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Heavy Security Deployed at UoH Following Rohith Vemula’s Death Anniversary January 17, 2017 16:53

In view of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula's death anniversary on January 17, heavy security has been deployed across the University of Hyderabad (UoH) campus on Monday. Students were asked to produce their ID cards before being allowed inside the campus. The entry of outsiders, including media persons, was not allowed. "The situation is extremely intimidating. Security staff has been asking questions to whoever enters campus. Even our friends and family are not being allowed to into campus without giving a legitimate reason," said a student of social sciences department. Rohith, who was from the department of social sciences, committed suicide on campus last year because of alleged harassment by the UoH administration. The investigation into the case has come to a standstill stirring controversy over his caste. While Rohit's family and friends said that he was a Dalit, the Roopanwal Commission set up by the ministry of human resource department (MHRD), in its report said that he was a part of the BC community and that his mother forged the caste certificate to avail reservation. "On January 17, all those who suffered at the hands of casteist and communal goons will assemble at the Rohith Stupa (in UoH) to remember his legacy and to vow that the fight will go on. On that day, we will gather to let out a collective slogan saying no to caste and communalism," read a statement issued by the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice that has called for a public gathering on Tuesday. Will fight for ‘Rohith Act’- Kanhaiya at HCU BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Another Person Succumbs to H1N1 Virus at Gandhi Hospital January 17, 2017 16:44

In a shocking incident, one more person died at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad due to H1N1 virus, taking the toll to 2 this year. The victim was identified as Sanaj Begum, 38, a resident of Jahanuma, Nawab Saheb Kunta. She was kept on ventilator support. Her death comes 10 days after 35-year-old Manjula, a resident of Domalguda and native of Yadadri district, died at the same hospital on January 5. "We could not save her as she was brought to the hospital in the last stage. She was on ventilator support for three days. Early hospitalisation could have made all the difference," said Dr J V Reddy, superintendent of Gandhi Hospital. Sources accused a city-based private hospital of delay in referring to Gandhi Hospital only after recognising that they could not provide ventilator support to the victim. Overall, 35 patients have been detected with swine flu in private hospitals. In all the cases, through positive swab samples, H1N1 was detected by the Institute of Preventive Medicine. Of the 35 cases since January 1, 15 were from Hyderabad district, followed by 20 cases from Ranga Reddy and Medchal, comprising Patancheru. Six new cases were also reported in the city on Monday - three from Hyderabad, two from Ranga Reddy/Medchal and one from Patancheru. Health officials told TOI that "the prevailing cold wave condition in the city is likely to aggravate H1N1 infections unless adequate preventive measures are taken. Swine flu tends to occur and spread more in cold weather even though the virus is in circulation throughout the year. " "Preventive measures include vaccination, keeping distance from people suffering from a cough and cold, frequent washing of hands and avoiding undue exposure to cold weather," said Dr Hari Kishan Boorugu, consultant general physician at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderguda. Pvt hospitals fleecing swine flu patients BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Hyderabad: Police Constable Saves 20 People from a Building which Caught Fire January 17, 2017 16:32

In a brave act, a police constable named Bheem Rao rescued 20 people who got stuck inside a multi-storied residential building near Humayun Nagar that caught fire on Monday morning. Rao, who was on bandobust duty, was alerted by locals. The fire began on the first floor but had reached the second by the time he reached the spot. "When the fire broke out, residents on higher floors started moving upstairs instead of coming down. I had to run after them to bring them down," he told TOI. "There were also many aged inside the building who were not that agile. When I heard them scream and shout, I rushed to their flats and started pulling them out. After that I began carrying them downstairs to safety ," he added. Ayesha Rubina, the area corporator, said: "Fortunately , the constable moved the gas cylinders in the kitchen. By doing so he saved a few more dozen lives of people living in buildings around it." Rao joined the force in the year 2009. He was newly transferred to Humayun Nagar police stattion from Chatrinaka. Municipal administration and urban development minister K Tarak Rama Rao took to twitter urging DGP Anurag Sharma to recognise this brave act by Bheem Rao. In his tweet KTR said: "Great Job Bheem Rao Garu @TelanganaDGP should recognise his brave act (sic)." Pune Woman Falls to Death from 19th Floor of Under-Construction Building BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Congress to Enter Into Alliance with Samajwadi Party: Ghulam Nabi Azad January 17, 2017 16:06

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said that "my party would enter into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls under the leadership of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav." Azad further said "the details about the same will be decided in the coming days." Azad's statement came as his party colleague Sheila Dikshit stated that "i would withdraw as the chief ministerial candidate if her party enters into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the high-stakes polls." Dikshit said "there cannot be two chief ministerial faces in the case of an alliance in the politically crucial state." "Talks are on and the SP-Congress alliance will benefit Uttar Pradesh. I will do what the party high command decides," she added. Earlier on Monday, Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav said "i was hopeful that my party will forge an alliance with the Congress for the polls." Ramgopal, however, said "the final decision regarding forging an alliance with the Congress will be taken by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister." "It is Akhilesh Yadav who will decide on the alliance, but I am hopeful it will happen," he said. In a major setback to Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Election Commission yesterday approved Akhilesh as the Samajwadi Party and allotted it the 'cycle' symbol. Meanwhile, the poll process for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will start today with the first phase of voting scheduled on February 11. People from 73 constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh will vote in this phase. The filing of nominations for these constituencies will start from Jan 17 and the last date will be Jan 24. The withdrawal of candidature will be only until January 27 and polling will be on February 11. The districts in the first phase are Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura, Hathras, Agra, Firozabad, Etah and Kasganj. Uttar Pradesh will have seven-phase polling starting between February 11 and March 8. The term of the present government will end on May 27. Election Commission announces Assembly polls for Five States BY M. DIVYA SRI

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20 Member Gang Hack 2 Students and a Tour Guide in Kerala January 17, 2017 15:30

In a tragic incident, a 20-member gang including a BJP-RSS activists hacked two students and a tour guide while they were returning from a tour to Idukki, at Brennan College, Thalassery on Tuesday morning. "The incident took place at 5.30 AM, when a group of 21 students reached back to the college after the tour. A 20-member BJP-RSS gang allegedly entered the college campus and attacked them with sticks and swords", said the police. In the incident, the 26-year-old tour guide named Arin, a native of Cherukuli of Melur, Ashwin (25), a student and native of Chickli, and Abhirag (26),a student and native of Vadakara, both pursuing BSc Maths at Brennan College, were killed by the gang. "Many other students including girls were injured in the attack", police said. The students, however, ran inside the hostels to save themselves from injury. The police suspect that the ongoing stand-off between the ABVP and SFI from past few weeks could have led to this attack. The group which attacked the students were from other college. Those injured were immediately admitted to Koduvalli Cooperative Hospital. As soon as police got the information, they reached the spot and a case was registered. 25 Pilgrims Injured in a Stampede at Sabarimala Temple in Kerala BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Pawan Kalyan and Madhavan to Attend India Conference at Harvard University January 17, 2017 15:05

Bollywood actor R Madhavan and Tollywood actor turned politician Pawan Kalyan, has been invited as guest speakers at the 14th edition of the India Conference at Harvard, one of the largest student-run conferences with a focus on India in the US. The conference is scheduled for February 11 and 12. It is being hosted at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School by the graduate students of Harvard University. The event will be attended by many business leaders, entertainment professionals, and many other leaders to join in a conversation about India’s path to global leadership. “Really looking forward to having R Madhavan as a speaker at India Conference 2017,” read a post on the Twitter handle of the India Conference 2017, on Monday. Madhavan expressed his excitement and tweeted: “The king of Tollywood and Jana Sena party, Pawan Kalyan will be speaking at India Conference 2017 at Harvard,” said another tweet. Madhavan was last seen in Bollywood flick, Saala Khadoos, which released last year. the movie got mixed response. Though Pawan’s last tollywood movie, 'Sardaar Gabbar Singh,' failed at the box office, many see his invitation to Indian Conference 2017 giving a fillip to his political career. Anupama's Whopping Remuneration for her next BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Sheena Bora Murder Case: Indrani Mukerjea, Peter & Sanjeev Found Guilty January 17, 2017 14:41

In a new twist in Sheena Bora's murder case, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday has charged former media tycoons Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, and Indrani’s first husband Sanjeev Khanna, for the murder of Sheena Bora. The trial will begin on February 1. "Indrani wanted to kill her son as he was asking too many questions about his sister's disappearance", the CBI has said. Indrani's driver Shyamvar Rai, the fourth accused who also helped in the killing, had turned as an approver for the CBI earlier. The CBI has alleged that Sheena Bora was murdered by her mother over a property dispute. Peter Mukerjea, says "the investigating agency, was aware of the murder plan throughout." Sheena Bora was an executive working for Mumbai Metro One based in Mumbai. She went missing on April 24, 2012. Indrani Mukerjea was accused of strangling Sheena inside a car with help from her ex-husband and driver.   The half-burnt body was found in 2015 from the forests near Mumbai. Days later in August that year, Indrani Mukerjea was arrested. The lawyers of both Indrani and Peter Mukherjea have shown that none of the charges can be proved by the CBI. “There is no evidence or material to show Peter’s involvement for the charges of attempt to murder, cheating and forgery,” Gheewala had contended. All the three accused have now been charged with kidnapping, murder, decomposing the body, destruction of evidence and giving false information. The court removed the charges of cheating, forgery and causing hurt with poison against all the three accused. The court also charged Indrani of using forged document as genuine. Leading to the charge sheet filed by CBI, Gheewala had fought that ‘the agency has tried to color the case by adding several emails and messages. The agency by leading to some paragraphs and lines tried to read and draw an answer for the involvement of Peter.’ Indrani Is Sheena’s Biological Mother BY M. DIVYA SRI

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Govt Advised not to Use Mahatma Gandhi Photos on Dirty Areas January 17, 2017 13:17

The Centre has advised that state governments not to use sketches, photos or logos of Mahatma Gandhi or his belongings such as his iconic spectacles, charkha or watch on walls of public toilets, garbage bins or any other places as those places are considered dirty. In a recent advisory published to all the secretaries in-charge of sanitation, drinking water and sanitation ministry said: "this should be done so that sentiment of anyone may (not) be hurt in implementing Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) programme." The ministry has also asked the department heads to submit similar directions to all districts and other authorities involved. The circular was issued after a case filed by one Badruddin Qureshi in Chhattisgarh high court against the use of sketches and photos or belongings of Gandhi on walls of public toilets and "filthy" places. Though the court had dismissed the petition, it said, "We do not feel that this is such an infringement and disrespect to the father of the nation. But at the same time, we feel that the Union of India must respond and assure on affidavit that wherever any symbol associated with Mahatma Gandhi is used, it shall be used and placed in such a fashion and that it cannot be easily defaced and should not be used in such a manner which causes disrespect to the father of the nation." Mahatma statue at British Parliament BY M. DIVYA SRI

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‘Google Girl’ Meghali Names 1000 Rivers in Just 9 Minutes January 17, 2017 09:36

Child prodigy Meghali Malbika Swain who is popularly known as the 'Google Girl' of Odisha has again created a sensation. The 10-year-old girl has entered the India Book of Records for naming 1,000 rivers in the world in nine minutes. She also named 1,000 cities of the world in 10 minutes and 1,000 physical bodies of earth in 12 minutes. Meghali was asked to name these in less than 12 minutes each. But she named thousand in each category in less than the given time. “Meghali is an exceptionally talented girl. We don’t find such talent in our record holders’ list. Such an event was organised for the first time,” adjudicator of the India Book of Records, Biswadeep Roy said on Monday. Meghali is studying Class V at Sai International School. She took part in the India Book of Records on Sunday to join the ranks of the nation’s most talented people. Her parents were extremely happy with her achievement. “During a world cup football match, she showed interest to know more about the game. When I explained about it, she remembered the game to the last detail. So, I encouraged her to pursue this talent,” said Prafulla Swain, Meghali’s father. Meghali can tell the name of any country and its neighbouring countries in the blink of an eye. She can also tell the location of any country on the map and is also capable of listing the capital of any country, the currency and its major mountains or rivers. Her main aim is to enter her name in Limca Book and the Guinness Book of Records. Odisha Man Carries Daughter Body to Hospital BY M. DIVYA SRI

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RBI Increases Daily Withdrawal Limit to Rs.10,000 January 17, 2017 09:14

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has again increased the cash withdrawal limit from the ATM to Rs 10,000 per card. The weekly withdrawal limits remain to Rs.24,000. The current account holders can withdraw up to Rs 1 lakh per week. Previously, current account holders withdrawal limit was only up to Rs 50,000. The facility has been extended to overdraft and cash credit accounts as well.   After the government banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, RBI had imposed these limits. The withdrawal limits will be removed completely after RBI supplied sufficient amount of new notes. The daily withdrawal limit has been changed a number of times since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the note ban. According to a Bank of India executive, "the supply of currency notes (of various denominations) from December 2016 had increased substantially, leading to improved availability at branches and ATMs. While dispensing currency notes, the bank’s own customers were the priority."   "Compared to the last month, more currency notes were being sent to semi-urban and rural networks", said the banker. "The increase in current account withdrawal would greatly aid small businesses as well as companies that have to pay wages to employees in cash. Many small units had to be closed down as owners could not pay in cash. Now, those units can hope to be back in business", as usual, bankers added. Cash Withdrawal Limit from ATM Exceeds to Rs. 4,500 Per Day BY M. DIVYA SRI

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