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Don’t let sport bodies become sinecures for ageing bureaucrats

This refers to the report I was offered as bait… (June 27). It is appalling that the All India Tennis Association (AITA) was not able to rein in tennis stalwarts Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. Instead the AITA chose to give a wild card entry to Sania Mirza to pacify doubles specialist Paes.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2012 10:53 PM IST

Don’t let sport bodies become sinecures for ageing bureaucrats
This refers to the report I was offered as bait… (June 27). It is appalling that the All India Tennis Association (AITA) was not able to rein in tennis stalwarts Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. Instead the AITA chose to give a wild card entry to Sania Mirza to pacify doubles specialist Paes. A player of Mirza’s status would not have been treated in this manner had the AITA taken control of the situation much earlier and had not waited till the 11th hour to announce the teams. The fiasco brings to the fore the communication gap that exists between the selectors and players. It’s time the government ensures that sports agencies do their duties properly and not merely become sinecures for ageing bureaucrats.
Gautam Chandra, via email

Step up interaction with Riyadh
This refers to the editorial The noose is tightening (Our Take, June 27). The arrest of the Lashkar-e-Taiba operative best known as Abu Jundal with the help of the US and Saudi Arabia, Islamabad’s closest allies, is an indication that the international community is increasingly isolating Pakistan. However, it’s heartening to see the growing ties between India and Saudi Arabia. Given the fast-moving nature of the global terrorist threat, the two nations should engage in intelligence-sharing and work in tandem to stop all terror activities from taking place.
Bal Govind, Noida

Morsi has his work cut out

This refers to the editorial Big brother is being watched (Our Take, June 26). It’s time the newly-elected Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi proves that the Muslim Brotherhood, of which he was the hard-line enforcer, can be trusted. For an outfit that was banned in the country, this is an opportunity to come into the mainstream and show the world its moderate and secular face.
Ashok Goswami, via email

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Farmers raise slogans as they ride tractor during an ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at the Delhi-Ghazipur border on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Farmers raise slogans as they ride tractor during an ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at the Delhi-Ghazipur border on Monday.(ANI Photo)

Farmers want permission for tractor rally on Republic Day, SC hearing today

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:50 AM IST
The Delhi Police in its application has said that no tractor rally by farmers should be allowed as it will malign the nation globally.
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Farmers sitting inside their tractor-trolley amid their protest against the new farm laws at SInghu Border in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)
Farmers sitting inside their tractor-trolley amid their protest against the new farm laws at SInghu Border in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)

LIVE: Government to hold tenth round of talks with farmers today

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UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:35 AM IST
In the last meeting, the government had asked farmers to form an informal group among themselves and submit a draft to the government regarding their demands. Union Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the government will discuss the demands with an "open mind" in today's meeting.
Farmers raise slogans during a protest against the new farm laws at Delhi-UP Ghazipur border, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo )
Farmers raise slogans during a protest against the new farm laws at Delhi-UP Ghazipur border, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo )

Farmers, govt to hold 10th round of talks to end impasse over agri laws today

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:25 AM IST
The government has also proposed that the 41-member farmers’ delegation form a “smaller group” with “people who have expertise on laws”.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)

PM to release financial assistance to over 6 lakh beneficiaries under PMAY-G

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UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 06:38 AM IST
Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion.
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On January 16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the world's largest vaccination drive against the pandemic.(Bloomberg)
On January 16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the world's largest vaccination drive against the pandemic.(Bloomberg)

Recipients to be followed-up for 3 months after 2nd dose of Covaxin, says ICMR

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PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 06:28 AM IST
India has given emergency use authorisation to two Covid-19 vaccines being manufactured in the country - Covishield and Covaxin.
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“This is the first case in Barwani under the new legislation,” Barwani police station in-charge Rajesh Yadav said.(Representative image)
“This is the first case in Barwani under the new legislation,” Barwani police station in-charge Rajesh Yadav said.(Representative image)

28-yr-old held in MP under new religious conversion law

By HT Correspondent, Barwani
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 05:08 AM IST
“On the basis of a written complaint filed by a 22- year-old woman, a 28-year-old man was arrested on Monday on charges of rape and under provisions of the Freedom of Religion ordinance,” Barwani police station in-charge Rajesh Yadav said.
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In a separate decision, the ministry waived of the 75%-mark eligibility criteria in class 12 exams for students seeking admission to central technical and engineering schools via JEE (Main).(HT Photo)
In a separate decision, the ministry waived of the 75%-mark eligibility criteria in class 12 exams for students seeking admission to central technical and engineering schools via JEE (Main).(HT Photo)

Candidates to get more questions to choose from in JEE and NEET

By Prashant K Nanda, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 06:24 AM IST
“The syllabus for JEE (Main 2021) to remain same as the previous year. But students will be given the choice to answer 75 questions (25 questions each in physics, chemistry & mathematics) out of 90 questions (30 questions each in physics, chemistry & mathematics),” the ministry said.
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Former executive editor of NDTV Nidhi Razdan's case would be transferred to the cyber cell-specialised unit, said a senior cop, preferring anonymity.(Yogesh Kumar/Hindustan Times )
Former executive editor of NDTV Nidhi Razdan's case would be transferred to the cyber cell-specialised unit, said a senior cop, preferring anonymity.(Yogesh Kumar/Hindustan Times )

Nidhi Razdan files complaint over online fraud

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 04:14 AM IST
Nidhi Razdan’s counsel Shri Singh said a complaint was filed at Greater Kailash police station on Monday. Singh said that they had earlier approached the Srinagar cops but were advised to contact Delhi Police since it was an issue related to the jurisdiction.
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Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla talked of Indo-Pacific joint effort a workshop to ensure the region remains open and peaceful.(PTI)
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla talked of Indo-Pacific joint effort a workshop to ensure the region remains open and peaceful.(PTI)

Harsh Shringla calls for joint efforts to ensure peace in Indo-Pacific

By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 04:01 AM IST
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Members of Supreme Court-constituted committee (L to R) Ashok Gulati, Anil Ghanwat and Pramod Kumar Joshi interact with the media in New Delhi on Tuesday. (HT photo)
Members of Supreme Court-constituted committee (L to R) Ashok Gulati, Anil Ghanwat and Pramod Kumar Joshi interact with the media in New Delhi on Tuesday. (HT photo)

SC panel on farm laws holds first meet, invites farmers for talks

By Zia Haq, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 03:43 AM IST
The committee will begin its consultations with farm unions on January 21. “Invitations have been sent to unions which are both pro- and anti-farm laws,” Anil Ghanwat, a member of the committee told HT.
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To ensure fewer doses are wasted each day, many centres started walk-in vaccination from Tuesday.(PTI)
To ensure fewer doses are wasted each day, many centres started walk-in vaccination from Tuesday.(PTI)

1,000 vaccine doses wasted in Delhi so far: Health officials

By Sweta Goswami, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 04:43 AM IST
Teams from a number of vaccination centres and health officials overseeing the city’s inoculation drive said at least 1,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccines have been wasted in Delhi so far. Health officials attributed the wastage mostly to fewer people coming up to get the jab.
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On Tuesday, the farmers also shared the route map of their proposed tractor rally and said that the parade will touch all the borders connecting Delhi with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.(PTI)
On Tuesday, the farmers also shared the route map of their proposed tractor rally and said that the parade will touch all the borders connecting Delhi with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.(PTI)

Police urge farmers to shift R-Day tractor rally to KMP e-way

By karn pratap singh, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 02:31 AM IST
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Rahul Gandhi said that China has a “clear strategic vision” but India doesn’t and China has twice tested India in Doklam and Ladakh(Sanjeev Verma)
Rahul Gandhi said that China has a “clear strategic vision” but India doesn’t and China has twice tested India in Doklam and Ladakh(Sanjeev Verma)

Rahul Gandhi says India ‘owned’ by a few; Centre hits back

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 01:40 AM IST
In a no-holds-barred attack against the ruling dispensation a day before the tent round of talks between farmers and the Centre, Rahul Gandhi compared the alleged monopolies that he said were being created with the British Raj.
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The truck ran over the construction workers on the Kim-Mandvi road shortly after midnight(PTI)
The truck ran over the construction workers on the Kim-Mandvi road shortly after midnight(PTI)

14 migrant workers, a yr-old infant crushed by truck in Surat

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 01:27 AM IST
The incident took place near Kosamba village, around 60 km from Surat, when the truck driver apparently lost control over the vehicle after hitting a sugarcane laden tractor. The deceased included six men, eight women and a baby girl.
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The IAF said the two sides would “put into practice operational experience gained across terrains and spectrums and endeavour to exchange ideas and best practices to enhance interoperability”.
The IAF said the two sides would “put into practice operational experience gained across terrains and spectrums and endeavour to exchange ideas and best practices to enhance interoperability”.

India, France air exercise to kick off in Rajasthan today

By Rahul Singh, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 01:01 AM IST
“As part of Indo-French defence cooperation, the IAF and French Air and Space Force have held six editions of exercises named ‘Garuda’, the latest being in 2019 at Air Force Base Mont-de-Marsan, France,” the IAF said on the eve of the exercise.
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