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UP floods: Adityanath announces compensation of Rs. 4 lakh to families of deceased

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced a compensation of Rs. 4 lakh to those, who lost their family members in the floods. He also disclosed details of rescue operations and measures being taken to restore calm post the calamity. Speaking to ANI, Adityanath said that 25 districts are affected due to the heavy rains and floods, and effective ministers have been appointed to monitor and quicken the rescue operations in each of these 25 districts. He said that the government?s first priority is to rescue flood victims and rush them to safety, provide food packets, fresh drinking water, enough food grains, and temporary accommodation, in addition to appropriate health care. ?The authorities shall also provide a compensation of Rs. 4 lakh immediately to the accounts of those who lost their family members and a compensation of Rs. 95,100 to those whose houses were destroyed. The families, whose temporary houses were destroyed, will be enlisted and provided a lodging each,? he said. The Chief Minister also observed the losses faced by the farmers, whose crops were damaged in the deluge. ?We are contemplating on a plan to employ which can restore prosperity in the homes of these farmers,? he told ANI. Roads and embankments also suffered great damage in the heavy rains. ?We will timely work on it (roads) and restore usual traffic, and complete timely work on damaged embankments; an effort shall be made for a permanent solution to the problem of floods,? said Adityanath. Adityanath has previously conducted aerial surveys and visited flood affected areas to ensure the victims of help and relief.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Union Minister Tomar spreads cleanliness message through Witty Feed

Union Minister Tomar spreads cleanliness message through Witty Feed

Updated: Aug 25, 2017, 03:33 PM IST, ANI

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Two arrested for killing relative

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have been arrested for allegedly killing their relative at a village in neighbouring Palghar, over a family dispute, police said today. The incident took place on Wednesday at Posheri village when the victim, Suresh Jadhav (35) was attacked by father-in-law Jau Dharva (54) and a relative, Ramesh Bhoir at their house, Wada police station inspector Ravindra Naik said. The officer said the family feud began after Jadhav had allegedly beaten his mother-in-law a month ago, and since then quarrels have been occurring among them. On Wednesday, a scuffle broke out bewteen the victim and his in-laws and other relatives and he was attacked with an iron rod, he said. The accused have been booked under IPC section 302 (murder), rw 34 (common intention) and further probe into the matter was on, Naik added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dera chief verdict: Shutters down near sect headquarters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shops, ATMs, cinema halls, petrol pumps, located near Dera headquarters in Sirsa were closed today, hours before a court verdict in a rape case against the sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Security personnel are keeping a strict vigil by erecting barricades on several places and are not allowing any vehicular movement towards the sect headquarters at Sirsa in Haryana. A petrol pump around 300 metres from the Dera has been closed to avoid any untoward incident. Similarly, the shutters of several ATMs have been pulled down in the area. “I have not opened my shop today fearing that some people may harm my business,” Gurvinder Singh who runs a grocery shop said. If Dera spokesperson is to be believed, around five lakh followers have assembled outside the sect to show solidarity with the Dera chief. Earlier today, police carried out a flag march outside the Dera and security was beefed up ahead of the verdict. Yesterday, a curfew was imposed in the highly sensitive Sirsa town and three neighbouring villages. Mobile internet services were suspended for 72 hours in Haryana, Punjab, and their joint capital Chandigarh yesterday while authorities were keeping a close watch on social media posts also.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Panda Tian Tian may be pregnant, Edinburgh Zoo says

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tian Tian, a giant panda on loan to Britain from China, is believed to be pregnant, Edinburgh Zoo said on Thursday, promising to provide any update as soon as possible. “Giant panda breeding is a very complicated process but we believe that Tian Tian is pregnant,” a spokesperson for RZSS Edinburgh Zoo said. “Although a specific date was suggested, like all babies, it’s hard to predict precisely and the panda breeding season can last until late September,” it said, adding that Tian Tian is being closely monitored by experts. Tian Tian was born in 2003 and came to Scotland in 2011 on a 10-year loan from China. Giant pandas are one of the world’s most endangered species, and their natural home lies in a few mountain ranges in central China. But it is notoriously tricky to tell whether a female panda is expecting a cub because the species is prone to “pseudo pregnancies” where the signs are very similar. Previous suggestions of a pregnancy for Tian Tian sparked widespread media coverage in Britain, including one popular BBC radio current affairs programme which broadcast satirical daily “Possible Panda Pregnancy Update(s)”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two killed, three injured as water tank collapses in Guj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons were killed and three others sustained injuries when a water tank atop a three-storey building here collapsed today, police said. The tank, having a capacity of 5,000 litres and installed on a cement foundation on top of the building in Shastrinagar locality here, came crashing to the ground after collapsing, Naranpura police inspector K A Makwana said. “Two persons were killed and three others injured in the accident. All three floors of the building suffered damages in the mishap,” Makwana said. The deceased were identified as Vinod Vyas (62) and Akanksha Khatri (17), he said. The injured persons were undergoing treatment at a government hospital, the police officer said. According to police, the building was constructed by the Gujarat Housing Board around three decades ago.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Drop-dead beautiful: Japan undertakers tested on how to dress a corpse

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 23-year-old undertaker won a contest at Japan’s biggest funeral expo on Thursday that tested ancient skills in the ritual dressing of the dead. “I practised every day to prepare for this competition,” said a smiling Rino Terai after her win over three other finalists. “I took videos and made improvements by asking myself, does this look beautiful? Am I treating the deceased kindly?” Japan’s Shinto religion believes that the soul is impure shortly after death and the process of dressing a body – usually in front of close relatives only – purifies the deceased spirit before it is sent off to the “other world”. Japan’s ageing society has increased demand for undertakers with special skills, said Kimura Kouki, head of the Okuribito Academy. “There are about 2,000 undertakers whose expertise is in dressing the deceased, but their skills vary a lot,” he said. “I wanted this competition to be a way to spur undertakers to improve their skills.” The four contestants dressed live human volunteers laying on mattresses arranged on a stage. They were observed by three judges as funeral music gently played in the background. The four were judged on the grace of their movements and their ability to dress the body without revealing too much bare skin. “The movement of their hands were really beautiful,” Akane Matsuda said after watching the competition.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Murder accused hacked to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An accused in the sensational Faizal murder case was hacked to death by unidentified assailants in the district today, police said. Vipin (30), the second accused in the case last year, was out on bail. He was found lying with injuries on his body at a roadside in Pulinchode in Tirur around 7 am. Though police who rushed to the spot took him to the government hospital, he died on the way. A tense situation is prevailing in Tirur and nearby areas and police personnel were deployed in strength to prevent any untoward incident, police said. Faizal alias Anil Kumar (30), who embraced Islam, was found dead in a drain at Kodhini village in the district on November 19 last year. Sixteen persons have been arrested in connection with the murder. After the death of Faizal, his mother embraced Islam in December last year followed by his other family members, including two sisters, two months ago.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Former law minister Ashwani Kumar feels ‘proud’ at SC verdict on Right to Privacy

Former law minister Ashwani Kumar feels ‘proud’ at SC verdict on Right to Privacy

Updated: Aug 24, 2017, 03:43PM IST, ANI

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Villagers protest claiming man killed in encounter was student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protests broke out at a village in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district this morning as locals claimed that a youth killed in an encounter with security forces on Tuesday was not a militant but a student who had gone missing a day before. “The militant killed in the encounter at Hangnikote forest area in Vilgam (village on Tuesday) was identified yesterday as Shahid Bashir Mir (21), a resident of Dariel Tarathpora Vilgam and his body was handed over to his family,” a police official said. He said about 400-500 people including Mir’s family, assembled at Tarathpora Chowk with his body and started protesting today. “They are alleging that he (Mir) was not a militant, but a Degree College student who was missing since August 21, 2017 and a missing report has also been lodged on 22 August in police station Vilgam,” the official said. Reportedly, he was not keeping “mentally fit” for the past one-two months, he said. On Tuesday, the Army had said security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Hangnikote in Haphruda forest area of Handwara, 85 kms from here, following information about presence of militants there. An army official had said that during the searches, militants opened fire on security forces who retaliated, triggering a gun-battle. He had said one unidentified militant was killed in the exchange of fire.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

US asks India, Pak to engage in talks to reduce tensions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US has asked India and Pakistan to continue to engage in direct talks aimed at reducing tensions between the two countries. “I think one of the things that we would do is ask or encourage India and Pakistan to sit down together and engage in direct dialogue that is aimed at reducing tensions between both of those countries,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters yesterday. She was responding to a question on the statement made by the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a day earlier in which he sought some steps of rapprochement on issues with Pakistan. “What was he referring to in terms of the steps India could take?” Nauert was asked at her daily news conference. “Well, I think going up to 30,000 feet, we view the whole strategy and handling Afghanistan as being a regional strategy, and that, of course, incorporates India as well as Pakistan, so incorporating all the nations in that region who we believe can help assist and help make Afghanistan a stable place where you’ll never have a terror group that will take root in that country again and can launch attacks on other countries,” Nauert replied when asked if Tillerson was linking, a solution on Kashmir with Pakistan-Afghanistan. “In terms of Kashmir, our policy on that has not changed. We continue to encourage the sides to sit down and talk together about that,” the spokesperson said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Safdarjung Hospital doctors go on indefinite strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The resident doctors at Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi went on strike for indefinite period on Wednesday after their colleague was allegedly manhandled by the attendants of a patient. The emergency services were also interrupted at the hospital. The strike badly affected the patients who were asked to return from the emergency gate by the security guards without being treated. A resident doctor was allegedly assaulted by a patient in the Out Patient Department (OPD) of the hospital on Wednesday. The resident doctors said that they called for strike to oppose such assault and to get their security concerns fulfilled. ?Around 2:30 in the afternoon, a patient assaulted a doctor alleging that his treatment was being delayed by the doctor. Such incidents are not new to us. Earlier also we witnessed such violence. Our security should be increased to check such attacks. We will go for indefinite strike till are demands are fulfilled,? Dheer Singh, president of Safdurjung resident doctors, told ANI. An FIR was also filed in this regard, said Sigh demanding proper security arrangement in the hospital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New strategy to stop poaching by Indians:Sri Lankan Navy chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sri Lanka’s new navy chief Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah today said that he would implement “new strategies and tactics” to prevent Indian fishermen from allegedly poaching in the country’s territorial waters. “This issue has been going on for over 100 years,” Sinniah told reporters. “We are working closely with the Indian Navy and the Coastguard to prevent Indian fishermen from crossing the international maritime border,” he added. Sinniah, who played a decisive role in the destruction of the LTTE warships in deep sea during the height of the civil war, said he would ensure more presence of the Navy along the international maritime border to discourage poaching. He was appointed as the chief of Sri Lanka’s naval forces last week, making him the first from the minority Tamil community to head the Navy since the brutal civil war erupted in the country 45 years ago. Sinniah maintained that the Lankan Navy’s role will be to guide Indian fishermen away from Lankan waters and generally discourage them from breaching the maritime border. Fishermen from the two countries often stray into each others’ waters, creating diplomatic difficulties. Indian fishermen often accuse the Lankan Navy of firing at their fishing trawlers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pawar keeps word, sends sugar to IMD on rain forecast success

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NCP today kept the `promise’ made by its president, former union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, that he would send sugar to the Met department officials if their forecast of revival of monsoon came true. As Maharashtra witnessed heavy rainfall in the last few days, NCP workers arrived with a sack of sugar at the India Meteorological Department here and distributed sugar. While absence of rains in the first two weeks of August raised spectre of drought, IMD had predicted revival of monsoon in Vidarbha and Marathwada alongwith other areas. When asked about the same by reporters, Pawar had said in a lighter vein, “If this prediction comes true, I will feed sugar from Baramati (his hometown) to the IMD’s experts.” Heavy rains were reported from many parts of the state very next day. “Pawar had said if IMD prediction comes true, he will send sugar to IMD. So today we brought sugar from Baramati and distributed it,” said Ankush Kakade, NCP spokesperson.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM condoles demise of former CM of Manipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the demise of former Manipur chief minister Rishang Keishing, saying he left a great void in the politics of the Northeast. Keishing, a senior Congress leader, passed away in Imphal yesterday due to multiple organ failure. He was 98. “The demise of Mr. Rishang Keishing leaves a great void in the politics of the Northeast, a region he served with great diligence,” Modi tweeted. “My thoughts are with the family and well-wishers of Mr. Rishang Keishing in this sad hour,” the prime minister added. Keishing had served as Manipur chief minister for four times and was a Rajya Sabha member till 2014.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut likens Jain Guru to ‘a terrorist like Zakir Naik’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Sanjay Raut on Wednesday accused Jain Guru Nayapadma Sagar Ji Maharaj of spreading hate in society, and likened him to the banned Salafi evangelist Zakir Naik. ?He (Nayapadma Sagar) is a terrorist like Zakir Naik, who propagates violence on the pretext of religion and uses the language of terrorism. Such a person cannot be a religious preacher,? Raut told ANI, adding that the Jain Guru is bringing disrepute to the Jain religion. The Shiv Sena had raised its voice against Zakir Naik, Raut said, ?because he creates rift within the society, and tries to convert Muslim men into terrorists.? Clearing the air that he does not harbour ill thoughts towards the Jain religion, Raut recalled the Jain preacher Lord Mahavir, and said that he sent out a message of peace and patience to the country, but Nayapadma Sagar on the other hand ?has tried to change the meaning of the Jain religion? and that the religion is not like that.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 other existing ‘talaq’ a challenge to gender justice: PC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today said even though the instantaneous divorce has gone, two other types of ‘talaq’ continue to exist and these are challenge to gender justice and gender equality. “Greater clarity today. Only instant triple talaq is illegal. Other two kinds are also a challenge to gender justice and gender equality,” he said in a tweet. The former Union home minister said ‘triple talaq’ was a distortion of original Quranic legal principles and it was good that it has been declared unconstitutional by the apex court. “Majority judgment is a resounding affirmation of gender justice and of equality of spouses,” he said in another tweet. In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court yesterday struck down the ‘talaq-e-biddat’ (triple talaq or instantaneous divorce) among Muslims. However, the court did not touch on the two other method of divorce – ‘talaq ahsan’ (single pronouncement followed by abstinence) and ‘talaq hasan’ (three pronouncements; 1 each in 3 successive months).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Students set afire stage set for sports festival

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students at the Anantnag degree college in south Kashmir today went on a rampage, setting afire the stage set by police for a sports festival to protest against holding of the event. Police had organised a sports festival for the students at the degree college located at Khanabal this morning. A group of students started raising slogans against holding of the event and started pelting stones, a police official said. The police personnel tried to chase away the “miscreants” but more students joined the violent protest and set on fire the stage and some tents erected in the college ground, he said. There were no reports of anyone getting injured in the incident so far, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three held with over 6 kg narcotics in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons have been arrested allegedly with over 6 kg narcotics from two separate areas in the city, police said here today. Acting on a tip-off, police nabbed an accused from Bathindi chowk in the city last evening with 6 kg cannabis. The accused was identified as a resident of Odisha, who was living in Sunjawan Morh area here. A case has been registered at Police Station Bahu Fort, Bathindi, a police officer said. In another incident, two persons riding on a motorcycle were intercepted at Manda in Jammu city and during their search 20 gram heroin was recovered from their possession, the officer said. In this regard, a case has been registered at Police Station Pacca Danga, he said. During preliminary investigation, it came to light that one of the accused belongs to Punjab and was residing in Qasim Nagar here, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nepali man nabbed with heroin valued at Rs 10 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and police has nabbed a Nepali national with 52 gram heroin, valued at Rs 10 lakh in the international grey market, from Sonauli area on the Indo-Nepal border here. Vinod Thapa,19, was nabbed from the Roadways bus stand in Sonauli yesterday, police said. The accused claimed that he had to deliver the contraband in Nepal against which he was to get Rs 5,000, they said. A case has been registered and further investigations are on, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM welcomes SC judgement on triple talaq

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed the Supreme Court judgement on triple talaq as “historic” and said it grants equality to Muslim women. He said the judgement will serve as a powerful measure for women empowerment. The Supreme Court by a majority verdict set aside the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims, saying the practice was void, illegal and unconstitutional. “Judgement of the Hon’ble SC on Triple Talaq is historic. It grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women empowerment,” the prime minister tweeted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Poppy husk worth Rs 1.5 cr seized in MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have seized poppy husk worth about Rs 1.5 crore being transported illegally in a truck in the district, an official said today. A police team was deployed for routine checking at Fatehgarh on Mhow-Neemuch four-lane road here when the truck driver, upon noticing the security personnel, left the vehicle and fled from the spot last night, Bhaugarh police station in-charge Shrigopal Suryawanshi told reporters today. During a search, the police found 105 bags carrying poppy husk placed in the truck between sacks of de-oiled cakes of soyabean. The seized poppy husk weighed over 26 quintals and was worth around Rs 1.5 crore, he said. The truck belongs to a man from Jodhpur in neighbouring Rajasthan, he said. A search has been launched for the absconding truck driver, the police official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hyd administration to campaign against child/contract

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Hyderabad district administration has decided to spread the message against child marriage and ‘contract marriages’ of minor girls and women with elderly persons from Gulf countries. Last week, a woman in the city alleged that her 16-year-old daughter was married off to a 65-year-old Omani national three months ago. In her complaint to the Hyderabad police, the woman accused her sister-in-law and her husband of facilitating the her daughter’s marriage to the man after taking Rs 5 lakh from him. The Omani national was also accused of harassing the teenaged girl. The police later registered a case and initiated measures to safely bring back the girl from Oman. According to Hyderabad district child protection officer Imtyaz Rahim, the number of “contract marriages” in old city area have come down compared to the past few years. “A change is visible…but in certain pockets of the old city, such marriages are still reported because the mediators/brokers lure poor families in performing such marriages by conniving with qazis (those who preside over the wedding) after offering money (taken from the elderly grooms) to the bride’s family,” he said. Rahim said they have asked the qazis to check the age of brides before performing marriages. “Over the past couple of years, we have also got the licenses of qazis cancelled after they were found performing such marriages,” he said. The authorities are already spreading awareness about the illegality of child marriages and contract marriages. They are also making people aware of various government schemes for girls’ education, Rahim told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

116 PoK residents stranded in Jammu come back home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A total of 116 stranded residents of the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) returned home as the cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad resumed. The residents, who were stranded in Jammu for over a month after the Poonch-Rawalkote bus service was suspended, were sent back to their home through the border town of Uri in J-K’s Baramulla district The PoK passengers left in several buses through the Mughal Road, the alternate link between Kashmir and the rest of the country. Earlier, the bus service was stopped due to heavy shelling from the Pakistani troops along the LoC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Widower wanting to remarry kills minor daughter, arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police have arrested a 28-year-old widower for allegedly killing his minor daughter after his sister-in-law suggested he abandon the child as a condition for their marriage. The police have also arrested Dharambir’s 19-year-old nephew Sanjay for assisting him in killing the seven-year-old girl last month, officials said. On July 17, the girl was taken to a hospital where the doctors declared her “brought dead”. Dharambir did not claim any foul play, even as the autopsy report indicated that the girl was strangulated to death, said MN Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer). During investigation, it was revealed that Dharambir and Sanjay were involved in killing the girl. He had also planned to kill his other two children in a bid to solemnise his second marriage, DCP Tiwari said. They were arrested here yesterday, he said. During interrogation, Dharambir told police that his wife died in June due to Hepatitis-B. After his wife’s death, he grew close to one of his sisters-in-law and proposed marriage to her, the police officer said. The woman told him that she will marry him only if he will abandon or eliminate his children as she could not afford to look after them, said the officer. In order to get married to the woman, Dharambir hatched a plan with Sanjay to kill his daughter and strangulated her, added the DCP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minor girl raped in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified man in east Delhi’s Ganesh Nagar, the police said today. The girl was playing outside her home yesterday evening when the accused took her with him on the pretext of giving her a chocolate, the police said. He took her to an isolated place where he allegedly raped her after threatening her of dire consequences, they added. The accused later managed to escape from the spot after leaving the victim behind. The girl returned to her house and informed her parents about the incident, who then approached the police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Felt a little afraid when Indrani told me about murder plan:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shyamvar Rai, accused-turned prosecution witness in the Sheena Bora murder case, today told the trial court here he felt a little scared when Indrani told him about the murder plan. Rai, an accused who has turned approver, is currently being cross-examined by the defence lawyers. When Indrani’s lawyer asked him if he didn’t feel any fear, Rai answered: ‘Thoda dar laga’ (I felt a little afraid). Rai also told the special CBI judge J C Jagdale that he did not demand any money for helping Indrani with her plans. Rai had told the court earlier that Indrani had spoken to him on Skype sometime in 2012, and told him that she planned to eliminate Sheena, her daughter. He told the court today that he spoke to Indrani five-six times via Skype prior to the murder in April 2012. The murder came to light three years later when Rai was arrested by the Mumbai police in another case and he spilled the beans. The CBI, which took over the case later, claimed that financial dispute was the reason for Indrani to hatch the conspiracy to murder Sheena. Rai’s examination would continue on September 4.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No permission for bullock cart races till rules are notified

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government today instructed the district collectors not to allow bullock cart races in the state till the rules for these races are published. A government circular said that the state passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Maharashtra Amendment) Act 2017 intending to allow bullock cart races, and has started the process of framing the rules under the act. No permission can be given for races until these rules are framed and published in the official gazette, the circular said. The Bombay High Court, on August 16, had restrained the government from granting permission to bullock cart races in the state in the absence of rules.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Miscreants loot money from bank branch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Miscreants looted money from a branch of a nationalised bank near the Howrah station, police said today. The State Bank of India (SBI) Howrah station branch staff after opening the bank today found that the iron grill of the bank was broken and money missing from the branch, the police said. They immediately informed the police. The police suspect that the miscreants had entered the branch by breaking the iron grill on Sunday when the bank was closed. We are investigating the matter, the police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Utkal Express to run tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kalinga Utkal Express train would resume services from Puri tomorrow and from Haridwar on August 25 after remaining cancelled for a day due to derailment near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh. It has been decided to restore the services of 18477/18478 Puri-Haridwar-Puri Kalinga Utkal Express from Puri tomorrow and from Haridwar on August 25, a release from East Coast Railway (ECoR) said here today. Due to derailment of Utkal Express at Muzaffarnagar on August 19, it was decided to cancel the services of this train for one day each from Puri and Haridwar respectively, it said. The train will run as per the composition, timings and stoppages scheduled for this train. Utkal Express derailed near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday evening, killing 22 people and injuring 156 others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nepal to hold general, provincial elections on Nov 26

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nepal will hold parliamentary and provincial elections on November 26, a giant leap towards cementing stability in the politically unstable country after holding two phases of local polls. The decision was taken during a Cabinet meeting held this morning here, according to officials. “The government took the decision to conduct the elections after holding consultations with the Election Commission (EC),” Minister for Information Mohan Bahadur Basnet told reporters. The EC will work out the details of the elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man from Manipur drowns in Hauz Khas deer park lake

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old man from Manipur today drowned in the lake at the deer park in Hauz Khas, the police said. The police are probing if it was a case of suicide. Around 6 am, Horthan, along with two of his friends, had gone to the deer park for morning walk, the police said. While walking, Horthan suddenly ran towards the lake, they added. His friends told the police that on reaching the lake, Horthan took off his shirt and jumped into it. The two friends kept calling Horthan from the banks of the lake but when they did not get any response, they informed the police. The police and the fire department personnel subsequently arrived at the spot and launched a rescue operation. After about a couple of hours, Horthan’s body was fished out of the lake, the police said, adding that it was sent for a post- mortem. Horthan had come to Delhi on July 27 in search of a job. He was staying at his sister’s place at Maharani Bagh. The friends of the deceased told the police that they had consumed liquor the previous night and that Horthan might have been under the influence of alcohol. However, the police are waiting for the autopsy report to confirm this. They are also questioning Horthan’s friends to ascertain if it was a case of suicide.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HCP(D) Zosangbera faction welcomes Govt decision to hold talks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Manipur-based Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) led by H Zosangbera today welcomed the Mizoram government’s decision to hold peace talks with the HPC (D) faction led by Lalhmingthanga Sanate. A press statement issued by John F Hmar, Information and Publicity Secretary of the HPC (D) expressed the wish that the talks be successful. Zosangbera faction said that the talks with Sanate’s faction would pave the way for early and permanent solution to the vexed Hmar problem. The state government had decided to hold talks with Sanate’s faction of the HPC (D) within this month and with the Zosangbera faction next month which had been nearing conclusion. Sanate was the founder president of the HPC (D) when the outfit went underground soon after the surrender of HPC cadres following the agreement inked with Mizoram government in July 1994. He was ousted as president by Zosangbera faction after he signed Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the Manipur government along with the Kuki militant groups.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court shows leniency to 65-yr man who tried to harass minor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has taken a lenient view towards a 65-year-old man, who tried to kidnap and sexually harass a minor girl, by sentencing him for a period already spent by him behind bars saying he has been languishing in jail for over two years. Additional Sessions Judge Balwant Rai Bansal, held the man guilty of committing the offences with a 10-year-old girl, but released him from jail considering his poor background and the fact that he has already spent two years and seven months in custody. “In the present case, the convict was arrested on January 23, 2015 and since then he has been languishing in judicial custody, that is for about two years and seven months. “Considering all the facts and circumstances of the case and keeping in view the period of custody and poor background of the convict, taking a lenient view, the ends of justice will be met if the convict is sentenced to the period already undergone by him and also a fine of Rs 500,” the judge said. The court noted that accused Lakhbir Singh had voluntarily pleaded guilty to the offences and it accepted the contention of his counsel that he was a senior citizen who belonged to poor strata of society. According to the prosecution, the girl had gone out to play with her friends on January 23, 2015 and when she was returning home, the accused gagged and blindfolded her and tried to take her away. However, the victim raised an alarm and the accused was caught in the act and handed over to the police, it said. During trial, the accused pleaded guilty but his counsel sought leniency for him on the ground that he has been in jail throughout trial since his arrest.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heavy rains throws life out of gear in Chandigarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains today lashed Chandigarh and adjoining Mohali and Panchkula areas, throwing life out of gear in the cities. Major roads were submerged after about three hours of rains in the morning, leading to massive traffic jams in several areas. Union Territory Chandigarh recorded 115 mm rainfall between 8:30 am till 2:30 pm, a Met department official said. Traffic snarls were a common sight on important arteries in Chandigarh, Mohali Dera Bassi and Zirakpur with office- goers the worst hit. Several cars, stuck on flooded thoroughfares, especially the 200-feet airport road in Mohali, broke down, leaving commuters stranded. Two-wheelers could be seen wading through knee-deep water that had accumulated on roads from clogged drainage systems, exposing claims of civic authorities on preparations to deal with logging problems.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two ran away with Rs 57 lakh from ATMcash delivery van

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two unidentified bike-borne men decamped with a bag containing Rs 57 lakh from a van of a private cash handling agency in Bhilwara district today, police said. The cash was to be deposited in an ATM. According to the police, the incident happened near the Bhilwara sessions court area where a van of the private cash handling agency stopped after its tyre got punctured. Police teams have been alerted to seal entry and exit routes of the city to nab the accused, SP Bhilwara Pradeep Mohan Sharma told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC unhappy over CBI’s non-completion of probe in coal cases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today expressed its displeasure over the CBI not completing investigations in the coal block allocation scam cases. The apex court observed that it has repeatedly asked the CBI to complete the ongoing investigations in these cases but “it doesn’t seem to come to an end.” “We have been requesting the CBI from time-to-time to expedite the ongoing investigations, but it doesn’t seem to come to an end,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said. “We, therefore, require the CBI to file report of the status of investigation in all the pending cases,” the bench also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri said. The bench has now fixed the matter for hearing on October 9.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIDMK factions merge; CM, OPS shake hands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam came together today after a bitter split about six months ago. A smiling K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam shook hands signifying the formal merger of both the factions at the party headquarters here. Palaniswami said Paneerselvam will be AIADMK’s coordinator while he will be the joint coordinator. “The burden in my heart is gone,” Panneerselvam said adding “none can separate us, we are children of Amma (late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa), we are brothers.” He said the merger was not only the desire of Tamil Nadu people, but also of the of 1.5 crore AIADMK cadres. Chief Minister K Palaniswami praised Panneerselvam for facilitating the merger, amidst thunderous applause and jubilant scenes at a crowded cermony.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 idols found inside mosque in Muzaffarnagar village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three idols were found in a mosque in a village near here today morning but the police removed them from the premises. SHO Praveen Kumar said the idols were found in a mosque in Baghra village, 10 km from here, following which people gathered outside and protested against it. The idols, which were apparently kept in the premises last night, were removed by the police, the SHO said. A case on the charge of inciting religious sentiments was registered against unidentified people. The police said some miscreants had placed the idols in the mosque to create tension.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Trains searched at New Delhi station after hoax bomb call

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police and security personnel carried out extensive searches of trains after an early morning hoax call about explosives planted in a train arriving in Delhi. The call was received by the police control room around 3.10 am after which all the arriving trains were checked, said DCP (Railways) Parwaiz Ahamad. “The caller did not give name of the train and on which station it was reaching, so all the arriving trains were extensively checked but nothing was found,” said the officer. Police said the searches were made till 9.30 am when most trains reach the New Delhi station. Further investigation is underway, said a police officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amit Shah’s 3-day visit to TN postponed again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah’s three-day visit to Tamil Nadu scheduled to start from tomorrow has been postponed again, the party’s state unit said today. Shah had to postpone his visit following a meeting of NDA chief ministers in Delhi today and his subsequent required presence in various other important meetings, BJP State unit president Tamilisai Sounderrajan said. As a result, Shah’s visit to Tamil Nadu as part of the 95-day nation wide tour has been “postponed”, she said in a statement. The new schedule for his visit would be announced later, she added. The BJP chief was slated to attend a series of events in Chennai and Coimbatore during his August 22-24 state tour. Among other engagements, he was scheduled to meet a host of personalities, have lunch at a party worker’s residence here and address the state party unit functionaries. Shah was earlier scheduled to visit Tamil Nadu in May but the trip was postponed. With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP chief is travelling across the country to strategise and find ways to strengthen the party at the grass-root level. While BJP has one Lok Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu, it has no representation in the 234-member state Assembly, dominated by the AIADMK.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Merger of AIADMK factions likely today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The expected merger of AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam is likely to fructify today. Palaniswami and Panneerselvam are likely to arrive at the party headquarters here by noon and formalise the merger deal, party sources indicated. Ahead of the formalisation of the deal, the Palaniswami camp is likely to make an announcement in respect of party chief V K Sasikala since the Panneerselvam faction is firm on a ‘formal expulsion’ of the jailed leader. In a resolution on August 10, the chief minister’s camp had already delegitimised Deputy general Secretary and Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran setting the stage for a merger. Though the merger appears imminent, the faction led by Dhinakaran yesterday had flayed the merger attempt as a drama. The deputy general secretary’s faction said their leader “has the ability to put a full stop” to whatever decision that could be taken related to a merger.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Compassionate family pension in Assam instead of employment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Assam government today said that it will notify a scheme for compassionate family pension in lieu of job offers to family members as it did not serve the objective due to practical difficulties. “It has been noticed that the existing compassionate appointment policy did not fully serve the objectives and often the legal heir fails to get an appointment immediately due to practical difficulties such as lack of educational qualifications and non-availability of vacancies within the stipulated five per cent of total vacancies,” an official release said. Accordingly, it is proposed to notify a new scheme called ‘Scheme for Compassionate Family Pension in lieu of Compassionate Appointment’, which will be known as ‘Compassionate Family Pension Scheme’ or CFP Scheme, it added. The scheme will be applicable to those employees who died in harness on or after April 1, 2017, but the relevant office memorandums related to the compassionate appointments will be applicable to those who died on or before March 31, 2017. The new scheme will be applicable to all employees of the state government, all others as eligible under Assam Services (Pension) Rules, 1969, all state government employees under NPS category and All India Services officers borne on Assam cadre.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man held for ‘spreading anti-national propaganda’ in J&K:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man has been arrested on charges of spreading “anti-national propaganda” on social media to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, the police said today. The social media monitoring cell of the Doda Police zeroed in on eight people involved in spreading anti-national propaganda through social media, and thereafter arrested Bashir Ahmed from the Gundna area, a police official said. Ahmed “posted anti-national content” on his Facebook wall and WhatsApp, he said. “He was trying to mislead the youth of the area and disturb the peace and communal harmony,” he added. A case has been registered against Ahmed in connection with the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Train tragedy: NDRF personnel, sniffer dogs join rescue ops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For 21-year-old Odisha native Mehtab Das, part of the NDRF rescue team at the Khatauli train accident site, seeing the names ‘Puri’ and ‘Utkal’ on the mangled coaches made him feel very emotional. But, in true spirit of the disaster relief force, as a dog handler, he took his three-year-old Labrador ‘Romy’ around to look out for any signs of human life beneath the metallic debris, last night. “‘Romy’ had participated in the rescue operation after the Kanpur train accident and saved two lives. Together we looked for survivors for hours. The train name – Puri- Haridwar Utkal Express – especially when written in Oriya, made my heart feel sad as it my home state. But, I still discharged all my duties, as I have been trained to, without any emotional weakness,” Das said. Four dogs were pressed into service by the NDRF at the accident site, with the rescue operation lasting nearly six hours. Das’ colleague Deepak Patra, 27, says the name of the train evokes vivid images of Puri and beauty of Odisha, and the tragedy and suffering of people was evoking mixed feelings in his mind. “I am from Odisha but once I don the NDRF uniform, I have to see things very coolly and just think of saving every life that comes our way,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vaishnodevi pilgrim attempts suicide, injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 75-year-old man today allegedly jumped into a gorge in a bid to commit suicide at the Vaishnodevi shrine in Reasi district here, police said. A man jumped from the stairs on the way to the rasyan cave in an attempt to commit suicide at the main bhawan this evening, a senior police officer said. Police swung into action and rescued him from the bushes in the gorge. He has been shifted to the dispensary at the bhawan, he said, adding investigation is on to ascertain why he took the extreme step. The mas has been identified as Lalu Parshad, hailing from Ismailganj area of Allahabad, UP, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘To heighten police presence in coastal belt govt’s priority’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar today said in order to tighten the noose around rising drug menace in the state, it is the government’s priority to heighten police presence along the coastal belt. Goa police launched a massive crackdown on the drug trade in state’s coastal belt in last one week, in the wake of the death of two youth last Sunday, due to drug overdose. “Drugs should be completely wiped out from the coastal belt. We are already on the job. The first priority is to increase police presence in vulnerable spots,” Palyekar told reporters. The two youth, who hailed from Tamil Nadu, had consumed drug at Vagator beach, which is located in Palyekar’s constituency Siolim. The minister said special focus would be around Anjuna and those beaches where the sale of drug is high. He said whoever is involved in the trade or nexus will be arrested irrespective of the stature of the person.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Thunderstorm likely in Gangetic West Bengal till Tuesday morn

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Met department today forecast thunderstorm with lightning at isolated places in Gangetic West Bengal till Tuesday morning, while the flood-affected north Bengal districts may experience one or two spells of rain. The north Bengal districts experiencing floods are also likely to remain cloudy with one or two spells of rain or moderate precipitation. Various parts of the state received light to moderate rain in 24 hours till 8.30 AM today, the Met department said. Kolkata received 23.4 mm rainfall during the same period, the weatherman said. The city is likely to remain cloudy in the next two days with one or two spells of rain or thundershower.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two persons rescued from flash floods in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons, trapped in the flash floods in Tawi river near Har-ki-Poudhee temple in the city, were rescued in a joint operation by the police and the Indo- Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel, the police said today. An information about two persons, Varun and Shubham of Resham Garh Colony, getting trapped in the flash flood in the river was received at the Bagh-e-Bahu police station, a police official said. Following which, a police team was rushed to the spot and rescue operation was launched with the help of ITBP personnel, who are deployed as permanent guard at Har-ki-Poudhee temple complex, he said. The duo were rescued safely, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Murdered gangster’s brother killed in Khanna

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 42-year-old man was today shot dead allegedly by two unidentified assailants in Rasoolra village in Khanna, the police said. Manvinder Singh Mindi, brother of murdered gangster Rupinder Gandhi, was at his home when two assailants opened fire at him with .32 bore pistol, they said. He was taken to a private hospital in Ludhiana where he succumbed to injuries, the police said. Three bullets hit his head and stomach, Khanna SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said. Police suspects old enmity behind the killing of Manvinder, who was also facing the charges of attempt to murder, he said. The SSP said a manhunt has been launched to trace the assailants. Police said investigations were underway, he said. Manvinder’s younger brother Rupinder Gandhi was killed in 2003 by rival gang members. Rupinder, on whose life a movie was also made, had several cases, including attempt to murder and assault, registered against him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3500 feral dogs get sterilised in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To contain the adverse impact of burgeoning wild dog population in Jammu, the city Municipal Corporation has conducted sterilisation and immunisation of 3500 feral dogs here, an official said. “Till date more than 3500 stray dogs have been sterilised and immunised wardwise in Jammu city and the programme is gathering pace due to utilisation of additional infrastructure and staff,” Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), Commissioner, M Raju said here. The JMC will organise awareness camps as well as anti- rabies and anti-scabies camps in the areas falling within the municipal limits, he said. The commissioner has also given directions that raids should be conducted on bird sellers and pet breeders who are running their businesses illegally. Officials said that a team of officials confiscated several birds after a raid. According to Raju, no advertisements of sale of birds from any such selling unit shall be allowed within the JMC limits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3,500 feral dogs get sterilised and immunised in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To check the adverse ecological impact of stray canine population in the city, the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has sterilised and immunised 3,500 feral dogs, an official said today. The JMC will organise awareness camps as well as anti- rabies and anti-scabies camps in the areas falling within JMC limits, JMC Commissioner M Raju said here. “Till date more than 3,500 stray dogs have been sterilised and immunised ward-wise in Jammu city and the programme is catching pace due to utilisation of additional infrastructure and deployment of additional staff,” the officer said. The commissioner directed that municipal veterinary officer and other officials to conduct raids on illegal pet and bird sellers and breeders. Following the orders illegal shops in the JMC’s limits were raided, and birds were confiscated. The JMC has warned that any report of bird selling shall be acted upon as a public nuisance and the birds involved in the trade shall be confiscated. “No advertisements of sale of birds from any unit shall be allowed within JMC limits,” he said. The officer also appreciated the work of an NGO at the Municipal Animal Care Centre in Roop Nagar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two brothers drown in anicut in Rajasthan’s Kota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two brothers today drowned after they fell into an anicut in Mandvi village here and were swept away by a strong flow of water, police said. Dashrath Meghwal (12) and Hemraj (10) were grazing cattle near the water body when the younger brother slipped and fell into the water body. The elder brother also jumped in to save his sibling but drowned, said a police official. Locals rushed to save them but the boys had already drowned, he said. Their bodies were later recovered from a rivulet in Bhawanimandi area of Jhalawar district, he said adding the bodies were handed over to the family after a post-mortem this morning. A case under section 174 (Police to enquire and report on suicide, etc) of CrPC was lodged in this connection and further investigation was underway, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kyrgyzstan woman held with foreign currency worth Rs 90 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman from Kyrgyzstan has been apprehended at the Delhi airport for allegedly trying to smuggle out US dollars worth over Rs 90 lakh. A senior official said the woman, identified as Baltabeva Zukhra (56), arrived at Terminal III of the airport this morning to take a flight to Bishkek. She was taken out for detailed frisking after the CISF personnel found her activities suspicious. On frisking her bag, the official said that USD 60,000 was recovered, while the rest of the currency was found in another bag which she had checked-in, but refused to accept that it belonged to her. “A total of 1,41,290 USD (over Rs 90.65 lakh) were recovered from the two bags and the woman has been handed over to the Customs authorities for further probe,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two held with 70 kg of poppy in Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today arrested two persons and seized 70 kg of poppy that they were allegedly smuggling in a gas tanker in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. “Around 0530 hours, a gas tanker, on its way from Kashmir to Jammu, was stopped by a police party at Lamberi area of the district,” Rajouri SSP Yoygal Manhas said. He said upon searching the vehicle, police found 70 kg of poppy from the vehicle’s cabin following which its driver and cleaner were arrested. The accused have been identified as Raftar Ahmed (driver) and Mukhtiyar Ahmad, both residents of Rajouri. Their vehicle has been seized and a case registered at the Nowshera police station, Manhas said, adding investigation is underway.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

16-yr-old boy drowns in river Krishna

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 16-year-old boy drowned in river Krishna near Pulligadda bridge in Krishna today, police said. Four students from Avanigadda village in the district had gone to Krishna, nearly 35-km from here, for an outing and ventured into a canal for swimming, they said. “While they were enjoying swimming, one of the boys was swept away by heavy currents. The three boys tried to save him but he was washed away,” Avanigadda circle inspector, SVVS Murthy said. The deceased, identified as T Hariprasad (16), was a native of Markapuram in Prakasam district. He was a first year student at a polytechnic college in Avanigadda, the officer said. His body was fished out with the help of local fishermen and divers and a case has been registered with Avanigadda police station.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Environment report misleading on Metro-3 car shed’s proposed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray today alleged that the environment assessment report provides misleading information about Aarey milk colony, where a car shed of the city’s Metro-3 project is proposed to be set up. The construction of the car shed at the Aarey colony in suburban Goregaon would pose a threat to the area’s biodiversity, he further said. A car depot of the Metro-3 Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ corridor is proposed at the Aarey milk colony. The Shiv Sena had earlier objected to the hacking of 2,298 trees in Aarey colony to make way for the car shed for the Metro line. “We are not against the Metro (project) as I personally travel by it at times. But, officers have mislead the chief minister by stating that only mice are found in the area of Aarey milk colony,” Thackeray alleged. “The environment impact assessment report has mentioned that only mice are found in this identified area. The fact is that other animals, including leopards, are found over there. Hence, we are objecting to the location of the (proposed) car shed site here as it would end in large scale tree cutting and threat to the biodiversity,” Thackeray said. He was speaking after attending a tree plantation drive today at the Aarey milk colony. “The BMC has also omitted the car shed from its development plan, which was recently finalised and now the proposal is with the chief minister. Even other parties have opposed it,” Thackeray said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Track maintenance work may have caused derailment: Railways

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior railway official today said a preliminary probe has found that maintenance work was being carried out on the tracks where multiple coaches of the Utkal Express derailed yesterday. “Some maintenance work was going on, which might have cause the derailment of Utkal Express,” said Mohd Jamshed, Member Traffic, Railway Board, at a news briefing today. The senior official, who rushed to the spot in Khatauli where the accident occurred, said he had seen maintenance tools on the tracks. “There is an audio clip of of a conversation that we will probe. Also, when we did a site inspection, we saw some equipment of the railways used for track repair present there,” he said. At least 21 people were killed and 97 injured, 26 of them grievously, in the derailment, the railways said. “It is being said that some work was being carried out at the site and in that work the required precautions were not taken,” Jamshed said. An initial report will be submitted to the ministry by this evening, he said. He said the railways has instituted an enquiry to be conducted by the Commissioner, Railway Safety, Northern Circle. The probe will begin tomorrow, he added. “As per the directions of the railway minister, strict action will be taken against those found guilty prima facie,” he said. “Commissioner Safety will ascertain what type of maintenance work was being carried out on the track in his detailed probe. He will also find out whether laid down rules were followed,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP ATS to train SWAT teams to handle high risk operations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to deal with “dangerous operations” and check terrorism and crime incidents more professionally, the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) will train Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) teams of district police. Asim Arun, IG, ATS, today said the five-week training programme will start here tomorrow. “Training will be imparted by the ATS to district SWAT teams. The training will be given in five phases to the police to deal with high risk operations, terrorists and criminals, using modern weapons, ensuring release of hostages and immobilising shooters,” He said SWAT teams will be apprised about “ways of raids, room entry and ways to search, arrest of accused and use of handcuffs”. They will be apprised of basic police tactics and special police tactics, fire arms tactics and physical training during the programme, he said, adding that at the end a written and physical test of police personnel will also be conducted. In the first phase, SWAT teams of Agra and Varanasi will be trained, other zones will be covered later.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM, Shah top meet CMs of BJP-ruled states tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will meet chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of all party ruled states tomorrow to take stock of development and social welfare work being done. Besides 13 chief ministers and six deputy chief ministers, a few cabinet ministers are also likely to attend the meeting, according to sources in the party. This will be Modi’s third meeting with the chief ministers after the BJP swept to power in 2014, but the first such exercise since it formed a government in Bihar by joining hands with the JD(U). The discussions in the meeting are expected to revolve around implementation of the Centre’s flagship schemes in the states and development works being done there, they said. The meeting is being organised just days after Shah unfolded the blue print for 2019 elections, which may also feature in the discussions. Shah had asked party leaders to focus on about 120 winnable seats which party lost in 2014 elections and is aiming for more than 350 in the next general elections. The chief ministers are likely to give presentations of schemes and models undertaken by their respective governments at the meet.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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