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BJP MLA booked for preventing municipal employees from doing their duty

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The police registered a case against BJP MLA Kalicharan Saraf after people in a Jaipur locality took a municipal body employee in their custody while resisting an attempt to shut down an illegal dairy, officials said Tuesday. The Jaipur Municipal Corporation employee was kept confined for several hours by protesters. The BJP MLA from Malviya Nagar was booked on charges of obstructing public servants from doing their duty, said Bajaj Nagar police station in-charge Manvendra Singh. He said the case was registered on a complaint by JMC Deputy Commissioner Bhoma Ram Saini. Saraf had staged a demonstration along with his supporters against JMC officials deployed to remove an illegal dairy operating here and held the JMC employee in captivity for seizing cows from the dairy. 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..
                 

Jet pilots threaten to stop flying from April 1

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Mumbai: The umbrella body of the domestic pilots of the nearly crippled Jet Airways Tuesday threatened to stop flying from April 1, if the resolution plan is delayed and salary dues are not cleared by the end of this month. The decision was taken at the annual meeting of Jet Airways domestic pilots body National Aviators Guild after a meeting here lasting for over 90 minutes. The guild, which came into being almost a decade ago, represents around 1,000 domestic pilots at the airline. "If there is no proper clarity on the resolution process and salary payments, by March 31, we will stop flying from April 1," the guild said. The pilots and other senior staff have been getting their full salaries since December. Having failed to get any assurance from the management on salaries, the guild last week had written to Union labour minister Santosh Gangwar, seeking his intervention. Meanwhile, aviation minister Suresh Prabhu Tuesday also directed his the secretary to hold an emergency meetin..
                 

Karnataka: Under-construction building collapses in Dharawad

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An under-construction building collapsed on Tuesday in Kumareshwar Nagar area of Karnataka's Dharwad district.As per the initial information, many are feared trapped in the debris.According to police, six people who were injured in the building collapse have been shifted to hospital and search and rescue operation is underway. #Karnataka: According to police, one person dead, 6 people injured, 40 feared trapped at the site of collapse of an under construction building in Kumareshwar Nagar, Dharwad, pic.twitter.com/Gl86ziUg1K — ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2019 According to an ANI tweet, one person is dead while six people are injured.  Soon after the incident, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that he had given instructions to the Chief Secretary to supervise the rescue operations. Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I have instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS ..
                 

Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil: I have not resigned as Maharashtra LoP

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Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on Tuesday rejected reports that he had quit as the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Speculation about Vikhe Patil resigning as Maharashtra LoP has been rife in political circles ever since his son, Sujay, joined the ruling BJP on March 12 and is set to be recommended by it for the Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat. Sujay's candidature from the BJP will put him in a straight fight with the NCP, which had refused to accede to Vikhe Patil's request to let his son fight on a Congress ticket from there. Vikhe Patil, who is in his hometown Loni, said, "I reject reports that I have resigned as Leader of Opposition."  Vikhe Patil had earlier said that Sujay's decision to join the BJP was a personal one. He would continue to serve the Congress and abide by its directives, the LoP had asserted. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Internation..
                 

BSP announces candidates for 6 Chhattisgarh Lok Sabha seats

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The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Tuesday announced candidates for six out of 11 Lok Sabha seatsin Chhattisgarh. The announcement was made by the Mayawati-led party's state unit chief Hemant Poyam. Senior party leader and former MLA Dauram Ratnakar has been fielded from Janjgir-Champa (Scheduled Caste) Lok Sabha constituency while Aaytu Ram Mandavi will contest from BastarScheduled Tribe) seat, he said. The other four are Sube Singh Dhurve (Kanker- ST), Maya Bhagat (Surguja- ST), Innocent Kujur (Raigarh-ST) and Geetanjali Singh (Durg), Poyam said. Ratnakar had served as BSP state president earlier and was three-time MLA from Pamgarh assembly constituency in Jangir-Champa district in undivided Madhya Pradesh, Poyam said. Tribal leader Mandavi has been given another chance from Bastar seat after losing from there in the 2009 general elections. Dhruve is the sarpanch (village head) of Markatola panchayat in Kanke..
                 

Former SC judge Satya Brata Singh passes away

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Former Supreme Court judge Justice Satya Brata Sinha passed away on Tuesday following age related ailments, family sources said. Justice Sinha, 75, was appointed as a judge of the apex court on October 3, 2002, and he retired on August 8, 2009. He was earlier designated as a senior advocate by the Patna High Court and on March 9, 1987, he became a judge there. He was transferred to the Calcutta High Court in 1994. Justice Sinha was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice there in 1999. In December 2000, became the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court and in 2001, he was transferred to the Delhi High Court before being elevated to the top court. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the latest updates..
                 

Editor's murder: Autopsy delay may ruin evidence, say forensic experts

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Delay in dispatching Nityanand Pandey's body resulted in early decomposition of his mortal remains, forensic experts said. The body was sent for a post-mortem at 5 pm on Sunday and the autopsy started almost 30 to 36 hours after the crime. Pandey's body was found around 2.30 pm on Saturday but reached the department of forensic medicine and toxicology, Grant Medical College and JJ Group of hospitals only around 5 pm on Sunday and the autopsy began two hours later, by when the body had begun showing early signs of decomposition, forensic surgeons said. The Bhiwandi Taluka police, under whose jurisdiction the body was found, also did not send crucial spot photographs of the deceased to the forensic experts. "Pandey's face, hands and legs had started showings signs of decomposition. We have found contusion marks around the neck and most of the injuries are ante mortem," said a forensic surgeon. The preliminary cause of death in was given as, "Multiple injuries with neck contusions (unna..
                 

J&K school teacher, arrested in terror case, dies in custody

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Srinagar: A school teacher, who was arrested in connection with a terror case, has died in a police custody here, prompting the department to request for a magisterial inquiry, officials said on Tuesday. Rizwan Pandit, 28, a resident of Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, died during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, a police officer said. Pandit, who was a teacher at a private school, was picked up by the security agencies three days ago in connection with a terror case, the officer said. The police department has requested a magisterial inquiry under Section 176 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to ascertain the cause and circumstances leading to Pandit's death, the officer said, adding that further details were awaited. 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..
                 

Man faces music for cheating 'Indian Idol' singer in Sion

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A 22-year-old man was arrested Monday from Jharkhand for allegedly cheating an 'Indian Idol' participant of Rs 1.7 lakh on the pretext of debit card verification by posing as a bank executive, police said. The accused, Rajkumar Jaynarayan Mandal, was arrested by the Sion police with the help of Cyber Cell of the Mumbai police, an official said. Mandal had phoned Avanti Patel (23), who participated in the singing reality show 'Indian Idol' last year, and her sister posing as an executive of a public sector bank, he said. While talking to them, the accused obtained their bank details and debit card passwords. He then fraudulently withdrew Rs 1.7 lakh from Patel's and her sister's accounts and transferred the money to other bank accounts and Paytm, a digital wallet, he said. The incident came to light when the singer realised that she has been cheated and lodged a complaint with the Sion police, the official said. During the investigation, the police traced the phone call to Jharkhand ..
                 

SP-BSP join hands in state for Lok Sabha polls

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Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have come together in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha polls, further splitting the anti-BJP and pro-Dalit votes. This is  the fourth alliance in the state, albeit a small one, in addition to the BJP-Sena, Congress-NCP and a conglomerate of other parties, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, which will field their candidates in 48 segments. The BSP and SP will announce their seat-sharing and agenda at a press conference today. SP state president and MLA Abu Asim Azmi, BSP's MP and national general secretary in-charge of Maharashtra Ashok Siddharth and BSP state president Anil Sakhre will represent their respective parties. Sources said SP had been demanding seats from the Congress and NCP in an extended alliance in Maharashtra. The party was willing to take a position different from that in UP where it has entered into a pact with BSP and would be seen in a three-way fight with the Congress and BJP. But, in Maharashtra, since the deal did not work in SP'..
                 

Twitterati celebrates the rise in Indian rupee against US dollar

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The rupee edged 2 paise higher to 68.51 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meet. Besides the greenback's weakness against some currencies overseas, increased selling of the American currency by exporters as well as banks supported the rupee, forex dealers said. The currency's movement was influenced by a higher opening in the domestic equity market. The domestic unit had surged by 57 paise on Monday to close at an over seven-month high of 68.53 against the US dollar, also marking a sixth straight session of gains, driven by sustained foreign fund inflows and narrowing trade deficit. According to provisional data, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth Rs 1,269 crore Monday, while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth Rs 1,823 crore. Twitterati could not contain the excitement and shared their happiness on the social media platform. The #Rupee today opened higher for the 7th consecutive session a..
                 

Delhi HC disposes of petition against Flipkart, Amazon

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday disposed of a petition alleging violations of foreign direct investment (FDI) norms by e-commerce giants Flipkart and Amazon. A division bench headed by Delhi Chief Justice Rajendra Menon was hearing a plea filed by NGO Telecom Watchdog demanding probe into Amazon India, and Flipkart allegedly violating FDI norms. The bench disposed of the petition after the Enforcement Directorate informed the court that a probe in this regard is still going on. The plea further alleged that Amazon India and Flipkart allegedly routed hot-selling stocks through multiple entities. "Popular products were routed at cheap prices using proxies. While Cloud tail single is the largest seller on Amazon India, WS Retail is the single largest seller on Flipkart," the plea reads. The petition also alleged that these companies have endangered the survival of brick-and-mortar stores. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also dow..
                 

Arun Jaitley hails 'game-changing' reforms of Narendra Modi government

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New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday hailed the Narendra Modi government which "systematically and consistently" introduced 14 "iconic reforms", thereby giving the economy a "much-needed" boost in less than five years. In a detailed blog post, Jaitley said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments between 2004-2014 got stuck in slogans rather than economic expansion. "The first NDA government took key decisions with regard to infrastructure creation and prudent fiscal management. Bold policies on telecom and National Highways made significant impacts on the economy." "However, the UPA governments between 2004-2014, got stuck into slogans rather than economic expansion. They created 'Rights' without a major increase in resources being provided to implement those rights. Subsequently, the government got marred in corruption and wasted its tenure in a cover-up exercise" he added. Continuing his tirade against the Congress, the Finance Minister said that former pri..
                 

'Prashant Kishor behind deletion of votes'

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday accused poll strategist and Janata Dal (United) National vice president Prashant Kishor for the removal of votes of the party sympathisers. "K Chandrashekar Rao is doing criminal politics. He is grabbing the MLAs of Congress and TDP. Bihari dacoit Prasant Kishore has removed lakhs of votes in Andhra Pradesh. He is committing cyber crime," Chief Minister Naidu said while addressing an event in Ongole. Earlier, Naidu had criticized YSR Congress Party chief Jaganmohan Reddy along with TRS and BJP for removing the names of voters from the list. "They submitted Form 7 to delete names from the voters' list. YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy along with TRS and BJP is trying to remove the name of voters from the list. Criminal action should be taken against those who are misusing Form-7 to delete the names," he said. Criticizing YSRCP, TRP and BJP, Naidu said, "All of them hatched a conspiracy to destabilise the TDP government and the Telugu Desam Pa..
                 

Mumbai: BMC clubs projects to lure contractors

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The civic body's Bridges department has failed to get a response to tenders floated twice for four of its projects in the eastern suburbs. Officials of the department have thus decided to club all the projects and even throw in two more to sweeten the pot. The four projects consist of dismantling and reconstructing three foot overbridges in Mulund West, Ghatkopar West and Vikhroli East and one bridge near the Renaissance Hotel in Powai. These four bridges feature in the list of bridges in a dilapidated condition and need to be demolished. Days after the FOB at CSMT railway station collapsed, civic chief Ajoy Mehta had directed the Bridges department to shut down 14 bridges in the city that were considered unsafe. Officials of the department have written to the ward offices asking them to close them all. "We floated independent tenders for each of the projects twice around three months ago but haven't received any response. Since the scope of the work is too small, none of ..
                 

Mumbai: Auditor who forged CSMT FOB report held

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The Azad Maidan police have managed to catch hold of the absconding structural auditor of the CSMT FOB, which collapsed last Thursday killing six people and injuring 31 commuters. Accused Neeraj Desai was arrested from his brother's house in Sakinaka, where he was hiding since the incident took place. Zonal Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abhishek Trimukhe, who is heading the investigation, said, "Desai was well aware of the consequences of forging the FOB's audit report. He is a mechanical engineer and owner of Associated Engineering Consultants and Analysts Pvt Ltd, which audited the bridge. Primary investigation reveals that he did not conduct the audit properly and submitted a forged report to the BMC. Police sources said Desai was arrested after Chief Engineer of BMC's Bridges Department, Sanjay Darade, told them that the FOB's audit report was misleading. "We have recorded Darade's statement. As per the report, the bridge was certified fit for use," an officer said. Also Read:&..
                 

Digvijaya to Kamal: Will contest polls from any place Rahul asks me to

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New Delhi: Responding to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath's suggestion to contest from a "tough" seat in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said he will fight from wherever Congress president Rahul Gandhi asks him to. "To accept challenges is my habit. I won from Raghogarh despite the Janata Party wave in 1977. I am ready to contest the Lok Sabha elections from wherever my leader Rahul Gandhi ji says,'' Singh tweeted. "I'm grateful to Kamal Nath for thinking that I'm competent enough to fight Lok Sabha elections," read another tweet by the Congress leader. Nath had asked Singh to choose a seat where the Congress has not won for three decades or more like Bhopal, Indore, and Vidisha- seats that are considered to be strongholds of the BJP. It is being said that Singh is looking to contest from Rajgarh seat, which he had represented in 1984 and 1991. Interestingly, BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan has been continuously winning Indore parliame..
                 

London court issues arrest warrant against Nirav Modi

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London: In a major development, a London court on Monday issued an arrest warrant against diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who is wanted in India for an alleged loan default case, according to the sources in the Enforcement Directorate. The arrest warrant was issued by the Westminster Court, the sources added. India had already requested the extradition of Nirav Modi from the United Kingdom. The development comes days after the fugitive was tracked down to a 33-storey Centre Point Apartment complex in London's Theatre District. The tower was an office complex and was converted into luxury residences with prices ranging from PS2 million to PS55 million all with superb views over the city of London. Modi is believed to be living in a property worth PS8 million apartments in the tower, the rent for a similar apartment in the tower comes to approximately PS17,000 a month, stated the Daily Telegraph. On March 9, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said that India is ..
                 

IIT-B remembers Manohar Parrikar as an inspiring man

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All at the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) remembers late Manohar Parrikar as a simple man, who had immense potential and a vision for the nation. As the Acting Director of the Institute, A K Suresh, opened the condolence meet for its distinguished alumnus at the P C Saxena Auditorium, several others spoke about their most respected IITian - Parrikar - who was the first from the institute to become an MLA. Sharing his fondest memories of Parrikar, 71-year-old Budram Barai, who was the guard at Hostel 4, where the late Goa CM lived as a student of Metallurgical and Material Engineering, said, "We used to call him Mannu. He was everybody's favourite. He was very simple and down to earth." Sharing his experience of meeting Parrikar for the first time, Entrepreneur Bhadresh Padia, an IITB alumni himself, said, "I had met Parrikar in one of the alumni meets, when he had already become the Goa CM. He mingled with everyone without having an air about it. He sat next to..
                 

Two dead in Odisha after police lathi-charged protesters at Vedanta alu

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Kalahandi (Odisha): Two people died and several others got injured after police lathi-charged protesters at Vedanta Aluminium Plant at Lanjigarh in Odisha's Kalahandi district on Monday. The protesters were demanding employment. The two dead--one protester and one Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF) personnel--succumbed to their injuries later, police said. Thousands of unemployed youths were agitating in front of Vedanta Aluminium plant at Lanjigarh demanding employment. This agitation soon became violent and the OISF personnel resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the agitators. More than 20 persons were injured and admitted to hospitals at Langigarh, Biswanathpur and Bhawanipatana hospital. Due to tension in the area, the district administration of Kalahandi has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC. In a statement, a spokesperson of Vedanta said: "We are deeply saddened by the news and we offer our condolences to the families of the deceased. We will work with full cooperation wit..
                 

Two chain snatchers nabbed by Hyderabad Task Force

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Hyderabad: Hyderabad Task Force on Monday nabbed two notorious snatchers, Chakali Ravi, and Chakali Anjaneyulu, both accused of committing three chain snatching offenses in Hyderabad and Cyberabad areas. Anjani Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad, said: "The sleuths of Commissioner's Task Force, West Zone, apprehended two notorious snatchers--Chakali Ravi and Chakali Anjaneyulu. They seized gold ornaments worth Rs 3,00,000, one Bajaj Pulsar and two mobile phones from their possession." According to Kumar, one month back both the accused planned snatching in Balanagar to make money easily. In the month of January, Anjaneyulu purchased a Bajaj Pulsar bike and later started surveying the area to commit chain snatching. They targeted women in isolated areas. Within a span of 17 days, from February 20 to March 7, the accused committed three chain snatchings. One in SR Nagar area, and two others in Kukatpally. Both the culprits were apprehended by West Zone Task Force team after the..
                 

Mumbai: Within 24 hours, cops arrest teen for abducting infant at Dadar

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Within 24 hours, the Shivaji Park police arrested a 13-year-old boy for allegedly kidnapping a one-and-a-half-year-old baby. The child's disappearance was reported by his mother to the cops on March 7. She said a 12-13-year-old boy who'd been playing with her son for a couple of hours said he was taking him nearby to play with him, but he never returned, said a police officer from Shivaji Park police station. At GhansoliA case was registered at the police station under section 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code. Cops checked CCTV footage and established that the boy had taken a local train towards Kalyan. After checking more footage, it was found that the boy had alighted at Ghansoli. Teams were deputed to Ghansoli and police stations in Navi Mumbai and Thane were alerted about the incident as well. Then, around 6 pm on March 8, the Kalwa police informed them about a boy who matched the kidnapped kid's description. A team rushed to Kalwa police station with the mother and con..
                 

Mukesh Ambani, Nita's help saves day for Anil as RCom pays Rs 550 crore

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New Delhi: Embattled billionaire Anil Ambani on Monday warded off a possible jail term as RCom cleared dues of a Swedish service provider at the eleventh hour with money received from elder brother Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita Ambani, whom he thanked for standing by him in trying times and extending "timely support". Anil's heavily debt-laden Reliance Communications made a Rs 550 crore payment, including interest, to Ericsson just a day before the expiry of the deadline set by the Supreme Court to clear dues or face a three-month jail term. Soon after making the payment, RCom announced termination of a Rs 17,000 crore deal to sell telecom assets like spectrum, fibre and tower to Mukesh's Reliance Jio, citing delays in approvals from the government and lenders. Anil, whose businesses in telecom and power sectors went into heavy debt in the face of regulatory headwinds and intense competition, thanked Mukesh and his wife Nita for bailing him out. "My sincere and heartfelt thanks to ..
                 

24-year-old journalist, friend held in magazine editor's murder

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The murder case of 44-year-old managing editor of the magazine 'India Unbound' Nityanand Pandey has been cracked by the Thane Rural Kashimira police, local crime branch and Bhiwandi police with the arrest of two accused, including a woman staffer. The 24-year-old woman, who was working as a journalist with Pandey's magazine, apparently took the help of a friend, and after giving Pandey sleeping pills mixed in an energy drink, strangulated him in his car at Bhayandar West and later threw the body in a Bhiwandi nullah at night. Nityanand Pandey's body when it was found Wanted to settle downThe accused have been identified as Ankita Mishra and Satish Mishra. They were arrested by the crime branch on Sunday following an interrogation. During inquiry, it was revealed that Ankita had been working for Pandey for the past three years. She had interviewed senior police officers, bureaucrats and politicians with Pandey. She told the cops that Pandey had forced her into a physical relationship..
                 

mid day editorial: Compensation must not remain just lip service

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More than a dozen people are still undergoing treatment at the government-run St George Hospital and GT Hospital, after the CSMT bridge collapse. Some of them have complained they have not received any official communication from the government so far, regarding the Rs 50,000 compensation that was declared by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday. We want to see communication happening quickly and smoothly after such tragedies. While focusing on the bridge collapse in particular, this should be applicable to all disasters. The government machinery must swing into action as soon as possible. There has to be communication with those affected or with their families with reference to compensation. While the government may eventually give the compensation, at least give those affected the details, like by when the compensation will come, what are the documents if any required for the compensation and so on. Even though the amount may not come in a day, it would be good to assure th..
                 

Manohar Parrikar cremated with full military, state honours

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The last rites of Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday after suffering from pancreatic cancer for over a year, were held with full military and state honours at the Miramar beach here on Monday evening. Thousands of supporters and BJP workers accompanied the funeral cortege from the Kala Academy Arts and Cultural Centre, where the remains had been kept throughout the day for the public to pay last respects to the nearby Miramar beach. The mortal remains of Parrikar, wrapped in the national tri-colour, were placed on a pyre amid a 21 gun salute at the beach and his elder son Utpal Parrikar consigned it to flames. Parrikar, 63, is survived by two sons, two daughter in-laws and a grandson. Top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, Suresh Prabhu and Ramdas Athawale offered floral tributes to Parrikar. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra ..
                 

Two Maharashtra youth playing PUBG mowed down by train in Hingoli

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Two persons engrossed in playing online game PUBG were knocked down by a train in Hingoli district in Maharashtra, police said on Sunday. The incident happened at Khatkali Bypass in Hingoli, over 570 kilometres on Saturday evening, an official said. "Nagesh Gore (24) and Swapnil Annapurne (22) were playing PUBG near the railway tracks. They were run over by the Hyderabad-Ajmer train. Their bodies were found late at night by people living in the vicinity," he said. An accidental death report has been registered at Hingoli police station, he informed. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, popularly called PUBG, is an online multi-player game of South Korean origin which experts have said is highly addictive and gives rise to violent behaviour in many of those playing it. 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..
                 

Gun law reform within 10 days: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

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Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday vowed to unveil reforms to the country's existing gun laws in the wake of the March 15 Christchurch mosques shootings that claimed the lives of 50 people. At a news conference here, Ardern said her cabinet has agreed "in principle" on proposals to change the country's gun laws in response to the terror attack, but she stopped short of revealing what those changes might be, CNN reported. Ardern said more details will be released once her cabinet "has worked through the in-principle decision" taken on Monday. "As a Cabinet we were absolutely clear, the terror attack on Friday (March 15) was the worst act of terrorism on our shores," she said. Echoing the Prime Minister's remark, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, who also appeared beside Ardern, said: "This was a cabinet decision... The reality is after March 15, our world changed forever, and so will our laws," Peters said. New Zealand First is part of the ruling ..
                 

'People like Manohar Parrikar stand irreplaceable'

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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was an epitome of nobility, said MNS chief Raj Thackeray in his heartfelt post while remembering the late Manohar Parrikar. Raj Thackeray said that Parrikar was highly educated and widely read and above all, he was simplicity personified. Here's the heartwarming post by Raj Thackeray:       View this post on Instagram #ManoharParikkar A post shared by Amit Thackeray (@amit.thackeray) onMar 17, 2019 at 9:32am PDT Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar breathed his last on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 63. Parrikar is survived by two sons and their families. Sixty-three-year-old Parrikar, who was battling a pancreatic ailment since last year, breathed his last at his residence on Sunday evening. A four-time Chief Minister of Goa, Parrikar had been in and out of the hospitals since February last year. It was in October last year that the state government made a formal announcement abou..
                 

Chinese woman found after going missing from group in Jaipur

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Jaipur: A 26-year-old Chinese woman, who got separated from her group in Jaipur, was found on Sunday, police said. Luo Xi, had come to Jaipur on March 15 in a group of tourists and had gone for shopping on Saturday, they said. She got separated from the group in Chaura Rasta. The group manager informed the hotel management, following which police were informed. On Sunday, she was spotted travelling pillion on a scooty with a local man who was taking her to a mobile phone repair shop, police said. Two local men and a woman saw Luo Xi crying near Chaura Rasta. Her mobile phone was not working and she was unable to communicate with them due to language problem, they said. To get her mobile phone repaired, one of the men was taking her to the shop and it was when police found her, police said. The woman was later taken to the hotel, they said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest u..
                 

Move to appoint Lokpal comes after pressure on government: Anna Hazare

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Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra): After the Lokpal selection panel reportedly cleared the name of a retired Supreme Court Judge for the ombudsman's post, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has said that the government was "forced" to take the step under pressure of the people's movement and the apex court. According to reports, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose's name was cleared at a meeting of the selection committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi on Friday. "The movement by the public for the Lokpal forced the government to appoint the Lokpal. Moreover, the Supreme Court used its baton not once or twice but thrice and that forced the government to appoint the Lokpal," Anna Hazare told ANI on Sunday. "The Lokpal is being appointed 9 years after the movement. The world is now seeing how powerful the public is. The Supreme Court is also very powerful," Hazare said. The a..
                 

BKC-Chunabhatti flyover to be ready by July: Girders laid over CR lines

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One of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in the city's eastern suburbs took a giant step late Saturday night as four 50 metre-long girders were laid over the Central Railway tracks between Sion and Kurla, as part of the Eastern Express Highway (EEH)-Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) Connector project. MMRDA officials said that the original deadline of the work was April 2018 and that it has now been revised to June-July 2019. The project, conceived in 2014, aims to build a 1.6-km elevated road to give motorists direct connectivity from BKC to EEH and vice-versa. The 50-m long girders were laid over Central Railway tracks late on Saturday night. Pics/Atul Kamble The connector flyover takes off from G-Block of Bandra Kurla Complex and after crossing Mithi River, LBS Marg, Central Railway tracks and VN Mankikar Road leads to Chunabhatti railway station. It will further be extended to cross over the Harbour line railway tracks, to pass over Somaiya Trust Ground and join the Eastern Ex..
                 

Amit Shah on Manohar Parrikar's death: Nation has lost a true patriot

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New Delhi: In the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar the nation has lost a true patriot, BJP president Amit Shah said on Sunday, remembering him as a leader who dedicated his life to the country and ideology. Shah said Parrikar has shown how a BJP worker "even during his toughest time, is committed to the philosophy of Nation First, Party Next and Self Last". Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also condoled his demise and said his contribution in making the armed forces a lean and mean fighting machine will remain unparalleled. Shah said, "Manohar Parrikar ji's demise is extremely painful. In him, the nation has lost a true patriot who selflessly dedicated his entire life to the country and ideology. Parrikar ji's commitment towards his people and duties was exemplary. He will always be remembered for his contributions as India's defence minister and as CM of Goa." The entire BJP, he said, stands firmly with Parrikar's family. "I along with millions of BJP karyakartas (wor..
                 

17-year-boy held for killing tuition mate

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New Delhi: A 17-year-old boy was apprehended for allegedly killing his tuition mate in Shahdara, police said ON Sunday. A complaint was received on Saturday evening regarding a missing girl, a resident of Naveen Shahdara, a senior police officer said. Investigations revealed that she had gone to meet some of her friends in the afternoon but did not return till late evening, Meghna Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara), said. Through local enquiry and mobile phone details of the missing girl, her movement and persons whom she was in touch with was established, the DCP said. Thereafter, it was revealed that she had been in touch with one of her friends following which the boy was called for questioning, said Yadav. The boy initially said they had gone to an ice-cream parlour together and from there he had returned home, the officer said. During further interrogation, the boy revealed that he had killed the her, she said. He told police that he knew her from common tuition cla..
                 

Twitter pays tribute to former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar

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Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar breathed his last after a long battle with cancer on Sunday. He was 63. Parrikar is survived by two sons and their families. "Chief Minister passed away around 6.40 pm Sunday," a senior state government official told PTI. Parrikar's health had been fluctuating for a year, took a turn for the worse in the past two days. Former defence minister Parrikar had been on life support system since late Saturday night. From President of India to defence minister, paid their tributes on Twitter and called him an epitome of integrity and dedication. Even the common man of the country expressed their sorrow and hailed the late Chief Minister of Goa on Twitter. See the courage of this man~ impeccable Sir,we salute you.We'll Cherish you.Om Shanti#RIPParrikar pic.twitter.com/OmktHxHNPU — Vartika Vaishnavi (@VartikaVaishna1) March 17, 2019 The Difference:Other ministers try to bring their honesty into limelight.Manohar Parrikar's honesty brought him into ..
                 

Mumbai: Engineering students take fight for direct admission to court

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Failing to get any response from the authorities concerned, engineering aspirants have moved the high court against the All India Council for Technical Education's (AICTE) decision to slash seats filled through direct admission to second year degree engineering courses by 50 per cent. Students of four-year diploma engineering courses are entitled to directly get admission in the second year degree courses. An online petition started by distressed students and parents, who believe they are being cheated, have already got 7,000 signatures. Abhijeet Samant, a parent, who has filed the petition in court, said, "We are not against the regulation. Our only request is that it should not be implemented so early, as those pursuing diploma had no clue about it. They should implement it for the 2022 academic year. This will help students take informed decisions on whether to pursue diploma or not." Requesting anonymity, a student said, "Direct admissions to second year degree engineering cours..
                 

Four people arrested in UK for referencing Christchurch mosque attacks

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London: Greater Manchester Police on Sunday said that four people were arrested for allegedly inciting racial hatred by referencing the Friday's terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city which left 50 people dead. Calling the incidents as "racially aggravated", law enforcement personnel in Queensway, Rochdale arrested a 33-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman after they received reports that a taxi driver was being allegedly abused and threatened by people, CNN reported. The two suspects were charged with hate speech offences and will be interrogated by the police later in the day, police said. In a separate incident, a 38-year-old woman was arrested in Rochdale for her alleged inflammatory comments on the Christchurch terror attacks on social media. She is in custody and is being questioned by the police. Furthermore, a 24-year-old man had been arrested in Oldham over a social media post praising and extending support to the 28-year-old gunman, named Brenton ..
                 

Rickshaw puller arrested for raping his minor daughter

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Mourners pay tribute to victims of New Zealand shootings

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Christchurch: A steady stream of mourners paid tribute Sunday at a makeshift memorial to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims' bodies. Hundreds of flowers were piled up amid candles, balloons and notes of grief and love outside the Al Noor mosque. As a light rain fell, people clutched each other and wept quietly. "We wish we knew your name to write upon your heart. We wish we knew your favourite song, what makes you smile, what makes you cry," read one of the tributes, which contained cut-out paper hearts under a nearby tree. "We made a heart for you. 50 hearts for 50 lives." Two days after Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history, relatives were still waiting for authorities to release the bodies. Islamic law calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible after death, usually within 24 hours. Supporters arrived from acros..
                 

Boeing 'finalising' software update after crashes

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Chicago: Boeing has said it is finalising a software update and pilot training revision related to MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) in 737 Max, following two deadly air crashes in less than five months. "Boeing is finalising its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law's behaviour in response to erroneous sensor inputs," Dennis Muilenburg, President and CEO of the US aircraft manufacturer, said in a statement on Sunday, Xinhua reported. Muilenburg's announcement came after Ethiopia's Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said earlier on Sunday that information recovered from the flight data recorder of the Ethiopian Airlines plane showed the March 10 crash which killed all 157 people on board had "clear similarities" with Lion Air's crash in Indonesia in October, which killed 189 people aboard. Both of the doomed planes were 737 Max 8. The MCAS is an automated safety feature on t..
                 

Imran Khan announces award for Pakistani NZ victim-hero

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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday announced a national award for a Pakistani man who lost his life in New Zealand's Christchurch mosque attack while apparently trying to tackle the white extremist. "Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid," Khan said, The Express Tribune reported. Extending the government's all-out support to the aggrieved families, he said: "We stand ready to extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch." At least 50 people were killed and dozens wounded in the deadly attack. Rashid, hailing from Abbottabad, received bullet wounds as he tried to overpower the shooter when he entered one of the mosques in Christchurch. He succumbed to his wounds while under treatment following the attack and was identified as the individual who rushed at the right-wing terrorist attacking the mosque. His son, Talha Rashid, also lost his life in the same attack. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, In..
                 

Narendra Modi did what Manmohan Singh didn't: Nirmala Sitharaman

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Kolkata: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi played the role of "perfect chowkidar" by giving Pakistan a befitting reply after the Pulwama terror attack, something his predecessor Manmohan Singh could not do in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. "After Mumbai attack, the government then did not have the guts to give a befitting reply to Pakistan. They sat right, gave statements, said they would talk, make them understand. OK, do all that. We will also do. But so long, we had been suffering," she said. "And Pakistan continued to claim before the world that they are themselves victims of terrorism. You are grooming terrorists, training them, and sending them to India. And claim you are the victims of terrorism... then take action as per law against them," Sitharaman said. The Defence Minister said even after Pulwama, the Indian government had given evidence to Pakistan, but it did not act. Pointing out that even the terrorist outfit..
                 

Narendra Modi continues to rule popularity charts despite slight dip

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New Delhi: Even a fortnight after the air strike by Indian Air Force fighter jets on terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot, Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to dominate the popularity charts despite a dip in his rating from the peak witnessed during the first week of March, but his distant rival Rahul Gandhi has shown only marginal signs of recovery. The latest 'state of the nation' tracker poll by CVOTER-IANS based on the data collected till March 14 showed that Modi's rating has begun to slide from the high of around 60 per cent seen on March 4, 5, 6 and 7 to come down slightly to around 56. In contrast, Rahul Gandhi's rating, which had gone down to less than 3 per cent in the period when Modi's had surged, has improved marginally to around 7 per cent though it remains much below around 20 per cent support he enjoyed in his best days in January 2019. In terms of satisfaction with the Prime Minister's work, there is not much change with over 50 per cent remaining in the very sat..
                 

Sena's Khotkar concedes Jalna to BJP's Danve

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It took a lot of coaxing by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to convince his minister of state Arjun Khotkar to stay away from a Lok Sabha contest in Jalna against BJP state president Raosaheb Danve. On Sunday, Khotkar agreed to step down and assured his leader he would not defect to the Congress or contest as an independent, and cooperate fully with Danve and BJP. Khotkar will now be Sena's coordinator in the Marathwada region. As reward, he is expected to get a promotion in the state government Thackeray and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had discussed Khotkar's readiness to fight Danve last week and surmised that the tussle needed to be avoided if their alliance was to go ahead without glitches. For BJP, Danve's prestige had become paramount, while Khotkar cited Danve's indifference and autocratic ways for opposing him in Marathwada's industrial town of Jalna. "The tussle is over now. Khotkar will be our Arjuna who will destroy the anti-nationals," said Uddhav at a joint con..
                 

mid day editorial: It is time the authorities listened to citizens

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It is not just the footbridge collapse that makes one wonder why we continue not to learn from our past tragedies. A heartrending report in this paper stated how a 28-year-old marketing executive in a private firm lost his life to what locals stated was the indifference of Vasai-Virar City Municipal Corporation (VVCMC) to their complaints, regarding dangerous, dead trees. The young man succumbed to the injuries he received a week earlier when a tree branch fell on his head near Vasant Nagri township of Vasai East. He was returning on his two-wheeler after meeting his friend in Nalasopara when the branch fell on him. Though he was taken to hospital, he died at the facility one week later. It is shocking that there was little cognizance taken of complaints by locals of dead trees posing a danger to the public. We need to become much more proactive when it comes to branch cutting, trimming trees and stay alert to complaints by citizens, as locals are the first people on the ground to no..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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Pucker ke rakhnaFarhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar greet each other with a kiss at a designer's show in Bandra over the weekend. Pic/Sneha Kharabe A blue touch to thingsAs the restaurant industry tra­ns­f­orms to meet the needs of the millennial foodie, another eatery joins this brigade. Now, Bandra restaurant Out of the Blue will be starting The Blue Launch Pad, a series of sessions that seek to bring together culinary entrepreneurs doing things differently. The first edition will be themed on sustainable, local and organic initiatives. "This is to build a community of like-minded people and offer them a chance to show their work," said Rahul Bajaj, restaurant owner. Alibaug se aaya pizzaPizza lovers in Worli, you'll have yet another place to order in your favourite slice, with Kiki's Pizza & More, a popular Alibaug pizzeria opening shop in Central Mumbai. The delivery outlet will also do bulk orders for up to 1,500 people, across Bandra, Sion, Dadar and Matun..
                 

Manohar Parrikar: BJP's crisis man in Goa

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Manohar Parrikar, who rose from a pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to become the country's Defence Minister and also chief minister of Goa, enjoyed a man-next-door image in the politically-volatile coastal state. Parrikar, 63, served the state four times as chief minister and had a three-year-long stint as Defence Minister in the Narendra Modi-led cabinet. He was a leader who enjoyed acceptance from all sections of the BJP and beyond. He played a key role in making the BJP a force to reckon with in Goa, which remained for long a Congress bastion, with regional outfits having pockets of influence. Born on December 13, 1955, into a middle-class family, his political career began as an RSS pracharak and he continued working for the Sangh even after graduating from IIT-Bombay as a metallurgical engineer. Parrikar never shied away from displaying his affiliation to the Sangh and was even photographed participating in the annual 'Sanchalan' organised by the RSS in the un..
                 

Major collision between international flights averted at Mumbai

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A mid-air collision between two international flights was averted at Mumbai air space following the activation of traffic collision avoidance systems (TCAS). An official from the Airport Authority of India said the incident was a result of the closure of Pakistan's airspace from February 27. "After the closure of Pakistan airspace, we are facing heavy scheduled and unscheduled flight in Indian airspace. Our ATC officials are capable to handle the situation but it was unfortunate that the incident happened. On Friday, a near miss averted at Mumbai airspace," the AAI spokesperson told ANI. An Air France flight AF-253 from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to Paris and an Etihad Airways flight EY-290 from Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu were passing through Mumbai airspace due to Pakistani airspace closure. According to the airport authorities, the Air France aircraft was flying at 32,000 feet while the Etihad flight was flying at the height of 31,000 feet. The TCAS was activated and alerted authoriti..
                 

Mumbai Cong gifts corrupt party worker a RaGa moment

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Sanjay Nirupam-led Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) has landed in yet another controversy that might be a reason for a big embarrassment to party president Rahul Gandhi, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. This time, the MRCC allegedly got a local party worker, accused of taking bribes to clear films by the censor board, to welcome and shake hands with Gandhi when he arrived at MMRDA Grounds in BKC on March 1. The allegation has been made by Dr Nackson Natke, representative of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC). Natke said it was "shocking" that Sarvesh Jayswal, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) five years ago, and later booked and charge-sheeted, was given an access card and introduced to Gandhi by MRCC president Sanjay Nirupam. Sanjay Nirupam with Jayswal, MRCC party worker Sarvesh Jayswal, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) in 2014, seen shaking hands with Rahul Gandhi, while Nirupam looks on Favouriti..
                 

Chowkidar Narendra Modi: PM renames Twitter handle; BJP leaders follow

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New Delhi: A day after kick-starting the 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign ahead of crucial Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday renamed his Twitter account to "Chowkidar Narendra Modi". Soon after, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah also renamed his Twitter handle to "Chowkidar Amit Shah". Following the footsteps of their leaders, Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan added the prefix "Chowkidar" to their Twitter handles. On Saturday, the Prime Minister had tweeted a video showing how all Indians are chowkidars while flagging off the BJP's poll campaign. "Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation. But, I am not alone. Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar. Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar. Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar," he tweeted. The origin of the word 'chowkidar' dates back to the poll campaigning ahead of..
                 

Sheena Bora murder case accused Peter Mukerjea hospitalised

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Former media baron Peter Mukerjea, an accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, was admitted to the state-run J J Hospital in Mumbai after he complained of chest pain, officials said on Sunday. Mukerjea, who was lodged at the Arthur Road Jail in Central Mumbai, had been complaining of chest pain for the last few days, a police official said. On Saturday evening, he again suffered from severe pain in the chest following which the prison medical staff checked him and rushed him to the J J Hospital, he said. "Mukerjea was admitted to the hospital on Saturday evening for chest pain. The patient's condition is stable and he is undergoing treatment," J J Hospital's medical superintendent Dr. Sanjay Surase said. The CBI told a special court here earlier this month that Mukerjea is the "silent killer" of Sheena Bora, the daughter of his wife and former media executive Indrani Mukerjea from a previous relationship. The April 2012 murder of Sheena Bora (24) came to light in August 2015 when Ind..
                 

Upset over ragging, two students of Madurai college commit suicide

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BJP, Congress slug it out on Twitter after Modi's 'Chowkidar' tweet

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New Delhi: For about eight hours on Saturday, the hashtag 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' of the BJP was the top trend on Twitter worldwide and its rival Congress party, not to be left behind, began tweeting with its own 'ChowkidarChorHai' tagline. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the BJP's 'Main Bhi Chowkidaar' (I too am a watchman) poll campaign by tweeting a video showing how all Indians who were fighting social evils were 'chowkidars' working for the progress of India. "Your Chowkidar is standing firm and serving the nation. But, I am not alone. Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar. Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar. Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar," he wrote on his official Twitter handle early Saturday morning. The tweet was 'liked' by over 11 lakh people and soon started to trend in the first position in globally according to website trends24.in, which monitors trends in India and other count..
                 

Missing Hyderabad man Farhaj Ahsan killed in New Zealand terror attack

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Hyderabad (Telangana): A man from Hyderabad, who was missing since Friday following the "well-planned" terror attack on Al Noor mosque in Christchurch in New Zealand, has been declared dead by the authorities in New Zealand on Saturday. The deceased, named Farhaj Ahsan, went to the mosque for Friday's prayers but went missing after the attacks. Ahsan's father had earlier told ANI: "My son went to the mosque to offer Friday prayers. My son has not returned yet." Meanwhile, the family members of the deceased are planning to go to New Zealand. Nobody was willing to speak to the media amid the sad reports of Ashan's death. In the worst ever terror attack in New Zealand, multiple gunmen carried out indiscriminate shootings at two mosques in Christchurch during the Friday prayers, leaving 49 people dead and at least 48 wounded. Using automatic weapons, the gunmen, four of whom have been taken into custody, launched a "well-planned" attack on the mosques when devotees had assembled for th..
                 

Aus senator blames Muslim immigrants for mosque attack; gets hit by egg

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Melbourne: An Australian senator has stirred up a controversy after he linked the deadly terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city with "immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place." Immediately after the senator made this statement, a teenager smashed a raw egg on the back side of the lawmaker's head, according to a video that went viral on social media. Someone has just slapped an egg on the back of Australian Senator Fraser Anning's head, who immediately turned around and punched him in the face. @politicsabc @abcnews pic.twitter.com/HkDZe2rn0X — Henry Belot (@Henry_Belot) March 16, 2019 Hours after the terror attack, Queensland Senator Fraser Anning, had issued a statement on March 15 condemning the "actions of the gunman", adding that he was "utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community." However, Fraser said: "However, whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justi..
                 

Adityanath: Opposition parties frustrated because of their own misdeeds

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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath has said the "frustration" among the rival parties was because of their "own misdeeds and acts of corruption" reaching an all-time high. Adityanath also asserted that his government has "demolished" casteism and dynastic politics, which he identified as the "biggest hindrance" to the development of Uttar Pradesh. "The frustration among the rival parties and the existential crisis among the constituents of the anti-BJP alliance are results of their own misdeeds and acts of corruption," Adityanath told PTI in Lucknow in an interview recorded on Saturday. "Hence, it is but natural that they will feel disturbed." The saffron-clad chief minister also said, "We have demolished the biggest hindrance to the development of Uttar Pradesh - the menace of casteism and dynastic politics. The epicentre of development is now villages, poor, farmers, youth, women, traders and in fact every section of the society." On the law and o..
                 

Ocean vessel Sagar Sampada catches fire with 30 crew members on board

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MRCC received information on Friday night regarding fire onboard SCI Ocean Research Vessel, Sagar Sampada, which was operating off New Mangalore coast. The vessel had 30 crew members and 16 scientists, including three women on board.  The fire was in the accommodation area of the research vessel and the crew was not able to control the fire. Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (West) at Mumbai, immediately diverted ICGS Vikram and ICGS Sujay to render necessary assistance to the vessel. The Indian Coast Guard ships arrived at vessel's position just past midnight on Jan 16 and deployed joint fire fighting team to contain the fire. Additionally, External Fire Fighting system fitted on ICG ships were also used to curb the fire. The joint fire Fighting team embarked ORV Sagar Sampada and assessed the situation. It was found that eight compartments in the accommodation area were on fire. Extensive fire fighting operations were undertaken over a period of eight hours to contain th..
                 

BJP likely to replace Shatrughan Sinha with Ravi Shankar Prasad

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New Delhi: The BJP is set to drop sitting MP from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha and he is likely to be replaced by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, sources said Saturday. Prasad's name was discussed in the BJP's central election committee here which was attended by party chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shatrughan Sinha has been critical of the party's top leadership on several occasions in the past. Deliberations continued till late in the night and the name of Rajya Sabha MP R K Sinha was also discussed for the Patna Sahib seat. The meeting was also attended by other senior leaders, Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi and party's Bihar unit chief Nityanand Rai. 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..
                 

Jagan Reddy demands CBI inquiry to YS Vivekananda Reddy murder case

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Amravati (Andhra Pradesh): YSR Congress party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday reaffirmed his demand for the Central Bureau Investigation to probe the murder case of his uncle Y S Vivekananda Reddy. Addressing media persons here, Reddy said: "My uncle Vivekananda Reddy who was a four-time MP and MLA was brutally killed in his own house when he was alone. This incident took place between 11 pm and noon. How can someone walk into his house and kill him brutally and showcase the entire incident as a natural death?" "Yesterday SP and DIG of Andhra Pradesh found a letter which was allegedly written by my uncle said that his driver killed him. He was not an ordinary man. Proper CBI investigation should be conducted without the officers who work in direction of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu." Reddy further alleged that TDP president Naidu is involved in the murder of his uncle. "I wonder why Naidu was afraid of a CBI investigation into the murder unless. Does this in..
                 

Car Rental Scam: Mastermind in custody till March 20

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The mastermind in the multi-crore car rental scam, Maniesh Sethi, was remanded to police custody till March 20 on Saturday. Sethi is the only person arrested in the scam, which over 600 investors have been duped. Sources in Vikhroli Police, who are probing the case, said they are still in the process of recording statements of employees and investors. Sethi will also be taken to each of the outlets in Vikhroli, from where he ran his business. "We have already seized the files and computers from his office and the same will be sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory to retrieve data," said an officer. An investor told mid-day that there is an audio conversation between Sethi and one of his male employees that is currently being circulated among investor groups. The investor said that the video was allegedly taken a few days before his surrender. "In the video, he directs the employee to enter the locked office premises on the ground floor of Aditya Towers, from the back door. He instr..
                 

Hatred is never benign: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on NZ shooting

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New Delhi: Expressing condolences over the deaths in the shooting in two mosques in New Zealand, Congress General Secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday said hatred is "never benign". "The horrific terrorist act in New Zealand should be a warning to the whole world -- hatred is never benign," she tweeted. "My heart goes out to the victims and their families, may love and support from the millions who are repelled by this crime sustain them and give them courage," she added. At least 49 persons were killed and 48 others, including an Indian, injured when a gunman, said to be a right-wing extremist, opened indiscriminate fire in two mosques in Christchurch city during Friday prayers. Nine Indian nationals or persons of Indian origin are among the missing. 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..
                 

Minor girl raped by her tuition teacher's father

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New Delhi: A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her tuition teacher's father in west Delhi's Punjab Bagh area, police said Saturday. The incident took place on Friday when the minor had gone to attend her tuition in the same locality where she resides, they added. After her school, she went to her grandparents' house and later in the evening went to attend her tuition class where she was allegedly raped by the 55-year-old man, police said. The minor girl narrated her ordeal to her parents, following which they approached police on Friday night and she was taken for a medical examination, a senior police officer said. A case was registered under appropriate sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the man was arrested in connection with the incident, Monika Bhardwaj, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) said. Further investigation in the matter is underway, she said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also ..
                 

For the love of the moon

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In Hindu astronomy, the sky is divided into 28 parts, or nakshatras, based on 28 different constellations, one of which is supposed to have disappeared so effectively that there remain only 27. These constellations or houses are visualised as goddesses. It is said that the moon god was married to all of them, but he preferred only one of his wives, which is the reason the 28th wife disappeared. The remaining 26 complained to their father, who got so angry with the moon god for preferring one wife over the others, that he cursed the moon god with tuberculosis, kshyayrog or wasting disease. The moon started to wane and he kept waning. When he was about to disappear, he prayed to the great god Shiva, who, through the practice of yoga, created energy within him. He then could energise the moon, who started waxing again. Therefore, Ardhachandra, the half moon or the crescent shape of the waning phase of the moon, represents the moment between death and rebirth, and plays an important visua..
                 

IBBI, SEBI sign MoU for better implementation of IBC

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The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for effective implementation of the new bankruptcy law.Executive Directors Anand Baiwar of the SEBI and Ritesh Kavdia of the IBBI signed the pact which provides for sharing information and resources, according to an official statement.There will be periodic meetings to discuss matters of mutual interest, including regulatory requirements, enforcement cases, research, data analysis, information technology and data sharing.Other areas of cooperation under the MoU include cross-training of staff, effective utilisation of collective resources as well as capacity building of insolvency professionals and financial creditors.Joint efforts will be made towards enhancing the level of awareness among financial creditors about the importance and necessity of swift insolvency resolution process of various types of borrowers in distress und..
                 

President Ram Nath Kovind confers gallantry awards to armed forces

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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday conferred gallantry awards -- two Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras -- to the armed forces personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to the duty. Two Kirti Chakras and two Shaurya Chakras were given posthumously. The President, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, presented Kirti Chakras to Pradip Kumar Panda (Constable, 130 Battalion, Central Reserve Police Force) and Sowar Vijay Kumar (The Armoured Corps/22nd Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles), a Defence Ministry statement said. Panda received it posthumously for fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Lethpora camp in December 2017. Kumar was awarded posthumously for "eliminating two hardcore terrorists" in the state's Darsu village in August 2018. Posthumous Shaurya Chakras were presented to Sepoy Ajay Kumar (Mechanised Infantry, 42nd Battalion, Rashtriya Rifles) for displaying "courage, exceptional valour to n..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Forest employee held for taking bribe in Palghar

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A forest department employee in Palghar district of Maharashtra was arrested for allegedly taking Rs 13,000 as bribe from a man for giving him a GPS survey report, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said. Dinesh Shivde, 29, posted in Dahanu division allegedly demanded Rs 25,000 from the man to hand him the report of a GPS survey conducted in his area in Somta village, the ACB said in a release on Tuesday.The villager complained to the ACB which laid a trap and caught Shivde on Monday while he was accepting Rs 13,000 as the first installment of the bribe amount, it said. The accused was arrested and booked under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the ACB added. In a similar incident, the CBI has arrested two senior Indian Forest Service officers for allegedly bribing an environment ministry official, officials said on Sunday. Tarun Johri and D Gogoi, both chief conservators of forest, posted in Arunachal Pradesh and Port Blair respectively, were arrested in a case of Rs 20,..
                 

Priyanka Gandhi: No one is happy with Narendra Modi government

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying no one was happy with his government. Demanding to know what Modi had done in the last five years, Gandhi told the media here: "Be it farmers, youth or anybody, no one is satisfied with the government. Together they will change the government this year." Gandhi, 47, is on a three-day boat ride on the Ganga as part of the Lok Sabha election campaign that will end on Wednesday in Varanasi, Modi's parliamentary constituency. Gandhi began the day after offering prayers at the Sita Samahit Sthal temple in Sitamarhi. She was asked to comment on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's claim that the Congress had ruled Uttar Pradesh for most years since the country's independence and so it was to blame for keeping the sprawling state economically backward. "This 'what they did in last 70 years' has an expiry date. Now the BJP should tell the people what it did in the last five years (..
                 

Mumbai:TV scriptwriter printed fake currency notes to satisfy two wive

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A 38-year-old TV serial scriptwriter was arrested by Mumbai crime branch's Unit-IX for allegedly smuggling fake Indian currency notes. The accused, identified as Deokumar Patel, is a resident of Nalasopara. According to the crime branch, they received a tip-off about the accused dealing in fake currencies after which they sent a team to get to the bottom of this matter. DCP detection Akbar Pathan formed a team under the supervision of Senior inspector Mahesh Desai and laid a trap. The cops nabbed Patel when he arrived with the notes in Jogeshwari. An officer said, "We found a bag with him which had Rs 5.78 lakh but all denominations were fake. We have sent the sample to Nashik laboratories." Police found a bunch of Rs 2000, Rs 500, Rs 200 and Rs 100 in fake currency. Patel allegedly took to fake money laundering in order to satisfy two wives, one a model and the other a housewife. He had distributed these fake notes in a rural area in Madhya Pradesh. Also Read: Smuggler ar..
                 

These Lok Sabha election themed jackets are the new rage!

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Jabalpur: Lok Sabha polls are just around the corner and the magic of politics has already started flooding the local markets of India. Days after Sarees featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi stormed the stores, Modi jackets and Rahul jackets have become the new trend among people. Fashion meets Politics, these Bandhgala jackets with PM Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi's face printed on them, have become the latest rage in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur market. Ahead of the upcoming elections, the jackets have become more than just a piece of garment. Among the local people of Jabalpur, these are seen as a political statement. Speaking with ANI, Saral Jain, a local resident who loves to flaunt his Modi jacket, said, "We saw that PM Modi has illuminated the country's name throughout the world. We are wearing this jacket because we also want to cooperate with the Prime Minister." Meanwhile, Sharad Chandra Upadhyay, who sported Rahul Gandhi printed jacket said,..
                 

Sheila Dikshit says coalition with AAP will 'harm' Congress

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New Delhi: Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit has written to party president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi saying forging an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Delhi would harm the party in the long run, sources said on Monday. Dikshit, along with three working presidents Haroon Yusuf, Devender Yadav and, Rajesh Lilothia, also expressed discontent over Congress leader PC Chacko's phone survey through Shakti app to determine views of party workers on the alliance, the sources added. In the letter, Sheila urged Rahul to clear the air over a pre-poll alliance with AAP so that there is no confusion among the party cadres, the source mentioned. Chacko had recently held a meeting with Delhi's district heads on the issue of alliance where it was decided that Rahul would take a final call in the matter. Last week, Dikshit, after meeting the Congress president, had declared that there was unanimity among party leaders with regards to an a..
                 

Putin signs bills banning fake news, insults

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Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a series of bills criminalising persons who would spread "fake news" or "disrespecting" the state, in a move which, critics say, will curtail freedom of speech of criticising the government. The new legislation allows Russian authorities to block websites or Internet accounts that publish what they deem to be "fake news" and penalises those who post material found to be insulting and distasteful to state officials, state symbols and Russian society. According to the new law, individuals found publishing "fake news" will have to pay a fine of 100,000 rubles, while public officials will have to cough up 200,000 roubles. For corporate organisations, the fine has been set at 500,000 roubles, TASS news agency reported. However, the new legislation mandates that news publications registered with Roskomnadzor (federal executive body responsible for overseeing the media), including online media sites, would be given a chance..
                 

PM Narendra Modi, KCR conspiring against TDP, claims Chandrababu Naidu

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Krishna (Andhra Pradesh): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao are conspiring against the Telugu Desam Party, while adding that YSR Congress Party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy "compromised with Modi" to get rid of all cases filed against him. "YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) is the fan, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is the switch and BJP is the power," Naidu said while addressing party workers here on Monday. The TDP Chief further mentioned that if Prime Minister Modi comes back to power, minorities would not be safe in the country, while accusing the current NDA government of "betraying" Andhra Pradesh. He then went on to say that Jagan was taking "political mileage" from his uncle Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy's death. "If Jagan comes to power, can anybody live safely in the state? They are blaming us for Vivekananda Reddy's murder and asking for an inquiry by the Central Bureau Investigat..
                 

Mumbai: Another man arrested in connection with Sachin Sawant's murder

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Mumbai crime branch arrested the eight accused in connection with Shiv Sena leader Sachin Sawant's murder conspiracy. The accused identified as Umesh Sahani was wanted since the case was registered in 2018. Sawant (45), Shiv Sena's local shakha pramukh (leader) on April 22, 2018, around 7.30 pm, was on his way home after leaving office when a few men shot at him. After the first bullet missed Sawant, he made a run for it. He ran for about 200 metres with the attackers chasing him and firing at him. The sixth bullet hit Sawant in the chest and he collapsed near the Sai Baba temple. The locals informed Sawant's family and friends about the incident and rushed him to the nearest private hospital. The hospital referred him to Shatabdi Hospital, as his condition was critical but doctors at Shatabdi declared him dead around 8.30 pm. According to the officials from the crime branch's unit-XII, they received information that Sahani had come to meet a person in Dahisar. Immediately a tea..
                 

Rapid Action Force jawan shot dead in Muzaffarpur

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Muzaffarpur (Bihar): A Rapid Action Force (RAF) jawan was shot dead by bike-borne miscreants in Muzaffarpur's Kazi Mohammadpur Thana area. The incident took place when the deceased, identified as Sudhir Kumar Manjhi, tried to clear a traffic block in the area. The two youth, sitting atop a bike, had blocked the movement of vehicles and were asked to move by Kumar. Irked by this, the accused fired at Kumar. Muzaffarpur SSP Manoj Kumar said the RAF jawan was being rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries on the way. "There was traffic, he (Sudhir) tried to clear it and was shot. He died on the way to the hospital. We'll examine CCTV footage and make arrests soon," Manoj told reporters here. Investigation in the matter is underway. 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..
                 

Pramod Sawant, a Manohar Parrikar loyalist and RSS man, rises to top

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Panaji: From being an ayurveda practitioner to being the Goa chief minister, 46-year-old Pramod Sawant has come a long way. The two-time MLA from Sanquelim in North Goa, Sawant, who was Speaker of the state Assembly, is a dedicated RSS worker. The politician, recently seen in the RSS uniform at a Sangh event, was on Monday sworn in as the new chief minister of Goa following Manohar Parrikar's death. His elevation to the top post in the coastal state followed hectic parleys between the BJP and its alliance partners. Sawant's political career began in the BJP as a youth leader. A staunch Parrikar supporter, he had worked closely with the late leader. He won the 2012 and 2017 Assembly elections from North Goa's Sankhalim constituency, which used to be a Congress stronghold. He was among the few BJP MLAs who got re-elected in their constituencies during the state polls two years ago, when the party managed to win only 13 seats as compared to t 21 in the 2012 elections. When Parrikar cobb..
                 

For the Gandhi family, every election is a picnic, says BJP

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Every election is a "picnic" for the Gandhi family, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Monday while seeking to downplay Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's three-day Uttar Pradesh visit during which she will cover 100 km by boat in the river Ganga. "For the Gandhi family, every election is a picnic. They come, they see and resort to rhetorical speeches. After the elections are over, they head towards Switzerland or Italy," senior BJP leader and UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said on Monday. "As soon as a new election is announced, a new member of the family emerges and assumes magical leadership," he said, adding, "The respected leader (Priyanka) has campaigned for the Congress in earlier elections as well and despite campaigning, her party suffered defeats at the hustings". 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..
                 

We are fighting elections alone Uttar Pradesh, says Priyanka Gandhi

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Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh): The Congress party is fighting the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh all alone, said party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday. "There are no issues with anyone," said she. When asked about BSP-SP leaders' claim of defeating BJP without Congress support, Priyanka said: "We are fighting the elections alone. We have no issues with anyone. Don't want to disturb anyone. Our goal is to defeat BJP. Their goal also is to defeat BJP." Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday also endorsed the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati's statement that SP-BSP alliance can alone defeat the BJP in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. "SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh is capable of defeating BJP. Congress party should not create any confusion," tweeted Akhilesh. Mayawati in a clear message to the Congress said in a series of tweets that Rahul Gandhi-led Congress should feel free to contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats at stake in Uttar Pradesh. ..
                 

Four arrested for killing 21-year-old in Gurugram

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Gurgaon: Four persons have been arrested for killing a 21-year-old youth over Rs 500 here, police said Monday. The victim, Amrit, was assaulted and strangled to death by four of his friends on Gurgaon-Pataudi Road on Saturday night, police said. During investigation, it was found that Amrit, a couple of months ago, had borrowed Rs 500 from one Puneet. "Puneet along with his friends Aman, Sahil visited Amrit at his residence and demanded the loaned sum. When Puneet failed to return the money, they took him outside," DCP (Crime) Rajbir Deshwal said. "The accused hired an autorickshaw belonging to one Vishal and took the victim to Pataudi, where they killed him," the officer added. Three of the accused were arrested on Sunday night from their hideout in Gadhi village and Vishal was arrested later, he said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Pramod Sawant sworn in as Goa Chief Minister

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In a late-night ceremony, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and BJP leader Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Goa. In addition, 11 other leaders, including Sudhin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party, took oath as Cabinet ministers. The oath was administered by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan in the wee hours of Tuesday. The Chief Minister's post went vacant following the death of Manohar Parrikar on Sunday evening after a prolonged illness. 43-year-old Sawant represents Sanquelim assembly constituency. His wife, Sulakshana Sawant is the president of the women's wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Goa. Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members with four seats lying vacant due to deaths of two legislators, including Parrikar and resignation of two others. The by-polls on the three seats are scheduled to take place on April 23. BJP currently has 12 legislators and enjoys the support of legislat..
                 

'How can BMC stop us from feeding birds and animals?'

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Say no to feeding animals-that's the message the BMC wanted to send to its city-dwellers through the notices put up across the city. Complaints from some animal lovers and rights activists last week has now led the civic body to remove these notice boards that warned citizens of penal action if found feeding strays in public places. Activists, too, had taken this up with MP Maneka Gandhi alleging that the BMC was overriding the constitutional rights of citizens. The boards were removed following complaints from animal lovers The notices saying no to feeding animals were installed by the Solid West Management department of the BMC, citing provisions under the BMC Act. One such controversial signboard put by the K-West ward at the Balasaheb Deoras Marg in Andheri West stated that feeding animals and birds like pigeons, cats, dogs, horses and cows was prohibited, and an offense that could attract fines up to Rs 500 under the Greater Mumbai Cleanliness and Sanitation Bye-laws. The ..
                 

Dawood Ibrahim's sister Haseena Parkar's Nagpada flat to be auctioned

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A 600 sq foot flat in Nagpada, belonging to Haseena Parkar, the sister of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, is all set to go under the hammer. The reserve price for the flat has been mentioned as Rs 1.69 crore and the earnest money deposit (EMD) is Rs 25 lakh. A notice for the same was issued on Thursday and the last day for application is on March 28. The auction is being held by the Ministry of Finance under the Smuggling and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act, (SAFEMA). The property is at flat number 12, A wing 1st floor, Gordon Hall Apartment, Nagpada, which was recently attached by the government. The auction is scheduled to be held on April 1, between 10 am and 12 pm at Yashwantrao Chavan Pratisthan, Nariman Point. The inspection of the property can be done by interested buyers on March 25 and the last date for submission of application for sealed tenders, public auction and e-auction along with EMD is March 28. When contacted R N D'Souza, joint commission..
                 

Ready for the insecurity check?

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How many times must it rain before you never ever leave house without an umbrella? If you're like me, this question should make you frown. For most people, whether or not to take an umbrella is a day-by-day decision, based on the weather, the sky and season. However, since 23 December 2001, I have had to remove my shoes every time before entering an aircraft anywhere in the world. All it took was a single attempt by a one person to detonate an explosive device hidden in his shoe. Richard Colvin Reid, a Britisher, boarded American Airlines Flight 63 between Paris and Miami, with explosives packed into his footwear. He failed to detonate them and was sentenced to 110 years in prison - but boy, did he change aviation security forever. He was not the first, of course. The 9/11 attacks on New York's Twin Towers by al Qaeda have permanently made air travel a hell of nearly haemmorhoidal proportions. The most excruciating moments in getting from point A to point B on the planet happen at th..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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Pairi Pauna? We aren't sure if Sikander Kher was seeking Jackie Shroff's blessings, or giving him a foot massage, but the two clearly hit it off at a hotel in Juhu on Monday. Pic/Shadab Khan Ten seconds with Kubra Rohan Joshi recently started hosting an online Bollywood quiz, which has been receiving a great response, according to his social media posts. And now, actor Kubra Sait has also joined the bandwagon with Jhacaaash, a Bollywood quiz show on Facebook Live. If you are up to date with the latest releases, log on to their Facebook page every Monday and Thursday at 6 pm, answer 10 quirky questions and stand a chance to win Rs 50,000 every episode. The only catch is that participants will get 10 seconds to respond. Shouldn't be a problem if your B-Town game is stronger than PeeCee's as she admitted on KJo's talk show! Having a ball in New York We had reported in these pages how YouTube sensation Bhuvan Bam had been invited for an NBA game in the US as part of the basketball..
                 

Man claiming Union minister's schoolmate held for cheating

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A man claiming to be a schoolmate of a Union minister was arrested on Sunday at Matunga in central Mumbai for allegedly duping an environment consultant of Rs 1.5 lakh under the pretext of helping him land a business contract under a government initiative, police said. The accused, identified as Jyotikumar Agrawal, claimed that he was the schoolmate of Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, a senior police officer said. Agrawal, 50, allegedly duped the city-based environment consultant Manish Patel under the pretext of offering him a business contract under the SATAT scheme of the Union government. SATAT or Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation initiative is touted as a developmental effort by the government that would benefit both vehicle-users as well as farmers and entrepreneurs. "Between September 18 and January 19, 2019, Agrawal visited Patel's office and took Rs 1.5 lakh under the pretext of gifts in the name of Railways Minister Piyush Goyal," said senior inspect..
                 

Pramod Sawant to be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa

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Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Pandurang Sawant will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of a BJP-led coalition government on Monday evening by Governor Mridula Sinha, a senior BJP leader said. Sawant, who will be the 11th Chief Minister of the coastal state, will succeed his mentor Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. The last rites of Parrikar were held on Monday evening with full state honours. "The BJP had finalised Sawant's candidature last night. But we only managed to convince alliance partners today (Monday) evening in the presence of our national President Amit Shah and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. He will be sworn in as Chief Minister later today," said the BJP leader who did not want to be identified. 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..
                 

Woman's body stuffed in car, taken to Maharashtra by husband

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Manjeri (Kerala): The body of a woman, who died of cancer, was stuffed in the boot of a car and taken to Maharashtra from here as her husband reportedly could not mobilise enough money to pay for an ambulance, police said on Sunday. The man, hailing from a Maharashtra town, decided to take the body in the hired vehicle in which he, along with some of his relatives, was scheduled to return home. Chandrakala (48) had died on March 15 after battling cancer. Though her body was handed over to the family the same day, they could not immediately take it to their native, since ambulance operators had demanded Rs 45,000 for it. Placing the body in the mortuary for a day, the man meanwhile tried to mobilise money in vain. So, he decided to take it in the same SUV that he had hired to return to his native. Manjeri police circle inspector NB Shiju told PTI though the family had taken a no objection certificate to take the body to Maharashtra they did not seek help to transport the body by an amb..
                 

CBI arrests two senior Indian Forest Service officers in bribery case

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New Delhi: The CBI has arrested two senior Indian Forest Service officers for allegedly bribing an environment ministry official, officials said on Sunday. Tarun Johri and D Gogoi, both chief conservators of forest, posted in Arunachal Pradesh and Port Blair respectively, were arrested in a case of Rs 20,000 to the environment ministry official for getting a departmental work done. It is alleged that some departmental service matter of Gogoi was pending in the ministry for which he sought the help of his batchmate Johri, who was on a visit to Delhi, they said.Johri paid Rs 10,000 to the official on behalf of Gogoi to a ministry official who complained to his superior about the bribe, they said. A case was registered and during the verification process by the CBI, Gogoi paid another Rs 10,000 to the official, they said. After successful verification, Johri was arrested Saturday, while Gogoi was nabbed Sunday, they said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and H..
                 

Mumbai: Two builders land in jail for forging no objection certificates

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The Amboli police have arrested two builders of a private company for allegedly forging two no-objection certificates (NOCs), issued by the civil aviation department for someone else. They changed the documents and got it made in support of the construction of a high-rise building in Jogeshwari West. The action was taken based on a complaint filed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) last year. The arrested accused have been identified as Sameer Razzak Chunavala, 43, and Farooq Razzak Chunavala, 42. Earlier, in the same matter, the cops had arrested Jainam Sunil Shah, 31, Vasant Vishnu, 72, and Mohammed Nafis Sheikh, 40. According to the police, a NOC is required from the civil aviation department for construction of buildings in the vicinity of the airport. However, investigation revealed that the accused had forged the NOCs for construction of Reyhaan Terrace by Fairmont Constructions Pvt. Ltd. After crosschecking the NOCs provided by the accused with the Airport Author..