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Caught on CCTV: Woman brutally assaults, kicks 4-year-old girl in lift

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A 42-year-old woman, identified as Rizwana Shaikh, has been arrested for brutally assaulting a four-year-old girl inside an elevator. The horrifying incident was captured on CCTV camera installed inside the lift. According to the police, the accused and the victim live in the same building. The Trombay police have booked the woman under Section 394 of Indian Penal Code(voluntarily causing hurt while committing robbery). The cops said that the accused wanted to steal gold earrings, the child was wearing. However, the family of the child have alleged that Shaikh wanted to kill the girl and she should be charged with attempt to murder. "The victim has been identified as Janhavi. She was playing with her brother in the basement when Shaikh called her inside the elevator and attacked her," a police official from Trombay Police station said. The CCTV footage shows Shaikh closing the elevator door before she starts hitting and kicking four-year-old Janhavi mercilessly for few minutes...
                 

Gaja cyclone: Rajnath Singh promises all help to Tamil Nadu

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Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh on Friday took stock of the situation in Tamil Nadu where severe cyclonic storm Gaja has battered coastal areas leaving 11 dead so far, and assured Chief Minister E.K. Palaniswami of all possible Central assistance. The Minister spoke with Palaniswami on phone and offered help. "Spoke to CM E.K. Palaniswami regarding the situation in the cyclone-affected areas of Tamil Nadu. Assured all possible assistance from the Centre in mitigating the situation arising due to cyclone," he tweeted. Rajnath Singh also asked the Home Secretary to monitor the situation and provide all help to the state administration. The state authorities said the cyclone crossed the coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam districts between 12.30 and 2.30 a.m. on Friday with wind speeds of about 110-120 kmph. Meanwhile, the state government announced Rs 10 lakh for each family of the dead, Rs 100,000 to those who suffered severe injuries and Rs 25,000 for those with minor inju..
                 

US court filing cites charges against Julian Assange

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A pair of references to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a major target of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election, in an unrelated court filing reveals the US government efforts to charge him, the media reported on Friday. In a filing unsealed last week, prosecutors for the Eastern District of Virginia included two references to charges against Assange while arguing to keep an unrelated case sealed for a different person charged with coercion and enticement of a minor, according to CNN. Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London since seeking asylum in 2012, is wanted by US law enforcement agencies after his controversial publication of classified diplomatic cables and other secret US government documents. WikiLeaks is also under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller for publishing tens of thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. "Another procedure short of seal..
                 

Two-month-long Sabarimala festival begins amid tight security

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The two-month-long festival season at the famed Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple in Kerala kicked off on Friday with the opening of the temple doors at 5 p.m amidst unprecedented security and new guidelines from the police for the pilgrims. The new season would take a three-day break on December 27 and the temple doors would be closed on January 20. The temple town last month and early this month witnessed protests by Hindu groups and temple management following the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple that hitherto banned girls and women aged between 10 and 50. The apex court on Tuesday refused to stay its earlier verdict, making things more complicated and forcing the Kerala government to reiterate its earlier stand that they would have no other option but to abide by the verdict. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) have already announced that they will go to any extent to protect the traditions ..
                 

Court agrees to hear criminal defamation complaint against Tharoor

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A Delhi court on Friday agreed to hear criminal defamation complaint against Congress Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor for his comment that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "a scorpion seated on a Shiv-ling". After taking cognisance of the defamation complaint, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal set December 22 for recording the statement of complainant and Bhartiya Janata Party leader Rajeev Babbar. Babbar has filed the complaint alleging that Tharoor made the statement with mala fide intention, which not only denigrates the Hindu deity but is also defamatory. Babbar requested the court to initiate proceeding against Tharoor under Section 499/500 (defamation) of Indian Penal Code. Tharoor, while speaking at Bangalore Literature Festival on October 28, said: "Modi is like a scorpion sitting on a Shiv-ling. You cannot remove him with your hand and you cannot hit it with a 'chappal' (slipper) either." Tharoor has quoted it recalling what an RSS member had told a jou..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal backs Chandrababu Naidu on barring CBI officials

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Backing the Chandrababu Naidu government in Andhra Pradesh on barring the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from conducting raids in the state, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his counterpart should not allow even the Income Tax Department in the state. "Chandrababu has done the right thing. Modi is misusing the CBI and Income Tax Department. Why the CBI has not caught those behind the scams of demonetisation, Vijay Mallya, Rafale, Sahara Birla Diaries etc?" Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi. He also advised Naidu "to not allow the Income Tax Department in the state". In an unprecedented move, the Andhra Pradesh government on Friday barred the CBI from conducting raids or carrying out investigations in the state without its permission. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government issued the orders withdrawing 'general consent' to CBI officers to exercise jurisdiction in the state to investigate corruption charges against officials of the Central government and private pe..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Baba rapes housewife under pretext of curing infertility

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A 45-year-old godman was arrested for allegedly raping a 37-year-old housewife repeatedly for two months under the pretext of curing her of infertility. The self-styled godman, identified as Ajay Choudhary, was arrested from his residence in Virar East on Friday after the victim registered a complaint against him at Virar police station. According to the police, the victim, a resident of Naigaon, has not been able to conceive a child for many years since her marriage. Desperate of conceiving a child, she approached the godman, who assured her of motherhood and performed various kinds of "Poojas" along with her at his home. This went on for several months until a couple of months ago, when he invited the woman to his residence on the pretext of performing a pooja and offered her holy water which was spiked. As a result, the survivor lost her consciousness and taking advantage of her situation the self-styled godman raped her. He sexually assaulted the married woman on several occasion..
                 

India has Rs 1,500 crore bank guarantee on offsets in Rafale deal

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India has secured a bank guarantee for about Rs 1,500 crore from Dassault in the Rafale jet deal as a safeguard against any violations of the offset policy prepared in accordance with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), a leading financial daily said on Friday. A special clause in the deal, which mandates that five per cent of the total offset value be kept as a buffer in case of non-performance, was invoked after officials insisted that the safeguard was needed to protect interests, it added. According to The Economic Times, this was in line with similar provisions that are in place when it comes to direct government defence deals with the US. The 185 million euro bank guarantee has been deposited and will remain valid for seven years, the report said citing people familiar with the deal. This is in addition to the "letter of comfort" given by France that would underwrite the sale of 36 Rafale fighter jets. The government had told the Supreme Court earlier this week that the..
                 

Gender activist Trupti Desai holed up at Kochi airport

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Gender activist Trupti Desai and six other women flew into Kochi on Friday to pray at the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala but were forced to remain in the airport for hours as hundreds of BJP and Hindu activists blocked their exit. The airport turned into a noisy protest site as Desai and her group arrived from Pune at around 4.45 a.m., with some 100 protesters shouting slogans and preventing her from leaving the complex despite police presence. As the hours passed, the number of demonstrators, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists, swelled. They virtually took charge of every entry and exit gates both inside and outside the airport. Kerala BJP leaders joined the protest. BJP spokesperson Shoba Surendran said: "We will not allow her to leave the airport. Desai has got all the support from atheists like our Chief Minister who is determined to see that a lady gets to visit the temple. "She is nothing but an activist who has scant respect for the tradition of Sabarimala. So it..
                 

Thane Crime: Three 'RTI activists' arrested for extortion of Rs 30 lakh

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Three men claiming to be RTI activists were arrested for allegedly extorting a builder at Dombivli in Thane district of Maharashtra, police said on Friday. Two of the arrested accused are brothers, police said adding that they had asked the victim to either pay Rs 30 lakh to them or allot three flats in his housing project. The Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of the crime branch of Thane police made the arrest on Thursday morning. According to police, with their arrest, the total number of self-proclaimed RTI activists held for allegedly extorting builders has gone up to eight within a month. The trio was identified as Vasant Joshi (46), Vinod Gangaram Joshi (35) and Kalpesh Gangaram Joshi (29), they said. As per the complaint lodged by the builder, the trio had been harassing him since 2017. They filed an RTI query with the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) about one his housing projects in Dombivli. "They demanded Rs 30 lakh from him in lieu of withdrawing the RTI applic..
                 

Forest dept nabs five locals after fire destroys 1,500 trees in Kalyan

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The forest department has arrested five locals of Varap village in Kalyan after they were allegedly found to be involved in the spreading of a fire, which destroyed about 1,500 trees planted as part of the Van Mahotsav (tree plantation drive), started by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on July 2. According to sources, of the entire plantation in the area, 70-80 trees have been completely damaged. This includes the one planted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar while inaugurating the statewide plantation drive. Speaking to mid-day, environmental activist Ramesh Dalvi, said, "A similar incident took place in the same area about two-and-a-half years back. At that time also several trees were destroyed. However, the forest department did not investigate the matter and take action. When the villagers knew that the plants were dry due to the weather, they should not have lit the fire there to burn cow." When asked what could have led to the spreadin..
                 

Mumbai gears up for Czechoslovakia's 100th year celebrations

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As the world celebrates 100 years of the formation of the sovereign state of Czechoslovakia, Mumbai gears up to be a part of the global celebrations, with a reception and fashion show by Prague designer Jana Berg at a SoBo hotel on November 17. The event is likely to see the presence of Delhi-based Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India H E Milan Hovorka. Mumbai joins the partyMumbai-based Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic, Rashmi Jolly said, "Celebrations have been taking place across the world from mid-October, and Mumbai has to be a part of it! On October 26, I attended the 100th anniversary celebrations in New Delhi where 25 schoolchildren dressed in traditional Czech folk costumes performed at a musical programme. The stage at the event was built across a swimming pool at the Embassy of the Czech Republic." She further said, "The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York and also in London. Of course, the biggest celebration took plac..
                 

ED probing if Amazon, Flipkart violated provisions of foreign exchange

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The Enforcement Directorate has told the Delhi High Court that it was investigating whether e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart have violated provisions of foreign exchange law. The ED's response came on a PIL which has alleged that the e-commerce giants were violating foreign direct investment (FDI) norms. The matter is scheduled to come up for hearing before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao on November 19. The court had earlier sought response of the Centre, Amazon and Flipkart to the plea which has sought a probe into the alleged FDI violations. The ED, in its reply filed through central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan, said the "department has already registered and initiated investigation under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) against the two companies to ascertain whether they have been contravening any provisions of FEMA or contravening any rule, regulations, notification, direction or order issued in exercise of the..
                 

Uber remains committed to investing in high-potential markets

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Ride-hailing app Uber has said it will continue to invest in Uber Eats, and electric bikes and scooters businesses as well as in high-potential markets like India and the Middle East, even though its losses mounted to over USD 1 billion in the September 2018 quarter. The US-based company registered USD 1.07 billion in losses in the quarter ended September, up from USD 891 million in the previous quarter. Its sales grew by about 5 per cent to USD 2.95 billion for the said quarter from the previous quarter. "We had another strong quarter for a business of our size and global scope. As we look ahead to an IPO and beyond, we are investing in future growth across our platform, including in food, freight, electric bikes and scooters, and high-potential markets in India and the Middle East where we continue to solidify our leadership position," Uber CFO Nelson Chai said. The company said it is on track for its initial public offering next year. Gross bookings from Uber Eats grew more than ..
                 

Severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja' makes landfall in Tamil Nadu

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Nagapattinam/Chennai: Rain lashed coastal regions of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as the severe cyclonic storm 'Gaja' crossed the state's coast between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranniyam early on Friday with wind speed gusting up to 120 kmph. As the cyclone's landfall began, coastal towns including Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thondi and Pamban in Tamil Nadu and Karaikkal and Puducherry received rainfall ranging between 3 cm and 8 cm. Cuddalore received 8 cm, Nagapattinam 5 cm and neighbouring Puducherry and Karaikkal 5 cm each up to 5.30 am Friday, according to a MeT official in Chennai. Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority said those in the relief centres went up to 81,948 in 471 relief centres at , Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Tiruvarur from 76,290 people who were evacuated from low lying areas. According to Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority, as many as 81,948 people were evacuated from low lying areas and sheltered in 471 relief centre..
                 

Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das announces state as open defecation free

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das Thursday announced the entire state as open defecation free (ODF). The ODF target for the state was October 2, 2019, but Jharkhand has achieved it a year in advance, Das said at the Statehood Day function here. Jharkhand was carved out from Bihar on November 15, 2000 by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. The chief minister also announced Lohardaga, Hazaribagh and Deoghar as total electrified districts, joining Ranchi, Dhanbad, Ramgarh and Bokaro. The electrification target for the entire state was December, 2018, he said. The chief minister said Jharkhand is second in the country in terms of development growth, fourth in ease of doing business and number one in achieving health reforms. So far, more than 32 lakh people of Jharkhand have been given employment or self-employment, he said. Besides this, 16 lakh women were connected with 'Sakhi Mandal' for self-employment. He said the state government was getting full support from the Centre in dev..
                 

Bangladesh calls off Rohingya repatriation after protests

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Bangladesh on Thursday called-off its plan to repatriate hundreds of Rohingya refugees in the country after they refused to return to Myanmar where the minority Muslim community feared for their lives. On Thursday, Bangladesh began preparations to repatriate an initial batch of 2,000 Rohingya Muslims from 485 families to Myanmar, in line with a plan agreed with Myanmar in October. However, several thousand Rohingya instead staged protests, declining to go back. The Rohingyas staged protest marches demanding realisation of a five-point demand as the precondition that included deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in the Rakhine State to ensure their safety and giving them full citizenship status in Myanmar. 7 lakhNo. of Rohingya who have fled to Myanmar Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day..
                 

WB government to set up varsity named after Matua community founders

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The West Bengal government will set up a university named after Matua community founders Harichand Thakur and Guruchand Thakur as a mark of tribute to the sect leaders, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday. Harichand Thakur, a Hindu monk, is known to have worked for uplifting the untouchables in Bengal. He founded the Matua sect, mostly comprising members of the Namasudra community. After his death, one of his sons, Guruchand Thakur, helped in organising the sect and its people. "We have already set up a college named after PR Thakur (another stalwart in the community). Now, we have decided to set up a university named after Harichand Thakur and Guruchand Thakur, an 8.8 acre land for which has been identified at Chandpara in North 24 Parganas," Banerjee said. Matua Sangha has always worked for the welfare of the poor, the CM said at a function here to observe the birth centenary of the community's present matriarch Binapani Thakur, popularly known as 'Boro Maa'. "The proposed..
                 

Man arrested with 3 kg poppy straw in Samba

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An alleged drug peddler was arrested on Thursday and three kg poppy straw was seized from his possession in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Kulbeer Singh, a resident of Chak Babral village, was arrested after police intercepted his truck, coming from Kashmir, at Mansar Morh and found the poppy straw hidden under his seat, a police spokesman said. A case under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was registered against him and further investigation was on, he added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for an..
                 

Tejashwi: Bihar CM 'snooping' by installing camera near my residence

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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday accused Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of "snooping" by installing a powerful CCTV camera atop a boundary wall of the CM residence near his bungalow. Leader of opposition in the state assembly, Yadav's 5, Desh Ratna Marg bungalow is just behind Kumar's 7, Circular road, house in Patna. The official residence of the chief minister is 1, Anney Marg. Posting a photograph of the CCTV camera on his Twitter handle, Yadav asked, "Why the chief minister felt the need for the camera only on the wall bordering his political adversary." The chief minister's residence has main roads on three sides and Yadav's bungalow is across the fourth boundary wall. "Bihar chief minister's residence is surrounded by main roads from three sides and leader of opposition's residence from the fourth side. "But, the chief minister felt the need for CCTV only on the wall bordering his political adversary's residence. Someone should tell him that these petty tricks will prov..
                 

Kerala govt decides to implement SC order after meet, Opp walks out

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Consensus eluded a crucial all-party meeting called on Thursday to resolve the stand-off over permitting women of menstrual age into the Sabarimala shrine with the Kerala government firm on implementing the Supreme Court order and the Opposition walking out in protest. After the nearly three-hour-long meeting, dubbed as a 'farce' by the Opposition, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said his government was duty-bound to enforce the court's September 28 verdict allowing women of all ages to pray at the hill temple of Lord Ayyappa as it had not been stayed. He had convened the meeting in the backdrop of state-wide protests by devotees after the Supreme Court ended an age-old ban on entry of women in the 10-50 age group. "The government has no other option as the Supreme Court has made it clear that the September 28 verdict has not been stayed, which means women in the 10-50 age group have the right to visit the Sabarimala temple," Vijayan told the media. Opposition Congress-led United De..
                 

Cyclone Gaja to make landfall in Tamil Nadu soon

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Cyclone Gaja intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Thursday and is expected to cross the south Tamil Nadu coast by late evening or night, with the government machinery put on high alert. The storm which lay over the Southwest Bay about 140 km east of Nagapattinam and Karaikal in Puducherry was very likely to cross the coast between Cuddalore and Pamban around Nagapattinam by evening or night after weakening into a cyclone, Deputy Director General of Meteorology S Balachandran said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason what..
                 

BMC in a hurry to restart toy train at unkempt Rajesh Khanna garden

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The Rajesh Khanna garden in Santa Cruz is in a pitiful condition; yet, instead of first improving the basic infrastructure and facilities for visitors, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is focussing on restarting the toy train lying idle for the last one year in a shed on the premises. With several areas of the garden in need of urgent attention, those who took their kids there on Children's Day complained about the green space's poor maintenance since the BMC took charge of it in 2016. The putrid odour coming from the toilets is one of the first things that will hit you when you enter the garden. While the door to the men's toilet is completely detached from the frame, the women's loo has no lights, and the toilet seats are in a disgusting state. Besides that, neither of the two drinking water fountains is functional, and most of the taps are broken, as are several lamps along the pathway. Also, all of the rainwater harvesting units have been scribbled on. Aggrieved visit..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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And Twinkle shines onFemale hygiene has been on Twinkle Khanna's mind for some time now. First came her book of women-centric stories, one of which was dedicated to Arunachalam Muruganantham, who devised a mechanism to produce low-cost sanitary napkins. Then came a film based on his life, which she produced. Now, the author and former actor has joined forces with Save the Children as artist ambassador to promote adolescent health and menstrual hygiene in the slums of Mumbai. Child champion Saleha (right) interacts with other adolescents at a workshop To kick off her association with the organisation, she will visit slums in Govandi today as part of an awareness programme, where she will interact with adolescents and felicitate hygiene champions from the community. In a state where over 60 per cent girls skip school during periods, a known face should help lend heft to a worthy cause. The drive to driveIn a bid to augment the self-confidence of the visually-challenged, a women's-onl..
                 

US cannot afford truculent child president: John Kerry

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US former Secretary of State Joh Kerry tore into President Donald Trump on Thursday for skipping a visit to a military cemetery in France, calling him a "truculent child". Kerry was visiting the UK to promote his book. "People are tired of the embarrassment of what took place in Paris in the last few days," Kerry said on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "We cannot have a truculent child president. We need something serious." Trump has been hit with criticism for backing out of a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, France, last weekend while he was there to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I. "Every country is feeling the pressure of this nationalistic populist and in some cases very frightening rightwing advance," the former top official said. The White House said Trump was unable to visit the military cemetery due to inclement weather. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted he was urged to back out of the visit by Secret Service beca..
                 

Mumbai: Sanjay Gandhi National Park team joins race to rescue cubs

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The operation to rescue the cubs of tigress T1 has gathered pace, as a leopard rescue team of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) has reached Pandharkawda. The team, which has rescued leopards in and around Mumbai during human-animal conflicts, was called in by the Yavatmal Forest Division to rescue the cubs of T1, also called Avni. Sources have told mid-day that though controversial hunter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan and his son, Asghar, who shot dead T1, gave their statements to a National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)-appointed committee on Wednesday, they had not submitted the gun was used in the killing, for forensic tests. The SGNP team headed by Veterinary Officer Dr Shailesh Pethe reached Yavatmal on Wednesday. Assistant Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF), Wildlife, Sunil Limaye said, "Our efforts to track and safely rescue both the cubs are on war footing and already more than 150 people from the forest department are monitoring the movement of the cubs not jus..
                 

Will develop drainage systems, roads in unauthorised colonies: Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the AAP government will construct roads, sewer, stormwater drains, and water pipelines simultaneously across all unauthorised colonies in the national capital. "We will take up the work of constructing roads, sewer, stormwater drains and water pipelines in a single time frame in all unauthorised colonies of Delhi," Kejriwal said. "As per the concept, there will be no drains on the roads, instead, all the stormwater and household water will go directly in the underground pipelines, recharging the water table," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief added. This, he said, will lead to a decrease in dengue and malaria cases in the national capital as clogged open drains would be eliminated. Kejriwal was on a visit to North East Delhi's Kanjhawala village along with Health Minister Satyendar Jain to inspect the development work of two model colonies -- selected by the Delhi government -- to test the concept of constructing all four systems ..
                 

Rahul Gandhi targets PM Modi over Rafale: "Watchman sold out"

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PM Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning if the pact to buy 36 Rafale jets from France was at all a government-to-government deal. "The latest skeleton to tumble out of the Rafale cupboard: No guarantee by the French government backing the deal. "But, our Prime Minister says there's a letter from the French promising to be faithful! That's enough to call this a government-to-government deal," Gandhi tweeted, adding "#BikGayaChowkidar" (watchman sold out). Gandhi's latest jibe at Modi comes a day after the Centre told the Supreme Court that there was no sovereign guarantee by the French government backing the deal but only a letter of comfort. The submission was made by Attorney General K.K. Venugopal before a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph, which reserved its verdict on PILs on the fighter jet deal. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news he..
                 

Mumbai: 8-year-old drowns in water tank in Nalasopara

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An 8-year-old boy was found dead in a water tank in Laxminagar, Nalasopara (East), on Wednesday morning. Police officials said that the boy, Rishab Vishwakarma, studied in Std IV. On Tuesday his parents had gone for Chat Puja when he was playing near their house. Police said the neighbours later said he had not been seen around from 4.30 pm. When his parents did not find him on returning, they looked for him and at night filed a missing complaint with the police. The boy's father, Santram, is a labourer. Rishab Vishwakarma (below) fell in the tank from an opening that did not have a cover. Pics/Hanif Patel The next morning, locals found the body of the boy in a water storage tank in an under-construction building in the area. Police said there was no cover on the opening in the tank and the boy must have fallen in while playing and drowned. The building had no boundary wall. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital and declared dead on arrival. Police have filed an accidental death r..
                 

Fashion designer, domestic help found murdered in Vasant Kunj Enclave

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New Delhi: A woman and her domestic help were found murdered at her residence in Vasant Kunj Enclave of southwest Delhi, police said on Thursday. The Vasant Kunj (south) Police Station was informed in the early hours of Thursday following which a team rushed to the spot. The deceased, Maya Lakhani, 53, is a fashion designer by profession who operated a boutique in Green Park and stayed in Vasant Kunj Enclave. She and her domestic help, Bahadur, 50, were stabbed multiple times, Deputy Commissioner of Police Devender Arya said. Three persons have been apprehended in connection with the incident. "We have detained three persons, including prime suspect Rahul Anwar, who works at the boutique," Arya added. The bodies have been sent for postmortem, police said, adding further investigation is in progress. -Edited by mid-day, with inputs from agencies 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 l..
                 

Gautam Singhania steps down as chairman of Raymond Apparel Ltd

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New Delhi: Continuing with the transformation journey as Raymond Reimagined, Raymond Apparel Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond Limited has appointed Nirvik Singh as the Non - Executive Chairman and has inducted Anshu Sarin and Gautam Trivedi as new board members. Demonstrating the spirit of good governance and ensuring the business is being run professionally, Gautam Hari Singhania has stepped down from the position of the Chairman and paved way for Nirvik Singh to take charge as the Non - Executive Chairman of Raymond Apparel Limited. However, Gautam Hari Singhania continues to be on the board of Raymond Apparel Limited. Anshu Sarin has joined the Board as a Non-executive Director along with Gautam Trivedi who has joined the Board as an Independent Director. Operating in the space of branded apparel, Raymond Apparel Limited continues to grow its market share and offer the full wardrobe solution to the discerning consumer with its ready to wear power brands such as Pa..
                 

'Rs 50 lakh looted from bank officials recovered within 4 hrs'

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Two men were arrested on Wednesday within four hours of looting Rs 50 lakh from bank officials at Nabha in Punjab's Patiala district, police said. The entire looted amount, the weapon and the motorcycle used in the crime have been seized, Inspector General (IG) of Police A S Rai said in Patiala. The accused have been identified as Jagdev Singh (35) and Amanjit Singh (37), both residents of Sangrur. They were arrested from Sangrur district, SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu said.The two motorcycle-borne men looted the cash from officials of a nationalised bank at Nabha in Patiala district on Wednesday morning by brandishing a gun. A security guard of the bank's Anaj Mandi branch was injured after the miscreants open fired at him. The guard, Prem Chand (52), succumbed to the bullet injuries at a local hospital, the Patiala SSP said. The double barrel gun of the security guard, which was snatched by the accused, has been recovered, police said. Sidhu alleged that the banks have not been followin..
                 

Mumbai chef earns Bangkok restaurant Michelin star

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It was a celebration of several firsts for Mumbai chef Garima Arora, 31, under whom GAA in Bangkok earned its first Michelin star yesterday. Not only is this the maiden star for the restaurant and Arora's career, but it also makes her the first Indian woman to be part of the honour. GAA got its maiden star at a ceremony in Bangkok on Wednesday morning, within a year-and-a-half of its opening on April 1 last year. Meanwhile, 3,000 km away, the news sent a wave of jubilation across culinary circles in India. The fine-dine restaurant has a menu that explores a connection between India and Thailand, using techniques and flavours from both countries. Arora had originally gone to Bangkok for a different purpose. "I had moved to Bangkok to spend six months in Gaggan's [Indian chef Gaggan Anand] kitchen as I was supposed to head his Mumbai outpost. When that deal fell through, the same owners decided they wanted to open another restaurant in Bangkok. Everything happens for the good," sai..
                 

Ram Nath Kovind, Narendra Modi greet Jharkhand on Statehood Day

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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended their greetings to the people of Jharkhand on their Statehood Day on Thursday. स्‍थापना दिवस के अवसर पर झारखंड की जनता को बधाई और शुभकामनाएं। झारखंड, प्रभूत प्राकृतिक संसाधनों और समृद्ध संस्‍कृति वाला राज्‍य है, जिस पर हम सभी को गर्व है। मेरी कामना है कि झारखंड प्रगति की नई ऊंचाइयां प्राप्त करें - राष्‍ट्रपति कोविन्‍द — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 15, 2018 "Greetings to the people of Jharkhand on Statehood Day. The state is blessed with vast natural resources and a rich culture that we are all..
                 

AIADMK unveils new Jayalalithaa statue

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The ruling AIADMK unveiled a new statue of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa at its headquarters here on Wednesday, months after the earlier one was criticised for not resembling the former party supremo. AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator K Palaniswami paid floral tributes to the 'refurbished' statue in the presence of senior leaders. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami and deputy Panneerselvam also felicitated sculptor Rajkumar Udayar who designed the statue, placed at the entrance of the AIADMK headquarters. The new life-size statue is made of bronze and weighs around 800 kg. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reser..
                 

Man arrested for killing rival gang member

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Released from jail a month ago after having served a prison term of six years, a 27-year-old man allegedly killed a rival gang member to establish his supremacy in the Uttam Nagar area in New Delhi, police said on Wednesday. The accused, Kaushar alias Babloo, was arrested on Tuesday. According to the police, Kaushar shot at two rival gang members -- Azaad and Javed -- after a quarrel on November 7 night. Azaad, who suffered four gunshot injuries, died during treatment. "On Tuesday, police received information that Kaushar would come near Vipin Garden to meet someone. Later, a trap was laid and he was arrested at around 11:30 pm," a senior police officer said. A country-made pistol, along with two live rounds, was recovered from his possession. According to the police, Kaushar was released from jail one month ago after having served six years in prison in a robbery case. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Andro..
                 

M Venkaiah Naidu: Fruits of development must reach all citizens

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Wednesday stressed on ensuring 'Surajya' (good governance), with the fruits of development reaching all citizens of the country. Bureaucrats have an important role to play in translating 'Swarajya' into 'Surajya," Naidu said in his address to All India Service and Central Service officer trainees of 93rd Foundation Course at the MCR Human Resource Development Institute here. "The unfinished agenda before us is to reach out to people who have not yet benefited from Swarajya, in other words, you have the most important role of translating 'Swarajya' (self-rule) into 'Surajya'," he said. "Our elders said if Swarjya comes, all problems will be addressed. We succeeded to some extent. But, not fully even after 70 years. That is the challenge before us," he said. The fruits of development must reach each citizen in the country and each person must feel that there is a perceptible improvement in the quality of life, he said. "This is possible only if governance..
                 

BJP slams Rahul Gandhi, calls his temple visits 'fancy dress hindutava'

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The BJP on Wednesday slammed Congress for allegedly spreading "hatred" against the RSS and the "Hindus", and described its President Rahul Gandhi's temple visits as "fancy dress hindutava". The saffron party attacked the Congress by releasing a video clip purportedly featuring Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, who is seen telling a group of Muslims to be cautious about the RSS campaign and that his party will deal with it after the November 28 state Assembly polls. "The video exposes the real and divisive face of Congress as to how through appeasement, it was trying to divide syncretic culture of India. This video also shows the hatred the Congress has for the RSS and in particular against the Hindu community," BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra told a press conference. He said that the "temple hopping of Rahul gandhi, the temporary janeu he adorns, the fancy dress Hindutava that he has taken to, are nothing but eyewash." He said this was not just a lone video or a solitary statem..
                 

Five arrested in connection with killing of tigress in Uttar Pradesh

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Five persons have been arrested in Lakhimpur Keri in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly killing a tigress by running a tractor over it in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR), a senior official said on Wednesday. The incident took place on November 4 when the tigress attacked a local resident, who was critically injured and later succumbed, following which angry villagers allegedly killed the animal, officials had said. "The arrested persons are Bablu, Lal Bahadur, Chauthi, Subhash and Om Prakash, all residents of Chaltua village under Sehramau police limits of Pilibhit district. They were arrested Tuesday. The sixth named accused Mukesh is yet to be arrested," Ramesh Kumar Pandey, field director of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve said. Confirming the killing of the animal by the villagers, Mahavir Kaujlagi, deputy field director of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve had said, "The carcass of the tigress has been found and appropriate legal action is being taken in the matter, including registration of an FIR against the e..
                 

Cong protest outside Manoj Tiwari's office over remarks against Sonia

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Scores of Congress workers staged a protest outside the office of Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari in his Northeast Delhi parliamentary constituency on Wednesday over his alleged remarks against Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The protesters raised slogans against Tiwari and demanded his apology for the remarks made at a campaign rally in Chhattisgarh on Sunday. Leading the protest in Yamuna Vihar, former Congress MLA Bhisham Sharma said Tiwari's statement was "highly condemnable" and it also "insulted" Purvanchali women who observe Chhath fast. In the election rally, Tiwari took a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and reportedly said had Sonia Gandhi observed Chhath, she would have had an intelligent son. "Tiwari's remark against Sonia Gandhi was not only highly condemnable, but also an insult to the lakhs of Poorvanchali women in Delhi, who celebrate Chhat Puja," Sharma said. Tiwari has no moral right to continue as the president of the Delh..
                 

Amarinder Singh deplores attempts to politicise defence forces

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday deplored attempts to "politicise" the defence forces, asserting that the personnel were meant to report only to their regimental heads and not work at the behest of the political dispensation. He said there was an immediate end to the "current cult of political interference" in the functioning of defence services, to enable the officers and soldiers to discharge their duties efficaciously. The Congress leader said it was necessary in the larger interest of the nation to secure its unity, integrity and security. Singh condemned the attempts to politicise" the defence forces, asserting the personnel were meant to report only to their regimental heads and not work at the behest of the political dispensation. He was addressing a gathering at the Remembrance Day ceremony here which paid homage to commonwealth nations' armed forces personnel who sacrificed their lives during World War I. A two-minute silence was observed in memory of the ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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Book-happy RajLast year, while interviewing India's woman Test and ODI cricket captain Mithali Raj at a women's conclave in the city, this diarist couldn't resist prodding her about her well-documented love affair with books. "I carry my Kindle everywhere. I like Wilbur Smith and Walter Raleigh. We can't carry it into the play area, so I borrow a book from support staff!" she told us then. Earlier that year, social media was abuzz when TV cameras had caught frames of Raj reading a book in the pavilion during the Women's World Cup. While we await her autobiography expected later this year, it seems her connect with the written word is as kadak as her cover drives. Most recently, we spotted her validation of a children's title on the jacket of a new title, Of course, it's Butterfingers by Khyrunnisa A, whose series about the comic character Butterfingers is quite the rage among bachchas who like sport with a bit a humour. Raj, we hear, will also be speaking at the 2019 edition of the Ja..
                 

Mumbai: Top cop assures fair probe in anxiety patient's suicide case

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Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Kumar has taken cognisance of mid-day's report yesterday about Ulwe resident Rochi Lawrence Elenjikar, 60, jumping to her death due to alleged harassment from Apollo Hospital in Belapur. Kumar himself met the deceased's daughter, and complainant, Shilpi, 27, and instructed his officers to seize Rochi's original suicide note to look into her allegations. Taking cognisanceKumar told mid-day, "I have instructed the investigating officer to seize the original note from the complainant; we have to check its authenticity. When our team had gone to the family's residence on the day of the incident [June 29], nothing was found. We have followed due process while investigating the whole matter and submitted our report to the medical council as per law. "I met the daughter... I asked her to submit some of her mother's handwritten notes, which will help us in the forensic analysis, but the family didn't have any. So I am sending an officer to Khamla in Nag..
                 

Mumbaikars! your water supply will be 10 percent less from November 15

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The city needs to start saving water now as the civic body has decided to impose a 10 percent water cut, effective immediately. The supply time, too, will be cut by 15%. While the water supplied to the city every day is about 3,800 million litres, the BMC will now supply about 3,420 mld. While civic officials waited for the festive season to end before announcing the cut, they said the situation is not as bad as it was back in 2015, which is why only a 10% water cut will be sufficient for now. The current water stock available is 10.95 lakh million litres, which is about 2.22 lakh less than last year's available stock on November 14. While the proposal of a water cut was to be tabled before the standing committee on Wednesday, the meeting was adjourned. However, as the proposal was just to intimate the corporators, the water cut was immediately made effective, said sources. "The lakes haven't collected enough water this year as there hasn't been enough rainfall. We have to ensure wa..
                 

Eliza's crucial medical files go missing before she goes into surgery

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For baby Eliza Waghmare, Wednesday was a mixed bag. While the four-month-old successfully underwent a surgical procedure at the Cooper hospital to insert the Ommaya reservoir, which is an intraventricular catheter system used to draw in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), a crucial file containing all papers since her birth went missing at the KEM hospital. Baby responded wellLuckily, for the surgeons treating baby Eliza, the situation at hand was not as challenging as they initially expected it to be. Confirming the development, Dr Shashank Joshi, the neurologist who carried out the procedure which lasted over two hours, said, "We were able to complete the procedure, and luckily, it was uneventful. The baby responded well after it, and did not even require admission into the pediatric intensive care unit." Explaining how the procedure will help Eliza, Dr Joshi explained that earlier, a neurosurgeon would have to prick Eliza's brain with a long needle to remove the CSF accumulated inside, whi..
                 

Mumbai: Juhu's Bar Bank fails to convince BMC, loses furniture

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday seized some items of furniture from the newly opened restaurant Bar Bank opposite Juhu Chowpatty. It had, earlier, warned of action and sent a notice to the eatery for allegedly operating without a licence. It finally took action after finding the reply submitted by the restaurant "unsatisfactory". mid-day had reported on November 6 on the BMC directing the eatery to down shutters for operating illegally and causing a nuisance to public. Action for the sake of it?Following up on the issue, the civic body visited the restaurant on Monday morning and seized a few items - 10 iron chairs, two wooden chairs, three wooden tables, and an induction cooktop. Ward officials told mid-day that if the restaurant doesn't secure the required permissions, a prosecution case will be filed against it. However, the activist who has been complaining to the BMC about the issue called Monday's action cosmetic and superficial. Ganesh Kusumulu sai..
                 

Teacher beats student for not completing drawing assignment, held

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An art teacher booked for allegedly beating a Class VI student for not completing drawing assignment was arrested on Tuesday. The child's parents had approached Shivaji Nagar police station here Monday, alleging that he had suffered facial paralysis because of the beating. "We arrested Sandeep Gade, the accused, late last night and produced him before a court today. The court sent him in police custody for two days," said an official from Shivaji Nagar police station. The alleged incident took place last month at the Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Preparatory Military School (SSPMS) here. After the parents filed the complaint, a case under IPC section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) was registered against Gade. The school has suspended him. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day a..
                 

Land surveyor held for accepting Rs 25,000 bribe in Palghar

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A surveyor with the land record office in Palghar in Maharashtra was arrested for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 25,000, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said on Wednesday. Dinesh Pashte was caught accepting the bribe money at his office in Vasai area on Tuesday, the anti-graft agency said in a release. The 50-year-old land surveyor had allegedly demanded Rs 50,000 from a man for saving his six unauthorised shops from being demolished, the ACB said in a release. The man agreed to pay the amount and at the same time lodged a complaint with the ACB. A trap was laid and Pashte was caught accepting Rs 25,000 as bribe, ACB's Deputy Superintendent of Police Anjali Andale said. The accused was later placed under arrest and booked under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the release added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced fr..
                 

Did railway minister Piyush Goyal dedicate incomplete works to people?

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It appears that Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has dedicated some works on the Central Railway to commuters that are yet to be completed. On Sunday, Goyal had dedicated the new platform at Parel station, a footover bridge, etc, along with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and a host of other ministers and officials, when they flagged off a new suburban corridor and trains. A ground check by mid-day on Tuesday however, found that key passenger amenities on the new Parel platform, like an escalator and elevator are yet to be completed. Another project that was mentioned in the list of utilities in use in the dedication to the public on Sunday, was the Parel footover bridge, which also remains incomplete in a way, because one of its landings and pathways in the west side of Prabhadevi station are yet to be completed and opened. "The Parel platform was thrown open to the public long ago. Will it again be dedicated in the name of Parel Terminus once the work is complete in the future?..
                 

Delhi's air quality improves to 'very poor', may worsen

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The air quality of the national capital and the regions around it, which on Wednesday improved to 'very poor' from 'severe' due to overnight rains, may again drop, warn monitoring agencies. Delhi saw about 7 mm of rainfall till 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday, improving air quality by settling the particle pollutants. However, rains have also increased the moisture in the air, which according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), will trap the pollutants and worsen the air quality. "After the isolated shower in part of Delhi, a lot of moisture is introduced in the air, making it heavy and increased the holding capacity which will force AQI to go to the 'severe' category from evening until late night as the ventilation is also reduced," SAFAR forecast said. However, it adds that the air quality will recover in the next two days as the wind is likely to pick up by Friday. The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 4 p.m. on Wednesday was 312, considered 'very p..
                 

Video: Woman abuses Air India crew after being denied alcohol

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A business class passenger verbally abused an Air India crew member after she was denied extra alcohol on-board a London-bound flight from Mumbai, an airline official said Wednesday. The woman, a foreigner allegedly manhandled a cabin crew member in an inebriated state, prompting the airline to file a police case, the official said. The incident took place on November 10 when the Air India flight AI-131 was on way to London from Mumbai. In a video clip recorded by a cabin crew member, the woman can be heard using expletives several times. Air India filed an FIR against the passenger and she was taken into custody on landing at London's Heathrow airport, the official said. "The woman turned unruly as the cabin crew denied her serving more liquor. She hurled abuse and manhandled the crew," the official said. Watch video here... #WATCH An Irish national on board Air India London-Mumbai flight verbally abuses the crew after she was refused more wine. The incident took place on No..
                 

Poonam Dhillon now Mumbai BJP VP; wants to be hardcore worker

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New Delhi: Veteran actress Poonam Dhillon joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2004, but it is only now that she has taken on an active role as its Mumbai Vice President. Poonam, who took charge just before Diwali, says she wants to be a "hardcore worker" rather than a "decorative piece" like most actors in politics. "I joined the party in 2004. However, because of various commitments or responsibilities, I was supportive, but I was not ready to take on a very active role. It wasn't the right time as both my children were small... Now they are grown up and independent. I feel very strongly that the country needs dedicated people who have passion... rather than those who are in politics only for a career. I want to do my bit for my city and my country. That's why I volunteered; now I can do anything that is required as I have the time," Poonam told IANS over phone from Mumbai. Thankyou @Dev_Fadnavis ji, @ShelarAshish ji for entrusting me with the responsibility of Vice Preside..
                 

Mumbai: BMC finalises 9,000 hawking pitches in two zones in city

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has finalised 9,000-odd pitches in two zones for hawkers as it plans to implement the hawkers' policy by early next year. However, the scrutiny and qualification of the hawkers is yet to be started. Handing over registration certificates will be a tough task ahead for the civic body. The civic body has finalised 80 hawking roads/streets in Zone V, which includes Kurla, Chembur, Mankhurd, Govandi, and 63 streets in Zone VII that includes Kandivli, Borivli and Dahisar. While the BMC had set an ambitious target of finalising hawkers by December end, this seems to be an impossible task as the pitches of about five other zones in the city are yet to be finalised. While Zone V has about 5,037 pitches, Zone VII has 4,460 pitches. R central ward, that includes Borivli, already has many hawkers, while RM Bhattad Road, Devidas Road, Chandavarkar Road and LT Road has the major chunk of the hawking pitches. Interestingly, even Gorai, which is considered to ..
                 

Two people electrocuted at Chhath puja pandal in Ballia

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Two persons were electrocuted to death at a Chhath puja pandal here, police said Tuesday. Amit Yadav (26) and Ashish Kumar (25) were taking care of some electrical work inside the pandal when the incident happened on Monday night, they said. Both of them were taken to the district hospital but could not be saved, they added. Police have sent the bodies for postmortem examination. Also,  All roads in the city of Patna led to the Ganga on Tuesday as lakhs of people made a beeline to the myriad ghats, all sparkling clean and decked up to receive the devotees taking part in Chhath Puja. As the multitudes thronged the ghats to offer 'Arghya' to the the setting sun, a ritual of the puja, they were greeted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who waved to them from a steamer cruising through the river. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced fr..
                 

Taloja residents march to save local rivers

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Owing to the large-scale pollution of the Ghot and Kasadi rivers near Taloja, local residents recently led a morcha to the Taloja police station against the companies in the MIDC area. The residents filed a complaint saying the companies were releasing chemicals into the rivers, badly polluting them. The complainants alleged that the Navi Mumbai city authorities - City and Industrial Corporation (CIDCO), Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and the Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) - have paid no attention to preserving natural resources in the city. CIDCO has ignored the wetlands in the region and now the PCMC, too, is neglecting the rivers in Panvel. The residents of Ghot village, who have been suffering owing to their proximity to the Taloja MIDC area, are now agitating to save the Ghot and Kasadi rivers. "They have ruined our natural resources. Why can't the authorities take action against the companies?" Ramchandra Jethe, a local, said. Another resident Jayesh Jadhav ..
                 

California Inferno: 13 more remains found, raising toll to 42

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The number of people killed by a massive blaze in northern California rose to 42 on Monday, making it the deadliest wildfire in the history of the state. Thousands of firefighters spent a fifth day digging battle lines to contain the "Camp Fire" in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. "As of today, an additional 13 human remains have been recovered, which brings the total number to 42," Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference. The blaze is "the deadliest wildland fire in California history," Honea said. Although it is difficult to be certain due to inconsistencies in record keeping and categorization, the Camp Fire appears to deadliest American wildfire in a century -- since the Cloquet Fire killed an estimated 1,000 people in Minnesota in 1918. The Camp Fire is the largest of several infernos that have sent a quarter of a million people fleeing their homes, with winds of up to 60 miles per hour fanning the fast-moving flames. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, I..
                 

Twelve injured in road accident as bus collides with a truck

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Twelve persons were injured when the bus they were travelling in collided with a truck on Pilibhit-Puranpur road Tuesday, police said. The accident took place when the truck, while overtaking the roadways bus suddenly slowed down to avoid hitting a stationary truck on the roadside, they said. The injured were taken to a nearby community health centre where three of the critically injured passengers were referred to the district hospital, they added. The truck driver managed to flee the spot along with his vehicle, said police. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in it..
                 

SC judge 'can't take morning walks' due to air pollution

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A Supreme Court Judge on Tuesday said that due to severe air pollution in the national capital 'he can't go for the morning walk' and raised concerns about the effect of pollution on people's health. "What is happening in Delhi? So much pollution. People couldn't get out of their houses. I am an early riser and go for a morning walk, but I cannot do it due to pollution,' Justice Arun Mishra told government's law officer, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was present in court to argue his case. Justice Mishra's remarks came after the bench assembled to hear the cases for the day. Earlier today, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain directed strict implementation of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in the national capital to check air pollution. The GRAP underlines the action taken by the implementing agencies for taking warranted action for controlling air pollution. The Air Quality Index in the national capital varies from 521 (hazardous) in the Wazirpur industrial area to 40..
                 

Failed politics compelling Rahul to rake up Rafale: Jaitley

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday hit out at the Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying that the failed politics of Gandhi scion was compelling him to rake up Rafale fighter jets deal controversy. In a series of tweets, the Finance Minister said: "Falsehood is not a substitute for Rahul Gandhi¿s failed politics." "Realising that the Modi government bought the Rafale at a price cheaper than what UPA was negotiating the disrupters are now reporting to petty hair-splitting," he further tweeted. The Union Minister stated that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) delayed the Rafale purchase, much required for improving the combat ability of the Indian Air Force. "UPA delayed the Rafale purchase, much required for improving the combat ability of the Indian Air Force. Is Rahul Gandhi¿s failed politics compelling him to render India¿s sensitive defense requirements controversial?," he said. The response from Jaitley came after Rahul Gandhi earlier in the ..
                 

Donald Trump ridicules France's Macron over 'very low approval rating'

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US President Donald Trump mocked Emmanuel Macron Tuesday for his "very low" 26 percent approval rating, saying the French president only suggested creating a European army to "get onto another subject." "The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France," Trump tweeted after criticizing Macron for advocating a European army to protect the continent from Russia, China and the United States. "By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!" the US leader tweeted. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the ..
                 

Air India to conduct inquiry into pilot's failed breath test

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Air India's Chief Vigilance Officer will conduct a detailed inquiry into the administrative and disciplinary aspects of Captain Arvind Kathpalia's failed breath test and the impact of his actions on the passengers' safety, a statement from the national airlines confirmed. Kathpalia was found positive in a pre-flight breath analyser test and declared 'not fit to fly'. He was scheduled to fly AI-111 flight from Delhi to London on November 11. Earlier today, he was relieved from the charge of Director (Operations) with immediate effect. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also suspended his flying licence for three years after he failed the breath analyser (BA) test before his flight. "The aforesaid facts, apart from being a violation of CAR, have serious implications on passenger safety, and an administrative inquiry has been ordered. Chief Vigilance Officer, Air India Limited would conduct a detailed inquiry into the incident of 11th November 2018 and on the administrativ..
                 

Manohar Lal Khattar: PM Modi to inaugurate KMP expressway on Nov 19

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would inaugurate the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway and the Ballabhgarh Metro Link, and lay foundation stone of Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University in Palwal on November 19. He said on the same day, the prime minister will address a public meeting near Farukhnagar crossing in Gurgaon, where he would dedicate various projects to the people of the state. Asserting that the BJP government in the state has carried out equitable development in the state in last four years, Khattar said Haryana bagged first place in the country for Gramin Swachh Survekshan this year and Karnal city bagged first place in the state in urban ranking and 42nd place in the country. He said that in order to give the message of cleanliness on 'Gurupurab', the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, on November 23, 11,000 lamps would be lighted in 20 schools of Karnal Municipal Corporation. On Delhi Chief Minister Arvind K..
                 

SC to hear pleas seeking Sabarimala verdict's review

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear on January 22 in open court the pleas seeking review of its verdict, which allowed entry of women of all age groups into Kerala's Sabarimala temple, but refused to stay the judgment. On September 28, a five-judge constitution bench, headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in a 4:1 verdict had paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple saying the ban amounted to gender discrimination. The review petitions against the verdict were taken up 'in-chamber' by a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra. "All the review petitions will be heard in open court on January 22, 2019 before the appropriate bench. We make it clear that there is no stay of the judgment and order of this court dated September 28, 2018," the order said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iO..
                 

Kerala: Police official booked for murder commits suicide

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Days after he was booked in a murder case, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Neyyatinkara) B Harikumar allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself near his residence in Kallambalam town here, police said on Tuesday. Last week, Harikumar was suspended and booked under section 302 (murder) of the IPC after he allegedly pushed a 32-year-old man before a moving car during a scuffle. The man, Sanal, later died at a hospital. "Our information is that the DySP has committed suicide by hanging," a senior police official said. Harikumar's house was found locked as his family was away. Police had received flak over the delay in arresting Harikumar, who had been on the run since the incident on November 5. Searches were carried out in Tamil Nadu and Kerala to nab him. The DySP's death comes amid reports that he would surrender soon. The Kerala government on Sunday appointed Crime Branch IGP S Sreejith as the investigating officer to probe Sanal's death. Sanal's wife and other family members, ..
                 

Why PM is mum on corruption chages against Raman Singh: Rahul

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi asked Tuesday why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was silent on charges of corruption against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and his family. Addressing a rally in Kharsia Assembly constituency in Raigarh district in the poll-bound state, Gandhi claimed the prime minister did not speak about corruption anymore. "In civil supply scam of Rs 36,000 crore, names of Raman Singh and his wife surfaced. Rs 5,000 chit fund scam took place under the protection of the Raman Singh government," he alleged. "His (Singh's) son Abhishek Singh was named in Panama papers scandal, but no action was taken in any of these cases," the Congress chief alleged. "Prime minister Modi used to speak about corruption in his speeches earlier, but why he does not speak about the corruption of Raman Singh and his family? Why Raman Singh too is silent over corruption," he asked. The ruling BJP has denied the allegations of corruption against the chief minister and his family. Gandhi ca..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal: Elect AAP for better schools, hospitals

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose proposal for a mutual inspection of schools and government dispensaries has been cold shouldered by his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar, sought to connect with the people of the neighbouring state though recorded phone call messages asking them to vote for the AAP for better education and healthcare services. Kejriwal had earlier this month invited Khattar to visit mohalla clinics and schools of Delhi government while proposing a similar visit of Haryana by him. As his attempts failed to elicit any response from Khattar, the Delhi chief minister has come up with a recorded message in Haryanvi dialect in which he invited people to visit Mohalla clinics and schools in Delhi. "We have improved government schools in Delhi very much. Take time to visit it. The condition of government schools and hospitals in Haryana is very poor. Why did not Khattar Sahab do it when we accomplished so much," Kejriwal is heard asking in the 58-second-long..
                 

We must honour Jawaharlal Nehru by safeguarding democracy: Sonia Gandhi

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Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday alleged that the Nehruvian legacy was being "undermined" by those presently in power who have "contempt" for the country's first prime minister for all that he did to build an India which they want to change for the "worse". Speaking at an event to relaunch Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's book 'Nehru: The Invention of India', the former Congress president said Jawaharlal Nehru, as India's first prime minister, "consolidated democracy and entrenched the basic values of India's polity -- values to which we are still proud to lay claim." "What are these values. Shashi Tharoor summarises them as the core pillars of Nehruvianism -- democratic institutional building, staunch pan-Indian secularism, socialist economics and foreign policy of non-alignment. These values were integral to a vision of Indianness that is fundamentally being challenged today," she said on the eve of Nehru's birth anniversary. But, that vision remains at the core of "our tim..
                 

Mumbai cops to ensure no sexual harasser is invited at their show

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The Mumbai Police are gearing up for their annual cultural event Umang, scheduled to be held in January 2019. And it's likely to be a smaller list of celebrities this time around, as cops want to make sure that anyone accused of sexual harassment or assault is not invited. The final list prepared will keep in mind the #MeToo movement, which has rocked Bollywood particularly hard. A police team comprising a DCP is preparing the list of celebrities from different walks of life and going through each and every person's background. While the event is held in January every year, the exact date for this edition is yet to be fixed; planning for it, however, always begins two months in advance. Those usually in attendance include leading Bollywood and TV stars, and many of them perform as well. A policeman checks arrangements during Umang 2015. File Pic A thorough checkWhen asked about this year's invitee list, a senior officer said, "We always do a background check on the performers invite..
                 

Google Doodle commemorates Children's Day 2018

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Google on Wednesday ringed in Children's Day celebrations by dedicating a special doodle on the occasion. In India, Children's Day is celebrated on November 14 every year as a mark of respect to Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. Nehru, who was born on this day, was fondly called Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru), and was known for emphasising the importance of giving love and affection to children. After the death of Nehru on 27 May 1964, it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as Bal Diwas or Children's Day in India. On this day, a number of activities are organised for students in schools nationwide such as games, competitions, and so on, while government bodies pay tributes to the late prime minister and organise commemorative events on this day. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party ..
                 

Mumbai: Fire in Andheri high-rise, two dead

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A fire in the 21-storeyed Kadam Chawl, an SRA building, on Veera Desai Road in Andheri West killed at least two people on Tuesday. The fire that broke out at around 8:20 pm left three others with minor burn injuries. Fire officials said that fire first broke out in one flat on the tenth floor and one on the 11th. It was brought under control around 10:10 pm by five fire engines and their team. Residents gathered on the ground floor following the fire. Pics/Satej Shinde According to the locals, the deceased were in their 20s and were found in the drawing room of the tenth floor flat. They were immediately rushed to Cooper Hospital. Ganesh Shinde, Cooper Hospital dean said, "Two charred bodies were brought in and both have been declared dead. We haven't been able to identify them or their gender. We will investigate further." Here are some of the tweets: About 3 fire brigades crossed Veera Desai Road. Seems like a massive fire in a building around. #andheri — Aparna Nadig (..
                 

Centre's affidavit on Rafale conceals more than it reveals: Congress

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Trashing the Centre's defence of the Rafale deal made before the Supreme Court, the Congress on Tuesday said the decision to buy the French jets was made in violation of Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) and the process was structured subsequently to legitimise it. A day after the Modi government made public a redacted version of its affidavit to apex court detailing the decision to purchase 36 fighter jets from France's Dassault, the Congress raised several questions over the procurement including prior approval from the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC). "The Centre's affidavit conceals more than it reveals," said Congress leader Manish Tewari in reference to the Modi government defending the deal and asserting that the purchase of the French fighter aircraft was in conformity with the process laid down in the DPP of 2013. "Modi announced the new deal in April 2015 while the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal to buy 126 Rafales (during the UPA regime) was scrapped on..
                 

Delhi-NCR air quality severe, no improvement for a few days

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The air quality further deteriorated on Tuesday, with national capital and the areas around seeing "severe" level air quality with no improvement due to weather conditions over the next few days. The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 4 p.m. was 409 or severe against 399 at the same time on Monday. The air quality of Gurugram on Tuesday dropped to "very-poor" on Monday. On Tuesday, parts of Delhi saw traces of rain, but these were not enough to settle the pollutants, experts said. According to weather analysts, weather conditions are likely to remain the same till Friday. "The conditions will remain the same till November 16 after which Delhi would recieve dry and cold north-westerly winds which would disperse the pollutants," said Mahesh Palawat, director private weather agency Group Skymet. The major pollutant PM2.5 or particles with diameter less than 2.5mm, were well above severe levels across Delhi-NCR. At 6 p.m., the average aggregation of PM2.5 across 36 stations was 278 ..
                 

CNN sues Donald Trump, top White House aides

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CNN on Tuesday announced filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of its correspondent Jim Acosta's access to the White House. The lawsuit was a response to the White House's suspension of Acosta's press pass, known as a Secret Service "hard pass". The suit alleged that Acosta and CNN's First and Fifth Amendment rights were being violated by the ban. The White House withdrew the permanent credential from Acosta for confronting President Donald Trump at a press conference following the mid-term results last week. The suit was filed in US District Court in Washington, a CNN spokeswoman said. Both CNN and Acosta were plaintiffs in the lawsuit. There were six defendants: Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine, Secret Service director Joseph Clancy and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta's hard pass away last week. The officer was ident..
                 

Tigress Avni (T1) case: The pictures that tell story of a murder

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A report from the post-mortem of tigress T1 has driven a bullet right through the state's claims that the big cat was shot in self-defence. A representative of the state forest department concluded in the report that T1 was 'facing away from the shooter', and the tranquiliser dart showed no sign of being fired by a tranq gun. The state claims that tigress T1 was shot in self-defence, but that's not what the pictures from the post-mortem say. mid-day has accessed the post-mortem witness report, which concludes that T1 "was facing away from the person who fired the bullet." The state said T1 was shot while she was charging at the team The report includes diagrams and pictures to support this deduction and another, equally incriminating, finding — the dart embedded in the left thigh did not appear to have been fired from a tranquilising rifle, since there was no damage to the underlying tissue and the syringe was only embedded superficially. This conclusion is in line with acti..
                 

Dharmendra Pradhan: India's energy consumption to nearly triple by 2040

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India's energy consumption, already the third-highest in the world, is likely to grow at more than four per cent annually and will nearly triple to 607 million metric tonnes by 2040, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in Abu Dhabi. Pradhan said India has "several bright prospects in upstream oil and gas sector", as he invited overseas investors to participate in the exploration and production of oil and gas, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas said in a statement on Tuesday. Speaking at a roadshow for Discovered Small Field-II bids in Abu Dhabi on Monday, Pradhan said the country accords high priority to a gas-based and clean economy and is planning to more than double the share of natural gas in the energy mix to 15 per cent. "... in the last four years, we have made giant strides in the oil and gas sector. However, the best is yet to come. No country, international organization or company alone can go far without partnership and collaboration," Pradhan said. He said..
                 

Rahul Gandhi: PM Narendra Modi has admitted to his theft in Rafale deal

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In remarks coming a day after the government had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "admitted to his theft" in the Rafale deal and that changes were made in the jet contract without consultation. "Modi has admitted to his theft in the Supreme Court. In the affidavit, he admitted to changes in the contract without asking the Air Force and putting Rs 30,000 crore in Ambani's pocket," Gandhi tweeted in Hindi. Gandhi's remarks come in the wake of the Central government making public the document submitted to the Supreme Court detailing the decisions taken to procure 36 fighter aircraft from France as announced by Modi in 2015. In the document titled "Details of the steps in the decision-making process leading to the award of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft order", the Central government has defended the deal and asserted that the purchase of the fighter aircraft was in conformity with the process l..
                 

Bar gunman was 'out of control' in high school, says coach

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A second high school coach of the gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar recalled him as volatile and intimidating, and said that repeated complaints to school administrators about his behaviour failed to prompt any discipline. Evie Cluke coached Ian David Long on Newbury Park High School's track team in 2007 and 2008. In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, she said Long was a "ticking time bomb" who constantly lost his temper, threw tantrums and would scream at coaches when he didn't like their decisions. She said she once witnessed him assault a fellow coach. That coach, Dominique Colell, said Long grabbed her rear and midsection after she refused to return a cellphone. Another time, he used his hand to mimic shooting her, Colell said, adding that she feared for herself whenever she was around him. Cluke said she also witnessed Long pretending to shoot Colell. "When Dominique turned around and saw that, she turned pale as a ghost and it was very, very..
                 

Man smashes daughters' heads, sets them afire

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In a heart-wrenching incident, a man killed his three daughters by first smashing their heads with a hammer and then setting them on fire in Uttar Pradesh's Lalitpur district, police said on Tuesday. Two girls died on the spot while one passed away during treatment at a medical facility. The incident happened in Veer village on Tuesday morning. The girls were aged 10, 7 and four years. Superintendent of Police O.P. Singh said the man, who has been arrested, confessed to his crime. After smashing their heads with an iron hammer, the man used the gas of the LPG cylinder to set the girls on fire. Singh told IANS that the man was a habitual alcoholic. As his wife had left for her parents' place with two other daughters on Diwali, he killed the girls probably out of frustration, police suspected. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a thi..
                 

NIA arrests Jharkhand-based transporter for providing fund to Maoists

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a Jharkhand-based transporter for allegedly providing funds to a Maoist organisation, according to an official statement issued Monday. Sudhanshu Ranjan alias Chotu Singh, a resident of Simaria in Chatra district of Jharkhand, was involved in supply of funds to the Left Wing Extremists outfit Tritiya Prastuti committee or TPC, it said. The NIA said Chotu Singh is a transporter in the Magadh-Amrapali coal belt region. He got contracts for transporting coal in the region on the recommendation of TPC leader Akraman alias Netaji. "These contracts were taken at a higher rate than the prevailing rates and the extra amount was being transferred in cash to the TPC leader Akraman by the accused," it said. Singh was arrested from Ranchi and will be produced before NIA special judge there on Tuesday morning for seeking his police custody, the statement said. The NIA had filed a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act early this y..
                 

Monkey snatches 12-days-old newborn from mother's lap, baby killed

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A child born only 12 days ago died after a monkey snatched it from his mother's lap on the outskirts of Agra city, the police said on Tuesday. The mother, Neha, was feeding Sunny around 8 p.m. on Monday when the monkey pounced on the baby in Kachhara area. Before the mother could react, the newborn was seen dangling from the monkey's clutch as it jumped up the walls and vanished on the rooftop. The stunned family initially tried to lure the monkey with eatables but the animal bit the baby on the neck and clawed the body as neighbours rushed towards it. "After a search we found the body bruised all over and rushed it to the hospital in Sikandra where the doctors declared him dead," a family member said. Sunny was the first child born to Yogesh, an auto-rickshaw driver, and his wife, who were married two years back. "Neha is devastated," a neighbour said. "She keeps losing consciousness." Only a few days ago another child from the area was brutally attacked by monkeys. The victim is in..
                 

Congress protests against note ban in Lucknow, calls it 'maha ghotala'

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Congress workers Monday staged a demonstration before the RBI office here against the "failure" of demonetisation, terming it as a 'maha ghotala' (grand scam). Raising slogans against Narendra Modi, the Congressmen demanded a reply from the prime minister over his promise-- back in November 2016-- to weed out ill-gotten wealth from the country within 50 days. Over 150 died while standing in queues to change their old currency notes after demonetisation and over 20 lakh lost their jobs following the draconian order issued on November 8, 2016, Congress spokesman Anshu Awasthi said. Neither corruption was curbed nor the Naxal and terror attacks have stopped, Awasthi said, adding that claims of black money returning to the country after note ban turned out to be hollow. All the promises made by the prime minister on this count have failed, Awasthi said. Similar protests were staged before the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) building in Kanpur as well as other parts of the state on the call o..
                 

22-year-old kills father for not giving share from retirement funds

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A 22-year-old man allegedly killed his father by attacking him with a rod in Telangana's Rachakonda area, after the latter refused to share his retirement funds. Narayana, ACP, Vanasthalipuram informed that deceased identified as Krishna retired from waterworks department in June 2017, from where he got six lakh as retirement benefits. Later, he also sold a plot which was on his name for Rs 10 lakh. Following this, Krishna's son, Tarun asked his father to distribute the money between him and his two sisters. As per the police, Krishna kept Rs. 2 lakh with himself and distributed the rest of the amount, but a few months later Tarun started harassing his father for the remaining amount. When Krishna refused to do so, Tarun allegedly attacked him with the rod, following which he fell unconscious. Tarun's sisters also encouraged him to attack their father. After this incident, Krishna was immediately rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police have registered a..
                 

Sabarimala: SC to hear fresh appeals after considering review pleas

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will hear writ petitions seeking a ban on entry of girls and women between the age group of 10 to 50 to Sabarimala, only after it decides the review pleas seeking a recall of its September 28 verdict that cancelled all ban on women's entry to the Lord Ayyappa shrine. The review petition is listed for consideration by a five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra at 3 p.m. A bench of the Chief Justice Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice K.M. Joseph said that the fate of the four petitions seeking a ban on entry of 10-50 years old women to the Kerala temple would only be taken up after the review plea against its earlier Constitution Bench verdict was decided. Gogoi said if they decided to dismiss the batch of review petitions then the four fresh appeals would be listed to be considered separately. However, if they decide..
                 

'Phoolwalon Ki Sair' brings people closer together: Arvind Kejriwal

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Festivals like 'Phool Waalon Ki Sair' are very relevant at a time when people are being divided in the name of religion and caste, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Monday. The festival, in which people belonging to different communities participate, involves offering of a chadar of fragrant flowers at the dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki and a floral 'pankha' and 'chhatra' (canopy) at the ancient Yogmaya temple, both in Mehrauli. A traditional floral 'pankha' (fan) was presented to the chief minister at the Delhi Secretariat by general secretary of Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan that organises the festival, according to an official statement. "Festivals like Phool Waalon Ki Sair are very relevant in today's scenario since the people of our country are being divided in the name of religion, caste and creed and seeds of hatred are being sown in society," Kejriwal said on the occasion. The festival plays a very important role in bringing people closer to each other and p..
                 

Woman killed for objecting to smoking: NCW seeks report

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The National Commission for Women on Monday expressed serious concern over the killing of a woman for objecting to smoking in Uttar Pradesh last week and sought to know what action has been initiated. "The commission is seriously concerned about the brutal crime committed on the woman. Considering the gravity of the matter, it is requested that the commission may be apprised about the action taken in the matter at the earliest," the NCW said in a letter to UP Director General of Police (DGP) O P Singh. On Friday, a 45-year-old woman was allegedly strangled to death by an inebriated man inside the general coach of the Punjab-Bihar Jallianwala Bagh Express after she objected to his smoking. The deceased and her family were on their way to Bihar for taking part in Chhath puja festivities, police had said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced fr..
                 

Mumbai: Kharghar locals want CIDCO rapped for wetland damage

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Kharghar residents are seeing red over the mistreatment of their green space and are taking steps to ensure the authorities are pulled up over it. Several of them recently got together with Abhivyakti group, which takes up environmental issues, and complained to the Wetland Grievance Redressal Committee against the City Industrial and Development Corporation (CIDCO) for "deliberately ignoring" the wetland in the area. The residents have also submitted a complaint letter to the Kharghar police, requesting that action be taken against miscreants dirtying the pond and the surrounding area. Fighting aloneEvery week, citizens of Hyde Park, in Sector 35, have been going out of their way to protect the pond and clean it up, but their efforts have been going down the drain as dumping of waste in the waterbody has been going on unabated, even as CIDCO turns a blind eye to it. After repeated complaints and follow-ups, CIDCO authorities put up a large signboard at the edge of the pond, but it ha..
                 

Mumbai: No major fire cases this Diwali, says Fire Brigade official

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Three members of gang arrested or drugging, looting people

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