Jaishankar Discusses Afghanistan Crisis With Tajikistan’s Top Leadership

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday met Tajikistan’s top leadership and exchanged views on the recent developments in Afghanistan and their impact on regional security. Jaishankar, who is in the Tajik capital to attend a key meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on the situation in Afghanistan after its takeover by the Taliban, called on Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon.

“Thank Tajik President Emomali Rahmon for receiving me. Conveyed greetings of PM Modi. Exchanged views on recent developments in

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Madras High Court stays certain sub-clauses of new IT Rules

Madras High Court stays certain sub-clauses of new IT Rules

 

 

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Thursday stayed the operation of certain sub-clauses of the recently introduced Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, holding there was prima facie substance in the petitioners’ contention that a control mechanism would rob the media of its independence and democratic principles.
Incidentally, the Bombay High Court had last month pronounced similar order on a related case. The sub-clauses (1) and (3) of Rule 9, which were stayed

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Modi:   PM Modi inaugurates new defence office complexes, slams critics of Central Vista project

Modi: PM Modi inaugurates new defence office complexes, slams critics of Central Vista project

 

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit out at the critics of the ambitious Central Vista project, saying they conveniently kept silent on defence office complexes being part of the venture as it would have exposed their spreading of “lies” and “misinformation”.
He also asserted that ease of living and ease of doing business were behind the spirit of the work being done under the Central Vista project.
Modi made the remarks after inaugurating two new multi-storey
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Centre defends Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as Delhi Police Chief in HC | India News – Times of India

Centre defends Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as Delhi Police Chief in HC

 

NEW DELHI: Justifying the appointment of Rakesh Asthana as Delhi Police Commissioner, the Centre told the Delhi High Court that he was given charge because he had the exposure of complexities of governance and knowledge of nuances of broad canvas policing.
In an affidavit filed before the High Court, the central government said that no officer of the appropriate seniority with balanced experience was available in the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.
The government submitted that the
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Gujarat ministers take oath: CM Patel keeps home, none from Rupani Cabinet finds place

Gujarat ministers take oath: CM Patel keeps home, none from Rupani Cabinet finds place

 

NEW DELHI: An all-new Gujarat Cabinet was unveiled today in the capital Gandhinahgar, with new chief minister Bhupendra Patel keeping key departments of home, urban development with himself.
24 ministers were administered oath of office by governor Acharya Devvrat today.
Kanubhai Desai was allocated finance, and also energy and petrochemicals portfolios.
Chief minister Patel will hold the charge of general administration department, information and broadcast, industries, mines and minerals, capital projects, urban development, urban housing and narmada and ports,
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New rating system downgrades India in terms of climate action, makes case for target upgradation ahead of COP26

New rating system downgrades India in terms of climate action, makes case for target upgradation ahead of COP26

 

NEW DELHI: India may be the only G20 country and among few countries globally that have been ‘2 Degree Celsius’ temperature rise compatible under the Paris Agreement, but a new stringent rating system of the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has downgraded the country’s overall rating from ‘almost sufficient’ category in November last year to ‘highly insufficient’ category at par with China, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, South Korea, Argentina and Mexico this month.
The new rating system,

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No Comment: India Stays Mum on New US-UK-Australia Security Pact in Indo-Pacific

New Delhi: India on Thursday chose not to comment on the launch of a historic security partnership among the US, the UK and Australia that will provide for deeper cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and ensure greater sharing of defence capabilities within the trilateral alliance. The partnership, seen as an effort to counter China in the Indo-Pacific, will allow the US and the UK to provide Australia with the technology to develop nuclear-powered submarines for the first time. “I do not

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Bids for 4,000 MWhr battery storage projects to be invited soon: Power Minister R K Singh

2021-09-16 22:02:33

India will soon invite global bids for battery storage projects totalling 4,000 MWhr (megawatt hours), Union Power Minister R K Singh said on Thursday. He made the announcement while addressing the US India Strategic Partnership Forum and industry leaders in a Virtual Energy Industry Roundtable, the Ministry of Power said in a statement.

Singh added that a battery project of 12 gigawatt hours (GWhr) will be set up in Ladakh.

“In the near future, India will have bids

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Madras High Court stays certain sub-clauses of new IT Rules

2021-09-16 21:00:34

The Madras High Court on Thursday stayed the operation of certain sub-clauses of the recently introduced Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, holding there was prima facie substance in the petitioners’ contention that a control mechanism would rob the media of its independence and democratic principles.

Incidentally, the Bombay High Court had last month pronounced similar order on a related case. The sub-clauses — (1) and (3) of Rule 9, which were

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Prayagraj: Coffin With Body Disappears From Train, Found in MP After 16 Hours

Her family decided to bring her body in a coffin to Prayagraj on a train and then take it to the Patti area of Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgad.

Her family decided to bring her body in a coffin to Prayagraj on a train and then take it to the Patti area of Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgad.

The CPRO of North Central Railway Zone, Dr Shivam Sharma, initially tried to get away by calling it a mistake of another zone.

A coffin with a woman’s body disappeared from a moving train due to the carelessness of the railway officials, and it took them at least 16 hours to trace it

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16-year-old Bihar Girl Tops National Hotel Management Exam, Credits Her Sister 

Priyadarshini lives in the Krishna Patti area of the town.

Priyadarshini lives in the Krishna Patti area of the town.

The 16-year-old girl, happy with the rank, tells the media that she topped the entrance examination only because of her sister.

A 16-year-old Bihar girl from the Maoist-affected Jamui district has topped the National Council of Hotel Management (NCHM) joint Entrance examination.

Anushka Priyadrshini has bagged all India rank one in the NCHM JEE 2021 conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The results were announced on Monday.  Priyadarshini managed

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Mizoram State of Concern, India’s 20% Adults Fully Vaccinated, Says Health Min | Top Highlights

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said 20 per cent of India’s eligible population have received both the doses of vaccine against Covid-19 and said while infections cases have decreased in Kerala, Mizoram has emerged as a state of concern.

Here are the top highlights from the health ministry’s briefing on Covid-19 situation in the country:

• At least 62 per cent of the adult population have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine jab and 20 per cent

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Dip in cases against juveniles; family background remains a worry | India News – Times of India

Dip in cases against juveniles; family background remains a worry

 

NEW DELHI: The number of cases registered against juveniles in 2020 saw a dip compared to 2019, according to the latest data put up by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
In 2020, a total of 29,768 cases were registered against juveniles, which is a decrease of 7.8% over 2019 (32,269 cases).
Madhya Pradesh holds the worst record
At 4,819, Madhya Pradesh fares worst in the number of cases registered against juveniles in 2020. It is followed by

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‘My Husband was Forcibly Disappeared’: Amina Masood’s Case Backs India’s Stand on Pak Human Rights Crisis

On July 30, 2005, Pakistani businessman Masood Janjua was travelling by bus with a friend, Faisal Faraz, to Peshawar from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Somewhere along the way, they disappeared.

Their families immediately started a search. Eventually, they discovered that the two men had been forcibly disappeared by forces loyal to the then President Pervez Musharraf.

Today, the families are still without any information on their whereabouts.

Not just India; the Office of the High Commissioner for

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India looking at creating rocket force: CDS Gen Rawat

India looking at creating rocket force: CDS Gen Rawat

 

NEW DELHI: India is looking at “creating a rocket force”, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday even as he underlined the need for extensive use of niche technology to combat various national security challenges, including possible aggression by China.
In an address at an event, Gen Rawat described Pakistan as a “proxy” of China, noting that Islamabad will continue its “proxy war” against India in Jammu and Kashmir and that it is now attempting to
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‘Anti-national elements’ tied to 398 violent attacks in 2020

‘Anti-national elements’ tied to 398 violent attacks in 2020

 

NEW DELHI: ‘Anti-national elements’ were responsible for 398 violent attacks in 2020, of which 240 were triggered by Left-wing extremists, 76 by jihadi terrorists, 45 by northeast insurgents and 37 by ‘other terrorists’, says the NCRB’s 2020 report. According to the section dealing with ‘crimes by anti-national elements’ in the report on ‘Crime in India’, 80 civilians and 73 security personnel were killed in confrontations/attacks by anti-nationals in 2020, while 55 Maoists, 82 jihadi terrorists and 37 other terrorists
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Defence:   PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Defence Offices Complexes in Delhi; launches Central Vista website

Defence: PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Defence Offices Complexes in Delhi; launches Central Vista website

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the Defence Offices Complexes at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue in Delhi.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh, chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, and Army chief General MM Naravane were also present at the event.
The Prime Minister also launched the Central vista website at Thursday’s programme.
The new Defence Offices Complexes will accommodate around 7,000 officials from the defence ministry and the Armed

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Harsh Mander:   Enforcement Directorate raids residence, office of Harsh Mander

Harsh Mander: Enforcement Directorate raids residence, office of Harsh Mander

 

NEW DELHI: The residence and offices of social activist Harsh Mander were raided by the Enforcement Directorate officials on Thursday.
Officials said at least three premises located in south Delhi – Adchini, Vasant Kunj and Mehrauli – are being searched.
In February this year, Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing had registered a case against two NGOs run by Harsh Mander for alleged financial irregularities.
The ED case is understood to be based on the FIR filed in February
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BHEL starts India’s largest floating solar PV plant in Andhra Pradesh

2021-09-16 13:09:04

State-owned on Thursday announced the commissioning of India’s largest floating solar photovoltaic plant in Andhra Pradesh. Located at NTPC Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh, the 25-megawatt floating SPV project covers an area of 100 acres, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) said without disclosing the project cost.

“BHEL has successfully commissioned India’s largest Floating Solar PV plant. Notably, with its unique state-of-the-art design, the project is an engineering marvel, created by BHEL,” the company said in a statement.

BHEL

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TVS Motor Company betting big on fast growing 125 cc motorcycle, scooter segment in India

2021-09-16 12:47:12

Chennai-based Company is betting big on the fast growing 125 cc motorcycle and scooter segment in India, marking it as a profitable future growth area, according to a top company official. The company, which on Thursday launched its 125 cc motorcycle TVS Raider priced at Rs 77,500 for the drum brake variant and Rs 85,469 for the disc brake variant (ex-showroom Delhi), will be launching a 125 cc version of its popular scooter model Jupiter later this
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