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‘As-salamu alaykum’ shows Sharjeel Imam’s speech was for particular community, police tells court

‘As-salamu alaykum’ shows Sharjeel Imam’s speech was for particular community, police tells court

India
New Delhi, September 1 Delhi Police Wednesday said JNU student Sharjeel Imam began one of his alleged inflammatory speeches with 'As-salamu alaykum' salutation which shows it was addressed to a particular community and not the public at large. Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Amit Prasad, representing the police, made the remarks during the argument in a sedition case filed against Imam for speeches made by him at two universities in 2019, where he allegedly threatened to "cut off" Assam and the rest of the Northeast from India. During the hearing, Prasad apprised Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat that Imam attempted to create complete anarchy and gave divisive speeches during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The...
Jallianwala Bagh complex restored with utmost respect: Culture Ministry

Jallianwala Bagh complex restored with utmost respect: Culture Ministry

India
New Delhi, September 1 Amid allegations the government was "glamourising" the Jallianwala Bagh complex, the Culture Ministry Wednesday said it has been "restored" by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the agency that has restored World Heritage sites in the country, to conserve it for posterity. It also said a "poignant" soundtrack has been chosen as part of the sound and light show describing the event on the day of the massacre. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated four new galleries and opened the renovated memorial virtually, a year-and-a-half after it was closed for the revamp. The well into which the people jumped when forces led by Reginald Dyer opened fire on them has been covered with a transparent barrier. The narrow entrance has been adorned with sculptur...
India’s sugar export to Afghanistan almost at halt; should resume after normalcy restored

India’s sugar export to Afghanistan almost at halt; should resume after normalcy restored

India
New Delhi, September 1 India's sugar export to Afghanistan has almost come to a halt with Indian merchants reporting cancellation of orders in the wake of the current situation there, a senior government official said on Wednesday. The Taliban ousted the government in Afghanistan and took over the control of the country after capturing Kabul last month. Afghanistan is one of the top three destinations for Indian sugar exports. About 6,00,000-7,00,000 tonne of the sweetener is exported annually. About 6,50,000 tonne of sugar has already been exported so far in the current 2020-21 season ending this month, as per the trade data. Sugar season runs from October to September. "Our sugar export to Afghanistan has been affected now because of the prevailing current situation out th...
Chhattisgarh govt permits schools to reopen for Classes 6 and up with 50 pc attendance

Chhattisgarh govt permits schools to reopen for Classes 6 and up with 50 pc attendance

India
Raipur, September 1 In light of the decline in Covid-19 cases, the Chhattisgarh government on Wednesday issued an order permitting private and government schools to reopen for Classes 6, 7, 9 and 11 with 50 per cent attendance from Thursday, an official said on Wednesday. Schools have already resumed for Classes 1 to 5, 8, 10 and 12 from August 1, and a fresh order permitting resumption of physical school for Classes 6, 7, 9 and 11 was issued by the school education department, the official from the public relations department said. As per the order, schools in rural areas will have to get recommendations from gram panchayats and parents' committees, while recommendations will be mandatory from ward corporators and parents' committees for institutions situated in urban areas. Schools w...
Swiggy delivery boy shoots dead restaurant owner in Greater Noida over delay in order

Swiggy delivery boy shoots dead restaurant owner in Greater Noida over delay in order

India
Tribune Web Desk Chanidgrah, September 1 A delivery agent, reportedly working with Swiggy, allegedly shot dead the owner of a restaurant in Greater Noida over delay in getting an order ready. As per NDTV report, the Swiggy agent late on Tuesday, reached the restaurant to collect an order of chicken biryani and poori sabzi. The biryani was ready on time, the delivery agent was that the other order would take a little more time. Following the delay, an argument broke out between the two. The delivery agent allegedly abused the restaurant employee. This is when the owner of the restaurant, Sunil Agarwal, tried to intervene and end the argument. The delivery agent allegedly shot him in the head allegedly with the help of his friend. The restaurant employee and other staff members rush...
Non-subsidised LPG cylinder gets costlier by Rs 25

Non-subsidised LPG cylinder gets costlier by Rs 25

India
Mumbai, September 1 In another hit to the wallet of the common man, oil marketing companies have raised the prices of non-subsidised LPG cylinders by Rs 25. In Delhi, the 14.2-kilogram non-subsidised cylinder will now cost Rs 884.50. Price in Kolkata is the highest among the four metro cities at Rs 911 per cylinder, while that in Chennai and Mumbai stood at Rs 900.5 and Rs 884.50 per cylinder. This is the second hike in 15 days. The previous hike was of Rs 25 on August 18. Further, the price of a 19 kg commercial cylinder has also been increased by Rs 75, taking the price in Delhi to Rs 1,693 per cylinder. The incessant rise in cooking gas prices has drawn criticism for the government from several quarters. After the previous hike in LPG prices, the Congress slammed the government s...
External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to visit 3 European nations from Thursday

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to visit 3 European nations from Thursday

India
New Delhi, September 1 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will begin on Thursday a four-day visit to Slovenia, Croatia and Denmark to boost bilateral ties and further strengthen India's cooperation with the European Union (EU). Jaishankar's first destination will be Slovenia where he is scheduled to attend an informal meeting of the foreign ministers of the EU member states on Friday. According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Jaishankar will begin his two-day trip to Slovenia on Thursday, during which he will hold a bilateral meeting with his Slovenian counterpart Anze Logar, apart from calling on the country's leadership. Slovenia currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union, and it invited Jaishankar to attend the informal meeting of the foreign ...
Yogi Adityanath orders action against Noida officials in Supertech case

Yogi Adityanath orders action against Noida officials in Supertech case

India
Lucknow, September 1 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday directed officials to take strict action against those officials of the Noida Authority, who are accused in the construction of twin towers in Supertech Emerald Court. The chief minister's action comes a day after the Supreme Court ordered demolition of the 40-storey twin towers being constructed in Noida's Sector 93A. The court also slammed the Noida Authority pointing out multiple incidents of collusion of its officials with Supertech and violations of norms by the realty major in the construction of the twin towers. The court had ordered prosecution of officials of Supertech and the Noida Authority under the Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Act for flouting the laws. The bench comprising Justice DY Chandr...
Yogi Adityanath calls for inquiry, action against guilty officials in Supertech twin tower case

Yogi Adityanath calls for inquiry, action against guilty officials in Supertech twin tower case

India
Lucknow/Noida, September 1 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday called for an inquiry and strict action against guilty officers in Noida in the Supertech illegal twin tower case, according to officials. The chief minister also directed the officers to register criminal case against guilty persons, if need be, as he reviewed the matter in Lucknow, an official spokesperson said. The Supreme Court had on Tuesday ordered demolition of the twin towers that had come up in violation of the building bye-laws in Supertech's Emerald Court housing project in Noida's Sector 93. The top court ordered that the towers be razed within three months for violation of building norms in "collusion" with district officials, holding that illegal construction had to be dealt with strictly...
Country likely to receive above-normal rains in September

Country likely to receive above-normal rains in September

India
Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 1 After deficient rains in August, monsoon rains are expected to be "above normal" in September. However, many areas of Northwest and Northeast India are expected to get below normal rains in the last month of the June-September season, IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said on Wednesday. Rains are expected to continue for today over Northwest, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Western UP, and decrease thereafter. Peninsular India and parts of East, like Bihar, are expected to get above normal rain. It is expected that the June-September rains will end in the lower end of normal and the current deficiency of 9 per cent would reduce, Mohapatra said. Regarding the message to farmers due to the deficiency and expected crop damage in some pa...