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Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, CM Parsekar extend Diwali greetings to people

The celebrations of such significant national festivals like Diwali have played a vital role in promoting social solidarity, national unity and in fostering love and friendship among the people.

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar have extended their greetings and good wishes to the people of the state ahead of the festive occasion of Diwali.In her message, the Governor said that Diwali is an important and happy occasion that is linked integrally to our cultural and traditional life.She said that Diwali serves to dissipate the darkness, ignorance and evil from society as people come together for the celebrations ignoring caste, class and religious barriers.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The celebrations of such significant national festivals like Diwali have played a vital role in promoting social solidarity, national unity and in fostering love and friendship among the people.”During the last over one year of my stay here, I have observed that every festival is celebrated here with total peace, cooperation and camaraderie, thereby strengthening the unity among the people belonging to different faiths.”I hope that Diwali this year will be celebrated by the people with renewed joy, enthusiasm and peace and thus add happiness to their life,” Sinha said.Parsekar, in his message, said, “The festival of lights signifies the triumph of good over evil. Let this celebration of Diwali inspire us to follow the path of righteousness and share joy among our fellow countrymen.”May the divine glow of Diwali illuminate our lives in all spheres and may Devi Laxmi bless us all with good health, prosperity and happiness,” he added.

Acid attack survivor Laxmi now turns mother

The couple, who have been living in together say they wanted some time to introduce their baby to the world.

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Disfigured beyond recognition in a terrible acid attack, 26-year-old Laxmi who goes by a single name has now turned a mother with her partner, a social activist who works for the welfare of acid attack victims. Laxmi has given her seven-month-old daughter the adorable name ‘Pihu’ and the baby like her mother will also sport a single name. For somebody who has been confronted with stares and often times with hostility whenever she appeared in public, finding love and a soulmate seemed to be a hopeless task right up to the time until she met Aloke Dixit, 28, with whom she now runs the Stop Acid Attack Campaign.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The couple, who have been living in together say they wanted some time to introduce their baby to the world. “For the initial 6 to 7 months we needed time for the baby and also for us. We wanted to relax. Also, because of our busy schedule we were not able to bring ‘Pihu’ in front of the world. But we finally thought of introducing her to others,” Laxmi, was attacked with acid in 2005 in a busy marketplace when she was only 16-years-old by a man more than twice her age, whose advances she rejected. Dixit says the decision to not get married was mutual and so also was the decision to not introduce their child in public immediately after her birth. “Laxmi had also gone through a lot of tragedies. She had lost her father and her younger brother very recently. So we did not want people to bombard her with questions and that’s why we kept quiet,” says Dixit. Stating that he does not believe in the institution of marriage, Dixit says that the duo do not intend to get married and would continue with their relationship like earlier. “We do not intend to get married because I do not believe in the institution of marriage. I believe that two people do not need a certificate to remain together in the society. So in the beginning itself we had decided that we are not getting married and would stay together in a live-in relationship, says Dixit. Born in March, Pihu accompanies her mother everywhere and spends most of her time at the NGO Chaanv, the office of the Stop Acid Attack. “Pihu does not have a surname, neither would she have one. We encountered a few problems while making the birth certificate but ultimately it has the name of both the mother and father because both of us are together,” says Laxmi.

Shocker in Andhra Pradesh: Newborn dies after being bitten by rats in govt hospital

Hyderabad: In a shocking incident, a 10-day-old baby died after being bitten by rats in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a government-run hospital in Guntur town of Andhra Pradesh.

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Though the mother of the newborn noticed wounds on Sunday, the hospital authorities suppressed the facts. The family revealed the incident after the baby died on Wednesday.

The boy was born to a woman named Laxmi on August 17 at Vijayawada. He was shifted to Guntur for a surgery after developing some health complications and afterwards, placed in the ICU.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu late on Wednesday ordered suspension of three officials.

“Shocked & deeply disturbed after learning that a baby boy died after bitten by rats in Guntur hospital,” Naidu tweeted.

The chief minister also ordered probe by the health secretary. He directed him to submit the report in 48 hours.

Naidu warned officials that such incidents should not recur.

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No hurdle in carrying on business by using God, Goddess names: Supreme Court

It asked why a person be stopped naming the God or putting the image of any God on the nameplates or packaging.

The Supreme Court on Friday declined to entertain a PIL to stop the use of names and images of Gods and Goddesses for commercial exploitation, saying “this country has 33,000 crores of Gods.””It is a case of faith of people,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy observed while making it clear that citizens cannot be restrained from carrying their business enterprises on the names of any God or Goddess in which they have belief and faith.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”A businessman can keep the name of Laxmi stores. Can he not name his daughter Laxmi,” the bench asked the lawyer arguing the matterFurther, it asked why a person be stopped naming the God or putting the image of any God on the nameplates or packaging.”I like to worship that God. I want to put the name and I want to have the image of that particular God. How can somebody stop,” the bench said.It said a person who is a follower of Lord Balaji can name his son and carry his business in the name of Balaji.”You have raised the issue with concerns the faiths of people. This country has 33,000 crores of Gods. Sorry,” the bench said and dismissed the petition.

Malvani Hooch tragedy: Main supplier nabbed in Delhi, government orders probe

Atiq, whom police had narrowed down as a main supplier of the spurious liquor, was arrested in Delhi with the help of the local police there, Mumbai Joint Commissioner of police (Crime) Atulchandra Kulkarni, said. “We have got him (Atiq) after a joint operation with the Delhi police,” Kulkarni told PTI.

In a breakthrough into the worst-ever hooch tragedy in Mumbai that has so far claimed 102 lives and rendered over 40 people ill, police have tracked down and arrested one of the main suppliers of the killer brew in Delhi on Tuesday while the Maharashtra government has ordered a Chief Secretary-headed probe into the case.Atiq, whom police had narrowed down as a main supplier of the spurious liquor, was arrested in Delhi with the help of the local police there, Mumbai Joint Commissioner of police (Crime) Atulchandra Kulkarni, said. “We have got him (Atiq) after a joint operation with the Delhi police,” Kulkarni told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly a week after the tragedy struck a working class area in Malvani, Excise Minister Eknath Khadse after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday told reporters that the probe would be conducted by Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya. “The government has ordered a probe under the Chief Secretary to enquire into the deaths caused in the unfortunate Malvani hooch tragedy and submit the report within three months,” Khadse said.Rattled by the tragedy, which hit the Laxmi Nagar slum in suburban Malvani on Wednesday night, the government was also mulling to bring in a harsher law to deal with bootlegging to ensure that those arrested for distilling and selling illicit liquor do not get bail for at least one year after their arrest.Blaming the BJP-led state government’s lapses for the tragedy, opposition Congress has already demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio. Meanwhile, Police and Excise personnel carried out extensive raids in suburban areas of Mumbai from where the illicit liquor is mostly sourced by bootleggers to be supplied to slums in the city.

Mumbai hooch toll rises to 53; eight cops suspended

The incident occurred at Laxmi Nagar slum near Gamdevi Jurassic park in Malad on Wednesday night and the victims started showing symptoms soon after.

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The death toll in the hooch tragedy here has climbed to 53 while the condition of 24 victims continued to be critical even as three persons were arrested and eight cops suspended.”Senior police inspector (attached to Malwani police station) along with seven other personnel, including three officers and four constables, have been suspended for connivance/negligence,” City police commissioner Rakesh Maria told PTI.Police have arrested three persons in this connection and have booked them under sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc. with intent to commit an offence) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They have been identified as Raju Hanmanta Pascar (50), Donald Robert Patel (47) and Gautam Harte (30) and their role is investigated.The incident occurred at Laxmi Nagar slum near Gamdevi Jurassic park in Malad on Wednesday night and the victims started showing symptoms soon after.While 13 people died last night, the casualty figure rose to 41 on Friday with 28 more deaths, said Mumbai Police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last night ordered an inquiry into the incident and asked the authorities to file report within two days.

Vajpayee’s birthplace Gwalior erupts in joy and celebrations

Gwalior celebrated when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee recieved his Bharat Ratna.

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Gwalior, the birthplace of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee erupted in joy and celebrations on Friday after he was awarded the Bharat Ratna. Vajpayee did his schooling from Saraswati Shishu Mandir and Gorkhi Bara, after which he graduated from the then Victoria College, which is now called the Laxmi Bai College. An event was also organised at Maharajbada on Friday where Vajpayee used to deliver his historic speeches in his trademark style. The Gorkhi school which Vajpayee had attended, was lit up in honour of its brightest student. Celebrations are also on at his residence in Kamal Singh Ka Bagh area where at present, a computer centre is being run by his relatives. Meanwhile, local MP and Union Minister for Steel and Mines Narendra Singh Tomar termed the development as “historic” and “a matter of honour” for Madhya Pradesh and Gwalior. “It is a matter of pride for Madhya Pradesh, especially Gwalior. Atalji had always preached the politics of development in the country,” Tomar said, congratulating Vajpayee for receiving the Bharat Ratna. Also Read: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee conferred Bharat Ratna by President Mukherjee

New Delhi: 608 prosecuted for drunken driving on New Year eve

Delhi Traffic Police challaned nearly 1000 motorists for violating traffic rules out of which 608 were prosecuted for drunken driving on the eve of New Year last night while one person was killed in an accident.”Traffic Police had deployed 86 teams, armed with breath analyzers, to check drunken driving. However, no case of stunt biking was noticed in the city last night,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander. Special pickets were also set-up to check stunts on motorcycles, over speed, reckless, zig-zag and dangerous driving in co-ordination with local police and PCR at Mehrauli, Saket, Vasant Vihar, South-Extn., Rajouri Garden, Pitampura, Laxmi Nagar and Mayur Vihar.During the enforcement drive, a total of 986 motorists were prosecuted for committing various violations which included 54 for dangerous driving and 608 motorists for drunken driving. A total of 305 car drivers, 402 two wheeler riders and 21 autorickshaws were prosecuted out of which 356 vehicles were impounded on the spot. “This year on New Year Eve, a total of 608 motorists were prosecuted for drunken driving, while 532 motorists were prosecuted in 2014, 489 in 2013, 418 in 2012 and 346 in 2011,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla.While there were 7 deaths reported in fatal road accidents on New Year Eve of 2010, 5 deaths respectively in 2011 and 2012. No fatal accidents occurred on the eve of 2013. In 2014, 3 deaths reported. Only 1 person died on New Year Eve of 2015, said Shukla.This was made possible only due to the elaborate traffic arrangements laid out in the city to check the incidence of dangerous driving, rash & negligent driving and drunken driving, he added. Delhi Traffic Police had made elaborate traffic arrangements for smooth conduct and regulation of traffic on the eve of New Year, throughout the city.Special arrangements were made for the areas in vicinity of Connaught Place, Saket, M-Block Market Greater Kailash, Chirag Delhi, New Friends Colony, Defence Colony, South-Extn, Mehrauli, Aya Nagar Border, Khan Pur, Nehru Place near Eros Hotel, Near Govind Puri Metro Station, Vasant Vihar, Vasant Kunj, Kapashera, Dwarka, Rajouri Garden, Netaji Subash Place, Rohini, Pitampura, Ashok Vihar, G.T. Karnal Road, Karkardooma, Laxmi Nagar, Preet Vihar and Mayur Vihar Phase-II.

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