India, 195 nations join hands to fight drought

Pledging to accelerate the restoration of one billion hectares of degraded land globally by 2030, 196 countries, including India, late Friday adopted 38 decisions to step up drought preparedness and give new political and financial impetus to help nations deal with devastating impacts of land/soil degradation.

Fate of lowest bid for Executive Enclave project hangs in balance

The fate of lowest bid for the Executive Enclave project, which is part of the mega Central Vista revamp plan, hangs in balance even nearly two months after the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) had opened the financial bids. Sources said some decision is expected within days about giving finality to the lowest bid quoted by a construction major.

Freed after 19 yrs in jail, Pak man still in UP thana

A 70-year-old Pakistani national, after spending 19 years in jail for a terror case, has been languishing in a local UP police thana even after being “technically released” and acquitted by the Allahabad high court in 2019. His kin back home in Pakistan’s Wazirabad told TOI that they were “completely unaware” of his whereabouts during the past few years.

Proceeds of crime Rs 16cr: ED in Nawab Malik case

Pegging the total proceeds of crime at Rs 16 crore, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) alleged that ‘muscleman’ Nawab Malik had illegally occupied “Kurla General Store” in Goawala building compound in Kurla West in 1996, and after becoming a state minister a few years later, he usurped the entire premises with the help of Haseena Parkar, late sister of gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

No adjournments beyond a month, consumer panels told

The consumer affairs ministry has urged the registrars of all consumer commissions not to grant any adjournments for more than 30 days and has also suggested imposing costs on parties where there is delay beyond two months in resolving cases due to adjournment requests. A letter by the ministry read, “Frequent and long adjournments not only deny a consumer his right to be heard and seek redressal, but also take away the spirit of enactment which the legislature intended."