Sunday, November 28, 2021


Civil defence employee rapes minor girl in Delhi

A minor girl was allegedly raped by a civil defence employee in the national capital, an official said here on Sunday. Furnishing details about the incident, a senior official said a case under section 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code was registered on the complaint of the parents of the 15-year-old victim girl on November 17. During the course of the investigation, the victim girl arrived at her home on the same day and narrated the whole incident. She stated that while she was near Matiala road, one boy offered to drop her near her home from his motorcycle. But as she sat on his motorcycle he took her to a coaching centre. "The accused showed her some photographs on his mobile phone and introduced himself as a policeman by showing his uniformed photographs," the senior official said. The accused also assured her to provide a job as a teacher in the coaching centre. Thereafter he took her to a park and raped her.

Minor girl abducted in Delhi rescued from Uttarakhand

A minor girl, who was kidnapped on November 12 in the national capital, was rescued by the Delhi Police from Rudrapur in Uttarakhand, an official said here on Saturday. According to the official, on November 12 the father of the girl, a resident of Uttam Nagar in New Delhi came to Mohan Garden police station and reported that his 16-year-old minor daughter was missing since 4.30 p.m. of the day.

President greets citizens on eve of Guru Nanak Jayanti

Greeting his fellow citizens on the eve of the 552nd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday appealed all to follow the foot-steps of Guru Nanak and strengthen the spirit of harmony and unity in the society.

ED files prosecution complaint against 2 in bank fraud case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a prosecution complaint against two persons for their active involvement in money laundering in the Rs 3,269.42 crore bank fraud case involving Shakti Bhog Foods Limited. The accused, identified as Ashok Kumar Goel and Devki Nandan Garg, both entry operators, assisted Shakti Bhog Foods Limited and its directors in generation, acquisition, layering and siphoning off its loans through the shell companies under their

'KBC 13': Schoolboy to use prize money for technology to make salt water potable

As part of the 'Students Special Week' of 'Kaun Banega Crorepati 13', a class 10 student from Delhi Public School, Manas Gaikwad became the first student to win 50 lakh points. Because this week only students will be on the hotseat, so rupees have been replaced with points on the show.

Assam Cong leaders lodge complaint against Kangana for remarks against freedom movement

Six senior Congress leaders in Assam on Thursday lodged a complaint with the police against actress Kangana Ranaut for allegedly making defamatory comments against Mahatma Gandhi and the freedom movement. The Congress leaders, including former MPs Dwijen Sharma and Bolih Kuli, in their complaint lodged at the Dispur police station referring to an article in a newspaper, said that Ranaut severely criticised Mahatma Gandhi, who devoted his life to free India from the British rule. "It is a grave insult towards the martyrs of the freedom movement. The statements made by the actress are also an act of sedition. The statements have broken the hearts of the Indian people as well as the freedom fighters of Assam. It is a grave offence of sedition with the intention to dishonour the freedom fighters," the Congress leaders said.

Twin blasts near Indian para-badminton players' hotel in Kampala, team safe

Two explosions occurred in the centre of Uganda's capital, where the Indian para-badminton team has gone to take part in an international tournament, but the shutters are safe. The blasts, which are reported to have occurred just 100 meters from the hotel the Indian team is staying in, have killed at least two people and set several cars on fire. However, Para-Badminton India took to social media and said that players are safe. "Indian Team is Safe!There is multiple Bomb Blast 100 mtr away from the official Hotel," it said in a tweet. Coach Vikash Khanna

Youth held for threat call to actor Vijay

Tamil Nadu police arrested a 27-year-old youth for making a hoax bomb threat to the residence of actor Vijay.

During the early hours of Monday, a call was made to the master control room at the state police headquarters about a bomb being placed at the residence of actor Vijay. Police headquarters immediately deputed a team of police officers and policemen along with sniffer dogs and bomb disposal squads to the residence of the actor at Neelakaranai in the city.

1 killed, 7 injured in Jammu-Srinagar highway accident

One person was killed and 7 others were injured in a road accident on Tuesday on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Police said two vehicles collided with each other inside the Nashri Tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. "One person was 

J&K govt suspends 3 on corruption charges

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday suspended an assistant regional transport officer (ARTO) and two motor vehicle inspectors on corruption charges. An order issued by the government said, "Today that ARTO Kupwara (Mohammad Mukhtar) and two Motor Vehicle Inspectors (Khursheed Ahmad and Abdul Hamid) are placed 

Vishakha rides from Lukla to Everest base camp in Nepal

Vishakha Fulsunge aka Rider-Girl Vishakha has created milestones in the past like riding from Mumbai to Visakhapatnam (1800 km) at a single stretch or being the first and fastest female biker to complete Narmada Parikrama. Apart from her marvellous skills in sports, she is also famous for filming scenic yet impactful videos clearly justified by her over 10 lakh plus followers on Social Media.

ED attaches Rs 6.32 Cr assets of Telecom's' ex-deputy chief

The Enforcement Directorate has provisionally attached assets worth Rs 6.32 crore of Somyendra Nath Banerjee, former Deputy Director General, New Technology, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Kolkata and his associates under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 in a disproportionate assets case. The attached assets include one office premises, two vacant plots of land, one three-storeyed commercial building along with plant and machinery of a running company, balance lying

Tobacco industry using FB to dodge rules, facilitates bidi sales

Facebook hosts at least 30 distinct pages for bidi companies, and many of these companies are utilising the social media platform to facilitate sales, according to a report released on Wednesday. The report titled "Selling Death on Social Media: How Bidis Are Reaching Consumers Online" from global public health organisation Vital Strategies details digital media monitoring data with 344 instances of bidi marketing on social media between December 2020 and August 2021, almost exclusively through Facebook (98 per cent).

NCB SIT takes over cruiser probe, visits Mumbai sites, summons 7

A Special Investigation Team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrived here from New Delhi to formally take over the probe into the rave party aboard a cruise ship and other cases, officials said here on Monday. The SIT, headed by senior officer Sanjay Kumar Singh has sent out summons to at least seven accused or witnesses in the case, including Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan and his manager Pooja Dadlani.

Srinagar airport declared 'major airport'

In a significant development, the Centre on Saturday declared Srinagar international airport as a major airport. The Civil Aviation Ministry issued a notification declaring the airport of Srinagar as a major airport under the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Act, 2008.

Goa minor jumps of three-storey building after being molested, one held

A minor girl attempted to commit suicide by jumping off the third floor of a building in a Panaji suburb, after she was allegedly molested by a 31-year-old man, police said on Saturday. She is currently admitted to a health facility, where she is being treated for grievous injuries. The opposition in Goa has demanded the intervention of Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai to ensure safety of people in the state.

Rising ammonia level in Yamuna may create water crisis in Delhi on Sunday

With ammonia levels in Yamuna river crossing the acceptable limit of 0.5 ppm, the national capital is likely face severe water crisis on Sunday. Ammonia levels increase frequently in Yamuna. The high level of ammonia present in the water makes it difficult for aquatic organisms to sufficiently excrete the toxicant, leading to toxic build up in internal tissues and blood, and potentially death.

CBI books former CWE among others in military recruitment scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against former Commander Working Engineer (CWE) of the Military Engineering Services (MES) in Jhansi among other officials, in connection with an alleged recruitment scam. According to the CBI, former CWE Col Arvind Parashar, former DCWEs Lt Col R. R. Negi, Lt Col A. K. Singh and Garrison Engineer Lt Col D. S. Rawat, among other unidentified people have been booked by the probe agency over allegations of illegalities committed in the recruitment of around 54 mates in the MES, Jhansi in 2012.

People looking for change, says Pilot on Cong win in bypolls

Rajasthan's former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday said that the public has given its mandate against the ruling BJP government at the Centre during recent bypolls which makes it clear that people want a change now after getting tormented by the BJP government. Speaking to media in Ajmer, Pilot said, "The three farm laws, increasing price of petrol and diesel, unavailability of fertilisers and rising inflation has affected the masses and left people anguished.

CBI takes over UP Bike Bot scam, lodges FIR against firm and promoters

The Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) on Monday took over the Bike Bot scam of Uttar Pradesh and registered an FIR against the company and its promoters on the request of the state government. The CBI stated that over 200,000 investors were duped of over Rs 15,000 crore which is bigger than the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam of Rs 13,000 crore. The probe agency named

Odisha to start 'Har Ghar Dastak' vax campaign from Nov 2

In an aim to ensure second dose of Covid-19 vaccine due to the beneficiaries, the Odisha government will launch the 'Har Ghar Dastak' campaign from November 2, an official said on Monday. During the 'Har Ghar Dastak' vaccination drive, frontline healthcare workers including Anganwadi workers, ASHA workers and ANMs, with the help of self help groups, NGOs and PRI members, will visit every household, said State health and family welfare director Bijay Panigrahi.

Rajasthan bypolls: Results to be announced on Tuesday

The counting of votes for the Vallabhnagar (Udaipur) and Dhariawad (Pratapgarh) bypolls, which were held on October 30, will start on Tuesday morning from 8 a.m. The Election Commission of India has issued necessary guidelines to the District Election Officers along with the guidelines related to the coronavirus.

Consensual sex with major not 'offence' but 'immoral': Allahadbad HC

The Allahabad High Court, while rejecting the bail plea of a gang-rape accused on Saturday, held that consensual sex with a major is not an "offence" but is "unethical, immoral, and against established Indian tradition". Dismissing the bail plea of one of the four accused in the case, Justice Rahul Chaturvedi said that it was the duty of the man, claiming to be the minor's boyfriend, to protect her when she was being sexually assaulted by the other co-accused. "The moment the applicant submits that the victim is his beloved, it becomes his binding duty to protect the dignity, honour and reputation of his girlfriend. If a girl is major, then having sex with her consent is not an offence, but certainly it is unethical and immoral, and also not in consonance with the established social norms of the Indian society," he said. The court termed the act of the applicant "highly deplorable and unbecoming of a boyfriend" and stated that "he remained a mute spectator when the co-accused were brutally assaulting his beloved in front of him". According to the FIR, on February 19, the victim, a resident of Kaushambhi district, had gone for her stitching lessons at an institute and spoke to her boyfriend Raju and they both planned to meet. Later, they met at a secluded 

Goa won't be allowed to be turned into a coal hub: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday promised that Goa would not be turned into a coal hub, even as he said that the assurances given by the party in its manifesto for the state's 2022 Assembly polls should be treated as a guarantee of delivery of electoral promises. Speaking to a group of fisherfolk in the South Goa beach village of Velsao, Gandhi also said that the coastal state should be preserved, not just for local residents, but also visitors who travel to Goa to enjoy the beaches and environment. "We are very clear that we do not want Goa to be a coal hub, when it does not benefit Goa to be a coal hub. That goes for a lot of the environmental destruction that is taking place here.

MP by-polls: Nearly 45% voting recorded till 1 p.m.

An estimated 45 per cent of the 26,50,004 eligible voters cast their ballots till 1 p.m. in the by-polls to three Assembly constituencies and one Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, the Election Commission said. As per the official report, the highest voting so far was recorded at 54 per cent in Prithvipur, followed by Raigon with 44 per cent while Jobat registered 41 per cent. In Khandwa (Lok Sabha seat), over 41 per cent voters turned up to cast their ballots. Meanwhile, people in three different areas in Khandwa district boycotted elections and put up banners at the entry gate of villages prohibiting the entry of political leaders. They refused to exercise their franchise with the slogan 'No work, No Vote'.

Tourism projects worth Rs 2,868 crore to come up in Andhra Pradesh

Various companies are planning to invest Rs 2,868 crore in tourism projects in Andhra Pradesh with at least Rs 250 crore investments on each project, the state government said on Wednesday. This investments will provide employment to 48,000 people and create 1,564 new tourism rooms. The companies plan to complete all these projects in five years.

NSS Dav college organised awareness campaign

NSS Dav college organised awareness campaign. The objective of the campaign was to create awareness among people about the causes and consequences of spread of dengue, malaria, chikungunya

Secretary, Food and Public Distribution, GoI  reviews paddy procurement & implementation of One Nation One Ration Card scheme in Punjab

Shri Sudhanshu Pandey, IAS, Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India, visited Punjab to review the procurement of paddy during the ongoing Kharif season and implementation of One Nation One Ration Card. The review meeting was attended by the Shri Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, IAS, Secretary, Food & Supplies Punjab, Sh. R. K. Kaushik, IAS, Managing Director Punsup, Sh. Arshdeep Singh Thind, IAS, General Manager FCI RO Punjab, Sh. Varun Roojam, IAS, MD Markfed, Sh. Abhinav Trikha, IAS, Director, Food & Supplies, Sh. Yashanjit Singh, MD PSWC and Sh H S Brar, Joint Secretary, Punjab

Indian-origin LinkedIn engineer and blogger shot dead in Mexico drug violence

Anjali Ryot, a San Jose, California-based travel blogger and senior site reliability engineer employed with the global job search site, LinkedIn, was killed in a drug cartel-related shooting in the ostensibly peaceful Mexican resort town of Tulum. The 25-year-old, who had previously worked with Yahoo, would have turned 26 this past Friday (October 22), She had arrived in Tulum last Monday (October 18) to celebrate the joyful occasion.

Gang behind Rs 52 lakh ATM fraud in Telangana busted

Police in Telangana's Mahabubabad district on Friday arrested five employees of a cash management firm for a Rs 52 lakh fraud and for trying to cover up the crime by setting an ATM afire. The police busted the gang during the investigation into the fire in Axis Bank ATM. The accused had made the officials believe that the money was gutted in the fire. The police, who conducted an investigation, found that the accused staged a drama to make officials believe that the cash was burnt in the fire. The incident had occurred last week in Mahbubabad town. The investigations revealed that the accused had hired a person to set the ATM afire and promised to pay him Rs 2 lakh.

Actress Ananya Panday grilled by NCB for second day, summoned again

For the second consecutive day, Bollywood actress Ananya Panday was on Friday grilled by a team of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), for over 3 hours, in connection with its ongoing probe into the October 2 "rave party" aboard a cruise ship.

39 more women officers to be granted permanent commission, SC told

There was relief for a group of aggrieved women officers, who filed a contempt petition against the Army chief, as they were denied permanent commission -- allegedly in violation of a Supreme Court order, with the Centre on Friday telling the apex court it has cleared 39 women officers found eligible, after reconsideration, but rejected pleas of 25 others.

Police to investigate death of Jayalalithaa's driver

The police in Tamil Nadu's Salem on Thursday took up a case pertaining to the death of C. Kanagaraj, the driver of the late former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. Kanagaraj was the prime accused in the murder of a security guard, Om Bahadur at the Kodanad estate in April 2017. Kanagaraj was killed in a road accident at Attur in April 2017 while he was riding a two-wheeler on the Salem-Ulundurpet highway

Agiculture, health at risk from declining diurnal temperature range

Variation in diurnal temperature range is asymmetric over India's four agroclimatic zones with a marked accelerating decrease in the range witnessed over the last 30 years in the northwest, parts of Gangetic plains, northeast, and central India, said a new study.

Teenaged girl raped in Delhi for one year

A teenaged girl was allegedly raped in the national capital for the past one year, an official said here on Tuesday. According to the official, the victim had lodged a complaint against a boy identified as Himanshu at the Barakhamba Road police station in the city. The victim alleged that the accused repeatedly raped her for the past one year starting from August 2020. In her complaint, the 15-year-old girl said that accused Himanshu raped her for the first time at the Kohli Frame Art Gallery in Connaught Place, which is located at the centre of Delhi. 

Air pollutants increase risk of stillbirth, premature deaths: Expert

Rising air pollutants are causing stillbirth and premature death of newborn among women living in polluted ambience, said Jugal Kishore, Director, Professor and Head of Department, Community Medicine, Safdarjung Hospital. He said that exposure to high levels of PM2.5 causes premature death among newborns even 1 to 2 weeks after birth, and sometimes causes premature birth too. "The air pollutants go to the placenta through blood and block the vessel that causes stillbirth and premature deaths to newborn," added Kishore. Kishore said these are

RBI imposes penalty worth Rs 1.93 cr on Standard Chartered Bank India

The Reserve Bank of India on Monday imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 1.95 crore on Standard Chartered Bank India. The penalty was imposed for non-compliance with the directions issued by the RBI on 'Customer Protection - Limiting Liability of Customers in Unauthorised Electronic Banking Transactions', 'Cyber Security Framework in Banks', 'Credit Card Operations of Banks' amongst others. "This action is based on the deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers," the RBI said in a statement.

Mobile Internet services suspended in parts of Kashmir Valley

Mobile Internet services were suspended in parts of the Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure on Monday. In Srinagar district, the areas where the service was suspended include Anchar, Eidgah, Qamarwari, Soura, Maharajgunj, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal and Bagyass. In Kulgam district, it was suspended in Wanpoh, Qaimoh and in Pulwama, the service was snapped in Litter area.

Woman allegedly gang-raped on Hyderabad's outskirts

A woman was allegedly gang-raped by three persons after being kidnapped near Himayat Sagar on the outskirts of Hyderabad, police said. The incident, which occurred on Wednesday, came to light on Thursday after the victim lodged a complaint at Rajendranagar police station of Cyberabad police commissionerate. As per the complaint, the 30-year-old woman, a resident of Puranapul area, had gone to a liquor shop in Hyderguda on Wednesday evening. An auto-rickshaw driver, who was sitting there, befriended her and offered to drop her home. The victim said that she trusted him and boarded the auto-rickshaw but later, two more persons joined them and allegedly took her to a deserted place in Himayat Sagar. There they first sexually assaulted her, then snatched her valuables, and fled.

India to need over 5,600 GW solar power to reach net zero by 2070: CEEW

India's total installed solar power capacity would need to increase to 5,630 gigawatts (GW) if the country wants to commit to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emission by 2070, according to a study by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).