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MHA nod for visa to 34 Pakistan players, officials of blind cricket team

The Union home ministry has cleared the issuance of visa to 34 players and officials of the Pakistan blind cricket team for the World Cup in India, officials said. After its nod, the external affairs ministry will issue the visas to the Pakistani players and officials so that they can travel to India for the ongoing tournament. The home ministry has given clearance for issuance of visa to 34 Pakistani players and officials to take part in the Blind Cricket World Cup, a ministry official said. Earlier in the day, the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) in a statement had claimed that the team could not get clearance from the Indian external affairs ministry. Also Read: Maha-K'taka border row: Will take this issue to HM Amit Shah, says Fadnavis This unfortunate incident has left the Pakistan blind cricket team in the lurch, the PBCC said. India, Bangladesh, Australia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Pakistan are scheduled to play in tournament from December 5-17. Matches will be played in Faridabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Indore and Bengaluru where the final will be held. Pakistan had finished second in the last World Cup for the Blind. 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

06 December,2022 10:36 PM IST | New Delhi | PTI
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TMC's Saket Gokhale arrested by Gujarat Police; sent to 2-day police custody

Trinamool Congress (TMC) national spokesperson Saket Gokhale was arrested on Tuesday for a tweet endorsing an alleged fake news report about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Gujarat's Morbi town after the collapse of a suspension bridge in October, a police official said. Gokhale was detained at Jaipur in Rajasthan in the early hours by officials of the Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell and brought in the afternoon to Ahmedabad where he was formally placed under arrest, said Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Cyber Crime, Jitendra Yadav. Later, the TMC member was produced before the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate MV Chauhan, who sent him to police custody till December 8. "Based on a complaint we received from a citizen, an FIR (first information report) was lodged against Gokhale for spreading fake news about the PM's visit to Morbi after the bridge collapse tragedy. We detained him from Jaipur today morning and brought him here, Yadav said. The FIR was registered in Ahmedabad under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 465, 469, 471 (all related to forgery) and 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory), police said. The 35-year-old spokesperson of the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC underwent a heart surgery recently and was on a private visit to Jaipur, sources said. Gokhale recently tweeted a purported news clipping which apparently appeared to have been published in a leading Gujarati newspaper. The purported news clipping claimed a query under the Right to Information (RTI) revealed the Gujarat government had spent Rs 30 crore on PM Modi's visit to Morbi town after the collapse of a suspension bridge on October 30. The collapse of the British-era bridge built on the Machchu river in Morbi had killed 135 people. The Prime Minister, who was on a Gujarat tour at that time, visited the site of the tragedy on November 1. Citing the purported news clipping which he attached to his tweet, Gokhale said, RTI reveals that Modi's visit to Morbi for a few hours cost Rs 30 croreJust Modi's event management and PR costs more than the lives of 135 innocent people. ACP Yadav said, When we contacted Gujarat Samachar, the management told us this news was never published and it was totally fake and created by someone to look authentic. Thus, we have detained (and later arrested) Gokhale for spreading fake news. Also Read: Maha political crisis: Unconstitutional govt in state, Uddhav group tells SC As per the FIR, quoted by the police in its remand application, the TMC leader had deliberately tweeted fake news "to get political mileage". It further alleged Gokhale's act had sparked a "feeling of fear and hatred among citizens and it could dilute the peaceful atmosphere of Gujarat". Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee backed Gokhale and claimed the police action against him showed "vindictive attitude" of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Gujarat. "It's a very bad, and sad (incident). Saket (Gokhale) is a bright man. He is very popular on social media. He has made no mistake," Banerjee told reporters at the Jaipur airport. "I condemn this vindictive attitude. He (Saket) has been arrested because he tweeted against the Prime Minister. People also tweet against me... We are really feeling sorry about the situation," said the TMC supremo. 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

06 December,2022 10:16 PM IST | Ahmedabad | PTI
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Maharashtra leaders fume at violence against state vehicles in Karnataka

Hours after some Maharashtra vehicles were attacked and pelted with stones in Belgaum border district of Karnataka, leaders across political parties in this state breathed fire at the neighbour, with warnings, ultimatum and dark threats of repercussions on Tuesday. The state political atmosphere suddenly witnessed a raise in the temperature when certain activists of the Kannada Rakshan Vedike targeted buses and trucks from Maharashtra, resulting in huge traffic chaos on the Belgaum border. There were reactions in Pune and Kolhapur when Shiv Sena (UBT) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists smeared black or saffron paint on Karnataka buses and trucks, deflated tyres and shouted anti-Karnataka slogans. Rattled by the reactions, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called up Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and conveyed this state's displeasure to him in strong terms, said Bharatiya Janata Party Spokesperson Keshav Upadhye. In turn, the Karnataka CM assured giving escort to this state's vehicles and of taking strict action against the perpetrators of the violence on Tuesday there, said Upadhye. Commenting that Fadnavis' plea 'had no impact', Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar served a 48-hour ultimatum to the adjoining state to normalise the situation in the border areas failing which he (Pawar) would personally visit and express solidarity with the Marathi-speaking people there. Other NCP leaders like Supriya Sule, MP, and Leader of Opposition Ajit Pawar also slammed the ruling alliance of BJP and Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena's two ministers Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai who were prevented from going to Belgaum on Tuesday. Pawar raised questions why the disturbances took place on a symbolic day like the 66th death anniversary of the Chief Architect of the Indian Constitution B.R. Ambedkar, and pointed out that Bommai's attitude could affect the integrity of the country. However, the BSS Spokesperson Krishna Hegde blamed the Congress which was in power for 50 years in both the states for not taking steps to resolve the issue. Also Read: Maha political crisis: Unconstitutional govt in state, Uddhav group tells SC "They created the M.C. Mahajan Commission which was rejected by the states involved. Now their leaders are adding fuel to the fire," claimed Hegde. Sena (UBT)'s ex-Minister Aditya Thackeray and Chief Spokesperson Sanjay Raut attacked the BJP-SS saying the Maharashtra government 'got scared' by the Karnataka CM's scolding, and targeted the neighbouring state for the injustice meted out to the Marathis in that state and called upon the Shinde-Fadnavis government to immediately resolve the row. State Congress President Nana Patole also took shots at the Karnataka government for the violence and BJP leaders like Sudhir Mungantiwar said that Maharashtra will not keep quiet at the neighbouring state's behaviour. In a strong attack, Sharad Pawar said that "an atmosphere of fear" has been created in the boundary villages owing to Bommai's statements, and called for an urgent and amicable solution to the issue with proper coordination by the CMs of both the states. The NCP supremo flayed Bommai's statements staking claim to more villages from Maharashtra, and continuously talking on the ticklish issue which has flared up sentiments in the boundary districts. A delegation of state MPs belonging to the ruling alliance is scheduled to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday evening, the outcome of which is awaited. Meanwhile, in an attempt to cool down the tempers, the state transport bus services serving the two states have been suspended temporarily late this evening, even as some agitated Sena (UBT) workers staged roadblocks against Karnataka vehicles in the border areas of Kolhapur. 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

06 December,2022 08:37 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Maha political crisis: Unconstitutional govt in state, Uddhav group tells SC

Uddhav Thackeray-led group on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that there is an unconstitutional government in Maharashtra as it sought an urgent hearing of the pleas filed by both the rival factions in relation to the Maharashtra political crisis. A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha said it would list the matter on January 13 to pass some directions. Senior advocate Devadatt Kamat mentioned the matter for urgent listing and requested the top court to hear the case urgently as there is an unconstitutional government in Maharashtra. CJI said next week is a miscellaneous week and it won't be possible to assemble five judges on a miscellaneous week and thereafter the Supreme Court will have winter vacation. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud is seized of a batch of petitions filed by a rival faction between Uddhav Thackeray and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde of Shiv Sena group in relation to the Maharashtra political crisis. The bench also comprises Justices MR Shah, Krishna Murari, Hima Kohli and PS Narasimha. Earlier, the top court had allowed the Election Commission of India to decide which faction between Uddhav Thackeray and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde be recognised as the 'real' Shiv Sena party and allotment of the bow and arrow symbol. In August, the top court's three-judge bench had referred to a five-judge Constitution bench the issues involved in the petition filed by rival groups of Shiv Sena in relation to the Maharashtra political crisis. The Supreme Court three-judge bench had said that some of the issues involved in the Maharashtra political crisis may require a larger Constitutional bench for consideration. It had also asked the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Rahul Narwekar not to take any action on the new disqualification notices issued against the members of Shiv Sena. There are various petitions pending before the apex court filed by both factions of Shiv Sena. Also Read: Maha-K'taka border row: Pawar says situation worrisome, time to take a stand Thackeray-led faction approached the top court challenging the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari's decision to invite Eknath Shinde to form the government and the Speaker's election and floor test. Later they challenged the Shinde group approaching the poll panel claiming they are 'real' Shiv Sena. They had also challenged the newly appointed Maharashtra Assembly Speaker's action recognising the whip of the Eknath Shinde group as the whip of Shiv Sena. The plea said the newly appointed Speaker has no jurisdiction to recognise whips nominated by Shinde as Uddhav Thackeray is still the head of the Shiv Sena official party. Thackeray camp's Sunil Prabhu had filed a plea seeking suspension from the Maharashtra Assembly of new Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and 15 rebel MLAs against whom disqualification pleas are pending. Shinde group challenged the disqualification notices issued by the Deputy Speaker to 16 rebel MLAs and the appointment of Ajay Choudhary as Shiv Sena Legislature Party leader, is also pending before the apex court. On June 29, the top court gave a go-ahead to the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on June 30. Refusing to stay the Maharashtra Governor's direction to the then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to prove his majority support on the floor of the House on June 30, the bench had issued notice on Prabhu's plea against the floor test. After the apex court's order, Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation as the Chief Minister and Eknath Shinde was later sworn in as the Chief Minister. 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

06 December,2022 08:02 PM IST | New Delhi | ANI
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Paresh Rawal summoned by Kolkata Police for his 'cook fish for Bengalis' remark

Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal has been summoned by the Kolkata Police. The police have asked him to appear before them on December 12, the ANI reported.  The BJP leader was summoned by the police in Taltala in connection with his "cook fish for Bengalis" remark. Rawal had reportedly made the statement during an election rally in Gujarat. He had however, later issued an apology for his remark. West Bengal | BJP leader & Actor Paresh Rawal has been summoned on 12th Dec by Kolkata Police in Taltala PS for his "cook fish for Bengalis" remark.CPI(M) leader Md Salim has lodged a police complaint at Taltala PS of Kolkata against Paresh Rawal's comment.(File Pic) pic.twitter.com/s5VVMUKawU — ANI (@ANI) December 6, 2022 Also Read: Saket Gokhale made no mistake: TMC chief Mamata Banerjee CPI (M) leader Md Salim had later lodged a police complaint at Taltala police station of Kolkata against Paresh Rawal's comment, as per the ANI. (with ANI inputs)

06 December,2022 07:38 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Maharashtra-Karnataka border row: Violence in Belagavi; over 100 detained

The protests by Kannada activists around the issue of border row between Maharashtra and Karnataka took a violent turn on Tuesday after trucks bearing Maharashtra registration number plates were attacked by an angry mob. The Karnataka police took president of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Narayana Gowda, and hundreds of workers into custody following the violence. According to the police, the activists who had arrived from various districts across the state had hurled stones at five trucks moving towards Maharashtra. They climbed on to the trucks and shouted slogans against Maharashtra politicians. They also plucked out the registration plates and painted the vehicles black. The protesters climbed on police vehicles with Kannada flags and raised slogans. Also Read: Maha-K'taka border row: Pawar says situation worrisome, time to take a stand The activists have planned a big procession and rally in Belagavi city and also wanted to prevent the entry of Maharashtra ministers. As Maharashtra ministers called off their visit, the police in Karnataka, prevented the Kannada activists from entering Belagavi city to maintain law and order. Belagavi city has a large number of Marathi speaking population. Narayana Gowda, meanwhile, said: "This is not a one-day agitation. The government is using the police force to nip our struggle. We will teach a lesson to the government. We will discuss laying siege to the Suvarana Vidhana Soudha, when the winter session will be held." BJP general secretary and legislator C.T. Ravi said Maharashtra will not get an inch of land from Karnataka. 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

06 December,2022 07:28 PM IST | Bengaluru | IANS
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Hackers attack ICMR website around 6000 times in a day: Official

Hackers allegedly tried to breach the website of the apex health research body ICMR but their attempts have been foiled, according to a government official. The official said that hackers apparently from Hong Kong tried to attack the website of the Indian Council of Medical Research around 6000 times in a span of 24 hours on November 30. The attacks come close to the heels of the alleged ransomware attack that had paralysed AIIMS online services here. Also Read: Mumbai: Man duped of Rs 50.68 lakh by online fraudsters "The contents of the ICMR website are safe. The site is hosted at NIC Data Centre, hence the firewall is from NIC which they regularly update. The attack has been prevented successfully," the official 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

06 December,2022 06:32 PM IST | New Delhi | PTI
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Delhi Excise case: Fresh CBI notice to TRS' K Kavitha for questioning on Dec 11

The CBI has issued a fresh notice to TRS MLC K Kavitha to appear for questioning on December 11 at Hyderabad in connection with Delhi Excise Policy scam case, officials said Tuesday. The agency is understood to have agreed to the request of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter to postpone her questioning from Tuesday to any date between December 11-15. Also Read: Saket Gokhale made no mistake: TMC chief Mamata Banerjee In her response to the first notice issued on December 2, Kavitha had said she had gone through the contents of the FIR copy as well as the complaint available on the website in connection with the case and her name did not figure anywhere in any manner whatsoever.  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

06 December,2022 06:22 PM IST | New Delhi | PTI
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Assam: Police constable shot dead by colleague in Charaideo

A police constable was shot dead allegedly by his colleague in Assam's Charaideo district on Tuesday morning following an altercation between them, an officer said. Constable Deepak Kakoti had just come to Sonari police station for his morning shift, when an argument broke out between him and his colleague, Gokul Basumatary, and he took out his service revolver and opened fire, the police officer said. Also Read: Saket Gokhale made no mistake: TMC chief Mamata Banerjee Basumatary, who got hit, was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the doctors. His body has been sent for post-mortem. Kakoti later surrendered before senior police officers, and was subjected to a medical test to ascertain whether he was drunk or not, the officer 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

06 December,2022 06:13 PM IST | Guwahati | PTI
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Saket Gokhale made no mistake: TMC chief Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday backed party spokesperson Saket Gokhale, who has been arrested by the Gujarat Police over a tweet on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said that she condemned the BJP government's "vindictive attitude". Banerjee, who is visiting Rajasthan, also claimed that Gokhale made no mistake. "It's a very bad, and sad (incident). Saket (Gokhale) is a bright man. He is very popular on social media. He has made no mistake," Banerjee told reporters at Jaipur airport. "I condemn this vindictive attitude. He (Saket) has been arrested because he tweeted against the Prime Minister. People also tweet against me... We are really feeling sorry about the situation," she said before heading for Pushkar. Also Read: Maha-Karnataka border row: Fadnavis speaks to Bommai over tensions near Belagavi The Gujarat Police have detained Gokhale over a tweet endorsing an alleged fake news report about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Morbi after a bridge collapse incident there on October 31, which had claimed 135 lives. Gokhale recently tweeted a news clipping which apparently appeared to have been published in a leading Gujarati newspaper. Banerjee paid a visit to Ajmer and Pushkar shrines during the day. 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

06 December,2022 05:44 PM IST | Kolkata | PTI
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Uddhav-led Sena workers paint Karnataka buses with 'Jai Maharashtra' graffiti

Amid a simmering border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka, activists of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction on Tuesday sprayed black and orange paints on at least three Karnataka state transport buses in Swargate area of Pune city. They also wrote "Jai Maharashtra" on these buses. A local leader of Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) faction confirmed they painted the buses. Workers of the Shiv Sena (UBT) faction sprayed at least two-three buses of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) with black paint. They also used an orange spray to write "Jai Maharashtra" on these buses. "We have detained four to five people who painted the buses," a police officer said. Also Read: Maha-Karnataka border row: Fadnavis speaks to Bommai over tensions near Belagavi The border issue dates back to 1957 after the reorganisation of states on linguistic lines. Maharashtra laid claim to Belagavi, which was part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency as it has a sizable Marathi-speaking population. It also laid claim to 814 Marathi-speaking villages which are currently part of Karnataka. Belagavi district administration in Karnataka on Monday issued orders barring entry of the two Maharashtra ministers and leaders to the city. Prohibitory orders were issued under section 144 of CrPC, barring their entry, besides that of an MP, who are members of the Maharashtra High Power Committee on the Border Dispute. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai recently sought a merger of "Kannada-speaking" areas in Maharashtra's Akkalkot and Solapur and had also said some villages in Jat taluka in Sangli district wanted to join the southern state. 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

06 December,2022 05:03 PM IST | Pune | PTI
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