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Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate bridge over Ravi on January 22

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Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will on Tuesday inaugurate a 1,210-meter span-bridge over the Ravi river in Jammu and Kashmir which would reduce the distance between Kathua in Jammu and Patankot in Punjab by around 36 km. Constructed at a cost of Rs 158.84 crore, the bridge would improve inter-state connectivity and benefit over 2,20,000 people living on the two sides -- Kathua in Jammu and Pathankot in Punjab, a Ministry statement said. "This will reduce the distance between the two cities from 45 kms to 8.6 kms, which will save on both time and fuel cost," it said The government said the national highway network in Jammu and Kashmir had seen an increase of 969 km in the last four years with the total length rising from 1,695 km in 2014 to 2,664 km in 2018. "Number of national highways has also gone up from seven to 14. New national highways of 969 km were announced during the period. In addition, four state roads of 400 km have also been approved," it said. As..
                 

Prank call made a call at Delhi CM Arvind Kerjiwal residence

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Delhi Police have registered a complaint against an unknown caller who on Monday called up Delhi Chief Minister's residence, saying that a man named 'Bholo' was planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal, said a police officer. An attendant received a call on a landline number at Arvind Kejriwal residence in north Delhi around 11.30 a.m. on Monday. "The caller did not disclose his identity and said he was calling from Vikaspuri area of west Delhi. He further said that he wants to alert the security staff of the Chief Minister that a man named 'Bhola' is planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal," Delhi Police Additional PRO, Anil Mittal said. "We have registered a case against the unknown man on the complaint of Personal Security Officer of Arvind Kejriwal. Prima facie it appeared to be a prank call," Mittal said. "The cyber cell and intelligence wing of Delhi Police are investigating the case to identify the caller," the officer added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International a..
                 

BJP peddling lies, alleges Trinamool over landing permission to Amit Sh

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New Delhi: The Trinamool Congress on Monday contested the BJP's claim that permission was denied for the landing of its president Amit Shah's helicopter in Malda, saying it was "peddling lies" after the "huge success" of the Opposition rally in West Bengal. Hitting out at the West Bengal government, Union Minister Piyush Goyal had claimed that it "is trying to block every programme of Amit Shah be it a rally, yatra or the landing of his chopper". It showed that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was "scared" of his party's growing influence in the state, he said. However, TMC leader Derek O'Brien said that the allegations were "hilarious". In a series of tweets, the Trinamool MP said that he had asked his interns to run a "fact check" on Goyal's statements."Just asked two interns to run a #FactCheck on the Rail Mantri's press conference on #Bangla Hilarious! "FactCheck #19 After huge success of #UnitedIndiaAtBrigade rally @BJP4India peddling lies. CLAIM: Mamata Banerje..
                 

Mumbai: 20-year-old alcoholic found hanging by shirt in Aarey Colony

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Another death incident was witnessed in Aarey Colony when the body of a 20-year-old man was found hanging from a tree by his shirt on Sunday. Residents of the unit 13 locality informed the police in the morning. The man later was identified as Suresh Shanmugam (20), who lived in a different part of Aarey Colony.  Shanmugam was an electrician and had left home on Saturday. He was later spotted hanging from a tree. “Shanmugam was addicted to alcohol. The shirt by which he was found hanging, is his shirt,” said the police. “No suicide note has been found around the place the body was found,” the police added. According to TOI, an accidental death report has been filed at Aarey police station. An officer said they are investigating to find out if any foul play was involved. In a similar case, the Vangaon police from Palghar district found the bodies of a man and woman who were in a relationship, hanging from a tree in the jungle recently. A..
                 

Navy conducts search and rescue for boat capsized near Karwar

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Bengaluru: A boat ferrying 26 devotees from the offshore island of Kurumgarh to Rabindranath Tagore Beach near Karwar capsized at about 1500 hours on 21 Jan 2019. Upon being informed of the incident by the district administration at about 1645 hours, the Indian Navy immediately despatched two Chetak Helicopters and two fast interceptor crafts to the area for search and rescue. Diving teams from Karwar Naval Area have also been deployed. Of the 26 persons reported to have been in the boat, 17 people were immediately rescued by other civil boats operating in the area. Eight bodies have been recovered by the naval units. Search is on for the one person still missing. According to police, there was an annual fair at the Kurumagada island in the Arabian sea, where the Narasimha Swamy shrine (dedicated to Lord Vishnu's incarnation Narasimha) is located. Police had earlier said nearly 1,000 people had gone there to take part in the fair and the boat capsized while returning to the Kar..
                 

This photo of Bill Gates has gone viral, here is why?

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the world's second richest man, having a net worth more than 90 billion USD, and he is known to be one of the most humble human beings in the world. The internet witnessed his act of humility recently when the billionaire was seen waiting in a line outside a fast-food store in the United States for burger and fries. The picture was clicked by an admirer and shared on Facebook that went viral. Mike Galos, a Microsoft Alumni, recently shared a picture of the billionaire on Facebook with a caption, "When you're worth about $100,000,000,000, run the largest charity in the history of the world and stand in line for a burger, fries, and Coke at Dick's like the rest of us..." In the picture Bill Gates, wearing a red sweatshirt and a pair of jeans, hands in his pockets was seen standing in a queue at a joint. In spite of being the second richest man in the world, Gates patiently waited for his turn to buy burgers and fries just like the rest. ..
                 

Mumbai: Locals sound alert over danger to mangroves patch in Andheri

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Once again, the city's mangroves are in danger of being destroyed. This time, it is a patch of mangroves adjacent to the Lokhandwala back road on a 200-metres stretch, where construction material debris is being dumped. Interestingly, the stretch goes towards a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) garbage segregation unit. Activists say the Mangroves Cell should act before it's too late. Illegal dumping of construction material debris is a major concern in many places in Mumbai. The mangrove cover in isolated places is an easy spot to dump debris without getting noticed. Debris has been illegally dumped in various locations close to the mangroves forest patch in and around Lokhandwala in Andheri west. 'Can't police, BMC, see?' On Sunday this reporter visited the 200m stretch and saw debris dumped close to the mangroves forest patch on both sides of the road. What is also shocking is the fact that the road where the debris is being dumped, is frequently used by BMC trucks to ..
                 

Angry over scolding, girl 'kills' neighbour's 2-year-old baby

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A girl studying in Class 10 was detained by Murbad police in the district Sunday for allegedly strangulating a neighbour's two-year-old baby. The incident took place at Tulai village, said inspector Ajay Vasave of the local police. Manishka (2) went missing while playing near her house Saturday evening following which local people alongwith the police launched a search in the area, he said. Suspecting that the 16-year-old girl who lived nearby might be involved in the child's disappearance, the police searched her house sometime after midnight and found the child's body concealed in the house, he said. The two-year-old girl had been apparently strangulated though the autopsy report was not yet available, the inspector said. The accused was scolded by the victim's mother a few days ago and the girl wanted to take revenge which allegedly led her to commit the crime, he said. A case of murder under IPC section 302 has been registered. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Intern..
                 

Man mauled to death by lions at zoo near Chandigarh

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Chandigarh: A man was mauled to death by lions on Sunday at Chhatbir Zoo in Zirakpur, around 20 km from Chandigarh. According to zoo officials, the man entered the enclosure by scaling an over-25-feet wall and as soon as he crossed over, he was attacked by two lions. Officials said the incident happened at 2.20 pm and the man, who is in his early 30s, was yet to be identified. "The injury on his neck was deep. He was taken to civil hospital in a critical condition where he died," said the zoo's field director M Sudhagarb. A lion and a lioness were in the enclosure, he said, adding the female lion attacked the man first. The official said the man might have entered the zoo through the Ghaggar bandh area, which was also known as the jungle area. "He then scaled the wall and must have fallen inside the enclosure," Sudhgarb said. He claimed that the man was not a visitor."We suspect that he was drunk as it is impossible for a normal person to scale the boundary wall, ..
                 

25-year-old man was stabbed to death allegedly by his friend

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New Delhi: A 25-year-old man was stabbed to death allegedly by his friend after a quarrel broke out between them over a minor issue in north Delhi's Kashmere Gate area, police said on Monday. In his complaint, Sandeep Sharma stated that he along with his friends Arjun, Vivek, Harish and Sharad had gone for dinner in Ashok Vihar on Sunday night following which an argument broke out between Harish and Sharad over a minor issue. However, the issue was resolved later, they said.  After dinner, when Sharma and his friends were returning home in his car, both Harish and Sharad continued to fight and abuse each other, they added. At around 10 pm, after dropping Arjun, Vivek and Sharad at Kashmere Gate, Sharma asked Harish to take an auto rickshaw to his residence in Krishna Nagar. Meanwhile, a quarrel broke out between the victim and the accused when Sharma was heading to his home in Ghaziabad.  A scuffle broke out between Sharad and Harish again following whic..
                 

Arun Jaitley: Opposition fears PM Narendra Modi, so ganging up

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New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday hit out at opposition parties, saying the fear of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity and his return to power has brought them together but said this won't work in the Lok Sabha polls as Modi remains the most popular leader. In a Facebook post, he said the opposition had a negative anti-Modi agenda and they were seeking to take the best advantage of the electoral arithmetic. "A negative campaign works when there is a strong anti-incumbency. When there is a comfort level with the government and its leader, a set of more satisfied people vote a government back," he said. "It is only the fear of his popularity and comeback that is bringing them together. The Prime Minister remains by far the most popular, decisive and dynamic leader of the present set of politicians. "His integrity, emphasis on ethics, decisiveness, growth-oriented politics, has made aspirational India to accept him. He has singularly decimated all caste-based p..
                 

Karnataka's 111-year-old seer dies due to a protracted illness

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Tumakuru: Karnataka's 111-year-old revered seer, Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Mutt, the most influential leader of the Lingayat community, died early on Monday following a protracted illness. Thousands of grieving followers gathered at his hermitage where he was shifted to on January 16 on his own request although he had not fully recovered in the hospital where he was warded. He miraculously recovered but breathed his last on Monday morning. As news of his death spread, many men and women broke down outside his ashram. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, BJP President Amit Shah and scores of political leaders in Karnataka, including Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, mourned his death. "His holiness passed away at 11.44 a.m. at the Mutt during treatment for a lung infection," Kumaraswamy told the media in Tumakuru, about 70 km northwest of here. The seer was suffering from a lung infection for the past few weeks and was put on life support on January 11. ..
                 

The richest in India grew rich by 39 per cent last year: Oxfam report

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The richest billionaires in India, which accounts for one per cent of the population saw their fortunes rise by Rs 2,200 crore a day in 2018, according to a study report published by Oxfam. The wealthiest in India got richer by 39 per cent as compared to just 3 per cent increase in wealth for the bottom half of the population, said the study. Billionaires across the globe in 2018, saw their fortunes rise by 12 per cent or USD 2.5 billion a day, where on the other hand the poorest half of the world's population saw their wealth decline by 11 per cent, the international rights group said in its annual study released before the start of the five-day World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting. The study by Oxfam, reveals that 13.6 crore Indians, who stand in the poorest 10 per cent bracket of the country, were in debt since 2004. It is also said this increasing gap between the rich and the poor is undermining the fight against poverty, damaging economies and fuelling public anger wor..
                 

One held for smuggling gold worth over Rs 66 lakh

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Hyderabad (Telangana): Hyderabad branch of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Sunday recovered gold worth over Rs 66 lakh from a passenger at the Rajiv Gandhi International Aiport here. Acting on a tip-off the intelligence officials intercepted the passenger travelling by flight 6E-648 from Indore at 00:40 am Sunday and seized the gold. The passenger has been arrested. "Upon examination, it was found that the passenger was carrying foreign-marked gold bars weighing a total of 1996.70 grams and valued at Rs. 66.27 lakhs, concealed in his shoes," the DRI said in a statement. According to preliminary investigations the passenger was found to have retrieved the gold from inside the flight, where it was reportedly left behind by another passenger who was travelling on an international flight from Sharjah to Thiruvananthapuram. "The gold was left by international passenger and retrieved by another passenger during a domestic run of the same flight. The passenger was found to b..
                 

'Atmosphere needed to attract brightest minds to teaching'

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Patna: Former President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday stressed on the need for creating a conducive atmosphere to attract brightest of the bright into teaching, research and innovation. "There are 767 universities in the country and is expanding. There is a huge development of physical infrastructure in higher education.... But I regret to point out that the quality of education, which we are providing in our our institutions of higher education, are not upto the world standard," Mukherjee said. "We will have to create a conducive atmosphere in which brightest of the bright come to the teaching, research and innvoation.... Our future progress will depend increasingly on our ability to innovate, to devise efficient processes for the industrial sector and better solutions for governance," Mukherjee said. He was addressing the annual convocation of the Patna University. Stating that IIT graduates will be found at top places in international organisations, he said they were not required to adva..
                 

AAP not to contest Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday said "as of now" it has decided not to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. The party will fight Lok Sabha polls in four states - Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Goa. But, it has decided not to contest in Maharashtra, AAP's national spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon told PTI on Monday. "As of now, we are not contesting any seat in Maharashtra, but the party may take a view on a few seats if we feel it will help defeat the BJP," she said. The party wants to save democracy from the "clutches" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, so "we will devote all our strength on the seats where we are certain we can defeat them," Menon said. However, former AAP leader Mayank Gandhi said the decision shows the party is "dead" in Maharashtra, which has 48 Lok Sabha seats - the second highest number after Uttar Pradesh which has 80 parliamentary constituencies. "Encouraging the worst kind of leadership at the behest of volun..
                 

One Indian among 8 arrested in Nepal for drug peddling

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Kathmandu: An Indian man is among eight persons arrested from different parts of Nepal on Sunday for possessing contraband drugs, police said here." The man identified as Rajesh Mahato, a resident of Sonbarsa area in Bihar, was arrested from Malangawa town in Nepal's Sarlahi district during a security check. Police also arrested a teenaged boy and a woman from Kathmandu, both of whom run pharmacies, for possessing contraband drugs. In a similar incident, police arrested a man from Parsa district near Nepal¿India border and recovered contraband drugs from his possession while he was returning from India. Meanwhile, three people were arrested from Itahari area in Sunsari district and an 18-year-old boy was arrested from Malangawa area in Sarlahi district for possessing contraband drugs. 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 thir..
                 

Bolivian bus plunges into ravine, killing 13, injuring 26

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La Paz: Bolivian authorities say a bus rolled over on a mountain road in the southern part of the Andean country, then tumbled 100 meters (330 feet) into a ravine, killing at least 13 people and injuring 26 more. Local media said four of the dead were part of a soccer delegation from Argentina that was in Bolivia to participate in a festival in the Sucre region. Police said Sunday's crash happened in Cieneguillas, a town in the Tarija region south of La Paz. The accident came a day after a highway accident in another part of southern Bolivia in which two buses collided head-on, killing at least 22 people and injuring 37. Deadly bus crashes are common in Bolivia's highlands where narrow highways often wind next to steep precipices. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsib..
                 

Mumbai: Waste-to-energy project gets Rs 225 crore budget allocation

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Despite the tender for the proposed waste-to-energy plant at Deonar being floated in 2016, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to find any takers for it. Now, the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department plans to increase the budgetary allocation for the plant to R225 crore. After floating the tender twice and giving three extensions, the civic body has given yet another month's extension, which will end on January 29. Civic officials have attributed the lack of response to a number of reasons, of which the most important one is the large quantity of waste (3,000 tonnes) to be processed daily. Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said initially there was no response from the bidders as they were not confident of the existing technology. "The technology required to handle such a high quantity of waste is not available. Hence, we revised the tender document, which now requires the company to process 600 tonnes of garbage daily, which will eventually be done in five phases to..
                 

Death toll reaches 85 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire horror

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Tlahuelilpan: People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed at least 85 people say the section of pipeline that gushed fuel has been a habitual gathering site for thieves, repeatedly damaged and patched like a trusty pair of jeans. "It was the popular tap," said Enrique Cerron, 22, who lives near the field. "You could pass by at 11 or 12 in the morning and see people filling up here." On Friday, amid countrywide fuel shortages at gas stations as the government attempts to stem widespread fuel theft, this particular section of pipeline had come back into service after being offline for nearly four weeks when somebody punctured the line again. Word quickly spread through the community of 20,000 people that gas was flowing. Come one, come all. Hundreds showed up at the spigot, carrying plastic jugs and covering their faces with bandanas. A few threw rocks and swung sticks at soldiers who tried to shoo them away. Some fuel collectors brought their children along. Tlahuelilpan is a ..
                 

Nitin Gadkari: Nehru-Gandhi clan did nothing for poverty alleviation

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Nagpur: Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari Sunday said the first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his generations have merely done a lip service to the cause of poverty. Addressing a public rallyat a ground here on the concluding day of the national convention of his party's scheduled Caste (SC) cell, Gadkari said only BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working to eradicate poverty. "Jawaharlal Nehru had talked about removing poverty. The then prime minister Indira Gandhi also talked about poverty eradication, so did late Rajiv Gandhi (a former PM) and Sonia Gandhi. Now the great grandson of Nehruji (Rahul Gandhi) is also giving the slogan of 'Garibi hatao'. (I want to ask) whose poverty has been alleviated?" Gadkari said without taking the name of Rahul, the incumbent president of Congress. Praising welfare schemes of the Modi government, the Highways and Road Transport Minister said 18 per cent of population have received electricity under the Bhagyashree ..
                 

Two more bodies recovered from Ladakh avalanche spot

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Ladakh: The number of people dead in the avalanche at the Khardung La pass in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh has risen to seven with two more bodies recovered from the spot. Ten people were already found buried in the avalanche on Friday. Rescue operations are on for three more people suspected to be buried under the snow. The authorities have ordered a probe into the deaths. The avalanche had reportedly hit a truck carrying 10 labourers at Khardung La pass, one of the highest motorable roads in the world at 17,500 feet. The truck was buried under 20 feet deep snow and mud, nearly 800 metres from the pass. 7Total no. of people found dead in the avalanche 10No. of labourers in the truck, which was hit by the avalanche 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 liabilit..
                 

BMC aims to recover Rs 4,000 crore of Rs 14,000 crore pending dues

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Till date, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has not even managed to recover 50 per cent of the total amount of property tax (Rs 14,000) that people have defaulted on in the past 10 years. Even this year, the civic body plans to recover only Rs 4,000 crore of the pending dues by March. The amount, which was Rs 2,000 crore a decade back, has shot up to Rs 14,000 crore even with the civic body recovering portions of it over periods of time. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a civic official said, "The BMC is recovering the dues on a timely basis. The amount increased after the tax collection system was changed 10 years back." However, after Octroi was abolished, the civic body shifted its focus to collection of property tax, as it has become a primary source of revenue. In the last financial year (2017-2018), BMC collected Rs 5132.76 crore property tax (includes the recovered amount), followed by Rs 3031.35 crore in 2018-19. The amount collected by December 2017 was Rs 306..
                 

Will Maharashtra starve kids over Aadhaar card?

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Children can no longer be turned away during admissions for not having an Aadhaar card, but they will soon be denied basic rights such as mid-day meals and scholarships. The Maharashtra government has found a back-door route to make Aadhaar mandatory again for school kids, just months after the Supreme Court ruled that students cannot be denied admissions or any benefits just because they do not hold Aadhaar cards. Parents, teachers and school administrators had all breathed a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court scrapped the Aadhaar mandate for school and college admissions in September 2018. But a new order issued by the state government on January 19 has put all of them in a dilemma. The order also states that while Aadhaar is not mandatory for admissions, in order for students to avail of facilities like mid-day meals and scholarships, their Aadhaar details should be mandatorily uploaded on the SARAL portal — the state's database on students. Students may soon be denied mi..
                 

We've had our fill of empty promises

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The 'United India' rally in Kolkata on Saturday was the first step to dislodging Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He, of course, never stopped being in election mode. But the battle bugle has sounded for the next parliamentary election, the schedule for which the Election Commission may announce in early March. Modi has initiated counter-measures: the first was the 10 per cent reservations in jobs and higher education for economically weaker sections of the general category, code for the forward castes. The DMK, which participated in the 'United India' rally, has gone to court against this, saying that reservations were mandated by the Constitution as a measure of social justice, not to remedy economic inequality. Modi is expected to announce measures for farmers, who snatched from his party's hands three states in December. This may include income-supplementing programmes of the kind that exist in Telangana, Odisha and Jharkhand. It may be too little, too late; you can see the panic on..
                 

Nirmala Sitharaman's first meeting with Delhi BJP unit ends in a whimpe

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New Delhi: The first meeting of the BJP Delhi unit's core group held on Saturday evening to stratagise on the Lok Sabha polls ended in a whimper with two of its MPs giving it a miss while some others reaching at the last minute. The first such meeting presided over by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharama, who has been appointed party's election in-charge in the national capital, raised questions about the "seriousness" of the senior party leaders. Party sources told IANS that North-West Delhi's MP Udit Raj and senior party leader and Union Minister Vijay Goel skipped the meeting while state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari reached minutes before Sitharaman was about to conclude her speech. The sources said the party's West Delhi MP Pravesh Verma arrived for the meeting after it had already ended. Besides Sithraman, the meeting was attended by co-incharge Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya, state 'Prabhari' Shyam Jaju, 'sah-Prabhari' Tarun Chugh and other members of the core group that included other party ..
                 

Ram Madhav: BJP not against early Assembly elections in J&K

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Ram Madhav on Sunday dismissed reports that his party was opposing early Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking to the media here, Madhav said: "There is no truth in the rumours being spread that the BJP is not in favour of early Assembly elections. "Our party would most likely contest alone in the Assembly elections but we would form a stable government in the state with help of some friends later. "We will field candidates for all the seats in the state. At the same time, there is little possibility of a pre-poll alliance with any party. "I am confident that the BJP will emerge as the largest single party after the election," he said. Madhav said due to the special circumstances in the state, the BJP does not have any hesitation in joining hands with other parties to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir. Going into the background of his party's alliance with the PDP after the 2014 Assembly elections, he said: "After 20..
                 

Man kills minor girl, buries her when she resisted rape attempt

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Kottayam (Kerala): In what can be called as a shocking case, a 15-year-old girl reported missing from her home near Areeparambu near Manarcad in Kerala since Thursday. Police said that the missing girl was allegedly killed by a man when she resisted his attempt to rape her. According to the police investigation, the man allegedly tried to rape a 15-year-old girl but when she resisted his attempt, he killed her and buried the body in a banana plantation behind a hollow brick unit at Areeparambu near Manarcad. Now the body has been recovered, they said. Ajesh, 40, a friend of the girl's father, has been arrested in this connection, police said. He is from a place called Maalam in the district. Police found that Ajesh, who was employed as a driver at the hollow bricks unit, had contacted her over the phone. He had allegedly lured the girl and taken her to the unit in his lorry on Thursday, police added. In another similar case, A mentally challenged rape victim gave a very important c..
                 

Kandivali Std 10 student's sacrifice of home comforts pays off

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The Joint Entrance Examination — Main (JEE — Main) 2019 results were declared on Saturday. Among the top 15 candidates who scored 100 percentile is Ankit Misra, a Kandivali resident. Misra joined Swamy Vivekanand Junior College in Koparkhairane after Std 10, in order to prepare for JEE through Allen Career Institute. He says that while he was expecting a good score, featuring in the top 15 is certainly a delight. But, he hasn't lost focus. He's already gunning for his next aim: clearing the next level — JEE-Advanced which determines admissions to Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) across India. "Inspired by his uncle who is a civil engineer and settled in USA, Ankit chose engineering as his career. He has always been a topper and focused on his studies. The extra-curricular activities too for him in school were related to studies such as science exhibitions, quiz competitions, debates etc. But after school he completely stopped participating in extra-curricular a..
                 

Arvind Kejriwal: Narendra Modi, Amit Shah will break up country

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Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah will break up the country if they return to power in the 2019 general elections. "Agar inki desh mein dobara sarkar aa gayi 2019 mein, toh yeh desh ke tukde tukde kar dengey (If they return to power in the 2019 elections, they will break up the country)," Kejriwal told the media in Sangrur town in Punjab, around 130 km from here. Kejriwal said that people in the country wanted to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha polls. "The country is fed up with the five-year rule of Modi and Amit Shah. They have destroyed this country in five years. They have poisoned the minds of people," the Delhi Chief Minister said. "The whole country wants to defeat them. Leaders of all parties have got together and urged people to defeat them (BJP) in the elections," Kejriwal said. Kejriwal, who was accompanied by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP P..
                 

Piyush Goyal flags off new Rajdhani train at CST

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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal flagged off the bi-weekly Rajdhani Express train between Mumbai and Delhi from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station here on Saturday. The train is equipped with LED backlit snap frame showcasing major attraction of the cities falling en route, provided for a better aesthetic look, bio-vacuum toilets in two coaches and an onboard wi-fi hot spot based entertainment system in each coach with over 500 hours of free infotainment content. Train number 22221 Mumbai - Hazarat Nizamuddin bi-weekly Rajdhani Express will leave Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai on every Wednesday and Saturday at 14.50 hours and will arrive at Hazrat Nizamuddin at 10.20 hrs next day. The train would also have fire retardant Duro-wipe carpet inside lavatories to provide slide free surface at all time and a safe seat in western style lavatories for better hygiene. It would also feature aerator in water taps for the conservation of water. Similarly, train No.22..
                 

NCW questions BJP MLA's objectionable remarks on Mayawati

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The National Commission for Women has questioned the objectionable statements reportedly made by BJP MLA Sadhana Singh on BSP supremo Mayawati and said it would formally issue a notice seeking an explanation from her. According to media reports, Singh made objectionable remarks on Mayawati over an infamous episode when the BSP chief was reportedly assaulted by Samajwadi Party workers at a guest house in Lucknow in 1995 that triggered decades of animosity between the two parties. Taking suo moto cognisance of the reports, an NCW official said the Commission will send a notice on Monday to Singh regarding the statement and seek an explanation from her. "Such derogatory statements are unbecoming of a leader and highly condemnable. NCW has taken suo moto cognisance and will be sending a notice to Sadhana Singh tomorrow," NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said. Reports said Singh had slammed Mayawati for forging an alliance with Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh, saying the BSP chief had "..
                 

Eight-year-old killed, sister injured after being hit by mini truck

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New Delhi: An eight-year-old girl was killed and her sister injured on Saturday after they were hit allegedly by a mini truck while they were returning from school in southwest Delhi's Govindpuri area, police said. The deceased identified as Sandhya was studying in Class 2 while her elder sister identified as Kamini (14) was a Class 8 student of a government-run school, they added.Officials of the Govindpuri police station were informed about the accident at 1.46 pm, police said. During the enquiry, police learnt that when the two sisters were returning from school, they were hit by a mini truck at Ravidas Marg and sustained injuries, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) Chinmoy Biswal said. The two minors were taken to HAH Centenary Jamia Hamdard Hospital where Sandhya was declared brought dead and her elder sister was undergoing treatment, he said. The officer said the accused truck driver had accompanied the police team to the hospital. However, he fled away from the hospit..
                 

Budget 2019: Govt may hike agriculture credit target to 12 lakh crore

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The farm credit target is likely to be raised by about 10 per cent to a record Rs 12 lakh crore in the 2019-20 budget which is to be presented on February 1, according to sources. For the current fiscal, the government has set a credit target of Rs 11 lakh crore. "The government has been increasing the credit target for the farm sector every year. This time too, the target is likely to be increased by around 10 per cent or Rs 1 lakh crore to Rs 12 lakh crore for 2019-20 fiscal," the sources said. The agricultural credit flow has increased consistently over the years, exceeding the target set for each fiscal. For instance, credit worth Rs 11.68 lakh crore was given to farmers in 2017-18, much higher than the Rs 10 lakh crore target set for that year, they added. Similarly, crop loans worth Rs 10.66 lakh crore were disbursed in the 2016-17 fiscal, higher than the credit target of Rs 9 lakh crore. Credit is a critical input in achieving higher farm output. Institutional credi..
                 

Two youths arrested in connection with the killing of a mafia don

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Jamshedpur: The police here have arrested two youths in connection with the killing of a mafia don in West Bengal on Monday, and recovered a firearm from their possession, police said on Saturday. Rammurthi alias Ramua, a mafia don was shot dead at his home in North-24 Parganas district in West Bengal, the police said. The West Bengal Police had arrested one Prasant Kumar, a resident of Zone 1 of Birsanagar while investigating the case and got information from him while interrogation, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of East Singhbhum district, Anoop Birtharay said. At present, Kumar was staying in Durgapur in West Bengal, the SSP said. Addressing a press conference here, Birtharay said, based Prasant Kumar's confession, the city police here arrested two youths - S Shyam Sunder Rao and Vishal Menon, both residents of Zone 1 of Birsanagar. Rao was a college mate of the slained mafia dons son in Visakhapatnam, he said. Both Rao and Menon told police that they killed Ramua at t..
                 

Resolve to make Narendra Modi PM again: Nitin Gadkari to BJP workers

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Nagpur: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Saturday asked BJP workers to resolve to make Narendra Modi the country's prime minister again in 2019. It was the BJP's might that has compelled the bickering opposition parties to come together, Gadkari said at the inauguration of the national convention of the party's Scheduled Caste Morcha here. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will work with full determination to make Narendra Modi the prime minister again, he said. "I want to ask you to make a resolution to work with full conviction and strength so that in the coming elections we once again form BJP government with full majority and make Narendra Modi prime minister again for doing justice to backward sections and making India prosperous, progressive and powerful," Gadkari said. The Union Transport Minister's statement comes after his recent remarks wherein he apparently asked the BJP leadership to take responsibility for setbacks in the Assembly polls. He, however, denied that he ever target..
                 

Claims of political vendetta fiction of Vijay Mallya's imagination

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Businessman Vijay Mallya's claim that the Indian government's efforts to extradite him were a result of "political vendetta" was "mere fiction of his imagination", a special PMLA court observed in its order. Mallya, accused of defaulting on loans of over Rs 9,000 crore, was on January 5 declared a fugitive economic offender (FEO) by special Judge M S Azmi of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court. The judge, in his order that was made available to media Saturday, said, "Mere statement that the government of India had pursued a political vendetta against him and initiated criminal investigations and proceeding against him cannot be ground for his stay in UK." Besides these bare statements, there is nothing to support as to how the government of India initiated investigation and proceedings to pursue political vendetta, the judge said in his order. "Hence the arguments in these regards are mere fiction of his imagination to pose himself as law abiding citizen," he added. T..
                 

Kenya police arrest wife, father of hotel suicide bomber

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Nairobi: Kenyan police have arrested the wife and father of a man identified as the suicide bomber in an attack on Nairobi's Dusit hotel complex that left 21 dead, a police source said Saturday. The attacker, one of five Al-Shabaab militants who stormed the complex on Tuesday, was identified as 25-year-old Mahir Khalid Riziki, who grew up in Mombasa. "The wife of the suicide bomber is now in our custody. She will help us understand her husband's last moments and his movement, his story in latest years and his very last movements," a senior police official said on condition of anonymity. "She was arrested in Mombasa and has been brought to Nairobi for further questioning," he added. His father was also arrested. "In the course of investigation of this nature, close family members of such people are crucial because they hold crucial information," the source said. The official said Riziki was identified through mobile phone communication, and that he had communicated with one of the othe..
                 

Sonowal:Citizenship bill won't hamper interests of indigenous community

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Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said that disinformation is being spread over the Citizenship Amendment Bill across the state, saying the bill, if passed, will allow the six minority communities to apply for citizenship after only a year's residency."This is a lie. We are not going to betray the people of Assam. The truth is that the bill is not enabling any foreigner to come here. The bill, where the cut off date is December 31, 2014, will only allow the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians to apply for citizenship after a mandatory residency of seven years," said Sonowal while speaking at the closing ceremony of historical Junbeel Mela at Morigaon in Assam.Sonowal further said that the application of these people who apply for citizenship will then be verified by the local authorities of the concerned districts and not by the Central government.The Chief Minister also said that his government is duty-bound to protect the interests of the indigeno..
                 

Thousands march across US to protest against Donald Trump

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Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Washington D.C. and in nearly 300 other US cities in the third annual Women's March to protest against the policies of President Donald Trump and to stand up for women's rights.Organisers had hoped to see hundreds of thousands of attendees, the kind of turnout that made the first march held a day after Trump was sworn in as President on January 20, 2017, a seminal moment in the protest movement, reports The Washington Post.But Saturday's march appeared to attract only thousands, mirroring lower turnout at marches in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and other cities.The main event kicked off at Freedom Plaza near the White House, where the organisers set up a stage and the along Pennsylvania Avenue, which connects the White House to the Capitol.Many participants wore pink wool hats and carried posters with the most varied messages, such as "Take care of your own uterus", "We demand equality for all", and "Without Hermione, Harry (P..
                 

Paramedical college head, 4 others held for cheating, forgery

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Thane: The head of a paramedical college and four others were arrested in connection with a fake educational certificates case, Thane police said Saturday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deepak Deoraj said the four persons had procured forged Class X and XII certificates, based on which they then obtained pharmacy certificates. The four chemists then used these fraudulently obtained pharmacy certificates to obtain pharmacist licences from the Food and Drug Administration, the DCP said. He said the pharmacy certificates were issued by arrested accused Purshottam Tahilramani, head of the NETT Paramedical College here. Deoraj said Tahilramani arranged these certificates for sums ranging from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh. He identified the arrested "chemists" as Arvind Bhat, Raju Yadav, Budharam Ajeniya and Balwantsingh Chouhan. He said a case of cheating and forgery had been registered against the accused in Kapurbawadi police station. The official said a police probe was on to find ..
                 

Pakistan's human hair en route China

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Islamabad: Pakistan has exported to China over 100,000 kg of human hair valued at USD 132,000 over the last five years. The Ministry of Commerce and Textile told the National Assembly that 1,05,461 kg of human hair was exported to China in the last five years, the Dawn reported. Demand for human hair has increased in China due to growth in the makeup industry. The other reason for the increase in the export of human hair is that there is no demand for wigs in Pakistan, said AM Chauhan, a prominent beautician. He said another reason was that the local production of hair accessories has declined recently. He said in the past, locals would make hair extensions, moustaches, beards and wigs by hand, but the local artisans have now lost the market to the Chinese makeup industry. Exporters buy hair at an average rate of Rs 5,000 or Rs 6,000 per kg, Chauhan added. High quality hair is also exported to the US and Japan as they have high demand for hair from their entertainment industrie..
                 

Digital portal to store all student's data, including caste certificate

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Just one click on a student's name and you will see their detailed academic record and complete information on your screen, thanks to a 'digital locker' system to be introduced by the Admission Regulating Authority (ARA). Applicable for all professional courses such as engineering, medicine, architecture, pharmacy and nursing, this will soon be a reality. A new portal titled 'safalata.org' is ready to be launched, which saves the details of every student, starting from their Std X mark sheet to the latest; caste certificate, if admission is done on any quota; and other supporting documents, including identity card. Other than this collated form of data, a search engine will function simultaneously. The ARA has recently had a pilot run of the process, wherein such details were recorded in digital format for admissions done in the academic year 2018-19. A total of 3,424 institutes have registered on the system and around 25 lakh documents have been uploaded. A total of 2,17,000 students..
                 

Tak tak gang loots special metropolitan magistrate of Rs 1.3 lakh

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A former Special Metropolitan Magistrate recently became the target of 'tak tak' gang in Marine Drive. On January 9, 60-year-old Ramdas Gupta, who is practising at the High Court, had left his bag containing Rs 1.3 lakh cash in the rear seat of his car. While Gupta had gone to a coffee shop, his driver was sitting inside the car. This was when a man tried distracting the driver. When the driver opened the door, someone snatched the bag and took off. A complaint has now been filed with the Marine Drive police for theft. In his statement to the cops, Gupta said, "In the afternoon, I was headed for a meeting in a coffee shop near Eros Cinema. My leather bag was in the car and my driver, Shreeram Kurmi, was also inside the vehicle when the incident took place." "The driver had parked the car in front of Bank of India office on J Tata Road. A person approached him and said that a '100 note had fallen on the ground. When the driver stepped out of the vehicle, the bag had already been stol..
                 

Lights, camera, election

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And so, this morning two Rahuls called me — first was KL Rahul."Man, daCunha I want to vent…arghhhhh!""Go for it, bro", I said"Look, I accept that idiot Hardik made some daft comments about women on that Karan's Koffee show, unnecessary macho nonsense and, yeah, we definitely should bebanned for a couple of games. For that we're deeply apologetic. But that other Rahul, that Johri guy, himself a #MeToo dude, has the cheek to lecture us and is now taking us to court. We have not broken any laws. The CoAwNIotL are seriously out to get us." "Um, Rahul, it is CoA, right? Stands for Committee of Administrators, it's not CoAwNIotL?""No," KL replied. "It's Confederacy of A**es With No Idea Of The Law. This issue has been blown crazily out of proportion, man, our careers are really being messed with. See now, I have an inquiry to go to. Ciao."Just then, the second Rahul called. "Yo, bro, I need your help. With Lok Sabha elections round the corner, the BJP is swinging into action ..
                 

Moksha after 20 years

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If you get robbed in Varanasi, Lord Shiva offers you salvation and lasting peace. Pune-based Sanskrit scholar-author Dr Shailaja Bapat had no patience for such popular beliefs when she was deprived of cash, reference notes and a key treatise on Vedant philosophy while aboard the Varanasi-bound Gyan Ganga Express sometime in 1998. As she got off at the Manduadih railway terminus, she was busy borrowing money and resources to conduct her intended research on Brahmasutras (the foundational text which decode the Upanishads, which are the spiritual core of Hinduism) in Varanasi's libraries. While she was left with only tears, and a story about two pickpockets who jumped off the decelerating train, the Kashi dwellers did not fail to tell her to see the silver lining in her state of loss. They reminded her of the possibility of moksha, each time she recounted her saga, in and out of the city's libraries. Twenty years later, as Dr Bapat receives Sahitya Akademi's Bhasha Samman for her contrib..
                 

Tamil Nadu to set up Rs 250 crore fund to assist start-ups

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The Tamil Nadu government will set up a start-up fund with a corpus of Rs 250 crore for investments in start-up businesses, as per the new Tamil Nadu Startup and Innovation policy 2018-2023 unveiled by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Saturday. According to the policy, the first tranche of Rs 25 crore will be allotted in the financial year 2019-2020. Called Tamil Nadu Startup Fund of Funds, it will be managed by a professional financial agency like the Small Industries Development Bank of India. "It will be registered as an Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) under Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) regulation, 2012. The fund will be invested in other SEBI registered AIFs for investment in Startups and MSMEs established in Tamil Nadu. Government of Tamil Nadu will invest Rs 75 crore in the fund," according to the policy. In addition, a Tamil Nadu Startup Seed Grant Fund (TNSSGF) of Rs 50 crore with an allotment of Rs five crore in the first year shall be created in partner..
                 

Chandrababu Naidu: Not publicity hungry but performance-driven PM neede

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Kolkata: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the "publicity Prime Minister" and said the nation needs a new Prime Minister who can perform. "This Prime Minister is a publicity Prime Minister, not a performing Prime Minister. He and his government have betrayed the nation. "The country wants a performing Prime Minister, someone who would work for the betterment of the poor," Naidu said here at Mamata Banerjee's united opposition rally. Accusing the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre of trying to divide the nation, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief said the opposition forces were getting united to save the democracy and urged people to carefully choose who they like to go with in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. "Today is a historic day. The BJP and NDA want to divide India and we want to unite India. That is the purpose all the leaders have come here with one voice -- Save India, save democracy and also unite Indi..
                 

Actress Sonu Walia duped with 2,000 cc BMW on promise of 3,000 cc

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While buying a second-hand BMW car from a Lokhandwala-based dealer, actress Sonu Walia was not aware she would soon get entangled in a web of car owners and dealers forging documents to get higher resale values on second-hand vehicles. She realised it only when the car, for which she paid Rs 20 lakh, turned out to be a 2000 cc one, instead of 3,000 cc, as mentioned in the documents. Good deal? Not reallyAccording to the police, Walia, who lives at Laxmi Nagar, decided to buy a second-hand vehicle in May last year, and asked her brother Vineet Sharma to look for a good deal. Soon after, Sharma came across a 2012 model of 2,993 cc on sale at Mondest Car Dealers in Andheri West. Dealer Anwar Merchant informed him that Rajesh Vanigot, owner of the car, wanted to sell off the vehicle for Rs 20 lakh. They were further informed that the car was in good condition and it had only travelled 16,000 kilometres. A couple of days later the deal was struck and the car delivered to Walia on May 18. A..
                 

Akhilesh Yadav: BJP's alliance is with CBI, ED; ours with common man

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Accusing the BJP of having aligned with central agencies like the CBI and the ED, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday appealed to the opposition to come together and defeat the conspiracies being hatched to divide alliance partners into states. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the issue of Prime Ministerial candidate will be decided by the people. He said with the beginning of the new year, the country now was pining for a new Prime Minister. "How happy will the country be if it gets a new Prime Minister," the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader said. "They (BJP) say look how many prime ministerial aspirants the opposition has. At times, they say we have lot of grooms. My response to them is -- We will see to it. Whoever people decide, will become prime minister," Yadav said at the mega rally of the opposition parties here. Dubbing the BJP government at the Centre as a 'failure', which has "disappointed and defrauded the nation and its people", the SP leader accus..
                 

Shahnawaz: Many PM aspirants in mahagathbandhan, dreams won't fulfill

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The Mahagathbandhan, which is being propped against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by opposition parties, has many leaders who dream of becoming the Prime Minister but their dreams will remain unfulfilled, BJP national spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said on Saturday.A people's coalition will ensure Modi's victory in 2019 and pull the curtains down on the ragtag Mahagathbandhan, he added.Hussain, who was addressing a press conference at the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) state headquarters here, also accused the Congress of spreading fake facts on key issues."The issue of Mahagathbandhan is a bogey and it cannot defeat the BJP because those who are on the dais have dreams to be the Prime Minister. Those dreams will be left unfulfilled," Hussain said."There is nothing like Mahagathbandhan. It is just a platform for betraying people and the people will respond to this. Today, there are many alliances against Modi but the people's coalition is with the Prime Minister. The people of the ..
                 

TRAI: Jio added most subscribers in Nov 2018, followed by BSNL

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Reliance Jio led the subscription race in November 2018 adding around 88.01 lakh subscribers across the country, the highest among all the telecom service providers.Data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday evening showed that the subscriber base of Reliance Jio by November 30 was around 27.16 crore.The total number of mobile phone subscribers in the country by the end of November was 117.18 crore, with a net addition of 17.39 lakh customers during the month, as per the data."Total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and LTE) increased from 1,170.02 million at the end of October 2018 to 1,171.76 million at the end of November 2018, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.15 per cent," TRAI said in its statement."As on November 30, 2018, the private access service providers held 89.99 per cent market share of the wireless subscribers whereas BSNL and MTNL, the two PSU access service providers, had a market share of only 10.01 per cent."The state-run ..
                 

Karni Sena warns Kangana Ranaut: Will ruin career prospects

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The Karni Sena on Saturday warned 'Manikarnika' Kangana Ranaut that if she continues to voice dissent against the outfit, they would ruin her career prospects and burn her film sets. This comes a day after Kangana issued a statement saying that she will destroy the Karni Sena if they continue to harass her over the release of 'Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.' "Four historians have certified Manikarnika, we have got censor certificate as well, Karni Sena has been conveyed this but they are continuing to harass me. If they don't stop then they should know I am also a Rajput and I will destroy each one of them," she had said on Friday. Reflecting on Kangana's statement, Ajay Singh Sengar, president of Maharashtra Karni Sena said, "If she continues to threaten the members of our outfit, we will not let her walk freely in Maharashtra and will burn her film sets." Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS..
                 

Bodies of children who died in US arrive in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad (Telangana): Bodies of the three teenaged siblings who died in a fire accident in the US arrived today in Hyderabad on Friday. The bodies of Satwika Sharron Naik (17), Aaron Suhas Lalu Naik (15) and Joy Suchita Naik (14) arrived by a British Airways flight at 5.20 am and were later brought to the Baptist Church in Narayanaguda where a prayer meeting was conducted, family sources said. The bodies will be taken to their native place Gurrapu Thanda village, Devarakonda in Nalgonda district for the burial scheduled tomorrow. We have lost our three children in the fire accident that took place in Collierville, US. We have faith in our God who is giving us the strength to do these formalities. Prayers of many people have helped and I would like to thank the central and state governments for supporting us in bringing back the bodies of our children, Srinivas Naik, father of the dead children said. The incident occurred when the home of the family they were spending time in at Col..
                 

White House: Trump to meet Kim Jong-un again in late February

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Washington: US President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in late February on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes, the White House has announced The two leaders had met on June 12 last year in Singapore for the first summit. The White House, however, did not identify a location for the second setting between the two leaders. The announcement came after Trump met with North Korean envoy, Kim Yong Chol, on Friday for a discussion that included talk about Kim Jong-un's unfulfilled pledge to dismantle his country's nuclear weapons programmes. President Trump sat down with Kim Yong Chol, a high-level official in North Korea's Communist government, in the Oval Office, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. "President Donald J Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and a half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February. "The president looks forward to meeting with Ch..
                 

Himachal HC asks HRTC to look into lawyer's complaint on e-bus tender

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New Delhi: The Himachal Pradesh High Court has asked the state road transport corporation to look into a complaint filed by a lawyer, alleging a scam in the tendering process for buying electric buses. A bench comprising Chief Justice Surya Kant and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel said it was satisfied that the petitioner was sponsored by some manufacturer of vehicles, who did not qualify for the bidding process, according to the terms and conditions of the Request for Proposal (RFP) document. The plea was filed in the backdrop of the RFP document published by the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) for design, manufacture, supply and commissioning of 50 battery-operated passenger transport vehicles (EV buses) with chargers for operating in and around Shimla. "On a query, it is admitted by his counsel that the petitioner is not a bidder or competitor for the allocation of the proposed work and thus, he, in our considered view, has no locus stand to file the instant writ p..
                 

Police arrests ex-CFO Shashidhar Kotian in Rs 5600 crore NSEL scam

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Mumbai Police have arrested former chief financial officer of NSEL, Shashidhar Kotian in connection with the Rs 5,600 crore now-shuttered commodities spot exchange scam, a senior Economic Offences Wing (EOW) official has said. Kotian was produced before a court on Friday, which remanded him to police custody till January 28, the official said. The agency sought his remand on the ground that they have come across from fresh facts and need to confront with the same. The NSEL scam refers to the payment crisis driven by the physical absence of the commodities against the invested money. As many as 13,000 investors have claimed losses after the trading platform faced a payment crisis, forcing the government to order its shuttering. The crisis broke out on July 31, 2013, when the exchanged failed to honour its commitments to its investors since then the regulator banned promotor Jignesh Shah from running and managi..
                 

28-year-wait for Rajdhani ends, with a dash of misal pav

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It's celebration time for Central Railway as the city gets its third Rajdhani Express after 28 years, and the first on CR. The 22221 Mumbai CSMT-Rajdhani will be flagged off today by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, and is likely to serve our very own local speciality, misal pav. It will be the 24th Rajdhani in the country. Railway officials have maintained that the 15-car train will have a standard menu initially, and introduce local cuisine like Misal Pav etc gradually to give the journey a local flavour. The IRCTC, which takes care of the catering, will be given a formal proposal soon. However, it all depends on passenger feedback. Grand preparations for the train have been on for the last one week with Central Railway teams working overnight to make way for the much-awaited train. "It is a matter of prestige that India's first railway line is finally getting a Rajdhani Express of its own," a senior railway official said. The last Rajdhani introduced from Mumbai was the August ..
                 

Donald Trump-Nancy Pelosi row grounds tour to war zone

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Washington: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday cancelled her plans to travel by commercial plane to visit US troops in Afghanistan, saying President Donald Trump had caused a security risk by talking about the trip. It was the latest twist in what has become a Washington game of brinkmanship between Pelosi and Trump, playing out against the stalled negotiations over how to end the partial government shutdown. Earlier in the week, Pelosi had asked Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address, citing security issues at a time when the Homeland Security Department and other agencies remain unfunded. Trump responded by cancelling the military plane that was to have carried Pelosi and a congressional delegation to Afghanistan on the previously undisclosed troop visit. Trump suggested she travel by commercial plane instead. Trump had belittled the trip as a "public relations event" even though he had just made a similar warzone stop and said it would be best if Pelosi remained in W..
                 

36 Rafale jets purchase instead of 126 pushed price of each by 41.42 pc

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An article published in The Hindu, reveals that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France instead of the 126 that the Indian Air Force had asked for, pushed the price of each fully fitted, combat-ready aircraft up by 41.42 per cent. The major reason behind the increase in price was the National Democratic Alliance government's acceptance of the cost of €1.3 billion for the 'design and development' of 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE), and the distribution of this 'non-recurring cost' over 36 instead of the actual number of 126 bare-bones aircraft. The NDA government refuses to disclose information on the pricing of each of the aircraft, contending that its agreement with France on the 'Exchange and Reciprocal Protection of Classified or Protected Information' stands in the way of such disclosure. The French government, however, has made it clear that this inter-governmental agreement is there only "to protect the classified information p..
                 

Mumbai girl credits orphanage for journey that ended in Poland

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Life-changing! That's how Bhavana Jais's describes her time at Thane's Ma Niketan orphanage. Admitted there by her mother at the age of seven post her father's death, Jais went on to pursue an MBA, join a multi-national company, travel to Poland for work, and find the love of her life there. All this, thanks to the care and education she received at Ma Niketan, the 28-year-old says. "My sisters at Ma Niketan are the most important people in my life. They are the ones who never gave up on me and so many other girls. I owe my existence to them. It is because of Sister Kishori's upbringing that I am the person you see today. To my heritage, my world, and Sister Kishori, my words might fall short in expressing gratitude," said Jais. From Thane to EuropeAfter her schooling at St John's, a confident Jais went to her mother's house as an 18-year-old. She then pursued her graduation in commerce from Mumbai University while working as a receptionist in a company. She saved all that money and ..
                 

Pervert nabbed for sprinkling 'burning' adhesive on women at Andheri

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Close to a month after several women complained of suffering from a strange burn on their legs at the Andheri railway station, the Andheri GRP on Friday morning nabbed the pervert who caused them. The accused has been identified as Ramvir Ramrup Chaudhari, 24, resident of Saki Naka. Chaudhari, a carpenter, sprinkled an adhesive on the women because he enjoyed causing them discomfort. The incidents caused by Chaudhari started in December 2018, and mostly occurred on the bridge connecting Andheri railway station to the Metro station. The first such incidents were reported on December 13, 2018, when two women named Vedangi Laghate and Shradhha Mistry complained to the Andheri GRP about someone sprinkling a chemical on them which not only burnt a small portion of their clothes, but also gave a burning sensation on their skin. The adhesive he splashed on women to watch them suffer Back then, cops had filed a case against unknown person(s) under section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by da..
                 

Let's cheer the Marathoners, Mumbai!

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The sixteenth Mumbai marathon is already upon us. The clock is ticking down to the event on Sunday. Mumbai's runners are at different stages – raring to go, wondering about the finish, butterflies in the stomach, the mind is a maze just two days before the big event they have trained so hard for. The annual January sporting fixture is the city's showcase for spirit and zest that is manifest in the support all along the route. Keep the cheering alive, we have seen a dip since the past years and help the marathon keep its big USP – for the city and by the city – intact. Having said that, by support we do not just mean cheering but also keeping those cheers tasteful and giving a real boost to the marathon runners. Do not pass disgraceful and derogatory comments about runners' physiques or their style of running or if they are struggling en route. Instead, you can help them by being inspirational and encouraging. Only those who have been on the torturous and unforgiving..
                 

'Indrani Mukerjea's son Mikhail was not tortured during treatment'

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A doctor who had treated Indrani Mukerjea's son Mikhail Bora for psychosis told the special CBI court on Thursday that he had not been confined or put under physical restraint, as alleged, during the treatment. Mikhail had earlier told the court, which is conducting the trial in the Sheena Bora murder case, that he had been tortured during the treatment at the behest of his mother Indrani, the main accused. He had alleged that he was put in confinement, given electric shocks and tortured during treatment for psychosis because his mother wanted to prove that he was 'insane'. He also said that he did not take drugs. Dr Yusuf Machiswala, who treated Mikhail at Masina Hospital, said Mikhail was referred to him for 'substance-induced psychosis' in 2006. "To the best of my knowledge, he was abusing tobacco and cannabis," the doctor told Judge J C Jagdale, adding that he was transferred to another hospital after two months. "Indrani (again) called sometime in the month of April 2012 and ..
                 

Shiv Sena hits out at Maharashtra govt over Shivaji memorial delay

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The Shiv Sena on Friday hit out at the BJP-led Maharashtra government over the construction of the Shivaji memorial and asked why it was unsuccessful in putting its stand on the issue before the Supreme Court. This, the Sena said, was despite the fact that the government never failed on other issues like "buying wins" in elections. The Sena said the apex court has once again stopped the construction of the Shivaji memorial, adding that it was happening again and again which raised questions on whether the government was serious about the building of the memorial. The party, an ally in the BJP-led governments in Maharashtra and at the Centre, added that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's statue was successfully constructed on the banks of Narmada in Gujarat without any environmental or technical issues cropping up to stop work. The Sena said while the government made amendments in the Constitution to give 10 per cent quota to economically weaker sections of the general category and solved the..
                 

Autorickshaw driver kills wife after doubting character; hangs self

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A 40-year-old man allegedly killed his wife and later committed suicide by hanging himself in Thane on Thursday. Sunil Sangle, an auto driver, on Wednesday night strangled his wife Archana Sangle (35), to death at their home in Sri Nagar locality and later hanged himself on Thursday afternoon, said police inspector Sulabha Patil. The couple often had fights over domestic issues and apparently the man also suspected his wife’s character, and this may have triggered the murder, police said. According to Hindustan Times, Sunil Sangle was an auto-rickshaw driver and his wife worked as a security guard at an IT park in the city. A probe is underway, the police added. In a similar case, a 38-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing a man suspecting him of having an extra-marital affair with his wife in outer Delhi, police said Saturday. The accused identified as Anil Chaudhary, a resident of Nangloi, used to work in a shoe factory. Other two men, Bakil (38) and Kamrul ..
                 

Mumbai-Vadodara E-way will kill forests the size of 70 football fields

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For commuters between Mumbai and Vadodara, the future looks brighter with reduced travel time thanks to the National Highway Authority of India's (NHAIs) ambitious Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway Project (also called the Eastern Peripheral Expressway). But, the environment will pay a heavy price for this as the project will swallow up 181 hectares of forest between Vasai and Talasari in Maharashtra, equivalent to the size of 70 international football fields. Environmentalists have raised concerns over the rate at which green cover is being sacrificed for infrastructure projects. According to the proposal submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) for an Environment Clearance, a total of 181.6506 hectare forest land along the 78.38 km-long stretch between Talasari and Vasai will have to make way for the eight-lane expressway which is part of the 379-km greenfield expressway between Vadodara and Mumbai under the National Highways Development Project (NH..
                 

Two men sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for raping minor girl

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Odisha: A court has sentenced two men to 20 years of imprisonment for raping a minor girl in 2016. Awarding the jail term to Dhulia Manual and Bikas Majhi on Thursday, Additional District Judge Ajanta Sarangi also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the convicts for raping the 14-year-old girl at Chakarada village. In case of non-payment of the fine amount, the convicts would have to serve an additional three months in jail, the judge said. According to the prosecution, the girl was raped on January 1 and 31, 2016 by the two convicts, following which she had lodged a police complaint. After the completion of the investigation, the police had arrested the convicts. The victim had stated in her complaint that while she was returning home in the evening on January 1, 2016, she was forcibly taken to an isolated place, gagged and raped by Dhulia. Later, on January 31, Dhulia and his friend Bikas had raped her at knife-point in a deserted place. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National,..
                 

Congress MLAs 'under BJP's radar' return to Karnataka

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Ahead of the crucial Congress Legislature Party meeting on  Friday, more party MLAs allegedly under the BJP's radar for desertion returned home, giving the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government hopes of averting a crisis. As Congress stepped up its efforts to quell dissidence, BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa arrived here, asserting his party was not involved in any operation to topple the government. He said his party MLAs were also flying back from Gurugram, where they are staying for the past few days. Slamming the BJP for making "futile attempts" to destabilise his government, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy accused it of keeping the saffron party's MLAs in "confinement" at Gurugram. Grappling with the political turmoil triggered by reports of the BJP luring Congress MLAs to take a fresh shot at government formation, Kumaraswamy rejected its charge that he was trying to poach their lawmakers. Friday's CLP meet is expected to be a show of strength for the Congress, in a count..
                 

5 routes under UDAN scheme to restart from Feb 13 in Maharashtra

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In a boost to low-cost air travel in Maharashtra, five routes under the Centre's UDAN scheme, which were discontinued some time back, will resume on February 13. According to a government official, Mumbai-Nashik, Mumbai-Jalgaon, Mumbai-Kolhapur, Mumbai-Solapur and Nashik-Pune air services will commence again, adding that these routes have been allotted to two airline companies SpiceJet and TruJet (Turbo Mega). "After the UDAN scheme started, these routes were allotted to Air Deccan airline company. However, several complaints were received about the company violating norms. Despite issuing a notice, it could not normalise services. Hence, its services were scrapped and it was decided to appoint new airline companies on these routes," the official said. In addition to this, two new routes Nashik-Prayagraj and Nashik-Hindon are also expected to start soon, he added. Under the 'Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik' (UDAN) scheme, nine airports in the state Nashik, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Solapur, Nanded,..
                 

Villagers protests at NH7: PWD officer says not our problem

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While the demolition of Narayan Rane's bungalow on the Mumbai-Goa NH17 around September last year assured locals of a just and fair system, the feeling was short-lived. Many villagers still struggle to get their land re-measured from PWD officials after receiving much lower or no compensation against their properties across the highway. A letter regarding re-evaluation was sent by the deputy collector to the PWD but a senior PWD officer earlier this week said that his juniors weren't following his orders. "If the juniors are not doing their work properly, then that is not our problem," the PWD officer told villagers. The PWD officials had also created issues during the measurements in Tara village near Panvel on the NH17. The deputy collector had issued orders for revaluation of properties in Tara village twice. But no action has been taken. PWD officials had initially taken three different measurements of the same house, revealed an RTI query filed in the case. Project-affected Na..
                 

IIT-B students take protest for stipend hike outside campus

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Research students from the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay (IIT-B), took their protest for fellowship stipend hikes outside the institute's Powai campus on Thursday. Around 700 candidates participated in the rally that began from Hostel 12 and ended in a human chain on the pavement outside with a candle march. These students also showed their support to the nationwide movement by research candidates seeking 80 per cent hike in fellowships. The stipend for these students, which has remained the same for the past four years, was expected to be revised in December 2018. However, neither was there a revision, nor a discussion with students' bodies demanding the hike. Students have already got thousands of signatures in support, following which a draft letter of demands has been sent to the Central government. After the first rally in the first half of December followed by protests with black bands, etc, research candidates decided to take their protest outside the campus to garne..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

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Desi-Aussie jugalbandiWhat do you get when a desi chef and an Aussie politician jam in a culinary space? A spicy jugalbandi, we think. Well, something similar took place when chef Vicky Ratnani whipped up a series of Aussie-inspired dishes using Indian cooking techniques at a session yesterday. Mark Coulton, Australian minister of trade, tourism and investment was in rapt attention as the chef created fusion dishes like Aussie laal maas chops with grilled haolumi cheese and Mumbai winter salad with cumin honey dressing. "The event was all about seasonality," the chef told this diarist, as he served the delish spread to bloggers and media in an Aussie- style setting. Foodie talk in Zaveri BazaarA vegetarian food walk in a bejwelled area of the city. Sounds appealing? It all started when food blogger Romi Purkayastha's friend from the jewellery industry took her to the food market in the heart of the jewellery market. She was bowled over by the spicy Banarasi moong dal kachori, made by..
                 

Don't stack your notes yet, Maharashtra state in no mood to dance

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While the Supreme Court's verdict easing stringent restrictions on dance bars came as a relief to many on Thursday, dance bar owners and performers should be ready to face several hurdles back home, as the state government is mulling on delaying licensing and stalling re-launching the enterprise first banned in 2005. While the state government said it was in the process of studying the apex court's order, top officials said they had been instructed to find ways to make things difficult for prospective bar operators or those who held such licences before the ban came into existence. Till the time new restrictions are not in place, the licensing authority — the police department — may always delay approvals by raising a question or two, as it had been doing in the past. Reacting to the order, Nishant Katneshwarkar, state government's advocate, said, "Our main intention was to protect the bar girls and that has been upheld by the court. We will give licences to whoever com..
                 

Beware! Wasting water may invite penalty, says BMC chief Ajoy Mehta

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Just months after the monsoon, Mumbai is already facing a 10 per cent water cut and things are only going to get worse as the summer heat sets in. However, citizens have no one to blame but themselves. The problem, says civic chief Ajoy Mehta, is massive wastage of potable water. "If this continues, a rule to punish those misusing water can be considered," said Mehta, hinting that a water penalty may be in the pipeline. The water crisis is not the only matter in which citizens need to step up, Ajoy Mehta told mid-day. Mumbaikars have a key role to play in yet another major challenge facing the city — freeing footpaths of hawkers. The 1984-batch IAS officer said the problem will continue to haunt the city unless the public shows acceptance for the relocation of vendors to residential neighbourhoods. Excerpts from the interview: Despite a good monsoon, why has a 10 per cent water cut been implemented?The 10 per cent water cut was implemented based on scientific calculations and ..
                 

City must do something about revenge crimes

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Two traffic police officers including a woman police constable (WPC) of the Mahim division were assaulted by a taxi driver and five of his supporters near Paradise cinema recently. The cabbie got into a heated argument with the constable after he was pulled up for a violation. While this seems to be an unfortunate though common enough appearance, what followed was disturbing and extremely grave as it follows a pattern we are seeing in the city, more and more frequently. The cabbie returned with five friends and then started assaulting the constable. A woman constable who rushed to help her colleague was assaulted and molested. We see that those who violate the law or are pulled up for some reason, now tend to return to the spot with a gang in tow and assault those that have dared to confront them. Often, this has resulted in deaths. That is how serious this pattern has become. These 'supporters' who mindlessly follow their friends for 'revenge' need to think before doing so, as they..
                 

Belarus model in Thai sex case being deported: police

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Thai officials say they are deporting a Belarusian model who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian involvement in helping elect Donald Trump president. The woman along with several others pleaded guilty this week in a case related to holding a sex training seminar in Thailand. Thailand's immigration police chief said the group would board a plane to take them out of Thailand around noon Thursday. Veshukevich and seven co-defendants were charged with soliciting and conspiracy and were given suspended 18-month prison terms. The group had said that they were conducting a class on sexual relationships. While in custody, Veshukevich claimed to have recordings of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska talking about interference in the 2016 U.S. election, but never released them. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndica..
                 

Jammu-Delhi Duronto Express passengers robbed at knifepoint

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Passengers on board the Jammu-Delhi Duronto Express were robbed at knifepoint on Thursday by armed men, officials said. The matter came to light after a passenger filed a complaint through the railways' complaints portal. In the complaint, Ashwani Kumar claimed that passengers of B3 and B7 coaches of the train 12266 were targeted by the armed men when it neared the Delhi Sarai Rohilla station. A Northern Railways official said the RPF has some lead in the matter and action will be taken against the culprits. "The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has initial leads in the matter. The culprits will be nabbed soon and stern action will be taken against them," a Northern Railway spokesperson said. "As train number 12266, which stops only at its source and destination stations, was approaching the Delhi station, stopped at around 3:30 am awaiting signal, seven to 10 miscreants entered coaches B3 and B7 of the train," Kumar said. He claimed that the robbers, who were carrying sharp-edged knive..
                 

Mumbai: Supreme Court allows dance bars to re-open

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In a significant development, the Supreme Court on Thursday gave a go-ahead to the re-opening of dance bars in Mumbai, stating that there cannot be a total prohibition on dance bars in India's commerce capital. Noting that no license has been granted by the Maharashtra government since 2005, the Supreme Court reiterated that there may be some regulations but that should not amount to a total prohibition. The apex court also relaxed the stringent conditions set by the state government for getting a license for running dance bars but upheld the time of five and a half hours for dance performances. In its verdict, the apex court also set aside the conditions of the state government of putting up CCTV cameras in bars and giving licenses to the people of good character terming these as vague. Allowing orchestra and tips, the apex court, however, stated that showering of cash and coins is not allowed inside the bars. Quashing the rule that segregates the dancing stage from the bar area ..
                 

Sushma Swaraj: Indian diaspora changed world's perception of Indians

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday that diaspora community has changed the world's perception about Indians. "They have kindled a new wave of appreciation for this land which has produced and exported so many achievers. The benchmarks for success, which the Pravasi community has set, is a motivation for us in India," Swaraj said while speaking at the inauguration of Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas. The minister said people of Indian origin are currently heading different large multi-national corporations, heads of states and governments across the globe, raising India's global profile. "Today, many of the multi-national corporations are headed by young Indian origin CEOs. Whether it is Sundar Pichai of Google, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Ajay Banga of Mastercard, or Geeta Gopinath of IMF - it is indisputable that Indians are leading the world today," she noted. Swaraj also pointed that while the Indian diaspora started migrating centuries ago, it is the ..
                 

Anna Hazare: Rafale would not have happened if Lokpal was implemented

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New Delhi: A scam like Rafale would not have happened if Lokpal Bill was implemented, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare said on Monday while announcing his indefinite hunger strike from January 30 demanding setting up of Lokpal and Lokayuktas, farm loan waiver and one-time pension for farmers. Hazare said he didn't understand how a company which was formed in March was given the contract in April "without any prior experience". "I have some papers on Rafale and I will study them and address the issue again," he said while addressing the media. Hazare also announced that he will be going on "fast until death" from January 30 in his village Ralegan Siddhi to demand the setting up of Lokpal and Lokayukta. He said that the Narendra Modi government was ignoring the decisions of the constitutional bodies on the Lokpal Bill and trying to take the country towards "dictatorship". "To run the country on democratic principles, Parliament has been set up as a constitutional body. Lok Sabha ..
                 

Punjab Minister invites Arvind Kejriwal for debt waiver function

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Chandigarh: Congress leader and Punjab cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Monday invited Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for a debt waiver function of the Punjab government to be held in Bathinda and Anandpur Sahib this week. Reacting to Kejriwal's criticism of the Congress government in Punjab over the debt waiver scheme for farmers, Randhawa urged the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), supremo, see for himself the debt waiver scheme. The debt waiver functions in Bathinda and Anandpur Sahib are to be held on January 23 and 24. "With the Lok Sabha elections around the corner, Kejriwal has suddenly developed love for Punjab," Randhawa said. "The Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government has unveiled a debt waiver scheme for the farmers of the state in order to extricate them out of the present agricultural crisis," the Minister said. He said that Kejriwal should first make his stand clear on the river water issue of Punjab. Randhawa said the Punjab government had, t..
                 

Dance teacher held for sexually abusing minors, showing obscene videos

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A dancer teacher based in Pune was arrested by the officials of Hadapsar police for alleging touching minor girls inappropriately and showing them obscene videos. The teacher was arrested from Hadapsar after a 13-year-old girl from Hadapsar, along with the help from a non-governmental organisation (NGO) lodged a case of molestation against the accused of allegedly touching her and her friend inappropriately during the dance practice sessions.Officials from Hadapsar police arrested the dance teacher and booked the accused under relevant sections of molestation and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. According to the Hadapsar police officials, the minor girl narrated the ordeal to her mother, who in turn approached an NGO to lodge a complaint at Hadapsar police station, as reported by Hindustan Times.The police official further added that the dance teacher would show obscene videos to the girls and touch them inappropriately during dance practice ..
                 

43-year-old assistant sub-inspector kills wife over a domestic dispute

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Ambala: A 43-year-old assistant sub-inspector of police allegedly shot his wife before killing himself with his service revolver over a "domestic dispute" on Monday, police said. The deceased were identified as Gurdeep Singh and his wife Surender Kaur, 38, police said. The couple, along with their children, was living in village Nasrauli. The children had gone to school when the incident occurred, Superintendent of Police Astha Modi said. Gurdeep, an assistant sub-inspector, first shot dead his wife and then immediately killed himself with his service revolver, the SP said.  The ASI was posted in Panchkula police line and had come to his native village this Monday. Police said the exact cause behind the incident could not be ascertained so far but it could be due to a domestic dispute. The SP said no suicide note was recovered from the spot and investigation was on. In a similar incident, a man committed suicide after allegedly killing his wife in front of his son at the fa..
                 

33-year-old arrested for involvement in trafficking Nepalese girls

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New Delhi: A 33-year-old man, carrying a cash reward of Rs one lakh on his head, was arrested for allegedly involving in trafficking Nepalese girls to the Gulf countries on the pretext of giving them jobs, police said Sunday. The accused, identified as Lopsang Lama, resided at Wazirabad and hails from Okhal Doonga district in east Nepal, they said. According to police, Lama was involved in trafficking of Nepalese girls. On July 25 last year, a team of Delhi Commission for Women rescued 16 Nepalese girls from a house in Munirka village. A case was registered at Vasant Vihar police station in this regard. Investigation revealed that the rescued girls were confined in a rented house of Lama and his associates for about 20-22 days, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) said. They were planning to send these girls to the Gulf countries through illegal means on the pretext of giving them various job offers. Lama had also taken their passports and other documents..
                 

4 killed in an accident when SUV collided with a truck in Odisha

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Kendrapara: At least four persons were killed and as many injured on Monday when a sports utility vehicle (SUV) carrying them collided head-on with a truck in Kendrapara district, police said. The accident happened near Kattia Chowk on the Cuttack-Chandaballi State Highway due to low visibility caused by dense fog, the police said. The passengers of the SUV were travelling to Cuttack railway station from Kendrapara town to catch train to Mumbai, a police officer said. While three of them died on the spot, another passenger died at Nishintakoili Community Health Centre, the police officer said. Four others, all of them seriously injured, were shifted to S C B Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack, the police officer said. In a similar incident, four people lost their lives while five others were injured in a road accident at Guntur Laalur National Highway after a car hit a lorry. Police said that the victims we..
                 

Rajnath Singh: BJP will win Lok Sabha election battle

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Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh): Asserting that the BJP is going to retain power in 2019, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the coming Lok Sabha election is not a challenge to the ruling party. Attacking the opposition rally organised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Minister said the attempt to form a 'mahagatbandhan' showed how much the other parties feared the Bharatiya Janata Party. "The coming Lok Sabha election is not a challenge for us. We are going to form the next government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. People of the country are with us," Singh said after laying the foundation stone of a Kendriya Vidyalaya at a CISF camp. Asked about fugitive jeweler Mehul Choksi surrendering his Indian passport, the Minister said: "He will be brought to India for sure. No one will be spared." Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the l..
                 

Mumbai: Byculla zoo wants a lion but has no giraffe to give in return

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Want to see lions in the Byculla zoo again? You can't as they don't have giraffes. Confused? Well, that's what the Junagarh zoo authorities have asked Byculla zoo officials for in exchange for a pair of lions. Zoos across the country follow the barter system where they offer animals they have in surplus, in exchange for animals they want. Byculla zoo has very few animals and birds in surplus, but these no other zoo wants. The Veermata Jijabai Udyan, or Byculla zoo's attempt to procure lions rests on its ability to exchange surplus animals for them. As part of the Byculla zoo's expansion plan, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been in talks with various zoos to transfer animals like jackals, civet cats, otters, hyenas, sloths and leopards. It has approached zoos in Ahmedabad, Kanpur and even the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Want lions? Give giraffesWhile attempting to bring lions to the Byculla zoo, senior civic officials said that officials of the Sakkarbaug Zoological..