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Attack on police station: seven more arrested

They were produced before a court which sent them in police custody till March 24.



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Mumbai, Mar 20 : Seven more people were arrested today in connection with the attack on a police station in suburban Trombay yesterday.

A mob vandalised a police station in Trombay area in the wee hours yesterday, after the police arrested a person for `hurting religious sentiments’ through a Facebook post the previous night.

The mob wanted the police to hand him over to it. In a fit of rage, it attacked the police station and torched some police vehicles.

Police arrested 17 persons for rioting.

Today another seven persons who were allegedly part of the mob were arrested, a senior police official said here.

They were produced before a court which sent them in police custody till March 24.



Andhra Pradesh, Telangana celebrate ‘Ugadi’



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Hyderabad/Vijayawada, March 18: Telugu New Year ‘Ugadi’ was celebrated with traditional fervour on Sunday across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

A festive atmosphere prevailed in both the Telugu states as thousands thronged the temples, praying for prosperity. Special prayers were held at Tirumala, Srisailam, Vijayawada and Bhadrachalam temples.

The people offered special prayers, decorated the entrances of their houses and shops with strings of mango leaves, savoured traditional food and heard the ‘panchangnam’ to usher in the New Year.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu attended the ‘Ugadi’ celebrations organised by the Swarna Bharat Trust in Hyderabad.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao attended the official function at Pragati Bhavan, his official residence in Hyderabad, while his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu launched the celebrations in Vijayawada.

The leaders wished for peace and prosperity for the Telugu-speaking people living across the world. They felicitated and presented awards to artists, writers and other personalities from various walks of life.

Rao said the ‘pandits’ had forecast it would be a good year for Telangana with abundant rain and bumper crops. He said Telanagana would remain a revenue surplus state and continue all its model schemes for the welfare of all sections of people.

At the main official function in Vijayawada, Chandrababu Naidu said that ‘Ugadi’ was part of the culture and heritage of Telugus.

Literary discussions, poetry recitations, recognition of authors through awards and cultural programmes marked the day.

Women prepared ‘Ugadi pacchadi’, a mixture of neem buds, raw mango, tamarind juice, pepper, jaggery and salt, which is a necessary part of the celebratory dishes. The mixture symbolises various hues of life.

‘Ugadi’ celebrations were also held at the headquarters of political parties in Hyderabad.

The celebrations started on Saturday evening with E.S.L. Narasimhan, who is the Governor of both the states, hosting Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister, party leaders and senior officials at the Raj Bhavan.


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Jammu: Top doctor sacked for ‘anti-govt’ Facebook post



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Government Medical College(GMC) (File Photo)

Jammu, March 18: The Jammu and Kashmir government has terminated the services of the Registrar of the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu for an “anti-government” post on Facebook, an official said on Sunday.

Amit Kumar was sacked after he violated rules that prevent a government servant from using social media to write anti-government posts. Kumar had been appointed for three years on contract to serve at the GMC Jammu, reported news agency IANS.

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The official said Kumar used his Facebook account to “provoke” readers.


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Manduadih to become Banaras railway station



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Varanasi, March 18: The holy city of Varanasi is soon likely to get a railway station named “Banaras”.

The Railway Ministry is considering renaming the Manduadih railway station as Banaras railway station.

Manduadih is among one of the four railway stations in the city besides Varanasi Junction, popularly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, Varanasi City and Kashi.

Minister of State for Railway Manoj Sinha told a group of journalists: “There is a proposal to change the name of Manduadih railway station. The ministry is considering it. We have already stations in the names Varanasi and Kashi. Only the name of Banaras is left out.”

Manduadih is a place in Varanasi situated about four kilometers from Varanasi Cant Station. The Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), where engine parts of the train are manufactured, is situated near Manduadih.

Varanasi, also called Banaras and Kashi, was chosen in 2014 by Narendra Modi to contest the Lok Sabha polls from city of Uttar Pradesh.

The name Varanasi is said to be derived from combination of ‘Varuna’ and ‘Asi’ — the names of rivers. Kashi is the ancient name of Varanasi.

Dushyant Rai, the Rajbhasha consultant in the Railway Board, welcomed the move.

“The name Banaras means ‘bana rahe ras’. This word reflects the real culture of the city. The people in Banaras enjoy everything. Be it ‘geet-sangeet, puja-path and also misthanna-paan’,” said Rai, who hails from the city.

A top railway official of Varanasi division told IANS: “The name Manduadih doesn’t sound good and doesn’t connect with the legacy of Banaras which the name Banaras does.”

Mughalsarai Junction is another important station located near Varanasi whose name was changed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay junction in October 2017 after the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh.

A plan to change the name of a railway station goes through a long process. It must be cleared by the Home Ministry after a state sends a proposal of renaming a station to the Ministry of Railways.


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