Tue, 21 November 2023
Trapped workers' dinner: Veg pulao, matar-paneer
23:55 Army installs 104-ft tall national flag near LoC in Tithwal
The Indian Army on Tuesday installed a 104-ft tall national flag near the Line of Control in the Tithwal area of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir.
"The flag was hoisted by General Officer Commanding of 15 Corps Lt Gen Rajiv Ghai at the Tithwal-Chileana Crossing Point," an official said in Srinagar.
The flag, which is less than 100 metres from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, has been named Azmat-e-Hind, the official said.
Senior officers from the Army and civil administration were present at the flag-hoisting ceremony.
The towering flag pole is a testament to the resilience of the people of Karnah Valley who continue to stand tall despite facing numerous challenges from both the enemy and nature, the official said.
Following the flag hoisting, Lt Gen Ghai inaugurated the first edition of the Tiranga Cup 2023 cricket tournament at the Shan-e-Tithwal cricket ground.
The tournament is being played over 23 days from 21st November at Tithwal. -- PTI
Trapped workers inside the tunnel in Uttarakhand/ANI
23:38 Trapped workers' dinner: Veg pulao, matar-paneer
Labourers trapped in Silkyara tunnel were supplied veg pulao, matar-paneer, and chapatis slapped with butter for dinner Tuesday night through a food pipe stuck through the collapsed part of the structure.
The dinner, prepared under the doctor's supervision with less oil and spices to make it easily digestible, was supplied to the workers in 150 packets, cook Sanjit Rana said.
Fruits were sent to them earlier in the day, he said.
The 6-inch wide pipeline helped the rescuers capture trapped workers' first pictures in days.
The pictures, which were taken with an endoscopic flexi camera, showed workers were doing fine, authorities said. -- PTI
23:09 Cyber security of new Parliament building: RS panel calls IT ministry officials
A Rajya Sabha committee has called top officials of the electronics and IT ministry this week to hear about the measures put in place to enhance cyber security of member services and secure the new building of Parliament.
The new building is called the Parliament House of India, while the old building has been renamed as Samvidhan Bhavan.
The Committee on Information and Communication Technology Management in Rajya Sabha has called the secretary of the ministry of electronics and Information Technology on Friday over issues of cyber security and the manner in which it is addressing the same.
The issues of cyber security include the measures put in place to enhance cyber security of "member services" and secure the new building of Parliament.
The panel will separately hear the views of the secretary of the Department of Financial Services and representatives of Punjab National Bank on the regulatory framework and the measures being taken by them on implementing mechanisms for cyber security and digital identity and digital payment mechanisms and the steps being taken to enhance the same, according to the meeting schedule. -- PTI
22:48 Pro-Palestine WC final pitch intruder gets bail
A court in Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Tuesday granted bail to an Australian, arrested for intruding on the pitch during the ICC World Cup cricket final wearing a pro-Palestine T-shirt.
A day earlier, the accused, Wen Johnson, was remanded in police custody for a day by the court.
Johnson was produced before the court on Tuesday evening which released him on bail on conditions that he would cooperate in the probe and deposit his passport with the court, said a senior city crime branch official. Johnson had evaded security and reached the pitch at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad when Virat Kohli was at the crease during the final game against Australia on Sunday afternoon. He was immediately apprehended by security personnel. Johnson was arrested by the police on charges of criminal trespass and causing hurt to deter public servants from doing their duty. The investigation was handed over to the city crime branch on Monday which took Johnson's custody from the police and produced him before the court in Gandhinagar to seek his remand for further investigation. As per the FIR, Johnson entered the stadium as a common spectator. He jumped the railing and then ran towards the pitch after pushing aside policemen in his desperate attempt to hug Kohli.
22:32 Woman smashes headlights of KSRTC bus in Kerala in suspected road rage
A woman on Tuesday allegedly smashed the headlights of a state-run transport bus at Kodimatha in Kottayam, Kerala, in a suspected road rage incident.
The police said the woman allegedly smashed the headlights of the bus using a lever.
It is suspected that the bus had earlier scratched her car's rear view mirror while overtaking her vehicle, the police said.
They have identified the owner of the car as a Ponkunnam resident, adding that his daughter-in-law was the suspect.
The police have directed the woman to appear before it.
The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus was on its way to Malappuram from Thiruvananthapuram. -- PTI
22:11 HC orders removal of concrete around all trees in Delhi
The Delhi high court on Tuesday asked authorities in the national capital, including the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), to submit a time frame for removal of concrete around all roadside trees.
Justice Jasmeet Singh directed the authorities to file their affidavits indicating the total number of trees that are surrounded by concrete and the number of trees around which concrete has already been removed.
"All respondents shall file an affidavit indicating the total number of trees which are concretised and the total number of trees which were concretised, have been now de-concretised and remain to be de-concretised," the court ordered.
"The affidavit will also indicate why the balance number of trees have not been de-concretised and the time frame within which the same shall be done," it added.
The court was hearing a contempt petition filed through lawyer Aditya N Prasad alleging that the area around hundreds of trees in Vasant Vihar in South Delhi was concretised and sought their preservation.
The counsel for CPWD told the court that it has de-concretised trees in all residential colonies in the city.
"It is to be done all over Delhi. It is not restricted to Vasant Vihar...The goal post is all over Delhi," the court told the counsel appearing for the respondents.
The court clarified that the affidavit by the respondents shall indicate the location of the trees and their de-concretisation shall be verified.
In 2021, the high court had said that photographs of the Vasant Vihar area depicted that hundreds of trees were concretised right up to the tree trunk, which was their evident victimisation.
The petitioner had said the conduct of authorities in failing to preserve the trees was a non-compliance with the orders passed by the high court as well as by the National Green Tribunal.
21:38 ED slaps Rs 9,300-cr FEMA notice against Byju's
The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday said it has issued a foreign exchange violation show cause notice of more than Rs 9,300 crore against edtech major Byju's and its CEO and co-founder Raveendran Bjyu.
The federal probe agency mentioned multiple grounds for charging the company and its chief promoter that included charges of "failing" to submit documents of imports against advance remittances made outside India; failing to realise proceeds of exports made outside India by delayed filing of documents against the Foreign Direct Investment received into the company, among others.
It said in a statement that a show cause notice has been issued to the registered company of BYJU's--Think & Learn Private Limited-- and Raveendran with respect to the contraventions of the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act to the tune of Rs 9,362.35 crore.
Post final adjudication, the ED has powers to penalise FEMA violators up to three times the value of the amount mentioned in the show cause notice.
The agency said statements of Raveendran and Byju's chief financial officer were recorded after it carried out searches in this case at three premises, including at Raveendran's house, at Bengaluru in April. -- PTI
21:22 India dismisses 'unwarranted' reference to Kashmir by Pak during UNSC debate
India has dismissed an "unwarranted and habitual' reference to Kashmir made by Pakistan during a Security Council meeting in the United Nations.
India's retort came at the UN Security Council open debate on 'Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Promoting Sustaining Peace through Common Development'.
The debate was held under China's Presidency after Pakistan's UN envoy Munir Akram made a reference to Kashmir in his remarks at the debate.
"I will take not more than a few seconds to dismiss the unwarranted and habitual remarks made by a Permanent Representative earlier against my country and I will not dignify them with a response here," Counsellor in India's Permanent Mission to the UN R Madhu Sudan said Monday.
Pakistan consistently rakes up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at various UN platforms, irrespective of the agenda and topic of discussion at the meetings and fails to garner any traction.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have spiked since New Delhi abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.
India's decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian envoy.
India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter.
It also advised Pakistan to accept the reality and stop all anti-India propaganda. -- PTI
21:00 Dhangar rally for ST status turns violent in Maha
A morcha (demonstration) organised by the Dhangar community to demand inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe category turned violent as protesters vandalised government property and two-wheelers at the collector's office in Maharashtra's Jalna city on Tuesday, the police said.
The march turned violent after the protesters insisted on meeting the district collector to submit a memorandum in support of their demands.
There was no report of any casualty.
The morcha, which started from Mahatma Gandhi Chaman and proceeded to the district collectorate in Jalna city, initially began as a peaceful gathering. Community leaders addressed the crowd, expressing an urgent need for the Dhangar community to be recognised as a Scheduled Tribe, enabling them to avail reservation benefits in government jobs and education under the ST category.
The situation took a tense turn when protesters attempted to submit the memorandum to the district collector. Administration officials and police informed the demonstrators that senior officers were busy in a meeting, prompting tehsildar (revenue department official) Chhayya Pawar to come forward to listen to their demand and accept the memorandum.
However, the protesters insisted on handing over the memorandum directly to the district collector.
They pointed out that Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his cabinet colleagues had visited the protest site (Antarwali Sarati village in Jalna district) for Maratha reservation led by activist Manoj Jarange, questioning why the collector did not come to address their concerns.
Efforts to break the deadlock led to the involvement of resident deputy collector Keshav Netke and sub-divisional officer Shrimant Harkal, but there was no resolution. -- PTI
20:44 Mamata invited to Oxford University to deliver speech
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been invited to deliver a speech at Oxford University and she has accepted it, pro-vice-chancellor of the institute Jonathan Michie said on Tuesday.
Michie, however, did not elaborate. Speaking at the inaugural day of the seventh edition of Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata, he said
"We have invited Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to deliver her speech at Oxford University".
She has agreed to it, Michie, who is also the president of Kellogg College in Oxford, added. -- PTI
20:31 Karnataka HC allows 13 couples to use donor gamete for surrogacy
The high court of Karnataka has allowed 13 couples to use donor gametes for surrogacy while refraining from examining the validity of the amendment to the Surrogacy (Regulation) Rules, as a similar plea is pending before the Supreme Court.
"The authorities cannot insist or direct the petitioners that the donor gamete cannot be made use of by the intending couple. The authorities shall forthwith process the applications, if any, and issue Eligibility Certificate/Essentiality Certificate, if the intending couple would fulfill all other conditions," Justice M Nagaprasanna said in his judgment on a batch of 13 petitions.
On March 14, 2023, the union government issued a notification amending Clause (1)(d) of Form No 2 of the Surrogacy Regulations.
The amendment was brought in "to prevent rampant commercialisation of surrogacy, which had become popular as 'rent a womb'," the HC was informed during arguments over the petitions.
The earlier clause which said, "The fertilisation of a donor oocyte by the sperm of the husband" was replaced by "Couple undergoing surrogacy must have both gamete(s) from the intending couple and donor gametes is (are) not allowed."
As per the petitions filed by the 13 couples, all the wives were unable to conceive as they had health issues, which included a heart condition in one case.
This prevented them from conceiving or using their gametes for surrogacy. All of them required donor eggs/gametes which would be used with the husband's gametes/sperm for conceiving. -- PTI
BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri
20:10 Privileges panel summons Bidhuri over hate remarks
The Privileges Committee of Lok Sabha has summoned Bharatiya Janata Party MP Ramesh Bidhuri next month over his objectionable remarks against Bahujan Samaj Party member Danish Ali.
The committee has also called Danish Ali to give oral evidence on December 7.
Bidhuri has been asked to appear on the same day after the BSP MP deposes before the panel. On an earlier occasion, Bidhuri had not appeared before the committee while expressing his inability to do so.
Bidhuri had made remarks against Ali during the Special session of Parliament in September when the House was discussing the success of the Chandrayan-III mission.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had referred the MPs' complaints on the issue involving Bidhuri's use of objectionable words against Ali to the Privileges Committee in September.
While Ali and several other opposition MPs, including Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and DMK's Kanimozhi, had demanded action against Bidhuri, several BJP parliamentarians like Nishikant Dubey said the BSP member "incited" the South Delhi MP when he speaking in the House and urged the Speaker to look into this aspect as well. -- PTI
20:02 Over 500 employees threaten to resign from OpenAI
Over 505 OpenAI employees have threatened to leave the company if they do not receive the resignation of the ChatGPT company's board after a tumultuous weekend in the Artificial Intelligence industry that saw the company's CEO, Sam Altman being fired and consequently hired by AI competition, Microsoft.
More than 500 employees accused the OpenAI board of mishandling Altman's firing, failing to provide sufficient evidence for claims that Altman had not been candid with the board, and "negotiating in bad faith" with the company's executive leadership, reported CNN.
"Your actions have made it obvious that you are incapable of overseeing OpenAI," wrote the employees.
"We are unable to work for or with people that lack competence, judgement and care for our mission and employees."
Greg Brockman was also removed by the board on November 17, with the employees warning they would "imminently" follow Microsoft unless the board resigns and the prominent OpenAI pair is reinstated, reported CNN.
Among the signatories is Mira Murati, who as recently as Friday had been named by the board as Altman's interim successor, as well as Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI's co-founder, chief scientist and board member who had been widely reported as having played a role in Altman's dismissal.
Despite being named as Altman's interim successor, the promotion was superseded by the incoming of 40-year-old Emmett Shear co-founder of the live-streaming company, Twitch.
As news of the letter to the board emerged on Monday 20, Sutskever apologised for his involvement in the leadership crisis.
"I deeply regret my participation in the board's actions," he said. -- ANI
19:56 Rajasthan polls: Modi holds roadshow in Jaipur
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a road show in poll-bound Rajasthan's Jaipur on Tuesday evening amid tight security.
As the prime minister began his roadshow from the Sanganeri Gate in the walled city of Jaipur, a huge crowd gathered on both sides of the road to welcome him.
The roadshow will traverse through Bapu Bazaar, Kisahapole Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupad, Tripolia Bazaar, Badi Chaupad and Johari Bazaar before culminating at Sanganeri Gate.
Earlier in the day, Modi held election rallies in Baran, Kota and Karauli districts and targeted the Congress government in the state over the issues of law-and-order situation and corruption.
Polling for the 200-member Rajasthan assembly will be held on November 25 and votes will be counted on December 3. -- PTI
19:26 ED attaches Rs 752 cr of National Herald assets
The Enforcement Directorate Tuesday said it has attached assets worth Rs 751.9 crore as part of its money laundering investigation against the Congress party-promoted Young Indian that owns the National Herald newspaper.
A provisional order has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against the newspaper's publisher Associated Journals Ltd. and its holding company Young Indian, the central probe agency said in a statement.
"Investigation revealed that Associated Journals Ltd is in possession of proceeds of crime in the form of immovable properties spread across many cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai and Lucknow to the tune of Rs 661.69 crore and Young Indian is in possession of proceeds of crime to the tune of Rs 90.21 crore in the form of investment in equity shares of AJL," it said in a statement.
The ED had questioned and recorded the statements of Congress' first family Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and that of president Mallikarjun Kharge in this case. -- PTI
19:01 IMD predicts heavy rainfall in over 10 districts in Tamil Nadu
The India meteorological department has predicted heavy rainfall in over 10 districts of Tamil Nadu in the next three days.
In a statement, IMD stated that more than 10 districts in Tamil Nadu are more likely to receive heavy rain from time to time due to weather change.
Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi and Theni districts of Tamilnadu today while Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Thoothukudi, Madurai, Dindigul, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Tiruvallur, Ranipet, Kancheepuram, Chennai, Chengalpattu, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Tiruvarur districts of Tamilnadu and Karaikal area will receive heavy rain at isolated places, IMD said in a statement released at 1.30 pm on Tuesday.
On November 22, Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tenkasi districts of Tamilnadu will likely receive heavy to very heavy rain, read the statement.
IMD has forecasted heavy rain likely in isolated places over Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Theni, Dindigul, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai districts of Tamilnadu and Karaikal area.
"Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Theni and Dindigul districts of Tamilnadu," the statement mentioned.
According to the Regional Meteorological Center, Chennai, it was moderately sunny in the Kanchipuram district today, while a sudden black cloud surrounded and started raining and eventually started to rain heavily.
Apart from Kanchipuram, many places like Walajabad, Uthiramerur, Chennai Bangalore National Highway received heavy rainfall for more than 30 minutes on Tuesday, the RMC, Chennai, said.
The IMD has also issued an orange alert indicating the possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal on November 22 and 23.
"Orange Alert for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal! Prepare for heavy to very heavy rainfall (115.6 to 204.4 mm) on November 22nd and 23rd, IMD said in a post on X.
"Sky condition is likely to be partly cloudy. Light/Moderate rain with thunderstorm and lightning is likely to occur in some areas," the statement added. -- ANI
18:46 Indo-US Joint Special Force Exercise 'Vajra Prahar' begins in Meghalaya
The 14th edition of the Indo-US Joint Special Forces exercise 'Vajra Prahar, 2023' began at the Joint Training Node in Meghalaya's Umroi Cantonment on Tuesday.
The US contingent is represented by personnel from the 1st Special Forces Group of US Special Forces while the Indian Army contingent is led by Special Forces personnel from the Eastern Command, a Defence release said.
The 20-day exercise 'Vajra Prahar' is a joint exercise conducted between the Indian Army and US Army Special Forces with the aim to share best practices and experiences in areas such as joint mission planning and operational tactics.
The first edition was conducted in the year 2010 in India and the 13th edition of the Indo-US Joint Special Forces exercise was conducted at the Special Forces Training School, Bakloh (HP).
During the course of the next three weeks, both sides will jointly plan and rehearse a series of special operations, counter-terrorist operations, airborne operations in simulated conventional and unconventional scenarios in mountainous terrain.
The key highlights include combat free fall insertion of troops from stand-off distances, waterborne insertion of troops, precision engagement of targets at long ranges, combat air controlling of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, besides airborne insertion and sustenance of troops, according to the release. -- PTI
18:25 OneWeb gets commercial satellite broadband nod
Bharti Group-backed OneWeb India has received the necessary authorisations from Indian space regulator IN-SPACe to launch Eutelsat OneWeb's commercial satellite broadband services in India.
OneWeb India is the first organisation to be granted this authorisation, Eutelsat OneWeb said in a statement. Eutelsat OneWeb, the low earth orbit operator, is part of Eutelsat Group.
"Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre, Ahmedabad has authorised Eutelsat OneWeb constellation to enable provisioning of its capacity in India for providing the communication services," IN-SPACe said in a statement.
The authorisation has a validity period of five years and is subject to the assignment of the spectrum by the department of telecommunication for both the gateways and user terminal operations.
"We are pleased to note the Indian space regulator's green light to launch Eutelsat OneWeb's commerical satellite broadband services in India. This will be a critical step forward to meet India's ambition of providing internet connectivity for all and will enable the Hon'ble Prime Minister's vision of Digital India," Bharti Group chairman and vice-president (co-chair) of the board of directors of Eutelsat Group, Sunil Bharti Mittal, said in the statement.
IN-SPACe is the agency of the Government of India, responsible for regulating space activities and granting authorisation for conducting space activities in the country. -- PTI
18:01 India donates $2.5 mn to UN agency for Palestinian refugees
India has donated $2.5 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, prompting the UNRWA on Tuesday to welcome the generous contribution at a "difficult time", particularly in Gaza.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, functional since 1950, carries out direct relief and work programmes for registered Palestine refugees.
It is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States.
India on Monday gave UNRWA $2.5 million as part of its annual contribution of $5 million for the year 2023-24 to support the agency's core programmes and services, including education, healthcare, relief, and social services provided to Palestinian refugees, the Representative Office of India at Ramallah said.
The contribution was handed over by the Representative of India to Palestine, Renu Yadav, to the director of partnerships, department of external relations of UNRWA, Karim Amer.
The ROI underlined India's continued support for the agency's activities in the region and the services it provides to Palestinian refugees during the handover ceremony at UNRWA's field office in Jerusalem, an official press release said.
"Confirming that UNRWA received a very generous contribution from India yesterday (Monday), which is most welcome during these difficult times and in the face of huge needs across the region, particularly in Gaza,' a spokesperson for UNRWA, Tamara Alrifai, said. -- PTI
17:51 Five elephants including two calves electrocuted in Jharkhand
Five elephants including two calves were electrocuted Jharkhand's East Singhbhum district on Monday night after they came in contact with a live wire, a forest official said.
The incident took place at Beniasai village in the copper township of Musabani, around 45 km from Jamshedpur under Ghatsila sub-division, divisional forest officer Mamta Priyadarshi told PTI on Tuesday.
She said forest officials rushed to the spot and drove away four more elephants of the same herd still moving in the nearby areas.
The autopsy of the carcass will be conducted only after the four elephants were safely driven away, the official said.
SP (rural) Rishabh Garg said villagers had reported movement of a herd of elephants in the area for the last couple of days. -- PTI
17:17 Will invest Rs 20000 cr in Bengal in 3 yrs: Ambani
At the Bengal Global Business Summit event, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani says, "Reliance will leave no stone unturned to accelerate West Bengal's growth. Reliance has invested close to Rs 45,000 crores in West Bengal. We plan to invest an additional Rs 20,000 crores in the next 3 years in the state.
"Reliance Foundation has taken up an ambitious project to renovate and restore the Kalighat temple in Kolkata. We are in the process of repairing the entire temple complex including the centuries old heritage structures."
17:08 Stock markets recover after 2-day decline
Benchmark stock indices rebounded on Tuesday after two days of decline following buying in metal, banking and energy shares and a bullish trend in the US markets.
The 30-share BSE Sensex climbed 275.62 points or 0.42 per cent to settle at 65,930.77. During the day, it jumped 427.21 points or 0.65 per cent to 66,082.36.
The broader Nifty went up by 89.40 points or 0.45 per cent to 19,783.40. Among the Sensex firms, JSW Steel, Titan, Tata Steel, Sun Pharma, Reliance Industries, Bharti Airtel, Tata Motors and HDFC Bank were the biggest gainers. -- PTI
16:54 Rahul must apologise for 'panauti PM' remark: BJP
Soon after Congress MP Rahul Gandhi made a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by indirectly blaming him for India's loss to Australia in the World Cup Final, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha MP Ravi Shankar Prasad questioned the usage of such a word for the Prime Minister and asked Wayanad MP to apologise.
"What happened to you, Rahul Gandhi? You are using such words for the Prime Minister of the country. Our Prime Minister met the players and motivated them. Winning or losing is part of the game. Rahul Gandhi needs to apologise," Prasad said.
Asking Rahul Gandhi to learn from the past, Prasad said, "You need to learn from the past. Your mother (Sonia Gandhi) used the word 'Maut ka saudagar' (dealer of deaths) for Narendra Modi and see where is the Congress now."
Earlier Rahul Gandhi while addressing a rally in Barmer claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's presence in the Narendra Modi stadium is the reason behind India's World Cup final loss. "Our guys were playing well, they would have won the world cup. But 'Panauti' made us lose. The TV guys won't tell you this but people know," Rahul said while campaigning at Rajasthan's Barmer on Monday. -- PTI
16:31 PM means Panauti Modi: Rahul at Rajasthan rally
"PM means Panauti Modi," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said at an election rally in Rajasthan on Tuesday insinuating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi brings bad luck.
Referring to India's loss in the cricket world cup final against Australia, Gandhi used the term associated with bad luck.
The word 'panauti' has been trending on social media since the defeat in the match, attended by Prime Minister Modi at the Ahmedabad stadium named after him. Gandhi alleged Modi diverts people's attention while industrialist Adani picks their pockets.
He said Modi "comes on TV and says 'Hindu- Muslim' and sometimes goes to a cricket match. It is a different matter that the match was lost. Panauti."
"PM means Panauti Modi," Gandhi continued.
Addressing the rally in Baytoo in Balotra ahead of the November 25 assembly polls, the Congress leader also alleged Modi waived loans of big industrialists and gave them all advantages. Earlier in the day, Gandhi addressed another election rally in Vallabhnagar in Udaipur. PTI
The endoscopic camera reveals the workers for the first time
15:52 Tunnel worker's emotional message: I'm fine, ma
The workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel at Uttarkashi received some amount of relief as some of the workers spoke to their relatives for the first time after being stuck in the tunnel for 10 days.
In a major breakthrough in the ongoing Silkyara tunnel collapse rescue team officials successfully developed communication with the trapped workers through the 6-inch pipeline on Tuesday morning.
One of the trapped workers, Jaidev, while speaking to the supervisor at the tunnel collapse site, said in Bangla, "Please record, I will tell something to my maa. Ma, tension korona aami thik achi. Time a kheye nebe. Babakeo time a kheye nite bolbe (Mother, do not worry about me, I am fine. Please you and father eat your meals on time)."
The supervisor could be heard asking those trapped inside the tunnel to not worry and that they would be evacuated soon. The supervisor asked the worker whether he wanted to tell anything to his parents as the voice recording would be relayed to his parents back home.
Some of the other trapped workers also established contact with their relatives, and despite being trapped in the tunnel for 10 days now, they displayed an unexceptional level of patience and courage as they asked their relatives to not worry about them. -- ANI
15:41 Suketu Mehta: Netflix scrapped Maximum City because...
Writer Suketu Mehta on why his book Maximum City which was turned into a film, was dropped by Netflix. Mehta tweets, "The inside story of why Netflix dropped the film adaptation of 'Maximum City': because the director Anurag Kashyap criticized the Modi government."
Mehta retweeted Gerry Shih, Washington Post India, bureau chief's post where Shih said, "Today, shows are scoured, re-edited to cut scenes of praying or god names. Greenlit projects like Suketu Mehta's Maximum City are quietly dropped. The RSS told us they don't want negative portrayals of India and Hinduism. "It's invisible censorship," said Anurag Kashyap."
Read the thread here.
15:26 U'khand tunnel collapse: 6" pipeline a gamechanger
Tuesday morning brought some relief for family members of the 41 workers trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel for nine days here as the newly inserted six-inch pipeline made communicating with them easier.
The family members said they could hear the workers clearly through the new pipeline, which will also be used for sending larger quantities inside the tunnel.
An alternative 6-inch pipeline was pushed in through the rubble of the collapsed tunnel on Monday.
Till Monday, a four-inch existing tube was being used to supply oxygen and items like dry fruits and medicines into the section of the tunnel beyond the rubble of the collapsed portion.
Sunita Hembrum, whose brother-in-law Pradeep Kisku, is among the trapped labourers, said he is doing fine.
"I talked to him this morning. Oranges have been sent to them through the new food pipe. Efforts are also being made to send khichdi to them. He is fine," Hembrum, who has come from Bihar's Banka, told PTI.
She said it was easier to communicate through the new food pipe.
"Earlier, we had to shout to make ourselves audible but today his voice was clear," she added.
Jaimal Singh Negi, whose brother Gabbar Singh is also trapped inside the tunnel, said communication has definitely become better with the insertion of the new pipe but the real challenge of rescuing the workers remains.
"The new food supply pipeline has also made it easier to supply better food in larger quantities to them, which is a good thing. Otherwise the situation remains the same," said Negi, who spoke to his brother.
The workers are talking to each other and keeping each other's morale high, he said.
However, a worker's father, Chaudhary, claimed he was not being allowed to talk to his son Manjit. "It has been nine days since I came here. I was allowed to talk to Manjit only once, soon after I came here. But now I am not being allowed to go inside and talk to him," Chaudhary complained. -- PTI
14:39 'PM shouldn't have entered India dressing room'
Former cricketer and now TMC MP Kirti Azad lashes out at PM Narendra Modi for visiting Team India in the dressing room.
Kirti Azad tweeted to say, "The dressing room is the sanctum sanctorum of any team. @ICC does not allow anybody to enter these rooms apart from the players and the support staff. PM of India should have met the team outside the dressing room in the private visitors area. I say this as a #sportsman and not #politician.
"Would @narendramodi allow his supporters to come and console or congratulate him in his bedroom, dressing room or the toilet? #Sportspersons are far more disciplined than #politicians. #Panauti #INDvsAUSfinal
"Last, but not the least, the man and whose team did it for India, In 1983 @therealkapildev was also not invited. Now tell me who is doing politics?"
Following Team India's heartbreaking loss at the ODI World Cup 2023 final against Australia on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cheered up the 'Men in Blue'.
In a video shared by the Prime Minister's Office, PM Modi is seen motivating Rohit Sharma's side and said that the country is with them. He also said that they had worked hard in the tournament.
"You people have won 10 consecutive games. This one loss is normal, it keeps on happening. Please smile, the entire country is watching you. I just thought that I should go and meet you people," PM Modi said inside India's dressing room.
Meanwhile, former India captain Kapil Dev revealed that he was not invited to the World Cup final between India and Australia. He expressed his disappointment at not being included and stated that he wanted the entire 1983 World Cup-winning team to be present.
14:14 Shootout in Kerala school, ex-student held
A former student of a private school Thrissur on Tuesday barged into his alma mater brandishing a gun, terrorising staff and students, following which police took him into custody.
According to the school staff, he fired a couple of rounds after roaming inside the institution. No one was injured.
A former student, Jagan, went to the Vivekodayam school at Thrissur and took out a gun from his bag after entering the staff room and later went to various classrooms, terrorising students and staff.
Police said the accused has been taken into custody and an investigation is on.
District Collector V R Krishna Teja rushed to the school soon after the incident and took stock of the incident. He said it was an isolated incident and asked the parents not to worry as the situation was taken care of.
"A young person has come to the school. He was a bit unsteady and used his pistol and fired two or three rounds. That's what the school authorities have told us. He was taken into custody. It's an isolated incident and an investigation is on. There is no need to worry. We are all here. He will be produced before the doctor," Teja told the media.
The age of the accused could not be ascertained immediately. The visuals of the accused sitting inside the staff room of the school brandishing a gun which he took out from his bag is being telecast by television channels. PTI
DMK chief MK Stalin
14:08 DMK to support Congress in upcoming Telangana polls
The DMK party on Tuesday officially announced its support for the Congress party's candidates in the upcoming 2023 Telangana State Legislative Assembly Election. In a post on their social media account X, the party has urged all its wings and cadres in Telangana to work diligently towards ensuring victory of "Congress party's candidates on behalf of the INDIA bloc".
13:55 IDF hits 250 Hamas targets in Gaza
Israeli aircraft attacked about 250 targets of the terrorist organization Hamas over the past 24 hours, the IDF said.
Among the targets hit were dozens of terrorists, missile launchers and various terrorist infrastructures, the IDF said.
During the night, the fire canopy of the Gaza Division directed a combat helicopter that destroyed a rocket launching station, which launched rockets into the Gush Dan (greater Tel Aviv area) on Sunday.
The position was placed near a residential area of a civilian population. In addition, combat team fighters of the Harel Brigade located a cache of weapons in the home of a Nahkaba terrorist in the Gaza Strip, and a combat team of the 14th Brigade located an anti-tank missile hidden under a baby bed.
13:02 Caste census is X-ray of India: Rahul
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday raised the caste census pitch, describing it as an 'X-ray' of the country.
"If it is not known whose population is how much, then how will we talk about participation," he said while addressing an election rally in Vallabhnagar in Udaipur.
Gandhi said the Congress will conduct caste census in Rajasthan if it comes to power and also do so at the national level if the party forms the government at the Centre. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, he said earlier the PM used to say he is from OBC but the day he (Gandhi) raised the demand of caste census, Modi started saying there is only once caste in India- the poor.
"Modi said there is only one caste in the country- the poor but he did not say that there is another caste of billionaires also. That is Adani, Ambani's caste. They have a special caste," he said.
The former Congress president charged that Modi's job is to divert public attention while Adani pickpockets and added that "they are a team". PTI
12:55 Pro-Khalistan graffiti on Delhi flyover: 1 arrested
Almost two months after pro-Khalistan graffiti was found on a flyover here, Delhi Police's Special Cell has arrested a youth from Haryana, according to sources.
The arrested youth, Malak Singh, is suspected of having painted graffiti in Delhi and other parts of India at the behest of Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, the chief of banned outfit Sikhs for Justice, the police sources said on Tuesday. Raids are underway in Punjab, they said.
Police had registered an FIR on September 27 after pro-Khalistan and anti-India slogans were found on the Kashmere Gate flyover. PTI
12:23 15 years after 26/11, Israel bans Lashkar
Amid the 15th year of commemoration of the Mumbai terror attacks, Israel has announced to ban the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba to symbolise the occasion and called it a 'deadly' and 'reprehensible' terror organisation on Tuesday.
The action has been taken without any request by the government of India. The state of Israel has formally completed all necessary procedures and satisfied all required checks and regulations as a result of introducing Lashkar-e-Taiba into the Israeli list of illegal terror organisations, the Israel Embassy in India said in an official press statement.
Highlighting that Israel only lists terror organisations that are actively operating against it form within or around its borders, or in a similar manner to India -- those globally recognised by UNSC or the US state department, said, "Israel ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs have jointly worked in last few months towards an expedited and extraordinary listing of the Lashkar -e- Taiba organization on this date, to highlight the importance of a Unified Global Front in combating terrorism."
The release affirmed that the terror organisation is responsible for murder of hundreds of indian civilians as well as others.
It noted, "Lashkar -e- Taiba is a deadly and reprehensible terror organization, responsible for the murder of hundreds of Indian civilians as well as others. Its heinous actions on November 26, 2008 still reverberate in force, through all peace seeking nations and societies."
"The state of Israel offers its sincere condolences to all victims of terrorism and to the survivors and bereaved families of the Mumbai attacks, including those in Israel. We stand with you united in the hope for a better peaceful future," it added. -- ANI
12:17 Harbhajan slams India fans for trolling Oz team
Following India's upsetting loss in the ODI World Cup 2023 final against Australia on Sunday, former 'Men in Blue' spinner Harbhajan Singh asked cricket fans not to troll Aussie cricketers and their family members.
Harbhajan took to his official X (formerly Twitter) account and wrote that trolling family members of the World Cup winner is completely in bad taste.
He also added that they lost to a better team in the final but the cricket fans should not troll others for it.
He concluded by saying that sanity and dignity are more important.
"Reports of trolling of family members of Australian cricket players is completely in bad taste. We played well but lost the final to better cricket by the Aussies. That's it. Why troll the players and their families? Requesting all cricket fans to stop such behaviour. Sanity and dignity are more important," Harbhajan wrote on X.
Following India's loss against Australia, many cricket fans trolled family members of Australian cricketers on their social media accounts.
This was also highlighted by Vini Raman the wife of Australian all-rounder Glen Maxwell. "Can't believe this needs to said BUT you can be Indian and also support the country of your birth where you have bee raised and more importantly the team your husband + father of your child plays in #nobrainer. Take a chill pill and direct that outrage towards more important issuue" she said in her Instagram post.
Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh was also trolled on social media for posting an image of himself with his feet on the World Cup Trophy.
Coming to the match, India bundled out on a score of 240 in 50 overs. On a tough batting surface, skipper Rohit Sharma (47 in 31 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes), Virat Kohli (54 in 63 balls, with four boundaries) and KL Rahul (66 in 107 balls, with one four) posted important knocks. -- ANI
A Palestinian child at a hospital. Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters
11:46 Hamas leader claims truce deal with Israel 'close'
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has claimed that the terror group is nearing an agreement on a "truce" with Israel amid the ongoing war in Gaza, Times of Israel reported on Tuesday.
In a statement posted to Telegram, the Doha-based Hamas politburo head, Haniyeh said that Hamas gave its response to Qatar and other mediators. "The movement delivered its response to the brothers in Qatar and the mediators, and we are close to reaching a truce agreement," CNN quoted Haniyeh as saying.
Meanwhile, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the families of Israelis being held hostage in Gaza and reiterated his commitment to secure their releases, calling it "a sacred and supreme mission".
"We will not let up until they are returned, and this is the responsibility of me and the war cabinet," he said in a statement. "I listened to the pain of the families. We spoke heart-to-heart. I shared with them as much as I could about the diplomatic, intelligence and operational efforts we are leading around the clock," Netanyahu said.
He added, "We will not stop fighting until we bring our hostages home, destroy Hamas and ensure there will no longer be a threat from Gaza." In another development, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced the deaths of two more soldiers killed fighting in the northern Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll in the ground operation against Hamas to 68.
11:23 Ramayana may be included in NCERT textbooks
Epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata should be taught in schools as part of the history curriculum under India's 'classical period', a high-level National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) panel has recommended.
The panel has also recommended that the Preamble of the Constitution be written on the walls of all classrooms in vernacular languages, the committee's chairman, Prof C I Issac told ANI over phone.
The Social Science Committee of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) set up to revise the social sciences curriculum for schools, has made several proposals including the introduction of the Indian knowledge system, the Vedas and Ayurveda in textbooks.
The suggestions have been part of the final position paper on social sciences, which is a key perspective document that helps in the development of new NCERT textbooks on the subject. The proposal has yet to get a final nod from NCERT.
"The panel has made recommendations for the classification of history into four periods: the classical period, the mediaeval period, the British era, and modern India. Till now, there have been only three classifications of Indian history- ancient, Medieval and modern India," Issac, a retired history professor, said.
"Under the classical period, we have recommended that Indian epics --Ramayana and Mahabharata -- be taught. We have recommended that the student have an idea of who Rama was and what his purpose was. A little bit about the epic," said Isaac.
The panel has also proposed that textbooks should give space to all dynasties that ruled India instead of just one or two. Isaac informed that the panel has suggested that the book contain information about victories and heroes like Subhash Chandra Bose.
"The students must know about the Indian heroes and their struggles and victories so that they can get confidence," he said.
"We have also suggested that the Preamble should be written on the walls of all classrooms in vernacular languages," he added.
- The panel has also proposed that the name Bharat should replace the word India in textbooks. -- ANI
Tunnel expert Arnold Dix
10:58 Doing multiple rescue missions, says tunnel expert
International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association president Arnold Dix, who has been roped in as part of the ongoing rescue efforts at the Uttarkashi tunnel collapse site, on Tuesday said he was absolutely sure that the 41 trapped workers will come home soon.
Speaking to ANI, from the site of the tunnel Professor Dix said the rescuers have several options to bring home the workers.
"I think the team here have done a wonderful job. It's just fantastic. The 900 pipeline is one of the options. The 900 pipe which is there, which I've seen, and I'm going to go have another look at this morning. It's by far the best and fastest means to get the men, but it has its technical difficulties and that's why we're doing multiple rescue missions," Dix told ANI.
"We've got mission from the top, missions from the front, mission from the side. The men are coming home. We're just not sure which door they're going to use... Maybe that will work. We're knocking on the top door. We're knocking on all these doors. Which one opens? Not sure," he added.
He said two locations have been identified for the vertical drilling, and both are on the Silkyara side of the high-altitude under-construction tunnel.
Professor Dix who is considered a leading expert in underground tunnelling is confident that all 41 workers will be rescued.
"We're going to rescue these men. When I arrived here, I said, there's 41 men coming home and there's no one else going to be hurt," Professor Dix said.
"And everyone here from the government agencies, that's what they're working on. And I am absolutely convinced, and all the agencies are here, they're working closely together and the mission is clear," Dix added.
10:53 It takes courage to be Vir Das
Emmy winner Vir Das shares this image writing, "For India, For Indian Comedy. Every breath, every word. Thank you to the @iemmys for this incredible honour."
Vir Das has been forced to defend himself against online accusations of "insulting the country" after he performed a "two Indias' monologue in the United States in 2021.
10:33 Hope floats, say families of trapped tunnel workers
Visuals of workers trapped inside Uttarkashi's Silkyara tunnel for the past 10 days emerged on Tuesday morning, has given new hope for worried relatives, some of whom are camping outside the site of the collapsed structure.
Earlier today, rescuers managed to insert an endoscopy camera into the tunnel and first visuals captured showed the 41 workers had ample space had light inside the tunnel for them to move about.
The endoscopic flexi camera visuals showed the workers speaking to rescue teams and informing them that they were healthy and well.
Rescuers have begun the process of laying a pipeline inside the tunnel to bring all the workers out. Various agencies, including tunnelling experts from overseas, have been roped in on war footing.
The wife of one of the trapped workers told ANI that the visuals showing their family members safe has given her hope that they will get out soon.
"I could not see my husband in the video...Whenever I get to see my husband, then only I can say he is safe. But yes, hopes are high that they will be rescued soon. Ummeed jagi he," she said.
On Monday a six-inch-wide pipeline was pushed in through the debris of the collapsed portion into the tunnel to create an alternative lifeline for the stranded workers.
For the first time since the collapse incident on November 12, hot Khichdi was supplied to the workers through this pipeline.
Till now they were surviving on dry fruits, puffed rice and chana.
Workers will also be later provided with mobiles and chargers that will be sent inside the tunnel through the 6-inch lifeline, rescue operation in-charge Colonel Deepak Patil had earlier said. -- ANI
10:13 Daliya, chana dal, puri sent to tunnel workers
A morning meal was prepared for the workers who have been trapped in a tunnel in Silkyara, Uttarkashi for 10 days.The food will be pushed through the six-inch-wide pipeline that was pushed earlier on Monday through the rubble of the collapsed portion.
Teams of cooks are involved in the preparation of the breakfast for the trapped workers.
Speaking about the prepared food items, one of the cooks told ANI that 'Aloo-Chana Dal' has been prepared, and 'Khichdi' and 'Daliya' are also among the options that will be sent as per the instructions given to them. He also said that they will also be making 'Puri' later on.
Earlier, on Monday, hot Khichdi was sent through this 6-inch pipeline to the stranded workers for the first time since they were trapped.
On November 12, it was reported that a collapse occurred in an under-construction tunnel from Silkyara to Barkot due to a muck falling in the 60-metre stretch on the Silkyara side of the tunnel, trapping 41 labourers.
The labourers are trapped in the 2 km-built tunnel portion, which is complete including concrete work that provides safety to the workers.
After yesterday's breakthrough of the 6-inch pipeline, the horizontal boring by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) from Silkyara end for the rescue of workers through the Augur boring machine will be recommenced in the coming time. -- ANI
10:02 Camera that helped rescuers see tunnel survivors
On the tenth day of rescue operations at the Silkyara tunnel collapse site in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, a significant milestone was achieved after an endoscopic flexi camera was successfully inserted into the collapsed section.
Visuals from the special camera facilitated the first interaction with the trapped workers. The endoscopic camera is mainly used for minimally invasive medical procedures. Doctors us this to check interior organs for diagnosis and treatment. Here the rescue teams are using a flexi endoscopic camera. The flexi wire allows the device to move along the shape of the pipeline.
The rescue team is still involved in formulating further strategies for the rescue operation of the workers trapped in the tunnel.
The first visuals of the trapped workers that emerged with the help of the endoscopy camera showed the workers speaking to the rescue teams informing them that they were healthy.
The workers could be seen standing in the tunnel, wearing their protective helmets. -- ANI
09:56 India gets you there: Vir Das on winning Emmy
Update: Actor-comic Vir Das won the International Emmy Award for his stand-up special "Vir Das: Landing" in the best comedy series category, the organisers said.
The awards ceremony was held in New York on late Monday night. This was the second nomination and maiden win in the segment for Das, who shared the trophy with popular British teen sitcom "Derry Girls" season three.
Bagging the International Emmy award for the best comedy series is "an incredible honor that feels like a dream," said Das.
"Winning an Emmy for 'Vir Das: Landing' in the 'Comedy Category' is not just a milestone for me but for Indian comedy as a whole. It's heartening to see 'Vir Das: Landing' resonate globally, thanks to Netflix, Aakash Sharma and Reg Tigerman who made it special," Das said in a statement.
Das is also the first Indian comedian to achieve the feat.
"My journey from crafting local stories to receiving a global accolade has been both challenging and rewarding, and Netflix has been instrumental in that growth. I'm excited about the continued exploration of diverse narratives, from Noida to the International Emmys - India gets you there," he added.
Shefali Shah and Jim Sarbh were the other Indian artists to be nominated at the annual international awards ceremony. -- PTI
09:48 Overconfidence zyada ho gayi: Afridi on India loss
Former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi slammed Team India following their ODI World Cup 2023 loss against Australia at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Speaking live on a Pakistan-based TV channel, Samaa TV, Afridi said that overconfidence led to Rohit Sharma's side's downfall in the tournament.
He also said that after winning 10 matches in the tournament, overconfidence was too much in the team.
"Jab aap continue game jeete ja rahe ho toh overconfidence bhi zyada ho jati hai. toh woh cheez aapko marwah deti hai (When you have won all the games continuously, the 'overconfidence' is too much. So, this could lead to their downfall)," Afridi told on Samaa TV.Coming to the match, India bundled out on a score of 240 in 50 overs.
On a tough batting surface, skipper Rohit Sharma (47 in 31 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes), Virat Kohli (54 in 63 balls, with four boundaries) and KL Rahul (66 in 107 balls, with one four) posted important knocks.Mitchell Starc (3/55) was the pick of the bowlers for Australia. Skipper Pat Cummins (2/34) and Josh Hazlewood (2/60) also bowled well. Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell got a wicket each.
While chasing 241 runs, India had the Aussies down at 47/3. Knocks from Travis Head (137 in 120 balls, with 15 fours and four sixes) and Marnus Labuschagne (58 in 110 balls, with four boundaries) left the Indian team without answers and guided them to a six-wicket win.
09:37 Agra: 6 injured in fight over shortage of rasgullas at wedding function
Six people were injured in a fight that broke out at a wedding function Agra in Uttar Pradesh over shortage of rasgullas, police said on Monday.
The incident was reported from the Shamsabad area around Sunday midnight. The injured were hospitalised and their condition is stable, they said.
"Six people were injured in the incident and a case has been registered. Those who are in hospital are out of danger," SHO Shamsabad police station Anil Sharma said.
"On Sunday, there was a wedding function at the residence of Brijbhan Kushwaha. At the function, a person passed a comment on the shortage of rasgullas," he said.
This led to a fight, and Bhagwan Devi, Yogesh, Manoj, Kailash, Dharmendra and Pawan were injured, Sharma said.
Last year in October, a man was killed in a fight over shortage of sweets at a wedding in Etmadpur. -- PTI
09:34 1 held for pro-Khalistan graffiti on Delhi flyover
Almost two months after pro-Khalistan graffiti was found on a flyover in the national capital, Delhi Police's Special Cell has detained a youth from Haryana, according to sources.
The detained youth is suspected of having painted graffiti in Delhi and other parts of India at the behest of Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, the chief of banned outfit Sikhs for Justice, the police sources said on Tuesday.
Raids are underway in Punjab, they said.
Police had registered an FIR on September 27 after pro-Khalistan and anti-India slogans were found on the Kashmere Gate flyover. -- PTI
08:23 Rescuers release 1st video of trapped workers
Rescuers on Tuesday released the first video of the workers trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel here for 10 days.
The visuals were captured using an endoscopic camera sent in through the alternative 6-inch food pipeline.
In the video, the workers, wearing yellow and white helmets, are seen receiving food items sent to them through the pipeline and talking to each other.
This comes as a big relief to the families of these workers.
National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) Director Anshu Manish Khalkho had earlier said that cameras would be inserted through the pipeline to see how the workers were doing.
The camera was sent in after it came from Delhi late on Monday evening. -- PTI
01:33 NIA arrests one more person in Visakhapatnam espionage case
The NIA on Monday arrested a man in the Visakhapatnam espionage case, which is related to leak of classified defence information through a Pakistani ISI spy network, a spokesperson of the federal agency said.
Amaan Salim Shaikh was arrested from Mumbai following raids at two locations in the Maharashtra capital and another at Hojai in Assam, the official said
He is the third accused to be arrested in the case.
Four people, including Pakistani operatives, were charge-sheeted by the National Investigation Agency in the case.
"Shaikh was found to be involved in the activation of SIM cards that were being used by Pakistani intelligence officers involved in the racket, which first came to light in 2021, when the counter intelligence cell, Andhra Pradesh, registered the case on January 12, 2021, under various sections of Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Official Secrets act," the spokesperson said.
The NIA took over the case in June. During the raids, the spokesperson said, NIA teams also seized two mobile-phones from the location Shaikh was arrested.
Two more mobile-phones and a host of sensitive documents were seized from other raided locations. -- PTI
MLA Abbas Ansari/File image
01:10 Arms licence case: HC rejects bail plea of Mukhtar Ansari's MLA son Abbas
The Allahabad high court on Monday rejected the bail plea of Uttar Pradesh MLA Abbas Ansari, the son of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, in an arms licence case.
In its order, the Lucknow bench of the high court stated that a large number of metal cartridges were recovered from Abbas Ansari despite it being banned in shooting.
Justice Subhash Vidyarthi stated that it was a serious matter as the accused, despite being a public representative, committed this act.
It was submitted on behalf of Abbas Ansari, an MLA of the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party, that he was a shooter and had a valid arms licence and hence he was entitled to keep three arms and there was no illegality in it.
It was also submitted that the Delhi authorities had made correspondence with the Uttar Pradesh police regarding the transfer of his arms licence, so it cannot be said that he concealed information about it.
Opposing the plea, the state's counsel said that eight arms and more than 4,000 metal cartridges were recovered from Abbas Ansari. An FIR was lodged against him on October 12, 2019.
It was alleged in the FIR that Abbas Ansari obtained a gun licence from Lucknow and later he got it transferred to Delhi where he purchased arms based on the changed address. -- PTI
Youth Congress workers showing black flag to CM Vijayan in Kerala/Courtesy IYC on X
01:02 Youth Cong workers assaulted as they show black flags to Kerala CM
A group of Youth Congress workers were arrested on Monday for allegedly waving black flags at and jumping in front of the cavalcade of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, following which they were reportedly attacked by CPI-M workers using helmets, sticks, and stones.
Vijayan and his cabinet were travelling through Pazhayangadi area of this north Kerala district as part of the Nava Kerala Sadas, an outreach programme of the state government, when the Youth Congress members demonstrated.
After the incident, Vijayan, while addressing a massive gathering at Taliparamba in Kannur, claimed that those who jumped in front of his cavalcade had received specific instructions and had an agenda.
He said the Congress will not be able to "belittle the success" of the event by waving a black flag.
He also told the gathering to expect more "dubious" plans of provocation in the coming days and appealed to his party workers to maintain restraint.
"They very well know that showing a black flag will not belittle the success of this event. They want to create an issue and I request everyone here not to get provoked by such incidents. They want to divert attention from this massive outreach programme," Vijayan said.
"This event started just two days back. We have more than 30 days to go. We can expect more of such dubious actions creating provocations. I urge everyone to maintain restraint," Vijayan said.
The CPI-M state secretariat also echoed similar views in a statement and said the Congress party was trying to disrupt the Nava Kerala Sadas by creating trouble. -- PTI
Activist Manoj Jarange
00:21 Maratha quota stir has reached decisive stage: Jarange at rally
Activist Manoj Jarange on Monday night announced a chain hunger strike will be launched in all villages of Maharashtra from December 1 in support of reservation for Maratha community members and accused political parties of conspiring to deprive them of quota benefits.
Jarange, spearheading the latest agitation seeking reservation for the Marathas in government jobs and education under the OBC category, said the pro-quota stir has reached a "decisive stage" and community members will fight for their right by remaining within four walls of law and through non-violent means.
Addressing a well-attended rally in Navi Mumbai, the activist asserted any amount of misleading tactics by his distractors would not work as he was "in the blood of Marathas" and would continue to fight for reservation.
Had the Marathas been given reservation 75 years ago, by now they would have flourished and earned name and fame, and occupied important positions in all-India services like IAS and the IPS, he maintained.
"A well-planned conspiracy has been hatched by all the political parties to keep us deprived of reservation," alleged Jarange, who has given the Maharashtra government time till December 24 to resolve the quota issue.
He said government records are now coming out to show that Kunbis, already classified as a social group under the Other Backward Classes category and enjoying quota benefits, were once treated as a sub-caste within the Maratha community. -- PTI