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BY | Saturday, 27 August, 2022

CPI(M) blames RSS for attack on its office in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday condemned the attack on ruling CPI(M)’s district office here and said a public opinion should be formed against those who target the party offices and its workers. The CPI(M) district committee office in the state capital was pelted with stones by unidentified men in the small hours of Saturday. The attack was carried out by a group of bike-borne men at around 2 AM. The windscreens of the vehicles parked in the courtyard of the building were damaged in the stone pelting, police said.  Meanwhile, Left Democratic Front (LDF) convenor, E P Jayarajan, alleged that “RSS criminals” were behind the attack and expressed hope that police will nab them soon.


BJP has spent Rs 6,300 crore on toppling govts of other parties, claims Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday claimed that the Centre did not have to impose GST on food items if the BJP had not spent a whopping Rs 6,300 crore on toppling governments of other parties in the country. Kejriwal’s remarks come a day after he called the BJP a “serial killer of state governments”. During his address in the Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal also alleged that the BJP is using money collected through GST and hike in petrol and diesel prices to “poach” the MLAs. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor on Saturday also alleged that the people are facing the brunt of price rise with the BJP spending crores of rupees on ‘poaching’ other parties’ MLAs and bringing down their governments in states. The political slugfest between the AAP and the BJP has intensified since the CBI registered a case against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others for alleged irregularities in implementation of the Excise policy on the Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena’s recommendation.


CM Kejriwal inaugurates Delhi govt’s armed forces school

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday inaugurated the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Armed Forces Preparatory School in Najafgarh here and asked students to imbibe the feeling of living and dying for the country. The school has state-of-the-art facilities and students will be trained according to entrance examination patterns of the various armed forces, he said. “There was no sainik school in Delhi. We began preparations a year back but did not know it would be ready in a year. I thank those who made this dream possible within one year on behalf of Delhi and the country,” the chief minister said at the event. Stressing that education and other facilities are free at the school, Kejriwal said he had always wanted an education system where the rich and the poor could study together.


Man sentenced to life imprisonment for killing wife over dowry

Mainpuri (UP): A fast-track court here sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his wife woman over dowry. Pooja was set ablaze after kerosene was poured on her in Pusena village in the Kotwali area of the district on January 19, 2017. She, in her dying declaration, had accused her husband Manoj Kumar for killing her, the prosecution counsel said on Saturday. Fast-Track Court (FTC) Judge Miss Anita on Friday sentenced Kumar to rigorous imprisonment for life. The Judge also slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on the convict. Pooja was married to Kumar in 2014. He and his family members used to torture her as they were unhappy over unsufficient dowry and demanded more, the counsel said. After her death, Pooja’s father had filed a complaint against Kumar, his mother Kamla Devi and father Rajendra alleging she was murdered for dowry. Subsequently, police had lodged an FIR and initiated investigation into the matter.


Two Bangladeshi nationals arrested in Meghalaya

Shillong: Two Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested from near the Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, a senior police officer said on Saturday. Acting on inputs that a group of Bangladeshi nationals were spotted in the jungle adjoining the unfenced international border near Pyrtakuna village on Friday, a joint team of police and BSF apprehended the duo identified as Misba Uddin (31) and Badrul Alom (30) while the others managed to flee back to Bangladesh, Superintendent of Police, Jagpal Singh Dhanoa said. Both the arrested persons are from Darponagar village in Bangladesh, he said.

MP: Doctors, security personnel deployed for stone-pelting festival in Chhindwara

Chhindwara: A team of doctors and medical staff has been deployed for the “Gotmar” (stone pelting) festival, which began in a village of Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara district on Saturday, an official said. People have lost their lives and many were injured in the past during this traditional annual event held at Pandhurna in the district. Security personnel have been deployed in the area and a team of more than five doctors has also been pressed into service for the event, additional superintendent of police (ASP) Sanjeev Uikey said. Drones will be used and cameras will be installed to keep a watch over the venue, where section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed, he said.


Pakistan lodges protest with India over its citizen’s death in Kashmir

Islamabad, Aug 27 (PTI) Pakistan has called in India’s Charge d’Affaires here to lodge a strong protest over the death of a Pakistani prisoner in Kashmir, in what it termed as a “fake encounter”. The Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement that the Indian Charge d’Affaires was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday. It said that a strong protest was lodged against the killing of Pakistani prisoner Muhammad Ali Hussain by Indian Forces in a “fake encounter”. Hussain had been jailed in Kot Bhalwal Prison in Kashmir since 2006. Pakistan also demanded that the Indian government must immediately share the details of this particular incident, including a credible post-mortem report to determine the cause of death and undertake a transparent investigation to bring to account whoever is responsible for the murder of the Pakistani prisoner.


Lifetime domestic help, chauffeur for CJIs, SC judges after retirement

New Delhi: A chief justice of India will now get a domestic help, a chauffeur and a secretarial assistant for lifetime from the day he or she demits office, according to the latest post-retirement benefits notified by the government. In a fresh notification issued on Friday, the Department of Justice in the Union Law Ministry said the Supreme Court Judges Rules have been amended again to extend more post-retirement facilities to retired CJIs and judges of the top court. The rules were earlier amended on August 23. The benefits of the amended rules will be extended to all living former CJIs and retired Supreme Court judges.


Didn’t have courage to leave my career in Telugu cinema for Bollywood: Ramya Krishnan

Mumbai: Actor Ramya Krishnan says her short stint in Bollywood made her evaluate her choices as a performer and pushed her to divert her attention towards the South film industry. Krishnan made her acting debut in 1983 with Tamil film Vellai Manasu and in a career spanning close to four decades, she has acted in Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi languages. In Hindi cinema, Krishnan featured in Dayavan, Parampara, Khalnayak, Chaahat, Banarasi Babu and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan. In her latest release Liger, she plays leading man Vijay Deverakonda’s mother Balamani. Shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi, the movie is directed by noted South filmmaker Puri Jagannadh and revolves around an underdog fighter (Deverakonda) from Mumbai, who competes in an MMA championship.


“Incredible feeling” but teenage Judoka Linthoi sets her sight on “Paris ’24”

Sarajevo, (Bosnia and Herzegovina): As a martial arts nation at the global level, India haven’t had a lot to write home about save a few medals at the Commonwealth level. But a look at 16-year-old Manipuri teenager Linthoi Chanambam does provide hope. Hope of a better future in the combat sport like martial arts. Linthoi, all of 16, landed etched her name in the history books as she became the first Indian judoka to clinch the country’s first-ever gold across any age-group in the Cadet World Championships held in Sarajevo.  The Manipuri judoka scripted history by defeating Brazilian Bianca Reis in the women’s 57kg category event. The journey, however, has been quite difficult for Linthoi, in her own words as it was not easy for to bid adieu to her parents in Imphal and come straight to Bellari in Karnataka. In 2021, she clinched gold in the National Championships in Chandigarh. It was followed by another gold at Asian Cadet and Junior Judo Championships in July this year.




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