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SC to hear wife's plea against husband forcing her to perform unnatural sex

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The Supreme Court has agreed a plea filed by a woman accusing her husband of forcing her to perform "unnatural" oral sex during their four years of marriage. A bench of Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice M.M. Shantanagoudar issued notice to the husband and sought his response while hearing woman's plea who also alleged that her husband even filmed all of their encounters without her consent. Accusing her husband of forcing her to perform oral sex on him, the wife this was nothing but "sex against the order of nature", which has been categorised as an offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. According to the plea, the woman had married the man, a doctor by profession, in Gujarat's Sabarkanta in 2014 after being engaged to him in 2002 when she was just 15 years old, and he frequently forced her to indulge in oral sex against her wishes and "was incapable of comprehending her objection". The petition further stated that the husband also persuaded his wife to record their encou..
                 

Pakistani terrorist shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district

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A Pakistani militant belonging to terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed by the security forces in an encounter today in the Handwara area of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. A foreign militant, belonging to the LeT, was killed in the encounter at Batpora in Handwara in north Kashmir, a police official said. The body of the Pakistani militant was recovered from the encounter site along with a weapon and other incriminating material, he said. More details about the identity of the slain militant are being ascertained, the official said. Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in the area following inputs about the presence of militants. The operation turned into a gun-battle after the militants fired upon a search party, which retaliated. The firing has stopped, but the search operation was still going, the official said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Andro..
                 

Haryana Chief Minister Khattar sanctions Rs 9 crore under Road Safety Fund

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has sanctioned Rs 9 crore under the Road Safety Fund for procurement of state-of-the-art equipment and vehicles to prevent fatalities in road accidents, check drunken driving and overspeeding, and upgrading the e-challan system. As many as 61 alco-sensors, 402 e-challan machines, 12 each of interceptor vehicles, small and big cranes would be procured with the funds.This will help in strengthening the police machinery as well as check and bring the habitual traffic violators to books, Director General of Police B S Sandhu said here today. In addition to these, reflective jackets and angles, face masks, bar lights, large and effective barricades and traffic helmets would be purchased and traffic awareness seminars and workshops organised in the districts, he said."At present, 248 alco-sensors are available with the police to deal with drunken drivers. Now, 61 more would be procured," Sandhu added. The DGP said 402 e-challan machines would acc..
                 

Five school students killed, four injured in Odisha road accident

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In a tragic incident, at least five school students were killed and four others suffered critical injuries after being run over by a speeding truck on a national highway in Odisha's Bhadrak district on Thursday. The incident occurred on NH-16 at Ranitela near Rahanja of Bhadrak district when the children were returning from school. Bhadrak District Collector Gyana Ranjan Das said that while four students died on the spot, one succumbed in the hospital. The three injured students have been admitted in the district headquarters hospital, while one student, who has received multiple injuries, has been sent to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, said A. Rashid, Chief Medical Officer of the district. The children were students of Class IX of a Ranitela high school. Locals said the accident occurred due to the rash driving by the 10-wheeler truck driver. The driver and the helper of the truck are absconding since the accident. Enraged over the incident, the locals set fire to th..
                 

Change made in subtitle of 'Sacred Games', Netflix tells Delhi High Court

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Netflix company on Thursday informed the Delhi High Court that a change had been incorporated in the English subtitle in the "Sacred Games" web series to remedy an alleged insult to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. 'Sacred Games' contains a scene in the fourth episode in which lead actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is seen abusing Rajiv Gandhi and calling him 'fattu' (p*** as translated in the subtitle of the show). "Now, we are using word 'whim' as the English translation of Hindi word 'fattu'," the over-the-top media services provider's counsel told a bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Chander Shekhar. As to the bench's query about the meaning of 'fattu', the counsel said it means 'coward'. The court questioned whether they have correctly translated the word in the subtitle and asked Netflix to examine such parts in the web series. However, the court said that it did not want to curtail the freedom of speech and expression. "Criticism or even expression of dissatisfaction is..
                 

IITs to jointly scout for faculty, says Prakash Javadekar

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The IITs have been asked to collectively bargain for faculty hiring from Indians abroad to abridge the teachers' shortage, Parliament was told on Thursday. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha on what the government is doing to overcome shortage of faculty, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedekar said that his ministry has asked the IITs to issue rolling advertisements and scout for best faculty from world over. "... our students are best students in the world and real problem is the faculty crunch... Therefore what we have decided and taken action is... all IITs and central Institutes, we have asked that we should scout all over the world for good faculties, with rolling advertisements, continuous invitations for those people who want to come into teaching profession.. they should be encouraged. "Now there'll be IIT Council meeting next month. So what we are doing is, all IITs will jointly go for a common bargaining through a collective effort, and bring good fac..
                 

BJP protecting corrupt Delhi Chief Secretary, says AAP

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Delhi's ruling AAP on Thursday accused the BJP of protecting the Chief Secretary - accused of taking bribes from corrupt officials - and demanded a CBI probe into the matter. Citing Dr Avinash Kumar of Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital who had accused Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and four of his predecessors of taking bribes of Rs 10 lakh per annum to protect the corrupt, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh told media here that this incident sends a clear message to people of Delhi "that the BJP is protecting the Chief Secretary" and is "standing with the corrupt". "Instead of taking strict action against the corrupt, you are taking action against the complainant. This means you have some benefit out of it," he said. Senior AAP leader Dilip K Pandey also said the way BJP is protecting the corrupt only means that the party "is getting their fair share out of it." "It is natural to assume that the Chief Secretary took the money and if not, then he should come forward and tell why he has been sitt..
                 

TDP seeks Arvind Kejriwal's support against Narendra Modi government

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A delegation of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders on Thursday sought support from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to the no-confidence motion against the Modi government tabled by them in the Lok Sabha. Led by TDP Parliamentary Party leader Y.S. Chowdary, state Ministers T.G. Venkatesh, K. Narayana and Narasimha Rao met Kejriwal to seek the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) support in both houses of Parliament against the Modi government. The team handed over a letter from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to Kejriwal along with a booklet which centres around the denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Chowdary told the media that Kejriwal agreed with the TDP's views and termed their problems as genuine. "Today (Thursday) we met Kejriwal and discussed the problems faced by Andhra Pradesh caused by the Centre due to its delay in implementation of its promises made in Parliament. "The Chief Minister agreed ... and described..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Mystery woman's murder investigation goes south

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Ever since a woman's corpse washed ashore at Cuffe Parade in 2016, the police's investigation has only gone south. Now, the cops are headed in the same direction, suspecting that the woman may be from South India. Going by a photo they had found on the body, the police are now matching DNA samples with missing complaints for women in south and east India who disappeared between October and November 2016. mid-day had reported on the case after the body was discovered on November 2, 2016, around 2 km behind INHS Ashvini in Colaba. At the time, the police had only three clues to work with — a bed sheet stamped with 'GL', in which the body had been wrapped; a torn picture of a woman on the forehead of the victim; and a beaded bracelet on her person. Failed attemptsAt first, the police suspected the white bed sheet was from a hotel or lodge, but couldn't find any that used such sheets. The cops also questioned bedding traders but got no answers. The police also reconstructed the fac..
                 

17-year-old student beaten to death in school compound in Delhi

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A 17-year-old student of a government school in New Delhi died after he was allegedly beaten up by a group of students in the school compound, police said on Thursday. The incident occurred on Wednesday following a scuffle at Jyoti Nagar's S.K.V school. When the policemen reached the spot, they found Gaurav, a student of Class 10, lying badly injured, said a police officer. "His brother Gobinda brought him to GTB Hospital. The doctors declared him brought dead. "Gaurav was staying with his parents in Babarpur. He had gone to meet his class teacher," the officer added. "A murder case has been registered. Some students are being questioned. The cause of death will be ascertained after an autopsy," he said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the change in the headline, the story has..
                 

Goa Minister wants molestation accusation in temple probed

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Goa Minister Govind Gaude and another BJP MLA on Thursday welcomed a formal probe into two complaints of alleged molestation filed with the Shree Mangueshi temple committee, accusing a priest of inappropriate behaviour. "I want an enquiry about that," the Art and Culture Minister told reporters outside the Goa Assembly complex, adding that he was also conducting enquiries about the incident on his own. "I have not asked temple (authorities). But I have information from reliable sources because it is my constituency. I just want to know what temple people are saying and what residents of the area are saying," Gaude said. Two young women, including a student of medicine studying in the US, have accused a temple priest of the popular Mangeshi temple of alleged molestation. Both complaints were submitted to the temple committee in June. "He (priest) came to the locker area (outside the sanctum) and on the pretext of asking me to take 'pradakshina', he beckoned me to come near and put h..
                 

Revealed! Why Khar subway turns into a drain every monsoon

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You can't drive through Khar subway in the monsoon without being greeted by the disgusting sight of dirty brown water flooding the underpass. What's even more revolting is that this isn't rainwater, but actually the discharge from storm water drains along the railway tracks. The water runs through the filthy gutters and then cascades down on unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians in the subway. If you've ever wondered why the Khar Subway is always flooded even after the lightest shower, this is probably why. It was Khar resident and activist Zoru Bhathena who first observed the problem. "On the day of the bridge collapse in Andheri, I walked along the railway tracks from Khar Road to Santacruz station. It was raining lightly, but I was shocked to see that all the water from the tracks was directly discharged into Khar Subway," Bhathena recalled. "This water from the railway tracks is the main contributor to flooding in the subway. The force of the water is such that no pedestrian can..
                 

Rs 5 lakh given to prisons dept as 'secret service fund', says Devendra Fadnavis

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The Maharashtra government has provided Rs 5 lakh as 'secret service fund' to the prisons department to improve intelligence gathering in jails, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has informed the state Legislative Council here. Of the total funds, Rs 85,000 have been used so far, he added. In a written reply, Fadnavis told the Upper House yesterday that the government allocated Rs 5 lakh in the 2018-19 budget. He was replying to a query by Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe, who sought to know the total amount of funds and how they have been used. In his reply, Fadnavis said funds have been made available for purposes like gathering information on whether any prohibited substances were being secretly brought into the jail and used. The funds are also meant for gathering information about the possible escape attempts by prisoners, conspiracies to stoke violence or attack on other prisoners, he said. The chief minister added that the money would also be used for information on those convicts, ..
                 

Army Jawan killed after being run over by a train

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An Army personnel was killed after being run over by a train here this morning, police said. Pramod Yadukalan (34), a resident of Kerala, was posted at 26 Maratha in New Delhi. He was on an official visit here. The accident occurred when he was boarding a train to Delhi, the police said. The body was handed over to the officials of the Maratha regiment here after post-mortem, the police said, adding a case was lodged in this connection. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

14 killed and 17 injured as bus falls into a gorge in Uttarakhand

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Fourteen people were killed and 17 injured when the state-run bus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge around 15 km from Chamba town in Tehri district this morning, a senior official said. The accident occurred near Kirgani on Rishikesh-Chamba-Gangotri highway around 8 am when the Uttarakhand Roadways bus plunged into a 250-metre deep gorge, Tehri District Magistrate Sonika said. Fourteen people were killed and 17 injured, she said. Six of the injured were flown in a chopper for treatment at AIIMS, Rishikesh, while the rest were being treated at Tehri district hospital and Masiha hospital in Chamba, she said. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at the loss of lives in the accident and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those injured. Police and SDRF teams were conducting rescue operations, the district magistrate said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also do..
                 

Jawan of Assam rifles injured in IED blast in Imphal

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A jawan of the Assam Rifles was injured in an IED blast in Manipur's Chandel district today, police said. The incident occurred around 6 am under Molcham police station area, about three kilometer inside Manipur territory of the Indo-Myanmar border. According to Superintendent of Police Angam Kamei, one rifleman of the 29 Assam Rifles suffered splinter injuries when a powerful improvised explosive device (IED), suspected to have been planted by militants, exploded while a foot patrol party was moving in the thick forest area. The jawans retaliated with firing, but the militants managed to escape.The injured jawan, Appu Barma, was air-lifted from the spot in a military chopper, the police said, adding a combing operation was launched in the area to nab the militants. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, age..
                 

Railway introduces new facility: Book unreserved tickets on mobile

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The Delhi division of the Northern Railways on Wednesday introduced a facility to make the bookings of unreserved tickets through mobile from every railway station of Delhi NCR. More than 200 railway stations of the Delhi Division will be covered through this facility. The facility requires the passenger to download a mobile application 'UTS on Mobile' and register with their mobile number. The application would further provide them with a railways Wallet, which would enable them to make digital payments through net banking. Divisional Railway Manager, RN Singh said that the application would be highly useful and hassle-free for the passengers. "Railway ticket booking mobile App is highly useful for the passengers as the ticket can be booked quickly without standing in the queue through cashless transaction. Additionally, the passenger also gets five percent bonus on each recharge and for assistance/detailed information, they can visit the website," said the Delhi DRM. The tick..
                 

Russia no longer targeting US elections, says Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he did not believe that Russia was still targeting US elections, contradicting the opinion of his director of national intelligence. Speaking to reporters during a Cabinet meeting, Trump said that there has "never been a president as tough on Russia" as himself, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin "knows that better than anybody," Xinhua reported. Asked whether he believed Russia was still trying to interfere in US elections, Trump responded: "No." Trump's comment contradicts the assessment of several US intelligence agencies, as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reiterated Monday that Russia had attempted to interfere in the 2016 US elections and that it was carrying out "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy." Many US lawmakers have expressed concern that Russia may attempt to interfere in November's midterm elections. Trump said that his administration was "doing very well" in its efforts to confront ..
                 

Cabinet hikes sugarcane prices to Rs 275 per quintal

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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday announced Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane at Rs 275 per quintal. In an official statement, the Centre said the price hike will ensure that farmers avail a return of more than 50 percent over their cost. 'This FRP Rs. 275 per quintal at a recovery rate of 10 percent is higher by 77.42 percent over production cost thereby ensuring the promise of giving the farmers a return of more than 50 percent over their cost,' read the statement. The cost of production of sugarcane, the government said, is Rs 155 per quintal. The statement also said that the government is pro-farmers and will ensure that farmers get their dues in time. 'The Government through its pro-farmer measures will ensure that sugarcane farmers get their dues in time. Keeping the expected production of sugarcane in the sugar season 2018-19 the total remittance to the sugarcane farmers will be more than Rs. 83,000 crore,' it said. The FRP would be applicable for the purchase of s..
                 

Thai cave rescue: Being found was a miracle, say boys

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Twelve boys and their football coach who survived a highly dangerous and dramatic rescue from a flooded Thai cave spoke publicly of their incredible ordeal for the first time yesterday at a press conference that was beamed around the world. The "Wild Boars" team members looked healthy and happy as they answered questions about the nine days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team. "It is a miracle," Wild Boars footballer Adul Sam-on, 14, said of the rescue, as the boys were gently quizzed about their terrifying experience. The team had no food at all until they were found deep in the complex, surviving only on water that dripped down the side of the cave. But doctors said all 13 were in good physical and mental health after recuperating in hospital. Elon Musk says sorry for 'pedo' slurElon Musk has apologised for calling a British diver a "pedo", retracting a comment that had drawn outrage. "[H]is actions against me do not justify my..
                 

MGM Resorts sues victims of Las Vegas massacre

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MGM Resorts, owner of the Las Vegas hotel that was the scene of the worst mass shooting in modern US history, has sued victims of the massacre, triggering howls of protest. The suit does not seek money, but rather aims to force around 1,000 people suing MGM over the October shooting rampage that left 58 dead at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, to drop their suits on grounds that MGM Resorts is not liable. The group filed suit on Friday in Nevada and in federal court in Los Angeles. In the October 1 shooting, a man named Stephen Paddock rained bullets over a music festival from the 32nd floor of the hotel with powerful rifles. Paddock, 64, killed himself in the room as police moved in. Some 2,500 people, some of them survivors of the attack and others relatives of people killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, are suing MGM or have threatened to, MGM says in its filing. The group wants these suits accusing it of negligence dropped. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Inte..
                 

Mumbai: Bandra West residents irate over illegal dumping of debris

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Despite months of protests by citizens of Bandra (West), there has been no change in the filthy condition of the open space between Rangsharda Auditorium and IES Educational Institution. Angry residents had been protesting outside the office of MHADA (Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority) after the huge open space started being used as a dumping ground. Residents said MHADA has not taken any steps to clear the ground, locally knows as MHADA Ground, which constantly sees illegal dumping of debris, garbage and encroachment. On Wednesday, a resident, R K Verma, shared some photographs of the filthy ground on social media showing debris being dumped, vehicles parked and encroachment. His tweet read: "Appalling condition of MHADA Ground at Bandra Reclamation. Open space shrinking with debris and filth." In the last week of May, a group of citizens along with local MLA Ashish Shelar held a huge dharna outside the MHADA office in Bandra (East). Residents had demanded immediate..
                 

SC: When men can enter Sabarimala, even women can

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday said women have the constitutional right to enter Sabarimala temple in Kerala and pray like men without being discriminated against. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which is hearing a petition challenging the decision of the Devaswom board banning entry of women of age group 10-50 years, said even if there was no law, the women cannot be discriminated against with regard to offering prayer in a temple. "When a man can enter, a woman can also go. What applies to a man, applies to a woman also," the bench also comprising justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra observed. "The right to enter a temple is not dependent on a legislation. It is the constitutional right," the bench said. The top court was informed by the Kerala government that it also supported the entry of women of all age groups in the temple. The bench then referred to the contrary affidavits of the Kerala government, which ..
                 

Mumbai: Elphinstone station renamed Prabhadevi at inaugural event

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Donald Trump offers fresh defence of summit with Vladimir Putin

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US President Donald Trump, a day after trying to do damage control, offered a fresh defence on Wednesday of his summit with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, by saying that his widely panned news conference was appreciated by "many people at the higher ends of intelligence". In morning tweets, Trump condemned "haters" who did not want him getting along with Putin, saying they suffered from "Trump Derangement Syndrome". On Tuesday, the US leader sought to tamp down a global uproar over his warm embrace of Putin at Monday's summit in Helsinki, delivering a statement at the White House in which he said he accepts the US intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election. During his press conference with the Russian leader, Trump had appeared to support him rather than his own intelligence services over claims of election meddling by Moscow. Early Wednesday, Trump was back to touting a meeting that he said would lead to "big results" and "many posit..
                 

6 held for 'sexually assaulting' Russian tourist in Tamil Nadu

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Six people have been detained for allegedly sexually assaulting a 21-year-old Russian woman who is here on a tour, police said today. The woman was found unconscious in a service apartment on Monday and was taken to a hospital by one of the six men who are being questioned. On examination, the doctors found injuries on her body, including bite marks, and alerted police, they said. Police suspect that the foreign national lost consciousness under the influence of some drug, the nature of which was not known immediately. The woman, who is here for about a week, has regained consciousness and investigation is underway, the police added. Tiruvannamalai is a popular temple town in the state about 190 km from Chennai. The incident comes against the backdrop of the alleged rape of an 11-year-old hearing-impaired girl by 17 people over the past seven months in her apartment complex in Chennai. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download th..
                 

Cancel Lalu Parasad Yadav's provisional bail, demands Sushil Kumar Modi

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Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday demanded the cancellation of the provisional bail granted by the Jharkhand High Court to RJD chief Lalu Prasad for "violating the bail's terms and conditions". Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader, claimed that the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader was granted bail on medical grounds and was categorically directed to keep away from political activities. He claimed that the former Chief Minister last week met senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot when the latter called on him to enquire after his health, adding that Lalu Prasad also met three lawmakers on Tuesday here. "In both meetings, Lalu Prasad must have discussed politics in violation of his bail conditions." The 70-year-old former Bihar Chief Minister on Sunday returned to Patna after spending 21 days at a Mumbai hospital, where he underwent a surgery and got treated for a dozen-odd ailments. On May 11, the Jharkhand High Court had granted Lalu Prasad six-week provisional ..
                 

IRCTC to set up new kitchens and upgrade existing ones

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In order to upgrade quality of food served on trains, the IRCTC is to set up new kitchens and upgrade existing ones, parliament was told on Wednesday. "The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has been mandated to carry out the unbundling by creating a distinction primarily between food preparation and food distribution on trains. In order to upgrade quality of food preparation, IRCTC is to set up new kitchens and upgrade existing ones," Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain told the Lok Sabha in a written reply. He said that the new policy which was floated on February 27 last year mandates the zonal railways to hand over the kitchens managed by them to IRCTC. "Food Plaza, fast food units and food court will continue to be managed by IRCTC. At present, IRCTC has taken over almost all units in phased manner," he said. He also said that the procedure laid down for allotment of contracts for running various stalls at railway platforms have also been s..
                 

Books get destroyed as fire breaks out in a school room

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A fire broke out in a room of a private school in the district where old books were stored, police said today. The students were evacuated as soon as the blaze was noticed, they said. Police said the fire was caused by short circuit. Fire service personnel extinguished the blaze. The books were destroyed in the fire, they added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

No night-time metro construction in SoBo: Bombay High Court to MMRCL

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The Bombay High Court today said it was not inclined to allow the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRCL) to carry out construction for the Metro-III line in south Mumbai's Cuffe Parade area at night, until theMaharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) submits a report on noise pollution. The HC directed the MPCB to record ambient noise levels in the area both during day and night, and submit a report on August 2. "Till the report is submitted, we propose to continue the previous order prohibiting MMRCL from carrying out work at night," a division bench of Justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla said. The court was hearing an application by MMRCL seeking modification of the prohibition order, passed when local residents complained of noise pollution. MMRCL and the contractor Larsen & Toubro had claimed that the ambient noise level at Cuffe Parade was 80 decibels during the day, and 61 at night. "The Metro work will only exceed ten decibels above the already existing noise levels," L&a..
                 

AgustaWestland Scam: ED names former IAF chief among 34 in the chargesheet

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday filed a chargesheet in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal against 34 individuals and foreign and Indian companies including former IAF chief S.P. Tyagi, his two cousins, advocate Gautam Khaitan and Italians Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke. While filing the chargesheet under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the ED informed the magistrate that money was laundered through "multiple foreign companies". The court was told that "foreign companies were used as fronts to park alleged kickbacks". The ED chargesheet named the former IAF chief's cousins Sanjeev Tyagi and Rajiv Tyagi along with Bruno Spagnolini, former CEO of AgustaWestland, and Giuseppe Orsi, the former chief of Italian defence and aerospace major Finmeccanica. Others named in the chargesheet are Rajeev Saxena, Director of Dubia-based firm Matrix Holdings, his wife Shivani Saxena and advocate Gautam Khaitan's wife Ritu Khaitan. The chargesheet also names so..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Two held for rape and murder of seven-year-old boy

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Dombivli's Manpada police have arrested two men for allegedly luring a seven-year-old boy and then killing him. Police said one of them gave him a sleeping tablet, raped him, and the other accused helped throw him in a water tank. A case had been lodged with the Manpada police station and after the boy's viscera reports confirmed he was drugged, forced to drink alcohol and then sodomised, the police started searching for the accused. The incident happened on May 24 when the boy was playing in the afternoon near an under construction building. When he did not return home and his parents looked for him till late night, they lodged a police complaint. A kidnapping case was lodged. The accused have been identified as Ehesan Alam, 22, the main accused, and Nadeem Aalam, 21, who helped him kill the boy. Gajanan Kadbule, SPI from Manpada police station said, "We arrested two accused who work as plumbers. On May 24 one of the accused visited the victim's building for some work and saw the bo..
                 

Bill against human trafficking introduced in Lok Sabha

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A Bill seeking to prevent trafficking, especially of women and children, provide rehabilitation to the victims and prosecute offenders was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, was introduced by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi. Besides taking up prevention, rescue and rehabilitation, it covers aggravated forms of trafficking such as forced labour, begging and marriage. The Bill provides for confidentiality of victims, witnesses and complainants and time-bound trials and repatriation of the victims. It proposes to create institutional mechanisms at district, state and central levels. It calls for punishment ranging from 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine not less than Rs one lakh. Officials said that human trafficking is the third largest organised crime in the world. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new m..
                 

Tamil TV actress commits suicide, husband arrested on suspicion

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A Tamil TV actress today allegedly committed suicide at her house here, apparently because of differences with her husband who is beingquestioned in this connection, police said. The matter came to light this morning when the maid arrived at the 32-year-old actress's house and nobody answered the door, they said. The servant then looked through a window and found Priyanka's body hanging, the police said. The maid informed the neighbours about this, and they called the police. Priyanka had acted in several Tamil television serials, including 'Vamsam' in which she acted alongside Ramya Krishnan of Baahubali- fame. Investigations have begun and Priyanka's husband of three years is being questioned, police said. He was not at home when the alleged suicide took place, they said. Priyanka's parents residing in Madurai have been informed, they said, adding that the body has been sent for autopsy. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also downlo..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Four booked for blackmailing teen with nude photos

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The Samta Nagar police have booked four teenagers for blackmailing a 16-year-old boy by threatening to make his nude pictures viral. The pictures were taken by the accused in April after the boy was called for lunch to Borivli by a friend to Borivli. After lunch, the two went to Kandivli. Both of them reached a secluded spot there and found six to seven more boys waiting for them. According to the statement given by the teen, "They began hitting me and asked me to remove my clothes. When I did, they started clicking pictures; some of them made a video too. The very next day, I received a call from my friend saying they've demanded Rs 600 to delete the video." The teen gave the money, but the boys returned in May, saying they wanted Rs 10,000 now to delete the video. The boy sold his gold chain to give the money. But the demands continued. On July 14, one of the accused asked the teen to follow him to a secluded place, where he was again beaten up by three boys, who demanded Rs 5,000...
                 

Gather evidence against corrupt officials, Arvind Kejriwal tells Ministers

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday ordered collection of evidence against five bureaucrats -- including Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and four of his predecessors -- accused by a whistle-blower of taking bribes from corrupt officials. "Directed Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Minister (Vigilance) to meet the complainant and get all evidence," Kejriwal tweeted. Dr Avinash Kumar, a whistle-blower working in a Delhi government hospital, in his complaint to the President of India, the Prime Minister's Office, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and the Central Bureau of Investigation, had given details and evidence of the alleged cover-up by these five officials. Kumar said that all complaints lodged against corrupt officials are either dumped without inquiry or forwarded to the very officer against whom the complaint was filed. "The Chief Secretary -- also the Central Vigilance Officer (CVO) of GNCTD -- became ignorant towards inquiries into corruption. He d..
                 

Two children killed, 5 others injured as tractor trolley overturns

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Two school-going girls were killed while five other students were injured as a speeding tractor-trolley, in which they were travelling, overturned in a village in Chitrakoot district today, officials said. Chitrakoot District Magistrate Visakh G Aiyyar said the accident took place in Kol Gadhia village of the district. "Nearly a dozen students were returning home on a tractor, when the driver lost control over the speeding vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn," the DM said. "As a result, the tractor-trolley overturned, killing Shanti (12) and Vibha (13) on the spot. Five children have sustained serious injuries," he said. The injured children have been admitted to a nearby hospital, where they are undergoing treatment, Aiyyar said, adding that the bodies of the two girls have been sent for post-mortem examination. Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Jha said the police have seized the tractor-trolley, and efforts are on to nab the driver. Catch up on all the latest Crime, Nati..
                 

Mumbai Port Trust comes up with novel solution to deal with Metro III debris

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The Metro authorities need to get rid of their construction debris, while the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) want it for themselves. Now, the port authorities have proposed the perfect solution, so everyone gets what they want. Tonnes of debris from the underground Metro III project are currently being ferried all the way out of the city at great expense, but could soon form the foundation of MbPT's fifth oil berth at Jawahar Dweep or Butcher Island. The debris from Metro III (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz) is currently ferried as far as 50 km away and dumped in abandoned quarries at Raigad and Thane. According to the MbPT's proposal, this distance could come down to just 10 km, if the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) were to transport the waste by sea to Butcher Island, where the Port authorities are building a new oil berth and storage unit. Illustration/Uday Mohite "At all the Metro station locations, good rock material is being excavated and there is no dumping place for this material in th..
                 

HC questions authorities stand on lack of breastfeeding facilities in Delhi

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The Delhi High Court today sought the stand of the Centre, AAP government and civic authorities here on providing facilities to mothers to breastfeed in public places, observing that they were being provided all over the world. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the matter needs to be examined by all the land owning agencies and civic bodies and issued notice to the municipal bodies and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) apart, from the Centre and the AAP government. The court noted there were no facilities to breastfeed even in airports here. It directed all the authorities to place a report before it in four weeks on the action taken by them to address the issue and listed the matter for further hearing on August 28. The court was hearing a PIL filed on behalf of a mother and her newborn seeking facilities for breastfeeding in public places away from "censuring and dishonourable looks". The plea, filed through advocate Animesh Rastogi, con..
                 

29-year-old Constable killed after fight in bar in Sangli

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A 29-year-old police constable was allegedly killed in an attack by three unidentified persons after a petty fight at a liquor bar in Maharashtra's Sangli district, a police official said on Wednesday. Samadhan Mante, posted as constable at Miraj city police station, went to the bar at Kupwad Phata in Sangli, located about 370 km from here, and had an argument over some issue with three persons who were having drinks there late last night, he said. The argument led to a scuffle, following which one of the accused went outside the bar and brought a sharp weapon from his vehicle, he said. While Mante was busy arguing with the other two men, the person who brought the weapon allegedly attacked him with it, the official said. The constable sustained injuries on his chest, head and stomach and collapsed. He was taken to the hospital where doctors declared him dead before admission, he said. The incident was captured in a CCTV installed at the bar counter, the official said. T..
                 

Delhi government paralysed as it can't transfer officers, says Supreme Court

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Amid an ongoing tussle with Lt Governor Anil Baijal, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the Delhi government was paralysed because it could not transfer or post bureaucrats. Senior Congress leader and advocate P. Chidambaram, appearing for the Delhi government, told a bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Navin Sinha that it was an urgent issue and should be heard soon. "Delhi government is paralysed today. We can't transfer or post officers. What's the purpose of Constitution bench judgement? It's an urgent issue," Chidambaram said. The bench posted the matter for July 26 for hearing as the Lt Governor sought accommodation for a week. The AAP government has sought an early disposal of all appeals filed by the Delhi government on the scope of its powers in view of the recent verdict by a Constitution bench. The three-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud on July 4 ruled that th..
                 

PM Narendra Modi hopes for a fruitful monsoon session

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Ahead of the first day of Monsoon Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged all the political leaders to allow the session function smoothly. The Prime Minister said that the Centre is ready to discuss all the issues that all the parties will raise in Parliament. "I hope the Monsoon Session is a productive one and the time is properly utilised to discuss important matters. May the productivity of the forthcoming session and the rich levels of the debate also become a source of inspiration for the various state assemblies. Any member, any party can raise any issue, we are all ready for proper discussions," Prime Minister Modi told the media. The monsoon session, which concludes on August 10, will have 18 sittings amid much-expected drama in both the houses - Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. Last night, an all-party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was held to ensure smoothing functioning of the Monsoon session. The meeting received ¿positive¿ o..
                 

Mumbai: 3 lakes filled to 70 per cent capacity, Tansa overflowing

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With the fourth lake that supplies water to the city overflowing on Tuesday, it seems Mumbai's water woes won't be that critical the coming year. After three lakes reached 71.48 per cent of their full storage capacity of 14.47 lakh litres in the past three days, continuous rainfall over the weekend led Tansa to overflow on Tuesday morning. While Tulsi started to overflow on July 9, Modak Sagar reached its full capacity on Sunday and Vihar on Monday. According to sources, on July 9 when Tulsi lake started overflowing, it hardly made any difference, as BMC had managed to stock up only 38 per cent of the city's total water needs. But the amount of water that has been stored over the past 10 days will last the city for the next 275 days. Even the major lakes that supply water to the city have been receiving heavy rainfall and BMC is hopeful that by the first week of August, total water required till July 2019, would get stored in the catchment areas of the lakes. The sources further sa..
                 

Rahul Gandhi gives only 15 per cent quota to women in Congress Working Committee

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Only seven women leaders have been given space out of the 51-member list in the new Congress Working Committee (CWC), headed by Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Members of Parliament, Ambika Soni and Kumari Selja have been nominated as members in the reconstituted CWC, while former Delhi Chief Minister Shield Dixit, Rajni Patil, Asha Kumari have been made permanent invitees. Meanwhile, Congress MP from Silchar Constituency of Assam has been nominated as a special invitee for Chief of Mahila Congress. This comes despite the Congress had been pitching for 33% reservation for women in the legislation under the Women Reservation Bill. A total of 51 members were included in the new CWC, while first-time in charges of states were included as permanent invitees. Senior Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh, Kamal Nath, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Mohan Prakash, CP Joshi and Shashi Tharoor have not been included in the new CWC. The CWC includes 23 members, 19 permanent invitees, and nine special invitee..
                 

CRMS railway staff up in arms against construction of Parel terminus

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The Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh (CRMS) along with other railway staff have started staging hunger strikes in protest against the construction of the Parel terminus, as according to them it would further congest the city and destabilise the Central Railway. The Central Railway has already issued letters to the railway board for closing the 139-year old Parel workshop, where the new terminus would come up. Sources are of the opinion that as the Mumbai CSMT is saturated and the LTT station falls out of the way for passengers on the Western Railway section, the Central Railway's idea to build a mega outstation train terminus at Parel had received a boost in this year's budget with a fund allocation of Rs 193 crore for the project. However, the CRMS said that the idea of a terminus at the place would not only congest the city more but also destabilise a large number of workers at the Parel workshop. Speaking to mid-day, Amit Bhatnagar, vice-president of CRMS, said that it was a foolish ..
                 

Five arrested for being involved in robbery, snatching cases in New Delhi

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Five people were arrested for allegedly being involved in several robbery and snatching cases, an official said today. Seven mobile phones, a laptop and other stolen articles were recovered from their possession, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Romil Baaniya. On July 9, at around 6 am, a head constable of the Delhi Police noticed that some men were trying to rob a pedestrian in Malviya Nagar, the DCP said. Manoj intervened and managed to apprehend one of the men while others fled away from the spot, he said. During interrogation, the accused, identified as Karanbeer, disclosed the names of his associates following which a raid was conducted at various places. Subsequently, his associates were also arrested, Baaniya said. The four other accused persons were identified as Sourabh, Nitesh, Chirag and Ankit, he added. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This st..
                 

Trump claims he 'misspoke' about Russian meddling in US election during summit

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In a major U-turn, US President Donald Trump today said he accepts US intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and misspoke when he seemed to say otherwise in a press conference with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Trump's remarks came after he faced a barrage of criticism from his opponents and even from his own party for not backing the American intelligence community's assessment. Trump, making what he described as clarifying comments in a meeting with members of Congress, said he meant to say during the Helsinki press conference that he had no reason to think it was anyone other than Russia that interfered in the 2016 election. Trump said he reviewed a transcript of what he said, and decided to clarify his comments. He told reporters at the White House that he "believes (in) US Intelligence assessment (that Russian) interference (in elections) took place." "I thought that I made myself very clear¿.I came back and sa..
                 

Man arrested for posting false online content about Tamil Nadu CM

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A man has been arrested for allegedly posting false and defamatory online content about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his cabinet colleagues, besides uploading morphed pictures of women. Police said C Sivakumar from Mannargudi in Tiruvarur district was arrested yesterday based on complaints from three city-based persons, including two women. The women had alleged that Sivakumar had uploaded morphed indecent pictures of them and sought action. Similarly, Suresh Kumar of Chennai had filed a complaint saying that Facebook user Sivakumar with user id of 'Mannai Siva' had posted false and defamatory content on Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and other ministers with anintention to create enmity between two communities and sought action. A case was filed under various sections against Sivakumar and he was arrested yesterday by the Cyber crime wing of the Central crime branch, they said. Police also warned Internet users against any such crimes against women, saying t..
                 

Ruckus over Shivaji statue reaches new heights!

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Proceedings in the state legislature reached the height of politicking, literally, over the height of the proposed statue of Shivaji in the Arabian Sea, off Mumbai. It all started when former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan alleged that the government had raised the height of the pedestal of the proposed statue and shortened the height of the Shivaji statue. "The government has raised the pedestal by 50 metres and to retain the overall height of 210 metres, it has now increased the height of the sword. This has been done to reduce expenditure," he said, even as the Opposition booed the government. Denying any alteration to the original plan, Fadnavis said, "The government is committed to building the world's tallest statue of 210 metres. We have enough funds." He said the memorial's final design was approved and all clearances were received during the BJP's tenure. He said a taller pedestal would provide a solid foundation for braving the high winds mid-sea. "The pedestal and statu..
                 

Mayank Shekhar: The inherent sauciness of Sanjay Mishra

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Actor Sanjay Mishra is only two years older than Salman Khan. He looks much older, of course. What's common between him and Salman - something he's shared with the super-star as well - is the several times both have found love (in life); which is of course better than never. Mishraji - born in Darbhanga (Bihar), raised in Varanasi (UP), educated at the National School of Drama (Delhi), who's worked professionally in Mumbai - says he's inevitably ended up attracting (or being attracted to) "English type" women. By which he refers not to the British, but to Indian, urbane, Anglicised women, basically. One such date he gifted a Lucknawi kurta on their first night-out to a fancy restaurant. That 'chikan' kurta would be incomplete without some post-dinner paan they picked up on the way back. While in his fancy car, the woman didn't know what to do with the betel-juice bottling her mouth. Simple, he explained. Adorably 'theth' (rustic) as Mishraji is, he spat out the 'peek' (red juice) fr..
                 

PM Narendra Modi seeks opposition's cooperation in Parliament session

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought cooperation of opposition parties for smooth running of Parliament during the monsoon session, saying the opposition raising its issues also gives the government an opportunity to get feedback, reconsider its position and move forward. Modi, who was speaking at an all-party meeting here a day before the start of the monsoon session, said it is expectation and hope of the people that Parliament should run smoothly and there should be discussions. Opposition parties raised their issues at the meeting with Samajwadi Party (SP) talking about a University Grants Commission (UGC) notification issued in March this year that "will have an impact on the reservation for weaker sections in teaching jobs in universities". SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav told reporters later that the party will not allow Parliament to function if it does not get a positive assurance from the government on the issue. He said the UGC notification, which mentioned that the ..
                 

Supreme Court begins hearing on women's entry into Sabarimala temple

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing on whether prohibiting the entry of women in Kerala's Sabarimala temple on grounds of biological factors was discriminatory and violative of the constitution. Article 14 guarantees the right to equality, Article 15 prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and Article 17 abolishes untouchability and forbids its practice. The constitution bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra will address four questions framed by a three judge bench while referring the matter to a five judge constitution bench on October 13, 2017. The petitioner -- the Indian Young Lawyers Association -- has challenged the 800-year-old practice of prohibiting the entry of women into the famed Lord Ayyappan Temple. The PIL has sought direction to the Kerala government, the Travancore Devaswom Board, Chief Thanthri (pri..
                 

Man tries to rape 13-year-old mentally unstable girl, arrested

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A 21-year-old man was arrested in Odisha's Jajpur district today for allegedly trying to rape a "mentally unstable" girl, a police officer said. Referring to the complaint filed by the girl's parents, the officer said that the 13-year-old girl was allegedly attacked yesterday afternoon while attending to the nature's call at Bada Balikuda village in Balichandrapur police station area of the district. "Finding her alone in the bushes, the accused, who hails from the same village, apparently held her from behind, and tried to undress her. On hearing the girl scream, local people rushed to her rescue," said Rakesh Chandra Tripathy, the inspector-in-charge of Bailchandrapur police station. The accused, who tried to flee the scene, was also nabbed by the locals, he said. "The 21-year-old man has been booked under relevant sections of Indian Penal code and sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act," Tripathy stated, adding that medical examinations have been..
                 

Donald Trump under fire for defending Vladimir Putin over poll meddling

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US President Donald Trump is facing a barrage of criticism for defending his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over claims of Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential elections. At a joint news conference with Putin following their summit in Finland on Monday, Trump refused to denounce the Russian leader for interfering in the presidential campaign and instead contradicted American intelligence agencies, the US media reported on Tuesday. Russia had no reason to meddle, Trump said. His remarks sparked an enormous amount of backlash from his critics, Republicans and Democrats, warning that his actions could ultimately hurt national security interests. "The President must appreciate that Russia is not our ally," said House Speaker Paul Ryan. "The US must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy." Russia is responsible for "ongoing, pervasive attempts" to undermine US democracy, said Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats..
                 

Soil ramps made for safe passage of elephants along 'killer track' in RTT

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Over a half-dozen, soil ramps have been built along the 18-kilometer corridor between Motichur and Kansrau ranges of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve for the safe passage of elephants. The stretch, which passes through the heart of the reserve, had become notorious as the "killer track" due to frequent deaths of elephants in collision with speeding trains on the route. Twenty-five elephants were killed after a collision with trains along the track in the last 18 years, Rajaji Tiger Reserve Director Sanatan Sonkar said. The ramps made of raw earth will give a safe passage to elephants on the route, he said. A total of 15 such ramps are to be built at identified spots between Suswa rail bridge Haridwar and Kansrau out of which seven are complete, Sonkar said. The ramp slopes run parallel to the tracks, he said. The route is considered traditional corridor of elephants. Earlier, cement ramps were proposed to be built on the corridor but the plan was dropped when it was noticed that the simi..
                 

Mumbai: Villagers turn saviours for 4 stuck inside a floating car

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In an act of bravery, residents of Ghot village risked their lives and rescued a family of four after their car got stuck in a river flowing by the area. On Monday, when the family was going to a relative's place in Taloja, the driver lost control of the vehicle while taking a turn near the village and they landed in the river. The villagers spotted them at the right time, and with the help of experts, pulled them out. Ajaykumar Landage, senior inspector, Taloja police, said, "The incident happened around 12 pm when Ashraf Shaikh, 37, his wife Hamida, 33, their daughter Suhana, 7, and niece Namira, 17, were heading to Taloja... Ashraf was driving the car and lost control..." One of the rescuers, Narayan Patil, said, "My neighbour and I spotted the car going into the river. Then, a man opened the front door and tried to pull out his daughter. By that time, the car had got stuck to a rock. We then jumped in to rescue them. "Laxman Dhumal, Tulshiram Dhumal, Lahu Patil and Rupesh Patil ..
                 

Girl thrashes a boy for stalking and spreading rumours about her

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A girl in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district thrashed a boy for defaming her. The video which went viral on the social media shows the girl beating up the teaser with a stick for stalking her and spreading rumours about her. Some boys tried to defame me. It is my message to them that don't assume girls are weak, the said girl while addressing the media. If you think you were born as Donald Trump's son, it's your misunderstanding. No girl is weak. If you cross limits, we'll raise our voices and then your life won't be spared. I didn't approach police as I wanted to give him a chance to improve, she added. On a related note, on February 13, 2018, a minor girl had to suffer the ignominy of having her head half shaved and being excommunicated as an act of purification following an incident of eve-teasing in Chhattisgarh's Kawardha district. This bizarre order was given by the panchayat on January 21. Chhattisgarh Police later on detained the accused...
                 

Delhi Air Hostess Suicide: Flight Attendant's husband sent to judicial custody

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Mayank Singhvi, the husband of the air hostess, who committed suicide here, has been sent to 14-days judicial custody. Expressing angst, the brother of the deceased, Karan requested the police to arrest his sister's in-laws. "Police arrested him (husband) after 72 hrs, but still, his parents have not been arrested yet, who are part of FIR, I request police to arrest his parents soon so the investigation can move forward," the brother said. Singhvi was arrested yesterday, under Section 304 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), dealing with dowry-related deaths. As per the police, the deceased air hostess, Anissia Batra, had a fight with her husband around 4:30 pm on Friday, after which she went to the terrace and jumped off. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Romil Baniya, said a full-fledged investigation has been launched in connection with the case under Hauz Khas Police Station limits. "In the investigation, so far it has been found on June 27 the couple had a fight. They gave a compla..
                 

Pune: Vehicle theft case cracked by court via WhatsApp call

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With the advancement of technology, the Pune court has managed to crack a case of vehicle theft during the National Lok Adalat in Pune. The issue was resolved and mediated before the court. The Pune court made a WhatsApp call to the concerned complainant who is a techie settled in Germany and a decade back, registered a case of vehicle theft and resolved the issue that was long pending before the court. Thousands of cases which were in the pre-litigation stages were settled amicably in the National Lok Adalat held in Pune by the Pune District Legal Service Authority (PDLSA) on Saturday. With technological advancement, legal cases are now solved via WhatsApp. Apart from Paralegal Voluntaries, Pune-based Symbiosis Law School was also involved in the case.  The panel members consisting of judicial magistrate (First Class) Gajanan Nandanwar, Assistant Public prosecutor Vaman Koli, lawyer Sonali Mane and Mayuresh Gholap’s panel heard a plea by a senior citizen, who was a former..
                 

We will not build a house, we will only work for railways: trackman to Goyal

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He and his colleagues will not build a house and will only work for the railways, trackman Dharmendra Kumar from the Northern Railway's Lucknow division has said in an impassioned appeal to the minister while speaking out against the colonial tradition of working as "bonded labourers" for senior officials. Soon after taking over in September last year, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal had instructed officials to not use their juniors for menial jobs and said strict action will be taken against those who continue to do so. Since the minister's order, around 10,000 Group-D railway employees, including gangmen and trackmen, have been removed from the houses of seniors and put back into safety and maintenance work, officials say. Clearly, Kumar and his five colleagues are not among them. In a letter dated July 13, trackman Kumar wrote to the minister that his senior - section engineer Rajkumar Verma -- had employed him and five other trackmen to build his private house, around 500 metres..
                 

Swami Agnivesh alleges attack by BJYM, ABVP activists in Jharkhand

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Social activist Swami Agnivesh today alleged that he was attacked by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and ABVP members at Pakur in Jharkhand for his "anti-Hindu" stance. He was in Pakur to take part in an event in Littipara of the district. "As soon as I came out of the venue, BJYM and ABVP activists attacked me without any provocation. They alleged that I was speaking against Hindus," he told PTI.   "I thought Jharkhand was a peaceful state, but my views have changed after this incident," he told. There was no police personnel present there. Even when I repeatedly called SP & DM they didn't turn up. I was told that ABVP & BJP Yuva Morcha workers want to protest. I told them there's no need to protest, they can come in & talk. No one came in at that time: Swami Agnivesh pic.twitter.com/szs6FK86KO — ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2018 When I left from there, they suddenly attacked & hurled abuses at me. I want that they be identified from CCTV footage & video..
                 

Rahul Gandhi in competition with Asaduddin Owaisi to usurp Jinnah's legacy: BJP

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The BJP on Tuesday described Congress president Rahul Gandhi's tweet that he stands with the last person in line as a "confession" of his reported remarks that his party is for Muslims. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told reporters that Gandhi has not denied the comments, seized by the saffron party to accuse him of Muslim appeasement, and claimed that the Congress leader is in competition with AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to "usurp" the legacy of Pakistan founder M A Jinnah. "He (Gandhi) has still not denied it. We could not see a negation of what Rahul Gandhi has said. It is a confession. He has clearly accepted it through his tweet that the Congress is a party for Muslims," Patra said. The tweet has confused rather than clarified, he told reporters. Patra was reacting after Gandhi tweeted that he stands with the persecuted and the last person in the line", breaking his silence on the controversy following a remark on the Congress being a "party for Muslims" attributed to him. Th..
                 

Childhood infections may affect school performance

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Turns out, severe infections that have led to hospitalisation during childhood are associated with lower school achievement in adolescence. According to a new research conducted at Wolters Kluwer Health, higher numbers of hospitalizations for infections are associated with a reduced probability of completing ninth grade, as well as with lower test scores. The study included nationwide data of several children. The researchers looked at two measures of childhood infections i.e. hospital admission for infections, an indicator of moderate to severe infections, and prescriptions for anti-infective drugs (such as antibiotics) in primary care, reflecting less-severe infections. These infection measures were then analyzed for their association with two measures of later school achievement, completing ninth grade and average scores on the final ninth-grade school examinations. Any hospital contact for infections was associated with a reduction in the odds of completing ninth grade. The more ..
                 

BJYM workers throw black oil at Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's office

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Activists of the BJP's youth wing defaced the office of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, police said, days after he sparked a row with remarks that the BJP, if voted to power again, will pave the way for creation of a "Hindu Pakistan". Members of BJYM raised slogans against Tharoor and poured black oil in front of his office. "Today @YUVAMORCHABJP vandals attacked my constituency office in Thiruvananthapuram. They poured black engine oil on signs, doors, walls & gate, drove away innocent citizens waiting with their petitions, put up offensive banners & shouted slogans asking me to go to Pakistan," Tharoor tweeted. "We have all been warned. The BJP's answer to the simple question have you given up the dream of a Hindu Rashtra? is apparently vandalism & violence. That is the face they have shown in Thiruvananthapuram today. Most Hindus will say these Sanghi goondas do not represent us," he wrote. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Als..
                 

Flight attendant's husband arrested on charges of dowry death

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Police today arrested the husband of the female flight attendant, who allegedly committed suicide in south Delhi's Panchsheel Park on Friday, on charge of dowry death. Mayank Singhvi was interrogated for an hour today and was later arrested this evening. He would be produced before a magistrate tomorrow, police said. Mayank's wife, Anissia Batra (39), worked with a German airline. She allegedly jumped from the terrace of her house on Friday. Mayank rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was declared brought dead. Anissia's family has alleged that her husband used to physically abuse her. Earlier in the day Delhi Police had issued a lookout circular against Mayank amid allegations of inaction by Anissia's family, which was demanding his arrest. A family friend of Anissia's parents, who did not wish to be named, said, "We are very happy (with the arrest). It is a good sign but we still have a long way to go." "Some faith has been restored. It is all due to public and media pressure,..
                 

LIC to acquire 51 percent stake in debt-ridden IDBI Bank

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The board of state-run Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) on Monday approved the acquisition of up to 51 per cent stake in the government-owned IDBI Bank, Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg said. Briefing the media following the board meeting, Garg said the sale process is likely to take place through preferential shares. "The amount we're looking at (from stake sale) will be as per the issue of the preferential shares," he said. Queried on whether an open offer would also be made for the IDBI stock, Garg said this was unlikely. "An open offer may not come about because the amount of public shareholding (in IDBI) is very small, only about 5 per cent and will not have much bearing on the stake sale," he said. LIC will now approach the Sebi for approval, as well as for clearance from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government, Garg said. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has already given its approval for the stake purchase. IDBI, whose gross non-perfo..
                 

Tent collapse at PM Narendra Modi's rally injures 22

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A makeshift tent collapsed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in West Bengal's Midnapore district on Monday, injuring at least 22 people, police officers said. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said 24 people were injured in the incident. Many enthusiastic BJP supporters had climbed the makeshift marquee during the rally. Modi — who visited the hospital later — briefly stopped his speech and was heard asking them to get down, officials said. Giving details of the incident, eyewitnesses added that some people clambered on top of the marquee, which was covered with tarpaulin. The structure could not withstand the weight of the people and collapsed, leading to several in the gathering getting injured, they said. According to officials, the PM saw the tent collapsing while he was in the middle of his speech. He immediately instructed SPG personnel standing near him to look after the people and attend to the injured. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Internat..
                 

Mumbai: Clean-up marshals nabbed for trying to extort two men

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The attempts of two clean-up marshals to make some quick money by trying to extort two men at the Mahalaxmi railway station failed after the victims created a hullabaloo over the matter and drew the attention of passersby, who handed over the culprits to the Tardeo cops. According to the police, 25-year-old Ajant Kumar Gupta, a resident of Mira Road, had just got down from a train along with his cousin Pankaj Kumar and friend Mohammed Anwar Bindu when the culprits approached them. "We were planning to go to Haji Ali Dargah. When we started walking on the footpath outside the station, two men came up to us and said that we were spitting on the road. I sharply reacted and said that we hadn't done anything of that sort. This made them angry. They immediately asked for R200 from each of us as fine." Police sources said that the duo had identified themselves as clean-up marshals working for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). After Gupta and Bindu gave them R200 each, they start..
                 

Devendra Fadnavis: Wadala cave-in accused will be tried as criminals

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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said because the Bombay High Court had already taken over the probe in the incident in which a parking lot and internal road of a building in Wadala had caved in because of haphazard construction work carried out by Dosti Realty on the neighbouring plot, the state government couldn't do much in fixing the responsibility of officials and developers involved. However, Fadnavis said the BMC officials, engineers and developers, who the court-appointed experts committee had been asked to probe and hold responsible for the incident and the damage caused, would be booked and tried for a criminal offence. The incident happened on June 25 during heavy rain when the shore piling of the building collapsed. Apparently, the digging work on the adjoining plot, where a residential tower is proposed to be built, caused the first-of-its-kind cave-in in the financial capital. In view of a fear that their buildings, too, could have developed structural weakness, the occ..
                 

SoBo social worker donates Rs 40 crores to Indian Army

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Prem Daryanani, a resident of Walkeshwar, insisted that we stress on the message, which is gratitude to the Indian armed forces, rather than the quantum of the gift. Daryanani has, through the family's Radha Kaliandas Daryanani Charitable Trust, a non-profit started in 1980, gifted the army six acres of land, which now houses 12 buildings, comprising the Army Law College (ALC). The college was inaugurated yesterday. The market value of the six-odd-acre plot (40,000 square feet is equal to an acre) at Baba Seva Dham village Kanhe is Rs 40 crore, and the buildings have been completed. The 'gift' is the largest donation to the Indian Army by any entity. Kanhe is approximately 45 km from Pune. Daryanani, though, seems eager to get to the crux of 'why' he donated this to the army rather than the enormity of the donation. He said, "I feel we have an obligation to soldiers who make the supreme sacrifice. They do so for our liberty, so that we can sleep soundly at night. They need our emotio..
                 

mid day editorial: Don't let a selfie take away your life

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Three Bhayander residents were oblivious to the high tide, thanks to selfie mania and before even one of them realised it, they were surrounded by water from all sides. A report in this paper using the term selfie-titis, for the propensity to ignore surroundings because one is so absorbed in catching a Kodak moment, detailed how fishermen rescued the three teenagers. The trio had gone for a picnic to Bhati Bandar village beach near Uttan last morning were engrossed clicking selfies on the rocks. Their screams for help alerted fishermen who rescued them and the fire brigade officials, too, arrived later. Yet another selfie tragedy was averted, but it is important that every near disaster rings warning bells for selfie seekers. The selfie needs to be exercised with discretion and utmost caution. This season, especially, we see Bhayander clone like situations where people are lost to the world talking selfies with monsoon waves lashing behind them or balance precariously on rocks while..
                 

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif challenges his 10-year jail term

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Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was given a 10-year jail term this month in a corruption case, challenged his conviction and sought suspension of the guilty verdict, media reports said on Monday. An anti-graft court had also handed down seven years in prison to Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz on the charges related to four luxury flats in London, reports Xinhua news agency. They returned to Pakistan from London on Friday. Both are currently in Adiyala prison in Rawalpindi city near the capital Islamabad where they will face trial in other two corruption cases. Sharif was accused of having wealth beyond his income. However, the charges were denied by the three-time Prime Minister as politically-motivated. He was also sentenced one-year in prison for "not cooperating" with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Pakistan's anti-graft body. His son-in-law was also convicted for one year in jail for abetment. Sharif's lawyers filed the petition in the Islamabad High ..
                 

Vasai-Virar Floods: Python looks for dry ground, as Cobra hides in bike's dashbo

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In two separate incidents, a Rock Python was rescued from the premises of Adi Enterprises located in Virar East and a Cobra was removed from the dashboard of a two-wheeler at a garage in Ambadi road, Vasai West, and released in the wild. In the first incident, which happened on Friday night, the 10-foot long python was caught while it was trying to enter the company premises at Mandvi and later released in the forest by snake catcher Vinod Patil. Speaking to mid-day, Patil said, "As the main gate was shut, the snake had climbed onto the top to enter the premises. It was later released in the forest. However, another python was rescued from the forest department's residential colony in Vasai East. It was hiding near the compound wall of the colony." The Cobra that was found in the dashboard of a two-wheeler Meanwhile, on Sunday, a Cobra was rescued from the dashboard of a bike, which was undergoing repair at a garage in Vasai West. Last week, when the vehicle's owner handed it over t..
                 

Rahul Gandhi writes to PM for passage of Women's Reservation Bill

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to ensure the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, starting July 18. In his letter to the prime minister, Gandhi offered his party's unconditional support to the bill and said the time has come for a change, and for women to take their rightful place in state legislatures and Parliament. The Congress chief also urged Modi to ensure that the bill gets passed in this session itself so that women can participate "more meaningfully" in the state elections later this year and in the Lok Sabha polls next year. "Mr Prime Minister, in many of your public rallies you have spoken about your passion for empowering women and involving them more meaningfully in public life. What better way to demonstrate your commitment to the cause of women, than by offering your unconditional support to the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill? And what better time, than the upcomin..
                 

Bombay HC imposes Rs 5 lakh fine on Hotel Leela for forum-hunting

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The Bombay High Court today imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on Hotel Leela Venture Limited for forum-hunting by seeking that their pleas, challenging eviction proceedings initiated against it by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), be heard by a single judge bench.The AAI had, in February last year, issued an eviction notice to Hotel Leela Venture, which runs a five-star hotel near the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, for non- payment of dues. The Airports Authority initiated the procedure to evict the hotel and reclaim 29,000 sq m land it stands on for non-payment of dues and flouting other terms of agreements. The hotel company had then filed two petitions in high court -- one challenging the notice and the other against the eviction proceedings. It had also filed an arbitration petition seeking to amicably resolve the dispute. Initially, the hotel's counsels sought for all the matters to be heard by a division bench. The petitions were then placed before a division be..
                 

20 injured in canopy collapse during Narendra Modi's Bengal rally

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Midnapore: At least 20 people were injured when a canopy collapsed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Midnapore while he was addressing the crowd. "Around 20 people were injured," a BJP source told IANS. The Prime Minister, who saw the canopy collapse only a minute after he started his speech, asked people to get off the stage and move to a safer area. "Those who have climbed up, please get down, all of you.... Please climb down. Those standing up there, please get down. Don't run," he urged. He was also seen instructing the Special Protection Group (SPG) officers on the stage to ensure those injured got proper treatment. After the rally, Modi rushed to the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital to visit the injured. 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..
                 

India successfully test fires BrahMos missile

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Bhubaneswar: India on Monday successfully test fired supersonic cruise missile BrahMos off the Odisha coast, proving it one of the best all-weather weapon systems. The missile was fired at 10.18 a.m. from a test range at Chandipur in Balasore district. The life extension test achieved all parameters, said the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). With this, India has achieved another milestone in the defence sector, a DRDO official said. BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India's DRDO and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia of Russia. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to ..
                 

Niti Aayog VC: Wish Amartya Sen spent more time in India to see its reforms

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Days after Amartya Sen lamented that India has taken a quantum jump backwards since 2014, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said the Nobel laureate should spend some time in the country to see the structural reforms undertaken by the Modi government. "I wish Professor Amartya Sen would spend some time within India and actually look at conditions on the ground. And at least review all work that has been done in the last four years by the Modi government before making such statements," Kumar said. He was responding to a query regarding Sen's recent remarks about the government. "I actually would like to challenge him to show me another period of four years where so much work has been done for making India cleaner, inclusive and a more caring economy," Kumar said. According to him, structural reforms that have been taken are ensuring benefits of growth reach the last person. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day ..
                 

Mumbai: 79 new flooding spots identified; BMC blames Metro works

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC's) multi-crore efforts to make the city flood-free by improving the drainage system, have, well gone down the drain, thanks to ongoing infrastructure projects and rampant concretisation. Over the past few years, the number of flooding spots in the city has increased to 225, according to BMC's latest figures, from 40 spots in 2014. According to BMC's budget speech for 2014-15, the chronic flooding spots in the city were pegged at 40. In 2015-16 and 2016-17, the same number continued. But in the budget speech of 2017-18, it was revealed that the number of spots has increased to 66, and to eliminate these sites, BMC allocated an estimated budget of Rs 74 crore. Kemps Corner Cut to the 2018-19 budget speech by Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, in which he mentioned that during the heavy rainfall on August 29, 2017, BMC officials identified a total of 146 flooding spots. Post this, the civic body had set a target of eliminating 55 of the 146..
                 

Fourth floor balcony of Watson Hotel in South Mumbai falls; none hurt

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A month after the Watson Hotel figured at the top of a list of the most dangerous buildings in the city prepared by MHADA's Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board, a part of the fourth floor balcony collapsed on Sunday. No one was injured, and the building was vacated soon after to avoid any untoward incident. According to sources, one of the most magnificent structures from the British era, the conservation of Watson Hotel has been stuck for years due to the lack of government's pro-activeness in the matter. Designed by Rowland Mason Ordish, who is known for his detailed work on the single-span roof of St Pancras station, and named after its original owner — John Watson — the building has been an iconic structure. Opened in the late 1860s, it was in this building that the Lumiere Brothers showcased six films, which marked the birth of Indian cinema. Abha Narian Lambah, conservation architect, said, "This has been the oldest surviving cast-iron structure in the world. In ..
                 

H D Kumaraswamy: Swallowing the pain like Shiva who drank poison

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Reflecting strains in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has said he was "not happy" being in the top post and was swallowing the pain like 'Vishakantha' (Lord Shiva), who drank poison. The Congress and JD(S) had bitterly fought against each other for the May 12 assembly polls, but joined hands to form the government. "You are all happy that your elder or younger brother has become the chief minister, but I am not happy," an emotional Kumaraswamy said while addressing JD(S) workers at a function held by the party to felicitate him on Saturday. "I'm swallowing the pain like Vishakantha (Lord Shiva who drank poison to save the world)," he said. On seeing the chief minister wiping tears, the crowd shouted, "We are with you." Kumaraswamy said that ahead of the state polls, he had asked the people to make him the CM to bring in a pro-people government that would solve the issues of the farmers, the poor and the needy, "but they did not sho..
                 

Fiona Fernandez: One-track mind

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Nearly four years back, while we were visiting Cambodia, largely to soak in the grandeur and scale of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Angkor Wat — a pit stop in the historic capital city of Phnom Penh — an nth hour addition to our itinerary — turned out to be quite a mind-altering experience, as far as preservation and national pride goes. This tiny country, one of Asia's least developed, and still recovering from the scars of Pol Pot's tyrannical regime, seemed extremely focused that coming generations as well as visitors experienced their past. More importantly, they had set in order timely reminders so they learnt from it to avoid a repeat, at any cost. We had signed up for a tour of the infamous Killing Fields, a little outside off Phnom Penh. Prior to the trail, the tour involved a visit to a school, now renamed as the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, within the limits of the city that imprisoned 'anti-nationals' (read: liberal minds, educationists, artists and bas..
                 

Seven die as two cars collide head-on on old Mumbai-Pune highway

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Seven people, including a family of four, died yesterday after two cars smashed into each other on the old Mumbai-Pune highway near Lonavala; three others have sustained injuries. The incident took place near Karla Phata between a Santro, in which the family was travelling, and a Swift, carrying six youths. The Lonavala Rural police are in the process of registering a case. The police have identified the deceased from the Santro as Rajeev Bhirat, 52, his wife Sonali, 46, daughter Janavi, 20, and nephew Jagannath, 23, all residents of Mundhwa. The deceased from the Swift have been identified as Sanjeev Kushava, 17, a Srinagar native residing at Rahatani, Krishna Shirsat, 22, and Nikhil Sarode, 20, and the injured as Pratik Sarode, 18, Akash Madane, 17, and Rohit Curd, 16. Senior inspector Ramdas Ingole said, "It being weekend, there was heavy traffic on the highway; also, due to the heavy rains, there was a lot of fog. The youths in the Swift were headed to Lonavala to enjoy the ..
                 

Girls allowed to wear shorts, pants in Australia school

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Girls in Australian schools will be allowed to wear shorts and pants next year as part of a major uniform update in line with their needs and preferences. "We know around 60 per cent of state schools are already offering these uniform options for girls but we found that some schools had not updated their student dress codes in many years," Xinhua news agency quoted Queensland state Education Minister Grace Grace as saying on Sunday. "All Queensland girls should be able to engage in active play and classroom activities or ride their bikes to and from school without being restricted by what they're wearing." The latest dress code followed "an extensive review and consultation with stakeholders", Grace said. "Following consultation with our whole school community, we found that around half of our primary school girls did not want to wear a skirt to school," said the executive principal of the state's Stretton State College Jan Maresca, who has rolled out changes to the school's unifor..
                 

Youth crushed to death by a falling tree in Tamil Nadu

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An 18-year-old youth was today killed when a huge tree fell on him in nearby Nilgiris district, in the wake of heavy rains lashing the hilly region for the past several days, police said. The deceased Iman Augustine, along with his family members, was proceeding to the Church, when the roadside tree fell on him, they said. He along with a few others, who sustained minor injuries, were taken to the government hospital, they added. However, Iman succumbed before reaching there. Meanwhile, several trees were uprooted at 17 places on Udhagamandalam-Gudalur highway, including Pykara, Naduvattam, Fingerpost owing to continuous rain, resulting in disruption of vehicular traffic. Fire and Rescue Services personnel with the help of police and PWD department officials are on the job to clear the trees and traffic, police said Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has ..
                 

Mumbai Crime: Man fakes his own kidnapping to get rid of wife and mother-in-law

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A man faked his own kidnapping to get rid of his wife and mother-in-law as he was allegedly harassed by both of them. The case came to light after a 32-year-old-woman approached Andheri police station on July 11 saying that her husband has been kidnapped. According to the police officials, the man identified as Ganesh Jambrekar, 32, left home on June 29 for work and did not return. The wife tried to contact him but to no avail. On July 11, she received a message on her mother's number saying that Ganesh has been kidnapped. The message also warned the woman against complaining to the police. The woman, however, approached the police and a kidnapping case was registered. Based on the technical and other investigation, the police traced Ganesh to his native place Lanja in Ratnagiri on July 12. A team was sent to free Ganesh and catch the kidnappers, but to their shock, the police realised that Ganesh was safely staying at his sister's place and had faked his own kidnapping to get rid of..
                 

Mumbai: WR finally begins audit of bridges after Andheri collapse

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Western Railway Mumbai had started the structural audit of all the Road Over Bridges (ROBs) in its suburban section from Friday beginning with the inspection of Mahalaxmi and Bandra Road Over Bridges with the new time-saving method through bridge inspection car like tower wagon. Western Railway chief public relations officer Ravinder Bhakar said a new mode of inspection which includes a tower wagon has been devised to save the inspection time to only two hours against the four hours required for inspection by the conventional method. "Thus, 50% of inspection time is saved by this new inspection method. The conventional method makes the task difficult for the staff as they have to carry tools and equipment while climbing on the long ladder. In the Mumbai Suburban Section (Churchgate-Virar) there are 110 foot over bridges, 29 road over bridges and four water pipeline bridges," he added. Giving details of the bridge, Bhakar said, "The Mahalaxmi road over bridge was constructed in 1920 ..