Former Ranji Trophy player Amol Jichkar allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan inside his house, according to the police. Amol, 38, was staying with his wife and son at Civil Lines, and was found hanging at 5 a.m., a police officer of Sitabuldi police station said.Prima facie, it appeared that he was facing a financial crisis, he said. No suicide note was found.Amol played Ranji Trophy for Vidarbha between 1998 and 2002, an office-bearer of Vidarbha Cricket Association said.He represented Vidarbha in six first-class games.
Panaji: Konkan Railway passengers will now get free, unlimited Wi-Fi at 28 railway stations and better amenities at Kudal and Chiplun railway stations.Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the facilities at a function at Kudal railway station on Sunday.Konkan Railway has tied up with Syscon Joister to provide 2 Mbps peer-to-peer 24×7 free Wi-Fi at the 28 stations in line with the Union government’s Digital India Initiative. The same company provides the JOISPOT Wi-Fi service in educational institutes in Pune and Mumbai, and will provide free Wi-Fi bandwidth to rural areas along the Konkan route as a corporate social responsibility activity. The network covers the station entrance and surrounding area. To access the Wi-Fi, users have to open the JOISPOT mobile application and register using their name and mobile number. They have to request a one-time password to use the internet.The facility will be provided at 28 stations from Kolad to Madure in the initial phase. The system can provide access to about 300 users at bigger stations and 100 users at smaller stations.As Kudal and Chiplun are two important stations on the Konkan Railway line, dealing with approximate daily traffic of 5,000 and 3,200 passengers, respectively, Konkan Railway has upgraded the passenger amenities at these stations. The Minister on Sunday inaugurated the improved facilities at Kudal Railway Station which includes several works and cost approximately ₹108 lakh.Improved passenger amenities at Chiplun Railway Station, which were inaugurated remotely, involved an investment of ₹192 lakh, said Mr. L.K. Verma, chief public relations officer of Konkan Railway.
Reaching out to the poor, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Uttar Pradesh government has distributed free power connections to over 58,000 persons from economically weaker sections in the State.The government carried out the programme through 624 camps organised by the U.P. Power and Energy Department on Sunday.A total of 86,101 power connections were distributed.Out of these, 58,596 “free” connections went to persons living in the Below Poverty Line category. Another 27,505 power connections were distributed to persons belonging to the Above Poverty Line (APL) category under the Sugam Sanyojan Scheme. The second category will avail easy installments.”This is the first time that such a programme was conducted in the State,” a government spokesperson said.U.P. Power and Energy minister Shrikant Sharma said the BPL beneficiaries in urban areas also received free cable and metre connections.The State selected the beneficiaries by identifying them under the National Food Security Scheme and the Ujjwala Yojana.Most of the beneficiaries were from the Purvanchal region, with 30, 470 connections, said Principal Secretary, Energy department, Alok Kumar.Allahabad division had the highest number of beneficiaries with 10,211 connections, while Lucknow had 8,708Bareilly 7,058, Kanpur 5,974, Mirzapur 5498, Gorakhpur 5434, Moradabad 4,458Ghaziabad 4,399 and Varanasi 4,038.The government also distributed 38,249 LED bulbs and 2,577 tubelights, a spokesperson said.
Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang has filed a composite disqualification petition with the Assembly Speaker against 10 MLAs of the NPF.In the petition filed on Friday, Mr. Zeliang said these 10 MLAs should be declared disqualified under paragraph 2(1)(b) of the Tenth Schedule as they absented themselves from the emergency session of the Assembly held on July 19, violating the whip of the party. He said the 10 legislators were aware of the session as proper communication was sent to them.Mr. Zeliang was sworn in as Chief Minister on July 19 after 47 MLAs, including 36 NPF legislators, rebelled against Shurhozelie Liezietsu. He won the trust vote on July 21.The 10 legislators are Kiyanilie Peseyie, Y. Vikheho Swu, Chotisuh Sazo, Kuzholuzo Nienu, Yitachu, C.L. John, Thonwang Konyak, P.Longon, R. Tohanba and Torechu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off a Mahanama Express train between Vadodara in Gujarat and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, connecting the two Lok Sabha constituencies he won from in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Mr. Modi flagged off the train through video conferencing in Varanasi. “Though the Prime Minister is in Varanasi, his heart is still in Vadodara,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said here. The train is being flagged off ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections later this year. The Mahanama Express has enhanced passenger amenities such as a redesigned ladder, LED lights, an odour-control system and more charging points for electronic gadgets. It has eight sleeper, two two-tier AC and one first-class AC coaches.“This will be the first long-distance passenger train originating from Vadodara. All other trains mainly originate from Ahmedabad. So it will be beneficial for people of Vadodara and Surat,” Mr. Goyal said. Seven-hour gainHe added that the time taken to travel between Vadodara and Varanasi would reduce by seven hours. The Minister said the Railways had increased investment in Gujarat by over 600% to ₹4,000 crore in the past three years.
The wife of an Aligarh Muslim University professor has accused her husband of seeking to divorce her through WhatsApp, the police said on Sunday.The woman had last week approached the police alleging that her husband was “torturing” her and had locked their house to prevent her from entering it.SSP Rajesh Pandey said the woman met him last week and alleged her husband had sent her two talaq notices on WhatsApp. “The police informed the professor about the settlement process but he did not turn up before the settlement officer,” Mr. Pandey said. A case has been registered against the professor on charges of “harassment and wrongfully preventing his wife from entering their house”, he said. The AMU academic, however, said the case was subjudice since October first week.
A court in Sasram in Bihar has sentenced a CRPF jawan to life imprisonment for killing two senior officers for denying him leave in 2010. Fast-track court judge Ravindra Mani Tripathi yesterday awarded the sentence to Rahul Kumar, from Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, who had shot dead a commandant and a sub-inspector in 2010. Kumar was part of a CRPF team that had been deployed here during the 2010 Bihar Assembly elections, additional aublic prosecutor Vinod Kumar Singh said. Kumar had applied for leave which was turned down by Commandant Rohit Raj Diwan. When Kumar misbehaved with the Commandant, he was reprimanded, Mr. Singh said. On October 9, 2010, Kumar barged into Diwan’s room where Sub-Inspector R.N. Pandey was also present. The jawan sprayed the two officials with bullets from an AK-47 rifle, Mr. Singh said.An FIR was subsequently registered at Shivsagar police station upon the complaint of CRPF Inspector Ram Lal, the additional public prosecutor said.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Goa Police probing the ₹35,000-crore mining scams filed another charge sheet against former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and others on Saturday for illegally condoning the delay of a mining lease. Mr. Kamat has already been charge-sheeted by the SIT in a similar case last month. Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap, who heads the SIT, told The Hindu the team had recorded statements of 25 witnesses in the 700-page charge sheet.The charge sheet says, “Accused Digamber Kamat, then Mines and Chief Minister of Goa [from 2007-2012] had condoned delay for renewal of a mining lease of Vaicuntrao Kadnekar and other members of family, by overruling observations of two IAS officers and then Director of Mines to not condone delay. The State government had no powers to condone delay as per law.” It says the leaseholders entered into an agreement with Magnum Minerals, transferring the rights of the lease without approval from the State and Central government and “were allowed to mine iron ore with the blessings of Mr. Kamat.” This resulted in a loss of ₹135 crore to the exchequer. Others named in the charge sheet include retired senior geologist A.T. D’Souza and retired assistant geologist Hector Fernandes from the Department of Mines, and Ravindra Prakash and Prakash Sahu of Magnum Minerals Pvt. Limited.Former Goa Mines Secretary Rajiv Yaduvanshi has turned approver in the case.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday alleged that malicious attempts are being made to malign the name of Missionaries of Charity.In a tweet, the Trinamool Congress chairperson accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of targeting sisters of Missionaries of Charity.“Mother Teresa herself set up Missionaries of Charity. And now they are also not being spared. Malicious attempts to malign their name. The Sisters are being targeted. #BJP want to spare no one. Highly condemnable. Let MOC continue to do their work for the poorest of the poor,” she tweeted. Ms. Banerjee remark comes in the wake of the arrest of two employees, including a nun of Missionaries of Charity, at a shelter home in Ranchi on allegations of selling a baby to a childless couple from Uttar Pradesh.The headquarters of Missionaries of Charity set up by Mother Teresa is located in Kolkata. The Chief Minister was also present at the Vatican during the canonisation of Mother Teresa in September 2016.
Security forces on Thursday killed eight Naxalites, including four women, in an encounter in Chhattisgarh, a senior police official said.A cache of firearms, including two INSAS rifles, was recovered from the encounter site.The gunbattle took place around 6 a.m. in a forest area near Timinar and Pusnar villages along the boundary of Bijapur and Dantewada districts, Deputy Inspector General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P. said..Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of the District Reserve Guard and the Special Task Force launched an operation from Dantewada on Wednesday in the forest area, he said.Exchange of fireWhile the security men were cordoning off the forest areas in Timinar and Pusnar villages in Bijapur, around 450 km from State capital Raipur, an exchange of fire broke out between the two sides on Thursday, he said.The gunbattle lasted for about two hours, following which the Naxalites fled into the core forest area, he said.“After the guns fell silent, bodies of seven Naxalites, including three women, were initially recovered from the spot,” Later, one more body of a woman Naxalite was found, he said.Two INSAS rifles, two .303 rifles, a 12 bore gun and a few muzzle loading guns were also recovered, the DIG said.More details would be known when the security forces returned to their camp, he added.
Some hugs create controversy. Some – with a few kisses thrown in as therapy – lead to a life behind bars, as a self-styled godman in Assam has found out.The police in central Assam’s Morigaon district on Wednesday arrested Ram Prakash Chauhan, who came to be known as the Kissing Baba for his chamatkari chumban, meaning ‘miraculous smooch’.Chauhan had set up a temple in the district’s Bhoraltup village three months ago. His claim that he possessed supernatural powers to solve physical and psychological problems of women, including marital discord, earned him a reputation.“We arrested him after receiving complaints that he was hugging and kissing women as some kind of therapy. He was exploiting his devotees, especially women,” J. Bora, head of the Morigaon police that arrested Chauhan, said.The police also arrested his mother for complicity in spreading the news of her son’s therapeutic powers “acquired from Lord Vishnu” and transmitted through kisses on any woman seeking a cure.Magical healers are synonymous with Morigaon district, where literacy is lower than in most of the other 32 districts of Assam, because of Mayong – a black magic village where scores of ojha or bej(wizards) have practised quack therapy for ages.Mayong, about 40 km east of Guwahati, adjoins the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary that is often called a Mini Kaziranga for a similar landscape and sizeable rhino population.Most of Morigaon district’s faith healers seem to be “blessed” by Lord Vishnu. The last such healer who became a sensation in India and beyond was 12-year-old Tinku Deka in 2001.The police had a tough time controlling waves of devotees who came from as far as Europe for a piece of cure-all root that, Deka claimed, Lord Vishnu had revealed to him in a dream. The craze for the root continued for almost a year.
Shortly before the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, which defined adultery as a punishable offence, the Rajasthan High Court upheld a man’s conviction under the law. This was probably the last conviction under the legal provision described by the apex court as “manifestly arbitrary” in its September 27 verdict.After the SC verdict, adultery stands decriminalised, though it will be a ground for divorce.In its judgment delivered on September 20 on the appeals filed by convict Devaram, a resident of Jaipur district, and two others, the High Court held him guilty of adultery, as he was cohabiting with Shakuntala, the wife of Heera Lal, but acquitted him of the rape and conspiracy charges. He was facing rape charges in connection with the suicide by Shakuntala’s daughter in 2010.Justice Pankaj Bhandari at the High Court’s Jaipur Bench stated in his 19-page judgment that there was “every possibility of false implication” of Devaram in the rape case by complainant Mr. Heera Lal as he harboured enmity towards him.
Defence analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra on Saturday filed an affidavit before a House Committee of the Odisha Assembly in connection with his alleged remarks amounting to breach of privilege of the State’s lawmakers.Leader of Opposition and Chairperson of the House Committee Narasingha Mishra told press persons that the Committee will review Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s statement and affidavit, and if required he will be asked to depose again.Mr. Mishra said that the House Committee would submit its report to the Speaker in the next session of the Assembly, which is scheduled to begin on November 16.Mr. Iyer-Mitra is in judicial custody at present following his arrest for his alleged derogatory and objectionable comments on art and culture of Odisha, Lord Jagannath and Odia community.
The BJP’s Mizoram unit president, Professor J.V. Hluna, said on Wednesday that his party’s central leadership “blessed” the Mizo National Front more than the its own candidates in the State.The MNF had downplayed its association with the BJP through the North East Democratic Alliance, an anti-Congress front, to return to power after a decade by winning 26 seats in the 40-member State Assembly.“We expected five-seven seats but ended up with one. One of the factors was that our central leadership did not bless us properly and gave attention to the MNF. They dictated us instead of consulting us,” Mr. Hluna told The Hindu.Mr. Hluna, who forfeited deposit in the Tawi Assembly constituency, attributed the BJP’s poor show to Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla’s “manipulation” of the church and influential social NGOs.“Mr. Lal Thanhawla used the [former Chief Electoral Officer S.B.] Shashank issue to mobilise opinion against us. He made it seem like the BJP was behind everything that happened,” the State BJP chief said.Mr. Shashank was replaced by Ashish Kundra midway through the electoral process after a coordinated body of church-backed NGOs demanded his ouster for removing a Mizo IAS officer over alleged interference in the enrolment of the minority Bru voters. “Lal Thanhawla also mobilised the church against us. Church leaders made it seem that supporting the BJP was like converting from Christianity to Hinduism,” Mr Hluna said.