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[India], November 19 (ANI): After the closure of historical Mughal road in Jammu and Kashmir due to heavy snowfall, the business of local shopkeepers near the road has been affected due to loss of customers.

The shopkeepers appealed the state government for an immediate solution and solve their problems.

The Mughal road was closed yesterday and the movement of passengers and other vehicles was affected due to heavy snowfall.

Some areas in Jammu also witnessed the season's first heavy snowfall due to which the Mughal Road, the alternate link between Kashmir and rest of the country, was closed to avoid any mishap.

The temperature during day time in Jammu yesterday dipped about six degrees below normal. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 6:17 pm
New Delhi: Haryana's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Media Coordinator Suraj Pal Amu on Sunday passed derogatory remarks against 'Padmavati' filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, actress Deepika Padukone and actor Ranveer Singh.

Amu threatened actor Ranveer Singh, who is playing Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji in the movie, for supporting Bhansali.

"If you (Ranveer Singh) do not take back your words, we will break your legs [Agar tune apne shabd wapas nahin liye, toh teri taango ko todkar tere haathon mein de dengey)," he said, adding slurs against the actor.

He also praised the Meerut youth for announcing Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika and Bhansali.

"I want to congratulate the Meerut youth for announcing Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika, and Bhansali. We will reward the ones beheading them, with Rs 10 crore, and also take care of their family's needs," he added.

Amu also claimed he was ready to quit the BJP for his remarks, and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to speak up against the release of movie 'Padmavati'.

The BJP leader further added, "The Rajputs in Gujarat will vote for the party in the upcoming Assemby elections only if Padmavati is banned. The prime minister must exercise his powers under the Constitution to ban the movie."

Meanwhile, Akhand Rashtrawadi Party members in Lucknow staged a demonstration against the movie Padmavati and said they filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Delhi High Court against the film.

Meanwhile, the makers of the upcoming movie have voluntarily postponed its release date, in the face of absence of requisite clearances.

The movie was scheduled to release on December 1.

The movie, starring actors Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, had not received a clearance from the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The new release date of Padmavati is yet to be announced.

The movie, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540, had been facing protests from various groups, including Shri Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts.
Posted: November 19, 2017, 5:54 pm

[India], Nov. 19 (ANI): Remains of an animal resembling a dinosaur have been recovered in Uttarakhand's Jaspur city, said police on Sunday.

According to the police, they received a call from the locals informing them about the remains of a dinosaur following which they rushed to the spot.

"On reaching there, we found remains of an animal resembling dinosaur's body, but it could be anything. We have informed relevant authorities who will establish what it is," said a police officer.

The remains were recovered while cleaning an old storage room of a power house, which had been lying closed for last 10 years.

The police took the remains into their custody and after initial inquiry; the remains were handed over to the forest department.

The remains will be sent to Dehradun lab for examination. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 5:16 pm

[India], Nov. 19 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged on Sunday that the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had exploited the state for their own gains and made local bodies a hub of corruption.

"The SP and the BSP exploited the state and made local bodies a hub of corruption. Today, we have a government which works for development," Adityanath said while campaigning for civic body polls.

The chief minister said his government was committed to establish the rule of law in Uttar Pradesh and has been able to maintain law and order in the past six months.

The state will witness three-phase local body election beginning November 22. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 5:16 pm

[India], November 19 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday arrested three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit terrorists from Budgam district of central Kashmir.

Police recovered one SLR, pistol and grenades from them.

Acting on a specific input about the movement of terrorists in Budgam, a joint checkpoint was set up by Budgam police, 53 Rashtriya Rifles and 43 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Chadoora-Budgam road.

During the checking, a suspicious vehicle was spotted and when security forces signaled to stop the vehicle, one of the terrorist tried to lob grenade.

Fortunately, the security personnel acted swiftly and apprehended him along with two other terrorists.

The terrorists were identified as Mohd Maqbol Malla and Gowher Ahmad both from Bandzoo and Azad Ahmad Lone from Lelhar, Kakapora of Pulwama district.

Further investigation is underway.

Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's nephew Owaid was gunned down along with five other Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists by security forces during Bandipora encounter yesterday. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 5:15 pm

[India], Nov.19 (ANI): The Botanical Garden to Kalkaji Mandir stretch of Delhi Metro's Majenta Line has been granted the necessary safety approval by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS).

The Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) has granted the approval after inspecting the 12.64-km-long stretch from November 13 to 15, according to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's statement.

However, the approval is conditional and based on the compliance of some additional requirements.

The exact date of opening of the corridor will be intimated after the compliance of all the requirements specified by the CMRS.

The 36.23-km-long Majenta line from Botanical Garden to Janakpuri West is being constructed under DMRC's third phase and is likely to get completed by March 2018.

After line gets operational, the Botanical Garden will become the first interchange station outside Delhi. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 5:15 pm
(Image tweeted by @HardikPatel__

Ahmedabad: The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) on Sunday said their main issue of concern, regarding negotiations with the Congress, was reservation and their leader, Hardik Patel, was slated to make an important announcement in this regard tomorrow (November 20).

"Our first and last concern is reservation. Hardik Patel will make an announcement from Rajkot tomorrow," PAAS leader Dinesh Bambhaniya said.

Bambhaniya's statement came after his meeting with Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee President Bharat Singh Solanki.

Solanki, on his part, confirmed the Congress had the backing of the PAAS, adding they had come to agreement on numerous issues with the Patidar leaders, which would be announced soon.

"We took our conversation forward with the Patidar leaders. We had further discussions on the issue on which we mutually agreed last time when we met. In the coming days, we will try to implement what we discussed," he said.

"PAAS leaders, including Alpesh Thakur, Jignesh Mevani, have not asked for tickets. But for the welfare of the people of Gujarat and for their happiness, we will give tickets to some of them," he added.

The Patidar leaders, yesterday, reportedly had given the Congress a 24-hour deadline to declare their stand on the reservation status for the community.

The PAAS leaders flew to New Delhi on Friday to hold talks with Congress leaders regarding their demand of granting reservation status to the Patidar community.

The deadlock between the two parties has persisted for weeks over the reservation issue. PAAS convenor Hardik Patel had categorically said that they would extend their support to the Congress in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections only if their demands were met.

The Congress is counting on the Patidar votes to sway the election results of Gujarat polls in their favour and uproot the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been in power since 1995 in the state.

The polls will be conducted in Gujarat in two phases - December 9 and December 14.

The counting of the votes will be held on December 18.
Posted: November 19, 2017, 5:12 pm

New Delhi: The Delhi government has asked all city schools to form a "School Safety Committee" and also issued a 117-point "check list for school safety" on matters including entry of visitors, school toilets and CCTV cameras.

"The school boundary wall is intact and is secured with a fence or grill on top and under CCTV surveillance all the time," one of the points in the checklist reads.

The circular, issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE) on November 7, states that the duly filled out checklist must be made available to parents who want to see it and they should be informed about it at the time of parent-teacher meetings.

Schools have been directed to form a "School Safety Committee" within 15 days of issuing the circular.

The "School Safety Committee" should be made of the Head of School, four students, four parents from School Management Committee and Parent-Teacher Association, one senior teacher, one primary teacher and one non-teaching staff.

The Committee must undertake a "Monthly Safety Walk" of the school premises on a fixed day every month in order to ensure compliance of the safety checklist, the circular said.

Points in the safety checklist ask that all staff entering the school have ID Cards, staff identification is checked at the entrance, and that firewall, filtering and monitoring mechanisms are installed in all computers in the school premises.

The safety checklist on toilets include that all toilets for primary classes have women staff for cleaning or maintenance and no male staff is deployed there and that for students of Classes 3 to 5, toilet visits are allowed only in groups of 2 (buddy system)".

On empty rooms, the checklist asks whether all empty rooms or abandoned or secluded areas of the school including the terraces are under CCTV surveillance and asks to make sure that empty rooms and terrace areas are always securely locked and all locked rooms are opened and checked every 15 days.

On staff, the checklist asks to ensure the schools have processed police verification of all staff and wherever possible, a home visit to new support staff has been done by a senior staff member for verification.

General Secretary of Government School Teachers Association Delhi, Ajay Veer Yadav, told IANS that the implementation was tardy.

"Hardly 10 per cent of the government schools have formed the School Safety Committee," he said.

Yadav said that there should be more security guards in each school and added that CCTV cameras should be properly maintained by the government as the majority were not functioning.

Posted: November 19, 2017, 5:03 pm

[India], November 19 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said on Sunday that his government would not let the movie 'Padmavati' release in the state until 'objectionable scenes' were removed from it.

"We will not let Padmavati film release in Uttar Pradesh unless and until objectionable scenes are removed from it," Maurya said, while addressing a public gathering here.

Maurya is another Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader to have jumped in protesting against the release of the movie.

Earlier, Haryana's BJP Chief Media Coordinator Suraj Pal Amu passed derogatory remarks against 'Padmavati' filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, actress Deepika Padukone and actor Ranveer Singh.

Amu threatened actor Ranveer Singh, who is playing Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji in the movie, for supporting Bhansali.

Meanwhile, the makers of the movie informed that they have voluntarily postponed the movie's release due to absence of requisite clearances.

The film, which was scheduled to release on December 1, is yet to receive a clearance from the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The movie, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, has been facing protests from various groups, including Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly distorting historical facts. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 4:17 pm

[India], November 19 (ANI): A foreign national died after getting attacked by a bull in the Manak Chowk Police Station area here, on Sunday.

The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he succumbed to the injury.

Further details are awaited. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 4:16 pm

[India], November 19 (ANI): The National Commission of Women (NCW) on Sunday said it would summon Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for his 'derogatory and degrading' tweet on newly-crowned Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar.

A series of tweets by NCW read, "NCW condemn the tweet of @INCIndia leader @ShashiTharoor. He degraded the achievement of daughter of #haryana and #India who got glory to the country. Will he call his own daughter chillar? He must apologize immediately. NCWIndia will summon Shashi Tharoor to commission on his derogatory and degrading tweet on our pride Manushi Chhillar. She got fame and name to country by winning Miss World crown."

Tharoor's witty tweet on the newly crowned Miss World 2017 backfired on him, when the twitterati slammed him for comparing Manushi's surname to 'loose change'.

Tharoor had tweeted, "What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!"

But prior to this announcement by NCW, Tharoor had already taken to Twitter to issue a clarification on his tweet by saying that "no offence was meant" to her and asked people to 'chill'.

Tharoor's tweet read: "Guess the pun IS the lowest form of humour, & the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer i've separately praised. Please: Chill!."

Tharoor had earlier praised Chillar for her "terrific answer" on the final round of Miss World.

"What a terrific answer by this bright young woman -- a real credit to Indian values! #missworldmanushi," he tweeted. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 4:16 pm

[India], November 19 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday took a jibe at Siddaramaiah-led Karnataka Government by calling it a 'government of the potholes, for the potholes, and by the potholes.'

Javadekar, who was in Bengaluru to launch Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) pre manifesto campaign said, "If you click a picture of a pothole and upload on our newly-launched app of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, an immediate action is taken. But Bengaluru city is an exception, because there are so many potholes. This is a government of the potholes, for the potholes, by the potholes."

He further said, "All potholes in Bengaluru are black holes, where this Siddaramaiah Government is working. This is the proof of corruption."

Speaking at the event, Javadekar further lauded demonetisation as well as people's belief in the system.

The Assembly Elections in Karnataka are scheduled to take place early next year.

Earlier on November 16, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP announced the names of the candidates for all six seats for Karnataka Legislative Council Election 2017. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 4:16 pm

[India], Nov. 19 (ANI): Patiala House Court on Sunday dismissed bail plea of the accused in the ITO metro station molestation case.

On Friday, two women, including a 25-year-old journalist, were molested by a man at the ITO Metro Station in Central Delhi.

The CCTV footage showed a man molesting the woman entering the station.

The culprit was arrested on the basis of the CCTV footage within 48 hours of the incident. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 4:16 pm

[India], November 19 (ANI): The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized over 40 metric tonnes of red sandalwood worth Rs 16 crore and arrested three people in Chennai on Sunday.

The DRI sleuths seized the red sandalwood from a private godown near the automotive manufacturing hub, Orgadam area.

According to DRI statement, the directorate had been working on specific inputs on smuggling of red sanders to Middle East and South East Asian countries from where ultimately it lands in China, which has the largest international market for this a rare species.

Their officers had been conducted surveillance over the entire south Chennai area, particularly the area near Oragadam, which has a large number of private godowns available in a vast expanse of land.

On Saturday, officers spotted a truck loaded with goods in the Panruti area, moving swiftly towards the main road. The officers intercepted the vehicle and on closer inspection, they found some bags stuffed with worn rags and clothes. Below these bags, the officers uncovered a large quantity of red-coloured wooden logs which appeared to be red sandalwood.

The driver and other persons in the truck took the officers to the godown from where they had left. After reaching the spot they found a huge haul of red sandalwood. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 4:15 pm

New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday asked people to "chill" after his "light-hearted tweet" on India's Manushi Chhillar, who won the Miss World 2017 title.

Chhillar on Saturday won the title in China, ending 16 years of drought for India at the international beauty pageant.

Referring to her, Tharoor tweeted: "What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World."

This didn't go down well with many.

One Twitter user wrote:

Such a cheap remark. Please don't misuse Manushi Chillar's name to take cheap potshots against your political opponents. https://t.co/5uXX3gx825

— Devika (@Dayweekaa) November 19, 2017

Another tweeted:

Logout Rahul Gandhi. Get back to your Account.

— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) November 19, 2017

Tharoor soon took to Twitter and Facebook to ask people to chill.

Guess the pun IS the lowest form of humour, & the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer i've separately praised. Please: Chill!

— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 19, 2017

Some users lauded the politician for his gracious apology, while others thought otherwise:

Politics har jagah lagana thik nhi hai.
I know you didnt meant to disrespect. Par ab toh ho gya kaam. Backfired you.

— Sir Jaime (@sumit_63) November 19, 2017

Another tweet read:

Get Well Soon...You Are Sick Mr. Tharoor

— Rakesh Rajpurohit (@RakeshPurohit55) November 19, 2017
Posted: November 19, 2017, 3:07 pm

[India], November 19 (ANI): Hours after the release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed 'Padmavati' was deferred, Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi said it was just a ploy to befool them.

The makers of the upcoming movie, which has been mired in a slew of controversies, have voluntarily postponed its release date from December 1.

Speaking to media, Kalvi said, "The screening has been deferred by a few days. We will also wait for a few days and see. They are trying to befool us by postponing the release date. This is just a strategy."

"Who gave power to Deepika Padukone to challenge me (by saying) 'film will be released and nothing can stop it'," he added.

The Karni Sena chief also alleged that underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim, was secretly funding the film and he also received a threatening call from Karachi for protesting against the film.

The new release date of the epic drama starring actors Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor is yet to be announced.

The film is yet to receive a clearance from the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind the movie, took to Twitter on Sunday to confirm the development.

The movie, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, has been facing protests from various groups, including Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly distorting historical facts.

The group has even threatened to harm Deepika Padukone for allegedly portraying a demeaning image of the queen in the movie. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 1:16 pm

[India], November 19 (ANI): Author Manisha Kulshreshtha on Sunday said she would take a legal action against Ravi Jadhav, the maker of film 'Nude', alleging its plot was lifted from the short story 'Kalindi' written by her.

"The story of Ravi Jadhav's film 'Nude' has the same plot line as my short story 'Kalindi'. I will have to take legal action against it. Such situation arises because they do not want to give credit or money to writers," she told ANI.

The movie 'Nude' recently triggered a controversy after being excluded from the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh resigned as head of the jury of the Indian Panorama of the IFFI after the final selection saw the exclusion of two films - 'Sexy Durga' and 'Nude'.

'Sexy Durga', which will release in theatres as 'S Durga', is a Malayalam film by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, while 'Nude' is a Marathi movie by National Award winning director Ravi Jadhav. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 1:15 pm

[India], November 19 (ANI): The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Sunday busted a trafficking racket in East Delhi and rescued three minors.

A 12-year old and a 13-year old girl and a boy were rescued on the details provided by the alleged arrested trafficker.

The 12-year old girl is reportedly pregnant.

The DCW had laid the trap to nab the perpetrator after they received the call from the parents of the minor girls from Jharkhand. The girls had been missing for the past three years.

The commission took the help of another girl, who managed to flee from the trap of the same trafficker, few months back.

As per reports, the alleged trafficker, who ran a placement agency in East Delhi, was contacting the girl, luring her to return.

The DCW chalked out the plan to nab the culprit and called her to come at the Akshardham metro station, from where she was caught with help of the local police.

An FIR has been registered under section 370 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 75 Juvenile Justice Act at the Mandawali Police Station against the accused.

The Commission learnt that the minors were hired on a fixed amount of Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500, but they were never paid for their work.

The minors were not even allowed to go out of the houses of their employers and were not allowed to contact their parents.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal has urged the police to add sections of bonded labour in the FIR and asserted that a strict law needed to be brought in force to save children from such incidents in future.

"It is shocking that minor children are not only trafficked but also employed by educated effluent families. They are severely abused and not paid any dues. The Delhi Police also needs to establish inter-state coordination and create intelligence networks to save thousands of minors trafficked every year. Moreover, strict action such employers is also urgently required," Malliwal said. (ANI)

Posted: November 19, 2017, 1:14 pm
Mumbai: A former model from Mumbai's Bandra area has registered a case against her husband for physically abusing her and forcing her to convert to Islam.

Rashim Shahbazker, a Hindu by birth, is married to a Muslim. She had earlier called the media to her residence and took them to her bedroom. It was then she revealed that she has been married to Asif for 12 years and that her husband had physically assaulted several times.

Rashim alleged that this physical abuse because she refused to convert. Speaking to ANI she said, "He pressurises me, saying that if I don't follow Islam I can't be his wife."

The former model further alleged that her husband has married another woman and both were trying to evict her from the house.

"My husband has recently married a Hindu girl who is half his age. He is now trying to evict me from our marital home. I am facing a serious threat to my life, tortured and assaulted too," she said.

She also alleged that her husband and his family have brainwashed their child, saying "Since your mom is not Muslim she is 'Saitan'."

As of now, a case has been registered against Rashim's husband and his friend at the Bandra Police Station under IPC Section 354, 323, 324, 504, 506 and 34. An investigation has also been launched on the same. (ANI)
Posted: November 19, 2017, 7:48 am
Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday wrote a letter to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani requesting her to defer the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Padmavati' until some changes are made to it.

The Rajasthan Chief Minister requested so that it 'does not hurt the sentiments of any community'.

In her letter, Raje suggested that a committee should be formed in order to discuss the film and its plot. She further said that the amendments to avoid 'hurting sentiments' should be suggested post discussion.

The Censor Board must think of the consequences before certifying 'Padmavati', she added.

Since a week, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Padmavati' has run into massive trouble, first with fringe groups demanding a ban on the release of the film and now private screening has irked CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi.

On that note, the Rajput Karni Sena first attacked Bhansali back in January this year and vandalised the film sets in Jaipur fort.
The Rajput Karni Sena has called for Bharat Bandh on December 1, the date when Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum-opus is slated to release.

"We won't let Padmavati release. We have given a call for Bharat Bandh on December 1," Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Rajput Karni Sena President told ANI on Saturday.

Kalvi also said they are going to hold various programmes in different cities.

"Being the 37th descendent of Rani Padmavati, it would be unfortunate for us to see her as the lover of Alaudin Khilji. When, in January, Bhansali said he would show us the film before release, why is he not doing that? Now, we don't want that as the whole nation is waiting for the release to be stalled," he added.

He further said, "Who is Deepika Padukone to say that the film is definitely going to release on December 1? I, on behalf of Rajput Karni Sena and all social organisations, assure them the film will not release."

Posted: November 19, 2017, 7:42 am