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SC to hear in April plea seeking resumption of mining in Goa

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear in April the plea of Vedanta Ltd seeking its nod to restart iron ore mining in Goa. A bench, comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant, was told by Vedanta that as per the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, …

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SC upholds validity of SC/ST Amendment Act

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the amendments made to SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act restoring certain provisions including that anticipatory bail cannot be granted to the accused under this law. Unless provisions of the act are enforced in their true letter and spirit, “the dream and ideal of a casteless society will remain only …

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Anti-CAA protestors scuffle with Delhi cops

PTI New Delhi Scores of Jamia Millia students and residents of Jamia Nagar on Monday got into a scuffle with police after they were stopped from carrying an anti-CAA march towards Parliament in Delhi. The protest call was given by the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), an organisation of Jamia students and alumni. Despite repeated appeals from the police and the …

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Coronavirus: over 1.97 lakh travellers screened so far

PTI New Delhi Over 1.97 lakh passengers travelling in 1,818 flights have been screened for novel coronavirus, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday as he outlined the steps taken by the government to deal with the virus since its outbreak last month. Issuing a suo motu statement in Lok Sabha, Vardhan also said that screening of passengers has been …

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Lecturer set afire by stalker dies

PTI Nagpur The 25-year-old woman lecturer who was set ablaze by a stalker in Maharashtra’s Wardha district last week died while undergoing treatment at a hospital here on Monday morning, officials said. Ankita Pisudde, resident of Hinganghat town in Wardha, had been critical after sustaining 35 to 40 per cent ‘grade III’ burns on February 3 when she was set …

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Poor Odisha girl’s ‘zindagi’ turns full circle

PTI Bhubaneswar A US-based foundation has decided to finance the MBBS studies of a poor fatherless girl from Odisha, who was coached in ‘Zindagi’ programme run by a non-governmental organisation here, in a medical college in the state, an office-bearer of the NGO said on Monday. The scholarship was awarded by California’s ‘Saloni Heart Foundation’ to Krishna Mohanty, who had …

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New Delhi college girls allege molestation

IANS New Delhi A number of students of Gargi College located in the south of the city have allegedly been manhandled, molested and sexually assaulted on the third day of the college annual cultural fest ‘Reverie’. A second year student of political science told IANS over the phone, on condition of anonymity, that “around 6:30 p.m. on February 6, the …

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Govt mulling new scheme for CAPF officers’ test

PTI New Delhi The Centre is planning to change the scheme of the UPSC test for recruitment of entry-level paramilitary forces’ officers and merging it with the civil services examination that selects IAS and IPS officers, officials said.  A proposal in this regard is being thought upon, officials privy to the development said, in the backdrop of the Union government …

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Coronavirus: DGCA suspends pre-flight alcohol test at Kerala airports

PTI New Delhi Aviation regulator DGCA has stopped the pre-flight breathalyzer (BA) test for the aircrew operating out of Kerala’s four airports during the next 15 days in the wake of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak.  The breathalyzer (BA) test measures whether a person is drunk or not. “The mandatory BA test for flight crew who are operating out of …

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7 Bangladeshi nationals held in Jhansi

PTI Jhansi (UP) Seven Bangladeshi nationals were arrested here as they did not have any valid documents for staying in the country, police said on Sunday. Jhansi Senior Superintendent of Police D Pradeep said, “As many as seven Bangladeshi nationals were arrested during routine checking near the bus stand in Babina on Friday.” Babina — a cantonment town in Jhansi …

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