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Delhi: Rs 153 crore NGT fine on Ansal Properties

The National Green Tribunal has directed Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd to pay environmental compensation of around Rs 153.50 crore for violation of norms at its property in Sushant Lok Phase-I, Gurgaon. The violations that the NGT identified, in its order issued Monday, include “violation of statutory laws by not obtaining EC (environment clearance), consent to establish, consent to operate”, and illegal extraction of groundwater. A penalty has also been imposed for discharge of untreated sewage or partly treated sewage directly in a stormwater drain, encroachment on land meant for the green belt, non-compliance with Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016, and non-compliance with Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. For extraction of groundwater from 39 borewe...
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BJP and Shiv Sena allies might not go after Uddhav faction

Having won the floor test comfortably in the Assembly on Monday, the BJP and the Eknath Shinde Shiv Sena faction may not press for disqualification of the 15 MLAs left with Uddhav Thackeray. While Speaker Rahul Narwekar said Sunday that he would seek their disqualification as they had ignored a whip issued by the Shinde side, for the election for Speaker, highly placed sources in the BJP said the party wanted “truce”. Another sign of this cooling of tempers was the smooth Assembly proceedings Monday, with the Uddhav-led Sena not creating any disruption. “The initial tough talk by the BJP-Shinde faction was part of a political strategy to counter the challenge of the Uddhav-led Shiv Sena against Shinde-led MLAs in the Supreme Court and Assembly… Now that we have won both the Speaker’s e...
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I apologised, don’t want to pursue matter further: Man who got threat calls over similar post

Only one of the three men from Amravati, who reportedly received threats over their social media posts in support of suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma, agreed to file a complaint with police against the threat calls. The 40-year-old man, the owner of a mobile phone shop, filed the case in the City Kotwali police station where a non-cognisable complaint was registered on June 28 under Section 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) against unknown persons. A chemist from Amravati, 54-year-old Umesh Kolhe, was murdered on June 21, allegedly over a similar social media post. Police said the other two men who received threat calls about their posts didn’t want to register a complaint. The shop owner, on condition of anonymity, told The Indian Express,” On June 10, I received ...
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Man held for killing fisherman at Girgaon Chowpatty, confesses to another murder in Goa

Police on Sunday arrested a 23-year-old man for allegedly killing a fisherman at Girgaon Chowpatty last month. The accused had allegedly killed the victim on June 20 by smashing his head with a stone, claiming that the deceased had verbally abused him. The DB Marg police claimed that the accused has confessed to another murder, allegedly committed by him in a similar manner in Goa in March. He had escaped to Mumbai after the previous offence, the police claimed. According to police officials, the arrested person has been identified as Suraj Yadav. He was arrested from Hill road in Bandra. Police said that the deceased, Gajannan Pawar, was at Girgaon Chowpatty for work on June 20 when Yadav allegedly killed him with a stone following an argument between the duo around midnight. The patro...
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JNU student Sharjeel Imam alleges assaulted in jail, called a terrorist

JNU student Sharjeel Imam, who is in judicial custody in connection with the February 2020 Northeast Delhi riots, Monday alleged that he was assaulted by convicts at Tihar Jail and called a terrorist during a search inside his cell. This is the first time a Northeast Delhi riots accused has made allegations of assault inside jail. Earlier, the main accused in the UAPA case have alleged discrimination by jail staff during multiple court hearings. Imam’s lawyer Ibrahim moved an application before a link judge at Karkardooma court to issue show cause notice to jail authorities for the “illegal assault and search committed upon the applicant” and to direct authorities to take immediate steps to protect him from any “further assault/ harassment”. The plea also asked the court to direct jail ...
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AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair produced in UP court in ‘hate mongers’ case

Mohammed Zubair, co-founder of the fact-checking website AltNews, was on Monday produced in a court at Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh in a case registered over a tweet that allegedly referred to Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati and two other religious leaders as “hate mongers”. Zubair was taken by the Delhi police to Sitapur after a chargesheet was filed in the case and the Uttar Pradesh police asked him to appear before the court. After Zubair allegedly called Yati, Bajrang Muni and Anand Swaroop “hate mongers” in a tweet in May, a case was registered against him on June 3 at the Khairabad police station on a complaint lodged by Hindu Lion Army district president Bhagwan Sharan. Officials said a production warrant was issued after the chargesheet was filed against Zubair, who was booked under In...
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Foreign funds charges false, attempt to shut us down: Alt News

Fact-checking website Alt-News on Monday rejected allegations of the Delhi Police that it had received funds from foreign sources in violation of the law. The website also claimed that the multiple allegations against it were an attempt to shut it down. “The allegations claim that we have received funds from foreign sources from whom we cannot receive donations. These allegations are categorically false,” Alt News said in a statement posted on its Twitter handle. Our statement regarding the recent allegations: pic.twitter.com/XwfpE7egcJ — Alt News (@AltNews) July 4, 2022   The Delhi Police had said that Pravda Media, under which Alt News operates, received over Rs two lakh through various transactions where either the mobile phone number or the IP address was of foreign countries. “Our...
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NCP leader Ajit Pawar new Oppn leader in Maharashtra Assembly

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar was named the Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly on Monday. He succeeds BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis, who was sworn in as Deputy CM on June 30, after a long political crisis in the state. Pawar was the deputy chief minister in the outgoing MVA government. Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar announced that Pawar will take over as Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, adding NCP has emerged as the single-largest Opposition party in the 288-member House. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde described Ajit Pawar as “a mature politician and administrator”. CM Shinde won the floor test in the Assembly on the last day of the two-day special session of the House. In the 288-member House, 164 MLAs voted for the motion of confidence, while 9...
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On trolls over ‘I will return’ remark, Fadnavis says forgiveness is his revenge

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who faced trolling over his impassioned “I will return” assertion before the 2019 state Assembly polls, on Monday said he will avenge such trolls by forgiving them. Fadnavis made the statement in the state Assembly after Chief Minister Eknath Shinde won the floor test in the House during the last day of the two-day special session of the Assembly. Before the Maharashtra Assembly elections in 2019, senior BJP leader and former CM Fadnavis said “Me punha yein” (I will return), which had evoked many social media memes. After the polls, the Shiv Sena snapped ties with the BJP over the issue of sharing the chief ministerial post. The Sena had then tied-up with the NCP and Congress to form government. Last month, Shinde launched a rebellio...
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19-year-old shooter among two arrested from Delhi’s ISBT for Sidhu Moosewala murder

The Delhi Police Special Cell arrested a 19-year-old man Sunday night in connection with the murder of Congress leader and singer Sidhu Moosewala in Punjab. The police said he was one of the shooters and was arrested along with his associate. The arrested men have been identified by officers as Ankit Toor and Sachin Choudhary. “We arrested them from ISBT, Kashmere Gate when they came to board a bus. We have recovered two pistols, with 19 live cartridges, three police uniforms of the Punjab Police and two mobile handsets, along with a dongle and SIM,” a senior police officer said. Sidhu Moosewala was killed on May 29 in Punjab’s Mansa by assailants who waylaid the vehicle he was driving and opened fire, killing him on the spot. Gangsters Goldy Brar and Lawrence Bishnoi later took respon...
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Delhi: Barking dog leads to brawl, man hits three residents in Paschim Vihar

A case has been registered in Delhi’s Outer District after a man allegedly attacked three Paschim Vihar residents and struck a pet dog with an iron pipe after it barked at him. The officials at the East Paschim Vihar police station said that they received a PCR call regarding the matter at 9.27 am on Sunday. A man named Dharamvir Dahiya was walking on the street in the morning when a pet dog, owned by a Paschim Vihar resident, started barking at him, they said. Dahiya allegedly picked up the dog by its tail and threw it away. Officials said that the owner of the dog, Rakshit (25), intervened to protect it, leading to a minor scuffle with Dahiya, who was allegedly bitten by the dog at the time. They added that Dahiya allegedly came back later carrying an iron pipe and struck the dog on i...
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Maharashtra Floor Test Live Updates: CM Eknath Shinde wins trust vote; SC to hear plea challenging Shinde faction’s whip on July 11

Over 600 Mumbaikars participated in a peaceful protest held on Sunday against the controversial Metro 3 car shed site near the picnic point in Aarey forest. "The new CM Eknath Shinde was part of the government, which had taken the decision to shift the metro car shed out of Aarey and there is suddenly this U-turn,” said Ruben Mascarenhas of Aam Aadmi Party, which is also part of the Save Aarey movement. Protesters claimed that the metro car shed issue is being dragged following a political vendetta even though an alternative plan was ready by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA). The protest also saw participation from some members of tribal settlements inside the forest. Meanwhile, the day after Shiv Sena expelled former party Member of Parliament Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil...
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Times Top10: Today’s Top News Headlines and Latest News from India & across the World | Times of India

5 THINGS FIRSTVaranasi District Court to resume hearings in Gyanvapi case; Govt to release states’ startup ranking; Kangana Ranaut to appear in Mumbai court in defamation case filed by Javed Akhtar; NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu to visit Ranchi for campaign; international conference on reconstruction of Ukraine1. Judiciary bats for social media regulationSupreme Court judge Justice J B Pardiwala, who recently heard a plea by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma, on Sunday expressed deep concern over social and digital media resorting to “personalised agenda-driven attacks” against judges and called for framing of a mechanism to regulate them in order to preserve the rule of law under the Constitution. Personal attacksA vacation bench comprising Justice Pardiwala had made strong...
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BJP’s Narwekar gets 164 votes in 287-strong House; 16 MLAs absent

DAYS AFTER taking over the Maharashtra government, the BJP-Shinde group alliance on Sunday passed its first test in the State Assembly with BJP MLA Rahul Narwekar winning the Speaker’s election. While Narwekar polled 164 votes, the rival candidate Rajan Salvi of Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena got 107. Later, with the confidence motion scheduled on Monday, the newly elected Speaker granted relief to the Shinde camp by rejecting the appointment of MLA Ajay Choudhary as the Shiv Sena legislature group leader. He also revoked the appointment of MLA Sunil Prabhu as the Shiv Sena Chief Whip. Choudhary and Prabhu are from the Thackeray camp. Besides, the Speaker upheld the appointment in 2019 of Eknath Shinde as the Sena legislature group leader. The latest development was communicated in a le...
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North 24 Parganas: 19-year-old man shot dead in Jagatdal, 3 held

A 19-YEAR-OLD man was shot dead near a liquor shop in Jagatdal area of North 24 Parganas district, police said on Sunday. The incident took place around 2:30 am and is the second such case in the district in the past 24 hours, they added. Three persons, including the main accused, were arrested later in the day. On Saturday, a realtor was shot dead in Bhatpara. Police identified the victim as Rohit Das, a jute mill worker. A senior officer said, “The incident took place at rail gate number 27 of Jagdal, where a group of people were having liquor. A case has been registered and a probe is on. Prima facie, the victim’s friend shot him in the stomach. According to the victim’s family, he was found lying in a pool of blood near their residence. “The motive is not clear yet. The prime accuse...
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Face to face first time since Shiv Sena rebellion, MVA takes on Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis

Even as they were humbled during the Speaker’s election on Sunday, Maha Vikas Aghadi allies Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress took potshots at Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, his deputy Devendra Fadnavis, newly-appointed Speaker Rahul Narwekar and other BJP and rebel Shiv Sena MLAs at the Vidhan Bhavan on Sunday. While congratulating Narwekar on his election as the Speaker, NCP leader Ajit Pawar said, “Narwekar was in Shiv Sena and close to his leader Aaditya Thackeray. In the NCP, he was close to me. Now, he is close to Devendra.” Addressing Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Pawar said he must develop good relations with Narwekar, “else one cannot say what will happen to you”. The NCP leader added that what Narwekar has achieved in three years, many BJP leaders could not achieve the same for years...
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25-yr-old man electrocuted to death: Cops

A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN who was returning home from work on his bicycle died after he was electrocuted at Ulluberia, Howrah district, on Saturday night, police said on Sunday. In the past 24 hours, a total of four people, including a woman, died of electrocution in three districts of the state. Police identified the deceased as Subrata Mondal (25). According to sources, live wires that were lying on the road got entangled in the wheel of his bicycle. He was electrocuted when he tried to remove the wires, police said. After around 20 minutes, the main switch was turned off by the local electricity office after local residents intervened. They took Mondal to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. On Saturday afternoon, a teenager died after being electrocuted in Narkelda...
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Homeguard among 6 held for ‘posing as Maoists; extortion’

THE LOCAL police in Jhargram on Sunday said they arrested six persons, including a homeguard, for “impersonating Maoists” and circulating “fake posters.” Police identified the accused as Bahadur Mandi alias Basu, a homeguard posted at Jamboni Police station, Sankar Mandal, Bablu Duley, Mahendra Hansda alias Thopo Babulal Soren alias Lulu and Malay Karmakar. “Six members of a gang impersonating Maoists have been arrested in connection with putting up fake posters in several parts of Jhargram and Bankura during March and April,” said an officer. According to police, the accused persons have admitted to their involvement putting up fake posters and sending “prank letters” to other persons to create panic so that they can carry out extortion in the area. This gang also played a key role in ...
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For AAP and BJP, a common ground: MCD polls at earliest

The BJP and AAP appear to be on the same page when it comes to holding MCD elections, which have been delayed following unification. Several former councillors from the BJP and senior leaders from the AAP are hoping that polls are conducted soon as they believe a civic body run by bureaucrats can lead to a disconnect from the people. Several councillors The Indian Express spoke to said politicians, irrespective of the party they belong to, act as a link between people and bureaucrats. Former mayor of the erstwhile South MCD, Narendra Chawla, said people have complaints because officers do not connect the same way as politicians. “The politicians are concerned as they have to go for polls,” he said. Former North MCD mayor Jai Prakash added, “I received several complaints after the rain o...
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4 men convert duped money into cryptocurrency to hide trail, held

Four men were arrested from Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh for allegedly cheating people on the pretext of securing online loans and converting the cheated amount into cryptocurrency. Police are contacting the National Cybercrime Reporting Portal to get more details on the accused, Chittorgarh residents Deepak Patwa (23), Dev Kishan (32), Suresh Singh (45) and Madhya Pradesh resident Sunil Kumar Khatik (34), and look for complainants. Police sources said the accused might have duped hundreds based on the recoveries — 15 debit cards, seven mobile phones, 27 SIM cards, a dongle, a laptop, a tablet, six cheque books, a BMW car, five passbooks and Rs 20,000 — and even bought the car with the cheated money. DCP (Rohini) Pranav Tayal said: “The accused used to get money by cheating several bank acco...