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2 arrested in Agra gang rape case

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Agra, Dec 20: Two of the four men, accused of raping a first-year B.Tech student on the Yamuna banks here in Uttar Pradesh, have been arrested, police said on Thursday.

The student was gang-raped on Tuesday on the Poiya Ghat.

Senior Superintendent of Police Amit Pathak said the police were also closing in on the remaining two accused, who had been on the run.

There is some anomaly in the girl’s version. Police said that according to the victim she was picked up from the busy Bhagwan Talkies crossing, and then raped on the ghat.

Investigation revealed that she had left home on Tuesday evening for her coaching centre, but chose to spend time with her boyfriend at a secluded place off the Yamuna banks, the officer said.

“The four accused who were close by, chased away the boyfriend after snatching his purse and carried away the girl to a desolate place where she was raped by the four,” Pathak said.

CCTV footage did not confirm that the girl was picked up from Bhagwan Talkies, he said.

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Gurugram building collapse: 6 bodies recovered, rescue operations underway

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Gurugram, Jan 24: At least six bodies have been recovered from the site where an under-construction four-storey building collapsed in Gurugram on Thursday.

The rescue operations are still underway to find the remainning one body.

The incident occurred in Ullawas village in Sector 65 of Gurugram.

Th teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and SDRF were mobilised for the rescue effort.

Sanjeev Singla, SDM of Gurugram had said that ”Building was unstable and was being built without any technical expertise. Almost 150 people are carrying out rescue operations. We are being told that 6-7 people are trapped under the debris but exact number is yet to be ascertained”.

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Killing militants won’t solve Kashmir problem: Governor

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Jammu, Jan 24 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Thursday that killing militants will not solve the real problem in the state.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a function in memory of Satpal Sahni, a veteran journalist and a former Director General of the Information Department.

“Killing militants will not solve the problem (in Jammu and Kashmir),” Malik said. “The solution will be reached once the youth decide to shun violence because militancy does not lie in the gun, but in the mind.”

He said he was pained even by the death of militants. “Believe me, every single killing, even that of a militant, pains me.”

Malik commended the Jammu and Kashmir Police who he said was doing a commendable job vis-a-vis the dragging militancy.

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Art transforms 10 Noida Metro stations

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New Delhi, Jan 24 : In an effort to enhance the quality of life for metro commuters on the Aqua Line — Noida-Greater Noida corridor — and boost the local ecosystems of art and culture, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) and Noida Metro have collaborated for unique public art installations at 10 stations.

The Aqua Line, which will be inaugurated on Friday by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has 21 stations in Noida and Greater Noida, 10 of which will be an interesting intersection between public art and urban development.

As metro commute becomes artful, the rail corridor between Sector 51 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida saw the two names joining hands to make arts more public and part of routine life.

What resulted out of a collaboration between KNMA and Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), is the project ‘Transform through Art’ where the museum has conceptualised and installed a series of public art installations across 10 stations.

Each art installation is specifically designed to inspire and educate audiences about the multifaceted dimensions of Indian culture and visual arts heritage, highlighting the social, cultural and environmental milieu of the city, KNMA told IANS.

The 200 different wall art designs on varied custom themes are hand painted by a team of over 50 artists.

Done with different artistic techniques and styles, the artworks will showcase contemporary, modern, spray, line, posterize-effect and abstract art repertoires.

“Our collaboration with the NMRC is a pioneering step in the incorporation of public art with urban development. It serves two purposes: enhances the quality of life for commuters, and encourages the local ecosystems of art and culture.

“The need to focus on quality of life is critical to the evolution of an aspirational India. Art and culture, in their traditional as well as contemporary forms, are essential dimensions of this new consciousness. We feel that creating museums and other spaces help greater public appreciation of art and culture,” art patron and avid collector Kiran Nadar told IANS.

The works seek to celebrate the heritage of art in India, along with educating and sharing the beauty of art with the public, and honouring India’s folk and tribal art heritage.

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