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Rahul Gandhi: Farm loans waiver soon in MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgrah

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With the Congress coming to power in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, party President Rahul Gandhi on Friday affirmed his party's commitment to waive off farm loans in all the three states. "We are going to waive farm loans," Gandhi told the media here asserting that his party would fulfil the promise of waving loans of farmers in all the three states within 10 days of coming to power. His comments came on a day when party veterans Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath were chosen as the new Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, respectively. The Congress is soon expected to announce the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh where the race for the post is primarily between state party chief Bhupesh Baghel and Ambikapur MLA T.S. Singh Deo. 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 t..
                 

Six devotees die of suspected food poisoning

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At least six persons, including a girl and a woman, died of suspected food poisoning in Sulvadi village in Karnataka's Chamarajanagar district, police said on Friday. The victims, including four men in mid-30s, died of suspected food poisoning after they consumed tomato rice offered as 'prasad' at a Hindu temple in the village, Chamarajanagar Superintendent of Police D.S. Meena told IANS from Hanur, 180 km from here. Around 65 others, all devotees of goddess Maramma were admitted to three state-run hospitals at Hanur, Kollagal and Mysuru for treatment as they took ill after consuming the same food in the temple. "The six victims were declared dead by the doctors at the Hanur hospital after they did not respond to the treatment while others are being treated for food poisoning in the three hospitals," said Meena. A case has been registered against a private trust managing the temple, belonging to the Lingayat community. Maramma is considered an incarnation of Hindu goddess Durga, w..
                 

Raghuram Rajan: Don't make farm loan waivers part of poll promises

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Eschew loan waivers that divert resources from much-needed investment in India, says a report prepared by 13 noted economists, including former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, which was released here on Friday. Releasing the report titled "An Economic Strategy for India", Rajan said that farm loan waivers should not form part of election promises and that he has written to the Election Commission to put a bar on such a practice, which inhibits investment in the farm sector, as well as putting pressure on the finances of the concerned states. "I have said forever, even written a letter to the Election Commissioner saying they should be taken off the table. I mean, certainly, there is a reason to think about farm distress. But, the question of whether the flows to farmers is best affected by waiving loans, after all, there is only a subset of farmers who get those loans," he said. "It's no surprise to you that there is fair amount of agricultural distress which we have seen being highlig..
                 

Mumbai: Seven years after man loses Rs 20 lakh for flats, cops file FIR

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The desire to have a bigger house and an offer from a childhood friend of two 225sq ft MHADA flats at low rates in Andheri East, tempted a Colaba-based businessman to shell out Rs 20 lakh (between September 2010 and February 2011). Sadly, the flats were non-existent. After seven years of running around, pursuing his friend and others to return the money, in 2016, the complainant filed a private complaint before the Esplanade Court. The court last month directed the Colaba police to register an FIR (a copy is with this paper) in the case. Five of the seven accused in the case – Nenshi Shah, Shantilal Shah, Lalji Shah, Subhash Shah, Pinank Shah, all residents of Vile Parle – applied for anticipatory bail. Two other accused had identified themselves as Shinde and Pawar. The Colaba police have registered an offence against the seven under vaious sections of the IPC. Interestingly, before the accused were even arrested, five of them managed to move the Sessions Court, which g..
                 

Domino's pizza outlet staff rob Rs 1,50,800 at gunpoint

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Four youth arrested for allegedly robbing a staff of Domino's Pizza outlet at gunpoint in outer Delhi's Nangloi area, said police on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Sachin (22), Sonu (20), Banty (18) and Sumit (23), they added. According to the police, Domino's Pizza staff informed them that three unknown persons entered into their food outlet in Ratan Park and looted Rs 1,50,800 at gunpoint on the night of Sunday. During an investigation, after analysing the call details of its employees, the activities of one Sonu, a sweeper at Domino's Pizza, was noticed to be suspicious. He was detained and the accused revealed his role in the robbery, said Seju Kuruvilla, deputy commissioner of police. Later, it was revealed that Sonu and Banty, along with Sachin and Sumit, committed the robbery in the outlet, he added. The police laid a trap and apprehended Banty. Sachin and Sumit were also arrested when they were planning to go to Manali, the DCP said. During interrogation, i..
                 

Amarinder Singh flays Akali Dal for politicising Kamal Nath issue

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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday slammed the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)for politicising the 1984 riots following Congress leader and former union minister Kamal Nath being named as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister. The Congress is set to form the government in Madhya Pradesh. Intervening during a call attention motion in the Punjab Assembly on the issue after it was raised by Akali Dal legislator Bikram Singh Majithia, the chief minister said that the law was taking its due course regarding allegations against the veteran leader. The fact of the matter was that Kamal Nath had been a central minister for more than 10 years after the allegations first surfaced, Amarinder Singh pointed out, adding that a mere reference about the senior Congress leader in the Nanavati Commission report could not be construed as his involvement in the case. "Only the law alone could decide the role of any individual," the chief minister said, adding that nobody should exploit the sens..
                 

Manohar Parrikar tweets 'Satyamev Jayate' after Rafale verdict

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Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday tweeted "Satyamev Jayate" after a Supreme Court bench ruled there was no wrongdoing in the Rafale fighter jet purchase deal. "Satyamev Jayate! #RafaleVerdict," the Chief Minister tweeted. Parrikar was the Defence Minister when Prime Minister Narendra Modi clinched the deal during an official visit to France. Satyamev Jayate! #RafaleVerdict — Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) December 14, 2018 On Friday, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi gave a clean chit to the Rs 58,000-crore deal, ruling there was no wrongdoing in the purchase of the French aircraft as alleged by the petitioners while dismissing the clutch of petitions. 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 stor..
                 

Kamal Nath to take oath as CM of Madhya Pradesh on December 17

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Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath will be sworn in as the 18th chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on December 17. Governor Anandiben Patel invited Nath, 72, to form the new government in the state after he met her at the Raj Bhavan here Friday to stake claim to form the government. "As the leader of the single largest party, I appoint you as the chief minister of under Article 164 of the Constitution and invite you to form a cabinet," she said in a letter to Nath after their meeting which lasted around 50 minutes. Talking to reporters outside the Raj Bhavan later, Nath said the swearing-in ceremony will take place at the Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal at around 1.30 pm on December 17. Nath, who has held several portfolios in the Union cabinet, will be the 18th chief minister of Madhya Pradesh after the state was formed on November 1, 1956. The nine-time Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara was Thursday night elected as the leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP). Nath met the governor alo..
                 

Mumbai: Tulsi, Vihar, Powai lakes to get heritage tags

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Three of the city's water bodies are set to get a heritage tag. The Heritage Review Committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had suggested that the Tulsi, Vihar and Powai lakes, all man-made, be tagged as industrial heritage of the city. This tag will ensure that even the city's infrastructure is recognised and preserved. The tag has not been used before, revealed civic sources. With this, the review committee's work on the heritage list published by the state government is complete, with 70% of places in it retained. The recommendation which marks these lakes as industrial heritage, has now been submitted to the municipal commissioner along with the heritage list for his approval. Other structures, gradings reviewedAfter the heritage list was published in 2012, there were objections by citizens due to which a review was called. The heritage structures and their gradings were reviewed by a committee set up under the chairmanship of Dinesh Afzalpurkar. This committee ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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Have a look in the mirrorHis Holiness the Dalai Lama holds up a caricature gifted to him by a student of a city college where he had attended an event on Thursday. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar Sabyasachi Mukherjee with Edinburgh College of Art Principal Stuart Bennett A salute from EdinburghRecently, Sabyasachi Mukherjee director general of CSMVS was honoured by the University of Edinburgh with a degree of Doctor honoris causa at its winter graduation convocation. He received the award in recognition of CSMVS's transformation to an engaging cultural catalyst in Mumbai. Taking forward the intent of the city landmark, he told this diarist, "A museum helps the society to create an environment where diverse communities accept commonalities and differences as an integral part of our cultural legacy and allows people to learn, reflect and assimilate." Listen to legendsEven before electronic music became cool, Indian percussionist Talvin Singh had played the tabla to music playing out of a laptop ..
                 

Supreme Court seeks CM Fadnavis's response in case filed against him

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A legle battle over the alleged non-disclosure of criminal cases pending against him in his election affidavit in the last two Assembly elections, seems to show no signs of ending. Hearing an appeal filed by a lawyer from Nagpur, Satish Mahadeorao Ukey, seeking annulment of Fadnavis's election as an MLA, the Supreme Court on Thursday, issued Fadnavis notice seeking his response. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice SK Kaul and Chief Justice KM Joseph are hearing the appeal. Fadnavis's office said a response would be filed, and clarified further that the notice was served to the CM primarily because the court wanted to decide whether the appeal should be heard further or dismissed. It may be noted that in 2015, the Bombay High Court had dismissed Ukey's plea. The lawyer had alleged that the CM had not disclosed all criminal cases against him in the mandatory affidavit filed as a candidate from the South West assembly constituency in 2009 and 2014. The petitio..
                 

Operation to rescue Tigress T1's cubs to begin next week

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In some good news for wildlife lovers, the operation to rescue the two cubs of tigress T1 or Avni, will begin next week. Expert veterinarian Dr Akhilesh Mishra from Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, will be in Pandharkawda along with four elephants next week to rescue them. The work of erecting a fence where the cubs are currently roaming is nearing completion, after which the operation will begin. Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Sunil Limaye said, "We are erecting a 10-feet high fence surrounding the 54-hectares area where the cubs have localised currently. Once it is complete, we plan to take the help of vets and elephants to safely rescue them." A six-feet high fence has been erected on a majority of the portion of the 54-hectares and a four to five feet-high fence will be erected over it A six-feet high fence has been erected on a majority of the portion of the 54-hectares and an additional four to five feet-high fence will be erected over it. "E..
                 

Regret not acting on J&K interlocutors' report: P Chidambaram

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Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said that he "regretted" not acting on the Jammu and Kashmir interlocutors report as the then Union Home Minister in 2011. "I deeply regret the way interlocutors' report was handled. We should have acted on the report," Chidambaram said in response to a query by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah at an event here. Following the massive unrest in the Valley in 2010, the Manmohan Singh government appointed a group of interlocutors comprising veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, former Information Commissioner M.M. Ansari and social activist Radha Kumar. After a year of deliberations and discussions with all stakeholders, the group submitted its report to then Home Minister Chidambaram in October 2011 and made several recommendations. None of these were eventually acted upon by the Central government. Speaking at the event, Chidambaram said the "muscular, macho" approach adopted by the Narendra Modi government is b..
                 

Editors Guild of India suspends ex-minister MJ Akbar, Tarun Tejpal

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The Editors Guild of India on Wednesday suspended the memberships of former Union minister M J Akbar and ex-Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal over allegations of sexual misconduct. The Guild had sought the views of its Executive Committee (EC) on what action needed to be taken against Akbar, a dormant member at present and one of its past presidents, Tejpal and senior journalist Gautam Adhikari "in light of sexual misconduct allegations levelled against them", a statement said. Tarun Tejpal A majority of the EC members suggested that Akbar and Tejpal's memberships be suspended. Office-bearers discussed the EC's comments and concurred with the view that the two should be suspended from the Guild, it said. The Guild decided it would seek Adhikari's response before deciding on his membership. The Editors Guild of India had last month put out an updated list of its members, which continued to include Akbar and Tejpal. The #MeToo storyAkbar, 67, had resigned as a minister after alle..
                 

TMC gives green signal for pet park project; strays to get a home

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Here is some good news for the city's animal lovers! The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has come up with a unique idea of setting up a pet park, which will have a hospital, a crematorium and recreational facilities for street dogs. According to TMC's health department, work on the project, which was approved by the standing committee last week, would start in a couple of months after the authorities concerned decide on all the aspects involved. However, the main aim of the project, according to the civic officials, was to give street dogs a healthy environment to stay and better medical facilities. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a TMC official said, "At present, street dogs undergo vaccination and surgeries at the TMC dog control centre in Wagle Estate. But there isn't enough space there to keep the animals for a couple of days. Doctors discharge them within two days of an operation. Hence, the civic body wants to build a proper home for them, where they will get all possible..
                 

Lonavla's Maganlal chikki gets picked by FDA for violating safety norm

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There will be no more snacking on the famous Maganlal chikki while passing through Lonavla for a while. Maganlal, one of the most famous manufacturers and distributors of the nutty treat, has been pulled off the shelves by the Maharashtra Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for violating food safety norms. There's no need to panic yet, this doesn't necessarily mean that the chikki you've been munching on all these years was harmful. However, the company has been found guilty of violations such as not having food quality experts on board, and not sending samples for testing at the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). IrregularitiesOn December 11, the FDA conducted a surprise test at the factory in Lonavla and found the factory in violation of the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006, as well as guidelines set by the NABL. Speaking to mid-day, Suresh Deshmukh, joint commissioner of the FDA, Pune, said, "We were surprised to find so many violations..
                 

PM Narendra Modi hands over tricolour to divyang mountaineer

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday handed over the tricolour flag to Arunima Sinha, marking the beginning of her expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Sinha, the first female divyang to climb Mount Everest, called on the Prime Minister here and apprised him of her upcoming mountaineering expedition to Antarctica. Modi lauded her impressive achievements and extended his best wishes for her latest venture. PM Modi had also tweeted saying, "It was a delight to interact with Anurima Sinha. Handed over the Tricolour and wished her the very best as she embarks on an expedition to Mount Vinson, Antartica. India is proud of Anurima's accomplishments and her fortitude inspires us all." It was a delight to interact with @sinha_arunima. Handed over the Tricolour and wished her the very best as she embarks on an expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica. India is proud of Arunima’s accomplishments and her fortitude inspires us all. pic.twitter.com/sj39QvHvH7 — Narendra Mod..
                 

Asaduddin Owaisi: Regional parties will take Indian politics by storm

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AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi has predicted that the regional parties will take the Indian politics by storm, providing an alternative to both Congress and BJP. Owaisi believes Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has the capability, political thinking, courage and secular outlook to provide such an alternative. The Hyderabad MP was addressing a public meeting late on Wednesday night organised by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) to thank people for electing seven candidates of the party in the just-concluded Telangana Assembly elections. Owaisi thanked all leading Muslim socio-religious organisations which supported MIM and TRS in the elections. The meeting continued till past midnight. The MP said he would stand by the TRS chief in his efforts to play an important role in the national politics. Owaisi said a Ping-Pong game between Congress and BJP was not good for the country, its secularism, federalism and ..
                 

Delhi government to construct bridges on Najafgarh drain

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New Delhi: Delhi government's Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) on Wednesday gave a nod to a number of projects related to the development of streets and roads including construction of two four-lane bridges on west Delhi's Najafgarh drain. "The construction of the four-lane reinforced cement concrete (RCC) bridges on the Najafgarh drain will provide hassle-free and easy access to the areas of Najafgarh with that of other side villages," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who chaired the 5th EFC meeting, said. At an estimated cost of Rs 40.52 crore, the four-lane bridges will be built on the existing single-lane Dhoolsiras Bridge and the Badusarai Bridge on the Najafgarh drain. "Areas such as Najafgarh's Badusarai, Shikarpur, Gummanhera, Daurala, Dhansa, Jhuljhuli, Bahadurgarh and Nirmal Dham, and villages adjacent to Dwarka and other villages of Haryana...will benefit the most with the construction of these bridges," a Delhi government statement said. Meanwhile, Public W..
                 

Mounting debt forces man to kill wife, self

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Lucknow: Mounting debt and his inability to repay it forced a man to kill his wife and then hang himself in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Thursday. Babu Lal first smashed the head of his wife, Babita, after midnight and then strangulated his daughter. After he felt certain that they were dead, he made a noose out of a bed sheet and hung himself in his house in Kunwarnagar. However, the daughter did not die, she had only lost consciousness. The incident came to light early on Thursday when a neighbour went to call on the family. The daughter narrated the entire incident to the police and neighbours, a police officer said. The neighbours told the police that the deceased was distressed due to mounting loan amounts. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the c..
                 

Meghalaya High Court judgement unacceptable: Asaduddin Owaisi

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AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday termed as unacceptable the judgment of Meghalaya High Court that India should have been a Hindu nation. The Member of Parliament from Hyderabad said the judiciary and the government should take note of this judgement as an attempt was being made to spread hatred. Owaisi was reacting to the judgement delivered by Justice S.R. Sen on Monday while disposing of a petition relating to refusal of Domicile Certificate to an army recruit. Addressing a public meeting organised by the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) late on Wednesday night, Owaisi said the judge who took oath on Indian Constitution can't give such a wrong judgment. "India will not become an Islamic country. India will remain a plural and secular country," said Owaisi on Justice Sen's reported observation that nobody should try to make India another Islamic country. "What sort of judgement is this? Will the judiciary and the government take note of this," he said. ..
                 

United Nation honours start-up recycling floral waste

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An Indian startup which works to clean up the mighty river Ganga by recycling thousands of tonnes of floral waste from temples has been honoured by the UN here. Uttar Pradesh-based 'HelpUsGreen' has come up with the world's first profitable solution to the monumental temple waste problem: 'flowercycling', a UN document said. As many as 1,260 women have been supported through the startup that collects 8.4 tonnes of floral waste from temples in Uttar Pradesh on a daily basis. These sacred flowers are handcrafted into charcoal-free incense, organic vermicompost and biodegradable packaging material through its 'flowercycling' technology. Game-changing initiatives from 13 other countries were honoured as winners of the Climate Action Award at the COP 24. 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..
                 

Madhya Pradesh Governor calls Congress leaders for talks

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Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel Wednesday called senior Congress leaders at the Raj Bhawan here at noon for talks, after the party sought an appointment with her on the issue of formation of government in the state. Raj Bhawan sources confirmed that Patel has called the Congress leaders after they sought the appointment with her. Senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Digvijay Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia, among others, will meet Patel. The Congress had on Tuesday night submitted a letter to the governor seeking an appointment, after results were announced and was almost clear that it will emerge as the single largest party. In the final results declared Wednesday early morning, the party got 114 seats, two short of simple majority mark of 116 in the 230-member Assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was close behind with 109 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party won two seats, the Samajwadi Party got one while Independents bagged four seats. Catch up on all the latest Crime, Na..
                 

Robert Vadra on ED raids: I'm not running away from country

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Refusing to speak on a sub-judice matter, Robert Vadra, Congress President Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law, on Wednesday asserted that he is not scared and is not running away from the country because he knows that he's not wrong. Talking to the media on Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids on people linked to him, Vadra said he will "handle all the pressure". "This is not something new, this is seven to eight years old. But the issue has intensified in the past five years. We responded to all ED notices in the correct way. I am here in the country, not running away. Whenever we were asked questions, I and my team gave correct responses. When I have not done anything wrong, why should I be scared?" he questioned. He also said he will respond to questions which are asked in a legal way, adding that "why should I talk on a sub judice matter?" "We are not above the law, we are very much with the law. I am an Indian citizen and I am not running away anywhere," Vadra added. Demanding that th..
                 

Indian Navy inducts deep submergence rescue vehicle

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The Indian Navy on Wednesday inducted the 'Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle' into service at the Western Naval Command in Mumbai. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba inducted the vehicle into the Navy. "The induction of the vehicle has put the Indian Navy into a small league of world navies that have an integral submarine rescue capability," a statement issued by the defence force read. The Navy successfully concluded maiden trials of the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) on October 15, it said. The vehicle can rescue as many as 14 people in one dive, a Navy official said. The DSRV carried out underwater mating with a bottomed submarine, at a depth of over 300 feet. On successful mating, the DSRV opened its hatches and the submarine hatches and carried out transfer of personnel from the submarine to the DSRV, the Navy said. These sea trials have proven the newly inducted DSRV's ability to undertake rescue operations from disabled submarines at sea and provided the Navy w..
                 

Assembly elections: Victory of democracy, says C'garh Congress prez

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With the Congress wining the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, state Congress President Bhupesh Baghel at a press conference on Tuesday said the mandate reflects the victory of democracy. "This is a victory of democracy. The BJP had a lot of money and a team of corrupt officials. They also had conspirators in their pocket. Despite all of this, the mandate given by the people in Chhattisgarh is historic," Baghel added. Accepting the mandate, Congress in-charge of the state P L Punia said, "They have not given us the right, they have given us a responsibility. They believed the promises we made in our manifesto. People trusted the words of Rahul Gandhi and gave us an agenda, we accept it." Punia further said the people of the state are smart as they did not fall for BJP's ploy of using BSP of eating into the Congress vote bank. Voters wanted a change, he added. He assured that all the promises made in the manifesto would be fulfilled in the given time after Congress forms the governmen..
                 

'Smartphone users in India install around 50 apps on average'

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While the number of apps installed by smartphone users in India range from five to 207, the average number of installed apps on a phone is 51, said a new report on Wednesday. However, people do not use all the apps they install. Most of the people in India use just about 24 apps on their smartphones, according to the research from technology research consulting firm techARC. The findings of the "techARC DIGIT" report indicate that there are some users who go on installing apps without much of a thinking and understanding. Such extremely high installation of apps can not only drain the smartphones in several ways and also impact its performance, but can also expose such users to various vulnerabilities that could be acquired by the device through some apps. By category, the social media apps lead the usage with 76 per cent of the users using them on a daily basis. Mobile gaming has gained a lot in the recent times. It stood as the second most-used category with 70 per cent of the use..
                 

Shimla witnesses season's first snowfall

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Himachal Pradesh's picturesque resorts of Shimla and Manali woke up on Wednesday to a white blanket of snow which was the season's first snowfall in the state capital, the weather bureau said. The residents of Shimla shivered as icy winds brought down the minimum temperature. Tourist spots near Shimla, such Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda too experienced snowfall. So is nearby hills of Manali like the Solang ski slopes, Gulaba and the Rohtang Pass (52 km from Manali) have been experiencing snow. Kalpa in Kinnaur district and Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district saw snow on the second consecutive day. The temperatures remained below the freezing point at most places in the state with widespread snow and rain since Monday, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS, adding the western disturbances would start withdrawing from Thursday. The majestic Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas surrounding Dharamsala wore a fresh blanket of snow. "High-altitude areas of Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Ma..
                 

Narendra Modi: We accept people's verdict with humility

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the BJP accepts with humility verdict of people in the five states and congratulated the Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the Mizo National Front (MNF) for their victories. Modi, in a series of tweets in the evening on a long day of results, said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan had worked tirelessly for people. "We accept the people's mandate with humility. I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people," he said. We accept the people’s mandate with humility. I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people. — Narendra Modi (@narendramo..
                 

Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal wedding: Guest list, security, other details

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The 27-storey Antilla, one of the world's most expensive private residences, is all decked up to host the wedding of the year, as its owner Mukesh Ambani's only daughter Isha marries Anand Piramal Wednesday. The wedding festivities, which also include a two-day pre-wedding extravaganza in Udaipur, are expected to cost upward of USD 10 million, say Reliance insiders, though some reports pegged the tab at USD 100 million for India Inc's most expensive wedding. The Ambanis will do an encore as Isha's twin brother Akash is also walking down the aisle some time next year. Unlike the Udaipur affair, which saw a wide an array of guests, including former US first-lady Hillary Clinton, global bankers and Bollywood stars, the nuptials are expected to be a smaller affair with much a pruned list of guests who may number around 600. A few senior politicians, including Pranab Mukherjee, Rajnath Singh, Prakash Javadekar, Mamta Banerjee, Vijay Rupani, Chandrababu Naidu and Devendra Fadnavis among ot..
                 

Fisherfolk fight to keep BMC's Central Park at bay

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The Cuffe Parade fishing community won't allow the BMC to rock the boat with its ambitious plan to reclaim land in the Cuffe Parade bay and develop a 300-acre park there. Protesting that the park would threaten their livelihood, the fisherfolk have blocked the entry of consultants that the civic body had commissioned to survey the area. mid-day had reported earlier that the corporation had grand plans to build a massive green space, along the lines of New York's Central Park, by reclaiming the fishing cove between the NCPA stretch at Nariman Point and Geeta Nagar in Colaba. Last month, in a meeting with civic officials at the A ward office, the fishing community said that they would not allow the park to come up. Civic sources revealed they had not allowed entry to consultants either. The civic body had appointed an agency to figure out the area that needs to be reclaimed; the slum population, if any; and whether or not mangroves will be impacted by the project. Apart from this, the ..
                 

1,000 to lose their driving licences in Navi Mumbai

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The Navi Mumbai police, cracking down hard on traffic violators, have recommended suspension of licence for three months for 1,085 of them in the past 11 months alone. One-time violations, too, are penalised. The Regional Traffic Office, Navi Mumbai, have suspended 108 licences so far. The Navi Mumbai traffic cops have urged motorists to stop violating traffic rules as 400 cops are keeping an eye on every single biker and motorist. To reduce fatal accidents, Navi Mumbai cops had started a drive recommending traffic violators for suspension of licence. In 2018, of the 1,085 traffic violators recommended for licence suspension to the RTO, 90 have been suspended. The majority of suspended licences are for those jumping red lights. "We have intensified our drive against violations that can cause fatal accidents. These include jumping red lights (548), talking on the mobile phone while driving (325), drink driving (199), riding without helmet and so on," an officer from the traffic depart..
                 

Shaktikanta Das appointed as the new RBI Governor

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Shaktikanta Das, a member of the 15th Finance Commission and former Economic Affairs Secretary, was on Tuesday appointed as RBI Governor, a day after Urjit Patel quit abruptly. Das, an IAS officer of Tamil Nadu, will have a tenure of three years, according to a decision taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). He retired as Economic Affairs secretary last year and was subsequently made a member of the 15th Finance Commission. At the recent G-20 meet in Argentina, Das was India's Sherpa. The post of RBI Governor fell vacant on Monday when Patel resigned, weeks after differences between the central bank and the government regarding its independence became public. Patel, 54, quit the post about nine months before his three-year term was to come to an end in September 2019. Patel, who cited personal reasons for quitting the prestigious post, is the first RBI governor to resign since 1990. He stepped down just ahead of the scheduled meeting of the RBI Board meeting on Dec..
                 

Election results will have bearing on Goa politics

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The Assembly results in five states, in which the BJP could not garner adequate votes, will have a "far reaching impact" on Goa's politics, which is currently plagued by turmoil, state Congress President Girish Chodankar said on Tuesday. "This result will have far reaching impact on Goa's politics and pose a lesson to BJP allies, specially Goa Forward, whose leaders who had criticised Rahul Gandhi's leadership in Goa Assembly and outside time and again," Chodankar said in a statement. "The impact will be seen in both by-elections (in Goa). The Goa fiasco, where the BJP grabbed and overturned a popular mandate won by the Congress and subsequent non-governance for last nine months, have also contributed to BJP's defeat in the five states," Chodankar 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-da..
                 

Sachin Pilot: We are in touch with parties which contested against BJP

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Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot on Tuesday said his party is in touch with all those who fought the assembly elections on the anti-BJP plank to bring them together and form a "people's government." Addressing a press conference here, Pilot said the verdict was against the ruling party in the state -- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- as it is likely to lose almost 100 seats as compared to its tally in the last Assembly elections. "Those who fought against the BJP, they should come together as the mandate is against the BJP. All those parties which are against the BJP at the Centre and in the state, we are in touch with them," Pilot said. He, however, expressed confidence that the Congress will get a majority on its own in the state. "I am sure of getting a majority. But we want to not just form a Congress government but a people's government," he said. Pilot said there was momentum against the BJP in the country and it should be carried to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He said th..
                 

Policeman commits suicide by shooting self with service revolver

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A police sub-inspector posted in Sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh committed suicide on Tuesday by shooting himself with his service revolver, police said. The 29-year-old was posted as the Station House Officer (SHO) of Hinduari. He shot himself in the police station premises at around 5.30 am, an official told IANS. Sujeet Mishra was a resident of Allahabad and was a 2015 batch official. 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 reason whatsoever..
                 

Kamal Nath confident of Congress' victory in Madhya Pradesh

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The Congress party will win Madhya Pradesh with full majority, asserted senior party leader and MPCC chief Kamal Nath on Tuesday. Initial trends are showing Congress leading in the state. "As I said, the congress is winning. We are going to get full majority," he said here. The 230-member Assembly of Madhya Pradesh went to polls on November 28 with as many as 2,899 candidates in the fray, including 250 women and five third gender candidates. The state saw a voter turnout of around 75 per cent. Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party is hoping to make a comeback after the party lost the polls to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the central state. Most exit polls suggest that the Congress party has an edge over the BJP in the state. 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 ..
                 

Celebrations in Congress camp as party leads in three states

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With early trends in three of the five state assembly elections showing a tilt towards the Congress, its workers and supporters burst into celebrations at various party offices as well as its headquarters in New Delhi. The workers distributed sweets and raised slogans as the trends reflected that the party may make a comeback in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In Chhattisgarh, Congress is ahead of the BJP on 21 seats while the BJP is leading on five. Congress' Karuna Shukla, niece of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, is giving a tough fight to the incumbent Chief Minister Raman Singh Rajnandgaon constituency. In Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP has been in power since 2003, the Congress as per early trends, showed an improvement by leading with a substantial margin. "These are trends, but I am fully confident that we will get full majority," said Kamal Nath, the party's Madhya Pradesh Chief. In Rajasthan the Congress is leading on 91 seats while the BJP is at 71. Meanwhile, in Te..
                 

Assembly polls: 5 Chhattisgarh BJP ministers trailing

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Five ministers in the Raman Singh-led BJP government in Chhattisgarh were trailing in the Assembly polls as per latest trends, a poll official said Tuesday. The five Brijmohan Agrawal (Raipur City South), Kedar Kashyap (Narayanpur constituency), Mahesh Gagda (Bijapur), Dayaldas Baghel (Nawagarh) and Amar Agrawal (Bilaspur) - are trailing, as per trends in the state Assembly polls. However, state presidents of the BJP and the Congress - Dharamlal Kaushik and Bhupesh Baghel -were leading from Bilha and Patan seats respectively. Leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo and Congress MP from Durg Lok Sabha seat Tamradhwaj Sau were leading in Ambikapur and Durg Rural seats, respectively. 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..
                 

Urjit Patel's resignation signals dangerous trend: AIBEA

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Although the All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) had earlier demanded RBI Governor Urjit Patel's resignation, his calling it quits on Monday has left the banking body shocked and disturbed and it has termed it a "dangerous trend". "The resignation of RBI Governor Urjit Patel is quite shocking and disturbing. The reasons for his resignation are obvious and signals a dangerous trend that institutions like RBI are no longer independent," AIBEA General Secretary C.H. Venkatachalam said. Venkatachalam said at a time when there is a need for a more stronger and independent RBI, this vital institution is being intimidated by the central government. The government is bent on weakening the RBI and making it pliable to meet its own political needs, he said. When cited AIBEA's earlier demand that Patel should quit, Venkatachalam told IANS: "We had demanded his resignation over inaction on Nirav Modi issue. This is different. He is being eased out. It is an attempt to weaken the RBI."..
                 

Senior Congress leader C.N. Balakrishnan passes away

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Kochi: Senior Congress leader and former Kerala Minister C.N. Balakrishnan died at a private hospital here due to pneumonia, party sources said on Tuesday. He was 87. He died on Monday night, the sources said. A long-standing aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Balakrishnan was the Thrissur district Congress committee president for 17 years and was also the treasurer of the state unit for long. It was in 2011 that Balakrishnan first contested the polls and went on to become the state Cooperation Minister in the Oommen Chandy cabinet. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. 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 so..
                 

Mumbai: Arthur Road Jail creates gym on campus for some inmates

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The only exercise that Arthur Road Jail inmates get is twiddling their thumbs before court appearances. Now, however, they can get much more than that at the new gymnasium on the premises. While prison officials provided the space, a private trust has donated the equipment. Prison officials told mid-day that it is for the first time in Maharashtra that a gymnasium has been opened for inmates in a jail, so they can better their mental and physical health. But the space is out of bounds for habitual offenders or hardened criminals, said a prison official. "The gym facility is given to inmates who are not accused of serious crimes or whose sentence is for less than five years. We don't allow inmates who have been imprisoned for murder, attempt to murder, cheating, MCOCA, etc," he said. The exercise equipment has been provided by Kerkar Charitable Trust. "We have installed fitness machines which are non-detachable. We will maintain them annually and provide accessories free of cost for 1..
                 

PM Narendra Modi condoles demise of Jagdish Thakkar, meets family

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled the demise of Jagdish Thakkar, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the Prime Minister's office (PMO). Seventy-year-old Thakkar breathed his last in the national capital on Monday. Hours after his death, the Prime Minister met the deceased¿s family and expressed his condolences. "Extremely saddened by the demise of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO. Jagdishbhai was a veteran journalist and I had the pleasure of working with him for years, both in Gujarat and in Delhi," the Prime Minister tweeted. Remembering Thakkar for his simplicity and warm-hearted nature, PM Modi posted another tweet, "Several journalists would have regularly interacted with Jagdishbhai over the years. We have lost a wonderful person, who loved his work and did it with utmost diligence." Thakkar, an Information Department Officer from Gujarat, was appointed as the Prime Minister¿s PRO in 2014, soon after PM Modi took office. He began his car..
                 

Upendra Kushwaha blasts Modi as he quits NDA, government

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RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha on Monday quit the BJP-led NDA and the Modi government, charging Prime Minister Narendra Modi with betraying Bihar and with pursuing an "opaque style of functioning and non-democratic leadership style". Kushwaha, who is the second BJP ally to quit the Modi government after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), said in his resignation to Modi that the Union Cabinet "has been reduced to a mere rubber stamp". "Constitutional offices are being undermined and virtually every institution in the government has been subjected to political appropriation," he said in the letter, echoing the charges increasingly made by the opposition. "Ministers and officers posted in ministries have become figureheads as virtually all decisions are taken by you, your office and BJP President (which is anti-Constitutional)." The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party leader said the government was pursuing "the agenda of RSS" which he said was "anti-Constitutional and neglecting and subverting the a..
                 

Supreme Court: Won't interfere with razing of Muzaffarpur horror home

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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere with the razing of four-storey horror home in Muzaffarpur where minor girls were sexually abused. The horror home camouflaged as a shelter home had no windows except for some on the top floor. The bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta declined the plea even as senior counsel Vikas Singh told the court that the building was constructed in conformity with the approved plans. "There is nothing in the report," observed Justice Lokur perusing the report by the medical board which had examined the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape main accused Brajesh Thakur after his family had alleged that he was being mentally and physically tortured in the Patiala high-security prison. The medical team was set up by the top court to examine Thakur and submit the report. The top court had on October 30 ordered the shifting of Brajesh Thakur from Bhagalpur jail to the Patiala jail. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Internationa..
                 

Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi visit indisposed Amarinder Singh

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday called on Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to enquire about his health. The Chief Minister had been advised rest at home for 48 hours by doctors at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). Gandhi and Manmohan Singh were here on Monday for the re-launch of the 'Navjivan' Hindi newspaper in Mohali, adjoining Chandigarh. Both left for New Delhi after meeting Amarinder Singh. The Chief Minister could not attend the newspaper function due to ill-health. Amarinder Singh, 76, underwent some routine medical tests at PGIMER on Sunday as a follow-up on the viral illness he suffered last week. Doctors at the institute said that all the tests were clean and the Chief Minister was found to be suffering from slight weakness as a result of the earlier bout of viral fever. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-..
                 

Urjit Patel resigns as RBI Governor

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RBI Governor Urjit Patel, who had a run-in with the government over the autonomy of the central bank, Monday resigned from his post. In a brief statement, Patel said he has decided to step down with immediate effect. "On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position effective immediately," he said in a statement released by the RBI. "It has been my privilege and honour to serve in the RBI in various capacities over the years. The support and hard work of RBI staff, officers and management have been the proximate driver of the Bank's considerable accomplishments in recent years. "I take this opportunity to express gratitude to my colleagues and Directors of the RBI Central Board and wish them all the best for the future," Patel said. He, however, did not specify the reason for the decision. Patel was appointed the 24th Governor of the RBI on September 2016 for a three-year term. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a statement to ANI...
                 

Mumbai: Soon, travel straight to CSMT from Borivli

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Commuting between CSMT and Borivli might soon be a breeze or even better than what you can imagine. With the state government clearing the decks for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3A earlier this week, lakhs of commuters can take a direct train from Borivli to CSMT or vice-versa once the tracks for the same are laid. At present all those travelling from Borivli have to get off at Goregaon and hop into another train to go to CSMT, as there is just one direct train between the two stations. But, this gets diverted on the Western line after Goregaon. According to sources, with the `826-crore project getting approval, the authorities concerned will soon start working on getting the harbour line extended from Goregaon to Borivli. Due to space constraints on the Goregaon-Borivli stretch, the Railways are thinking of elevating the road outside Malad station on the west to make space for the two additional rail tracks underneath it. A senior official associated with the project said, "W..
                 

PM Narendra Modi asks MPs to utilize winter session well

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday appealed to all MPs at an all-party meeting to utilize the winter session of Parliament well as it will be the last full-fledged session before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Addressing an all-party meet at Parliament House a day before the session commences, Modi said the government was ready to discuss all issues as per rules and procedures and was open to the opposition's inputs for better working of Parliament. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar briefed the media on what transpired in the meeting. "The Prime Minister said that we all need to cooperate with each other on the issues of public interest. He underlined that in a democracy both the government and the opposition share their inputs for efficient governance," Tomar said, quoting the Prime Minister. "The Prime Minister also said that the government was ready to discuss all issues as per rules and procedures. If anybody wants to bring something to the government's not..
                 

Mumbai: Bandra dividers, fixed three days back, crumbling again

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Shoddy work continues to deface the city's roads. One such example is Bandra's Hill Road, where despite the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) repairing dividers just three days ago, on Saturday locals alleged they were in worse condition. Locals allege there was no supervision of work carried out despite BMC making it mandatory. 'Repaired' dividers brokenThe BMC had started taking action against illegal hawking at Hill Road as a traffic decongestion plan. The BMC then also started road widening, and dividers, too, were to be developed. But, just before St Stanislaus School, the medians that were repaired only a few days ago, are again in bad shape, allege locals. A local said they have now become immune to BMC's inaction. A senior citizen, Abbas Abdul Hussain, said, "This matter needs to be looked at closely because the dividers are broken and could be fatal for motorists." Another local, Kamraj said, "Just three days back the civic body completed the work and today the div..
                 

Vijay Mallya's extradition case edges towards ruling

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Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, wanted in India on alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an estimated Rs 9,000 crores, is set to appear before the Westminster Magistrates' Court here on Monday when his extradition trial is listed for a judgment hand-down. The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss has been on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April last year. He has contested his extradition on the grounds that the case against him is "politically motivated" and the loans he has been accused of defrauding on were sought to keep his now-defunct airline afloat. "I did not borrow a single rupee. The borrower was Kingfisher Airlines. Money was lost due to a genuine and sad business failure. Being held as guarantor is not fraud," he said in his recent Twitter post on the issue. "I have offered to repay 100 per cent of the principal amount to them. Please take it," the flamboyant businessman tweeted earlier. While dismissing that his interve..
                 

Demolition drive leads to rail roko in Titwala

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A Demolition drive by the Forest Department from Friday in Panvali village near Titwala, led to a rail roko on the Central Railway's mainline on Sunday. Sources said the Forest Department had been removing illegal settlements in the area, and the affected locals walked up to Titwala station on Sunday afternoon, and gathered on the tracks in large numbers, refusing to budge. The Forest Department allegedly took action against over 2,000 illegal settlements leading to the mass protest. This led to detention of mail and express trains, before RPF and local police could reach the spot in large numbers, to remove the protesters. The rail roko further disturbed the railway's Sunday timetable that had already been affected by a mega block on the line, leading to crowds and chaos. Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and also a complete guide on Mumbai from food to things to do and events across the city here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps..
                 

Rahul Gandhi urges Cong CMs for passage of Women's Reservation Bill

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has written to Congress/alliance governments in the states to have a resolution passed in their respective assemblies seeking one-third reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies. "In order to reaffirm our support for the passage of the Bill, it would be expedient for the state assembly to pass a resolution calling for the reservation of one-third of the seats in the Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies for women, in the next session," Gandhi said in the letter written to Congress and its allied chief ministers. Pointing out that India ranks 148 out of 193 countries in terms of the percentage of women in Parliament, Gandhi said the situation was "even worse in state Assemblies". "The lack of adequate representation of women in our polity undermines our democracy and perpetuates existing systemic injustices. Women in institutions of local self-governance have not only been effective leaders but also challenged traditional gende..
                 

Poonam Mahajan invites IIT-B BETiC to conduct low cost medical device

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BETiC’s 13 innovation centres, across the country, starting with the one at IIT-Bombay, have now created 40 different novel and affordable medical devices. 16 such stories are chronicled in Prof B Ravi’s book ‘The Essence of Medical Device Innovation’, published by The Write Place', a division of Crossword Bookstores. The book became the subject of a discussion between Prof B Ravi- Head of BETiC, IIT-B and Mynoo Maryel- Convenor of World Dignity Forum. BETiC is supported by the Government of Maharashtra and Central Govt of India. Hon. Lok Sabha MP Poonam Mahajan- National President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha presided over the same.The session revolved around the theme of ‘Low-cost medical devices for a billion Indians’ and was moderated by Vithal Nadkarni, Senior Consultant of Times of India. “At BETiC, we make the journey form idea, to innovation to testing to impact”, said Prof Ravi. “Our experience at BETiC shows that th..
                 

Assam tea body slam 'chaiwala' PM Narendra Modi

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The largest tea body of Assam on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who often refers to himself as a "chaiwala", for not being considerate towards the state's tea garden workers' plight and urged him to implement the promised minimum wage of Rs 350 before the new year starts. The Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) General Secretary Rupesh Gowala said while Modi often refers to himself as a "chaiwala", he is yet making good on his promises towards a million tea garden labourers in the state in the last four years. "Before the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, Modi addressed several rallies in Assam and assured that the tea garden labourers would be paid a minimum wage of Rs 350 per day," Gowala said. "If this happens, the 10,00,000 tea garden labourers will lose Rs 30 each day for two months. Is it a "chaiwala" Prime Minister who is doing this to his own community?" said Gowala. The tea garden workers in Brahmaputra Valley in Assam are presently drawing Rs 167 per day while the t..
                 

Not part of any coalition or in alliance with any political party: AAP

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The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is maintaining its distance from the Congress while being aggressive in its anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stance, appears to have still not decided whether or not to do business with the main opposition party in parliament in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Senior party leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh hinted as much when he said that there is a need for an anti-BJP formation to checkmate the saffron party ahead of the general elections. But on the question of a tie-up with Congress, he said the stage has not come as yet and the Congress has not approached it to be part of an alliance. "There is no initiative from the Congress or from the AAP for an alliance. In the three states (Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh) where we fought the assembly elections, we did not have a tie-up with the Congress anywhere. First, there should be talks (between the two sides) and an initiative to actually know if we are comfortable together or..
                 

Watch: Man detained for trying to slap Union minister Ramdas Athawale

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A 30-year-old man was detained for allegedly attempting to slap Union minister Ramdas Athawale at a public event in Maharashtra's Thane district on Saturday night, police said. The Republican Party of India (Athawale) chief was in Ambernath town to address a rally. Athawale had just got off the dais after delivering a speech on the Constitution when the incident happened at around 10.15 pm, a police officer said Sunday. Pravin Gosavi, on the pretext of garlanding Athawale, allegedly tried to slap him, following which people overpowered him, beat him up and handed him over to the police. The minister of state for social justice and empowerment was not harmed as the bystanders and police managed to foil Gosavi's attempt to assault him, the officer said. Gosavi, who was first admitted to a hospital in Ulhasnagar town following the public beating, has been shifted to a state-run hospital in Mumbai, police said. #WATCH Maha: People thrash Pravin Gosavi, a worker of the youth wing of Re..
                 

Hey Mumbaikars! Now, a mobile app to sell your dry waste

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Mumbaikars will soon be able to sell any kind of dry waste with the click of a button. In order to reduce the quantity of waste that is taken to the city's dumping grounds, the BMC is going to appoint three agencies in the next couple of months that will be responsible for purchasing and collecting dry waste and sell to recycling companies. Vijay Singhal, additional municipal commissioner, said they had floated a global tender in November, which attracted seven bidders. They will present the proposals to the BMC before three are selected. "Currently, the city collects 300 tonnes of [segregated] dry waste. We are hoping that, in the coming months, the collection of [segregated] dry waste will increase to 700-800 tonnes, and a lesser quantity of waste will be sent to the dumping grounds," he said. Based on the conditions mentioned in the tender, Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner of the Solid Waste Management department, said the plots will be handed over to three agenci..
                 

Mumbai: Crash deaths fall 20% in a year of road safety design overhaul

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At 12.30 PM on a weekday, the main intersection outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) is not as chaotic as it will be five hours later, when rush hour traffic transforms the pocket into a mind-numbing bedlam. Yet, a family with three children, which is attempting to cross over, appears to be walking on eggshells. That this crossing is split into four junctions makes negotiating it tricky. Add to this, pedestrians always take the shortest route, when crossing. Abhimanyu Prakash, urban designer and architect, describes it as the "goats' trail". Bandra's chaotic HP Junction is now pedestrian-friendly after an experiment with barricades He explains the analogy thus: "When you go to the mountains, you see tiny tracks created on the ground by goats walking them. It's usually the shortest path they take to reach their destination. Humans are no different. You can paint a zebra crossing wherever you want, but we will take the shortest route. Always." The fact that this s..
                 

Farooq Abdullah: Centre fooling people by ignoring real issues

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National Conference (NC) chairman Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that the Central government is allegedly fooling the people of the country by ignoring real issues of farmers, unemployment, and Dalits, and is fighting for the Ram temple. Speaking at an event here, Abdullah said, "Today, India is not fighting for the matters that matter to India, farmers, unemployed, the downtrodden, Dalits. They (the government) are fighting for Ram! They are fooling the people, and are destroying Kashmir." "The intentions of Delhi were not a plebiscite, but to occupy the territory slowly. So they got puppets. They thought this movement will die. So how would they divide? By saying that Jammu is deprived, Ladakh is deprived and Kashmir has taken everything. Get Jammu and Ladakh together and to this day, the propaganda continues," the former J-K chief minister said. The NC chief further stated that the core problem for the issues between Kashmir and the rest of India was the fact that there was a l..
                 

Hillary Clinton in Udaipur for Isha Ambani's wedding celebrations

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US former First Lady Hillary Clinton and a slew of Bollywood celebrities including newlywed Priyanka Chopra and her American singer husband Nick Jonas arrived here on Saturday for the pre-wedding celebrations of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal. The Maharana Pratap Airport buzzed with activity as the guests like cricket star Sachin Tendulkar with wife Anjali, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with wife, Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao, Abhishek Bachchan with mother Jaya, wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya, Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita, Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi and Khushi, Siddharth Roy Kapur with wife Vidya Balan, John Abraham with wife Priya Runchal, Ronnie Screwvala with wife Zarine, Karisma Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Karan Tacker and designer Tamara Ralph from Ralph and Russo, arrived. Isha and Anand, scions of the Ambani and Piramal business families respectively, will wed as per Indian traditions, customs and culture at th..
                 

MMRCL to hold off on construction till next SC hearing

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The Parsi community's efforts to save the Anjuman and Wadiaji Atash Behrams continued on Friday, at the first hearing of the special leave petition they filed at the Supreme Court. The arguments are set to continue at the next hearing Monday, December 10. Until then, the MMRCL's legal counsel said they would hold off on the tunnelling work. After failing to get any relief from the Bombay High Court, which allowed MMRCL to continue construction of the tunnel under the two Atash Behrams, the Parsi community's legal team approached SC. The team, which includes lawyers Mukul Rohatgi and Zerick Dastur, continued to seek realignment of the tunnel. While the thrust of the arguments made in the HC were on the spiritual beliefs of Zoroastrianism, on Friday, the Parsi community's legal counsel focused more on the structural argument. Jamshed Sukhadwalla, chief petitioner in the case said the argument focused on the eight alternative station configurations given by the international expert repr..
                 

PM Narendra Modi's LPG scheme reduced household air pollution: Study

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The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that aims to provide every household Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) replacing wood or coal fuel, has been found useful in tackling household air pollution, a new report said. The study, "The India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative", released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and The Lancet, stated that in 2017 in India 12.4 lakh deaths were caused due to air pollution, of which 4.8 lakh were due to household air pollution. "There is increasing political momentum in India to address air pollution. Household air pollution is reducing in India faciliated by the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The findings systematically document the variations among states, which would serve as a useful guide for making further progress in reducing the adverse impact of air pollution in the country," Proffesor Balram Bharga..
                 

Mumbai police felicitated by criminals invite senior officers' wrath

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The JJ Marg police officers who were seen hobnobbing with criminals at a felicitation function on Wednesday have invited the wrath of senior police officers. Following mid-day's report on the incident on December 8, Joint Commissioner (Law and Order) Deven Bharti has ordered an inquiry by deputy commissioner (Zone 1) Abhishek Trimukhe and asked that the report be tabled at the earliest. Senior officers have also called for an urgent meeting to ensure circumspection by the force in connection with such events. Bharti said, "The deputy commissioner (zone 1) has been asked to inquire into the matter and submit a report as soon as possible." Salim Fruitwala, the brother-in-law of Chhota Shakeel and a former D-gang member, had organised a felicitation of JJ Marg police officers for reuniting a kidnapped infant within 24 hours on November 21. A team of five officers who worked on this case were invited to the event on Wednesday. Not only was the event organised by a former criminal, but the..
                 

Goa: Mining dependents seek Prabhu's help to meet Narendra Modi

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Mining dependents from Goa have sought Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu's help to facilitate a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Goa Mining People's Front (GMPF) chief Puti Gaonkar said Saturday. People affected by a supreme court order banning mining in the coastal state are scheduled to hold a three-day protest in Delhi next week. They are seeking an amendment to mining act for resumption of the stalled activity. Prabhu, who was in Goa Friday night to participate in the Global Venture Summit, also met the leaders ofthe GMPF. "Prabhu has assured us that he would check the possibility of leading the delegation (comprising) all political parties from Goa and stake-holders of the mining industry to the prime minister to discuss the issue of amending mining laws for resumption of the mining activity," said Gaonkar. GMPF is an umbrella organisation of mining dependents. Mining in Goa came to a halt from March this year after the top court quashed renewal of 88 iron ore leas..
                 

Surgical strike was overhyped, says retired Lt General DS Hooda

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Two years after surgical strikes were carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC), Lt Gen (retd) D S Hooda on Friday alleged that the hype associated with the Surgical Strike was not needed. Speaking to ANI, Hooda said, 'I do think there was too much hype over it. The military operation was important and we had to do it. Now how much should it have been politicised, whether it is right or wrong is something that should be asked to politicians.' Elaborating upon how the forces on the border should react to events that occur on the Line of Control (LoC), Hooda said, 'I think the way the things are going on the LoC, we must have a pro-active and unpredictable response unless Pakistan does something to ease tensions and stop infiltrations.' However, former Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag in September revealed that the Indian Army had been preparing for the 2016 surgical strike since June 2015, adding that the troops were told that failure was "not an option". M..
                 

WCD to push for more power to NCW for sexual harassment cases

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The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has decided to pitch for more strength to the National Commission for Women (NCW) in the first meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to look into laws against sexual harassment at the workplace, said an official on Friday. "We will concentrate on one thing, that is strengthening of NCW. We took it to the Cabinet also but it could not be passed. It has been pending for three years now. So, this time we are going to resurrect it...," said the official. The first meeting is scheduled to be held on December 10, according to a top government source. According to the Ministry, the proposed provisions were part of the National Commission for Women bill that was drafted in April 2015 on the basis of suggestions of another GoM, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Following the #MeToo movement, the government in October formed the new GoM, which was headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, along with three other Cabinet Minist..
                 

Noida airport to be built on PPP mode

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The construction of the Noida International Airport at Jewar will be done on a public-private-partnership (PPP) mode, Uttar Pradesh authorities said on Saturday. A government order has been issued by the Civil Aviation Department after a nod from the state cabinet. At a cabinet meeting held earlier this week, it was decided that acquired land will be given on a 90-year lease to the Noida International Airport Limited (NAIL) and that it be vested the powers of selecting the developer. Six villages -- Bajauta Rajawaha, Rajwaha, Dayanatpur Rajawah, Kishrepur Alpika and Pathvaya Nala -- are likely to be shifted for the purpose. The irrigation department will oversee and facilitate the shifting process, an official told IANS. The state government has also ratified the financial and administrative clearance of Rs 4,500 crore required for acquisition of 1,239.14 hectares of land at a price of Rs 2,300 per square metres. The government land that comes in the ambit of the airport will, howe..
                 

Mumbai: State, schools still caught in vaccination confusion

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Confusion around the government's Measles and Rubella (M-R) vaccination drive doesn't seem to end. City schools have now been issued with directives to ensure 100 per cent attendance on the day of the vaccination as also to upload details of all the students who are vaccinated immediately on the online portal to ensure real-time updates. Yet, the state health department has said the vaccination is not mandatory. This has led to much uncertainty among parents who have already vaccinated their children. The state government's M-R Vaccination drive where kids from in the age group of 9 months to 15 years are vaccinated has been questioned in the past too following several apprehensions around it. When the drive first began, parents were confused as most children had already been vaccination in infancy. Also, some children had reported reactions to the medicine, further scaring parents. When mid-day reported this issue, a state government officer had said the vaccination was not compulsor..
                 

Amit Shah: BJP's growth in Bengal scares Mamata

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Declaring that the BJP's growth in West Bengal has scared Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP president Amit Shah Friday accused her of "throttling" democracy in the state by denying permission to three 'yatras' of his party. Shah's scathing attack came after the BJP had to postpone three 'rath yatras' in the state due to the Mamata Banerjee government refusing permission and the party failing to get any relief from the court so far. "We will definitely carry out all 'yatras', nobody can stop us. The BJP is committed to change in West Bengal. The 'yatras' have not been cancelled, just postponed," Shah said at a press conference. His party will follow the judicial process to get permission for them, he said. Shah's comments came a day after the Calcutta High Court refused the BJP permission to hold a 'rath yatra' in Coochbehar, following the state government expressing apprehensions of violence. Shah was scheduled to flag off the 'rath yatra' on Friday. The BJP has moved an appeal befo..
                 

'Don't have smart phones, how do we book online to refuel?'

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Kaali-peeli taxi and autorickshaw drivers in Mumbai will protest against the 'high-handedness' of Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) next week, alleging it has made online booking compulsory for them to refuel. Union leaders said many of the drivers are poor and cannot afford smart phones. Drivers plan to gather outside the MGL office at Bandra Kurla Complex on Thursday to voice their objections. But as per a note by MGL, drivers can also opt for sending an SMS to refuel. Facility only at 3 fuel pumps"A large number of taxi and autorickshaw operators under the banner of Mumbai Taximen's Union and Bombay Autorickshawmen's Union will protest against the mandatory online booking to fill CNG. The MGL has so far introduced a system to fill through online booking only at three CNG pumps in the city, and it will be gradually introduced in all the pumps," Mumbai Taximen's Union leader Anthony L Quadros said. As per the system, the drivers have to book a time slot to refuel their vehicle online, afte..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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A tribute to his mentor"In a world obsessed with exhibiting, collecting and celebrating creativity, one glaring omission is the life and works of India's Rennaisance Man — Dashrath Patel," reads the curator's note for an exhibition, spanning the late designer, photographer, artist and sculptor's oeuvre, which opens in the city today. As part of his quest to make amends for this omission, architect-designer Pinakin Patel founded the Dashrath Patel Museum in Alibaug. A recent visit by the Goethe-Institut's Mumbai team to the museum resulted in the idea of the exhibition, which Pinakin was invited to curate. Pinakin Patel and Dashrath Patel "He had all the makings to be ranked prominently among [India's celebrated] painters," said Pinakin, adding that his contemporaries included MF Husain, Tyeb Mehta and SH Raza. Talking to this diarist about why he feels Patel's name was lost in the narrative on India's contemporary art history, he said, "It's just that later on in his life, he w..
                 

Court verdict in Sohrabuddin, Prajapati 'encounter' cases on Dec 21

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Over a decade after it erupted into a major political storm, a Special CBI Court has fixed December 21 as the date for the final verdict in the alleged 'fake encounters' of gangster Sohrabuddin Anwar Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati and the rape-cum-murder of Kausar Bi here on Friday. The final arguments in the case, which were taken up on December 3, ended two days later before CBI Special Judge S.J. Sharma. "I need around 14 days. I am sure I will complete by December 21. If not, then I will pass the judgment on December 24," the judge said on Friday. The alleged "fake encounters" of gangsters Sohrabuddin and Prajapati and the disappearance of the former's wife, Kausar Bi, took place in 2005-06, kicking off a major political controversy. The prosecution's case was that Sohrabuddin was linked with terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Tayiba and was allegedly conspiring to assassinate "an important political leader", presumably then Chief Minister (and now Prime Minister) Narendra Modi. The..
                 

MJ Akbar complete professional, man of integrity: Tarot card reader

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A woman astrologer and tarot card reader on Friday told a Delhi court that she has never heard of any misbehaviour by former Union Minister M.J. Akbar, who has always been a complete professional and a person of high integrity. Veenu Sandal told Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal that Akbar, as a globally-acclaimed scholarly author and as an editor transformed the face of Indian journalism. Testifying as a complainant witness in the Akbar's defamation case against Ramani, Sandal told the court that she wrote columns on astrology and tarot cards reading in "The Asian Age" newspaper from 1994 to 2009. She said that many colleagues used to narrate their professional, personal and career issues and problems and seek astrology and Tarrot card-based guidance from her. "In my association with The Asian Age between 1994 till 2009, no one ever narrated or ever spoke to me against his (Akbar) misbehaviour," she said. The tarot cards reader told the court that few could ma..
                 

Imran Khan: BJP has 'anti-Muslim', 'anti-Pakistan' approach

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has an "anti-Muslim" and "anti-Pakistan" approach and claimed New Delhi rebuffed all his gestures due to the upcoming general elections. "The ruling party (in India) has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach," said Khan in an interview to the Washington Post on Thursday when asked why his gestures to India were dismissed since he took power earlier this year. He claimed that India rejected his repeated calls for peace because it has the general elections coming up in 2019. "India has elections coming up. They rebuffed all my overtures." Khan expressed the hope that once the elections get over in India, both countries can resume talks. Talking about the Kartarpur corridor, Khan told the Post that he opened the Kartarpur border to facilitate visa-free pilgrimage by Indian Sikhs to Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara where Sikhism's founder Guru Nanak Dev spent the last 18 years of his life. A day earl..
                 

Aarey tribal faced with nearly 1,500% increase in electricity bill

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After years of paying electricity bills of R50-80 for his spartan tribal home in Aarey Colony, Chandu Jadhav, 66, received a rude shock this week: Adani slapped him with a bill for R1,250, which is nearly 1,500% higher than any of his past bills. Now the physically challenged senior citizen has no idea how to manage his monthly expenses, as Adani's bill will gobble up more than a fifth of his modest monthly pension. Chandu is among some 30 lakh suburban consumers who have experienced an abnormal hike in power bills ever since their power supplier changed from Reliance Energy to Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML) in September. The tribal resident of Vanicha Pada in Aarey Colony, Goregaon East, is a retired Class IV employee of the state water supply department, and earns a monthly pension of R5,500. This is the only source of income on which he supports his wife and three children. But since the family received the electricity bill from Adani on December 3, they have been worried ..
                 

Ananya Birla: Mental illness is surrounded by shame, stigma

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Ananya Birla feels there is a stigma and fear surrounding mental illness which often isolates people. The singer says people in India are scared to reach out for help because they don't want to be judged. The singer, daughter of businessman Kumar Mangalam Birla, has in the past opened up about her own struggle with mental health, and asserts that it is very important for public figures to talk about it. "The first step in addressing the issues around mental health around the world is to try to stamp out the stigma and normalise discussions about it by talking openly and shamelessly," Ananya, 24, told IANS over an email. "People, especially in India, are scared to reach out for help because they don't want to be judged. The taboo that exists is our biggest challenge at the moment. Mental health is a topic that is rarely discussed and when it is, it is often trivialised. It's important that people like me, and those in the media, speak out to challenge this," she added. "We need ment..
                 

India growth story: Worst over, best yet to come, says Suresh Prabhu

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Commerce minister Suresh Prabhu Friday was optimistic about the India growth story saying, "the worst is over and best is yet to come." The minister was addressing the Global Venture Capital Summit in Goa, attended by over 100 investors from across the globe keen on start-ups. "There is no market, which is exciting as India...This is a new phase in India's growth story," Prabhu said inviting investors to participate in this. The minister said phenomenal growth will take place in every sector. Noting the drive of infrastructure creation in the country under the Narendra Modi-led government, Prabhu said this is a dire need for such a large country. "The government has to invest more than 10 per cent on infrastructure year after year. That is because we failed to do it in the past," he said indirectly blaming the former Congress-led governments at the Centre. Prabhu, who was also railway minister, said on that front, the entire investment was running into hundreds of billions of dolla..
                 

Gadkari collapses during national anthem; says it was 'low sugar'

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Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari fainted and collapsed during a function here on Friday. The incident occurred when he was standing with other dignitaries for the National Anthem at the convocation function of the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV) Agricultural University. Gadkari started feeling uneasy, lost his balance and collapsed on the dais. Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao and some others rushed to prevent him from falling. He was examined by a team of medicos and his condition was described as "stable" by Bharatiya Janata Party colleagues. Nitin Gadkari went on to clarify his situation on social networking website Twitter to all his fans and followers.  Had slight medical condition due to low sugar. I have been attended by doctors and i am doing well now. I thank all of you for all the well wishes. — Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) December 7, 2018 Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new..
                 

A year on, Mumbai still waiting for fire-fighting bikes

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Tired of battling the city's narrow lanes and bylanes, the Mumbai Fire Brigade had, last year, planned to procure motorcycles that could carry 40 litres of water and other fire-fighting equipment. But, the process was stalled then as it is at loggerheads with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which had rejected the idea, as only one bidder had come forward. The Fire Brigade now wants to reopen the tenders. The Royal Enfield Himalayan bikes were to have fitted on them a 40- litre water tank along with an integrated fire- fighting pump, a 30- metre hose reel, GPS, light and other basic fire- fighting equipment. Need for the bikes In the past decade, over 600 people have died in fires in Mumbai. Many of these lives could have been saved if the Fire Department had procured fire- fighting bikes like Kerala and Karnataka. Many of these fires occur in places with limited accessibility that hinders the rescue process. 'Same bidders will apply' This month, the Fire Department wi..
                 

Mika Singh to be produced in Dubai court today

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Bollywood singer Mika Singh will be produced before a Dubai court later today, Indian Ambassador to United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navdeep Singh Suri told ANI. Singh was released from detention of Dubai Police last night after efforts by the Indian Embassy. "Following efforts by the embassy, singer Mika was released at 11.30 pm last night. He will be produced before a court today," Suri told ANI. Mika was detained in Dubai after a girl lodged a harassment complaint against him, a member of the singer's team informed. Earlier, Suri had earlier informed that his representatives also visited the police station where Singh was detained. The 'Subha Hone Na De' singer had gone to UAE to perform at a Bollywood event in Dubai. He had also shared a video from the location on his official Instagram account. This is not the first time that the 41-year-old singer has faced charges for inappropriate behaviour. Way back in the year 2006, Rakhi Sawant had accused the singer of forcibly kissing her. C..
                 

Savitribai Phule resigns, blames BJP's divisive politics

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BJP MP Savitribai Phule resigned from the primary membership of the party on Thursday, saying it was playing "divisive politics" and was misusing money to construct temples and statues." The Dalit MP from Bahraich, who has long been critical of the party's leadership and resigned on the death anniversary of B R Ambedkar, said she wants to get the Constitution implemented in letter and spirit. "I have resigned from the party. But I will continue as a Lok Sabha member till the end of my tenure," Phule said. "Desh ke chowikdar ki pehredari mein, sansadhono ki chori karai ja rahi hai ( the country's resources are being looted under the watch of the country's gateman)," she said in a derisive reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Slamming the BJP, she said people did not get Rs 15 lakh as promised but money was misused in constructing statues and temples.  Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iO..
                 

Woman poisoned to death over dowry demands

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A woman was allegedly poisoned to death by her husband and in-laws over demands for dowry in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, police said on Friday. The woman, Rashim, was found dead at her residence in Khedki village under Garhi Pukhta police station on Thursday evening, they said. According to a complaint lodged by her father, Rajender, Rashim's in-laws called her parents on Thursday and asked them to visit their daughter as she was unwell.When Rashim's parents reached her residence, they found her dead and that her in-laws had fled, it said.The complaint alleged that Rashim was being harassed for dowry by her husband, Tinku, who she married three years ago, and his family. The woman's family held a protest and demanded the immediate arrest of the accused.Police said five persons including Tinku have been booked. A manhunt has been launched to nab the accused, they said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Andr..
                 

Jiah Khan case: Sessions court rejects CBI's plea of transferring trial

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In a major setback to the CBI's role in the probe of the Jiah Khan death case, the sessions court on Thursday refused to transfer the matter to a special CBI court. On July 25, 2018, the CBI had moved a plea before Pushpa Ganediwala, principal judge, city civil and sessions court, requesting transfer of the trial to a special CBI court, and had even submitted a notification issued by the Law and Judiciary Department to support it. The CBI in their plea (copy with this paper) stated that the Juhu police conducted the initial investigation in the case and filed a charge sheet before the 10th additional chief metropolitan magistrate court, Andheri, on June 10, 2014. Thereafter, the sessions court started hearing the case.The investigating agency stated, "Following a Bombay High Court order dated July 3, 2014 in a criminal writ petition filed by Jiah's mother Rabiya Khan, the state government handed over further investigation of the case to CBI. She was not satisfied with the probe carrie..
                 

Mumbai: Balbharati gets perfect score with SSC videos

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Within hours of Balbharati launching its YouTube channel to explain the new SSC exam pattern, it had thousands of hits. The state's textbook bureau has received 8,000 subscribers for it. The channel that can be accessed free of cost, has teachers simplifying the new curriculum and examination pattern. This is the first year of the new curriculum for SSC, and the examination pattern too has changed, leading to major confusion and stress among students. Considering the situation, Balbharati, for the first time, recently held a practice SSC examination — wherein it uploaded question papers for students to download — which received tremendous response from across the state. Soon after this, Balbharati announced a YouTube channel where videos with explanations of model answer papers for the practice test question papers would be uploaded. On the first day yesterday, as per the detailed schedule, model answer papers of all first language subjects were uploaded. A screen grab of..
                 

President Ram Nath Kovind to visit Myanmar from December 10 to 14

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Myanmar from December 10 to 14 during which he will hold talks with his counterpart U Win Myint and state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Ministry of External Affairs said Thursday. Elaborating on the visit, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the president and First Lady Savita will reach Nay Pyi Taw on December 10. Kovind will have his first engagement on December 11 during which he will hold talks with U Win Myint and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, he said in a media briefing. Several agreements are expected to be signed during the visit. The president will visit the Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education and the Rice Bio-park, both of which have been funded with Indian assistance, on December 12, Gokhale said. Kovind and the First Lady will travel to Yangoon and lay the wreath at the Martyrs Mausoleum, where Gen Aung San, father of Aung San Suu Kyi rests, on the same day. They will also visit the Shwedagon Pagoda. The presiden..
                 

Supreme Court: Puducherry government cannot decide nominated members

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The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedis decision to nominate three members to the Assembly holding that the government of Union Territory has no role in the nomination of members. The central government had on June 23, 2017 issued a notification nominating V. Saminathan, K.G. Shankar and S. Selvaganapathy as members of the Puducherry Assembly. The apex court said the Lt Governor had the power to nominate MLAs. The Congress had challenged the decision of Bedi to nominate the MLAs saying she should have consulted the Puducherry government. "We are of the clear opinion that nomination in the Legislative Assembly of Puducherry is not the business of the government of Puducherry. It is a business of central government," said a bench of Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer. "When the Constitution itself empowers Parliament to frame law to create a body, which may be partly nominated and partly elected … we fail to s..
                 

Here's what Narendra Modi gifted Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 5, 2018, wished a 'Happy married life' to the global icon Priyanka Chopra and American pop-singer Nick Jonas. The Prime Minister of India took to social networking site Instagram and sent across his message and blessings to the newly-married couple. In the candid photo shared by Narendra Modi, all three are seen greeting the other with a namaste.       View this post on Instagram Congratulations @priyankachopra and @nickjonas. Wishing you a happy married life. A post shared by Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) onDec 5, 2018 at 1:15am PST Making the night special for newlyweds, Prime Minister Modi attended their wedding reception in Delhi on December 4, 2018, amid tight security. The Prime Minister to had congratulated the couple and also gifted a rose as a token of best wishes at their Delhi reception.       View this post on Instagram A heartfelt thank you to our Hon'ble Pri..