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Another Telangana RTC employee commits suicide



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Hyderabad, Oct 28 : Another employee of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) committed suicide on Monday even as the strike in the state-owned transport utility entered 24th day.

Woman conductor Neeraja (31) hanged herself at her house in Khammam. Her family members alleged that she was under depression over being sacked for participating in the strike. Like other striking employees, she had also not received the salary for September.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has already announced that over 48,000 employees lost their jobs as they did not return to duties before the expiry of the deadline on October 5.

Neeraja, who was working at TSRTC depot at Sattupalli in Khammam district, took the extreme step a day after Diwali. She had gone to her parents’ house to celebrate the festival but returned on Monday as she was to participate in a protest along with her colleagues in front of the TSRTC depot. However, the mother of two hanged herself when she was alone at home.

The suicide triggered protest by TSRTC workers in Khammam and Sattupalli. The protestors took to streets and raised slogans against the Chief Minister.

TSRTC employees carried the body of Neeraja to the office of the District Collector and staged a sit-in. Tension prevailed at the Collector’s office as police stopped the protestors from entering the complex.

Neerja is the third TSRTC employee to commit suicide. Earlier, a driver in Khammam and a conductor in Hyderabad had killed themselves. Some other employees also died of cardiac arrest.

The strike continued for a 24th consecutive day on Monday. The employees took out rallies from depots to the offices of District Collectors to press for their demands.

The talks held between the TSRTC and leaders of striking employees, on the direction of the Telangana High Court on Saturday, had failed to break the impasse.

Meanwhile, the High Court on Monday resumed the hearing on Public Interest Litigations (PILs), seeking directions to end the strike.

The division bench headed by Chief Justice R.S. Chauhan suggested that if the demand for the TSRTC’s merger with the government is not set aside, the deadlock will continue and people will continue to suffer. It observed that the demand of merger is the main hurdle but on other demands, there is only a difference of opinion.

Additional Advocate General Ramachandra Rao informed the court that the committee of executive directors of the TSRTC, in its report submitted to the government, stated that Rs 46.2 crore are required for 16 out of 21 demands of the employees but the TSRTC is not in a position to bear the expenditure. He said the government can’t provide required funds for meeting these demands.

The court took exception to his remarks and wanted to know why the government can’t give even Rs 47 crore to resolve the problem.

The court summoned Advocate General B. S. Prasad, who promised to get back after checking with the government. The bench remarked that if he has any problem, it will summon the Chief Secretary and the Finance Secretary.

Counsel of the striking employees submitted to the court that the TSRTC was in losses because the government and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation have not reimbursed the amount to the tune of Rs 4,967 crore. The judges wanted to know if this is true and asked the government to inform about the same on Tuesday.


Cinema halls to reopen in West Bengal from October 1: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata also said musical, dance and magic shows would be permitted in the state from next month.



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New Delhi: Cinema halls and open air theatres will be allowed to operate in West Bengal from October 1 with limited number of participants, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday.

She also said musical, dance and magic shows would be permitted in the state from next month.

“To return to normalcy, Jatras, Plays, OATs, Cinemas & all musical, dance, recital & magic shows shall be allowed to function with 50 participants or less from 1 Oct, subject to adherence to physical distancing norms, wearing of masks & compliance to precautionary protocols,” the chief minister said on Twitter.

Cinema halls have remained shut since the nationwide coronavirus lockdown began in late March.

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Bollywood drug case: NCB seizes phones of Deepika, Rakul, Simone, Karishma

NCB quizzed actors Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone, her former manager Karishma Prakash, and fashion designer Simone Khambatta in connection with drug case related to death of Sushant Singh Rajput




Rakul Preet Singh Mumbai

Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which quizzed Bollywood actors Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone, her former manager Karishma Prakash, and fashion designer Simone Khambatta on Friday and Saturday in connection with the drugs case related to the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, has seized their mobile phones.

An NCB source said, “The phones of Deepika, Karishma, Rakul and Khambatta have been seized by the NCB under the Indian Evidence Act.”

The development came after the questioning of Deepika and Karishma on Saturday, and Rakul and Khambatta on Friday for several hours.

The NCB questioned Deepika for over five hours on Saturday and Rakul for over four hours on Friday.

Meanwhile, Karishma was questioned for two consecutive days on Friday amd Saturday, while Khambatta was grilled on Friday.

The agency collected their phones as the alleged ‘drug’ chats were made using the same phones, the source said.

The source also said that the NCB has collected the phone of Sushant’s former talent manager Jaya Saha.

Besides Deepika, Rakul, Khambatta and Karishma, the NCB also questioned Bollywood actors Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan on Saturday for several hours.

The NCB has registered a case on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after it found alleged chats of Deepika with her former manager in 2017 discussing drugs.

The phones of Rakul and Khambatta were seized as both of them are close friends of Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested earlier this month after three days of questioning.

Besides Rhea, the NCB has also arrested her brother Showik and 17 others in connection with the case.

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Rhea Drug Case: Rakul Preet Singh moves Delhi HC seeking Ban on Media reporting

It is from the email dated September 24 from the NCB that the Petitioner learnt that case in which she has been required to appear has been registered as Crime No. MZU/NCB/15/2020, the plea said.




Rakul Preet Singh

New Delhi, Sep 26 : Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh has moved the Delhi High Court seeking urgent interim directions from the court restraining media from running shows or publishing articles against her in connection with the drug probe which emerged out following the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

The matter is likely to come up for hearing in the coming week.

The petition filed through advocates Himanshu Yadav, Aman Hingorani and Shweta Hingorani claims that Rakul Preet has been in Hyderabad for a film shoot and was shocked to see media reports in the evening of September 29 to the effect that the Narcotics Control Bureau, Mumbai has summoned her to appear before it in Mumbai on September 24 in connection with the ongoing investigation in the Rhea Chakraborty’s drugs case.

“…the Petitioner had received no such summons from the NCB at either of her Hyderabad or Mumbai addresses, and accordingly she remained in Hyderabad. The Petitioner’s father, Col. Kulvinder Singh (Retd), decided to take the morning flight on 24.9.2020 to Mumbai from Hyderabad to ascertain the truth of such reports,” the plea said.

“…however, from the evening of 23.9.2020 itself, the media started running fake news to the effect that the Petitioner, who was in Hyderabad, had supposedly reached Mumbai on the evening of 23.9.2020 for the NCB investigation,” it said further.

It added that around 11.20 a.m. on September 24, the Petitioner received summons under Section 67 of the NDPS Act dated September 23 through WhatsApp in Hyderabad which said that she had to appear in person before the NCB, Mumbai at 10 a.m. on September 24.

It is from the email dated September 24 from the NCB that the Petitioner learnt that case in which she has been required to appear has been registered as Crime No. MZU/NCB/15/2020, the plea said.

Earlier this month, Rakul had approached the High Court seeking its direction in order to ask the media not to telecast, publish or circulate on the TV channels, cable, print or social media, as the case may be, any content in context of Actress Rhea Chakraborty’s narcotic drugs case that maligns or slanders the Petitioner or which contains anything defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half-truths in respect of the Petitioner, or to use sensational headlines, photographs, video-footage or social media links which invade the privacy of the Petitioner.

While issuing notice on the said plea, a single judge bench of the high court presided by Justice Navin Chawla had said, “There has to be some restraint. Media gets to know info even before the officers themselves. Reputations are getting tarnished.”

“It is hoped that media houses and TV channels would show restraint and abide by the Program Code and other guidelines while making any report in connection with Rakul Preet Singh,” the bench had said further.

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