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Reservation in promotions: SCs/STs faced social exclusion, Centre tells SC

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The Centre on Thursday pushed for reservation in promotions in government jobs for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as it told the Supreme Court that members of these communities had suffered social exclusion for centuries and can't be excluded from the benefit as they are backward. Referring to their social status, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said: "They don't have inter-caste marriage. They have to marry within their own caste. They can't ride a mare for their wedding." The Centre's stand was made before a five-Judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra which is hearing a plea for the reconsideration of a 2006 top court judgment that said that reservation in promotion for SCs/STs can take place only if there is a quantifiable data showing inadequacy of their representation, coupled with overall efficiency of the administration. The Centre is seeking reconsideration of the 2006 judgment by a seven-Judge bench. The earlier verdict -- knows as Nagaraj judgm..
                 

Protests, arson as two seers found murdered in Uttar Pradesh

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Two seers were found murdered and another seriously injured in a temple in Auraiyya district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, triggering protests, arson and tension in the area. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took a grim view of the killings at the Bhayanaknath temple in Kudarkot area of Bidhoona and directed Director General of Police O.P. Singh and Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar to ensure that the culprits were caught within 48 hours. The Chief Minister also announced ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the bereaved families and Rs one lakh to the critically wounded. Unidentified assailants had fatally attacked Lajja Ram and Halkeram as well as Ram Sharan, who was critically injured, on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. The three were found tied to cots. Their bodies bore attacks with sharp-edged weapons. Tension brewed in Auraiyya district as angry groups of people took to the streets, staged demonstrations on the highways, vandalised property and torched vehicle..
                 

Yatra resumes, 548 pilgrims leave for Amarnath

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The Amarnath Yatra resumed after remaining suspended for three days as a batch of 548 pilgrims left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley on Thursday. They left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in an escorted convoy of 28 vehicles and headed for the Baltal and Pahalgam base camps, police said. The pilgrimage was temporarily suspended on account of security concerns leading up to the Independence Day celebrations in Pakistan and India on August 14 and 15. Since the annual pilgrimage began on June 28, nearly 2.80 lakh pilgrims have paid their obeisance at the Himalayan cave shrine so far. More pilgrims have performed the Yatra this year than they did in each of the last three years. Coinciding with Shravan Purnima festival the Yatra will end on August 26. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts n..
                 

Mamata Banerjee: Depreciating rupee will kill small businesses

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the devalued rupee will lead to increase of oil import bills and small businesses will be killed further post the demonetisation. She also said farmers' distress will be compounded as the rupee fell further on Thursday to a new record low beyond Rs 70.20 against the dollar but recovered soemwhat later. "Rupee crashes to its lowest ever. We are very concerned. Oil imports bill will now jump. "Prices for vegetables will go up. After demonetisation disaster and now rupee slide, informal sector and small businesses will be further killed. Farmer distress will be compounded," Banerjee said in a tweet. The wider trade deficit, along with recent outflow of foreign funds, weakened the Indian rupee to a fresh record low. At 10.45 a.m., the rupee recovered to 70.23 after it had plunged to 70.32-33 -- the lowest ever mark -- against the greenback on the back of an apparent intervention by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). At the end..
                 

Four soldiers wounded in Kashmir border gunfight

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Four soldiers were injured on Thursday in a gun battle with militants on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The injured soldiers have been shifted to an army hospital. The fighting erupted after troops challenged a group of militants trying to infiltrate from Pakistan towards the Indian side of the de-facto border in Nowgam sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district, some 120 km from here. Police officials said the army noticed some suspicious movement around 4.20 a.m. near the Sangam Post on the LoC. The soldiers challenged the infiltrating militants who opened fire, triggering a gun battle. "The infiltration bid was supported by the Pakistan Army which provided cover fire to the terrorists. The operation is going on. Reinforcements have been rushed to the area," a police officer said. 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 latest updates This story has..
                 

Rahul Gandhi to visit Germany, London next week

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be visiting Germany and London next week to meet businessmen, politicians, academics and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), it was announced on Thursday. "Because of the high demand from NRIs, and political, business, academia, intellectuals and media in EU and UK, President of the Indian National Congress Mr. Rahul Gandhi will be visiting Germany on August 22 and 23 and London on August 24 and 25," US-based engineer and innovator, Sam Pitroda, said in a tweet. "Rahul Gandhi will give a series of talks at large public events, meet political and business leaders and also interact with intellectuals, academics, students and media. "Congress president Rahul Gandhi started similar tours about a year ago to interact with global communities, NRIs and Indian Overseas Congress to understand, explore and promote India's interests and aspirations. He first visited US, then Middle East, Singapore and Malaysia," he said. Pitroda was advisor to former Prime Minist..
                 

Delhi HC reserves order on Sonia, Rahul Gandhi's plea

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved the order on Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi's plea challenging the Income Tax notice seeking tax reassessment for the financial year 2011-2012. A bench of Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice A.K. Chawla said they will deliver order on the plea on September 10. The court was hearing the plea of Rahul, Sonia Gandhi and her party colleague Oscar Fernandes against March I-T notice seeking tax reassessment as they have allegedly not disclosing their income earned through Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI) in the year 2011-2012. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing the I-T department, has told the court that they have concealed facts for evading tax. Mehta said the department has re-opened the tax assessment against Rahul Gandhi as he has furnished false information that he is not director of any company, including Young Indian. Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that the Income Tax ..
                 

Atal Bihari Vajpayee a bellwether policy reformer

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He built India's most famous highway project, started privatisation to cut government's role in running businesses and made big-ticket overseas acquisitions to secure energy supplies - former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was truly a bellwether policy reformer of modern India. Regarded by some as the father of second generation economic reforms, Vajpayee, who died today at the age of 93 years, was decisive and pursued his reforms agenda with vigour without getting ruffled by criticism. Modelled loosely around the National Highway System of the US, he in 2001 launched the Golden Quadrilateral and the North-South & East-West Corridor projects to build 4/6 lane highways between four top metropolitan cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata as well as from Srinagar to Kanyakumari and Porbandar to Silchar. His idea was simple - construct arterial roads that could spur development just like what was witnessed in the US. Subsequent governments have only expanded on that theme...
                 

37-year-old father commits suicide after being depressed over daughter's death

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A man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his rented room here today, following the demise of his two-year-old daughter, police said. Dhirendra Singh, 37, was disturbed after the death of his daughter due to illness three days ago, they said. Singh's family members said he was very much attached to the daughter who was born after nearly seven years of his marriage, investigating officer Rajendra Prasad Meena said. "The last rites of the girl were performed in Sanganer town, where his parental house is located. The other family members and relatives were present there, but Dhirendra went to his rented room in the Mansarover area in the morning and committed suicide," police said. The body has been taken to the Jaipuria government hospital for post-mortem, they said. 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 latest updates This story has been sou..
                 

Mumbai: 16 students fall ill after having food at school in Bhandup

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At least 16 students and a staff member of a private school here in Bhandup were hospitalised today due to suspected food poisoning, a civic official said. The Class 7 students and the staff member ate food (dal khichdi) served to them at the Sahyadri Vidya Mandir in suburban Bhandup following which they complained of a stomachache. They were admitted to the nearby hospital in Mulund, the official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said. The students - 12 girls and four boys - and the school staffer were responding to the treatment and will be kept under observation for 24 hours, a doctor attending them said. Food poisoning is suspected to be the cause of the illness, the civic official said, adding that an inquiry wouldbe conducted into the matter. On August 10, a girl student of a civic-run school in Govandi area here died while over 400 other students were hospitalised due to suspected poisoning after they took an iron- boosting medicines given by the school. Catch up..
                 

Mumbai zoo's resident penguin gives birth to country's 'First' chick

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Two years after seven Humboldt penguins made the Byculla Zoo here their home, the family now has a new member, a chick, the first to be born in the country, an official said today. The chick hatched out of the egg at the civic-run zoo around 8 pm yesterday, he said. "The chick appeared to be active and its mother 'Flipper' was trying to feed it," the zoo's director, Dr Sanjay Tripathi, said. It is the first penguin to be born in the country, an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. Flipper had laid a single egg on July 5. The incubation period is generally 40 days, Tripathi said. 'Molt', the youngest of the seven penguins in the zoo, and Flipper, who is the oldest of the lot, have been a couple for a while, he said. Zoo officials had also kept an artificial incubator on standby, in case Molt and Flipper were unable to hatch the egg. "We were already prepared to have a new member in the penguin family here," the BMC official said, adding that authori..
                 

AAP's leader Ashutosh resigns from party, Arvind Kejriwal rejects resignation

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AAP leader Ashutosh today resigned from the party citing a "very very" personal reason. "Every journey has an end. My association with AAP which was beautiful/revolutionary has also an end. I have resigned from the party/requested PAC to accept the same. Every journey has an end. My association with AAP which was beautiful/revolutionary has also an end.I have resigned from the PARTY/requested PAC to accept the same. It is purely from a very very personal reason.Thanks to party/all of them who supported me Throughout.Thanks. — ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) August 15, 2018 "It is purely from a very very personal reason. Thanks to party/all of them who supported me throughout," he tweeted. The journalist-turned-politician had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Chandni Chowk on an AAP ticket. How can we ever accept ur resignation?ना, इस जनम में तो नहीं। https://t.co/r7Y3tTcIOZ — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 15, 2018 ..
                 

Violence in UP's Auraiya after 2 'sadhus' killed in temple, third injured: polic

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Two 'sadhus' were stabbed to death and another injured inside a temple premises by unidentified persons yesterday triggering mob violence in the Bidhuna area of Auraiya district, police said. Enraged at the killings, a mob set some shops ablaze and pelted stones forcing the police to fire in the air, they said. The situation was brought under control even as there was heavy deployment of security personnel to maintain law and order, they said. The exact motive for the crime was not immediately clear, police said adding they suspected the victims' opposition to cow slaughter could be one reason. Additional DG (Kanpur range) Avinash Chandra said the priests were found lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds on their necks and other body parts inside the Bhayanak Nath temple in Kudarkot area under Bidhuna police station. Additional Superintendent of Police, Auraiya, Rajesh Kumar Saxena told PTI, "The incident took place around 3 am, when three 'sadhus' (Hindu monks) were attac..
                 

Girl found dead in bathroom at rail station; 3 cops injured in brick-batting

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Three policemen were injured in brick-batting allegedly by enraged villagers after body of a minor girl was recovered from a bathroom in Barapalasi Railway Station premises in Dumka district this evening, police sources said. The villagers also thrashed a mentally deranged man, who was reportedly living in the station for quite sometime, accusing him of killing the girl aged around six years, they said. On being informed about the incident, a police team from Jama police station rushed to the spot and rescued the mentally deranged man, who was critically injured after being beaten up badly. The enraged villagers started brick-batting on the police team, causing injuries to three policemen, Superintendent of Police Kaushal Kishore said. He said all the injured policemen were shifted to Sadar Hospital, where they were provided medical treatment, while the accused was referred to a hospital in Dhanbad. The body has been sent for postmortem, the officer said. Adequate police team has bee..
                 

United Nations: Increase in infrastructure impacting existence of elephants

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The increase in the infrastructure and expanse of the railway network through elephant corridors have severely impacted the existence of elephants, a senior United Nations official said today. Erik Solheim, the executive director of UN Environment, underlined that human and animal conflict had become a serious issue and needed to be addressed. The increase in the infrastructure and expanse of railway network through elephant corridors have severely impacted the existence of elephants and the plastic waste dumped into the forests is finding its way into their stomach, causing serious harm, Solheim said in a video message, while addressing a gathering at the Gaj Mahotsav -- a festival organised to spread awareness on the need to preserve elephants -- here. "Just like humans have the right to passage, so do elephants. India has 101 elephant corridors and we must do whatever it takes to protect and preserve these," the UN official added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Inter..
                 

Flights affected due to temporary suspension of operations at Kochi airport

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Domestic carriers such as Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet and Vistara, and some international airlines yesterday announced cancellation and diversion of flights in and out of Kochi after suspension of operations at the Kochi airport till Saturday afternoon following incessant rains. The airlines said penalties on change in date or cancellation on all confirmed tickets have been waived off. The announcements were made on their respective Twitter handles. Air India informed the diversion of international flights to cities such as Mumbai, Coimbatore and Trivandrum from Jeddhar, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. It said that flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Trivandrum and Bengaluru have been held up at the respective places. "In view of suspension of operations at @KochiAirport , penalties on no-show, date/flight change or cancellations on all confirmed tickets to and from Cochin are waived off..." it tweeted. Kochi airport operations have been temporarily suspended till Saturday 2 pm since the inflow of wa..
                 

Narendra Modi quotes Subramania Bharati in I-Day speech, ends on poetic note

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday invoked noted Tamil poet Subramania Bharati to drive home the message in his Independence Day address as he borrowed his words saying India will show the "whole world a way" to get rid of all kinds of bondage. Modi's speech lasted for a little over 80 minutes, during which he touched on a variety of issues, including his government's initiatives, the state of economy, women empowerment and India's stature globally. The prime minister quoted a few lines from the works of the revered poet. He read out the lines in Tamil and also the translation in Hindi. "Several years before our independence, Bharati had dreamt of a vision for India. He had said that India would show the whole world a way to get rid of all kinds of bondage," he said. Modi also tweeted referring to the same lines from Bharati's works to reach out to people, especially the youth on the social media. Bharati, considered as one of the pioneers of modern Tamil literature, was born in ..
                 

Narendra Modi: Women to be permanently commissioned in armed forces

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that women officers recruited under the short service commission in the armed forces will have the option of taking up permanent commission, which he described as a "gift" to the "brave daughters". Modi made the policy announcement while addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day. He, however, did not give any indication whether permanent commissioning of women will pave the way for their entry into the combat positions in the Army and the Navy. The Indian Air Force has already started induction of women as fighter pilots. "I want to give a good news to our brave daughters. Women officers who have been appointed through the short service commission in the armed forces will get permanent commission through a transparent process. It is a gift for them," Modi said. Official sources said the government is likely to come out with a comprehensive policy in the next couple of months on..
                 

11 dead, over 30 stranded, rescue operations underway in Madhya Pradesh floods

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday informed that efforts are underway to rescue the people stranded in the Sultan Garh Waterfalls in Gwalior's Shivpuri, where 11 youth died after water level increased due to a sudden release of water from a dam. The chief minister took to Twitter and informed that, seven people have been rescued till now. Reportedly around 30 to 40 people are stranded on the spot. "Efforts underway to rescue those stranded. I am in touch with rescue teams. Seven people have been rescued till now," he tweeted. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also reached the spot to take a stock of the situation. A helicopter is being used to locate the missing people. The Madhya Pradesh police is also present at the spot for the rescue operation. Sultan Garh Waterfalls is a popular picnic spot situated amidst rocks in Shivpuri. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iO..
                 

ATS grills terror accused Vaibhav Raut behind the closed doors of his home

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An eight-member team of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) took terror accused Vaibhav Raut to his residence in Nalasopara last afternoon and interrogated him for about half an hour. Till the time the interrogation was going on, no family member was allowed inside the house or even to talk to Raut. Sources said that as the ATS team brought Raut into the area, his family members, supporters of Sanatan Sanstha, and some residents gathered outside his home in a show of solidarity. Not a single person left from there till the police took Raut back. Sources added that investigators also took the Innova car belonging to Raut with them. Other items seized from his home yesterday were a laptop, two CPUs, four airguns, 20 boxes of airgun bullets, two notebooks, a diary, a mobile phone, three SIM cards and some documents, as per senior ATS officers. Raut, 40, Sharad Kalaskar, 25, and Sudhanva Gondhalkar, 39, were arrested last week over the suspicion that they were plotting terror attacks in the ..
                 

Rs 7.5 crore for 102 dialysis machines, but where are they?

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The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Temple Trust, in 2015, had deposited Rs 7.5 crore with the state for 102 dialysis machines across hospitals in Maharashtra. That year, the government had mooted the idea of roping in religious bodies to provide financial assistance, and the trust had promptly responded. Three years later, not a single one of those machines has been procured. The state public health department's lackadaisical attitude has irked activists and health experts, who have been raising concerns about chronic red-tapism. Aadesh Bandekar, Chairman, Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Temple Trust Why the delaySenior health department officials told mid-day that the entire process of approvals had got delayed right from the start. An initial tender floated was recalled as there were a few discrepancies, which the government later corrected. Also, instead of the department directly procuring the machines, the job was to be handed over to the state-approved committee at Haffkine Bio-Pharm..
                 

Yogi Adityanath says Aayushman Bharat to benefit six crore people in state

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday that six crore people from the state will be linked to the 'Aayushman Bharat' medicare scheme of the country. Addressing a gathering on the 72nd Independence Day, the Chief Minister exhorted the people to realize their potential and contribute to the India's forward journey on the path of development and prosperity. He also detailed various schemes rolled out by the Central and state governments for the welfare of the poor, weaker and marginalized sections and pointed out that for the youth, the skill development mission was turning out to be a big boon. He paid rich tributes to the martyrs and freedom fighters who laid down their lives during the freedom struggle and called upon all sections of society to work for realizing the 'New India' dream of Prime Minister Modi. Lauding the state police personnel, he assured them of all support from the state government. Governor Ram Naik, state assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Di..
                 

Rajnath Singh speaks to Kerala CM; takes stock of flood situation

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and took stock of the flood situation in the state, officials said. The home minister, who spoke twice to the chief minister during the day, assured him all central help for the rescue, relief and rehabilitation of the flood-hit people in the southern state. Singh was apprised by Vijayan about the steps being taken by the state government and central agencies to succour the sufferings of the people, a home ministry official said. During his visit to Kerala on Sunday, the home minister had announced a Rs 100 crore immediate assistance to the Kerala government. Over Rs 320 crore has been released by the Centre to Kerala government as calamity relief fund during 2018-19. Allocation of the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) for 2018-19 was Rs 214 crore of which the central government's share was Rs 160.50 crore and state government's share was Rs 53.50 crore. The balance available in the SDRF acco..
                 

Union minister Smriti Irani visits AIIMS to enquire about Vajpayee's health

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Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani visited AIIMS this evening to enquire about the health condition of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been undergoing treatment at the premier institute. There was no official update on Vajpayee's health condition. Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 with kidney tract infection, chest congestion, urinary tract infection and low urine output. The 93-year-old BJP leader, a diabetic, has one functional kidney. He had suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-..
                 

Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das says lakhs of jobs created in state

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Wednesday said his government's development plans in the last three-and-a-half years have led to the creation of more than 31 lakh jobs, and that more than one lakh people have been given government jobs. Speaking at a function to mark the 72nd Independence Day of the country, he said the image of the state has now changed. "Now people of the state feel proud in calling themselves Jharkhandvasi," he said. He said more than 95 per cent of the candidates who got jobs are Jharkhandis as the government has implemented the domicile policy. "Soon, more than 50,000 government jobs will be filled in the state. Jharkhand is getting Central support in development works," he said. "In 2013-14, the Centre provided Rs 4,064 crore while the Modi Government in 2014-15 increased the funds by 82 per cent to Rs 7,392 crore, and in 2017-18, the Central aid went up to Rs 13,414 crore," he said. He cited examples of the Central assistance in the form of setting up..
                 

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal laments lack of development in India

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday lamented the lack of development in the country and said if Delhi can achieve success in health and education sectors, why other states cannot be replicated the same. He said the country these days is known as a place where "communal riots and rapes with women" take place. Kejriwal, however, added that now India has also been recognised for good things like Mohalla Clinic which is talked about the world over. In his Independence Day speech at a Delhi government function held at Chhatrasal stadium here, he claimed "unprecedented" development has happened in Delhi during AAP's over three-year rule. The initiatives of the AAP government like improvements in school education and health sector scheme such as Mohalla Clinic are being discussed all over the world. Former secretary general of United Nations Kofi Annan will come to India with a delegation to visit Mohalla clinics on September 6, he claimed. "The question is why India is back..
                 

Maharashtra government appoints SPs, DCPs to keep a check on mob violence

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Acting on Supreme Court directives, the Maharashtra government has appointed nodal officers in districts and cities to take measures to prevent incidents of lynching and mob violence. District superintendents of police (DSPs) and deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) (in commissionerates) will act as nodal officers across the state to prevent such incidents, a government order issued yesterday said. The move comes against the backdrop of lynching of five men, belonging to the nomadic Nath Gosavi community, on suspicion of child lifting in Dhule district of north Maharashtra on July 1. A nodal officer will have to set up a Special Task Force to get confidential updates on elements spreading hatred and fake news, resorting to violence and making provocative comments, the order said. The Home Department, headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has asked the director general of police and the Mumbai police commissioner to issue orders regarding the appointments. Supreme Court direct..
                 

Mamata Banerjee says people of the country must strive to remain independent

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said people of the country and its institutions must strive to remain "independent" in the true sense of the word. Banerjee unfurled the tricolour and attended a colourful parade at the arterial Indira Gandhi Sarani (erstwhile Red Road), as West Bengal joined the nation in celebrating the 72nd Independence Day. In a midnight tweet on the occasion, Banerjee called for cherishing the "idea of India" for which the freedom fighters had laid down their lives. "Our country must reach the glorious heights that the founding fathers of our Constitution envisioned," she tweeted greeting "all brothers and sisters". Her ministers, senior bureaucrats and police officers, armed forces officers and members of the diplomatic corps also took part in the main function in the city. Various wings of the police and NCC cadets participated in the parade, as a helicopter showered petals, and folk dance troupes from across the state depicted diverse cultures. In ..
                 

Vasundhara Raje announces round-the-week milk plan for school students

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Announcing a series of welfare measures on the 72nd Independence Day, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday said September will be celebrated as nutrition month in Rajasthan. She also announced extension of free milk distribution in school from class 1 to 8 from three days to all week days along with mid-day meals under the Annapurna scheme. She said a fund of Rs 230 crore has been set aside for the scheme in schools. "Children registered in Anganwadi centres under the age group of 3-6 years, pregnant women and teenage girls will also be given milk for three days in a week. The government will provide Rs 100 crore for the plan," she said. The Chief Minister, who hoisted the national flag at SMS Stadium here, said September will be celebrated as nutrition month where awareness will be spread about nutritional aspect of food. "The government will spend Rs 775 crore on constructing 94 new school buildings and 7,080 additional classrooms in 2,400 schools," she said. The District Em..
                 

Trivendra Singh Rawat says his govt has taken tough stand against corruption

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The BJP government in Uttarakhand has taken a tough stand against corruption to ensure a transformation in the state's culture, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said on Wednesday. All these transparent changes would fast track development and governance, Rawat said as he hoisted the national flag at the parade ground here during the Independence Day celebrations. Recalling the sacrifices of freedom fighters, he said: "Uttarakhand is a land of the brave and sacrifice has been our tradition," amid loud applause and cheer. He said almost one member from each family in the state was in the armed forces in one capacity or another. Rawat also detailed the priority sectors of his government and spoke of the many development projects and pro-poor schemes. He said the GDP of the state has grown six times and the per capita income was more than Rs 16,000. The Chief Minister said 103 growth centres have been set up in the state spurring development and generating employment in the villages...
                 

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh announces special drives against drug menace

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced special drives against the drug menace in the state and opening of more rehabilitation centres. Speaking during Independence Day celebrations organised at the Guru Nanak Stadium here, the Chief Minister announced the opening of 17 new rehabilitation centres and said that the state police's Special Task Force (STF) against drugs would enable school students to fight the menace. Singh unfurled the national flag at the event where more than 2,000 students participated. "Let's together vow to free Punjab's youth from the vice of drugs and unemployment," the Chief Minister said. He also reiterated his government's commitment to reducing the burden of farmers' debt. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or lia..
                 

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh says poor will not remain helpless anymore

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The poor and under-privileged will no longer remain helpless, said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister on Wednesday highlighting housing, electricity and other financial schemes during the Independence Day celebrations here. Hoisting the national flag at the Motilal Nehru Stadium here, Chouhan said: "There will be electricity in each household and each family will have a house. The poor will have access to education and employment." No section has been left out under his government's scheme to build a better state, he added. The Ministers took part in the events at the district-level. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter..
                 

Tripura CM Biplab Deb says making state 'drug free' is main goal

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Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday said that his government's main goal was to make the state "drug free" and ensure efficient and transparent governance. Deb for the first time unfurled the Tricolour at the Independence Day's main function after becoming the Chief Minister over five months ago after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in alliance with Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) trounced the Communist Party of India-Marxist led Left Front. "The BJP-IPFT government's main mission is to deliver efficient and transparent governance. The law enforcing agencies have maximised their insistent efforts to make Tripura a 'drug free state', as declared by the BJP government," Deb said at the Assam Rifles ground here. "We would implement our pre-poll vision much earlier than the targeted time. By creating various avenues, employment opportunities would be increased to a large extent, specially for the educated job seekers. "With the curbing of drug-related activi..
                 

PM Narendra Modi resumes trend of delivering long Independence-Day speeches

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New Delhi: After delivering his shortest Independence Day speech last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi resumed his trend of delivering long speeches and spoke for over 80 minutes while addressing the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort. Modi had last year spoken for 57 minutes, his shortest Independence Day speech in five years. In 2016, he had spoken for 96 minutes, the longest ever Independence Day address by an Indian prime minister. India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru spoke for 72 minutes in 1947 which was till 2015 the longest ever speech from the Red Fort. In his radio address 'Mann Ki Baat' before last Independence Day, Modi said he had received letters from people complaining that his Independence Day speeches were "a little too long" and promised to make a shorter speech. He spoke for over 65 minutes in 2014 and 86 minutes in 2015. Modi's predecessor Manmohan Singh, who delivered 10 speeches over his long tenure at the helm, stuck to the 50-minute ..
                 

Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam: BJP tampered with voters' list

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Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam has accused the BJP of tampering with electoral rolls in suburban Mumbai. He said some 87 lakh names have been deleted from the voters' list. A delegation of the Congress party met suburban collector Sachin Kurve, asking him to release the list of deleted names, and sought action against the officials. "The government claims they have a draft roll ready, which is usually prepared after the deletions are made. If they have a draft roll, then they should release it without any further delay," he said. Nirupam blamed Booth Level Officers who are appointed by the government for the alleged mess. "The citizens whose residences have been under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority are facing a huge blow in the entire process as their names have been eliminated from the voters' list after they moved to another address as part of slum rehabilitation," Nirupam said. He demanded that the government reach a consensus and make the Aadhaar card mand..
                 

Jet Airways' pilots seek details of turnaround strategy

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The pilots' union of beleaguered private carrier Jet Airways has sought details of the firm's turnaround strategy, including the various cost-cutting measures and the fund utilisation amid the airline flying into financial turbulence. The move comes in the backdrop of chief executive Vinay Dube informing the shareholders at the company's 26th AGM here last week that the airline was looking at all elements of cost restructuring, including the employees' payrolls, indicating that the proposal was put on-hold. Jet Airways, however, in a statement today said that it has a transparent and open culture and employees as well as the management regularly engage to discuss matters of mutual concerns through different platforms. The airline, which is grappling with financial woes, had last week deferred announcement of its financial results for June quarter and is yet to announce a date for the same. Early this month, it was forced to put on hold a proposal seeking cut salaries of the employees,..
                 

Tree falls on woman amid heavy rains in Uttarakhand, kills her

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A 58-year-old woman was killed in Champawat district near here after a tree fell on her amid the heavy rains which have also triggered wide-spread landslides blocking various arteries roads, including the national highways in the state, the officials said today. As per the information available from the Champawat District Disaster Management Office, victim Bhagirathi Devi of village Bhalla Bapru under Lohaghat block of the district was returning home after cutting woods from jungle when a tree fell on her, killing her on the spot. The state emergency management centre, meanwhile, said owing to the increased water level of the Ganges due to the heavy rains, a 450-meter-long stretch of its embankment near Kalasia village in Haridwar district has got damaged, posing danger to the nearby areas. It said a joint team of officials from the State Diaster Response Force (SDRF), the Revenue Department and the Irrigation Department has been deployed at the embankment and is trying to mend the b..
                 

Cosmos Bank in Pune breached as hackers swipe off Rs 94 crore

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A major security breach has rattled the Pune branch of Cosmos Bank, after unidentified person/s hacked its server and transferred Rs 94.42 crore to different accounts, later withdrawing the cash in Hong Kong. The breach happened between August 11 and 13, with bank officials finding out about it on the last day and lodging a complaint. After Punekars panicked on not being able to withdraw cash from ATMs, the bank clarified that ATMs would remain closed for two days, but account holders were not to worry about their money, as it was intact. As a precaution, the bank has decided to keep ATMs out of service for two days. Pics/Pradeep Dhivar According to the bank officials, it was a malware attack on their system. The incident became public after Cosmos Bank managing director Suhas Gokhale, 53, lodged a complaint with the Chaturshringi police against unidentified person/s and Asset and Liabilities (ALM) Trading Limited, Hong Kong, as Rs 13.92 crore was transferred into the latter's accou..
                 

Mumbai: Nair Hospital to get hi-tech centre to perform virtual autopsies

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Soon, post-mortem at Nair Hospital will no longer involve cutting open the deceased — it is set to become the 1st civic hospital in Maharashtra to start performing virtual autopsies. After a delay of almost four years, the hospital will get the first virtual post-mortem centre, where hi-tech diagnostic CT scanners with 3D imaging will be used to scan a body to identify the minutest of fractures, blood clots and other injuries invisible to the naked eye. Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has given his nod for the project, which will cost around Rs 20 crore. Bleedin' red tapeIn 2016, AIIMS became the first government hospital to start virtual autopsies. Mumbai had the chance but blew it — in 2014, it was proposed at Sion hospital, but red tape held it back. Last week, civic officials held a meeting and okayed the idea of starting it as a pilot project in Nair Hospital. If successful, it will be replicated in KEM, Sion and Cooper hospitals. Idzes Kundan, additional municip..
                 

Pune court grants bail to 170 Maratha protesters

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The Pune district sessions court on Tuesday granted bail to 170 Maratha protesters, who were arrested on August 9 for creating a ruckus and damaging public property during the bandh called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha over reservation. According to sources, Additional Sessions Judge Kishor Wadane granted them bail on the condition that they would not tamper with evidence and leave the Pune district without prior permission from the court. They have also been asked to remain present at the police stations where their cases have been registered, every Sunday between 11 am and 2 pm. Each of them also had to pay a solvent surety of Rs 15,000. According to the demand of the Pune Bar Association (PBA), which is representing the protesters, all the cases are being heard in the same court. However, the criminal complaints were registered at the Warje-Malwadi, Bundgarden, Kothrud, Hinjewadi and Deccan Gymkhana police stations. The Pune City police had arrested a total of 192 protesters, incl..
                 

Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel gets additional charge of Chhattisgarh

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday gave Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel additional charge of Chhattisgarh following the demise of Balramji Dass Tandon, according to an official release. Patel will discharge the additional duties until a regular arrangement for the office of the Governor of Chhattisgarh is made, the release said. Tandon passed away in Raipur on Tuesday. He was 91. Tandon was admitted to the Raipur Medical College late on Monday after he complained he was not feeling well. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any r..
                 

Rahul Gandhi's remark disrespectful to majority community: BJP

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The BJP on Tuesday hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his remark that he does not believe in any variety of Hindutva, saying it was "humiliation" of the majority community and disrespectful" to Hindu philosophy. The party dared the Congress leader to use such words against any other religion, asking him to clear his stand as to why he does not have faith in Hindutva. "In a closed-door interaction with editors, Rahul Gandhi said he does not believe in Hindutva --'soft' or 'hard'. One can understand if you say you don't believe in fanaticism but to say that you don't believe in Hindutva is shocking," said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra at a press conference. "A few days back he had said that Congress was a 'Muslim party' and today he said he has no faith in Hindutva. It is humiliating to a majority community," said Patra. "Whenever he senses a benefit, he becomes a janeu-dhaari, and when he sees an adverse reaction, he leaves his 'janeu' and forgets Lord Shiva," he said. ..
                 

Rains hit hard Kerala yet again

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For a second successive day, heavy rains lashed Kerala's Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad districts on Tuesday, triggering fresh landslides and adding to the woes of a state battling the worst flooding in 94 years. Landslides were reported at two locations close to Thamarassery in Kozhikode, forcing authorities to restrict vehicular traffic between the northern districts of Kozhikode and Wayanad. Similar reports came from Munnar, the famed hill station in Idukki district where the movement of vehicles on the main road from downtown Adimali has been limited to buses. Heavy rains have flooded the houses of those working in tea estates in Old Munnar town. In Malappuram district, rains pushed up the water level in the Chaliyar river, forcing families living along its banks to shift to relief camps. Unprecedented rains and flooding -- the worst since 1924 -- have left at least 39 people dead and thousands in relief camps. Many moaned that they had lost virtually all their possessions a..
                 

Congress tells Modi to dissolve Lok Sabha to hold simultaneous polls with states

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The Congress on Tuesday said the Lok Sabha should be dissolved and Assembly elections advanced in some other states if simultaneous polls are to be held. "Simultaneous elections are not possible without amendment in the Constitution. There is only one way to have the elections together and that is Modiji should dissolve Lok Sabha to advance general elections. We would welcome it," senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said. His comments come against the backdrop of reports that the government was considering holding Lok Sabha polls early next year along with Assembly elections in 11 states by advancing polls in some states and deferring in some. "If they bring it in advance by dissolving the Lok Sabha, we are prepared to fight both Lok Sabha and assembly elections at a time," Gehlot said. He said that the government was not "serious and honest about doing it" and only wanted to score political mileage out of it. "They are just projecting that they are so concerned about the nation and ..
                 

Dissolve Lok Sabha to hold simultaneous polls with states, Congress tells Modi

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The Congress on Tuesday said the Lok Sabha should be dissolved and Assembly elections advanced in some other states if simultaneous polls are to be held. "Simultaneous elections are not possible without amendment in the Constitution. There is only one way to have the elections together and that is Modiji should dissolve Lok Sabha to advance general elections. We would welcome it," senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said. His comments come against the backdrop of reports that the government was considering holding Lok Sabha polls early next year along with Assembly elections in 11 states by advancing polls in some states and deferring in some. "If they bring it in advance by dissolving the Lok Sabha, we are prepared to fight both Lok Sabha and assembly elections at a time," Gehlot said. He said that the government was not "serious and honest about doing it" and only wanted to score political mileage out of it. "They are just projecting that they are so concerned about the nation a..
                 

Indian dies in Nepal while taking selfie

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An Indian national, on a pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar, died in Nepal's Humla district on Tuesday after he was hit by an aircraft's rotor wing during an attempt to take a selfie. Mumbai-based Nagendra Kumar Kartik, 42, was hit by a wing of Manang Air aircraft while trying to click his picture on tarmac immediately after landing. Kartik died on the spot, said Assistant Chief District officer Mahesh Kumar Pokhrel. He was taking a flight from Simikot to Hilsa to reach Mansarovar. Hilsa is close to the Nepal-Tibet border and Simikot is the district headquarters of Humla. District police chief Rabin Shrestha said Kartik's body will be handed over to his family after postmortem. Thousands of Indian pilgrims visit Mansarovar via Humla every year. In July, over 1,500 Indian pilgrims were stranded in Humla due to bad weather and were later evacuated by the Indian government. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Andr..
                 

Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal greets people on Independence Day

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Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday greeted the people on the country's 72nd Independence Day that would be celebrated on August 15. "As we commemorate our nation's Independence, let us remember and pay homage to the sacrifices of those who laid down their lives to deliver freedom to us," he said in his message. "The Independence Day is an occasion for us to renew our pledge to serve our nation with greater sincerity, commitment and truth," he added. He also exhorted the people to set an example of good citizenry and emphasized the need to treat all with respect and dignity, irrespective of caste, class, gender, religion or region. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-..
                 

Bombay HC pulls up Maharashtra officials for inaction on Nirav Modi bungalow

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Questioning the inaction of local authorities over an alleged illegally constructed bungalow in Alibaug belonging to fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, the Bombay High Court today said that it will direct the state government to initiate an inquiry into the issue. A bench of justices AS Oka and RI Chagla is likely to pass an order on Thursday directing the inquiry. The bench also questioned how the collector of Raigad district, where Alibaug is situated, had decided to exempt Modi's bungalow from demolition. It was hearing a petition filed by activist Surendra Dhavale seeking that the court direct the authorities to demolish all unauthorised construction "within the low and high tide areas" in a bunch of villages in Alibaug. As per the petition, such construction had been carried out in violation of the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority rules and the land laws of the state. There are around 175 such private residences in CRZ areas in villages such as Varsoli, Sasvane, Kol..
                 

Mumbai pianist's 'Jana Gana Mana' makes history with 72 million YouTube views!

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A piano rendition of the Indian national anthem, "Jana Gana Mana", has broken all records to become the most viewed national anthem with 72 million views on the video sharing website YouTube.  Curated and created by Mumbai-based pianist Shayan Italia and directed by Farhad Vijay Arora, the video was uploaded to the social video platform on July 29. "On the first day of the upload, we received more than 5 million views and quickly realised that we now had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect all of India with its most emotional chord the Jana Gana Mana," Italia said. One rendition of the French national anthem is the second most viewed national anthem with around 36 million views after the Indian national anthem. "We have decided that our heartfelt rendition of Rabindranath Nath Tagore's divine ode should get, by 15 August, 71 million views with 1 million views to celebrate each year of India's 71 years of Independence.", he added. The contemporary version of the time..
                 

Union minister Kiren Rijiju hails ITBP for rescuing Kinner Kailash pilgrims

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Union minister Kiren Rijiju today praised the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for rescuing hundreds of Kinner Kailash pilgrims who were recently stranded in flash floods in Himachal Pradesh's tribal Kinnaur district. During his visit to the 17th Battalion ITBP Reckong Peo in Kinnaur district today, Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home, also appreciated ITBP soldiers for their rescue operations during various calamities in mountainous terrain of the state from time to time.He also distributed dustbins and other sanitary products among the locals under the Swachhta programme organised by the ITBP. On the sidelines of the programme, Rjiju told reporters that his Kinnaur visit was meant to take stock of the situation in the district after recent calamities. "My major concern was to get the first hand information about the activities in this border district," Rijiju said. The programme was also attended by the ITBP DGP, 17th battalion Commandant Arjun Negi, Officiating Kinnaur D..
                 

Mumbai: Goregaon flyover connecting east-west to open this week

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The flyover connecting crucial MTNL junction to Western Express Highway in Goregaon is slated to open this week. About 500-meters long and 12 meters wide, the flyover will prove to be a boon for people traveling to Link Road, S V Road from Goregaon-Mulund Link Road stretch. The work on the stretch was started three years ago in a bid to give relief to motorists at MTNL Junction which faces heavy traffic due to bottleneck. According to an official from the BMC, "The work of the flyover is completed just a few last minute checking is going on. It will be very helpful for people travelling from east to west. As per the data available, this particular junction is used by about 30,000 vehicles in a day. Most of the time there is a huge traffic jam which leads to total chaos at this junction. This flyover is the solution to this problem. " The official added, "There is also a political issue regarding inauguration of this flyover that will also get sorted soon. We are hopeful of starting t..
                 

Karunanidhi's funeral: AIADMK slams Rajinikant for remarks against Palaniswami

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The ruling AIADMK on Tuesday hit out at top actor Rajinikanth for slamming Chief Minister K Palaniswami over his absence from DMK chief M Karunanidhi's funeral and claimed he used a condolence meeting to try to graduate from a "part-time politician" to "full-time" one. Senior AIADMK leader D Jayakumar said he represented the government on the chief minister's direction at the funeral of the departed DMK leader on August 8. He said Rajinikanth should not have spoken about politics at the condolence meeting. "It was a condolence meeting for a departed leader. It is not a healthy thing to have spoken politics there... By speaking politics, it is evident that dear friend Rajinikanth lacks political maturity," he told reporters. Jayakumar, the state fisheries minister, said charismatic yesteryear actor M G Ramachandran had floated the AIADMK "only against the late DMK chief" Karunanidhi. Speaking at the condolence meeting organised by the South Indian Artistes Association for Karunanidh..
                 

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik puts state on flood alert

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed all the district collectors to remain prepared for a possible flood situation as the Met Office has predicted heavy rains in the next two days. Holding a review meeting, Patnaik directed the district collectors to meet any eventuality in view of the incessant rains. "Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been kept in readiness for eventual deployment," Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said. Sethi said all major rivers are flowing below the danger level in the state. However, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its forecast said heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at one or two places in the next two days under the impact of a low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal. The cumulative average rainfall of the state from June 1 to August 14 comes to a surplus of 6.5 per cent ove..
                 

CEC OP Rawat says need legal framework for simultaneous polls

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Simultaneous elections are not possible without a legal framework as any extension or curtailment of the term of assemblies will require a constitutional amendment, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said today, a day after the BJP made a fresh push to hold Lok Sabha and assembly polls together. Pointing at the need for a legal framework, he virtually ruled out holding simultaneous polls any time soon. "If the term of some state assemblies needs to be curtailed or extended, then a constitutional amendment will be required... Logistics arrangements with regard to 100 per cent availability of VVPATs (paper trail machines) will be a constraint," he told reporters to a question on whether simultaneous elections can be held anytime soon. "On the issue of 'one nation one poll', the Election Commission had given inputs and suggestions in 2015 itself... Other requirements of additional police force, polling personnel would also be needed," he said. The CEC said the poll panel would contin..
                 

DMK leader MK Stalin says he pleaded with CM for burial place at Marina beach

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Opening up on the subject publicly for the first time, DMK leader M.K. Stalin on Tuesday said he had pleaded with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami to allot space at the Marina beach to bury party President and his father M. Karunanidhi. Addressing an emergency meeting of the party's Executive Committee, Stalin recalled: "We (party leaders and family members) met the Chief Minister and made our request. He said the norms do not allow a former Chief Minister to be buried at Marina beach. "I held the hands of the Chief Minister and pleaded for space. They did not agree," Stalin said. He said the decision to meet Palaniswami in person was taken after doctors declared that Karunanidhi was in critical condition. According to Stalin, the Chief Minister said the matter would be looked into -- but this was stated in order to send out the delegation. After the announcement of Karunanidhi's death at 6.10 p.m. on August 7, the government issued a statement formally refusing a burial spa..
                 

Five-year-old boy drowns as death toll rises to 19 in Himachal rains

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A five-year-old boy drowned in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district this morning, taking the death toll in rain-related incidents in the state to 19 in the last two days, an official said. The body of Mohit Pathania, who drowned at Nurpur area, has been recovered and an immediate relief of Rs 10,000 provided to his father, a district official said. At least 18 people have died in various parts of the state during the incessant rains since Sunday evening. The highest casualty has been in Solan district (eight), followed by Mandi district (four), three in Kangra district, two in Hamirpur district and one each in Bilaspur and Una districts. Interim relief was distributed by the district administrations to the affected families, a state official had said. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day acc..
                 

Mumbai: Central Railway takes up restoration of CSMT heritage building

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Artists skilled in stone carving have been roped in to restore the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai to its past glory, a Central Railway official said. The 130-year-old majestic building, a UNESCO recognised world heritage site, has been chosen among 10 places to be upgraded and restored under the government's 'Swachh Bharat Mission'. The building houses the Central Railway's headquarters and also platforms of suburban and long distance trains. The total budget of the restoration project is Rs 51 crore and the State Bank of India's CSR arm SBI Foundation has committed Rs 10 crore for conservation of the building, located in South Mumbai. "The conservation and restoration of this heritage building is underway as per the international norms and methodology, and skilled artists have been roped in for the stone carving work," Central Railway's chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi said yesterday. The works include landscaping and restoration of the CR gener..
                 

Gangster Arun Gawli tops in-prison exam on Gandhian principles

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Whether Gandhian philosophies have been able to change gangster Arun Gawli still remains a question, but it has surely inspired him to top an exam based on the principles of Bapu. Once known as 'Daddy' by his henchmen, notorious goon Gawli has scored 74 marks out of the total 80 in the examination, which is held at the Nagpur Central jail just a day prior to Gandhi Jayanti for about 160 prisoners. Four years back, convict Yakub Memon had topped the same examination. Speaking to mid-day, Ravindra Bhusari, trustee of Mumbai-based Sayog Trust, which had introduced the examination to bring certain behavioural changes in the prisoners, said, "The exam is based on the books of Gandhian philosophy, which includes his autobiography as well. Last year about 160 prisoners, including under-trial ones, appeared for the test. The hour-long examination is an open book one and mostly has objective type questions." He further said, "The results were declared on August 10, following which we came to ..
                 

Two killed, six others injured as car overturns while trying to save cow

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Two brothers were killed and six others injured when their car overturned in an attempt to save a cow in Rajasthan's Sikar district today, a police official said. The car was on its way to Salasar from Jaipur, said Ghasiram, a sub-inspector posted at Sadar police station. The deceased were identified as Ashish Saini (26) and Nikhil Saini (22). Three critically injured people were referred to a hospital in Jaipur, the sub-inspector said. The bodies were handed over to family members after postmortem and a case was registered against the car driver, he added. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (wit..
                 

Somanth Chatterjee passes away after multiple organ failure

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Communist veteran and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at a private hospital on Monday morning following multiple organ failure. He was 89. The 10-time Lok Sabha MP is survived by his wife Renu, a son and two daughters. Chatterjee passed away around 8.15 am after his condition deteriorated following a mild heart attack on Sunday, a hospital official said. "He suffered multiple organ failure and had stopped responding to treatment," the official said. His body was taken to the state assembly, where it was accorded a gun salute, and then to his residence. Chatterjee, who was associated with the CPI-M for most of his life, had donated his body to medical science. It will be handed over to the government-run SSKN hospital later in the day. He had suffered a cardiac arrest, systemic sepsis and renal failure along with respiratory problems and underlying diabetes, said a senior doctor. Known as a 'bhadralok Communist', Chatterjee had been under treatment for the past..
                 

16 people die in Himachal rains, hundreds remain stranded

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Heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh claimed 16 lives, including four of a family, while hundreds of people were stranded across the state after incessant rains triggered landslides, snapping road links, officials said on Monday. A government notification advised people to avoid travel as the weather officials warned of heavy rains in the state till Tuesday and thereafter on August 16 and 17. Four members of a family were killed in a landslide in Kandaghat subdivision. A boy was washed away in the Kaushalya river. A total of eight persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in the district. Landslides led to the death of three persons in Mandi district, while road traffic was disrupted for hours on the Chandigarh-Shimla, Shimla-Nahan, Chamba-Pathankot and Mandi-Pathankot highways. Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Nanda said that 923 roads were closed due to landslides, including six national highways. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here...
                 

Alagiri, Stalin lock horns over DMK succession war after M Karunanidhi's death

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The DMK on Monday appeared headed for a fresh succession war days after the death of its patriarch M Karunanidhi, with his estranged son and former union minister M K Alagiri claiming all loyal party workers are with him. Karunanidhi had expelled Alagiri and his supporters from the party in 2014 at the height of his fight with his younger brother M K Stalin over establishing supremacy in Tamil Nadu's main Opposition party. Stalin is now the working president of the DMK and looks set to assume its reins. Alagiri on Monday paid tributes to his father at his grave on the Marina Beach and made his intentions clear when he claimed all loyal party workers were with him. "All the true and loyal supporters of Thalaivar, Kalaignar are with me, they are supporting me...time will provide the answer," Alagiri, who has been leading a life away from the media glare in Madurai since his expulsion, told reporters. He said he prayed at his father's grave over his "grievances and frustration" about whi..
                 

Amit Shah cancels August 16 Himachal visit

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BJP President Amit Shah has cancelled his day-long visit to the Himachal Pradesh capital on August 16 owing to bad weather, the party said on Monday. "Due to heavy rains across the state, Shah's visit to Shimla has been cancelled," state party chief Satpal Satti said in a statement. Shah was slated to chalk out the strategy for the 2019 general elections in the state. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP won all four seats in Himachal. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the change in the headline, the story has been provided "AS-IS," "AS AVAILABLE, without any verification or editing from our side. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter,..
                 

There is need for data exchanges in India: IT Ministry

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India recognises the enormous potential of Big Data and analytics in enriching the economy and the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) is mulling over the pros and cons of setting up data exchanges in the country, a senior official said on Monday. "There is a need of data exchanges and the IT Ministry is at it," Gopalakrishnan S, Joint Secretary at the IT Ministry said while addressing the audience at the "Big Data and Analytics Conclave" organised by industry chamber Ficci. From fraud detection and managing the traffic on the roads to helping farmers predict crop production and enabling doctors to do accurate diagnosis of diseases, Big Data and analytics can solve real-life problems, Gopalakrishnan said, adding that users should also exercise caution while sharing their data with different apps to prevent misuse of their data. "It is the users of smartphones and other devices who help generate the data. It is we who feed the data economy. But there is also need to have a law to ..
                 

Finally, Muslim husband performs 'shradh' for departed Hindu wife

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A Muslim man, Imtiazur Rahman, who was denied permission to perform the final rites of his dead Hindu wife at a temple last week because of his religion, has finally been able to hold the ceremony with the help of a Bengali philanthropic cultural society in Delhi. People associated with the Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Memorial Society in the largely Bengali-populated area of Chittaranjan Park in south Delhi said Rahman, his daughter, some family members and friends attended the ceremony on Sunday. "They were given a room in the society (premises) and his daughter (Ihini Ambreen) performed the ceremony. We were, of course, disappointed to learn (he was refused permission by the Kali temple society)," a person, who was present at the ceremony, told IANS. Founded in 1973, the philanthropic society, which runs a non-profit medical centre, library, cultural classes, rents out its premises for social functions. Rahman, based in Kolkata, lost his wife Nivedita Ghatak in the capital after she ..
                 

M.K. Alagiri says, DMK's true loyalists with me

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Former Union Minister M.K. Alagiri on Monday claimed that "true loyalists" of M. Karunanidhi, his father and the late DMK President, were with him. Paying homage to Karunanidhi at his memorial at the Marina Beach, Alagiri, who was expelled from the DMK in 2014 for criticizing party leaders, told reporters that he poured his anguish about the party to his father. He said his anguish was about the party and not about the family and the public would come to know the whole story at the appropriate time. Alagiri declined to comment about the DMK's Executive Committee meeting to be held here on Tuesday, stating that he was no more in the party. Alagiri aspired to succeed to the DMK's top post but Karunanidhi, when he was alive, preferred his other son M.K. Stalin over the former. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicat..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Biker splashed with water by model's car goes into a rage

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An unknown biker, said to be in his mid-20s, hurled abuses and smashed the rearview mirror of model Susheel Jangira's car in Andheri West on Saturday, allegedly after being splashed with rainwater when the car hit a puddle on a waterlogged road." The incident took place around 3 pm when the 32-year-old was headed from her Lokhandwala residence to the IMPAA office in Andheri West. "A boy came on his two-wheeler and started banging on my car window... Petrified, I rolled down the window. He pointed to his wet jeans and came to attack me, so I hurriedly rolled up it back up. He, in a rage, then smashed the side rearview mirror," Jangira told mid-day, adding, "The lane was packed with people but no one came forward to help me. The rearview mirror of model Susheel Jangira's car was smashed Raising a question on women's safety in the city, Jangira said had any man been sitting next to her in the car, the biker would not have dared to do this. "What is our Mumbai Police doing to tackle suc..
                 

Rahul Gandhi dares PM Narendra Modi for debate on Rafale deal

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a debate on the Rafale aircraft deal issue. The Congress has raised several questions on the Rafale deal, accusing the government of compromising with national interests. "...let a debate happen between me and Narendra Modi on Rafael deal... I will speak at length for hours," Gandhi said at "Jana Dwani" (people's voice) rally organised by the state Congress here in north Karnataka. In a scathing attack on the Modi government, Gandhi said, "Chowkidar Hi Bhaagidar Hai. (This watchman is a collaborator)," and accused the prime minister of "stealing" taxpayers' money and giving it to his "friend" whose firm he alleged had bagged a contract in the Rafale deal. Focussing most part of his speech on attacking Modi, the Congress chief charged, he was "not the prime minister of the country but he is the prime minister of 15 super-rich businessmen." India had inked an inter-governmental agreement with France..
                 

Nation grieves for Somnath Chatterjee

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Kolkata: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday led the nation in paying glowing tributes to former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, one of the country's most respected parliamentarians who died here in the morning. Calling him "a veteran parliamentarian who had a forceful presence in the House", the President tweeted: "A loss for public life in Bengal and India. My condolences to his family and innumerable well-wishers." Narendra Modi described Chatterjee, a 10-time MP, as a stalwart of Indian politics who made parliamentary democracy richer. He said that Chatterjee "was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable. Anguished by his demise". Congress President Rahul Gandhi hailed him as "an institution"."He was an institution. Greatly respected and admired by all parliamentarians, across party lines. My condolences to his family at this time of grief," he tweeted. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who came to prominence ..
                 

Shiv Sena dismisses PM Narendra Modi's interviews as 'propaganda'

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In its first reaction to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's published interview, BJP ally Shiv Sena on Monday described it as "akin to sheer propaganda". "The reporters sent questions to the PMO, which sent written replies. Many have treated it as an interview. In other words, it is propaganda," the Sena said in 'Saamana' and 'Dopahar Ka Saamana,' the party's mouthpieces. "It happens in China, Russia and Communist countries, a case of one-sided dialogue," it added. The Sena pointed out how, in a direct interview, many questions could have been asked and any "fake statement" would have been detected by the interviewer. "That much freedom must be allowed to journalists. "The incumbent Prime Minister seems to have ended this tradition. He answers what he deems proper and the interviews are published accordingly," the Sena said in a commentary. It noted that in the interview, the Prime Minister indicated that seven million jobs were created in one year, of which 4.5 million came up betwee..
                 

Rajnath Singh announces additional Rs 100 crore relief for Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram: After meeting flood victims in Kerala and taking an aerial overview of the situation in the state, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday announced additional Rs 100 crore flood relief for the state. "I understand the suffering of the people of Kerala due to this unprecedented crisis. Since assessment of damages will take some time, I hereby announce immediate relief of additional Rs 100 crores," he said. Singh also approved the release of the second installment of Rs 80.25 crore in advance for the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to supplement the efforts of the state government. Earlier, after interacting with the flood victims, Rajnath assured the state government that all resources would be provided from the central government to tackle the situation. As per latest information, 33 people have been killed and six missing in rain-related incidents in the state. Over 1000 people, including elderly women and children, have been rescued in areas where t..
                 

Opposition says Modi's attack on their unity efforts reflects 'nervousness'

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Some opposition parties led by the Congress yesterday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his attack on their unity efforts, and said they, unlike the ruling coalition, stood united and would defeat the BJP in the 2019 parliamentary election. The Congress, Left parties and others attacked the prime minister, saying he is speaking out of "nervousness" and that it is the NDA which is crumbling and not the opposition which stands together. The remarks came after Modi, in interviews to some media organisations, said that the opposition unity is for "personal survival and not ideological support" and for "personal ambitions" instead of people's aspirations. Modi also said that 'Mahagathbandhan' is about dynasties and not about development and is purely about power politics rather than people's mandate and it is to be seen whether it breaks before elections or after it. "The prime minister's statement on breakdown of opposition unity is like 'Mungerilal ke Haseen Sapne' (day-dreami..
                 

Somnath Chatterjee passes away, PM and political leaders condole his death

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Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee died today morning in Kolkata days after he was admitted to a private hospital with a kidney ailment. He was 89 years old. Mr Chatterjee, who was admitted in Bellevue Clinic in Kolkata on August 7, was put on ventilator support after he suffered a heart attack. "He died at 8.15 a.m.," according to Bellevue Clinic official Chatterjee was critical following the heart attack he suffered on Sunday. He was also suffering from a kidney-related ailment and was admitted to the clinic in a critical condition on August 7. A 12-member team of doctors was keeping a constant watch on the veteran politician, the official said. President of the Congress party Rahul Gandhi tweeted following the demise of the veteran political leader Somnath Chatterjee Last month, the former speaker had suffered a haemorrhagic stroke. A 10-time Lok Sabha MP, Chatterjee was a central committee member of the CPI(M), which he had joined in 1968. He was the Speaker of the L..
                 

Salman Khurshid: Excluding Congress from UP alliance will benefit the BJP

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Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid cautioned Opposition parties such as the SP and BSP against excluding the Congress from the alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 polls or making the party look like a "dwarf" in the state, saying such a move will be "myopic" and benefit the BJP. He also said Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has given the message that "lets not get caught up" with the issue of Opposition's PM candidate for now, as "collectively" winning the general election was the focus. Khurshid further said this was "strategically" the best thing the Congress could have done to ensure that the BJP is not successful in creating gaps between the Opposition parties. Khurshid asserted that it was important that Congress becomes part of an alliance with the SP and BSP to take on the BJP in the 2019 polls. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced ..
                 

Eye on Turkey

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Markets continued their momentum and gained ground this week as well. They gained on three of the five trading days and the BSESENSEX was up 313.07 points or 0.83% at 37,869.23 points. NIFTY was up 68.70 points or 0.60% to close at 11,429.50 points. The broader indices saw the BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 0.54%, 0.48% and 0.40% respectively. BSEMIDCAP was up 0.02% while BSESMALLCAP lost 0.29%. The top sectoral gainer was BSECON DUR up 2.62% followed by BSEBANKEX 2.11% and BSEMETAL 1.65%. The top loser was BSEHEACARE down 2.95% followed by BSECAPGOOD 1.19% and BSEOIL&GAS 0.73%. In individual stocks the top gainer was ICICI Bank up 7.12% followed by Eicher Motor 7.03% and Axis Bank 6.71%. The top loser was Lupin down 9.65% followed by GAIL 6.95% and Sun Pharma 5.64%. The Indian Rupee lost 32 paisa or 0.22% to close at R68.83. Dow Jones lost 149.44 points or 0.59% to close at 25,313.14 points. Trouble for TurkeyTurkey is the latest in the line of fire of the United States. Because..
                 

Man trampled to death by elephant in Chhattisgarh's Korba

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A 55-year-old man was killed by an elephant in Chhattisgarh's Korba district with officials claiming that the toll in such attacks had now risen to eight in the last two months. Gulab Singh, a resident of Balco area, was trampled to death in a forest near Bundeli village in Rajmagar police station limits last night and his body was recovered in the morning today, an official said. He added that the kin of the deceased had been given Rs 25,000 as compensation and another amount of Rs 3.75 lakh would be released after official formalities were completed. Officials in the area said that eight people had lost their lives in elephant attacks in Korba in the last two months. At least 20 houses and crops standing on an area of 100 hectares had been damaged in such attacks during this period, they added. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a th..
                 

Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami chairs meeting on Sterlite issue

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Sunday chaired a meeting of ministers and officials to discuss the next course of action in the Sterlite copper smelter plant closure issue. In a statement issued here, the government said that Palaniswami chaired a meeting of ministers and officials to decide on the next course of action after the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) orders on the case filed by Vedanta Ltd that owns the Sterlite copper smelter plant in Tuticorin, around 650 km from here. The NGT on August 9 ordered access to the company officials to the administrative blocks located in the plant premises. A couple of months back, the state government had ordered the closure of the copper smelter plant following protests and the death of 13 persons in police firing on May 22 in Tuticorin. The state government release is silent on the next course of action on the NGT order, particularly on the issue of filing an appeal in the Supreme Court. Catch up on all the latest Crime, Nat..
                 

Narendra Modi: Hope Pakistan works for terror-free region

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed the hope that Pakistan will work for a South Asia free of terrorism. "We hope that Pakistan would work for a safe, secure, stable and prosperous region, free from terror and violence," Modi said in an interview to the Times of India published on Sunday. Modi said good neighbourly relations to promote peace and prosperity in the region were vital for New Delhi's Neighbourhood First policy. "For this, we have taken several well-known initiatives from the beginning of our term." Modi has congratulated cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) victory in this year's general elections. 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 latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliabili..
                 

V.S.Naipaul's death major loss to world of literature: Narendra Modi

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday condoled the death of Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul, who shared ancestral roots with India. "Sir V.S. Naipaul will be remembered for his extensive works, which covered diverse subjects ranging from history, culture, colonialism, politics and more. "His passing away is a major loss to the world of literature. Condolences to his family and well-wishers in this sad hour," Modi tweeted. Lady Naipaul confirmed that her husband (85) had died peacefully in London on Saturday. "He was a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour," she said in a statement. President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted that he was saddened to learn about the passing of Naipaul, "whose books are an penetrative exploration of faith, colonialism and the human condition, in his home in the Caribbean and beyond". "A loss for the world of letters and for the broader sch..
                 

7 minor members of family killed as car falls into ditch in Gujarat

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Seven members of a family, all minors, were killed when their car fell into a ditch in Gujarat's Panchmahal district, police said today. The incident happened around midnight yesterday when one of the rear wheels of the car, carrying 10 people, came off at a sharp turn on the Halol-Bodeli road, near Bhat village in Jambughoda tehsil, located around 180 km from here. As a result, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which plunged into a roadside ditch filled with water, an official at the Jambughoda police station said. While the locals managed to rescue three people, seven others could not be saved, he added. All the deceased belonged to the same family in Bodeli town. They were returning after meeting a relative in Halol, the police official said. "The three people rescued by the locals were taken to a hospital in Jambughoda. The bodies were also sent to the same hospital for post-mortem," he added. The deceased were identified as Mohammad Bilal (17), Mohammad Rouf (14), Mohammad..
                 

PM Narendra Modi doing drama over Rahul Gandhi's hug: Congress

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Senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament (MP) P.L. Punia on Saturday said Congress president Rahul Gandhi's hotly-debated hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Parliament was to show compassion. "On one hand, the leaders of BJP endlessly attack Rahul day in and day out. However, it was Rahul who walked up to Prime Minister Modi and hugged him to show compassion. How can the Prime Minister now do a drama over it? He is behaving like a child now," Punia told ANI. In an exclusive interview to ANI on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his jibe against Rahul and said the latter's hug act in the Parliament during no-confidence motion discussion was nothing but a childish act. "It is for you to judge whether it was a childish act or not. And, if you are unable to decide that, watch the wink and you will get the answer," the Prime Minister said. Rahul hugged the Prime Minister after concluding his speech during the debate on the no-confidence motion. However, mome..
                 

Rise above politics to ensure peace, unity: Narendra Modi on lynching incidents

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Speaking on incidents of mob lynching, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the opposition should not politicise the issue and ensure that society remains integrated. In an exclusive interview with ANI, Prime Minister Modi said that ¿My party and I have spoken in clear words, on multiple occasions against such actions (lynching) and such a mindset. It is all on record. Even a single incident is one too many and deeply unfortunate. Everyone should rise above politics to ensure peace and unity in our society'. Prime Minister Modi termed the incidents of mob lynching as criminal and said that 'it would be a great travesty to reduce these incidents to mere statistics and then indulge in politics over them. That shows a kind of perverse mindset that looks at violence and criminality as something to be milked, instead of unitedly opposing'. As per data compiled by the Ministry of Home Affairs, 45 persons were killed in 40 cases of mob lynching across nine states between 2014 and ..
                 

PM Narendra Modi: Reservation is here to stay, let there be no doubt about it

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday rebutted reports claiming that the caste-based reservations would end and clarified that reservation was here to stay. In an exclusive interview to ANI, Prime Minister Modi spoke of the Constitution, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar's dreams and he took it upon himself to fulfil these. "The objectives of our Constitution and dreams of Dr. Babasaheb are still incomplete. It is the responsibility of every one of us to fulfill his dream and reservations are an important tool to achieve this," Prime Minister Modi said. Making it clear, the Prime Minister said, "Reservation is here to stay. Let there be no doubts about this." Stating that the dreams of Babasaheb were the strength of the nation, Prime Minister Modi said that his government was committed to fulfiling them and turning them into reality. "The dreams of Babasaheb are the strength of this nation and we are committed to fulfilling them. Our Mantra is Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and to achieve this,..
                 

PM Narendra Modi hopes for 'terror, violence' free Pakistan under Imran Khan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed hope that Pakistan would work in the direction to make the country 'terror and violence' free under the new government of Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan. In an exclusive interview to ANI on Saturday, Prime Minister wished for good relations between the two countries and said that his government has also taken numerous initiatives in this regard. "I have always said that we wish to have good neighbourly relations. We have also taken various initiatives in this regard. I recently congratulated Imran Khan on his victory in the elections. We hope that Pakistan would work for a safe, secure, stable and prosperous region, free from terror and violence," the Prime Minister responded when asked if India is ready to hold talks with Pakistan. Prime Minister Modi had called up Khan on July 30 and congratulated him on his electoral success. He also expressed hope that democracy would take deeper roots in Pakistan under the new government. Pakist..
                 

Country lost one-third of its coastline from erosion, says government report

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Natural causes such as cyclones and waves, as well as human activities like construction, have led to nearly one-third of a large part of India's coastline to be eroded in the last 26 years, but almost an equal area has been added because of new sediment deposits, according to a government report. The National Centre for Coastal Research surveyed 6,031 kilometres of India's 7,517-kilometre coastline from 1990 to 2016 and found that 33 percent of it has witnessed erosion, most of it along the eastern coast facing the Bay of Bengal, with West Bengal recording the highest erosion. At the same time, 29 percent of the surveyed coastline saw an accretion, or gain in deposits. "Erosion and accretion are complementary to each other. If the sand and sediments have drifted from one side, it must accumulate somewhere," said M V Ramana Murthy, director of NCCR and one of the authors of the report.  The report says that 2,156.43 kilometres of the country's surveyed coastline faced erosion, wh..
                 

Rahul Gandhi's wink proved how childish the hug was: PM Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an exclusive interview to ANI on Saturday said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi's wink at his colleague right after hugging him in the Parliament proved how childish his stunt was. "It is for you to judge whether it was a childish act or not. And, if you are unable to decide that, watch the wink and you will get the answer," Prime Minister Narendra Modi told ANI. Rahul Gandhi hugged the Prime Minister after concluding his speech during the debate on the No-Confidence Motion against the NDA government. However, moments later, Rahul Gandhi was seen winking at a fellow Congress Members of Parliament. Continuing with his jibe at the Congress President, Prime Minister Modi said: "I am a humble Kamdaar. I am nothing compared to the Naamdaars of this country. They decide whom to hate when to hate, whom to love and how to make a show out of it. A kamdaar like me cannot have a say in it." There has been a war of words after Rahul Gandhi's unexpected act o..
                 

Mumbai: Survey reveals using fairness cream is leading to rise in mental illness

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Twenty-one-year-old Parul Sharma (name changed), who is currently pursuing an MA in English from a reputable college in Mumbai, first started obsessing over her skin colour when her boyfriend said he was breaking up with her because "her skin was too dark". Unchecked use of over-the-counter fairness creams soon caused her to develop a skin infection, which in turn led to depression. Sharma now suffers from dysmorphophobia — a preoccupation with an imagined defect in one's physical appearance — refuses to leave her room or even go to college. Sharma is not alone. Recently, 1,992 people were surveyed from the city for a first-of-its-kind research paper, which points out how even a cosmopolitan city like Mumbai, is fixated with the idea of being fair-skinned. Representational Image Purpose Only The study, conducted by Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), and published in the international journal, Front Public Health, revealed how both men and women take to using fairnes..