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NCP chief Sharad Pawar calls on Vice President Dhankhar

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday called on Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar here. The Vice President's Secretariat shared pictures of the meeting. Also Read: Digvijaya Singh gets bail in defamation case related to comment on RSS "Shri Sharad Pawar Ji, Hon'ble Member Parliament (Rajya Sabha), called on the Hon'ble Vice President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar at Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas today," it said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 September,2022 09:04 PM IST | New Delhi | PTI
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Chandigarh University video case: Army man held from Arunachal Pradesh

The Punjab Police on Saturday said it has arrested an Army man in connection with the Chandigarh University case, in which it was alleged that a hostel recorded several objectionable videos of girl students in the common washroom. Punjab Director General of Police Guarav Yadav said Sanjeev Singh was nabbed from Arunachal Pradesh. He will be produced before a Mohali court. "Crucial breakthrough in the #ChandigarhUniversity case with the assistance of the #Army, #Assam and #Arunachal Pradesh Police. Accused Army personnel Sanjeev Singh arrested from Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh. Transit remand obtained from Ld CJM Bomdilla for production before Mohali court," said the DGP in a tweet. He was suspected of blackmailing the accused woman student, said the DGP. Also Read: NSE phone tapping case: CBI gets custody of ex-Mumbai police chief Sanjay Pandey Yadav said based on forensic and digital evidence, a Mohali police team was dispatched to Arunachal Pradesh to arrest the accused. Police also obtained a two-day transit remand of the accused from the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Bomdila. "The guilty in this case will not be spared and justice will prevail," said the DGP. Police had earlier arrested three people, a girl student and two men, from Himachal Pradesh. Protests had rocked the university campus in Punjab's Mohali last week over allegations levelled by students that a hostel inmate recorded several objectionable videos of students in the common washroom. Some students had even claimed that the videos were leaked. The university authorities, however, dismissed these allegations as "false and baseless". This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 September,2022 07:57 PM IST | Chandigarh | PTI
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Maharashtra Congress chief demands ban on PFI

Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole on Saturday condemned the alleged raising of pro-Pakistan slogans in Pune and demanded a ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI), currently under scanner for allegedly supporting terror activities. Patole alleged that Congress had demanded to proscribe organisations like PFI in the past and wondered if the BJP-led Centre was not accepting the demand for any political motive. "I condemn the raising of pro-Pakistan slogans in Pune. Divisive and communal organisations should be banned. The Congress wants peace and such tendencies to create a divide should be stopped," he told reporters. Patole demanded an inquiry to ascertain if organisations like PFI get political support to create a Hindu-Muslim divide. Also Read: NSE phone tapping case: CBI gets custody of ex-Mumbai police chief Sanjay Pandey A video has surfaced on social media, which shows that a "Pakistan Zindabad" slogan was allegedly raised during a protest organised by the PFI in Pune. "The Central government has the power to ban organisations like PFI under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Congress had earlier made such a demand. Is the BJP not accepting the demand for its own political motive?" he asked. In a massive crackdown on the PFI, multi-agency teams spearheaded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had, on Thursday, arrested 106 leaders and activists of the radical Islamic outfit in near-simultaneous raids in 15 states for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country. In a dig, Patole said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat recently visited a mosque in Delhi as the Congress 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' was bringing people closer. "We welcome this stand of RSS. The yatra (foot march) is meant to unite the people," he said, adding the yatra will enter Maharashtra on November 7.Bhagwat visited a mosque and a madrasa in Delhi on Thursday and held discussions with the chief of the All India Imam Organisation. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 September,2022 07:49 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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NSE phone tapping case: CBI gets custody of ex-Mumbai police chief Sanjay Pandey

The CBI has taken four-day custody of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey in connection with the alleged illegal phone tapping of NSE employees by his information technology firm, officials said on Saturday. Pandey was already in the judicial custody of the Enforcement Directorate in connection with probes against him. The CBI approached a special CBI court here seeking his custody in connection with the tapping case which was granted for four days during which he will be interrogated by the agency, the officials said. Also Read: No decision taken on oil refinery plant location in Maharashtra: Union minister In addition to Pandey and former MD and CEO of NSE Chitra Ramkrishna, the CBI has also named another former NSE CEO and MD Ravi Narain in the case. It is alleged iSec Securities Pvt. Ltd, one of the firms that conducted a security audit of NSE, had illegally tapped phones of NSE employees during 2009-17, the CBI said. The company was incorporated by Pandey in March 2001 and he quit as its director in May 2006. His son and mother took over charge of the company. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 September,2022 07:42 PM IST | New Delhi | PTI
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Digvijaya Singh gets bail in defamation case related to comment on RSS

A court here on Saturday granted bail to senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh in a defamation case over his claim that people associated with the RSS were receiving money from Pakistan. The district and sessions court granted him bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 after he appeared before it. Also Read: Aaditya blames Shinde govt, Sena rebels for loss of Vedanta-Foxconn plant Speaking to reporters later, Singh claimed that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was not a registered organization, hence it could not be defamed. Also Read: Students shoot private video of girl at institute, try to extort money; one held

24 September,2022 07:29 PM IST | Gwalior | PTI
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No decision taken on oil refinery plant location in Maharashtra: Union minister

Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said the Centre has not taken any decision to set up an oil refinery project in any specific area in Maharashtra. Speaking to reporters in Chandrapur, he said the state government will have to discuss the project's location with the Central government. He alleged the erstwhile government (in Maharashtra) had allocated land for the project but later refused under the pretext of changing the location, which derailed the project. "Following this, the state (Maharashtra) and the country faced huge economic losses in the last two-and-a-half years," Puri alleged. Puri was apparently referring to the Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemical project, proposed to be built at Nanar village in Ratnagiri district in coastal Konkan, but it was scrapped before the 2019 polls at the insistence of Shiv Sena, the then alliance partner of BJP. Also Read: Aaditya blames Shinde govt, Sena rebels for loss of Vedanta-Foxconn plant Establishing a 60-million metric tonne per annum oil refinery will be the biggest plant in the world, Puri said. "If it is set up anywhere in the country, it has the potential to change the economic scenario in that state very fast," Puri said. He said an industrial association has recommended setting up a 20-million metric tonne capacity oil refinery in the Vidarbha region in east Maharashtra claiming it has a huge scope of minerals, metals etc. "I have suggested the association recommend such issues to the Central government and we will look into them. However, I have not taken any decision on setting up an oil refinery at Chandrapur or in the Vidarbha region in Maharashtra," he added. He said it is the Maharashtra government's call to select the location for the project. "After necessary talks between the state and the Union governments and international tie-ups, a decision will be taken," said Puri. After the Foxconn-Vedanta project, which was proposed in Pune district, shifted to Gujarat, Maharashtra Industries Minister Uday Samant said PM Modi had assured chief minister Eknath Shinde that the state will get an equally big project. Puri's visit to the Chandrapur constituency is part of the Bharatiya Janata Party's "Pravas" campaign to shore up its base in 144 Lok Sabha seats across the country ahead of the 2024 general elections. 16 of these seats are in Maharashtra. Suresh Dhanorkar of Congress is the sitting MP from the Chandrapur LS constituency, earlier represented by former Union minister Hansraj Ahir of BJP. Puri underlined the need for constructive opposition in the country for development. "But there is no leader who can give a fight to PM Narendra Modi in the upcoming general elections," he added.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 September,2022 07:19 PM IST | Chandrapur | PTI
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UP: Principal of private school booked for showing obscene video to student

A case has been registered against a principal of a private school here for allegedly showing an obscene video to a Class 3 student, police said on on Saturday. The parents of the student alleged that the school principal called the girl to his room on September 15 and showed her an obscene video and pictures on his mobile phone, Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Amit Kishore Srivastava said. Also Read: Students shoot private video of girl at institute, try to extort money; one held Following the complaint, an FIR was lodged against the principal of the school, which is located in the Saar Kotwali area, police said, adding the matter is under investigation. The parents said the girl initially remained silent about the incident and informed them of it on Saturday only, following which they approached the police, Srivastava said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 September,2022 05:41 PM IST | Badaun | PTI
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Maha: Samruddhi Expressway will change the face of Vidarbha, says Dy CM Fadnavis

The Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway will change the face of Vidarbha with the development it will herald by becoming an economic corridor of the country, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday. Speaking at the 'Pride of Land Awards' ceremony here, he said several firms in the logistics sector were coming to Nagpur, Wardha and other areas in Vidarbha, for long classified as a backward region of Maharashtra. He said there were plans to develop connectivity between Nagpur and Goa on the lines of the Samruddhi Expressway that links Vidarbha's largest city with the country's financial capital. Also read: Gehlot expresses grief over U'khand resort employee murder, seeks speedy probe "Chief Minister Eknath Shinde wants to develop 5,000 kilometres of access controlled expressways by linking Nagpur to Hyderabad (in Telangana) and Delhi. The aim is to ensure all types of cargo traverses these routes within 10 hours," he said. "The Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway will change the face of Vidarbha. It will become the next economic corridor of the country," Fadnavis added. He said the government under him between 2014 and 2019 sanctioned development plans across the state without any corruption. Fadnavis also cited a report by real estate baron Niranjan Hiranandani that claimed the state government, between 2014 and 2019, spent Rs 3 lakh crore on infrastructure in Mumbai and its surrounding metropolitan region, which was ten times more than the amount spent in 60 years before 2014. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 September,2022 04:47 PM IST | Nagpur | PTI
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Gehlot expresses grief over U'khand resort employee murder, seeks speedy probe

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday expressed grief over the murder of a resort employee in Uttarakhand and demanded a speedy investigation by the state government and justice to the family. He described the incident as "highly condemnable and sad". BJP leader Vinod Arya's son Pulkit -- who owns the resort in Pauri's Yamkeshwar block -- was arrested Friday along with two employees of the facility for allegedly killing the receptionist, who had been missing for the past few days "There is a lot of anger among the people about the form in which the BJP leader's son put pressure on the girl and then she was brutally murdered," Gehlot tweeted. Also Read: Students shoot private video of girl at institute, try to extort money; one held He said the BJP government in Uttarakhand should conduct a speedy investigation into the incident impartially. The accused should not be spared and the victim's family should get justice, he said. The body of the 19-year-old woman, who had been missing under suspicious circumstances, was recovered from a canal near a resort five days ago in Pauri. The woman, a resident of Srikot in Pauri, worked as a receptionist at Vantara Resort in Bhogpur and was missing since September 19.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 September,2022 04:16 PM IST | Jaipur | PTI
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Amit Shah on 3-day visit to J-K from September 30, to address two rallies

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from September 30 where he is planned to address two rallies and review developmental activities, a senior party leader said here on Saturday. J-K BJP general secretary and former minister Sunil Sharma, however, said the visit should not be linked to assembly polls. "Election is the prerogative of the ECI (Election Commission of India) which is an autonomous institution and scheduling dates are up to them. The BJP is ready. This (Shah's visit) is a routine visit and linking it with polls is not right," Sharma told a press conference here. He said Shah will arrive at Jammu on September 30, address a rally in Rajouri (Jammu division) on October 1, arrive in Kashmir the same evening and then address a rally in Baramulla town at 11 am on October 2. "There are many expectations and hopes of people across Kashmir from the BJP and the Central government," he said. "Every person has faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. To give that belief a shape, to fulfil those expectations, and to assess the developmental activities of the UT's LG administration, the Union Minister will arrive in J-K on September 30," Sharma said. Also Read: Punjab Governor acting at behest of BJP, says AAP He said people from across Kashmir, especially north Kashmir, will attend the rally. "People from south Kashmir will also attend it." Sharma said the Union minister will speak about various developmental activities undertaken by the Centre. "He will also speak about new steps taken by the Centre on the developmental front," Sharma added. The Union Home minister's visit will be a big step to strengthen the belief of the people in the BJP and the Central Government, the BJP leader said. "It will be the Union home minister's direct dialogue with the people of Kashmir in the form of the rally," he added. The BJP leader said there will be many other official engagements but refused to share the details. "But, as far as the party programmes are concerned, delegations from across party lines, or even business leaders, intellectuals, can meet him. Party activities will be discussed with senior leaders as well," he said. Asked if Shah will lay the foundation stone for the proposed cancer hospital in Eidgah area of the city here, Sharma said according to the information the party has, there is a session on developmental activities. "Perhaps, the foundation of the cancer hospital will also be laid and other developmental activities will take place," he said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 September,2022 03:53 PM IST | Srinagar | PTI
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Punjab Governor acting at behest of BJP, says AAP

The ruling AAP in Punjab on Saturday sharpened its attacked against Governor Banwarilal Purohit, alleging that he is acting at the behest of the BJP. The fresh attack came a day after the Governor's office sought details of the legislative business to be taken up in the September 27 Assembly session. Purohit had come under fire after he stopped the government from holding a special session of the Assembly on September 22 to bring a "confidence motion". AAP leader and state Cabinet Minister Aman Arora said the Punjab government does not want any confrontation but asserted that it will be unacceptable to the ruling party if anyone tries to deprive them of exercising their constitutional rights. Arora accused Purohit of cancelling the earlier special session scheduled for September 22 at the instance of the BJP-led Centre to make the party's "Operation Lotus" a success. The Governor is acting at the behest of the BJP, he alleged addressing the media here. Also read: RJD chief Lalu Yadav slams Home Minister Amit Shah for attacking Bihar govt Arora said it never happened in the past 75 years that details regarding the legislative business were sought. "A shameful incident took place yesterday, which has not happened in the past 75 years. The Governor issued a new letter to the Punjab government to know about the legislative business," said Arora. As per convention, the Business Advisory Committee of the House, in which representatives of all political parties are there, decides the legislative business to be taken up. "If 117 MLAs want to discuss and resolve public issues, then why is he fearing," asked Arora. He alleged that the Governor houses in states with non-BJP governments have become places for "hatching conspiracies". In Delhi, where AAP is in power, the Lieutenant Governor is acting like an opposition, he alleged. "In Punjab, the BJP has two MLAs and the Congress is fully supporting them. I feel that the Centre has given the responsibility of playing the role of opposition to the Governor here because of which such letters are being issued every day. It is very unfortunate," alleged Arora. Asked whether the state government will provide the details sought by the Governor, Arora said a decision in this regard will be taken after the chief minister and the Vidhan Sabha Speaker hold legal consultations. Whether the confidence motion will be moved, he evaded a direct reply and said, "Just wait for it. Whatever happens will be before you." Asked if the Governor denied permission for holding the session, Arora said, "Let him do so, we will plan accordingly." To a query, Arora asked the Governor to play his role and not to interfere in the functioning of MLAs. As per convention, the Governor gives approval to the recommendation of the Cabinet for holding a session and then before the session, the Business Advisory Committee mutually decides about the issues to be discussed, he said. "Now, what to say about the Governor, the kind of work he is doing, now I suspect he may say he will sit here (in the session)," said Arora. Arora said there is no provision of sending the list of the House to the Governor. "The House has 100 per cent right over it. Elected representatives are the members of the BAC, headed by the Speaker. There is no role of Governor in it," he asserted. Arora also criticised the Union government for denying him political clearance for a knowledge-exchange tour on Green Hydrogen to Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The minister was to fly to Europe on Saturday.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 September,2022 03:47 PM IST | Chandigarh | PTI
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