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Tripura journalist shot dead by trooper during altercation
Agartala, Nov 21: A journalist was shot dead on Tuesday by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper during an altercation in Bodhjung Nagar in Tripura, police said."Tapan Debbarma, the bodyguard of the TSR's Second Battalion Commandant, opened fire killing Sudip Datta Bhowmik on the spot," a police officer said.The body of Bhowmik, a reporter of "Syandan Patrika" and local television channel "Venguard", was brought to Gobinda Ballav Panth Medical College and Hospital here for postmortem.On September 20, a television journalist, Santanu Bhowmik, 28, was killed allegedly by some activists of a party in Mandai, 35 km from here. (IANS)




If the judiciary turns a blind eye to our plea, where do we go : S.Sasidharan
Mumbai, Nov 17: In what could be seen as a severe blow to Sanal Sasidharan's judicial battle to make the I & B ministry and the IFFI accountable for ousting his film "S Durga", the Kerala High Court on Friday postponed the filmmaker's hearing to Monday. "This, for all practical purposes, means the end of my struggle to get judicial help for the way my film was treated by the IFFI. Because the International Film Festival of India starts on Monday (in Goa)... if my hearing in the honourable Kerala High Court comes up on Monday what purpose will it serve to get justice for my film? It will be too late for any kind of damage control," said Sasidharan. Shocked and feeling defeated, he said that "first the honourable Kerala High Court postponed my hearing from Tuesday to Friday and now it's gone to Monday".  "Obviously, there is a pattern here which anyone can see if you look."  Sasidharan wonders what an artist like h...




13 patients die after Patna hospitals junior doctors strike work
Patna, Nov 17: At least 13 patients died after more than 500 junior doctors at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) here went on a strike to protest an assault by a deceased patient's attendants, hospital officials said on Friday. "Thirteen critical patients died due to lack of treatment after the doctors went on strike on Thursday night, which also hit Emergency and Out Patient Department services," an official said. "So far, 36 surgeries have been deferred and dozens of patients refused admission." Officials said hundreds of patients and their attendants were at loss as to whom to turn to for treatment. "Dozens of patients, battling for life, have been forced to shift to private hospitals and nursing homes by their families." The junior doctors are demanding adequate security and action against attendants of the patient who attacked their colleagues after his death soon after arrival at the hospital. It is the third assa...




Three lakh farmers committed suicide in India, Lets stop this now
Farmers 'hanged' to draw people's attention to suicides  New Delhi, Nov 17: With a view to draw the attention of thousands of Delhiites towards farmers' suicides, Jai Kisan Andolan of Swaraj India on Thursday displayed farmers' dummies hanging from various flyovers in Delhi and Noida. With a message, "Three lakh farmers committed suicide in India, Let's stop this now", Jai Kisan Andolan is trying to solicit people's support for the upcoming November 20 "Kisan Mukti Sansad" in the national capital, in which thousands of farmers from across the India are likely to participate. Swaraj India's Delhi unit President, Anupam said: "Many well-known celebrities extended their support to farmers in a new social media campaign called 'Indebted2Farmers' that was initiated today (Thursday). "Actors Kamal Haasan, Revathy Asha, Rohini and Swara Bhaskar, singer Rabbi Shergill, Oscar nominee Vetrimaran and music director Prakash Kumar were seen pos...




Delhi's air quality improves, ban on trucks, construction lifted
New Delhi, Nov 16: With Delhi's air quality has improved to "very poor", a Supreme Court-appointed environment body on Thursday ordered lifting of a ban on entry of trucks and on construction activities in the city. The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) also rolled back the four-time hike in parking fees. EPCA member and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) researcher Usman Naseem told IANS while the restrictions imposed since last week have been lifted, the ban on diesel generator sets would continue. On Wednesday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of the national capital had improved to "very poor" from "beyond severe" category. At 11 a.m. on Thursday, Delhi's AQI was 345, which falls under the "very poor" category. Also, the average PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 2.5mm, in Delhi was 345 units -- 14 times the safe limit, compared to 397 units on Tuesday. On Wednesday, officials had said the ...




Women Groups demand passage of Women's Reservation Bill
New Delhi, Nov 15: The National Alliance for Women's Reservation Bill, a conglomerate of various women organizations across the country, on Wednesday demanded passage of the long-pending Women's Reservation Bill in the coming session of Parliament. At a conference organized at the Press Club of India here, a number of women rights activists emphasized the need to get the Bill passed "at the earliest" in order to ensure equal participation of women in politics. The activists pointed out that the current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had enough seats in the Lok Sabha to pull the Bill through and fulfill its poll promise. "We demand the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill at the earliest. There is no question of lack of consensus among political parties for the passage of the Bill. It is the responsibility of the BJP government to pass this Bill in the coming session of Parliament and to fulfill the promise they made in their election manifesto,...




Misty Thursday morning in Delhi, 6 trains cancelled
New Delhi, Nov 16: It was a misty Thursday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 13 degrees Celsius, which is the season's average."The sky will be clear with mist or shallow fog in the morning," an India Meteorological Department official told us. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 91 percent and visibility stood at 1,000 meters. There is no rain expected for a week, the official said. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 28 degrees Celsius. Six trains were canceled and 26 were running late due to shallow fog in northern India, according to railway spokesperson.Wednesday's maximum temperature settled at 27.7 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average, while the minimum temperature was 13.2 degrees Celsius.(IANS)




Blaze damages one of Kashmirs holiest shrine mosques
Srinagar, Nov 15: A nocturnal blaze damaged one of Kashmir's holiest Muslim Shrine mosques, the "Khanqah-e-Moula", in Srinagar's old quarters. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot soon after receiving news about the fire during the night and doused the flames before the blaze could cause any major damage to the shrine, said police.  Built in memory of renowned Muslim saint, scholar and preacher Mir Syed Ali Hamadani, the shrine mosque is highly revered as it stands out in reverence to the saint whose teachings helped spread Islam in the valley. Kashmiris reverently call Mir Syed Ali Hamadani "Amir-e-Kabeera" (Great Commander) and "Shah-e-Hamadan" (King of Hamadan). He was born in Hamadan, Persia, in 1314 and breathed his last in 1384. The saint's mausoleum is in Khatlan, Tajikistan.




5-year-old falls into borewell in Rajasthan, dies
Jaipur, Nov 15:  A five-year-old boy had slipped into an over 40-feet-deep borewell in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan. The minor was declared dead after 15 hours of the rescue operation on Wednesday, police said.Aman was playing with the other kids in the area, when he accidentally slipped into the open borewell at around 5 p.m. on Tuesday in the Malarna Dungar village, a police officer said."As soon as we got news, the district administration started efforts to rescue the boy," Bijendra Singh, station in-charge, Malarana Police Station told us.Earthmoving and other machines were pressed into service. Even a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was called, Singh said.The boy was finally pulled out of the borewell at around 7.30 a.m. on Wednesday. He was stuck at 40-feet below the ground. He was immediately rushed to a hospital, where they declared him dead, the officer said.(IANS)




Dairy Farmers Killing in Alwar: Two accused arrested, deceaseds family demands arrest of all culprits, compensation and job
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi/Jaipur, Nov 14: Investigating the killing of dairy farmer Umar Khan allegedly by gau-rakshaks (cow vigilantes) in Rajasthan’s Alwar on suspicion of smuggling cows, the police have arrested two accused and the search for others involved in the crime is going on. The two accused have been identified as Ramveer Gurjar and Bhagwan Gurjar.  Reportedly, on Friday (Nov 10) early morning, Umar Khan, 35, along with two of his aides Tahir Khan, 42 and Javed Khan 28, were allegedly attacked by some 7-8 gau-rakshaks armed with guns near Fahari village in Gobindgarh. All three were allegedly stopped and attacked when they were transporting cows and calves in a pick-up truck for dairy farming from Mewat in Haryana to Bharatpur in the state.  Umar died on the spot in the firing while the other sustained bullet injuries. Tahir Khan managed to flee the while Javed Khan is still missing. Tahir’s condition is serious and is still hospitalized.&n...




Rajasthan: 2 accused arrested in dairy farmer Umar's Killing, family refuses to take body till arrest of all culprits
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi/Jaipur, Nov 14: In the killing of dairy farmer Umar Khan allegedly by gau-rakshaks (Cow Vigilantes) in Rajasthan’s Alwar on suspicion of smuggling cows, the Police have arrested two accused and the search for remained is on. The two accused have been identified as Ramveer Gurjar and Bhagwan Gurjar. Reportedly, on Friday (Nov 10) early morning, Umar Khan, 35, along with two of his aides Tahir Khan, 42 and Javed Khan 28, were allegedly attacked by some 7-8 gau-rakshaks armed with guns near Fahari village in Govindhgarh. All three were allegedly stopped and attacked when they were transporting some cows and calves in a pick-up truck for dairy farming from Mewat in Haryana to Bharatpur in the state. Umar died on the spot in the firing while the other sustained bullet injuries. Tahir Khan managed to flee the while Javed Khan is still missing. Tahir’s condition is serious and still hospitalized. The police found dismembered body of Umar on the railway ...




Alwar Lynching: Rights Body alleges Rajasthan govt. of failing to protect dairy farmers from gau-rakshaks, demands independent probe
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi /Jaipur, Nov 13: In yet another killing of a dairy farmer Umar Khan by self-styled gau-rakshaks (Cow Vigilantes) near Rajasthan-Haryana border, People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) on Monday demanded an independent probe. Stating that the role of police was “suspicious” in the incident, PUCL also blamed the Rajasthan government led by Chief Minister (CM) Vasundhara Raje for supporting the culprits. It is reported that on Friday (Nov 10) early morning, dairy farmer Umar Khan, 35, along with two of his aides Tahir Khan, 42 and Javed Khan 28, were allegedly attacked by some 7-8 gau-rakshaks armed with guns in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on the accusation of smuggling cows.  All three were allegedly waylaid at Fahari village near Govindhgarh when they were transporting cows for dairy farming from Mewat in Haryana to Bharatpur in the state. They were brutally assaulted by the mob, where Umar died on the spot while ...




Interrogation in all crime cases must be filmed: Shatrughan
New Delhi, Nov 13: BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha said on Monday that all police interrogation in cases such as the murder of Gurugram student Pradhuman Thakur must be done under "camera surveillance" to prevent the "inhuman torture" of suspects.Sinha's remarks came after the Central Bureau of Investigation said the seven-year-old from Ryan International School was killed by a Class 11 student of the same school. The Haryana Police had earlier arrested Ashok Kumar, a bus conductor, for the murder."If the poor Ashok Kumar, accused of Pradhuman's murder, is let off by the CBI, then Gurugram police or whoever participated in framing him to divert attention deserves no mercy and must be punished most severely and appropriately," Sinha said in a series of tweets.Sinha urged the judiciary, the Haryana government and the Centre to ensure that "justice prevailed"."High time and right time that now on, any and every interrogation by police or the CBI must b...




Cow vigilantes kill a Muslim man for transporting cows in Rajasthan
Jaipur, Nov 13: A minority community member was shot dead allegedly by cow vigilantes in Govindgarh in Alwar district in Rajasthan on the suspicion of cow smuggling. Another person was injured in the incident, informed sources said on Sunday.Although police remained tight-lipped about the incident, sources close to the deceased's family told IANS that the incident occurred most likely on Friday morning when three persons were transporting some cows from Alwar to a village in Bharatpur.As they reached near Govindgarh, they were stopped by some "gau rakshaks" (cow vigilantes) and attacked with firearms, they said.One of the persons, Umar, around 35 years old, reportedly died in the firing while the other sustained bullet injuries. He has been admitted to a Haryana hospital."The body has been referred to a hospital in Jaipur for post-mortem examination. Only after that we will be able to know the real cause of death. We have filed an FIR against unidentified persons for mur...




NGT okays odd-even, says only emergency vehicles exempted
New Delhi, Nov 11: The National Green Tribunal on Saturday gave the go ahead to the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme from November 13-17 and said there will be no exemption for women, two-wheelers and government vehicles.It said that in future the odd-even scheme will automatically come into force if the PM2.5 level goes above 300 and PM10 crosses the 500 mark.The NGT also asked the Delhi government to reconsider the decision on hiking parking fees.The NGT ruled that only emergency vehicles such as ambulances and MCD garbage vans and fire brigade vehicles will be exempted."The odd-even will go on. No exemption of any kind to any one including two-wheelers, women, public officers or politicians, except essential services. Odd-even will come in force by default in future in case Delhi's air gets severe," NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.Asking the Delhi government to reconsider hike in parking fees, he said: "Why should the common man suffer. Why should burden...




Odd-even plan returns as Delhi-NCR inhales toxic air for third day
New Delhi, Nov 10: The odd-even traffic rationing plan returned to the national capital and will be in place for five days from November 13 as people continued to inhale toxic air for the third day on Thursday, with the situation expected to be even worse on Friday.The traffic plan was announced on a day the Delhi High Court said there was an "emergency situation" vis-a-vis pollution in Delhi-NCR and asked the Delhi government to consider implementing cloud seeding to induce artificial rain apart from vehicle rationing on roads.The Environment Ministry formed a seven-member committee headed by the Environment Secretary to find long and short-term solutions to the worsening problem. AIIMS on Thursday reported a 15-20 per cent rise in cases of respiratory problems being received, which was also the case with Safdarjung Hospital across the road.The NGT (National Green Tribunal) asked the pollution control boards of NCR to ban all industrial and construction activities in the reg...




No improvement in air quality, Delhi still faces emergency situation
New Delhi, Nov 9: With no improvement in the air quality, Delhi-NCR continued to breathe toxins for the third consecutive day, as major pollutants across all monitoring stations in the region crossed "severe" level on Thursday.The data collected from the central government's System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (Safar) showed that the PM2.5 and PM10 (particles with diameter less than 2.5 and 10mm) were beyond "severe", which stood at more than 500 units.The safe limit for PM2.5 is 60 micrograms per cubic meter according to the national standards, and 25 micrograms per cubic meter as per the international standards.The regions sharing common beyond "severe" range for PM2.5 and PM10 includes all the ten monitoring stations of Safar -- Dhirpur, Pitampura and Delhi University (North Campus) in north Delhi; Pusa and Lodhi Road in Central Delhi; Ayanagar and Mathura Road in South Delhi, Indira Gandhi International Airport; Noida in Uttar Pr...




People faced serious problems due to note ban: Survey
IndiaTomorrow.netNew Delhi, Nov 8: When BJP is celebrating ‘note ban’ as its great economic move on the first anniversary of demonetisation, around 63 per cent respondents of a nationwide survey released on Tuesday said they witnessed people in "serious problems" due to the government's sudden announcement on November 8 last year. The report, done by 'Anhad' and 32 other civil society organisations, also contains the names of some of the persons who died in bank queues and due to other reasons attributable to scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, and also briefly describes their heart-wrenching ordeals. A majority of the respondents (55 per cent vs 26.6 per cent) disagreed that the move will wipe out black money forever. Also, 48.2 per cent did not believe that demonetisation would have any impact on terror attacks while only 20 per cent believed the common man would benefit from the move. In the national capital Delhi, as many as 71.8 per cent respondents said ...




Government seeks report from IndiGo over passenger manhandling
New Delhi, Nov 8: Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Tuesday said that a detailed report has been sought from budget carrier IndiGo regarding the incident at Delhi airport last month, when a passenger was manhandled by the airline's staff.The incident which took place on October 15 surfaced on Tuesday after a video showed passenger -- Rajiv Katiyal -- being manhandled by the airline's staff after a verbal altercation.Katiyal, who arrived from Chennai, was waiting for the bus inside the airport when the incident happened. Its not clear exactly who started the verbal altercation."IndiGo passenger incident from October 15 is deplorable and unfortunate. Passenger safety and security is our top-most priority," Sinha said in a series of tweets."MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation) has already asked for a detailed report from Indigo by tomorrow... Indigo senior executives have personally apologised to the passenger.""We hope that the passenger wil...




Delhi Pollution: Drop metro fare, close brick kilns, work on odd-even, orders SC-appointed panel
New Delhi, Nov 7: A Supreme Court-appointed panel on Tuesday asked the Delhi Metro to drop fares and increase frequency for the next two days, while ordering a fourfold hike in vehicle parking fee in a bid to curb worsening air quality in Delhi as the high-pollution winter months kick in.As a thick pollution blanket enveloped Delhi-NCR on Tuesday with the worst air quality so far, the Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) barred entry of trucks with goods not meant for Delhi, asked Traffic Police to increase personnel on ground and impose a penalty of Rs 50,000 on construction companies found not taking enough measures to control dust.Directing the government to take all measures under the "severe" category of the Graded Response Action Plan, EPCA Chairman Bhure Lal ordered immediate intensification of the public transport system, closure of all brick kilns, stone crushers and hot-mix plants, and to imposing fines on all road constructing agencies who ...




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