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Varavara Rao discharged from hospital in Mumbai
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Varavara Rao discharged from hospital in Mumbai

Poet-activist Varavara Rao, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, has been discharged from Nanavati Hospital here, sources said. The 82-year-old activist, who was granted interim bail for six months on medical grounds by the Bombay High Court on February 22, was discharged from the private hospital late Saturday night, they said. Rao, arrested in 2018, was admitted to the medical facility in November last year due to ill-health. The HC had last month directed that he be released immediately on bail after being discharged from hospital. While granting him bail, the high court had asked Rao to furnish a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and two solvent sureties of the like amount. Rao later requested the court that he be allowed to furnish cash surety as the process of...
400 km in 8 days on tricycle: Man with polio joins protest
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400 km in 8 days on tricycle: Man with polio joins protest

Among the hundreds of vehicles on the KMP expressway on Saturday was 40-year-old Harmik Singh’s tricycle. Singh, who was diagnosed with polio when he was two years old, pedaled 400 km from his hometown in Janta Nagar in Punjab’s Bathinda to reach Delhi’s borders and join the blockade. “It took me eight days to reach. Since I have my own motor shop, I could afford to take time off. This is the second time I have come here; I hope to stay until the farm laws are repealed,” he said. Singh has been commuting on the tricycle all his life. Originally from a farming background in Bathinda, he now works as a mechanic while his brother is still in farming. He first visited the Singhu border last December and stayed for three days. His second trip to Delhi commenced February-end and ...
Modi biggest celebrity in BJP: Vijayvargiya deflects question on Mithun
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Modi biggest celebrity in BJP: Vijayvargiya deflects question on Mithun

At an event held here on Saturday to launch the party’s Assembly election campaign song, senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the “biggest celebrity” in the party. He was responding to reporters who asked if actors Akshay Kumar and Mithun Chakraborty would attend Modi’s Brigade Parade Ground rally on Sunday. “Narendra Modi ji is the biggest celebrity in the country and the world, he will speak directly to the people of West Bengal. Mithun Chakraborty ji is going to meet us tonight, then we will talk to him. Mithun ji has expressed his desire to meet the prime minister,” Vijayvargiya told reporters. The BJP national general secretary said his hope is for the campaign song, titled “Gorbo Sonar Bangla [We will build golden Bengal]”, to b...
Bengal: Cong releases first list of 13 candidates
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Bengal: Cong releases first list of 13 candidates

The Congress central election committee on Saturday announced its first list of 13 candidates for the West Bengal Assembly elections. Veteran leader Nepal Mahata will contest the polls to retain Baghmundi in Purulia district for the fifth time. He has been elected from the constituency since 2001. Sukhdev Bera has been fielded from Patharpratima and Indranil Raut from Kakdwip, both in South 24 Parganas district. In the constituencies of Moyna, Bhagabanpur and Egra in Purba Medinipur district, the candidates are Manik Bhowmik, Shiuli Maity and Manas Kumar Kar Mahapatra. The party has fielded Samir Roy from Kharagpur Sadar and Chiranjib Bhowmik from Sabang, both in Paschim Medinipur district, while Uttam Banerjee will contest the Balarampur constituency in Purulia district. P...
Hundreds of tractors line KMP Expressway on Day 100 of farmers’ protest
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Hundreds of tractors line KMP Expressway on Day 100 of farmers’ protest

From 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, several points on the Western Peripheral Expressway or Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway were blocked by farmers on tractors, to mark 100 days of the protest at Delhi’s borders against the new farm laws. Commuters were either stuck for hours or rerouted by police during the day. Near Singhu border, a few hundred tractors were placed at regular intervals and two lines of tractors were strategically placed to block traffic. Protesters sat on coloured mats with tea and peanuts being served across the site. The crowd only moved briefly when an ambulance reached the area in the afternoon. Prateep Singh (30), a protester from Haryana’s Fatehabad, said he started from the protest site at 10 am and reached the designated spot for the blockade ...
Woman arrested for 10-year-old son’s murder
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Woman arrested for 10-year-old son’s murder

A fortnight after a 10-year-old boy was strangled to death in Faridabad, a YouTube search on his mother’s phone has led police to discover that she was allegedly behind his murder. Police claimed the woman, Ranjan Rani, was depressed and mentally disturbed. She has been arrested. Police said the incident took place on February 21 in Faridabad’s Bhaisrawali village. “The mother’s statements made police suspicious. When her phone was checked, a YouTube search showed ‘how can murder be done by strangling with a dupatta’. She eventually confessed,” said Sube Singh, the PRO of Faridabad Police. Source link
Delhi: Plan to dot capital with Tricolours like one in CP
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Delhi: Plan to dot capital with Tricolours like one in CP

The Delhi government is setting up a high mast Tricolour in Azadpur Mandi like the one in Connaught Place’s Central Park as part of the AAP government ‘desh bhakti’ push, funds for which are being set aside in the upcoming annual budget, an official said Saturday. More such structures will come up across the city in the months ahead. The proposed 110-foot flag mast at the Azadpur agricultural produce marketing committee will be set up at a cost of Rs 17.12 lakh, according to the tender floated for the project. The mandi is spread over 80 acres. “The plan is to decorate the entire city with Tricolours. The government will set up high-mast poles like the one in Connaught Place across the city. The budget is likely to have a detailed segment on this,” the official said. The an...
Delhi: Lajpat Nagar gets ‘puzzle parking’ with space for 246 cars
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Delhi: Lajpat Nagar gets ‘puzzle parking’ with space for 246 cars

The automated multilevel puzzle car parking for 246 cars was inaugurated Saturday at Firoz Gandhi Marg in Lajpat Nagar. This is South Delhi Municipal Council’s first puzzle car parking facility. The RR Parkon won the award for its construction, and maintenance for 5 years, on March 1, 2019. The cost of its construction is Rs 27.18 crore, said vice-president of the company Ravi Sharma to The Indian Express. The parking has six levels, of which the first four can fit cars both horizontally and vertically, thus giving it the name “puzzle” parking. The top two floors can shift cars only vertically. It takes 150 seconds to retrieve a car. The parking can fit 80 SUVs on the first two floors. It also provides the service of monthly passes for day and night, as well as only day, fo...
Maharashtra: Daily vaccination crosses 1 lakh, turnout low in rural, tribal areas
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Maharashtra: Daily vaccination crosses 1 lakh, turnout low in rural, tribal areas

The turnout of senior citizens and people above 45 years with comorbidities remains low in remote and tribal areas with healthcare workers attributing this to lack awareness and fewer vaccination centres in these areas. From Monday, district administrations plan to open up primary health centres (PHCs) for vaccinations to increase coverage, but this will be possible only in areas with Internet coverage, so that the CoWIN software can be used for registrations. There will be no vaccination drive on Sunday. “From Monday, we will start tapping interior areas. There are 1,800 PHCs in Maharashtra. We have asked districts to identify PHCs where Internet is not an issue and adequate staff is available to immunise people,” said Dr D N Patil, state immunisation officer. On Saturday...
Maharashtra: BJP to hold 20,000 rallies
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Maharashtra: BJP to hold 20,000 rallies

The state BJP will hold 20,000 public rallies across the state to create awareness against “criminalisation of politics” under the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government regime, party president Chandrakant Patil said on Saturday. At a meeting held in Mumbai, a decision was taken to launch a campaign to generate awareness and register protest against “growing incidents of crime with political patronage of ruling parties”, said BJP leaders. The rallies will begin from next week. Addressing the media, Patil said, “The party will deploy 20,000 teams to convene 20,000 rallies. The purpose is to tell the people to expose the government, which is responsible for criminalisation of politics.” “Under MVA regime, criminals are moving freely. There is no fear of law… Whether it is relat...
Mumbai: Officer under lens in Ambani case heads several high-profile cases
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Mumbai: Officer under lens in Ambani case heads several high-profile cases

Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Hindurao Vaze, who was taken off as the Investigating Officer (IO) of the Antilia security scare case on Thursday, is one of Mumbai Police’s so called “encounter specialists”. He was rehabilitated in June 2020 after a 16-year suspension for his alleged role in the custodial death of a 27-year-old man, Khwaja Yunus, in 2003, and swiftly became the Mumbai Police’s go to man for all its high-profile cases. His reinstatement was explained as a Covid-19 measure to tide over staff shortage. But Vaze was no staff filler. Despite his relatively junior position in the hierarchy, he was soon handling every important case in Mumbai – from the Television Ratings Point (TRP) scam to leading the team that arrested Arnab Goswami in the Anvay Naik suicide ...
Ambani security scare: Cause of SUV owner’s death unclear, left letter detailing ‘harassment’
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Ambani security scare: Cause of SUV owner’s death unclear, left letter detailing ‘harassment’

The post-mortem report of Mansukh Hiren (46), the owner of the Scorpio vehicle found near the residence of billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani with gelatin sticks and a threat letter, has reserved its opinion on the cause of death, noting that there were no major external injury marks on the body. The viscera has now been sent for forensic analysis. Hiren’s body had been found floating at Kalwa creek in Mumbra on Friday morning. An automobile accessories dealer, he had left his shop in Thane at 8.30 pm on Thursday, and his phone had been switched off after 10.30 pm. His family had registered a missing person’s report at the local police station. Police have registered a case of death by drowning. On Saturday, a four-page letter Hiren sent to Maharashtra Chief Minister U...
BMC to set up skating rink, volleyball court in Seweree & Matunga
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BMC to set up skating rink, volleyball court in Seweree & Matunga

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will set up a skating rink and a volleyball court as part of the development of two open spaces in Seweree and Matunga. BMC officials said Jubilee Mill maidan in Seweree will have its first dedicated skating track in the municipal garden, while Rustamji Tirandaj Garden in Matunga will house the volleyball court. The BMC has proposed beautification of the gardens which includes repairing of the entrance gate, seating area for senior citizens, reconstruction of boundary wall, construction of walking track and toilets, installation of lights and initiation of horticulture works. These proposals were cleared in the civic general body meeting on Friday. “In municipal grounds, there are spaces for cricket, football and basketball cou...
Stage set for high-voltage contest between Mamata Banerjee and her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari
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Stage set for high-voltage contest between Mamata Banerjee and her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari

Setting the stage for a high-voltage contest, the BJP has pitted former state minister-turned-BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from Nandigram constituency. While announcing the candidate list for the first two phases, BJP national general secretary Arun Singh on Saturday announced Adhikari’s name from Nandigram, ending weeks of speculation. Yesterday, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee announced that she will only contest from Nandigram seat and left her Bhabanipur seat to her party leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay. “I am Nandigram’s Bhumiputra. She is an outsider here. I will defeat her and send her back to Kolkata. The people of Nandigram will support its bhumiputra and not the outsider,” said Adhikari after his candidature was announc...
Hailing ‘Make in India’ spirit, INS Karanj to be commissioned on March 10
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Hailing ‘Make in India’ spirit, INS Karanj to be commissioned on March 10

Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karanj, which will be commissioned on March 10, is the third of the six Kalvari-class diesel electric submarines to start functioning in the navy since 2017. “We can proudly say that Karanj is the first truly indigenous submarine. It encapsulates the spirit of ‘Make in India’. Karanj is like a child to us who we have seen growing into a monster,” said Commanding Officer Captain Gaurav Mehta who has served for nearly 20 years in the navy. On Saturday, media persons were given a tour of the submarine stationed at the Naval Dockyard. Onboard, Motani Suhail, master chief of the submarine, said: “There will be 39 personnel onboard when the submarine works in shifts. They have been specially trained for a long period to serve on the submarine for months, w...
PM Modi’s mega rally at Bengal’s Brigade ground on March 7; Mithun Chakraborty likely to attend
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PM Modi’s mega rally at Bengal’s Brigade ground on March 7; Mithun Chakraborty likely to attend

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a high-voltage rally at Brigade Parade Ground in the city on Sunday which is likely set to dice rolling for state Assembly polls. According to the BJP, Modi’s brigade rally is seen as the culmination of the ‘parivartan yatra’ which was launched by the saffron party in February. This will be the first election rally to be attended by the prime minister after poll notification for West Bengal was issued. West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said, “Tomorrow Modi ji will address a massive rally in brigade. Workers from across the state are coming to attend it. The Prime Minister will set the tone of the election campaign.” Modi is scheduled to hold more than 20 rallies in Bengal during the eight-phase election schedule for the state. T...
Mumbai: 20-year-old jumps to death in Mulund after killing father, grandfather
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Mumbai: 20-year-old jumps to death in Mulund after killing father, grandfather

A 20-year-old man in Mulund jumped to death from his sixth floor apartment after allegedly killing his father and grandfather. The police said the incident took place in Vasant Oscar housing society around 8.45 am on Saturday. According to the police, the man has been identified as Shardul Mangle, his father as Milind (55), who was a motivational speaker, while his grandfather who was bedridden has been identified as Suresh (85). His neighbour, who is an eyewitness while requesting anonymity, said, “Around 8.45am, when I was sleeping, somebody started banging on my door. When I opened the door, I saw Milind had his throat slit with blood all over his body. As I was about to open the safety door, Shardul came running outside (from his house) with a knife in his hand.” He the...
NCB chargesheet damp squib, will have the last laugh: Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer
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NCB chargesheet damp squib, will have the last laugh: Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer

A day after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) filed a chargesheet against 33 people, including actor Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik, in an alleged drug case filed after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput last year, Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde said it was expected and that the entire amount of “narcotic substances recovered” from the 33 accused is nothing compared to what agencies recover in a single raid. Hitting out at the NCB, Maneshinde said all its efforts are directed towards Rhea. “The 12000-page charge was expected. All efforts of NCB have been directed towards Rhea Chakraborty to somehow rope her in. The entire amount of “Narcotic Substances“ “recovered” against 33 accused are nothing compared to what even a constable in Mumbai police or narcotics...
Star-struck TMC bets big on celebrities from Manoj to June
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Star-struck TMC bets big on celebrities from Manoj to June

With the TMC announcing 291 candidates for the West Bengal Assembly polls on Friday, at least 12 celebrities, mostly under the age of 40, have found their names in the list. These celebrities include actors June Malia, Saayoni Ghosh, Sayantika Banerjee and Kanchan Mullick; singer Aditi Munshi; director Raj Chakraborty; and cricketer Manoj Tiwary. Some of them had joined the TMC a few days ago. The TMC has also given tickets to Dalit writer Manoranjan Byapari and former Mohun Bagan captain Bidesh Bose. According to a party insider, the decision to field celebrities is an effort by the party to encourage young and energetic leaders to take up active politics and ensure victory. “There are few who have got tickets just two days after joining the party. The party is encouraging...
Don’t need sermons: Government hits out at report
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Don’t need sermons: Government hits out at report

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday slammed US government-funded NGO Freedom House over its report downgrading India’s status to a ‘partly free’ country, saying India has well established democratic practices and does not need “sermons” from those who cannot get their basics right. Asked about the report, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “The political judgements of Freedom House are as inaccurate and distorted as their maps.” He was referring to a wrongful depiction of India’s map by Freedom House. 📣 JOIN NOW 📣: The Express Explained Telegram Channel “India has robust institutions and well established democratic practices. We do not need sermons especially from those who cannot get their basics right,” Srivastava said. In another statement iss...