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Large gathering are banned today in and around India Gate in central Delhi. However, a total of 100 people can be at Jantar Mantar, 3 km from India Gate, if they have permission of the "competent authority". "No gathering is permissible around India Gate due to imposition of Section 144 CrPC," the Delhi Police tweeted.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today inaugurate the 'VAIBHAV Summit' -- a platform which brings together overseas and resident Indian researchers and academicians. The aim of the summit is to bring Indian-origin luminaries in academic institutes and research organisations across the world and resident counterparts on a single platform to debate collaboration mechanisms for strengthening academic and science and technology (S&T) base in India for global development, according to a Prime Minister's Office statement.

Farmers' organisations have announced a 'Bharat Bandh' today against the Farm Bills, which have been passed by Parliament. They have also decided to converge at the memorial of Lal Bahadur Shastri in Delhi to register their protest.

Claiming that there have been no updates from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, the late actor's friends -- Ganesh Hiwaker and Ankit Acharya -- announced that they were going on a hunger strike from today to demand justice in the matter.

Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik will inaugurate a naturopathy hospital at a tribal hamlet in Maharashtra on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti today.

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3:14 AM IST A 32-year-old Dalit woman, who was allegedly raped by three men four days ago, committed suicide on Friday in Madhya Pradesh's Narsinghpur district, police said.   The woman's family alleged that the police did not register a complaint in the last three days. on Friday, the police arrested three persons, including one of the alleged rapists.   Late in the evening, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered that a case be registered against the local police official, and two senior officials be shunted out.   The shocking incident, which comes in the wake of Hathras rape-and-murder case, took place in Gadarwara area of the district.   On Friday, assistant sub-inspector Mishrilal Kodapa of Gotitoriya police outpost was suspended for laxity in duty, said Gadarwara Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) S R Yadav.   "We registered a case today against Arvind and Parsu Choudhary, who belong to the same community as the victim, and another accused Anil Rai for gang-rape," Yadav informed.   "Arvind Choudhary has been arrested and a hunt has been launched for the other two," he added.   The trio allegedly raped the woman on Monday when she was out in a field to cut grass for the cattle.   The SDOP, however, said the woman's two nieces who saw the incident stated that the accused caught hold of her and teased her, but did not confirm that she was raped. When they raised alarm, the accused fled, the two girls told police.   The woman and her husband orally complained to the police on the same day but the complaint was not clear, Yadav claimed.   On Friday, when the woman went to fetch water from a tap, Leela Bai, another woman, allegedly taunted her, after which the victim went home and hanged herself, the police officer said.   Her husband alleged in his complaint that they were trying to get a case registered for the last three days but to no avail.

3:10 AM IST After the Hathras SP and four other policemen were suspended over the gangrape-murder case of a Dalit woman, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday asked what difference suspending "some pawns" would make and demanded Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's resignation.   The Uttar Pradesh government suspended Hathras SP Vikrant Vir and four other policemen on Friday over their handling of the gangrape-murder case. Tagging Adityanath, Priyanka Gandhi asked what difference suspending "some pawns" would make.   "On whose order Hathras victim, her family, was made to suffer. The phone records of Hathras DM and SP should be made public. The chief minister should not back off from his responsibility," the Congress general secretary said in a tweet in Hindi.   The country is watching, chief minister Adityanath tender your resignation, she said.   Besides Vikrant Vir, the other suspended policemen are Circle Officer Ramshabd, Inspector Dinesh Kumar Verma, Sub-Inspector Jagveer Singh and Head Constable Mahesh Pal, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said.   Later, in another tweet, Priyanka Gandhi tagged a media group's statement over the leak of a purported telephone conversation between a journalist and the victim's brother.   Again tagging Adityanath, she tweeted, "RESIGN. You have no moral right to continue as Chief Minister of UP."  

3:10 AM IST A case was registered against eight people on Friday for allegedly violating section 144 of CrPC and protesting near Vigyan Bhawan against the new farm laws, the Hathras gang rape case and the detention of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Delhi Police said.   They are members of the Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Congress, the police said.   According to the police, the protesters assembled near Vigyan Bhawan and then moved towards the house of BJP president J P Nadda.   Around 12.15 pm, 12-15 members of the outfit led by Surendra Solanki started moving towards the house of the BJP president from Vigyan Bhawan, a senior police officer said.   They were stopped and informed about prohibitory orders imposed under section 144 of CrPC and directed to disperse immediately and maintain social distancing, the officer said.   However, they started protesting, following which they were removed from the area, and a case under section 188 of IPC and provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act and the Disaster Management Act was registered against them, he said.  

3:09 AM IST Several Goa Congress leaders, including the pradesh committee vice president, were detained Friday night after they protested in the lobby of a hotel demanding they be allowed to meet Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.   Javadekar is in Goa to attend a series of meetings on the new farm bills Saturday. The Congress leaders reached the hotel around midnight and demanded to meet the Union minister over the Mahadayi river water dispute with Karnataka.   When the hotel management refused them permission, they sat on a protest in the lobby. Later, the leaders were detained and taken to a police station in Panaji. The leaders including Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Committee President Varad Mardolkar, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Vice President Sankalp Amonkar, office-bearer Janardhan Bhandari.   Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar tweeted, “JUNGLE RAJ in Goa -- @INCGoa delegation led by Vice President @SankalpAmonkar, @JanaBhandariGoa @Varadmardolkar @AdvArchitNaik @RautMeghashyam @SudinNaikGoa & 10 others arrested by @DGP_Goa for seeking appointment with @PrakashJavdekar & waiting to meet him in hotel lobby in Panjim.” Mardolkar said the Congress delegation wanted to meet Javadekar to question him on the Central government's "silence" over Mahadayi river water diversion by Karnataka.   "Javadekar has failed the State of Goa as far as interest of Mahadayi is concerned,” he said, claiming that the Union minister was also responsible for granting permissions for several environmentally hazardous projects, which were being opposed by people.  

1:01 AM IST Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC will invest 55.12 billion rupees ($752.08 million) in Reliance Industries' retail arm, the Indian conglomerate said on Saturday.   GIC's investment will translate into a 1.22% equity stake in Reliance Retail on a fully diluted basis.

11:09 PM IST A case under the Epidemic Act & 51(b) of Disaster Management Act registered against members of many political parties & different NGOs who protested today at Jantar Mantar over #Hathras case & #SushantSinghRajput death case: Delhi Police — ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2020

11:04 PM IST Uttar Pradesh government on Friday suspended the Hathras SP and four other police officers over their handling of the gangrape-murder case even as local authorities made clear that the Dalit victim's village was off-limits for the media.   A Trinamool Congress delegation was stopped from meeting the victim's family and its members alleged they were pushed around by officials.   “In view of the current situation, no political representatives or media personnel would be allowed entry into the village till the SIT (Special Investigation Team) completes its probe,” Hathras Additional Superintendent of Police Prakash Kumar told reporters.   The Yogi Adityanath government continued to draw flak over the alleged gang-rape and the subsequent death of the 19-year-old woman.   Samajwadi Party workers took out a protest in Lucknow, and were lathi-charged by police. There were protests also in Aligarh, Mathura and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

11:02 PM IST Samajwadi Party (SP) held a silent protest in Mathura on Friday against the alleged gang-rape and assault of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh.   The two-hour silent protest took place in front of the Gandhi statue in the Vikas Bazar area here.   "The incident, right from the gang rape to the cremation of the body in the dead of the night, is proof that in order to hide its failure, the Yogi Adityanath government has adopted inhuman ways," Sanjai Lathar, national spokesperson of the Samajwadi Party, said.   Dalits are unsafe under the present state government, and the Hathras incident shows that the law and order in the state is in the hands of goons, he claimed. The SP leader demanded stern action against erring officials.   The young woman succumbed at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital to the severe injuries she suffered in the assault by four upper-caste men in her village in Hathras on September 14. The four have been arrested.  

11:01 PM IST In view of the protest at Jantar Mantar over the Hathras gang rape and murder case, the Delhi Metro closed the entry and exit gates of a few stations for an hour on Friday, officials said.   "Entry & exit gate for Janpath is closed. Trains will not be halting at this station.   Exit gates for Rajiv Chowk and Patel Chowk are closed," the DMRC tweeted.   All three stations fall in the vicinity of the protest venue in central Delhi.   The protest was initially supposed to be held at India Gate but was later shifted to Jantar Mantar owing to the prohibitory orders in place in the Rajpath area.   The DMRC tweeted an hour later that all closed entry and exit gates at these stations have been opened again.

10:50 PM IST Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday suspended Hathras SP Vikrant Vir and four other policemen over the gangrape-murder case of the Dalit woman, a senior official said.   The official said the action has been taken on the basis of a preliminary inquiry report of the SIT.   Besides Vikrant Vir, the other suspended policemen are Circle Officer Ramshabd, Inspector Dinesh Kumar Verma, Sub-Inspector Jagveer Singh and Head Constable Mahesh Pal, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said.   Shamli SP Vineet Jaiswal has been transferred to Hathras, he said.   Another senior official said the SIT constituted by the chief minister to probe into the case of alleged murder and gangrape submitted its first report on Friday. The official said besides the suspended policemen, all those connected with the case will have to undergo narco and polygraph tests.   The chief minister had constituted the SIT on Wednesday.   Led by Home Secretary Bhagwan Swarup, it has DIG Chandraprakash and Agra PAC Commandant Poonam as its members. The SIT was asked to submit its report in seven days.

10:46 PM IST Uttar Pradesh minister Ajeet Singh Pal on Friday described the alleged gang-rape of a 19-year-old Hathras woman and her subsequent death a fortnight later as a “small issue”, asserting that the Dalit teen was not raped at all.   “Doctors have already made it clear that the Hathras woman was not raped,” Pal, the UP minister of state for Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement which is set to further aggravate the controversy.   The minister also described the incident as a “small issue”, asserting that the law is taking its course in the case.   “We can do nothing if the Opposition is attacking (the government). They have no issue and are raking up such small issues intermittently. They are just raising issues and doing nothing in the public interest,” the minister told reporters when asked about the Oppositions' attack against the government over the issue.   On being countered by media persons if the Hathras gang-rape case was a “small issue” according to him, he hastened to add, “I am saying the matter is being investigated. Doctors have said nothing of this kind happened. Whatever is found in the investigation would be made public.” UP's Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar too had on Thursday said that the forensic examination on the woman did not indicate rape.   "The report of the FSL has also come. It says clearly that samples did not contain sperm. It makes clear that there was no rape or gang-rape," Kumar had said on Thursday in Lucknow.   But legal experts debunked the theory, telling PTI that the presence of sperm on the victim's body cannot be an essential ingredient to prove the crime.   In a replication of the December 2012 Nirbhaya case horrors, the Dalit teen was allegedly sexually assaulted by four men on September 14 in a Hathras village and admitted to the AMU's Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Aligarh in a critical condition.  

10:37 PM IST Jantar Mantar in central Delhi buzzed with activity on Friday as the venue witnessed perhaps its biggest protest ever since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, with hundreds of protesters gathering there to demand justice for the woman who was allegedly gang-raped in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh.   Social distancing norms and wearing of masks went for a toss as some of the protesters raised slogans without wearing them.   Police kept on asking participants to wear masks and maintain distance through announcements even as the number of protesters swelled.   A sea of people from different walks of life -- students, activists, citizens and political leaders -- attended the protest which was initially supposed to be held at India Gate but was later shifted to Jantar Mantar owing to the prohibitory orders in place around Rajpath area.   "They are silencing the family but they would not be able to silence the people. I am scared due to the Covid-19 pandemic but raising my voice to demand justice for the Hathras victim is more important. That is what forced me to step out at this time," said Neha Dwivedi, one of the protesters.   Another participant Shefali Verma, who is a mother of an 18-year-old woman, said, "I am scared for the safety of my daughter. I know we are fighting a pandemic but it was important that today we come out to raise our voice against another pandemic, which is rape. We want justice for that daughter, who did not even get dignity in her death." Another woman, accompanying Verma said despite a surge in coronavirus cases in the national capital, she came out because it was essential.   "Only when we will unite to raise our voice, will it have some impact. We are living in difficult times, when we are fighting the pandemic and it is scary to be out at this time but it is the need of the hour," she said.   People also held a candlelight vigil for the Hathras gang-rape victim as slogans demanding the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth and seeking justice for the victim rent the air.   Left leaning student activists carrying ''dhaplis'' also raised slogans against the UP government.   The police had said gathering of up to 100 people is permissible at Jantar Mantar and that too with prior permission of the competent authority.  

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Now in Madhya Pradesh: `Rape victim' ends life, family alleges cops did not act

A 32-year-old Dalit woman, who was allegedly raped by three men four days ago, committed suicide on Friday in Madhya Pradesh's Narsinghpur district, police said.
 
The woman's family alleged that the police did not register a complaint in the last three days. on Friday, the police arrested three persons, including one of the alleged rapists.
 
Late in the evening, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered that a case be registered against the local police official, and two senior officials be shunted out.
 
The shocking incident, which comes in the wake of Hathras rape-and-murder case, took place in Gadarwara area of the district.
 
On Friday, assistant sub-inspector Mishrilal Kodapa of Gotitoriya police outpost was suspended for laxity in duty, said Gadarwara Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) S R Yadav.
 
"We registered a case today against Arvind and Parsu Choudhary, who belong to the same community as the victim, and another accused Anil Rai for gang-rape," Yadav informed.
 
"Arvind Choudhary has been arrested and a hunt has been launched for the other two," he added.
 
The trio allegedly raped the woman on Monday when she was out in a field to cut grass for the cattle.
 
The SDOP, however, said the woman's two nieces who saw the incident stated that the accused caught hold of her and teased her, but did not confirm that she was raped. When they raised alarm, the accused fled, the two girls told police.
 
The woman and her husband orally complained to the police on the same day but the complaint was not clear, Yadav claimed.
 
On Friday, when the woman went to fetch water from a tap, Leela Bai, another woman, allegedly taunted her, after which the victim went home and hanged herself, the police officer said.
 
Her husband alleged in his complaint that they were trying to get a case registered for the last three days but to no avail.

What difference suspending some pawns would make: Priyanka on Hathras case

After the Hathras SP and four other policemen were suspended over the gangrape-murder case of a Dalit woman, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday asked what difference suspending "some pawns" would make and demanded Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's resignation.
 
The Uttar Pradesh government suspended Hathras SP Vikrant Vir and four other policemen on Friday over their handling of the gangrape-murder case.
Tagging Adityanath, Priyanka Gandhi asked what difference suspending "some pawns" would make.
 
"On whose order Hathras victim, her family, was made to suffer. The phone records of Hathras DM and SP should be made public. The chief minister should not back off from his responsibility," the Congress general secretary said in a tweet in Hindi.
 
The country is watching, chief minister Adityanath tender your resignation, she said.
 
Besides Vikrant Vir, the other suspended policemen are Circle Officer Ramshabd, Inspector Dinesh Kumar Verma, Sub-Inspector Jagveer Singh and Head Constable Mahesh Pal, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said.
 
Later, in another tweet, Priyanka Gandhi tagged a media group's statement over the leak of a purported telephone conversation between a journalist and the victim's brother.
 
Again tagging Adityanath, she tweeted, "RESIGN. You have no moral right to continue as Chief Minister of UP."
 

Police register case against 8 people for flouting norms and protesting near Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi

A case was registered against eight people on Friday for allegedly violating section 144 of CrPC and protesting near Vigyan Bhawan against the new farm laws, the Hathras gang rape case and the detention of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Delhi Police said.
 
They are members of the Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Congress, the police said.
 
According to the police, the protesters assembled near Vigyan Bhawan and then moved towards the house of BJP president J P Nadda.
 
Around 12.15 pm, 12-15 members of the outfit led by Surendra Solanki started moving towards the house of the BJP president from Vigyan Bhawan, a senior police officer said.
 
They were stopped and informed about prohibitory orders imposed under section 144 of CrPC and directed to disperse immediately and maintain social distancing, the officer said.
 
However, they started protesting, following which they were removed from the area, and a case under section 188 of IPC and provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act and the Disaster Management Act was registered against them, he said.
 

Cong leaders stage midnight protest at Goa hotel to meet Javadekar, detained

Several Goa Congress leaders, including the pradesh committee vice president, were detained Friday night after they protested in the lobby of a hotel demanding they be allowed to meet Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.
 
Javadekar is in Goa to attend a series of meetings on the new farm bills Saturday. The Congress leaders reached the hotel around midnight and demanded to meet the Union minister over the Mahadayi river water dispute with Karnataka.
 
When the hotel management refused them permission, they sat on a protest in the lobby. Later, the leaders were detained and taken to a police station in Panaji.
The leaders including Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Committee President Varad Mardolkar, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Vice President Sankalp Amonkar, office-bearer Janardhan Bhandari.
 
Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar tweeted, “JUNGLE RAJ in Goa -- @INCGoa delegation led by Vice President @SankalpAmonkar, @JanaBhandariGoa @Varadmardolkar @AdvArchitNaik @RautMeghashyam @SudinNaikGoa & 10 others arrested by @DGP_Goa for seeking appointment with @PrakashJavdekar & waiting to meet him in hotel lobby in Panjim.” Mardolkar said the Congress delegation wanted to meet Javadekar to question him on the Central government's "silence" over Mahadayi river water diversion by Karnataka.
 
"Javadekar has failed the State of Goa as far as interest of Mahadayi is concerned,” he said, claiming that the Union minister was also responsible for granting permissions for several environmentally hazardous projects, which were being opposed by people.
 

GIC to invest Rs 5,512.5 crore in Reliance Retail

Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC will invest 55.12 billion rupees ($752.08 million) in Reliance Industries' retail arm, the Indian conglomerate said on Saturday.
 
GIC's investment will translate into a 1.22% equity stake in Reliance Retail on a fully diluted basis.

Hathras rape case: Delhi Police register case against Jantar Mantar protesters under Disaster Management Act

Media barred from Hathras rape victim's village

Uttar Pradesh government on Friday suspended the Hathras SP and four other police officers over their handling of the gangrape-murder case even as local authorities made clear that the Dalit victim's village was off-limits for the media.
 
A Trinamool Congress delegation was stopped from meeting the victim's family and its members alleged they were pushed around by officials.
 
“In view of the current situation, no political representatives or media personnel would be allowed entry into the village till the SIT (Special Investigation Team) completes its probe,” Hathras Additional Superintendent of Police Prakash Kumar told reporters.
 
The Yogi Adityanath government continued to draw flak over the alleged gang-rape and the subsequent death of the 19-year-old woman.
 
Samajwadi Party workers took out a protest in Lucknow, and were lathi-charged by police. There were protests also in Aligarh, Mathura and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Samajwadi Party stages silent protest against Hathras incident in Mathura

Samajwadi Party (SP) held a silent protest in Mathura on Friday against the alleged gang-rape and assault of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh.
 
The two-hour silent protest took place in front of the Gandhi statue in the Vikas Bazar area here.
 
"The incident, right from the gang rape to the cremation of the body in the dead of the night, is proof that in order to hide its failure, the Yogi Adityanath government has adopted inhuman ways," Sanjai Lathar, national spokesperson of the Samajwadi Party, said.
 
Dalits are unsafe under the present state government, and the Hathras incident shows that the law and order in the state is in the hands of goons, he claimed.
The SP leader demanded stern action against erring officials.
 
The young woman succumbed at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital to the severe injuries she suffered in the assault by four upper-caste men in her village in Hathras on September 14. The four have been arrested.
 

Hathras protest: Entry, exit gates of some Delhi metro stations closed; reopened after 1 hr

In view of the protest at Jantar Mantar over the Hathras gang rape and murder case, the Delhi Metro closed the entry and exit gates of a few stations for an hour on Friday, officials said.
 
"Entry & exit gate for Janpath is closed. Trains will not be halting at this station.
 
Exit gates for Rajiv Chowk and Patel Chowk are closed," the DMRC tweeted.
 
All three stations fall in the vicinity of the protest venue in central Delhi.
 
The protest was initially supposed to be held at India Gate but was later shifted to Jantar Mantar owing to the prohibitory orders in place in the Rajpath area.
 
The DMRC tweeted an hour later that all closed entry and exit gates at these stations have been opened again.

Hathras SP, four other cops suspended over Dalit woman's gangrape-murder case

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday suspended Hathras SP Vikrant Vir and four other policemen over the gangrape-murder case of the Dalit woman, a senior official said.
 
The official said the action has been taken on the basis of a preliminary inquiry report of the SIT.
 
Besides Vikrant Vir, the other suspended policemen are Circle Officer Ramshabd, Inspector Dinesh Kumar Verma, Sub-Inspector Jagveer Singh and Head Constable Mahesh Pal, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said.
 
Shamli SP Vineet Jaiswal has been transferred to Hathras, he said.
 
Another senior official said the SIT constituted by the chief minister to probe into the case of alleged murder and gangrape submitted its first report on Friday.
The official said besides the suspended policemen, all those connected with the case will have to undergo narco and polygraph tests.
 
The chief minister had constituted the SIT on Wednesday.
 
Led by Home Secretary Bhagwan Swarup, it has DIG Chandraprakash and Agra PAC Commandant Poonam as its members. The SIT was asked to submit its report in seven days.

Hathras gang-rape case a ‘small issue', victim was not raped: UP Minister

Uttar Pradesh minister Ajeet Singh Pal on Friday described the alleged gang-rape of a 19-year-old Hathras woman and her subsequent death a fortnight later as a “small issue”, asserting that the Dalit teen was not raped at all.
 
“Doctors have already made it clear that the Hathras woman was not raped,” Pal, the UP minister of state for Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement which is set to further aggravate the controversy.
 
The minister also described the incident as a “small issue”, asserting that the law is taking its course in the case.
 
“We can do nothing if the Opposition is attacking (the government). They have no issue and are raking up such small issues intermittently. They are just raising issues and doing nothing in the public interest,” the minister told reporters when asked about the Oppositions' attack against the government over the issue.
 
On being countered by media persons if the Hathras gang-rape case was a “small issue” according to him, he hastened to add, “I am saying the matter is being investigated. Doctors have said nothing of this kind happened. Whatever is found in the investigation would be made public.” UP's Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar too had on Thursday said that the forensic examination on the woman did not indicate rape.
 
"The report of the FSL has also come. It says clearly that samples did not contain sperm. It makes clear that there was no rape or gang-rape," Kumar had said on Thursday in Lucknow.
 
But legal experts debunked the theory, telling PTI that the presence of sperm on the victim's body cannot be an essential ingredient to prove the crime.
 
In a replication of the December 2012 Nirbhaya case horrors, the Dalit teen was allegedly sexually assaulted by four men on September 14 in a Hathras village and admitted to the AMU's Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Aligarh in a critical condition.
 

Jantar Mantar buzzes with activity as protesters gather to seek justice for Hathras gang-rape victim

Jantar Mantar in central Delhi buzzed with activity on Friday as the venue witnessed perhaps its biggest protest ever since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, with hundreds of protesters gathering there to demand justice for the woman who was allegedly gang-raped in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh.
 
Social distancing norms and wearing of masks went for a toss as some of the protesters raised slogans without wearing them.
 
Police kept on asking participants to wear masks and maintain distance through announcements even as the number of protesters swelled.
 
A sea of people from different walks of life -- students, activists, citizens and political leaders -- attended the protest which was initially supposed to be held at India Gate but was later shifted to Jantar Mantar owing to the prohibitory orders in place around Rajpath area.
 
"They are silencing the family but they would not be able to silence the people. I am scared due to the Covid-19 pandemic but raising my voice to demand justice for the Hathras victim is more important. That is what forced me to step out at this time," said Neha Dwivedi, one of the protesters.
 
Another participant Shefali Verma, who is a mother of an 18-year-old woman, said, "I am scared for the safety of my daughter. I know we are fighting a pandemic but it was important that today we come out to raise our voice against another pandemic, which is rape. We want justice for that daughter, who did not even get dignity in her death." Another woman, accompanying Verma said despite a surge in coronavirus cases in the national capital, she came out because it was essential.
 
"Only when we will unite to raise our voice, will it have some impact. We are living in difficult times, when we are fighting the pandemic and it is scary to be out at this time but it is the need of the hour," she said.
 
People also held a candlelight vigil for the Hathras gang-rape victim as slogans demanding the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth and seeking justice for the victim rent the air.
 
Left leaning student activists carrying ''dhaplis'' also raised slogans against the UP government.
 
The police had said gathering of up to 100 people is permissible at Jantar Mantar and that too with prior permission of the competent authority.
 

Mamata to lead protest march against Hathras rape on Saturday

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will lead a protest march in the city on Saturday to protest against the alleged gang rape and death of the 19-year-old woman at Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, TMC sources said.
 
TMC sources said the decision was taken after a delegation of the party was stopped from meeting the family members of the rape victim.
 
This will be the first time in six months since the Covid-19 induced nationwide lockdown in March that the TMC supremo will hit the streets.
 
The rally will start at 4 pm on Saturday and the participants will walk from Birla Planetarium to Mahatma Gandhi's statue in central Kolkata, they said.
 
Banerjee had on Thursday likened the cremation of the woman at night to the 'Agni Pariksha' of Goddess Sita in the Ramayana.
 
The Trinamool Congress on Friday alleged that its woman MP Pratima Mandal was manhandled and pushed by a senior district official when she was on her way to Hathras to meet the family of the alleged rape victim.
 
The party also shared several video clips showing its leader in Rajya Sabha, Derek O'Brien being pushed to the ground by police personnel a few kms away from the victim's house and Mandal being manhandled by the administrative official on the road.
 
The TMC delegation comprised MPs O'Brien, Mandal, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and former parliamentarian Mamata Thakur.
 
''The BJP is always quick to point fingers at opposition-ruled states. But now everybody has gone silent all of a sudden. The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is busy with stopping the opposition leaders from meeting the victim's family, rather than ensuring justice to them,'' TMC MP Saugata Roy said.
 
The BJP unit of West Bengal asked the TMC to stop ''politicising the death'' and take a look at its track record when it came to tackling crimes against women.
 

UP govt suspends SP, DSP involved in Hathras incident; to conduct narco tests

In the Hathras case, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed to suspend the SP, DSP, Inspector and some others officials, based on the preliminary investigation report. Narco polygraph tests of SP and DSP to also be conducted: Chief Minister's Office. 

Dalit woman allegedly gangraped in MP 4 days ago commits suicide

Dalit woman, who was allegedly gang-raped 4 days ago, commits suicide in Madhya Pradesh's Narsinghpur district: Police

BJP chief to not attend inauguration of 'Atal Tunnel' in Rohtang

BJP national president JP Nadda will not be attending the inaugural ceremony of the 'Atal Tunnel' in Rohtang, Himachal Pradesh, as he has to hold meetings scheduled to discuss the upcoming Bihar Elections.

No politics over Hathras case, rapes shouldn't happen in India: Delhi CM

There should be no politics on this issue. Why should such an incident happen in UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mumbai or Delhi? No rape incidents should happen in the country: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at Jantar Mantar

Delhi CM joins Jantar Mantar protests over Hathras incident

Uma Bharti urges Adityanath to let media, political leaders meet Hathras victim's family

UP police's suspicious action in Hathras case dented your, state govt and BJP's image. I request you to allow political leaders, mediapersons to meet Hathras victim's family: Uma Bharti to Adityanath

Entry, exit for Janpath metro station closed; exit points for Rajiv Chowk, Patel chowk shut

Entry & exit gate for Janpath is closed. Trains will not be halting at this station. Exit gates for Rajiv Chowk and Patel Chowk are closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

Bhim Army chief takes part in protests against Hathras incident in Jantar Mantar

Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad takes part in a protest against Hathras incident, at Jantar Mantar He says, "I will visit #Hathras. Our struggle will continue till the time UP CM doesn't resign, & justice is served. I urge SC to take cognizance of the incident."

India, Bangladesh Navy to kick start bilateral exercise from tomorrow

The 2nd edition of the bilateral naval exercise Bongosagar between the navies of India & Bangladesh, will start from tomorrow & go on for 3 days in north-Bay of Bengal. Ships from both navies will partake in helicopter operations, surface warfare drills, & seamanship evolutions.

Sitaram Yechury, D Raja take part in protest against Hathras incident in Jantar Mantar

Delhi: PM attends prayer meet for Mahatma Gandhi

Punjab: Farmers burn stubble near Amritsar

HDFC begins month-long India Homes Fair to woo NRIs

To cash in on festive fervour, mortgage lender HDFC Ltd on Friday said it has started a month-long mega online property show 'India Homes Fair' featuring over 350 projects from more than 175 developers located across 50 Indian cities.
 
All Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Orgin (PIO) based in London, Singapore and Middle East can look forward to own their dream home in India through just a click by viting the website.
 
The virtual fair not only offers the ease and convenience of browsing through a wide variety of projects but also helps to compare, shortlist and get in touch with multiple developers on one platform, HDFC Ltd said in a statement.

Sri Lanka PM pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

Nabard disburses Rs 12,298 cr so far under Swachh Bharat Mission

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) on Friday said it has disbursed Rs 12,298 crore so far under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G) for construction of 32.9 million household toilets.
 
To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the development finance institution has launched a nationwide sanitation literacy campaign.
 
The campaign, which will continue till January 26, 2021, is aimed at creating awareness among rural populace towards adopting good hygiene and sanitation practices, a release said.
 
Nabard said the campaign will support the government's SBM-G and Water, Sanitisation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes to enable the vulnerable rural communities to access better sanitation facilities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Punjab: Farmers continue 'rail roko' agitation in Amritsar

6 'cybercriminals' arrested in Jharkhand's Jamtara

Six alleged cybercriminals have been arrested in Jharkhand's phishing hub Jamtara district, police said on Friday.
 
Acting on a tip-off, the cyber cell of the district police raided Kuruwa village in Karmatar police station area on Thursday night and arrested the six persons, two of whom have been jailed earlier, Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar Sinha told PTI.
 
A total of 13 mobile phones, each fitted with a SIM card, three ATM cards, passbooks and two motorcycles have been seized, he said.

RailTel files draft papers for Rs 700-cr IPO

State-owned RailTel Corporation of India Ltdhas filed draft papers with capital markets regulator Sebi to raise Rs 700 crore through an initial share-sale.
 
The initial public offer (IPO) is entirely an offer-for-sale through which government will offload 8.66 crore equity shares, draft papers filed with Sebi showed. According to merchant banking sources, the IPO is estimated to fetch Rs 700 crore.
 
The miniratna PSU is one of the largest neutral telecom infrastructure providers in the country, owning an optical fibre network on exclusive Right of Way (RoW) along the railway track.

Mobile phones to become dearer as govt imposes 10% duty on display

Mobile phone prices are expected to rise about 3 per cent as the government has imposed 10 per cent duty on the import of displays, industry body ICEA said on Friday.
 
The duty on display assembly and touch panel was proposed to be applied from October 1 under a phased manufacturing programme (PMP) announced in 2016 in consensus with the industry.
 
"There will be an impact on mobile phone prices between 1.5 and 3 per cent," industry body ICEA National Chairman Pankaj Mohindroo said in a statement.

WATCH: The Atal Tunnel in Rohtang, Himachal Pradesh

Army pays tributes to soldiers killed in Pak firing along LoC in J&K's Kupwara

The Army on Friday paid tributes to two soldiers who were killed in Pakistani firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Army paid a befitting tribute to Havildar Kuldeep Singh and Rifleman Shubam Sharma, who made the supreme sacrifice on Thursday in north Kashmir, an Army spokesman said.
 
The two soldiers were killed when Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Naugam sector of frontier Kupwara district on Thursday morning.
 
In a solemn ceremony at Badamibagh Cantonment here, Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen B S Raju and all ranks paid homage to the bravehearts on behalf of the proud nation, the spokesman said.

UP govt committed to safety of all women, says Yogi Adityanath

Rajnath Singh visits Atal Tunnel in HP

Google launches online exhibition of postcards inspired by Mahatma Gandhi

Inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi on his 151st birth anniversary, Google Arts & Culture launched "Be the Voices of Change via Postcards" online exhibition on Friday.
 
Organised in association with Kochi-based non-profit LetterFarms, the online exhibition aims to inspire people to be the change through messages written or painted on handcrafted postcards.
 
The postcards featured in this exhibition bear ideas of change by ordinary citizens, and were handpicked from the nationwide CHANGE150 community art project by LetterFarms.
 
The exhibition comprises a cluster of 10 exhibits each categorised on themes of national relevance such as Equality', Education', Nation', Governance', Health', Community Action', Women's Empowerment', Environment', Rights' and Humanity'.

Exports rise 5.27% in Sep, trade deficit narrows to $2.91 bn

After contracting for six months in a row, the country's exports grew by 5.27 per cent year-on-year to USD 27.4 billion in September, while imports slipped by 19.6 per cent to USD 30.31 billion, according to the commerce ministry data released on Friday .

The trade deficit during the month under review narrowed to USD 2.91 billion as against USD 11.67 billion in the same period of 2019. The exports in September last year stood at USD 26.02 billion.

Exports during April-September this fiscal dipped by 21.43 per cent to USD 125.06 billion. Imports during the period stood at USD 148.69 billion, recording a negative growth of 40.06 per cent.

 

Hathras incident: TMC MPs manhandled as they try to enter village

A delegation of Trinamool Congress (TMC) was roughed up by Uttar Pradesh Police at Hathras border. The delegation, including party MP Derek O'Brien, was on the way to meet the family of the victim of the Hathras incident. The voices in support of the Hathras victim family has intensified as administration here beefed up security at the entrance of the village and also issued section 144 restricting normalcy.
 
The protest started when four TMC members who have come here to meet the victim's family, were stopped at the barricade placed at the entrance of the village.
 
Derek said, "Our MPs (Pratima Mandal, Mamata Thakur, including Derek O' Brien) were been stopped, they were manhandled by the SDM and security here. We are not being allowed to go to the village by walking."

Honda to withdraw from Formula One at end of 2021 season

Honda will withdraw from Formula One at the end of the 2021 season, the Japanese engine manufacturer announced Friday, citing environmental initiatives.
 
Honda, which resumed competition in F1 in 2015, is the power unit supplier to Red Bull and AlphaTauri.
 
The company said it had attained its goals of earning victories last season and two wins in 2020.
 
In the meantime, as the automobile industry undergoes a once-in-one-hundred-years period of great transformation, Honda has decided to strive for the 'realization of carbon neutrality by 2050,' Honda said in a statement.

Tesla CEO Musk suggests India entry in 2021

Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk indicated on Friday that the U.S. electric carmaker will make a foray into India in 2021.
 
"Next year for sure," Musk said on Twitter in reply to a post with a photograph of a T-shirt with the message: "India wants Tesla".
 
"Thanks for waiting," Musk said.
 
Tesla's entry could come at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is increasingly becoming focussed on promoting the use and manufacture of electric vehicles.
 

Gold gains after Trump tests positive for Covid-19

Gold rose on Friday and was on course for its best week in nearly two months as news of U.S. President Donald Trump testing positive for Covid-19 sent investors scurrying for safe-haven assets. Spot gold rose 0.2% to $1,909.08 an ounce by 0810 GMT, reversing losses from early Asian trade to climb back above $1,900. U.S. gold futures eased 0.1% to $1,915.10.
 
Bullion has gained 2.6% this week, heading for its biggest weekly percentage rise since early August.
 
"It will now be a wait-and-see game where gold will attract some bids. It's certainly not a market where I see any appetite for selling gold," said Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen.
 

Yogi Adityanath govt suppressing voice of opposition: Pilot on detaining Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Friday condemned the behaviour of Uttar Pradesh police and the administration towards party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, saying the Yogi Adityanath government was trying to "suppress the voice of opposition".
 
The two leaders were detained by UP police in Greater Noida on Thursday, when they insisted on marching to Hathras to meet the family of a Dalit gang-rape victim, whose death followed by a hurried cremation triggered nationwide outrage.
 
"Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the entire administration have left no stone unturned to suppress the voice of the opposition. The treatment given to Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi yesterday was indecent. It is condemnable. Rights of humanity, constitution and law were torn apart," Pilot told reporters on Friday.

Unlock 5: Cinema halls in Uttarakhand to open from Oct 15

Uttarakhand government has issued the guidelines for 'Unlock 5' deciding to permit opening of cinema halls and theatres with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity in areas outside the containment zones with effect from October 15.
 
Entertainment parks and similar places will also be permitted to open from October 15 for which the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by Union health ministry shall be strictly adhered to, the latest guidelines issued by the state government late on Thursday said.
 
The current ceiling of 100 people gathering for social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious and political functions can be removed outside containment zones after October15, it said.
 

Puducherry CM observes fast condemning police action against Rahul in UP

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his ministerial colleagues observed a fast here on Friday to condemn the Uttar Pradesh police for its 'reckless' behaviour against Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, when they were proceeding to meet a rape victim's family.

My mother was fighter for women her entire life: Kamala Harris

Senator Kamala Harris, who is the Democratic Party's vice-presidential candidate, has attributed her entire life's success to her mother Shyamala Gopalan, saying she was a fighter for women.
 
Harris, 55, is the first-ever Black, African-American and Indian-American woman to be the vice-presidential candidate of a major political party.
 
There are so many stories I could tell about her that have influenced who I am. My mother was a fighter for women her entire life. Her specialty was breast cancer, and, you know, before I was probably aware of it, I was hearing her passion for the importance of women receiving dignity in the health care system, Harris said during a podcast conversation with the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Marking the 151st Gandhi Jayanti, India gifted 41 ambulances to government and NGOs of Nepal

Arunachal coronavirus update: Tally crosses 10,000-mark with 224 new cases

Arunachal Pradesh's Covid-19 tally crossed the 10,000-mark on Friday as 224 more people, including six security personnel, tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
 
The fresh infections have pushed the northeastern state's caseload to 10,020, he said.
 
The Capital Complex region reported 89 new cases, followed by West Siang (24), Lohit (20) and Lower Siang (14), State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
 
"Four Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel and one jawan each of Army and Assam Rifles are among the new patients," he said.

12% Indian land prone to landslides as climate change increases the risks

Six days’ relentless rain had saturated the soil on the rolling slopes of Rajamala hamlet in Anamalai hills--which support tea and coffee plantations--in Idukki district of Kerala. On August 6, 2020, the downpour became especially torrential, forcing a portion of the hills to move, triggering a landslide that brought boulders and slurry crashing down on a settlement of tea estate workers in Pettimudi valley, killing 70 people and flattening rows of tin-roofed houses.
 
Although monsoon rains cause landslides every year, economic activities and the climate crisis are increasing the risk, especially in the Himalayas and the Western Ghats. Read on...

All-religion prayer meet at Sabarmati Ashram on Gandhi Jayanti

An all-religion prayer meet was organised at the Sabarmati Ashram here on Friday morning on the occasion of 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with only a handful of people attending the event due to the coronavirus outbreak.
 
In view of the pandemic, only a limited number of Ashram residents attended the prayer meet held in premises of the Sabarmati Ashram, also called the Gandhi Ashram, said its director Atul Pandya.
 
The Ashram, currently closed for visitors due to the pandemic, was the home of Mahatma Gandhi between 1917 and 1930 and closely linked with India's freedom struggle.

Union Budget 2021: Finance Ministry to start budgetary exercise from Oct 16

The Finance Ministry will kick off exercise for the Union Budget 2021-2022 on October 16. The Budget is expected to be presented on February 1, which is the first working day in that month.
 
The Budget division of the Economic Affairs Department issued a Budget circular on Thursday evening, which contains necessary instructions and deadline for submission of details by different central ministries and departments. Read on...

Badly planned, poorly communicated: Agri, labour reforms were too rushed

In recent weeks, India’s government has shown unusual amounts of energy in pushing through long-awaited economic reforms. The last session of Parliament — cut short when several MPs tested positive for Covid-19 — was exceptionally productive. Two labor-law amendments were passed, as was a package of measures addressing the agricultural sector.
 
However you look at it, these moves take India in the right direction. They don’t go far enough, are badly planned and have been poorly communicated —nevertheless, they are grounds for optimism. Read on...

US judge blocks Trump's H-1B visa ban, says Prez exceeded his authority

A federal judge has blocked the enforcement of the H-1B visa ban issued by President Donald Trump in June this year, saying the president exceeded his constitutional authority.
 
The order was issued on Thursday by District Judge Jeffrey White of Northern District of California.
 
The lawsuit against the Department of Commerce and Department of Homeland Security was filed by companies represented by National Association of Manufacturers, US Chamber of Commerce, National Retail Federation and TechNet. Read on...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat, on his birth anniversary today

Revised, more industry-friendly PLI scheme for bulk drugs on the cards

The production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme to boost local manufacturing of bulk drugs or ingredients to make medicines may be revised to make it more industry-friendly. The technical committee under the Department of Pharmaceuticals has submitted its recommendations this week, sources said.
 
If the recommendations are accepted, there may be an interim scheme that would allow manufacturers to claim some incentives when they produce and supply over 40 identified bulk drugs. Read on...

There is much to learn from Bapu's life and noble thoughts, tweets PM Modi on Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti: President Ram Nath Kovind expresses gratitude to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary today



Section 144 imposed around India Gate, no gathering allowed: Delhi police

Delhi police on Thursday said that no gathering is allowed around India Gate due to imposition of Section 144 CrPC.

They also said that gathering of up to 100 people is permissible at Jantar Mantar and that too with prior permission of the competent authority.

"The general public is hereby informed that in view of DDMA order dated 03.09.2020 a total gathering up to 100 persons is permissible at the designated place i.e. Jantar Mantar and that too with prior permission of the competent authority.

"No gathering is permissible around India Gate due to imposition of Section 144 CrPC," New Delhi DCP Eish Singhal tweeted.


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