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Ghaziabad: Woman stabbed by sons over land strife

A 73-year-old woman was allegedly stabbed several times and assaulted by her children and their wives over a land dispute in the Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad. The incident took place on Saturday while a case was registered on Tuesday and investigations are underway, the police said.According to the complainant Mitlesh, the victim has been identified as Jayanti Devi, who has four children named Mitlesh, Sachin, Omkar and Omdutt.”Around one-and-a-half years ago, her mother Jayanti Devi was thrown out of the house by her brothers Omkar and Omdutt as the two wanted Devi to give the share of her property to them. After which she started living here,” said Mitlesh, Devi’s daughter.According to the complainant, because of the property issue, there was always a tension in the house and her two brothers used to beat her up for the same.”On Saturday, Devi had allegedly lost her cow and was searching for it in the locality. While searching, she reached the lane where Omkar and Omdutt lived. The two along with their wives approached her and started abusing her,” Mitlesh said.The four allegedly attacked Devi with knives and stabbed her on the legs. On hearing Devi’s cries, the locals rushed to the spot but by then the four accused had fled the spot, the police said.Locals then informed the family members of the victim and she was rushed to a nearby hospital, where her condition is stated to be critical.CASE REGISTEREDFamily members of the victim alleged that police did not register their complaint for 2 days Police said the family approached them on Tuesday and a case has been registered





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Ahmedabad: Academicians for uniform curriculum, certification of preschools

To curb the menace of preschools mushrooming in Ahmedabad, academicians have started seeking to license or certifying preschools. The concerns were expressed at a day-long workshop organized by the Early Childhood Association. The event, held at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) on Saturday, was attended by leading academicians, teachers and other stakeholders.The workshop included sessions on ‘Brain development in early years’, how ‘drama’ works in early childhood and a panel discussion on ‘Reinventing preschool curriculum’.Not just need for licensing emerged, but also a uniformity of curriculum for preschools so that students, when moving cities, do not face trouble and are being taught age-appropriate learning.Swati Popat Vats, President, ECA said, “With no preschool syllabus in place, pre-schools across the country develop their own syllabus and curriculum. However, a detailed report from the NCERT has stated that the current system has not been helping in the mental development of children and also introduces them to rote learning from a very young age. We do not need regulation but there must be a common policy for all pre-schools across the country for developmentally appropriate curriculum, age of entry, teacher training and remuneration.”The NCERT has framed a draft of a curriculum which was fantastic. Through these workshops, we are just trying to understand what different cities, including Ahmedabad feel about preschools so that we can push for its implementation. NCERT has decided to implement a new model of education in preschool as the current system is not helping to develop their mental skills.In absence of a curriculum, the teaching of every preschool is different and it is only realized when the child shifts states and enrolls for class 1. Many preschools do it the right way and do not focus son writing whereas some, because of competition, make the child market ready, said Pathik Shah.Brain devpt in early yearsSensitizing teachers to not being mosquito teachers, Vats said, “Do not be mosquito teachers or mosquito parent. Give time to a child to register your question. English is a second language for most children. Allow them at least ten seconds to answer your question at that age as after registering, the child translates it into his/her mother tongee, then thinks of an answer.”

CM Vijay Rupani dedicates Rs 411 cr project to Gujarat

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday launched Janyatra, a mobile application, along with dedicating projects and development works, worth Rs 411 crore. The app will give details about the routes and guide the traveller regarding stations. One can also book tickets using this app.This is a part of the smart city project. In other projects, the CM dedicated a flyover to the public near to Balolnagar railway crossing in Ranip. While inaugurating, he said the bridge will ease the traffic burden. He said the government is committed to constructing underpasses and overbridges for the railway crossing across the state. “”We are shaping the infrastructure project keeping in mind the next 25 years. There will be no paucity of the fund for public welfare schemes. We are doing development work and we’ll continue doing the same,” said Rapani.”We have vouched to make Ahmedabad the best city equivalent to the best cities across the globe. This city is India’s first world heritage city and also a part of the smart city project,” remarked Rupani. He handed over selection letters to the youth selected in apprenticeship scheme.GROUNDBREAKINGSewage pumping station in Odhav Sub-zonal office in Ranip ward Community health centre in Amraiwadi ward


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Resident doctors of Jaipuria government hospital end four-day strike

The resident doctors of Jaipuria government hospital in Jaipur ended their four-day strike on Saturday over the alleged assault on a resident doctor by a nursing staff after an agreement signed between the individual resident doctor, nursing staff and technical staff.Medical services were crippled in the hospital attached to Rajasthan University of Health Sciences since Wednesday due to the strike by nearly 50 resident doctors. Though hospital management deputed senior doctors to run the routine medical facilities at the hospital but those arrangements were proven inadequate. In th absence of resident doctors, patients admitted in the wards could not get prescription for medicines. Moreover, a number of planned operations were postponed due to the strike during last four days.The resident doctors were on the strike since Wednesday followed by a spat between junior resident Dr Abhinav and Technician Satyendra Chaudhary. The matter was reported to the hospital superintendent but since management did not take any action, resident doctors called the strike.On Saturday, an agreement between Dr Abhinav, Technician Satyendra Chaudhary and male nurse Manish was signed in which Chaudhary apologised for his behaviour and resident doctors announced to resume their duties, ending their strike.The agreement, one day after the resident doctors at JK Lon Hospital called off their strike, has come up with the relief for patients coming to state capital for treatment in government hospitals. Before this, resident doctors at JK Lon Hospital threatened to boycott work from Saturday. Demanding an FIR to be registered against family members of a kid patients who attacked on a doctor on-duty, after death of the patient, resident doctors observed a two-hour work boycott on Friday. They had announced to go on strike from Saturday but later called it off. Services crippledMedical services were crippled since Wednesday due to the strike by nearly 50 resident doctors. Though hospital management deputed senior doctors to run the routine medical facilities at the hospital but those arrangements were proven inadequate. In th absence of resident doctors, patients admitted in the wards could not get prescription for medicines. A number of planned operations were also postponed.


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Medicos to end strike on Tuesday if finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar meets demands

After having met with the state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Saturday to discuss their demand for higher stipend, the Maharashtra Medical Intern Doctors Association has said the interns will continue their till Tuesday. The medical interns have been on an indefinite strike since Wednesday demanding higher stipends and have said they will continue the same until their demands are met.The interns said the minister has assured that the files for the same will be approved. The association of state medical interns mass-bunked to demand an increment from Rs 6,000 to Rs 15,000 per month.Aditya Yerandikar, an ASMI intern from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, who is participating in the protest, said, “We meet the Finance Minister on Saturday afternoon. He was positive about our demand. He said that on Tuesday, the stipend increment file will be approved from his office and will be sent to the medical education minister’s office.”Yerandikar, added, “The medical education ministry will have to use the budget allotted to them to increase our stipend. No extra budget will be provided by the finance minister’s office. The amount of the increment was not discussed in the meeting. We will know about the increased amount after Tuesday’s meeting.”As per the government and civic-run hospitals, there was no pressure on the staff due to the ongoing mass-bunk. The medical services are working smoothly without any impact on medical facilities.FIGHT FOR RIGHTSThe association of state medical interns mass-bunked to demand an increment from Rs 6,000 to Rs 15,000 per month The community has been on an indefinite strike and will continue the same until the finance minister meets their demands by Tuesday as assured

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Mob tries to attack man over WhatsApp message allegedly for ‘hurting’ religious sentiments in Gujarat’s Surat

A mob allegedly tried to attack a man in Surat’s Mangrol area on Saturday for sharing a message on WhatsApp that apparently hurt their religious sentiments, police said.The mob had gathered outside the textile factory where the man worked and police had to resort to lathicharge, lobbing teargas shells and firing a round in the air to control them, Surat (Rural) Superintendent of Police M K Nayak said.The incident happened at Dinod village in Mangrol taluka of Surat district, he said.”A man identified as Ram Gopal had forwarded an objectionable message on WhatsApp, which apparently hurt the religious sentiment of people belonging to a minority community. A mob comprising members of this community reached the textile factory where the man worked to protest against the message,” Nayak said.”The victim was saved. We are investigating the matter and trying to gather more information,” he said.The situation in the area is under control and a strict vigil was being maintained, the official added.



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Madhya Pradesh: Professor arrested for raping minor student in Harda

A 48-year-old professor of a government polytechnic college in Madhya Pradesh’s Harda district was arrested for allegedly raping a minor student, police said on Saturday. “Ganesh Dave, a government polytechnic college professor in Harda was arrested on Friday after a 17-year-old student filed a complaint of rape,” said Harda additional superintendent of police (ASP) Hemlata Kureel.The official said that Dave had been charged under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code as well as under relevant sections of the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The ASP said that the professor allegedly lured the girl, a student of Class XI, on the pretext of imparting lessons and financing her higher education.The victim approached police after the professor began frequently demanding sexual favours, Kureel informed.Police said that investigations into how the girl and the professor, who also runs a dance class, came in contact were underway.
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Money Laundering Case: Journalist Upendra Rai ED custody extended by Delhi Court

A Delhi’s Court on Saturday extended the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody of journalist Upendra Rai by five days in connection with a money laundering case.Last week, the court granted the ED seven days custody of Rai in the case.On June 8, Rai was arrested once again under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)., soon after a Delhi court granted him bail in another case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).Earlier, a special CBI court had granted bail to Rai, accused of being involved in dubious financial transactions and holding an airport security pass, issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), by furnishing false information.Rai, whose name figures in two FIRs filed by the CBI, was arrested on May 3.

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3 women killed, 5 children injured in Kishtwar landslide in J&K

Three women were killed and 5 children of a nomadic tribe were injured on Saturday when a landslide hit their tent in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir.The tribal people, who take their cattle for grazing to upper reaches, had pitched a tent at the foothills in Sasho belt of Paddar tehsil, said police officials adding that a big boulder hit their tent during the landslide, resulting in death of women and injuries to children.The women, who were crushed to death under the boulders, were identified as Zeenam, 46, Maryam, 27, and Zareena, 22.The five children including two girls were injured, the police officials said.All the injured children, who were below 6 years of age, were hospitalised, they said adding the post mortem examinations of the victim women were being conducted.Their bodies would be handed over to their families after the autopsy, they said.




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Sudhir Mungantiwar slams Rahul Gandhi for blaming BJP for Jalgaon incident

Maharashtra minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Saturday criticised Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for blaming the BJP and the RSS over the assault and naked parading of two boys in Jalgaon district in the state.He said the comments made by Gandhi do not befit a person, who aspires to become a prime minister of the country.Two boys from a backward community were allegedly beaten up and paraded naked in Wakadi village in Jalgaon’s Jamner taluka for swimming in a well that belonged to a person of a different caste. A video if the incident went viral on social media on June 10.Condemning the incident, Gandhi had yesterday tweeted that the only crime the minors had committed was that they were taking a bath in a “golden well”.Holding the BJP and the RSS’s “manuvadi” thought process responsible for the incident, Gandhi said humanity was trying to save itself using the last available straw.Reacting to Gandhi’s tweet in which he shared the video of the incident, Mungantiwar said it is a norm that the names or photos of victims of rape or abuse should not be made public.”On the one hand Rahul ji aspires to be the prime minister of the country, on the other hand, he chooses to ignore the country’s norms. By doing so, he is actually causing more harm to the victims,” he told reporters here.The Minister for Finance and Planning added that before he aspires to become the PM, Gandhi has to first learn the etiquettes that suit the position and not be in a hurry.On NCP leader Nawab Malik’s charge that one of the victims was pressurised by the government to withdraw the case against the perpetrators, Mungantiwar said minister Girish Mahajan, under whose constituency the incident occurred, had visited the place to ensure strict action is taken against the culprits.”A minister can, under no circumstance pressurise the family to take back a case. Secondly, this is a serious offence and not a civil case where the court will accept the family’s plea of withdrawing the case. The NCP is making baseless allegations to gain brownie points,” he alleged.The police have arrested two men, identified as Ishwar Joshi – the well owner and his farm worker Prahlad Lohar, in connection with the incident.


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No sweet exchanges at LoC, Eid turns bitter as sepoy martyred at Nowshera

An Army jawan was today killed as Pakistani troopers targeted a patrol party along LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. The latest instance of ceasefire violation comes after four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an assistant commandant-rank officer, were killed in firing by Pakistani Rangers along the International Border in Samba district on June 13. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of mortars on routine Indian Army patrol, 700 metres inside Indian territory in Naushera sector along the Line of Control (LoC) this morning,” a senior Army officer told PTI. In the exchange of fire, Rifleman Bikas Gurung was grievously injured and succumbed to injuries. The 21-year-old soldier belonged to Khunka Khuki village of Manipur, and is survived by his mother. The unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan, especially on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, is highly unethical and unprofessional, the Army officer said, adding that the Indian troops exercised maximum restraint in spite of grave provocation. He added that the Army, however, has been forced to respond to the unprovoked firing and would give a befitting response at the time and place of its own choosing. The Army also cancelled the exchange of sweets between the Pakistani Army and the Indian side on the occasion of Eid. Eleven BSF troops have so far been killed in cross-border firing incidents along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, the highest casualty figure for the border force in a year in the past five years, the latest data revealed. Meanwhile, it was announced that there will be no exchange of sweets at Attari border between BSF and Pak Rangers on the occasion of Eid on Saturday.There will not be any exchange of sweets at Attari border on the occasion of Eid, on Saturday, between the Border Security Force (BSF) troops and the Pakistani Rangers, as per sources.This came in the light of simmering tension between India and Pakistan after the ceasefire violations in the Jammu region.The sweet exchange between the two forces is a usual trend on the special occasions, such as Eid and Diwali.According to the sources, Pakistani rangers showed interest in going ahead with the ritual, but BSF told them no.Tension gripped the border areas after an incident in Samba region, where four BSF personnel were martyred.The Border Security force (BSF) also confirmed confirmed the detention of two Pakistani nationals for crossing into India.The BSF identified them as Sohail Kamar from Narwal District and Ahmed from Zafarwal Tehsil of Sialkot.They were arrested on Friday evening.




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Chand Raat: Crescent moon sighted as India prepares for Eid ul-Fitr on Saturday

What is ‘Chand Raat’? If this question is bothering you, look no further! As India prepares to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr on Saturday, many people took to Twitter to wishe their loved ones ‘Chand Mubarak’. For the uninitiated, the eve of Eid ul-Fitr is known as Chand Raat. It is the night that culminates the 30 Rozas or the month-long month of Ramzan. The sighting of crescent or moon of the Shawwal is the final sign that heralds the Eid festivities.Chand Raat is the time when the families visit markets to buy sweets and do Eid shopping. In many places, the markets are open throughout the night for the enthusiastic shoppers.In the UAE, the malls are open for 24 hours and there are great discounts too. In India also, famous bazaars of Delhi 6, Lucknow, Bhopal and Hyderabad are decked up selling beautiful glass bangles, mehandi designs, jewelry, clothes and lots of sevaiyan.Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Ahmed Bukhari announced on Thursday that the festival of Eid ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday, June 16. Except for Kerala, where the Eid was celebrated on Friday.Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Fitr on the first day of the 10th month of Shawwal. It officially begins with the sighting of the new moon after sunset that also marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.The announcement from Shahi Imam in India came after there was no moonsighting on Thursday, across the country. Same is not the case with a lot of other countries that follow Saudi Arabia and Turkey’s lunar calendar. Saudi Arabia announced that the Shawwal moon was sighted in the country on Thursday evening, therefore, they will celebrate Eid on Friday, June 15.China, Egypt, Poland, Scotland, and Tunisia follow their own procedure of calculating moonsighting. These five countries will be celebrating Eid on June 15.Countries like India, Pakistan, Indonesia, many of the Asian countries with Muslim majority follow their own lunar calendar. Their month calculations are based on correct and authentic moonsighting that also considers the scientific timings for moonset. Saudi Arabia uses a pre-calculated civil Islamic calendar that is sometimes adjusted for religious months (Ramadan, Shawwal, and Dhul-Hijjah). If per these calculations, 30 days are completed by their pre-calculated civil calendar then they start new month even if the moon is not sighted on the 30th day. Therefore there are two Eid dates.

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Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf calls for action in JK Loan Hospital, Udaipur case

Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf has taken cognisance in the matter of roadside delivery in Udaipur district, after two days the incident occurred. Answering media on Monday, Saraf told that he had come to know through media that a woman in Girwa Block of Udaipur district had to deliver her baby at roadside under the open sky as ambulance did not arrive even after two hours of the call made by family members of the pregnant woman. “I saw the news published in newspapers and asked Additional Chief Secretary to initiate a probe into the matter. I have asked to file probe report within a week,” said Saraf. It is worth mentioning that on Saturday afternoon, one unfortunate pregnant woman Nanudi from Sera Gram Panchayat had to give her birth on the roadside when her family members, in the absence of an ambulance, were taking her to Tidi government hospital carrying her on a cot (charpoy) for three kilometers. After an hour of delivery, a 108 ambulance reached to the spot by which both mother and baby were rushed to Tidi Primary Health Center. On Sunday evening, Udaipur CM&HO made a visit to the hospital where mother and baby were admitted and took stock of their medical condition.Saraf also directed principal secretary of medical education to enquire and take appropriate action in the matter of death of a child occurred on Sunday at JK Loan Hospital. Family members of the deceased child created a ruckus at the hospital and labeled allegation of negligence on the doctor.



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Amateur thieves? Rajasthan Gang uses gas cutter to cut open ATM machine; flee after cash catches fire

An attempt to loot an ATM in Ajmer got foiled on Saturday night, not because of police action but due to the use of gas cutter to open the cash box.When some unidentified miscreants tried to open the ATM installed by the Punjab National Bank (PNB) containing over Rs4 lakh, using a gas cutter, the notes caught fire. The baffled miscreants fled from the spot on seeing the blaze. The incident occurred in Makhupura area under Shastri Nagar police station area.“Late in the night around 3 am, five unidentified men reached the spot in an Alto car to loot the ATM. The ATM contained Rs4.56 lakh in the denomination of Rs2000, Rs500 and Rs100. Before targeting the ATM, they attacked a security guard posted at nearby ATM of SBI. They then targeted the PNB ATM and using a gas cutter, they started cutting through the machine to reach the cash box and open it,” the police said.However, while trying to open the box, the currency notes in the cash box caught fire. “Due to the flames of the gas cutter, the notes caught fire and upon seeing the blaze, the miscreants fled from the spot. After the men fled, the fire was reported through fire alarm system at the ATM and cops reached the spot,” the police said.The police have initiated investigation into the matter and have recovered the CCTV footage which will be studied to learn about the identity of miscreants who had attempted the loot.




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DNA RAIN CHECK: Sporadic rain, humid weather for one week in Mumbai

Prepare for off and on rains with high humidity in the coming week as IMD officials have declared that monsoons in Mumbai will be subdued due to the weakening of monsoon current.”There will a few spells of rains off and on in the coming days but overall the monsoon has subdued and as of now there are no warnings for heavy rains in Mumbai. Currently, there are warnings only for south Konkan, which is seeing heavy rainfall activity,” said KS Hosalikar, Deputy Director General, Western Region, India Meteorological Department (IMD).While Mumbaikars witnessed a cooler Saturday, they were left sweating on Sunday as the city saw high humidity. Colaba saw maximum temperature of 33 degree Celsius with humidity of 87 percent while Santacruz recorded a maximum of 33.1 degree Celsius with humidity of 75 percent. Both Colaba and Sanatcruz observatory recorded 0.8mm and 0.5 mm of rainfall till 8.30pm.Akshay Deoras, an independent meteorologist, said that Mumbai can expect intermittent and sporadic rain showers on Monday.”Rains will decrease in Mumbai between June 12 to 15,” he said, adding that Mumbai witnessed sultry weather conditions on Sunday the temperature at the airport was 32 degree Celsius at 12 pm with a relative humidity of 75per cent together taking the heat index (temperature feel) to 42 degree Celsius on Sunday.As per independent weather enthusiasts, Mumbaikars will have to prepare for high humidity in the coming week.Meanwhile, the Trombay police, on Saturday, registered a case against the contractors and workers of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation after a three-year-old boy had drowned when he fell into an open drain in Cheetah camp area of Chembur.On Thursday, while the victim Adihan Tamboli was playing on the M J Road, Cheetah Camp, sudden rains led Tamboli to fall into the drain that was left open due to the negligence of contractors who were supposed to clean the nullah as part of monsoon preparedness.



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‘Mentally disturbed’ man drives police vehicle away to meet wife

A man allegedly stole and drove away a police vehicle in Suryapet district to meet his wife but was later arrested in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.The incident occurred on Saturday when Tirupati Lingaraju, allegedly mentally disturbed, drove away the vehicle after diverting the attention of the driver, police said on Sunday.Following the incident, police in neighbouring districts were alerted and with the help of CCTV footage, the vehicle was traced to Khammam, they said.Lingaraju, in his 30s, then drove towards Vijayawada, but a police team intercepted him at a check-post in Krishna district late last night, they added.Later, it was learnt that he had stolen the vehicle to meet his wife in Jagannathapuram village of Khammam district, police said.”The man was travelling along with four of his friends in the vehicle. The five have been brought back to Suryapet and interrogation is on,” Suryapet district superintendent of police Prakash Jadhav told PTI over phone.A case under IPC section 379 (theft) has been registered.
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Shillong violence: Curfew relaxation extended as situation improves further

The situation further improved in Shillong with no incidents of violence being reported during the past 24 hours, prompting authorities to extend the curfew relaxation on Sunday.The capital of Meghalaya has been tense since violence broke out on May 29 following an altercation between Sikh residents in the city’s Punjabi Lane area and Khasi drivers of state-run buses. More than 10 people, including policemen and CRPF personnel, were injured in the clashes.The daytime curfew has been relaxed for 11 hours on Sunday, from Saturday nine hours, officials said.Curfew in the affected areas has been relaxed from 7 am to 6 pm on Sunday, East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner PS Dkhar told PTI.This decision was taken to allow churchgoers in the affected areas to attend Sunday services, he added.Dkhar said that the decision was taken at a review meeting on Saturday as no incidents of violence were reported during the curfew relaxation and also during the curfew from the affected areas.Night curfew too has been relaxed throughout the state capital and will remain in force from 9 pm to 5 am.Though offices and commercial establishments remained closed on account of Sunday, heavy traffic was seen on the city roads.Dkhar added that the security deployment in the city would continue as the government reviews the situation on a daily basis.Currently, 15 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), six companies of the state riot police and two battalions of the state police are deployed across the city, a senior police officer said.



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‘China begins sharing data on Brahmaputra, Sutlej rivers’

After a year’s gap, China has resumed sharing hydrological data on the Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers with India, an official of the Water Resources Ministry said.For the Brahmaputra river, data was shared by China from May 15, while it started sharing data for the Sutlej from June 1.The move comes after the two sides held talks over the issue in March.Data will be shared twice daily until October.Last year, China stopped the exercise citing that the hydrological gathering sites were washed away due to floods. It also coincided with the 73-day Doklam stand-off that took place during the peak monsoon period. The sharing of hydrological data also coincides with the two sides agreeing to resume the annual exercise between their armies. The exercise did not take place last due to the Doklam stand-off. The Brahmaputra originates from Tibet and flows into Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and later drains into the Bay of Bengal through Bangladesh.”Sharing hydrological data is very important for generating information on floods for the northeastern states,” the official said.Beijing has started providing data from three hydrological stations — Nugesha, Yangcun and Nuxia, lying on the mainstream of the Brahmaputra, also known as Yarlung Zangbo in China — and from the station at Tsada for the Sutlej, known as Langqen Zangbo, the official said.India also pays an annual amount of Rs 1 crore to China for providing data on these two important rivers, the official added.Interestingly, after the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, an agreement was signed between India and China to share hydrological data for Brahmaputra.

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Some MLAs were unhappy, we have sorted the issues: DK Shivakumar rejects Yeddyurappa’s claims

Senior Congress leader and Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar has rejected opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa’s claims that several Congress and JD(S) MLAs are eager to join BJP. Speaking to ANI, Shivakumar said,Shivakumar was quoted as saying, ” Yeddyurappa has to accept the defeat, people haven’t given him the mandate. Some leaders were unhappy but we have sorted the issues. I’m in touch with all MLAs nothing will go wrong”. Interestingly, it was Shivakumar who was instrumental in keeping the flock intact when BJP had formed the government and was desperate for MLAs to reach the half-way mark. Hence his assurance will come as a much needed respite for the Congress and JD(S) flank which is reeling under unrest of MLAs who have missed the ministry cut. Shivakumar believes that Congress would manage to persuade their MLAs from defecting contrary to Yeddyurappa’s claims. BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday claimed that several disgruntled leaders from the ruling Congress and JD(S) are eager to join his party. Yeddyurappa’s comments come as dissident activities of the MLAs intensified in the Congress over not getting ministerial berths. The former chief minister, who is also the state BJP chief, asked his partymen to work as a strong opposition and prepare for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.”Several disgruntled young leaders and leaders from Congress and JD(S) are eager to join the BJP,” Yeddyurappa said. Addressing partymen, he said, “It is our responsibility to induct those who are disgruntled with the JD(S) and Congress and their style of administration in every assembly segment, and are willing to join the BJP, thereby strengthening the party in every constituency.” The BJP leader said the party has “complete strength” with 104 members in the assembly and “let’s work as a “strong opposition.” “How long this government will function is a different matter, but without aspiring for seat of power, let us all 104 members work as successful opposition with our good work.” As the assembly polls threw up hung assembly with the BJP emerging as the single largest party, the BJP had formed the government, but conceded the numbers game with Yeddyurappa resigning on May 19 without facing the trust vote.Following this, Congress-JD(S) post poll coalition formed the government in the state, under the leadership of HD Kumaraswamy. Calling upon BJP Yuva Morcha to strengthen the organisation at every assembly constituency level, Yeddyurappa said that “by doing this let us prepare ourselves for the Lok Sabha election.” With his government facing birth pangs of coalition politics, Kumaraswamy yesterday stepped in to check the disquiet among newly elected Congress lawmakers who were left out during the Cabinet expansion, but they remained defiant.


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Rain, dust storm hit National Capital

A dust storm, with winds gusting up to 70 kmph, hit the national capital on Saturday evening, bringing some relief from the searing heat. The weatherman said light rain was witnessed in many areas. The dust storm pushed the temperature down by a few notches on what was a sultry day, bringing much needed relief to the citizens.The India Meteorological Department (Met) also predicted that the wind speed will go upto 70 to 80 Kmph. “Dust storm or thunderstorm accompanied with light rain and squall with wind speed upto 70 to 80 kmph would occur over Delhi and NCR during next 3 hours,” IMD’s forecast said.According to news reports, 18 flights were diverted due to thunderstorm and rain in Delhi. Flight operations were also affected at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The Met department had issued warnings, predicting rains later in the day (Saturday).Earlier on Saturday, Noida experienced a brief spell of rain around 12.30 in the afternoon. Heavy sandstorm and rains were also reported in Gurugram.The city recorded a high of 40.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 30 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT office. The humidity levels were recorded at 71 per cent.According to MeT, the skies will remain cloudy with the minimum and maximum temperatures likely to settle around 31 and 39 degrees Celsius.


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Mumbai: First rain didn’t go down the drain

The southwest monsoon hit the city on Saturday and the very first rainfall brought Mumbai to a halt, proving the civic body’s ill preparedness for the season. The city saw severe waterlogging at many places and road traffic was affected. Chronic flooding spots such as Hindmata, Parel, King’s Circle and Sion were under water until evening.Yet, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) kept asserting that many areas did not flood due 120 corrective measures taken by the civic body last year.That’s not what drenched citizens had to say. They took to social networking platforms to post pictures of flooded areas, people walking in knee to waist-deep water and vehicles stranded on the road.BMC had also claimed that Hindmata area (in Parel) will see less water-logging due to augmentation of drains, however, the claims and the area were in knee-deep water for several hours in the afternoon.The civic officials reiterated that the water accumulated in the region receded very fast and that there was no flooding on railway tracks. However, that’s not what pictures taken by DNA’s photo-journalists say.The island city recorded 75.66 mm rainfall and eastern and western suburbs together received 58.30 mm rainfall. Areas such as Mazgaon, Bandra, Kurla, Dadar, Worli and Santacruz received maximum rainfall.The Indian Meteorological Department has said that the city is likely receive heavy rainfall till June 12.A total of 11 trees collapsed on Saturday, and two electrocution incidents were reported. Heavy rainfall slowed traffic on all major roads. Around 70 BEST buses routes were diverted due to water-logging. The Railways has cancelled the mega block on Central and Western railways.Meanwhile, IMD officials say Mumbai might have to sit through a wet Sunday. “One can expect similar situation, and certain areas will receive 80mm to 100mm of rain in a short span, that could lead to flooding,” said an IMD official.



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In UP’s Muzaffarnagar, doctor sexually assaults 11-yr-old patient inside his clinic

A doctor was arrested for allegedly sexually harassing a 11-year-old patient at his clinic at Budhana town on Saturday, police said.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>The incident occurred when the girl had gone to the clinic for her checkup, the police said.”A case has been registered against the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO),” Circle Officer Hariram Yadav said. The victim was sent for a medical examination, Yadav said.
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Weeks after Tuticorin violence, key police official shunted out

In a key reshuffle more than two weeks after 13 persons were killed in police firing in the anti-Sterlite protests in southern port town of Tuticorin, the Tamil Nadu government on Saturday shunted out the IGP, South Zone.Inspector General of Police, South Zone (Madurai), Shailesh Kumar Yadav, was on Saturday posted as IGP (Armed Police), Chennai.The violent events that unfolded last month, witnessing arson, rioting and damage to property in Tuticorin, came under Yadav’s territorial jurisidiction.The reshuffle came just a day after two deputy tahsildars who allegedly gave the order to the police personnel to open fire, were transferred.Deputy Tahsildars Kannan and Sekar were yesterday transferred to Kayathaaru and Srivaikuntam respectively by Tuticorin District Collector Sandeep Nanduri.An official release said 11 IPS officers, including Yadav, have been transferred.It said T K P Shanmuga Rajeswaran, presently IGP (Training) here, would replace Yadav.P Nagarajan, presently Tirupur Police Commissioner, will replace Rajeswaran as IGP (Training) here, it said.Among the IPS officers transferred were East Chennai Joint Commissioner of Police S Manoharan, who was promoted as Tiruppur City Commissioner of Police.Thirteen people were killed in police firing on May 22 and 23 after protests for closure of the plant over pollution concerns turned violent in that port city.
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Rajesh Bharti Encounter: How Delhi Police’s Special Cell eliminated ‘Kranti Gang’ in Chhatarpur

Gangster Rajesh Bharti and three of his associates were killed on Saturday while eight police personnel were injured in a major encounter in south Delhi’s Chhatarpur area, police said. More than 100 rounds were fired by the gang members and the Delhi police’s Special Cell in the shootout, they said.The deceased were identified as Rajesh Bharti, the gang’s kingpin, Sanjeev alias Sandeep Vidroh, Umesh alias Don and Viresh Rana alias Bhiku. One of the criminals, who was injured, was identified as Kapil.Haryana and Delhi police had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh on Bharti’s head, PS Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), said.Bharti and Vidroh had escaped from the custody of Haryana Police around a year-and-a-half ago.Bharti’s gang was also referred to as the Kranti Gang. Earlier, the gang members were mostly active in Haryana, but in the last one year, they had carried out crimes in Delhi.The Special Cell had been tracking the gang for the last six-seven months. On Saturday, it learnt that the gang members would be coming to Chandan Hola village in Chhatarpur and a team of the Special Cell’s Northern Range, comprising 30 police personnel, was stationed on the route they were expected to take while leaving from a farmhouse, where they had assembled.The team was being supervised by Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).”Our team had been tracking the gang…And had been carrying out raids at their hideouts. The gang members were involved in extortion activities and contract killings in the national capital,” Yadav saidThe gang members, numbering around eight, were spotted coming from the farmhouse in two cars — a Ford Endeavour, bearing a Haryana registration number, and a Hyundai i-20. They were asked by the police team to surrender, but they started indiscriminately firing at the police personnel, the officer said.The police retaliated and four persons were shot dead, while one sustained injuries and was admitted in the AIIMS Trauma Centre.The others managed to escape.Eight policemen — head constables Girdhar and Kuldeep, constable Gurdeep, sub-inspectors Krishan Kumar, Raj Singh and Bijender, assistant sub-inspectors Hari Chand and Jagat Singh — were injured.Girdhar’s condition was serious since he sustained bullet injuries in the neck and was currently under treatment at the AIIMS Trauma Centre, the DCP said.Gurdeep received two bullet wounds. Krishan Kumar received two bullet wounds on his elbow and Raj Singh sustained injuries to his left arm. Bijender was shot in his right arm. Hari Chand was injured in the leg.Jagat Singh and Kuldeep did not sustain bullet injuries.Five sophisticated weapons, including two .30 bore Star pistols, and several live rounds were recovered, the officer said.The gang members had assembled at a farmhouse belonging to one Sanjeev, who is absconding. It is still not clear whether he was accompanying the gang members at the time of the encounter. The seized Ford Endeavour car belongs to him.The police recovered 40 fake number-plates of vehicles from the Hyundai i-20 car, the ownership of which is yet to established.In the last one month, the gang had committed criminal acts in south Delhi, including robbing two Toyota Fortuner SUVs from the Vasant Kunj area on May 18 and 19.In July last year, the gang had killed a man in Dwarka and left pamphlets behind, claiming that they were members of the Rajesh Bharti gang. Vidroh was wanted in connection with that case.The police had announced a reward on information leading to the arrest of Vidroh and Umesh as well.
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26 killed in dust storms, lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh; heavy rain lash Mumbai

Twenty-six people were killed in dust storms and lightning that struck parts of Uttar Pradesh on Friday, while two persons died on Saturday in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra.A downpour battered Mumbai, causing disruptions in rail and air traffic, and a dust storm hit the national capital and its surrounding areas that had been reeling under the scorching heat for a few days.There were reports of rains in Punjab, Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh, which had been sweating it out in sweltering conditions.As many as 26 people were killed due to dust storms and lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, a government spokesperson said on Saturday.Dust storms and lightning hit places in 11 districts of the state last night resulting in the death of 26 people, he said.While five deaths each were reported from Jaunpur and Sultanpur, four died in Unnao, three each died in Chandauli and Bahraich, two in Rae Bareli and one each in Mirzapur, Sitapur, Amethi and Pratapgarh, the spokesperson said.Kannauj district was also affected by a dust storm but no casualty was reported from there, he said.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the district magistrates of the affected areas to immediately provide compensation to families of those killed and said no laxity will be tolerated.In Maharashtra’s Thane district, fisherman Steni Admani (66) was struck by lightning at around 6 am. He died on the spot, said Shivaji Patil, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell.Six others, who were out in the open at that time, were also injured due to the lightning strike and have been admitted to a local hospital.A woman, who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler died after the vehicle rammed into a truck on the GB Road. An official said heavy rains apparently led to the accident.Heavy rains pounded Mumbai, leading to a slight delay in the running of suburban trains.The Indian Meteorological Department declared the onset of the monsoon over Mumbai, the adjoining Thane-Konkan areas, Ahmednagar, Parbhani and other parts of Maharashtra.”Heavy to very heavy rainfall was recorded in the suburbs till 8.30 am today,” IMD Deputy Director K S Hosalikar said.Trains on the suburban section of the Central Railway (CR) were running late due to the showers, an official said, adding that there were no cancellations. Two flights had to be diverted due to the bad weather.Over the years, heavy monsoon rains have paralysed Mumbai, flooding streets and disrupting land, air and road traffic.A dust storm, with winds gusting up to 70 kmph, hit the national capital this evening, bringing some relief from the searing heat.The weatherman said light rain was witnessed in many areas.The dust storm pushed the temperature down by a few notches on what was a sultry day. The city recorded a high of 40.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 30 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT office.The humidity levels were recorded at 71%.The weatherman forecast dust storm in Ghaziabad, Merrut, Baghpat and other adjoining districts in western Uttar pradesh.Sultry conditions abated in Haryana and Punjab after rains. Chandigarh, which received rainfall earlier in the day, had a high of 33.8 degrees Celsius, down five notches against normal.In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum of 31.7 degrees Celsius after rains.Haryana’s Ambala, lashed by a heavy downpour, recorded a high of 31.9 degrees Celsius.However, Hisar and Bhiwani continued to brave the hot weather at 41 and 41.4 degrees Celsius.The local weather office predicted thunderstorm and gusty winds at several places in the two states.The weatherman predicted rains in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh on Sunday.
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In Assam, angry mob lynches 2 men in Karbi Anglong on suspicion of child lifting

Two men, suspected of being child lifters, were lynched by unidentified people in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district, police said on Saturday.Nilotpal Das (29), a sound engineer based in Mumbai and his friend Abhijeet Nath (30), a businessman had gone to the picnic spot Kangthilangso in Karbi Anglong on Friday night to capture the sounds of nature, they said.On their way back, the duo was stopped by some villagers at Panjuri, pulled out of the car and thrashed on suspicion of being child lifters, they added.In a video of the incident circulated on social media, the duo can be seen pleading for their lives and trying to explain to the livid crowd that they were Assamese but to no avail.As the police reached the spot, the seriously injured duo was rushed to a hospital but died on the way.The police have launched a massive search operation to nab the culprits on the basis of the video. No arrests have been made so far, they said.The district administration authorities are camping in the area and holding talks with the villagers.Both Das and Nath’s parents are on their way to Karbi Anglong from Guwahati where they reside.The bodies will be handed over to them after conduting the post-mortem, police added.Meanwhile, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said he has directed the DGP to look into the matter immediately.”I have directed the DGP to look into the matter & have asked him to arrest the culprits at the earliest,” Sonowal was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition in the state assembly, Debabrata Saikia condemned the lynching and called it yet another instance of the state government’s “utter failure” to maintain law and order.Saikia also demanded a judicial enquiry into the incident. (With Inputs from PTI)


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Delhi’s most-wanted gangster Rajesh Bharti, among 4 gunned down in Chhatarpur major encounter

Delhi’s most-wanted gangster Rajesh Bharti was gunned down in a major encounter by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in South Delhi’s Chhatarpur area on Saturday afternoon. Eight police officers have also sustained injuries during the encounter.The residents in Fatehpur Beri’s Chanan Hola village area thought crackers were bursting in the area when several team of Special Cell officers landed up raining bullets at the criminals. Bharti along with three others was gunned down in the security operation. Over three dozen rounds were exchanged between the police and the criminals. While two were shot dead inside the car bearing an MLA sticker, others were killed during the chase.“Out of eight police officers who sustained injuries six have sustained bullet injuries,” said Pramod Kushwah, DCP, and Special Cell.Bharti was on the top in Delhi’s most-wanted gangster list and have even escaped from the custody of Haryana Police in February this year. He carried a reward of 1 lakh on his head. Bharti had over 28 cases of at cases of murder, extortion, car-jacking and robbery against him.The other members of the Bharti gang killed in the encounter have been identified as Vidroh, Umesh Don and Bhiku.
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Socialism 2.0? Akhilesh Yadav accused of taking away ACs, bathroom fittings and Italian marble from official bungalow

The Uttar Pradesh Estate department has accused former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of leaving his palatial bungalow in shambles after vacating it and shifting into his private villa following the Supreme Court order.Yadav handed the keys of 4-Vikramaditya Marg to the department only late Friday night after vacating the bungalow on June 2. Officials who visited the palatial bungalow on Saturday morning were shocked to see it in complete disarray.They opened the gates of the bungalow on Saturday morning for the media and TV channels to visit the house and see for themselves the mess Yadav and his family left behind.Also readAkhilesh demands CBI probe into bribery charges against Yogi Adityanath’s PS A senior officer of the department alleged that imported Turkish tiles from the swimming pool, Italian marble from floors, ACs, imported ceiling and garden lights, bathroom fittings, etc were missing from the bungalow.The house which was renovated in 2016 at a cost of over Rs 45 crores was decorated as per Yadav and his family’s taste.Also readAkhilesh Yadav dares BJP to hold UP assembly and LS polls together in 2019Even imported decorative and rare plants were taken away by Yadavs to their new Villa in API Ansal City. The swimming pool and floors were dug to take out Turkish tiles and Italian marbles. Many ACs are missing from bedrooms, study room and other places.A fitness freak, Yadav had got a new gym constructed at his 4 Vikramaditya Marg residence. The false ceilings and imported glasses were uprooted and there was nothing left behind in the gym.Also readAkhilesh Yadav supports PM’s ‘one national one poll’ plan, dares BJP to hold simultaneous electionsIt would appear that the Yadavs have taken out their anger on the house.‘It’s a bad day’; ‘life is too short, don’t worry’ are some of the messages and drawings the Yadavs allegedly left behind on the walls of their bedroom to vent their grouse over the eviction. “We are making a list of the missing items and assessing damage done to house. We will seek legal opinion and then serve a notice to the owner for the recovery of items missing and cost of damage done to the government property,” stated a senior official of the Estate department.No former UP CM, including Rajnath Singh, Kalyan Singh, Mayawati or even Akhilesh’s father Mulayam has been accused of damaging government property and taking away items which belonged to the Estate department.“As per his affidavit, he is multi-billionaire. He owns several commercial properties in Lucknow, a house in London and the USA. His party is the most cash-rich regional party in the country. But his act of splurging on public money is unlike a seasoned politician,” reacted a BJP general-secretary.But the Samajwadi Party has vehemently defended the party boss. “Charges are frivolous and baseless. He has taken away only those items which were bought by him or gifted by party men, friends and well-wishers,” said a SP Spokesperson.
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Former Goa Cong chief and RS MP Shantaram Naik passes away

Former Goa Congress Chief and Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik passed away in a hospital in Margao on Saturday.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>Pratima Coutinho, President of Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress told ANI that the 72-year-old died of a heart attack.Naik, who had replaced Luizinho Falerio as the Goa Congress chief in July 2017, had resigned from his position in March this year.He is survived by his wife, Beena, and a son.

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7 killed in rain-related incidents in Rajasthan; MET issues fresh warning for massive storm in western UP

Seven people died in rain-related incidents in Rajasthan while the meteorological department has warned that thunderstorm and dust storm are “very likely” over 20 districts of Uttar Pradesh during the next 24 hours.The maximum temperature in several parts of northern India remained above normal, including the national capital Delhi, where the maximum temperature was registered at 41.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.The Met office in Delhi has forecast overcast skies with a possibility of thundery developments on Thursday night and early Friday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 40 degree Celsius and 30 degree Celsius respectively, the weatherman said.In Rajasthan, seven people died over the past two days in rain-related incidents, the police said today. Of the seven, three died when a portion of their house collapsed due to strong wind and rain on Tuesday evening.Others were struck by lightning, the police added.The Met office in Jaipur has forecast light rains in the eastern part of the desert during the next 24 hours. The western parts remained dry with Churu being the hottest place at 47C. Heatwave conditions prevailed in a few places in western Rajasthan.The Met office in Lucknow has warned that thunderstorm and dust storm were “very likely” over 20 districts of Uttar Pradesh, mostly in eastern parts, during the next 24 hours.The districts include Unnao, Farukhabad, Kannauj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Kushinagar, Mau, Deoria, Maharajganj, Balrampur, Shrawasti, Lakhimpur Kheri,Pilibhit, Rampur, Moradabad, Bijnor and Bareilly, it said.In Himachal Pradesh, sporadic rains lashed a few places in the state, including Shimla, which is battling a water shortage for a fornight. The sky remained heavily overcast.The local MeT office has warned of thunderstorm with gusty winds in lower and mid hills on Friday and Saturday.Residents of Punjab and Haryana experienced largely normal temperatures on Thursday. Hisar and Bhiwani in Haryana registered a maximum temperature of 43.9C and 43.1C.Amritsar and Ludhiana in Punjab registered a maximum of 40.5C and 39.5C, the local weather office said. Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, registered a maximum temperature of 39.5C.Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, registered a maximum temperature of 28.8C and a minimum of 15.9C.In eastern India, the Meteorological department in Kolkata said a low pressure being formed in the Bay of Bengal will advance the Southwest Monsoon in West Bengal and Odisha from June 9.The low pressure is likely to intensify into a depression by Saturday and move north-northwestwards across West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts, the MeT department said.It warned fishermen not to venture into the sea along these areas and Odisha coast from June 8 till further notice.The South West Monsoon is currently active over Kerala with heavy rains lashing the southern state. Widespread rainfall is likely to continue in the state during the next five days, K Santosh, in-charge of India Meteorological Department, Thiruvananthapuram, told PTI.The IMD has predicted “heavy to very heavy” rainfall along the Maharashtra coast and the state capital Mumbai this weekend.The Mumbai civic body is preparing itself to tackle monsoon-related incidents such as water logging.Leaves of all the senior officials, including deputy municipal commissioners, have been cancelled and they have been asked to be available in their headquarters on Saturday and Sunday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.
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Overcast sky brings relief to National Capital

The national Capital was cooler on Wednesday as the cover of clouds made the heat bearable during the first half of the day. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 41.6 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has forecast dust or thunderstorm for Thursday.The morning was pleasant because of a cloudy sky and a strong gust of wind. This continued till afternoon, when the sky, too, became overcast with thick clouds, indicating the possibility of rain.However, the weather became sultry after that. Relative humidity at 8:30 in the morning was 66 per cent, and at 5:30 pm, it was 41 per cent. Mercury touched one degree above normal at the Safdarjung Observatory, bringing the maximum temperature to 41.6 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was 28.5 degrees Celsius.The Palam Observatory, on the other hand, recorded a maximum temperature of 42.9 degrees Celsius, a variance of two degrees more from season’s average. The minimum temperature, however, remained static at 28.1 degrees Celsius.The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle on Saturday. This will bring the temperature down to 38 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, there may be dust or thunderstorm while Friday forecast says generally cloudy sky with possibility of thunder or lightning. The temperature will hover between 40 to 41 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, residents are eagerly waiting for pre-monsoon rains to lash the city.”Since the beginning of the week, we have been anticipating some rain. Though the sky is overcast and it is not as hot as it was till a few weeks ago, the humidity has made weather sticky,” said Tanisha Singh, a resident of South Extension-I.DrizzleThe Indian Meteorological Department has predicted generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle on Saturday. This will bring the temperature down to 38 degrees Celsius.




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Karnataka: Congress corporator Lingaruju’s son Rakesh stabs girlfriend’s friend in Davanegere

On Wednesday, Rakesh, the son of Congress corporator Lingaraju was accused of stabbing his girlfriend’s friend. The incident reportedly took place in Davanegere, which falls under KTJ Nagar Police Station limits yesterday.The victim has been admitted to a hospital for treatment and a case has been lodged by the police over the incident.Earlier, in February, a Karnataka Congress MLA’s son was arrested for assaulting a man in a restaurant.Karnataka Congress MLA NA Haris’ son Mohammed Haris Nalapad, who has been accused of assaulting a man at a restaurant here, surrendered before the police. Nalapad, a Congress leader himself, was expelled from the party for 6 years. He was serving as Bengaluru District Youth Congress General Secretary.Police said Nalapad and his 10 friends beat up the man at a restaurant in UB City late Saturday night after they felt offended over him extending his feet, cast in plaster, towards the table they were sitting at.More details awaited.


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Last-minute cancellation leaves 156 fliers stranded in Mumbai

More than 150 passengers travelling from the city to Ahmedabad via a Jet Airways flight were stranded on Sunday as their flight was cancelled at the last moment due to a technical hiccup.A Mumbai Airport official said, “The Jet Airways flight from Ahmedabad landed here all right and was about to go back but the aircraft developed a technical glitch.”Following this, the carrier said that out of the total 156 passengers, 105 opted for altetnate flights and others opted for refund.Jet Airways had released a statement: “Flight 9W 2314 from Mumbai to Ahmedabad has been cancelled due to technical reasons. Additionally, watch hour restrictions at Ahmedabad airport, compounded by runway closure led to the cancellation.”Ahmedabad airport director Manoj Gangal said, “Though Ahmedabad airport had a NOTAM notice to airmen to alert pilots of potential hazards for runway maintenance on Sundays between 10 am and 3 pm, the cancellation was due to technical issues with their aircraft.”Pre-monsoon rainfall on Saturday had also led to many flights being delayed or diverted.





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Nationwide farmers agitation enters third day

The 10-day long nationwide protest called by the farmers entered the third day on Sunday. The agitation is conveyed by the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh which is the umbrella organisation and over 100 outfits are taking part in it.The farmers have called on the strike to press for their demands of waiver of loans and the right price for crops.Farmers in different parts of the country were seen raising slogans and throwing vegetables on the streets.The protest it is likely to hit the supply of essential items like milk and vegetables in the days to come.On Saturday, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar stated the reason for the protest as a ‘non-issue’.”They don’t have any issue; they are just focusing on unnecessary things through this strike. Not selling produce will bring losses to the farmers only,” Khattar said.The strike started on June 1 when thousands of farmers from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana started a 10-day nationwide strike demanding waiver of loans, right price for their crops and implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission.The protests were called to mark the first anniversary of the Mandsaur demonstration in Madhya Pradesh, in which six farmers were killed in police firing.As part of the protest, farmers have shut down the supply of milk, vegetables and essential farm produce due to which the vegetable prices in the market have gone up.On the last day of the protest on June 10, the farmers’ bodies will organise ‘Bharat Bandh’.

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Caught on camera: Kerala couple abandons two-day-old baby at Kochi church, arrested

A couple was arrested in Kerala on Saturday for abandoning his newborn baby in a church in Edappally area of Kochi. They were caught on CCTV camera outside the church and were traced to Wadakancherry in Thrissur.Police said they will be charged under various sections of IPC and Juvenile Justice Act.According to reports, the parents abandoned their two-day baby fearing that they would be shamed socially for having a fourth child.CCTV footage aired by television channels and circulated on social media showed the man leaving the child in the premises of St George Forane Church late evening on Friday.The security staff of the church noticed the child at around 8.30 pm and immediately alerted the police.In the CCTV footage, the couple along with another child is seen walking into the church premises around 8.15 pm with the baby wrapped in an orange sheet. The father kisses the baby on its forehead before carefully placing on the ground of the church.The couple was identified as Bitto (32) and Prabitha (28). They already have three children together. Report quoting police sources said that the father Bitto told the investigators that Prabitha was ridiculed by the locals for often being pregnant. They were afraid that they would be shamed if they returned home with the fourth child. Police said a detailed investigation will be carried out to reach a conclusion. The baby was admitted to a private hospital immediately after the incident. Hospital sources said the infant was healthy.(With PTI inputs)

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MHT-CET 2018 results announced by DTE, here’s how to check yours

The Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra announced the results for the 2018 Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) on Saturday. The results will be made available on the official website of DTE on Sunday.The entrance test is conducted for admissions in engineering and pharmacy courses in colleges in Maharashtra. More than 4.19 lakh students appeared for the Maharashtra CET for engineering admission on May 10.Kadam Abhijit Uddhavrao topped the Physics Chemistry Biology (PCB) category by scoring 188 out of 200, while Abhang Aditya Subhash secured 195 marks to top the Physics, Chemistry and Maths (PCM) category. Abhang has also stood first in the reserved category in PCM. Another student from reserved category who stood first in PCB is Prashant Wayal with score 182 out of 200.Among girls, Mona Gandhi topped the PCM category with 189 marks and Jahnvi Mokashi topped the PCB category with 183 marks.Here’s how to check MHT CET 2018 results – 1. Visit http://www.dtemaharashtra.gov.in/mhtcet2018.2. Click on the result link3. Submit your roll number4. Take a print for future reference.

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BMC bhava, take care: Twitter users joke as rains lash Mumbai

Much needed relief from seething heat and humidity came for Mumbaikars late Saturday evening as several parts of Mumbai as well as adjoining areas began seeing gusty winds, thunderstorm followed by rains.On Saturday, Mumbai saw the maximum temperature of 35.2 degree Celsius being recorded at Santacruz with humidity of 67 percent while Colaba saw the maximum of 35 degree Celsius with humidity of 80 percent.“There were good rains witnessed in Badlapur area on Saturday and thunderstorm activity with gusty winds was reported from several parts of Mumbai too post late Saturday evening. This is the result of the huge cloud cover over Mumbai and Konkan area and more rains can be expected soon. Pre-monsoon activity is being witnessed all over Maharashtra though the Southwest Monsoon is still to hit the State,” said an IMD official adding that from June 5 there should be more spurts of rainsin the city.Also readHeavy pre-monsoon rain hits Mumbai’s local train service, delays flights, adds to traffic snarlsBy around 8pm several parts of the city in eastern as well as western suburbs began receiving rains with gusty winds and thunderstorms. Rains and thunders are being reported from area like Dahisar, Borivali, Kandivali, Powai and parts of Andheri. The first spell of rains also saw few motorcyclists slipping on the road along the Western Express Highway and SV Road.Also readFirst rains: 3 die of electrocution in MumbaiHere’s how Twitter reacted:



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Food poisoning in Noida school: Oil used was substandard, says report

After nearly two months, it has been found that the refined oil used in the food consumed by students at Step by Step School was of sub-standard quality. The Food and Drug Administration of the Gautam Budh Nagar district after receiving the much-awaited reports has decided to file a case against the school canteen and management.On April 5, as many as 190 kids had fallen victim to food poisoning after having lunch in the school. Following which, the food department had collected samples of the ajwain paratha and oil used and sent them to a Lucknow lab for testing.According to the administration, they received the sample reports on Saturday morning from Lucknow. While the sample of ajwain was of good quality, the refined oil was found to be substandard.”As the oil used was substandard, we are going to file a case against the school canteen and management within the next 15 days. A penalty of Rs 5 lakh will also be imposed on the accused,” said Sanjay Sharma, the designated officer of Food and Drug AdministrationAfter the food poisoning incident came to fore, the school’s administration had prevented officials from inspecting the premises and held them at the gate for hours before letting them in which led the district administration lodge an FIR under Sections 328 (Causing hurt by means of poison), 341(Punishment for wrongful restraint) and 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) against the school management.However, the school authorities later wrote to the district administration offering full cooperation in the investigation. They also extended their apologies for the mishap.PARATHA MADE 190 KIDS FALL SICKOn April 5, as many as 190 kids had fallen victim to food poisoning after having lunch in the school. The food department had collected samples of the ajwain paratha and oil used for cooking to test.


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BJP plans 2 Rath Yatras in Jaipur and Jodhpur

There will be 2 ‘’Rath Yatras” of the group of ministers of the state government in Jaipur and Jodhpur divisions. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will have 9 Rath Yatras of ministers in seven divisions of the state. During the yatra, ministers will stay for one day in each assembly constituency and have dinner at a party worker’s house. For the planning of Rath Yatra, a meeting of the state ministers group was held on Saturday at the Chief Minister’s official residence.BJP’s former state president Ashok Parnami, cabinet ministers Rajendra Rathore, Arun Chaturvedi, Dr Ram Pratap, Yunus Khan and others attended the meeting. According to sources, planning and preparations for the divisional Rath Yatra of ministers were discussed in the meeting.It was also decided to have 2 yatras in Jaipur and Jodhpur divisions. Now, nine Rath Yatras of ministers will go to seven divisions of the state. There will be three ministers of the state government in each Yatra. Rath Yatra will be in one assembly area one day. During this, there will be three small meetings in the day. In the evening, there will be a large public meeting of the assembly constituency. All three ministers and party office-bearers will address this public meeting and will have dinner at the party worker’s residence.Meeting With KinState BJP in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna on Saturday met former CS Ashok Jain and the family of Gajanand Sharma, who had gone missing nearly 36 years ago and is traced in a Pakistani jail.

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Jaipur: School bus rams into cars at toll plaza, injures six

A school bus rammed into nearly half a dozen cars at a toll plaza near Chomu town resulting in injuries to six individuals, including five women on Saturday afternoon. The bus driver lost control over the vehicle as the brakes of the vehicle failed. The injured were rushed to the hospital while the bus driver fled from the spot. The bus has been impounded and a case into the matter has been registered.A school bus from a well-known school located at Sirsi Road area was being driven from Jaipur to Rampura on Chomu road. “The bus had to cross the Tatiyawas toll plaza. As the bus reached the plaza, the driver saw the line of vehicles at the pay booth and tried to apply brakes, however, the brakes did not work,” officials said.The bus could not be stopped then and rammed into a car. “However, the vehicle did not stop just then. The driver tried to veer-off from the line but in the process, the bus collided with five more cars and came to a halt later. This created panic at the spot as the driver fled from the scene while the toll plaza staff rushed towards the damaged vehicles to rescue the injured passengers,” officials said.Six people from different cars were injured. “The injured have been identified as PR Agarwal and his wife Shanti Devi, Meera Devi, Kiran, Prem Devi and Marudhar Kanwar. “The injured were rushed to hospital at Chomu where they were provided treatment. A crane was called to remove the damaged cars. Further action in the matter is being taken,” officials said.Rushed to hospitalThe injured individuals were rushed to the nearby hospital while the bus driver fled from the spot. The bus has been impounded and a case into the matter has been registered.

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Woman arrested for making derogatory remarks against Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami

A 24-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan in a video posted on social networking sites, police said.Following a complaint, officials of the Central Crime Branch booked Surya Devi under relevant sections of the IPC for making comments against Palaniswami and Soundararajan, an official release said.Today, she was arrested from her hometown Manapparai near Tiruchirapalli, about 315 kms from here, it said.Devi was produced before a local court which later sent her to judicial custody, it said.The phone that was used to make the video was also seized, the release said.
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92-year-old gets 10 years in prison for raping mentally challenged minor girl

A 92-year-old on Saturday was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a special court in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara for raping a mentally challenged minor girl in 2009.The convict was also slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 by the Additional Sessions Judge (women atrocities) Himankani Gaur for sexually assaulting the minor girl, according to a Hindustan Times report.On December 18, 2009, a case was registered in Bhilwara Kotwali police station against the then 84-year-old Harlal Balai for raping a minor girl in her house at his village.The incident ocurred when the minor girl’s parents were not in the house and the convict took advantage of the situation and sexually assaulted her, public prosecutor Savita Sharma said. The mentally-challeneged girl was not in the condition to understand what had happened to her. It was when the girl’s parents came back and saw her deteriorated condition, they filed a police complaint.The victim and the convict belong to the same village and they knew each other. The victim used to adress Balai as ‘baba’.In a separate case, an elderly man was arrested on April 15 for raping his mentally challenged neighbour, aged 21, in Delhi’s Shahadra. Police said the accused took the woman to his cycle-rickshaw garage nearby and raped her. He was arrested after the victim disclosed the matter to her family.According to the initial probe, on the pretext of getting the victim food and sweets, the accused took her to his garage. Then he locked the room and started touching her inappropriately. When the woman objected and started to raise her voice, he covered her mouth and assaulted her. He then raped her and warned her against revealing the matter to anyone. The accused then left for his home, a senior police officer said.

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Old Jammu to be developed as heritage city: Deputy CM Kavinder Gupta

The Jammu and Kashmir government is working on a plan to develop old Jammu as heritage city, Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta said on Saturday.Through a string of projects for traffic decongestion, sanitation and cleanliness the old city area will be developed into a heritage site, he said chairing a meeting to review the progress on beautification of Raghunath Bazaar here.He said Jammu has a legacy of splendid political, social and economic history and the present government is endeavoring to elevate its stature to the deserving level. This is being done through showcasing rich heritage and at the same time developing it as a modern city, Gupta said.Listing initiatives already set in, he said numerous upcoming and completed multi-storey parking projects around historical old city are path-breaking steps towards restoring its pristine glory.Director Tourism Smita Sethi apprised the deputy chief minister about various proposals for the beautification and development of Raghunath Bazaar which includes remodeling of bunkers, locker facility within the temple complex to facilitate safety of valuables of tourists, CCTV surveillance in the area and creation of plaza in front of the temple for yatris.She also explained about mobile cleaning machines for pathway, big LED screen to display information for yatries, arched gates, clock tower at city chowk and ducketing of wires to give a clear skyline.Gupta directed the officers concerned to take immediate action for completing these works within shortest time period.

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West Bengal: Purulia SP shunted after two BJP workers found hanging in district in four days

The Purulia Superintendent of Police Joy Biswas on Saturday was shunted out after two BJP supporters were brutally killed in the district. He has been replaced by Akash Magharia, a 2009 batch IPS officer, according to Zee News.The body of Dulal Kumar, a 32-year-old BJP worker’s body was found hanging from by a pole in Dabha village of Purulia’s Balarampur. West Bengal BJP Twitter handle =posted a video, alleging that the TMC was behind the crime.This is the second BJP worker found dead hanging in Purulia. Earlier in the week, young BJP activist Trilochon Mahato was found hanging from a tree. It prompted strong reaction from BJP President Amit Shah who condemned the incident and blamed state government for inaction. TMC on its part has denied all allegations in this regard. Senior BJP leader Rahul Sinha has asked for CBI probe into these deaths.Also readShameful and inhuman: Amit Shah slams second BJP worker’s hanging in West Bengal; lashes out at Mamata’s leadershipBJP President Amit Shah on Sunday lashed out at Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government over the second killing in the state.”Distressed to know about yet another killing of BJP karyakarta Dulal Kumar in Balrampur, West Bengal. This continued brutality and violence in the land of West Bengal is shameful and inhuman. Mamata Banerjee’s govt has completely failed to maintain law and order in the state,” Shah tweeted on Saturday afternoon.Also readWest Bengal: Two BJP workers found hanging in four days, cases handed over to CID BJP MP Babul Supriyo also tweeted about the incident. “Another BJP member frm Balrampur, was hanged 2 death by violent TMC goons. What crimes have they committed by merely following BJP? It’s shameful how democracy dies in Bengal every day while @MamataOfficial stays mum on it (sic),” he said,While Mamata Banerjee hasn’t spoken or tweeted about the incident, instead focussing on ‘remembering’ the late Raj Kapoor on his death anniversary, Rajya Sabha MP Derek O Brien tweeted saying it was a ‘despicable killing’. He wrote on Twitter: “We strongly condemn this despicable killing. All angles must be probed. The perpetrators of this heinous act must be punished. What role did Jharkhand border have to play? What elements of Bajrang Dal, Maoist or BJP involved. Let the truth be found out through proper investigation.”
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Maharashtra: Farmer protests to intensify; All-India Kisan Samiti hits out at state govt’s ‘negative approach’

The Left-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) on Saturday accused the Maharashtra government of having a “negative approach” to the ongoing 10-day farmers’ protest and said the stir would intensify from June 5.There has been no response from the government on the demands of the protesting farmers, AIKS general secretary Ajit Navle told reporters in Mumbai as the agitation entered its second day.”Farmers across the state are holding protests but the government seems to have a negative approach over keeping the promises it had made to farmers last month,” he said.A meeting of farmers’ organisations was convened today and it was decided to intensify the protests from June 5, he said.”We have given a call to farmers to stop selling their produce meant for cities,” Navle said.He said that tur dal was being imported from Mozambique, sugar from Pakistan while milk and sugarcane were being procured from other states despite Maharashtra having them in abundant quantities.”Thus, as a mark of protest, we will be gifting all these imported food items, along with milk and sugarcane, to the chief minister through the government’s tehsil offices,” he said.The AIKS had led a march of thousands of farmers from Nashik in north Maharashtra to Mumbai earlier this year to press its demands such as complete and unconditional loan waiver and transfer of forest land rights to tribals.The arrival of vegetables at various market committees and collection of milk in Nashik district were affected on Saturday.”All milk dairies in the district are closed and collection centres for milk have been affected. Agitating farmers poured milk on the roads at Visapur in Yeola taluka in the morning today. Arrival of vegetables at market committees is also low,” Raju Desale, working president of the AIKS, said.An official of the Nashik Agricultural Produce Market Committee said that the arrival of vegetables there was low due to the protest.Several farmers’ organisations have jointly called the 10-day protest, which started yesterday, across 22 states in the country demanding remunerative prices for their produce, implementation of theSwaminathan Commission recommendations and farm loan waivers, among others.





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Mayawati vacates Kanshi Ram’s old bungalow; moves to private home in Lucknow

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday evening said that she had vacated both official residents and had shifted to a private home in Lucknow.Addressing a press conference, Mayawati said, “The remaining portion of 13-A Mall Avenue belonged to Manyawar Kanshi Ram Memorial Museum and Guest House. The Estate department had sent me a wrong notice mentioning entire 13-A Mall Avenue bungalow as my official residence,” she clarified.She also took media to 13-A Mall Avenue showing Kanshi Ram Memorial Museum and Guest House. “My and memories of entire dalit sama are attached with this building where Manyawar Kanshi Ram used to stay. After his death it was converted into a museum and guest house,” she told media. Earlier on Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh Estate department said it would issue fresh notices to Mayawati and ND Tiwari if they did not vacate their government bungalows after the 15-day deadline, which ends on Saturday night.Although Mayawati has shifted to her new house at 9 Mall Avenue, she is yet to handover possession of 13-A Mall Avenue residence, which was officially allotted to her when she was the Chief Minister, to the Estate department. Instead, she had handed over keys of 6, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg bungalow to the Estate department saying that it was allotted to her as ex CM.The Supreme Court had passed the order on May 7 and the two-month deadline to get government bungalows vacated from ex CMs ends July 6. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh have already vacated their 4, Kalidas Marg and 3-Mall Avenue bungalows.The Estate department has ordered a probe as to how Mayawati was allotted two government accommodations as ex-CMs. Initial probe suggested that she was fraudulently allotted 6-Lal Bahadur Shahsti Marg residence on December 23 2011 through a fake dispatch number 7183/32-2-2011-10/2008. Rekha, an employee of the department was allotted a house through this dispatch number.

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Curfew imposed in Meghalaya for second day after communal clash

Curfew continued in parts of Shillong for the second day on Saturday after a night-long violence during which a mob torched a shop, a house and damaged at least five vehicles besides injuring a senior police officer.Superintendent of Police (City) Stephan Rynjah sustained injuries after he was hit by a rod and has been admitted to the Shillong Civil Hospital, a senior police officer on duty said. At least 10 people, including policemen, have been injured in the violence, which has triggered demands that the government take action against alleged illegal settlers in the area. State police personnel were attacked by stone pelters in the restive Motphran area of the city.Teargas shells were used to disperse rioters but people in other parts mistook it for police firing, the officer said. The clashes had begun after a bus handyman was allegedly assaulted by a group of residents of Them Metor area on Thursday afternoon. Trouble escalated when rumours spread on social media that the handyman had succumbed to injuries, prompting a group of bus drivers to converge at Them Metor. The police had to fire teargas shells to disperse them, officials said.The handyman and three injured persons were taken to a hospital where they were released after being administered first aid. The East Khasi Hills district authorities had imposed night curfew in the entire city from 10 pm till 5 am to maintain peace and prevent arson, they said.One person, accused of being involved in the assault of three local boys, has been arrested and the police are looking for his accomplices, they said. Internet services continued to remain suspended to prevent spreading of rumours. The state government will review the decision later on Saturday.The curfew, which was imposed since 4 am yesterday in at least 14 localities under Lumdiengjri police station and Cantonment Beat House, continues, District deputy commissioner P S Dkhar told PTI. He said that there was no curfew in Police Bazaar and Iew Duh (Bara Bazaar) areas even as shops, schools and banks in these areas remained closed.Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who chaired a high-level meeting on Friday, had appealed for calm and urged the people to help bring back normalcy in Shillong.Sangma also called up his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh to assure him of the safety of people from the northern state and their religious institutions following communal clashes.Sangma called up Amarinder last night to apprise him of the situation in the state in the wake of communal violence triggered by a minor incident and to allay any apprehensions of the people from Punjab being under attack.Amid rumours, Sangma also assured Amarinder Singh that there was no damage to any religious place or other institutions belonging to the people from Punjab in Meghalaya.Singh expressed concern over the development and hoped the situation would not escalate further, an official spokesman said here.The Meghalayan chief minister said he was personally monitoring the situation to ensure that there is no further trouble or incident that could trigger fresh tensions.Such incidents had the potential of causing communal divisions that did not augur well for the country, Amarinder Singh added.Sangma assured Amarinder Singh that the situation was now under control, with the Army on standby to avert any fresh outbreak of trouble.He further assured the Punjab chief minister that his government was committed to ensuring the safety and security of all communities in the state and would take all possible steps to avert any further trouble.Amarinder requested his Meghalayan counterpart to keep him informed of the situation and extended any help needed to defuse the tension.



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Kashmir unrest as protester run over by police dies

Anti-India protests flare at the funeral of a man run over by police in the summer capital Srinagar.

Kerala woman under observation for Nipah symptoms passes away

A 39-year-old woman, who was under observation for Nipah virus symptoms, died on Saturday.However, the samples of the woman were found to be negative, Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja told reporters. The cause of her death has to be ascertained, she said. A health department official said the woman had accompanied a patient to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital where a Nipah-affected person was being treated. After she fell ill, she was shifted from the Pariyaram Medical College to the Kozhikode Medical College hospital as she showed symptoms similar to that of the Nipah virus.The health authorities had drawn up a list of 1,949 people who had come in contact with the Nipah-affected persons to monitor their health condition. he woman also figured on the list and had tested negative for Nipah virus earlier as well. Shailaja chaired a high-level meeting here this morning, which was attended by top health officials. Two patients, who tested positive for the virus, are undergoing treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital and their condition is stable.The newly emerging zoonosis has so far claimed 16 lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. The state government has postponed all meetings scheduled to be held in the two districts this month till further notice. As a precautionary measure, several staffers, including nurses and four doctors, of the Balussery taluk hospital were asked yesterday to go on leave. These doctors and nurses had come in contact with two Nipah virus patients who died.The Public Service Commission (PSC) has postponed all its written and online exams scheduled to be held till June 16.New dates will be announced later.

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Fire breaks out leather company office in Mumbai, no casualties reported so far

A massive fire broke out at a leather company office, located at Barrister Nath Pai Road in Mumbai, in the wee hours of Saturday.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>The firefighters reached the spot immediately to douse the flames.Meanwhile, a fire officer received injuries during the operation.No casualty has been reported so far in the fire incident.More details are awaited.


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Man held for murder, knife & phone found at Okhla Phase-II

A 22-year-old man was arrested for being involved in a murder at Okhla Phase-II on Saturday last week. The police identified the arrested man as Sandeep alias Bulli, a resident of Okhla Phase-I. The police also recovered the blood-stained knife used in the murder along with the robbed mobile phone of the deceased from his possession.According to the police, an unidentified person was found lying with multiple stab wounds on Saturday night near the boundary wall of the Domestic Container Depot at Okhla Phase-II. The man was then immediately shifted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre by the Police Control Room (PCR) van where he was declared dead on arrival.”Later, on the basis of a bank deposit slip found in his pocket, we identified the deceased as one Arvind Singh Chauhan, a 30-year-old man from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh, who was residing at Sagarpur in South-West Delhi. Accordingly, a case was registered and the investigation started,” said a police official involved in the case.The police began the investigation by trying to trace Chauhan’s mobile phone which was missing. The police relied on local informers and technical surveillance for the purpose.The investigating team later traced the missing phone to one Manoj, who was a resident of Okhla. “Manoj revealed that he had bought it from another person. On further enquiry, we found that the phone had changed hands several times, the source of which was traced to Sandeep. Subjected to sustained interrogation, Sandeep finally confessed to his involvement in the murder,” the official added.
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BJP burns effigy of Congress MLA Virji Thummar in Ahmedabad

The BJP workers on Sunday staged a protest in Ahmedabad against Congress MLA Virji Thummar. The protestors also burnt an effigy of Thummar.Thummar, on Saturday, had addressed a gathering by Patidar leader Hardik Patel used abused BJP Gujarat president, Jitu Vagahni, a BJP release stated on Sunday.Senior BJP leaders in Ahmedabad had condemned Thummar.The vulgar and feudalistic mentality of the Congress is proven through the words of Thummar, said a senior BJP leader.”Congress party and its MLA Virji Thummar must apologise to the mothers of Gujarat. He should give assurance to the people of Gujarat that he will never insult any woman,” said IK Jadeja, senior BJP leader.”Congress should take immediate action against the MLA. They have lost people’s faith and respect. The words used him are shameful. We condemn this,” added Jadeja.Similar protests were staged in Amreli, Bhavnagar, Upleta, Lathi.Thummar, on Saturday, had said, “Vaghani, your mother must not be a Patidar. Otherwise, you would not have uttered such words for Hardik. If you were born to be Patidar, you could not say such words for Hardik.”


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Greater Noida: Man murders wife over breakfast menu, arrested

A 32-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife after a heated argument over the breakfast menu. The incident took place at the Ecotech 3 area of Greater Noida on Saturday morning.According to the police, the accused has been identified as Mukesh. He had a heated argument with his wife Rekha after which he strangulated her to death. Mukesh was arrested following a tip-off about him fleeing the city.”The incident took place on Saturday morning around 9 am when the couple had an argument over what to cook for breakfast. Soon the argument turned sore and Mukesh strangulated her with the help of a rope and fled the spot,” said a senior police officer.The police said that a PCR call about the incident was made by the accused’s brother who lives in the next room.”A police team reached the spot and found Rekha lying dead on the bed. She was strangulated at the neck using a rope,” said the officer.Sources said that the couple was involved in repetitive fights over the past few days. “Over the past one month, the couple was involved in repetitive fights on domestic issues. Mukesh does not hold any criminal history and committed the crime after losing his cool,” said a senior police officer.The police have registered a case under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code at the Ecotech 3 police station. The accused was produced before a magistrate on Sunday and has been sent to jail.



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Facing charges of nepotism, Mayawati removes her brother from post of BSP vice-president

Facing charges of nepotism, the BSP Supremo Mayawati on Saturday removed her brother and successor Anand Kumar from the post of BSP Vice-President.Effecting several changes during the BSP National Executive meeting, the BSP Supremo also nominated R.S. Kushwaha as the new BSP State President in place of Ram Achal Rajbhar who has been elevated as the party national General Secretary.Often faced with charges of introducing and promoting ‘parivarvaad’ in BSP, Mayawati on Saturday relieved his brother Anand Kumar from all political responsibilities, including from the post of BSP Vice-President.The national executive was convened to strengthen the party organizations in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and take the pulse of the party leaders on the grand alliance with other political parties against the BJP for 2019 Lok Sabha polls.The issue was discussed threadbare and majority of the BSP leaders were of the view that the BSP should join the grand alliance against the BJP at national level only if ‘behenji’ was projected its leader.The national executive, however, ratified party’s alliance with the Samajwadi Party for Uttar Pradesh and left the decision of BSP joining united opposition front against BJP at national level with Mayawati.The party indicated that the BSP will go it alone in Madhya Pradesh. However, a final decision will be taken after Kairana Lok Sabha by-poll result. The Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav has already announced to contest all assembly seats in MP. He even started party’s campaign there.Talking to media, Mayawati slammed the Modi government for celebrating its four-year rule. “Atrocities against Dalits and poor have increased manifold in the last four years. Only the rich and the big business men benefitted from the policies of the Modi government while poor was left to suffer. They should be ashamed of celebrating four years of BJP rule even after failing on all fronts,” charged she.“Petrol/diesel prices have touched all time-high spiralling inflation and prices of essential commodities. The party will launch a nationwide agitation if the prices were not brought down and atrocities against Dalits and poor did not stop immediately,” warned she.
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Over the last four years, development has become a vibrant mass movement: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Saturday morning to highlight the achievements of his government. Incidentally, his government becomes 4 years old today, and it is only an year to go before the 2019 general elections. PM Modi said on Twitter,” On this day in 2014, we began our journey of working towards India’s transformation. Over the last four years, development has become a vibrant mass movement, with every citizen feeling involved in India’s growth trajectory. 125 crore Indians are taking India to great heights!”. He further paid his gratitute to citizens for keeping the trust on the government and being a part of the development engine. PM Modi said, ” I bow to my fellow citizens for their unwavering faith in our Government. This support and affection is the biggest source of motivation and strength for the entire Government. We will continue to serve the people of India with the same vigour and dedication”.He shared an infographic highlighting several achievements of the government and how they are looking to transform India. Also readDNA Edit: Oppn efforts to fight Modi seems like a meek challengeAlongside, he shared a video to highlight the transformation happening in rural India. Suffice to say, that Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas, which translates to ‘good intention, correct developement’ will be a major slogan for the BJP government in this poll bound year. PM Modi will be in Odisha on Saturday, a state which will have simultaneous assembly and lok sabha election in 2019. BJP is looking to cash in on anti-incumbency to dislodge the BJD government there. Odisha Police has put in place elaborate security arrangements in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit. As many as 100 platoons of police force (80 in Cuttack and 20 in Bhubaneswar) will be deployed as a part of the PM’s security arrangements. Modi will address a public meeting at Baji Jatra ground on the banks of river Mahanadi in Cuttack, marking four years of the BJP-led government at the Centre. “Five teams each of the SAG, STU will also be deployed along with two teams of ODRAF,” Cuttack DCP Akhilesvar Singh said.Four control rooms have been set up to monitor the security arrangements, Singh said. Special arrangements have also been made for traffic management, and there will be a few diversions on different routes to prevent road congestion. Meanwhile, a report from Malkangiri said that Maoists have put posters opposing the PM’s Odisha visit. The posters were seen at different places in Kalimela police station area of Malkangiri district, an official said.With agency inputs

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Cops go to nab rape-accused tenant; later, his landlord is dead in East Delhi

A 38-year old man died under mysterious circumstances after a police team reached his residence to arrest his tenant who was an accused in a rape case.The incident took place in East Delhi’s Kalyanpuri area on Saturday night.While family members alleged he was thrashed by the police who had come to the house to arrest the tenant, police said a medical board has been constituted to ascertain the cause of death.The board will conduct the post-mortem on Monday.According to the police, the deceased, Sukhbir Singh (38) resided in Kalyanpuri with his wife Amritkaur and children. Sukhbir had rented out the second floor of his house to a man identified as Manjeet for Rs 3,500. Manjeet and his mother and three sisters stayed in the area.Amritkaur said that on Saturday night, around 12:30 am, seven police officials reached their residence and asked for Manjit.Sukhbir opened the door and a team from Sultanpuri and Kalyanpuri police stations entered the premises and reached the second floor where Manjit was.Sukhbir and his family were unaware that their tenant Manjit was an accused in a rape case in Sultanpuri area.”I was not allowed to go up as the police officials were upstairs. Later we heard Manjit scream in pain and later on my husband as well. Even though there was a woman police officer as well I was not allowed to go up. Later on we heard a loud noise and when we rushed out on the road Sukhbir was lying on the road with his face towards the ground,” Amritkaur said.The police officials later took the accused Manjit in custody. Meanwhile Sukhbir was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Investigating officials stated that Sukhbir was drunk and fell of the grill and he was not beaten up by the police.POLICE SPEAKDeputy Commissioner of Police Pankaj Singh, East Delhi, said “A forensics team was called in. A medical board has been constituted and the post-mortem will be conducted on Monday. Singh’s initial medical report suggests he was drunk when the incident took place.” He added, “Manjit was an accused in a rape case of a minor and court orders had also been issued for his arrest.”

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JJ Hospital doctors continue strike against assault by patient’s family, seek implementation of security system

The strike of resident doctors at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital to protest an assault on two doctors by relatives of a patient entered its second day on Sunday. The doctors had gone on a strike on Saturday, soon after two doctors were assaulted by relatives of a patient who died during treatment on Saturday morning. The Police have registered a case against five people and arrested four of them but the doctors have not budged saying they will not call off the strike until all of their demands are met.The incident took place in the morning when Zaida Sanaullah Sheikh (45), a resident of Mumbra who was being treated for a gall bladder ailment, died.Her family members alleged that it was due to negligence on the doctors’ part and beat up Dr Atish Parikh and a woman doctor who were on duty, a police official said. Dr Parikh suffered a facial fracture in the assault. A nurse was also allegedly manhandled, and the relative of another patient, who rushed to help the doctors, was beaten up.They also allegedly ransacked the ward. CCTV footage of the incident went viral on social media.Police arrested five members of Sheikh’s family, including a woman, for the alleged assault.”We have arrested four persons — Mohammed Shaikh, Sony Sanaullah, Rihan Sanaullah and Samila Sanaullah,” said Senior Police inspector Shirish Gaikwad of JJ Marg police station.After the incident, the hospital realised that the emergency alarm system – proposed two years ago and meant to alert security personnel – has not been installed. Resident doctors at the hospital announced a day-long strike demanding implementation of the security system.The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) alleged that despite repeated requests, there was no adequate security at the hospital.MARD chief Dr Sarang Donarkar, in a letter to the Dean of J J Hospital, alleged that the number of security guards has been reduced to half.Donarkar said on Saturday that they would not call off the strike until their demands are met. “We will call off the strike only when we see the implementation of security system on the ground rather than just on paper. We had a meeting today with the Dean and demanded to assign one security guard in every ward of the hospital. Unless our demand is fulfilled, we won’t work,” Dr Sarang Donarkar, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) president, said. “The authority is only giving us assurance that they will soon increase the security force but they need some time to complete paper work and get permission to increase the number of guards,” he said.
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Nasscom to set up Internet of Things Centre in IIT Gandhinagar

Gujarat will get its Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Internet of Things (IoT) at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-G), the state government said on Saturday. The CoE will be set up in partnership with industry body, NASSCOM. The centre will give industry players and technology start-ups a major boost, say industry sources. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was announced on Saturday.The centre, expected to be ready in a year, is envisaged to be a hub for creating IoT solutions for various sectors like automobiles, agriculture, health and energy among others. It would be jointly funded by the Centre, state government and National Association of Software Services Companies (NASSCOM). It will be among the four CoEs that are coming up in the country.One CoE has already been inaugurated at Bengaluru, while others are underway at Vizag and Gurgaon. It will also have a dedicated start-up incubator in addition to the existing incubator at IIT, Gandhinagar.”Close to 20 startups will start working at a special incubator at IIT-Gandhinagar. Industry will bring their problems on which startups, under guidance of academic researchers and industry will find IoT solutions. The CoE will be also accessible for local players working in IoT sector,” said Sandhya Bhullar, MD of Gujarat Informatics. The CoE will also provide access to experts in patents and legal matters to the startups.”The CoE will give a major boost for creating an ecosystem conducive for the development of IoT in Gujarat. With a diverse and a robust industrial base, Gujarat is an ideal location for setting up such a CoE,” said Vivek Ogra, chairman of GESIA IT Association, which represents companies in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Gujarat. “There is a huge potential for the growth of IoT in Gujarat in sectors like industry, transport, utilities and others as it will enable conversion of ideas into products at a very low cost. Here in Gujarat, the developer and consumer are in the same ecosystem,” said Ogra.INSTITUTIONSThe centre, expected to be ready in a year, is envisaged to be a hub for creating IoT solutions for various sectors like automobiles, agriculture, health and energy among others

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When puppeteers fail, puppet falls and breaks: P Chidambaram celebrates after Yeddyurappa resigns

The Karnataka government led by B.S. Yeddyurappa, lost the floor test in the Vidhan Soudha here on Saturday.Yeddyurappa resigned after he wasn’t able to establish his majority. In his speech inside Vidhan Soudha he said that he will fight till his last breath.Reacting Congress leader P Chidambaram wrote: “With the proceedings live and every citizen becoming a pro tem Speaker, democracy in Karnataka was saved — for the time bring. Poor Mr Yeddyurappa. When the puppeteers fail, the puppet falls and breaks.”The floor test was conducted on the instructions of the Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai R. Vala after the Congress-JD(S) alliance also claimed the right to form the government in the state on the basis of the 117 seats it had as compared to the 104 seats that the BJP had.On Friday,, while hearing a petition of the Congress-JD(S) alliance, the Supreme Court reduced the 15-day original time given by Governor Vala to the BJP to prove its majority in the house and asked the party to hold the trust vote on Saturday at 4 p.m.The Congress-JD(S) alliance welcomed the top court’s move, saying the BJP’s bluff had been finally called out.On Saturday, the Supreme Court also rejected the Congress-JD (S) petition to remove K.A. Bopaiah as pro-tem speaker ahead of the floor test and appoint the senior most legislator R.V. Deshmukh in his place.The apex court instead ordered the videographing of the floor test to ensure transparency of proceedings.




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‘What amount are you expecting’: Congress releases audio of purported talks between BJP’s Sriramulu and its MLA BC Patil

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