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Big push for infrastructure at 6 hospitals in state

Bhubaneswar: Based on patients’ feedback received under the ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday announced steps to strengthen healthcare infrastructure at six district headquarters hospitals (DHHs). He announced infrastructure development plans for DHHs at Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Kendrapara...

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Hyderabad gangrape & murder: NHRC begins probe into Telangana encounter, PIL in Supreme Court

Hyderabad: Beginning its ‘fact-finding’ probe, a seven-member NHRC team Saturday visited the site where the four men arrested on charge of gangrape-murder of a veterinarian were shot dead in an alleged encounter, while a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court seeking an SIT investigation monitored by its former judges into the killings and action against the police. A day after the pre-dawn ‘encounter’, Telangana police said that the four accused...

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Want to see the accused persons being chased and shot dead, says Unnao victim’s family

New Delhi/Unnao: The tragic death of the Unnao gangrape victim led to nationwide outrage with protests erupting in several parts Saturday and her family demanding that the perpetrators be chased and killed like in the Hyderabad incident while Opposition parties accused the BJP government of Uttar Pradesh of failing to provide security to those brutalised by sexual violence. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath assured the grieving family of speedy justice, saying a...

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Nirbhaya rape convict Vinay Sharma writes to President seeking withdrawal of his mercy petition

New Delhi: The 2012 gang rape case convict Vinay Sharma has written to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking withdrawal of his mercy petition. Sharma through his counsel A.P. Singh wrote to the President Saturday requesting him that he be allowed to withdraw the mercy petition, claiming that the mercy plea sent to the President by the Ministry of Home Affairs was not signed by him. Singh alleged there was a conspiracy...

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Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad urges CJI for mechanism to dispose rape cases quickly

Jodhpur: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday urged the Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde and other senior judges to ensure that there is a mechanism to monitor quick disposal of rape cases. He pointed out that the women of the country are under pain and distress and crying for justice. “I would urge the CJI and other senior judge that now there must be a mechanism to monitor...

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Telangana police personnel at the encounter site

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Aakar Patel Most policemen do not want to participate in encounters. This has resulted in India producing a category of men called encounter specialists or sharpshooters. This second word is wrongly applied and we will see why. First let us see what an encounter is. It is the act of government taking individuals into custody and then...

Crashing cotton price worries farmers

Bhawanipatna: Discontent is brewing among cotton farmers in Kalahandi district, as prices of cotton and its seeds have been plummeting. Farmers have blamed their distressed situation on the laidback attitude of the district administration and the faulty procurement policy of the Cotton Corporation of India. Farmers of Karlapada, Khajuripada, Kokodamal, Bhegjapadar and several other villages under Bhawanipatana...

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Graeme Smith to become South Africa’s director of cricket as crisis continues

Johannesburg: Former Test captain Graeme Smith is set to become Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket, according to CSA president Chris Nenzani, but South African cricket’s crisis continued, with Nenzani and his remaining board members refusing to heed calls to resign. Tony Irish, chief executive of the SA Cricketers Association (SACA), which called Friday for Nenzani and...

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Actor Karen Gillan denies rumours she is starring ‘The Mask’ reboot

London: Actor Karen Gillan has denied that she has been approached to star in the gender-swapped reboot of The Mask. Gillan told Digital Spy that though she loved the Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz-starrer 1994 original, she knows “nothing” about the reboot. “I can definitely confirm that I haven’t heard anything about The Mask. I don’t know...

Roy Krishna's barce took his tally to six

ISL: Roy Krishna nets a brace as ATK end NorthEast’s unbeaten run

Guwahati: ATK reclaimed the top spot in the Indian Super League with an impressive 3-0 win over NorthEast United FC here Saturday. An early strike from David Williams (11th) and a brace from Roy Krishna (35th, 90+4) were enough for Antonio Habas’ team to hand NorthEast their first defeat of the season. With Saturday’s double strike, Krishna...

Kolkata couple does this to spread awareness about tiger conservation

Kolkata: A city couple has travelled over 36,000 km on their bike, covering 50 tiger reserves in the country to spread awareness about the conservation of the big cats. Rathin Das and his wife Gitanjali, residents of Salt Lake, began their journey February 15 and visited 29 states. Rathin said his journey was aimed at spreading awareness...

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Mumbai Court refuses to cancel ED warrant against Mehul Choksi

Mumbai: A court here Saturday refused to cancel a non-bailable warrant issued by the Enforcement Directorate against fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the alleged Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. Special judge for Prevention of Money Laundering Act cases V C Barde refused to give relief to Choksi. Choksi had moved the court last...

Paradip’s mounting industrial waste sets alarm bells ringing

Paradip:  The port town of Paradip is in the grip of acute pollution with tonnes of toxic waste discharged by 34 large industrial units and other small plants lying in the open, a report said. The wastes have grown to the size of hills, alarming the residents. The discharged waste includes 34 types of gas and oils...

E-tailers likely to face further queries over predatory pricing

Panaji:  The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal trade (DPIIT) is examining the responses by the e-commerce companies, like Flipkart and Amazon, on complaints over predatory pricing and if required will ask them for further clarification, according to a senior government official, here on Saturday. "They (the e-commerce companies) have filed one set of replies after...

 

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