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Narendra Modi to hold roadshow in Varanasi, file nomination on April 26

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a roadshow and take part in the Ganga 'aarti' on Thursday, a day before he files his nomination papers from this Uttar Pradesh constituency, a party functionary said. The nomination on Friday will also see a show of strength with several BJP allies, including Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray and Janata Dal-United's Nitish Kumar, expected to accompany Modi when he files the papers. The roadshow will begin at around 3 pm after the prime minister garlands the statue of Banaras Hindu University founder Madan Mohan Malaviya, according to the schedule available now. The procession will end at about 7 pm at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, the most prominent of Varanasi's ghats, where Modi will take part in the evening prayers. On Friday, the prime minister will hold a meeting at 9 am with Bharatiya Janata Party workers at a hotel in the cantonment area. He will then offer prayers at the Kaal Bhairav temple before leaving for the collectorate to file his papers,..
                 

Couple recreates iconic scene of Kranti song, Twitter goes crazy

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It's hardly been a week since Tik Tok has been banned in India, since then, Google and Apple have blocked access to the hugely popular video app after the federal government sent a letter to the two platforms to abide by the state court's order. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had asked Google and Apple to block the app following the Supreme Court's refusal to stay the original Madras High Court order on April 3. As per state court, the app encouraged pornography and made children more vulnerable to sexual predators. However, there were a few incidents which were reported in the media about fatal accidents which happened because of the use of TikTok. One reason TikTok must not be banned. Look at the effort pic.twitter.com/gOJ2z1BWDP — Kamlesh Singh (@kamleshksingh) April 23, 2019 But the video-sharing app has produced some of the most entertaining and hilarious videos ever. The above video that is doing rounds on the internet and has left netizens i..
                 

55-yr-old man rapes minor girl in Rajasthan's Bundi

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A 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her father's friend in Rajasthan's Bundi district Wednesday, police said. The girl, a student of class 6, was allegedly raped five days ago at an isolated place in Old Grain Mandi premises under Bundi city police station limits but approached police with her uncle only Wednesday, they said. The accused, Jagdish Khateek, is a resident of Shiv Colony, Undaliya ki Dungeri, Bundi, SHO, Bundi city police station, Ghanshyam Meena said. The minor in her complaint stated that the accused is her father's friend and frequently visited her home and alleged that he lured her with sweet edibles and took her to an isolated place where he raped her, the SHO said. The matter is being probed and the procedure to lodge a rape case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, is underway, Sub-Inspector of Bundi Mahila police station Mukeshi Meena said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, Nati..
                 

Elections 2019: Mumbai Police receives Rs 1.25 cr for on-duty officers

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The Mumbai police personnel who will be working during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections in Mumbai will not have to worry about food and drinking water as Maharashtra Home department has sanctioned Rs. 1.25 crore to provide hygienic food and safe drinking water for on-duty election officers. Food and drinking water for on-duty policemen during the elections has always been a major issue. But this time around, the Mumbai police had requested the Home department to dispense funds for the policemen on election duty. "Acting swiftly, the Home Department released Rs. 1.25 crore to Mumbai police recently," said a senior police officer requesting anonymity. In Mumbai, there is a total of five regions - East, West, North, South, and Central - and each region has been allocated Rs. 25 lakh by the Maharashtra Home Department. Now all the five additional commissioners of Mumbai police will sit together in the next couple of days to standardise the menu and quality of food for on-duty electio..
                 

Nine drug peddlers arrested in Jammu division

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The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday arrested nine drug peddlers in Jammu division along with consignments of narcotics. The police said nine drug peddlers were arrested with consignments of narcotics from Samba, Udhampur and Jammu districts. Two of the arrested drug peddlers, identified as Balkar Singh and Jagdev Singh, belong to Punjab. "These two persons were arrested on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Udhampur district on Wednesday. Over 200 kgs of poppy straw was recovered from their vehicle. "Fifteen grams of Heroin was recovered from two locals, Vikas Thakur and Niklesh in Udhampur main market," said a police officer. Four other drug peddlers -- Nisar Ahmad, Waheed and Abdul Qayoom from Baramulla district in the Valley and Charan Singh of Jammu -- were arrested with 100 grams of heroin. "Police also recovered Rs 2.76 lakh during their arrest in Indira Nagar area of Jammu city. "Another peddler, Bashir Ahmad of Anantnag district was arrested with a consignment of 'chara..
                 

Phase 4 polls: 210 candidates with criminal cases

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A total of 210 candidates contesting in phase four of the Lok Sabha elections face criminal charges, with 158 having serious cases and 12 of them convicted cases, according to the National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).Five candidates have declared cases related to murder, 24 have declared cases related to attempt to murder, four have declared cases related to kidnapping, 21 have declared cases related to crime against women and 16 candidates have declared cases related to hate speech.The ADR has analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 928 out of 943 candidates contesting in the Lok Sabha phase four across 71 constituencies in eight states."There are 15 candidates who have not been analyzed due to unavailability of properly scanned and complete affidavits, at the time of making this report," the ADR said in a statement.It said 210 out of 928 candidates analysed face criminal charges."A total of 158 out of 928 candidates analysed have declared serious crimina..
                 

Mamata Banerjee accuses Narendra Modi of buying votes with black money

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of converting huge black money into white through demonetisation and spending it to purchase votes. She alleged that the saffron party is importing guns and goons to ensure votes in its favour and said that such a situation will not be allowed to develop in Bengal. "Modi Babu you may forcibly impose notebandi (demonetisation) on people to convert black money into white and spend them during elections to purchase votes, but you can never purchase voters in Bengal," Banerjee said at a public meeting at Serampore in Hooghly district in support of Trinamool Congress candidates. "You (Modi) are destined to be dethroned after the elections. Our government will prove what a big scam demonetisation was," the TMC supremo said. Continuing her attack, Banerjee, who is among the severest critics of the saffron party, said that BJP "goons" are even organising processions with arms and sharp-edged weapons ..
                 

Police arrests Rohit Shekhar Tiwari's wife for his murder

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Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested Rohit Shekhar Tiwari's lawyer wife Apoorva on charges of his murder, citing a "turbulent and unhappy" marriage as the motive, a senior police official said. Rohit Shekhar, the son of the late veteran politician N D Tiwari, was smothered to death on the intervening night of April 15 and 16, an autopsy report said. "On the night of the incident, the couple had a fight over a relative. Rohit had been drinking all the way from Uttarakhand to Delhi and was not in a condition to resist. During the fight, she pounced on him and smothered him," Rajeev Ranjan, additional commissioner (Crime), told reporters. The officer said the couple apparently did not have a happy marriage and had frequent fights."She has confessed. As of now, from the fact and circumstances, it seems the killing was not planned. The background was there that they had a turbulent marriage and Rohit Shekhar and his family were thinking of separation. After interrogation, it was found ..
                 

Delhi court stays NBWs against Kejriwal, others in defamation complaint

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New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday stayed the non-bailable warrants, which were issued against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav after they had failed to appear before it in a criminal defamation complaint filed in 2013. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal passed the order after lawyers for the three leaders sought cancellation of the NBWs. The court said it will take up the main matter on April 29. Sharma, in his complaint, had alleged that in 2013 he was approached by volunteers of AAP who had asked him to contest the Delhi Assembly elections on a party ticket, saying Kejriwal was pleased with his social services. He filled up the application form to contest the polls after being told by Sisodia and Yadav that AAP's Political Affairs Committee had decided to give him the ticket. However, it was later denied to him. On October 14, 2013, the complainant claimed that articles in leading newspapers c..
                 

Unfazed by trolling, Urmila Matondkar says she is here to stay

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Urmila Matondkar, leading Bollywood actor of the 90s who joined the Congress recently, says she has faced a lot of trolling on social media and personal attacks after her entry into politics, but asserted that she is here to stay. Matondkar, who is contesting from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency -- a BJP stronghold, said these elections will decide the direction in which the country will go and if democracy will be saved. "I have never left anything incomplete... be it studies or career. The decision to join politics was well thought of and I will give more than 100 per cent to it. My intentions are clear," Matondkar, who is pitted against the BJP's sitting MP Gopal Shetty, told PTI. "Women should understand they need to have nerves of steel to be in politics. I understand criticism, but have had to face negativity, dirt and filth. I have not played the victim card in all these days. I am here to stay," she said. Referring to a recent incident in suburban Borivali, when a scu..
                 

'Have many good friends in Opposition, Mamata Banerjee sends Kurtas'

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he has many "good friends" in the Opposition and added that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sends personally-selected Kurtas and sweets to him. "I have many good friends in the Opposition. We do eat food together once or twice a year. Long time back when I was not even the Chief Minister (of Gujarat), I had gone to Parliament for some work. There Ghulam Nabi Azad and I were having a friendly conversation. When we came out media people asked, how can you be friends with Azad as you belong to RSS. Ghulam Nabi gave a good answer. While we two were standing, he said that what you people think outside, it's not like that. Maybe the way we the people of all the organisations are connected as a family it can't be imagined outside," Prime Minister Modi said in an interaction with actor Akshay Kumar. "Even today Mamata didi herself selects one-two Kurtas for me every year. Even Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina se..
                 

EC initiates steps to take down trailers of Mamata biopic from internet

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New Delhi: The Election Commission is learnt to have initiated steps to take down trailers of a biopic on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from at least three websites. After the chief electoral officer of West Bengal submitted a report on the biopic, titled 'Baghini' (tigress), the EC has initiated steps to ensure that the trailers are brought down. Though the producer has claimed that it is slated for release on May 3, an EC official said so far the Central Board for Film Certification has not issued it a certification. The BJP had approached the poll panel seeking a ban on the release of the movie till the election process is over. The last of the seven phases of the Lok Sabha election will be held on May 19 and counting will be done on May 23. The official cited the Commission's April 10 order banning the release of biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi till the elections are over, for initiating action on the Mamata Banerjee biopic. In its order staying the release of..
                 

Denied renomination, Vijay Sampla says BJP committed 'cow slaughter'

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Chandigarh: Reacting angrily to the denial of renomination on the Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat, Union minister Vijay Sampla on Tuesday said the BJP has committed "cow slaughter". The BJP on Thursday picked up its Phagwara MLA Som Prakash for the Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat, denying ticket to Sampla. The party also fielded actor Sunny Deol as its candidate from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat hours after he joined the party, while sitting MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher was renominated from the Union Territory. Sampla gave vent to his anger in a series of tweets, hitting out at his party. "Feel very sad, the BJP has done cow slaughter," the senior party leader tweeted in Hindi. In another tweet, the Dalit leader sought to present his clean credentials and asked the party what was his fault and why he was denied renomination. "You should have pointed out any fault. What is my fault?" he tweeted. "There is no corruption charge against me. No one can raise a finger at my conduct," he said. He als..
                 

Telangana: Congress demands suspension of TSBIE secretary

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Hyderabad (Telangana): Congress has written to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao demanding suspension of the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) Secretary over "callous and corrupt practices" in the final results released by the board. "This is to bring to your notice that TSBIE totally goofed up in conducting intermediate examinations and publishing results. We came to know that it is due to the incompetence and also the corrupt and callous administration of TSBIE authorities, most unwanted manipulations seem to have taken place," the All India Congress Committee (AICC) said in a letter dated April 22. "Suspend the TSBIE authorities including the Secretary, TSBIE for their callous and allegedly corrupt practices. Launch a High-Level Enquiry with a sitting judge of HIGH COURT into alleged irregularities of officials of TSBIE and the Globarena Technologies and punish the culprits," AICC spokesperson Dr Sravan Dasoju demanded. The Congress also demanded ..
                 

EC seeks report from Gujarat poll authorities on Modi roadshow

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New Delhi: The Election Commission has sought a report from the chief electoral officer of Gujarat on a 'roadshow' of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad Tuesday which the Congress alleged violated electoral law. Briefing reporters on the phase three of Lok Sabha elections, which concluded Tuesday, senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said, a report has been sought in this regard from the chief electoral officer of Gujarat. Sources later pointed out that poll authorities in Gujarat have indicated that prima facie, the PM has not violated the model code. But there was no official word on this from the EC. Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act states that, "No person shall ¿ convene, hold, attend, join or address any public meeting or procession in connection with an election ... in any polling area during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of the poll for any election in that polling area." Deputy Election..
                 

Govt agency to probe top lawyer's corruption charges against BPRC

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Special Public Prosecutor Ravi Goenka, a member of the controversial Bombay Presidency Radio Club (BPRC), is literally in the eye of a storm. Days after he alleged that the committee members of the club were involved in "massive corruption and embezzlement of funds" and mid-day reported the matter on February 27, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs appointed sleuths of the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, a government agency, to investigate the case. Not only this, after Justice (retd) D K Deshmukh issued an inquiry report against him, Goenka challenged it in the Bombay High Court, which set it aside and appointed justice (retired) S J Vazifdar as the new inquiry officer in the case. The letter of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs dated March 28 reads that the "complaint regarding the huge malpractices and irregularities against the subject company has been forwarded to the Registrar of Companies, Mumbai, for further action". Fiasco started last year The entire fiasco started last ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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Digging her dress A construction worker on a break from repairing a road in Khar takes a photo of Kiara Advani as she walks by on Tuesday. Pic/Shadab Khan A smile that says a lot Gautam Gambhir is preparing for a different pitch as he gets set to contest for the BJP from the East Delhi seat. The former India cricketer had been hinting at this move for a while, and held a press conference recently to talk about his new career. A social media user put up a photo from that media meet and asked others to caption it. This led to some funny comments. One person wrote, "When Gautam is not Gambhir." Another posted, "When you nick to the keeper but pretend as if nothing happened and nobody notices." Then there was someone who wrote, "Left person batting for right wing," and another commenter who said, "When my mom says, 'Beta mehmaan aaenge to muskurate rehna.'" This politician is hair to stay After shaping people's hairstyles for decades, celebrity hair dresser Jawed Habib now hopes t..
                 

Shiv Sena slaps Rs 50 crore defamation suit on Milind Deora

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While he is already facing a police complaint filed by the Election Commission (EC), Congress candidate Milind Deora will now battle a Rs 50 crore defamation suit too. After he alleged Shiv Sena had hurt the religious sentiments of the Jain community by 'cooking meat' outside a Jain temple during Paryushan, the party has filed the defamation suit in the metropolitan magistrate court and complained to the cyber crime cell and the city collector. EC's complaint is against the same statement made by Deora. When he was campaigning in the Zaveri Bazaar area on April 4, Deora had appealed to the Jain community to not vote for Sena since the party had hurt their religious sentiments by claiming Sena workers had cooking meat outside Jain temples during Paryushan. The act was, in fact, committed by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). Sena worker Suraj Chavan filed the affidavit on April 18, refuting the allegations made by Deora and claiming Deora had harmed Sena's reputation. He also ..
                 

Rustomjee school told to show cause for removing 48 Std I students

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In a meeting with the state education minister held on March 20, the authorities of Dahisar's Rustomjee International School were asked to submit some documents to the education officer regarding the issue of fee hike raised by parents, and wait till a report was issued before taking any action against students. However, instead of waiting for a response from the BMC education office, the school removed 48 students stating that their parents had not paid the fees. Hence, the education officer sent a show cause notice to the authorities asking them to reply within seven days. While the school says that the action was taken due to the fee-related dispute, parents are of the opinion that they never refused to pay the fees, but were waiting for the education office to decide on the hike. The notice states, "Following the meeting on March 20, the school was asked to submit some documents to the education officer. But it hasn't been done yet. The school was asked to wait until the officer..
                 

Mumbai: Railway ATVMs not in sync with reality, says Munnabhai actor

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The Railways would have otherwise got away with its so called technical issues, glitches and poor quality services if commuters like actor Khurshed J Lawyer alias Swami from Munnabhai MBBS did not take up these matters every now and then. Lawyer, who is known for bringing these issues to the fore, has found out that the time on most of the automatic ticket vending machines (ATVMs) across railway stations is not in sync with the actual time and in some of them the clocks are slow. Due to this "technical glitch", as the Railways put it, passengers are losing out on time because the tickets mention that the journey needs to start within an hour of purchasing it. Two days back, Lawyer took a video of four ATVM machines at Dadar railway station to prove that each of them showed different timings at the same instance. Speaking to mid-day, he said, "The timings on these machines are not in sync with the real time, and this often leads to loss of time and money for commuters. Two days back..
                 

Elections 2019: Case being filed against Pune man for false EVM complai

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Pune: The Pune district administration is in the process of registering a case against a person who claimed that the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slip showed that his vote had gone to a candidate other than the one he had chosen. District collector and election officer Naval Kishore Ram said the person had cast his vote in a polling booth in Shivajinagar assembly segment. "When the person complained with the presiding officer at the polling station, as per the prescribed provisions in Conduct of Election Rules 1961, a test vote was recorded in the presence of polling officials. As part of it, the person was asked to cast his vote and his claim turned out to be false, " Ram said. In order to send a stern message among people making such false claims, the district administration is in the process of registering a case against the person, Ram said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS..
                 

Bombay HC grants gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli 28-day furlough

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Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court Tuesday granted gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli a 28-day furlough from April 30, a day after Mumbai votes for the Lok Sabha election. The state government had objected to Gawli's furlough, saying he should not be released since Lok Sabha polls were under way and he could breach the model code of conduct. A division bench of Justice ZA Haq and Justice Vinay Joshi directed that the furlough period begin from April 30. Gawli's lawyer Rajendra Daga told court that his client had not violated any of the laid down conditions when he was released on parole on six occasions earlier and had surrendered on the dates fixed. Gawli, lodged in the Nagpur central jail since 2016, is serving life sentence for the 2007 killing of Shiv Sena corporator Kamalakar Jamsandekar. He was convicted in 2012. Gawli, 63, had also forayed into politics and floated a party named the Akhil Bharatiya Sena. He was elected as an MLA in 2004. Last year, mid-da..
                 

Assam records 78.52 percent voting till 5 pm in third phase

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An average 78.52 percent polling was recorded in Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Barpeta constituencies of Assam in the third phase till 5 p.m. on Tuesday, officials said. The process started at 7 a.m. in 9,577 polling stations across the four Lok Sabha constituencies, where 74,77,062 electorate cast their votes. While Dhubri recorded the highest polling of 81.29 percent till 5 p.m., Kokrajhar saw the lowest 76.16 percent polling. The Barpeta and Guwahati Lok Sabha constituencies recorded 77.65 percent and 78.75 percent polling respectively, officials said. The polling exercise was largely peaceful, though there were reports of malfunctioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in some polling stations. However, the office of the Chief Electoral Office here is yet to spell out the total number EVMs that malfunctioned. "Polling continued beyond 5 p.m. in some polling stations as we had to allow the last man in the queue to cast his vote. Some polling stations are located remotel..
                 

Priyanka Gandhi: Will contest from Varanasi if party wishes

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Rae Bareli (UP): Adding a currency to the 'will she, won't she' speculation, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said Tuesday she would abide by her party's decision on contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi. "I have said this repeatedly that I will do what the party asks me to do," the 47-year-old Priyanka Gandhi said, adding that people were feeling harassed and wanted a change. Last month, it was widely expected that Priyanka Gandhi may contest from Rae Bareli, though she had quipped "why not Varanasi", triggering the speculation. Varanasi will vote in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 19. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been saying that his sister will take a call on the Varanasi question and chose to keep the "suspense alive". But she reiterated Tuesday it would be the party chief's decision. On Monday, the SP-BSP alliance named a candidate for Varanasi in a move likely to heat up the battle in the key constituency, as the C..
                 

Elections 2019: Youth booked for raising 'false' complaint about EVM

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A 21-year-old man was booked by police after he allegedly made a false complaint about a voting machine in a booth where he cast his vote in the Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday. The case was registered against the voter, identified as Ebin Babu, under IPC section 177 (furnishing false information) after a test voting conducted by polling officials showed his complaint to be false, police said. Election officials said he was handed over to the police for further action in view of increasing false complaints and allegations about voting machines, a move that drew criticism from opposition Congress. The polling officials at the booths have been directed to collect complaints in writing, they added.After casting his vote in the booth in Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency, Babu complained to polling officials the VVPAT machine showed his vote was not registered in favour of his preferred candidate. However, after a test voting was held in the presence of the presiding officer and ..
                 

Election 2019: Salman Khurshid dares him to debate Batla House case

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Farrukhabad (UP): Congress leader Salman Khurshid has borrowed a popular movie dialogue to call himself UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's "baap" and challenged him to a debate on the 2008 Batla House encounter, preferably at a cowshed. Khurshid, the Congress candidate from Farrukhabad, said he is ready to debate the 2008 case "whenever and wherever" Adityanath wants. "It will be better if it takes place in a gaushala, to find out if the cow is with him or me," the lawyer-politician said. "But tell Yogi ji that 'rishtey mein main unka baap lagta hun' (I am like his father)," the 66-year-old leader told reporters on Sunday. He was reacting to the chief minister's comments during an election meeting in Mohammadabad area of Farrukhabad district.Adityanath, campaigning for the BJP candidate from the constituency, had said cases like the Batla House encounter happened during the Congress rule. "One must question Salman Khurshid what relation he had with the people of Batla House. On w..
                 

Office workers who sit a lot need to exercise, reveals new Study

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Office workers who sit for long periods of time can reverse the health risks of their modern sedentary lifestyle by exercising just 20 minutes per day, a new study revealed on Tuesday. Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the University of Sydney-led collaboration with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the UK's Loughborough University examined the health consequences associated with sitting, reports Xinhua news agency. By statistically modeling physical activity and sitting against the death records of nearly 150,000 study participants aged 45 years and over, the study found "physical activity is particularly important for people who sit a lot". "Reducing sitting would be a good start but is not enough," lead author Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, from the University of Sydney's School of Public Health said. "In our study, sitting time was associated consistently with both overall premature mortality and cardi..
                 

Elections 2019: 38.81 per cent voting recorded in Kerala till 1 pm

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Thiruvananthapuram: An average voter turnout of 38.81 per cent was registered till 1 pm Tuesday in Kerala as heavy polling was witnessed in the elections to 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and Union minister Alphons Kannamthanam and BJP leader Kummanam Rajashekharan are among the key contenders. According to Election Commission sources, Kannur recorded the highest voting percentage of 41.8 as of 1 pm while Ponnani the lowest of 33.97 per cent. Wayanad, from where Rahul Gandhi is contesting, recorded 40.56 per cent votes, Thiruvananthapuram registered 38.19 and Pathanamthitta 40.26 per cent. Though complaints of technical glitches in voting machines were reported initially in various places, polling continued after the snags were rectified. Long queues were seen across polling booths since morning, with a large number of women, senior citizens and first-time voters turning up to exercise their franchise. Two elderly persons col..
                 

Elections 2019: Rahul promises 22 l govt jobs in one year

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Dungarpur: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday promised to give government jobs to 22 lakh people in the next one year if he is voted to power in the Lok Sabha elections. Addressing an election rally, the Congress president said the Narendra Modi-led government had done injustice in the last five years. Watch Video: "Now, I want to do justice in the next five years," Gandhi told the gathering. According to the Congress chief, Prime Minister Narendra had done the most injustice to tribals in the past five years. He did not fulfill promises and ran a government for 15-20 people, Gandhi alleged. Rajasthan goes to the polls in two phases on April 29 and May 6. Recently, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said nearly 25 crore poor people in the country will get financial assistance of Rs 72,000 per annum if the party is voted to power. Announcing the details of the party's promised Minimum Income Guarantee scheme, Nyay, Gandhi said it will provide Rs 72,000 per annum to ..
                 

Mayawati says people don't want govt which asks youth to sell pakoras

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Lucknow: Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP president Mayawati on Tuesday said the people of the country do not want a government which asks educated youth to sell pakoras and tea and adopts "anti-people" policies. The BSP president tweeted, "130 crore people, especially the educated youth and unemployed, do not want a government which has wrong thinking and instead of providing jobs forces them to sell pakoras and tea and do chowkidar and adopts similar anti-peoples policies." देश की 130 करोड़ जनता व खासकर करोड़ों शिक्षित युवाओं व बेरोजगारों को ऐसी गलत सोच वाली बीजेपी सरकार कतई नहीं चाहिए जो उन्हें रोजगार देने के बजाए पकौड़े व चाय बेचने तथा चैकीदारी आदि करने के लिए à¤..
                 

Elections 2019: Akhilesh Yadav cries foul over EVM 'malfunctioning'

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Lucknow: Citing media reports, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday claimed that EVMs across the country are "malfunctioning or voting for the BJP". He has called it "criminal negligence." Akhilesh tweeted, "EVMs across India malfunctioning or voting for the BJP. DMs say poll officials untrained to operate EVMs. 350+ being replaced. This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs 50,000 crores. Should we believe DMs @ECISVEEP, or is something far more sinister afoot?" Watch Video: EVMs across India malfunctioning or voting for the BJP. DMs say poll officials untrained to operate EVMs. 350+ being replaced. This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs 50,000 crs.Should we believe DMs @ECISVEEP, or is something far more sinister afoot? pic.twitter.com/eGsGUUBWai — Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) April 23, 2019 Voting began on Tuesday for 116 Lok Sabha seats, including all constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala, with BJP presid..
                 

EVMs replaced at South Goa poll booth after complaint

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Panaji: All EVMs at a polling station in Cuncolim Assembly constituency in South Goa have been replaced after reports of malfunctioning, Goa Chief Electoral Officer Kunal said on Tuesday. "Entire set of EVMs has been replaced for Assembly constituency 34 (Cuncolim), polling station number 31, as per report from the district election officer South Goa," Kunal said. Earlier in the day, Aam Aadmi Party convenor Elvis Gomes had complained about the malfunctioning electronic voting machines (EVMs) at polling station number 31. Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar also expressed concern about malfunctioning EVMs. "There are similar problems in polling stations in other constituencies in Betul (village)," Kavlekar told reporters, adding that the Congress would be taking up the matter before the Election Commission. Even, Thushar Vellappally, NDA candidate from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, on Tuesday demanded re-polling after an electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunctioned at ..
                 

Watch Video: BJP workers beat up presiding officer in Moradabad

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Lucknow: BJP activists allegedly beat up the presiding officer at booth number 231 in Bilari in the Moradabad Lok Sabha constituency on Tuesday. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers alleged that the officer, Mohd Zubair, was pressurizing women voters to press the ‘cycle button' of the Samajwadi Party. #WATCH Moradabad: BJP workers beat an Election Official at booth number 231 alleging he was asking voters to press the 'cycle' symbol of Samajwadi party pic.twitter.com/FokdXCAJ1z — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 23, 2019 The officer was later removed from the booth but no action was taken against the attackers. In Etah, a number of voters alleged that the presiding officials were pressuring voters to vote for the "cycle". One such officer, Yogesh Kumar, was taken off duty. Voting began on Tuesday for 116 Lok Sabha seats, including all constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala, with BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers among promin..
                 

Elections 2019: 10.01 per cent polling till 9 am in Gujarat

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Ahmedabad: An average 10.01 per cent voting was recorded in 26 Lok Sabha seats of Gujarat in the first two hours of polling on Tuesday. Long queues of voters were seen at some booths even before the polling began at 7 am. Watch Video: Gujarat: Heeraben Modi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother casts her vote at a polling station in Raisan, Ahmedabad. #LokSabhaElection2019 pic.twitter.com/Mc8ZkOQwd1 — ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019 Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and wife Anjali cast their vote at a polling booth in Anil Gyan Mandir school in Rajkot #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/miLteXNl9X — ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar seat, were among the early ones to cast their vote in the state. "Around 10.01 per cent voting was reported till 9 am," an election official said. The high-octane poll campaign saw Prime Minister Modi and Congress chief Ra..
                 

12 per cent turnout in first two hours of voting in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow: Bracing a sudden rise in the mercury level, an estimated 12 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise during the first two hours of voting in Uttar Pradesh in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday. Polling was underway in 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state to decide the electoral fate of four members of SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav's clan, besides that of senior party leader Azam Khan and film actor and BJP candidate Jaya Prada. Watch Video: The seats are spread over the Rohilkhand region of the state where the BJP had won seven out of 10 seats in 2014.The areas where the voting is taking place is considered SP strongholds as three of the total five members of the Yadav family had won from this region despite a Modi wave in the last elections.The three Yadav family members seeking re-election from Mainpuri, Badaun and Firozabad in this phase are Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his two nephews, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav respe..
                 

Elections 2019: Voting starts in 10 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow: Voting began on Tuesday for 116 Lok Sabha seats, including all constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala, with BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers among prominent candidates in the fray. About 18.56 crore voters are eligible for voting in the third phase of the elections, for which 2.10 lakh polling booths/stations have been set up. The Election Commission has made elaborate security arrangements. Besides all seats in Gujarat (26) and Kerala (20), voting will be held in four seats in Assam, five in Bihar, seven in Chhattisgarh, 14 each in Karnataka and Maharashtra, six in Odisha, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal, two in Goa, and one each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura. Voting for the crucial third phase for 10 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh began on Tuesday that will decide the fate of four members of SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav's clan, besides senior party leader Azam Khan and his bete n..
                 

Muslim board files complaint against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur in Bhopal

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Bhopal: A complaint was filed on Monday against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for hurting sentiments of the Muslim community through her Babri Masjid demolition remark. A complaint to lodge an FIR was filed by All India Ulama Board against BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal. The complaint has been filed at Aishbagh Police Station. The Muslim board has urged to lodge an FIR against Thakur under Sections 124A, 153A, 153B, 147, 505A, 298 and 295 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The District Election Officer and Collector Sudam Khade had on Monday directed the police to file an FIR against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur for her remark on the demolition of Babri Masjidin Ayodhya. The Election Officer found her statement in violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which is in force during polling.  The Election Commission (EC) has directed the police to file an FIR against BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for her remark that she was "proud" of her participation ..
                 

Interesting facts about polling in third phase of Lok Sabha elections

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New Delhi: Polling in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections is underway Tuesday. Here are some interesting facts about this phase: Chhattisgarh: Preparations are underway at polling station number 195 and 196 in Raipur. Voting for the third phase of elections will begin at 7 AM today. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/2hkLn01nMD — ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019 Watch Video: Maharashtra: Visuals of preparation from polling station number 135 in Baramati Lok Sabha constituency. Voting for the third phase of elections will begin at 7 AM today. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/zbljviQpFY — ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019 * 116 Lok Sabha constituencies across 14 states and 2 UTs headed for polls * Third phase is biggest as it covers 116 parliamentary seats in a single phase* Over 18.85 crore voters to decide fate of 1640 candidates* Over 2.10 lakh polling stations in place for smooth conduct of polls* Anantnag Parliamentary constituency in Jammu & Kash..
                 

Phase 2 polling underway in Karnataka's remaining 14 LS seats

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Bengaluru: Second phase of polling is underway in the remaining 14 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, where the contest is between the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine and the BJP. Polling began at 7 am in 28,022 polling stations that are mostly in the northern belt of the state, covering the entire Hyderabad-Karnataka and Mumbai-Karnataka regions, a couple of central districts and coastal Uttara Kannada. Queues were seen at polling booths as the voting began, with many arriving to vote early in the day to avoid the summer heat.  Karnataka: BJP MP candidate from Shimoga BY Raghvendra casts his vote at a polling booth in Shikaripura, in the third phase of general elections. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/3xzRKu44C4 — ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019 As many as 2,43,03,279 voters are eligible to choose their representative from among 237 candidates including 227 men and 10 women who are in the fray. At 57, Belgaum has the maximum candidates, while Raic..
                 

Chandrababu Naidu: NDA will not win more than 150 seats

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Amaravati: The NDA will not form the next government at the Centre as the BJP, the main constituent of the alliance, will not win more than 150 seats in the ongoing general election, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu said here Monday. On the other hand, he claimed the TDP would "win 1000 per cent" the just-concluded election to the state assembly. Naidu, however, did not hazard a guess on the number of seats the Telegu Desam Party might win. He conducted a eight hour review meeting with party candidates here in batches to take stock of the post-poll scenario and sought to keep their morale up by saying the TDP would retain power in the state. At the same time, he also sought to write off the NDA though he admitted there were fissures in 'mahagathbandhan,' a group of parties opposed to the BJP. "There are troubles in our alliance, but the NDA will not form the next government at the Centre," Naidu said, referring to the Congress-AAP face-off in New Delhi and other states. "He broadl..
                 

Jet employees stage demo, appeal to govt to bail out airline

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Bengaluru: Around 100 staff members of the ailing Jet Airways Monday staged a demonstration here, urging the government to intervene and bail out the airline. Jet Airways had on April 17 announced a temporary suspension of operations after it failed to receive emergency funds from lenders, leaving about 23,000 employees to face a bleak future. This evening, the employees, dressed in their uniforms, staged the demonstration at Town Hall in the heart of the city. Holding aloft placards, they raised slogans like 'Save our families, save Jet Airways', 'Don't make us cry, give a chance to fly' and 'Humko Tum Na Dhoka Do, Udne ka ek Mauka Do' (Don't ditch us, give a chance to fly). 'We pay loads of tax, Don't get us under the Axe' and 'We have dependents to feed, please don't let our 9W bleed' read the messages in some of the placards. Milind Paradkar, an engineer with Jet Airways, urged the government to infuse some funds to keep Jet Airways afloat. "We want the government to infuse some..
                 

Pune-based women entrepreneurs give out discounts to voters

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In order to encourage voters, few women based in Pune who run a certain social media group gathered a few entrepreneurs in order to get active during the elections. Post voting, these citizens will have to show their inked fingers as proof and can avail of some benefits. This initiative was started by Pune-based Sonia Agarwal-Konjeti - founder of Pune Ladies, better known as PULA. The initiative has roped in people from eateries, clinics, massage centres, grocery stores and garment stores. Sonia runs the PULA group, which includes around 2 lakh women who come together on a single platform to discuss their issues, sell and purchase goods they are interested in. This initiative has a free enrollment and is only for women living in Pune. Watch video below: Sonia said, "Voting is our right and even one vote can make a difference. Many educated people look at voting day as just another holiday. Our goal of this campaign is to motivate more public to come out and vote and be a responsib..
                 

Elections 2019: Renowned hairstylist Jawed Habib joins BJP

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Celebrity hairstylist Jawed Habib, on Monday, joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi.Habib is considered amongst the best hairdressers in the world and currently has over 550 unisex hair salons across India with three international ones. Delhi: Prominent Hair Stylist Jawed Habib joins Bharatiya Janata Party, says 'Aaj tak main baalon ka chowkidar tha, aaj mein desh ka chowkidar ban gaya hoon' pic.twitter.com/eazgktBHL1 — ANI (@ANI) April 22, 2019 This move has come right in the middle of the Lok Sabha elections.Delhi will see polling on May 12 in the sixth phase of elections. The counting of votes will begin on May 23.  Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the latest updates..
                 

Indian Coast Guard beefs up surveillance after Lanka blasts

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New Delhi: The Indian Coast Guard has beefed up surveillance and deployed more ships and aircraft for patrolling following a series of devastating blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday. This has been done to ensure that no element that could pose as a security threat sneaks into the country through the sea, a senior Coast Guard official said. "We have deployed all our ships from Coast Guard stations at Tuticorin, Mandapam and Karaikal for surveillance," the official said. He said the surveillance was stepped up as soon as reports of the blasts started emerging Sunday. Seven suicide bombers, believed to be members of an Islamist extremist group, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 290 people and wounding 500 others in the country's worst terror attack. Seven suicide bombers believed to be members of an Islamist extremist group carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through churches and l..
                 

Mehbooba Mufti hits back at PM Modi on 'nuclear button' comment

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Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti retorted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "nuclear button" comment saying if India's nuclear bombs are not saved for Diwali, Pakistan hasn't "kept theirs for Eid either". "If India hasn't kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it's obvious Pakistan's not kept theirs for Eid either. Don't know why Prime Minister Modi must stoop so low and reduce political discourse to this," Mufti tweeted on Monday. Mufti reiterated her stance while speaking to reporters in Kulgam. "What Pakistan (nuclear bombs) possesses would not be saved for Eid (if ours is saved for Diwali). We are evenly placed in this matter," she said. While addressing a rally in Barmer on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi said had said terror attacks were common in the country due to the liberty given to Pakistan. "Today (Sunday) also deadly attacks have taken place in Sri Lanka. People were celebrating Easter and praying in churches, but terrorists killed them. What wrong di..
                 

Earth Day: Hotel in Mumbai encourages kids to grow vegetable patch

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One of the best ways to connect with children is by sharing your love of nature with them. Given the opportunity to experience nature, children have an innate sense of wonder for the earth and living things. The Resort, Madh-Marve is making the most of this sentiment that children have. Ahead of World Earth Day, The Resort held a unique three-day activity #Growyourfood that involved helping children reconnect with nature. Children in the age group of 6 to 15 gathered at The Resort premises where they were taught to grow their very own patch of vegetables. The idea behind the activity was to engage with young children and convey to them the importance of conserving and preserving nature through the vegetable growing activity. The Resort believes that children should be taught the importance of nature through fun educational activities, hands-on interactions with nature and teaching them about actions to protect the natural world. Guiding the children was environment expert Mr Hemant ..
                 

Congress fields Sheila Dikshit from North-East Delhi

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Ending months of speculation over a possible tie-up with AAP, the Congress on Monday fielded three-time Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit from North-East Delhi and former Union minister Ajay Maken from New Delhi, as it announced names of candidates for six Lok Sabha seats in the national capital. The Congress also fielded J P Agarwal from Chandni Chowk, Arvinder Singh Lovely from East Delhi, Rajesh Lilothia from North-West Delhi and Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi. Dikshit, who took over from Maken as the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief earlier this year, was last a member of Parliament from 1984-89 from Kannauj. She was the chief minister of Delhi for three terms between 1998 and 2013. Dikshit will take on BJP's sitting MP Manoj Tiwari and Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Dilip Pandey.Interestingly, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has not been named from the Chandni Chowk seat from which he has been fighting from since 2004. After two terms, Sibal had lost to Union minister Harsh..
                 

Supreme Court directs Madras HC to decide plea of TikTok app on April 2

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The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Madras High Court to decide on April 24 a plea of TikTok app seeking to vacate of its ban order.  A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said if the Madras High Court fails to decide on the plea of TikTok app then its ban order will stand vacated. The apex court had earlier refused to stay the Madras High Court order that directed the Centre to ban the "Tiktok" app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it.  Last week, Google and Apple had blocked access to video app TikTok after the federal government sent a letter to the two platforms to abide by the state court's order. A court in Tamil Nadu refused a request by China's Bytedance Technology to suspend a ban on TikTok app. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had asked Google and Apple to block the app following the Supreme Court's refusal to stay the original Madras High Court order on April 3. As per state court, the app encouraged po..
                 

Case against Jaya Prada for her comments on Azam Khan, Mayawati

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Rampur: A case has been registered against Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Jaya Prada under section 171-G of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for making personal statements against SP leader Azam Khan and BSP chief Mayawati, violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The case has been registered against the BJP leader for allegedly saying, "Considering the comments Azam Khan makes against me, Mayawati you must think "unki x-ray jaisi aankhein aapke upar bhi kaha-kaha daal kar dekhengi" (his X-rays like eyes will also stare at you)" The case was registered on April 20 based on the comments made by Prada during an election rally on April 18. Earlier this month, without naming Jaya Prada, Khan while addressing an election rally in Rampur Khan had stated, "...You got represented by her (Jaya Prada) for 10 years. People of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh and people of India, it took you 17 years to understand her reality. But I could recognise it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underw***r...
                 

'CJI should not hold office until inquiry concludes'

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New Delhi: The Women in Criminal Law Association on Saturday demanded a prompt inquiry into the sexual harassment allegation against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and said he should not hold office during the process. The group also distanced itself from the Bar Council of India's statement calling the allegations "false and cooked up". "The cock and bull story has been cooked up to plot some big conspiracy against the institution. The Bar is fully standing with our CJI and the Judges of the Supreme Court," the Bar Council of India said in a statement. "Bar Council of India strongly condemns attempt to malign the image of our Chief Justice of India and the highest judicial institution. The allegations levelled by the lady against Hon'ble Mr J Ranjan Gogoi are all false and concocted," the council said. The BCI has appealed to the people and entire legal fraternity to stand with the Supreme Court in order to save it. "I have called an emergent meeting of the Council tomorrow to..
                 

Charkop police say molestation allegation against private exec is fake

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The Charkop police have submitted a B summary report in the Metropolitan Magistrate's court recently, after finding that an allegation of molestation against ANJ Turkey designing company Managing Director Ashok Kularia was fake. A B summary report is filed if police don't find credible evidence in investigation against the accused. A 37-year-old woman had filed a sexual harassment complaint with the police against Kularia. Sub-Inspector Trupti Patil took the statements of the finance head and several others including 15 women who worked with the complainant at the company. Police inquired with several other women who had left the job, but no one had such a complaint against Kularia. Police also checked the CCTV footage but the records were for only 15 days. There was no CCTV installed in the director's cabin, said a police official. Also Read: Bombay High Court fines woman of Rs 25 lakh for threatening to file fake molestation case It was also revealed that the complainant had ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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Black beauty Kangana Ranaut looks elegantly dressed as she exits a restaurant in Juhu. Pic/Satej Shinde Mamma Mia! Time for a feast Most great chefs have humble beginnings, and it was no different for Beppe de Vito, who started off in his neighbourhood café while growing up in Italy. But fast forward 20 years, and de Vito is now credited with opening a slew of restaurants in Singapore, including Braci, which got its first Michelin star in 2017 and then retained it the next year. The chef has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in the culinary world, including the legendary Massimo Bottura, and has whipped up a storm for heads of state including ex-American President George W Bush. De Vito will now pay a visit to Mumbai this week and lay out a five-course spread at a Juhu five-star on April 25. It promises to be a dynamic affair, considering how he was also conferred with the honour of "Innovative and Bold Restaurateur" by Gastromonth, organised by Robert Parke..
                 

Chidambaram: India must change to bring change in Pakistan behaviour

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New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Sunday said that in order to bring a change in Pakistan's behaviour, India must also change its behaviour towards the neighbouring country. The former home minister also said that a way must be found to normalise the India-Pakistan relations so as to answer the country's "biggest external challenge" in terms of security and various other aspects. "Whatever we do, we have to make Pakistan change its behaviour. That means we must also change our behaviour towards Pakistan. These attitudinal changes will happen over a period of time. But we must make an effort," he said at a discussion titled -- "Beyond Politics: Debating a new Security Manifesto", organised by think-tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) here. Retired Lt General DS Hooda, who headed the Army's Northern Command when India carried out surgical strike in terror camps across the border in 2017, contended that "one surgical strike or air strike cannot change the behaviour of..
                 

Maharashtra: Scions, stalwarts fight for 14 seats in phase 3

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Political stalwarts, scions of major political families and rebels are in the fray for the 14 parliamentary constituencies in Maharashtra, which will go to polls in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 23. Voting was held in 17 of the 48 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state in the first two phases of polling on April 11 and 18. The 14 seats that go to the polls in the third phase on Tuesday are Jalgaon, Raver, Jalna, Aurangabad, Raigad, Pune, Baramati, Ahmednagar, Madha, Sangli, Satara, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Hathkanangale. The main contests will be between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance and the opposition Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine, besides the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) Dalit-Muslim front comprising Prakash Ambedkar's Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) and the Owaisi brothers' All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). The April 23 polls will decide the political fate of some of the biggest political c..
                 

Jodhpur cow ownership case reaches stalemate

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Jodhpur: Even after using different methods to determine the real owner of a cow, the Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) court in Jodhpur has failed in its attempt to solve the dispute. The judicature had ordered court commissioner Raj Kumar Chauhan to leave the cow on the road and check which direction it moves towards. "The animal walked a few miles and stopped at the gate of one of the claimants. After a few minutes, the second claimant came and claimed that this animal often roams the streets and sometimes enters his house, also situated in the same lane," Chauhan told ANI. "I have recorded the video of cow moving in the direction of one of the claimants. After the animal stopped in front of the gate of the man, the other claimant rushed to the spot and said that this does prove that the animal belongs to his rival. I will submit my report to the magistrate soon," he added. "With the mutual decision, the cow has again been moved to the cow shelter," Chauhan mentioned. On April 12, t..
                 

AI, social media regulation find prominence in poll manifestos

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Going by the poll manifestos published by major political parties, the use of digital technology is likely to get a boost under the new government that will come to power after the Lok Sabha election results on May 23. While most political parties have promised the greater implementation of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and Blockchain technologies to drive the growth of the economy, some have also assured punishment for those who misuse digital and social media. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which pushed digital transactions in a major way during its five-year rule ending this year, said it would further increase the ongoing incentives to expand digital transactions if voted to power again. The BJP said it would create a new data-sharing framework that builds on the success of 'Jan Dhan' and Aadhaar platforms while ensuring data privacy and security. "With this scheme, we will ensure that every Indian has access to banking facilities within a rad..
                 

MHA distributes special kits to States, UTs to help in rape cases

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New Delhi: Over 3,100 special kits for collecting blood and semen samples, besides other evidence, to carry out immediate investigations into sexual assault cases have been distributed among States and Union Territories by the Ministry of Home Affairs, officials said Sunday. The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits (SAECK) or 'rape investigation kits' are designed to carry out immediate medico-legal investigation and aid in furnishing evidence in sexual assault and rape cases. The MHA has procured 3,120 SAECK and distributed to the States and UTs, a senior MHA official said. Each of these kits comprises essential items that will aid in furnishing evidence such as blood and semen samples in sexual assault and rape cases, thus helping the prosecution to gather evidence against the accused. The kits are expected to help law enforcement agencies to ensure effective investigation in a timely manner for better prosecution and convictions in sexual assault cases, the official said. Th..
                 

Pakistan puts on display documents of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

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Lahore: For the first time in its history, Pakistan has put on display rare documents of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre to mark its 100th anniversary. The six-day exhibition showcasing about 70 historical documents related to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and Martial Law in Punjab in April 1919 opened at the Lahore Heritage Museum here on Saturday. A year earlier, Pakistan had exhibited the archives of the trial of revolutionary leader Bhagat Singh in Lahore. The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar (undivided Punjab) during the Baisakhi festival on April 13, 1919, when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving scores dead. "The government has decided to showcase archives of different historical events and famous personalities so that people could know what had happened during that period," Abbas Chughtai, Pakistan's Punjab province government's archive..
                 

Olive Ridley hatchlings begin new journey from Gahirmatha

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Kendrapara (Odisha): The unique natural phenomenon - hatching of baby turtles sans their mothers - has begun at the idyllic beach of Kalam Island off Odisha coast in Kendrapara district, forest officials said. Like every year, the phenomenon has left the wildlife lovers awestruck and elated, they said. In the past 72 hours, millions of turtle hatchlings, have emerged from the eggs, which were buried in the sand, and crawled towards the sea, the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Prasanna Kumar Acharya, said. The emergence of baby turtles mark the grand culmination of the annual sojourn of Olive Ridley sea turtles in Odisha's Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, known as the Worlds largest nesting ground for these endangered species, he said. Kalam Island is a part of Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary. More turtle hatchlings would emerge from the eggs in the next seven to 10 days, Acharya said. The beach will be swarming with turtle hatchlings in the c..
                 

Sri Lanka PM, President condemn coordinated bomb attacks

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Colombo: Sri Lankan president, prime minister and other political leaders strongly condemned a series of coordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels on Sunday that left over 150 dead and urged people to be patient while vowing to bring to justice those responsible for the barbaric act. The blasts targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday mass were in progress. Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels - the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. Foreigners and locals who were injured in hotel blasts were admitted to the Colombo General Hospital. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena expressed shock, deep pain and dismay over the brutal attacks on places of religious worship and other civilian establishments. The President said he has instructed all law enforcement agencies and defence se..
                 

Pragya Thakur: Proud of my involvement in Babri Masjid demolition

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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Malegaon blast accused and BJP's Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur on Sunday said she is "proud" to accept that she was involved in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in 1578 in Ayodhya, was on December 6, 1992, pulled down allegedly by a group of Hindu activists, claiming that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram temple that stood there. On being asked about her involvement in the demolition of Babri Masjid and if she would play a major role in building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Thakur said: "I will go to make the Ram Temple. I have said it yesterday and I am not denying it that I had gone there. I have demolished Babri structure. He is my Ram ji and no one can stop me from making a grand Ram temple. The nation is Ram, Ram is a nation. We all will soon prepare a vision for it," she added. The 2008 Malegaon blast accused, who had joined the BJP on April 16, also accepted that s..
                 

Delhi-bound Poorva Express train derails near Kanpur, 15 injured

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Fifteen people were injured after 12 coaches of the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed near Kanpur on Saturday. Coaches of the train travelling from Prayagraj to Delhi derailed around 1 am near Rooma village, about 15 kilometers from Kanpur. Visuals from the spot show the damaged coaches. About 15 ambulances were at the spot to take injured passengers to the hospital. The coaches that derailed are: S8, S9, B1-B5, A1, A2, HA1, pantry car and a seating cum luggage rake, according to the railways officials. Indian Railways spokesperson Smita Vats Sharma told ANI that an "Accident Relief Train" and medical equipment have been sent to the accident site. The main route has been affected due to derailment.  All long-distance trains running towards Delhi from the east have been delayed. The police are supervising rescue operations. A 45-member team from the National Disaster Response Force is also at the spot. "Rescue operation is underway. No casualties have been reported. Buses..
                 

Kanhaiya Kumar is hero on home turf Begusarai

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It's a lot like great music, or a stand-up comic's act, which sounds as good on your speakers on YouTube, but the infectious energy of a live gig is still incomparable. As is the case with CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar, 32, at a sabha in Nawab Chowk in Begusarai town, where we join his campaign. He gently tears into the Opposition to loud cheers on his perfectly-timed punch lines: "In five years, Smriti Irani jee's educational qualification has dropped from BA to plus-two… She should become a minister, but B-Tech [degree holders] pakoda taley (fry pakodas)?" Throughout, Kumar presses on how his relatively mofussil hometown - it goes to poll on April 23 - has turned into Ground Zero this election. "Why did they field a minister [Giriraj Singh] here, but asked him to stay quiet about me? Is this Varanasi? Why is the [national] media here?" The answer to the latter is certainly the former JNU students' union president, whose rise to prominence, much like the anti-corruption cru..
                 

There is a caste system based on water in Mumbai, say urbanists

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Come summer, the BMC always reminds us of the looming water crisis in Mumbai. This is followed by phased water cuts, ranging from 10 to 15 per cent. It's a pattern that has now become routine to how the city functions. The argument is that Mumbai doesn't have enough water and most likely never will, unless we have good rainfall. But, is the city staring at a drought? If urban planners and activists are to be believed, not yet. As SUNDAY mid-day kick-starts its 'Bucket Sundays' campaign, we spell out issues concerning water in the city and why aqua warriors, who are fighting the big fight to save every drop, feel we need to push the envelope when tackling the problem. "The truth is that we are not facing a water crisis in Mumbai," says Sitaram Shelar, convenor of Pani Haq Samiti, a nine-year-old collective that is working towards equitable access to water. "Currently, 3,800 million litres per day (MLD) of purified water is being distributed to the city's 1.5 crore population. If you d..
                 

Teen electrocuted while taking selfie on roof of local train, dies

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A 14-year-old boy, who was electrocuted while taking a selfie on the roof of a local train at Jogeshwari yard last week, breathed his last on Saturday. He was admitted to Kasturba Hospital after the incident. The deceased has been identified as Khushal Bheda, a resident of Malwani in Malad. Bheda was critically burnt after coming in contact with an overhead wire last Sunday. He died around 9 am on Saturday. Also read: Mumbai: Teen trying to take selfie on train roof electrocuted, critical It may be recalled that Bheda went to the yard to play with his friends. He then climbed on top of a roof of a train stationed at the yard to take a selfie. After he got electrocuted, his friends fled the spot. The government railway police (GRP) then rushed to the spot and took Bheda to Siddharth Municipal General Hospital. His parents were subsequently informed, after which he was shifted to KEM before finally going to Kasturba. As the incident took place on the railway premises, his body wa..
                 

RPF constable hurt in train stone pelting between Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg

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A Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable was injured in a stone pelting case, and has been identified as Ajay Kumar, attached with the Thane RPF post. On Saturday, Kumar was heading towards CSMT and when his train was between Vikhroli and Kanjurmarg, he felt something hit his face. He was deployed in the handicapped compartment, and it was around 9.25 am when this incident happened. An officer said, "The impact was high as his face started bleeding. A passenger pulled the emergency chain and took him to the Vikhroli station master's chamber." After that, the railway officials took him to Rajawadi Hospital for treatment. The police have not yet identified what was it that hit him. He suffered an injury between eyes and nose, and was lucky that the object didn't hit his eye." The police added, "The doctor applied 18 stitches to stop the bleeding. However, the Kurla GRP is looking into the matter." Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a comple..
                 

Sidhu: PM Narendra Modi helped industrialists, ignored government firms

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New Delhi: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he has behaved like a "business development manager" and benefited industrialists while "sidelining" the government companies. Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters, the Punjab Minister said that during Modi's rule, industrialists got 18 major deals. "The Prime Minister, in the last five years, made 55 foreign trips and during those trips he was accompanied by two prominent industrialists who got maximum business deals," alleged Sidhu, a former BJP MP who joined the Congress two years back. In the last five years, the government companies, which were earlier making profit, have now become loss-making companies, the cricketer-turned-politician claimed. "The government defence companies, which had experience of over 50 years, were not given any contracts," he charged, adding, "I want to ask the Prime Minister why he thought about welfare of only two compani..
                 

Major fire at oil production unit near Nashik

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Nashik: An oil production unit located in an industrial area in Sinnar suffered severe damages in a major fire early on Saturday, police said. No loss of life was reported in the incident that took place around 3 am, they said. "The security guard posted there noticed the blaze and informed the company owners and other authorities about it. A major tragedy was averted as the incident happened in the wee hours when there were no employees in the unit," police said. Five fire tenders were pressed into service and the blaze was brought under control, they said. The plant, located around 35 kms from Nashik city, is engaged in producing oil from discarded tyres. According to police, short circuit is suspected to be the reason behind the blaze. In another incident, a major fire broke out at a chemical plant located in Dombivli MIDC in the district on Saturday morning, officials said. No loss of life has been reported so far and eight fire engines were engaged in the task of dousing the fla..
                 

Elections 2019: To support my wife is my duty, says Shatrughan Sinha

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New Delhi: Amid criticism for campaigning for his wife and Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Poonam Sinha, Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday said to support his wife is his duty as a husband. "Yesterday was a big and special day for my family as my better half, the graceful and radiant #PoonamSinha embarked on a new chapter of her life. I stood by her as a dutiful husband amidst remarks of me crossing party lines to campaign for my wife. But my stance was very loud and clear," Sinha said on Twitter. "I learnt that there was a mixed bag of reactions among people to my action. Some said I was behaving in my authoritative style as a star, others said that I did no wrong... as I said I will serve the people of Lucknow," he said in another tweet. Sinha also expressed gratitude to the Gandhi family saying, "Expressed my thanks to the Gandhi family and Congress party for giving me the opportunity to fight this battle." Poonam Sinha, who is contesting as SP candidate, was pitted agai..
                 

Rahul Gandhi seems to be favourite among Wayanad voters

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Wayanad: Political heat in the alleys of Wayanad has soared as the parliamentary constituency prepares to decide the fate of 22 candidates including that of Congress president Rahul Gandhi on April 23, the third phase of polling in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. With campaigning reaching its peak, people's voting preferences seem to be inclined towards Rahul Gandhi. It is widely believed that Gandhi's candidature would bring national attention and the facilities to the rural constituency. Kunjikriahna Kurup, 86, says, "I will vote for Rahul Gandhi. Only Congress could give better administration."Kurup is not the only one who is open about his voting preference. Majority of people, ANI talked to, said that they will vote for Gandhi this time. People believe that Gandhi's election will benefit the people of Wayanad. They hope that the Congress president can bring more facilities like railway link, medical college, and transportation to the constituency. Surendran and Chandran, however, sh..
                 

States to have cyber forensic labs to check crimes against women

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New Delhi: States are soon going to have cyber forensic laboratories and DNA examination facilities to deal with the growing number of crimes against women, officials said on Saturday. DNA testing facilities are being set up at forensic science laboratories of 13 states and Union Territories -- Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Delhi -- at a cost of Rs 131.09 crore. Cyber forensic laboratories and cyber forensic training facilities are being set up in these states as part of the Rs 223.19-crore Cyber Crime Prevention Against Women and Children project, a home ministry official said. Five states - Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Uttarakhand - have already set up cyber forensic training laboratories. A total of 3,664 personnel, including 410 public prosecutors and judicial officers, have been trained for the purpose. The project is b..
                 

Narendra Modi: Mamata Banerjee must stop seeking proof of air strike

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Buniadpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to stop asking for evidence of the Balakot air strike by the Indian armed forces, instead look for "proofs" in the chit fund scams and infiltration that has taken place in West Bengal. "After Indian soldiers entered Pakistan and finished off the terrorists, Didi was the one of those, who asked for proofs. Do you people need proofs as well or do you have faith in the word of our army?" Modi asked people at a public rally here in West Bengal's Dakshin Dinajpur district. "Didi, (Banerjee) if you really want proof, then look for proofs of the offenders in the chit fund scams and the infiltrators. Stop asking for proofs from our army. Our brave soldiers are the proof of their actions themselves," he said. Accusing Banerjee and her associates of not acting against terrorism for the sake of their votebank, Modi said the country requires such a model that can ensure everyone's security and create a sens..
                 

Anna Hazare: Sweeping electoral reforms needed to end malpractices

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Ralegan Siddhi: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has called for large-scale electoral reforms in the country to remove poll-related malpractices and to cleanse the system. The 81-year-old activist lamented that lack of awareness among voters and focus of political parties on winning the elections by hook or crook has led to the degeneration of politics, and he saw no bright future for the country if the situation continued. Talking to PTI at his native village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Hazare said voters were one of the pillars of the democracy. "But looking at the reports of cash seizure from various places during the electioneering, one wonders why voters take money to vote. Is this the value of our freedom fighters, who gave us independence?" he asked. Hazare felt that the parties' approach of coming to power by hook or crook has resulted in criminalisation of politics. "The sanctity of Parliament and state assemblies have come under threat," he said. The octogena..
                 

Mumbai: Major fire at chemical plant in Dombivli MIDC

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A major fire broke out at a chemical plant located in Dombivli MIDC in the district on Saturday morning, officials said. No loss of life has been reported so far and eight fire engines were engaged in the task of dousing the flames, the officials said. "The blaze started around 6.55 am in the chemical plant situated behind the Manpada police station in Dombivli MIDC," Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) chief Santosh Kadam said. An officer from Manpada police station said, "Eight fire engines have been deployed to bring the blaze under control. However, even at 10 am, it was still raging and the firefighters were struggling to douse the flames." The cause of the blaze was yet to be ascertained, fire brigade sources said. Thick black smoke from the fire has engulfed the area surrounding the plant. In another incident, a fire broke out at an Amazon Sort Centre in suburban Andheri, a fire brigade official said. However, no injuries have been reported so far. As per initial reports..
                 

Three injured as 12 coaches of Delhi-bound Poorva Express derails

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Kanpur: (Uttar Pradesh): Two-person sustained minor injuries, while one was grievously injured after 12 coaches of Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed in Kanpur on Saturday. In the wake of the derailment, North Central Railway has cancelled 11 trains, diverted 8 trains to another route and shortly terminated 2 others, while East Central Railway has, so far, diverted 24 trains. "Trains scheduled to run beyond Allahabad (ALD) and in between Allahabad and Kanpur Central has been diverted via Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU)-Lucknow (LKO) - Kanpur Central (CNB)/ Moradabad (MB) till further advice," Chief Passenger Transportation Manager (CPTM) of North Central Railway (NCR) said in a press release. A team of Accident Relief Train (ART) and Accident Relief Medical Equipment (ARME) were rushed to the spot. The rescue operation is underway. "Restoration of Up line (Howrah to Delhi) line will take time, and may be restored in the evening at around 16:00," said Chief Public Relation Officer (C..
                 

Elections 2019: All is well, saffron alliance assures its workers

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An image of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray greeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going viral, especially among the saffron cadre. The aim is to assuage the situation on ground where party workers from both camps are still holding old grudges against each other. The Sena and BJP have been at loggerheads since 2014 Assembly polls in Maharashtra, launching verbal attacks at each other, leading to a split among party workers. At one point, the oldest political alliance inked on Hindutva agenda in the late 1980s was on the verge of a break-up. But, just ahead of 2019 general polls, the two parties buried their differences and entered a pre-poll alliance. Also Read: Akhilesh Yadav hits out at Narendra Modi, says it's time to take away 'Chowkidar's chowki' However, party workers are still unwilling to forget past bitterness and work together. One instance is that of Mumbai North East where a section of Sena workers are not co-operating with BJP's candidate Manoj Kotak or in Palgh..
                 

Let's get the show on the coastal road, say Breach Candy locals

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If it's Breach Candy, it must be the coastal road. It was a thunderous Thursday evening as locals, a majority from Breach Candy but several from Haji Ali, Warden Road and Nepean Sea Road, convened at Vaibhav building garden for a meeting. The hot button issue has divided the area, with one group called the Breach Candy Welfare Group protesting against the large number of trees to be cut at Tata Garden, for the project. The Welfare Group also wants the Breach Candy interchange to be shifted to Scandal Point (next to the garden) to save a portion of the garden from being sacrificed. This Thursday meeting though, "was more about support for the Coastal Road and development. We wanted a better understanding of the project," said Breach Candy chartered accountant (CA) Dr Mitil Chokshi, one of the organisers of the event. M Chokshi and R Jagtiani make a point Space ace Several residents first went to the terrace of Vaibhav building, where Executive Engineer (Coastal Road) Brihanmumbai Mu..
                 

Mumbai: Ice cream treat that turned into death wish in Vikhroli

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Four friends were crushed to death under gunny bags which fell from a truck in a freak accident in Vikhroli East on Thursday. Another friend was injured in the accident that took place around 11.45 pm when they had gone to have ice cream at Sambhaji Chowk in Surya Nagar. The deceased have been identified as Ashwin Hebare, 34, Vishal Shelar, 21, Chandrashekhar Musale, 35, and Hamid Abdul Sheik, 41. Chand Hasan Sheikh, 38, is undergoing treatment in Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. All the deceased were residents of Surya Nagar. Also Read: Mumbai: 9000 drunk driving cases registered on Holi in city The five friends were standing near Sai Restaurant at the chowk, where a truck driver was reversing when his vehicle's rear tyre rolled over a newly built gutter. The cover of the gutter cracked and sank, resulting in the truck tilting towards the boys who were then crushed under gunny sacks filled with grain. "I heard people shouting and when I reached the spot, pedestrians and shopke..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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Being somebody else We won't blame you if you just missed spotting Bobby Deol in this picture. The actor was seen shooting for a short film in Chembur on Friday. Pic/Ashish Raje Addressing a burning question At the recently concluded META awards, a play had to be withdrawn after it was accused of plagiarism, This has stirred a heated debate in the theatre community, and artistes in Mumbai have now come together to take the first step towards addressing the issue. A two-day event called Whose Play is it Anyway? will be held at Harkat Studios on April 27 and 28, where noted members from the community including Kunal Kapoor, Mahesh Dattani, Jehan Maneckshaw and Faezeh Jalali, well-known tabla player Aneesh Pradhan and IP lawyer Xerxes Ranina will participate in an array of panel discussions, each focussing on a specific subject from creator rights to how organisations can boost ethical practices. Restaurateurs turn actors A fun video doing the rounds on the social media feeds ..
                 

HD Kumaraswamy wants Modi to share details about the Balakot air strike

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The remarks come a day after Modi's attack on him during the PM's Belagavi and Chikkodi election meetings on Thursday. Modi took on Kumaraswamy for saying the matter of air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot should not be overpublicised "fearing the vote bank bank would get angry." "Now tell me, Where is Congress and the JD(S) vote bank? Is it in Bagalkot or Balakot? This Congress-JD(S) has to decide," the prime minister said. Talking to reporters in Hubballi, Kumaraswamy said, "We do not know anything about the air strike. We read only in the newspapers. You (Modi) did not give the complete information to the people of India about the air strikes. "He (Modi) publicises it as if he himself carried out the air strike and nobody had ever crossed the Pakistan border in the past," the chief minister said.  He said the prime minister had been projecting that Pakistan was trembling with fear. The JD(S) leader added that he found Indira Gandhi a bigger leader than Modi.&nbs..
                 

Rajnath Singh wants to credit PM Modi like Indira Gandhi was in 1971

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Singh, a BJP stalwart, hit out at the Congress for seeking evidence of the outcome of the Balakot air strike by Indian Air Force and said the BJP-led government has been able to effectively isolate Pakistan for sheltering terror elements He recounted that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was a leader of the Jan Sangh, the former avtar of BJP, had complimented Indira Gandhi for the success in the Bangladesh Liberation war and had said the party would not hesitate to accord its fullest cooperation to Indira Gandhi. "Now, what is wrong in praising Modiji if he gave a fitting reply to Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack ?" Singh asked while slamming the opposition parties for raising questions when there was nation-wide "euphoria" following the air strike on terror camps inside Pakistan territory. Singh was addressing a series of election meetings in Keonjhar, Cuttack and Puri parliamentary constituencies in Odisha which are going to polls in the third phase on April 2..
                 

Mamata Banerjee says Narendra Modi failed to give laddoo to West Bengal

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But make no mistake about it. What the TMC boss, known for breathing fire and brimstone, was talking about was not the syrupy dessert her state is famous for but 'zero' seats inWest Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls. "Dilli ka laddoo jo khaya woh pachhtaya (whoever ate the laddoo of Delhi has regretted it). In 2014, they got two seats, they will get a big rosogolla this time. They will get a big zero," She told election rallies in Balurghat and Gangarampur. She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will never beable to keep his promise of offering 'laddoos' (another ball-shaped sweet delicacy) to the voters of Bengal in both their hands. Before the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal,Modi had said at public meetings that if BJP was voted to power, people would have laddoos in both their hands in the form of the NDA government and the Centre and a BJP dispensation in the state. Rosogolla, like laddoo in Hindi-speaking states, is often invoked in West Bengal to deride those who have flunk..
                 

Central Forces for over 90 per cent booths in Bengal for third phase

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More than 90 percent polling stations will be covered by the Central Forces in the third phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, said Ajay V. Nayak, Special Observer appointed by the Election Commission, here on Friday. "We had requested for 50 additional companies and the Union Home Ministry agreed to send the Force. So more than 90 percent of the polling stations will be covered by the Central Forces. I think the election will be more and more to the satisfaction of all the political parties, " Nayak told reporters here. More than 90 per cent polling stations will be covered by the #CentralForces in the third phase of polling for the #LokSabhaElections2019 in #WestBengal, said #AjayVNayak, Special Observer appointed by the #ElectionCommission, in #Kolkata.#Dangal2019 pic.twitter.com/A7ZYmnquA3 — IANS Tweets (@ians_india) April 19, 2019 According to Nayak, around 50 percent of booths were manned by the Central Forces in the first phase. "The number w..
                 

Christians in Kerala observe Good Friday

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Christians in Kerala on Friday were out in large numbers and local hurches were overflowing as they participated in the Good Friday mass. This Friday's mass commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Mount Calvary in Jerusalem, nearly 2,000 years ago. Of the around 3.4 crore population of Kerala, Christians number 61.41 lakhs, composed of 29.94 lakhs males and 31.47 lakhs females. The Good Friday mass timings differ according to church denominations, starting from 8.30 a.m and ending in some churches as late as 3 p.m. The main event of the day in the churches is the re-enactment by worshippers of the "Way of the Cross" - the 14 stations on Christ's final journey to Mount Calvary from the palace Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of the province. The chief priest, who conducts the day's mass, along with a large number of the laity re-enact Jesus' journey with the worshippers moving to each station singing hymns as the story of the betrayal, arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Ch..
                 

28-year-old software techie ends life by jumping off balcony

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A 28-year-old software techie committed suicide by jumping from the 12th floor of his balcony in Pune due to mental illness. The deceased identified as Rohit Bapurao Patil (28), hails from Dhule and was residing at Green society in Wakad. Patil was an electrical engineer who later took up computer courses and was working with a reputed IT company in Pune. Senior Inspector Satish Mane of Wakad police station said, "Rohit was suffering from a psychological disorder known as schizophrenia and was undergoing treatment for it. He was unmarried and stayed in Pune with his elder brother Yogesh (37) and sister-in-law. " "The incident took place on Thursday around 12.30 pm in the afternoon when he jumped off the 12th floor of the housing society where he resided. We rushed him to the hospital but he was declared dead on arrival. Further investigation is currently underway," he added. The Wakad police have filed the case of suicide and probing the case further. In another incident, a man in his..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal hits out at Pragya Thakur for her comments on Karkare

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Bhopal's BJP candidate Pragya Thakur for her "disgraceful" comments on 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare, saying it showed the party's true colours. Disgraceful comments by BJP's Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur on 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare ji need to be condemned in strongest terms. BJP is showing its true colours & it must be shown it's place now https://t.co/3Qdo1x7kPI — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 19, 2019 According to media reports, Thakur said former Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare, who died in action during the Mumbai terror attacks, had falsely implicated her in the Malegaon blast case and hence, died because "of his karma.""Disgraceful comments by BJP's Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur on 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare ji need to be condemned in strongest terms. BJP is showing its true colours & it must be shown it places now, he said in a tweet.Deputy Chief Minister Ma..