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PM Narendra Modi stresses on Fit India, Yoga Day in 'Mann Ki Baat'

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the inauguration of 135km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway (NH-II) connecting Kundli to Palwal, at Bagpat, in Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday. PTI  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the country's response to his 'Fit India' initiative, saying that he did not anticipate the kind of response it garnered from the country. Addressing the nation on the 44th edition of the monthly radio programme, 'Mann Ki Baat', he said, "My dear countrymen, especially my young friends, just a couple of months ago, when I mentioned 'Fit India, I did not think it would draw such a good response; that a large number of people would come forward to support it. When I say 'Fit India', I believe that the more we play, the more we will inspire the country to come out and play." "People are sharing videos of Fitness Challenge on social media; they are tagging each other to spread the challenge. Everybody is now getting connected with this Fit India Campa..
                 

Mumbai: Massive fire engulfs Goregaon office building

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          Fire at office complex in Goregaon. Pic/Nikita Wagh A massive fire was reported in the Techniplex building in Mumbai's Goregaon (East) on Sunday. The fire is believed to have originated in the ground floor of the building. It is believed that several people have been trapped in the higher floors of the building. The exact extent of the damage is, however, unknown. Fire officials have been rushed to the spot and a rescue operation has been launched. Meanwhile, several social media users have shared videos and photos of the predicament. Fire fighters squad needed in extreme urgency, people waving from fifth floor and above... please send necessary forces.goregaon West mtnl Mumbai pic.twitter.com/RtsfBzKSpu — Anish Zachariah (@AnishZachariah2) May 27, 2018 Huge Fire in Goregaon (E), Mumbai pic.twitter.com/FomBzH3mKN — Naman Jain (@naman84) May 27, 2018 @MumbaiPolice fire in RBL Bank Building, S. V. Road, near Goregaon M..
                 

Yavatmal embraces 'farm pool' scheme with enthusiasm

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Representational Image Maharashtra's drought-prone Yavatmal has set an example for other districts by constructing more than 6,000 'farm pools' by cultivators to meet the irrigation demand in the district. An official claimed that by digging these pools, around 6,000 hectares of land will get "protected irrigation", thus raising hopes for a better rabi crop. A farm pool or pond is dug out to harvest rainwater and store it for future use. Since the inception of the state government's ambitious 'farm pool on demand' scheme two years back, the farmers in this district, located in the Vidarbha region, have constructed 6,200 farm pools, the official said. Agriculture is the principal occupation in Yavatmal, which had earlier been in news over a spate of farmer suicides. The district is spread over an area of of13,51,966 hectares, of which 9,60,500 hectares is under crop production. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the rainfall in the state has decreased in..
                 

Ruskin Bond says My grandmothers didn't tell me stories

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Ruskin Bond One of the revered authors in literature, Ruskin Bond says that neither of his grandmothers told him any tale unlike many children, who had their granny as their first storyteller. He recollects that as a boy he was very fond of reading and wanted to emulate his favourite authors and be one of them himself. He read everything he could lay his hands on - from Charles Dickens, PG Wodehouse, Somerset Maugham to Graham Greene. "I read everything from detective stories to the classics. It all made a difference. The books, the authors you read in the formative years are the ones that have the most impact," says Bond, who turned 84 on May 19. The prolific writer says the love of language and literature has kept him going. And he is also inspired by nature and the streams, hills and trees. "Many people had their grandmothers to tell them stories but nobody told me any. I started reading early and thus I read my own stories," he says. "One of my grandmothers was a very si..
                 

Delhi Metro: South Campus, Moti Bagh among 10 stations renamed

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Representational Image Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus and Sir Vishweshwaraiah Moti Bagh stations on the Delhi Metro Pink Line did not carry the name of the two personalities in the original plan and they were rechristened on the recommendations of a panel, which had suggested the renaming of eight other names on the network, according to sources. Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus station, named after the freedom fighter, social worker and educationist, is a part of the Pink Line corridor inaugurated in mid-March, and Sir Vishweshwaraiah Moti Bagh station, expected to open soon, intends to fortify the legacy of the legendary engineer-scholar. Both places are among the 10 stations whose names were changed following recommendations of the committee set up for renaming metro stations, the sources said. "The other stations include Tughlakabad (changed to Tughlakabad Station), Okhla (to Harkesh Nagar Okhla), Badarpur (to Badarpur Border) on Violet Line; Okhla-Phase III (to Okhla NSIC) on Ma..
                 

138-year-old Pune school opens its doors to girls

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Representational picture Pune: Ending the decades long tradition, a 138-year-old school, started here by freedom fighters including Bal Gangadhar Tilak, is all set to open its doors for girls from the upcoming academic session. The decision to this effect has been taken by the school management to break the "gender stereotypes", its principal said.The New English School was started by Tilak along with social reformers like Gopal Ganesh Agarkar and Vishnushastri Chiplunkar in 1880. The institution, run by the Deccan Education Society, had the co-education system till 1936. However, the education society then started another institution - Ahilyadevi High School - exclusively for girls in the city. Gone are the days when boys and girls were taught in different schools, said Nagesh Mone, who recently took over as the school's principal. "While growing up, the students should know that men and women are equal and in order to break the gender stereotypes, it is important to start co-educ..
                 

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway

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Narendra Modi New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the Rs 7,500-crore Delhi-Meerut Expressway that will reduce the travel time considerably. Modi, after inaugurating the 14-lane highway spanning Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to UP Gate, rode in an open car, waving at crowds gathered on either sides of the highway. Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari too rode in a separate open car alongside Modi. The roadshow started from Nizamuddin bridge, the start of the about 9-km first leg of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway. After a 6-km travel on the stretch, he flew to Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh to inaugurate the country's first smart and green highway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The first phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway costed Rs 842 crore on building the 9-km stretch of 14-lane highway, according to an advertisement released by the government on the project. The Delhi-Meerut Expressway, which will have dedicated bicycle tracks on ..
                 

This Pune doctor treats beggars for free

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Pune: 'Doctor is the second God' proverb truly describes this doctor from Pune, who treats homeless and beggars free of cost. Dr Abhijeet Sonawane starts his day by visiting shrines and religious places and treating the elderly and physically challenged homeless people, who beg to survive. Moreover, he not only looks after the needy but also admits those in critical conditions to the government hospitals, taking care of all of their expenses. Speaking to ANI, Sonawane said, "These elderly people are generally the ones who have been abandoned by their families and have no option but to beg. I not only do their check up but also give them free medicines which I carry with me. I do this from 10 am to 3 pm from Monday to Saturday." For these needy people, Sonawane is now like a family member, who has been helping them for almost two years now. He also has a trust named 'Soham Trust' which helps in executing this initiative. "This is my way of giving back to the society. While treating ..
                 

Woman fights off leopard to save daughter in Tamil Nadu

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Representational Image A woman bravely fought off a leopard to save her 11-year-old daughter at Valparai in the district, police said on Saturday. Thirty-year-old Muthulakshmi, along with her daughter Sathya, were picking firewood in the backyard of their house last night, when the feline pounced on the girl and began dragging it away by her neck, they said. Immediately, Muthulakshmi hit the leopard so hard with the firewood that the animal let go of the girl and fled into the jungle, the police said. Sathya sustained injuries on the neck and was taken to the government hospital at Pollachi. On hearing this, forest department personnel decided to trap the leopard, which reportedly has been on the prowl in the area for over the past 10 days or more. A fortnight ago, there were reports that a woman at Kanchamalai was a victim of a similar attack. 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 la..
                 

Stray dogs spotted inside Hardoi District Hospital wards

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Representational picture Hardoi: The apathy of the district hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur came to the public eye when a number of stray dogs were spotted inside the wards of the hospital, along with patients in Hardoi. People at the hospital said, "We are scared, but if we complain to the staff, they say just shoo the dogs away by yourself." Speaking on the issue, the Chief Medical Officer said, "We've taken cognisance of it and have deployed staff to not let this happen."This comes a time when increasing incidents of dog attacks have rattled the Sitapur city of Uttar Pradesh. Turning a deaf ear to the menace, State minister Suresh Kumar Khanna on Saturday said the government cannot be held responsible for the same. The menace began on May 1, when stray dogs began attacking children in Sitapur and nearby areas. To tackle the issue, the administration had called a dog catcher team from Mathura, but it was later sent back. Since November, 14 kids have reportedly been killed an..
                 

Bodh Gaya blasts: Court convicts five IM militants

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Representational picture A special NIA court on Friday convicted five Indian Mujahideen militants in the 2013 Bodh Gaya serial blasts case in which several persons, including Buddhist monks were injured. Special NIA judge Manoj Kumar Sinha held all the five accused - Imtiyaz Ansari, Haider Ali, Mujib Ullah, Omair Siddiqui and Azharuddin Qureishi - guilty in the case under various sections of the IPC, Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act and Explosives Act. The court fixed May 31 as the date for pronouncement of the quantum of sentence. The Buddhist pilgrim town was rocked by a series of explosions on the morning of July 7, 2013. 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 manage..
                 

Vedanta sticks with plan to expand Sterlite operations in Tamil Nadu

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London-listed Vedanta Resources hopes to restart its Sterlite copper smelter in Tamil Nadu and still wants to double its capacity despite protests demanding its closure that killed 13 people this week, a company executive said on Friday. The company's position comes a day after the state said it was seeking a permanent closure of the plant due to allegations that it pollutes the air and water of the locality. "We're not in that stage to look at setting up a plant elsewhere," P Ramnath, chief executive of Vedanta's India copper business, said in an interview. "We're confident that we will be able to overcome these issues." The plant in Thoothukudi has been shut since late March for maintenance and pending a renewal of its licence, even as locals continued peaceful protests demanding its permanent shutdown. 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..
                 

Lalita Salve sex change saga: Here's what his surgery entailed

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Lalita Salve After years of waiting, Lalit Kumar Salve (born as Lalita) finally feels like a man inside and out. Contrary to common perception, Lalit has biologically always been a man but was born with underdeveloped genitals that appeared more like a vagina, due to which he had been declared a woman on birth. Yesterday, doctors at St George Hospital excavated the penis buried under his skin and elongated it, so he can finally urinate like a man. mid-day had first broken the story on November 17, 2017, about the Beed constable's struggle to make the transformation from Lalita to Lalit. After months of back and forth with the state police, the Chief Minister's Office and the high court, she finally got permission from the office of the Beed SP earlier this month to go ahead with the surgery. Yesterday's surgery was the first phase in a series of procedures that will go on for a year and half, said Dr Rajat Kapur, a renowned plastic surgeon who led the operating team. Dr Kapur has so..
                 

Major Leetul Gogoi will be punished if found guilty: Army chief

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Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat and 15 Corps Commander Lt General A K Bhatt take a round of Army Goodwill Public School, Lidru Pahalgam in Anantnag district. Pic/PTI Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Friday that Major Leetul Gogoi would face exemplary punishment if found involved in any unlawful activity. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of a function at Pahalgam, Gen Rawat was asked to comment on the incident in which the Major was detained for questioning along with a girl by the police. The Army chief said, "Major Gogoi will be severely punished if he is found involved in any unlawful activity. If anyone in the Indian Army, at any rank, does any wrong and it comes to our notice, then strictest action will be taken." "If Major Gogoi has done something wrong, then I can say that he will be given due punishment and the punishment will be such that it will set an example." Major Gogoi hit the headlines in April last year when he tied a local weaver, Far..
                 

Lalita Salve sex change: Doctor's reveal secret test that sealed his fate

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Lalita Salve Before Lalit Salve's genital reconstruction surgery, the doctors had performed an artificial erection experiment on his underdeveloped penis, and the Beed constable happily rose to the occasion. With his reconstructed penis, Lalit will soon be able to urinate like a man. But in order to have reproductive abilities, he will require a testicular implant in the future. The success of yesterday's penile reconstruction surgery depended on whether or not Lalit could pass the erection test. Fortunately, he did. "We performed the test to see to what extent he would be able to perform normally as a man. Lalit passed the test," said Dr Rajat Kapur, the plastic surgeon who led the team that operated on the cop. There will be a second phase to finish construction of the penile conduit that will help Lalit pee in standing position. Since he does not have facial hair, the doctors will also transplant hair on his face to give him a beard and moustache in the later phases of the transf..
                 

Pawan Kalyan begins fast to over 'Uddanam' kidney ailment

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Pawan Kalyan Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan on Friday a began hunger strike, demanding the Andhra Pradesh government to find a solution to the kidney disease in Uddanam region of Srikakulam district. The Jana Sena chief launched the hunger strike at the place where he is staying in Etcherla mandal (block) of Srikakulam district at 5 p.m. He will continue the fast at Srikakulam town amid people. Jana Sena leaders said the hunger strike would continue till 5 p.m. on Saturday. Leaders of the Left parties will also call on Pawan to express their solidarity with his fast. Pawan, who is currently on a state-wide tour, had earlier demanded that the state government find a solution the problem in 48-hours, failing which he will go on hunger strike. He has said that Chandrababu Naidu government is not interested in solving people's problems and it is focused only on their votes. The actor said that the Uddanam problem was taken to the notice of the government but it had failed to respond to ..
                 

Floating restaurant capsizes off Mumbai, no casualties reported

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Ark Deck and Bar/Instagram- @arkdeckbar Popular floating restaurant 'Ark Deck Bar', off the coast near Bandra here, capsized and sank partially on Friday evening under the possible impact of huge tidal waves trigged by the Mekunu Cyclone, police said. At least 15 people on board, mostly crew, were immediately rescued as the vessel tilted dangerously this evening and were taken ashore in small motorboats, according to an official of Bandra Police station. The 'Ark Deck Bar' floatel, a luxurious offshore dining and party attraction, has a capacity of around 150 people and was anchored some distance off the Bandra Jetty, offering a magnificent view of the Mumbai skyline and the Rajiv Gandhi Bandra Worli Sea Link nearby. Meanwhile, the owner of Mumbai's first floatel, 'AB Celestial', Aishwarya Bhende said her vessel was shifted to and anchored off the Ferry Wharf in south Mumbai a couple of days ago after the Mekuni Cycone warning was issued by the maritime authorities. "Our floatel is..
                 

SSC paper leak: CBI questions India Head of private company

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Representational Image The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday questioned Chief Operating Officer (India Head) of a private company and conducted a raid at its Mumbai office in connection with Staff Selection Commission (SSC) paper leak case, informed sources. The CBI earlier on May 23, registered an FIR against 17 people in the concerned case. Among the ones against whom the FIR has been registered is a head of the content team of an IT company. The rest are some officials of SSC and other unknown persons. The case had been registered under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act and the Information Technology Act, 2000. The CBI also informed that they are conducting searches at 12 locations across the country. It was also revealed that the question paper was leaked 20 minutes before the examination. Earlier in May, the Delhi Police Crime Branch had arrested the alleged kingpin in the SSC paper leak case. On March 27, a joi..
                 

15 people injured as fire spreads after LPG leak

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Representational Image Fifteen persons suffered burn injuries in a fire that broke out following a leak from a cooking gas cylinder in east Delhi's Shahdara, police said on Friday. Delhi Fire Service (DFS) control room received a call about the fire on the second floor of a house in Krishna Nagar around 11 p.m. on Thursday, following which five fire tenders rushed to the spot and doused it. The fire broke out when one of the victims, Satto, aged 58, was cooking food on an LPG stove, Deputy Commissioner of Police Nupur Prasad said. Fire engulfed the room due to the gas leak, following which three neighbours tried to douse the flames but got burnt in the process. Brijesh, 15, Naresh, 16, Shiv Pojan, 19, Dharmveer, 28, Niranjan, 30, Ranjeet, 30, Rajpal, 60, and seven unidentified area residents were injured in the blaze and admitted in different hospitals. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps..
                 

Noshir Dadrawala won't step down as BPP trustee

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Noshir Dadrawala After walking out of a BPP board meeting in April and announcing that he was going to resign from his post, BPP trustee Noshir Dadrawala is now expected to continue his tenure. The sudden change of events took place at Tuesday's BPP board meeting, during which Dadrawala apparently decided to retain his position. "He said that he will stay because he did not want to give the Trust another election to deal with," said Yezdi Desai, president, BPP. "If he resigns now, we will have to hold another election for his post, and that is not possible as we already have an upcoming election for Munchi Cama's seat. We can't hold them simultaneously because the date for receiving nominations has gone by," he added. In early April, Dadrawala walked out of a BPP meeting after an argument with Desai and trustee Kersi Randeria. Dadrawala later circulated a WhatsApp message announcing he's stepping down from the post. Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affai..
                 

Lalita Salve sex change saga: He is happy he will never have to hide again

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Lalita Salve Speaking to mid-day, a senior doctor from St George hospital recollected an anecdote that Lalit has shared the night before his first surgery. Lalit recalled his childhood, when his parents would make him wear girls' clothes and would always fight with him over it. Extremely excited"Lalit was extremely excited and emotional about the first surgery. He told me about his childhood days, when he was forced to wear girls' clothes. He used to hate wearing those outfits, as he had always felt like a man from inside. But he kept brushing his discomfort under the carpet until he grew up and understood the truth," said the doctor. By the age 12, Lalit had already realised that he was actually a man, but it would be much longer before he finally came out. He enjoyed wearing shirts and pants like a man, but made him the subject of much speculation and laughter. "So, he was relieved that people will no longer question him for dressing like a man. In fact, he hated it when his pare..
                 

Kerala procures 50 doses of monoclonal antibody to combat Nipah

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Representational Image With the help of Indian Council of Medical Research and World Health Organisation, the Kerala government has procured about 50 doses of a monoclonal antibody from Australia to combat Nipah virus, state Health minister K K Shylaja said today. The antibody will be brought to the state soon, the minister told reporters here. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had written to the Queensland government in Australia asking it to provide the antibody developed there to test if it can "neutralise" the virus in humans. Speaking to the media after an all-party meeting here, the minister said the situation, in the aftermath of the outbreak of the deadly virus, was under control. It has not spread throughout the state, she said. Measures have been taken to ensure the safety of the caregivers in hospital, she said, adding, steps have been taken to ensure that the virus does not spread to other areas. The steps taken by the government to combat the virus were re..
                 

Mumbai to get UAV surveillance, panic buttons to ensure women's safety

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Representational Image To enhance women's safety in the megapolis, Mumbai police are planning to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance and install 'panic buttons' across the city, a senior official said on Friday. The measures are part of an Rs 252-crore Safe City Project, which will be implemented fully in three years. "Use of UAVs for this purpose will be the first in the country," said KM M Prasanna, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), who worked on the project. After the Nirbhaya gang-rape incident of 2012, the Union Home Ministry invited proposals from police departments of big cities to provide more security to women. It also allocated Central funds for such projects. Mumbai Police came up with Safe City Project which contemplates the use of state-of-the-art technology, said Prasanna. Sixty percent of the cost is expected to be borne by the Centre, he said, adding that the Maharashtra government recently gave the in-principle nod for the project. The enti..
                 

Mumbai: 5-year-old boy repeatedly abandoned by parents, now up for adoption

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Shivam and his father, Kaushalendra Mishra, who abandoned him a fortnight ago At the tender age of five, Shivam Mishra has already been abandoned by his parents thrice, and now his mother is putting him up for adoption. Perhaps this time, though, he has a shot at finding a permanent home and family, with the help of a local NGO. His mother Nisha Pawar, 36, met his father Kaushalendra Mishra, 35, in 2011, while they were both working at an ice cream factory in Malwani, Malad. They fell in love and tied the knot in 2012, against the wishes of both their families. Shivam was born a year later, and the family was happy - for a while. Shivam was reunited with his mother after three years, but she too wants to put him up for adoption now Fickle parentsIn 2015, Nisha dumped her husband and son after she fell for another man. Three years later, it was Kaushalendra's turn to abandon the child. He approached the Janhit Vichar Foundation and told the social workers that he was financially una..
                 

No summer break for city teachers, thanks to poll duty

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Prashant Redij, Principals' Association Their summer vacations had only just begun, and now teachers from government schools have been asked to report for election duty. Ironically, the teachers have been summoned to conduct voter registrations for none other than the teachers' constituency election, scheduled for June 25. What has irked them is the fact that they been tasked with voter registration in an election where they are the voters. Worse yet, the registration process ends on June 15. Schools are expected to reopen around this time as well, leaving them with no vacation time at all. School principals were shocked when they received notices from the government asking them to make teachers available immediately for election duty. The notices even questioned how the principals sanctioned holidays to the teachers. With many teachers already out on vacation, it has proved difficult for principals to contact them. On the other hand, if they fail to turn up, action can be taken aga..
                 

Delhi High Court seeks AAP government's response on plea for lower drinking age

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Representational Image The Delhi High Court on Friday sought a response from the AAP government on a PIL seeking quashing of a provision in the Delhi Excise Act which prescribes 25 years as the minimum legal age for buying and drinking alcohol. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued a notice to the Excise department of the Delhi government on the plea which cited the lower drinking age in other states of the country. The matter is listed for next hearing on October 9. The High Court was hearing a plea filed by lawyer Kush Kalra seeking quashing of section 23 of Delhi Excise Act, 2009 which prescribes 25 years as the legal age of drinking in Delhi. The plea has also sought to know what steps the Delhi government has taken towards prohibiting and regulating the sale and supply of alcohol to persons under the age of 25 years in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. In his plea, Kalra said that while the legal age to drink in Uttar Pradesh, Go..
                 

New series of books to mark Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary

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Mahatma Gandhi A wide range of books and scholarly readings on Mahatma Gandhi will be published by the India office of Oxford University Press (OUP) to mark his 150th birth anniversary. The publisher informed IANS that a series of new books will be commissioned, acclaimed old titles re-published, and online contests, as well as giveaways, will be used to promote these books, and create a deeper understanding about Gandhi. Some of them will also explore "newer angles" on the man, widely hailed as India's Father of the Nation. "Gandhi is one figure who has his share of admirers and detractors. For all that he stood for, he is a political icon that cannot be ignored -- the icon who made the world sit up and notice. We are very excited about bringing new writings on the unexplored aspects of Gandhi. The fresh perspectives will help people across generations to see Gandhi in a new light," said Sugata Ghosh, Director, Academic India, OUP. The initiative, the publisher said, will encourag..
                 

Indian restaurant blast in Canada: Missions working full-time assures EAM Swaraj

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Sushma Swaraj External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Friday that Indian missions in Canada are working round the clock after a blast at an Indian restaurant in Ontario province. Swaraj said she was in constant touch with India's consul general in Toronto and the high commissioner in Canada. "There is a blast in Indian restaurant Bombay Bhel in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. I am in constant touch with our Consul General in Toronto and Indian High Commissioner in Canada. Our missions will work round the clock. The Emergency number is +1-647-668-4108," she tweeted. There is a blast in Indian restaurant Bombay Bhel in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. I am in constant touch with our Consul General in Toronto and Indian High Commissioner in Canada. Our missions will work round the clock. The Emergency number is : +1-647-668-4108.Please RT — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 25, 2018 Canadian media reports cited police as saying that two unidentified men detonated a power..
                 

Narendra Modi accepts Virat Kohli's fitness challenge, leaves Twitterati fuming

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Narendra Modi. File pic The viral fitness challenge 'HumFitTohIndiaFit' drew a mixed response from the citizens across the nation. Where a section of society is enthusiastically posting their fitness videos on the social media, the other is criticising the same. Taking cognizance of the same, the government sources have expressed regret on the portrayal of the ‘noble gesture’ in poor light and ‘trivialising’ it by certain quarters. The sources said such reaction is saddening when the government is keen to encourage the youth to take more physical activities in order to promote fitness. "Taking into account the health profile and the lifestyle of people, especially the youth in urban areas, the Government is keen to encourage them to take to more physical activities,” the government sources said. They asserted that both work and workout can go hand in hand anywhere- be it home or office adding that a few minutes of workout would is not a ‘waste of..
                 

Yeddyurappa accuses H D Kumaraswamy of 'arrogant' behaviour

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Kumaraswamy shakes hands with AICC President Rahul Gandhi, in Bengaluru. Pic/PTI BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday accused Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of "arrogant and authoritative behaviour", claiming that he did not seem to have faith or trust in the Congress. Questioning Kumaraswamy for not allowing Deputy CM G Parameshwara from the Congress to speak in his maiden press conference, Yeddyurappa said it indicated his lack of camaraderie towards the coalition partner. "Kumaraswamy's arrogant behaviour makes it clear that he does not have faith or trust in the Congress party," Yeddyurappa claimed in a statement. "What can people expect from such an unholy alliance? It also indicates lack of camaraderie in him," he alleged. 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 a..
                 

Nipah virus: Another person dies in Kerala; collector bans public meets

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Doctors and patients wear safety masks as a precautionary measure after the Nipah virus outbreak, at a Kozhikode medical college. Pic/PTI With the death of one more patient, who tested positive for Nipah virus (NiV) on Thursday morning, the disease has claimed 12 lives in Kerala, officials said. The death of Moosa was confirmed at a private hospital where he was being treated. Early this month, two of his sons and a relative also passed away. They were the first cases of NiV that were reported last week. Meanwhile, though the incidence of patients coming for treatment with symptoms of NiV is on the decline, Kozhikode Collector U V Jose has banned till May 31 all public meetings and even training courses, including tuitions to avoid assembly of people. The health department said on Thursday that a total of 160 samples were sent for testing to Pune. Of the 22 results that had come, 14 had tested positive. Meanwhile, the authorities have come out with a protocol to be carried out when..
                 

Panchgani deemed 'cleanest' in West Zone, here's how Mumbai can follow suit

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Laxmi Karhadkar shows how households segregate the garbage One of Mumbai's favourite weekend getaways - Panchgani - has just been declared the cleanest town (city) in the Western Zone. A delighted mayor, Laxmi Karhadkar, informed mid-day that it was the triple 'R' philosophy – reduce, reuse and recycle – that helped the town bag the honour. Karhadkar, who is originally from Colaba, said while the Indian government's Swachh Survekshan 2018 award to Panchgani, has been announced, it has not formally given it as yet. "We, at Panchgani have achieved what we set out to: make our heritage town (it is a hill station founded by the British) the cleanest in India," she said. Swachh Survekshan is a government of India ranking for rural and urban areas for cleanliness and active implementation of the Swachhata mission. Laxmi Karhadkar (second from left) along with Mumbai tourists, Daisy Navdar, Phiroze Navdar and Sangeeta James, at the garbage dump-turned-garden You're finedKarha..
                 

BJP keeps its seats, Shiv Sena adds two more in self-govt elections

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Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray addresses a campaign rally for Palghar Assembly by-poll, in Palghar, Maharashtra, on Thursday. Pic/PTI While the BJP has retained two seats, its ruling partner Shiv Sena added two more members to the Upper House in the local self-government constituency elections; NCP bagged one seat. Of the six seats, the results of five were declared on Thursday, the sixth segment has been stayed by the high court over some problems during polling. These elections do not really reflect the mood of the general public, but will help the BJP and Sena get the upper hand in the Legislative Council where the Congress and NCP have greater numbers. More numbers are expected to come in the BJP-Sena's favour when the teachers'/graduates' and Assembly members' constituencies go to the polls on June 25, and in July, respectively. The biggest shock any party could receive in these elections was cross-voting in Amravati, in which a Congress candidate Anil Madhogariya got only 17..
                 

Mumbai: Ola blacklists driver for molesting banker

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Suresh Kumar Yadav After learning about one of its drivers molesting a woman passenger, cab aggregator Ola acted swiftly against the accused and blacklisted him. On Monday night, the Powai police arrested Suresh Kumar Yadav, 36, who was a driver for Ola, for allegedly molesting a 24-year-old woman during her trip from Nariman Point to Mumbai. A spokesperson for the company said, "We regret the unfortunate incident that occurred during the ride. We have zero tolerance for such incidents and the driver has been blacklisted from the platform immediately after receiving the complaint. Customer safety is our priority and we are extending full support to the police authorities for further investigation." Meanwhile, Yadav was produced before the court on Tuesday and remanded in police custody. Senior police inspector of Powai police station Anil Phophale said further inquiry with the accused is going on. A source said Yadav has denied all the allegations made against him, calling them base..
                 

Devendra Fadnavis: Many leaders in queue to join BJP

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Devendra Fadnavis Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday claimed that many leaders from various parties in Maharashtra are ready to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) soon. "Several leaders are enthusiastically queuing up to join the BJP. Just wait and watch," Fadnavis said, while welcoming former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Niranjan Davkhare to the party fold. He added that the BJP was always ready to accommodate people who were doing good work for the people and society and the entry of a youth leader like Davkhare "would be an asset to the party". "What Maharashtra has achieved in the past four years was never seen in the earlier two decades. Similarly, in the past 25 years, the one government that has stood behind the people like the Himalayas is the present (Modi) government," Fadnavis said. Today's development came amidst fresh political speculation that another NCP legislator and Mathadi labour leader, Narendra Patil, was likely to cross over to the ..
                 

Maharashtra Prison Department: Study while serving time, get sentence reduced

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In a bid to encourage jail inmates to study, the Maharashtra prison department has announced that it will lessen convicts' sentences if they clear exams while serving time. Additional Director General of Prisons B K Upadhyay issued a circular last week, a copy of which is with mid-day. How it will workWhile there's no benefit for just becoming literate, for clearing SSC/HSC or any diploma exam, a reduction of five days in the sentence will be given, which will be increased to eight days if the inmate clears the exam with a score of 60 per cent or above. Graduating will result in a reduction of 15 days, which will be increased to 20 for those passing with First Class or above. Similarly, for getting a postgraduate degree, there will be a reduction of 20 days in the sentence, increased to 25 for First Class or above marks. Completing PhD, MPhil or any research will also ensure a reduction of 20 days. Explaining how this circular was arrived at, jail officials said that while serving th..
                 

Don't panic, Nipah virus has been contained, says Kerala health minister

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Family members of the patients admitted at Kozhikode Medical College wear safety masks as a precautionary measure. Pic/PTI Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja said that the outbreak of Nipah virus (NiV) has been contained and there was no need to panic. Seventeen people are being treated at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital. The disease has been confined to Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. But the minister said two new cases of patients with suspected NiV were reported in Kozhikode and they were under observation. Shailaja told the media that though the virus had been contained, there was a need be alert. "The entire expenditure of these patients would be borne by the state and there need not be any panic over bats. The government is awaiting the supply of ribavirin, a drug that's used for treating similar cases," she 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 ..
                 

Murder mystery: Man betrayed by friends and the very thing he built his life on

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Priyam Srivastava Three months after Priyam Bharti Srivastava, 28, died mysteriously during his birthday lunch in Belapur, the police have filed a murder case against his four flatmates. While talking to his father, the four had made up a story about Priyam suffering a heart attack. But the forensic reports have now revealed that he died of petroleum hydrocarbon poisoning. The accused have since gone missing. Priyam Srivastava, 28, had built a life around petroleum, never suspecting that it would eventually be his death. He was a site engineer at the Essar Petroleum Company in Belapur, and since 2016, he had shared a flat in Ulwe with four of his colleagues — Abhishek Sharma, Badri Yadav, Bappan Mukherjee and Mayank Chaudhari. Priyam Srivastava on Feb 13, his birthday On his birthday on February 13, he cut a cake with his friends, and decided to extend the celebrations with a birthday lunch with his flatmates the next day. "He had called me in the morning, around 11.30 am. ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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An organic startActor-poet Arunoday Singh, who is currently busy shuttling between Rishikesh and Mumbai for the shoot of an upcoming web show, has something new to offer. The hunky actor and his Canadian vegan chef wife, Leeanna, are all set to open an organic café in Bandra in November. The duo, who own Puttu Cafe in Goa's Vagator area, believe in eating right and healthy, something that reflects on their menu. Singh has also made a conscious decision to source locally produced food and organic harvest, and is reducing his daily intake of meat. The duo aim to recreate something similar to their Goan property. They might name it something else, though. Happiness is in your handsDay in and day out, we go through our daily rigour to meet the demands of living in a mega metropolis. And while we try and help out others whenever we can, there is sometimes no one for us to go to with our problems. Everyone needs some cheer in their lives, though, and often all it takes for that is..
                 

Mumbai: Ward officers to tour cities for waste handling lessons

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Pic for representation The chief of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Ajoy Mehta, is once again planning to start a trend, which earlier failed to yield the desired results. Just the way corporators used to go on study tours sponsored by the civic body, now ward officers will have to tour different cities to learn about their solid waste management techniques.Earlier this month, Mehta had instructed some of the officers to visit cities like Ahmedabad, Goa, Indore and Bangalore and find out how they managed their wastes. They have also been asked to prepare reports on the visits and present them by next month. Swachh citiesAccording to civic sources, two ward officers have already visited a couple of cities and are in the process of preparing the reports. As Mumbai has failed to make it to the top of the list of 'swachh' cities, the municipal commissioner wants the ward officers to study the waste disposal models of those cities, which have been ranked higher. Sources said tha..
                 

One killed in boiler blast at Nitin Gadkari's farm in Maharashtra

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Representational picture Nagpur: A 45-year-old worker died due to a fall while running away after a boiler blast at a farm owned by Union minister Nitin Gadkari's family near here, the police said on Wednesday. The deceased, identified as Pradeep Shriram, and two other workers were processing turmeric in a water boiler at the farm located in Dhapewada village last evening, Kalmeshwar police station in-charge Chandrashekhar Bahadure said. There was a blast in the boiler following which the three workers ran from there, but Shriram fell to the ground and sustained injuries, he said. The worker was rushed to a hospital in Kalmeshwar town where he succumbed to his injuries, he said. A case of accidental death was registered, Bahadure said. He confirmed that the farm was of Gadkari's family. When contacted, Nitin Kulkarni, the PRO of Manas Agro Industries, which is run by the minister's family, said a turmeric production process was underway at the farm yesterday. Two to three people, i..
                 

Mumbai: JJ doctors call off strike after written assurance

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Resident doctors of state-run J J Hospital stage a protest during a strike, over the alleged assault of two of their colleagues following the death of a patient at the hospital, in Mumbai, on Monday. Pic/PTI In a huge relief for the patients at state-run JJ Hospital, the resident doctors finally called off their strike on Tuesday evening after a successful meeting with Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan and the hospital authorities, in which they were promised that their demands would be met soon. Meetings resolve issueLate on Monday night, the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) first had a meeting with the hospital authorities, but that didn't help resolve the issue, as the doctors were not given a written assurance. Thereafter, the hospital management reviewed the security measures till Tuesday afternoon, and then in a subsequent meeting gave a written assurance to the doctors that their demands would be met. Following this, the strike was called off. Apart ..
                 

Mumbai Milkman adopts unique way to ferry his wares after petrol price hike

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Pandurang Vishe now travels on horseback to deliver milk It's time for the government to open its eyes and see what measures people are taking to deal with the exorbitant hike in petrol prices across the country. After the rate per litre increased to Rs 84.52 in Maharashtra, milkman Pandurang Vishe, 49, sold off his bike and bought a horse. Vishe, a resident of Dasai village in Murbad area, took the decision after he started facing losses in his business due to the price hike, as he had to daily travel six to seven kilometers on his bike to deliver milk. Speaking to mid-day, Vishe said, "My family has been in this business for the past 40 years. But, for the past couple of months I'm not earning much due to various factors. The petrol price hike has simply added to my woes. I daily have to travel long distances to deliver milk to 10 to 15 residents. However, my other customers stay within a radius of three to four kilometers of my house." He further said, "When my father was alive, ..
                 

Rajnath Singh: Security forces have free hand to respond if Pakistan opens fire

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Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police S P Vaid addresses a press conference in Jammu. Pic/PTI As Pakistani Rangers continued shelling on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on Tuesday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the security forces have a free hand to respond as they deem fit if the neighbouring country continued the offensive. Speaking at the Border Security Force's (BSF) 16th investiture ceremony function, Singh said, "We have a neighbour that does not want to correct itself. Yet, we must not fire the first bullet at our neighbour. But if it opens fire, you (security forces) have to decide what action to take. Then no one will ask why you did so." New Delhi had on May 16, announced a ceasefire in J&K, asking security forces to halt their operations during Ramzan to help "peace loving Muslims" observe the holy month in a peaceful environment. The minister also said that perhaps the neighbouring nation "did not want peace for some unknown ..
                 

Kashish film festival struggles for new sponsors

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Keshav Suri of the Lalit Suri Hospitality Group It is money that makes the world go round and part of that world is Kashish, Mumbai's queer film festival that kicks off in the city today. The festival, which is in its ninth year, has a slew of corporates as sponsors, the usual suspects, tried and trusted Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) allies, who have now come to be identified with the festival. The newbie on the roster, however, is Metro Inox Cinema, which has joined Liberty Carnival and will screen LGBT films on two days of the five-day festival. DirectorspeakFestival director Sridhar Rangayan says, "We are grateful for the steadfast loyalty of our corporate line-up. Corporates tying up or supporting a queer cause is still a very nascent concept in our country. Several corporations have workshops, discussions and events which are aimed at anti-discriminatory atmosphere and sensitisation within their offices. However, these are still intra-affairs and not all of them are re..
                 

Mumbai: Kalyan residents get TV- and cola-loving monkey off their back

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The residents eventually trapped the animal in a tank and drove him to the forest The residents of Gangagiri building in Kalyan have bid farewell to their most controversial guest yet - a monkey who entered all the houses and feasted on mangoes and cola while chilling in front of the TV and AC. Over the course of 17 days, while the residents waited for the forest officials to take him away, the monkey became a dear playmate for the children, who would feed him mangoes. Eventually, the adults took matters into their own hands, and sent him to live in the forests of Haji Malang. The monkey business began 17 days ago, when the animal suddenly appeared in the home of the residents, Vasantrao Suryawanshi. "Due to the scorching heat and humidity, we used to keep our windows open through the day. Suddenly, 17 days ago, this monkey entered my home and ate one of our mangoes. My mother saw him inside and started shouting. By the time I got to the scene, though, he had vanished. Because of ..
                 

After travelling 500 km for treatment, man farmer turned away from JJ hospital

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Bhaskar Ingade After travelling 500 km all the way from Buldhana to get treatment for his injured leg, Bhaskar Ingade, 45, was turned away from JJ hospital and asked to come back after five days. The farmer will now make the long journey back home, since he has no place to stay in the city. Over two months ago, Bhaskar was working on his field when a tractor fell on him and injured his leg. Treatment at a local hospital didn't improve his condition, and he was referred to JJ hospital. Hobbling with his stick, the farmer finally arrived yesterday, but found no relief. "My leg has been swollen since incident. So, today I came to JJ hospital, but they asked me to return after five days," said Bhaskar, who is not sure when he can make the journey again. Also Read: Mumbai: Another Doctor Threatened By Patient's Family Member At Sion Hospital 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..
                 

Good news flyers! No cancellation fee if tickets cancelled within 24 hours

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In what can come as a respite as for the flyers, Minister of State for Civil Aviation on Tuesday announced that no cancellation fee will be charged on flight tickets cancelled within 24 hours of booking. "No cancellation charges will be levied if the tickets are cancelled within 24 hours of booking, provided the ticket is booked 96 hours before flight departure," said Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Aviation. "If a flight is cancelled and it is the airlines' fault, then the passenger has to be compensated or ticket has to be refunded. If a flight is delayed, the passenger will be compensated in various ways," he added. He further said that Aadhaar will be required for the enrollment to use 'Digi Yatra' for identification verification. "To use Digi Yatra, Aadhaar will be needed only at the time of enrollment. So, that we can identify you. We are working on other digital ID's too," he added. The Ministry of Civil Aviation in June last year added a digital experience for air trav..
                 

Jawan who crossed LoC after surgical strikes seeks retirement

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Pune: Soldier Chandu Babulal Chavan, who had "inadvertently" strayed across the Line of Control (LoC) in 2016 after the surgical strikes and spent nearly four months in captivity in Pakistan, has sought premature retirement. Chavan, 24, who was admitted to the psychiatry ward in Military Hospital at Kirkee here, has written a letter to his seniors requesting them to relieve him from service, saying he is "disturbed". The soldier, from 37 Rashtriya Rifles, had gone missing on September 29, 2016 after he "inadvertently" crossed the LoC, following which the Pakistan Army had taken him into custody. He was handed over to the Indian Army four months later.After returning, Chavan, who hails from Dhule district, faced a sentence for leaving his post without informing his seniors and was later transferred to the Armed Corps Centre at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra. Chavan, who was discharged from the hospital yesterday, said he was seeking retirement as he was "disturbed after whatever happened ..
                 

Half of missing people in Mumbai in 16 to 25 years age group, say RTI

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Representational picture Nearly half of the people reported missing in Mumbai every year are in the age group of 16 to 25 years, the Mumbai Police has said in reply to an RTI query. Also, there has been a rise every year in the number of people going missing in the metropolis, Mumbai Crime Branch's Assistant Police Commissioner (Preventive) Bharat Gaikwad said in response to an application filed by city-based RTI activist Chetan Kothari. A total of 32,598 people were reported missing from Mumbai in 2014, 2015 and 2016, while 27,565 of them were later found, the police said. The number of missing people also went up every year, with 10,916 reported missing in 2014, 10,313 in 2015 and 11,369 in 2016, the reply said. A year-wise tabulation of the figures showed that about 50 per cent of the missing people (in these three years) were in the 16 to 25 years age group, followed by those in the 26 to 40 years age bracket. Vijay Vaidya, a former journalist and social activist, who helps in t..
                 

PM Narendra Modi arrives in India after his Sochi visit

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Narendra Modi. Pic/AFP New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on late Tuesday midnight after wrapping up his one-day informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia's Sochi. Earlier Prime Minister Modi visited the Moya Russia-Ethno centre, along with President Vladimir, where he saw various ancient artifacts crafted by Russian artisans and also held talks with local artists. He then addressed students at Sirius educational centre situated at Sochi in Russia, where he invited the students to visit India. Following the event, children took Prime Minister Modi's autographs. One of the children brought along a glass slab, on which Prime Minister Modi wrote a message. Prime Minister Modi also enjoyed a yacht-ride in the Black sea of the Atlantic Ocean situated in Eastern Russia along with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier Prime Minister Modi held one-one talks with President Putin, in which he reiterated the strong bilateral relations between two c..
                 

Mumbai cop hangs self at his Worli residence, no suicide note found

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Representational Image A 42-year-old police constable allegedly committed suicide at his residence in suburban Worli by hanging last Saturday, police said today. The constable, identified as Prasad Lad, was attached to police control room, a police official said. Prima facie, Lad took the extreme step due to some family issues, he said. No suicide note has been found at the spot, the official said, adding a case of accidental death has been registered and further investigation is on. 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 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 ..
                 

Maharashtra contractors to meet on May 30 over lack of work, GST woes

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Representational Image The Maharashtra State Contractors Association, an umbrella body of over two lakh small contractors registered with the state government, has called for a meeting on May 30 to chalk out a plan of action over their woes. The meeting, to be held in Raigad district, will deliberate on the lack of government projects for them as well as hurdles in the clearance of their dues after the implementation of the Goods and Services Act, said its functionaries. The body has written a four-page letter addressed to the state government alleging a cut in capital expenditure, chaos post GST and purposeful deletion of small contractors from projects. The letter stated that these issues were harming around 1.5 crore to two crore people who gain employment due to small contractors. "Works in PWD, irrigation, water conservation have come to a standstill. Be it construction of new roads or maintenance of government buildings, I challenge the government to show any ongoing work. It..
                 

Mehbooba Mufti: Unfortunate Pakistan violating ceasefire during Ramadan

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J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addresses during a function at SKICC in Srinagar, on Saturday. Pic/PTI Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday termed Pakistan's ceasefire violations during the holy month of Ramadan as "highly unfortunate". Visiting bereaved families in R.S.Pura sector where indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan last week left four civilians dead, she described the killings as highly unfortunate as they occurred when the holy month had just begun and people had heaved a sigh of relief due to the Central government's welcome step of halting security operations in the state. Interacting with the families, she said the way North and South Korea decided on peaceful engagement is an encouraging signal to the entire world that issues, no matter how complex these might be, can only be settled through negotiations, not violence. Mehbooba Mufti said the state's people, who have gone through very tough times in the past, want to live a peaceful life free..
                 

Dharmendra Pradhan: Government looking at steps to control fuel prices

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Dharmendra Pradhan The government is considering ways to keep rising transport fuel prices in check, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday, even as petrol and diesel prices in Delhi and Mumbai crossed previous highs. The price of petrol per litre in Delhi on Monday under the dynamic pricing regime touched a record high of Rs 76.57, having -- already on Sunday -- beaten the previous high of Rs 76.06 in the city on September 14, 2013. Diesel in the national capital on Monday went to its highest level of Rs 67.82 per litre. "Various alternatives are being looked at," Pradhan told reporters, adding that he would "work out something soon", but did not provide further details. Various industry chambers on Monday called for the government to urgently reduce fuel excise duties. "Unless swift action is taken to address the situation, the economic growth will again head towards a speed-breaker. Amongst the most immediate actions that can be taken by the government is to bring ..
                 

High-level doctors' team to probe Nipah virus deaths in Kerala

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Animal Husbandry department and forest officials put a bat into a container after catching it inside a well in Kozhikode. Pic/AFP The Union Health Ministry has sent a high-level multi-disciplinary team to Kerala's Kozhikode district to probe the rising number of cases and reported deaths due to the Nipah virus. The high-level team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been asked to assist the Kerala government and closely monitor the situation. "We are closely monitoring the situation. I have spoken to Tourism Minister K J Alphons and Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja, and assured them all support of the central government. I have also dispatched a central team to assist the state government and initiate required steps," Union Health Minister J P Nadda said in a statement from Geneva. Union Minister K J Alphons hails from the southern state. The multi-disciplinary team constituted by the ministry reached Kerala on Monday. It's being headed by the NCDC's director...
                 

Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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Take the shirt off my backActor John Abraham does away with his shirt on the sets of a dance reality show in Malad on Monday. Pic/Sameer Markande Deal with thisBe it bold colours and prints, or the candid anecdotes from her daily life, designer Masaba Gupta Mantena definitely lives by the mantra, 'be bada** or go home'. And her forthcoming social media campaign will reinforce her strong stance against societal stereotypes women can live without. Called the Can't Deal series, the campaign will be a video montage of women dressed in a specially-designed T-shirt (artwork in pic), declaring things they can't care to deal with. "It's conversational clothing meant for the youth who speak their mind. This is the language they speak in," says Gupta. #Yougogirl An ode by desi BeliebersDespite the panned performance, Canadian musician Justin Bieber's maiden visit to India last year was one of the highlights of the country's music calendar. His strong Indian fanbase though can't seem to ..
                 

No ban on recorded music in Delhi restobars, say official

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Representational Image The Delhi Excise Department has "not banned" playing of recorded music in restobars in the city, Excise Commissioner Amjad Tak said on Monday, following flak for a circular to restobars to have only "live singing/playing of instruments by professionals". Asked whether any action would be taken against restobars found playing recorded music, Tak told IANS: "The Excise Department has not banned recorded music in restobars. No action will be taken against them." The May 16 circular states: "It is reiterated that the L-17 licensee is permitted only to have live singing/playing of instruments by professionals within his licensed premises. Violation of these rules shall lead to strict action as per law." Tak maintained that though the circular said only "live singing/playing of instruments by professionals", but nowhere did it mention that the recorded music was banned. "We are getting complaints about loud music, but it is not our work. We will forward it to the D..
                 

Fate of 709 tribal school kids of Panchgani in limbo as trustees bicker

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Students of Nachiketas High School and Jr College in the computer lab The fate of 900-odd students (709 tribal and the remaining, regular students) of Nachiketas High School and Junior College in Panchgani hangs in the balance over a dispute between the old trustees and new management. The contentious matter over supposed violations of the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is now with the district court, which has asked for an arbitrator to be appointed to settle the issue. The founders of Nachiketas High School, brothers Laxman Pathre, 47, and Sudhir Pathre, 45, had decided to shift base to Pune last year. They had sought a new management to run the school and found Vidyamata Education Forum, Roseland International; they entered into an MOU with them last June. The state tribal department sanctions a sum of Rs 50,000 annually for each tribal child towards lodging, boarding and educational expenses, and M/s Nachiketas Education and Charitable Trust used to get around Rs 3...
                 

Devendra Fadnavis directs MMRDA to complete projects within timelines

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Devendra Fadnavis. File picChief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday directed the town planning authority Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to speed up the pace of work and complete the projects within the timelines. Fadnavis, who was in the city today, inaugurated two flyovers and performed Bhoomipujan for a rail over bridge (ROB) at Kopri and an elevated road and tunnel connecting Thane-Belapur road and NH-4."We have been giving timelines of 24 to 36 months for completing various projects. But with the latest technology in place, these timelines should be reduced," he said while addressing a gathering here. He directed the MMRDA, which is the implementing authority for the projects, to trim the timelines of the various projects undertaken in the MMR region, and complete them well on time to facilitate seamless movement. Fadnavis also elaborated the projects undertaken to decongest the MMR region."We have undertaken works to the tune of Rs 1.50 lakh c..
                 

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik gives 3D mantra to ministers

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Naveen Patnaik As  Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government completes the fourth year of its fourth consecutive term in power, party chief and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Monday offered some advice to his ministers. He said ministers should work for the people with '3D'- determination, devotion and dedication. Patnaik asked the ministers to work hard every minute to honour the faith of people with these three Ds. "I am indebted to the four and a half crore people of Odisha who have faith in our commitment and capability for working towards an empowered Odisha," he said after holding a meeting of the council of ministers here. Patnaik said the '3T' - transparency, teamwork and technology - will be the mantra to bring about this transformation. He also highlighted the achievements vis-a-vis its manifesto for the 2014 elections, which was adopted by the government during the first council of ministers meeting after assuming office. "One of our topmost promises was h..
                 

Farooq Abdullah says Time for mainstream parties and separatist groups to merge

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Farooq Abdullah National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and a three-time former chief minister, on Monday, said that militants in Kashmir were "on their own" as they are not controlled by anybody. He further advocated that the mainstream parties and separatist groups should join hands to end the sufferings of the people. In a freewheeling interview with PTI here, Abdullah, said he did not know if any political groups, including separatists, were relevant in the valley today. "I do not know who is relevant because boys are on their own. I don't think anybody controls them or anybody is their master," Abdullah said. He said the situation in the valley demanded that the mainstream parties and separatist political groups join hands to end the sufferings of the people. "What is necessary today is for all of us -- whether mainstream or separatists -- to come together to end this tragedy which is affecting this valley for so many years," Abdullah said. The Lok Sabha member fr..
                 

Palghar bypoll: Devendra Fadnavis accuses Shiv Sena of betrayal

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Devendra Fadnavis. Pic/AFP Palghar: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has accused the Shiv Sena of betraying the BJP by fielding the son of late MP Chintaman Wanga for the Palghar Lok Sabha seat bypoll. He claimed the Sena knew that the BJP was already planning to nominate someone from Chintaman Wanga's family for the by-election, scheduled on May 28. Lauding Wanga's association with the BJP, Fadnavis said the late leader represented the party's ideology. In a jolt to its ally BJP, the Sena fielded Shriniwas Wanga for the by-election after his father and sitting BJP MP from the Palghar seat, Chintaman Wanga, died. Fadnavis, at an earlier rally in the district, said he had told Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray that the BJP was planning to give ticket to a member of Chintaman Wanga's family for the by-election. "Our ally (on one hand) was welcoming our decision to give ticket to the Wanga family and on the other hand hatching a conspiracy," the chief minister said at a cam..
                 

Five feared drowned in two separate incidents in Thane

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Representational picture Thane: Five people were feared drowned in two separate incidents in the district, an official said on Monday. Two persons -- a seven-year-old boy and a 29-year-old man -- were feared to have been swept away in a creek located on the city's Ghodbunder Road yesterday, Thane civic body's regional disaster management cell chief Sanotsh Kadam said. In another incident, three people, who had gone for a swim yesterday in the Bhatsa river at Ozarli village, werefeared drowned as they did not come out of the water, he said. The three people, all residents of the Wagle Estate area in the city, were in their early 30s, he said. A search was underway for all the five people in the two water bodies, the official added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsib..
                 

PM Narendra Modi to visit Russia on May 21

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Narendra Modi. Pic/PTI New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Russia on Monday for an informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the city of Sochi. The informal summit between the two leaders, which, has a broad-based agenda on global and regional issues, is expected to see the discussions on global terrorism, situation in Afghanistan-Pakistan, Syria, Islamic State (IS). Indian envoy to Russia Pankaj Saran on Sunday exclusively told ANI that the two leaders will discuss mutual cooperation to improve each other's economy and influence in the international sphere. Apart from holding bilateral talks on the entire gamut of bilateral relations, Saran said Prime Minister Modi and President Putin may also discuss the repercussions of Iran nuclear deal post the withdrawal of the United States from the same. Since India and Russia are both victims of terrorism, the two sides will also discuss ISIS threat and the situation in Afghanistan and Syria. On reaching, Pri..
                 

Palghar bypoll: Deceased MP's wife accuses BJP of misusing his photos

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BJP MP Chintaman Wanga passed away in January this year Late Palghar BJP MP Chintaman Wanga's wife Jayshree yesterday filed a complaint of model code violation against the BJP, accusing the party of illegally using her husband's pictures on publicity material for the upcoming bypoll. The alleged violationIn her complaint filed with the returning officer, Jayshree claimed that the BJP was using her husband's pictures in the publicity material, including hoardings and banners, for the May 28 bypoll without taking any permission. This is a clear violation of the model code of conduct and immediate action [should] be taken against those who have "misused" the pictures, she stated. Poll playThe bypoll to the tribal-dominated constituency, located 110 km away from Mumbai, was necessitated following the death of Wanga, the sitting MP, in January this year.In a jolt to the BJP, the Shiv Sena has fielded the late MP's son Sriniwas Wanga for the bypoll which has increased the tussle between ..
                 

Sushil Modi says Railway Minster assures transfer of land to Bihar government

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Sushil Kumar Modi Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today said Railway minister Piyush Goyal has assured him of completing the formalities for transfer of 71 acres of Digha railway line land to the state government. Sushil Modi, who also holds charge of Finance and Commercial Taxes departments, met the railway minister in Delhi on Saturday and requested him to hand over the said land of R-block Digha rail line to the state government which would construct a road on it for smooth plying of vehicles, a release said. The state government is ready to give Rs 221 crore for a six km long 150 years old track which had 30 meters of land in width of both sides of track, he said adding that the state government has got the re-evaluation of the land done. Earlier, Railways had fixed Rs 896 crore as the market value of the 71 acres of land but the NDA government at the Centre accepted the state government's request for re-evaluation, he said. The re-evaluated va..
                 

PM Modi: Talks with Putin will bolster India's strategic partnership with Russia

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Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed hope that his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin would further strengthen the "special and privileged" strategic partnership between India and Russia. In a series of tweets first in Russian and then in English on the eve of his visit to Russia, he said, "Am confident the talks with President Putin will further strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia." "Greetings to the friendly people of Russia. I look forward to my visit to Sochi tomorrow and my meeting with President Putin. It is always a pleasure to meet him," Modi said in another tweet. The two leaders will primarily focus on pressing global and regional issues, including the impact of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, during their informal summit in the Russian city of Sochi on Monday. Official sources have said the two leaders will meet for four to six hours for the "agendaless" talks where deliberation..
                 

CBI to approach Interpol for red corner notice against Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi

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Nirav Modi The Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to approach Interpol for a Red Corner Notice against absconding billionaire jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, agency sources said. Both businessmen are alleged to have been the brains behind money laundering case linked to the over USD 2 billion PNB fraud. Modi along with his wife Ami, a US citizen, brother Nishal a Belgian, and uncle Choksi, Gitanjali group's promoter, had fled the country before the bank approached the CBI with a complaint against his companies for allegedly cheating through fraudulent issuance of Letters of Undertakings (LoUs) and Foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs). The agency recently chargesheeted both Modi and Choksi separately in the scam and will now approach the Interpol for a Red Corner Notice aimed at bringing them back for facing trial in the cases against them, the sources said. The PNB had approached the CBI with a complaint on the basis of which the agency had registered an FIR against ..
                 

Mumbai: Fitness guru inspires morning walkers at Marine Drive to train under him

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Vasudev Hembron takes classes on Marine Drive It's eight o'clock on a Wednesday morning, and a fleeting sense of calm, which threatens to give way to traffic snarls, envelopes Marine Drive. Flocks of seagulls lift into the sky, specks of yellow, blue and red bob in the sea into the distance, and regulars walk, jog and run on the promenade. Just then, next to the BEST bus stop facing the C Road junction, a young, athletic man breaks into a warm-up session. Barefoot, he uses the low bench for brisk step-up and step-down movements, makes 20-odd push-ups appear effortless, and keeps at his aerobic exercises until his they soak his T-shirt in sweat. "Sir!" a morning walker waves at him, as he parks his two-wheeler. Quick calls are made, messages sent out and within 10 minutes, the man is leading an impromptu exercise group, cutting them no slack as he urges them to stick to the right form or hold a posture. Pics/Snigdha Hasan The young taskmaster is Vasudev Hembron, who arrived in the ..
                 

Sudhir Mungantiwar: No further talks with Shiv Sena for alliance

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Sudhir Mungantiwar There would be no further talks for alliance with the Shiv Sena for the 2019 Lok Sabha and Maharashtra polls until it takes an initiative, senior BJP leader and state minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has said. Mungantiwar, who has been instrumental in trying to get the Sena on board for the forthcoming elections, said the BJP has made overtures but there has been no response from the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. "We have always wanted that the BJP and the Shiv Sena fight all polls unitedly. However, there has been no response from our ally. Hence, we have now decided to stop the alliance talks from our end until the Sena takes the first step," the finance and planning minister told PTI. In January this year, the Shiv Sena, a constituent of the Central and Maharashtra governments, had said it would not align with the BJP and go solo in the 2019 Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly polls. The bickering ally had then declared that it had so far not contested elections outsid..
                 

Census confirms tiger presence in Mhadei; nature lovers upbeat

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Representational picture Panaji: The ongoing census has indicated the presence of tigers in Goa's Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, thus giving a boost to the demand for declaring it as a dedicated reserve for the striped animal. As per the All India Tiger Estimation, which began in Goa on May 1, "tiger pugmarks, scats and scratches" were found during the week-long (first phase) field survey in the sanctuary. The survey was still on. Some images of tigers were also captured in cameras installed in the sanctuary, located in the Sattari taluka of North Goa district, a senior forest official said.The surveys since 2002 have indicated the presence of tigers in the Mhadei region, consisting of forested border areas of Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka. But, the successive Goa governments have been a bit reluctant in declaring the area as a 'tiger reserve'. The recent survey and camera images again indicate that the region could be a favourable habitat for tigers, say officials. "During the field s..
                 

Mumbai: Doctors at JJ Hospital go on strike over staff assault

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Doctors and nurses seen protesting outside the hospital Over 400 resident doctors from JJ Hospital have gone on an indefinite strike after two resident doctors and one nurse were injured when family members of a patient attacked them, following the patient's death. The incident occurred in a female ward early Saturday morning at JJ Hospital. The nurses who joined in the strike, called it off early evening. Among those assaulted were first year junior resident Dr Shalmali Dharmadhikari and her senior, second year junior resident Dr Atish Parikh. These doctors had communicated the news of the patient's demise to her family. A nurse and another patient's relative who rushed to the doctors' rescue were also attacked. While the two doctors were moved to the Special Nursing Home on the third floor of the hospital, the nurse and the relative were discharged. Four of the five accused were arrested by the Mumbai police on Saturday afternoon and have been booked under relevant sections of Mah..
                 

Mumbai: Now, students can explore a career in culture at Godrej Culture Lab

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During the internship, the participants will be interacting with collaborators and heads of cultural institutions across the city. Pics/Sneha Kharabe It was sometime last year that Rohini Kottu, a student of Sion's SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, first heard of the Godrej India Culture Lab, an experimental ideas space in Vikhroli. At the time, the lab founder, Parmesh Shahani, and his team were at the college to talk about their new leadership programme, where students from various backgrounds would get a month-long internship at the centre. "When I found out about the contemporary issues and social causes that they were working on, I was hooked," says the 18-year-old, who plans to major in psychology. Honing culture bugsToday, Kottu and six other students have been selected from a pool of 100 applicants for the lab's new initiative that aims to familiarise students with the cultural scene and enable them to explore a career as curators and producers of culture. "Each yea..
                 

How a bunch of 10-to-15-year-olds from Mumbra turned into notorious bike thieves

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Representational picture For several months now, the Mumbra Police have been at their wits' end over bikes and scooters going missing from various parts of the suburban township. But it was not until last week, after the police had tracked the real culprits behind the crime, did they realise that they were actually being hoodwinked by a gang of 10 to 15 year olds. On Thursday, a special squad of the Thane Police apprehended nine boys for allegedly stealing bikes and recovered 27 two-wheelers of various prominent brands from them. Incidentally, out of the nine minors nabbed by the police, seven had never been to school, Dr DS Swami, deputy commissioner of police, Zone 1, told reporters. What has, however, rattled the force is the reason behind these minors committing the crime. "The children, all of whom hail from poor families in Mumbra, are passionate about bikes, and just wanted to ride them for fun," said KC Pasalkar, senior police inspector, Mumbra Police. The stolen bikes and..
                 

Kumaraswamy's swearing-in postponed to May 23

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H.D Kumaraswamy H. D. Kumaraswamy will take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on May 23 instead of May 21, the Janata Dal (Secular) said on Saturday. "The Governor has invited HD Kumaraswamy to form the government. He will take oath as the chief minister on Wednesday, May 23 at around 12:30 pm," JD(S) National Secretary General Danish Ali told ANI. Earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy was invited by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R. Vala to form the government in the state, after Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) B.S. Yeddyurappa stepped down ahead of the floor test in the state assembly. However, Yeddyurappa, in his address at the Vidhana Soudha said he will fight for the rights of the people of Karnataka till his last breath, even if he did not get the required mandate. 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..
                 

Mumbai: Central Railways invites citizens to celebrate CSTMs' 130th birthday

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The waiting hall, now popularly known as the Star Chamber, has barely aged since this rare illustration from October 23, 1886 (below), published in architecture journal, The Builder Few can age as gracefully as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), which turns 130 years old on May 20. To mark the occasion, CR officials have planned a host of social media events. Formerly known as Victoria Terminus or VT, the building's construction began in 1878 and was completed in 1888. At the time, the terminus served as the headquarters of India's first railway company, the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR), which is the predecessor to the modern-day Central Railway (CR). Highlight railSunil Udasi, chief public relations officer for CR, said, "The crowning point of the whole building is the central dome, carrying the statue of a lady pointing a flaming torch upwards in her right hand and a spoked wheel low in her left hand, symbolising progress. This dome has been reported to be..
                 

PM Modi: Every stone, weapon raised by misguided youths destabilises Kashmir

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after announcing the suspension of anti-militancy operations during the holy month of Ramzan, said that every stone and weapon raised by misguided youths destabilise the state and the country. He also urged the people of the state to make efforts to come out of this instability. The prime minister Modi said there are foreign powers at play in the state which do not want development of Jammu and Kashmir. "Every stone, every weapon, raised by misguided youths destabilises their own Jammu and Kashmir. The state will have to come out of this atmosphere of instability," he said. Modi said the youths need to join the mainstream development of India and of Kashmir for their future and that of coming generation. He said the central and the state government have policy, intent and capability to take decisions to solve development issues of the state. "I would urge everyone to channelis..
                 

Subway outlet shut in Hyderabad after cockroaches found in soft drink

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Representational Image An outlet of fast food joint Subway was shut here after a consumer lodged a complaint with authorities on spotting cockroaches in soft drink. Food inspectors from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) raided the Subway outlet at Hyderabad Central Mall on Thursday and served a notice for functioning under alleged unhygienic conditions. The GHMC officials collected the samples from kitchen area and sent them for examination. An official said further action would be taken after receipt of the report. While GHMC's food safety department has not ordered closure of the outlet, the owner of the Subway franchise conveyed to authorities that they were closing temporarily for pest control and renovation. The incident occurred on May 16 when a consumer, Marunganti Vamshikrishna Reddy, was shocked to find cockroaches in a soft drink consumed by his daughter. He took the video, which went viral on social media. The consumer alleged that when he inspected the ..
                 

Mumbai: Advertising trainees bag top prize in tobacco and heart disease campaign

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Imaan Surve and Sripriya Ganesh City duo Sripriya Ganesh, 23, and Imaan Surve, 21, both creative trainees at an advertising agency, have won the top prize in the print ad competition section of the Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) campaign, for their creative on 'Tobacco and Heart Disease.' Ganesh and Surve's winningvisual underscores their belief that simplicity makes a powerful statement. It is of the heart muscle with cigarette butts sticking out of it, with accompanying copy that reads: 'Smoking chokes your heart. Every cigarette you smoke clogs your arteries, which reduces blood supply and the amount of oxygen available throughout your body, increasing the risk of heart disease'. Ganesh said, "When you talk about the harm that cigarettes do to cardiovascular health, you are talking about something that is not apparent on the outside. We spent some time trying to get the right insight in order to translate it to the work. We have kept the copy simple and decided not to ove..
                 

BJP baffled as it lacks numbers, says Congress

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Congress senior leaders Gulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot with others march towards Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, on Friday. Pic/PTI Hailing the Supreme Court's order of holding floor test in the Karnataka assembly as "historic", the Congress accused the BJP of being "baffled" and "frustrated", as it lacked numbers to prove majority and objected to the appointment of a BJP MLA as the pro-tem speaker ahead of the confidence vote on Saturday. Addressing the media, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi contended that a "senior most" legislator from any party should be appointed as the pro-tem speaker "as per convention". According to the Congress, its eight-time MLA R V Deshpande is the senior most lawmaker in the assembly. "It is a historic interim order by the apex court. It is historic because directly, with this degree of specificity it is raised for the first time, the extent of rights and discretion of the governor to call 'A' or 'B' for government formation immediately..
                 

Sanitation strike: Haryana government orders officers not to leave headquarters

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Representational Image As the strike of "safai karamcharis" (sanitation workers) in Haryana continued for the 10th day on Friday, the Haryana government has asked district authorities to gear up to deal with the garbage pile-up across the state. The state government has ordered officers not to leave their headquarters in the districts. Presiding over a meeting with Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Commissioners of Municipal Corporations through video-conferencing from here on Friday, Haryana Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi directed senior officers in the districts to ensure cleanliness in cities by working in close coordination with one another. Dhesi said officers should not take any action in haste which may make things worse. "The state government has already accepted main demands of the striking safai karamcharis. Now arrangements should be made for the disposal of waste to ensure that there is no pile of waste left causing fear of outbreak of any disease," Dhesi s..
                 

Compensation for 14 killed in Bengal Panchayat polls

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Mamata Banerjee The West Bengal government will give compensation of Rs 2 lakh to families of each of the 14 people killed in political violence during the Panchayat polls, Secretariat sources said quoting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The sources said Rs 5 lakh compensation will be given to the family of late Rajkumar Roy, a presiding officer during the May 14 polls. While Roy's family has lodged a police complaint claiming he was killed and did not commit suicide, Banerjee on Thursday said the officer was run over by a train. The government would also provide a job to Roy's widow, the sources said. The Chief Minister had on Thursday said her government would provide compensation to the families of all those who were "martyred" during the polls. The chief minister has claimed that 10 of those killed belonged to her Trinamool Congress. 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 up..
                 

ATS probes if Shakeel was trying to recruit for Pakistan terror groups

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Faisal Mirza (left) was allegedly sent for arms training to Pakistan via Dubai by Chhota Shakeel aide Farooq Devadiwala The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is verifying if gangster Chhota Shakeel and his men are trying to recruit people for Pakistan-based terror groups. The move comes after the state ATS arrested two men - Faizal Hasan Mirza of Mumbai and Allahrakha Mansoori from Gujarat - who were in touch with Farooq Devadiwala, a Shakeel aide in Dubai, recently. Sources in the anti-terror agency said they have already questioned a few people from the city with links to Shakeel and are verifying if the United Jihad Council has roped in Mumbai underworld to push terror activities in India, apart from using Indian Mujahideen and Islamic State. Spilling the beansA senior officer said Mirza's arrest from Jogeshwari last week had led to him dropping a few names during interrogation. Mirza allegedly gave the name of a known Shakeel aide who stays in the eastern suburbs; while he ..
                 

Help pours in to secure Wadia twins' future after crowd funding campaign

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Five years after the twins were brought to Wadia hospital, it has now become their home and its staffers, their family Wadia hospital's beloved twins Riddhi and Siddhi, 5, have now received overwhelming support from people outside of it, too. A crowd funding campaign set up three days ago to gather Rs 55 lakh for their spinal surgeries and education has already gathered Rs 4 lakh. While they were separated in January 2014, the development of the twins has been slightly slow because of their birth complications. They now need corrective surgeries for their spine in order to walk properly because their legs might not be able to handle the body weight as they grow older. "They were surgically separated a year after their birth. Now, they need at least two more spine correction surgeries to let them grow and walk properly," said Dr Minnie Aarasp Bodhanwala, CEO of the hospital. Keeping this in mind, the hospital started an online campaign on the crowd funding website - Milaap. Riddhi a..
                 

Sharad Yadav urges opposition parties to work together to defeat BJP

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Sharad Yadav Sharad Yadav on Friday, addressed the members of Loktantrik Janata Dal saying that constitutional values faced a danger under the Modi government like never before and urged opposition parties to work together to defeat it in the next Lok Sabha poll. Launching LJD, formed by his supporters, he claimed that opposition parties would not get another chance if the BJP came back to power as it would further curb constitutional rights of the people. In a scathing attack on the NDA government at the Centre and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whom he accused of bringing "disgrace" to people of his state by "sitting in the lap" of the BJP, Yadav said the Modi dispensation has failed to fulfil key promises it had made and the ruling party now solely relied on "Hindu-Muslim" issues to come to power. The former union minister himself is not a member of the new party as he is fighting a court battle to claim the election symbol of Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) but is believed to..
                 

Supreme Court provides roadmap for floor test in Karnataka

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The Supreme Court on Friday gave clear-cut four-step instructions for holding the floor test in the Karnataka assembly for saturday for ascertaining the majority or otherwise of the B S Yedyurappa's government in the state. In its order, the apex court enumerated the four steps that have to be followed for holding the floor test, directing the immediate appointment of the Pro-tem Speaker, holding the oath ceremony for all elected members on Saturday. This exercise has to be completed before 4 PM when the floor test will be held to ascertain the majority. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan ordered that adequate and sufficient security arrangements shall be made and Director General of Police, Karnataka, will himself supervise all arrangements so that there is no lapse on this count whatsoever. The bench also noted the statement by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the chief minister, that since the floor test would be held tomorrow at 4 PM, ..