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Your car’s backseat probably does not have it, but soon the cheapest of berths on Indian Railways’ fast trains will provide you your own AC vent. If you are a bookworm, there will be a reading light too. And if social media is your thing, don’t worry, every berth will have its own charging point for nightlong chats and marathon photo sharing.
The Union home ministry (MHA) on Thursday decided to permit all “overseas citizens of India (OCI) and persons of Indian origin (PIO) cardholders and all other foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose, except on a tourist visa, to enter by air or water routes through authorised airports and seaport immigration check posts— as part of a graded relaxation.
With the onset of festivals, especially Durga Puja fervour reaching a crescendo, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is not taking any chances. On Thursday, it issued a list of dos and don'ts for a "safe and environment-friendly idol immersion". In a tweet, comprising two slides, the CPCB has recommended the dos-for devotees, idol makers, local authorities and regulatory authorities-and don'ts for the devotees and idol makers and sculptors.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday released its manifesto for the three-phased Bihar elections promising to distribute the coronavirus vaccine free of cost once approved by the ICMR, and also assured 19 lakh jobs for youths of the state. Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, releasing the party's manifesto, said vaccine is the first promise mentioned in the manifesto.
Maruti Suzuki on Thursday announced that its Hansalpur plant in Gujarat has rolled out 1 million units over a span of 3 years and 9 months. Out of all three Maruti Suzuki plants in India, the Gujarat plant becomes the fastest to achieve this feat.
The government has shot off a stern letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, conveying its strong disapproval over misrepresentation of the Indian map, and asserted that any attempt by the micro-blogging platform to disrespect the country's sovereignty and integrity is totally unacceptable. In the letter, IT secretary said such attempts raise questions about Twitter's neutrality.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday virtually joined the Durga Puja celebrations in West Bengal and also addressed the people extending his greetings to all on the biggest festival celebrated in the eastern state. Invoking Goddess Durga, PM Modi reaffirmed his govt's irrevocable commitment to women's empowerment alluding to Druga's symbolism of shakti (strength).
RCB pacer Mohammed Siraj, who ripped through KKR's top-order with a "magical performance", said skipper Virat Kohli's surprise decision to hand him the new ball lifted his confidence. Siraj's first three wickets came without conceding a run as he became the first bowler in IPL history to bowl two maidens in a single game. RCB restricted KKR to 84/8 and chased in 13.3 overs.
A day after she claimed that there was a “rise in love jihad cases in Maharashtra”, National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma continued to find herself in the midst of a controversy over her remarks and some tweets allegedly posted by her from her account from the period prior to her tenure as the commission’s chairperson. Sharma claimed that her account was hacked.
After gaining a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli said that many people do not have faith in the side's abilities but all players do have the desired confidence. "You can have the best players in the world but if you don't have the belief it's no good. Morris is loving the responsibility.." he said.
The Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against Google has a judge: Obama appointee Amit Mehta, who was assigned the case Wednesday morning in US District Court for the District of Columbia. Notable rulings include one in 2019 saying that lawmakers should get their subpoenaed financial records of President Donald Trump. He also dealt with a food-industry antitrust case.
With less than a week to go for the first phase of polling in Bihar, campaigning in the state is hitting a crescendo. The parties are adjusting to the pandemic situation and making the best to reach out to voters. Stay with TOI for all updates:
The Trump administration on Wednesday announced a rule that will likely curb US companies' use of skilled foreign workers which officials said was necessary to protect American jobs amid mass unemployment triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The rule will significantly increase the minimum wages companies must pay to workers enrolled in the H-1B visa program.
The Indian economy is at the “doorstep of revival” and both the govt and the RBI are maintaining an accommodative stance, according to RBI governor Shaktikanta Das. An accommodative stance means being prepared to provide all the funds required to support growth. The statement comes a fortnight after he forecast that economy would break out of contraction in the fourth quarter.