Himachal Pradesh: Japanese woman raped by taxi driver in Kullu


Himachal Pradesh: Japanese woman raped by taxi driver in Kullu

Kullu (Himachal Pradesh): A Japanese lady was allegedly raped by a taxi driver in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu, police said on Friday. Meanwhile, the police has registered a case and arrested a person in the connection. “Case has been registered and one person also arrested. Victim has been sent for the medical test,” said Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Shalini Agnihotri. “As per the victim the accused is a taxi driver. Further investigation underway,” she added.




PM Narendra Modi accorded ceremonial welcome at Singapore


PM Narendra Modi accorded ceremonial welcome at Singapore

Singapore City: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded ceremonial welcome at Istana, the official residence of the President of the Republic of Singapore on Friday. Prime Minister Modi called on Singapore President Halimah Yacob.

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong was also present during the event. Prime Minister Modi and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong will be inking and exchange of MoUs and joint press statements. After the joint presser, Prime Minister Lee will host an official lunch in honour of Prime Minister Modi.

Prime Minister Modi will next visit the Nanyang Technical University, which is ranked the best technological university and is considered a leading centre for research in Artificial Intelligence (AI). He will interact with the president and the board members of the university.


Following this, Prime Minister Modi will deliver the keynote address of the Shangri-La Dialogue, which will be the first address by an Indian Prime Minister. Prime Minister Modi landed in Singapore on Thursday, where he received a rousing welcome from the crowd, most of them Indian, as he reached Hotel Fullerton on arriving in Singapore.

A range of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Singapore in the presence of the heads of various conglomerates during the event at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the business-cum-community event named ‘Anushasanam’, where various heads of both Indian and Indonesian companies were present.

A total of 14 Business to Business and Business to Government were signed in the event. B & B2G documents were announced in the event. A project between Tata Education and Development Trust and ITE Education Services Singapore was introduced in the event as part of a number of Indian institutes of skills will be set up.

While promoting the Make In India initiative Singapore and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and Singapore Business Federation (SBF).

Further another project between National Skill Development Center of India (NSDC) and National University of Singapore was launched to focus on developing skills in future. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between NSDC, Singapore Polytechnic, and Temasek Foundation International to establish trainer and assessor academies in India.

Another MoU was signed between SynchroServe Global Solutions and Skills SG venture for skill training. Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) signed a MoU for wastewater management and recycling in the presence of CII Director -General Chandrajeet Banerjee and SCE’s CEO Kong Wy Mun. CII signed another MoU with Singapore Business Federation on creating family business networks and training family businesses.

Further, a statement of Intent was signed between NITI Aayog and Pan IIM Alumni Association (PIIMA), IIT Alumni Association of Singapore (IITAAS), The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE), Data Security Council of India (DSCI) , and The Indian School of Business Alumni Association – Singapore Chapter (ISBAA) to support India’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem on supporting India’s innovation and entrepreneurship and promoting India’s efforts towards innovation abroad.

A MoU was signed between Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Food Industry Asia (FIA) for cooperation in food processing, safety, and capacity-building. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and, Singapore Space Technology Association, (SSTA) signed a MoU for commercial collaboration in the space sector and the development of the Singapore space industry.

The Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) and Asian Competitiveness Institute (ACI), LKY of Public Policy signed a MoU for joint research on competitiveness assessments and public policy. Further, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Enterprise Singapore Board (ES) signed a MoU to support investments by Singapore skills training providers in India.

A MoU was signed between Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Singapore Business Federation (SBF) on business exposure in India and Singapore. Finally, CII signed a MoU with WateROAM on rural water solutions in India (providing young Singapore start-ups opportunities in India.) Before Singapore, Prime Minister visited Indonesia and Malaysia in a bid to enhance India’s relations and engagements with the three countries, who are members of the ASEAN. In Indonesia, 15 MoUs between the two countries were signed and in Kuala Lampur, he met with the newly appointed Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Bin Mohamad.




Pravin Togadia’s associate offers Rs 5 lakh reward to thrash Salman Khan


Pravin Togadia’s associate offers Rs 5 lakh reward to thrash Salman Khan

Agra (Uttar Pradesh): Govind Parashar, the Agra unit chief of ‘Hindu Hi Aage’ outfit, has declared a reward of Rs five lakh for anyone who thrases Bollywood actor Salman Khan. Parashar, who is also a close associate of former international working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Pravin Togadia, has accused the actor of hurting the ‘Hindu sentiments’ by naming a movie relapsed under the banner of his production house as ‘Loveratri’, which will be released during Navaratri.

‘Loveratri’ features Salman’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in the lead role. “Whoever will thrash Salman, he will be rewarded with Rs five lakhs and a person who will vandalise the set of the movie will get Rs two lakhs,” Parashar said. He also threatened to vandalise the theater that releases the movie. “The owner will be responsible for the destruction of the movie hall,” Prasar said. The workers of the organisation also staged a protest against the movie and burnt the picture of the actor on the streets of Agra.




Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll: Security being stepped up for bypoll


Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll: Security being stepped up for bypoll

Muzaffarnagar: Ahead of the May 28 Lok Sabha bypoll in Kairana, authorities have tightened security and are taking other steps to ensure a fair election, a police official has said. The district authorities have divided the Uttar Pradesh constituency into 14 zones and 143 sectors, the official said.

He said 51 companies of central paramilitary forces would be deployed for the poll. Out of these, 26 would be stationed in Shamli district and 25 in Saharanpur district, the official said. The Kairana Lok Sabha seat comprises five assembly segments: Nakur, Gangoh, Kairana, Thana Bhawan and Shamli.

The official said state boundaries touching Kairana would also be sealed ahead of the poll. The Lok Sabha constituency fell vacant after the death of BJP MP Hukum Singh, whose daughter Mriganka Singh is now the party’s candidate. She is fighting Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan, who is supported by the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party. A bypoll will also be held for the Noorpur assembly constituency in the state on the same day.




Jammu and Kashmir: Massive forest fire breaks out in Rajouri


Jammu and Kashmir: Massive forest fire breaks out in Rajouri

Rajouri (Jammu & Kashmir): A massive fire broke out in a forest in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri on Friday. Locals said that the situation was out of control as the fire was spreading rapidly, adding that even the officials were finding it difficult to contain the fire.

“Officials are working to control the fire, but it is difficult to do so as no fire tenders can reach here,” locals said. This comes merely two days after Indian Air Force helicopters doused a forest fire that broke out in Trikuta Hills of Katra district, using under-slung Bambi buckets. According to forest department officials, the soaring temperature and the lack of rainfall are the main reason behind the rise in the incidents of forest fire.




Jodhpur court grants interim bail to 3 in Bhanwari Devi case


Jodhpur court grants interim bail to 3 in Bhanwari Devi case

Jodhpur: A Jodhpur court has granted interim bail for three days to the three main accused in the 2011 abduction and murder case of Bhanwari Devi in Rajasthan. The trial court granted bail to Malkhan Singh Bishnoi, Parasram Bishnoi and their sister Indira Bishnoi to allow them to attend a condolence meeting of their aunt at their ancestral Tilwasni village near Jodhpur.

The bail period begins today and the trio would have to return to the authorities by the evening of May 28. “All this period, they will remain under strict police watch,” the government counsel said. The case had grabbed headlines in 2011 after the name of then Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna had cropped up in connection with the killing of Bhanwari Devi.

Bhanwari Devi, posted as an auxiliary nurse midwife at a sub-centre in Jaliwada village, around 120 km from Jodhpur, had gone missing on September 1, 2011. She disappeared after a CD allegedly showing Maderna in compromising position with the 36-year-old nurse was aired by some television news channels.


The CBI had said Bhanwari Devi was allegedly abducted from Jodhpur’s Bilara area and killed. Her body was handed over to another gang which burnt it in a limestone quarry and dumped the remains in a canal, the agency alleged. Maderna, who represented Osian assembly constituency, was arrested on December 2, 2011 in Jodhpur by the CBI along with Parasram Bishnoi, brother of Malkhan Singh. Rajasthan Police arrested Indira Bishnoi from Madhya Pradesh in June last year.




Sikkim government issues advisory on Nipah virus


Sikkim government issues advisory on Nipah virus

Gangtok: The Sikkim health department has issued an advisory urging the people of the state to take precaution against Nipah virus. “Though there is minimal possibility of Nipah virus in Sikkim, but the people need to take precaution,” it said in an advisory yesterday in the wake of Nipah outbreak in Kerala.

The symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, vomiting and fainting. Some may show symptoms of epilepsy. The symptoms may last 10-12 days followed by unconsciousness and death as a result of brain fever, the advisory said. It is advised to the people that they should not eat fruits and vegetables bitten by birds, bats and animals, wash their hands properly after contacting infected person and monitor fever cases with history of travel to the affected areas i.e. Kerala.




Vaishno Devi yatra remains suspended due to forest fire


Vaishno Devi yatra remains suspended due to forest fire

Jammu: The annual pilgrimage to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine remained suspended for a second consecutive day on Thursday following a forest fire, police said. Around 25,000 pilgrims were currently stranded at the Katra base camp for clearance to start the uphill trek to the shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district. However, helicopter services have resumed.

“A huge forest fire broke out yesterday (Wednesday) in the Trikuta Hills,” a police official said. The fire department have deployed helicopters to douse the flames. Trenches were also dug to prevent the fire from spreading out. “The blaze has been contained to a large extent. For the safety of the pilgrims, the passage to the shrine will only be permitted after the blaze is completely put out,” the official added. Over two crore pilgrims visit the shrine every year.




Anti-Sterlite protest: Internet services temporarily suspended in Thoothukudi


Anti-Sterlite protest: Internet services temporarily suspended in Thoothukudi

Thoothukudi (Tamil Nadu): Amid the ongoing anti-Sterlite protest, Internet services have been temporarily suspended in Thoothukudi. The services were suspended on Wednesday from 9 pm onwards and will remain so until further instruction is issued by the administration. One person was killed and three others injured earlier yesterday as fresh violence broke out in Anna Nagar, thus taking the death toll of the Sterlite protest incident to 12.

On Tuesday, 11 people were killed and over 65 got injured during protests against the construction of a new copper smelter by the Sterlite industries in Thoothukudi. The agitation turned violent after protesters were barred from marching up to the plant, due to which they began to pelt stones and toppled police vehicles. In retaliation, police officials resorted to lathi-charge and tear gas to disperse the crowd to contain the situation.




Unnao rape case: CBI takes BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in three-day custody


Unnao rape case: CBI takes BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in three-day custody

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh): Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday took Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in three-day custody in connection with the rape of a minor girl. A case has also been filed against Unnao MLA Sengar on charges of criminal conspiracy for falsely implicating the rape victim’s father.

The girl was allegedly raped by the BJP MLA at his residence on June 4, 2017, where she had gone to his house seeking a job. When the family complained, the victim’s father was instead booked by the police under the Arms Act on April 3 earlier this year and put into jail on April 5. He later died in a hospital, with the postmortem report mentioning serious injuries on his body.




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