Kerala bypolls: 71.43 per cent voter turnout at Pala


Kerala bypolls: 71.43 per cent voter turnout at Pala

Pala: An estimated voter turnout of 71.43 per cent was recorded in the bypolls held at Pala constituency here on Monday. "Out of a total of 179,107 voters, 127939 people cast their votes. Of these 65203 were males and 62736 were females.

74.32% of the men voted and 68.65% of the women voted," read a press release from Kerala Information and Public Relations department. Voting for bye-election in the Pala Assembly seat commenced on Monday at 176 polling booths spread across the constituency.

A total of 13 candidates are in the fray, including Tom Jose of United Democratic Front, Mani C Kappan of Left Democratic Front and N Hari of National Democratic Alliance.

The bye-election was necessitated in Pala following the death of Kerala Congress (M) leader KM Mani in April this year. Mani represented Pala constituency for over 50 years.

Last month the Election Commission announced bye-elections for four Assembly seats in Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh. The counting of votes will take place on September 27.

 
 
 



Delhi: Man kills sister's friend over suspicion of affair


Delhi: Man kills sister's friend over suspicion of affair
 



Swami Chinmayanand in hospital after victim demands arrest


Swami Chinmayanand in hospital after victim demands arrest

Shahjahanpur: Former Union Minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, accused of raping a student, has been admitted to Shahjahanpur government hospital after his health deteriorated.

The 73-year-old politician was being treated by a team of doctors in his Mumukshu ashram where he has been held under house arrest since September 13. Chinmaynand was shifted to the hospital on Wednesday.

Chief Medical Superintendent M.P. Gangwar said: "After his condition worsened on Wednesday, he has been shifted to the medical college hospital and admitted in ward number 8."

Chinmayanand has chronic diarrhoea. He complained of uneasiness late on Monday and the doctors were called in. This was hours after the law student had appeared before the court to record her statement.

The 23-year-old law student has accused Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her repeatedly and blackmailing her.

The student, on Wednesday, threatened to end her life if Chinmayanand was not arrested. She said that it had been over 15 days since she recorded her statement but the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had not yet arrested the accused.

A member of the investigating team said, on condition of anonymity, that they would wait for Chinmayanand to recover before further action could be initiated.

 
 
 



Tabrez Ansari lynching case: Jharkhand police bring back murder charge on all accused


Tabrez Ansari lynching case: Jharkhand police bring back murder charge on all accused

Eight days after the Jharkhand police dropped the murder charge against 11 accused in the mob lynching case of young Muslim man Tabrez Ansari, they brought back the same charge on the accused on Wednesday after obtaining a fresh medical report.

According to Indian Express, in a statement, the Jharkhand Police said that in the first chargesheet, “opinion on the cause of death” was kept “reserved” in the viscera report. And on invoking the murder charge under Section 302 of the IPC, police said they had “additional evidence” like the opinion sought from a second medical board of directors, which opined that Ansari’s death was due to the combined effect of “injury and cardiac arrest” and that the video was not tampered with.

Ansari was seen on national television being beaten up with rods while tied to a pole and forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' over alleged theft in June. Based on a fresh medical report, the police on Wednesday filed a supplementary charge sheet before a court in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, retaining Section 302 of the IPC (murder) against the 11 accused.

The police had on September 10 dropped murder charges against all the 13 accused in the mob lynching case and converted it into one of culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304 of the IPC) on the basis of postmortem, medical and forensic reports which said 24-year-old Ansari died of cardiac arrest. While the quantum of punishment under Section 302 is death or imprisonment for life and fine, the penalty under Section 304 is imprisonment for life or imprisonment for 10 years or fine or both.

The 13 accused were arrested in connection with the death of 24-year-old Ansari. Ansari worked as a labourer and welder in Pune and had come home to celebrate Eid when he was captured by locals at Dhatkidih village on the night of June 17 over suspicion of trying to steal a motorcycle.

He was tied to a pole and assaulted by a mob with sticks and iron rods. A video of the scene that went viral and was flashed across tv networks showed he was forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Jai Hanuman' by his tormentors. Though there was no evidence of the perpetrators' link to any Hindu right organisation, Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists had protested their arrest.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was set up to look into the case after Ansari was declared "brought dead" by doctors at the Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur on June 22. Two policemen were suspended in connection with the incident.

 
 
 



2 US citizens arrested for flying drone near Rashtrapati Bhavan


2 US citizens arrested for flying drone near Rashtrapati Bhavan
 



Pakistan should be ready to lose PoK, says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani


Pakistan should be ready to lose PoK, says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani

Vadodara: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday warned Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism and added that it should be ready to lose Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

"Article 370 has been revoked. Now, Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) too is ours. Pakistan should be ready to lose PoK. For fulfilling the dream of united India, we are ready to move forward for PoK... Pakistan should stop supporting terrorism... India will not tolerate this," he said while attending a Bharat Ekta Manch rally here.

In August, Parliament had revoked Article 370 which gave special provisions to Jammu and Kashmir and also bifurcated the state into two union territories- Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

The Chief Minister also reminded Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan about the 1971 war in which Bangladesh was liberated.

"Pakistan was boasting of occupying Delhi in 1971 but they were about to lose Karachi. Bangladesh was partitioned. Their Army became our refugees," he added.

 
 
 
 



Delhi: Woman sells 15-year-old daughter for Rs 1 lakh after selling toddler to trafficker


Delhi: Woman sells 15-year-old daughter for Rs 1 lakh after selling toddler to trafficker

On Sunday, the Delhi Commission for Women has said that it has rescued a 15-year-old girl from outer Delhi’s Bawana. The 15-year-old girl was allegedly sold by her mother to a trafficker.

According to the Hindustan Times, the minor was told by her mother that they were going to her sister’s place in Badarpur, but instead took her to a hotel in Nizamuddin. The incident took place on September 8. The girl was taken to a hotel where a deal was struck, after which her mother told her that she had to go somewhere and that a man named Shahid would take her home.

But instead, the man took the girl to his place in Ishwar Colony in Bawana. The man then asked the girl to get ready in a wedding dress to force her into prostitution. The Delhi Commission for Women told the leading daily, that the man told the girl that her mother had sold her off for Rs 1 lakh. The girl found an escape and with Rs 10 in her pocket managed to get a shared auto-rickshaw ride back to her house in Bawana JJ Colony.

Later with the help of neighbours, she called Delhi Commission for Women after which she was rescued and a formal complaint was registered. The girl used to live with her mother, stepfather and four siblings. The police have registered an FIR under section 370A of the Indian Penal Code. The girl informed the Delhi Commission for Women that her mother had sold off one-year-old brother last month to a trafficker for Rs 1 lakh in order to repay a debt.

 
 
 



Voting for DUSU election underway, NSUI candidate detained


Voting for DUSU election underway, NSUI candidate detained

New Delhi: Polling for four positions of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) is underway at 52 polling centres on Thursday, with 16 candidates in the fray and over 1.3 lakh students eligible to cast their votes. The polling began at 9.30 am.

Congress-affiliated National Students' Union of India claimed its joint secretary candidate Abhishek Chaprana was denied entry to polling booths in Dayal Singh College in south Delhi. The student outfit claimed Chaprana was illegally detained.

However, police said he was canvassing for votes outside the college, which is not allowed. When he was asked not to canvass, he "misbehaved" with policemen and had to be detained, police said.

Out of the 16 candidates in fray, there are only four women in contention, while two of them are contesting independently. The RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has fielded Akshit Dahiya for the post of DUSU president, Pradeep Tanwar for the vice president's post, Yogit Rathee for the general secretary's post and Shivangi Kherwal for the post of joint secretary.

The National Students Union of India (NSUI) has pitted Chetna Tyagi against Dahiya and Left-backed AISA's Damini Kain for the post of president.

The NSUI has fielded Ankit Bharti for the vice president's post, Ashish Lamba for the secretary's post and Abhishek Chaprana for the post of joint secretary.

Last year, the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad had won three posts while the NSUI won one post.




Infrastructure in industrial estate to be augmented with Central aid: Pondy Minister MOHF Shahjahan


Infrastructure in industrial estate to be augmented with Central aid: Pondy Minister MOHF Shahjahan
 



Armed forces should be at forefront of combating bioterrorism: Rajnath Singh


Armed forces should be at forefront of combating bioterrorism: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Bioterrorism is a real threat in today's time and the armed forces medical services should be at the forefront of combating the menace, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.

Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's First Military Medicine Conference, Singh said bioterrorism breaks out as a "contagious plague". "The armed forces and its medical services have to be at the forefront of combating this menace," Singh said. 




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