Firing from across the border started around 9.50 pm on Friday in the Hiranagar sector's Pansar Border Outpost area, drawing a strong and an effective retaliation by the Border Security Force (BSF), they said. The officials said that firing between both the sides continued till 3.35 am, but there was no report of any damage on the Indian side.
«The Left parties extend their solidarity with and support to the ongoing massive agitation by Kisan organisations from all over the country against the new Agri laws. The Left parties extend their support to the call given by them for a Bharat Bandh on December 8,» the statement said. «The Left parties condemn the RSS/BJP's malicious campaign, on preposterous charges, against the struggle of our annadatas to safeguard Indian agriculture and the country's food security,» it said.
«We don't want Article 356 (President's Rule) in West Bengal. It is Mamata Banerjee and her party who are inviting Article 356. We want the natural death of the TMC and in 2021, this will happen as the people of Bengal desperately want BJP,» party leader Samik Bhattacharya said. Earlier, BJP MP Saumitra Khan had said there is a possibility that the governor may ask chief minister Mamata Banerjee to prove majority in the Assembly.
With India recording more recoveries than the new Covid-19 cases for the last eight days, the active coronavirus caseload dropped below 4.10 lakh (4,09,689) on Saturday, the lowest in 136 days, according to the ministry of health and family welfare. The country's present active caseload consists of just 4.26 per cent of the total positive cases.
India's Covid-19 caseload rose to 96.08 lakh with 36,652 new cases in a day, while 90,58,822 people have recuperated from the disease so far pushing the national recovery rate to 94.28 per cent on Saturday, according to the Union health ministry data.
Reacting strongly, India on Friday summoned Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel and told him that the comments made by Trudeau and others in his cabinet on the protests were an «unacceptable interference» in the country's internal affairs and these actions, if continued, will have a «seriously damaging» impact on bilateral ties.
Farmers are protesting against the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a high-level meeting with Union ministers ahead of Centre's talks with protesting farmers over the new agriculture laws. Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Narendra Tomar and Piyush Goyal were present in the meeting held at PM's New Delhi residence. Another round of talks between farmer leaders and the govt are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
The Shiv Sena on Saturday said the results of the elections to five Maharashtra Legislative Council seats showed that the «overconfident» BJP was losing ground in the state. It said that the most shocking defeat for the opposition party was its loss in the Nagpur division graduates' constituency, which it held for over five decades.
Justice Yogesh Khanna granted the relief to Rajeev Sharma on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and a surety of the like amount, which shall be given by him within a week once the trial court resumes its normal functioning.
Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM held on to its 2016 tally of 44. The result of one ward has been held back because of a case in the HC. BJP has effectively dethroned Congress as the main opposition in Telangana and is set to emerge as main challenger to TRS in the 2023 assembly polls.
On Friday, India reported 36,757 new cases, while the previous day’s count was 36,746. The daily count has stayed within a narrow range of 36,000 to 37,000 for the past four days while the numbers last week were mostly above 40,000.
Rolling review enables the regulator to examine the data generated through clinical trials on a real-time basis instead of waiting for the trials to be over and full data to be made available for evaluation at once.
Overall, Mumbai tops the list of 14, followed closely by Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. But so important is the gender role index that quality of life rankings of six cities would have changed had it not been considered — Delhi, Jaipur and Indore would have been ranked higher, and Mumbai, Bhopal and Lucknow would have ceded their spots.
Over 14 lakh people have visited 758 camps set up by the West Bengal government for its new outreach programme 'Duare Sarkar', till Friday, according to official data. At least 14,09,704 people made their way to the camps in 23 districts in the last four days, it said.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday issued a stern warning against «anti-party activities» and said TMC leaders in touch with the opposition are free to quit the ruling party in the state.
The Editors Guild of India (EGI) on Friday expressed concerns over the news coverage of the farmers' protests in Delhi, saying certain sections of the media were delegitimising the stir by labelling them «Khalistanis» and «anti-nationals» without any evidence.
India on Friday issued a strong warning to Canada over the remarks made by some of its leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the ongoing farmers protest in the country.
With the BJP facing setbacks in the Maharashtra Legisltive Council polls, its leader Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said his party failed to gauge the combined strength of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies. He said the party will analyse the poll results and prepare for the next election in a better way.
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 95,71,559 with 36,595 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,39,188 with 540 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 90,16,289 pushing the national recovery rate to 94.20 per cent, while the Covid-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 per cent.
In an unprecedented development, the BJP has put up over 600 Muslim and Christian candidates - 112 Muslims and 500 Christians - for the panchayat, municipalities and corporation elections to be held on December 8, 10 and 14. The timesofindia.com spoke with three senior BJP leaders belonging to the minority communities and hailing from Kerala. Their common refrain was that the outreach to the minorities was to send across a signal that the BJP is a national inclusive party.