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Rahul Gandhi terms Sitharaman 'Rafale Minister', demands resignation

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Terming Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as "Rafale Minister", Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded her resignation after former HAL chief T. Suvarna Raju refuted her claims that the state-owned aerospace and defence company did not have the capability to build the fighter jets. "The RM (Rafale Minister) tasked with defending corruption has been caught lying again. The former HAL chief, T.S. Raju, has nailed her lie, that HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) didn't have the capability to build the Rafale," Gandhi said. "Her position is untenable and she must resign" Gandhi was quoted. Gandhi's comment came amid a war of words between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and the Congress, after Sitharaman during an interview to a news channel claimed that the Bengaluru headquartered company governed under the management of the Indian Ministry of Defence was not competent enough to produce the aircraft. Earlier, Senior Congress leader A K A..
                 

Kerala Bishop denies rape allegations

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A Catholic priest of Jalandhar diocese, Bishop Franco Mulakkal who had allegedly raped a Kerala nun, appeared before a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Kerala police for the second day on Thursday. The senior priest arrived at the Crime Branch (CID) office in Thrippunithura, Kerala and is being quizzed by a five-member team headed by Vaikom Deputy Superintendent of Police, K Subhash, over the nun's allegations. The senior priest has denied the rape allegations and assured full co-operation in the probe. On Wednesday, the Bishop, who had traveled from Jalandhar to Kochi after being summoned by Kerala police, was questioned for seven hours. Bishop Mulakkal had filed for an anticipatory bail in Kerala High Court on Tuesday, which was deferred by the court to September 25. He also wrote to Pope Francis, the highest authority in the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, expressing his desire to 'temporarily step aside' from the responsibilities of the diocese, allowing him time to fight..
                 

How you can plan your train travel on last day of Ganpati visarjan

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The Central and Western Railway are trying everything they can to manage the surging crowds this festive season. They have added trains in the midnight slots for the benefit of commuters. While the CR will run slow suburban trains for five days from 18-19 to 22-23 starting from CSMT at 1.30am and arriving at Kalyan at 3am, WR will run four pairs of special trains between Churchgate and Virar on the night between Sept 23-24. There will be midnight suburban special trains on the Harbour line, too, from Sept 19-20 to 22-23 (four days) to clear the extra rush of passengers starting from 1.30am at Mumbai CSMT reaching Panvel at 2.50am. Considering the heavy rush likely at Charni Road station due to Ganpati immersion on September 23, all Churchgate-bound fast trains, which run during the peak period — from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm — will halt at all stations between Mumbai Central and Churchgate. Normally, during evening peak hours, these services do not halt there. However, in order..
                 

26-year-old man who molested Manipur Student on Suburban Train arrested

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A 26-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly molesting a student from Manipur while she was traveling in a local train in Mumbai, a police official said on Thursday. The accused has been identified as Ayaz Sattar Qureshi, a resident of Mankhurd suburb. The accused was nabbed from the Kurla railwaystation on Wednesday, the police official said.The police had managed to trace the accused with the help of his photograph clicked by the victim and after analysing the CCTV footages of various railway stations, he said. The 22-year-old researcher from Manipur was commuting with her European colleague and was allegedly molested on a running train on September 11. The victim had then approached the Vashi railway police soon after the incident and filed a complaint. In her complaint, the victim stated that she was molested on September 11 by an unidentified man in a general compartment on a train while she was traveling between Vashi and Govandi stations on the subu..
                 

Piyush Goyal can't stop laughing as Anushka Sharma only looks on

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The central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be "celebrating" the second anniversary of the 'surgical strikes' on September 29, Union minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday. Goyal, who is the railway minister said, that the 2016 surgical strikes, which saw our commandos entering into the Pakistani-occupied territory to neutralise terrorist launch pads have shown the world that we "mean business"."On the 29th of this month, we complete the second anniversary of the surgical strikes. And we will celebrate the day," he said speaking at the Priyadarshini awards, in remarks that come months ahead of the general elections. "The country is in good hands is in the hands of a leader who is protecting every citizen," Goyal said.The railway minister was attending the Priyadarshini Academy Award at Trident in Mumbai. He also lauded businessman Ronnie Screwvala for coming out with a film on the surgical strike, saying it will inspire the youth of the country. Ex..
                 

Borivali police nab accused who used to dupe victims as Railway officer

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The Borivali Police on Sunday arrested a 35-year-old accused who allegedly duped and cheated people on the pretext of providing them with confirmed railway reservation ticket by possessing himself as a railway officer. The arrested accused has been identified as Piyush Gyanendra Sharma. The police nabbed the accused with the help of RPF and GRP from Vasai. Sources from the police revealed "Sharma is a habitual offender and has cheated many people’s including a 35-year-old lady victim identified as Geeta Jain (Name changed on request) who had came to Borivali Railway station to book reservation tickets for a group of people planning to visit Palitana Temple in Gujarat last month. Speaking with Mid-day the lady who became a victim of Sharma's cheating said, "We are from Palitana district, 60 to 70 people from this district had planned to visit the Paltina temple in the month of December. I came here in order to book the reservation ticket for all of them. I was busy fil..
                 

Britain, EU clash over who should give ground on Brexit

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British Prime Minister Theresa May clashed with EU leaders on Thursday over who should make the next move to break the Brexit logjam, as time runs out to get a deal. EU Council President Donald Tusk opened a crucial summit in the Austrian city of Salzburg with a stark warning that Britain's position on key issues must be "reworked". He said negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, due to take place in March, were reaching a "decisive phase" but said the outcome still remained open. While welcoming the "positive evolution" of Britain's position on security ties, Tusk said that on the Irish border and post-Brexit trading relations, "the UK's proposals will need to be reworked and further negotiated". Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who hosted the Salzburg summit, added that the EU was "ready to compromise but we also expect that from the UK", calling for May to offer a "step forward". But May said that after she presented her so-called Chequers plan on post-Bre..
                 

Jet Airways to stop free meals in Economy class from September 25

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Full-service carrier Jet Airways airlines said on Wednesday that it will no longer be providing free meals to passengers opting for the lowest fares. The move will be implemented on Jet Airways’ domestic flights on its Economy class from bookings done from September 25 onwards. The unbundle plan covers the 'Economy Light' and 'Economy Deal' categories in the domestic sector, the airline said, adding however flyers will continue to get free beverages, including tea and coffee. The airline said following this, its tickets in these two buckets will become cheaper as the cost of meals in inclusive of the ticket fare now. "From September 25, guests travelling in the Economy and booking 'Light'/'Deal' fares for travel from September 28 on its domestic flights, will not only be able to avail of competitive low fares but have the opportunity to buy meals from a specially curated on-board menu," Jet Airways said, adding complimentary beverages including tea and coffee will be served to a..
                 

mid-day garden audit: BMC orders to place complaint book in every park

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You can now register complaints or give suggestions about your favourite garden while taking a stroll inside it. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started keeping complaint books in every garden to encourage citizens to be actively involved in its maintenance. The idea came from citizens and activists who participated in mid-day's Garden Safety Audit Round Table conference in July this year. Following mid-day's suggestion, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (DMC), in charge of Garden Department, Dr Kishor Kshirsagar issued a circular (on September 12) to all 24 ward officers and zonal garden department officials, directing them to keep complaint/suggestion books in the cabins of security guards in every BMC garden. Involving citizensAccording to the circular (a copy of which is with mid-day), many citizens often complain about the state of the garden's cleanliness, maintenance of the gym and play equipment, benches, etc. Following this, and to address these grievances prope..
                 

Narendra Modi govt has forgotten Lord Ram: Togadia

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Alleging that the Narendra Modi government has forgotten Lord Ram, former VHP president Pravin Togadia Wednesday said his supporters will march from Lucknow to Ayodhya on October 21 to awaken the Centre from its slumber. Togadia, who now heads an organisation called Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad, said the Centre has reneged on its promises. "Our expectation was that that a Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya through an act of Parliament, that education will be made affordable and crores of our youth will get jobs. Petrol will become cheaper and farmers will be exempted from repaying their debts," Togadia told reporters here on way to Haldwani to attend a programme of his outfit. Accusing the Modi government of belying all the expectations, he said it "has forgotten Lord Ram and become the advocate of Muslim women" on the issue of triple talaq. He said the Parishad will take out a march from Lucknow to Ayodhya on October 21 to awaken the Centre from its sleep. Catch up on all the lat..
                 

Pakistan militants continue terror attacks in India: US report

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The Trump administration on Wednesday praised India for its significant counter terrorism actions and said Pakistan-based militant groups continued their terror attacks in the country. In its annual 'Country Report on Terrorism', as mandated by the Congress, the State Department said the Indian leadership expressed resolve to prevent terrorist attacks domestically and to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorism, in cooperation with the US and other like-minded countries. The parts of India seriously impacted by terrorism in 2017 included Jammu and Kashmir, the northeast Indian states, and parts of central India in which Maoists remain active, it said. "India continued to experience attacks, including by Pakistan-based terrorist organisations as well as tribal and Maoist insurgents. Indian authorities blamed Pakistan for cross-border attacks in the state of Jammu and Kashmir," the report said. India, the report said, continued to apply sustained pressure to detect, disrupt and d..
                 

Pakistan troops slit BSF jawan's throat in Jammu

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A BSF jawan's throat was slit and his body bore multiple bullet injuries after the missing trooper was found killed by Pakistani troops in the Jammu region, in a first of its kind barbaric act against Indian forces along the International Border, officials said on Wednesday. The officials said a "high alert" has been issued to all formations along the 192-km long International Border (IB) and the 740-km LoC, which is manned by the Army. The brutal incident in Ramgarh sector on Tuesday was reminiscent of similar attacks in the past against Indian security forces along the LoC. The missing BSF jawan was identified as head constable Narender Singh. The BSF had earlier said the name of the victim was Narender Kumar. The incident came a day after Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the maiden "smart fence" project of the BSF in Jammu. BSF jawan arrested for 'sharing info'The Uttar Pradesh ATS arrested a BSF jawan from Noida on the charge of sharing vital information with Pakistan ISI..
                 

Man attacks daughter, son-in-law over inter-caste marriage in Hyderabad

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A man attacked his daughter and son-in-law with a machete and baldy injured them here on Wednesday, in another case of assault for family honour. Madhavi, 22, was battling for life while her husband Sandeep, 24, too suffered grievous injuries in the attack by Manoharachary. The incident occurred in the busy SR Nagar area, police said. Manoharachary, who was opposed to the marriage because Sandeep comes from another caste, had called the couple to meet and give them some presents. As soon as they reached the meeting point, he took out a machete from his bag and attacked them. The assailant first targeted his son-in-law and when the latter fell to the ground, he attacked his daughter. Madhavi too collapsed and bled profusely. They were shifted to a hospital, where the condition of Madhavi is stated to be critical. She suffered deep cuts on the neck and a hand. According to police, Madhavi and Sandeep were in love for last five years and wanted to marry. However, her upper caste family..
                 

Mumbai: Cops on lookout for red cocaine, the latest drug in parties

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The anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of the Mumbai police are 'red-dy' for action upon hearing that the latest party drug in town is red cocaine. Cocaine is traditionally a white powder and has long been a hit in high society circles. The police are now trying to find out if the same drug has been mixed with something to form red cocaine, and whether the new compound is dangerous. Suspected chemical mixtureInformers have told the police that red cocaine is made of a chemical mixture. The police now want to get their hands on the drug, by way of seizures, so that they can understand its composition. Deputy Commissioner of Police (ANC) Shivdeep Lande said, "We heard about red cocaine from informers, and are in the process of further investigation." ANC officers said red cocaine had not turned up anywhere in the international market, so they are taking it very seriously. Sources in the ANC said that the first alert came a few weeks ago, when an informant told them a new drug called red cocaine..
                 

Two minors gang-raped during temple visit in Pune; one dead

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Three days after a couple of 12-year-old girls were gang-raped during a visit to the local temple, one of the victims died in hospital yesterday. The Hinjewadi police have arrested two accused — one adult and a juvenile — who allegedly lured the girls with sweets and brutally raped them in broad daylight. The incident took place around 3.30 pm on Sunday, when the girls visited the Sant Tukaram Maharaj temple in Hinjewadi, around a 1-km walk from their homes. Senior Inspector Shivaji Gaware from Hinjewadi police station said, "Both the girls are 12 years old. The accused lured them with sweets, took them to the bushes and gang-raped them." The incident only came to light yesterday, when one of the victims' was rushed to Sassoon General hospital with complaints of severe weakness. She was found to be under trauma, and was immediately admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). There, she slipped into a coma. Late on Wednesday night, she was pronounced dead by the doctors. M..
                 

Nothing to rave about this rage

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Virat Kohli continues to portray his angry young man image, and who is to say he doesn't enjoy doing so. During the 2014-15 World Cup in Australia, he picked a fight with a journalist who was in no way connected to his grouse (girlfriend Anushka being blamed for his poor form on the 2014 tour of England). More recently, he responded unpleasantly to an Indian journalist who asked him whether tags like 'the best Indian team in 15 years' put pressure on his team. Yes, the question was asked soon after India lost the fifth and final Test to make the scoreline 1-4 at the Oval in London. Yes, the question ought to have mentioned Ravi Shastri, because it was the head coach who indicated after the defeat in Southampton that this Indian team's success in such a short time was a 15-year exclusive. Yet, the question to Kohli was a fair one, and I wonder what some pundits mean when they say it was a loaded one. How should Kohli have responded to a question like that? Offer no comments? Utter "ne..
                 

Manish Sisodia urges people to preserve Delhi's historical sites

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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday urged the people to engage in "preserving" historical sites around them. His remarks came after visiting a restored and maintained version of a heritage site in west Delhi. Located in Sector 12 in Dwarka, the Baoli (stepwell) went into restoration in an unrecognisable state two years ago is now ready for sightseeing, a statement from Sisodia's office said. The Dwarka Baoli is one of the smallest baolis of the national capital unlike its more celebrated counterparts -- Agrasen ki Baoli, Rajon ki Baoli and Gandhak ki Baoli. It was discovered in 2011 from under a foliage of thick vegetation and large group of trees. Sisodia also congratulated the Delhi Department of Archaeology for their "remarkable job in restoring the heritage stepwell", and urged the people to visit more of such historical structures around the city. "I urge the people of Delhi to visit such historical structures to experience the city's amazing history and ..
                 

Ganesh Chaturthi shocker: Minor girl raped outside Ganpati pandal

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A teenage girl visited a Ganesh pandal in order to offer prayers during the ongoing Ganesh Chaturthi festival here in Maharashtra. It was during that time when she was allegedly raped by a 24-year-old man at the place, said the police on Wednesday. It was Monday night when the incident took place. The 13-year- old girl along with some other children had gone to the Ganesh pandal which was set up at Agar village in Dahanu area, according to a statement by Palghar police spokesperson Hemant Kumar Katkar. The accused who is a pandal contractor had apparently lured the girl on some pretext and then took her behind the Ganesh venue and allegedly raped her there and fled, he said. The girl later informed about the incident to her parents, who lodged a complaint against the accused at Dahanu police station, Katkar said. A search was on for the accused and offences were registered against him under IPC section 376 (rape) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offe..
                 

Mumbai: Tak tak gang members held for stealing CMO official's purse

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Two members of a gang, which allegedly stole the purse and mobile phone of an official in the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office (CMO), have been arrested, police said on Tuesday. The arrested men belong to the infamous 'Tak Tak Gang', a police officer said. The incident took place on September 5, when Nidhi Kamdar, an Officer on Special Duty in the CMO, was visiting a shop near the Jehangir Art Gallery. A man approached the driver of the police vehicle Kamdar had arrived in, and told him he had dropped money on the road, the police officer said. As the driver's attention was diverted, another man picked up Kamdar's purse left behind in the vehicle, and fled, he said. The Colaba police analysed CCTV footage, which led to the arrest of two accused, he said. The official said there would be more arrests. The arrested men belong to a gang which had carried out at least 10 such thefts using the same modus operandi, he said. The gang acquired the name as its members knock on vehicle wind..
                 

PM Modi's Swachh Bharat hollow slogan, says Rahul Gandhi

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Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the "tragic death" of sewer worker Anil in west Delhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said, "PM's Swachh Bharat is a hollow slogan when he is blind to the plight of thousands of manual scavengers". "Anil's tragic death in the sewers of Delhi and photographs of his grieving son have made headlines worldwide," said Gandhi on Twitter. "Our PM's 'Swachh Bharat' is a hollow slogan when he's blind to the plight of thousands of manual scavengers forced to excavate toilets and sewer lines in inhuman conditions," he added. Anil, 20, died while cleaning a Delhi Jal Board (DJB) sewer pit in west Delhi's Dabri on Friday evening. The incident took place less than a week after the death of five workers inside a sewage pipe of DLF Capital Greens in Moti Nagar. Gandhi had hit out at PM Narendra Modi and his government and said that dictatorship has become a "profession" and the attack would be remembered as an act of "political atrocity". T..
                 

Pakistan's Imran Khan in Saudi Arabia on maiden foreign visit

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday on his first foreign visit since coming to power, with speculation swirling that he may be seeking economic assistance from the oil-rich ally. The two-day trip began exactly one month after Khan assumed office, with Pakistan possibly seeking billions of dollars in assistance from allies as it seeks to avert a balance-of-payments crisis. Khan, who was accompanied by Finance Minister Asad Umar and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, was set to meet Saudi King Salman in the western city of Jeddah, local officials said. "A state banquet will be hosted by King Salman at the Royal Court," the Saudi information ministry's Centre for International Communications said in a statement. "Khan will (also) meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudi-Pakistani talks will touch on key bilateral, regional and international matters." Former cricket great Khan and his cabinet face challenges including a faltering economy, mili..
                 

Raghubar Das: Anti-government protests in state are sponsored

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Dubbing all anti-government protests across the state as "sponsored", Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has ruled out any resentment among tribals against his government on land issues and said the maoists and other forces are hampering the development works of the government. In an interaction with media persons here, he also claimed that the BJP would win all the 14 parliamentary and 60 out of 81 assembly seats in 2019 elections to Lok Sabha and the Assembly. "Opposition has no issues. They are raking up the issues he for the sake of publicity. Their protest is limited on newspapers only. All these protests are 100 per cent sponsored," Das said. "Yes, 100 per cent...200 per cent sponsored. It's planned," he said when asked about what he meant by sponsored protests. "What I am saying is saying from my experience of more than three years of governance. There are some anti national forces which are stopping the state's development. They want the poor remain poor so that there co..
                 

Congress to take part in Jammu and Kashmir polls

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The Congress on Wednesday said it will participate in the upcoming municipal and panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing the media here, G.A. Mir, President of Jammu and Kashmir Congress unit, said his party had decided to take part in the polls to "keep the communal forces away". In an earlier statement, Mir had said the situation was not favourable for holding elections. The National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party have announced a boycott of the elections. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has also decided to stay away from the polls. While municipal elections for the two corporations of Srinagar and Jammu and 77 municipal committees are being held in October, the panchayat polls across the state are scheduled to be held in November-December. 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 ..
                 

Shiv Sena blames BJP and ruling allies for Goa's political crisis

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The Shiv Sena on Wednesday accused the BJP, which had "insulted" the democracy by forming the government in Goa despite lacking majority, of being solely responsible for the current political situation in the state. The Sena alleged that the BJP's ruling allies -- Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) -- were trying to destabilise the government, as leaders of these parties were vying for the top post in the state. "The health condition of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has deteriorated. We wish him a speedy recovery... Parrikar is a popular leader in Goa and the news of his health has created anxiety among the people of the state," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'. "Some of his cabinet colleagues are also unwell. So it is as if the entire Goa cabinet is in the ICU. Goa has become a leaderless state and the administration is not able to function. All this has led to political instability, which is not good for the state," it..
                 

Latest EVMs will be used in Rajasthan assembly polls, says CEC Rawat

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In a first of its move, a total for 51,796 poll centres across the state of Rajasthan will be seen using EVM-M3 electronic voting machines with VVPATs in the 200 Assembly constituencies for the upcoming elections in the state. These EVM machines will help to conduct the Assembly elections in a smooth and transparent manner, a top Election Commission official said on Tuesday. "The EVMs and VVPATs are totally reliable, safe and tamperproof," Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Om Prakash Rawat told a press conference here on Tuesday. Shedding light on the special features of the EVM-M3 machines, he said that these EVMs have tamper detect mechanism. "Once you touch it, it will go to factory mode and shall stop working." "We are also undertaking booth awareness programmes in the state. People are being informed to dispel any doubts about these machines," he added. The Election Commission team was on a two-day visit to Jaipur to review preparations and arrangements made in the state for e..
                 

Rs 225 crore subsidy for milk farmers delayed due to bank a/c details

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The delay in submission of bank account details of dairy farmers in Maharashtra has led to a subsidy worth Rs 225 crore getting stuck at the government level, an official has said. The Maharashtra government had taken a decision some months back to provide a subsidy of Rs 5 per for every litre of milk to the co-operative and private producers to convert it into milk powder.These cooperative societies have already submitted their applications to seek subsidy from the government, but they have been asked to prove that the milk purchased by them is of cow and supplied by dairy farmers only. To provide the subsidy in a transparent manner, the authorities have also asked for bank account details of dairy farmers so that the amount can be transferred directly to them, the official from the dairy development department said.Once the bank accounts are verified by the authorities, the subsidy amount would be released, he said.The subsidy rate of Rs 5 per litre of milk is applicable from August ..
                 

NSUI: DU students union President gave fake papers to get admission

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The Congress-backed National Students' Union of India (NSUI) has alleged that newly elected Delhi University Students' Union president Ankiv Baisoya of RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had submitted fake documents to gain admission in the varsity. The ABVP, however, said the university allowed Baisoya's admission after due verification of document submitted by him. The NSUI released a letter from Thiruvalluvar University sent in response to a communication from the student's body. It stated that the BA certificate submitted by Baisoya from the university was fake. The NSUI said Baisoya had presented a mark-sheet for taking admission in MA (Buddhist Studies), but the Thiruvalluvar University clearly refused to have enrolled a student of such name and a mark-sheet of that serial number was not in their record. "Delhi University gave admission to Ankiv Baisoya after due verification of its documents. Even today DU has all the right to verify documents of any stu..
                 

Russia blames Israel for recce aircraft crash

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A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian defence ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria. The Russian military said that the Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft was hit 35 kilometres off the coast late Monday as it was returning to its home base nearby. "The Israeli pilots were using the Russian aircraft as a shield and pushed it into the line of fire of the Syrian defense," Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement. A Russian defence ministry statement said defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, that Israel is "fully to blame" for the deaths. The military said Israel did not warn it of its operation over Latakia province until one minute before the strike, which did not give the Russian plane enough time to..
                 

Why is there still so much garbage, asks BMC chief Ajoy Mehta

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is unwilling to believe the claims of its departments about the reduction in garbage collected every day to 7,200 metric tonnes from 9,500 metric tonnes. The authority wants its officers to verify the data submitted by ward offices. At the review meeting of BMC officers, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said he wanted to ensure that there is an even further reduction in garbage collected for which it is important that segregation and collection is done properly. He also wanted more emphasis laid on recycling at source. Mehta wanted deputy municipal commissioners to visit wards and check statistics regarding house-to-house collection, which has taken a hit owing to non-availability of infrastructure to collect waste from slums. He also wanted checks on segregation and elimination of garbage dumps as BMC wants to reduce dependence on them. A civic official said, "The civic chief was unhappy with the progress of reduction in waste reaching ..
                 

Mumbai: Illegal posters defacing Malad Metro line pillars removed

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Fearing serious action after mid-day's eye-opening report on the illegal posters put up on the under-construction Dahisar-D N Nagar Metro pillars near Malad, the owner of an eye care centre advertised in them allegedly got them removed. The pillars have also been cleaned up. mid-day had reported on the issue on September 9 (Illegal posters deface Malad Metro line pillars). The 150-200m stretch in Malad was replete with illegal advertisements and banners. On Tuesday, when mid-day visited the stretch, this reporter found that the posters had been removed and the piers were cleaned. Sticky problemMMRDA has been constantly faced with the problem of illegal posters and banners put up on the piers of metro and monorail. The major problem especially crops up during the festival season. Stickers are also pasted on the monorail pillars in Wadala, Lalbaug and Parel. Removing them is a daunting task as the glue used is so strong that it doesn't come off easily. Insightful reportmid-day's repor..
                 

Man held for raping 7-year-old niece in Noida

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A 31-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping his minor niece after intoxicating her with sedatives mixed in cold drink at his house in Noida, police said. The seven-year-old girl, who lives with her family in Delhi, had come to stay with her uncle and aunt in Noida Sector 15, police said. On Tuesday, when the girl's father reached the uncle's house, he found her unconscious. Later, she told her father that the uncle used to give her the cold drink everyday for the last few days after which she would lose consciousness, a police official said. Alarmed by his daughter's ordeal, the father approached the Sector 20 police station. "An FIR was lodged on a complaint by the girl's father around 6.45 pm. The father alleged that the uncle of the child had raped her after giving her sedatives at their home," the official said. The accused was arrested within hours, the official said. He has been booked under the Indian Penal Code Sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation..
                 

Marine Drive hit-and-run: Accused identified but untraceable

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Two days after a 55-year-old businessman out jogging on Sunday morning was killed in a hit-and-run at Marine Drive, the police have identified the accused. However, while the police know where in Malad the accused lives, he is currently untraceable. Kalbadevi resident, Ashwini Jain, who owned a textile business, was at Marine Drive as usual on Sunday morning. Witnesses told the police that there were four or five cars racing on Marine Drive at the time. After the accident, the police got down to looking for the accused and scanned CCTV footage along the possible route the accused could have taken. On Tuesday morning, the police found the car number, through which they located the home of the accused, but he was not at home when the cops came knocking. The spot where Jain was crossing the road after parking his bike at B D Somani Chowk When mid-day reached B D Somani Chowk where the accident took place, an eyewitness said as soon as the incident happened, a well-built man, who was al..
                 

Rahul Gandhi says, Narendra Modi a 'chowkidar' who lets in thieves

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a 'chowkidar' who opens the door and lets thieves in. Addressing a public meeting in this Andhra Pradesh town, he said that if Modi was a real 'chowkidar' he would have sacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for allowing fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to leave the country. Gandhi said Modi did not sack Jaitley because he himself was corrupt. The Congress leader cited the Rafale deal in support of his allegation. He said after becoming the Prime Minister, Modi changed the contract signed during the previous UPA government to buy 126 fighter jets. He alleged that the price for each jet was increased to Rs 1,600 crore from Rs 526 crore decided earlier. Gandhi said the contract was snatched from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), which had 70 years experience of making aircraft, and given to a private company. He said Jaitley himself admitted that Mallya met him and told him that he was leaving the c..
                 

No coercive action against sale of available banned FDC drugs: Delhi HC

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In an interim order, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed that no coercive steps be taken against the sale of 328 fixed-dose combination (FDC) drugs that were banned by the government last week but are still available in the market. The order came on pleas filed by different pharma companies to challenge a Ministry of Health and Family Welfare decision to ban the manufacture, sale and distribution of these FDC drugs with immediate effect. Justice Vibhu Bakhru said that the interim order would apply to companies that had moved the court and sought the Ministry's reply. The matter was listed for September 27. It also asked the companies to give the batch numbers of the stock available in the market. The petitioners included firms like Wockhardt, Glenmark, Obsurge Biotech, Alkem Laboratories, Coral Laboratories, Mankind Pharma, Lupin, Macleods, Laborate and Koye Pharmaceuticals. The Ministry last week restricted the manufacture, sale and distribution of six FDCs subject to certai..
                 

There will be no Hindutva without Muslims in India: Mohan Bhagwat

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Often under attack for its "exclusionary" agenda, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said there will be no "Hindu rashtra" without Muslims in India and Hindutva encompasses fraternity and unity in diversity.Expounding on the Hindutva concept in his second of the three-day lecture series, he said that Hindutva was the basic thought of all communities residing in India. Bhagwat, speaking at the event "Future of Bharat: An RSS perspective" at Vigyan Bhavan here, also said that the Sangh firmly believed in the Indian Constitution and does not take part in politics.He spent a large part of his over 80-minute speech expounding on the RSS' adherence to the concept of Hindutva and said unity in diversity, sacrifice, self-control and a spirit of gratitude were defining characteristics of Hindutva. With the Congress and other parties accusing the RSS of following a divisive agenda and trying to impose uniformity, Bhagwat said there is no Hindutva without minorities being part of the so..
                 

Manoj Tiwari doing 'drama' by breaking sealing: AAP

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The AAP on Tuesday slammed Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari for doing "drama" by breaking the lock of a sealed property and demanded that he resign for corruption in municipal corporations in the national capital. "The drama done by Manoj Tiwari on Sunday is just a way of distracting the traders in Delhi because BJP does not want to solve the problems faced by the people of Delhi," Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Atishi told the media. "Otherwise," she asked, "how is it possible that the building which was sealed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led municipal corporation was then broken by a BJP leader?" The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) on Tuesday filed a complaint with the police after a video footage of Tiwari breaking a sealed lock of a house in an unauthorised colony during his Sunday visit to Gokulpuri went viral in the social media. Further raising questions on the intentions of the BJP on sealing drive, Atishi asked if the party was so worried about the traders in Del..
                 

Manipur student molested on suburban train in Navi Mumbai

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A 22-year-old researcher from Manipur commuting with her European colleague was allegedly molested on a running train on September 11, railway police said Monday. The victim approached Vashi railway police on Monday and filed a complaint, the official said. In her complaint, the victim stated that she was molested on September 11 by an unidentified man in a general compartment on a train while it was travelling between Vashi and Govandi stations on the suburban Harbour line. She told police that she was returning, along with her colleague, after some research work in Navi Mumbai to their hostel in the eastern suburbs. She said that the man had touched her inappropriately taking advantage of the peak hour crowd in the coach, police said. While she and her colleague tried to nab the man, other passengers remained mute spectators and the accused managed to flee, the complainant told police. The victim narrated her ordeal on social media on Saturday. A case had been registered under sec..
                 

Aircel-Maxis case: SC allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Karti Chidambaram, accused in Aircel-Maxis money laundering case to travel to the United States of America from September 20 to 30, for his daughter's admission. However, the apex court asked Karti to follow the rules and regulations that were issued earlier. On September 17, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had reportedly told the top court that to delay the investigation, Karti has been misusing the liberty granted to him to travel abroad. Meanwhile, the Delhi Patiala High Court adjourned the hearing on the plea filed by the ED seeking cancellation of interim relief granted to Karti till September 25. The case, which emerged out of the 2G spectrum cases, pertains to a grant by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to firm M/S Global Communication Holding Services Ltd for investment in Aircel. The FIPB approval was allegedly granted in the year 2006 when P. Chidambaram was the Finance Minister under the UPA-I government. It's worth poi..
                 

No vote if MMRDA does not change DN Nagar Metro station to underground

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While the MMRDA is keen to start the work on the D N Nagar to Mankhurd metro line 2B, the citizens group that has been opposing the overground metro and have been demanding an underground metro instead organised a press conference on Monday where they claimed that the documents gathered through RTI also stated that an underground metro is a much better option over the elevated metro corridor. In order to gather more support for their demands, on October 5 the citizens have planned to have a major demonstration from Andheri's D.N. Nagar to Bandra Masjid. "If the governments goes ahead with the plan of an elevated corridor then we will vote against them. It's shocking that even though BJPs 2 MLA's Ashish Shelar and Ameet Satam have opposed overground Metro in the assembly the Chief Minister is not responding. We strongly condemn the high handedness of the CM who is not listening to the people's voice who have made him the CM of the state." added Ashoke Pandit, Convenor of Mumbai A..
                 

Man who killed in Telangana arrested in Bihar

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A hired killer who murdered a young Dalit man in a case of honour killing in Telangana's Miryalguda town was arrested from Bihars Samastipur district on Tuesday, police said. Subhash Sharma, who was allegedly hired to murder Pranay Kumar, was taken into custody from Jagatsinhpur. Samastipur police officer Paritish Kumar said Sharma was arrested by a team of Telangana Police along with the local police. He was produced in a court and handed over to Telangana Police on transit remand. Pranay Kumar, 23, was hacked to death on Friday as he was coming out of a hospital along with his wife Amrutha Varshini, with whom he had an inter-caste marriage. They were in love since their school days and had married against the wishes of the girl's parents. Since then, he was facing threats to his life. Amrutha, who is five-months pregnant, blamed her father, Maruthi Rao, for the murder. Police earlier arrested Maruthi Rao, his brother Shravan Kumar and three others in the sensational case. Maru..
                 

Nun's rape: Bishop's anticipatory bail hearing on September 25

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The Kerala High Court on Tuesday agreed to hear an anticipatory bail plea from Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun and posted the matter for hearing on September 25. The court also asked the state government to file an affidavit. The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar filed the petition earlier on Tuesday before Justice V. Raja Vijayaraghavan. The bail plea came ahead of Mulakkal's appearance before a Kerala Police probe team on Wednesday. Mulakkal has asked the court to see that he was not arrested till the anticipatory bail plea was disposed. He reiterated that the complaint against him was false, concocted and meant to harass him. A Kerala nun has accused Mulakkal of repeatedly sexually abusing her between 2014 and 2016. An FIR was registered against the bishop and a 114-page detailed statement was taken from the nun and other inmates of the convent. Mulakkal was questioned by the police in August at his Jalandhar office. Meanwhile, an indefinite pr..
                 

Indrani Mukerjea and Peter Mukerjea begin divorce proceedings

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Sheena Bora murder accused Indrani Mukerjea has made a list of immovable properties, financial settlements including bank deposits and personal belongings which includes the window curtains. Highly placed sources informed mid-day that both Indrani and husband Peter Mukerjea have mutually agreed on a list of demands which was communicated through their respective lawyers. The list is a detailed one and runs in more than a page. Apart from the fixed deposit accounts in four banks, a list of immovable properties includes properties located in UK, Spain Marlow and two properties in Goa. Indrani arrives at Bandra Family Court. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar The Worli flat according to sources will be split between Indrani and Peter equally. The duo will be brought to family court at 10.30 am on Tuesday from Byculla and Arthur Road Jail respectively. Source purview to the divorce case on condition of anonymity said "They will be brought to the first floor of the family court, where all relevant verif..
                 

Tamilisai Soundararajan calls on 'roughed up' auto driver, gives sweets

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BJP Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan Tuesday visited an autorickshaw driver, whose alleged manhandling here after he posed a question to her on rising fuel prices triggered a controversy, and enquired about his well-being. The BJP leader's visit to the residence of Kathir in the city came a day after a video clip purportedly showing the man being shoved aside went viral on the social media, drawing widespread criticism of her. After the visit, Soundararajan told reporters that she called on the driver as a "wrong depiction" was being made out regarding the incident. On Monday, she had asserted the man "was not manhandled as is being claimed by some channels. I did not even see him, but I did answer his question," she had told PTI. The BJP leader uploaded a video of her visit to the house of Kathir on Twitter in which she is seen having a casual interaction with him enquiring about his well-being and offering sweets to his family members. Soundararjan, who was accompanied..
                 

Modi compromised national security in Rafale deal, says AK Antony

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Senior Congress leader A.K. Antony on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "gravely compromising national security and defence preparedness" by reducing to 36 the number of Rafale fighter jets purchased from France. "In 2000, the Indian Air Force (IAF) told the then NDA government that they require at least 126 fighter aircraft. With threats looming on both eastern and western borders, modern air power is very crucial. "In the present context, the threat perception has increased substantially and the IAF needs more than 126 fighters at the earliest. However, instead of catering to the need, the Modi government seriously jeopardised national security and air combat preparedness by unilaterally ordering only 36 Rafale jets," the former Defence Minister told the media here. Only the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) can decide on the number of aircraft and weaponry required, Antony said and added that Modi's announcement in 2015 to procure only 36 jets was a "grave violation"..
                 

Nalasopara terror plot: Accused sent to custody till September 25

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In a fresh development, four accused in the Nalasopara terror conspiracy case, namely Liladhar alias Vijay alias Bhaiyya Lodhi, Vasudev Suryawanshi, Bharat Kurne, and Sujit Kumar were sent to police custody by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) till September 25. Earlier today, one of the accused Sujit Kumar was sent for a medical examination after he alleged that he was beaten in custody. However, nothing was found in the report. The ATS arrested the other two accused Liladhar alias Vijay alias Bhaiyya Lodhi and Vasudev Suryawanshion September 10 from Maharashtra's Jalgaon district. Following the arrest, the ATS recovered three crude bombs, explosives, mobiles, four pen drives, and two numbers plates from the residence and garage of first accused. They also recovered one DVD, pocket diaries, mobile phones, SIM cards, pen drive and other documents from the residence of the second. The prosecuting lawyer of the ATS stated that the explosives were recovered from the residence of Vijay Lodh..
                 

Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das says state needs NRC

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As Assam is still is recovering from the impact of NRC, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das says there is a need for a National Register of Citizens (NRC) in his state also to check infiltration from Bangladesh because Hindus have become a minority in some districts. Assam in recent past had carried out the exercise of NRC to identify legal citizens and keep a track of infiltrators living in the state. He also favours job reservations on the basis of economic backwardness and called for a consensus on the issue. "We will take all Bangladeshis out one by one. There is no doubt about it. In Pakur, Hindus are now in a minority. Bangladeshis are more than 50 per cent in Pakur while the numbers have increased significantly in Sahebganj, Godda and Jamtara districts. We will implement NRC in Jharkhand," Das told IANS in an interview during a visit organised by the BJP's Good Governance Cell. The Jharkhand government has approached the union Home Ministry in this regard and is waiting for ..
                 

Haryana shocker: Another woman from Rewari alleges gang rape in Jind

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Close on the heels of a gang rape of a woman from Rewari, another woman hailing from the district Monday alleged that she was raped by two persons, who kidnapped and dragged her in the fields in Haryana's Jind district. Jind police have lodged an FIR on the complaint of the woman, who is a widow. The woman approached police in Julana in Jind, alleging that she was gang-raped. "The complaint was forwarded to the Women Police Station (in Jind) where the case was registered," Julana police station SHO, Surender Singh said over the phone. When contacted, an official of the Women's Police Station, Jind, said the woman in her complaint on Monday stated that she had come from Kosli in Rewari district to purchase some medicines for her ailment from Jind. Congress President Rahul Gandhi expressed his grief over the Rewari gangrape on social networking site Twitter. He tweeted: India hangs its head in shame as another one of its daughters is brutally gang raped. Prime Minister, your silence..
                 

MP BJP slams Rahul Gandhi's speech, terms it 'visionless'

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday dubbed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's address at a public gathering here as "visionless and devoid of any commitment". Holding a four-hour long, 15-km roadshow in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi had earlier in the day termed demonetisation as the "biggest scam" of the Narendra Modi government to convert black money into white. "Rahul Gandhi does politics of allegations while the BJP talks of development. There was no vision in his address nor any commitment," Narottam Mishra, spokesperson of the MP government said Monday. "It was a totally sponsored programme. Wherever Rahul has gone, the Congress has failed to form a government. We will win a fourth term in MP under the leadership of Shivraj Singh Chouhan," Mishra added. He also hit out Gandhi for allegedly failing to fulfil a promise made to Kaushal Shakya, a 10-year-old local boy who sells newspapers. On April 25, 2013, when Gandhi was heading for Raja Bhoj airport in a car, Kaushal approach..
                 

No more videotaping of MERC hearings

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Denying allegations that it compromised transparency by stopping video recording of public hearings, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) said, on Monday, that the practice was redundant as everything that happens at hearings is also recorded in written orders. MERC's legal member and former judge Iqbal Bohari said the commission had followed the rules in taking a unanimous decision of doing away with video recording. He was speaking at an event at Mumbai Press Club on Monday. "There are rules in criminal and civil matters on destroying documents after a certain time. The documents are classified under various categories and some have to be preserved permanently. The footage we have in storage is of no use and hence we have decided to destroy it. In addition, we also decided to stop recording of events such as public hearings because we have enough stenographers," said Bohari. He said most of the footage in store had lost its life and couldn't be played anymore. ..
                 

Rahul Gandhi: Scamsters won't be allowed to flee like Vijay Mallya

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday said people involved in Vyapam scam - an admission and recruitment racket - and e-tendering scam in Madhya Pradesh will not be allowed to flee the country like liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Several central agencies are probing irregularities in the examinations conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, also called VYAPAM (Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal) in Hindi, for admission in professional courses and recruitment for government jobs. "India's biggest Vyapam scam has taken place in MP, in which 50 persons were killed. The whole state knows who indulged in the theft and the people who profited from it. All know (about it)," Gandhi said at a public meeting at BHEL Dushhera Maidan here. "Likewise, e-tendering scam has taken place in MP," he added. It may be noted that the MP State Economic Offences Wing (EOW) is probing the e-tendering scam, allegedly running into several crore of rupees, since June. "If the Congress forms government..
                 

ED to SC: Karti Chidambaram misusing liberty to visit abroad

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Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, has been "blatantly misusing" the liberty granted to him by the court for travel abroad, using it to protract investigations, Enforcement Directorate informed the Supreme Court in a response on Monday. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud fixed for Tuesday the plea of Karti seeking its nod to travel to the United Kingdom. Karti has been facing criminal cases being investigated by the ED and the CBI. One of the cases relates to FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving foreign funds of Rs 305 crore when his father was the finance minister. ED, represented by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, has filed its response alleging that Karti, who is also facing proceedings in cases like Aircel-Maxis and money laundering matters, has been "blatantly misusing" the liberty granted by court in allowing him to travel abroad and has been using the same to protract the inv..
                 

Ex-president Cristina Kirchner charged in Argentina corruption scandal

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Ex-Argentina president Cristina Kirchner was charged with corruption as a judge asked that her parliamentary immunity be lifted so she can be detained, reports said Monday. She is accused of having accepted tens of millions of dollars in bribes in the notorious "corruption notebooks" scandal that has rocked Argentina's political and business elites. As a senator, Kirchner is protected by parliamentary immunity from imprisonment, although not from prosecution. Unless that immunity is lifted, she cannot be jailed, even if found guilty. However, last month the Senate did vote to partially lift her immunity so that investigators could search her three luxury homes. She has already been called in for questioning twice by Claudio Bonadio, the judge leading the wide-ranging corruption investigation, and is due to appear again on Tuesday. Kirchner is accused of heading an "illicit association." During her first two hearings she refused to answer Bonadio's questions, instead submitting a writ..
                 

Latur farmer gives up life savings so he can see his kids walk

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Smita, 6, and Abhay Dattarey, 5, are called the 'crawling children' in their village in Latur. While all the other kids their age are running around, the Dattarey siblings never learnt to walk because of a rare congenital condition called Tibial hemimelia. Their lower legs were short and folded inwards, leaving them with no option but to crawl on their knees. Their father, Dattarey Waghmare, 27, dreams of the day his children will walk to school. Earning a modest Rs 4,000 a month, the farmer has already spent his entire life savings and taken a deep dive into debt to pay for medical treatment to make his dream come true. Rare deformityDattarey had welcomed his firstborn, Smita, into the world in 2012, but was shocked when he saw that her legs were folded inwards, and she had seven toes on each foot. This also came as a shock to doctors in Latur, and it was only in Mumbai that experts diagnosed her with Tibial Hemimelia. It is a spectrum of deformity characterised by a shortened or ab..
                 

Women-driven vehicles to be exempted from odd-even plan

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Two-wheelers and four-wheelers driven by women plying in the national capital would be exempted from the odd-even vehicle rotation scheme, with the Supreme Court on Monday staying the NGT's 2017 direction, which had made it applicable for all vehicles. Under the scheme, which is currently not in force in Delhi, odd and even numbered vehicles are to ply on alternate days. As per the Graded Response Action Plan for Delhi and the National Capital Region, the odd-even scheme comes into effect automatically whenever the particulate matter PM10 and PM 2.5 rises to 500 microgram per cubic metre and 300 microgram per cubic metre respectively for 48 hours. The apex court's order came after the Delhi government said there were around 68 lakh two-wheelers and it would be "impossible to accommodate" the people in public transport if the odd-even plan was applied to two-wheelers also. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day And..
                 

Mumbai: Rajawadi hospital witnesses more deaths after outsourcing ICU

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Ghatkopar's Rajawadi Hospital has allegedly witnessed more than 30 deaths since August 6, the day its intensive care unit (ICU) was outsourced, while its computerised tomography (CT) scan machine has been non-operational for two months. The government had recently decided to outsource intensive care in peripheral hospitals, a move that was criticised ('Outsourcing ICUs in peripheral hospitals is waste of public money, say doctors' — mid-day, May 30). Rajawadi Hospital was outsourced to Criti Care, run by Dr Rajesh Tekchandani and Dr Seema Malik, a former chief medical superintendent of peripheral hospitals. Under the arrangement, Criti Care had to get MBBS doctors to run the ICU and rope in consultants and super-specialty experts. Sources from the hospital, requesting anonymity, have alleged that, instead of MBBS doctors, Criti Care has hired homeopathy and ayurvedic graduates with no experience in handling critical cases. "Some of these have not even submitted their degree ce..
                 

Prize for most eco-friendly home Ganesha goes to...

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Civic officials of F-South ward are looking for the 'Raja of environment' this Ganeshotsav. For the first time in the city, they have announced a competition for families who install eco-friendly Ganesh idols in homes (gharguti Ganpati), and celebrate the festival with an eye on the environment. Some of the criteriaThe criteria for the competition called 'Ganpati Mazha Paryavarancha Raja' (My Ganpati, the king of the environment), includes using eco-friendly homemade decorations that don't have even a tiny bit of plastic or thermocol. Participants will also be evaluated on the social message they pick, and there are extra points for those who immerse idols in artificial ponds. "Instead of the usual protocol of spreading awareness about using environment-friendly material, this year we also thought of introducing a competition to increase public participation. Immersion of idols in the sea adds to pollution, and is responsible for garbage washing up on beaches. Hence, we have encour..
                 

Why south Indians feed crows

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The second time I saw crows being fed rice was on a Sunday in Matunga, Mumbai's little south India. It was a typical mami - Tamil slang for middle-aged Brahmin lady - doing her morning things. Cooking done, she was forming steaming hot rice into ping-pong sized balls and lining them up along the back wall of her house. Almost on cue, several crows swooped down to carry them away. The first time I had seen the same thing was around four decades earlier, as a scruffy boy in knickers playing at my grandfather's house in Coimbatore. My grandmother, a stern lady with a no-nonsense face who had no hesitation in using the rod when entreaties failed, used to ritually place rice balls on the parapet every morning. My brother and I would count the crows as they fought over the rice. But it was only the third time that I saw crows and rice balls that I finally understood the reason for this seemingly virtuous and kind-hearted practice. The crows were being trained. To understand how I realised ..
                 

RSS attacked because of fear; diversity should be accepted,says Bhagwat

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In a first-of-its-kind outreach from which opposition leaders kept away, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said the organisation has emerged as a "power" in the country and many people target it out of fear but said diversity should be accepted and it should not become a reason for discord. In a 90-minute speech at the opening of a three-day event "Future of Bharat: An RSS perspective", he traced the history of RSS, expounded on the concept of Hindutva and the participation of women in the outfit that is perceived to be largely male dominated. "It's (RSS) work gets advertised automatically when its power increases. And when its work gets popular, then people try to learn more about it. And then few people target Sangh out of fear of its increasing power which is quite natural," he said to the gathering at the Vigyan Bhavan, normally reserved for state fucntions. Those present included several of the Modi government, bollywood personalities like Anu Kapoor, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ravi Kis..
                 

Man stabs cousin multiple times for refusing to marry him in Thane

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Thane: A 25-year-old man allegedly stabbed his 21-year-old cousin with a knife after she rejected his marriage proposal in Thane. Mumbra police station's senior inspector Kishore Pasalkar said that the accused is the victim's maternal uncle's son and he had proposed her several times in the past but she refused. The accused again approached the woman on Sunday evening, but when she declined his proposal, he stabbed her multiple times with the knife near her house at Samrat Nagar in Mumbra and fled. On hearing the woman's cries for help, her parents rushed to the spot and took her to the Kalwa civil hospital, Pasalkar said. The victim received eight stab wounds and was undergoing treatment at the hospital. Her condition was reported to be out of danger, Pasalkar said. The Mumbra police have launched a search for the accused and registered an offence against him under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder), the official said. Also Read: 30-year-old man arrested for stabbing an insu..
                 

Durga Puja 2018: Bollywood blockbuster 'Padmaavat' among puja themes

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Durga Puja is just around the corner and the entire city of Kolkata is gearing up to celebrate its favourite festival. Thousands from across the city visit various pandals to witness the lighting spectacle and unique themes and this year two prominent puja committees have planned loneliness of the elderly and setting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed film 'Padmaavat' as the theme of their pandals. In another puja, the organisers plan to draw crowds by creating a chariot made of 20 tonnes of silver. 'Shikorer Tane'(The Call of the Roots) is the theme of Shibmandiar Puja Committee that would focus on the plight of the elderly people whose children have left them for greener pasture, Partha Ghosh, one of the organisers of the south Kolkata puja told PTI. "We have seen how the elderly lead a lonely life after their children leave them behind and settle outside the city or the country. These people don't have anyone to look after them," Ghosh said. Organisers of the renowned Sreebhumi Spo..
                 

Rahul Gandhi begins roadshow in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi began his roadshow here on Monday after taking blessings from 11 Hindu priests as he kick-started his party's campaign in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. The 48-year-old Congress chief, whom the main opposition party in the state has been describing a 'Shiv bhakt' in banners and posters put up in Bhopal, arrived at the airport here earlier to a grand welcome. Gandhi was received at the airport by Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath and senior party leader and Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia among others. As he stepped out from the airport, several Congressmen holding the party flags chanted "Rahul Gandhi Zindabad". Hindu priests, chanting mantras, blessed Gandhi as he reached the Lalgathi area, amid a heavy security cover, to launch the poll campaign in Madhya Pradesh where the BJP has been ruling for the last 15 years. Before hopping on to a bus for the 15-km-long roadshow, Gandhi performed a 'puja'. Thousands of Congressmen thronged the road sides a..
                 

Karnataka govt to reduce prices of petrol, diesel by Rs 2

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Petrol and diesel will be cheaper by Rs 2 per litre across Karnataka from Tuesday following the reduction of cess by the state government, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said on Monday. "Our government has decided to reduce the cess on petrol and diesel. The fuel price will be decreased by Rs 2 per litre," the CMO tweeted. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy also announced the relief to the people at a public event at Kalaburagi, about 620 km northwest of the state capital. Petrol and Diesel prices all across India have been rising continously and common man is facing the pinch with this increase. The BJP govt has assured citizens that necessary steps are being taken and the prices will come down gradually. Karnataka govt is not alone in reducing prices as other state govts are also taking steps to regularise the petrol and diesel prices. The fuel prices will be slashed across the state post Monday midnight. Currently, the price of petrol in Bengaluru is Rs 84.74 per litre and diesel ..
                 

Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami greets PM Modi on his 68th birthday

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As Narendra Modi turns 68, Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday. In his greetings to the prime minister, Palaniswami extended his "warm wishes" to Modi "for a wonderful year ahead. " "On the joyous occasion of your birthday, I take great pleasure in conveying my warm wishes to you for a wonderful year ahead," the chief minister further added. Narendra Modi might not be favourite among opposition leaders and parties but on the occasion of PM's 68th birthday, all leaders cutting across party lines conveyed their best wishes to BJP's tallest leader and India's 14th prime minister. Narendra Modi will celebrate his birthday in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. "I pray that the almighty may grant you many more years of good health and strength to serve our nation and the people," he said in the message, which was released by the state government. Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi also greeted the prime minister on his birt..
                 

Typhoon Mangkhut toll in Philippines increases to 65

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The death toll from super typhoon Mangkhut has increased to 65 in the Philippines while 64 people were injured and 43 remain missing, police said on Monday. The Philippines National Police (PNP) said 54 of the fatalities were from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in Luzon island while seven were from Cagayan Valley, two in central Luzon and one each in Ilocos and Metro Manila, reports Xinhua news agency. The CAR, one of the worst-hit areas, is the only land-locked region of the Philippines. Presidential adviser Francis Tolentino said search and rescue operations continued to find the missing people especially in Itogon town where people, mostly miners and their families, are still feared trapped after a landslide in the remote village of Ucab. Mangkhut, which made landfall on Saturday morning in the northern Philippines, exited this Southeast Asian country later in the night. However, the strongest typhoon in the region so far this year left a trail of destruction across th..
                 

Meet our 'Laadli' scribe - Rupsa Chakraborty

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When mid-day's health correspondent Rupsa Chakraborty had gone in search of female condoms for her story, she found nothing but defeat and rejection at pharmacy after pharmacy. But nearly a year later, on September 14, it was a day of triumph for the journalist, who won the prestigious Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2017 for highlighting the struggle of women looking for protection during sex. Rupsa's front-page report, 'The real reason why Mumbai women won't buy that female condom', published in mid-day on November 8, 2017, detailed her struggle to buy the contraceptive device even as a series of shopkeepers either turned her away, ridiculed her or tried to fleece her. Her report, which won the Best Investigative Story in English (Western Region), highlighted how women battle stigma and ridicule from shopkeepers for the unthinkable crime of trying to protect themselves from STDs and unwanted pregnancy. The internal condom is said to be the most effective ..
                 

'Must appreciate that no bomb blasts occurred in country for 4 years'

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Isha Foundation founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Sunday said Indians must appreciate that no bomb blasts have occurred in the country in the last four years, barring border areas and thanked security forces for making a determined effort to tackle terror. "We must know and acknowledge and appreciate and enjoy one thing... that in the last four years there have been no bomb blasts in the country.. Whatever is happening is only in the border area and unfortunately in Kashmir," Sadhguru told reporters here. "Thanks to the security forces, a determined effort is being made in that direction (to tackle terror)," he said. Sadhguru is scheduled to take part in the seventh session of "Youth and Truth" series at NALSAR University of Law here on September 18. To a query on rape incidents, he said that society must be willing to debate how to handle human sexuality. "This has to be addressed," he said. On drug abuse by the younger generation, he said this was the time to really to come to terms ..
                 

Video of Manoj Tiwari breaking lock of seal sparks controversy

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A controversy erupted on Sunday after a video purportedly showing Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari breaking lock of a sealed house surfaced. The AAP and the Congress, while reacting sharply to the video, linked it with the ongoing sealing drive by the BJP ruled municipal corporations in the city. Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that after demonetisation and the GST, the sealing now by the BJP has "destroyed" Delhi. "They conduct sealing in the morning and break the lock in the evening. Do they feel people are fools," Kejriwal tweeted. The Delhi Congress, which is running 'Nyay Yudh' campaign' against "illegal" sealing of household industries in the city, demanded resignation of BJP MPs in Delhi, including Tiwari, for failing to protect the people hit by the sealing drive. Tiwari created "drama" by breaking the lock of the house sealed by the municipal corporation in Gokalpuri Sunday, alleged 'Nyay Yudh' campaign convener and former Congress MLA ..
                 

Dress that! Different avatars of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Silvery shine This shimmery shirt was worn by Narendra Modi in South Africa when he had gone on a four-nation Africa tour aimed at enhancing ties with the continent. Showcasing India as an attractive destination for defence production, the Prime Minister also sought deeper collaboration in the sector with South Africa, a major arms exporter, even as he thanked them for supporting India's bid for membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group. Hat-trick Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a traditional Assamese hat known as a 'Japi'. The hat was presented to him by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders at a party rally in Guwahati on November 30, 2014. During this rally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to halt illegal immigration from Bangladesh into Assam, saying they were 'destroying' the northeastern state. Impervious to sword or spear Narendra Modi, clad in Naga tribal costume, poses with a tribal Naga spear and a traditional machete (dao) during the inauguration of the Hornbill Fe..
                 

Gang of cheaters in LDC exam busted, six held in Kota

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Six people were arrested Sunday for faking their identity in LDC examinations here, police said yesterday. Ritesh Swarnkar and Sudhanshu Choudhary, both aged 23, were caught taking the exams in place of Santosh Meena and Virendra Meena, Bundi Superintendent of Police Om Prakesh told reporters in Kota. Superintendents of the exam center informed the police that the candidates' signatures and photographs were not matching with the one in examination documents. The police reached the examination center and interrogated the matter, the SP said. When the two were strictly interrogated, they confessed to their crime, he said. Further investigation into the matter is underway, he added. The other accused arrested were identified as Akhelish Meena (20), Dharmendra Meena (23) and Hem Singh Meena. Seventh accused in the Santosh Meena is absconding and efforts are underway to nab him, DSP Samandar Singh Champawat said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news h..
                 

HRTC buses stop plying on Leh-Delhi route due to cold

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The Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation (HRTC) has stopped plying its buses between Leh and Delhi as this route has been officially closed for winter season, an HRTC official said Sunday. The route was closed on Saturday. The 1,272-km-long highway is officially closed every year on September 15 as the roads freeze due to extreme cold at Baralacha La and Taglang La passes, HRTC regional manager Mangal Chand Manepa said. The buses can not ply on those roads as they become un-passable because of piles of unmelted snow, he said. The route remains closed for over eight months and is normally reopened from June 1 after observing the weather, the officer 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 ..
                 

Amarinder Singh to hold rally in Parkash Singh Badal's home turf Lambi

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will hold a rally in Lambi, the home turf of Parkash Singh Badal, to challenge his predecessor's "misleading" claims on sensitive cases of sacrilege, a spokesperson said Sunday. The chief minister will hold a rally in Badal's assembly constituency Lambi in the last week of September after zila parishad elections in the state, the spokesperson said. He said Amarinder Singh had taken serious note of Badal's "continued and wilful attempts to create communal unrest in the state through his deceitful statements on the report of Justice (Retd) Ranjit Singh Commission on the widespread incidents of sacrilege that had taken place during the SAD-BJP rule". "Badal has a habit of raising communal passions by spreading a web of lies and misusing religion every time around the elections," the spokesperson quoted Amarinder Singh as having said. The chief minister has "vowed to expose" the Akali leader's "real face" to the people of Punjab, he said. Notably, ad..
                 

Congress says Telangana voter list 'flawed', seeks EC's intervention

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The Congress on Sunday alleged that there were around 70 lakh discrepancies in the voter list in Telangana and said any election held on "flawed and inaccurate" electoral rolls would be a "fraud" with the people of the country. The party has also sought the Election Commission's intervention in the "strongest possible manner", Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) dissolved the Telangana assembly prematurely to swing elections in their favour by "manipulating" the voter list, he alleged. Sources indicated that the Congress might move court to ensure that the alleged discrepancies and anomalies in the electoral rolls are corrected before any election is held in the state. The Congress has already moved a petition in the Supreme Court on alleged discrepancies in electoral rolls in Rajasthan and MP, where polls are due this year-end. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid..
                 

Manohar Parrikar clearing files from AIIMS, no vacancy for Goa CM yet

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The ruling MLAs in Goa on Sunday continued to root for Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, insisting that the Chief Minister's post is not up for grabs, and claimed the ailing leader was clearing official files from AIIMS in Delhi. Parrikar was airlifted on Saturday and got admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi for treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer. "He is clearing files. Today, I got four files cleared by him. If he was not there, how could these have been cleared? When I met him the other day, he was clearing files. So where is the question of giving charge to anybody or giving anything else?" Public Works Department minister Sudin Dhavalikar told reporters in Panaji. Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho who claimed he had met the Goa Chief Minister in person in Delhi on Sunday, said that Parrikar was recovering well and that there was no vacancy for the top political post in the state. "He was in a very cheerful mood, he was taking rest. Even his..
                 

'Florence death toll at 15, including 2 from Carbon Monoxide'

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The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 15, including 10 in North Carolina and five in South Carolina. 42-year-old Jeffrey B Youngren of Elgin, South Carolina, died Sunday when a pickup truck hit a bridge piling in Kershaw County, said Coroner David West, who added that weather "played a big part" in the death. 23-year-old Michael Dalton Prince died Sunday after the truck he was riding in lost control on a flooded two-lane road in Georgetown County, South Carolina, said Coroner Kenny Johnson. The driver and another passenger escaped after the truck landed upside down in a flooded ditch. 63-year-old Mark Carter King and 61-year-old Debra Collins Rion of Loris, South Carolina, died of Carbon Monoxide poisoning from running a generator indoors, authorities said. A husband and wife died in a Fayetteville, North Carolina, house fire Friday. A mother and her 8-month-old child were killed when a massive tree crushed their brick house Friday in Wilmington, North Carolina. An 81-year-..
                 

Pappu Yadav: Will bring bill on crime against women

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Jan Adhikar Party chief and expelled RJD MP Pappu Yadav on Sunday said here that he will bring a private member's bill in the next Parliament session regarding crime against women. "I will bring a private member's bill in the Lok Sabha to ensure freedom of women from oppression, molestation and harassment," Yadav said. He said that he would propose that those accused of rape, molestation and oppression of women, if charge-sheeted, would not be allowed to contest elections or hold constitutional posts. Yadav said that as crime against women were increasing across the country, he was in favour of strong laws to tackle it. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates 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..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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A two-sided affairNCP president Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray appear lost in thought at the centenary celebration of a bank, held at NSCI, Worli, on Saturday. Pic/Atul Kamble Oh scrap!Festivals have a way of showcasing innovation. And the ingenious minds at the Lower Parel railway workshop followed this to the T. They created a Ganesh idol from scrap. Buffers, bells, train couplers, brake shoes, iron rods and other discarded metal remnants from old train coaches were used to form the body, the face was made from a T-bar and the head crown took shape from an old brass bell. Upcycling with a spiritual twist, we like. Mumbai poet wins bigThe winners of the The Great Indian Poetry Contest (TGIPC), a nationwide hunt, were announced over the weekend with a familiar face making the list as first runner-up. The judging panel comprising Javed Akhtar, Kalki Koechlin and Kausar Munir chose noted city-based poet Rochelle Potkar as runner-up for her poem, War Specials &mda..
                 

Syrians in government areas vote in first local polls since 2011

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Syrians in government-controlled areas cast their ballots on Sunday in the first local elections there since 2011, when the country's ill-fated uprising erupted against President Bashar al-Assad's rule. Seven years since the last vote, the conflict has killed more than 360,000 people, forced millions more to flee, and left the economy in tatters. Now, Syrian troops are back in control of around two-thirds of the country after a string of victories, most recently around Damascus and in southern Syria. Polling booths opened at 7:00 am (local time) across government-held parts of the country and will be open for 12 hours, with a potential five-hour extension depending on turnout, reported state news agency SANA. It said more than 40,000 candidates would compete for 18,478 seats on local administrative councils. In Damascus, election posters mostly featuring incumbents were plastered across public squares, including in the Old City. Mohammad Kabbadi, a 42-year-old government employee, cas..
                 

Professor speaks out about 'sexual assault' by Trump Supreme Court pick

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A college professor has gone public for the first time to accuse President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, prompting calls by the opposition to postpone the nomination vote. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, initially detailed the allegations about Brett Kavanaugh in confidential letters to her Congresswoman and later to California Senator Diane Feinstein, a senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. Ford told the Washington Post in an interview published Sunday she had decided to come forward because she felt her "civic responsibility" was "outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation" after the basic outlines of the story emerged in US media last week. Kavanaugh had previously released a statement on Friday denying the incident, saying: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time." Ford, who is a registered Democrat herself, told the Post th..
                 

Dharmendra Pradhan urges Odisha govt to slash taxes on petrol, diesel

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Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday urged the Odisha government to cut taxes on fuel in order to bring down prices of petroleum products in the state. "Several states have reduced taxes on fuel and Odisha government needs to follow their footsteps by slashing taxes on petro products in order to provide relief to the people," Pradhan told reporters here. The cooperation of the state government is required to bring fuel prices under control, he said. Stating that states get benefited whenever crude oil prices rise in the international market, Pradhan said the Odisha government, which was collecting around Rs 3,000 crore tax from fuel in 2014, now gets Rs 7,000 crore. Reacting to the Union minister's comments, BJD spokesman Pratap Deb sought to know what happened to the "huge taxes" collected by the central government from fuel during the last four-and-a-half years. He said the Centre, which was earlier charging 6 per cent excise duty on petrol, is now levying 19 per..
                 

Retired officer turns to HC for his dues, again

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Running from pillar to post, for his hard-earned money, has become a full time profession for retired Assistant General Manager Raja Basu. The former Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) employee has now filed a fresh petition before the court seeking the release of his dues from the Assistant Labour Commissioner. In his petition, he says that Kalpana Sisodia, Assistant Labour commissioner, Central 3 , who was custodian of his gratuity of Rs 20 lakh from his Rs 45 lakh dues, has allegedly issued an order asking Basu to obtain direction from High Court to release the said amount or get consent of management of SCI, for releasing the payment. According to the mandate of gratuity law, as soon as the employer deposits the gratuity amount with the office of controlling authority, the same shall be released immediately, to the concerned employee. Advocate Rajeshwar Panchal, who is representing Basu said, "It is unfortunate that Basu, who had served SCI for over two and half decades, is..
                 

It's enough to make a man sick

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Dengue fever took me out of the world recently for about ten days. It is a debilitating and depressing disease that can be threatening. My blood platelet count dropped to 59,000 (normal range: 1.5 to 4 lakh) which meant five days at a clinic under an IV drip. The nurse asked how I got dengue, and I wasn't sure, because it hit me just before I boarded a flight from Bangalore, where I had gone for two book functions. The flight was an ordeal, and when I reached home, my son told me I was 104.1 F. The aedes mosquito must have attacked me before I left Gurugram for Bangalore - possibly hatched at the construction site next door. Such is the price of progress. I gradually returned to the world this weekend; while ill, I could not even speak coherently. Now typing seems like an art to be mastered again. What makes it easier to return, and more depressing, is that the news appears to be much the same. The same incompetent running of our economy, the same doublespeak and lies by the governme..
                 

Forging alliances on the path to glory

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Closing ranks is unusual to the Congress that has been trying to consolidate itself in the run-up to the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in some important states. Historically, factions within the party have dented its prospects more than any other rival political outfit. So, getting together for a cause, say pushing the BJP back at least in their respective state elections, is seen with a perennial doubt if the unity would stand power politics. Maharashtra is one such state where the Congress has started a process to have 'feudal lords' on the same page. But it took a change at the top – opposition leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge replaced a long-time ineffective general secretary in-charge of Maharashtra Mohan Prakash – to get the party its act together. Kharge was in Mumbai on Sunday to give a patient hearing to the party leaders from Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra who had a complaint or two, and some important issues that they want the high command to decide for..
                 

Mayawati: Mob lynching in name of cow vigilantism 'blot on democracy'

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Terming mob lynching in the name of cow vigilantism as a "blot on democracy", BSP supremo Mayawati Sunday accused the BJP governments of laxity and indifference on the issue. "The increasing tendency of indulging in mob lynching in the name of cow vigilantism in the BJP-ruled states is a blot on democracy, yet the governments are exercising laxity and are being indifferent to it," Mayawati told reporters here. "These activities of the BJP governments (against the Dalits, tribals, backwards, Muslims and Christians) are going on since inception and are result of the BJP's intention to go against the Constitution and maintaining a step-motherly relationship with the Constitution. This has been the part of the basic policy of the BJP, which has assumed alarming proportions after they came to power." Mayawati was speaking to reporters here after she moved into her new residence vacating her sprawling bungalow on Supreme Court orders.Accusing the BJP of resorting to different diversionary ..
                 

Rajnath Singh visits AIIMS to inquire about Manohar Parrikar's health

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday visited AIIMS to inquire about the health of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer. "Also spoke to the doctors who are supervising his treatment. I pray for his good health and quick recovery," Rajnath Singh tweeted. Parrikar, 62, was on Saturday admitted at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for treatment and examination. He has been in and out of hospitals in the US, Mumbai and Goa since February. BJP's central observers B L Santhosh and Ram Lal are likely to arrive in Goa Sunday afternoon to take stock of the political situation and initiate a discussion with party leaders and alliance partners for a possible merger. The Parrikar-led government is ruling the state with the support of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Independents. "The central observers will meet BJP legislators and office-bearers followed by a meeting with the GFP, ..
                 

Political strategist Prashant Kishor joins Janata Dal-United

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Election strategist Prashant Kishor on Sunday formally joined the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ahead of the party's state executive meeting here. JD-U spokesperson Sanjay Singh confirmed Kishor's joining. "Now Prashant Kishor is a JD-U leader," Singh said. Shortly after the announcement, Kishor tweeted: "Excited to start my new journey from Bihar!" Excited to start my new journey from Bihar! — Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) September 16, 2018 The 41-year-old former UN official, who founded the Indian Political Action Committee (I-Pac), was tasked with running the JD-U's campaign during the 2015 Bihar polls after he parted ways with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). After the success of the Grand Alliance, Nitish Kumar naming Kishor as his advisor for planning and programme implementation. He was accorded the status which was equivalent to a state Cabinet Minister. Last week, Kishor hinted at his political debut while ad..
                 

Two men arrested by Special Task Force for dacoities and killings

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Two men allegedly involved in several dacoities and killings in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh were arrested Saturday by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force following an encounter in Gautam Buddh Nagar, officials said. The accused - Deepak Bawaria and Pradeep Bawaria - members of notorious Bawaria gang were involved in dacoities and killings, they said. Deepak was from Farukkhabad in UP, while Pradeep a native of Bharatpur in Rajasthan. But both were staying in Delhi, STF officials said. "The Noida unit of the STF has been getting inputs about several dacoities carried out by the Bawaria Gang in Lucknow and Barabanki this year. Four of the gang members were held earlier this year, while these were absconding," a senior STF official said. "The field unit of the Noida STF had learnt from sources that the duo would be coming to Greater Noida to carry out another dacoity. They were held near an engineering college under Knowledge Park police station limits in the district at ..
                 

Arunachal didn't get proper hand-holding from Centre: Pema Khandu

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Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday rued that Arunachal Pradesh did not receive proper hand-holding from the Central government ever since the time it was granted statehood. "Arunachal should develop at their own pace safeguards to ensure their well-being," he said at the first-ever joint conference of Anganwadi and ASHA workers held in Tawang, bordering China. In a statement, Khandu lamented that Arunachal did not have proper hand-holding from the Indian government since its journey from North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) to statehood, resulting in deteriorated work culture and development disparity in the state. The Chief Minister noted that time has come for Arunachal Pradesh to remodel, rethink and reshape its development discourse with proper planning and policy reforms to an audience of more than 500 Anganwadi and ASHA workers that had gathered from various districts. On labour reforms, Khandu said even without any demands placed, the state government has enhanced the ho..
                 

Wanted! Dead or Alive: Tigress T1 on the loose after killing 13

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Pandharkawada: On August 4, 60-year-old Gulab Mokashe, a resident of Wedshi village, left in the morning along with his 55-year-old brother Nathu Mokashe and cattle from the village to the hilly areas surrounding the village's farms to graze in the shrubs. It was a regular day and, with an errand back in the village, the brother returned home at 6 pm. The sun was on its way down by 6.30 pm and Gulab was expected back. It would have been a regular day had it not been for the fact that Gulab didn't return home, prompting Nathu, at 8 pm, to walk to the local sarpanch's home to raise an alarm. Ankush Muneshwar, the village's 53-year-old sarpanch says that it was raining heavily that night and so, hoping that Gulab was delayed while taking shelter from the rain, they waited till 9.30 pm. And when that didn't happen, they called the forest department, which reached the village immediately. Night had fallen hard and it was too late to launch a search operation. Pravin Waghuji Raut, 12, and ..