Author: Mike Harrison

Azad’s retirement from RS, bypassing Anand Sharma for post of Leader of the Opposition are among sore points As the Congress party gets into election mode for the next round of Assembly polls in crucial States like Assam, Kerala, Bengal and Tamil Nadu, there is growing restlessness among a section of the group of 23 (G-23) dissenters for “being excluded from consultation process”.Some members of G-23, or those leaders who had written to party president Sonia Gandhi last August to seek a revamp of the party, have been given responsibility in the election-bound States — Mukul Wasnik has been made…

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Govt spends ₹2 on healthcare for every rupee earned through sale of liquor, say judges Observing that a study had found that the State government loses more than ₹2 on providing healthcare for every Rs.1 earned by it through sale of liquor, the Madras High Court has made a fervent appeal to the government to implement prohibition in the State in a phased manner “to wipe out the tears of women and children.”Justices N. Kirubakaran and B. Pugalendhi wrote: “Though it is a difficult task, still every endeavour has to be made to discourage the people to drink and appeal…

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The inordinate delay in finalising the seat sharing arrangement between the Left front and the Congress is increasing anxiety among workers of both sides as elections to the West Bengal Assembly draw close.Three rounds of meetings have already taken place and the fourth round is slated for February 16. So far, sources said, the Left parties are ready to cede 92 seats to the Congress, but the Congress has been insisting on a more “respectful” figure of 100-plus seats.The Left is eager to accommodate Furfura Sharif’s chief patron Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui’s newly formed Indian Secular Front (ISF). While it is…

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The paramilitary has been constantly revising its standard operation procedures in Kashmir in the last two years to ward off any attempt to repeat Pulwama-type attack, CRPF IG Deepak Ratan said on Sunday.“A lot of changes have been made in the CRPF including the SOPs, equipment and training. We have modified and amended the mode of training in such a way that if there is any contingency or a challenge from the militants, they will be given a befitting reply,” IG Ratan told the media in Srinagar on the sidelines of the memorial ceremony.He paid tributes to the 40 jawans…

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The picture “captured the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, emerging into the early morning sunlight” The UAE’s “Hope” probe sent back its first image of Mars, the national space agency said on Sunday, days after the spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet’s orbit.The picture “captured the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, emerging into the early morning sunlight,” it said in a statement.The image was taken from an altitude of 24,700 kilometres (15,300 miles) above the Martian surface on Wednesday, a day after the probe entered Mars’ orbit, it said in a statement. Sheikh Mohammed…

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Japan’s Health Ministry said it had approved the vaccine co-developed and supplied by Pfizer Inc. Japan on Sunday formally approved its first COVID-19 vaccine and said it would start nationwide inoculations within days, but months behind the US and many other countries.Japan’s Health Ministry said it had approved the vaccine co-developed and supplied by Pfizer Inc.The announcement comes after a government panel on Friday confirmed that final results of clinical testing done in Japan showed that the vaccine had an efficacy similar to what overseas tests showed.Many countries began vaccinating their citizens late last year, and Pfizer’s vaccine has been…

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He also said that the government must take the country and the people into confidence on restoration of status quo ante at the borders. Senior Congress leader and former defence minister A K Antony on Sunday alleged that disengagement in both the Galwan Valley and Pangong Tso Lake areas and the creation of a buffer zone was a “surrender” of India’s rights.Addressing a press conference, he also said that at a time when India was facing multiple challenges at the border and was facing a two-front war-like situation, the increase in defence budget this year is meagre and insignificant and…

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Mr. Modi also handed over the indigenous main battle tank Arjun Mk-1A, designed and developed by a Chennai-based DRDO unit, to the Army. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled several key projects in Tamil Nadu in a function held in Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Sunday. He also handed over the indigenous main battle tank Arjun Mk-1A, designed and developed by a Chennai-based DRDO unit, to the Army.In the presence of Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and other dignitaries, Mr. Modi inaugurated the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension, which has been completed at a cost of ₹3,770…

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on February 14 clarified that there had been no ban on the participants wearing black face masks at an event he attended at Wayanad recently.The Chief Minister made this remark during his opening speech at CM@campus, an interaction session with students from the Calicut University, the Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed to be University, the Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University and the Kerala Agricultural University on the Calicut University campus.“… An impression had been created by some quarters that people wearing black masks were banned from the event. Some people were found to be propagating this news. No…

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After a two-week break following their Argentina tour, the core group assembled at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru campus. Hockey India on February 14 announced its 25-member core probable group for the senior women’s national coaching camp as part of the team’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.After a two-week break following their Argentina tour, the core group assembled at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru campus and will undergo mandatory quarantine.In January, the 25-member core group had set out on their first tour in over 12 months. Despite not registering a win in Argentina, chief coach Sjoerd Marjine was…

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