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AAP leaders protest against Metro fare hike, detained

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New Delhi, Oct 13: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Friday protested against the Metro fare hike outside the Union Urban Development Ministry housed in Nirman Bhavan here.

AAP leaders, including Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, were later detained and removed from the area by the city police, AAP said.

Friday’s protest came on the heels of the ‘Metro Fare Satyagraha’ by AAP volunteers against the hike, at metro stations across the city on Wednesday and Thursday.

The fares were increased from Tuesday despite strong opposition from the AAP-led Delhi government, which had locked horns with the Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) over the hike — the second this year.

Earlier this week, Delhi AAP convenor Gopal Rai had said the fare hike will benefit only the cab aggregators, like Ola and Uber, whose services will become cheaper than metro.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had also called the fare hike a “conspiracy” to benefit the cab aggregators.

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Minimum temp settles at 7.8 degrees Celsius in Delhi

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New Delhi, Dec 17 : Delhiites today witnessed clear skies with the minimum temperature settling at 7.8 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year.

According to the Meteorological (MeT) department, the maximum temperature was recorded at 23.6 degrees Celsius, one degree above the normal.

The humidity level was between 92 and 33 per cent respectively.

The MeT office has forecast mainly clear skies with mist in the morning for tomorrow.

“The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover at 23 and nine degrees Celsius tomorrow,” the weatherman said.

The visibility was today recorded at 1,500 meters at 5.30 am which significantly improved to 3,000 meters at 8.30 am, the MeT office said.

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Two actresses held in Hyderabad on charges of prostitution

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Hyderabad, Dec 17: A prostitution racket was busted here with the arrest of four persons, including two actresses from Mumbai, police said on Sunday.

The arrests were made during raids on two five-star hotels in posh Banjara Hills area late on Saturday night, police said.

Those arrested include an actress from Bollywood and another television actress. Two brokers, who were running the racket online and booking rooms in star hotels for the customers, were also taken into custody.

Police, however, have not identified the actresses. A police officer said two girls from Mumbai were arrested from the hotels. He said further investigations were on.

S. Ravinder, inspector at Panjgutta police station, said the police conducted the raid on a room at Taj Deccan following information that organised sex racket was being conducted.

Later, two more persons, including the television actress, were arrested from another star hotel in the same area.

This is not the first time that actresses have been arrested on charges of prostitution. In 2014, an actress from Mumbai was caught on similar charges. However she was acquitted by a court in December that year.

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Bhopal: Fire breaks out in shopping complex, 100 shops gutted

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More than 100 shops gutted in the fire which broke out in a shopping complex in Bhopal’s Bairagarh, more than 20 fire tenders at the spot, cause of fire yet to be ascertained

However, Fire fighting operations are underway at the shopping complex.

Army vehicle and jawans have reached the shopping complex to join in the fire fighting operation. More than 20 fire tenders at the spot.

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