranging from start-ups to sports, and said no one can stop a nation whose youth works with the spirit of "nation first". Speaking at the National Cadet Corps PM Rally at Cariappa ground here, Modi said efforts are being made to strengthen the organisation with a high-level review committee formed in this regard. Over one lakh new NCC cadets had been added in border areas in the past two years, he said while pitching for induction of more girls in the organisation. He noted that women are getting more and more responsibilities in the armed forces. The prime minister also highlighted the menace of drug abuse and asked NCC members to work to keep themselves and their cam...
Sonia Gandhi chairs Congress parliamentary strategy meeting, to work with like-minded parties

Sonia Gandhi chairs Congress parliamentary strategy meeting, to work with like-minded parties

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New Delhi, January 28 Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday chaired the meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group which decided to work with like-minded parties on challenges confronting the nation. Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, former ministers AK Antony, Anand Sharma, Jairam Ramesh and Manish Tewari attended the meeting. AICC general secretary organisation KC Venugopal, MPs Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh and Manickam Tagore were also present. The party decided to work with like-minded parties and to raise issues of farmer distress, Chinese incursions, demand for relief package to Covid victims, sale of Air India, and other key issues affecting the people at large, said sources. Ludhiana MP Ravne...
TV actor Shweta Tiwari booked for ‘hurting religious sentiments’

TV actor Shweta Tiwari booked for ‘hurting religious sentiments’

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Bhopal, January 28 Police here on Friday registered a case against television actor Shweta Tiwari for allegedly hurting religious sentiments through her remark on god, an official said. The case was registered against Tiwari in the wake of Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra's directions to the city police to investigate her remark and submit a report. Tiwari had made the controversial statement in Bhopal on Wednesday during the promotion of her web series 'Show Stopper'. A video of Tiwari's statement has gone viral on social media, in which she purportedly referred to god while speaking about her innerwear. Her co-actors were also present when she made the remark during an interaction with mediapersons. "A case was registered against Shweta Tiwari early on Friday under IPC se...
Reservation in promotions: Treat cadre as unit for collecting quantifiable data to determine inadequacy of representation, says Supreme Court

Reservation in promotions: Treat cadre as unit for collecting quantifiable data to determine inadequacy of representation, says Supreme Court

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Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 28 The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that cadre has to be the unit for collecting quantifiable data to determine inadequacy of representation of members of Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes for extending the benefit of reservation in promotions to them in government jobs. Maintaining that it was meaningless to collect data on the entire service, a three-judge Bench led by Justice NL Rao said the states were obligated to collect quantifiable data regarding adequacy of representation. The Bench ndash; which also included Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice BR Gavai ndash; however, said courts cannot lay down any yardstick to determine inadequacy of representation of SCs and STs in government services. The top court ndash; which had...
Supreme Court quashes suspension of 12 BJP MLAs from Maharashtra Assembly

Supreme Court quashes suspension of 12 BJP MLAs from Maharashtra Assembly

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Satya PrakashNew Delhi, January 28The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the suspension of 12 BJP MLAs from Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for a year, declaring it unconstitutional and arbitrary.A three-judge Bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar - which had on January 19 reserved its verdict on a petition filed by the BJP MLAs challenging their suspension - ruled that the suspension could have only been for the ongoing monsoon session in July 2021."We have no hesitation in allowing these petitions. The resolutions are malicious in the eyes of law, unconstitutional, illegal, and declared to be ineffective in law. As a result of the stated declaration, petitioners are declared to be entitled to the benefits of Members of Legislative Assembly," the Bench said.Twelve BJP MLAs were suspended fro...
From ‘sleeping on roads’ to becoming manager at Microsoft, here is the story of this inspiring woman who grew up in Mumbai slums

From ‘sleeping on roads’ to becoming manager at Microsoft, here is the story of this inspiring woman who grew up in Mumbai slums

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Chandigarh, January 28 Where there is a will there is a way. Here is the story of a woman who does not just inspire but gets a smile on our faces as we hear about her struggles and grit. Shaheena Attarwala, a Product Design Manager at Microsoft, speaks about her experience of growing up in a slum and how that shaped her life in a Twitter thread going viral online. The Microsoft employee was transported back in time after spotting her old home in a Netflix series. 'The Netflix series 'Bad Boy Billionaires: India' captures a birdseye view of the slum in Bombay I grew up in before moving out alone in 2015 to build my life. One of the homes you see in the photos is ours," she writes on Twitter. The @netflix series "Bad Boy Billionaires - India" Captures a birds-eye view of the slum in Bo...