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Court dismisses complaint against Arvind Kejriwal

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A court has dismissed a criminal complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleging he asked voters to take bribes from other parties but vote for his AAP in elections.

Metropolitan Magistrate Babru Bhan dismissed the plea seeking prosecution of Kejriwal, saying that no offence was made out against him.

“The accused (Kejriwal) has not offered any gratification to the voters (to vote) in favour of his party. He has merely stated that allurements are generally offered by some parties, if offered this time, do not refuse the same but vote in favour of his party.

“He himself has not offered any gratification in lieu of casting votes in favour of his party,” magistrate Bhan said in his Monday order.

The complaint was filed by Ikrant Sharma, who alleged that Kejriwal by making such a statement violated the model code of conduct and instigated the public to accept bribes from politicians.

The complaint was filed in February 2015, the month Kejriwal led his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to a sweeping win in the Delhi assembly elections.

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After 12 days of closure, Cochin airport set to open on August 26

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Kochi, Aug 21: After 12 days of closure due to the flood waters, the Cochin International Airport, one of the three in Kerala and the busiest, all set to open on August 26. 

Airport authorities have been engaged in a massive cleaning operation of the operational area that was submerged by flood waters.

One side the compound wall of the airport came down after water from the swollen Periyar river and its tributaries, which received an unprecedented amount of water released by major dams, entered the complex, turning it into a virtual sea.

The airport was first closed on August 9, for a few hours, and then on August 15.

Consequent to the flooding, a Rs 60 crore solar power plant, billed as one of the biggest in an airport, was submerged.

The Cochin airport handled 10 million passengers in fiscal 2017-18.

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Woman set ablaze for resisting rape in Bihar

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Patna, Aug 21: A woman was allegedly set ablaze for resisting rape attempt by three men in Nalanda district of Bihar.

The incident took place on Monday. The victim was admitted to the nearby hospital.

The crime against women and children has witnessed a surge across the country.

In another spine-chilling instance, a woman was brutally beaten by a mob in Bhojpur yesterday. Not only this, later she was stripped off and paraded naked over her involvement in the killing of a youth.

Earlier on August 16, eleven men allegedly gang-raped two minor girls in Lohardaga district of Jharkhand.

Prior to this, an 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Madarsa in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau on August 4.

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Traffic stalled on Thane-Pune road after landslide at Malshej Ghat

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Thane, Aug 21: Traffic movement on Thane-Pune road was stalled on Tuesday morning following a landslide near Malshej Ghat.

Consequentially, the route from Malshej Ghat, which is a significant link to Mumbai and other areas via Murbad taluka in Thane district of Maharashtra, has been shut for traffic.

The landslide occurred at around 2:15 am due to rains. However, no casualty has been reported in the incident, but as a precautionary measure and to remove the debris, the ghat route has been closed.

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