Metrovaartha http://www.metrovaartha.com/ en-us Mon, 27 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0530 Teenage boy dies as motorcycle skids on Sealink-BKC flyover http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47869/teenage-boy-dies-as-motorcycle-skids-on-sealink-bkc-flyover http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47869/teenage-boy-dies-as-motorcycle-skids-on-sealink-bkc-flyover Mon, 27 Sep 2021 17:44:20 +0530 ]]>A 15-year-old boy was killed and two others were injured when their motorcycle skidded and hit a road divider on the newly-constructed Bandra Worli Sealink-BKC flyover here on Monday, police said. Mumbai | A 15-year-old boy was killed and two others were injured when their motorcycle skidded and hit a road divider on the newly-constructed Bandra Worli Sealink-BKC flyover here on Monday, police said.The deceased was riding the motorcycle and two of his friends- all minors- were riding pillion at the time of the accident in the wee hours, an official said, adding that none of them was wearing a helmet.A case was registered by the BKC police.The Sealink-BKC flyover arm was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in June this year.

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UP: Two girls gang raped in cyber cafe http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47868/up--two-girls-gang-raped-in-cyber-cafe http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47868/up--two-girls-gang-raped-in-cyber-cafe Mon, 27 Sep 2021 17:38:56 +0530 ]]>Two girls were allegedly held hostage and gang raped in a cyber cafe in this district when they had gone to get some documents photocopied, police said on Monday. Kannauj (UP) | Two girls were allegedly held hostage and gang raped in a cyber cafe in this district when they had gone to get some documents photocopied, police said on Monday.Four men took hostage of the two girl students at the cafe on September 13 and one of the accused also recorded the act, police said. The accused also extorted Rs 10,000 from the girls, threatening to circulate the video.Superintendent of Police Prashant Verma said a case was registered at Sadar Kotwali on Sunday against six people, including a woman, based on the complaint of one of the girls.The 17-year-old student in her complaint said she had gone to the cyber cafe along with her friend at noon on September 13 when four people, who were already present there, raped them.One of the accused also made a video of the act and handed it over to his brother-in-law who extorted Rs 10,000 by threatening to make it viral, police said.The girl said she and her friend stole money from their houses to give it to the accused, police said. It was the missing money which alerted their family members after which the incident came to light, they said.The girls have been sent to the district hospital for medical examination.Police are raiding all possible places, the SP said, adding in the initial investigation, the police have found signs of prostitution from the cafe.The victim had said that after the incident, the wife of one of the accused made her phone calls pressurising her into prostitution and some neighbours have also spoken about presence of young girls there, he added.The SP said efforts are on to nab the accused.

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Google in court to appeal EU's 2018 Android antitrust case http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47867/google-in-court-to-appeal-eu-s-2018-android-antitrust-case- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47867/google-in-court-to-appeal-eu-s-2018-android-antitrust-case- Mon, 27 Sep 2021 17:36:57 +0530 ]]>Google headed to a top European Union court Monday to appeal a record EU antitrust penalty imposed for stifling competition through the dominance of its Android operating system. London | Google headed to a top European Union court Monday to appeal a record EU antitrust penalty imposed for stifling competition through the dominance of its Android operating system.The company is fighting a 2018 decision from the EU's executive Commission, the bloc's top antitrust enforcer, that resulted in the 4.34 billion-euro ($5 billion) fine — still the biggest ever fine Brussels has imposed for anti-competitive behaviour.It's one of three antitrust penalties totalling more than $8 billion that the commission hit Google with between 2017 and 2019. The others focused on shopping and search, and the California company is appealing all three. While the penalties involved huge sums, critics point out that Google can easily afford them and that the fines haven't done much to widen competition.In its original decision, the commission said Google's practices restrict competition and reduce choices for consumers.Google, however, plans to argue that free and open source Android has led to lower-priced phones and spurred competition with its chief rival, Apple.“Android has created more choice for everyone, not less, and supports thousands of successful businesses in Europe and around the world. This case isn't supported by the facts or the law,” the company said as the five-day hearing opened at the European Court of Justice's General Court.The EU Commission declined to comment. The court's decision is not expected until next year.Android is the most popular mobile operating system, beating even Apple's iOS, and is found on four out of five devices in Europe.The Commission ruled that Google broke EU rules by requiring smartphone makers to take a bundle of Google apps if they wanted any at all, and prevented them from selling devices with altered versions of Android.The bundle contains 11 apps, including YouTube, Maps and Gmail, but regulators focused on the three that had the biggest market share: Google Search, Chrome and the company's Play Store for apps.Google's position is that because Android is open source and free, phone makers or consumers can decide for themselves which apps to install on their devices. And because it's the only one bearing the costs of developing and maintaining Android, Google has to find ways to recoup that expense, so its solution is to include apps that will generate revenue, namely Search and Chrome.The company also argues that just because its apps come pre-installed on Android phones, it doesn't mean users are excluded from downloading rival services.The Commission also took issue with Google's payments to wireless carriers and phone makers to exclusively pre-install the Google Search app. But Google said those deals amounted to less than 5% of the market, so they couldn't possibly hurt rivals.Following the ruling, Google made some changes to address the issues, including giving European Android users a choice of browser and search app, and charging device makers to pre-install its apps.

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No major impact of cyclone Gulab in Odisha: Govt http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47866/no-major-impact-of-cyclone-gulab-in-odisha--govt- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47866/no-major-impact-of-cyclone-gulab-in-odisha--govt- Mon, 27 Sep 2021 17:03:01 +0530 ]]>The Odisha government on Monday said cyclone Gulab did not have much impact on the state following its landfall in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh but road connectivity was partially affected due to landslides and uprooting of trees in some places of Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts. Bhubaneswar | The Odisha government on Monday said cyclone Gulab did not have much impact on the state following its landfall in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh but road connectivity was partially affected due to landslides and uprooting of trees in some places of Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts.Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena said administrations of seven cyclone-hit districts - Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur - have been asked to submit damage assessment reports in the next five days.The East Coast Railway said 16 trains have been cancelled in view of waterlogging on tracks in the Visakhapatnam-Vizianagaram-Rayagada section.Cyclone Gulab made landfall at a place in Andhra Pradesh, about 95 kilometres from Gopalpur in Odisha where a large number of people have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.Jena said the state government has so far evacuated 46,075 people, including 1,533 pregnant women, to safe places, where the district administrations have made arrangements to provide dry and cooked food to them.Fishermen have been advised not to venture into westcentral and northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off Andhra Pradesh and adjoining Odisha coasts in the next 12 hours, the IMD said in a bulletin on Monday morning."The cyclone situation in Odisha remains by and large normal though trees are uprooted and houses damaged in some places," the SRC said.The road between Vijaynagaram in Andhra Pradesh and Sunki in Odisha's Koraput has been disconnected due to a landslide, while trees fell on Lamtaput-Vishakhapatnam road at Kanchana, disrupting communication, he said.Trees were also found uprooted on thoroughfares at Kunduli under Pottangi police station limits, he said, adding that movement of vehicles was also affected in several places of Gajapati district as roads were blocked due to landslides.Road transport was also disrupted due to falling of trees at Tarlakota in Malkangiri which witnessed heavy rainfall on Sunday night, while asbestos roofs of several houses were damaged in the Raleguda block, a district official said.Due to overnight downpour, a portion of the National Highway-26 was submerged near the government hospital at Sunki on Monday. A team of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force personnel rushed to the area and evacuated people to a nearby large multi-purpose cooperative society office, Jena said.The Ganjam district administration has sealed the Soroda-Daringbadi ghat road, anticipating a landslide due to heavy rainfall on Sunday night.Teams of the ODRAF and the National Disaster Response Force have been stationed at the affected places to repair roads and remove uprooted trees, he said.The Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar said 148 mm rainfall was recorded at Potangi in Koraput by 8.30 am of Monday, followed by Mahendragarh (89.4 mm) and Mohana (77.2 mm) in Gajapati district.The IMD, in its special bulletin issued at 1 pm, said the deep depression over south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh moved westwards with a speed of 8 kmph and lay centered at 8.30 am over south Odisha and adjoining south Chhattisgarh.It is likely to move nearly westwards and weaken into a depression in the next six hours and into a low-pressure area during the subsequent 24 hours.It said squally wind with a speed reaching 45-55 kmph is likely to prevail over north Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam districts) and south Odisha districts of Rayagada, Koraput, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri in the next six hours.

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Sensex, Nifty tick higher to fresh records http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47865/sensex--nifty-tick-higher-to-fresh-records- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47865/sensex--nifty-tick-higher-to-fresh-records- Mon, 27 Sep 2021 16:22:10 +0530 ]]>Equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty inched marginally higher on Monday to end at fresh lifetime highs, led by gains in Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and Maruti amid a largely positive trend in global markets. Mumbai | Equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty inched marginally higher on Monday to end at fresh lifetime highs, led by gains in Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and Maruti amid a largely positive trend in global markets.After touching its lifetime intra-day high of 60,412.32, the 30-share Sensex ended 29.41 points or 0.05 per cent higher at its all-time closing peak of 60,077.88.Similarly, the NSE Nifty advanced 1.90 points or 0.01 per cent to record 17,855.10.Maruti was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rallying over 6 per cent, followed by M&M, Bajaj Auto, NTPC, Reliance Industries and HDFC Bank.On the other hand, HCL Tech, Tch Mahindra, Bajaj Finserv and Infosys were among the laggards."Domestic equities traded range-bound amid positive cues from global equities. Heavy profit-booking in IT and pharma nullified the impact of sharp recovery in auto stocks," said Binod Modi, Head - Strategy at Reliance Securities.Further, financials and realty indices extended gains. Nifty IT fell over 2.5 per cent as investors preferred to book some amount of profit ahead of September quarter earnings.Auto stocks witnessed strong rebound as continued underperformance for last couple of months, expectations of improvement in demand scenario from October and positive commentary from select companies about semiconductor issue made investors buy quality names in OEMs, he noted.Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Hong Kong and Seoul ended with gains, while Shanghai and Tokyo were in the red.Stock exchanges in Europe were trading on a positive note in mid-session deals.Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude climbed 1.32 per cent to USD 78.25 per barrel.

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No major impact of Bharat Bandh in MP; Bhopal, Indore unaffected http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47864/no-major-impact-of-bharat-bandh-in-mp--bhopal--indore-unaffected- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47864/no-major-impact-of-bharat-bandh-in-mp--bhopal--indore-unaffected- Mon, 27 Sep 2021 16:19:24 +0530 ]]>The Bharat Bandh call given by some farmer unions against the Centre's new farm laws had no major impact in Madhya Pradesh on Monday as day-to-day and commercial activities went on as usual. Bhopal/Indore | The Bharat Bandh call given by some farmer unions against the Centre's new farm laws had no major impact in Madhya Pradesh on Monday as day-to-day and commercial activities went on as usual.Eyewitnesses said road traffic was normal in the state capital Bhopal and commercial hub Indore.However, talking to PTI, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh national president Shivkumar Kakkaji claimed, "The bandh called by farmers against the three laws and for demanding guaranteed MSP for crops has been successful.” He further claimed that the outfit had given relaxation from the shutdown to Bhopal as most of its residents are (private and government sector) employees and not farmers, but the protest was successful in the farming community-dominated small towns of Nimar region, Shahdol, Umaria, Raisen and Silwani.Kakkaji said he was sitting in the "control room" in Bhopal and was getting reports that the shutdown call was "successful", and added that no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.Peaceful protests were also seen in districts like Vidisha and Satna.The Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh's Indore unit president Rajkumar Patidar said they had planned to stage protests at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) campuses and other places, but the district administration did not give them permission for it.The RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) did not support the bandh.Its Indore-Ujjain unit president Kamal Singh Aanjna said," We want the issues related to farmers to be resolved through discussions with the government in a peaceful manner." To mark one year since the laws were passed, farmer organisations called a Bharat Bandh on Monday from 6 am to 4 pm.The three laws -- The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020 -- were passed by Parliament in September last year.The government has projected them as major reforms, but the unions allege that the laws will leave the farmers at the mercy of big corporates.Farmers have been protesting against the three laws on Delhi's borders since November last year.

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Delhi zoo gets 3 lions from Gujarat http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47863/delhi-zoo-gets-3-lions-from-gujarat http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47863/delhi-zoo-gets-3-lions-from-gujarat Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:55:30 +0530 ]]>The Delhi zoo got three lions from Gujarat for breeding purposes under an animal exchange programme on Monday, officials said. New Delhi | The Delhi zoo got three lions from Gujarat for breeding purposes under an animal exchange programme on Monday, officials said.One lion and two lionesses have been brought from Kevadia and Sakkarbaug in Gujarat, an official said. In return, Delhi will give two hippopotamuses to the western state.The Delhi zoo also welcomed a four-horned antelope and a red-eared slider turtle. "The lions will be kept in quarantine for 20 days and will be released in their enclosure thereafter," the official said.The Delhi zoo had only one lion, Sundaram, and one lioness, Hema. Sundaram had suffered a paralytic attack last year.A seven-year-old lion, Aman, had died in May after a prolonged illness. An 11-year-old lioness, Akila, who suffered from paralysis for 9 years, died in August last year.Delhi is also likely to get two tigresses and a pair of sloth bears from the Gorewada zoo in Nagpur.The Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai is likely to provide a tiger to Delhi.A Bengal tigress was brought from Kanpur for breeding purposes in November last year.The Delhi zoo is a participating zoo for the “Conservation Breeding Programme” of Bengal Tiger.According to the Central Zoo Authority, the programme is the science of conserving a species by preventing imminent population collapse in the wild due to a large number of eliminative pressures (such as habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, industrialisation, poaching, illegal trade and climate change).At present, the Delhi zoo has five white tigers – three males and two females and a pair each of Bengal tigers.On Thursday, the Delhi zoo got an ostrich from the Chhatbir zoo, the second one to arrive here in five months, and efforts are on to bring two more from Tamil Nadu soon.The ostrich population in the Delhi zoo is being revived after almost five years. The facility did not have an ostrich from July 2016 to March 2021, according to officials.

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I-T dept detects Rs 300-cr black income after raids on Maha-based steel rolling cos http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47862/i-t-dept-detects-rs-300-cr-black-income-after-raids-on-maha-based-steel-rolling-cos- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47862/i-t-dept-detects-rs-300-cr-black-income-after-raids-on-maha-based-steel-rolling-cos- Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:53:06 +0530 ]]>The Income Tax department has detected unaccounted income of over Rs 300 crore following raids on a group of four major steel rolling mills based in Maharashtra, the CBDT claimed on Monday. New Delhi | The Income Tax department has detected unaccounted income of over Rs 300 crore following raids on a group of four major steel rolling mills based in Maharashtra, the CBDT claimed on Monday.The searches on the business groups, engaged in manufacturing steel TMT bars and billets mostly using steel scrap as raw material, were conducted on September 23 on 32 premises located in Jalna, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata."Evidence detected so far indicates that unaccounted income is likely to exceed Rs 300 crore and the four companies have already disclosed additional income to the extent of Rs 71 crore consequent to the search," the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement.It added that "unaccounted" cash of more than Rs 2.10 crore and jewellery worth Rs 1.07 crore have also been seized.A dozen bank lockers have been found during the searches, it added."Many incriminating documents, loose sheets and other digital evidences were found and seized."These evidences clearly indicate the involvement of the companies in large scale unaccounted financial transactions made outside the regular books of accounts, including inflation of purchases using entry providers, unaccounted cash expenses and investments, etc," the policy-making body for the tax department claimed.It alleged that the tax department has found "laundering of substantial amount of unaccounted income earned by the companies in the guise of share premium and unsecured loans using shell companies"."Evidence for unaccounted purchase in excess of Rs 200 crore has been found. Huge quantity of unaccounted stock was also found in the factory premises of the companies," the statement said. 

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Ker HC sets aside state govt order banning online rummy http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47861/ker-hc-sets-aside-state-govt-order-banning-online-rummy- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47861/ker-hc-sets-aside-state-govt-order-banning-online-rummy- Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:45:39 +0530 ]]>The state government's decision to ban online rummy was on Monday set aside by the Kerala High Court which said the game would not amount to gambling, as claimed by the LDF government. Kochi | The state government's decision to ban online rummy was on Monday set aside by the Kerala High Court which said the game would not amount to gambling, as claimed by the LDF government.Justice T R Ravi set aside the Kerala government's decision, saying it was arbitrary and unconstitutional.The order came on the petitions by several online gaming companies against the state government's notification banning online rummy.The state government was of the view that online rummy played for stakes amounts to gambling and thus, was prohibited.The gaming companies opined that banning online playing of rummy was arbitrary when the physical format of the card game was permitted.

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Kuldeep Yadav back from UAE after sustaining knee injury, may miss most of domestic season http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47860/kuldeep-yadav-back-from-uae-after-sustaining-knee-injury--may-miss-most-of-domestic-season- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/47860/kuldeep-yadav-back-from-uae-after-sustaining-knee-injury--may-miss-most-of-domestic-season- Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:42:02 +0530 ]]>Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has sustained a serious knee injury and is likely to miss most of the domestic season, having already come back to India with his IPL campaign in the UAE cut short. New Delhi | Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has sustained a serious knee injury and is likely to miss most of the domestic season, having already come back to India with his IPL campaign in the UAE cut short.The out-of-favour India international who was with Kolkata Knight Riders is expected to go through a long rehabilitation process before attempting a comeback to competitive cricket."Yes, we got the information that Kuldeep sustained a nasty knee injury during a practice session in UAE. Apparently while fielding, he twisted his knee and it was really bad at that point."There was no chance that he could have taken any further part and was sent back to India," a senior BCCI official tracking developments of IPL teams told PTI on condition of anonymity.It has been learnt that very recently, Kuldeep has undergone a surgery in Mumbai and it could take between four to six months before he can make a comeback."Knee injuries are generally bad. It's a very long process from starting to walk and then getting strength back through intense physiotherapy sessions at the NCA, followed by light intensity training and finally starting with net sessions."It can't be said with certainty that Kuldeep will be match ready by the time Ranji Trophy ends," another IPL source privy to the developments said.On Twitter, Kuldeep has posted a picture of him with KKR head coach Brendon McCullum, who is celebrating his birthday on Monday."That's obviously an old photograph. Kuldeep has come back in India. If I am not wrong, he is already done with his surgery," the source said.It must be mentioned that Kuldeep has had a rough ride in the past two years, after a five-wicket haul in Sydney, when head coach Ravi Shastri had termed him as India's No. 1 spinner in overseas conditions.Things changed drastically since the 2019 IPL when Kuldeep had a slump in form and since then his career went southwards as the Indian team management lost faith in his abilities even on rank turners, where classical left-arm orthodox Shahbaz Nadeem was picked from the stand-by, but Kuldeep, who was in main squad, didn't get a chance.The 26-year-old from Kanpur has played 7 Tests, 65 ODIs and 23 T20Is for a total of 174 wickets across formats.He last played for India in Sri Lanka but it was more of a middling performance with best figures of 2/48 in an ODI game and 2/30 in a T20 International. He played two more games during that tour -- an ODI and a T20I -- in which he went wicket-less.

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