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Sena MP injured in attack at poll rally in Maharashtra

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Shiv Sena MP Omraje Nimbalkar was injured when an unidentified man attacked him with a knife in Maharashtra's Osmanabad district on Wednesday, police said. The incident took place when Nimbalkar was addressing an election rally at Padoli Naigaon village in Kalamb taluka. During the rally, a man along with a group came close to Nimbalkar, who represents the Osmanabad Lok Sabha constituency, on the pretext of shaking hands with him, a police official said. "While greeting the MP, the man attacked him with a knife and immediately fled. Nimbalkar got hurt on his hand but escaped a major injury because of his wrist watch," he said. The Lok Sabha member's father Pawanraje Nimbalkar, who was a Congress leader, was shot dead in his car near Kalamboli on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on June 3, 2006. Former Lok Sabha MP Padamsinh Patil is the key accused in that case...
                 

Exhibition explores new ways to use metal as medium and subject

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Twenty-three leading contemporary artists including Atul Dodiya, G R Iranna, and Bharti Kher have explored metal as a medium and subject of art at an ongoing exhibition here. "Burnish / Tarnish" that opened at the Palette Art Gallery here recently, has on display works that showcase the enormous artistic possibilities metal has to offer across a wide range of media -- sculpture, painting, photography, video, and installation. "Metal is very prominent in contemporary art and it is used across a variety of media including sculpture, painting, photography, and installation. The type of metal used has widened to include material like rusted mild steel. "It is an exhibition exploring new ways to view metal," said Girish Sahaney, curator of the show. The art works use a gamut of metallic elements and alloys, including gold, silver, copper, bronze, iron, and steel. For instance, artist Pooja Iranna has created an entire row of miniature skyscrapers by laboriously sticking numerable tiny .....
                 

People have started to question BJP's silence on issues like unemployment: Selja

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Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja on Wednesday said that the people have started questioning the ruling BJP's silence on burning issues like unemployment and have made up their mind to show the door to the saffron party in the upcoming assembly polls. Selja said contrary to the M L Khattar-led Bharatiya Janata Party government's claim of giving a clean and transparent administration, "the truth is that this regime has been hit by a number of scams". When asked about BJP making scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir a big poll issue in the Haryana polls besides raising other issues surrounding nationalism, Selja said, "That is going to rebound because people have started to question their silence on critical issues like unemployment." "People are asking why BJP is not talking about local issues, about the issues that are agitating people of Haryana. So people have started questioning that and these (BJP) people don't know how to retreat because there is nothing to show for..
                 

Third phase of 'Didi ke Bolo' begins in West Bengal

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The Trinamool Congress leadership on Wednesday launched the third phase of 'Didi ke Bolo' (Tell Didi) initiative to reach out to the masses. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is addressed as 'Didi' or elder sister by TMC workers. Block presidents of the party were seen visiting pre- identified villages or urban habitations as per the list provided by the TMC and held informal meeting with party members there, TMC sources said. Over 600 block and town presidents of the party were asked to visit more than 2,000 villages and municipal wards across the state in the third phase of the initiative. The TMC leaders will interact with party members and booth-level workers over dinner at the house of a party member and will also spend the night at the house of a party member or supporter. Buoyed by the response to the previous phases of the initiative, which provides a platform to the people to directly lodge complaints to the chief minister, the TMC had on Tuesday .....
                 

Gold futures rise Rs 69 at Rs Rs 38,105 per 10 gm on global cues

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Savarkar's sanskar basis for nation-building: Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar's values are the basis for nation-building. His remarks came a day after the BJP raised the demand for the Bharat Ratna honour for Savarkar, one of the tallest Hindutva icons in the pantheon of Sangh Parivar, in its manifesto for the October 21 Maharashtra polls. Addressing an election rally in the state's Akola district, Modi rued that Savarkar was denied the Bharat Ratna. "It is due to Savarkar's sanskar (values) that we put nationalism as the basis for nation-building," Modi said. Terming the opposition parties as "shameless", he slammed them for objecting to the issue of abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir being raised during campaigning by BJP leaders for the Maharashtra Assembly polls. "How dare they question (abrogation of) Article 370 and ask how is it connected to Maharashtra polls?" he said. He dubbed the Congress-NCP alliance as a "bhrashtwadi yuti" (corrupt coalition), .....
                 

Bajaj Consumer Care zooms 20 pc after promoter sells stake

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Shares of Bajaj Consumer Care zoomed 20 per cent on Wednesday after Bajaj Resources, a promoter of the consumer goods firm, offloaded around 22 per cent stake in the company. The scrip jumped 20 per cent to Rs 234.65 -- its upper circuit limit on the BSE. On the NSE, it advanced 19.17 per cent to Rs 242.70. Bajaj Resources on Tuesday offloaded around 22 per cent stake in the company for Rs 628 crore through an open market transaction. As per exchange data, Bajaj Resources sold 3,22,65,100 shares representing 22 per cent equity stake of Bajaj Consumer Care at an average price of Rs 194.56. Bajaj Resources held 59.9 per cent stake in Bajaj Consumer Care at the end of September quarter. A host of fund houses, including Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund, ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, HDFC Mutual Fund and Steinberg India Emerging Opportunities Fund, were among the buyers of the shares...
                 

Tendulkar welcomes ICC's Super Over rule change

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He was the first to recommend it and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday welcomed the ICC's decision to stop boundary count as a way of deciding knockout games in its global tournaments like the World Cup. The International Cricket Council on Monday changed the Super Over rule for all its major tournaments following the uproar over the outcome of the men's World Cup final in July when England were declared winners against New Zealand on boundary count. After the board meetings in Dubai, the ICC decided that in semi-finals and finals of future global tournaments, if the teams score the same number of runs in their Super Overs, the process will be repeated until one side wins. "I felt this was important as it is a fair way to obtain a result when nothing else separates the 2 teams," Tendulkar tweeted in favour of the move. England were adjudged winners of the July 14 final owing to more number of boundaries -- 22 fours and two sixes to New Zealand's 16 -- after the regulation ....
                 

Day-to-day proceedings in Ayodhya case to end at 5 PM on Wednesday: SC

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday made it clear that it will conclude today the day-to-day hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case at Ayodhya, saying "enough is enough". A 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that it is hearing the Ayodhya land dispute case for the last 39 days and no more time beyond today will be granted to parties to conclude the hearing in the case. "This matter is going to be finished today by 5 PM. Enough is enough," the bench, which also comprises justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, said at the start of the proceedings on the 40th day. The apex court had earlier said the hearing would be concluded on October 17. Now deadline has been advanced by one more day. The CJI is demitting office on November 17. The bench also rejected a plea of a party seeking to intervene in the ongoing hearing and said no such interventions will be allowed now at this stage of .....
                 

Belarus shows interest to modernise Calcutta Tramways

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Belarus has expressed interest in modernising the tramways of Kolkata, besides exporting buses and dumper trucks to India. Bharat Chamber of Commerce president Sitaram Sharma said a team from the Eastern European nation is likely to visit the city to study the technical and operational modernisation required for Calcutta Tramways. Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus in India, Andrei I. Rzeheussky, told reporters here on Tuesday that Belarusian firm BELAZ is also likely to sign an agreement with Coal India for the supply of dumper trucks. Rzeheussky said Belarus has export-oriented manufacturing industries with its strength in machinery, passenger and commercial cars, electric buses, dumper trucks, harvesters and agricultural equipment. Sharma said Belarusian firms have also shown interest in manufacture and supply of electric vehicles and trolleybuses. "The Belarus-made trolleybuses are customised for Indian roads and have quick charging features," he said...
                 

INX media case: ED arrests P Chidambaram after questioning him at Tihar jail

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The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrested former Finance Minister P Chidambaram after grilling him for nearly two hours at Delhi's Tihar Jail in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.At present, ED officials along with Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Naveen Kumar Matta are outside the court of special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar for issuance of production warrant.Chidambaram's arrest came a day after a special court allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to grill Chidambaram for 30 minutes in connection with the matter to decide on his arrest.A three-member team of ED including Mahesh Gupta, Sandeep Thapliyal, and Dainik Jain had arrived at Tihar Jail to interrogate P Chidambaram, who is lodged in the case which is also being investigated by the CBI.Nalini and Karti Chidambaram, the wife and son of the Congress leader, too reached the jail premises ahead of the interrogation process.Chidambaram is in judicial custody in Tihar Jail since September 5 in a corruption ....
                 

Chidambaram in good spirits, procedural games being played for political theatrics, says son Karti

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After meeting P Chidamabaram at Tihar Jail, Congress lawmaker Karti Chidambaram on Tuesday said that his father is in good spirits and "procedural games" are being played against him for political theatrics."I came to meet my father as I am entitled to meet him twice a week. He is in good spirits and whatever these procedural games are being played are for political theatrics," Karti told media persons here.Soon after, P Chidambaram was arrested by Enforcement Directorate after questioning. A three-member team of the probe agency had arrived at Tihar jail in the morning to interrogate the former union minister in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.Alleging that the case is nothing but a case of "political vendetta", Karti said: "There are no facts. It is a bogus investigation to continue to keep former finance and home minister in some sought of custody for alleged transactions which apparently happened in 2006. This only thing is being played out for the vicarious .....
                 

Disabled people exempted from Odd-Even scheme in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced that persons with disabilities will be exempted from the odd-even vehicle rationing system which will be implemented in the national capital after Diwali."Yes @MajDPSingh, persons with disabilities will definitely be exempt during Odd-Even," Kejriwal tweeted.The chief minister was responding to a tweet by Major DP Singh, a Kargil War veteran, who stated that he is an amputee and cannot travel in Delhi metro."How about persons with disabilities @ArvindKejriwal sir? I am an amputee and can't sit in the metro with an artificial leg due to ill-designed seats. So would be the bus ride for me due to pushes and pulls. The only option is my own car. What do I and many like me do?" Major DP Singh tweeted.After Kejriwal's positive response, the former armyman quoted the chief minister's tweet and wrote, "Thank you @ArvindKejriwal sir. Appreciate your kind response and support. Jai hind."The odd-even vehicle rationing scheme will be .....
                 

What craziness has taken over UP govt: Priyanka on decision to remove home guards

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over its decision to do away with 25,000 home guards and asked what sort of "craziness" has taken over the mind of the dispensation. The Congress general secretary made the remarks after the BJP government in the state on Tuesday announced that it was doing away with 25,000 home guards as the state could not afford the new allowances the Supreme Court has asked it to pay. However, the UP government reversed its decision hours later, saying no one would be removed. "The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to terminate the jobs of 25,000 home guards ahead of Diwali," Gandhi tweeted in Hindi. She also alleged that the law and order situation in the state is in a bad shape. "In such a scenario, more guards and police force is needed, but don't know what craziness has taken over the mind of the BJP government," she said. Congress leader Jitin Prasada also questioned the government's decision .....
                 

Movie to mark centenary of Sarat Chandra's 'Datta'

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A Bengali period film will mark the centenary of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic novel 'Datta'. The movie by debutant director Nirmal Chakraborty is being shot at West Bengal's Birbhum district. Chakraborty told PTI here on Wednesday he believes Bengali moviegoers still crave for cinematic adaptations of literary works if original storylines are followed. Rituparna Sengupta has been cast as 'Bijoya', a liberated Brahmo lady, while Joy Sengupta will essay the role of 'Naren'. Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed was to play the role of 'Bilash Bihari' and had even shot some sequences of the movie earlier this year. "Since Ferdous is having some difficulties in getting a visa, we might have to reshoot the sequences involving him, with a fresh character. We will take a final decision in this regard by mid-November," Chakraborty said. Sengupta said, after being offered the role, she re- read the novel and was struck by the character who was ahead of her times in many .....
                 

Ensured food security of over 8.5 cr Bangla people through Khadya Sathi scheme: Mamata

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The West Bengal has ensured food security to more than 8.5 crore people residing in the state under the 'Khadya Sathi' scheme, claimed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the occasion of World Food Day.Taking to the micro-blogging site, CM Banerjee said, "Today is #WorldFoodDay. We have ensured the food security of more than 8.5 crore people of #Bangla through Khadya Sathi Scheme."The Trinamool Congress president also stated that her government has provided special assistance to the people of Jangalmahal and Hill areas besides Aila-affected areas and farmers of Singur, tea garden workers as well as the Toto tribe."Special assistance is also provided to the people of Jangalmahal and Hill areas, Aila-affected areas, farmers of Singur, tea garden workers & Toto tribe," she added.World Food Day is celebrated worldwide on this day. It calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone. At the same time, it calls on everyone to .....
                 

Why so many leaders campaigning when CM confident of win? Sule

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NCP leader Supriya Sule has questioned the presence of several central ministers and senior BJP leaders from across the country to campaign for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is confident of an easy win. Addressing a rally at Kalyan town in Thane district of Maharashtra on Tuesday night for NCP nominee Prakash Tare, she dubbed the BJP's demand for the Bharat Ratna honour for Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar as an "election gimmick". Targeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who has been addressing a number of rallies in the state to campaign for the BJP, Sule sought to know why he did not pay a visit to Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli in August when the districts were ravaged by floods after heavy rains. "When the chief minister says there is no fight at all for the BJP in Maharashtra, what is the need for so many senior party leaders, including CMs of various states and Union ministers, to campaign in Maharashtra?" she asked. "This shows..
                 

Comparisons with Ayushmann won't bother me: Sunny Singh on 'Ujda Chaman' and 'Bala'

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The second weekend of November will see two films about bald men battling out -- Ayushmann Khurrana's "Bala" and Sunny Singh's "Ujda Chaman" and the latter says he won't be bothered about comparisons. "Ujda Chaman", a remake of the 2017 Kannada movie "Ondu Motteya Kathe", features the "Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety" star as a young man facing premature hair loss. The film is scheduled to be released on November 8. The story of "Bala" is based along the similar lines and will hit the screens a day before "Ujda Chaman". "I am away from all of this. I am doing a film, I am also getting to know that this film ('Bala') is kind of similar. Initially you feel like 'why and how is this happening?' but then you feel it's ok. He's playing his part, I am playing mine. We both are actors doing our jobs. I love him and I'm a fan of his acting," Sunny told PTI. The actor said he recently met the "Dream Girl" star and the duo greeted each other with warmth. "I know Aparkshakti and Tahira too, so it's all ....
                 

WB govt should apologise: Mukul Roy on Governor's 'insult'

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BJP leader Mukul Roy has said that the West Bengal government should apologise to the Governor Jagdeep Dhankar after the latter was allegedly 'insulted' at a Durga Puja programme in Kolkata in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was also present.West Bengal Governor had on Tuesday said that he was deeply hurt and disturbed by the treatment meted out to him by the state government at a Durga Puja event on October 11 and termed it as an "insult".Speaking over the same to ANI, Roy said, "Please note that the Governor is the constitutional head of the state and the manner in which he was treated by the state government, it is against the class and creed of Bengal. It was insulting for the state as a whole. So as a common citizen of the state, I feel that this should not be happening and the government should apologise to the Governor."Dhankar was allegedly sidelined at a Durga Puja programme in Kolkata in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was also present."I am deeply hurt and .....
                 

INX Media case: 3 member ED team reaches Tihar to grill P Chidambaram

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The three-member team of the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrived at Tihar jail on Wednesday morning to interrogate former union minister P Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media money laundering case, before taking a final call on his arrest.Nalini and Karti Chidambaram, the wife and son of the Congress leader, too reached the jail premises ahead of the interrogation process.Officers of ED who arrived at Tihar Jail to interrogate P Chidambram are Mahesh Gupta, Sandeep Thapliyal, and Dainik Jain.This came after a special court here on Tuesday allowed the law enforcement agency to grill Chidambaram for 30 minutes in connection with the matter.Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar had allowed the ED to interrogate the Congress leader and arrest him if deemed necessary.The court had also directed Tihar Jail authorities to make necessary arrangements and provide a secure place to interrogate Chidambaram in the prison.The special judge gave the directions based on a plea filed ....
                 

Second PMC Bank depositor dies of heart attack

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A Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank depositor, Fattomal Punjabi, passed away on Tuesday due to heart attack.Punjabi's family alleged that he was under stress following the crisis in PMC Bank.This is the second death of a PMC account holder in less than 24 hours.On Monday, a 51-year-old former employee of Jet Airways, Sanjay Gulati, who had deposits worth Rs 90 lakh in the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank, died hours after participating in a protest rally by depositors here.Gulati had deposits in the Oshiwara branch of the Bank and is survived by his wife and two children.Last month, the RBI restricted the activities of the PMC Bank for six months and asked it to not grant or renew any loans and advances, make any investment or incur any liability, including borrowing of funds and acceptance of fresh deposits.PMC Bank is a multi-state scheduled urban cooperative bank with operations in Maharashtra, New Delhi, Karnataka, Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and .....
                 

New Delhi: Cops lay trap to nab three criminals

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Police laid a honey trap to nab three desperate criminals who had robbed a taxi driver in Mundka area here.According to the police, on October 10, the three accused -- Somvir, Pradeep and Manoj -- robbed a taxi driver in Mundka and fled away with his car.During the technical analysis of Somvir's mobile phone, it was decided that a honey trap could be laid to track him down."Accused Somvir was contacted through his female friend. He was contacted through a shadow honey trap for that purpose. A woman constable started chatting with Somvir on Whatsapp. After gaining his trust, she called him to meet at a nearby park where he was arrested by the police," a police official said.The other two accused were nabbed at the instance of Somvir. The robbed car was also recovered.On October 10, the trio had hired the cab from Peeragarhi Chowk. Pradeep hit the taxi driver's head with a glass bottle. Thereafter they robbed him and fled away with the car...
                 

Maharashtra: Pune Crime Branch seizes 1.54 kg brown sugar, arrests two

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Russia seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria

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Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied growing condemnation of its invasion from its Western allies. Now in its seventh day, Turkey's offensive against Kurdish fighters has caused tens of thousands to flee their homes, has upended alliances and is re-drawing the map of northern Syria for yet another time in the 8-year-old war. Russia moved quickly to further entrench its role as a power broker after US President Donald Trump ordered the pullout of American forces in northeastern Syria. The American move effectively abandoned the Kurdish fighters who were allied with the US and cleared the way for Turkey's invasion aimed at crushing them. Desperate for a new protector, the Kurdish administration struck a deal with the Russia-backed government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose forces on .....
                 

Andhra Pradesh: Local journalist murdered by unknown assailants

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Trump says Pompeo, Pence to head to Turkey on Wednesday

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US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel Wednesday to Ankara to press Turkey to halt its offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters, President Donald Trump said Tuesday. "They are leaving tomorrow," Trump told reporters at the White House, a day after Pence announced the trip, without giving a timetable. "We are asking for a ceasefire... We put the strongest sanctions that you can imagine." Pence's office released a separate statement adding that he would "voice the United States' commitment to reach an immediate ceasefire and the conditions for a negotiated settlement." Pence is due to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, the statement added, to reiterate Trump's commitment to "punishing economic sanctions" on Turkey until a resolution is reached. The president's abrupt decision this month to withdraw US forces from northeast Syria left the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the mercy of Turkish troops and their Syrian ...
                 

Telangana: Congress MLA taken into preventive custody for trying to participate in RTC's 'Rasta Roko' protest

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Sangareddy Police held Congress MLA Jagga Reddy for allegedly trying to take part in the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees' 'Rasta Roko' (road blockage) protest on Tuesday.According to the police, the 'Rasta Roko' protest was being held illegally, without taking permission from the police. Hence Reddy was arrested."The Congress MLA has been taken into preventive custody and he has been shifted to the local police station here. While he was being shifted, an RTC driver, Ismail, pelted stones on a police patrol vehicle which left its windshield broken. He was nabbed by the police and a case has been registered against him," said a police official.The TSRTC workers organised 'Rasta Roko' protests in all districts of the state on Tuesday.Speaking to ANI, Joint Action Committee (JAC) president of TSRTC, Ashwathama Reddy had said: "This strike is not a normal one. This is for justice to RTC and the people of Telangana. All the RTC workers, their families, .....
                 

Telangana HC directs state govt, TSRTC employees to initiate dialogue

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The Telangana High Court has directed the state government and Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees to initiate a dialogue immediately and resolve the issues, said Ashwathama Reddy, President, TSRTC Joint Action.The High Court on Tuesday posted the case for October 18.Reddy, while speaking to ANI, said: "The Telangana High Court has heard both the sides, the version of RTC workers as well as the government's. We have stated that we will not end the strike until the government fulfils our demands. We have also stated that we will not hold talks with the government. However, the court has directed the government and TSRTC workers to hold talks immediately and resolve the issues.""The High Court has also stated that normal public should not face any problem due to the ongoing issues between the government and RTC employees. RTC employees should initiate talks with the government and assure that the problem gets resolved. The High Court has posted the case to .....
                 

2 contractors killed, 2 injured at Saudi oil refinery

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Two in tight race to lead UN nuclear watchdog

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Two candidates from two continents are in a tight race to become the next head the UN's nuclear watchdog, which is tasked with monitoring the implementation of the faltering Iran nuclear deal, a diplomat said Tuesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is searching for a new chief following the death of its head, Yukiya Amano, in July. Romanian diplomat Cornel Feruta, the organisation's acting director general since Amano's death, is running neck-to-neck with the Argentinian ambassador to the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, to replace Amano. In an informal vote by the 35-member board of governors of the Vienna-based organisation, Feruta received 14 votes, while Grossi got 15 endorsements, the diplomat said. A third candidate, Lassina Zerbo of Burkina Faso, got five votes. In total, 34 votes were cast. Zerbo is the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), also based in Vienna. A fourth candidate, Marta Ziakova, head of the Slovak Nuclear .....
                 

BJP to celebrate accession day on Oct 26th across J&K

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Bhargava seeks votes in Jhabua bypoll for 'making Shivraj CM'

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Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Gopal Bhargava said at a campaign rally here on Tuesday that if the BJP won the Assembly by- election, Shivraj Singh Chouhan will return to power. The ruling Congress took exception to the statement, alleging that he was hinting at imminent toppling of the Kamal Nath government in the state. Speaking at a rally, Bhargava said, "If your elect (BJP candidate) Bhanu Bhuria with a huge margin, I promise you that Chouhan would become chief minister again after Diwali." The by-election will be held on October 21 and the result would be out on October 24. State Congress spokesperson Neelabh Shukla said that Bhargava's statement was a clear hint that there would be an attempt to topple the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. Such a statement was violation of the election code of conduct, he alleged. Later, speaking to reporters in Indore, Bhargava said he was not talking about toppling the government. The BJP was not in the .....
                 

Two people kill themselves at Delhi metro stations, another survives suicide bid

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A 25-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by leaning over the tracks at New Ashok Nagar metro station and allowing a speeding train to hit his head on Tuesday, police said. The man, identified as Amit Soni, a native of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, laid down on the platform, with his head and shoulders sticking out towards the track, when he saw the train approaching, they said. The train hit his head and he sustained serious injuries. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead, the police said, adding that no suicide note was recovered. However, the reason behind suicide is unknown, they said. According to police, Soni has completed his hotel management course and joined a OYO hotel company at Pankha Road, Janakpuri as Research Executive about two years ago. He was residing alone at Uttam Nagar on rent. He got married two months ago. Soni's father is a goldsmith in Gwalior, the police said, adding the family has been informed and inquest proceedings are .....
                 

Car robbery solved, three arrested

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Delhi police cracked a recent car robbery case arresting three men by roping in a woman constable to trap them, police said on Tuesday. With the help of technical analysis of mobile phone, police learnt that one of the accused Somvir (23) had a girl friend, and decided to honey trap him by roping a woman constable who lured the accused and started chatting with him on WhatsApp, they said. Somvir had never met his female friend, taking this advantage, the woman constable initiated conversation. After gaining his trust, she called him to meet in a nearby park and the accused was arrested, police said. His associates -- Pardeep and Manoj were also arrested later and the robbed car was also recovered, they added. According to police, Pardeep wanted to lead a lavish life and to fulfill his desire, he made a plan to rob a car for supplying illegal liquor in the area of Delhi and NCR. As per plan, he roped in his associates Manoj and Somvir. "On October 10, Pardeep called Somveer and asked..
                 

NSUI activists perform 'havan' for Khattar, say may God give him 'better sense'

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Members of Congress student wing NSUI performed a 'havan' on Tuesday and prayed that may God give "better sense" to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar who has been accused of making "disrespectful remarks" against party chief Sonia Gandhi. During a poll rally on Sunday, Khattar ridiculed Gandhi's return as Congress chief, saying "khoda pahad niklee chuhiya", using a proverb that means big effort but little gain. National Students Union of India president Neeraj Kundan and several members including women, were present at the 'havan'. A photograph of Khattar was placed near the "havan kund" as a priest chanted mantras. "Manohar Lal Khattar keeps making controversial statements. This is not the first time. The kind of remarks he has now passed against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi are highly condemnable. Gandhi is a woman first and Congress chief later, no one can tolerate such remarks, it shows utter disrespect towards women," Kundan told reporters. "We are holding this yagna and ...
                 

SAD leaders obstructing coordination with SGPC for Parkash Purb celebrations: Amarinder

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Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday accused Shiromani Akali Dal leaders Harsimrat Badal and Sukhbir Badal of obstructing coordination between the state government and Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) for Parkash Purb celebrations to mark 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak."Sukhbir and Harsimrat Badal are trying to scuttle an amicable settlement of the issue at every step for their political gains, What kind of Akalis are these? Definitely not the Taksali Akalis of the founding party," said the Chief Minister while campaigning for Congress candidate Captain Sandeep Sandhu in the upcoming by-election.The Chief Minister said three cabinet ministers met SGPC officials on Tuesday and had an amicable discussion on the organisation of the festival.He refuted opposition claims about the state government not delivering on its promises."All the promises are being fulfilled in stages and the remaining would also be implemented as the fiscal situation of the ....
                 

Stimac rues his players' inability to score goals

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Indian football head coach Igor Stimac on Tuesday rued his players' inability to score goals as his side settled for a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in their World Cup qualifying round match here. India missed their star defender Sandesh Jhingan sorely as a judgmental error from Gurpreet Singh Sandhu saw Bangladesh go 1-0 up in the 42nd minute through a Saad Uddin header. It was defendfer Adil Khan who saved India the blushes with his 88th minute header on a day inspirational skipper Sunil Chhetri was not at his best. "Our scoring incapability was the reason why we didn't win. We conceded very silly goal. We can't expect to win the game if you concede such a goal. Their goalkeeper was my man-of-the-match," Stimac told reporters in the post-match media interaction. "We deserved to win this game. We pushed until the end and created enough chances to win the game. But our scoring was not good enough. "I'm not happy with first 45 minutes. Our players in the back were not passing well. When ...
                 

DRDO must make 5th Generation AMCA happen: IAF chief

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Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Tuesday praised the Defence Research and Development Organisation for delivering successful weapon system to the IAF in the past and said the DRDO must make the 5th Generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) happen. In his address at the 41st DRDO Directors Conference here, he also said technology leadership in future would mean it will give us a technological edge over the adversaries. "Technology leadership is the crux that defines DRDO, should define DRDO. We have a long history of association with the DRDO. In 70s, we were way behind our adversaries and then DRDO stepped in and the very first electronic warfare system that gave us technological parity, not an advantage but parity for sure," he said. With simple radar warning system and electronic warfare system, it changed the way the IAF took operations and offensives into deep airspaces, the IAF chief said. "Now the AMCA... it has taken off, it is a DRDO project. And, just because we .....
                 

Roads in MP are like Vijayvargiya cheeks, will make them like Hema Malini's cheeks: State Min

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Cabinet Minister PC Sharma on Tuesday compared condition of roads in Madhya Pradesh to "cheeks" of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and added that Congress government will make them like "cheeks" of Lok Sabha MP Hema Malini.The minister gave the statement at the time he was inspecting Habibganj area along with Public Works Development (PWD) minister Sajjan Verma."Roads in Madhya Pradesh were built like that of Washington. What has happened to these roads now? After heavy rain, there are potholes everywhere. Presently, the condition of roads is like stains of smallpox. It seems that the condition of the roads has become like the cheeks of Kailash Vijayvargiya," Sharma told reporters here."These roads will be repaired within 15 days on the orders of Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Very soon we will make these roads like cheeks of Hema Malini," he said.Sharma's "Washington" jibe was aimed at former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who had said, in 2017, that .....
                 

Article 370 blocked NE success stories from being replicated in JK: Singh

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Union minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, had blocked the success stories of the Northeast from being replicated in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Addressing the curtain raiser event, as chief guest, on the eve of "North East Expo 2019" here, Singh said the revolutionary transformation that the northeastern states have undergone over the last five years of the Modi government, is of such an "unimaginable magnitude" that it is to be seen to be believed. The Union minister for the development of the northeastern region (DoNER) said his only regret sometimes is that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been extraordinarily indulgent and patronising to uplift the peripheral regions of India, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh could not receive the same benefits as Northeast, simply because of the vested embargoes imposed in the name of Article 370. The central government on August 5 announced the abrogation of Article 370 and .....
                 

Delhi LG launches online module for sanction of building plans, BJP terms it Diwali gift

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Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday launched an online module for sanctioning building plans for plots up to 500 sq metres on self-certification basis by municipal corporations, an official statement said. The BJP, which rules the three municipal corporations in the city, welcomed it as a Diwali gift for the people of Delhi. According to the statement issued by the LG office, the process will require an architect to file the case online for obtaining sanction of a building plan certificate. The applicants will be able to get approval for building plans up to 500 sq metres on self-certification basis, it stated. "The submitted case would be scrutinised automatically by the rule engine of the online building plan system (OBPS) module. Thereafter, in case of any shortcoming, an error report will be generated by the system," the statement said. The case would be required to be re-submitted after removing the deficiencies. Thereafter, the architect or engineer will upload .....
                 

Queen Maxima dolls up in beige dress to meet Indian alumni from the Netherlands

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As Queen Maxima of the Netherlands met Indian alumni from the Dutch country, she donned a beige dress with a disc hat adding charm to the look.On the second day of her visit to India, the Queen seemingly matched the hues of Safdarjung Tomb where she met the Indian alumni from the Netherlands.The knee-length beige outfit brought out the sassy side of the Queen who accessorised her tresses with a fascinating large disc hat.The cherry-red hat perfectly added an extra oomph to the Queen's classy outfit.On Monday, the Queen attended a banquet hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind wearing a specially tailored pink saree gown.The Gaara thread work done in ivory white, blue and mauve on the gown made it look even more in tune with the occasion.Even more, she displayed her royal side wearing a diamond tiara perfectly fitted onto her neatly tied hair.Queen Maxima and the king of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander were given a traditional welcome at the airport where several officials lined up to ....
                 

Won't accept body until he is declared Indian: Kin of man declared foreigner

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Guwahati (Assam) [India], Oct 15 (ANI): The death of a person, who was declared 'foreigner' two years ago has caused much hue and cry in Dhekiajuli. The family of the deceased have refused to accept the body.Family members of a 65-year-old man who died at a hospital in Guwahati on Sunday have refused to accept his body till authorities pronounce him an Indian.The deceased, Dulal Pal, was marked under 'dubious voter' category in 1997. In 2017, he was declared a 'foreigner' by the foreigner tribunal and was sent to a detention camp in Guwahati.The family of the deceased have alleged that he was declared a foreigner despite submitting property documents which were registered in 1965.Dulal's son, Ashish Pal has stated that the family will only accept his father's body when he's declared Indian."We were called by the police to take his dead body. Since he was declared a Bangladeshi, then why should we take the body of a Bangladeshi? We will only receive the body after he is declared an .....
                 

Bank of Maharashtra files police complaint against spreading rumours

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Bank of Maharashtra on Tuesday said it has lodged a complaint with Pune police and cyber cell against the circulation of fake news and spreading of rumours about its financial health on WhatsApp, a news site and other social media platforms. This complaint is filed against maligning the image of the bank in various social media platforms, it said in a BSE filing. The details of the news portal and Twitter handle are informed to authorities, the filing said. It said the bank has requested the authorities to detect the origin of fake news and take stern action against the persons behind this act. "The bank is well capitalised and having a strong loyal customer base of more than 27 million customers and it is growing from strength to strength. The published wrong information about Bank of Maharashtra is misguiding the public in general with an ulterior motive," it said. The news appearing in social media is not correct and inferences are drawn without knowing the facts, it added. While ....
                 

BJP never raised any questions on law and order in Parliament: AAP

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The AAP on Tuesday slammed the BJP for the "increasing" number of crimes in Delhi, saying the party talked about issues other than crime and its MPs never raised any question in Parliament on the deteriorating law and order situation in the city. Party leader Ajoy Kumar, who recently joined the party after quitting the Congress, said that crimes are increasing every day in Delhi but no concrete steps are being taken by the Centre. "On social media, people are saying that to protect the people of Delhi, the city will need to set the police right," he said in his first press conference as a spokesperson of the AAP. "The BJP is talking about various issues but not about crime. The police is under the BJP-led Centre, all the MPs are of the party but they never talk about law and order. The BJP has never even raised any question on the law and order situation in Parliament. Its leaders have also never met the Delhi police commissioner on the issue," he claimed. Kumar alleged that while .....
                 

Two held for manufacturing, transporting illegal firecrackers in Delhi

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A 58-year-old factory owner and a tempo driver were arrested for allegedly manufacturing and transporting illegal firecrackers in Outer North Delhi's Narela, police said on Tuesday. The accused were identified as Rajkumar, a resident of East Punjabi Bagh and Deepak (30), a resident of Narela, they said. During patrolling on Monday, Deepak, who was driving the tempo, was arrested. He was transporting firecrackers in his tempo from a factory at E Block DSIIDC Narela to a godown of F-Block, Bhorgarh, a senior police officer said. On checking, the vehicle was found containing firecrackers in 45 sealed boxes concealed in plastic bags, they said. Later, police reached the factory and searched the three-storey building from where, they seized around 125 cartons of firecrackers, 10 machines for manufacturing them, around 400 bags of raw material and an acidic liquid, they said. Thereafter, the Bhorgarh godown was also raided and around 500 sealed boxes of the firecrackers were recovered, the ...
                 

Doctor with a/c in scam-hit PMC Bank kills self;cops deny link

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A 39-year-old doctor having an account with scam-hit Punjab and Maharashtra (PMC) Bank allegedly committed suicide at her residence in the metropolis' Versova area, police said on Tuesday. An official, however, said police "did not think" the suicide was related to the crisis at PMC Bank and financial woes it had subjected thousands of depositors to. Some officials of the bank are accused of colluding with private firm HDIL to disburse loans fraudulently that ultimately caused a loss of Rs 4,355 crore to the lender, leaving depositors unable to withdraw large sums and in danger of losing their savings. Nivedita Bijlani (39), a doctor staying with her father in Versova's Model Town area, consumed a heavy dose of sleeping pills on Monday night, the official said. "The cause of the suicide is yet to be ascertained. She had an account in PMC Bank but we don't think it (death) was related to the crisis in the bank," he said. Bijlani was suffering from depression for the past ....
                 

ICFOSS to set up LoRaWAN in colleges to promote study in IoT

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The International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), Kerala, plans to set up LoRaWAN in select engineering and polytechnic colleges in the state with a view to promoting study and research in Internet of Things (IoT). The ICFOSS, an initiative of the state Department of Electronics and Information Technology, is expected to boost student startups in developing ready-to-market IoT solutions through the project. ICFOSS has a FOSS incubator, which is used by startups in their applied R&D efforts. LoRaWAN is a low power, wide area (LPWA) networking protocol designed to wirelessly connect battery-operated things to the internet in regional, national or global networks. It targets key IoT requirements such as bi-directional communication, end-to-end security, mobility and localisation services, a press release said. ICFOSS would work with select engineering and polytechnic colleges to establish LoRaWAN gateways on their respective campuses. It would also ....
                 

Police record statement of Rojo in murder case

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: In a marathon nine hour sitting, police on Tuesday recorded the statement of Rojo, the US-based brother of Roy Thomas, on whose complaint the probe began into the case relating to the suspicious deaths of six members of a family here over a 14 year period from 2002. The statement of Renji, Rojo's sister, was also recorded. The prime accused in the case, Jolly Joseph, wife of Roy Thomas, was arrested early this month, along with two others. Six separate cases have been registered by police and investigation is in progress. Rojo Thomas, who arrived in Kerala from the US on Monday, appeared before Investigating Officers at the Kozhikode Rural Superintendent of Police office at Vatakara this morning with Renji and two sons of Roy Thomas and was questioned in detail. Rojo told reporters tonight that there was a lot of pressure from Jolly to withdraw the case, which was not agreeable to him and his sister. "I am fully satisfied with the ongoing probe", he said, adding that the..
                 

Bike-borne men snatch metropolitan magistrate's mobile phone in Delhi

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Two bike-borne men snatched the mobile phone of a metropolitan magistrate in north Delhi's Kamla Nagar, police said on Tuesday. The magistrate is the latest victim in the string of snatching incidents in the national capital in a last few months. On Monday, the two bike-borne men snatched his mobile phone while he was standing outside his house, police said. A case under sections 356 (assault or criminal force in attempt to commit theft of property carried by a person) and 379 (punishment for theft) of the IPC has been registered, Deputy Commissioner of Police (north Delhi) Monika Bhardwaj said. "The victim was standing outside his house and talking over phone when suddenly two men on motorcycle arrived there and snatched his mobile phone," the senior police officer said. Police are also analysing the CCTV footage of nearby areas to nab the accused, the officer said. The city has witnessed a spate of snatching incidents in the last few months. On Saturday, two men had snatched the .....
                 

C'garh cabinet panel for indirect election for mayor's post

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A sub-committee of Chhattisgarh cabinet has recommended that elections for mayors of municipal corporations and chairpersons of other civic bodies be held in the indirect way. The sub-committee of Urban Administration Minister Shivkumar Dahariya, Parliamentary Affairs Ministers Ravindra Choubey and Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar on Tuesday held a meeting to examine the rules governing municipal elections. The schedule of civic polls is yet to be announced, but they are likely to be held in December. The three ministers, after the meeting, told reporters the sub-committee proposed indirect elections for mayors and chiefs of smaller civic bodies. People will elect corporators, and the corporators will elect mayor and chairpersons from among them, they said. The sub-committee also proposed voting by ballot paper and not EVMs (electronic voting machines). It also recommended that there should be campaign expenditure limits for election for corporator's post -- Rs 5 lakh in .....
                 

Robber who filed police complaint to mislead probe in another case arrested

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A robber, who had filed a report about his missing motorcycle on police website to mislead probe in a case of robbery he committed over the weekend, was arrested in south Delhi's Madangir area, officials said on Tuesday. Jitender, 22, and his accomplice had robbed a woman's purse near Panchsheel flyover over the weekend but while trying to escape, they fell off their motorcycle. They left the bike at the crime scene and filed a report about the two-wheeler missing on the police website in a bid to mislead the police investigation, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur. Jitender was arrested on Sunday after police received a tip he would be visiting C- Block Park in Madangir to sell stolen mobile phones, police said. A snatched mobile phone was recovered from him, they said. Efforts are on to arrest his accomplice...
                 

No political development at the moment: Sourav Ganguly

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BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly Tuesday brushed aside speculations that he would join the saffron camp and said it would not happen "at the moment" as neither he nor Union home minister Amit Shah had any discussion about it during their recent meeting. Shah had met Ganguly on Saturday trigerring speculations that the former Indian cricket captain had been offered the BCCI presidents post in return for which he would contest the crucial West Bengal assembly elections in 2021 as a BJP candidate. Ganguly, who is the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), had on Monday pipped former India batsman Brijesh Patel. He emerged as the lone contender in the race for the BCCI presidentship as he was the only one to have filed the nomination for world cricket's most-coveted post. "I've heard these political questions before too when I met Mamata didi, the chief minister of West Bengal," Ganguly told reporters at CAB. "I met Amit Shah for the first time. Neither was I ...
                 

Rly to run spl trains for promotional activities, Akshay Kumar first taker

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As part of its bid to generate additional revenue, the railways has decided to allow trains to be booked for promotional activities under a new scheme, it said on Tuesday. Under the initiative called "Promotion on Wheels", special trains will be made available for promotion and publicity of art, culture, films, television programmes, sports etc. The makers of Akshay Kumar-starrer "Housefull 4" have already booked a train for the film's promotion. The first special "Promotion on Wheels" train by the IRCTC and the Western Railway, in coordination with the "Housefull 4" team, carrying celebrities and mediapersons, will leave Mumbai Central on Wednesday and reach New Delhi on Thursday. The train will have eight coaches. According to a press release issued by Western Railway's Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar, the train will pass through several states and important districts such as Surat, Vadodara and Kota. "Under this initiative, the railways has approached many major .....
                 

Will raise basic issues of the people for Maha polls: Cong

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The Congress will raise 'basic' questions related to the people of Maharashtra during campaigning for the October 21 polls rather than harping on "emotional issues" like the BJP, senior leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and state unit chief Balasaheb Thorat said on Tuesday. They were replying to questions on whether raising issues like unemployment, farmer suicides, economic slowdown would give dividends in the state poll when they had failed to strike a chord in the April-May Lok Sabha elections. "Have these basic questions been solved? No. These are issues related to the common man. Unemployment is rising, so are farmer suicides," said Thorat. "The BJP is fighting polls on emotional issues but people will not listen to them. The ruling party may be feeling good but not the public. We will double our seats from 42 to 84 while NCP seats will rise from 41 to 82," claimed Thorat. Kharge said Rahul Gandhi's five rallies had got massive public response, adding that people were .....
                 

Woman dies of burns, kin accuses husband of abetting suicide

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A woman died of burn injuries at a city hospital after she was recovered in a critical condition from her residence in Haridevpur area here on Tuesday, police said. Fire officials and police recovered the woman from her residence after they were informed of a fire at the house, a senior police officer said. She was declared brought dead to the hospital, he said. We have launched a search for the woman's husband after her brother lodged an FIR at Haridevpur police station accusing the deceased's spouse of abetting the suicide of the woman, the officer said. We have found during a preliminary investigation that the woman had a strenuous relationship with her husband, he said. "The deceased's kin have alleged that the woman was subjected to physical and psychological torture by her husband. We are investigating the matter," he added...
                 

Sebi issues cybersecurity framework for KYC Registration Agencies

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Amid concerns over possible data breaches, markets regulator Sebi on Tuesday put in place a detailed cybersecurity framework for KYC registration agencies, requiring them to define responsibilities of employees, including outsourced staff, who have privileged access to networks. Besides, the watchdog said that no person should have any intrinsic right to access confidential data by virtue of their rank or position. With the new norms, to be effective from January 1, 2020, KYC registration agencies or KRAs would be required to define the responsibilities of its employees, including outsourced staff, who have privileged access to the networks, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said in a circular. Sebi said that rapid technological developments in securities market have highlighted the need for maintaining robust cyber security and cyber resilience framework to protect the integrity of data and guard against breaches of privacy. Cybersecurity framework includes measures, ...
                 

Ganguly wants India to reverse losing trend in knock-out games of ICC events

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is set to be the new BCCI president, wants the Virat Kohli-led national team to reverse the trend of losing the knock-out games in ICC events. "India are a good team. I know they have not won a big tournament. But they play well in big tournaments except the semifinals and the final. Hopefully, Virat can change it around. He is a champion player," Ganguly told reporters here on Tuesday. India have not won an ICC event since the 2013 Champions Trophy. The team finished runner-up in the 2017 Champions Trophy final after losing to Pakistan. In the World Cup earlier this year, India were one of the favourites to win the title but ended up losing the semifinal to New Zealand. In the 2016 World T20 held at home, India failed to go beyond the semifinals...
                 

Rahul Gandhi knows results, so didn't come to Maha: Fadnavis

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi did not turn up for campaigning in Maharashtra initially as he knew that his party was going to lose, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Tuesday. Addressing a rally for October 21 state elections in Purandar assembly constituency in Pune district, Fadnavis said there was no contest this time as the opposition was weak. "Rahul Gandhi also ignored the assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana as he knows the result of these elections," he said. Gandhi started campaigning in Maharashtra from Sunday. If Vijay Shivtare, the Shiv Sena leader and BJP-Sena alliance's candidate from Purandar, wanted to increase his victory margin, he should ask the opposite side to arrange a rally of Rahul Gandhi, Fadnavis said in a dig at Congress leader. The BJP-led government carried out better infrastructure development in Maharashtra than the past Congress and NCP regime, he said. Due to Shivtare's efforts as minister, the Gunjawani pipeline .....
                 

Rajasthan: Gunman of BJP MLA robbed of service revolver, Rs 8000

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A gunman of a BJP MLA was robbed of his service revolver and cash worth Rs 8,000 by three unidentified bike-borne assailants near Gulkhedi village here, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday night when constable Kamlesh Kumar Lodha, attached as gunman with Manhorethana MLA Govind Ranipuria, was returning home on his motorcycle, SHO at Ghatoli police station Nanuram said. The three men stopped Lodha near Gulkhedi village and attacked him with sticks, causing injuries to head, he said. They later snatched his service revolver and cash worth Rs 8,000, the SHO said. A case was registered under sections 340 (wrongful confinement), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 363 (punishment for kidnapping) of the IPC, he said, adding that a search was under way to nab them...
                 

Maha BJP demands Bharat Ratna for Savarkar in poll manifesto

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The Maharashtra BJP on Tuesday raised the demand for the Bharat Ratna honour for V D Savarkar, one of the tallest Hindutva icons in the pantheon of Sangh Parivar, in its manifesto for the October 21 assembly elections. The BJP, seeking a second straight term, also promised creation of "one crore" jobs in the next five years, providing houses for all by 2022 and ushering in USD 1 trillion economy in its "sankalp patra" released by the party working president J P Nadda. The manifesto says the BJP will ask the NDA government at the Centre to confer India's highest civilian award on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, popularly known as Veer Savarkar. Savarkar, a right-leaning freedom fighter, is one of the tallest icons in the Hindutva pantheon of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). Reacting to the Bharat Ratna demand, Communist Party of India general secretary D Raja said the BJP may even propose the similar honour for Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse. "This is biggest ....
                 

SBI Life Q2 net falls 48 pc to Rs 130 cr

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SBI Life Insurance on Tuesday reported over 48 per cent decline in its net profit at Rs 129.84 crore in the second quarter ended September of the current fiscal year (2019-20). The life insurer had registered a net profit of Rs 250.53 crore in the corresponding July-September period of previous fiscal 2018-19. The company's total premium income during July-September rose to Rs 12,745.38 crore as against Rs 9,638.27 crore in the year-ago period, SBI Life said in a regulatory filing. The company said its new business premium (NBP) rose 40 per cent to Rs 7,820 crore in the second half of the current fiscal as against Rs 5,570 crore in the year-ago period. It said the company showed strong 13th month persistency of 85.81 per cent in first half of 2019-20 as compared to 83.20 per cent a year ago, while 49th month persistency improved to 67.94 per cent in the first half as against 64.36 per cent a year ago. Assets under management grew 23 per cent to Rs 1,54,760 crore as on September 30, .....
                 

Municipal corps, IIIT-Delhi sign MoU to find tech solutions for civic services

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The municipal corporations here and IIIT-Delhi on Tuesday signed an agreement for finding latest digital solutions for civic services in the national capital, according to a statement. According to the statement issued by the LG office, IIIT-Delhi will assist the civic bodies in identifying right technology solutions in improving citizen service delivery, providing research based inputs for adoption of the modern technology among others. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in the presence of Lt Governor Anil Baijal, mayors and commissioners of all three municipal corporations and director and registrar of IIIT-Delhi. The Lieutenant Governor advised the municipal corporations to strive for modernising their operation using technology for different municipal functions like waste disposal, parking management, property tax collection, town planning and others, it stated...
                 

Auto-driver gets life imprisonment for raping teenage daughter

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A Hyderabad court sentenced a man to life imprisonment on Tuesday for repeatedly raping his 14-year-old daughter. First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Suneetha Kunchala found the 42-year-old man, an auto-rickshaw driver, guilty under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The judge also found him guilty under IPC Section 506 (criminal intimidation) and sentenced him to two-years rigorous imprisonment, besides imposing a fine of Rs 3,000. The sentences would run concurrently. It was in November 2016 the girl informed her teacher about her predicament and the girl's mother was called to the school, according to the prosecution. She was told that the father was raping the minor since 2011 in her absence. The mother filed a complaint with Hyderabad police and the man was arrested...
                 

Genpact to acquire US-based Rightpoint

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Business process management firm Genpact on Tuesday said it will acquire Chicago-based Rightpoint for an undisclosed amount. The deal is designed to bring experience and process innovation together to help clients drive end-to-end digital transformation and win in the growing experience economy, a statement said. Rightpoint's co-founder Ross Freedman will continue as CEO of this business, it added. To compete in a digital-first world, drive better outcomes, and unlock new business models, businesses must be able to drive transformation throughout an organization from customer experience through to operational processes," said NV Tyagarajan, president and CEO, Genpact. In the next two years, the fusion of experience innovation and process innovation will become table-stakes' as organisations look to reposition themselves in the market, he added. Rightpoint was founded in 2007. In 2015, Rightpoint partnered with private equity firm Stella Point Capital to help fuel its growth. The .....
                 

Speed-limit mistake on PWD signboard on NH24 forces traffic police to withdraw 1.5 lakh challans

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The Delhi Traffic Police will withdraw 1.5 lakh challans issued to commuters for breaching the speed limit on NH24, because of a mistake on the signboard put up on the highway by the Public Works Department, a senior official said on Tuesday. The PWD signboard said the speed limit on the highway for Akshardham-Sarai Kale Khan stretch was 70kmph, but the police had restricted the maximum permissible speed to 60kmph. The challans to be withdrawn were issued to more than 60 commuters since August until October 10, the police official said. A number of commuters issued challans had complained to police, pointing out the error. Many of them said they did not get the proof, a photograph of the offence, with the challans. "Police had set their cameras at a speed of 60kmph. However, the PWD department had placed a signboard of speed limit of 70kmph," the official said. He said the department had received a lot of complaints following which "we have decided to withdraw the challans and set our..
                 

Guj govt doubles salaries of GSRTC fixed-pay employees

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In a Diwali bonanza, the BJP government in Gujarat on Tuesday announced to almost double the monthly salaries of more than 12,000 fixed-pay employees of the State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC), which operates a fleet of bus services. The new hike will be applicable to 12,692 fixed-pay employees of the corporation, said deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. "Since Diwali is approaching, the revised salary structure will come into force from tomorrow (October 16) itself. Simultaneously, salary for 15 days of the ongoing month will be calculated as per the new raise," he told reporters in Gandhinagar. Now, a senior scale class-2 officer will draw monthly emoluments of Rs 40,800 against the previous Rs 16,000 while the monthly salary of a junior scale class-2 officer will shoot up from Rs 14,800 to Rs 38,000, said Patel who also heads Finance portfolio. "Class-3 supervisors, who are drawing Rs 14,500 per month, will now be paid Rs 21,000. Salaries of drivers-cum- .....
                 

PWD official booked for disproportionate assets in J-K's Ramban

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A Public Works Department official was on Tuesday booked in a disproportionate assets case in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district, a spokesperson of the Anti-Corruption Bureau said. A case under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against Mohammad Aslam Parray for alleged illegal accumulation of assets during his posting as incharge head assistant of Ramban PWD (Roads and Buildings) division, the ACB spokesperson said. Parray was booked after some incriminating documents, including ownership papers of a gas agency, were seized during a search of his house in Batote by the bureau, he said. The accused public servant had acquired immovable and movable properties. Some of these properties are registered in his name, while others were purchased in the name of his family members, the spokesperson said. The properties include a triple storey building in Batote worth around Rs 80 lakh, a plot of land worth Rs 18 lakh and a single storey house valuing Rs 20 .....
                 

Govt to set up 14 skills training centres across 9 cities for media & entertainment sector

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Union Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey on Tuesday unveiled plans to set up 14 Authorized World Skills India Training Centres across 9 cities for media and entertainment sector. The new institutes will be set up for advanced skill training of candidates in media and entertainment sector and to further develop skilling eco-system for training candidates for the international market. "There are lot of avenues for skilled workforce across evolving sectors like graphic design, 3D digital game art, print media, among others. These world class state of the art centres will help in preparing the candidates to be ready in making our country proud at various competitions and also equip them with enhanced skills in order to become industry ready," Pandey said. "We hope that through this institute, we can encourage more youth to get skilled and not just participate, but come back with a medal (in competitions) and make the country proud," Media and .....
                 

Vidarbha canter to 7-wicket win against Baroda in Vizay Hazare Trophy

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Captain Faiz Fazal struck an unbeaten half century to lead Vidarbha to an easy seven-wicket win over Baroda in their Vizay Hazare Trophy one-day match here on Tuesday. Chasing 132 for a win, opener Fazal scored 58 not out from 94 deliveries as he carried his bat through the innings by taking his side home with 15.4 overs to spare. He hit six boundaries and one six during his unbeaten knock. Fazal and wicketkeeper Jitesh Sharma (37) stitched 71 runs for the opening wicket to lay the foundation for the win as Vidarbha reached 134 for 3 in 34.2 overs. Earlier, put into bat, Baroda suffered a batting collapse as their batsmen struggled against the Vidarbha bowlers led by Akshay Wakhare (4/22) to be all out for 131 in 50 overs. Number 10 batsman Rishi Arothe top-scored with a 41-ball 30. Brief Score: Baroda: 131 all out in 50 overs (Rishi Arothe 30; Akshay Wakhare 4/22). Vidarbha: 134 for 3 in 34.2 overs (Faiz Fazal 58 not out)...
                 

Merge PMC Bank with larger bank: Shiv Sena to RBI

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The Shiv Sena on Tuesday urged the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to merge the crisis-hit Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank with a larger public sector or private lender. The RBI appointed administrator on PMC Bank, hit by an alleged Rs 4,355 crore scam, last month and imposed restrictions on withdrawal of funds. Depositors of the bank have been protesting, seeking their money back. In memorandum to the RBI, Sena leaders including Union minister Arvind Sawant and MPs Gajanan Kirtikar, Rahul Shewale and Anil Desai said the Central bank should consider merging PMC Bank with a PSU or private bank such as Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda or ICICI Bank. Real estate firm HDIL, which is PMC's Bank's main borrower, has quality assets which have been provided as collateral, the Sena leaders said in the memorandum. "We are of the opinion that acquiring the bank will find sufficient value in the merger. We request you to accord this top priority to restore customer .....
                 

SC judge trashes social media campaign for his recusal, says attempt to malign image of top court

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Supreme Court judge Justice Arun Mishra Tuesday took umbrage to a social media campaign and news reports seeking his recusal from a Constitution bench which is hearing a batch of pleas challenging the validity of provisions related to compensation in the Land Acquisition Act. A visibly annoyed Justice Mishra, heading a 5-judge bench, referred to certain social media posts and articles and said: "I will be the first person to sacrifice if the integrity of institution is at stake. "I am not biased and don't get influenced by anything on earth. If I am satisfied that I am biased then only I will recuse myself from hearing this case". He was also critical of the word "impartial", used repeatedly by parties seeking his recusal, and said: "This word hurts me. Don't use it as it will send wrong message to the common man". Justice Mishra was part of the verdict in February last year which held that land acquisition by a government agency could not be quashed for delay on the part of land .....
                 

Court rejects bail plea of man who had divorced his wife through instant triple talaq

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A district court here has rejected the bail plea of a man who had divorced his wife by pronouncing "talaq" three times. The bail petition of accused Ibrahim Seikh was turned down by District and Additional Sessions court judge Rakesh Kumar. The judge did not entertain the application of the accused after hearing lawyers of both the sides on Monday. Sheikh's wife Haneefa Bibi had registered a case against her husband under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 in the Malpahari police station of the district on September 9 this year. The new law makes 'talaq-e-biddat' or any other similar form of talaq having the effect of instantaneous and irrevocable divorce pronounced by a Muslim husband void and illegal. Sheikh, lodged in Pakur jail, had moved the court after his bail prayer was dismissed by a judicial magistrate here recently...
                 

HC seeks govt's stand on bail plea of SP leader murder accused

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BJP govt withdrew RBI money to appease corporates: C'garh CM

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The BJP government withdrew Rs 1.74 lakh crore from the Reserve Bank of India to appease corporates and industrialists, and the nation would not have faced recession is this amount was earmarked for farmers, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said here on Tuesday. Campaigning for the Congress for the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly polls, he said the BJP was making revocation of Article 370 provisions in Jammu and Kashmir a poll issue here as the Devendra Fadnavis government had nothing to show by way of achievements. He condemned scrapping of Article 370 and conversion of Jammu and Kashmir from a state to a Union Territory. "Would anyone tolerate it if such a thing was done with Mumbai," he asked the gathering. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks of Article 370 because he did not care to fulfill promises made to farmers five years ago," he said. Taking a swipe at BJP's programmes marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Baghel said, "Gandhiji's .....
                 

Delhi bans diesel gen-sets as GRAP kicks in; air quality very poor in several parts

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The national capital banned generator sets, barring those being used in essential and emergency services, on Tuesday, as the air quality in several places in the city and adjoining areas slipped to "very poor" level. The overall Air Quality Index in Dwarka Sector 8, Delhi Technological University, Mundka, Rohini, Anand Vihar, and Bawana was 359, 343, 342, 319, 313, and 307. The overall AQI stood at 275 at 6.30 pm. The air quality in neighbouring Ghaziabad (316), Greater Noida (308) and Loni Dehat (307) also dipped to "very poor" level. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'. The ban on generators is a part of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), a set of stricter anti-pollution measures to be taken according to severity of pollution, that came into force on Tuesday. This is the first time that the ban on gen-sets has been extended to NCR cities of .....
                 

MP cabinet gives nod to policies for start-ups, tourism

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The Madhya Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved a slew of policies to encourage start-ups and the tourism sector in the state. The cabinet gave its nod for the Madhya Pradesh Start-up Policy, to be implemented from April 1, 2020, Minister for Public Relations P C Sharma said. Under the policy, more facilities will be provided to start-ups, he said. The cabinet also approved the Madhya Pradesh MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) Development Policy, 2019. It contemplates special concessions for select sectors such as pharmaceuticals, textiles and powerlooms, and additional grants to the units run by women, SC (scheduled caste) and ST (scheduled tribe) entrepreneurs, the minister said. The policy to encourage home-stays and increase overall accommodation facilities for domestic and international tourists too was approved. The cabinet also endorsed the proposal to withdraw 72.77 hectares of land reserved for investors from Japan and Southeast Asian countries at .....