City News Mumbai

Bombay HC allows default bail plea of activist Sudha Bharadwaj in Bhima Koregaon Case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed the default bail plea of activist Sudha Bharadwaj and directed her to approach Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court for further proceedings in the Bhima Koregaon Case.A bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar said that Bharadwaj’s bail conditions will be decided by the Special NIA Court in Mumbai. The High Court ordered that she should be produced before the Special NIA Court on December 8.Simultaneously, in the same case, the court rejected the default bail plea of eight accused Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira.Bharadwaj was among the five activists, including Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Gautam Navlakha, who were arrested from various cities in 2018 for their alleged involvement in the Elgaar Parishad event near Pune.On January 1, 2018, violence at…

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There’s No UPA Alliance : Mamata Banerjee After Sharad Pawar Meet

Mumbai [Maharashtra] : Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Nationalist Congress chief Sharad Pawar met this afternoon to lay out what he called the “Template for 2024”.  “What is UPA? There is no UPA,” said Mamata Banerjee. Tweeting photos of the meeting, Mr Pawar – one of the key interlocutors of the opposition – posted: “Pleased to meet Hon’ble CM of West Bengal Smt @MamataOfficial at my Mumbai residence. We Discussed various issues. We agreed upon the need to strengthen the collective efforts and commitment towards safeguarding democratic values and ensuring the betterment of our people”. Last evening, Ms Banerjee met  Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut. Her meeting with Uddhav Thackeray did not take place as the Chief Minister has undergone a surgery and has been advised isolation.

City News Kolkata

West Bengal extends Covid-19 restrictions in wake of Omicron scare

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal government on Tuesday extended the COVID-19 restrictions in the state till December 15 in view of the newly detected coronavirus variant Omicron.According to an order issued by the government, all outdoor activities including the movement of people and vehicles will remain prohibited between 11 pm and 5 am except for the health services, law and order and essential commodities that include agricultural products and other emergency services. “Wearing of masks, maintenance of physical distancing and health and hygiene protocol must be followed at all times,” said the order.Meanwhile, amid rising concern about a new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’ first detected in South Africa, India added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing for infection.Ministry of Health and Family Welfare adds Hong Kong and Israel to…

Bengaluru City News

COVID test mandatory for all international passengers arriving in state: Karnataka

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday informed that international passengers arriving in Karnataka must undergo mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR testing.Speaking to the media after the technical advisory committee meeting, Dr K Sudhakar said, “A mandatory RTPCR test is being carried out for travellers from countries where the new virus is found. Chief Minister has instructed us to test travellers from any country.” Sudhakar informed that about 2,500 passengers come to the state every day, from various nations. Those who will be tested negative will be home quarantined for seven days. “Those who are symptomatic and negative will have to undergo testing at home on the fifth day. Asymptomatic will be tested on the seventh day. If positive, they will be immediately hospitalized. And they will be treated separately,” he added.Covid’s new variant, the ‘Omicron’ virus has…

City News Mumbai

Mamata Banerjee visits Siddhivinayak Temple

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a three-day tour to Maharashtra, visited Siddhivinayak Temple on Tuesday.While speaking to the media, Banerjee said, “I came to Mumbai many times but never came to Siddhivinayak temple. I also worship Ganpati Bappa at my home. I am thankful to the Maharashtra government. I prayed here for Uddhav Thackeray Ji’s health. I am very happy to visit here.” A meeting between Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take place at Mumbai’s Nariman point at 8 pm on Tuesday.Informing about the meeting, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told the media, “A meeting between West Bengal Chief Minister and Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aditya Thackeray will take place in Mumbai today at 8 pm. I will also join the meeting.”Meanwhile, Shiv Sena…

City News Hyderabad

Telangana govt sets up cabinet sub-panel to tackle Omicron

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : The Telangana government on Monday set up a cabinet sub-committee to tackle the situation that may arise due to Omicron, the new variant of Coronavirus found in some countries.The four-member committee, headed by State Health Minister T Harish Rao, will recommend to the state government the measures needed to tackle the current pandemic situation and also to expedite the COVID-19 vaccination. Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao, Panchayati Raj Minister E. Dayakar Rao and Education Minister Sabita Indra Reddy will be the members of the panel.The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’ and alerted countries of the new variant.

Chennai City News

Such acts diminish the democratic spirit of Parliament, says Stalin

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : Just after Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday suspended 12 Members of Parliament, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said that such acts diminish the democratic spirit of the house.Stalin further urged the Centre, on behalf of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), to revoke the suspension immediately. “The suspension of 12 Opposition MPs on the very first day of the winter session is highly condemnable. Such acts diminish the democratic spirit of the Parliament. I demand, on behalf of the DMK to revoke the suspension immediately,” Stalin wrote in a tweet.Rajya Sabha on the first day of its business for the Winter Session on Monday suspended 12 of its members for the rest of the current session on account of ‘unruly and violent behaviour’ during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.The suspended MPs include six from Congress, two…

City News Mumbai

Mumbai: Reopening of schools for classes 1 to 7 postponed till Dec 15, amid threat of Omicron

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Amid the worry of the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, the reopening of schools for classes 1 to 7, in Mumbai, has been postponed till December 15, informed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.Earlier, the schools for classes 1 to 7 was scheduled to reopen from December 1. School for classes 8 to 12 had reopened earlier on October 4.The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the coronavirus, was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and appeared on November 14 in South Africa. It has been declared a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

City News Delhi

Delhi govt designates Lok Nayak Hospital as dedicated facility for ‘Omicron’ variant cases

New Delhi [India] : The Delhi government has designated Lok Nayak Hospital as a dedicated hospital to treat patients infected with the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’.As per the order issued by the Health and Family Department of the Delhi government, the decision has been taken following the new guidelines by the Central government for international travellers in the context of the new variant. “Lok Nayak Hospital will designate one or more separate wards ( as per need) for isolating and treating such patients…It is hereby directed that no COVID-18 patient of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 will be denied admission on any ground,” the order stated.The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the coronavirus, was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and appeared on November 14 in South Africa. It has been declared a variant of concern by the World Health…

Bengaluru City News

Seven-day quarantine must for all international passengers : Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : After two South Africa-returnees tested positive for COVID-19 and amid increasing concern over the new variant ‘Omicron’, the Bengaluru airport has made seven days quarantine compulsory for all international passengers.Addressing the media after inspecting Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) airport yesterday, the Bengaluru Rural District Health Officer Tippeswamy said, “All international passengers who test negative for COVID-19 on arrival in Bengaluru will be put in quarantine for seven days. They will be tested again after seven days.” 598 such passengers are under surveillance, he informed.Tippeswamy conducted a video conference with senior officials of the health and airport authorities and said that they are mainly checking the vaccination report, RT PCR test and Rapid antigen test reports of the passengers coming from high-risk countries.“We are also conducting RT PCR test at the airport for the passengers arriving from high-risk countries. If…

Chennai City News

Heavy rainfall, waterlogging in Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Due to continuous and heavy rainfall, waterlogging has been reported from several districts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai.While speaking to ANI, a local, said, “We face a lot of difficulties due to continuous rain. It has also affected transport. Several areas are submerged in floodwater due to torrential rains.” “We are finding difficulties in getting food as we are not able to move out. The floodwater has entered in our homes,” said another local.State revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran had informed a total of eight people have died due to heavy rainfall in the state.Earlier, on Saturday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhawan in Chennai. He briefed the Governor about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the rain-affected areas in the state.

City News Mumbai

India Ratings upgrades Capacit’e Infraprojects to ‘IND BBB’/Stable

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Capacit’e Infraprojects Limited (CIL), a fast-growing construction company providing end-to-end services for residential, commercial and Institutional building with presence in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Pune, Chennai, National Capital Region (NCR), Varanasi, Kochi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, announced that India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has upgraded their Long-Term Issuer Rating to ‘IND BBB’ from ‘IND D’ and the outlook is Stable.As per the rating agency the key rating drivers were: Improved Operational Performance in 1HFY22: Despite the second wave, the company was able to register revenue of INR2.8 billion in 1QFY22 (1QFY21: INR0.2 billion) with EBITDA margin of 14.1%. The execution pace further picked up in 2QFY22 and CIL clocked close to INR3.4 billion in revenues with EBITDA margins improving to 17.8%. Ind-Ra estimates CIL to register a revenue of INR14 billion-15 billion with EBITDA margins in the range of 16%-17% in…

Bengaluru City News

Bengaluru Police ask organisers to cancel ‘controversial’ Munawar Faruqui’s stand up comedy show

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Bengaluru Police has asked organisers to cancel comedian Munawar Faruqui’s stand-up show here in Karanataka’s capital city on Sunday citing the programme by the “controversial figure” could lead to a possible law and order problem in light of threats from several organisations on social media.Faruqui’s ‘Dongri to Nowhere’ programme was scheduled to be held at a city auditorium on Sunday. “It is learned that Munawar Faruqui is a controversial figure as he was been in controversy for his statements on other religion Gods,” a letter sent by Ashok Nagar Police Station to organizers read.“There is credible information that several organizations opposing this stand-up -Comedy show performed by Munawar Faruqui. This could create chaos and could disturb public peace and harmony which may further lead to law and order problems. Therefore it is suggested that you should cancel the Munawar Faruqui stand…

City News Delhi

Delhi’s peak power demand in winter may go upto 5,400 MW, surpassing last two years

New Delhi [India]: Delhi’s peak power demand this winter can go upto 5,400 MW, surpassing the peak winter demand of both 2019 and 2020. Last year, it had peaked at 5,021 MW and 5,343 in 2019.The peak winter power demand in BRPL and BYPL areas had reached 2,091 MW and 1,107 MW respectively during last winter. This year, it is expected to reach 2,315 MW and 1,140 MW for BRPL and BYPL respectively. According to officials, “BSES discoms are fully geared to ensure adequate power availability for its around 46 lakh consumers during the winter months. The back-bone of BSES’ power-supply arrangements during the winter months includes long-term agreements from power plants; including Hydro and Delhi-based gas-fuelled generating stations.”Additionally, BSES is also receiving 440+ MW of solar power from SECI, 250 MW of wind power, 25 MW from Waste-to-Energy. It is also being helped…

City News Kolkata

CM Mamta Banerjee expresses grief over Nadia mishap

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee expressed her condolences over the death of 18 people in the Nadia road accident.“Heartbroken to hear about the road accident in Nadia. I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured. May God give them the strength to get past this difficult time,” she tweeted. “Government of West Bengal will extend every necessary assistance and support to the kin of the victims. We are beside you in this sad hour,” the Chief Minister said in another tweet.As per the police officials, at least 18 people were killed and 5 others injured in a road accident that took place in West Bengal’s Phulbari area of Nadia district. The injured people have been shifted to Shaktinagar district hospital.West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has also expressed…

City News Hyderabad

Hyderabad-based NGO brings slum dwellers together in policymaking

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: In a bid to involve slum dwellers in policymaking, a Hyderbad-based non-profit organisation under its ‘neighbourhood community network’ initiative is bringing poor people together and working for their human rights and sustainable development. Speaking to the reporter, the Director of Montfort Social Institue, Varghese Theckanath said, “People living in slum areas are not poor, even they build and sustain our cities. If people who build our cities will not be there, then our cities will collapse. These people are not considered as citizens of our society as they do not even get basic amenities like land, water, food, etc.”Further, he informed that over one-third of people in Hyderabad are living in slums, so the organisation is working for their rights. “We have created ‘Hyderbad City Slum People Federation’, in which people from the working-class come together and discuss their issues to…

City News Mumbai

Salman Khan requests fans to not ‘waste’ milk on ‘Antim’ posters

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Actor Salman Khan, on Sunday, shared a video on social media in which his fans can be seen pouring milk on ‘Antim’ posters and dancing to dhol beats. Along with it, he penned a note to ask his fans to not “waste” milk and further requested them to rather give the milk to underprivileged children who are unable to afford it.He wrote the caption, “Kai logon ko paani naseeb nahiin hota aur aap aise doodh waste karr rahe ho. Agar aapko doodh dena hi hai toh my request to all my fans is ki Aap gareeb bacchon ko pilayein jinhe doodh peene ko nahiin milta…” Recently, another video had surfaced on the internet showing moviegoers and fans bursting firecrackers inside a theatre while watching ‘Antim’. The actor had also requested his fans on social media to not do so “as it…

Bengaluru City News

Bengaluru: Negative RT-PCR report mandatory for people coming from Kerala, Maharashtra

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The Karnataka government has issued an order on Sunday making it mandatory for those arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra to produce a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours. The order will be applicable to everyone entering Karnataka irrespective of their vaccination status.The decision is taken in light of a new cluster of Covid-19 cases detected at educational institutions at Dharwad, Bengaluru, and Mysuru districts, read the order. “Students arriving from Kerala to Medical and Paramedical colleges and other such institutions within Karnataka in the past 15 days (Nov 12 to Nov 27) shall be subjected to RT-PCR test,” the order said. Therefore, as per the order, those who will arrive now onwards will be subjected to a mandatory RT-PCR test on the 7th day of arrival. The Deputy Commissioners of districts bordering Kerala state have been asked to…

City News Delhi

Delhi bound SpiceJet flight offloads passenger for disruptive behaviour

New Delhi [India] : SpiceJet flight SG 8169 (Guwahati-Delhi) offloaded a passenger on Sunday after he repeatedly got off his seat and created a ruckus. According to a SpiceJet Spokesperson,” After repeated attempts to pacify him failed and co-passengers told the crew that they were not ready to fly with the said passenger on board.”, he said. “The aircraft was brought back to the bay where airport security officials along with SpiceJet staff deplaned the passenger and handed him over to the CISF.”, he further added. The flight departed thereafter.  Meanwhile on Saturday, Bengaluru-Patna Go First flight with 139 passengers and crew members on board made an emergency land at Nagpur airport due to a technical glitch.

City News Delhi

Delhi wakes up to shallow fog

New Delhi [India] : Amid deteriorating air quality, the residents of the national capital woke up to shallow fog on Sunday morning with visibility in the range of 500-1000 metres only, as per the Indian Meteorological Department.The IMD has earlier predicted that Delhi will witness shallow fog till December 1. “No fog conditions reported at 0530 hrs IST of Today. Moderate Fog with visibility of the order of 200m reported at Lucknow and Gaya. Shallow fog with visibility in the range of 500-1000 m is being reported at Delhi,” IMD tweeted today.Meanwhile, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) on Sunday morning stood at 372 in the ‘very poor’ category, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi today recorded a minimum temperature of 11.2 degrees Celsius (°C).As per SAFAR, the air quality…

Chennai City News

CM MK Stalin meets Governor RN Ravi to discuss situation on rains

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhawan in Chennai on Saturday.Stalin briefed the Governor about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the rain-affected areas in the state. As many as eight people have died due to heavy rainfall in the state, said the state revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran.Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Chinglepet and one in Kanchipuram.Chennai Meteorological Department on Friday had given a red alert to all coastal districts till today and an orange alert to the adjacent districts.

City News Mumbai

British Diplomatic Mission organizes memorial service for Percy Norris in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra), [India]: British Deputy High Commission in Mumbai organised a memorial service to commemorate the 37th death anniversary of Percy Norris today at Flora Fountain here on Saturday. Percy Norris was British Deputy High commissioner in Mumbai when he was killed by 2 bike-borne men on 28th November 1984 near this same Flora Fountain. Norris was declared dead on arrival at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital. An obscure outfit called the Revolutionary Organisation of Muslim Socialists claimed for the attacks.Earlier, Margaret Thatcher government wanted to reach out to the new generation of Indian entrepreneurs and increase bilateral trade and Percy Norris was entrusted with the task.Percy Leonard Norris began his diplomatic career with a posting in the Solomon Islands during 1956-58 and served in a number of postings, including in Malaysia and Dubai, before being posted to head the Deputy High Commission in…

Bengaluru City News

People coming from new COVID-19 variant affected countries to take RT-PCR: K’taka Health Min

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Health Minister, Dr K Sudhakar on Saturday said that the people coming from new COVID-19 variant affected countries has to take RT-PCR after landing in Bengaluru. While speaking to the media in Bengaluru, Dr K Sudhakar, said, “We are constantly in touch with the Union Health Ministry and have information that this new strain in South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel, & Botswana is very contagious & has overtaken the Delta variant.”“People coming from these affected countries will take the RT-PCR once they land in Bengaluru. If found positive, they will stay in and around the airport and will be treated, if needed. The home quarantine will be mandatory after their arrival,” added the Minister. The minister added that 281 students tested positive in SDM College of Medical Sciences in Dharwad. “We have tested all 1,788 students of the college, some…

City News Kolkata

Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls on Dec 19

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) elections will be held on December 19, a notification issued by the State Election Commission (SEC) on Thursday said.The last date of filing the nominations is December 1. The scrutiny of nomination forms will be done the next day. Candidates can withdraw their names from the fray till December 4.Voting will be held on December 19 from 7 am to 5 pm.The counting of votes will be held on December 21.This will be the first major electoral battle in West Bengal after the May 2021 assembly polls, which the Trinamool Congress won comprehensively.The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. The BJP lost the polls but emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.

City News Delhi

Manish Sisodia likely to address ‘important’ press conference in Delhi today

New Delhi [India]: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is likely to address an important press conference on Saturday.According to sources, Sisodia will address the press conference at 12.30 pm on Saturday from party headquarters in New Delhi. Meanwhile, sources have also informed the senior Congress leader from Delhi, Mukesh Goel is likely to join AAP on Saturday.Notably, AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit Chandigarh in Punjab on Saturday to express support to protesting teachers in Mohali.

City News Hyderabad

Hyderabad city police takes part in free medical camp organised for weaker sections of society

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: The Hyderabad City Security Council (HCSC), in association with Hyderabad City Police and VINN hospitals Begumpet organized a free medical camp for all the citizens on Friday.The camp was especially meant for underprivileged citizens and people from the weaker section of society. However, it was open to all. Police Commissioner of Hyderabad city, Anjani Kumar today told reporters, “Social welfare is one of the core areas of interest of HCSC. The health camp was meant to spread awareness on the requirement of regular medical check-ups among citizens to know about their health. The health camp comprises of General Physician, Pulmonologist and Gynaecologist supported by VINN Hospital Begumpet. Around 400 citizens availed the opportunity. The citizens were screened, briefed about their health and free medical advice was prescribed.”Kumar further said, “Today on behalf of Hyderabad city security council, under north zone limits…

Bengaluru City News

Congress fields billionaire ‘scrap dealer’ for Bengaluru central MLC polls

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Congress party’s candidate for Bengaluru central legislative council is a billionaire, who was once a scrap dealer and has now declared assets of Rs 1,744 crore.Yusuf Sharif who goes by the name ‘Gujari Babu’ and ‘Scrap Babu’, claims that his luck changed after he found 13 kg gold by chance in early 2000 after he won the bid of 21 scrap tanks in Kolar Gold Fields (KGF). Later, Sharif claimed that he used that money to buy properties along with factories through Government and court auctions, which changed his life.Sharif has two wives and five children with movable Assets of 97 crores and immovable Assets worth rupees 1,643 crores in their name.As per the declaration by Sharif his first wife has movable properties worth Rs 98 lakh and Rs 1.30 crore of immovable assets. His second wife has Rs 32.22 lakhs…

City News Hyderabad

Muslim community in Hyderabad protest against Wasim Rizwi for objectionable remarks against Prophet Mohammed in his book

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Muslim community in Hyderabad on Tuesday staged a protest against former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizwi, who is alleged to have made objectionable comments about Prophet Mohammed in his book.Residents of the Shaikpet region of the district shouted slogans against Rizwi and burnt his effigy after hanging it. Asif Hussain Sohail, a social activist said while talking to ANI, “We have come together in our locality to protest against Wasim Rizwi who has disrespected Prophet Mohammed. We demand the Centre and the state government to give strict punishment to him otherwise these protests will continue. The centre is shielding him and providing him security. I urge people to take to the streets and protest in a constitutional way.”Meanwhile, An FIR has been registered against former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi in Hyderabad for using objectionable…

Chennai City News

Madras HC sets aside decision of converting Jayalalithaa’s house ‘Veda Illam’ into memorial

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Madras High Court on Wednesday set aside the previous AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) government’s decision to convert former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s Veda Illam house at Poes Garden in Chennai into a memorial.In May this year, the Madras High Court had asked the Tamil Nadu government to reconsider its decision and had suggested that the property be converted into the official residence-cum-office of the chief minister of the state. The court also said that Jayalalithaa’s niece and nephew, J Deepa and J Deepak, have been declared as her class-II legal heirs and are entitled to inherit her estate.“This court would suggest to the State government to consider making the above property as ‘Official Residence-cum-Office of the Chief Minister of the State’ instead of converting the property as a ‘memorial’ as desired by the government,” the order…

City News Delhi

Delhi Police arrests accused in Swaroop Nagar murder case

New Delhi [India]: Three persons accused of murder in Delhi’s Swaroop Nagar were arrested by Delhi Police on Thursday. One of the arrested accused includes the younger brother of the deceased, according to Delhi Police.The younger brother Monu told the police that his elder brother Sonu used to consume smack and the family members were tired of giving him money. Therefore, he hatched a plot with his friends to kill his brother. According to the police, Monu filed the missing report of Sonu in the Jahangirpuri area. The family members recovered his body from the ruins of Swaroop Nagar, after which the police was informed about the same.On being informed, the police registered a case and started scrutinizing the CCTV footage. Sonu was seen alongside two boys, identified as Sunny and Tushar, who happened to be Monu’s friends.On questioning, the accused revealed that Monu…

City News Mumbai

‘Absconding’ Ex Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh reaches Mumbai, joins probe in extortion case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]- Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh who has been declared ‘absconding’ by a Mumbai court, has arrived at Crime Branch unit 11 office in Kandivali to join the investigation of the Goregaon extortion case, informed police official. “He has reached at Crime Branch unit 11 and he will record his statement in Goregaon extortion case,” said Milind Bharambe, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Monday told the Supreme Court that he is very much in the country and he is not absconding, the top court granted him interim protection from arrest and directed him to join the investigation. Six cases of corruption and extortion were filed against Singh after he wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray levelling corruption and misconduct against the then Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh.…

City News Delhi PMO

PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Noida International Airport on Thursday

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday at 1 pm.The development of the first phase of the airport is being done at a cost of over Rs 10,050 crore. The airport is spread over more than 1300 hectares of land, the completed first phase of the airport will have a capacity to serve around 1.2 crore passengers a year and work on it is scheduled to be completed by 2024.Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister had said that the project will boost commerce, connectivity and tourism.“Tomorrow, 25th November is a major day for India’s and Uttar Pradesh’s strides in infra creation. At 1 PM, the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport will be laid. This project will significantly boost commerce, connectivity and tourism,”…

City News Mumbai

Mamata Banerjee to visit Mumbai on November 30, will meet Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will visit Mumbai on November 30 and meet her Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.“I will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar Ji during my visit to Mumbai between November 30 and December 1,” Banerjee told reporters here. Notably, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo has been holding talks to unite all Opposition parties against the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) keeping the 2024 general elections in mind.Asked about the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Banerjee said, “If Akhilesh (Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav) needs our help, then we are ready to extend help.”Mamata Banerjee called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and demanded rolling back of the Centre’s decision to extend BSF’s jurisdiction in the state. Following the meeting with Prime Minister, Banerjee said, “I met…

City News Delhi

CBI files 3rd chargesheet against defence officers in connection with navy classified info leak

New Delhi [India] : Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against the serving and the retired Defence officers in connection with navy classified information leak, informed sources.As per the sources, “CBI on November 20 filed the third charge sheet against the serving and retired Defence officers. in connection with Navy classified information leak.” “Six people have been arrested in the case and two charge sheets have already been filed into the matter so far”, informed the sources.

City News Delhi

IRCTC restores catering services in premium trains

New Delhi [India] : In a significant step towards the restoration of passenger services, the Indian Railways now decided to serve freshly cooked food in Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Vande Bharat, Tejas, and Gatiman Express trains.In this regard, an order already has been issued to all concerned departments and stakeholders. The order said that the matter has been examined and it has been decided to resume cooked foods in trains.According to this order, Zonal Railways will verify the catering charges to be realized based on services being provided and the applicable rate list and feed the same in the PRS software for enabling booking/opting out of Catering services, from ARP date, at the time of booking of tickets.“Presently, it will be applicable for only Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Vande Bharat, Tejas and Gatiman category of trains. For those passengers, who already booked tickets in advance, some…

Bengaluru City News

Fearing BJP, Shivakumar ‘persuaded’ to install Sardar Patel’s photograph at Cong event

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar was seemingly persuaded to install the photograph of former deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, his birth anniversary, at an event organised at the Bengaluru party office to mark the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In a viral video, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is seen asking Shivakumar to install Patel’s picture along with Indira Gandhi, as Bharatiya Janata Party may criticise, and take advantage if they did not put up Sardar Patel’s photograph.Replying to Siddaramaiah, Shivakumar is heard saying that “we never keep Patel’s picture on the day”. However, he is later seen instructing an employee at the Congress office to bring the photograph of Sardar Patel.Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875. The Congress had organised an event at its Bengaluru office to mark the…

City News Delhi

Delhi’s air quality improves to ‘poor’ category, AQI drops to 280

New Delhi [India]: The air quality significantly improved from the “very poor” to the “poor” category on Wednesday for the first time in the last 10 days, as per the System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting & Research (SAFAR).The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 280 today. Several areas in the national capital including ITO, Lodhi Road, and Mathura Road recorded air quality in “very poor” air with an AQI of 333, 303, and 346 while the AQI at Anand Vihar and Jahangirpuri were in the “severe” category with an AQI 422 and 436 respectively.As per the SAFAR, the PM 10 levels were recorded at 58 in the ‘satisfactory’ category and PM 2.5 levels were recorded at 38 in the ‘satisfactory’ category.The air pollution level in the National Capital Region (NCR) fluctuated between “very poor” and “poor”. Gurugram and Noida recorded AQI…

City News Kolkata

ED attaches Rs 42.36 cr assets of Kolkata-based firm in bank fraud case

New Delhi [India]: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday attached 11 immovable properties worth Rs 42.36 crore of a Kolkata based company for defrauding State Bank of India to the tune of Rs 164 crore by availing loan on the basis of false documents, the agency said on Monday.The properties belong to the directors of Shree Mahalaxmi Corporation Pvt Ltd, and its assets were attached under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002. ED initiated a money-laundering investigation on the basis of FIR dated March 28, 2017, and charge-sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Kolkata on December 30, 2019, under the sections of Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against Shree Mahalaxmi Corporation, its directors and other persons, for defrauding the State Bank of India to the extent of Rs 164 Crore by…

Bengaluru City News

Karnataka Agriculture Price Commission submits report to CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Chairman of the Karnataka Agriculture Price Commission Hanumanagouda Belagurki submitted the report for the year 2021-22 to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.The report would be studied and suitable action would be initiated on the recommendations of the report in the interest of the farmers, Bommai said. The report contains analysis and recommendations on the extent of agriculture and horticulture crop cultivation, crop productivity, production cost, transport cost and other aspects of agriculture. The report has been prepared in association with five Agriculture and Horticulture Universities in the state.The report has highlighted the ways and means for improving the income of farmers, adoption of integrated farming, boost for rural entrepreneurship, making crop insurance compulsory and farmer-friendly. 

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Ex Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh is ‘absconding’, notice pasted outside his flat

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A Mumbai court order, declaring former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh as ‘absconding’ has been pasted outside his flat located in Juhu on Tuesday. The order said that a complaint has been made before the court under various sections of the Indian Penal Code related to extortion and criminal conspiracy and the court is satisfied that the accused i.e., Singh has absconded or concealing himself to avoid the service of the warrant.“Singh is required to appear before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Esplanade, Mumbai or investigating officer to answer the said complaint within 30 days,” reads the order issued by the court. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Monday told the Supreme Court that he is very much in the country and he is not absconding, the top court granted him interim protection from arrest and directed him to…

Bengaluru City News

Karnataka CM visits flood-affected areas in Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday visited and inspected the flood-affected areas in Bengaluru. The Chief Minister visited Kendriya Vihar Apartment and surrounding areas in the city. After heavy rains, the Yelahanka Lake overflowed and water flooded into Kendriya Vihar and surrounding areas. Earlier, the Chief Minister had announced that a sum of Rs 5 lakh would be paid as compensation for completely damaged houses and Rs 3 lakh for partially damaged houses in three instalments. District Collectors have been instructed to disburse the first instalment of Rs 1 lakh immediately. Bommai further said that the state government has released Rs 500 crore for the repair of damaged roads and bridges. Schools and Anganvadis too had suffered damages and their repair would be taken up through the NDRF fund. The rains have caused extensive damage to Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural,…

City News Hyderabad

How the all-women led Wise Owl Learning is building the edtech infrastructure for North East

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : The North East represents one of the most culturally diverse and naturally rich part of India.It has among the highest literacy rates and strong primary education however the region also suffers from lack of educational infrastructure which has affected the growth of secondary education. As the EdTech revolution sweeps the rest of the country, can this region with its beautiful heritage get access to world-class education using technology.Wise Owl Learning (Owl), an Impact-EdTech company has stepped solving the problem by digitally transforming schools across Meghalaya, Sikkim, Mizoram and other North-East states. The company founded by the dynamic sister-duo Joyati B and Beas Bhowmik, is on a mission to create equal learning opportunities for every child. The startup is slated to upgrade over 1000 schools this year, reaching 100,000+ students with state of art tech and adaptive learning pedagogy. Beas is…

City News Delhi

Air Force chief, Navy chief designate receive Param Vishisht Seva Medal

New Delhi [India] : Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari and Navy chief designate Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar were awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal from President Ram Nath Kovind in an investiture ceremony on Tuesday.Ace fighter pilot Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari took charge as the Chief of Air Staff on September 30, while the Centre, earlier on November 9, announced that Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar will take charge as the Navy chief from November 30. Kumar will take over Admiral KB Singh who is superannuating after a 30-month tenure. 

City News Mumbai

Bombay HC refuses to restrain Nawab Malik from making comments against Wankhede

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to restrain Maharashtra Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik from publishing tweets about the family of Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede.While hearing the defamation suit filed by Wankhede’s father, Dhyandev, who has sought damages to the tune of Rs 1.25 crore from Malik for allegedly making defamatory comments, the court said that it is “necessary to balance fundamental rights of Nawab Malik and Dhyandev Wankhede.” “Nawab Malik should post, comment and publish anything against the Wankhede family after ‘reasonable verification of facts’,” the court ruled.Dhyandev K Wankhede has filed a police complaint against Malik under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly making false accusations regarding his family’s caste.The complaint was filed with the Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Oshiwara…

Chennai City News

IMD issues yellow alert for Tamil Nadu, heavy rains predicted over next few days

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : The national weather forecasting agency, India Meteorological Department (IMD), has sounded a yellow alert for Tamil Nadu for November 23 and 24 and an orange alert for November 25 and 26.“A cyclonic circulation lies over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood in lower tropospheric levels. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards towards Tamil Nadu coast during next 4-5 days,” said IMD in an official statement. The weather forecasting agency further informed that a trough runs from the cyclonic circulation Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood to the Tamil Nadu coast in lower tropospheric levels.IMD has predicted light to moderate scattered/fairly widespread rainfall over Karnataka, Kerala and Mahe and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during the next 5 days.IMD further said, “Isolated heavy rainfall very likely over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during next 5 days and over Kerala…

City News Delhi

Congress leader Kirti Azad to join TMC in Delhi

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader Kirti Azad will join Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday at 5 pm in the national capital, informed sources.On December 23, 2015, he was suspended from BJP for openly targeting Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged irregularities and corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association and later in 2018 he joined the Congress. A cricketer-turned-politician, Azad was elected to Lok Sabha thrice from Darbhanga in Bihar. He had fought the 2014 general elections on a BJP ticket.Azad was a part of the World Cup-winning Indian team in 1983.The development comes amid West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Delhi, who is slated to be in the national capital till November 25.Banerjee’s visit to the capital is taking place days ahead of the winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to begin on November 29.She will meet Prime…

City News Kolkata

5th East Asia Summit Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation to be held in Kolkata

New Delhi [India]: The fifth East Asia Summit (EAS) conference on Maritime Security Cooperation will be held in Kolkata on November 23-24, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement on Monday.The event is being organized by India in partnership with Australia. According to the statement, apart from the two governments, organizers include the ASEAN-India Centre (AIC) at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) in collaboration with the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) of Australia and the Research Centre for East and North East Regional Studies, Kolkata (CENERS-K).India will be represented by Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs.During the conference, experts from both government and academia from the EAS participating countries will deliberate upon various aspects of maritime security cooperation under four thematic sessions, namely maritime security; resource and information sharing; science and technology cooperation; and…

City News Hyderabad

IAF conducts symphony orchestra in Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

Secunderabad (Telangana) [India]: A live ‘Symphony orchestra’ was conducted by Number 3 Air Force Band of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Golconda Fort in Hyderabad on Sunday as part of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ and ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations.As per the release from Press Information Bureau, Defence Wing, air force station, Hakimpet conducted this mega event in a joyful and patriotic atmosphere. The event was attended by all personnel and families of the station and civilians. Number 3 Air Force band based at Air Force Academy, Dundigal comprises of 28 musicians who specialize in brass, woodwind, reed string, electronic and percussion instruments, the release read.The Indian Air Force Band, with its dazzling performance enchanted the audience with military music, patriotic songs and popular tunes of Bollywood numbers, it added.

City News Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi, discuss BSF, development issues

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to discuss issues pertaining to the Border Security Force (BSF) and development of the state during her visit to Delhi.Briefing the media in Kolkata today, Banerjee said, “I am going to Delhi today as I have an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the day after tomorrow, regarding the BSF issue and other development issues of Bengal.” The chief minister said that all the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs who are sitting since morning at the party office in Delhi over the alleged police brutality in Tripura have not been given an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.“I am going to express my solidarity with them,” Banerjee said.Earlier today, a total of 16 TMC MPs including Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Santanu Sen and Mala…

City News Delhi

Delhi government lifts ban on construction, demolition activities

New Delhi [India] : Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai held a high-level meeting with senior government officials on Monday to chalk out plans to curb the air pollution in the city.The Delhi Government has lifted the ban on construction and demolition activities in view of an improvement in the air quality, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on November 22. Senior officials will provide details of the number of challans issued to vehicles that do not have pollution certificates in the city.The officials are focusing on ways to encourage people to use public transport so that number of private vehicles can be reduced thereby lessening the emission of pollutants from the vehicles in the atmosphere.The air quality in the national capital continues to remain in the ‘very poor’ category for the ninth consecutive day on Monday, as per the System of Air Quality & Weather…

Bengaluru Chennai City News

Bengaluru, Chennai Neighbourhoods Flooded After Rain

Bengaluru/ Chennai [India] : Northern Bengaluru and several pockets of northern Chennai’s Manali area experienced heavy flooding as a result of torrential rain in parts of the South over the last few days. Water entered multiple homes in Manali, an industrial pocket of Tamil Nadu’s capital. Many parts of the neighbourhood in northern Chennai were heavily inundated due to excess discharge from the Kosasthalaiyar river. Excess water overflowing from the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh city of Chitoor also contributed to the overnight deluge as water from the Poondi reservoir in Tamil Nadu’s Thiruvallur district — filled to capacity — was released beyond 3000 cubic feet per second a few days back. However, discharge from the Poondi reservoir has now been reduced, authorities said today. Boats have also been deployed in some areas of northern Chennai to deal with the situation. Meanwhile, Karnataka’s capital city Bengaluru…

City News Delhi

Delhi HC, District courts resume physical hearings

New Delhi [India] : The Delhi High Court and the seven district courts completely resume the physical hearings on Monday.However, the Court has permitted the hybrid or video conferencing hearing to those where a request to such effect is made by any of the parties or their counsel. The Court last week has also issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and regulations relating to entry in the court blocks for attending physical hearings and virtual conferencing hearings.According to the SOP, the entry into the court block, for the purposes of attending physical hearings and VC hearings shall stand restricted to only one advocate accompanied by one junior intern per party whose ‘Vakalatnama’ is on record or who has been duly authorized by such advocate to appear and whose case is listed for hearing that day. The senior Counsel engaged by any such advocate.The registered clerk…

City News Mumbai

ED summons Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali on Nov 24 in money laundering case

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali on November 24 in connection with the arrest of her close aide Saeed Khan in an alleged money laundering case.This is the third summon by the agency to Gawali. The ED had earlier summoned Gawali on October 20 in connection with the case.Saeed Khan was arrested by the ED on September 28. The accused, Saeed Khan, is the director of ‘Mahila Utkarsh Trust’, the trust has now been transformed into a company.

Bengaluru City News

Bengaluru Archbishop opposes Karnataka’s anti-conversion Bill

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Opposing the State government’s decision to table anti-conversion Bill in the upcoming winter session, the archbishop of Bengaluru, Peter Machado, wrote a letter to Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai on Friday, urging him to not to promote “an undesirable and discriminatory bill” in the interest of the peace and harmony in the society.In the letter, he said that the entire Christian Community in Karnataka opposes the Anti-Conversion Bill. He wrote, “The entire Christian Community in Karnataka opposes the proposal of Anti-Conversion Bill in one voice and questions the need for such an exercise when sufficient laws and court directives are in place to monitor any aberration of the existing laws.”Quoting Article 25 and 26 of the constitution, the Archbishop said that introducing such laws would infringe the rights of the citizens, especially of the minority communities.He also questioned the Karnataka government’s order…

City News Delhi

Delhi schools to stay shut till further orders due to air pollution

New Delhi [India]: All schools in Delhi will remain shut for physical classes till further orders due to rising levels of air pollution in the national capital, said the Directorate of Education, Delhi on Sunday.Education will, however, continue with the help of online classes. “The Department of Environment, GNCTD vide order F. NO. 10 (13)/ENV/2020/Pt-2/5214- 5243 dated November 17, 2021 has directed to close all the schools with immediate effect tillfurther orders of the Commission For Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas. Therefore, in pursuance of the above-mentioned order, all the Government, Government Aided, Unaided Recognized, NDMC, MCDs and Delhi Cantonment Board Schools will remain closed till further orders. However, Online teaching-learning activities and the examinations for Board classes would be conducted as per guidelines issued earlier vide Circular No. DE.23 ( 28 )/Sch.Br./2021/637 dated 14.11.2021,” reads the order.All…

City News Kolkata

Jagdeep Dhankhar seeks official report on Howrah Municipal Corporation Bill from Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday sought an official report of debates and relevant details with regard to the Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.“For taking a call under Article 200 of the Constitution WB Governor Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar has sought an official report of debates and relevant details as regards Howrah Municipal Corporation(Amendment) Bill, 2021, as inputs are wanting on substance and procedural counts,” tweeted Dhankar from his official Twitter handle. Dhankar also shared the copy of the notification issued by him on his Twitter handle which read, “It is gathered from the material made available that the same is wanting on several procedural counts. It is expected of those concerned to take all steps in this behalf that are in consonance with the requirements of the laid out procedures, including the West…

City News Hyderabad

Hyderabad Police organises job mela for women, nearly 400 women expected to get jobs

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Hyderabad Police has organized a job mela for women which is expected to provide jobs to nearly 400 women, said Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar who gave away letters to the select candidates.Addressing the media on Saturday, the commissioner said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao ensured that women safety and security gets the top priority. “Today we organised a big job connect mela for women in the old city of Hyderabad. Chelapura, the women police station here is the campus, where we expect that more than 300-400 women will get jobs. After the formation of the new state of Telangana, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao ensured that women safety and security gets the top priority, not only in the city but in the entire state,” he said.“With the initiative of She teams and Bharosa centre, we have shown that Hyderabad…

City News

Reopening of Kartarpur corridor made possible with PM Modi, Pakistan PM’s efforts, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

Gurdaspur (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Pradesh Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday expressed his happiness over the reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor and said that this has been made possible with the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.Sidhu made these remarks at a press conference in Punjab’s Gurdaspur after returning from his visit to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan. Sidhu said, “The reopening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor has been made possible with the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.“I request that if you want to change lives in Punjab, we should open the borders (for cross-border trade). Why should we go through Mundra Port, a total of 2,100 km? Why not from here, where it’s only 21 km (to Pakistan),” he added.His visit came after a fresh tussle erupted…

City News Mumbai

No evidence of conspiracy: Bombay HC in bail order of Aryan Khan

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Bombay High Court, in its order, has said that there is “hardly any positive evidence” against Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha, who were arrested in the drugs-on-cruise case, for the offence of conspiracy under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.“There is hardly any positive evidence on record to convince this Court that all the accused persons with common intention agreed to commit unlawful act,” the High Court said in its 14-page order while granting bail to three including Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha. It further explained that “merely because Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha were travelling on the same cruise,” that by itself cannot be termed as “satisfying foundaotin” for invoking provisions of Section 29 against them.“Court has already observed that there is no material on record to infer that Applicants have…

Bengaluru City News

IMD predicts light to moderate rainfall over Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted widespread light to moderate rainfall over Bengaluru for the next two days till Tuesday morning.IMD has also forecast widespread light to moderate rainfall in the rest of Karnataka with isolated heavy rains likely over South Interior Karnataka (SIK), North Interior Karnataka (NIK), Malnad and Coastal Karnataka regions till Sunday morning. Widespread light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rains are likely over Tumakuru, Chitradurga, Kolar, Chikkaballapura, Chamarajanagara and Davanagere districts and widespread very light to moderate rains are likely over remaining districts of the South Interior Karnataka region, as per IMD.IMD predicted that widespread very light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rains are likely over Ballari, Gadag, Koppala, Haveri, Vijayanagara, Belagavi, Dharwad and Bagalkote districts and widespread very light to moderate rains likely over remaining districts of North Interior Karnataka region.Widespread light…

Chennai City News

Seven Afghan cadets trained at Chennai’s Officers training

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : Seven Afghan cadets (soldiers) who acquired training at the Officers training academy in Chennai will leave for New Delhi on Sunday and will decide their further course of action after consulting the officials at the Afghanistan Embassy in the national capital only, said sources.These cadets were part of an integrated army training programme at the academy here in Chennai besides other Indian cadets. However, after their arrival in India, the Taliban has taken control of their home country, leaving the fate of these Afghan soldiers hanging. The passing out parade of 124 gentlemen cadets and 29 women cadets, including 25 cadets of foreign nations, took place at the Officers training academy in Chennai today.“A total of 124 Gentlemen Cadets of the SSC-112 and 29 Women Cadets of the SSC (W)-26 Courses got commissioned. 16 Gentlemen Cadets and nine Women…

City News Kolkata

Della Leaders Club-Business Platform Launches Kolkata Global Chapter

Founded by Jimmy Mistry- DLC is a global community of Entrepreneurs, Professionals and Young Leaders that brings people together to positively impact the world. Kolkata.– Della Leaders Club is the World’s 1st Business Platform for every passionate leader. According to Founder Jimmy Mistry “Within 12 months since the inception of DLC, we’ve selected 2250 Honorary Committee Members comprising of men and women of eminence who believe in helping others through their individual domain expertise. Through its 26 Global Committees and 15 Chapters, DLC will focus on knowledge exchange, lifestyle guidance and social responsibility while building a support ecosystem for leaders globally. We believe DLC will be the catalyst to transform our members from “A Life of Success to a Life of Significance.” The virtual launch of the Kolkata Chapter on 21st October was well attended by our eminent Honorary Committee Members (HCMs) with Harsh…

City News Just In

Unidentified terrorist killed in ongoing encounter in Kulgam

Kulgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : An unidentified terrorist was killed in an encounter that is underway in the Ashmuji area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam, said the Kashmir police.“Police and security forces are on the job,” said the policed. Further details shall follow, the police added.“Encounter has started at Ashmuji area of Kulgam. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow,” tweeted the Kashmir police.

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Indore ranks India’s cleanest city for 5th consecutive year

New Delhi [India], November 20 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh’s Indore has been ranked India’s cleanest city for the fifth time in a row by the Centre. President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday presented the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2021 at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan.Gujarat’s Surat was named the second cleanest city, while Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh was ranked third in the list. Gujarat’s Ahmedabad was conferred with Swachh Survekshan Awards for being the country’s cleanest cantonment. Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh has been ranked as the country’s cleanest state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi bagged the cleanest ‘Ganga town’ award. (ANI)

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Navjot Singh Sidhu reaches Kartarpur Corridor

Gurdaspur (Punjab) [India] : Punjab Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday reached the integrated check post of the Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan.His visit comes after a fresh tussle erupted in Punjab Congress following the exclusion of Sidhu’s name from Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi-led delegation comprising of state cabinet ministers that visited the Kartarpur Sahib on Thursday. The Kartarpur Corridor, which links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district, reopened on Wednesday.In a major decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government decided to re-open the Kartarpur corridor from November 17. It was closed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.The visa-free 4.7-kilometre long corridor joins the Indian border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. It became…

City News Hyderabad

IMD predicts light to moderate rain in Telangana over the weekend

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : The India Meteorological Department has predicted light to moderate rainfall at a few places over the weekend for Telangana, informed K Nagarathna, Head, Weather Forecasting, IMD Hyderabad.IMD has also predicted heavy rainfall for the Nalgonda and Yadadri Bhuvanagiri districts of Telangana. “Due to a low-pressure area over the southeast and adjoining Bay of Bengal, Telangana is likely to witness light to moderate rainfall at a few places over the weekend. Telangana is likely to witness light to moderate rainfall at a few places over the weekend,” said Nagarathna“Heavy rain is likely to occur at a few places including Nalgonda and Yadadri Bhuvanagiri,” he added.

Bengaluru City News

Karnataka CM mulls setting up exclusive financial institution for women entrepreneurs

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said that the state government is talking to the finance department about creating financial institution exclusively for women entrepreneurs that would cater to the needs of women from Sthree Shakthi Sanghas in villages to big women entrepreneurs.Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the “Together We Grow” conclave organised by UBUNTU as part of the International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Bommai said, “I have a thought for a long time. All Sthree Shakthi Sanghas are given seed money to engage in different activities.” “We need a greater financial institution to help them or any woman entrepreneur. So I am talking to the finance department to create a financial institution exclusively for women entrepreneurs that would cater to Sthree Shakti Sangha in a village to major projects which women can handle,” Bommai stated.“Woman means entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship means…

City News Delhi

‘Centre should apologize to farmers’ : Manish Sisodia

New Delhi [India] : Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said that the Centre should have repealed the three farm laws a year ago and urged the government to apologize to farmers.This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day announced the repeal of the three Central farm laws. “The central government should have taken this decision a year ago. The farmers struggled for a year protesting on the roads in winter, rain, and even in times of COVID-19 pandemic and dengue outbreak. The government should apologize for this. The government should also apologize to families of farmers who died during the protests. The government should also apologize for remarks on farmers calling them terrorists, Khalistanis,” Sisodia told ANI.Taking to Twitter, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader congratulated the farmers on the success of their movement.“Congratulations to the farmers and…

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Devotees throng Golden Temple on Guru Nanak Jayanti

Amritsar (Punjab) [India] : On the occasion of the 552nd birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, being celebrated across the country as Guru Nanak Jayanti, devotees took a dip in the holy pond and offered prayers at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday.“We took the holy dip in ‘Sarovar’ and then offered prayers,” said Karamvir Singh, a devotee. “We are here since midnight. I feel happy being here, celebrating Guru Nanak Dev ji’s birth anniversary. I pray, he keeps everyone healthy. Whatever disease we are facing right now, ends completely, soon,” said Menna Sethi, another devotee.Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti and said Guru Nanak Dev’s vision of a just, compassionate and inclusive society inspires the countrymen.“On the special occasion of the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji,…

City News Hyderabad

Hyderabad Police apprehends tobacco supplier, seizes 1475 kgs of banned tobbaco

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: The Hyderabad Commissioner’s Task Force along with Afzalgunj Police has conducted a raid on a godown located at New Osmangunj and seized the banned noxious Chewing Tobacco products weighing about 1475 Kgs worth Rs. 57,07,640. One person indulged in possession/sale of such products was apprehended, according to a police official.According to Hyderabad City Commissioner Anjani Kumar IPS on Thursday, the raid was conducted on Thursday as per a piece of credible information. The accused has been identified as D Chinna Nagaraju who hails from the Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. His forefathers were also engaged in the procurement and sale of Tobacco products, said the statement.The accused was appointed as a distributor by Bharath Beedi Works Private Limited for Hyderabad circle where he use to sell the beedis to various dealers in bulk quantities within the city. Later he started an…

Chennai City News

IMD issues red alert, heavy rainfall in Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Following a red alert issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Chennai, the various parts of the city received heavy rainfall on Thursday.As per IMD, Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Ranipet are expected to receive extremely heavy rainfall due to the low pressure around the coast on Thursday. The weather forecasting agency had earlier predicted that the coastal region of Tamil Nadu is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls in the southern coastal region of Andhra Pradesh– Rayalaseema and adjoining areas of north Tamil Nadu during the next 24 hours.“Intense rainfall has begun over coastal Tamil Nadu since early hours of today” tweeted IMD tweeted.The Low-Pressure Area (LPA) over Southeast and adjoining Southwest Bay now lies as a Well Marked Low-Pressure Area over Southwest and adjoining West-central Bay off north Tamil Nadu-south Andhra Pradesh…

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MP Human Rights Commission takes cognizance of social boycott of family in Guna for refusing to give land for temple

Guna (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission on Thursday took cognizance of the complaint filed by a family to Guna collector alleging a social boycott by Gwal samaj as the family refused to give land for the construction of a temple in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna, said MPHRC.Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission, Justice Narendra Kumar Jain has sought a reply from Collector and Superintendent of Police, Guna in three weeks. The victim, Hiralal Ghoshi, a resident of Shivaji Nagar refused to give land for the temple’s construction. After which, the district panchayat passed a decree for the social boycott of the family by the community, Frank Noble, Guna Collector, told ANI.“Yesterday, a man named Hiralal Ghoshi raised a complaint that his society has boycotted him. We met both the parties and tried to sort the matter. The matter now stands solved,”…

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Param Bir Singh’s plea for protection against arrest to be heard only after he discloses his whereabouts: SC

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh to disclose his whereabouts. The Apex Court said that it will hear Singh’s plea for protection against arrest only after he tells which part of the country or the world he is in.The court asked Singh’s lawyer to inform his whereabouts and posted the matter for hearing on November 22. Last month in October, the investigating agencies had said that the former Commissioner of Mumbai Police may have left the country either before a Lookout Circular (LOC) was issued by Maharashtra Police or he travelled on a forged passport. According to the officers, the Maharashtra Police issued LOC two months after Parmbir Singh went on leave. Singh was allegedly named in several FIRs registered against him under various IPC sections. There were also two pending enquiries against him…

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Delhi’s AQI stagnant in ‘very poor’ category, stands at 362

New Delhi [India]: Delhi’s air quality continues to be in the ‘very poor’ category for the fifth consecutive day today, according to the System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting & Research (SAFAR).However, the overall Air Quality Index reduced from 379 on Wednesday to 362 today. Meanwhile, announcing emergency measures to reduce pollution, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said that there will be 100 per cent work from home for the government departments till November 21.Construction and demolition work has also been banned till November 21 in Delhi, while schools and other educational institutes will remain closed in the national capital until further orders, Rai informed.Addressing the media after a high-level meeting for strict implementation of the suggestions of the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), Rai said, “We have given instructions for a ban on the entry of all vehicles in…

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Two arrested in Kolkata for illegally selling firearms

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Two men were on Wednesday arrested for allegedly selling firearms and ammunition illegally, after a raid was conducted at Kolkata’s Mominpore, informed the police. The two men have been identified as Sk. Saddam Hossain (18) and Bablu Ari (21 yrs).One single shot of country-made firearms along with two live cartridges was recovered from Hossain for which he could not produce any relevant documents. Hossain who was arrested from Kolkata’s Ekbalpore revealed during interrogation that they carried the firearms and ammunition for the purpose of selling those to the public. Pursuing the statement of Hossain, the police arrested one of his associates namely Bablu Ari from Kolkata’s Taratala. Cases have been registered against the two accused persons under the Arms Act. Both the arrested persons will be produced before the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Alipore, South 24 Paraganas on Thursday.…

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Income Tax Department conducts searches in Delhi, Haryana

New Delhi [India]: The Income Tax Department carried out search and seizure operations in the case of a Fintech company providing instant short term personal loan through Mobile App, informed the Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT).As per an official statement from the CBDT, searches were conducted on November 9 at the business and residential premises in Delhi and Gurugram. During the search, it was revealed that the company has been allegedly charging a very high processing fee at the time of disbursement of loans. “This results into effective higher burden of compensation on the borrowers,” the statement said.CBDT said that the said company is held by a group based in Cayman Island, ultimately controlled by an individual of a neighboring country. The company has brought in India nominal initial capital by way of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) but took substantial working capital loans…

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Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leaders hold protest in Jammu

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti along with other party leaders held a protest in Jammu on Wednesday against the alleged killing of civilians in Hyderpora encounter.The demonstration was held outside the PDP office. She claimed that three civilians have been killed in the encounter that took place on Monday. “I am protesting because this government kills civilians in the name of militancy. Nobody knows if militants are being killed. Three civilians have been killed recently. The government refuses to hand over their dead bodies to the families despite the latter’s demand,” Mufti told mediapersons. On Tuesday, the PDP chief demanded a judicial inquiry into the Hyderpora encounter in Jammu and Kashmir.“It is unfortunate that three civilians were killed in the (Hyderpora) encounter. It has become a fashion to brand civilians killed in encounters as OGWs. They…

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Telangana Congress chief lashes out at KCR

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : As the Siddipet district collector Venkatrami Reddy quit civil services and announced that he will join the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) soon, the Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy on Wednesday accused him of being a party in land grabs during his tenure as the joint collector of Medak district.Addressing the media at Gandhi Bhavan here, Revanth slammed the Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao led state government and claimed that in the Kokapet land auction too, the Raju Pushpa company allegedly belonging to the Venkatrami’s family, secured the lands. “In Dubaka Bypolls, Venkatrami revealed his support to the TRS,” he said.“Venkatrami Reddy, who is very dear to the CMs of the joint state, was appointed as the Joint Collector of the Medak District by KCR. He has the skills to make thousands of crores of rupees for him,” Revanth claimed.Further,…

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Australian PM announces new Consulate General in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Terming Bengaluru as the world’s fastest-growing technology hub, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a new Consulate General in the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. “I’m pleased to let you know that Australia is also seeking to establish a new Consulate General in Bengaluru,” Morrison said at Sydney Dialogue. “Bengaluru is the world’s fastest-growing technology hub – of course we want to be part of it. It is home to a third of India’s unicorn companies,” he added.Morrison further stated that Australia’s new mission in Bengaluru would expand their diplomatic presence in India to five posts. He also expressed resolve to strengthen relations with India adding that it will deepen its ties to “India’s innovators, to your technologists and entrepreneurs – as well as India’s governments at all levels.” Announcing Australia’s first-ever Blueprint for Critical Technologies at that…

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Salman Khan should encourage Muslims to get vaccinated against COVID-19: Mumbai Mayor

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Expressing concerns over ‘religious apprehensions among Muslims’ on COVID-19 vaccination, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Wednesday hoped that celebrities like Salman Khan will help raise awareness among Muslims to get vaccinated. “Whenever vaccination happened there were religious apprehensions in Muslims, which delayed it slightly. Hoping that Muslims will take jabs and actors like Salman Khan should encourage them,” said Mumbai Mayor on the issue of the Muslim community not in favour of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.Earlier today, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had said that the state government is in talks with religious leaders and celebrities like Salman Khan to raise awareness on COVID-19 vaccination. While speaking to ANI, Tope said, “In order to get more people vaccinated, we will be getting religious leaders, celebrities to create awareness on vaccination. We are also in talks to bring onboard celebrities like Salman…

City News Delhi

Delhi temp drops to 10 degrees celsius

New Delhi [India]: Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 10 degrees Celsius (°C) on Tuesday, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD).The maximum temperature for the day was 27 degrees Celsius. In the meantime, Delhi’s Air quality continues to be in the ‘very poor’ category for the fourth consecutive day today, as per the System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting & Research (SAFAR).The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) reduced from 396 from Tuesday to 379.

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Tamil Nadu to set up COVID-19 test centres at Sabarimala temple

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) : The Tamil Nadu government has decided to COVID-19 test centres at Sabarimala temple in Kerala, said Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department Minister Sekar Babu.Addressing the media persons, Babu said, “Devotees who are fully vaccinated or those who produce negative RT-PCR test report conducted within 72 hours before will be allowed inside the temple.” Every year lakhs of devotees from Tamil Nadu come to the Sabarimala temple to pay obeisance.The minister also said that the SIMS hospital in Chennai has agreed to set up a medical mobile ambulance van attached with a ventilator at Sabarimala.

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Kolkata sessions court grants bail to TMC leaders

Kolkata (West Bengal ) [India] : Kolkata city sessions court on Tuesday granted interim bail to West Bengal Transport Minister Firhad Hakim, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader MLA Madan Mitra, and Ex-Mayor Sovan Chatterjee in the Narada scam on the bond of Rs. 20,000.The next date for them to appear physically is January 28. Earlier on May 10, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has sanctioned the prosecution of Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee in the Narada scam being investigated by the CBI.Journalist Mathew Samuel of Narada News, a web portal, had conducted a Narada sting operation in 2014 wherein some people resembling TMC ministers, MPs and MLAs were seen receiving money from representatives of a fictitious company in lieu of favours.The four arrested politicians were ministers in the Mamata Banerjee government at that time. Ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections in…

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The Big Challenge: Tribal Boy from Purulia (West Bengal) Secures IIT Delhi Seat, motivates others

Sanjay Lohar, has recently bagged a seat to pursue his studies in Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi. It is not unusual for a boy at his age, but what makes him different is his hardship and dedication. Coming from a cow herding family in Purulia in West Bengal, Sanjay says my family doesn’t even know what this achievement is all about. Such is the ignorance of the people in that area, considered among the backward districts of West Bengal. People still struggle for food in this part of the country from where Sanjay has made a mark. Starting his study from Chandei Village School under Jhalda Subdivision in Purulia District of West Bengal. He is always a good student who secured 75% marks in his 10th and 81% Marks in 12th. After his higher secondary he sat for WB Joint Examination and secured a seat…

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Zika cases decline in UP’s Kannauj, Kanpur

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday said that the situation has improved in Kannauj and Kanpur districts as no new cases of Zika virus were reported in the last 24 hours.According to Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath instructed officials to seek ASHA workers’ help. “With a continuous decline in Zika virus positivity rate and no new case in the last 24 hours, and situation improving in Kannauj and Kanpur, CM Yogi Adityanath emphasized on testing, tracing and treatment for those who are ill. He also instructed officials to seek ASHA workers’ help,” CMO.The Chief Minister also directed officials to conduct surprise inspections at pathology centers testing for dengue.“In view of reported arbitrary collections by pathology centers for dengue testing in some districts, rates should be investigated. Surprise inspections should also be done at pathology centers. Complaints…

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Nanded drug seizure: Arrested accused to be produced before court

Nanded (Maharashtra) [India] : The two accused arrested in connection with the Ganja seizure of 1,127 kgs in the Nanded district of Maharashtra yesterday will be produced before a local court on Tuesday for Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) remand.As per the NCB, raids in connection with the seizure are underway at two places in Nanded. The NCB is trying to nab the receiver of the consignment in Jalgaon who is said to be a regular offender in drugs cases. The agency is looking into his criminal antecedents and is also planning to raid his establishments in Jalgaon.As per the sources, the accused were using a unique method for smuggling drugs.For ensuring that links to the original supplier aren’t established even after the carrier driver is arrested, the modus operandi of the smugglers included a chain of people.NCB sources further informed that the location where…

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CAIT to hold nationwide protests in 1000 cities

New Delhi [India] : The Confederation of All India Traders on Monday said that it would hold protests on November 17 in around 1000 cities across the country over the drug peddling gang using e-commerce sites to supply marijuana.Earlier, Madhya Pradesh police busted a racket of marijuana that was being sold as curry leaves via the Amazon e-commerce portal. “On November 17, we are going to hold protests in around 1000 cities across the country over this matter. Through the protest, we would request the government to take cognizance of the matter and that the action be taken on an immediate basis,” said Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary-General of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in a press conference.“We will be sending a letter to all the chief ministers of states in which we would request that the way this happened in Madhya Pradesh, there are…

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Andhra Pradesh: PM Modi lays foundation stone for Ekalavya school virtually

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Ekalavya Model Residential School building in Andhra Pradesh’s Majjivalasa village with the cost of Rs 5.976 crore on Monday.Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) project officer Rohanki Gopala Krishna was the chief guest in the virtual meet. He addressed the gathering and said, “With the Central and state governments’ priority to education, the foundation stone was laid for three schools at a cost of Rs.5.976 crores.”He said “besides undertaking the formation of a new society with higher education, the problems could be solved easily. The new buildings were to be completed within the 14-month deadline imposed by the central government.”“Ekalavya school will have 480 seats available,” he added.Speaking further, Krishna said, “Skill Development Cell and Tourism Cell would be set up in ITDA to provide employment…

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ACB arrests TSSPDCL officer for demanding, accepting bribe

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday arrested an official of Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) for taking a bribe amount of Rs 30,000 to do an official favour.According to the ACB, the accused officer has been identified as Charan Singh. “Accused officer Charan Singh, ADE, Telangana Southern Power Distribution Company Limited, Ibrahimbagh, Hyderabad was caught at his office when he demanded and accepted the bribe amount of Rs 30,000,” the statement issued by the ACB said.“The statement further added Bribe was accepted from the complainant L Ravi Kumar to do the official favour i,e for having approved the file pertaining to fixing of transformer and meter at Secretariat colony, Manikonda and to approve the estimation for shifting HT line at Hanuman Nagar, Manikonda,” it said.The bribe amount of Rs 30,000 was recovered from the possession of the…

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Kerala: RSS worker hacked to death in Palakkad

Palakkad [Kerala] [India] : A worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was hacked to death in Mambaram of Kannur district in Kerala, police said on Monday. The deceased has been identified as S Sanjith. Police said that the 27-year-old was allegedly hacked to death in front of his wife at around 9 am today. The incident took place when he was taking her to her place of work. Even though Sanjith was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, he succumbed to his injuries. The role of the activists of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political offshoot of Islamist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), is suspected in the killing of Sanjith. Police said that an investigation has been launched to trace the accused who fled the scene after the incident. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that the assailants followed…

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SC asks Centre to convene emergency meeting with NCR states on air pollution

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Central government to call for an “emergency meeting” on November 16 with Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh and sought an action plan to curb the air pollution in Delhi-NCR.A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant concluded that the major culprits of air pollution in the national capital are construction activities, industries, power plants, and vehicular transportation apart from stubble burning in some areas. It said that the hue and cry over farmers stubble burning is without factual basis as according to Centre it contributed to less than 10 per cent of the air pollution in Delhi.The Bench directed the Centre that its Committee, set up to look into air pollution issue, convene an emergency meeting with Chief Secretaries of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and…

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Two journalists detained by Tripura Police for publishing fabricated news

Tripura [India] : Two female journalists Samriddhi Sakunia and Swarna Jha were detained on Sunday by Tripura Police after several cases were registered against them for publishing and broadcasting false, fabricated news aimed at disrupting communal harmony, IG (Law and Order) Arindam Nath informed. On detention of 2 female journalists, Tripura Police said, “Taking cue from the recent violence in Amravati & other parts of Maharastra as a repercussion of communal incident, it has become clear that some vested interest are trying to flare up the communal incident in Tripura.” One of the two journalists, Samriddhi Sakunia, on Saturday tweeted that an FIR was registered against them under 3 sections of IPC at the Fatikroy police station, Tripura. The FIR was filed under sections 120(B), 153(A)/504. On Saturday, the Union Home Ministry said news reports related to the damage of a mosque in Tripura are fake.…

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UP’s Kanpur reports 123 Zika virus cases so far, active cases reach 96

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur city has reported a total of 123 cases of Zika virus so far, informed Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad.Out of the total, 96 cases are active. One case of Zika virus was reported in Kannauj and three in Lucknow. “A total of 123 cases of Zika virus have been reported in Kanpur district so far, out of which 96 cases are active. One case of Zika virus was reported in Kannauj and three in Lucknow,” Prasad said.“We are taking necessary steps and doing contact tracing,” he added.Caused by a virus transmitted primarily by the Aedes mosquito, which bites during the day, symptoms of this disease include mild fever, rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, or a headache.

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Chennai: Sasikala distributes relief material in rain-affected areas

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Former AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala distributed relief material in rain-affected areas in Koyambedu, Chennai.Earlier this month, Sasikala while speaking to the party workers at the event said that the AIADMK regime should be brought back to power in Tamil Nadu. “The AIADMK knows, why I abstained from the election. It is the responsibility of all of us to preserve supremacy. It’s high time for us to stand together for the people. All we need is unity. The AIADMK regime must be brought back,” said the former leader.This came after the AIADMK lost the state assembly elections and the local body polls this year.Earlier in January, after spending four years in jail in connection with a disproportionate assets case, Sasikala was released from the Central Prison, Bengaluru.Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department, Chennai said that thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely…

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Dehradun admin issues SOP for de-addiction centers amid cases of rape, assault, harassment

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] : In view of cases of disturbances in drug de-addiction centers, and irregularities found during inspections, the Dehradun district administration on Sunday issued a standard operating procedure to regulate and maintain arrangements in such centers.The SOP was issued after cases of rape, assault and harassment came to the fore in the de-addiction centers of the district. Dehradun district magistrate R Rajesh Kumar said, “There have been cases of disturbances in drug de-addiction centers, irregularities found in the inspection. SOP has been issued to maintain arrangements in centers. In cases of violation, case can be registered against the de-addiction center operator.”Now drug de-addiction centers will be operated under this SOP. If the center operators violate the SOP, then action will be taken against them under Clinical Establishment Act and Mental Health Care Act.

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Delhi’s air quality in ‘very poor’ category

New Delhi [India] : Delhi’s air quality on Sunday improved marginally as the air quality in the national capital reached ‘very poor’ category with Air Quality Index (AQI) at 386 (overall), according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).Meanwhile, the pollution level in the National Capital Region (NCR), especially Noida and Gurugram, also remained worrisome. Noida reported AQI in the ‘hazardous’ category at 536, while the air quality in Gurugram was at the upper end of ‘severe’ category at 423. As per SAFAR’s bulletin, the AQI is likely to improve in two day “as winds at transport level (925 mb) are slowing down resulting in lesser intrusion of farm fires related pollutants into Delhi.”“However, as local winds are becoming calm and minimum temperature is decreasing further, preventing efficient dispersion of pollutants leading to improvement of air quality to the…

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Southern railway diverts several train routes due to water overflow in Tada-Sullurupeta section of Chennai divison

New Delhi [India]: Southern railway and south-central railway have notified for diversion of trains due to overflowing of water above the danger level at Bridge in Tada-Sullurupeta Section of Chennai Central division.According to the press release from South Western Railway, the diversion was made in the following routes. Danapur-KSR Bengaluru superfast express special commenced journey from Danapur diverted to run via Gudur, Renigunta, Melpakkam, Katpadi and Jolarpettai.Kamakhya-Yesvantpur express special from Kamakhya diverted to run via Gudur, Renigunta, Melpakkam, Katpadi and Jolarpettai.Danapur-KSR Bengaluru express special commenced journey from Danapur diverted to run via Gudur, Renigunta, Perambur, MGR Chennai Central and Jolarpettai.Bengaluru Cantonment-Guwahati Express Special commenced journey from Bengaluru Cantonment diverted to run via Perambur, MGR Chennai Central, Arakkonam, Renigunta and Gudur.

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