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DD News anchor Neelum Sharma no more

Neelum was honoured with Nari Shakti Puraskar by President Ram Nath Kovind earlier this year. The sudden demise of the journalist has left people in shock. Remembering her, people from all walks of life took to social media to pay condolences.

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) News anchor Neelum Sharma, who was associated with Indias public service broadcaster Doordarshan News for over 20 years, breathed her last on Saturday. The news of her demise was flashed on the official Twitter account of DD News and, according to reports, she was batteling cancer.

“DD News mourns passing away of our dear Colleague Neelum Sharma. A founding anchor with over 20 years of association with DD news, she played a stellar role in many capacities. From ‘Badi Charcha’ to ‘Tejasvini’ her path breaking programmes won accolades including Nari Shakti Award,” the tweet read.

Neelum was honoured with Nari Shakti Puraskar by President Ram Nath Kovind earlier this year. The sudden demise of the journalist has left people in shock. Remembering her, people from all walks of life took to social media to pay condolences.

Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted: “Shocked to know that Neelum Sharma is no more. Lots of memories from All India Radio and DD. The sober and gracious anchor would be missed by all.”

“Just learned of the sad demise of veteran anchor Neelam Sharma who was recently awarded Nari Shakti Award .Prayers and condolences from entire Prasar Bharati parivar to her family,” Shashi Shekhar, CEO Prasar Bharati (Doordarshan & All India Radio) wrote.

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Chinmayanand case: Victim hands over 43 video clips to police

According to sources, the victim has handed over several videos of her’s including the one in which she is taking a bath that allegedly was later used by the accused to exploit her.

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Shahjahanpur, Sep 14 (IANS) Spelling fresh trouble for former Union Minister and BJP leader Chinmayanand, a girl victim has handed over 43 video clips to the SIT and said he (the accused) is a ‘blackmailer’.

The girl in her new statement said that Chinmayanand is a ‘blackmailer’, he first filmed me while I was bathing with the help of his trustworthy aide and then started sexually exploiting me on the basis of that video.

According to IANS sources, the Special Investigation Team has handed over the videos and other items to the forensic team, so that when it appears before the monitoring bench of the High Court on September 23, it would be able to explain and prove everything.

Meanwhile, earlier the victim and her family who were showing full faith in the SIT probe have now changed their stance. Talking to the local media, they said that most of the evidence they handed over to the SIT against Chinmayanand has been tampered with or destroyed.

However, the victim and her family did not have any satisfactory answer about where they got this information.

A question also arises why the SIT is disclosing its progress in the case to the victim’s family before turning up in front of the HC bench.

According to sources, the victim has handed over several videos of her’s including the one in which she is taking a bath that allegedly was later used by the accused to exploit her.

However, from Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police Om Prakash Singh to state police spokesperson, and Inspector General of Police Naveen Arora, who is also leading the SIT, no one is ready to verify the claims made by the victim.

IANS also tried to contact the DGP but it did not get any reply to Whatsapp messages sent to the officer. Both the senior officers have kept mum and the SIT is shying away from answering any query by saying that the Allahabad High Court’s bench is monitoring the matter.

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Chhattisgarh CM Baghel meets Priyanka Gandhi

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New Delhi, Sep 14 Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday met Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and discussed several party issues with her, party leaders said.

According to a Congress leader, Baghel met Gandhi for over an hour at Gandhi’s residence.

The leader said that Baghel discussed the party’s membership drive in the state and other state government schemes with her.

He said that Baghel also apprised Gandhi about his government’s works in acquiring the foods grains from the farmers in the state at Rs 2,500 per quintal and how these schemes were benefitting the farmers.

The meeting comes a day after Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi met all the party Chief Ministers of four states and Union Territory and asked them to work with coordination.

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Five of a family killed in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor car crash

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Amaravati, Sep 14 Five members of a family were killed and another injured as a car in which they were travelling caught fire after it overturned in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district on Saturday, police said.

The victims comprised three children and two women. The ghastly tragedy occurred near Mamudugu village when the family was on its way from Tirupati to Bengaluru.

The driver, Vishnu, apparently lost control of the car, which overturned and fell off the road. Under the impact of the crash, the vehicle caught fire, trapping the occupants.

The driver, who survived the accident with burn injuries, was shifted to a hospital in Tirupati.

According to the police, Vishnu’s wife, a son, a daughter, sister and nephew were killed in the accident.

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