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CM: Sikkim govt ready to sponsor education of Pulwama martyrs' children

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Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling Monday said the state government would like tosponsor education of the children of 40 CRPF personnel martyred in the terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district last week. However, this will be possible only if the central government agrees to the proposal, Chamling said in the assembly, without elaborating. The chief minister said his government has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh each to the next of kin of the CRPF personnel killed in the attack on February 14. Members of the Sikkim Assembly also paid tribute to the martyrs and observed two-minute silence as a mark of respect to them. 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 t..
                 

Two in police custody for murders of Kerala Youth Congress workers

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The Kerala Police on Monday took two persons into custody in connection with the murders of two Youth Congress workers at Kasargode on Sunday night. The activists - Krupesh, 19, and Joshy, 24 - were hacked to death by three assailants who came on motorcycles. While Krupesh breathed his last at the Kasargode district hospital, Joshy died en route to a medical facility in Mangaluru, Karnataka. The authorities have also got in touch with the Karnataka Police chief over the case, Kerala Police officers said. According to the First Information Report filed by the police, there was a 13 cm deep wound on Krupesh's head, while Joshy's neck was gashed. Condemning the murders, Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted: "The brutal murder of two members of our Youth Congress family in Kasargode, Kerala, is shocking. The Congress party stands in solidarity with the families of these two young men and I send them my deepest condolences. We will not rest till the murderers are brought to justice."..
                 

Mastermind of Pulwama attack gunned down; four army men martyred

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Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir): Four Army personnel, including a major, and two Jaish terrorists were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday, three days after a suicide bomber from the group drove his explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus in the area, defence officials said. A civilian was also killed in the exchange of fire in Pinglan area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district, they said. "The terrorists are believed to be linked to the February 14 car bombing. The exact identities of the two terrorists killed are being ascertained," a defence spokesperson said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation during the night after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said. Militants fired at forces as the searches got underway, triggering a gun battle, officials said. The gunfight started late on Sunday after security forces, including the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG..
                 

Opposition demands Nitish Kumar's resignation over Bihar rape case

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The Opposition on Monday created a ruckus in the Bihar Assembly demanding Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation, two days after a special POCSO court in Muzaffarpur directed the CBI to investigate the involvement of Kumar and two IAS officers in the infamous shelter home rape case. Legislators of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and the Left parties disrupted proceedings in both houses of the Assembly shouting slogans and demanding Nitish Kumar's resignation. While RJD spokesperson Bhai Virendra demanded a narco test of Nitish Kumar to confirm his involvement in the case, senior RJD leader and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi, who is also the leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, said, "After the court directed the CBI to probe the chief minister's role in suppressing facts, Nitish Kumar should resign." Special POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Court Judge Manoj Kumar had on Friday ordered the Central Bureau ..
                 

Rahul Gandhi to launch election campaign in Maharashtra on March 1

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi will launch the national campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra with a mega rally in Dhule, a traditional party bastion, on March 1, an official said here on Monday. Gandhi will begin the campaign at 3 p.m. in the presence of other top leaders. The same day, as per a tentative schedule, he may even visit Mumbai and address a rally in Mumbai. The UPA alliance in Maharashtra will set the ball rolling for the parliamentary elections by its first joint poll campaign rally in Nanded on Wednesday, said state party chief Ashok Chavan. The rally will see the participation of UPA constituents including the Nationalist Congress Party, the PRP and other parties and their top leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, Sharad Pawar and Jogendra Kawade. This will be followed by another UPA rally to be hosted by the NCP's Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde, in his home town of Parli, Beed, on Saturday. According to party sources..
                 

12-hour trade bandh in Odisha as tribute to martyred CRPF jawans

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Business activities came to a halt across Odisha on Monday following a nationwide trade bandhcalled by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) as a tribute to the CRPF jawans martyred in Pulwama terror attack. Shops, business establishments and commercial markets remained shut throughout the state as different traders bodies extended support to the 12-hour trade bandh. Normal life remained largely unaffected as vehicles plied as usual in the state during the trade bandh, backed by Odisha Byabasayee Mahasangh in solidarity with the nation and families of 40 martyred soldiers. While medicine shops and petrol outlets were kept out of the purview of the trade bandh, some of them voluntarily shut operations for some time as a mark of solidarity, a functionary of the mahasangh said. Traders and business outfits spontaneously supported the call all over the state including places like Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur..
                 

Experts demand responsible restoration of UNESCO site at CSMT

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Gothic-style statues, or zoo-zoo look-alikes — conservationists question CSMT restoration as images of shoddy work surface on social media. The issue came to light on Sunday after conservation architect Vikas Dilawari posted pictures of some restored figurines on Twitter. The Roman sculptures on the World Heritage Site were seen blunted and disfigured in the images he shared. While the intentions of restoration are good, the execution lacks accepted international standards, Dilwari said, adding that suggestions from conservators and professionals would have helped the cause. History enthusiast and member of Bombay Local History Society Aadil Desai said, "They should remove the world heritage status immediately. That's probably what they want to do, so they can go ahead with their plans to modify the area the way they want for commercial purposes. One must protest against this unprofessional approach and see to it that proper conservation work is done by the contractors." The on..
                 

Aircel-Maxis case: Protection from arrest to Chidambaram, Karti extende

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New Delhi: A Delhi court Monday extended till March 8 the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis scam cases filed by the CBI and the ED. The ED told Special Judge O P Saini that Karti Chidambaram has been asked by the agency to appear before it on March 5, 6, 7 and 12 for questioning in the cases. The case relates to alleged irregularities in grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval in the Aircel-Maxis deal. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for..
                 

Cross-LoC bus service from Poonch to Rawalkot suspended for today

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Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir): The cross-LoC bus service from Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir to Rawalakot in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir has been suspended for today." The suspension of the service comes in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel. Officials said Pakistani forces violated ceasefire in the Poonch sector last night. Two cross-LoC buses are currently operational - one from Poonch to Rawalkot and the other from Srinagar to Muzaffarabad. The Poonch-Rawalkot service is operational on Mondays. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) t..
                 

Pune: CR ordered to clean up filthy station after students complain

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Three Pune-based law students who took the Central Railway's Pune division to the Permanent Lok Adalat over the unhygienic premises of Pune railway station, have won their fight. The railways have been ordered to clean up the station premises at the earliest. The students, Devaangini Telang, 20, Shruti Topkar, 20, and Nikhil Joglekar, 23, are pursuing law from the Marathwada Mitra Mandal's Shankarrao Chavan Law College. The railways have now been ordered to provide enough toilets on every platform and maintain cleanliness and safety on a regular basis. Lok Adalat Chairman Sudhir J Kale also directed that the platform, railway tracks and foot overbridges be kept clean. The filthy tracks at Pune Junction Railway Station They three students — Telang, Topkar and Joglekar — were inconvenienced several times by the severe lack of cleanliness at Pune Junction Railway Station. In September 2018 they filed a petition with the help of Advocate Asim Sarode, a human rights activist...
                 

Mumbai: Car catches fire on SCLR

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A car caught fire on Monday morning just before Suman Nagar junction towards connecting SCLR towards Kurla affecting south-bound traffic. @RidlrMUM can on fire on sclr near amar mahal entry pic.twitter.com/i9cwiHWbkp — ghanesh shastri (@ghanesh13) February 18, 2019 The Mumbai police informed the control room and nearest mobile van for support. #Fire on bridge connecting #SCLR towards Kurla avoid taking it. Use underpass at Amarmahal junction. #Mumbaitraffic @mumbaitraffic @MumbaiPolice pic.twitter.com/OlGWyZD0by — Sachin Pukale (@spcores) February 18, 2019 It's Amar Mahal Bridge chembur. Kindly rectify. Heavy traffic on spot. — ST (@Lady_Bheem) February 18, 2019 @RoadsOfMumbai @MirchiJeeturaaj pls note that there is slow bumper to bumber traffic on EEH from Ghatkopar to chembur Amarmahal and onwards... — TheCritiC (@TheCritiic) February 18, 2019 Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download..
                 

Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy warns Kiran Bedi of jail bharo agitation

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Puducherry: Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Sunday warned his 'dharna' outside Raj Nivas, for Lt Governor Kiran Bedi's approval for his government's proposals on welfare schemes and administrative matters would intensify into a "jail bharo" agitation from February 20. As his dharna entered the fifth day on Sunday, Narayanasamy said, "Our protest will continue till our demands, contained in the letter sent to the Lt Governor on February 7, are met." He has accused Bedi of not approving his government's 39 proposals for welfare schemes, including a free rice scheme, and on administrative matters. In a letter to Narayanasamy, Bedi has reacted sharply to the public protest and termed his dharna "unlawful". Feb 20Day when the jail bharo agitation might start 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, age..
                 

Technical glitches stall National Sports Club of India elections

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Elections to the National Sports Club of India (NSCI), Mumbai committee, could not be carried out on Sunday due to some technical glitches in the electronic machines that were used for the first time. Though the attempt was successful in Delhi, it did not work out in Mumbai. However, the authorities concerned are yet to announce the election's rescheduled date. In a letter submitted to the club's management by NSDL, the firm that was assigned the task of conducting the polls using the electronic machines, said, "Since the beginning of the elections in Mumbai, we have been facing technical issues. We could not connect the router to the tablets installed for the polls, and the problems could not be fixed within reasonable time. The inconvenience is regretted." The section members, who are upset with the club's management, claimed that the situation was suspicious. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior member said, "Elections in Delhi were held smoothly. How did the same system n..
                 

Did Shiv Sena threaten CCI to cover Imran Khan's picture?

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Premal Udani, president Cricket Club of India (CCI), maintains that the SoBo club covered up Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's picture off its own bat, and that there was no pressure to do so. However, insiders say that it was only after a visit from the Shiv Sena that the mural was covered. Sena members also threatened CCI to keep Khan's picture covered, or face action from them. Khan's picture is part of a wall mural at the club's ground-floor restaurant, All Rounder. Udani said they had included Khan's image in the mural because he was a world-renowned cricketer, but decided to cover it up "to express our deep anguish at what has transpired [the Pulwama attacks]." He stressed, though, that there was "no pressure on the club to cover the picture, contrary to the buzz, a political party did come to the club. We covered the picture ourselves. We cannot remove it [the mural] at once, as it will require closure of the restaurant. For now, though, the picture has been obliterated." G..
                 

Piyush Goyal to Rahul: Make in India all about Indian self-reliance

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New Delhi: Soon after Rahul Gandhi raised questions over the central government's 'Make in India' initiative, Union Minister Piyush Goyal hit back at the Congress president and said the initiative is all about "Indian self-reliance". "It is very unfortunate that he (Rahul) has attacked a flagship programme that doesn't belong to a political party, but to the people of India. Make in India is all about Indian self-reliance," Goyal told ANI here. "It is all about Indian technical knowledge, the efforts that our workers do to produce goods in India. I feel sorry that Rahul Gandhi hasn't recognised that for the first time India has indigenously developed a transit which barely a few countries in the world made," he added. His comments come after Rahul earlier today tweeted, "Modi ji, I think Make in India needs a serious rethink. Most people feel it has failed. I assure you we in the Congress are thinking very deeply about how it will be done." Catch up on all the latest Crime, Nationa..
                 

Rajnath on Pulwama attack: Army given free hand to punish perpetrators

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Bhadrak (Odisha): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asserted "the sacrifice made by 40 CRPF in recent Pulwama attack will not go in vain" adding "the army has been given a free hand to punish the perpetrators." "Pakistan is sponsoring these terrorist organisation. Is it helping the terror outfits to grow as they are scared of India. I assure that we will surely take the revenge," he added. On Thursday, around 40 CRPF personnel were killed when their convoy was targeted by a suspected the suicide bomber of Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pulwama district on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. The convoy of 78 buses, in which around 2500 CRPF personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar came under attack at around 3.15 pm at Ladhu Modi Lethpora. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack. While addressing the public rally, the Union Home Minister slammed the Congress for not doing enough for the country when they were in ..
                 

Air India Express launches international operations from Surat

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Surat: Gujarat's 'diamond city' Surat has made it to the international aviation map with the first Air India Express flight arriving here carrying 75 passengers from Sharjah, the airline said on Sunday. The maiden Air India Express flight IX 172 from Sharjah touched down at the Surat airport at 11.30 pm on Saturday with 75 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the airline said in a statement. The passengers were received by the airline's chief executive officer K Shyam Sundar and other dignitaries, it said. With this, Surat has become the 20th destination in the country for the international budget arm of the flag carrier Air India, the airline said. The return flight IX 171 carrying 180 passengers for Sharjah departed from the Surat International Airport past midnight at 12.47 am on Sunday, it said. Air India Express will fly four times a week on the new route, it said. Surat-Sharjah is the 47th non-stop direct connection of Air India Express between destinations in..
                 

Amit Shah: Sacrifices of CRPF jawans will not go in vain

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Lakhimpur (Assam): BJP president Amit Shah said Sunday the sacrifices of the 40 CRPF jawans, killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, would not go in vain as the BJP government at the Centre, unlike the erstwhile Congress dispensation, would not compromise on any security issue. Addressing a rally in Lakhimpur, Shah said the gruesome attack was carried out by Pakistan-backed terrorists, who would not be spared at any cost. "This cowardly act was done by Pakistani terrorists. Their (jawans') sacrifices will not go in vain, because there is no Congress government at the Centre. It is BJP government and the Narendra Modi government will not compromise on any security issue," he added. Slamming the opposition Congress and its former ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Shah said both the parties did nothing to implement the Assam Accord despite ruling most of the period since signing of the pact in 1985. "We will not allow Assam to become another Kashmir. That is why we have brought N..
                 

ICJ to hold public hearings in Kulbhushan Jadhav case from February 18

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The Hague: Amidst fresh Indo-Pak tensions, top legal eagles of the two countries will present their arguments in the high-profile Kulbhushan Jadhav case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) here from Monday during four days of public hearings. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India moved the ICJ in May the same year against the "farcical trial" by the military court of Pakistan against 48-year-old Jadhav. India first approached the ICJ on May 8, 2017 for the "egregious violation" of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 by Pakistan by repeatedly denying it consular access to Jadhav. A 10-member bench of the ICJ, which was set up after World War II to resolve international disputes, on May 18, 2017 had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. The ICJ has set a timetable for the public hearing in the ..
                 

Animals left behind as 8 villages make way for Navi Mumbai airport

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To aid the construction of the Navi Mumbai airport, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) had successfully shifted eight villages from the area that will be affected by the project, but forgot to make arrangements for the pets and animals in the village. The NGO, Hands That Heal, has now come forward to give shelter and food to these animals, who had been abandoned by the authorities. They are now relocating all the animals to their shelter in Panvel. The villages that have been shifted include Chinchpada, Kolhi, Kopar, Ulwe, Varche Ulwe, Pargaon-Dungi, Targhar, Kombadbhuje and Waghivli Vada. From these areas, villagers are to be resettled in Wadghar, Wahal and Kunde Wahal areas. Aishwarya Chaudhary, founder of the NGO, said, "I didn't know about this situation but recently, I came across a post on Facebook mentioning the plight of the animals and birds in this area. My team of 12 has been working for the past four days. Many animals were found dehydrated, sta..
                 

Hilarious exchange between customer and Zomato executive goes viral

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In a hilarious conversation between a Zomato customer and the food delivery service, an executive has left everyone in splits. The customer on Thursday took an unconventional way to get his refund from Zomato after his food order was cancelled unexpectedly. The cynical customer asked the Zomato executive if would he receive his refund after his food order gets cancelled. The conversation between the customer and the Zomato executive went viral on social media after the picture was posted by someone on Reddit. The below picture shows an exchange between the customer and a Zomato delivery executive. The executive asks the customer to place his order again and assures the customer that a refund for his earlier order would be credited into his bank account within 4-5 business days. Notably, the exchange shows that the unidentified customer seemingly had some trust issues and as a result, the customer chooses to ask the executive this question: What if I didn't receive my re..
                 

J-K govt withdraws security of Mirwaiz Umar Farooz, other separatists

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government withdrew security of separatist leaders, including All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Sunday in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. Other leaders whose security has been withdrawn include Shabbir Shah, Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Lone and Hashim Qureshi. On Friday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the security of those "hobnobing" with Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, and getting funds from there will be "reviewed", an apparent reference to the leaders of separatist Hurriyat Conference. Singh, who held a review meeting with top officials of the Army, paramilitary forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police in the wake of the Pulwama attack, also said that from now on civilian movement will be halted whenever a big convoy of security forces makes a movement. "I want to assure the people of the state that we will not let the machinations of those who want to promote terror from the other side of ..
                 

Rajinikanth will not contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Sunday confirmed that his party will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In a statement, he warned the media not to use his photograph or party symbol for any propaganda. "My party has no support in the upcoming parliamentary election to any parties. So no one should use my photo or flags in the name of Rajini makkal mandram and Rajini Fan Club should be used to support or campaign for any party," he said. "The main problem in Tamil Nadu is the water, in upcoming election who set up a stable, strong regime in the centre to solve water problem of Tamil Nadu and implement it people should believe them and must vote them," read the statement. The 68-year-old had announced his entry into politics on December 31, 2017. Although he is yet to officially float his party, the superstar has converted his fan clubs into the 'Rajini Makkal Mandram' - a political outfit that is putting together a framework for the party. Ever since his entry in..
                 

Venkaiah Naidu: UN must act to prevent terror strikes across the globe

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Days after the Pulwama attack, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that the United Nations (UN) must conclude the discussions on providing comprehensive security to prevent terror strikes across the globe. "India always wants peace and harmony. We never attack any country but unfortunately, our neighbour (Pakistan) is aiding and funding terrorism and creating havoc. Terror is not good for the world. We all should come together. The UN must conclude the discussions on providing comprehensive security to prevent terror strikes across the globe," Naidu said. The Vice President said, "We will tackle our own problems and we don't want anyone to interfere in our internal affairs." Naidu was in Prayagraj on Saturday to attend the Kiva Kumbh Mela organised by Parmarth Niketan at the Mela ground in Prayagraj Kumbh. The Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) was proposed by India in 1996. The CCIT provides a legal framework which makes it binding on all signatories t..
                 

Oulwama attack: Polls aside, politicial parties unite in grief

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New Delhi: The all-party meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament on Saturday passed a resolution condemning the February 14 Pulwama attack that has till now claimed the lives of 49 CRPF troopers. "We strongly condemn the dastardly terror act in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir in which lives of 40 (Thursday's immediate figure) brave jawans of CRPF were lost. We, along with all our countrymen, stand with their families in this hour of grief," the resolution passed at the meet called by the Centre, stated. People at the funeral procession of Ashwani Kochi in Jabalpur. Pics/PTI "We strongly condemn terrorism in all forms and the support being given to it across the border," it read. The resolution also said that in the past three decades, the country has faced the menace of cross-border terrorism and India has displaced both firmness and resilience in dealing with these challenges. "The entire nation speaks in one voice to express its determination to fight these..
                 

Mumbai: Water for two hours, but there's no crisis

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Fifty-Five-year-old Shanti Devi stands in a cramped lane inside Dharavi, queuing up to fill two buckets of water every day. About 28 litres of water collected after a 30-minute toil, she says, will suffice her family of four for a whole day. "We are used to getting limited water at odd hours," she says, adding that this exercise usually begins around 5 am. Devi's daily water collection chore might be normal for many across the city, but for a group of students from Australia's Griffith University, it points to a problem, that they argue, no one is addressing, let alone resolving. Frogs in boiling water?In the first week of January, 11 students from the Brisbane-based university, aged 19 to 26, arrived in Mumbai along with two supervisors, as part of a college programme titled, The Water Story. Their aim is to create a platform to discuss water woes in Mumbai and the global ramifications of the water crisis in the next decade. Dr Kasun Ubayasiri (in blue tee) and Griffith University s..
                 

Here's why 39 families holding up city's dumping ground project

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to start the land acquisition process for the dumping ground they plan to set up across a 100-acre plot near Karavle village in Ambernath. Reason: Villagers refuse to leave their homes and part with their land till the government gives them permanent houses instead of the temporary metal-sheet tents that they have been asked to shift to. In November, last year the Bombay High Court had asked the state government to hand over 38.85 hectares of land in the area to BMC to start the project. It had said that 12.4 hectares should be given within the next three months, which is by January 31, and the remaining 26.71 hectares within the next year. However, not much of this process has moved since. According to the HC order, the government has set up temporary houses made of metal sheets, where 39 families have been asked to shift as part of the project's first phase. However, the villagers refused to do so and instead requested the governm..
                 

Army officer killed, soldier injured in IED blast along LoC in JK

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Jammu: An Army officer was killed and a soldier suffered injuries in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said. The IED was apparently planted by "enemy forces within Indian territory" in Naushera sector and set off when an Army officer, along with his men, was patrolling the area, they said. The blast killed the officer and injured a soldier who was evacuated to hospital, the officials said. The IED blast came two days after 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist rammed an explosive-laden SUV into a bus carrying them in Pulwama district in south Kashmir. This was the second IED attack along the LoC in the same sector since January. On January 11, two Army personnel, including a major, were killed in Naushera sector of Rajouri. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS..
                 

Pm Narendra Modi: New India' won't spare those who target its soldiers

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Dhule (Maharashtra): Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted Saturday that each drop of tear shed in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack would be avenged. Continuing his tough talk in the wake of the ghastly strike that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans Thursday, Modi said this is a "new India" which will not tolerate those who provide guns and bombs to target security personnel. Addressing a public meeting after inaugurating several development projects here in north Maharashtra, he said anger over the horrific assault in Jammu and Kashmir is palpable in the country and all eyes are moist. Modi paid tributes to the slain soldiers and hailed their families. "I have come here at a time when there is anger and eyes are moist. I salute the brave soldiers and the mothers who gave birth to them," he said. "Apart from the government, as citizens of the country, it is our responsibility to stand by the families of those who sacrificed everything for the country. "This is the time..
                 

PM Narendra Modi: Terror groups can't hide, will be punished

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Yavatmal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday here said terror groups who perpetrated the Pulwama attack that left 49 CRPF troopers dead, cannot hide and "will be punished" as the security forces have been given a "free hand" to tackle the inevitable. Paying tributes to two Central Reserve Police Force troopers from Maharashtra and others killed in the deadly attack on Thursday, Modi said the country has "faith and pride" in our soldiers and security forces and their sacrifices will not go in vain. "Wherever the terror groups and the perpetrators may hide, our security forces will flush them out and punish them," Modi said amidst cheers from the gathering of farmers and women. When and how to accomplish this has been left to the security forces, but he appealed to the people of the country to be "patient" and repose confidence in the armed forces, "as the terror perpetrators shall not be spared at any cost", he added. In the worst-ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since ..
                 

Rajnath Singh: Modi government has zero tolerance over terrorism

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the government has "zero tolerance" towards terrorism and the security forces have been given a free hand to deal with terror groups. "Rajnath Singh, in the all-party meeting, said that due to the terror attack on February 14 in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, the entire country was deeply hurt and there is outrage," Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said while speaking to reporters after the all-party meeting in Parliament. "Rajnath Singh assured that the moral of the security forces are high and we are committed to curb terror in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the government has given free hand to the security forces to deal with the terror groups and those who are giving shelter to them," Tomar said. "He also said that the government's has a zero-tolerance policy against terrorism and this terror attack shows their frustration." The all-party meeting of the leaders of the Rajya Sabha and Lok..
                 

Pulwama attack: Twitteratis urge to light up candles in their balconies

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New Delhi: While the entire nation is enraged over the Pulwama terror attack that killed least 37 CRPF personnel on Thursday, Twitterattis paid commemoration for all slain jawans by urging everyone to light up three candles in their balcony on Friday. "Kindly (light up) 3 candles in yr balcony today at 8 pm to show our support n strength to Jawans n their family, full India will do it today night, pl spread this message to the whole world Tks a lot, Jai Jawan Jai Bharat!!!," the message reads. In what can be called as one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir's three decades of militancy, a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bus in Pulwama district on Thursday. The dastardly attack killed at least 37 personnel and leaving many critically wounded. The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. According to the Intelligence sources, the t..
                 

Construction of fountain causes trouble to visitors of Byculla museum

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Visitors at Byculla's Bhau Daji Lad museum have not been too happy this week, owing to the noise and dust arising out of the fountain work in the adjoining garden. The civic body's plan to revamp the garden is hampering the museum's visitor count, the museum staff claimed. Civic officials, however, said that there are no fountains in the entire 68-acre plot, and the Rs 35-40-lakh fountain project "will thus add to the beauty of the garden, and take a couple of months to be completed." 'No intimation from BMC'Staff members at the museum said that the months between November to April usually see a surge in visitors but this work "is bothering visitors who expect a serene and calm ambience in a museum," said a museum official, adding, "Owing to the dust, we have to clean the cases containing the artefacts more frequently than is advisable." Tasneem Mehta, director of the museum, said that the BMC did not give the trust any intimation about the work. "The museum an..
                 

Pulwama attack: Jharkhand CM announces compensation of Rs 10 lakh

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Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Friday announced Rs 10 lakh compensation for the family of CRPF jawan Vijay Soreng, a soldier from the state who was killed in the Pulwama terror attack. Das also assured a job to the kin of the martyr. The chief minister while paying tribute to the deceased soldiers, said, "Martyrs don't die, they attain heaven. Our government will give Rs 10 lakh and a job to the kin of Vijay Soreng, the jawaan from Jharkhand who got martyred in Pulwama." Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on #PulwamaAttack: Martyrs don't die, they attain heaven. I pay my tribute to the martyrs. Our government will give Rs 10 lakh and a job to the kin of Vijay Soreng, the jawaan from Jharkhand who got martyred in Pulwama. pic.twitter.com/6hDkFjQji3 — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 In the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir, over 40 CRPF personnel were killed on Thursday when their convoy was targeted by a suspected suicide bomber of Pakistan-..
                 

'Yaar, main ja raha hun. Please khayal rakhna'

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"'Yaar, main ja raha hun. Please khayal rakhna' (I am leaving, please take care of my family), was what he told me in our last conversation, before he resumed duty at Jammu," said Sudhir Tayde, about Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan Sanjay Rajput. Sanjay was one of the 40 CRPF personnel who were slain in Pulwama on Thursday, when a car laden with explosives rammed their bus in a terror attack. He was also one of two jawans from Buldhana district, Maharashtra on it. The other was Nitin Shivaji Rathod. The duo, like others on the bus, was resuming duty after a holiday. 'Son will join defence forces'Nitin Shivaji Rathod, 36, was a resident of Chorpangra village in Buldhana district. Nitin is survived by his parents, his wife Vandana, 28, and two children, Jeewan, 8, and Jivika, 5. He had joined the CRPF when he was 23. Vandana recalled, "Just a week back we were together having meals and enjoying with everyone. I will dedicate my son to the defence forces too, as it was my hus..
                 

Is that fish on your plate protected by law?

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There's some bad news for fish lovers in the city. Your favourite fish just may be a protected species. Bamboo Shark, Porcupine Ray and a few other species found at most fish markets across the city are apparently protected by law, but fishermen and the public are unaware of this. The State Mangrove Cell is now planning awareness campaigns at fish markets and among the fishing community. The cell will also offer fishermen compensation of up to Rs 25,000 for their nets that will have to be cut in order to release such species back into the sea. Guitar Fish The majority of fishermen, who venture into the sea for fishing, are unaware about the legal status or the protected status of any fish or marine creature as there is lack of awareness. N Vasudevan , additional principal chief Conservator of forest(APCCF) and head of State Mangroves Cell, said, "It has been observed that several protected species of fish and marine life that have legal protection under the Wildlife Protection Act,..
                 

First look! India's first semi-high speed train Vande Bharat Express

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The Vande Bharat Express, commonly known as Train 18, India's first train-set, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. While the chair car ticket tickets for Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 will cost Rs. 1,760 and the executive class fare will be Rs. 3,310, the tickets can be booked online.Here's the first look of Train 18: Congratulations! Finally, the first run of India's first train-set, Train 18 now named Vande Bharat, flagged off by Prime Minister @narendramodi this morning as clicked by @Shashankrao06 from inside the train @sureshpprabhu @PiyushGoyal @RailMinIndia pic.twitter.com/7EKrYdNGfd — Rajendra B. Aklekar (@rajtoday) February 15, 2019 Super! And here's India's first train-set Train 18 Vande Bharat on a high! Enjoy the ride!!! pic.twitter.com/SShUa8XizE — Rajendra B. Aklekar (@rajtoday) February 15, 2019 दà¥Â‡श à¤Â•&ag..
                 

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal says, More high-speed trains on the anvil

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New Delhi: The railways have begun work on making 30 more high-speed Train 18 rakes so that high-speed trains could be introduced in more sectors in different parts of the country, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday. A decision will also be taken on making 100 more train rakes in India, he said. Goyal also said that efforts were on track to get the first Bullet Train in India. "Going by the experience, comfort and speed of travel, the railways have set in motion the tendering process for making another 30 Train 18 rakes to be made in India," Goyal told IANS on board the Vande Bharat Express, which was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from New Delhi railway station on Friday morning. Made in Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, Train 18, renamed Vande Bharat Express, will run five days a week between New Delhi and Varanasi, the Prime Minister's constituency, a distance of 775 km to be covered in eight hours. The train, which will have two stops (Kanpur and ..
                 

Tiger spotted in Gujarat, makes state home to three big cat species

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Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government on Tuesday announced that a tiger had been spotted in the Lunawada forests in Mahisagar district, making the state the only one in the country to host all the three major big cat species: lions, tigers and leopards. State Forest Minister Ganpat Vasava said the image of a seven to eight-year-old tiger was caught in the night vision cameras for the first time in about three decades. A tiger was last seen in south Gujarat's Dangs forests in the late 1980s but disappeared and every four-year surveys by the Forest Department later ruled out their presence anywhere in the state. Controversy was raging for nearly a week after government school teacher Mahesh Mahera reported having spotted the tiger near Boriya village in Lunawada taluka on February 6. Mahera was returning home from the school in Boriya when he suddenly noticed a tiger ambling along a state highway road some 40 feet ahead. He immediately shot a video of the big cat on his cell phone b..
                 

Mumbai: Stands? What's that, ask cab and auto drivers at BKC

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Lack of auto rickshaw and taxi stands seems to be at the heart of the anarchy that prevails at Bandra-Kurla Complex. A review of the situation on the ground has shown that the existing four taxi and one auto stands in the area are in reality used for parking of public transport and private vehicles. Auto and taxi drivers seem to have come up with stands at random spots in the business area, and pick up passengers from wherever they feel like. During peak hours, the autos and taxis park right in front of the offices waiting for long-distance fares, adding to the chaos and traffic jams in the area.Here's what mid-day found: ICICI Bank (Main road side)There are two stands for taxis and one for autos along the stretch. One of the stands can accommodate 15 taxis and the second stand, five. The only authentic auto stand approved by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Transport Authority, clearly mentions 'ICICI Bank to Bandra station (E) per passenger R12'. It is clear that at this fare, no a..
                 

Chandigarh's Hina Jaiswal becomes first Indian Woman Flight Engineer

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Bengaluru: Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal from Chandigarh scripted history by becoming the first Indian Woman Flight Engineer to be inducted by the Indian Air Force. A Flight Engineer monitors and operates its complex aircraft systems requiring a specialized skill set. Indian Air Force inducts Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal as first woman flight engineer. She hails from Chandigarh&has completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree from Panjab University. As a Flight Engineer,she would subsequently be posted to operational helicopter units of IAF. pic.twitter.com/w6qtTyKVgC — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 As a Flight Engineer, Hina would be posted to operational helicopter units of the IAF. In the unit, she would be routinely called to operate in demanding and stressful conditions, right from the icy heights of the Siachen Glacier to the seas of the Andamans. Hina, who completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree from Punjab University, spoke to ANI about her dream come ..
                 

Kiran Bedi: Killing of CRPF personnel "a huge tragedy"

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Puducherry: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has described as "a huge tragedy" the killing of CRPF personnel in a terror attack in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. "40 brave CRPF Jawans killed in J&K. This is a huge tragedy. And a serious security challenge for the country. 40 brave CRPF Jawans killed in J&K. This is a huge tragedy. And a serious security challenge for the country. This situation demands a united strong response. As also full support to the bereaved families in all possible ways. — Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) February 14, 2019 This situation demands a united strong response. As also full support to the bereaved families in all possible ways," the former IPS officer tweeted late Thursday night. The CRPF personnel were killed on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their..
                 

Narendra Modi and other political leaders condemn Pulwama attack

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New Delhi: The terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir on Thursday evoked strong condemnation from political leaders from across the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the attack, that took place in Pulwama claiming the lives of 40 personnel and asserted that the sacrifices of the brave security personnel will not go in vain.President Kovind too condemned the attack and assured that the entire nation is united to fight against the forces of terror and evil. Union minister Jitendra Singh told ANI, "It's a dastardly act done out of desperation. I call to question those who while living in India and describing themselves as mainstream Kashmir politicians tend to be apologetic about these terror activities sponsored from across Indian soil." Hansraj Ahir, MoS Home asserted that a befitting reply to those who attacked the jawans will be given. Ahir told ANI, "The IED blast that took place in Pulwama has martyred many of our CRPF jawans. The martyrdom o..
                 

BJP and Shiv Sena still undecided

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Even as the Congress and NCP are steps ahead of their political rivals, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena have not yet found a path that can unite them before elections. The Sena reiterated on Thursday that it wanted the chief minister's (CM) post in Maharashtra if the BJP wished its support in a pre-poll alliance for the Lok Sabha. The BJP hasn't taken an official stand but is making covert efforts to reach out to the estranged ally. Unconfirmed information on Thursday said that the Sena had given BJP 48 hours to accept its conditional deal and end the impasse, or else it would start an election campaign this weekend. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis curtailed his district tour and returned early on Thursday evening to Mumbai to reach out to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil accompanied the CM. BJP president Amit Shah is reported to have told the CM to get the negotiations to their logical end. Fadnavis said after the meeting that dema..
                 

Builder arrested for cheating investor who loaned him Rs 1 cr; released

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Prominent city-based developer Niraj Kakad was arrested, and later released on bail, in connection with an alleged cheque-bouncing case. According to complainant Deepak Teckchandani, Kakad was arrested on February 8 and produced before a holiday court. Kakad applied for bail, but was rejected. On Monday, he was produced before the regular court, which granted him bail. 'Dishonoured commitments'Teckchandani, 48, a Bandra-based businessman, had filed a cheque-bouncing case against the developer. He claimed he had loaned Kakad Rs 1 crore. "Kakad promised to pay interest on quarterly basis. I received two installments. But later he dishonoured his commitments," Teckchandani told mid-day. In 2015, the complainant had invested Rs 1 crore with the developer. The developer had agreed to pay monthly interest of one per cent on the total amount. He even issued post-dated cheques to Teckchandani as guarantee against the amount. Also Read: Mumbai: Tough times ahead for real estate develope..
                 

Amarinder Singh: People have right to seek early SGPC polls

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Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that people had the right to early polls to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the supreme body controlling gurdwaras. Hours after he was authorized by the Punjab Assembly to take up the issue with the Centre, the Chief Minister termed the delay in the SGPC elections as "wrong and unfair for the people of Punjab". "It is the democratic right of every Sikh to vote in SGPC elections which cannot be denied by the Union Government," Amarinder said in the Assembly earlier while responding to the issue that was raised by legislator H.S. Phoolka. "I will meet the Union Home Minister soon. Since the Gurdwara Act was a national legislation, it was the bounden duty of the Central Government to hold timely elections to the SGPC," he said. Despite opposition from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Punjab Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution seeking to expedite elections to the cash-rich SGPC. The Assembly ..
                 

Hostel students forced to drink alcohol, strip naked for hours

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Three nursing college students of Udaipur have been arrested for forcing their juniors to drink alcohol and strip while ragging. According to the police, the ragging continued for five hours. While one of the accused is absconding, the police have identified them as Giriraj Changani, 21, Mohit Kumawat, 20, and Udit Kumar Garg, 20. The accused have been suspended for six months from the college which is associated with the government-run Ravindra Nath Tagore Medical College. Additionally, a fine of Rs 25,000 has been levied on them. The incident took place on Monday and the victims registered a complaint against the second and third-year students on Wednesday. The case was registered at Bhupalpura Police Station. The victims alleged that the accused forced them to drink liquor, strip and sit naked for hours in the position of a cock. Hindustan Times quoted the Investigation officer Arjun Singh saying, "Three second-year students have been arrested in the case while a third-year stu..
                 

India condemns terrorist attack in Iran

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India on Thursday strongly condemned the dastardly terrorist attack in the Khash-Zahedan sector of Sistan-Baluchistan province in Iran that killed many people on Wednesday night."Government of India strongly condemns the dastardly terrorist attack in the Khash-Zahedan sector of Sistan-Baluchistan province on the night of February 13. Terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, is condemnable and perpetrators of such crimes should be brought to justice expeditiously and without distinction," a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.The government of India also extended its condolences to the families of the victims, the people and government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.As many as 23 members of Iran's elite paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Corps force in south-eastern Iran on Wednesday (local time) were killed, according to state media.The explosion took place inside a bus which was ferrying the military personnel in Sistan-Baluchistan province, bordering Paki..
                 

Rajnath Singh flags off inaugural flight from Lucknow to Najaf in Iraq

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Lucknow: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday flagged off the inaugural flight from Uttar Pradesh's capital city to Najaf in Iraq. Speaking on the occasion, he said the government wants remotest areas of the country to have air connectivity. Singh, who is the Lok Sabha MP from Lucknow, added that the UDAN scheme, aimed at making air travel affordable and widespread, is playing an important role in this regard. The number of airports has reached 100 in the country and the government wants to facilitate air travel for every person, he said. Lucknow has a large number of Shia population and their demand for a direct flight to Najaf was pending for long. Najaf is a city in Iraq, which has great religious significance, especially among Shia Muslims. The five-and-a-half-hour flight from Lucknow to Najaf will operate on Mondays and Thursdays. Along with facilitating passengers, the air connectivity, it is expected, will promote tourism between the two countries. Catch up on all ..
                 

BJP's 'Silencer' moment as edited Google Doc spins anti-Modi tweets

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New Delhi: History has repeated itself after ten years of Rajkumar Hirani created an iconic scene in the film "3 Idiots" where Chatur also known as Silencer reads out a text secretly edited by Amir Khan’s character Rancho at a Teachers Day celebration and this time something similar unfolded for some of the top BJP leaders on Wednesday. How do you get a Union Minister to tweet what you want? Well, you go and edit the trending document made by BJP IT cell, and then you control what they tweet. Thread.Here's the video of this morning when their trending document got automagically updated :-)1/n pic.twitter.com/6DLwDPg2CV — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 In a script played out on Twitter some of the top leaders of the ruling party including Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan became the victims of a secretly edited script which read sentences like "PM Modi took care of the needs of richest" instead of "PM Modi took care of the needs of marginalized." Accord..
                 

Chennai research scholar makes eco-friendly napkin

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Chennai: Preethi Ramadoss, a research scholar from the Department of Crystal Growth Centre of Anna University, has come up with a biodegradable sanitary napkin which does not contain any plastics and can degrade within a month. When asked about what inspired her, she said that he made this product after being a witness to problems faced by women during their periods. She also said that his love for the environment was one of the reasons as well. Chennai: P Ramadoss, a Ph.D scholar from Anna University has developed biodegradable sanitary napkins. She says"Complications that women face during periods&my love for environment inspired me to invent this napkin. It degrades within a month&can also be flushed in toilet" (13/2) pic.twitter.com/oHMWU9c5vj — ANI (@ANI) February 13, 2019 She said, "Complications that women face during periods and my love for environment inspired me to invent this napkin. It degrades within a month and can also be flushed in toilet" Talking..
                 

Google pays tribute to Madhubala on her 86th birth anniversary

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Mumbai Mayor's refusal to play second fiddle delaying civic projects?

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Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar won't let the BMC forget that he is the first citizen, insisting on the right to be the first to learn about and announce new projects and policies. Unfortunately, this means common citizens and their interests will once again come last, with projects being put on hold until Mahadeshwar is available to do the honours. Now, the fire department fears the launch of its long awaited command and control system will also be held up because of this. Earlier civic authorities would decide the time and date of inaugurations and ground-breaking ceremonies for new projects, and would invite the Mayor as chief guest accordingly. Now, however, Shiv Sena's Mahadeshwar is making all the decisions, including the timing of the event and who the chief guest will be. This has been the case ever since he wrote to the BMC commissioner last November, objecting to the civic administration announcing projects and policies and stating that it was his right to do so. Since then, c..
                 

Ready to face lie-detector test, says Indrani Mukerjea

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Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, told a special CBI court that she was ready to undergo a lie-detector test. She submitted a handwritten application before special judge J C Jagdale, conveying her willingness to undergo a polygraph (commonly known as lie detector) test. In 2015, Indrani had refused to give her consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to subject her to a lie-detector test. According to the law, an accused cannot be made to undergo such tests without his or her consent. "In October 2015, I had not given consent because I was under tremendous pressure not to undergo the test," she said in the application. She succumbed to the pressure as she was in a "state of shock", was "mentally disturbed" and "vulnerable and physically unwell", she said. Now she is "emotionally more settled", Indrani added. "I realise that I should have never succumbed to such pressure. It is only right that I undergo the polygraph test as out of the 200 wi..
                 

Transport min's suggestion to tackle auto woes in BKC: Go take a bus

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Diwakar Raote, state minister for transport, has thrown his hands up in the air when it comes to the autorickshaw mafia in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), claiming his department can't do anything about it. Instead, he made a bizarre suggestion that commuters should opt for BEST buses, even though it is common knowledge that bus services are few and far between in the business hub. BKC's public transport facilities are notoriously lacking, an issue this has reported on several times in the past. There has been renewed focus on this, though, ever since a viral video emerged of an auto driver attacking a passenger. After this video surfaced, Raote was one of the first authorities to order stringent action against the driver. Diwakar Raote suggested that BKC commuters take the bus instead. Pic/Suresh Karkera mid-day, through the 'Meter Frown' campaign, has been highlighting the plight of commuters similarly harassed or fleeced across the city. Faced with much wider outrage over the auto ma..
                 

Abortion Case: MNS slaps Kandivli hospital with defamation complaint

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The MNS has intensified its battle with a Kandivli hospital accused of botching an abortion, registering a defamation complaint against the management. This comes a day after mid-day reported on the plight of a woman who allegedly underwent an incomplete abortion at Shivam Hospital. While the MNS had come out in support of the woman, the hospital claimed that this was merely an extortion bid. Taking strong objection to the allegations, local party leader Dinesh Salvi on Wednesday lodged a complaint at the Charkop police station against the doctor. "Doctors at the hospital allegedly botched up the abortion case. Ketan and Pooja at their home in Malad. Pic/Atul Kamble Now to cover up hospital's fault, the hospital management has levelled false allegations against the MNS and the patient's family. The hospital management should exhibit proof to support the extortion claims, or publicly offer an unconditional apology to the party," Salvi said. The police have registered a non-cognisa..
                 

RERA orders only on paper, buyers still wait for money

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For the past five weeks, Sainath Sarode, 38, has been skipping lunch every Wednesday in order to make the weekly trip to the Talathi office in Kandivli West, from his office in Goregaon West, with the hope of receiving his refund, in accordance with a MahaRERA order issued six months ago. And, he is not the only one awaiting justice that the regulatory body is supposed to ensure in a matter of two months. Sarode is one of the many complainants against M/s Vidhi Realtors who could not stick to the promised date of delivering homes by 2013 in the Gaurav Discovery project in Malad West. A resident of Kotachi Wadi in Girgaon, Sarode had paid around Rs 66 lakh for the flat, after taking a bank loan of Rs 34 lakh. Even as he continues to pay an EMI of Rs 33,000 every month, his dream home is still not his. "I visit the Talathi office every week hoping that the MahaRERA order of attaching the developer's property (transferring property from the debtor to creditor) is executed and I wi..
                 

Rahul Gandhi: PM Modi's claims of cheaper Rafale, faster delivery expos

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New Delhi: Referring to the findings of experts in the Indian negotiating team for the Rafale deal, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said here on Wednesday the two major claims made by the government of cheaper deal and faster delivery of aircraft stood demolished. "The two pillars of the Narendra Modi government's defence for the aircraft deal, of cheaper deal and faster delivery, stand demolished," said Gandhi. Gandhi also dismissed as "eyewash" the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India's report on the controversial Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal that the price of 36 jets, for which the NDA government signed an agreement in 2016, was 2.86 per cent lower than the rates negotiated by the UPA government for 126 aircraft. "Experts who were part of the negotiating team have said Dassault Aviation (Rafale maker) has an order backlog of 83 aircraft and with a capacity of manufacturing only 11 aircraft per year, it will take eight years to clear the backlog. "Thus, India will get it..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal: Narendra Modi is trying to tear apart Constitution

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he is trying to tear apart the Constitution and destroy democracy. On a day when the CAG report on the 2015 Rafale fighter deal was tabled in Parliament, Kejriwal said Modi should speak the truth on the agreement between India and France because, as prime minister, he is accountable to the nation. "Modi is trying to tear apart the Constitution. He is destroying democracy," he said at a mega rally of opposition parties organised by his Aam Aadmi Party at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Referring to the controversy over the visit of a number of CBI officials visiting the Kolkata police commissioner's residence in connection with its probe into chit-fund cases, Kejriwal said sending "40 CBI officers" from Delhi was an attack on the elected government of West Bengal. He also alleged that the Modi government has "captured" the Anti Corruption Branch in the last four years...
                 

Three days after abortion, woman delivers lifeless foetus in bathroom

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It was a painful moment for Ketan Mahajan, 31, and his wife Pooja Mahajan, 25, when she was advised to abort her pregnancy due to abnormal development of the foetus. But the couple was in for even more distress after a Kandivli hospital allegedly botched the procedure. Three days after the doctor claimed to have extracted the baby, Pooja was taken aback when she miscarried the foetus in the washroom. Ketan and Pooja had gone to Shivam Hospital in Kandivli on January 2 to abort the four-month-old foetus. Pooja was admitted, and the procedure was performed the same day. Pooja remained in physical agony for days after the abortion, which the doctor shrugged off as normal, discharging her on January 4. Ketan and Pooja Mahajan have submitted a written complaint to the police against Shivam Hospital. Pic/Atul Kamble But what happened the next day at their Malad residence was far from normal - Pooja went to the bathroom and ended up delivering the lifeless foetus there. Her husband recalle..
                 

Rahul Gandhi to address rally in Gujarat on February 14

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Ahmedabad: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will kick off his party's Lok Sabha poll campaign in Gujarat on Thursday by addressing a public rally in Valsad district. Gandhi will address the 'Jan Akrosh Rally' at Laldungri village in Valsad on Thursday afternoon, party's spokesperson Manish Doshi said. This will be Gandhi's first visit to Gujarat after the 2017 Assembly polls in which he campaigned vigorously, travelling across the length and breadth of the state. While the BJP returned to power in the state in 2017 by winning 99 seats in the 182-member Assembly, the Congress managed to increase its tally from 60 to 77. To boost its cadre, the Congress is also likely to organise its working committee meeting in Ahmedabad before the Lok Sabha elections, a party source said. The Congress had drawn a blank in the state in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when the BJP won all 26 seats. The opposition party had won 11 seats in the state in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. Catch up on all the la..
                 

Karate teacher booked for torturing student with 200 sit-ups

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A 12-year-old student of a Nalasopara-based school is writhing in pain at a local hospital, all because of a karate teacher, who made him do 200 sit-ups after he was found having fun with other children on the school's terrace. The Tulinj police booked the culprit – Chaudhary – on Monday, after victim Ganesh Kamble along with his mother and uncle filed a complaint. A case has been registered against Chaudhary under the Juvenile Justice Act. According to the police, On February 8, some of the students of the school were playing on the terrace before the teacher arrived for the karate class. On reaching for the class when he saw it, he got irritated and asked the kids to do 100 sit-ups as punishment. However, after completing 100 sit-ups when Ganesh told Chaudhary that he was done, he got further irritated and asked him to do another 100. Speaking to mid-day, the 12-year-old said, "I did not feel anything in the evening after returning from school. But when I woke up the fo..
                 

Sonia: Bluff, bluster, intimidation' philosophy of Modi government

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New Delhi: Bluff, bluster, and intimidation have been the philosophy of governance of the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday. Speaking at the joint meeting of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Congress parliamentary party (CPP), Sonia blamed the Modi government for 'subverting institutions, hounding political suppressed dissent' and said, 'bluff, bluster and intimidation' have been the philosophy of governance of the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. Attacking the Centre over Rafale deal, Sonia stated: "Truth and transparency have been brazenly tossed aside. The very foundations of our democratic republic, of our secular republic, have come under systematic assault by the Modi government. The very values, principles and provisions of our Constitution have come under continued attack by the Modi government," she said, adding that the last five years have been a time of unprecedented economic stress and social s..
                 

Vishwas news appointed as the Fact Check partner by Facebook

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Delhi: www.vishvas.news - the fact-check and news verification portal of Jagran New Media, which is the digital wing of Jagran Prakashan Ltd, is now a Fact Checking partner with Facebook. www.vishvas.news is India’s first dedicated Hindi fact-check and news verification portal which is certified by International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). www.vishvas.news is among the select 62 prestigious global media portal that has received this certification from the Poynter Institute. The site is among the seven IFCN certified partners that Facebook works with, under its third-party fact-checking program in India. The basic objective of www.vishvas.news is to check the authenticity of any news or information on the basis of facts without any fear or favour. The news stories covered on Vishvas.news aims to curb fake news and helps spread awareness among common man about the difference between real and fake.www.vishvas.news has a dedicated editorial team to identify, verify and authenticat..
                 

IndiGo cancels 30 flights, adjusts operations due weather disruptions

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New Delhi/Mumbai: Budget passenger carrier IndiGo on Tuesday said that it is "adjusting" some flight operations to deal with expected weather-related disruptions in the coming days. However, industry insiders say that the airline has cancelled about 30 flights on Tuesday and over 30 flights on Monday. According to industry sources, the airline had cancelled around 50 flights during the last weekend due to shortage of pilots which, but IndiGo said that was due to a hailstorm that lashed the national capital and surrounding areas. "IndiGo is slightly adjusting its flight schedule in the coming days by approximately 30 flights per day," the airline said in a statement on Tuesday. "This is in order to stabilize the network and operations impacted due to various ongoing Notams (Notice to Airmen) and predicted bad weather in the coming days." According to the airline, in order to avoid inconvenience, these adjustments are being made in advance. "They are being accommodated close to their..
                 

Reliance Defence spokesperson: Purported email has no link to Rafale

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Reliance Defence on Tuesday said the "proposed MoU" mentioned in a purported email cited by Congress President Rahul Gandhi in his fresh allegations on the Rafale deal was a reference to its cooperation with Airbus Helicopter and had "no connection" with the fighter jet contract. Gandhi on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "treason" and violating the Official Secrets Act by acting as Anil Ambani's "middleman" in the Rafale jet contract, citing an email to claim the businessman was aware of the deal days before India and France signed it. "Purported email being referred by the Congress party is regarding the discussion between Airbus and Reliance Defence regarding Civil & Defence Helicopter Programs under Make in India," a Reliance Defence spokesperson said in a statement. Gandhi released to the media an email dated March 28, 2015 purportedly written by Airbus Executive Nicolas Chamussy to three recipients with the subject line 'Ambani'.He claimed the email showed A..
                 

Delhi Blaze: Delhi hotel fire traps guests in sleep, kills 17

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A massive fire swept through a four-floor hotel in central Delhi's Karol Bagh in the early hours of Tuesday, killing at least 17 guests, including two people who jumped off the building in a desperate bid to save themselves, officials said. A child was among those killed in the blaze that started on the first floor of the Arpit Palace Hotel around 3.30 am, trapping many guests who were deep in sleep, a fire official said. The child, as well as the two people who jumped, are yet to be identified. Preliminary investigation suggested a suspected short circuit could have sparked the fire, in which 35 people were injured, civic officials added. Hotel's exit too narrow: AlphonsUnion minister K J Alphons on Tuesday said the emergency exit of the Arpit Palace Hotel, where 17 people were killed in a fire that broke out early on Tuesday, was "too narrow" and also locked. The minister, who visited the site of the tragedy in central Delhi's Karol Bagh locality, said he was sure that there would..
                 

Maharashtra to draw Rs 2K crore from contingency fund for drought

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The state government on Tuesday decided to draw Rs 2,000 crore from the state contingency fund in order to undertake drought relief measures in 151 tehsils that have been officially declared as drought-hit. The decision was taken at the state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. "It is a temporary arrangement made from time to time to draw funds to support drought-affected people. The funds will be used for basic support such as supplying water tankers and other programmes to be undertaken to tackle waterscarcity till June," a government official said. A note issued by the state government said, "The contingency fund has a limit of Rs 150 crore. The state cabinet approved temporary revision by Rs 2,000 crore. It will make available Rs 2,150 crore funds, which will be used to cater to the demands of the drought-hit tehsils of Maharashtra. "A sizeable portion of these funds will be utilised for financial disbursement to farmers, who have lost their crops," it ad..
                 

Facts being 'deliberately twisted', says Anil Ambani's company

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Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence company on Tuesday rubbished Congress President Rahul Gandhi's charge that the industrialist had prior information about the signing of the Rafale deal and said the facts are being "deliberately twisted and reality being ignored". Reliance Defence Spokesperson: Discussion on proposed MoU was clearly with reference to cooperation between Airbus Helicopter and Reliance. It had no connection whatsoever with Government to Government Agreement between France and India for 36 Rafale aircraft. https://t.co/3aqXKryrHT — ANI (@ANI) February 12, 2019 In a statement, the company said the "purported email being referred by the Congress Party is regarding the discussion between Airbus and Reliance Defence regarding Civil & Defence Helicopter Programs under ‘Make in India.' The statement came hours after Gandhi used a fresh media report to allege that Anil Ambani had prior information about the Rafale deal and that Prime Minister Narendra ..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal: Rs 5 lakh compensation for those killed in hotel fire

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of those killed in a massive fire that swept through a hotel in central Delhi's Karol Bagh area in the early hours of Tuesday. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on 17 dead in the fire that broke out in Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh today: Ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakh each will be given by the government to the kin of the deceased. pic.twitter.com/K12cH04fXo — ANI (@ANI) February 12, 2019 At least 17 people, including a child, were killed in the fire that broke out in the Arpit Palace Hotel on Gurudwara Road in Karol Bagh. Kejriwal announced the compensation after visiting the spot. The city government has ordered a magisterial probe into the tragedy. According to the fire department, at least 11 people suffered injuries and were sent to the hospital. It said 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the blaze has been doused. Cooling operation in the building is underw..
                 

Rahul Gandhi accuses Narendra Modi of violating Official Secrets Act

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New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday used a fresh media report to allege that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had acted as a ‘middleman’ for industrialist Anil Ambani in the Rafale fighter deal and accused him of violating the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and indulging in ‘treason’ for which action must be initiated. He also attacked the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), describing it as ‘Chowkidar Auditor General’ and said the Supreme Court judgement, which gave a clean chit to the government in the matter, is open to question now. Addressing a press conference here, Gandhi displayed some papers and said, "An email has come to light that states, Ambani visited the (French Defence) Minister's office Mentioned MoU in preparation and intention to sign during PM visit'. Rahul Gandhi: Now PM needs to answer how did Anil Ambani knew 10 days in advance of the #Rafaledeal. Defence Minister, HAL, Foreign Secy don't kn..
                 

Satyajit Biswas murder: Mukul Roy files anticipatory bail plea

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Kolkata: BJP leader Mukul Roy on Tuesday filed an anticipatory bail plea in Calcutta High Court division bench in connection with TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas' murder case. The plea is likely to be heard this week. Roy was among four people who were named responsible for the killing of Biswas in West Bengal's Nadia district. BJP leader Mukul Roy files anticipatory bail in Calcutta High Court division bench in connection with Nadia TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas' murder case. Plea likely to be heard this week. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/zF6WCRX2d9 — ANI (@ANI) February 12, 2019 However, the BJP leader had claimed that allegations were being levelled on his party over the TMC legislator's death based on directions issued by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. "In the entire state of West Bengal, when anybody is killed by their own people or by other miscreants, the TMC government tries to implicate that it is by leaders and worker..
                 

Akhilesh Yadav stopped at Lucknow to prevent from Allahabad event

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Lucknow: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Monday alleged he was being stopped at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow by police in a bid to prevent him from visiting Allahabad to attend an oath-taking ceremony at Allahabad University. बिना किसी लिखित आदेश के मुझे एयरपोर्ट पर रोका गया। पूछने पर भी स्थिति साफ करने में अधिकारी विफल रहे। छात्र संघ कार्यक्रम में जाने से रोकना का एक मात्र मकसद युवाओं के बीच समाजवादी विचारों और आवाज को दबाना है। pic.twitter.com/151IwzPl1t — Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) February 12, 2019 "The government is so afraid of oath ceremony of a student leader that it is stopping me at the airport ..
                 

Seventeen people killed in Delhi hotel fire

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New Delhi: At least 17 people, including a child, were killed and 11 others injured after a massive fire broke out in a five-story hotel in central Delhi's Karol Bagh area in the wee hours of Tuesday. According to the fire department, the 35 people were rescued from the hotel. Deputy Commissioner of Police M S Randhawa told the media that 17 people were killed in the blaze. According to the fire department, at least 11 people suffered injuries and were sent to the hospital. It said 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the blaze has been doused. Cooling operation in the building is underway, the department said. Fire Officer Vipin Kental said, "The cause of the fire is yet to be investigated. 30 fire tenders had been rushed to the spot. The rescue operation is over. There was wood panelling on the corridors because of which people could not use the corridors to escape." Deputy Chief Fire Officer Sunil Choudhary told ANI, "The fire has been doused. We have to look for bodies, if a..
                 

Encounter underway between militants, security forces in J&K's Pulwama

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Srinagar: An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, police said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Ratnipora area of Pulwama in south Kashmir during the night following specific information about the presence of militants there, a police official said. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired on the forces who retaliated. The exchange of fire was on, the official said, adding the area has been cordoned off and further details were awaited.  In another incident, at least six militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir's Pulwama district. The deceased were affiliated to former top Hizbul Mujahideen commander and Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind head Zakir Musa, Awantipora Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammed Zahid said. The encounter erupted after police launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about..
                 

Dadar TT flyover to house Mumbai's largest garden under a bridge

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The underbelly of Dadar TT flyover is set to transform from a dusty parking lot to a lush, green park, bang in the middle of one of the city's most chaotic roadways. Once chock-a-block with all kinds of cabs parked under the flyover, this space will soon become Mumbai's largest garden under a flyover - 53,538 sq ft in total. It will have five separate zones for fitness, kids, the elderly, sports, along with a multipurpose area. Also known as the Jagannath Shankar Sheth flyover, this stretch was also home to the state transport's Shivneri bus stand underneath. The bus stand has also been moved to make way for the garden. Amey Ghole, local corporator from Shiv Sena, said, "We had cleared the space months ago for a garden. We will have a bhoomi pujan between February 22 and 25." The BMC's proposed layout for the multipurpose zone Five zonesThis is in line with the BMC's plan to create green spaces beneath flyovers across the city. This garden will bring a slice of serenity to an area t..
                 

Mumbai: Days after son dies, father goes missing mysteriously

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It has been 13 days since 14-year-old Arun Gautam, who worked in a workshop situated at Sanjay Nagar, died, but his father Jugesh Gautam is yet to claim his body and perform his last rites. Instead, the 45-year-old man went missing on January 31 after he visited the Kandivli police station and left without signing a paper that cops asked him to, so that they could hand over his son's body. The body has been lying at a hospital mortuary since then. According to the police, they have launched a search operation for Jugesh, as after visiting the police station he wrote a letter to the Mumbai police commissioner alleging that the owner of the workshop and his brothers had killed him and that the police had assured him justice. In the letter, Jugesh, who hails from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, has further alleged that while manufacturing some product it got damaged because of Arun's mistake and that is why the owner and his brothers beat him up badly. The following morning when he did n..
                 

#10YearChallenge: Everything you need to know

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We are no longer just citizens, we are netizens who use the Internet for socialising online. In today's digital age, social media platforms have emerged as the biggest medium of communication among netizens and trends have become a popular fad to engage audiences  Every now and then, a trend pops up on social media and we are lured to keep up with it. While some trends are weird where a picture of an egg becomes the most liked picture on Instagram beating socialite Kylie Jenner's picture with her baby girl, there are trends that set the internet on fire. By the way, have you taken the #10yearchallenge yet? It's one of the latest challenges that has taken the internet by storm. What is a 10-year challenge? The challenge involves sharing a self-picture from ten years ago alongside a current picture and comparing the two. To understand better, let us see the example below. Pic courtesy: Karan Johar's Instagram Although the #10yearchallenge as been used the most number of..
                 

Dad resumes work without pay while baby Eliza needs urgent treatment

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Whistle-blower Anand Waghmare, 42, and his family continue to pay for his efforts to expose corruption in the company he works, Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL). After arm-twisting him to move from Mumbai to Nagpur, discontinuing treatment for his critically ill baby, now it turns out the company has been making him work for free. For the past two months, AIESL has not paid salary to Anand, claiming instead that he owes them Rs 4.5 lakh. mid-day has been reporting on the plight of Anand and his seven-month-old daughter Eliza's plight since October 2018, highlighting how the company abruptly transferred him from Mumbai to Nagpur and refused to let him be with his wife and child after a complicated delivery. When he returned to Mumbai for his loved ones' treatment, the company stopped paying him salary. His employers showed no compassion even after baby Eliza was diagnosed with life-threatening hydrocephalus (fluid build-up in the brain). Instead, they put Anand under inquiry ..
                 

Priyanka Gandhi's UP visit triggers poster war between BJP-Congress

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Even before Priyanka Gandhi Vadra could step her foot for the first time in Uttar Pradesh since after being appointed as general secretary of eastern UP, a poster war has started between her supporters and opponents with both going overboard in their portrayal of expressions. While posters by Congress workers installed in Lucknow portrayed Priyanka as Goddess Durga, the BJP workers took a jibe at her state visit by putting a flex reading that Congress general secretary is here to rob the state. The BJP poster had a large smiling picture of Priyanka Gandhi with a caption written in Hindi in big bold fonts, roughly translated to 'I am coming here to rob the Uttar Pradesh.' On the other hand, the Lucknow poster by Congress supporters portrayed Priyanka as Goddess Durga, with a declaration that 'Sister Priyanka Gandhi is a form of Mother Durga', written largely beside the image. Another poster that is turning heads in the state capital is also posted at different locati..
                 

Congress: Rafale deal unravelling faster than government thought

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The Congress on Monday said the Rafale deal is "unravelling" faster than the government thought, with issues such as "parallel negotiations" by the PMO and changes in the standard defence procurement procedure coming to the fore. The opposition party's attack on the government came after a report in The Hindu newspaper claimed that the deal between India and France involved "major and unprecedented" concessions from the Indian government, with critical provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments through an escrow account dropped days before the signing of the inter-governmental agreement (IGA). Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said the Rafale deal is unravelling faster than the government thought. "First, it was the loading of the India Specific Enhancement costs on 36 aircraft instead of 126 aircraft giving a bonanza to Dassault. Then it was the revelation that 'parallel negotiations' were being carried on by PMO undermining the effor..
                 

Mamata Banerjee extends support to Chandrababu Naidu's fast

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday extended support to her Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu over his day-long hunger strike in New Delhi. He began his fast in the national capital demanding that the Centre grant special status to Andhra Pradesh and fulfil all the promises made before its bifurcation in 2014. "Our party chief Mamata Banerjee has expressed her support towards Chandrababu Naidu's hunger strike. She asked our party leader Derek O'Brien to visit Naidu at the venue of the hunger strike and express solidarity. The opposition stands united in the fight against the Modi government," a senior Trinamool Congress leader told PTI. Brien will visit Naidu, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief, around 12 pm, the leader said. The TDP had walked out of the BJP-led NDA last year protesting the "injustice" done to the state after its bifurcation. Naidu had last week come down to Kolkata to express his support to Banerjee, who was on a dharna from February 3..
                 

Mukul Roy faces FIR in TMC MLA's murder; two others suspended

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The killing of Trinamool Congress MLA Satyajit Biswas drew sharp reactions from the ruling party and Opposition BJP as a police complaint named saffron party leader Mukul Roy alleging his involvement in the incident. Roy, a former TMC general secretary, who joined the BJP last year following differences with party supremo Mamata Banerjee, denied the allegation, claiming that Biswas was a "victim" of TMC's internal feud. Satyajit Biswas, TMC MLA. Pic/PTI Amid allegations that there was no security cover despite the presence of the MLA and a minister at the venue of a Saraswati Puja where the incident occurred, the officer in-charge (OC) of local Hanskhali police station and the personal security officer (PSO) of Biswas were suspended. A departmental inquiry has also been initiated against the OC and the PSO, who was reportedly on leave on Saturday, police said. Roy is among the four persons against whom an FIR has been lodged in connection with Biswas's killing, police said. A West ..
                 

PM Narendra Modi launches several developmental projects in Tamil Nadu

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Tiruppur (Tamil Nadu): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched new projects and inaugurated completed projects in Tamil Nadu from Tiruppur. In his first visit to Tamil Nadu after the presentation of the Interim Budget for 2019-20, Modi launched and inaugurated the projects at a brief function held in Perumanallur village in Tiruppur district. Tiruppur is about 470 km from Chennai and is a major export centre for knitted garments. Modi laid the foundation stone of a 100-bed Employees State Insurance Corp (ESIC) health facility here. The hospital will cater to the needs of over 100,000 workers and their family members in the hosiery town and nearby areas covered under the ESI Act. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stones for a new integrated building at Trichy Airport and modernization of Chennai airport via video conference. He dedicated to the nation, the 470-bed ESIC Hospital and the Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd's Ennore Coastal Terminal in Chennai. He also inaug..
                 

Ram Vilas Paswan: Mayawati's main purpose was to build own statues

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Taking a dig at BSP supremo Mayawati, Union minister and Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan said Sunday that her main purpose in erecting statues of several Dalit icons, including B R Ambedkar, when she was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister was to build her own statues. Paswan's comments came in the wake of some adverse observations made by the Supreme Court in a plea filed against her decision to spend public money on statues of leaders, some of whom were linked to her party, and also on the BSP symbol of the elephant when she was at the helm in UP. "Her main purpose was to erect her own statues. Installing statues of the likes of Baba Sahab was an excuse," Paswan said. Following the court's observation that she may have to return the money spent on the exercise, Mayawati had lashed out at rival leaders and the media for distorting the judicial observations and expressed faith that she would get justice in the matter. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Internat..
                 

Kejriwal, Mamata, Chandrababu Naidu to hold rally in Delhi next week

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New Delhi: Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal) and N. Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) will address a 'Remove Dictatorship, Save Democracy Rally' at Jantar Mantar here on Wednesday, the AAP said on Sunday. Main leaders of other non-BJP parties will also take part in this rally, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said. "India is currently passing through a decisive phase. The Modi-Shah duo is bent upon destroying the Constitution and democracy, which our country succeeded in achieving due to the sacrifices of millions of freedom fighters," AAP leader Gopal Rai said. "Today it is the duty of every patriotic Indian to stand up for safeguarding the country's Constitution and democracy." He also said that to achieve this, the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and West Bengal will address the 'Remove Dictatorship, Save Democracy Rally' on February 13. In a statement, Rai said that Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress chief, was coordinating with non-B..
                 

Sabyasachi-Sadhguru set to bring peace to New York Fashion Week

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Can clothes made with time, love and detail heal the wearer? Sabysachi Mukherjee seems to think so. He wasn't a believer until 2016 when he was invited to spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev's Mahashivratri celebration at the headquarters of his organisation, Isha Foundation, on the outskirts of Coimbatore. He remembers telling Sadhguru that he is a cynic. "I'm not a follower, but I do relate to his programmes that focus on social upliftment and work in the villages," Mukherjee tells mid-day. The conversation has led to a collaboration that will take stage at New York Fashion Week this Wednesday. It's here that Kolkata-based Mukherjee will join Norma Kamali, Mara Hoffman and Mimi Prober as part of Fashion For Peace, a group presentation of conscious design in association with Isha Foundation. The organisation, in a bid to turn focus on rare textiles and the now thinning community of craftsmen behind them, has selected over 100 textiles dating back to an age-old tradition of weavi..