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Gauri Lankesh killers’ identity will be revealed soon, says Karnataka home minister


A special investigation team of the Karnataka Police is within striking distance of those involved in the September 5 killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh and the results of their investigation will be evident later this month, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said here on Saturday. Reiterating that the team had identified the persons involved in the murder, he said further details would be revealed within a couple of weeks.

“Unlike in the murder cases of (Narendra) Dabholkar and (Govind) Pansare (in Maharashtra), the SIT has definite clues and knows the identities of the people behind the murder of Gauri Lankesh. Their identities will be revealed this month,’’ said Reddy.

Sources in the SIT confirmed that they had been able to identify key components of the case, and the individuals engaged for these tasks. As many as four persons have been identified and some technical data is awaited to clear all doubts, sources said.

Lankesh, 55, was shot dead outside her home in west Bengaluru on the evening of September 5, after she returned home from work. A CCTV camera in her front yard captured the killing.
The SIT has found that Lankesh’s killers studied her home and activities not just on the day of the murder, but also a few weeks prior to it. (Source: Indian Express)

BSP leader Mohammad Shami shot dead in Allahabad

Allahabad, 20 March: Breaking news from Allahabad, as Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mohammad Shami was shot dead by bike borne assailants last night.

According to media reports, the accused shot Mohammad Shami near his resident. Shami was also a history sheeter.

According to news, in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections, Mohammad Shami had contested against six times winner from the Kunda constituency Raghuraj Pratap Singh urf Raja Bhaiya.

FIR lodged against this murder and police started investigation.

Lalu Yadav told it was not Notbandi but Nasbandi by PM Modi

Varanasi: RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav also campaigning for Sapa and Congress in UP Election 2017. Today he sought to liken BJP-led NDA governments on last November demonetisation decision and also attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He told 'It was not notbandi but nasbandi carried out by the Modi government on crores of people, who were forces to stand in queue for withdrawing their own money from the banks.

Kiran Bedi will quit as Puducherry LG next year, read why?


Puducherry, 8 January: Kiran Bedi announced that she would demit office as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry in May next year on completion of two year due to growing differences with the Congress-led government.

Kiren Bedi statement comes day after the Congress MLAs sought Center's intervention complaining Bedi's style of functioning in the backdrop of her cancelling a circular issued by Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy. 

Earlier, Kiran Bedi declared a circular issued by Narayanasamy, banning the use of social media applications such as Facebook and WhatsApp for official communication, as 'null and void', stating that such as order falls in contravention of guidelines and rules and policies.

She told, 'If Puducherry has to be a progressive UT, it cannot be retrograde in communications. Hence Chief Minister Narayanasamy decision stands cancelled.

The notification issued by the Chief Minister Narayanasamy on December 2, last year directed all government employees to desist from using social media for official works, stating that the server of these multinational countries based outside the country.

BJP slams Mamata for politicising army's mock drill


Kolkata, 2 December: The Bhartiya Janta Party has hit back at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for politicising the moch drill conducted by the Indian Army and alleged that she is least bothered about her state and of late has been campaigning across the country against the Center's demonetisation move.

BJP leader Rahul Sinha said "It's so ridiculous that the CM does not know about the mock drill of the army, which takes place every three to four hour years. It is quite strange that the CM is not aware about it even as the CM and state administration has proper knowledge about the same". 

Mamata Banerjee has said that she is waiting at at the Bengal State Secretariat "to guard democracy" as the army is still stationed at the spot even hours after she expressed her apprehensions on the same.

Mamata Banerjee described the event as extremely unfortunate.

She tweeted "Very unfortunate. Army stationed in front of Nabanno, the Bengal State Secretariat in a high security zone, in-spite of police objection,"

She also said 'this move clearly violates the nation's federal structure, she said "The state was not informed about this development. In a federal structure, the functions of Center and state are clearly divided. But this act clearly violates our jurisdiction".

BJP said, Narendra Modi will become PM Again whether Mamata Banerjee lives on not


Kolkata, 29 November: Disregarding West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's ominous declaration of removing Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Indian politics, an unfazed Bhartiya Janta Party on Monday said that she has clearly lost her mental balance post demonetisation. 

BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said in counter attack "She has certainly lost her cool and certainly lost her mental balance which should be there as a politician, therefore she is angry and ranting these kind of language against the Prime Minister Modi. I can only say to Mamata Banerjee, whether she lives on die I have nothing to do with it, but Narendra Modi will become the Prime Minister of India after 2019,".

Earlier this day, Mamata Banerjee said in a statement, 'I will remove Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi from Indian politics either I will die or live.

Indre-Patna Express Derail, More than 100 dead


Kanpur, 20 November: The death toll in Indore-Patna Express tragedy has reached to 100, after the train derailed early morning on Sunday at the Hansi-Kanpur intersection near Pukhraya Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh. The accident happens today at 3.20 a.m.

Around 153 people have been injured and several bodies are still trapped under the wreckage of the mangled coaches.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have reached the spot and have swung into action with the police in pulling out bodies and providing aid to the victims.

Rescue operations have been underway since early morning and the death toll is expected to rise, Railway official said.

Almost 14 coaches of the train derailed in the see hours today causing the major accident resulting in the severe loss of lives.

Indian Railway has issued helpline numbers for assistance.

Helpline: Kanpur Rural DM Helpline No. 05111-271050;
Police: 05111-271577
Magistrate Hospital Duty: 9454416414

Telangana CM KCR discusses demonetisation with PM Narendra Modi


Hyderabad, 17 Nov: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday spoke with Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on the situation post the Centre's move to demonetise high-value currency notes. 

Prime Minister Modi has asked KCR to prepare a blue print on the measures to be taken to mitigate the difficulties of the people post demonetisation.

PM Modi is expected to hold a meeting with the Chief Minister KCR on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, KCR reviewed the impact of demonetisation on the state's revenue with senior Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Chief Secretaries at his camp office.

Addressing a gathering, Chandrashekhar Rao said if demonetisation will help clean up the country's economy it should be welcomed.

He said, any reform is a continuous process and it should be aimed at excellence. When thinkers and intellectuals together embark on a purpose it would be noting but success. However, any decision taken by the Center to curb and prevent Black money, should not cause misery and suffering to the lakhs of small traders, and those in the unorganized sectors as sell as the common man.

Only guilty to be punished, innocent citizens won't be troubled: PM


Belgaum, Nov. 13: Requesting people to give their support for 50 days i.e. till december 30 on demonetisation PM Modi on sunday said that his govt. wants only the guilty to be punished and would never trouble the innocent citizens.

PM said,"Congress is questioning me why did i ban 500 &1000 Notes, did i questioned them when they banned the 25 paisa ?

According to PM people should keep patience and support govt. on demonetisation as these short term pains will result in long term gains. 

PM Modi to inaugurate International Conference on Sugarcane Value Chain


Pune, Nov, 13: CM Modi will inaugurate international conference and Exhibition on Sugarcane value Chain -Vision 2025 organised by Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) at Manjari near Pune. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who is also the President of VSI , will also be present at inauguration ceremony.

VSI is an autonomous body established in 1975 by cane growers of co-operative sugar mills in Maharashtra with support of state and central government.

This will be an exhibition showcasing various technological developments in sugar industry and live demonstrations of sugarcane crop showing various advance tech.in cultivation. The conference will be for 3 days and various national and international speakers will deliver lectures on diff. aspects of sugarcane value chain.     

PM Modi thanked Hyogo Prefecture for MOU signed with Gujarat


Kobe, 12 Nov: Prime minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Saturday witnessed the exchange of MOU of Cooperation between the Gujarat government and hyogo prefecture.

After an almost two-hour ride on  famous Shinkansen bullet train, Prime Minister Modi arrived in the city of kobe, he was received by P.M. Abe. Governer of Hyogo Toshizo ido and Mayor of kobe also welcomed him.

MOUs between prefecture of hyogo and govt. of gujrat were signed  which include people to people contact ,agriculture,food related operations,bilateral agreement on trade and investment,intellectual &personal exchanges and building disaster resilient regions.

P.M. modi said-greater participation and engagement of industries in Hyogo will benefit india’s MSME sector and japan.

Rajasthan Law Minister said, Law is same for everyone


Jaipur, 19 October: Rajasthan Law Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore on Wednesday said the state government has filed a special leave petition in the supreme court against the decision of high court that acquitted actor Salman Khan in the 1998 alleged Chinkara poaching cases. 

The Rajasthan High Court on July 25 had acquitted Salman Khan in the poaching case for the want of evidences. The Law Minister has said the government studying the merits and demerits of the cases, and has now decided to appeal agaist the decision in the Supreme Court. 

Singur awaits land handover to farmers from thursday


Singur (West Bengal), Oct 19: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is all set to kick off the process to hand over physical possession of land to farmers from Thursday.

The announcement has led to a second spell of festivities -- after Durga Puja -- in this rural pocket of Hooghly district.

Following the Supreme Court order to return to the cultivators within 12 weeks the land that had been acquired for the Tata Motors' Nano project, the state government has been trying to complete the process of giving physical possession within 10 weeks.

The court-stipulated time-frame will expire by November-end.

"The process of giving physical possession of land will start from Gopalnagar," a district official involved with the process told IANS.

"It is a time-consuming process as there are several legal heirs. We have to convince the farmers about the specific plots they will now own. It will be done in a phased manner," he added.

The apex court on August 31 struck down the land acquisition by the erstwhile Left Front government for the Tata Motors' Nano project.

The main function would be held in a part of the project area where the land is yet to be made cultivable.

"This is a day we had been waiting for since long. We had fought only to get back our land that was snatched from us," said Mahadeb Das, an unwilling land-loser and local Trinamool Congress activist, who lost 1.3 acres of land.

"Everyone is in a festive mood here. Many villagers resumed Durga Puja after almost a decade. There will be no discrimination among farmers. Physical possession will be given to both willing and unwilling farmers," he said in a jubilant mood.

Banerjee has already announced that as much as 80 per cent of total 997.11 acres of land acquired for the small factory project has already been made cultivable.

The government departments would continue their efforts to remove the mass of concrete present over 36 acres of land in the project and make it cultivable, too.

Two weeks after the Supreme Court's order, the state government had in September celebrated the "Singur Festival" in the rural hamlet by distributing land records and compensations.

To mark the anti-acquisition movement, the main function was held at Sanapara -- the same spot of the Durgapur Expressway where Banerjee had held a 16-day sit-in protest in 2008, demanding that the 400 acres acquired for the project be returned to the "unwilling farmers".

The intense -- and often violent -- peasant movement had resulted in Tata Motors abandoning the Singur project and later bringing out the small car Nano from Sanand in Gujarat.

Odisha fire tragedy CM Naveen announces rs 5 lakh to kin of dead

odisha fire tragedy cm Naveen announces rs 5 lakh to kin of dead

Bhubaneswar, Oct 19: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the families of each of those killed in Monday's fire at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital here.

"The Chief Minister has announced the ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the victims' families," said a release from the Chief Minister's office.

The state government had earlier announced free treatment for the fire victims undergoing treatment in different hospitals in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

Earlier, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan (SOA) University, which runs the hospital had announced Rs 5 lakh to be given to the families of each of the deceased. It had also said that it would bear all medical expenses of the injured persons.

While 21 persons have died in the fire tragedy, over 100 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the twin cities.

Meanwhile, the Odisha government has decided to conduct a fire safety audit at all government-run healthcare facilities across the state.

"Fire safety audit at government hospitals in the district, sub-divisional level, and medical colleges would be conducted. The fire safety measures will be reviewed. One month's time has been given to Energy and Works department to submit their requirements after inspection," said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

Bhubaneswar Hospital Fire, death toll reached to 19


Bhubaneswar, Oct 18: Odhisha health authorities on Tuesday confirmed that the toll of a major fire at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar was 19.

On Monday night, the state government announced that 22 persons were killed due to the fire that broke out in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the dialysis ward earlier in the evening.

"Fourteen persons were declared dead at the Capital Hospital and five succumbed to injuries at the AMRI Hospital. A total of 106 others were undergoing treatment for injuries," said Health Secretary Arti Ahuja.

Ahuja on Tuesday morning visited the SUM hospital and inquired about the circumstances which led to the major blaze.

"Post-mortem of all the 19 persons has been completed. The doctors conducted the autopsy throughout the night. Vehicles were provided to family members of the deceased persons to take the bodies back home," said Ahuja.

"The ICU, dialysis and emergency units have been sealed for investigation," she added.

Fire service sources said the blaze originated around 7.30 p.m. apparently due to an electric short circuit.

BJP crushing all voices of dissent in Gujarat: Kejriwal


Mehsana (Gujarat), Oct 15: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the ruling BJP had acquired a tendency to crush all voices of dissent in Gujarat, adding he was shocked at how Patidar protesters were killed in police firing last year.

Kejriwal's statement came after he met families of pro-reservation agitators of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), two of whom died in police firing during a massive rally in Ahmedabad in August last year.

The Aam Aadmi Party national convener, who arrived here on Friday night on a three-day visit to the state, raised slogans of 'Jai Patidar, Jai Sardar', which were lustily echoed by a large gathering of Patel youths whose disenchantment with the Bharatiya Janata Party government proved costly for the ruling party in the local body and panchayat elections.

At Ahmedabad airport, Kejriwal said the BJP might try to disrupt his Sunday rally in Surat, which is also going to be held in the Patidar bastion of Varachha. His trip is focused on wooing the Patidars, a key vote bank of the BJP for three decades.

Addressing a public rally at Pilodra village late on Friday night, Kejriwal raised the issue of police firing on protesters in August 2015, in which 13 Patel youths were killed. The Patidar agitation started at this village in north Gujarat's Mehsana district.

As the slogans of 'Jai Sardar, Jai Patidar' rent the air, he said: "I met the grieving families of Nishit and Mayur, who were killed in unprovoked police firing. There was just nothing -- no violence at all -- the police just fired at them obviously to scare them."

"Police training is to fire first below the knees, not straight at the chest and the throat. This was not followed here. What did this mean?" the AAP leader said.

Kejriwal said that Nishit and Mayur must get justice. "And this is possible only by punishing those who issued the orders to fire at the innocent Patidars. I am sure it couldn't have been a magistrate who issued such orders, it must be some neta."

"It is clearly someone sitting on top there; you all know who," he said with a smile, putting up his finger. The crowd responded: "General Dyre, General Dyre", a reference to the British officer who ordered his forces to fire on unarmed people at Jallianwallah Bagh in Punjab in 1919.

PAAS has held BJP president Amit Shah -- and not the then Chief Minister Anandiben Patel who held the home portfolio -- responsible for giving firing order on protesters and has been referring to him as General Dyre. 

Responding to Kejriwal's gesture, PAAS leader Hardik Patel, in a letter, urged him to support the cause of the Patel community from the national capital.

Kejriwal offered prayers at Maa Umiya temple in Unjha, the deity of Kadva Patidars, and met more families in Ahmedabad before leaving for Surat. 

He said that in Surat, he will discuss the issues of locals and ask them whether AAP should contest the assembly elections in Gujarat in 2017.

With the BJP rejecting Patidar's Other Backward Castes quota demand, the disgruntled community had disrupted a public event of Shah in Surat last month. Shah was forced to wind up his speech within minutes due to the protest. 

Kejriwal's Sunday rally will be held in the same area.

Four children die in Chennai hospital, opposition hits out


Chennai, Oct 15: With four children dying in a government-run hospital here within 24 hours, opposition in Tamil Nadu on Saturday hit out at the "callousness" of the state health department and demanded the state government accept responsibility.

The children aged between eight and 11 died due to mysterious fever at the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children here since Friday. Its Resident Medical Officer was not available for comments despite several attempts by IANS.

In a statement issued here, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly M.K.Stalin condemned the Tamil Nadu government for not looking into the callous attitude of the medical department officials.

The children's death have created a fear in the minds of the people, he said, while noting that one family lost their two children on the same day.

Stalin said he had brought to the notice of the government several times about the existence of the mysterious fever and other diseases like dengue, but no action was taken.

He said the Chennai Corporation and the Health Department should at least wake up from their slumber now.

PMK founder S.Ramadoss said children dying of dengue in government hospitals is becoming a regular feature in Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts.

He said the doctors at the hospital did not diagnose the fever that the children were suffering from and proper treatment were not given.

He also wondered as to why the state Health Minister and Health Secretary are camping in Apollo Hospitals, where Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has been admitted since last month, instead of taking preventive action against dengue.

Meanwhile, city residents complained the main sewage lines are always full and also overflows onto the road and inside the compound of the houses posing a major health hazard.

"It is not known whether the pumping stations are working at all. Once the rain starts, the city will be under sewage," said resident N.Varadarajan.

Lakshmi Puja observes in Bengal


Kolkata, Oct 15: Households and community marquees across West Bengal celebrated Kojagori Lakshmi Puja on Saturday night with much fanfare and fervour, fasting late into the night and praying for prosperity and wealth.

Popularly known as Kojagori Lakshmi puja in this part of India, it is observed on a full moon night (Kojagori Purnima) after Durga Puja. 

The word Kojagori literally means a night of awakening and signifies 'ke jege ache' or 'who is awake' in keeping with the belief that goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, visits every house at night to ascertain who is awake and blesses those who are awake, with fortune and prosperity.

To guide the goddess into their homes, women and children drew colourful 'Alpona' patterns from rice flour on the floor, across doorways and inside temples. Powdered rice was used to draw the goddess's feet entering the house.

Families offered grain, flattened rice, gold, clothes, fruits, vegetables as well as fish in obeisance to the deity who is worshipped in the form of clay idols, photographs and earthen discs with paintings of Lakshmi (called 'pat'). 

Sounds of conch shells reverberated across the eastern metropolis in the evening as the rituals started in full swing, ahead of late night vigils to welcome the goddess. 

The puja also coincides with the harvest festival (Nabanna). 

Family gatherings with generous servings of luchis (fried flour chapatis) with an array of sugary chutneys and laddoos helped masked the sadness that prevails after the conclusion of the Durga puja. 

24 killed, over 60 injured in Varanasi stampede


Varanasi, Oct 15: At least 24 persons, including 14 women, were crushed to death and 60 injured in a stampede during a religious procession here on Saturday, police said. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav ordered a magisterial probe into the incident even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed grief over the incident.

The stampede occurred at around 1.30 p.m. at the Rajghat bridge in the Ramnagar area, as thousands of people, who had turned up at a religious congregation organised by disciples of the late spiritual leader Jai Gurudev, took out a procession.

Ramanagar police station incharge Anil Kumar Singh told IANS that 24 people were killed in the stampede and over 60 injured. However, state Director General of Police Javeed Ahmed said the death toll was 20. 

The toll may rise as the condition of several of the injured is said to be critical. The identities of the deceased is yet to be ascertained. 

District authorities said the number of seriously injured was 21 while over 80 people were discharged after primary treatment. 

Prime Minister Modi, whose parliamentary constituency is Varanasi, expressed grief over the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured. 

The Akhilesh Yadav government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased, while top police and government officials reached the site with state minister Surendra Singh Patel supervising the rescue operations.

Police attributed the stampede to the "impatience" among the participants due to the prevailing heat and humidity, and also noted that while the organisers had sought permission for the presence of around 3,000 people, nearly 80,000 had turned up. 

Varanasi Senior Superintendent of Police, Akash Kulhari said: "The participants were feeling uncomfortable in the heat due to which the stampede might have occurred."

He said that as the incident spot was on the district boundary with Chandauli, police from both areas had reached the spot for rescue and relief operations. 

An officer at the spot said that they were focussing on relief and rescue operations and "a probe will be ordered later to ascertain the exact cause of the tragedy".

Chandauli District Magistrate Kumar Prashant told IANS that an awareness camp for Baba Jai Gurudev was going on in Domri village, on the banks of the Ganga, in the district, and a large number of devotees from Varanasi's Pili Kothi area were on their way there when the stampede occurred.

He said that the injured had been admitted to hospitals where the condition of five was said to be critical. The deceased have not been identified yet, he added. 

Modi, who is in Goa for the BRICS Summit, took to Twitter to express his grief.

"Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the stampede in Varanasi. I have spoken to officials and asked them to ensure all possible help to those affected due to the stampede," he tweeted.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi also expressed shock and grief over the deaths. 

Hoping that the authorities concerned were providing adequate medical relief and compensation to the victims, Sonia Gandhi also instructed party workers to provide all possible assistance to the people, a Congress statement said.

Rahul Gandhi, in a statement, said: "Shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the stampede in Varanasi. My heartfelt condolences to families of the victims of this tragic incident."

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that he inquired about the incident from Varanasi Divisional Commissioner and directed him to provide all possible help to those affected.

Akhilesh Yadav, who initially had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the dead, said, in a tweet, that it has been increased to Rs. 5 lakh. He also said that the Varanasi Divisional Commissioner has been asked to order a magisterial probe into the incident. 

SSB trooper killed, six security men injured in Kashmir attack


Srinagar, Oct 14: A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) trooper was killed and six other security personnel injured when guerrillas attacked their convoy on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday evening, police said.

An SSB trooper was killed and six other security men including five SSB troopers and a state police driver injured when militants attacked the convoy in Zakura area, 12 km from city centre Lal Chowk, around 7 p.m., police said.

"A 3-vehicle convoy of the SSB was returning after the day's law and order duties on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway when militants attacked it outside the industrial estate in Zakura area where the SSB troops are camped.

"One SSB jawan sustained critical injuries in the attack and later succumbed. Six other security men including five SSB jawans and a driver of the state police have been injured in the attack," said police, adding all the injured security men have been shifted to hospital. 

Police said that additional security forces have been rushed to the spot, while the area has been cordoned off for searches, but firing has, however, stopped.

The militants were believed to have fled the spot.

The attack, the second on security forces in the Kashmir Valley in less than a week, took place outside the highly sensitive Zakura industrial area that houses many offices and factories of small and medium businesses in Kashmir.

Militancy-related violence and terror attacks on security forces have surged in Jammu and Kashmir after the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Wani's death has sparked an unprecedented wave of protests in the Kashmir Valley, leaving over 90 people dead and thousands injured in clashes between protesters and security forces.

Earlier this week, two militants were killed after a three-day-long gun fight with security forces in Pampore area on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.