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In yet another incident, cow vigilantes allegedly lynched a man in Hapur in Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, Qasim, 45, and his companion were attacked in Bajhaida Khurd in Pilukhuwa police station of Hapur district. Qasim was brutally beaten and he succumbed to the injuries. Tension prevailed in the area and police force has been deployed. The local police officials have registered a case and have assured that the culprits would be nabbed. (Lucknow, June 18, 2018--NewsBits.in)

Spiritual preacher Bhayyu Ji Maharaj committed suicide at his home in Indore on Tuesday. The 50-year-old saint had married a few years ago. It is suspected that domestic dispute prompted him to end his life. Police said that he used his revolver to kill himself. The suicide note mentioned that he was living under stress. The police are conducting a probe in this regard. (Indore, June 13, 2018--NewsBits.in)

Six persons including three policemen were arrested in connection with the murder of elderly Husain Abba, a cattle trader in Udupi in Karnataka. The deceased's associates had said that Bajrang Dal cadre was involved in the attack and the policemen were present when the elderly man was attacked. After probe, senior officials arrested. Hiriyadka DN Kumar, head constable Mohan Kothwal and Gopal apart from three others--Umesh Shetty, Ratan and Suresh Mendon, linked to Bajrang Dal and VHP. [Representative photo] (Bengaluru, June 4, 2018--NewsBits.in)

A unique initiative--'Iftaar for All' in Bhopal is getting wide attention. The 'roza iftaar' is held at the historic Iqbal Maidan in Bhopal. It's open to all. A team of young volunteers has been behind the arrangements. Apart from the fact that large number of people break fast at the venue, people belonging to different religions are also invited and they attend the 'roza iftar'. (Bhopal, June 3 2018--NewsBits.in)

Tension continues in Shillong after the attack on local Sikh community by members of Khasi tribe. Though violence was controlled after Army arrived and conducted a flag-march, Sikh families are still living in fear. CM Conrad Sangma has assured Punjab CM Captain Amrinder Singh about security of Sikhs. Night curfew continues in parts of Shillong. (Kolkata, June 3, 2018--NewsBits.in)

Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan has been questioned for his involvement in betting in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Arbaaz, the brother of Salman Khan, has reportedly accepted that he had placed bets over the cricket matches in IPL and had lost over Rs 2.5 crore, say sources. He was questioned in presence of a bookie. The Thane police officials are conducting probe in this regard. (Mumbai, June 2, 2018--NewsBits.in)

Five persons who were convicted in connection with the Bodh Gaya and Patna blasts, have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Today, the special court awarded life term to Umar Siddiqui, Azharuddin, Imtiaz alias Aham, Haidar and Mujibullah. The blasts had taken place on October 27, 2013. Seven persons were injured in the incident. The court had earlier convicted them. Today, the special court gave life term to Umar Siddiqui, Azharuddin, Imtiaz alias Aham, Haidar and Mujibullah. (Patna, June 1, 2018--NewsBits.in)

An elderly Muslim cattle trader was alleged murdered in Udupi in Karnataka on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Hussain Abba, 60. His kin suspect the role of Bajrang Dal, as they claim he was earlier targeted, tortured and forced to drink urine by them. He was a cattle trader and kin say that he had a licence for it. After the incident, the police have registered a case of illegal cattle transportation. However, a case of murder has been registered also. (Bengaluru, May 31, 2018--NewsBits.in)

*BJP leading on Palghar LS seat *RLD leads in Kairana, UP *Congress leading in RR Nagar *Congress leads in Shahkot *Congress wins Palus-Kadegaon *JDU is leading in Jokihat (Bihar) *SP is leading in Noorpur (UP) *TMC leads in Maheshtala (WB)

A middle-aged farmer has committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh. Dilip Singh Dhakad, 45, consumed insecticide at his house in Raisen. He was under debt and depressed as he was unable to pay back the loan. Apart from money-lenders, a finance company was also putting up pressure on him. (Bhopal, May 31, 2018, NewsBits.in) #SuicidesByFarmersInMP

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has declared Class X board examination results. Four students share the top spot with 499 marks out of 500. They are Prakhar Mittal, Rimzhim Agarwal, Nandini Garg and Srilaxmi G. The results are available at the website www.cbseresults.nic.in or cbse.nic.in. (New Delhi, May 29, 2018--NewsBits.in)

The Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin that was the target of local residents' ire because of large-scale pollution, would be permanently shut. The Tamil Nadu government on Monday issued order for permanent closure of the plant. As many as 13 persons were killed in police firing on protesters at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. However, Vedanta has termed the decision as unfortunate. (May 28, 2018--NewsBits.in)

Former president Pranab Mukherjee is likely to attend a function at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in Nagpur. He would address Sangh cadre at this annual event, which will be held on June 7. Earlier, when he was president, Mukherjee had met Mohan Bhagwat at President's House, in the past. (May 28, 2018--NewsBits.in)

HD Kumaraswamy's JD (S)-Congress coalition has won the trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly. BJP members staged a walkout. After the floor test was won, Kumaraswamy termed BJP's walkout as 'escapism'. The BJP had emerged as the single largest party but failed to prove its majority and Yeddyurappa had to resign. (May 25, 2018--NewsBits.in)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has dared PM Narendra Modi to bring down petrol and diesel prices. "Reduce Fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so. I look forward to your response", he said. Rahul threw the challenge after Modi accepted cricketer Virat Kohli's 'fitness challenge'. (May 24, 2018--NewsBits.in)

The Uttarakhand police have arrested a man for allegedly passing sensitive information to Pakistan's ISI. The suspect, Ramesh Kanyal, was arrested from Pithoragarh. After getting information about his activities, ATS had formed a team that nabbed Singh. He is under interrogation. (May 23, 2018--NewsBits.in)

As many as 12 persons were killed when police opened fire at protesters in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. The locals have been demanding closure of Vedanta group's Sterlite unit over pollution concerns. On Tuesday, police fired at the protesters, killing at least nine. One of the victims is a teenaged girl. (May 22, 2018--NewsBits.in)

A middle-aged man was beaten to death in Satna in Madhya Pradesh. The victim, Siraj, 45, and his companion, Shakil, 35, were brutally beaten by cow vigilantes on suspicion that they were carrying beef. Siraj succumbed to injuries while Shakil is battling for life in a hospital. Four persons, Pawan, Vijay, Phool Singh an Narayan, have been arrested. (May 21, 2018--NewsBits.in)

Madhuri Gupta, a former diplomat, has been sentenced to three years in jail for passing secret information to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Gupta, 61, was held guilty by a Delhi court, which said that her actions caused severe security threat. She was held guilty under the official secrets act. (May 20, 2018--NewsBits.in)

The Supreme Court decided to hear the petition against Governor inviting Yeddyurappa to form government in Karnataka. The Congress' petition would be heard in court number 2 in the Apex Court later in the night--at around 1.45 am. While BJP fell short of majority, Congress offered support to JDS but Governor called Yeddy who heads BJP, the single largest party, to form government. (May 16/17, 2018--NewsBits.in)

A boat carrying 40 persons capsized in Godavari river in Andhra. Nearly 20 persons were feared drowned while the remaining were rescued. The incident had occurred on Tuesday evening when boat was on way from Devipatnam to Vadapalli in East Godavari district. (May 16, 2018--NewsBits.in)

The alleged mastermind behind the communal riot in Aurangabad has been arrested. A special police team nabbed LN Bakhadia alias Lachchu Pahalwan. He allegedly took money to orchestrate the riot. The clashes occurred on May 16. The police had resorted to firing. Two persons had succumbed to injuries. (May 16, 2018 NewsBits.in)

As many as 18 persons died when an under-construction flyover collapsed in Varanasi on Tuesday. Dozens were trapped under the debris. It is feared that the figure of dead could go up. (May 15, 2018--NewsBits.in)

BJP emerged as the largest party but fell short of majority. The party got 103 MLAs in the house of 222. Congress was a distant second with 78 legislators but JD(S) that has 38 MLAs is likely to play the role of a kingmaker. The ball is in the Governor's court now.

Former Member of Parliament (MP) and ex-Union minister, Aslam Sher Khan, has said that he wants to return to Congress. Khan has said that former MPCC chief Arun Yadav was not fit to run the party unit and now with Kamal Nath getting the charge, he is ready for return.

In a new twist to the case involving Congress MLA Hemant Katare, the girl who had accused him of sexual exploitation, has now backtracked. She said that she was forced to accuse Katare. She even said that she misled SIT, and claimed that she was under pressure of Arvind Bhadoria, a BJP leader in Gwalior-Chambal region. Police officials say her statement would now be recorded afresh.

In a ghastly accident, nine persons were killed and over 24 injured as a passenger bus overturned in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday morning. The incident occured at Dhamania Diwan of Shamgarh. The bus going from Mandsaur to Bhanpura was reportedly carrying over 60 passengers, some of them sitting on roof of the bus. Some critically injured were referred to Bhopal.

Syed Akhtar Husain, who had authored the 'Royal Journey of Bhopal', passed away on Wednesday. Husain, 85, had taken photographs of Bhopal for over 65 years and had a huge collection, which he used in the book. He was 85.

Controversial preacher Asaram has convicted of rape with a minor girl. A court in Jodhpur, pronounced the judgment. In the verdict, the judge held him guilty of rape with the victim. The quantum of sentence would be delivered later.

Ahead of assembly polls scheduled for 2018 end, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has made Rakesh Singh, member of parliament from Jabalpur, as the new president of its Madhya Pradesh unit. Rakesh Singh replaces Thakur leader Nandkumar Singh Chauhan who had been facing opposition from sections of party cadre. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been made the convener of the election campaign committee.

As many as 25 persons were feared dead when a bus fell off a bridge in Sidhi district in Eastern Madhya Pradesh. The bus was carrying a 'baraat' from Chitrangi, when the driver lost control, and it fell from the bridge on Sone river in Vindhya region. Rescue teams and officials have rushed to the spot. More details are awaited.

Tremors were felt in Singrauli town in Eastern Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday evening. The earthquake struck the region at around 7.42 pm. The tremors were again felt two minutes later. Panic-struck people who came out of their homes as the tremors were felt for almost 15 seconds. At 7.44 pm too, there were similar tremors. The magnitude of the earthquake was 4.6 on the Richter scale. Two NTPC units were affected and it took nearly three hours before they could restart. No loss of life or property was reported till the filing of this report.

Curfew would be imposed in Bhind while prohibitory orders will be in effect in parts of Gwalior-Chambal region of MP from Monday. Internet services will be shut too. This is in view of possibility of bandh against caste-based reservations in this part of state. Though groups are not vocal about the call, administration is alert after the violence that led to eight deaths during bandh on April 2.

IAS officer BL Agarwal who was dismissed from service gets relief from Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). The dismissal order has been cancelled and would be reinstated with full seniority. An officer of 1988 batch, he was posted in Chhattisgarh. CBI had booked him for allegedly paying bribe to 'settle' case of disproportionate assets against him. Subsequently, he was dismissed.

Seven persons were reportedly killed in violence during Bharat Bandh in Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh. The deaths took place in Bhind, Morena and Gwalior during the Bharat Bandh against alleged dilution of SC/ST (Atrocities) Act on Monday. Betu Pathak in Morena died when fires were allegedly shot by protesters. Violent protests led to curfew in Gwalior and Bhind. Sagar, Alirajpur also reported strong protests.

A two-year-old tiger cub was found dead at the Bandhavgarh National Park on Saturday, ninth big cat to perish in 2018 in Madhya Pradesh. In all, 42 tigers have died in various national parks and reserves of MP since January 2017. The carcass of the cub was found close to the farm house of former BJP MLA Nagendra Singh.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gives nod for CBI probe into the death of journalist Sandeep Sharma who was crushed by a truck in Bhind. Sharma had exposed sand mafia's links with local police. He had also told officials about threat to his life.

A girl was allegedly gang-raped by her 'boyfriend' and the latter's accomplice in Bhopal. The victim who is preparing for bank exam was deceived and taken by the 'boyfriend' to a flat where she was raped. Apart from Shailendra, Sonu, Dhiraj and Chiman have been arrested.

The daughter-in-law of Madhya Pradesh minister, Rampal Singh, committed suicide in Udaipura in Raisen. Preeti Raghuvanshi ended her life after she came to know that the minister was planning to get her husband marry again. Heartbroken that her father-in-law was all set to go in for engagement ceremony of his son, she consumed poison.

Eight security personnel have been feared killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh. The anti-landmine vehicle was carrying the personnel of 212 battalion of CRPF, was blown up in IED blast. The incident occurred near Palodi in Sukma district. One Maoist also succumbed to injuries in the cross-fire, say sources. The incident has occurred barely ten days after 10 Naxalites were gunned down in an encounter in Bijapur.

A former domestic help, who owed about Rs 2 lakh to the victims, has been held for murder of an elderly couple in Awadhpuri locality of city. The accused Raju, who is husband of another ex-domestic help whom the victims raised from childhood, also stole gold bangles and chain after the dastardly murders. Bodies of GK Nair who retired from Air Force and his government nurse wife were found with throats slit on Friday.

Paras Saklecha, a former independent legislator who was the first person to have raised the issue of Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, has joined Congress. Saklecha was also Mayor of Ratlam in the past. Apart from activists, Saklecha has been a prominent personality who has constitently taken on the Shivraj govt over Vyapam scam.

Congress has won the Mungaoli and Kolaras Assembly seats where by-election was held. Its candidate Brijendra Singh Yadav won by 2,100 votes. In Kolaras, Congress won by a margin of over 8,000 votes. The victory has come as a big boost to Congress, especially, Jyotiraditya Scindia. Of course, this is a setback to Shivraj Chouhan.

A giant radio was installed in Bhopal on Thursday. The radio plays music (FM). For citizens, passersby it was a unique sight--the big radio that has been kept on cement platform, especially, built for the purpose. The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) had earlier announced that the radio would be put up at Roshanpura intersection.

At least ten persons including school children were dead when a 12-wheel truck rammed into a tea kiosk and then adjacent homes in Barela of Jabalpur on Wednesday morning. The administration has however confirmed only six deaths, but said the toll might rise. Local residents erupted in anger and set fire to the truck. They also broke media cameras and engaged in arson.

A personnel posted with Border Security Force (BSF) Academy in Tekanpur (Gwalior) of Madhya Pradesh committed suicide on Monday by shooting self with service rifle. The jawan has been identified as Sumit Shukla of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh. Further investigations are in progress.

Two security personnel killed, six injured in encounter with Naxals in Sukma in Chhattisgarh. The jawans who were killed include Markam Nanda and Mukesh Karti. The condition of three injured personnel is critical. Police officials claim some Maoists had died in the encounter but there was no specific figure.

The links of the massive PNB Scam reached Bhopal on Saturday with a team of Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducting a raid of Nakshatra Jewellery showroom of Gitanjali Groups belonging to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. The team also raided Gitanjali Gems Limited in Jaipur. The teams confiscated stack of documents, computer hard disc and jewellery, sources said.

A 50-year-old farmer committed suicide in Singpur village in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh. The farmer Gulab Patel was reportedly under a debt of Rs 3 lakh and the moneylenders were harassing him for payment. Also his crop of gram was damaged during recent hailstorm. Police however said that the farmer was afflicted with a disease that drove him to extreme step.

Crops were extensively damaged in 984 villages of Madhya Pradesh by recent hailstorms, official estimates have shown. Villages in Sehore, Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Shivpuri, Ashoknagar, Raisen and other districts were affected. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has assured compensation to all affected. Chief Minister said that Rs 30,000 per hectare relief amount along with the crop insurance amount will be given.

Guest teachers' association has taken a vow to defeat Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the upcoming Assembly polls. They took oath that they will not vote for BJP and will ensure that their family, relatives would also vote against the party, till the demands are met with, said Shivam Mishra of the Atithi Adhyapak Sangh in Harda.

Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi has said that he will fight against Raman Singh in the latter's constituency during the upcoming Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh. Jogi Congress has announced that in case Singh shifts constituency, Jogi would also fight from that seat.

Three new ministers have been inducted in the latest round of cabinet expansion in Madhya Pradesh. Those who took oath include Narayan Singh Kushwala, Balkrishna Patidar and Jalam Singh Patel. They took oath at the ceremony in Governor's House.

A child died after he was attacked by stray dogs in Bhopal. The incident occurred in Gautam Nagar. The 1-1/2-year-old kid was playing outside his house when dogs attacked him. The child, Raza, was mauled to death. The kin rushed him to hospital but he couldn't be saved.

In another shocking incident, a seven-year-old girl was raped and also threatened with life if she revealed the incident to anyone. The incident occurred in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. According to sources, the heinous crime was perpetrated by a neighbour of the girl. Police has apprehended the accused named Vikas and further investigations are on.

A murder accused lodged in the Picchore sub-jail in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh committed suicide on Monday in the wee hours. The accused Raju Sahu reportedly used the draw string of his undergarment to hang himself in the jail. Sahu had been arrested on January 20 on charges of killing his friend in a case of alleged illicit relations.

Incidents of unnatural tiger deaths continue in Madhya Pradesh with a carcass of a tiger found in Devraha village of Jaisinghnagar of Shahdol district. The condition of the tiger's carcass leaves suspicion of poaching. MP topped tiger deaths in 2017 at 28. In January 2018, this is the sixth tiger death. (Pix representational)

Curfew was imposed in Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh after a clash on Friday. One person died in firing while several others were injured. This incident occurred during ABVP's Tiranga Yatra. 10 persons have been rounded up so far. Strong police force has been deployed in the town in wake of the incident. Top officials have rushed to Kasganj. More details are awaited.

A schoolboy was abducted in Delhi on Thursday morning. Motorcycle-borne men shot a driver and forcibly took away the child who was on way to school. The five-year-old boy studies in a school in Anand Vihar. The incident occurred near Shahdara. More details are awaited.

Padmaavat is not likely to be released in theatres in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. Bhopal Cine Association says that even distributor hasn't come forward and prints are yet to reach them. Also, after arson near a talkies in Bhopal today and other protests, theatre owners are worried. It may be screened a week later, they hope.

A minor girl was allegedly drugged and later gang-raped in Madhya Pradesh. The incident had occurred in Betul. The victim's family was under pressure not report. Worse, the local panchayat had asked her family to take Rs 10,000 and 'settle' it. The girl went to Harda, where they lodged FIR. After medical examination, case has been registered and would be transferred to Betul for further investigation.

Padmaavat would be released all over the country including Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The Supreme Court has rejected the plea of the two state governments. Apex court held that it was responsibility of state govts to maintain law-and-order.

Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Om Prakash Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), the law ministry announced on Sunday. He would succeed incumbent Achal Kumar Jyoti. Rawat, who is currently Election Commissioner is expected to take over as the CEC on January 23. Also, finance secretary Ashok Lawasa has been appointed as a new election commissioner.

As many as 17 persons were killed in a fire in Bawana in Delhi. The fire started in a factory. Fire tenders were rushed to the sector 5 in Bawana where this crackers factory is located. However, the fire wasn't controlled till the filing of the report. Officials said that it was too early to tell the cause of fire.

Anandiben Patel has been appointed as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh. She was earlier the chief minister of Gujarat. Patel will take charge from OP Kohli, who was having additional charge.

Karni Sena has said that there will be 'Janata curfew in the country on the day of Padmaavat's release. He didn't specify much but said that discussions are on and a big announcement should be expected soon. Talking to media in Ujjain, he said, "Will trust a dog but not Sanjay Leela Bhansali", adding that, "a big announcement will be made shortly".

While administration is yet to come up with relief amount, the Congress leaders have visited the families and handed over the money in Harda. District chief of farmers' unit of Congress, Ravi Shankar Sharma, has said that the team of party office-bearers visited Khodiyakhedi and handed over 25,000 to kin.

Former minister Kamal Patel's son Sudeep Patel has got a relief from the Madhya Pradesh High Court. Patel had been externed from the district and was barred from entering Harda. However, the court has cancelled this order. Now Patel can come back to the hometown.

Father of Namrata Damor, whose death was linked to Vyapam scam, has questioned the closure report filed by CBI in the case. CBI court has now summoned Namrata's father Mehtab Singh to record his statement on January 18. The CBI said in its closure report that the death was accidental, while the initial postmortem report had suggested homicide.

A teenage couple jumped before a train in Jabalpur to end their lives. Family of the girl, Anamika (17) was opposed to the relationship. She was in love with Suraj (18), an ITI student. Her father had scolded her & broken her cell phone when he came to know about the affair two days ago.

As many as 14 persons have been booked in connection with the violence in Sehore. The trouble had begun during a religious procession. Over half-a-dozen persons were injured. There was arson--vehicles were set afire. However, strong police posse was sent, mobile services stropped and the situation has been brought under control.

The statue of former Union minister late Arjun Singh, who was also CM of Madhya Pradesh in the past, would be installed in Bhopal. The clay model is ready and once the nine-feet bronze statue is completed, it would later be brought to Bhopal in a month.

The Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) has declared results of the examination conducted in 2017. Sampada Saraf is the overall topper. There are four girls in the top five, which include Sampada Saraf, Shivangi Agrawal, Juhi Gupta and Priya Verma.

Body of a gang rape victim was found hanging by tree in a village in Morena district on Monday. Though a note in Hindi 'I have committed suicide' was scribbled on woman's hand. Her husband has cried foul and alleged that she might have been killed by the rapists.

The Kotwali police in Harda District have booked a well known karate coach and referee Neelesh Sen in two different cases of rape and sexual harassment and atrocities against SC/ST persons. In the case of rape, another accused Yusuf Mansoori has been booked too.

A woman was allegedly raped in a running train. The accused--Jitu Malviya, a Bhopal resident, threatened girl with sharp-edged weapon, raped her in train toilet. Case registered, transferred to GRP Bhopal.

BREAKING: Nathuram Godse's idol has been removed from the 'Godse temple' in Gwalior. The police team reached the place, seized the idol and took it away. The administration had issued notice to Hindu Mahasabha earlier, and now action has been taken.

Congress leader KK Mishra has been convicted by a Bhopal court in the case of defamation that was filed by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He was given two year jail term and got bail.

A student was killed late on Saturday night owing to a gunshot in Jawad of Neemuch. The ongoing process of students' council polls is said to be reason behind the death. The youth Rahul Banjara was hit by a bullet that got fired from gun of Hindu Sena activist Naveen Tiwari, sources said. Earlier Naveen had resorted to firing in air to threaten opposing group in campus polls. His gun got jammed and suddenly fired later hitting Rahul who was standing nearby.

A police officer linked to Vyapam scam, has died. Ajay Singh Pawar, a DSP, who was an accused in the scam, has died. He was admitted to a hospital in Indore, where he passed away. Pawar had got several persons crack recruitment exam with the help of the racket. The figure of deaths goes to 55.

In a major decision, the MP High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to hold students' council elections in private colleges of state too. The direction came while hearing a petition of state unit of the National Students Union of India. The court has directed that the process should be completed within ten days after October 31, when elections are scheduled in government colleges and universities.

A man was allegedly burnt alive for opposing sexual harassment of his minor daughter in Hata of Damoh district. The main accused is also a minor and a neighbour of the 45-year-old victim Narmada Sahu. Police have arrested the accused Sachin and two of his associates Rajkumar and Ramkumar, but denied the angle of sexual harassment. According to sources Sachin would trouble Narmada's 15-year-old daughter repeatedly. Sahu then filed a police complaint in the matter. Following this the accused started threatening the family. Superintendent of police Vivek Agrawal however said that the daughter of the victim did not mention anything about sexual harassment in her statement.

Both Congress and BJP have announced the name of its candidates for the upcoming Chitrakoot Assembly bypoll election. BJP has fielded Shankar Dayal Tripathi. Nilanshu Chaturvedi is the party's candidate. He was earlier the municipal council chairman. The seat fell vacant after the death of sitting MLA Prem Singh, who was also a Congress legislator.

A constable posted with the Kotwali police station in Chhatarpur was shot dead by criminals reportedly during searching operations late on Diwali night. Four policemen had reached Parwari Mohalla in the city and had challenged the criminals who were reportedly roaming with firearms. One of the accused shot at constable Balmukund Prajapati, killing him on the spot, police sources said.

In what appears to be a rift within Congress, party's Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha has questioned appointment of Naresh Kumar Gupta as Lokayukta as he is much junior to Deputy Lokayukta UC Maheshwari. In a tweet, Tankha wondered how CJ and Leader of Opposition (Ajay Singh) could tolerate this transgression. Leader of Oppn's assent is needed for the selection of Lokayukta. As Ajay Singh had been critical of Chouhan govt on such appointments, the rift within Congress is now in the open.

Hemant Sisodia, a DSP rank officer, committed suicide in his official residence in Morena in Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh. He shot self in the chest and died on the spot. It is not clear yet what made him resort to the extreme step.

An RTI activist was found murdered in Morena in Madhya Pradesh. Mukesh Dubey's body was found amid blood in the fields. It is suspected that he was killed and later body was thrown. Dubey was lately involved in exposing corruption in Panchayats.

Swaroopanand Saraswati will approach Supreme Court against the recent High Court order. The High Court had refused to recognise him as Shankaracharya. The two judge bench held his claim on the post as illegal. His private secretary Brahmachari Subudhanand has said that the appeal would be filed in the Supreme Court.

A middle aged man consumed poison during the Jan Darshan programme of Janjgir Champa district collector over debt and land related problems. Tge man succumbed in hospital later. Sources said that the man, about 55 year old was from Kurda village and was repeatedly coming to the weekly Jan Darshan to get his problems heard. He took the extreme step on Monday.

Former State minister and Congress MLA from Mungaoli, Mahendra Singh Kalukheda passed away at the Medanta Hospital in New Delhi on Monday. He was undergoing treatment since last 20 days following a heart attack. Kalukheda was a prominent leader of Congress from West MP and considered close to ex-union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. His last rites would be performed at native village Kalukheda on Wednesday.

Director General of Police (DGP) Rishi Kumar Shukla has said that in the ancient past, there was just one Ravana. "In our times, there are so many Ravanas, how do we get so many Ramas to eliminate them", he said in Hoshangabad. Shukla was speaking in the context of rise in crimes against women.

A woman committed suicide by jumping from second floor of DB City Mall in Bhopal. Renuka Mittal, 36, a resident of Lakherapura, went to mall with her daughter. Suddenly she went to railing and jumped. She died. The police suspect it was because of a domestic dispute. Her husband is a trader.

Close on the heels of shocking incident in Gorakhpur of Uttar Pradesh, reports have emerged that three children died in the tertiary Ambedkar Hospital of Raipur early on Monday, also due to oxygen disruption. While health department authorities claimed that the deaths were due to different reasons and not hindrance of oxygen supply, the arrest of cylinder operator of the hospital raises questions on the claim.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed petitions filed by Sardar Sarovar project affected people in Narmada valley against the proceedings in Indore High Court, which is monitoring the compliance of a SC order on rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) of the affected people.

Activist Medha Patkar and her associates who are sitting on fast, demanding rehabilitation of the Sardar Sarovar Project oustees, was taken into custody on Monday evening.

A man was shot dead inside the court premises in Madhya Pradesh. Three bullets were fired inside the Chhindwara district court. The victim, Akhlaq, died on the spot. The killer was arrested. He is linked to Shiv Sena.

A truck ran over a religious procession in Madhya Pradesh, killing three devotees and injuring nearly a dozen others. The incident occurred in Barwani, during the procession of Dasha Mata. Even after the incident, there was no official vehicle to carry bodies, which had to be taken in tractor. The incident has caused anger among residents.

Heavy rain affected normal life in Raisen, Vidisha and towns adjoining Bhopal. The towns were cut off from the State capital. As water levels rose, people were marooned. Here is phooto of a petrol pump amidst water in Raisen.

Four were killed and at least three more were seriously injured when a tractor trolley carrying farm labourers fell into a ditch at Tamot-Itlawada valley at Obaidullahganj of Raisen district on Friday morning. The injured have been admitted to Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal. Obaidullahganj SDOP SK Marawi said that the deceased are from village Sanjdi and were going for agriculture work at farm of Madhu Kumar Maheshwari at Mahuakhedi village when the accident occured. There were 36 persons in the tractor trolley.

Eight persons including two children were killed when a truck collided head on with a tractor trolley carrying a marriage party in Nirawali of Gwalior on Sunday morning. The situation is tense on the spot as 15 others were seriously injured. Six were killed on spot while two died in the hospital. The fdead belong to Jaura in Morena.

A search party of special task force (STF) of Chhattisgarh was ambushed by Maoists in south Sukma of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, leaving five jawans seriously wounded. Helicopters were rushed from Raipur to airlift the personnel for treatment.

Southwest monsoon of 2017 made an entry into Madhya Pradesh, covering just a small southwestern part of the state. Among the districts that were partly covered include Mandla, Dindori, Balaghat and Anuppur that was just touched.

The MP government on Wednesday suspended the officers who were in charge in Mandsaur district when police firing killed six farmers. Swatantra Kumar Singh, who was Collector, Superintendent of Police OP Tripathi and City SP Sai Krishna S Thota have been suspended.

Three more farmers ended their lives in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. Narmada Yadav ended life in Hoshangabad while another farmer Kaju Khan committed suicide in Siddiqganj in Sehore. The third Kalla ended life in Shivpuri.

Things went out of control on Bhopal-Indore highway yet again on Friday morning as hundreds of farmers came out on the busy road, indulging in stone pelting and arson. This caused major jam on the road on both side of Phanda toll plaza. Cross stone pelting by protesters and police was reported. Trucks were set ablaze. Heavy police force was rushed to the spot. Also senior officials have rushed to the spot.

In an expected move, the state government on Thursday shunted Mandsaur collector Swatantra Kumar Singh and superintendent of police OP Tripathi in wake of the farmers' killing in police firing two days ago. Now, OP Shrivastava (till now in Shivpuri) is the Mandsaur collector and Neemuch SP Manoj Singh is the new police chief. Also collectors of Ratlam and Neemuch collectors have been shifted. Tanvi Saundriyal has been posted in Ratlam and Kaushalendra Vikram Singh in Neemuch. Tarun Rathi has been made Shivpuri collector.

As many as 25 persons were feared dead in a blast in a crackers' factory godown in Balaghat. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon. Senior officials had rushed to the spot. Relief and rescue workers were pressed into service. More details are awaited.

Farmers' protests turned even more violent on Wednesday. Four chartered buses between Indore and Bhopal have been set afire, passengers allowed to leave but their goods burnt.

It was a narrow escape for CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Union minister Venkaiah Naidu when the temporary dome structure collapsed due to thunderstorm in Indore. Several persons were injured and hospitalised. However, the politicians escaped unhurt. It was Indore municipal corporation's even to celebrate city being adjudged cleanest in India.

Indra Vishnoi, one of prime accused in the sensational Bhanwari Devi murder case of Rajasthan was arrested in Dewas of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, six years after the crime. Vishnoi, sister of Congress ex-MLA Malkhan Singh, who is also accused in the case, was arrested by Rajasthan police with help of MP police and handed over to CBI. She carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh announced by CBI as she absconded soon after the murder came to light in 2011. Former minister Mahipal Maderna is also one of the accused in the murder case of Bhanwari Devi, who was an ANM and reportedly had illicit relation with both Maderna and Malkhan Singh.

A lady Ph D scholar from Bhopal, who was pursuing her doctorate from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi was found dead in her apartment on the IIT campus late on Tuesday evening. The body of the scholar, Manjula Devak (27) was found hanging in her room, though no suicide note was found, sources said. Police are investigating further.

Congress legislator Prem Singh passed away in Satna on Monday. Singh, a Congress MLA, represented Chitrakut constituency in the State Assembly. He had heart attack in the morning. Singh was 66.

In a somersault, the MP government on Saturday cancelled the transfer of Harda collector Srikanth Banoth. Tarun Rathi who was posted as collector has been sent back as deputy secretary to mineral resources department. Banoth had been transferred just a day after externing BJP ex-minister Kamal Patel's son Sudeep who faces 14 criminal cases.

The state president of BJP, Nandkumar Singh Chauhan on Friday served notice upon senior party leader and ex-minister Kamal Patel. He has been charged with 'anti-party actions' and asked to personally appear to explain his position within five days. Patel had filed complaint on illegal mining in Narmada in National Green Tribunal and has been issuing statements on 'corrupt administration's complicity' in illegal sand mining.

In another tragic accident, 11 persons were reported killed on spot and 12 others grievously injured, when a tractor trolley that they were travelling after visiting a temple in overturned in Neemuch of Madhya Pradesh. The accident occurred near Kaanka Phata. All the deceased are from Sitamau in neighbouring Mandsaur district.

Police station in-charge of Gairatganj in Raisen district, Sanjay Dubey committed suicide on Thursday morning. He shot himself with his service revolver at his home. He was taken to hospital but succumbed. Senior officials including superintendent of police Jagat Singh had reached the spot to look into the matter. The reason of the extreme step could not be immediately known.

Just a day after he issued an order externing son of a BJP ex-minister, the Harda district collector Srikanth Banoth was shunted out on Wednesday. He has been posted as deputy secretary in state secretariat. Deputy secretary, mineral resources department, Tarun Rathi (in pic) has replaced Banoth. On Tuesday, Banoth had externed Sudeep Patel, son of ex-minister Kamal Patel, who has 14 criminal cases against him.

Sudeep Patel, son of ex-minister Kamal Patel and facing 14 criminal cases, was on Tuesday externed from Harda district. Sudeep has been asked not to enter Harda or four surrounding districts for one year, according to rule. Kamal Patel was in Bhopal since past three days trying to get the externment deferred, but failed.

Madhya Pradesh Congress leaders including leader of opposition Ajay Singh were arrested after staging a dharna near the Chief Minister's House to demand dismissal of state minister Lal Singh Arya. The minister has been made an accused in the murder of ex-MLA of Congress Makhanlal Jatav in Gohad of Bhind. The Congress leaders were released on bail later.

Four persons died after consuming spurious liquor in Gauspur of Morena district early on Monday morning. All of them had consumed the liquor late on Sunday night and then fallen sick. They were referred to Gwalior hospital, but succumbed. The police are looking into the matter, though it was not clear where the victim got the liquor from. The dead are aged between 27 and 40 years.

Six persons were killed when a bus carrying passengers from Jabalpur to Amarkantak fell in a roadside pit in Dindori in the wee hours of Sunday. About two dozen passengers were injured in the accident that occurred near Jogitikaria village. Seven seriously injured persons were referred to hospital in Jabalpur.

Wife of a BJP man from Udaipura in Raisen who died in mysterious circumstances after a video showing him touching the feet of some influential higher caste persons went viral, has tried to commit suicide. Rinki Poria, wife of Sharad Poria, a dalit leader, cut her wrists and also attempted to slit her throat. She is undergoing treatment. Kin of the couple have alleged that Poria died of heart attacked after being deeply embarrassed by the viral video where he is seen being forced to apologise. Rinki attempted suicide as police failed to take any action against the accused influential people.

Union minister for Environment Anil Dave passed away in Delhi on Thursday. He was 61. Dave was associated with RSS from an early age. A Rajya Sabha MP from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, he was admitted in AIIMS where he breathed his last.

Nine members of a family from Kondagaon in Chhattisgarh were killed in a horrific road accident in Shahdol district of MP on Monday afternoon. The family of Deepak and Prakash Gandhi was returning home by road from Hrishikesh when their SUV rammed into a stationary truck near Semra village in Jaisinghnagar of Shahdol. Six persons were killed on spot while three others died in Hospital.

Daughter-in-law of a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) rank officer posted in Guna has been arrested by the Shivpuri police allegedly while trying to 'purchase' a young women as bride for her brother. The accused Mahima was reportedly purchasing the woman, hailing from Narsinghpur from one Devendra Dhakad. Mahima has claimed she was just fixing the alliance and not purchasing the woman.

A security guard with HDFC bank shot dead his wife and two other persons before turning the gun on himself in Ashoknagar of MP on Friday. The guard reportedly fired indiscriminately from his licensed gun for around an hour, triggering panic in the locality. The police allegedly responded late to the calls and by time they arrived, the guard Lakhan Raghuvanshi had killed himself and three others.

Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh has said that the manner in which names of merit holders were released a day before the MP board exam results were to be announced, is a serious breach of confidentiality. That students were called up to reach Bhopal a day in advance, is shocking and puts question mark on functioning of Board. Singh said that just like Vyapam scam, every institution's independence is now compromised in MP.

Samyak Jain of Tikamgarh topped the class 12th exam of MP Board of Secondary Education while Devprakash Manjhi of Gwalior topped the class 10 exam. Both results were declared on Friday morning. Sanyam scored 485/500 while Devprakash scored 587/600 marks. Overall 49.86% students passed class 10 exam. Pass percentage for class 12 was 67.87. The toppers were felicitated by chief minister Shivraj Chouhan.

As many as 11 persons were killed when a jeep that was carrying workers, fell off the road at Chargawan near Jabalpur. Ten people died on the spot while one succumbed to injures in hospital, while 15 others were injured. The jeep was packed to capacity with workers, who were being taken for work by a contractor. Apart from compensation, a probe has been ordered.

In a shocking incident, a middle-aged man raped a child in Jabalpur. The 4-yr-old girl was playing outside her house when the accused took her along and raped her. The accused Bal Kishan Lodhi, 50, has been arrested. The victim is undergoing treatment in a hospital. The police are interrogating Lodhi who has been charged with rape as well as POCSO Act.

Tragedy struck Jat family from Ichhawar in Sehore as nine members of the extended family including the groom were killed in a horrific accident in Dhar district. The groom Mukesh Jat was killed on spot along with eight others as a container rammed their SUV at Ganpati Ghat. The marriage procession was headed to Sirsi in Manawar. Two seriously injured were rushed to Indore for treatment.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that no illegal slaughterhouse will be allowed to operate in Madhya Pradesh. He said that illegal abattoirs will be shut. Chouhan was addressing the gathering at Mohankheda, a Jain pilgrimage centre in MP.

A prisoner hanged himself in Morena jail. Dinesh Singh was arrested for raping his minor niece. On Friday, court was all set to deliver verdict in the case but the same day he killed himself. It is suspected that he was scared that he would be given death sentence, and he decided to hang self with a towel in jail. Earlier on Friday, SC held death sentence to Nirbhaya gang rape accused in Delhi. A while later Dinesh Singh ended his life.

The MP High Court on Thursday acquitted a rape-murder accused who was facing death penalty. The double bench of Justices SK Seth and HP Singh acquitted the accused Nagendra Tiwari for the want of clinching evidence. The bench said the prosecution failed to give any evidence to connect the accused with the crime. Tiwari was given death penalty by Sidhi district court for murder of a woman after unnatural sex and torture.

The MP High Court on Wednesday issued an order for arrest of Rewa district collector Rahul Jain, for his failure to appear in the court and comply to an order of the court for relief to an employee. The bench of Justice Anjuli Palo ordered that police issue an arrest warrant for the district collector and make him appear in the court on May 4.

A BJP leader Rudra Narayan 'Betu' Pandey was shot dead in front of police station in Gwalior. He was shot in the neck. The incident occurred at 11 am at Jhansi Road police station. Pandey was riding bike with his brother, when he was killed. Three persons have been rounded up. & being quizzed. The motive could be over exerting influence in area or old enmity, said police.

Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar lashed out at critics of Swachh Bharat campaign. Training his guns at those who termed open defecation free (ODF) drive as part of colonial mentality, Tomar said that such people should first get toilets constructed. IAS officer Dipali Rastogi had earlier said that while drinking water is not available, the excessive use of water for toilets was an impractical idea imported from West. BJP leader Prahlad Patel had also supported him.

Seven persons including two children and three women were killed when a speeding container (truck) hit a car near Kalothara Phatak in Shivpuri on Friday morning. The accident occured when family of one Ramkumar Shrivas was travelling from Gujarat to Bhind (MP) for a marriage ceremony. Five died on spot.

Indore's Anany Sharma has bagged All India 10th rank in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The results of the exam were declared on Thursday. Kalpit Virwal of Udaipur (Rajasthan) topped with 360/360 marks.

Dhavendra Kumar of Balod, belonging to a farming family topped the higher secondary (12th) exam of Chhattisgarh State Board of Secondary Education, the result of which was declared on Thursday. Dhavendra scored 98.60% marks. Altamash Sabri scored 97.80% to stand second in merit list.

In the wake of dastardly attack of Maoists that killed 26 CRPF jawans on Monday, the Madhya Pradesh police have issued high alert on bordering districts -Kawardha and Rajnandgaon of Chhattisgarh and Gondia of Maharashtra.

Educationist Sagheer Baidaar passed away in Bhopal on Thursday. A veteran journalist who had taken upon himself the task to inspire youths to perform better in academics though scholarships, he set up MECAPS. The society was primarily to motive Muslim students but also gave awards to students of other communities.

An office bearer of the contract power company employees association died of a heart attack on Tuesday while he was addressing agitating employees at Ambedkar Maidan in Bhopal. Ramnarayan Dixit fell down while giving a speech and was declared dead at hospital. The contract employees are on indefinite strike since April 17 to demand regularisation of services.

A Congress leader and property dealer Saeed Malguzar shot dead his wife and himself, apparently over a domestic dispute, in wee hours of Wednesday in Jabalpur. Malguzar (60) shot himself with another gun after his son Sonu took away the revolver he used to kill his wife Husna Bano (55). Malguzar has been the vice-president of Jabalpur city Congress, sources said.

A woman and her two teenage daughters committed suicide on railway track in Ahmadpur off Hoshangabad road in capital Bhopal. The deceased have been identified as Suraj Bai (48), Sapna (18) and Sushma (16). The trio apparently committed suicide in wee hours of Wednesday due to acute poverty. They stayed in a single room shanty near D Mart on Misrod Road.

Seven persons were killed and many more received burn injuries as massive fire engulfed the Ranipura cracker market in Indore on Tuesday afternoon. The fire reportedly started from Dilip Pathaka Centre and soon spread elsewhere to due to presence of large quantities of inflammatory material.

Ilayaraja T is back as Bhind collector and SP Anil Singh Kushwaha as the superintendent of police (SP). The state government on Sunday issued orders bringing back officers who were shunted out of the district ahead of the Ater by-polls.

All 213 sarpanchs in Harda district have submitted their resignation to protest alleged high-handedness of additional chief secretary of panchayat and rural development department, Radheshyam Julaniya. Also panchayat secretaries have threatened indefinite strike for their long standing demands. The 'Gram Uday to Bharat Uday' campaign starts on April 14.

Congress has won Ater bypoll. Party candidate Hemant Katare won by 857 votes in a nail-biting finish. BJP has won the other seat, Bandhavgarh. BJP's Shivnarayan Singh won by over 25,000 votes.

Wheat crops ready for harvest in 200 acres were reduced to cinders and a woman was burnt to death as massive fire devoured agriculture fields in five villages of Badi in Raisen district on Monday. The fire reportedly spread after two farmers decided to burn the husk remaining in their fields after harvest. The fire spread quickly and two women came in its grip. Another sustained serious injuries.

Seven persons including two pedestrians were killed in Sidhi when a bus overturned after hitting a truck on Monday morning. Sources said that the bus was speeding and the driver lost control. The impact was so great that passengers were thrown out of windows and some came under the bus. At least 35 were injured.

Narmada Yatra, which was launched as a movement to safeguard the river and send across the message to conserve water, has completed 111 days. It begam from Amarkantak on December 11, 2016. Over 19 lakh persons have so far participated in the Namami Devi Narmade Yatra.

The ambitious 'Deendayal Rasoi Yojana' that aims at providing free meals to poor has been launched in the State. Minister for Public Relations, Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs Dr Narottam Mishra inaugurated it in Datia on Friday. Full meal will be made available to people at Rs 5 in urban areas. The aim is that people who come from rural areas for labour will get nutritious food. Also, poor families in urban areas will be benefited.

Five persons of a family including two children were killed when a house in Sevda of Datia district got ripped apart in a blast on Wednesday morning. Five others were injured. The blast occurred in explosives stored for cracker making in the house of Rashid Khan. The blast was so powerful that the entire house was converted to debris. The dead include Rashid Khan, his wife Ruby, sister Razia, son and daughter Ashiq and Aashiqa.

V Kiran Gopal was tipped to be the new collector and Sushant Saxena the new superintendent of police (SP) of Bhind district in wake of the EVM-VVPAT scandal that hit ahead of the Ater by-polls in the district. The ECI had directed shunting of the existing collector Ilayaraja T and SP Anil Singh Kushwaha after the scandal.

CM Shivraj Chouhan goes to district court on Monday to record statement in connection with his defamation case against Congress leader KK Mishra who had accused CM, his kin of alleged involvement in Transport recruitment scam.

After Harda rural, the Harda city (urban) area has also been declared as open defecation free (ODF) by the union government. The status was announced in a letter sent out by the union ministry, district collector Srikanth Banoth has said.

Another tiger died, apparently after being hit by train in the dangerous Budhni-Midghat section of railways in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, close to capital Bhopal.