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NEW DELHI: The National Students' Union of India (NSUI) has opposed the installation of the bust of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in the Delhi University (DU).
The NSUI leaders staged a protest and blackened the face. Also, they put a garland of shoes on it. The bust was brought at night and installed by ABVP cadre, who later installed it in the campus.
ABVP leader Shakti Singh had brought the bust without approval from the DU authorities. Savarkar has been a deeply polarizing figure. Though he had sought pardon from British and was released from Cellular Jail, the right-wing considers him as a Hindutva icon and freedom fighter. [August 22, 2019]

BHOPAL: The death toll due to heavy rain in Madhya Pradesh, has crossed 50 in the state in this season.
Five people have died in the last 24 hrs and the figure has touched 55. Besides, 15 people have died due to lightning so far, taking the number of deaths to 70.
Rivers are overflowing in Malwa and Chambal region of State. MP has received excessive rainfall, 20% more than the average rains.
[August 16, 2019]

BHOPAL: Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan has made a strange comment, terming first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, a criminal'.
Chouhan said that Nehru had committed a sin and it was because of him that India lost part of Kashmir to Pakistan. After the statement was reported, Congress leaders expressed outrage.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said that Chouhan was not even a dust at Nehru's feet. Kamal Nath, the MP chief minister, said that Chouhan's statement was objectionable and it was condemnable that decades after his death, Nehru was being targeted unfairly.
[August 12, 2019]

WASHINGTON: A suspected white supremacist gunman opened fire at shoppers in El Paso town in Texas, America. As many as 20 persons were killed in the attack.
The suspect has been identified as Patrick Crusius. He has been taken into custody and is being interrogated. Initial reports suggest that it was a hate crime, targeting the Hispanics.
President Donald J Trump has expressed grief and tweeted, "Terrible shooting in Elpaso, reports are very bad, many killed. working with state and local authorities and law enforcement...God be with you all".
More than 248 mass shootings have been reported in USA alone, this year so far. Statistics clearly suggest that domestic white extremists pose the biggest threat in the country, far ahead of any other group or believers of any other ideology.
[August 4, 2019]

PATNA: In yet another incident of mob lynching, three persons were beaten to death. This incident has occurred in Saran district in Bihar.
According to reports, the mob turned violent and attacked the victims--Raju Nat, Naushad Qureshi and Videsh, on Friday morning.
The locals suspected that they had come there with the intention to steal cattle. However, victims' kin reject the charge and said that they had gone to buy cattle.
The victims' were rushed to hospital where they were declared brought dead. The police said that a case has been registered and investigation has begun to ascertain the circumstances that led to the killings. [Photo is for representation purpose]
[Jul 19, 2019]

LUCKNOW: In a shocking incident, 10 tribals were killed in cold blood when dozens of armed persons went on a shooting spree to seize land.
The incident occurred in Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh. Over 100 persons, riding in tractor-trolleys, came to Umbha, a tribal hamlet, on July 16, and tried to take over the land. When locals resisted, they began firing indiscriminately, resulting in the deaths.
The Gond tribals have been living on this land and have been cultivating it, from the pre-independence era. It was after 1955, when the land was strangely transferred to a cooperative society that was formed by one family under a government scheme (at the behest of an IAS officer).
Though the scheme was later abolished, land ownership didn't return to government. However, members of the family linked to IAS officer, were allotted land, who in turn sold it to Yagya Dutt, who wants tribals ousted. After the incident, the villagers are in a state of shock.
For years, locals had been running from pillar to post to get the issue sorted but despite representations, inquires, nothing had happened. The police have arrested over a dozen persons who were involved in the attack, however, the main accused is yet to be caught. [Photo is for representational purpose]
[July 18, 2019]

SILCHAR: In a shocking incident, three elderly Haj pilgrims were attacked in Silchar in Assam. The incident occurred on June 27.
The victims--Zamiruddin Laskar, Abdul Khaliq Chaudhary and Nazir Ahmad Laskar, were attacked by a group of unidentified persons who first took away their skullcaps.
Zamiruddin Laskar says that after snatching the skullcap, his face was covered with a piece of cloth and the same treatment was meted to two others.
The attackers allegedly threaten to cut them into pieces. Laskar said that they were abused, attacked and humiliated while the shopkeepers looked on and nobody intervened. The police have now registered a case in this regard and have assured that the attackers would be identified and nabbed soon. Photo courtesy--Barak Bulletin
UPDATE: Three accused--S Chakravarti, Jaideep Pal and Bappa Das have been arrested for the assault with the elderly Haj pilgrims.
[June 28, 2019]

RAIPUR: Four persons including three security personnel and a minor girl were killed in a Maoist ambush in Bijapur in Chhattisgarh.
The Maoists ambushed the 199 battallion of CRPF near Keskutul in Bijapur district. The security personnel who were caught off guard, later, retaliated and a minor girl who lived in a nearby village was killed in the cross-firing.
The three security personnel killed include Mahadev Patil, Madan Pal and OP Saji. The injured are being treated in the hospital. Chhattisgarh has witnessed several Naxal attacks in the last couple of months.
[June 28, 2018]

BHOPAL: In a significant development, Madhya Pradesh government has amended the law to rein in the cow vigilantes who have been involved in violence and mob lynchings.
The cabinet has approved amendment to the Cattle Conservation Act, which now makes cow vigilantism punishable--up to five years' imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000.
The State government has said that the law has been amended in accordance with the Supreme Court's directive against the 'trend of mob justice and self-styled vigilantes taking law into their hands'.
There have been several incidents of cow vigilantism in MP in recent years. While a person was killed in Satna last year, three persons including a woman were brutally thrashed in Seoni recently. Earlier, there were lynching bids and violence in Mandsaur, Harda and Khandwa too.
[June 27, 2019]

INDORE: Akash Vijayvargiya, the son of BJP bigwig Kailash Vijayvargiya, has been arrested for attacking a public servant with a cricket bat on Wednesday.
After the bail plea was rejected, he is likely to be sent to jail on judicial custody though his lawyers said they would appeal in higher court.
The incident occurred during the anti-encroachment drive of the Indore municipal corporation. Akash, who represents Indore 3 constituency in the Assembly, was seen hitting the zonal officer.
This was after the municipal squad reached the spot to demolish a structure that was deemed 'dangerous'. However, the structure was owned by an Akash supporter.
As the video went viral, Akash was booked for obstructing government servant from discharge of duty apart from rioting, abusive behaviour and criminal intimidation. He was arrested later. Akash is son of BJP general secretary and Indore strongman Kailash Vijayvargiya, however, this act has embarrassed the BJP.
[June 26, 2019]

MUZAFFARPUR: As many as 130 children have died in Muzaffarpur in Bihar due to the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the region.
Around 52 patients had died at Sri Krishna Medical College alone. The figures of deaths were from hospitals and the toll may be much higher as figures aren't available from rural parts of the district.
It took days and especially media attention that the deaths became a major issue. Local administration had failed to handle the situation.
The deaths were going on for weeks. Encephalitis is a viral disease that causes high fever and convulsions apart from headache.
[June 17, 2019]

RANCHI: Armed Maoists struck once again in Jharkhand, killing five police personnel in Kurkumarket area of Saraikela district in Jharkhand.
The ulta-leftists' ambushed these policemen who were given the patrolling duty. The attack took place at around 6 pm on Friday, said police.
Those killed include two ASIs--Gowardhan Paswan and Manodhan Hansda, three policemen viz. Dhaneshwar Mahto, Yudhishthir and Dibru Purty. The attackers later snatched the weapons and crossed the state's border, to enter West Bengal. This is the third Maoist ambush in the state in a fortnight.
[June 15, 2019]

AGRA: In a tragic incident, Darvesh Yadav, the president of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council was shot dead on Wednesday.
She was the first woman chief of UP Bar Council. She was killed on the premises of the Agra court. One, Manish Sharma, approached her, wielded his gun and shot her.
Later, Sharma, an advocate, also shot himself. Police officials have rushed to the spot. Both were rushed to hospital. But Darvesh Yadav was declared brought dead, later. More details about the incident are awaited. [June 12, 2019]

VIDISHA: A case has been registered against a youth for posting an inflammatory post on Facebook.
The youth, Dilip Panchal, who hails from Ganj Basoda town in the district, had made objectionable comments that infuriated the local residents, especially, Muslim community.
The post was abusive and the local residents were upset because of the extremely foul language used against Islam and Islamic beliefs. Upset, they approached the police along with copy of screen shots of the post(s).
In some other towns too people had approached police against the person. Subsequently, a case under section 153 (A) of IPC has been registered against Panchal.
[June 12, 2019]

NEW DELHI/BHOPAL: A complaint has been filed with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in connection with the cow vigilantes' attack on three persons including a woman in Seoni in Madhya Pradesh.
Social activist SQ Masood has formally filed the plaint about the incident that occurred on May 22, 2019. That the gang members beat up the victims brutally--a clear violation of human rights, and recorded video to share on social media to spread message of hatred and violence, action must be taken said Masood.
The Hyderabad-based activist has sought strict action against the attackers and has said that compensation of Rs 10 lakh should be paid to each of the victims by the state government. The assailants were members of Sri Ram Sena and their chief who has several criminal cases against him, had been externed from district limits in the past.
[May 28, 2019]

BHOPAL: Computer Baba has said that after Digvijaya Singh's loss, there is no question of him taking 'Jal Samadhi'.
The Godman said that he was now with PM Narendra Modi and would support him for Ram Temple construction. Computer Baba said that he never said that he would take 'Jal Samadhi'.
Entire 'Sant Samaj' had supported Digvijaya Singh and now we will support Modi but if Ram Temple is not constructed, will oppose him. Several Hindu seers had supported Digvijaya Singh and Congress government in MP ahead of the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.
[May 26, 2019]

CHENNAI: Actor Kamal Hassan has said that Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse was India's first terrorist who was a Hindu.
"I am saying it in front of the statue of Gandhi", he said. Kamal Haasan also added that he wasn't making the statement because he was speaking in an area with Muslim populace.
Hassan, an actor-turn-politician who now heads Makkal Needi Maiam (MNM), was speaking at Aravakurichi in Tamil Nadu. Of late, Haasan has made statements that have targeted right-wing groups.
[May 13, 2019]

BHOPAL: The unprecedented rise in voting percentage in Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, has kept the supporters of both Congress and the BJP guessing.
The contest between BJP's Pragya Thakur and Congress' Digvijaya Singh has drawn nationwide attention. Bhopal recorded 65.69% polling, the highest ever in history. The maximum voter turn out was in Sehore and rural parts of Bhopal viz. Huzur and Berasia.
Speculations are on and supporters of both the parties are interpreting it in different ways. Congress had last won Bhopal in 1984.
[May 13, 2019]

BHOPAL: Justice AA Kureshi's name has been recommended for the post of chief justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court.
The Supreme Court's collegium has recommended his name for the post. The collegium comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SA Bobde and Justice NV Ramana have made the recommendation.
Justice Kureshi, has served as acting chief justice of High Court of Gujarat and has been a judge with the Bombay High Court since November 2018.
Photo courtesy [May 13, 2019]

BHOPAL: A host of retired police officials including former director general of police (DGP) NK Tripathi took out a march in memory of former Mumbai ATS chief, late Hemant Karkare.
The candle light vigil was organised at the Lal Parade ground. The retired police officials said that no one has the right to insult a martyr. They said that it was unfortunate that a person like Hemant Karkare's name was being dragged in petty politics.
Tripathi said that they had gathered to commemorate the sacrifice of Karkare and affirm that the martyrs can never be forgotten. There has been strong criticism over BJP's Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur's comments regarding the former Maharashtra ATS chief who had lost life in the terror attack on Mumbai. Photo courtesy, Nav Dunia.
[April 9, 2019]

RAIPUR: A BJP legislator and five security personnel were killed when Maoists struck in Bastar in Southern part of Chhattisgarh, just ahead of polls in the region.
The incident occurred at Nakulnar in Dantewada. Bhima Mandawi, the BJP MLA from Dantewada, was killed in the attack. The four-wheeler was blown up in the IED blast and later Naxals fired at the victims, resulting into the death of legislator.
This is the third such incident in Bastar in recent days. Four security personnel were killed in an attack in Pakhanjur in Kanker on April 5. Besides, another personnel was killed in an attack in Dhamtari.
[April 9, 2019]

BHOPAL: The Income Tax (IT) department conducted raids at the aides of MP chief minister Kamal Nath in different cities including Bhopal and Indore.
Raids were conducted at the residence of Praveen Kakkar (Kamal Nath's officer on special duty), CM's close aide RK Miglani, Ashwin Sharma, Pratik Joshi and Ratul Puri. The operations continued on Tuesday as well.
Around 14 crore cash was recovered during the raid. Congress has alleged that the raids were at the instance of PM Narendra Modi and that the IT department was targeting Congress leaders ahead of elections.
The CRPF personnel and MP police nearly came to blows when raid was going on. CRPF men alleged that MP policemen were obstructing them in discharge of duty but the Bhopal police officials rubbished the charges.
[April 8, 2019]

INDORE: Lok Sabha speaker and eight time member of parliament (MP) Sumitra Mahajan wanted to contest and was even holding meetings in the constituency when she got the signal that party doesn't want her to contest the election.
Mahajan was earlier told that once again she would contest and hence when she came to Indore, she started meeting supporters and got ready for the campaign. There was no other name sent by party from Indore.
Yet, she kept waiting and though lists came, candidate's name was kept on hold for Indore. Sensing that party was not in the mood to field her, she made public the letter. Mahajan who started political career from municipal body & reached the zenith, has finally bid adieu to electoral politics.
[April 6, 2019]

RAIPUR: Four security personnel were killed while two others were injured when Maoists attacked the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Chhattisgarh on Thursday.
The incident has occurred just before the Lok Sabha elections. Officials said that the BSF jawans were killed in a planned ambush at Pakhanjur in Kanker district.
Those killed include ASI Bipul Borah from Assam, Constable Israr Khan from Jharkhand, Tumeshwar from Dongargaon and S Ramakrishna from Andhra Pradesh.
[April 5, 2019]

BHOPAL: It's official now. Nakul Nath would contest from Chhindwara, the constituency his father--Kamal Nath represented for decades.
Congress has announced the name of Nakul Nath among other candidates in the list released on April 4. Kamal Nath is chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and as he is now into state politics, his son is ready to take over reins in the parliamentary constituency.
Nakul was getting active in Chhindwara lately and it was clear that he would contest from here. Kamal Nath has been elected MP nine times from Chhindwara, and is known for nurturing the constituency.
[April 4, 2019]

RAIPUR: The Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (Jogi) is not going to contest the Lok Sabha election and has decided that its alliance partner BSP will fight all the 11 seats.
Party chief Ajit Jogi has announced that BSP will field candidates on the all seats and JCC(J) cadre will support BSP. JCC(J)-BSP had jointly contested Assembly poll, winning seven seats.
Jogi's party had won 5 seats and BSP 2. However, in central Bilaspur, JCC(J) had got substantial votes & it was expected to contest three seats--Korba, Bilaspur and Mahasamund.
[April 2, 2019]

RAIPUR: A college teacher was killed when a truck hit her in Raipur in Chhattisgarh. She was reportedly using earphone while riding her two-wheeler.
According to police, Vaishali Pandey, 27, who lived in Charoda, was on her way towards the city, when she was hit to death by a truck that came from behind and hit at Tatibandh traffic intersection.
She received fatal injuries and died. Pandey was assistant professor with Daga College. Eyewitnesses said that she was riding with earphone and was unable to hear the sounds--vehicles coming from behind and that of people who were yelling. The police are conducting investigation.
[March 31, 2019]

BHOPAL/GWALIOR: The chief of Bahujan Sangharsh Dal (BSD), Phool Singh Baraiya, who has a strong support among Dalit and backward communities in Gwalior-Chambal region, has joined Congress.
Baraiya had become a powerful leader in Chambal, almost two decades ago. As chief of MP BSP, he had energized the cadre and had made the party a force so much that it was hurting both the major parties--Congress and BJP.
But, just when his popularity was at its peak, he was expelled from BSP, suddenly. This affected BSP's prospects in MP too. He later joined Lok Jan Shakti and then formed BSD.
[March 29, 2019]

BHOPAL: Shivraj Chouhan would be a weak candidate against Digvijaya Singh, who is contesting from Bhopal, and hence BJP should field a stronger candidate.
BJP leader Indresh Gajbhiye who earlier had minister rank in the Shivraj government and headed SC wing of the party, has written to party president Amit Shah that Digvijaya is a very strong candidate.
"Shivraj would be a weak opponent compared to Diggy and also he (Shivraj) faces corruption charges". Gajbhiye says that PM Narendra Modi should contest from Bhopal.
[March 29, 2019]

SRINAGAR: Three personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed by one of their colleagues at a CRPF camp.
This incident occurred at Udhampur in Jammu & Kashmir. Police said that Ajit Kumar, a CRPF jawan, had a tiff with some of his colleagues. Kumar lost his cool and fired at them.
The trio--R Pokarmal, Yogendra Sharma and Umed Singh, got fatal injuries and died. The victims hailed from Raajasthan, Delhi and Haryana respectively.
After the incident, Kumar also shot himself. He is injured and is being treatment in the military hospital. A probe is on to ascertain the circumstances that led to the killings. [March 21, 2019]

RAIPUR: Dr Puneet Gupta, the son-in-law of former Chhattisgarh chief minister Dr Raman Singh, has been booked in a case of fraud.
The case is regarding alleged corruption in staff recruitment, purchase of equipment and questionable practices in outsourcing during his stint with the DKS super-specialty hospital.
He is accused of corruption to the tune of crores. Apart from financial irregularities, charges include that of forgery and misuse of his official position too.
Dr Gupta was earlier superintendent of the DKS super-specialty hospital. On a high-level probe committee's directions, the action was taken following initial inquiry. The case has been registered at the Gole Bazaar police station.
[March 15, 2019]

BHOPAL: The son of a Rajya Sabha member has been arrested with drugs in Madhya Pradesh.
The incident occurred in Mandla district. Police said that Satyendra Uikey alias Raja, who is the son of BJP MP Sampatiya Uikey, was arrested after drugs were recovered from his car.
The police caught Satyendra and his two friends, recovering 41 pouches of smack. This is not the first such incident. He has been arrested for vehicle theft in the past.
Also, Satyendra had written a social media post, criticising Shivraj Chouhan, that had caused embarrassment to the party.
[March 14, 2019]

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh would go to Lok Sabha polls in four phases, starting the fourth phase on April 29, chief electoral officer of MP, VL Kantha Rao announced on Sunday evening.
In a press conference held consequent to Election Commission of India presser earlier in the evening, Kantha Rao gave detailed scheduled to polls in MP.
Eligible citizens in capital Bhopal would vote on May 12, while those in Indore would vote in the last phase on May 19. Here is the detailed schedule: Fourth phase April 29: 6 seats: Sidhi, Shahdol, Balaghat, Chhindwara, Mandla, Jabalpur
Fifth phase May 6: 7 seats: Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Satna, Rewa, Hoshangabad, Betul
Sixth phase May 12: 8 seats: Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Vidisha, Bhopal, Rajgarh
Seventh phase May 19: 8 seats: Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore, Khargone, Khandwa.
[March 10, 2019,]

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) has sent the Babri Masjid-Ram temple land dispute in Ayodhya for mediation.
A panel headed by former SC judge FM Kallifulla has been given the task. The other members include senior lawyer Sriram Panchu and spiritual guru Ravishankar.
The five-member SC constitution bench referred the case for medication, asking the panel to complete the process of mediation within eight weeks.
Most Muslim bodies have hailed the step. Among Hindu groups, there has been general support, however, Nirmohi Akhada isn't happy with the decision. [March 8, 2019]

BHOPAL: The police have arrested one of the main accused in connection with the infamous Jhabua nuns' rape case, after a period of 21 years.
The accused--Kalu Limji, 45, had left his hometown and was living in hiding in another town. The police team had got a tip-off and arrested him on the pretext of offering free house to poor under a government scheme.
Hence, he told his real name and was arrested. The gang rape had taken place on September 23, 1998. A group of locals had entered the Church at Kalyanpura in Nawapara Bhandaria, and had gang-raped four nuns. Most of the accused, except two--Kalu Limji and Bachchu Singh, had been arrested. [March 5, 2019]

BHOPAL: Citizens took to streets in the city on Sunday, taking a stand against war.
'We want peace, not war', most of the placards read. People from different sections of the society including writers, activists, youngsters and members of social organisations, made this appeal at Board Office square.
'The consequences of war are devastating for nations. We want peace', read one of the placards in Hindi. The youngsters who were part of the demonstration, also said that social media must not be used for war-mongering.
[March 3, 2019]

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government will consider giving relief to prisoners above the age of 70 years.
The relaxation in jail term could be given to elderly prisoners, said state minister for home and prisons Bala Bachchan.
This was in response to the plea of Jail officials who said this can help check overcrowding in jails and the decision about remission of jail term for elderly prisoners had once been taken in the past in Madhya Pradesh.
[February 28, 2019]

NEW DELHI: In a major operation across Line of Control (LoC), Indian Air Force jets struck at Jaish camps at 3.30 am, claim IAF sources.
The spokesperson of Pakistan armed forces accepts that the Mirage Jets entered from Muzaffarabad sector. He claims that there were no casualties or damage.
The action is significant as Pakistan failed to detect the IAF operation until it was over. A response was expected ever since Pulwama attack, still, the scale of operations have surprised even foreign defence experts.
[February 26, 2019]

BHOPAL: The two kid who were abducted from Satna in MP, have been found murdered in Banda district of UP. The bodies have been recovered from near a river.
The twins were kidnapped at gunpoint from school bus in Chitrakut in Madhya Pradesh 12 days ago. The police failed to trace them and couldn't save the twins. [February 24, 2019]

NEW DELHI: An additional hundred companies of Central Armed Police (paramilitary) Forces were airlifted to Srinagar early on Saturday to boost security set-up.
This security build up has come after the local police detained JKLF chief Yasin Malik and arrested dozens of other Jamaat-e-Islami workers in the Valley on Friday night.
The fresh deployment includes 45 companies of the CRPF, 35 of the BSF and ten each of the 10 SSB, and the ITBP.
Police have so far not commented on the detentions of the Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, but sources said that it was in view of the expected protests in view of Supreme Court hearing on section 35A that starts Saturday. (Image representational)
[February 23, 2019,]

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations security council (UNSC) - most powerful international body - has condemned the Pulwama attack in the “strongest terms” and called for holding accountable sponsors of terrorism.
The all powerful UN body has also named Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad in an official statement.
Sources however said the UN condemnation statement was in a standard UNSC format issued for every terrorist strike it has condemned, changing only names of country, places and those responsible.
Where an entity claimed responsibility credibly, the press statements name them, not otherwise.
So, sources added, it was expected for the statement to name JeM, which had claimed responsibility.
[February 22, 2019,]

NEW DELHI: Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Communications (RCom), has been ordered by Supreme Court on Wednesday to pay Rs 453 crore dues to Ericsson India or face three month jail term.
The direction of the court came while hearing a contempt petition of Ericsson India on payment of dues.
The apex court has also fined Ambani and two directors of the company Rs 1 crore each. These two directors also face the jail term.
[February 20, 2019,]

BHOPAL: The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore for the family of Ashwini Kumar Kachhi, who was among those martyred in Pulwama terror attack on Thursday.
The government has also announced allocation of a house and government job to one of the kin of Ashwini, who belonged to Jabalpur district.
Condemnation and homage is pouring in all across after the dastardly attack that left 42 CRPF jawans dead.
The family of MP martyr have called for revenge for the killings.
[February 15, 2019,]

NEW DELHI: As many as 17 persons died in a massive fire that engulfed a hotel in Karolbagh in Delhi.
The mishap occurred at the four-floor Arpit Palace hotel at around 3.30 am. Most of the guests were asleep when the fire spread. All the bodies were yet to be identified.
The deaths were due to suffocation too. A child was among those killed. Others include a family from Kerala that had come to spend vacation and a Myanmar citizen.
Hotel's negligence would be probed. Police suspect short-circuit to be the reason behind the fire. PM Modi had expressed his grief at the incident.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to kin of each of those who died in this tragedy.
[February 12, 2019]

JAIPUR: A man has been awarded death sentence for raping a four-year-old girl in Rajasthan.
The accused--Karan, 28, had abducted and raped the child, two weeks ago in Sikar. In this case, the police completed probe and presented charge-sheet in record time.
The court held him guilty in less than a week of trial and sentenced him to death. The judgement was delivered in less than five days and court remained open till late 8 pm today.
[Ferbuary 11, 2019]

INDORE: A six-year-old boy who was abducted and a ransom was demanded for his release, has been safely recovered.
The incident had occurred in Indore. The boy, Akshat alias Duggu, was playing outside his house in Prime City Colony in Hira Nagar of Indore, when he was abducted.
The abductors had demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakh. However, police tracked down the abductors and recovered the child safely in Sagar town, hundreds of kilometers away, where he had been taken. Half-a-dozen persons who were part of the kidnapping, have been arrested.
[February 11, 2019]

KOLKATA: A Trinamool Congress legislator was shot dead in full public view when he was coming down the dais during a Sarawati Puja event.
The incident occurred in Nadia district in West Bengal. Satyajit Biswas was shot dead by unidentified motorcycle-borne persons. He succumbed to the injuries.
Biswas, 37, represented Krishnaganj constituency in the state. He was recently married. The police are investigating the circumstances that led to the killing.
[February 9, 2019]

LUCKNOW/DEHRADUN: As many as 42 persons have died after consuming spurious liquor in several districts across UP and Uttarakhand.
Most of the deaths were reported from Haridwar in Uttarakhand apart from UP's Saharanpur and Kushingar districts. There were also deaths reported from Kushinagar and Roorkee.
While UP government has ordered a probe, it has also announced cash compensation to kin of the dead. Action has been taken against excise officers.
[February 8, 2019]

ALLAHABAD: Poet Anshu Malviya was detained and taken to an undisclosed location today.
The poet was allegedly picked up by policemen who came in a SUV. The plain-clothed personnel dragged him and took him away.
It is learnt that he was kept in Jhusi police station. It is not clear why he was arrested as officials kept mum. The poet who is known for raising the concerns of poor and disadvantaged, had spoken about condition of sanitation workers during the Kumbh, and had supported their ongoing agitation.
Activists, litterateurs, prominent citizens from different walks of life have condemned the arrest. They have demanded immediate release of Malviya.
UPDATE: Following protests, Malviya was released later. [February 7, 2019]

RAIPUR: The security personnel claim to have killed 10 Maoists in an exchange of fire in southern part of Chhattisgarh.
The incident occurred at Bhairamgarh in Bijapur district. A team of STF and DRG personnel chanced upon the Naxals near the forests of Maad.
Weapons have been seized from the spot. The officials said that the number of Maoists killed in the encounter could be more than ten. The exchange of fire was on till the filing of this report.
[February 7, 2019]

LONDON: UK clears fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya's extradition to India.
The British Home secretary has given assent to his extradition. However, Mallya, 63, has two weeks to appeal. The businessman defaulted on bank loans to the tune of over Rs 9,000 crores.
The loans were taken for running the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, which he had founded. Mallya, known for flaunting his wealth, was also a member of the Indian upper house in the past. [February 4, 2019]

KOLKATA: In a major development, five officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) who had gone to question the police commissioner in the case of chit fund scam, were detained in Kolkata.
The police officials 'arrested' CBI men. This unprecedented development turned it into Kolkata Police Vs CBI--a rare standoff between two police agencies in the country.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee later reached Kolkata police commissioner Rajiv Kumar's place and said that Modi government was targeting the state police. She lauded Kumar and said that he was a wonderful officer. Banerjee said that the situation in the country was worse than it was during Emergency.
UPDATE: The five CBI officials been detained by police in Kolkata, were released later in the night. [February 3 2019,]

PATNA: As many as seven passengers were killed while 30 others were injured in a train mishap in Bihar.
The Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express got derailed near Hajipur. The incident occurred due to facture in the railway track, said railway officials.
In all, 11 coaches derailed in the accident. Railways have announced a probe apart from Rs 5 lakh compensation to kin of each dead while Bihar govt has also announced Rs 4 lakh to each victim's family.
[February 3 2019,]

A policewoman in Harda city of Madhya Pradesh has filed a complaint of rape and assault against a fellow ASI and his wife at the Harda City Kotwali police station.
Following initial probe, the Kotwali police have registered case of rape against ASI Umesh Raghuwanshi and that of assault against him and his wife, superintendent of police of Harda, Rajesh Singh said.
The accused cop and his wife are absconding and hunt is on for them, the SP said.
[January 31, 2019]

BHOPAL: Senior Congress leader Govind Singh has said that BJP robbed the country like Ghaznavi.
Singh, a minister in the Madhya Pradesh government, said that BJP even outdid Ghaznavi. "The truth is that BJP is the grandfather of Ghaznavi", he added.
'Ghaznavi had left after looting Somnath temple but BJP didn't leave any sector and has been consistently robbing the country', he added.
[January 31, 2019]

BARWANI: BJP leader Manoj Thakre who was murdered in Barwani, was killed at the instance of a senior party leader who had personal enmity with him, according to police officials.
Senior BJP leader Tara Chand Rathor and his son Vijay were the mastermind, said the police. They had given a contract of Rs 5 lakh to 'eliminate' Thakre, who was killed when he went out for morning walk.
Rathor is a senior party leader in BJP. Five persons involved in the murder have also been arrested, said police. The police are interrogating the prime suspects including the contract-killers. [January 31, 2019]

AGAR-MALWA: As many as 18 cows have died because of cold in the famous cow sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh.
The deaths took place in one night. The officials said that a high-level probe team has been formed to conduct inquiry.
The sanctuary management has said that they have ample budget and all the arrangements. The post-mortem process would be videographed. This sanctuary is located in Agar-Malwa district in Western Madhya Pradesh.
[January 29, 2019 Zafar Multani for]

NEW DELHI: Veteran socialist leader George Fernandes who was bedridden for a long time, is no more.
Fernandes, 88, was Defence minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government and earlier held important portfolios including Railways.
Remembered for his role in the railway strike in the seventies, Fernandes' politics was centred on anti-Congress stand.
He was associated with Janata Dal and later founded Samata Party. He was born in Mangalore. Fernandes was elected to Parliament, nine times.
[January 29, 2019]

RATLAM: In a major twist in the case of 'murder of RSS' Himmat Patidar', it has turned out that it was not Patidar's body.
DNA report has confirmed that it was Madan Malviya's body (Patidar's clothes were on it). The face was burnt so that person couldn't be identified. Preliminary investigation reveal that Patidar is the prime suspect now in this case and he is absconding, says police.
Soon after the body was recovered, former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had stated that BJP-RSS men were being killed in MP. However, now the police said that Malviya was killed over 'insurance amount' and hunt is on for Patidar.
[January 28, 2019]

UJJAIN: As many as 13 cows died in a day in a cow shed in Madhya Pradesh. The incident occurred at Kapila Gau Shala, which is located in Ujjain.
In nine days, 89 cows have died. The municipal corporation runs the 'gaushala'. There are much more cows in the 'gaushala' than the capacity.
Besides, lack of proper arrangements and medicaiton is causing the deaths. Right now, BJP runs the municipal corporation in Ujjain.
[January 26, 2019]

BHOPAL: Congress has offered former chief minister Babulal Gaur to contest election from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency as party's candidate.
Digvijaya Singh visited Gaur's residence and gave him the officer. Gaur, a dissident, was upset after BJP had denied him ticket in the Assembly election.
However, his daughter-in-law was fielded from Govindpura, Gaur's traditional Assembly seat. Now, after Congress has come to power in state, it wants Gaur to join Congress and contest from Bhopal. A section of BJP leaders want action against Gaur, however, party leadership is still in 'wait and watch' mode.
[January 24, 2019]

INDORE: Gangster Sudhakar Rao Maratha who was lodged in a jail in Rajasthan has been brought to Indore for interrogation in the high-profile murder case.
Maratha, who allegedly runs a gang of contract-killers, has a role in the killing of builder-businessman Sandeep Agarwal alias Sandeep Tel in Indore, says police.
Maratha has reportedly accepted that he had sent two of his shooters to bump off Sandeep who was killed in Vijay Nagar in Indore on January 16. Maratha was known to have killed over half-a-dozen prominent persons including local politicians in Malwa region of MP.
[January 22, 2019]

BHOPAL: A Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator has warned that the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh may face a Karnataka like situation.
Rama Bai, who got elected from Patharia constituency, has said that the government has support of BSP MLAs and may not remain stable if BSP MLAs were not made ministers.
"We got elected and there are expectations. This government is no crutches and must not feel that independents will support it always. The promises made to us should be honoured", she added.
[January 22, 2019]

NAGPUR: Maoists kill three tribals in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra on Tuesday.
The victims had been abducted and shot dead on suspicion of sharing information about Maoist activities with police.
The armed Naxals had forcibly taken away six villagers but later released three, killing the remaining ones. A banner was put up near the bodies that this was revenge for the killing of 40 Maoists by security personnel last year.
[January 22,2019]

BHOPAL: Major controversy has erupted after a social media chat clip, where purportedly Shahdol collector Anubha Shrivastava is asking deputy collector Pooja Tiwari to ensure BJP win in the district in recently concluded Assembly polls, went viral.
The deputy collector has now filed a police complaint in the matter, calling it a controversy to malign her image and the collector's image as well.
According to the viral screenshot of the chat, which NewsBits does not authenticate, the collector is offering the deputy of SDM post if she ensures a 'clean sweep'. The chief minister Kamal Nath has said that such chats does not reflect the working pattern of officials and in-depth inquiry would be conducted.
[January 18, 2019]

PANCHUKULA: In a major development, Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim has been awarded life sentence for the murder of journalist Ramchandra Chhatrapati.
The special CBI court held the dera chief guilty. Apart from him, three other convicts Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal have also been given life term.
Chhatrapati used to publish his own newspaper & exposed the Dera and the activities. This led to the murder. He was shot dead from point blank range at Ram Rahim's instance.
[January 17, 2019]

NEW DELHI: The Apex court has relaxed the stringent Maharashtra law and has allowed functioning of dance bars in the State.
Upholding the state law, the SC cancelled some of its provisions. The bars will remain open between 6 pm and 11.30 pm. Also, there would be liquor and orchestra. The bargirls will get tips but currency notes can't be thrown.
Also, supreme court has said that though there should not be obscenity, there is no compulsion to have CCTV inside the bars. There won't be wall between people and dancers. [January 17, 2019]

BHOPAL: Deciding to post a challenge to the non-majority Congress and in a deviance from the legislative tradition of Madhya Pradesh, the BJP has decided to contest the post Speaker in state Assembly. The party has fielded tribal leader and Harsud MLA Vijay Shah against NP Prajapati of Congress. The voting would be held on January 8. Congress, with 114 members in house of 230, is looking at support of SP, BSP and independents get through the test. [January 7, 2019,]

BHOPAL: As expected, 1982-batch IAS officer S R Mohanty has been appointed as the new chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh. Official order in this regard was issued by the state government on December 31. The new assignment comes to Mohanty in the regime of Congress government that has assumed power in state after 15 years. Mohanty is known as a strict and efficient officer with strong grasp over administrative affairs. He replaces B P Singh, who retires on Dec 31, 2018 and goes on to become state election commissioner. [December 31, 2018]

LUCKNOW: A policeman was killed in stone pelting in Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
The policeman--Suresh Vats, 48, was injured in the attack and later succumbed to injuries. Rashtriya Nishad Party activists pelted stones when they were stopped from reaching the venue of PM's rally. He succumbed to the injuries.
This is the second such incident of a policeman in Uttar Pradesh. Recently, a right-wing mob had attacked policemen in Bulandshahr, resulting in death of police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh. [December 29, 2018]

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has claimed that it has busted a terror module that was planning to target politicians and attack crowded places.
The agency said that it conducted search at over a dozen places in Delhi and UP before it made the arrests from Amroha, Lucknow and Hapur, recovering the explosives.
Ten persons have been arrested in this regard so far. IG Alok Mittal told journalists that the module was apparently in touch with foreign handlers. [December 26, 2018]

BHOPAL: Just two days after a farmer ended life, yet another farmer committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh.
According to police sources, Prem Narayan Raghuvanshi, 65, a resident of Kalapipal (Shajapur) had consumed poison a few days ago, as he was under depression because of calls to pay back the bank loan. For two consecutive years, the crop had failed and he was under a debt of nearly Rs 5 lakh.
Despite loan waiver, the bank officials reportedly told him that they hadn't got any government order. Hence, Raghuvanshi consumed poison. He was admitted to a hospital in Bhopal, where he died. [December 23, 2018]

INDORE: A farmer committed suicide in Khandwa on Saturday. According to police, Juwan Singh, 42, hanged himself by a tree in Astaria in Pandhana.
Though government has announced loan waiver, he ended life. It is learnt that he was worried because of around 5.5 lakh debt.
As the bore well had failed, he was unable to grow crop on the fields and the debt was going up. No suicide note was found. The police have begun investigation. [December 22, 2018]

BHOPAL: As many as 42 senior officers including 23 collectors were shifted in the first administrative reshuffle affected by the Kamal Nath government on Thursday night.
Senior IAS officer Manoj Srivastava, has been shunted to Animal Husbandry. Srivastava is seen as close to BJP and had got plum postings in BJP regime.
[December 21, 2018]

MUMBAI: A CBI court has acquitted 22 policemen including a farmhouse owner who were accused of killing Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi & Tulsiram Prajapati in an encounter.
Court said that there could not be conviction in the case as prosecution couldn't come with proofs and witnesses turned hostile. The extra-judicial killings took place in the year 2005.
Sohrabuddin and his wife were abducted from Hyderabad where they had gone to celebrate Eid, kept in a farmhouse near Ahmedabad, killed. Kausar Bi's body was burnt and disposed off. The CBI court has today acquitted all the accused. [December 21, 2018]

BHOPAL: Chief minister Kamal Nath has ordered that the top officials must ensure that the police personnel get a weekly off.
The police personnel in field, don't get weekly off, generally. Nath gave these directions during a meeting at police headquarters on Wednesday. He said that there would zero tolerance towards criminals and stressed on need for sensitivity towards women.
Also, he stressed on the need to check traffic mishaps in the State. He said that policemen must remember that their efficiency and working style affects the image of the state. [December 19, 2018]

RAIPUR: It's final now. Bhupesh Bahgel is all set to be the chief minister of Chhattisgarh.
In the CLP meet, he is elected leader. Formal announcement shortly. Fifteen years after BJP rule, Baghel who led the Congress on streets, is forming Congress government.
Fireworks right now outside Congress office as thousands flock the Congress office. All roads towards the party headquarters are jam-packed with party workers.

MUMBAI: In a shocking incident that reveals the state of agrarian crisis in the country, a farmer in Maharashtra got just over Rs 1,000 for selling 750 kg onion.
The farmer--Sanjay Sathe, who hails from Nashik, was so upset that he decided to send the money to PM. Sathe sent the money order, mentioning that the amount be deposited in disaster relief fund.
Farmers have been agitating across India over the worsening crisis in the farm sector. They've also marched in Mumbai and Delhi, seeking govt attention. [December 2, 2018]

HARDA: Liquor was seized from the houses of BJP and Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh, just ahead of Assembly polls.
Around 50 cartons of illegal liquor was seized from Domanmau, where it was allegedly kept at the residence of Congress leader Umashankar Vishnoi, for distribution, said police.
Similarly, 40 cartons of liquor was seized from the godown adjoining BJP leader NK Gaur's house in Balagaon. Acting on informers' tips, police took the action in Harda district. [Harda, MP November 25, 2018]

SHIVPURI: Former Union minister Uma Bharti has said that there is anti-incumbency against the opposition (Congress) in Madhya Pradesh.
Bharti, a former MP CM, was addressing a rally in Pichhor in Shivpuri. She said that Congress couldn't play the role of a constructive opposition, and hence there is no anti-incumbency against the ruling party (BJP).
Bharti said that pro-people schemes have benefited millions of ordinary people in Madhya Pradesh. She took a dig at Scindia family and said that the rulers of princely states never suffered, unlike us (BJP leaders) who faced lathis for the cause of people". [Ranjeet Gupta, Shivpuri November 22, 2018]

BHOPAL: In a tragic incident, eight persons including seven children died while over half-a-dozen others were injured when a speedily driven bus hit a school van on Thursday morning.
The mishap took place near Birsinghpur in Satna district in Eastern MP. The van was carrying 15 children to the private school, was hit by the bus. More details are awaited. [November 22 2018,]

BHOPAL: An audio clip of purported conversation between a candidate and his party president has gone viral in Madhya Pradesh, ahead of Assembly polls.
The candidate allegedly says that the workers don't want to campaign without money, people no longer interested in listening to 'Modi', Rs 5 crore received but it's not enough as liquor has to be distributed in the end.
Interestingly, the conversation suggests that while limit of expense is being violated in a big way. The candidate is contesting from Vidisha in MP. Only once a complaint is made, the clip could be probed and conversation verified, say officials. [November 21, 2018]

SAGAR: In a major mishap, nine persons were killed when a SUV that was coming from UP, was hit by a truck in Sagar district in Madhya Pradesh.
The truck that was coming from the opposite direction at Bandri gate, hit the SUV on the National Highway (NH 26).
Such was the impact that most of the people died on the spot. Local residents rushed to the spot and took victims to the hospital. Hunt is on for the truck driver. [November 21 2018,]

BHOPAL: A BJP leader has been booked for allegedly raping and sexually abusing a minor girl in Vidisha.
The accused--Dr Piyush Saxena is an orthopaedic surgeon and was looking after party's media cell during elections. The girl told police that Dr Saxena was sexually abusing her for many years, starting when she was in school.
After she left the town, even then he tried to keep in touch and stalk her, threatening to make her photos, viral. Police have registered a case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Party has suspended him.

Jammu & Kashmir government has announced that it will appoint officers in 10 cities across India to help J&K students who face difficulties including issues pertaining to their regional identity.
It was decided in the SAC meeting that was held today. Governor Satyapal Malik chaired the meet. The officers will be posted in New Delhi, Noida, Aligarh, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Jaipur and Chandigarh.
There will be an assistance centre at these places and a public relations officer will be posted. [November 15 2018,]

RAIPUR: Five persons were killed when Maoists bombed a bus in Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred in Bacheli in Dantewada.
The private bus carrying some Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel was blown up in IED blast. Apart from a jawan, four others including driver of the bus were killed and some others were injured.
The Naxal terror attack took place just days before PM Narendra Modi is about to arrive in the State. [November 9 2018]

BHOPAL: In a big blow to BJP, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's brother-in-law Sanjay Singh Masani quit the party and joined Congress.
Sanjay Singh, the brother of Chouhan's wife Sadhna Singh, said that for 13 years Shivraj Chouhan had been at the helm and it was enough, MP needed change.
Apparently, he wanted ticket from Balaghat but denied ticket, left the party. He said that BJP was promoting dynasty politics in MP. "I am not a family member, I am a relative", he said about a question regarding Chouhan. [November 3, 2018]

NEW DELHI: The 16 policemen of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) of the Uttar Pradesh police have been sentenced to life for Hashimpura massacre.
The policemen had picked up innocent men from a Muslim-dominated part of Meerut, took them away and shot them dead. The HC has overturned the trial court decision and has convicted the PAC personnel.
The massacre had taken place in 1987. Vir Bahadur Singh was chief minister in the Congress government. Since then, Congress could never win the state. [October 31 2018]

INDORE: 'Confused' Rahul Gandhi had taken Kartikey Singh Chouhan's name, linking him to Panama papers.
Gandhi has accepted that he got confused and took name of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan's son instead of Chhattisgarh CM's son.
Earlier, Shivraj Chouhan and his son Kartikey had warned Rahul of defamation case over his comment, naming Kartikey in corruption case. [October 30, 2018]

BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's son Kartikey has said that he would take strong legal action against Rahul Gandhi for dragging his name and linking him to Panama papers.
Kartikey tweeted that Gandhi made wrong charges and that legal action would be taken if he didn't apologise in 48 hrs.
CM Shivraj Chouhan has also objected strongly and said that Rahul made malicious statement. Shivraj said that a case of defamation would be filed against Gandhi. [October 30, 2018]

LUCKNOW: A petition has been filed in the High Court, against the Yogi Adityanath government's decision to change the name of Allahabad.
The petition has been filed on behalf of Heritage Society. It challenges the UP govt's decision to unilaterally change the name to the historic city to Prayagraj.
It is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday. The petitioners contend that names can't be changed without due process and oppose it on several grounds including historical facts. [October 29, 2018]

RAIPUR: Four CRPF personnel were killed in IED blast in Maoist-infested Bijapur in Southern Chhattisgarh.
The incident occurred in Basagunda on Saturday. Several CRPF personnel were injured in the explosion. The strike comes just a few weeks before Assembly elections in the state. More details are awaited about the IED blast. [October 27, 2018]

INDORE: A five-year-old was allegedly raped and later murdered. The body has been recovered from near a drain.
According to police sources, the body was kept under a stone near a bridge. Injury marks, especially, on the lower part of the body, were found.
Sources said that one, Honey Atwal is the prime suspect. He allegedly abducted the girl and later murdered her. The police are conducting investigation in the case. [October 27 2018]

NEW DELHI: Former NCP leader Tariq Anwar has finally joined Congress.
The senior leader who had quit the party along with Sharad Pawar and remained in NCP for long, decided to return to the Congress.
He met Rahul Gandhi at his residence in Delhi and announced his return. A former union minister and Lok Sabha member, Tariq Anwar's return can give party a boost in Bihar. [October 27 2018]

RAIPUR: The decision of Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (Jogi) and Mayawati-led BSP to include CPI in the alliance, can affect prospets of both BJP and Congress.
JCC-BSP have decided that CPI would be part of the coalition. Hence, the Communist party would field its candidates in Konta and Dantewada constituencies.
The CPI has a strong base in these constituencies. In a state where every seat matters as difference in BJP and Congress' vote share is too less, this further spells trouble for the major outfits. [October 15,]

NEW DELHI: Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the schedule of Assembly elections. In Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh, voting will be held on November 12 and November 20, in two phases.
In Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram, polling would be on November 28. Two other important states, Rajasthan and Telangana will vote on December 7. The results will be announced on December 11. [October 6, 2018]

BHOPAL: Former BJP state chief and member of parliament (MP) Nandkumar Singh Chauhan allegedly assaulted a toll plaza employee.
The incident occurred at Poorankhedi in Shivpuri district. On way to Guna, when his car was stopped. His pass was not found correct and when an employee asked him about which constituency he represents as MP, Chauhan lost cool and attacked him.
BJP leaders refused to comment over the incident. However, CCTV footage clearly shows Chauhan and his guard charging up at the employee and beating him up. [October 5, 2018]

SHIVPURI: Minister Yashodhara Raje felicitated sanitation workers at an event and also had food along with them.
The sports minister, who is a descendant of the former royal family of Gwalior state, sat on the floor while taking part in the community feast.
She also felicitated workers of the municipal council. With elections nearby, politicians are going extra mile to send a message to the electorate in the state. [Ranjeet Gupta, October 4 2018,]

BHOPAL: Responding to BSP chief Mayawati's statement that she won't have any alliance with Congress and her holding Digvijaya Singh responsible for failure of talks, Kamal Nath said that BSP was demanding 50 seats.
'Strangely, they were asking for seats where had less vote share. And, many seats where BSP candidates had got 30,000-40,000 votes were not being demanded', said Nath.
"This would have helped BJP, as on such seats where BSP was weak, Congress stood more chances of winning but we won't have even contested", he said. [October 4, 2018]

LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has said that Congress leader Digvijaya Singh is a 'BJP agent'.
She said it after announcing that her party was not going to have an alliance with Congress in Madhya Pradesh where Assembly elections are to be held in a few months.
Mayawati alleged that leaders like him don't want the alliance & he is giving statements that Mayawati is under pressure from Centre (ED, CBI). Reacting to this, Singh has said that he has been a bitter critic of BJP and its leaders. [October 4, 2018]

BHOPAL: Niwari will become the 52nd district in Madhya Pradesh. The state cabinet has okayed the proposal.
It has been carved out of Tikamgarh. Three tehsils--Niwari, Prithvipur and Orchha will together form the district. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had earlier made an announcement in this regard.
With elections round the corner, State government has given the nod. On October 1, it will officially be the 52nd district of MP. [September 30, 2018]

GWALIOR: Four members of a family including the parents and their two daughters were killed in a blast in Gwalior.
Initially, it was suspected that gas cylinder exploded but later reports said that commpressor of the fridge in the adjoining house exploded. Due to the blast, the entire house was shaken.
The roof of the nearby house came down and the family members were crushed to death. Anant Singh Parihar, 55, his wife Usha, 45, and two daughters Khushi and Kashish died. The son, Ram, got injured. [September 29, 2018]

PATNA: In a daredevil incident, former Mayor Samir Kumar and his driver were shot dead in their car in Muzaffarpur in Bihar.
Motorcycle-borne men overtook them and fired with AK 47 assault rifles. Nearly two dozen rounds were sprayed. Both died on the spot. The police are scanning CCTV footage to catch the killers. [September 23, 2018]

BHOPAL: Under fire from Upper Caste groups, MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has now said that there will be no 'misuse' of the Prevention of Atrocities on SC/ST Act in MP. Chouhan went on to say that there will be no arrest before investigation in the State. The statement has come in wake of protests by Savarna (Upper Caste) groups in different cities. With elections barely a couple of months from now, Shivraj has made the announcement, even though Centre has amended the Act after Supreme Court 'diluted' it. [September 21, 2018]

MUMBAI: The first woman IAS officer in India after independence, Anna Rajam Malhotra, passed away in Mumbai. She was 91.
Anna Rajam George who was born in Ernakulam (Kerala) in 1927 and had pursued higher studies in Chennnai, was an officer of the Madras cadre.
She had joined civil services in 1951. Anna Rajam had married former RBI Governor RN Malhotra. IPS Association has expressed grief at her demise and termed her as an icon. [September 19, 2018]

BHOPAL: Former chief minister Digvijaya Singh's cutout was missing at the BHEL dussehra maidan ground where Rahul Gandhi addressed the rally in Bhopal.
There were huge cardboard cutouts of state leaders including Kamal Nath, Scindia, Suresh Pachouri, Kantilal Bhuria, Arun Yadav, Ajay Singh et al.
Singh, however, told journalists that he had himself asked that his cutout shouldn't be put up. Has he sensed that there is a public sentiment against him? [September 17, 2018]

HARDA: Children are often scolded at home and are casually warned that if they didn't obey the elders, police will come and take them away.
These words have an impact on kid's mind and create a negative image of the police. In order to change this perception, this police station in Madhya Pradesh has taken a step forward to make kids feel at home.
The children who come with their parents to lodge a complaint or school students who come for a visit, feel that it is a friendly place with colours, pictures of animals and birds, forest. Superintendent of Police (SP), Harda, Rajesh Singh says that this is to establish a connect with people. The message is that police if for citizen and kids' help, as a friend in need. It is part of the 'Bal-mitra' initiative.
It also urges the children to keep their environment clean. The Kotwali in-charge Dinesh Sharma says that visitor gets a positive feel due to these images. [September 15, 2018]

BHOPAL: A video that purportedly shows senior BJP leader Kamal Patel visiting the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) office, fuelled speculations in political circles in MP.
It was rumoured that Patel who is a contender for Assembly polls, may have been playing 'pressure politics'. A video of the visit was also shared.
Patel's kin said that he had gone to visit a minister's bungalow nearby and also met a Congress leader on way but didn't go to PCC. The leader later held a press conference and said that the rumours were totally unfounded and this was the handiwork of people with vested interests. [September 14, 2018]

MUMBAI: In one of the earliest cases of right-wing terror attacks--the blast at a mosque in Purna town in Parbhani district of Maharashtra, the court has acquitted the accused due to 'lack of sufficient evidence'.
The blast had occurred during Friday prayers in the mosque in the year 2004. Dozens were injured in the incident. ATS had arrested Rakesh Dhavade and two others, Sanjay Chaudhary and Gururaj Tuptewar.
Dhavade was discharged earlier by a court. Now the two others have been acquitted. The lawyer representing the accused said that the prosecution could not prove its case. An appeal may be filed against the verdict soon. [September 13, 2018]

HYDERABAD: In a shocking incident, 30 persons were feared dead when a bus skidded off a road in Jagtial district in Telangana.
The state road transport corporation's bus that was carrying over 55 passengers, was on way from Kondagattut to Jagtial, when the driver lost control at the ghat road.
The victims had gone to pay obeisance at the famous temple. At least six children died in the mishap. The injured have been rushed to the hospital. District officials are conducting relief and rescue operations. [September 11, 2018]

MORENA: In a brazen incident that shows total disregard of law by sand mafia, a deputy ranger of MP forest department was crushed by a tractor-trolley laden with illegally mined sand in Morena district. The incident occurred close to a forest check post near Deori village off national highway 3, late on Thursday night. The deputy ranger, Subedar Singh, 60 was trying to stop the tractor-trolleys laden with sand when one of them hit him deliberately, police said. He was later rushed to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead. [September 7, 2018,]

HARDA: Congress legislator and nearly 50 other party supporters were arrested for protest against chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's Jan Ashirwad Yatra.
The Yatra was on way from Khirkia towards Harda when Dogne along with party workers came out to protest. They were carrying black flags and raised slognas. Dogne said that he had just returned from Bhopal and took part in the protest.
"We were carrying black flags when we were arrested by police and made to sit in police vans, and now brought to jail". CM's Jan Ashirwad Yatra was about to reach Harda town later in the night. [September 6, 2018]

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Assembly has been dissolved, paving the way for fresh elections in the State.
Chief Minister K Chanrashekar Rao's cabinet took the decision. Now, the Election Commission will have to take a decision on the poll dates.
Had the house not been dissolved, Telangana would have to go to polls during the Lok Sabha elections. But KCR hopes to benefit from early polls. [September 6, 2018]

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court has decriminalized gay sex in India. Consensual homosexual relations will no longer be treated as offence.
A five-judge bench unanimously took the decision. SC termed the section as irrational, discriminatory and against the principles of equality.
Gay activists, LGBT groups have hailed the verdict. They have termed it historic and have begun celebrations across the country. [September 6, 2018]

A statewide alert has been sounded in Madhya Pradesh on the eve of the bandh call given by SAPAKS, which has been supported by groups including Karni Sena.
Prohibitory orders under section 144 have been enforced in several districts. SAPAKS has been agitating against reservation for SC/STs in promotion and is against the recent amendment in the Atrocities on SC/ST Act. [Bhopal September 5, 2018]

BJP MP Riti Pathak, who represents Sidhi constituency in Lok Sabha, gave a weird response to people who opposing amendment to Prevention of Atrocities on SC/ST Act.
Stopping her car, they asked her why she didn't raise her voice in parliament. Upset, Pathak told them, 'You are Rajput, bring sword, cut my head'. The video of the conversation has gone viral in MP now. [Bhopal September 4, 2018]

BJP legislator Uma Khatik's son Princedeep Lalchand allegedly threatened to shoot Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Princedeep posted it on Facebook, warning that if Scindia set foot in the region, he would be killed. The Congress leader is visitng Hata (Damoh) on September 5.
Later, Uma Khatik expressed regret over her son's post. Princedeep too apologised and removed the post. Congress leaders have demanded FIR against him. [Gwalior September 3, 2018]

Stones were hurled at chief minister Shivraj Chouhan's 'rath' during the Jan Ashirwad Yatra.
This incident occurred in Sidhi district in Vindhay region in Eastern part of the State. BJP has alleged that the Congress was behind the attack.
There are also speculations that those part of ongoing anti-reservation stir could be behind the attack. Chouhan escaped unhurt. Police have begun investigations. [Bhopal September 2, 2018]

A man who had been working in Dubai and had recently came back home, was lynched in Uttar Pradesh.
The victim--Shahrukh Khan, 22, was attacked by villagers who suspected that he was a cattle thief and was trying to steal buffalo. Khan got multiple injuries and later succumbed.
Khan worked at an embroidery unit in Dubai. He had worked at several places in Gulf, and had returned to Bareilly recently. The police have registered a case of murder No one has been arrested as yet. [Lucknow August 30, 2018]

A far right-wing politician in Holland who had planned a controversial caricature contest, has decided to cancel the event.
After global backlash and sensing the anger in Islamic world, Geert Wilders took this decision. He said that he did not want others' security endangered.
Wilders had earlier announced a competition on caricatures on Prophet Muhammad. Muslims across the world condemned it and in Pakistan, there were huge rallies, forcing govt to cut diplomatic relations with Netherlands. [Delhi, August 31, 2018]

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has attacked Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) terming it the 'only NGO that can work in India.
The statement has come close on the heels of the arrest of left-wing activists. Gandhi tweeted, 'There is only place for one NGO in India and it's called the RSS. Shut down all other NGOs'.
Gandhi also mentioned, 'Jail all activists and shoot those that complain. Welcome to the new India'. [Delhi August 28, 2018]

The Maharashtra police conducted raids and arrested at least four prominent activists from different places in the country.
The arrests were made in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence that took place on December 31 last year. Those detained include Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonzalves, Arun Farreira, Sudha Bhardwaj and Gautam Navlakha.
Also, raids were conducted at several other places. Human rights organisations have reacted sharply to the arrests and the action under the draconian UAPA. [Mumbai August 28, 2018]

In a bizarre incident, a senior lawyer has alleged that he got a threatening phone call and the caller claimed to be a top police officer.
The complainant--Prakash Tak, a former chief of Bar association, told police that he got the call. "The person claimed to be SP and kept on threatening me".
On his complaint, the police have registered FIR and have initiated probe to find out the caller's identity. Harda SP, Rajesh Kumar Singh, has confirmed that case has been registered. [Harda August 24, 2018]

A Madhya Pradesh man had a lesson in piety for everyone on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha.
Mohammad Salim Ghauri alias Babu Bhai, who had planned the festivities, decided to send the cash in the fund for relief to Kerala flood victims.
Ghauri was so moved by the plight of people in Kerala, that he took the decision and handed Rs 25,000 that was meant for Eid festivities, to district collector S Vishwanathan in Harda. The municipal corporation president Surendra Jain accompanied him. [BHOPAL August 21, 2018]

Bajrang Dal, a right-wing extremist group, has announced a bounty on former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu's head.
Its leader Sajay Jat has given an open threat and said that he would give Rs 5 lakh to anyone who beheads Siddhu. Jat who hails from Agra, made the announcement after Sidhu, a cabinet minister in Punjab, visited Pakistan to attend newly elected PM Imran Khan's swearing-in function. No case has been registered against Jat despite the announcement to give money for killing a person. [Lucknow, August 20, 2018]

IPS officer Mayank Jain terminated from service An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who was facing corruption charges has been given compulsory retirement.
Mayank Jain, an MP cadre police officer of 1995 batch, was earlier suspended after Lokayukta police raid at his premises. During the raid a few years ago, the sleuths had said that he had amassed property to the tune of around Rs 100 crore. In the past, he was posted in Ratlam when police were accused of large-scale excesses on women. Now, the Home ministry has given him premature retirement. [Bhopal, August 17]

As many as nine bodies have been recovered in Shivpuri district in MP, where surging water level had caused the tragedy.
Nearly 40 people were saved but over a dozen were feared to have been washed away. Shockingly, a video footage has emerged in which a policeman is seeing kicking a body off the stretcher. The top officials have been apprised about the incident, however, no action has been taken till now. [Ranjeet Gupta, Shivpuri August 18]

Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 93, passed away after prolonged illness in Delhi. He was on life support system at the AIIMS.
Hailing from Gwalior, Vajpayee, had joined RSS as a youth and was associated with Jan Sangh from its early years. He was a founder member of BJP. He had three stints as PM--the first for 13 days, the second for 13 months and the last, a full term.
Under him, India conducted the second nuclear tests and in a bold initiative, he led the bus to Pakistan. Vajpayee had also reminded Modi about Raj Dharma in the wake of Gujarat riots. Tributes have poured from all over the world, after his demise. [New Delhi, August 16]

As many as 50 persons were trapped amid surging water level at the Sutangarh fall in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh.
Nearly 12 persons are feared dead. Abhishek and Lokendra are two youths who have been identified. Rescue team had rushed to the spot and helicopter was sent. However, several persons were yet to be rescued by late Thursday night. By early morning, around 35 persons were saved. [Gwalior, August 15]

Former JNU student Umar Khalid survived an attack on his life on Monday. Khalid was shot at just outside the high-security constitution club in New Delhi.
An unidentified man fired at him and managed to escape in the ensuing melee. The attacker is yet to be identified. The firearm was found on the spot. The Delhi police have begun a probe in this regard. [New Delhi, August 13, 2018]

The police have arrested a man who was wanted for allegedly burning copies of Indian constitution at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi recently. The organisations--Youth Equality Foundation (Azad Sena) and Aarakshan Virodhi Party had organised the protest.
After complaints were made to police, separate teams conducted raids. Deepak Gaur of Aarakshan Virodhi Party was arrested from Faridabad. Abhishek Shukla, the co-accused, is absconding along with others who were seen in video of the incident. The accused said that the aim was to protest the Centre's decision to restore the original provisions of the Atrocities on SC-ST Act. [New Delhi, August 12, 2018]

Two persons have been arrested in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly issuing threat to kill the chief minister.
One of them, Jitendra Arjunwar, a resident of Seoni, had been lodged in Pakistan jail and had been released after human rights groups intervened. He issued the threat in series of tweets. His brother, Bharat Arjunwar, has also been arrested. Both the accused are unemployed. [Bhopal, August 10, 2018]

Under attack over rapes with minor girls in Muzaffarpur shelter home, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar finally broke his silence. He termed it shameful and promised stern action. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has already announced a mega protest in New Delhi (on Saturday) against JDU-BJP led govt over the rapes and torture in the shelter home. Tejashwi Yadav has said that it is a non-political protest as before being a social activist, he is a son, brother and uncle too and wonders how Nitish had been silent over the mass rapes and atrocities. [Patna, August 3, 2018]

A bill to restore the provision sof the original Prevention of Atrocities on SC/ST Act, was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The step was taken after immense pressure by Dalit, Bahujan groups who have again given a call of nationwide protests on August 9. The restoration of provisions mean that there won't be anticipatory bail for a person accused in a case under the sections. [New Delhi, August 3 2018,]

A police station in-charge was arrested for raping a minor girl. The official--Mahendra Mishra, who headed Mauganj police station in Rewa, had allegedly called the girl in a hotel where he raped her. After the plaint, top officials conducted probe. A case was registered in the same police station and he was arrested there. An ex-serviceman, he had joined police in 2014. [Bhopal, July 30 2018,]

A girl was expelled from the school after she complained about dirty toilet. She had complained to a teacher who got upset that the student dared raised the issue with her and in turn informed the principal about her 'act of indiscipline'. The girl, Devika, was subsequently given Transfer Certificate (TC). This incident occurred in Ranjhi Karondi government school. The girl then walked barefoot for 10 km, reached the officials in Jabalpur. The district education officer has spoken to school principal and assured that she would not be expelled from the school. [Jabalpur, July 28 2018,]

The golden spire on the dome of the famous Ram Janki temple in Shivpuri, has been stolen. The cost of the heavy gold spire (weighing nearly 50 kg) was well over 15 crores. In fact, estimates are even higher. It is a historic temple that was built by the rulers of the erstwhile princely state in the past. There were similar attempts earlier too but they couldn't succeed then. The police have formed teams to catch the thieves. [Shivpuri, July 26 Ranjeet Gupta for]

Digvijaya Singh reached police station in Bhopal to court arrest on Thursday over chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's comment against him. But the police officials refused to arrest him, saying that they had no case against him. After Shivraj termed him 'anti-national', Diggy had said that if government had any such evidence, they should arrest him. He has now said that he would drag Shivraj Chouhan in the court. [Bhopal, July 26 2018,]

A policeman who had gone to arrest a wanted criminal, was attacked and murdered in Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh. Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Devchand Nagle had gone to arrest a man, Jauhar Thakur, when the latter and his supporters attacked him. Nagle was overpowered and attacked with an axe apart from lathis. He died on the spot. He was posted in Umreth police station. [Bhopal, July 25 2018,]

In a tragic incident, six youths were killed when the car they were travelling in, met with a mishap near Bhopal. The youths--all friends had gone out to celebrate birthday of Akash Gupta, a resident of Anand Nagar. The car fell into the waste weir of Kolar dam from a height of 40 ft. It is suspected that water caused short-circuit and doors couldn't be opened from inside. The bodies were found next morning. Those who died include Akash Gupta, Rajnish Patel, Pankaj Sahu, Abhijit Rathor, Gaurav and Ranjit Sahu. [Bhopal, July 23 2018,]

Upset over lack of civic amenities and failure of government to construct-repair roads, the residents in Bhopal have sent a strong message to the ruling party. In Indra Vihar and Panchavati Colonies in Bhopal, there is anger with legislator Rameshwar Sharma. This is the not the only place, such banners and messages have cropped in several other parts of state too. [Bhopal, July 22 2018,]

In yet another incident of lynching, a man was allegedly killed by self-styled cow vigilantes. The victim--Mohammad Akbar, was killed in Alwar district in Rajasthan. The killers suspected that he was involved in smuggling cows though police said there is no evidence as yet. Earlier, an elderly man Pahlu Khan was killed in the same district. The terror of cow vigilantes has spread to several states and more than 50 people have been killed so far. (Jaipur, July 22 2018]

The no-confidence motion brought by the opposition was defeated in the Parliament today. NDA had 325 votes against opposition's 126. However, Congress president Rahul Gandhi raised the Rafael deal during his speech, making corruption charges against defence minister. He later hugged PM Narendra Modi, which seemed to quite a surprise for everyone including the PM. [New Delhi, July 21 2018,]

Controversy erupted as Scindia was seen throwing coconut from his car, after he received it from workers. It fell on the feet of workers outside. BJP was quick to accuse him and allege that he had insulted Hindu traditions. This incident occurred on way to Panna in Madhya Pradesh. Congress leaders later said that this was part of 'tantra' practice as particular coconut had vermilion on it and after realising that it was 'totka' against the leader, the coconut was thrown out. [Bhopal, July 14 2018]

High-drama was witnessed for the whole day in Bhopal as a youth allegedly held a girl hostage in her flat. The accused--Rohit Singh, carrying firearm, spoke to media over phone. Video call showed the girl lying on floor and blood around. The youth has said that he wanted to marry the girl, who is a model, and held police responsible for the situation. Meanwhile, strong police force was deployed & SDRF rushed to the spot. The officials kept on negotiating. Later in the evening, girl was brought out safe and rushed to hospital. [Bhopal, July 13]

In a daredevil attack, gangster Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi was shot dead inside a jail in Uttar Pradesh. The incident occurred in Baghpat jail. Bajrangi's wife had earlier expressed fears that her husband could be killed. 51-year-old Munna Bajrangi was a contract killer who had been involved in crimes since 1984. Four jail officials have been suspended after the murder. [Lucknow, July 9 2018]

The Janata Dal (U) has made it clear that its alliance with the BJP in Bihar remains intact. At the party's national executive, it was declared that the JD(U) will contest the upcoming 2019 election, along with the BJP. Party supremo Nitish Kumar has thus put at rest the speculations about the rift in the alliance. [Patna, July 8 2018]

The Supreme Court has said that Lieutenant Governor can't act independently and has to act in accordance with the council of ministers' aid and advice. The Apex Court clarified that LG's assent is not needed for each govt decision. It said that attempt should be made to resolve issues and in case of dispute, matter can be forwarded to President. This is a relief to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its chief Arvind Kejriwal, who was having a major power tussle with Lt Governor in Delhi. [New Delhi, July 4 2018]

Five persons were lynched when a mob attacked and killed them in Dhule district in Maharashtra on Sunday. The victims had arrived in Sakri by a bus and were seen talking to a girl, when the locals pounced upon them. Apparently, hysteria over suspicion of child kidnappers--fuelled by whatsapp rumours, led to the lynching. [Mumbai, July 1 2018] [Representative photo]

In a tragic mishap, 48 persons were killed when a bus fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand on Sunday. This incident occurred in Pauri Garhwal district. The bus fell into a deep 200-metre gorge in Dhumakot. Those who died include 22 males, 16 females and 10 children. The accident took place when the private bus was on way to Ramnagar from Bhoan. CM has announced Rs 2 lakh to next of kin of each person killed in mishap. (Dehradun, July 1 2018

Thousands of people took to streets in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, demanding justice for minor rape victim. The eight-year-old girl suffered critical injuries in the rape. People have demanded swift punishment and hanging for the accused, Irfan, who has been arrested. (Indore, June 29 2018

A middle-aged man was allegedly humiliated and forced to lick his own spit by the panchayat. The complainant--Shri Krishna, a resident of Sonda Habibpur in Bulandshahar, has filed a plaint with the police. He said that after his son married a girl belonging to another caste, he was called to panchayat, threatened that women of his family would be raped and was made to lick his own spit. The police have registered FIR. (Lucknow, June 28 2018

As many as five persons were killed when a plane crashed in a residential area in Mumbai. The plane crashed near an under-construction site in Ghatkobar. Four persons onboard including the pilots and engineers, died. Also, a pedestrian was killed. The plane was earlier owned by UP govt but was later sold. Rescue operations have begun and probe has been initiated to find out reasons behind the crash. (Mumbai, June 28

Akhil Bharatiya Viddyarthi Parishad (ABVP) cadre attacked a professor and blackened his face in Gujarat. Professor Girin Baxi was publicly humiliated. The incident occurred on the premises of Shyamji Krishna Verma University in Bhuj district. The attack was linked to the elections in the college. which are scheduled to be held next month. Prof Baxi is a coordinator for the polls. He was later administered medication. The police have booked over a dozen students linked to ABVP. (Ahmedabad, June 27

A BJP legislator in MP has attacked senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, questioned hiss faith and mocked him as 'Lahore Ka Maulvi'. 'Digvijaya doesn't appear to be a Hindu, he himself talks about his DNA test and says that he is not a Hindu. It appears a cleric from Lahore is speaking in MP", said Rameshwar Sharma, who represents Huzur constituency in Bhopal. (Bhopal, June 27

Sevensecurity personnel killed in Maoist strike in Jharkhand. At least, five other policemen injured in the incident. This incident has occurred in Latehar district. Police parties have been rushed to the spot and injured security personnel have been rushed to hospital. More details are awaited. (Ranchi, June 23

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a scathing attack on the Nehru-Gandhi family. Launching an irrigation project in Madhya Pradesh, Modi said that many heroes of the nation were ignored as just one family was glorified. He said that during Congress rule, there was negativity and MP was termed a BIMARU state but after BJP came to power, things have changed. Modi, who was on a visit to Rajgarh district, also recalled contribution of Syama Prasad Mookerji. (Bhopal, June 23

An elderly Dalit farmer, Kishori Lal Jatav, was set afire in Berasia in Bhopal district. He later succumbed to burns. The assailants were tilling Jatav's land and when he protested, they doused him with kerosene and set him afire. The main accused, Tiran Singh Yadav and three others including his son and two nephews have been arrested. SIT has been formed to conduct probe. (Bhopal, June 22

As many as 15 persons were killed in a mishap in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. The incident occurred when a jeep carrying members of a family from Gwalior, was on way towards Morena. A speedily driven tractor-trolley hit the jeep, resulting in the death of 15 persons. The dead include 8 women. They were going to attend last rites of a relative. (Gwalior, June 21

The BJP has pulled out of its alliance with the PDP, causing the government to fall in Jammu & Kashmir. The party decided to withdraw support to the Mehbooba Mufti government after three years, citing failure to control terrorism and worsening of the law-and-order situation in J&K. The stage is now set for Governor's rule. (Srinagar, June 19,

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,

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,

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,

A unique initiative--'Iftaar for All' that is being held in Bhopal is getting wide attention.
The 'roza iftaar' is held at the historic Iqbal Maidan in the State capital. 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]

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,

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,

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,

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,

*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, #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 or (New Delhi, May 29,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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

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,

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.